Pelosi said that, “We ping pong it, and then we go to conference.” How can they ‘ping pong’ it when they have no clue of what’s in a bill they vote on?
The political left claims that virtually all of its big government policies exist to create a brighter future for the next generation. Despite the rampant waste and fraud found within the public school system, these politicians constantly call for more education spending to provide a firm foundation for the nation’s youth.
For all their posturing on the issue, one law will have a widespread effect on the school system – likely resulting in an even less effective learning experience for students.
Among the latest evidence of this trend is found in a Bristol, Va., school district, which recently announced that ObamaCare mandates are causing them to reconsider how substitute teachers are hired and dispatched.
The city’s school board met Monday to discuss possibly reaching out to an employment agency to provide substitutes, since hiring them directly could cost substantially more when the healthcare law is fully implemented.
Superintendent Mark Lineburg described the situation as “a tough decision,” explaining that the part-time teachers will create a financial burden on the district under ObamaCare.
“Costs are going up for part-time employees with the Affordable Care Act and substitutes fall under that,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out whether it’s best to keep them or to outsource them to a company deals with substitute teachers as temporary workers.”
About 35 substitutes currently work for the district and, when the school board finally makes its decision, could soon be unemployed. Furthermore, these teachers have a unique connection to the school district that temporary employees would not be able to match.
A number of board members voiced concerns about the proposed change at Monday’s meeting, with chairman Tyrone Foster explaining that it “may be the right thing to do but I don’t personally feel comfortable voting on something where I don’t know all the answers.”
Perhaps he should consult with Nancy Pelosi, who famously advocated voting for ObamaCare despite having no clue what the law would entail. It appears that this school board cares more about the district than many on Capitol Hill care about the future of our nation.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Despite the loud trumpeting of the losers who are trying to defend the indefensible, the failure of the Obamacare websites was NOT brought about by either too many people trying to use them or a vast right wing conspiracy.
It was brought about by poor design, influenced by politics, and no end to end testing.
Put another way, if these people had been running the show when we went to the moon, they would have skipped Projects Mercury and Gemini and gone right to a Project Apollo moon shot in 1962, despite the fact we hadn’t even tested the Saturn rocket that made it possible.
And they would have gotten the same results they just got with Obamacare, except that there would have been three dead astronauts. (For those of you under 50, we did land on the moon in 1969.)
Building an e-commerce website is not rocket science.
Google, Apple, Amazon, and Pro Flowers, among others, are names you see on this publication’s website often, either because we have a business relationship with them or they provide services for us. They are the gold standard in e-commerce because they have international points of presence and their sites work as advertised. They also have one other thing in common.
None of them were only tested for two weeks.
So, asking the logical question, why was the Obamacare site built by a contractor from Canada without assistance from the gold standard in American technology? Was it because there were political considerations? If so, what were those considerations?
It would appear that close to a billion (with a B) dollars was expended.
As Democrat Congresswoman Anna Eshoo put it, “Amazon and eBay don’t crash the week before Christmas. Proflowers doesn’t crash on Valentine’s Day.”
If Obamacare can be described as Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment, then its launch can be described as typical of his administration’s failings.
If normal people were tasked with constructing an e-commerce front end to the nation’s healthcare system, they would invite their friends from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to lunch.
Those are companies quite capable of designing such a system.
Three years ago, they would have asked, what’s the best way to go about this (and how much should it cost)?
I’m quite sure nobody would have answered that they should sole source the work from a Canadian company that is a professional government contractor.
Reality, however, never stops Barack Obama and his sycophants. When you elect a guy who has never run anything to the most powerful executive position in the world, this is what you get. A CEO who wears no clothes and a staff afraid to tell him he’s naked.
And, frankly, if you think that had the electorate elected John McCain in 2008 things would be better, you are smoking crack. He’s never run anything, either.
The next election needs to be about competence, not politics.
Healthcare should be a signature lesson for everyone.
Let’s not kid each other. Whether you take your cues from Hillary, Barack, George W., or Ronald, our healthcare system is fundamentally broken.
Given their chance, the lefties tried for a step towards a single payer system. They got something designed instead by the Obamaites, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi that was long on politics and short on reality.
Left completely out was anything that would actually lower the cost of delivering medical care and medicine. It is all about spending money, not saving it.
