It's official: the Obamacare rollout was an unmitigated, absurdly expensive disaster. When even the administration's biggest fans in the media (The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post) are forced to admit it, it's so obvious as to be excruciatingly painful.
But some of us who teach entrepreneurship could have predicted it. (Though, I will admit, even I was stunned to read that the federal government had shelled out nearly two-thirds of a billion dollars on millions of lines of garbage code.) Observing this administration's complete ignorance of (and often, hostility to) business made clear early on that such a failure would be inevitable. They made every mistake in the book. Here are just a few of them:
1. Not identifying your assumptions This is Obamacare Major Mistake #1. And to a certain extent, it's forgivable. Even businesses blow this. All first-time entrepreneurs think they are launching a product or starting a business. But they aren't. They are actually testing assumptions about that product or business: assumptions about the customers; assumptions about the features and functions those customers want; assumptions about pricing; assumptions about the competition; even just basic assumptions about human behavior. more >>
As ObamaCare apologists scramble the unprecedented commandeering of one-seventh of our economy lumbers on. Only central command-and-control, Democrat progressives could come up with a healthcare plan that is unworkable, yet mandatory.
Even when the uncoordinated GOP gave Democrats a chance to delay this train wreck last week, which would have bought them political cover to fix the glitches, Obama's ego would not allow it. Arrogant and disdainful of his opponents, he is willing to attack, hurt, and be vindictive in ways not seen since Richard Nixon. He delights only in winning, no matter how flawed the cause.
Watching Democrats defend ObamaCare is like listening to your aunt justify staying in an abusive relationship. At times like this Democrats miss Anthony Weiner, who would be on TV every day spewing the DNC talking points. Now he is banished, trying to redeem himself with his charity work-which I presume is teaching the homeless to send lewd texts on their Obamaphones. more >>
Amid the news of the debt ceiling debate and the government shutdown, a disturbing report was released in the U.S. Senate on October 7 revealing rampant abuse in the approval process of Social Security Disability benefits. The report, issued by the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, offers a peek into just how loosely at least one government benefits program is administered and sheds light on the need for more oversight of the programs that swallow 10 percent of the nation's GDP.
The Committee report encapsulates a two-year investigation, led by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), of a West Virginia Social Security office charged with the disbursement of Social Security Disability funds. The investigation uncovered an advanced network of inside dealings between a Kentucky-based law firm, local doctors, and an Administrative Law Judge resulting in a complex rip-off of the federal government's disability program. The suitably named Eric Conn of the Conn law firm in Kentucky paid doctors substantial fees for unsubstantiated medical evaluations of his clients, maintained a highly questionable relationship with the judge who consistently approved Conn's clients for benefits, and in doing so generated more than $4.5 million in attorney fees paid by the Social Security Administration for services rendered to disability applicants.
The travesty, however, is not the millions paid to the attorney, but the billions that will be paid out over the lifetimes of those whose claims were improperly approved under this scheme to defraud the U.S. taxpayers. more >>
Democrats have only one goal to accomplish between now and the 2014 elections: To paint Republicans as the bad guys. In doing so, they'll win the 2014 elections, gain control of the House of Representatives, and as President Reagan once said, the rest of us will be spending "our sunset years telling our children…what it once was like in America when men were free."
Democrats are off to a good start; great, really. They, along with their willing accomplices in the media, propagated a lie by suggesting Republicans are responsible for the partial government shutdown. So far, it has worked and Democrats are hoping to cash that check on election night next year.
Unable to help himself, Obama held a victory press conference and used the opportunity to belittle the Republican Party over "manufactured crises" and "repeated brinkmanship" to "undermine our economy." If you missed the speech, you can read it online buy clicking here. more >>
As the federal government begins to emerge from a partial shutdown, satisfaction with America's political leadership is at a historic low. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed. With anger, frustration and discord boiling over in Washington, many Americans are pessimistic about the future of our nation.
Frankly, I was feeling a little cynical myself.
I flew into a Washington airport a few days after the government shutdown began. With my first meeting about an hour away, I had a long cab ride ahead of me. To pass the time, I struck up a conversation with the driver, Israel. It is a conversation I will never forget. more >>
Prominent evangelical leader and son of the famous evangelist Rev. Billy Graham has stated that the United States is "in a mess" because America's politicians "have turned their backs on God."
Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told Newsmax TV on Monday about why he believes the United States is in its present situation.
"Our country is in a mess, no question, and it seems like we're just in an ever-tightening spiral downward, and it doesn't seem as if anybody is listening to what is happening," said Graham. more >>