Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

posted at 6:01 pm on October 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

Sebelius told Congress this afternoon that she will indeed agree to testify about the O-Care rollout — just not this week, as she has a scheduling conflict. Here’s a question for her when she does via Byron York: How are they paying for this all-hands-on-deck salvage operation of Healthcare.gov, which even The One himself described as a “tech surge” in the Rose Garden today? I’m not asking that rhetorically, either. Appropriations can be very confusing; plenty of people watching the “defund” pageant play out assumed, I think, that a shutdown would mean choking off funding for ObamaCare until it was over. Not so, but you can understand why that mistaken impression might be had. Maybe York and I — and John Cornyn — are similarly mistaken and there’s an obvious source of funds for the “surge,” but if so, what?

Unless I missed it, neither O nor HHS has said how big the “tech surge” is. Maybe they’ve hired 200 people to come in and re-write millions of lines of code, or maybe they’ve convinced 10 highly regarded IT managers to come in and reorganize the site with the people already on staff. I can kinda sorta buy that the latter might work pro bono, for the glory of “rescuing” ObamaCare, but not the former. So if we’re talking about dozens or hundreds of new contractors, where’s that money coming from? The site already went wildly over budget earlier this year and, as York notes, the GOP has already once refused HHS any new money to implement the law, leading Sebelius to engage in an egregious shakedown of health-industry execs. Maybe those execs are paying for the “surge”; given that the insurance industry stands to be completely wrecked by a “death spiral” if the young and healthy don’t start enrolling soon, they have every incentive to scrape the money together even without Sebelius leaning on them. Or maybe it’s as simple as HHS moving already-appropriated money around to pay for this thing. If they have to cut corners on normal functions to keep their pet boondoggle from crashing on the launchpad, they’ll do it. But that gets us back to the question of how much money we’re talking about here. If they’ve already had to cover heavy cost overruns with the funds they have on hand, how much money’s left to pay for the “surge”?

Incredible though it may seem, what we’re going to see next month, I think, is Obama starting to pound the table and demand that Congress — including House Republicans — pony up however many millions he now needs for his big Healthcare.gov salvage operation. He can’t force them to do it, but he can beat on them for awhile when they refuse. Right before the shutdown, ObamaCare critic Avik Roy posted this poll noting that, when presented with a menu of possibilities for the program, a plurality of voters prefers trying to fix it to outright repeal:

I haven’t seen polling on fixing the website itself versus abandoning it or taking it down for awhile but you can imagine the same voter instinct applying to that — it just got started, it hasn’t had a chance yet, they have people who can fix it if only they had the money, blah blah blah. That still won’t move Republicans to appropriate the money, which means O’s problem in funding this boondoggle will remain unsolved for now, but it’ll give him a scapegoat if/when he’s forced to yank Healthcare.gov off the air for awhile. And you know how much he loves a scapegoat.

Here he is today announcing the “tech surge.” I simply cannot believe, given the total clusterfark potential this has for the White House, that they would choose to use Iraq war terminology in framing it for the public. Which is not to say it’s incorrect.


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they’re making it in “volume sales” on their new fangled website….

**ducks**

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Big Pharma?

portlandon on October 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

Silly, from 0bama money.

Or, 0bama’s stash.

The 0bama money tree.

Just ask those who worship him, they’ll tell ya’.

cozmo on October 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Obamabucks retards.

Bmore on October 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

This is like the Hoover Dam falling the f*ck apart on its first day of opening and having a “labor surge” try to fill in the holes.

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

We’ll see once the democrats devalue the Dollar by another 40%.

Murphy9 on October 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Obama will do the same thing all next year as people complain (assuming the ACA hasn’t plunged the country into recession or been put out to pasture beforehand) that they’re costs are too high; he’ll pound on Republicans for a tax increase. This will be the theme for retaking the House- those damned Republicans are protecting their rich friends and forsaking the middle class’ healthcare coverage.