There are plenty of ways to fix the healthcare system; but the truth is that one size does NOT fit all, and there is no single silver bullet.
Instead of recognizing that fact and empowering people at the local level to find solutions, some very arrogant people starting with Obama, Reid, and Pelosi tried to shove a single solution down everybody’s throat.
It won’t work, and the results will undoubtedly be reflected in the next few elections. Let’s hope that the winners of those elections pay really close attention to this (as Obama would put it) “teachable moment”.
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Who deserves the credit for the high division / low morale that hovers over our country like a dark cloud?
A once proud and hopeful nation is now fractured and frustrated. We are a people mired in doubt and uncertainty.
Our divider-in-chief has exhibited a complete lack of leadership, bordering somewhere between disdain and indifference for the citizens to whom he has sworn full allegiance and servitude. Our security, protection, and representation has been unjustly exchanged for a radical new world void of true tolerance or individuality.
Fear and paranoia now reigns, as the shared values that enabled America to become a great melting pot of culture and diversity have been discarded. A climate of suspicion and mistrust has emerged as subtle seeds of racial and civil unrest continue to bring America to the brink of implosion.
The deceit and propaganda of a treasonous and tyrannical executive branch continues to inflame the tension of our polarized society. A governmental provocation fostering the widespread internal strife of our diversified nation seems to be the ultimate end of this radically reckless brand of leadership.
Back in 2009, a majority of white America was fully behind the president. There was much fanfare and enthusiasm as he assumed his place in the Oval Office. The New York Times proclaimed that Obama’s victory had swept “away the last racial barrier in American politics.”
Despite America’s willingness to overcome the racial divide once and for all, the discouraging truth is that this president relies on chaos and instability. How else can he fulfill his ‘Dreams From My Father’ here in America?
Obama was partially raised and mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, a writer and poet whose devotion to Communism was matched only by his hatred for whites.
Does our president secretly loathe those people who enthusiastically embraced him? Is the ‘race card’ now the ultimate ‘trump card’ for men like Obama?
Based on a few of the passages from his aforementioned autobiography, it appears that Obama may have a few unresolved issues related to race, equality, social restoration, and our rule of law:
“I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of twelve or thirteen, when I began to suspect I was ingratiating myself to whites.”
“The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.”
“That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. ”
“…anger’s a requirement for the job. The only reason anybody decides to become and organizer. Well adjusted people find more relaxing work.”
“In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
“But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.”
I’m not reading any true love or regard for America in any of these quotes! But this is his perception of America; and based on what we’ve seen, it’s not surprising.
It is no wonder he’s been leading a movement to level the playing field. How vicious is his intent? To what degree may he ‘race-bait’ and ‘falsely accuse’ to achieve his goals? How many (regardless of race, color, or creed) will actually benefit from his agenda? Does he truly represent any race? Or is he merely doing the bidding of those who harbor a general animosity of America?
When bonehead Alan Grayson recently used the ‘divide and conquer’ propaganda tactic to unfairly categorize the Tea Party, Allen West, who also happens to be African American, rightly exposed the hypocrisy -
I woke up this morning sure I would see a statement from the first African-American President condemning Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson for his use of a burning cross and Klansmen in a fundraising email…..
President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz lead the party who gave us the Ku Klux Klan and the burning cross symbol. Their silence is consent and demonstrates that today’s liberal progressives are just as comfortable using these images as their predecessors.
The party of Lester Maddox, George Wallace, and Huey Long Jr. is alive and well. Sadly enough, Rep. John Lewis and other “faux” black leaders are showing their true colors. Damn glad my parents inspired me to depart the plantation.
As a Christian, I do not hate President Obama. Nobody on this side of the grave is beyond redemption. Pastor John Newton (writer of the classic hymn ‘Amazing Grace’) was a ruthless slave trader prior to his spiritual conversion and subsequent role in the successful abolitionist campaign to end slavery in England. But a true restoration requires a lethal dose of supernatural justice.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
* Title of this essay courtesy of the following Bumper Sticker ~
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Remember, on the occasion of the signing of Obamacare (I mean, the ACA), the ever-classy Joe Biden telling Obama it was a BFD (big ^%&%&* deal)? Well, now it’s DOA.
