All the President's On-the-Job Training

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.