BKeyser on October 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Not Ready on Day One

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

and where on earth did they come up with “tech surge”?? What a stupid ass confabulation. They had a billion bucks and 3.5 years and their piss ant website sh!t the bed on day one….and two… and everyday thereafter. Quite a rollout fellas. nice work./

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

BREAKING:

Blizzard Entertainment, makers of “World of Warcraft”, reports chaos in its online gaming forums as vast numbers of Chinese laborers previously engaged in “leveling up” for cash have been re-purposed to re-write the software applications for ObamaCare.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Way to appropriate “troop surge,” like the techies’ lives are on the line, or something.

Disgusting, deliberate, insensitive, and offensive.

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Here the blessed messiah is forced to come out and spin the fact that a paltry number have bought his crap sammich he’s been selling for three and a half YEARS!!!

Keep selling it champ!

PappyD61 on October 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Mitch is on Fox repeating his same old tired lines and saying nothing….

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

The GOP better not give Obama a friggin dime of additional money to try to salvage this disaster. If they do, then they will officially be funding Obamacare. No two ways about it.

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Mitch didn’t request the Kentucky Kickback and it saved taxpayers lots and lots of money…sheesh.

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Finally – the important questions that we need to be asking!

When BP had a drilling accident, Obama had no problem blackmailing cash out of them…. seems he should be calling CGI on the carpet and putting a bit of hurt on them.

2nd Ammendment Mother on October 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

BREAKING:

UPS delivery to White House reportedly contained single copy of “HTML for Dummies”.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

BTW, does the teleprompter tell Dear Leader when someone behind him is about to faint..?

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

A sammich he and members of Congress are immune from eating the same way the riff-raff citizenry have to.

Just keep saying……”It’s so yummy Mr. President, it tastes just like chicken.”

PappyD61 on October 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Way to appropriate “troop surge,” like the techies’ lives are on the line, or something.

Disgusting, deliberate, insensitive, and offensive.

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

That’s a bit absurd. A surge is a surge. The bigger question is in the headline- who is paying for it? And since the administration is still claiming that demand is overwhelming the system, what exactly is there to fix but capacity?

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

As mentioned in another thread, no need to spend any more money, someone already fixed it. Make sure to click on “Apply Now” to see the perfect fix. (this comes from AceofSpadesHQ)

neuquenguy on October 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

maybe Mark Zuckerberg can get his Mexican mafia to lay off the immigration hacking and donate their valuable time and expertise to this effort

DanMan on October 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I simply cannot believe, given the total clusterfark potential this has for the White House, that they would choose to use Iraq war terminology in framing it for the public.

The post-Obama surge was Afghanistan, and only things in the Obama era count (unless you need a scapegoat). You might say that that was ultimately a failure, but Obama would see it differently; after all, if it was his choice, can it really be worse than the alternatives? “Of course we live in the best of all possible worlds!” — Obama/Candide

calbear on October 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Mitch is on Fox repeating his same old tired lines and saying nothing….

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Yeah, he left me with the feeling that he’d be right there arm-in-arm with Ted Cruz if there were more Republicans in the Senate. /

Primary his ass. The Senate GOP could have forced concessions if they had put up a fight against Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Ever wonder what happened to those massively incompetent micro$oft programmers that created the atrocity called “Vista” – one of the worst OS EVER ? Visit heathcare.gov to enjoy their latest creation.

TeaPartyNation on October 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

what exactly is there to fix but capacity?

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

good catch, back to the dual drive IBM PC, format the output array to a larger size and put in the 528k disk!

DanMan on October 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

“Everybody who wants to get insurance from the marketplace can get insurance.”

The problem is that no one wants to get insurance from the marketplace. Especially not the young folks that need to be paying into it for it to work. ObamaFail is the best thing they ever heard of…so long as they don’t actually have to pay for it. That’s the unmentioned billion pound gorilla in the room. The one that’s about to pound the Dems into dust before it’s all over with.

HotAirian on October 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Required reading: Fred Brooks — The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

SunSword on October 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I think we all know the answer to the question…”Who is going to pay?”

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

Crack, pimpin, dog fights… the usual stuff for Obama types. And Republican complicity.

