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Ed Driscoll

All the President’s On-the-Job Training

December 14th, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Of course in this case, it’s Obamacare that’s the bomb. (Bill Ayers thought on such a small scale compared to his acolyte.) As Brian Cates writes at his Draw & Strike blog:

The difference with ObamaCare is that Obama & his administration have gone about passing & implementing this disastrous new policy so quickly with such a high level of deception and such abject incompetence that there isn’t any gap in time of a few years in which to spin the increasingly evident bad results.

Never before have the progressives driving for social change gone for it with the speed – and the outright deceptions — that the Obama administration has. Which means the bad results are cropping up immediately and in a way that it’s impossible to paper them over or shift the blame onto others.

Those who tried to warn the country what ObamaCare would actually do had to endure almost 5 years of ridicule, mocking and name calling for trying to sound the alarm. They were called racists and far worse. And now it’s evident they were right all along.

Progressives have done more to destroy their carefully crafted illusion of competency with this ObamaCare trainwreck than the GOP establishment ever did.

Progressives like Obama can only lobby for more power to be given to them based on promises about what they will competently do with it. In just a short amount of time, Obama & Co. have revealed themselves to not only be abject liars, but also completely incompetent blunderers.

The blowback for this should reach spectacular proportions. The Democratic Party can lie and spin all they want, say whatever they think will get them a momentary advantage. But millions of people over the next year will clearly see their experiences on health insurance are not matching the Democratic leadership’s increasingly desperate rhetoric.

And it used to be that the negative aspects of socialism were things that only happened to other people. Pauline Kael’s infamous quote regarding the reelection of Richard Nixon in December of 1972 sums up the insulation of elite left perfectly:

I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.

They’re the silent majority who are “outside my ken,” whom Kael was only vaguely aware of, whose presence she’ll only tentatively acknowledge. Obamacare is the first government program that immediately hits wealthy urban limousine leftists since the initial passing of the income tax in 1913 — and good and hard, as Mencken would say. While the Obama administration has no problem with screwing over small businesses and middle class sole proprietors, whom they loathe almost as much as their boss has openly admitted over the course of his entire adult life, we’ve already speculated that they didn’t count on so many writers and pundits being independent contractors who would be (a) losing their coverage and (b) rather visibly writing about their experiences in newspapers and magazines. But the New York Times, the left’s house organ, points out another group of professionals who are losing their coverage as well:

Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, [Unexpectedly! -- Ed] thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.

They are part of an unusual informal health insurance system that has developed in New York in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country.

But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to mean they will no longer have access to a wide network of doctors and a range of plans tailored to their needs. And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage.

“I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan.

Ms. Meinwald, 61, has been paying $10,000 a year for her insurance through the New York City Bar. A broker told her that a new temporary plan with fewer doctors would cost $5,000 more, after factoring in the cost of her medications.

Ms. Meinwald also looked on the state’s health insurance exchange. But she said she found that those plans did not have a good choice of doctors, and that it was hard to even find out who the doctors were, and which hospitals were covered. “It’s like you’re blindfolded and you’re told that you have to buy something,” she said.

In a sense, it’s just the opposite — New York leftists put the blinders on long ago. Only now are they tentatively opening their eyes:

It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.

It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in.

“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists.

“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

It would be easy to read that last sentence and chuckle a hearty Nelson Muntz-esque “ha ha!” response. It would also be staggeringly stupid, as Moe Lane writes at

I’d prefer that Ms. Meinwald was now hanging a Gadsden Flag in her co-op window and threatening to enter unto a blood feud with the Democratic party for the next five generations – but she’s definitely moving in the direction that I want her to go.  And if stories like this are showing up in the New York Times, of all places, then it’s very bad for the administration right now. Watching the entire edifice collapse under its own weight, in my opinion, is worth not gloating too much during the process…Basically, just enough so that people remember that we’re there. Fortunately, the GOP really invested in the We absolutely HATE Obamacare brand.

In September of 2008, the governor of Alaska warned the American people, “My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of ‘personal discovery.’”

Naturally, she was pilloried by the American left — very likely including the same people the New York Times quotes above — for pointing out that the Lightworker’s brilliantly creased bespoke clothing contained no emperor inside them.

Update: Trapped like myself deep behind blue state lines amongst people who are only now realizing how badly they were swindled by the false god they created in 2008, Bookworm proffers some suggestions for conservatives to break the logjam of the long-running Cold Civil War.

