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posted at 8:41 pm on October 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Stories of frustration are piling up about Healthcare.gov: People who can’t register. People who pre-registered before opening day, Oct. 1, but can’t log in. People who get five or six screens in, then the site crashes…

“We’ve been trying all week,” says Pearson. “But there have been signs of progress. We can get further into the log-in process each day. But the issue is, you have to create an account before you can access the data and shop. That’s the part that seems not to be functioning and where we get stuck.”

Johnson, the dean at Vanderbilt’s business school, says the Obama administration needed a better communication plan, given all the curiosity and pent-up demand. He suspects a lot of people on the site are just looking for information and trying to understand how much the various plans would cost them.

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Bedeviled by technology glitches that frustrated millions of consumers, the Obama administration is taking down its health overhaul website for repairs this weekend.

Enrollment functions of the healthcare.gov site will be unavailable during off-peak hours this weekend, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday. The website will remain open for general information…

By Monday, “there will be significant improvements in the online consumer experience,” HHS said.

The upgrades include extra capacity for more users to get into the system, more technicians working round-the-clock to fix problems, and new pathways to get to the application faster. No details were given.

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In some cases, officials conceded that they could not be sure which problems were caused by simply not having the computer capacity to handle the initial demand — a shortfall that should correct itself in time — and which might be signs of design flaws or software bugs.

“It’s like building a bridge from two sides of the river; you just hope it comes out in the middle,” said Kevin Walsh, a senior executive at Xerox, which won a $72 million contract to build Nevada’s state-run exchange. With such complexity, he said, “usually you do a lot more testing than we’ve had time to do.”…

“We haven’t gotten anyone all the way through the process,” said Tim McKinney, president and chief executive of United Way of Tarrant County, in Texas, which has one of the nation’s biggest teams of enrollment counselors. “Yesterday, we were completely frozen out. Today, some of our navigators were able to at least get into the system, but they can’t get very far into it.”…

“I can’t imagine Apple or Ford or McDonald’s rolling out any new product before making perfectly sure they first could provide what they promised,” he said.

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Yes, the overwhelming crush of traffic is behind many of the Web site’s failures. But the Web site was clearly far, far from prepared for traffic at anywhere near these levels. That’s a planning flaw: The Obama administration badly underestimated the level of interest. The fact that the traffic is good news for the law doesn’t obviate the fact that the site’s inability to absorb that traffic is bad news for the law.

Part of the problem, according to a number of designers, is that the site is badly coded, which makes the traffic problems more acute. There’s a darkly amusing thread on Reddit where web designers are picking through the site’s code and mocking it mercilessly. “They’re loading 11 CSS files and 62 (wat?) JavaScript files on each page, uncompressed and without expires headers,” writes Spektr44. “They have blocks of HTML inexplicably wrapped in script tags. Wtf?”

Some of the problems on the site don’t require any particular coding experience to identify. While the design is clean and clear, the instructions can be confusing. For instance, when you choose your username, the site says: “The username is case sensitive. Choose a username that is 6-74 characters long and must contain a lowercase or capital letter, a number, or one of these symbols _.@/-.”…

[T]he Obama administration did itself — and the millions of people who wanted to explore signing up — a terrible disservice by building a Web site that, four days into launch, is still unusable for most Americans. They knew that the only way to quiet the law’s critics was to implement it effectively. And building a working e-commerce Web site is not an impossible task, even with the added challenges of getting various government data services to talk to each other. Instead, the Obama administration gave critics arguing that the law isn’t ready for primetime more ammunition for their case.

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It’s way too early to judge everything about the Obamacare exchanges — Thursday was only the third day of a six-month open enrollment period. Health care experts say the administration has a while to get it right.

But if things don’t smooth out by November, they say, the White House may lose the chance to build confidence in the Obamacare exchanges.

“If it’s not there in a month … there’s going to be a problem,” said Joel Ario of Manatt Health Solutions, the former director of the health exchanges office at the Department of Health and Human Services…

Administration officials insist that people who have gotten through the HealthCare.gov website are getting correct information on the subsidies. But Schuyler says he’s worried, based on the more basic breakdowns that have happened.

“If you can’t do something as easy as establishing an account, it really makes me nervous that it can do the complicated things, like the subsidy determination process,” said Schuyler.

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The health law’s online insurance exchanges were supposed to be a one-stop shop where consumers browsing for coverage could enroll in a private health plan or in Medicaid if they qualified.