WhatSlushfund on October 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I heard Mitch complaining that there are only 45 Republicans in the Senate, I counted only 19, and he wasn’t one of them. He sold what’s left of his soul to the Obama administration.

savage24 on October 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

More spoons!

Milton Friedman recalled traveling to [China] in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built.

He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.”

To which Milton replied: “If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.”

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I think the money is coming from selling unicorn ivory.

No Truce With Kings on October 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Squirrel: Website/surge

Real disaster: 500,000 people applied, saw the premiums AND DID NOT SIGN UP

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Funny that the REB had the very best tech people at work on his campaign GOTV for months and months, and resulted in one of the key advantages over Governor Romney.

Yet when the time came to set up his crowning achievement they hired a bunch of incompetent bunglers.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

It’s OK though, because those 500,000 have already given their personal info over so they can be fined on April 15th.

Idiots!

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Unless I missed it, neither O nor HHS has said how big the “tech surge” is. Maybe they’ve hired 200 people to come in and re-write millions of lines of code, or maybe they’ve convinced 10 highly regarded IT managers

Now thats a really bad idea. Managers unless they’ve been engineers are not going to fix this. One effective experienced enterprise application architect can sort the mess.

Required reading: Fred Brooks — The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

SunSword on October 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I have seen, endured, a lot of that work played out IRL over and over. Those who fail to learn from history etc.

dogsoldier on October 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

If the GOP corpse wasn’t dead, they would be asking this question long before pundits have to raise it.

Idiots.

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

The Obamassiah never makes a mistake! The Obamassiah never commits an error! ALL failure is blamed on others.

All Hail the Obamassiah!

GarandFan on October 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Yes we can

Yes we can

Yes we can

Is the website ready now?

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

200 more people chanting won’t fix it.

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Another point. The Obama administration has proven itself incapable of accomplishing enrollment into Obamacare (the simple part of the equation). A year from now when you get an erroneous bill for $3000 of services during a hospital stay you will not be able to refuse to pay while the charge is in dispute. The IRS doesn’t care. If the Obama adminstration can’t handle the sign up process, what makes anybody think they can handle the actual operation of the full program?

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Funny that the REB had the very best tech people at work on his campaign GOTV for months and months, and resulted in one of the key advantages over Governor Romney.

Yet when the time came to set up his crowning achievement they hired a bunch of incompetent bunglers.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

GOTV efforts are really easy when you have the NSA setting up your databases. Or do you really believe it was done by grassroots activism. Put another way, did OFA know who to target by the NSA or by liberals tattling on their neighbors?

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Recall the Afghanistan surge and you’ll know how this story ends.

Plus, obama’s and his donors’ pockets will be stuffed even thicker.

Work harder, fools of the land. Life is good…for them.

Welcome to the U.S. of Zimbabwe, with O’Mugabe at the helm.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Please, Allah, and any other sane person who reads comments here.

Please listen to “the 5″ today on Fox, the reruns or online or something.

Please note that the conservative guy, whose name slips my mind right now, admitted to Dana Perino, that they would be happier with only 30 Republicans in the Senate, rather than 45 or more if the others disagreed with him and the “conservatives”.

We must stop allowing these people to have so much power in the Republican Party. They want us to lose.

They are fine with Socialism, as long as Republicans are pure.

We need to purge them. They are not Republicans. I don’t know what stupid kind of logic that is, but I want to get the Socialists out of power!

I want conservative small government.

petunia on October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

On funding tech surge, will Obama’s vastly wealthy supporters in tech biz announce some sort of patriotic pro-bono Obamacare rescue effort?

Sure…but only to foil stuffing their and obama’s own pockets with taxpayers’ dough.

Work harder!!! It’s patriotic!

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Oh to be a FOO.

Friend Of Obama. Sometimes paybacks to some people aren’t a bi*ch. I bet Brayam’s lining up for some of the cash. You know he being Canadian and a Tech Guru and all.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 21, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Those fools who stand behind obama, always, look like commie marionettes.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:42 PM

We must stop allowing these people to have so much power in the Republican Party. They want us to lose.