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Reagan tried. He also had a Democratic House and Senate the whole time he was in office. And in those days, the Mainstream Media was the only media source. He had a lot of opposition to work against. He wasn't perfect, he did some stupid things, but he was better than everyone since then.
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Behind the Choom Door, the bong-a-thon dorm room postulates how to "cure" all the "ills" of a world in which reality is suspended. It all sounds so profound to ears attuned to a frequency beamed from an Ivy Tower.

Allowing the Dorm Room circle to implement their hallucinations by giving them keys to the vault and power over the levers of our to governance is an act of insanity tinged with a suicidal thrill ride risk.

And worse, WE call the hallucinators..."progressives". That is as stunning to me as it is jarring.

THEY are not any such thing. Leftism is NOT liberalism. It is a mask worn to allow second story men into the vault. And WE constantly,...stupefied and dim...when the mask slips, WE put it on a little tighter, arrange it to hide the face behind it more effectively.

We enter the hallucination by unwittingly participating in it.

Of course the "profound" and "brilliant" plots and schemes don't work. They are built on a foundation of angel dust and false promises. Just because those tripping the light fandango BELIEVE the hallucinatory "gifts" they bring to the world are precious and profound...doesn't mean WE should adopt the Choom lingo to describe the inane process.

But we do. We give them a perfect place to hide. In plain sight.

Lawless, reckless, angry and seeking punishment, payback and retribution for imagined slights...they are marauding through neighborhoods breaking things in a fit of rage, thinly veiled and barely suppressed. But careful to don the mask.

The intent is hidden still, as the "chosen" awake to find that their neighborhoods were not spared.

"Why us? We're the liberals and progressives you've been waiting for!", they cry.

Why yes, yes you are. And the mask slips even more. But fear not...WE will be there to help put it firmly back in place. plain sight.
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Kyle Smith talks about Obama's incredible hubris and narcissism in his new article at the 'New York Post' on his infamous "selfie" moment at Mandela's funeral, in which he writes, "Obama is, despite all the 'we' talk, as much of a loner as Al Gore or Richard Nixon, and yet he wishes he were even more alone still — 'the emperor' in his palace who never has to come out and ask John Boehner’s permission for anything.

"Those pictures of him in Rosa Parks’ seat, in front of the JFK picture — he’s all alone."
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Just as each and every discipline of science looks to the other for the proof of evolution their atheism demands the great 0 believed his fellow beyond liberal travelers capable of accomplishing the dreams they all assumed. From top to bottom accomplishment means nothing, background nothing, training nothing, only ideology is required for inclusion in his employ. This is the true parallel with academia, the reason neither discipline vetted Warren.
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yeah yeah yeah..

So, some long time supporters are beginning to feel the heat. many of those "thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers" are ever going to jump ship and vote for a Tea Party Conservative?

What percentage of them have ever voted for a "republican" of ANY stripe, not even a RINO like Bloomberg?

Great, some of those smarmy elitists are finally getting a dose of reality...
Problem is, will have only one net effect on the Body Politic...

These people will DOUBLE-DOWN on their commitment to The General Left, to the democrats, to their glittering ideal of what "should" be, regardless of any contradictory information they see with their own eyes or pockebooks..

They will do so, they MUST do so, in order to "prevent" that ghastly "right wing" (who engineered this whole failure after all, right?) from exploiting this tragedy, and taking us "backward" after such a long and noble fight...they have seized the Beachhead at heavy cost, casualties are horrific, but they cannot quit NOW...Not when a Single Payer, fully subsidized, Government Controlled Health Care with Omniscient Central Planning is the "next logical step" of their Crusade.

Because THATS what should have been done in the first place, and every
"writer, opera singer, music teacher, photographer, doctor, lawyer" in every Tony Urban Enclave KNOWS that.

Obamacare failure is a FEATURE, not a bug.
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Comrade Obama is just the most graphic exemplar of something that has been going on since the late-'50s, early '60s. Somewhere in there it was determined that to be successful, you had to go to college. Also somewhere in there it was determined that if you did go to college, you were definitionally successful.

Beginning somewhere in there, the guy who owned the company or who invented the product, was no longer in charge, some punk just out of college with an MBA was the new CEO Somewhere in there, you could go straight from college to a mid-level position in government, the non-profits, some professions, the media, and entertainment and make a really good living and have people listen to you, even care what you thought. Somewhere in there some people became members of protected classes and they got to take that college rocket to stardom even if they were so dumb they couldn't pour pee out of a boot.