But that won’t happen with the federal exchange being relied upon by consumers in 36 states, at least not initially. The federal website won’t be able to communicate with state Medicaid agencies until at least Nov. 1 due to technical issues, federal officials said.

This means if people are found to be eligible for Medicaid today (under current eligibility rules) after entering their personal data on the federal web site, they will be directed to their local Medicaid eligibility office where they will have to repeat the process of providing detailed information about their income, residency status and other data…

“It’s a problem, but not an earth-shattering one,” said Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. “It’s an extra step or two, and a disappointment … if people were expecting this to really be ‘Travelocity for health care’ on Day One.”

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On Thursday, the government’s official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government’s high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country.

“I am so disappointed,” wrote one woman. “These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!” The comment received 169 “likes.”

Amid scores of comments expressing frustration with technical failures, one woman said she is “just amazed you could even get to the point of seeing pricing” and that she had been trying to access the system for three days to no avail.

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The woman who is behind the controls of ObamaCare was unable to convince even one person from Kansas, the state she used to govern, to sign up for it.

Though HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is the former governor of Kansas, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) was informed by an insurance provider in his home state that none of the 365,000 uninsured people living there successfully signed up for insurance on the ObamaCare exchange on the first day.

According to LifeNews, Huelskamp had his own difficulties signing up in the exchanges as well, waiting “on hold” for over 60 hours, and still, as of Thursday, being unable to sign up.


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Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:39 AM

LOL!:)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Good evening, Dire. :) Good to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Key West Reader on October 5, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Very glad to hear that you’re fully recovered and doing well, KWR. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM

To grow and extend spending cuts right now, when the economy remains fragile, is the least effective way to cut the deficit. As Wall Street and business leaders have repeated, it’s much better to focus on growth first.

bayam on October 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

It’s been 5 years, jackwad.

Chuck Schick on October 5, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Should I go see?

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:35 AM

No reason not to – philosophy and such :)

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Be right back then. Keep the tunes going. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Very glad to hear that you’re fully recovered and doing well, KWR. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Indeed. If anyone ever had us worried…but it’s in the past, hallelujah

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:46 AM

OOOOH! You’re doing a horror story for Halloween. Essay? Short story? Sudden fiction?

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Five peripheral posts, two major posts on progs = zombies (one historical, one political, glued together with . . . weird). One short story, dystopian (Axe’s first), one poem (which I want to run by Lila Munro — :) — cough) one complete site overhaul with door flying open to guest blogger, one 3 part instructional video on using software

*pant* — all being squeezed through the play-doh Monster Maker even as I type. :)

I’m so tired. Also, miss Sophie.

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:44 AM

I don’t think Nova would be irritated over a song in any case. He’ll catch up with you soon. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Good to see ya J- and all.
Time to snooze.
Have a good weekend~

bazil9 on October 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Gee…I’m sure I just can’t imagine who that ‘guest blogger’ might be. *cough* lol!

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM

bazil9 on October 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Very good to see you too, B9! Come back more often. :) Goodnight, sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Gee…I’m sure I just can’t imagine who that ‘guest blogger’ might be. *cough* lol!

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Actually –

Stay tuned. ;)

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Soft Pedal Blues – Turrentine

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Have a good weekend~

bazil9 on October 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Brush your teeth!

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:48 AM

No, no, I didn’t irritate him. I was just grumpy and misunderstood his ref. to the link…I got it clear this morning :) Nova is a good one. Big brain :)

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Standing by. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Evening, just spun your tune :)

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Indeed, but entirely too hard on himself. Nova is a good man.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:55 AM

williamg on October 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Good evening, williamg. :) Do you have any smoky sax jazz cuts you might cue up for us?

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

To grow and extend spending cuts right now, when the economy remains fragile, is the least effective way to cut the deficit. As Wall Street and business leaders have repeated, it’s much better to focus on growth first.

bayam on October 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Too many people are under the mistaken assumption that the only way out of a recession is to spend, tax, and borrow. That is simply not the case.

In the early 1990s, Canada was in fiscal crisis and a recession. It cut spending by 20% and, in some central agencies, by 50%. It has fared fair better than the US in the wake of the recession. BTW, the top marginal tax rate is 29%, the capital gains rate is 10%, and the dividend rate is 19%.

Canada’s economy grew.