They are fine with Socialism, as long as Republicans are pure.

We need to purge them. They are not Republicans. I don’t know what stupid kind of logic that is, but I want to get the Socialists out of power!

I want conservative small government.

petunia on October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

You harlot

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Have you NO shame petunia?

You hate the land’s kids as much as does obama.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I want conservative small government.

petunia on October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

NO, you don’t, you RINO derelict, you. YOU made your case clear, repeatedly.

To think that I tried to give you a break…

You’re NO different from Nancy Pelosi. YOU, her and obama want the same thing. Yes, you can add all the RINOs. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a TEA party (taxed enough already).

2014 will be glorious, against all of you…keep enraging and berating the good TEA folks who try to save the land.

If you are young, you a derelict who’s shooting herself in the head.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

you’re a derelict…

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I hear they are bringing in the folks from pets.com, webvan.com, etoys.com, GeoCities, NewCoke, BetaMax, Edsel, and the inventor of twerking.

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Maybe petunia is Dana Perino, the scumhag who’s now totally for amnesty.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Updated website home page just released.

hillsoftx on October 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I’d like to see some transparency in regards to the Obamacare advertising budget. How big is that? Where does that money come from?

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

You right wing wingnuts don’t realize that the website works perfectly in Braille.

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

breaking news:

WASHINGTON—Responding to widespread criticism regarding its health care website, the federal government today unveiled its new, improved Obamacare program, which allows Americans to purchase health insurance after installing a software bundle contained on 35 floppy disks. “I have heard the complaints about the existing website, and I can assure you that with this revised system, finding the right health care option for you and your family is as easy as loading 35 floppy disks sequentially into your disk drive and following the onscreen prompts,” President Obama told reporters this morning, explaining that the nearly three dozen 3.5-inch diskettes contain all the data needed for individuals to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, while noting that the updated Obamacare software is mouse-compatible and requires a 386 Pentium processor with at least 8 MB of system RAM to function properly. “Just fire up MS-DOS, enter ‘A:\>dir *.exe’ into the command line, and then follow the instructions to install the Obamacare batch files—it should only take four or five hours at the most. You can press F1 for help if you run into any problems. And be sure your monitor’s screen resolution is at 320 x 200 or it might not display properly.” Obama added that the federal government hopes to have a six–CD-ROM version of the program available by 2016.

well finally

http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-improved-obamacare-program-released-on-35-flop,34294/

r keller on October 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

WholeFoods has a special this week

Buy 5 lbs of arugula, get free healthcare for a month

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

From the SLUSH FUND!
[***Jingles change jar and makes loud slurping sound with the straw in his slushie***]

Glenn Jericho on October 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Calm down everybody. The web site is the easy part. Just wait until the delivery cycle starts with millions of new medicaid moochers flooding the system with splinters and colds. That is when the system folds.

I highly suggest getting any elective surgery done ASAP.

jukin3 on October 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

If Obama wants money, the GOP should demand a full technical assessment of the problems–by their experts. By which I mean Tea Party experts. (I’m available on a contract basis.)

I’m not suggesting a blackwash. Just an assessment that will not be a whitewash. It would be interesting to know, for example, whether they kept tracking curves on the number and severity of problems found, fixed, resolved, and re-occurred. If they didn’t gather the info and keep the curves, then either they expected the information gleaned to be unbearably bad or they didn’t know what they were doing in managing a software project–and the result will be unbearably bad.

njcommuter on October 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I want conservative small government.
 
petunia on October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

 
Circa Bush 2006?

rogerb on October 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

The $2B man is writing them a personal check…

Gohawgs on October 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Well you see it goes like this. Now that the money has already been spent or promised to vendors who performed services, the GOP House after the Senate drafts a bill will have no choice, no choice mind you, but to vote to fund it. That’s what we will be told when all is said and done.

bgibbs1000 on October 21, 2013 at 7:17 PM

GOP needs to get ahead of the blame game. This POS system will NEVER work so Obama will need an enemy to blame. This is dangerous stuff. He will drive the country into civil war before he gives ground.