Several years ago, common sense Americans challenged their representatives in Congress, objecting to healthcare reform proposed by the president. Their objections were straightforward, expressed by a substantial majority, a majority that continues to this day:
- Nationalizing healthcare gives too much power to the central government: it’s un-American.
- We are already broke and cannot afford this in the first place: it will bankrupt the country.
- The federal government has bankrupted Medicare and Social Security, and it will bankrupt this as well.
- The proposal is far too complicated.
- More useful reforms are available: interstate competition, expanding private options, tamping down frivolous lawsuits, other cost control measures, certain expansions of the Medicare program to cover pre-existing conditions, etc.
- We don’t want a bureaucrat limiting what our doctor can order in terms of testing to diagnose, or in terms of treatment options.
- Federal intervention will increase costs, limit access, damage quality of care, and essentially destroy the best system in the world.
So-called representatives ignored the people. Conspiring with the criminal class in D.C., they helped this president railroad the bill, using every corrupt trick in the book. Insiders got favors, special conditions, and exemptions. Politicians were bought off. The corruption even extended to the Supreme Court. The court eventually ruled that the government has a right to force citizens to buy things they don’t want, don’t need, and can’t use. In most circles, all this is referred to as tyranny.
The $900 Billion cost estimate in the first 10 years became $2 Trillion, then $3 Trillion.
Broken promises stacked up: you can keep your insurance, you can keep your doctor, nothing will change, costs will go down, access will improve—we’re from the government, and we are here to help you.
Then cracks in the smiley face appeared. More than 1,000 waivers. Special interests favored. Delays. Unlawful changes after the bill was passed and signed into law. The king simply waving his scepter, commanding compliance, violating the Constitution.
The fulfillments even caused labor unions to howl. They claimed their members would be devastated. Employers rebelled. Full time workers became part timers as employers cut back to avoid going belly up. Unemployment was aggravated, and a staggering economy began falling into the ditch, again. At least unemployed youth, about 6 million, were allowed to stay on parents’ health plans.
Then came the roll out.
In ObamaSpeak, ‘epic failure’ really means ‘a few glitches.’ The Uncle Sam Whiz Bang Insurance Sales website, three years in the making, was a total failure. It requires millions of lines of code to be rewritten at enormous cost overruns. And more is being revealed:
- Federal legislators, their staffers, and everyone in the executive branch are exempt!
- 45 states report that insurance premiums are increasing substantially across the board.
- Navigators, including unscreened recycled ACORN types, have full access to your personal information.
- There is reasonable fear that identity theft will be rampant.
- Signing up for insurance is a nightmare: online, on the phone, or in person (hello ACORN!)
- 15,000 IRS agents are poised to enforce this monster (why do they need guns?)
- Home healthcare inspectors will visit to make sure you are in compliance (is this why Obama wants our guns?)
- Taxpayers forced to pay for abortion against their will, in complete violation of the 1st Amendment.
- Most everyone in the healthcare industry calls this a disaster; doctors are retiring early, and enrollments in medical schools are down.
- Lawsuits galore: many states in full rebellion, the feds promising retaliation.
- Huge numbers of people are losing their preferred plans.
Unlike the president today in the Rose Garden, some politicians have been honest.
Sen. Max Baucus, who helped write and railroad the bill, calls it a ‘train wreck’ intentionally designed for fail. Fail? Yes. Universal care is the goal (i.e. total government control.) ObamaCare is only a stepping stone. Many Democrat leaders, including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barney Frank, have openly said that the real goal is complete socialized medicine. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch agrees: ObamaCare was designed to fail so that complete control can be instituted.
Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee have simply heeded the voices of common sense Americans expressing majority sentiment for years. In other words, these senators are doing their jobs and representing their constituents, unlike the elitists whoring for the White House.
And by the way, you must finally conclude that ObamaCare is a total scam and a sham when even Oprah won’t endorse it. Despite Obama’s Newspeak, his tall tales, and maybe 40,000 pre-conditions covered, his signature legislation spells ObamaSnare, DOA.
Either the American people rise up and take their government back, or the government will reach down and choke the life out of this country.
That’s a death panel we won’t avoid if we submit to this madness.
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for 20 years. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. To contact him, email: firstname.lastname@example.org