The reason this looks like government by teenagers is because it IS government by teenagers! None of these people have done a thing in their lives that was even objectively graded and there was never any consequence for failure. How in Hell do you grade a community organizer's performance? How in Hell do you grade a back bench state senator's performance. He had a credential that we can be certain he didn't do a damned thing to earn beyond being born caramel-colored and with good Red connections. He's surrounded with Red-diaper babies, affirmative action hires, and perpetual teenagers who went from college to the jobs that college will get you even if you can't pour pee out of a boot with the instructions on the heel.
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Unlike a teenage at the DMV, Obama is in charge of these various government agencies which supposedly bungled his signature plan, just as he is capable of firing the secretaries and undersecretaries who allegedly let him down.

Obama is sadly the latest and greatest living example of the Peter Principle: he has failed upward into the most powerful job in the US, if not the world, when it was evident that his modest talents were strained by sitting rather inattentively in the Illinois state senate.
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No one should listen to what President Obama says, and take it at face value. He doesn't mean any of what he says. He's just talking, to talk, to appear competent, to appear that he understands the problems and knows how to fix them. None of which is reality or true.
He is, however, truthfully engaged in a massive redistribution of wealth. That wealth, however, is not going to the poor and needy. It is going to Democrat supporters and cronies, who in turn are donating that taxpayer money back to the Democrat Party. Quite a scheme.
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They would still vote for Obama with 50% unemployment and no medical care whatsovever- we are getting the health care of Tajikistan
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"All the President’s On-the-Job Training"

Big difference between on-the-job training and what Obama is doing. When you train on the job, you learn things, possibly make mistakes, try not to repeat them, and you most likely get fired if you continually make mistakes, particularly if they cost your employer money.
Obama is doing nothing like that. His 'mistakes' cost him nothing, the non-Fox media cover for him, and he continues on the same path. His intent is not to learn from mistakes, but to dismantle these United States, its Constitution, laws, economy, and positive foreign relations with our allies.

“I’m for it,” she [Sweeney] said. “But what is the reality of it?”

The reality is, Ms. Sweeney, higher costs, lower quality service, less access to service, corruption & fraud, thousands of exemptions for Obama's pals & Congress & loss of coverage for millions.

Obama lied . . . . my doctor died.

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But all Lefties know that "higher costs, lower quality service, less access to service" is only FAIR because things have been so UNFAIR for so long...

Its "leveling the playing filed" and "Social Justice" and everything else they believe in...

They will swallow this pill because their entire psyche is wrapped up in this Guy and his Crusade, they will stay loyal even if it KILLS them.

"drinking the coolade" isnt a myth...its what some people do with their twisted loyalty
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The only problem I have with this article is the implicit suggestion that with Obozo's new-found "discovery" about the ineptness of govt bureaucracy, Obozo has somehow "learned" something. If someone has, indeed, learned something, then he would change course, apply remedies, make amends. Obozo has learned nothing -- in fact, he has vowed to keep and defend ObozoCare for as long as he is in office. I suspect his motive for this latest admission is to 1) pass the buck, take zero responsibility for his failure, and 2) have the bamboozled dim-wits feel sorry for him. Then he'll proceed, full steam ahead, in ramming socialized medicine down the throats of Americans.
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As Theodore Dalrymple stated, I do wish you all would all blaming poor ol' Keynes for this. Keynes thought that during certain fiscal emergencies government programs should use some deficit spending, until the economy gets back on its feet. He never imagined the idea of deficit spending as a permanent feature, for political purposes, year after year for what is now almost a lifetime.
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I don't know why everyone is so surprised, including Krauthammer. The man said we were 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States Of America while campaigning in 2008. He and most of his people have never had a real job, ever. They are fundamentally transforming and the supposed opposition party is feckless, other than a few who are summarily dismissed by the leadership types as "outliers". The necessary information was all there in 2008 and especially in 2012, but the republican wizards of smart ran mush candidates who could easily be dismissed by the voters both times. Most voters, when confronted with a choice between a pretend Santa Claus and the real McCoy, will always vote for the real McCoy.
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the pretend Santa Claus won re-election pretty handily in 2012
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No, he's the Real Santa Claus as the handout voter sees it.
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