Mason on October 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I love these hypothetical conversations, designed to remind us of the old “Constitutional Republic” days. We are in the days now of a dictator, a la Sulla in Rome.

MTF on October 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Funny that the REB had the very best tech people at work on his campaign GOTV for months and months, and resulted in one of the key advantages over Governor Romney.

Yet when the time came to set up his crowning achievement they hired a bunch of incompetent bunglers.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I’ll play the part of The Voice of Doom for a moment here, following:

Maybe the Obamacare site/process is designed to fail, to be mindnumbingly, absurdly, horribly dysfunctional in order to create a massive public outcry, such that HILLARY CAN SWOOP IN AND *MAJIKALLY* RESOLVE.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Updated website home page just released.

hillsoftx on October 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I’d like to see the memo from the meeting about how to pick the white chick…so “racist” and un-PC of them…

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I thought it was supposed to reduce the deficit?!!!

Republicans should hit the airwaves with the expenses so far, plus the additional promo and tech surge costs versus the projected costs. They should remind everyone the law is new and the overspending is just beginning.

HellCat on October 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Yet when the time came to set up his crowning achievement they hired a bunch of incompetent bunglers.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I’ll play the part of The Voice of Doom for a moment here, following:

Maybe the Obamacare site/process is designed to fail, to be mindnumbingly, absurdly, horribly dysfunctional in order to create a massive public outcry, such that HILLARY CAN SWOOP IN AND *MAJIKALLY* RESOLVE.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Because the DNC needs a very big crises to usher in “Savior Hillary” to hold every hand of every gullible, hapless voter who is just, oh, so in neeeed of her salvation.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

As a Federal Contractor I can tell you doing work for free is illegal, and could be considered a bribe, illegal lobby, etc.

So no pro bono work.

AJStrata on October 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

…the overspending is just beginning.

HellCat on October 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I’ll repeat that:

THE OVERSPENDING IS JUST BEGINNING.

This is what happens when you have ONE FRICKIN’ WEEK of Obama/Dem “healthcare” horror. One week. ONE WEEK! Billions lost, just, whoosh, disappeared, bad-to-insanely-awful results, demands (“we NEEED it”) for more and right-away! Must have $fix, nowwww.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

…demands (“we NEEED it”) for more and right-away! Must have $fix, nowwww.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

That ^^ part, CLOSING ‘SARC’ TAG.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Turn the fire hose of funding on for the surge and walk away, this is one slippery slope. 17T ? I can see 23T in 3 years if they keep going with this.

jake49 on October 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

As if the people getting “free” healthcare are going to give a flying flip about what it takes to get them signed up. It’s Obama stash.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

The $2B man is writing them a personal check…

Gohawgs on October 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Carlos Slim in Mexico…

George Soros from Hell…

Mark Zuckerberg from Hackateria…

Google’s clique?

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Quick, somebody find that $328 Billion that President Obama borrowed last week….

Just one day after President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default, the US debt surged a record $328 billion, the first day the government was able to borrow money.

http://rt.com/usa/us-debt-record-default-obama-412/

wren on October 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

The $2B man is writing them a personal check…

Gohawgs on October 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Carlos Slim in Mexico…

George Soros from Hell…

Mark Zuckerberg from Hackateria…

Google’s clique?

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Slim and Zuckerberg and Soros are hot on the nation’s neck to squeak as many onto Obamacare and into the DNC voting rolls as possible. What was that about Slim-funded “Obama phones” “free” to those who signup at Obamacare? And Zuckerberg hosting his hackathon for/with illegal aliens?

These Leftwing people are never, ever to be trusted and Zuckerberg the rat is why I never use facebook.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Sebelius told Congress this afternoon that she will indeed agree to testify about the O-Care rollout — just not this week, as she has a scheduling conflict.

This is one case where I would support a boondoggle journey by a bunch of Congressmen. The entire committee should fly out to the gala event for Kennedy that Sebelius is doing the night before …. and set up a table and some microphones so she can answer a few questions.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Late to the game but @ : neuquenguy on October 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

That was effing hilarious! Thank you for the shitngiggles… ;)

Scrumpy on October 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

Remember that ridiculous so-called “interview” with Obama from a week or two ago? He was asked what the best thing was about being President.

