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Stephen Kruiser


October 28, 2013 - 6:21 pm

I almost pity them now.

Democrats will let the president’s signature legislation die a painful death if isn’t fixed soon. Which is exactly why Obama is racing to fix this mess like Bush never did with his signature war.

Yes, the Affordable Care Act website rollout has been a fiasco. And, as always happens when political catastrophe strikes, the wave of bad analogies has rushed in its wake. One in particular is gaining ground: is for Barack Obama’s presidency what the invasion of Iraq was to George W. Bush’s administration, complete with outraged liberal reactions to it.

Here’s the funny thing: it’s a bad analogy, which could turn out to be accurate … but probably won’t.

To start with, the fact that people died in Iraq, as opposed to the inconvenience involved in a malfunctioning website, doesn’t make it a bad analogy. The analogy has to do with presidential decisions; it’s about process, not outcomes, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that.

No, what makes it a bad analogy is that Iraq War was misconceived from the start, and the actual events of the war, to a large extent, made obvious what some saw from the beginning.

With the exchanges, on the other hand, no one believes that they are inherently unworkable. Nor has the opening of the exchanges revealed anything fraudulent about the basic case Barack Obama made for passing the law in the first place.

It wasn’t “misconceived” yet The Idiot King is “racing to fix this mess”. Large undertakings that are well conceived generally include a proper plan of execution as part of said conception. But the author is a liberal, so he means “it feels good” rather than “it was well thought out”.

As for the nothing “fraudulent about the basic case Barack Obama made for passing the law in the first place” claim, we know how that’s turning out today.

Before the exchanges launched, the ACA supporters could live in a world of pure fantasy and pretend that all would be well just because that’s what their little toddler minds and hearts wanted. Now they have a few weeks or months of cover where they can pretend this is all about a website glitch. When that’s over another excuse will be in place.

Because the cult of personality around this president is so strong, the people who will be most disappointed by him aren’t going to keep delaying that until all about them is too catastrophic to ignore.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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The wisdom of initiating and executing the Iraqi campaign in the war on Islamist terror is subject to debate. How-some-ever:
1. Defending the nation is a constitutional responsibility of the presidency, but health care financing is not and so is supposed to be off limits. What is overreach?
2. GW Bush told the truth as everyone believed it when he spoke of WMDs in Iraq, including the attempt to find uranium. The details on that turned out to be different but Bush used sound sources. Obama knew that his program had to change insurance plans for a lot of people but he claimed otherwise. Who was lying?
3. The progress of the war in Iraq followed what Bush told us to expect: we deposed Hussein rapidly and found ourselves occupying a dangerous country. Bush said the war against Islamist terror (he didn't use that term) would be years, even decades. DemBamaCare has unfolded as a bureaucratic nightmare followed by fiscal terror as well, exactly what we were told would not happen.
The liberal author of the snip above is -- well, a liberal. If I'm going to keep my language SFW, that's a good place to stop.
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"Iraq War was misconceived from the start"
Please, do not feel obliged to dump. It doesn't help establish your bona fides.

Consider how the alternate history of the 2000s would likely have gone without the re-initiation of combat operations. Including when sanctions would have been lifted (likely by the end of 2004 at the latest). Consider when the first Iraqi Bomb would have been tested (within 5 years). After all, if America could go from Start to the Trinity test within 5 years with 1940s technology, Saddam would have tested his first bomb much sooner.
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I'm developing a seething hatred of the repetitive, stvpid pop-up ads this website forces on me the first time I click on the page, and I'm becoming proportionately less likely to link to you from my Facebook page.
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Then I hope and pray they cannot keep delaying it much longer.
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