In the 1990s, in the midst of a prolonged, moribund economic eon, Sweden began cutting public sector jobs (500,000), slashing pension and unemployment benefits, selling off publicly-owned companies and hiking union membership fees. In 1994, the national debt was 80% of GDP and the budget deficit was 10% of GDP. By 1997, that situation was reversed. It even began cutting taxes. Now, it has two national income tax rates: 20% (on incomes between $53,497.27 and $76,586.78) and 25% (on incomes over $76,586.78). It also repealed the wealth and inheritance taxes.

Sweden’s economy grew.

In the 1970s and 1980s the Nordics were indeed tax-and-spend countries. Sweden’s public spending reached 67% of GDP in 1993. Astrid Lindgren, the inventor of Pippi Longstocking, was forced to pay more than 100% of her income in taxes. But tax-and-spend did not work: Sweden fell from being the fourth-richest country in the world in 1970 to the 14th in 1993.

Since then the Nordics have changed course—mainly to the right. Government’s share of GDP in Sweden, which has dropped by around 18 percentage points, is lower than France’s and could soon be lower than Britain’s. Taxes have been cut: the corporate rate is 22%, far lower than America’s. The Nordics have focused on balancing the books. While Mr Obama and Congress dither over entitlement reform, Sweden has reformed its pension system (see Free exchange). Its budget deficit is 0.3% of GDP; America’s is 7%.

Then, there’s what happened when Harding ‘inherited’ Wilson’s Depression…

Depression of January, 1920 – July, 1921

* The 1920s started with extremely high tax rates and an economic depression.

* Tax rates were massively increased in 1917 on all income levels.

* 1918 saw another increase in all rates.

* Real GNP fell every year from 1919 to 1921 with a total fall of 16% over that three-year period.

* GNP declined 6.9%.

* 18% deflation.

* Wholesale prices fell by 36.8% (the worst since the Revolutionary War and worse than any year during the Great Depression).

* Unemployment spiked to 11.7%.

* The stock market fell by 47%.

* Business bankruptcies tripled.

* Business profits fell by 75%.

* Automobile production declined by 60%.

* Total industrial production declined by 30%.

HARDING AND COOLIDGE CUT TAXES (Revenue Acts of 1921, 1924, and 1926)

* The combined top marginal normal and surtax rate fell from 73% to 58% in 1922, and then to 50% in 1923 (income over $200,000 dollars).

* In 1924, the top tax rate fell to 46% (income over $500,000 dollars).

* The top rate was just 25% (income over $100,000 dollars) from 1925 to 1928, and then fell to 24% in 1929.

* The GNP averaged 7% from 1924 to 1929.

* Between 1922 and 1929, real GNP grew at an annualised rate of 4.7% and the unemployment rate fell from 6.7% to 3.2%.

* Between 1922 and 1928, the average income for those earning more than $100,000 increased by 15%, but the number of “rich” quadrupled.

* In the same period, the number of taxpayers earning between $10,000 dollars and $100,000 dollars increased by a staggering 84% and the number of taxpayers reporting income of less than $10,000 dollars fell.

* Unemployment fell by more than 50% and by 1923, unemployment was 2.4%.

* But tax rates are only part of the story. Tax cuts increase revenue. Spending more than total tax receipts will always lead to deficits.

* Harding and Coolidge understood that government spending retards growth.

* Harding cut spending, which was $6.3 billion in 1920, to $3.2 billion in 1922.

* In 1920, the national debt was $25,952,456,406.16.

* In 1928, the national debt was $17,604,293,201.43.

* Even though tax rates were cut, the national debt decreased by $8,348,163,204.73 or 47.42%.

* Income increased, especially for the lowest tax brackets.

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Sounds like you will be needed to wire in the “Error 404 Healthcare Exchanges..:):)

PS..*tip fedora*..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Ok, I’ll brush teeth and forget the world for a time. Good thing there are friends like Axe :)

Nite all you good critters of HA.

So help me, if the trolls wouldn’t be so nasty I’d even like them occasionally.

Jackie, get well soon. Health is not everything but without it everything is nothing.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

nova and i were up drinking till 5ish..looked ok when i last saw him…
listening to
ben webster adn colman hawkins
blues for yolande

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWSFdISUS8U

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Indefatigable

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Thank you, my friend. I’m giving it my all. Goodnight, Paladin. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Shoot. All I did was convict myself that I can’t stay. Nice seeing you guys. Will be working/lurking.

Sounds like you will be needed to wire in the “Error 404 Healthcare Exchanges..:):)

PS..*tip fedora*..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM

lol — maybe it doesn’t come to that. :) –You know, speaking of the exchanges, if I hadn’t made the decision to use my powers only for good, I’d be typing from my volcano lair by now. :)

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Error404 – Health Care not found

SparkPlug on October 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

williamg on October 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Good evening, williamg. :) Do you have any smoky sax jazz cuts you might cue up for us?

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Jackie, Sweetie – I think I got some of JUST what The Doctor Ordered!!

williamg on October 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

*pathetic whimper*

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

For All We Know – Chet Baker

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

Goodnight, Spritely One. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 2:03 AM

williamg on October 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

That really is excellent, willaimg. Thanks for cuing it up. :)

Goodnight, my friend. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 2:04 AM

This is for you Jackie:

Jean — Oliver, lyrics by Rod McKuen.

TXUS on October 5, 2013 at 2:09 AM

*pathetic whimper*

Axe on October 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

lolz, Pookie!

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 2:10 AM

I came back to leave a message for Scrumpy.

WE MISS YOU, SPRITELY ONE. Come back soon! :)

Thank you, TXUS. I listened to the tune. That was very beautiful. I hope you’re well. :)

williamg, you’re the best. Those tunes are wonderful. :) See you soon.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 2:21 AM

may i ask question….
didnt you guys expect alot more on such a ‘big-f’in-deal’..
i thought CNN and MSLSD would have wall to wall coverage…
i thought hundreds of succuss stories an hour…
chill-ren crying…grandmothers openly weeping…
chris with the ‘thrill’ screaming out to all glory BHO…
here…at QOtD i thought 10 to 12 trolls…
screeching fudged facts of grandure…
RWM bashing em like harp seals in a iceburg..
bishop with one troll under each arm clunkin their heads stooges style…
schad lining the trolls up against the walls…
a donnybrook….a bar brawl from the wild wild west…
its friday night…and not one single peeping troll….
i feel cheated…!!!….im getting misty….

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

You are amazing!

PS back on topic: Instapundit nails it.

You know, if all these government services can be shut down whenever a President wants to score political points, why are we even thinking about getting the government into healthcare?

AesopFan on October 5, 2013 at 2:28 AM

That’s a new one to me. :) Thanks.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Y/w. I heard it a few weeks, and thought about you. :)

I don’t know if you are aware, but Pat & Lolly were Redbone.

Anti-Control on October 5, 2013 at 2:32 AM

AesopFan on October 5, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Ace of Spades has a very good podcast you maybe interested in..Primo work..)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 2:38 AM

more technicians working round-the-clock to fix problems

Wait, I thought they couldn’t work, unless of course prince Barrack says they must.

AshleyTKing on October 5, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Buffalo – “Average Rock ‘n’ Roller”

Anti-Control on October 5, 2013 at 2:48 AM

AshleyTKing on October 5, 2013 at 2:42 AM

I hope they fail..But Obie is going to need some “Google” types to pull this off quickly..I don’t see that happening..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 2:56 AM

such an epic fail though….
frankly im a tad shocked..
i expected more…much more..
surely they have a plan B to shiv us in the back…??

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 3:10 AM

I fear that this administration has created the PERFECT STORM. Millions of people in this country are getting cancellation notices of their health insurance because this Avoidable Care Act is to take it’s place. With the massive problems that we are seeing in this system, it may very well not be able to pick up those millions of cancelation in time. Results, the ACA just added millions more to the uninsured rolls. Then what? Anarchy, civil unrest.

jpcpt03 on October 5, 2013 at 3:20 AM

Tommy Bolin – “Teaser”

Anti-Control on October 5, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Key West Reader on October 5, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Incredible news, so glad darlin’

OmahaConservative on October 5, 2013 at 3:42 AM

So he has a volcano lair? What if it got plugged up somehow? I’m worried that it might get plugged up somehow.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2013 at 4:17 AM

From Insty there is this bit from al-Reuters:

Five outside technology experts interviewed by Reuters, however, say they believe flaws in system architecture, not traffic alone, contributed to the problems.

For instance, when a user tries to create an account on HealthCare.gov, which serves insurance exchanges in 36 states, it prompts the computer to load an unusually large amount of files and software, overwhelming the browser, experts said.

If they are right, then just bringing more servers online, as officials say they are doing, will not fix the site.

“Adding capacity sounds great until you realize that if you didn’t design it right that won’t help,” said Bill Curtis, chief scientist at CAST, a software quality analysis firm, and director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality. “The architecture of the software may limit how much you can add on to it. I suspect they’ll have to reconfigure a lot of it.” . . .

He said because so much traffic was going back and forth between the users’ computers and the server hosting the government website, it was as if the system was attacking itself.

Hancock described the situation as similar to what happens when hackers conduct a distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attack on a website: they get large numbers of computers to simultaneously request information from the server that runs a website, overwhelming it and causing it to crash or otherwise stumble. “The site basically DDOS’d itself,” he said.

Yes, the Healthcare.gov website is, essentially, attacking itself with its own programs and files because of poor design.

This points to a lack of actually knowing what the system was supposed to do from the very start because no one would triage the absolutely must-do at all costs functions from the ‘should have’ things like a decent layout to the ‘nice to have’ things like a nice color scheme for a website.

Function – first.
Usability – second.
Esthetics – third.

Yet we got reports that there were arguments about color schema for months before addressing the actual information that needs to be passed throughout the system.

Typical Leftism: make it look all pretty like a Potemkin village and no one will notice that there is little keeping the false fronts up. Save for that entire DDOS on itself deal which kills that… but that is mere FUNCTION and USABILITY, which must take back seat to, you know, pretty colors.

That is the description of a Death March project and the Canadians hired to do this must have scratched their heads and those that started on the project had to see what was coming and bailed out ASAP. Anyone in IT knows what this sort of attitude gets you. And now it is on full view for everyone to shake their heads at and ask: ‘what were they thinking?’

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Maybe they should ask Matt Drudge how it’s done.

Blacksheep on October 5, 2013 at 7:02 AM

more technicians working round-the-clock to fix problems,

The Obamacare site was built by a Canadian firm. That’s right, Barry Hussein outsourced this expensive and sensitive operation to a foreign company. An apparently incompetent foreign company. And according to American coders, much of the coding appears to have been outsourced to India.

So don’t worry about all the new billions that our government will have to spend on fixes. Just think of it as our contribution to keeping the world economy afloat, or another way of re-distributing Americans’ ill-gotten wealth to the more deserving!

AZCoyote on October 5, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I guess no one around here cares about the plight of those poor identity thieves who have bills to pay. They thought they were going to get this treasure trove of data on Oct. 1, and now since no one can get online there is no data to steal.

txmomof6 on October 5, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Happy Saturday, Patriots!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

– Ronald Reagan
My take: “The Shutdown : “A Republic, If You Can Keep it.””

kingsjester on October 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

0Trust

Bmore on October 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Peachy – we’ve got obama’care’ now and our land is loved and respected like never before.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 1:31 AM

LOL….I just heard that the French are asking WHAT the heck is happening in America and where is Thomas Jefferson?

csdeven on October 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Maybe they should ask Matt Drudge how it’s done.

Blacksheep on October 5, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Or an eighth-grader.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

To those who are eventually successful getting through the process, now try and make a doc appointment. he,he,he.

Kissmygrits on October 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Yeah you savaged Scott Walker over one word.
Big Whoop.
Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

One word that changes the entire story, but by all means, keep digging and double down on the petulance.

Maddie on October 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

666 comments? That’s appropriate.

Cleombrotus on October 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

gee whiz…

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

60s and 20 mph North winds in the metroplex this morning.
Waiting for the ‘bring in your pets’ and ‘protect your outdoor faucets’ warnings.
Coz just might need some pants.
:-)

pambi on October 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Walker didn’t say the “Feds should run the nation more like Wisconsin REPUBLICANS” (an assertion with which I would agree), he said “Walker who said that the “Feds should run the nation more like WISCONSIN.”

Worth losing your mind over I guess.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Yeah you savaged Scott Walker over one word.
Big Whoop.
Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Yup, doubling down on the petulance…

Maddie on October 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Johnson, the dean at Vanderbilt’s business school, says the Obama administration needed a better communication plan

Sounds like he’s applying to be the first Minister of Truth.

This administration has the only communication plan it wants… “We won.”

Freelancer on October 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Yup, doubling down on the petulance…

Maddie on October 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

You seem…obsessive. :)

Anti-Control on October 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

It is always something… now it’s the software… mostly it’s the message.

It’s not going to make it better if the computer works. It is bad legislation.

The best advertising… was a young man who says $180 a month is reasonable. I bet that is the 60% coverage too… and the deductible?

If that kid is a big enough moron to really go through with that rip off… he deserves his coming poverty.

They should be glad people can’t really figure out yet, that it is the law that is the problem.

I saw a young mother saying she didn’t get a subsidy with two young children and an income of $8.50 an hour!

It’s the legislation. Not the messaging, and not the computers.

petunia on October 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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