He responded, he “could call anyone…and they’d take (his) call” or otherwise talk with anyone on the phone at any time, no one refused his call.

The Left has major billionaire dough on it’s side, Gates, Zuckerberg, Lucas/Spielberg/Katzenberg/et al., Buffett, mysteriously out-of-the-media spotlight investors and “fund managers”, media players, heck, even actors on Left have many hundreds of millions readily available, not to mention (again) George Soros. Look at what Bill Clinton’s garnered (in the hundreds of millions) just by being a celebrity asking for money.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Dude.

They’re digitizing money.

He’s not going to ask Congress for jack squat.

Barry’s simply going to pull it from leftover Stimulus or another one of his half-assed projects.

The “rally” Zero held today should tell you he doesn’t care.

budfox on October 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Obviously all the money will come from the savings from closing the national monuments. Or something.

torerodrizzle on October 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

Remember that ridiculous so-called “interview” with Obama from a week or two ago? He was asked what the best thing was about being President.

He responded, he “could call anyone…and they’d take (his) call” or otherwise talk with anyone on the phone at any time, no one refused his call.

The Left has major billionaire dough on it’s side, Gates, Zuckerberg, Lucas/Spielberg/Katzenberg/et al., Buffett, mysteriously out-of-the-media spotlight investors and “fund managers”, media players, heck, even actors on Left have many hundreds of millions readily available, not to mention (again) George Soros. Look at what Bill Clinton’s garnered (in the hundreds of millions) just by being a celebrity asking for money.

Lourdes on October 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Except it’s illegal to spend any money that Congress has not appropriated. Private donations are no exception.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

AJStrata on October 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

True. 31 U.S.C. 1342

An officer or employee of the United States Government or of the District of Columbia government may not accept voluntary services for either government or employ personal services exceeding that authorized by law except for emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property. This section does not apply to a corporation getting amounts to make loans (except paid in capital amounts) without legal liability of the United States Government. As used in this section, the term “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property” does not include ongoing, regular functions of government the suspension of which would not imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 21, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Except it’s illegal to spend any money that Congress has not appropriated. Private donations are no exception.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

You say that as though its legality would actually matter to our pReznit.
If he wants to do it…it must be legal.

Solaratov on October 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

It’s other people’s money; Duh Won will spare no expense.

Philly on October 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Tech splurge

Philly on October 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM

BTW, does the teleprompter tell Dear Leader when someone behind him is about to faint..?

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

You noticed that too, eh? The prompter text is pre-loaded, it’s not typed in on-the-fly. The only way it tells him to turn and look behind him is if it was already in the message. Pre-scheduled. Astroturf. Fake, just like every other fscking thing associated with the Jarrett administration.

Fainting O’bots are nothing new – it’s been standard fare since his first campaign. Having it happen directly behind him, where it’s guaranteed to be on-camera is original, however. I’m surprised they didn’t script him to run over and give her the “kiss of life”. Like Booker.

bofh on October 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

BS on this thread. There is no way after this debacle that the folks are going to say it’s OK to waste more money after we’ve wasted one billion already. The folks hate this law and the dems are going to get creamed. Cruz is also going to look like a hero when the dust settles. He tried to save us from this agony, but the dems forced it down our throats.

Ta111 on October 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I want conservative small government.

petunia on October 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

…ah…yeah…sure!

KOOLAID2 on October 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Yes, it was certainly a great idea to divert the country’s attention away from ObamaCare’s building catastrophe and Obama’s general internationally recognized incompetence and weakness for three weeks with a government shutdown.

Adjoran on October 22, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Answer: Duh! Stupid question.

The Federal Reserve is printing $85B per month.

Carnac on October 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Ta111 on October 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

You appear to be innocently ignorant. This is a world where you can get many Americans to sign a petition to institute an “Orwellian Police State” modeled after Nazi Fascism.
Video Link

Carnac on October 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM