Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on November 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Bill Clinton — the man President Barack Obama once dubbed his “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” — once again has some explaining of his own to do with the Obama White House.

In an interview released Tuesday, Clinton called for a fix to the Affordable Care Act that would put an end to the wave of insurance cancellations that have been a public relations disaster for the White House and prompted Obama to apologize last week for having repeatedly assured Americans that they could keep their insurance if they liked it.

Clinton’s endorsement of legislation to address the cancellation issue again put the former president in a place Obama had refused to go — a familiar spot for the Oval Office’s current occupant…

Aides to Hillary Clinton did not respond to a request for comment about whether Bill Clinton’s views reflect her own.

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House speaker John Boehner says in a statement that he agrees with former president Bill Clinton when it comes to “honoring the committment” President Obama made that if Americans like their health plans they can keep them.

“I applaud President Clinton for joining the bipartisan call for President Obama to keep his promise to the American people,” said Boehner in his statement. These comments signify a growing recognition that Americans were misled when they were promised that they could keep their coverage under President Obama’s health care law. The entire health care law is a train wreck that needs to go. And while the two parties may disagree on that point, it shouldn’t stop reasonable Democrats from working with us to shield Americans from its most egregious consequences – like the millions of current health plans being canceled.”

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Mr. Clinton’s comment adds to the already intense pressure on the White House from both political parties. It carries special weight given the former president’s role in Mr. Obama’s re-election bid and Mr. Clinton’s own long history of involvement with health care policy…

But it is unclear what kind of administrative fix the White House could propose that might satisfy the president’s critics and the Americans who are losing their insurance. White House officials say they do not want to embrace a solution that allows insurance companies to sell what they consider to be cheap and substandard policies.

One option would be for the administration to somehow compensate people who have been kicked off their policies and now face higher premiums for better coverage. But it is not clear how the White House would propose to pay for such a plan, or whether it could do it without legislation.

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“We have created a tiff – in the media – we have created a tiff between President Clinton,” Belcher continued before Blitzer interrupted him.

“We created Bill Clinton?” the CNN anchor asked. “How did we create Bill Clinton?”

“We’re reporting that – what Bill Clinton is saying which is, in fact, exactly what the president said to NBC,” Belcher submitted. “He talked about how we should fix this and people who want to keep their health care plans, we should work out a way to fix this.”

“There is not an inch of difference between where Bill Clinton is and where the president is,” Belcher concluded. “This is a creation of the media.”

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Dem leaders are also pressing members internally with the case (which they are also making publicly) that the Upton plan would essentially preserve the worst aspects of the individual insurance market — allowing discrimination against people with preexisting conditions and allowing higher charges to women — thus undermining Obamacare’s protections, the source says.

The source adds that Bill Clinton’s widely reported comments today are not making this any easier for Democrats. Clinton said that “the president should honor the commitment” made to people who want to keep their insurance, “even if it takes a change in the law.” This sounded a bit like Clinton was trying to echo Obama’s own similar comments to NBC last week — in which he agreed a fix was necessary for these folks and said such a fix is forthcoming – but made a hash of it. However, Clinton’s spokespeople have not clarified the remark — which has also been distinctly unhelpful for Dems, according to my source — and so the damage is done.

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Hours after Clinton’s comments, the U.S. Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Richard Durbin of Illinois, said that although the White House has long resisted alterations to the Affordable Care Act, Democrats should be open to “constructive changes” to improve the law also known as Obamacare.

Another influential senator, California’s Dianne Feinstein, issued a statement shortly afterward, saying that she would join Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, in sponsoring a bill that would allow Americans to keep their current insurance plans, even if the plans do not meet the new law’s standards for coverage.

“Too many Americans are struggling to make ends meet,” Feinstein said in a statement. “We must ensure that in our effort to reform the healthcare system, we do not allow unintended consequences to go unaddressed.”

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The irony of Bill Clinton coming out to advise that Obamacare be changed — somehow — to let everyone keep their current plans is that he’s the reason Obama made the disastrous promise in the first place.

Veterans of the effort to pass Clinton’s health-care plan believed that their core mistake was producing a plan that upended the insurance arrangements of almost every American…

In this, the plan violated the fundamental paradox of health-care polling, which is that even though most Americans believe the health-care system is a mess, they’re reasonably happy with the insurance they have…

But it’s a bit rich for Clinton to argue for a plan that leaves everyone’s insurance unchanged. When he managed this policy process, he believed the optimum policy upended almost everything. He knows that it’s functionally impossible to reform the health-care market if you upend nothing. This is the kind of argument that, in another context, Clinton would be delighting in explaining, carefully and persuasively, why it’s so very wrong.

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Via the Daily Rushbo.

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The few times I was in Singapore, Raffles was a must-go. Me, I always had my usual, Crown on the rocks with a splash of water, but I can’t tell you how many Slings I bought and witnessed their recipients enjoy, and all the crazy sh!t that happened afterward. I swear they add something else into the Slings, something like Absinthe but without the licorice flavor, maybe. Or, who knows what else, but it’s fun to watch, for sure.

TXUS on November 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM

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I think the Raffles actually “channels the energy” of its earlier days in some manner that affects people visiting it in our time.

The first night we visited was fairly slow. There was a group at a table – mostly Europeans who were chatting away amiably until someone mentioned something and then two of the Europeans sang a song in French (decent voices, good cadence, clear phrasing) and the bar went quiet. They finished, there was a polite smattering of applause and then everybody turned back to their drinks like, “Oh yeah, that happens to all of us all the time.”

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – “Tijuana Taxi” (Scopitone video!)

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 12:47 AM

The coffee shop, off the lobby, is superb…for the baked goods and old world/British class, very expensive too.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM

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The Raffles is, in some respects, one of the most British places in the world … except that unlike many places in Britain, the food is quite good.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I’ve been told the following cannot work but I’m not sure why it wouldn’t work.

O’care is a total and complete disaster. ANd, no programmer can fix it – one “glitch” gets fixed but creates others – that’s the way programming works. ANd, when an agency is foolish enough to hire a non-American company, buddies of the president or his wife, etc. and expect by telling them what to do, it will happen – well, when did they become magicians?

Programming is a very precise business – works or doesn’t work, period.

SO, what to do – every insurance company knows who was insured at any given point in time. Scrap O’care, return everyone to the status they had 3/1/2013 and the the Rs better have a plan that will work better, period. No central control – get people into the private market buying only catastrophic
care if they want it, other coverage if they want it.

We cannot continue this but Rs MUST HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE.

Summary, reset to 3/1/2013; lay out new plan and go.

MN J on November 13, 2013 at 12:52 AM

You have some wonderful stories to tell, so do tell! :D Pictures don’t always tell the story so well anyway…

Scrumpy on November 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM


Thank you, Scrumpy!
Very kind of you to say so.

Though I believe you have Swooshed out for the night.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

does anybody know if Mooch’s BFF from Canada was ever
a part of Mooch’s Vacation travel junkets..??
the Africa one maybe ??…
2008 or 2012 campaigns???
i bet if we look deep enough we will see her name
turn up somewhere else besides soft ware pirate..
would she happen to have a swiss account for her n Mooch..??
id like to hear more about that connection..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Cheap Trick – “Taxman, Mr. Thief”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Adagio in G Minor – Albinoni

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Pictures don’t always tell the story so well anyway…

Scrumpy on November 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Thank you, Scrumpy! Very kind of you to say so.

Though I believe you have Swooshed out for the night.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

You tell your story very well, indeed, and if you tell me…I’m sitting at that table with you…if you show me a photo… I’m not. :)

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Hey g2m, did you ever see/hear these MI guys? One of the best-ever power trios imo.

Ursa Major – “Silverspoon”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Clair de Lune – Debussy

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

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Deep, deep space…

Oxygene II by Jean Michel Jarre

This is what I wish more science fiction movies were like.

MichaelGabriel on November 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Love this guy – used to play him on the radio a lot in my “radio days”……

williamg on November 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

It’s easy for Clinton to diss Obamacare. It’s not like his girlfriends need birth control anyway.

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Scrumpy on November 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM

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You might find this post from another haunt of mine of interest:

Let’s stomp on a few of the more “tin foil hat” aspects of smart meters:

They are cell phones and radiating RF fields that will mess with your mind, cause cancer, etc.

Bad news, folks – the transformer near your house and the powerlines feeding it and your house have been generating FAR stronger RF fields for the last 100+ years. If the RF fields were going to kill you, you would already be dead.

The smart meters allow the government to track everything you do inside your house.

Well, if you have cable TV, internet and/or a land line this capability already exists to a far more sophisticated degree and has been in place for the last 20+ years. In fact, if you can read this post – your tin foil hat isn’t going to protect you UNTIL you go completely off the grid. Say hello to Grizzly Adams for me.

Smart meters cause high pitched whining sounds.

Uhmmm, no – old age causes high pitched whining sounds and your great grandparents just accepted it.

What smart meters DO allow is for the power company to automate the sequence in which houses come back on line after a power failure.

Instead of EVERY single appliance, AC unit, etc in ALL the houses ALL hitting the electrical grid simultaneously with their peak loads and causing the grid to immediately FAIL again …

… now the system “turns on” each house individually, sees the load, re-balances the load on the grid and then turns on the next house – faster than you can see it happen.

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I have a smart meter and the local energy company is trying to talk me into them paying me money so they can ADD a device that would allow them to sequence my heat pump turning on with other folks AC units in the grid.

(For those who are not aware, the time it takes any motor to get up to full speed draws a LOT more power than is required to keep the motor running once it is up to speed.)

They would credit me a set amount for letting them install the device and then every time they used it to sequence the timing by a few seconds, I would get an additional credit towrds my account.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

long time ago…dick wagner is a hero in Mi…

he also played on Lou Reeds rock n roll animal album..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Republicans should stop taking the boob bait of the press. The story of the day is ObamaCare and the pain it is causing the Democrats. That story is not being fully explored. We are not seeing pieces on Captol Hill Democrats rethinking their four-year-long lockstep backing of a program that is failing massively and before the nation’s eyes. I’m not seeing “Pelosi Agonistes: The Speaker Who Said ‘We Have to Pass It to Find Out What’s In It’ Has Some Regrets.” We’re not seeing “Democratic House Group Meets, Anguishes, Decides on New Path.” We’re not reading “Dem Sens From Red States Bolt: ‘It Only Takes One to Start a Jailbreak.’”

The focus of political journalism now should be on what’s happening on the Democratic side, because ObamaCare is a Democratic program. They bought it, they built it, what now?

Democrats aren’t talking about that, at least on the record, and none of them colorfully. They’re in the domestic political/policy debacle of their lives and their reaction is discretion. Some of them are loyal, some of them are kind. Some of them think in terms of blind team-ism. Some of them fear reprisal from the party’s enforcers. Some are stupid and don’t understand the fix they’re in. But many of them are simply disciplined.

What are we seeing on the Republican side? Nonstop taking of the press’s boob bait. “Potential Christie Rival Says He’s Not Conservative,” “GOP Readies for 2016 Battle Reflecting Party Divisions,” “GOPer: ‘Moderation the Path,’” “GOPer: Why Do Women Hate Us?” “Establishment Hates Grass Roots,” “Grass Roots Hates Establishment,” “Libertarians Hate Everyone,” “Everyone Hates Them,” “Republican: Even I Hate Me.”

Someone should tell Republicans that the story now, next week and this winter is ObamaCare, not 2016. It is what to do about ObamaCare. 2016 is not the subject now, it is a changing of the subject.

Peggy Noonan

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

sleep well ms J…

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Mind positively BOGGLED that there is a place in this world where the taxi drivers MUST avoid the whores… It’s the law…

PointnClick on November 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM


Ahhhhhhh … not so fast grasshopper.

Ask me some night at a time earlier than this about the “shift change” at the corner of Claymore & Claymore (no, that is not a typo) in Singapore.

When you hear that story, you will be able to shake your head and listen to your brain rattle around inside of it like a pea

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I meant that the drinks are expensive…the ceiling is too :)

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

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If it were possible to buy a ceiling fan like that, I would get one and damn the cost – they are just so cool to watch.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Nite J. Wonderful music. Sleep well.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 1:14 AM

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

As a boy, my mother made me play piano and this was one of her favorites, don’t know why. She was a country girl, but probably didn’t want me to show up in pool halls and bars so tried that on me. But that’s something she couldn’t stop, really.

She died some time ago, but I have a couple of horses named Franz and Lizst, in her honor. My ranch hands call them Frawns and Leest, knowing not a thing for why they were so named or even how their names are spelled. She would like that.

TXUS on November 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM

The Rach 5, dude!

williamg on November 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Yikes…s/he fooled you…must have been Thai.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM


“You want girl? That very expensive, take money up front to arrange.”

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

…sweet despair

equanimous on November 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

long time ago…dick wagner is a hero in Mi…

he also played on Lou Reeds rock n roll animal album..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

*LIKE*

williamg on November 13, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Singapore sounds kind of scary, if clean. I want to take a deeper look at the book I’ve been pushing, but I only heard that their medical system is good (not their overall govt). And as far as their medical system, we would want to extract from it what would be good for us.

On the face of it I’m thinking if we all had big medical savings accounts, that are “heritable,” and insurance was not even needed in most cases (except perhaps extreme catastrophic or something), that would seem to be… great. Instead of pouring $ down an insurance rathole and / or being dependent on employers, we build up an asset that will take care of us. And we can pass this account on to our children or whoever. And critically, we care deeply about what services cost, and service providers oblige us with catering to our needs and cost sensitivity in an explicit way.

In Singapore, costs are dramatically lower, I hear. Dramatically lower costs would solve our medical problem. Forget about inane Obamacare that is going to further explode the costs of medical care with huge inflation, just like the infusion of govt funds from Medicare did.

anotherJoe on November 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

long time ago…dick wagner is a hero in Mi…

he also played on Lou Reeds rock n roll animal album..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Dick on guitar, Greg Arama from The Amboy Dukes, and Ricky Mangione on drums…all great, and they meshed so well! :)

Did you catch them live?

James Gang – “The Bomber”

Think Boston might have listened to this one?

James Gang – “Tend My Garden/Garden Gate”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Ricky Mangione

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I’m gratified to know that you’re a classicist like myself, PolAgnotic. Any other drink would have been a sacrilege. :)

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM


Well…
One must try to maintain certain standards. Otherwise, how would our “betters” have any clue how to behave?

;->

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:21 AM

We cannot continue this but Rs MUST HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE.

Summary, reset to 3/1/2013; lay out new plan and go.

MN J on November 13, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Repeal Obamacare. Period. That is all that you need to do.

If you want to further improve the Healthcare system, get the Federal Government out of it. Repeal Medicare and Medicaid. Leave such things completely up to the individual States. Allow insurance to be sold across State lines; there is no reason why it should not be able to be sold in that way. Remove the tax incentives which create the third party payer system through the employer.

All of these are government created problems. Remove them and things will drastically improve.

Theophile on November 13, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Did you catch them live?
Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

no not on his solo early stuff..
first time i saw dick play was with Cooper…mid 70′s..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Noonan is a flukeing moron, from the so-called right. This is what she advised the Oaf in Chief to do, bef. obama’care’ was forced upon the land. Now she laments that he didn’t listen to her. What a scumhag she is. Go down, with him and his fiasco, you witch.

“Then, at the end,” said FDR, “get your Democratic majorities to make one little change in the program—it’s now open to all. You don’t have to be 65. The uninsured can enroll. Do it in the dead of night if you have to, you’ve got the votes.” Such a program, he said, after so many institutional and structural changes, would of course have to have a new name. “I’d suggest ‘The National Health Service.’”

“Voilà. You now have the single-payer system you wanted.” “Everybody wins. You get expansion, Republicans get cost control, the system is made more secure, and the public for once isn’t terrified.”

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 1:27 AM

The Rach 5, dude!

williamg on November 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Woody Woodpecker – “Convict Concerto”

Woody is a shy piano tuner who is held at gunpoint by a bank robber named Mugsy (Dal McKennon) who is on the lam. Mugsy hides out inside the grand piano Woody is tuning, and directs him to start playing immediately. Mugsy plays part of Frédéric Chopin’s Funeral March to threaten Woody, who replies with a rousing rendition of Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” He manages to play the entire piece while being harassed by the gun-wielding Mugsy as well as a bricks-for-brains policeman (Daws Butler) hot on the trail of the stolen loot.

Mugsy refers to Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff when he quips to Woody “Keep up the good work, Rachmaninoff!”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM

On the face of it I’m thinking if we all had big medical savings accounts, that are “heritable,” and insurance was not even needed in most cases (except perhaps extreme catastrophic or something), that would seem to be… great. Instead of pouring $ down an insurance rathole and / or being dependent on employers, we build up an asset that will take care of us. And we can pass this account on to our children or whoever. And critically, we care deeply about what services cost, and service providers oblige us with catering to our needs and cost sensitivity in an explicit way.

In Singapore, costs are dramatically lower, I hear. Dramatically lower costs would solve our medical problem. Forget about inane Obamacare that is going to further explode the costs of medical care with huge inflation, just like the infusion of govt funds from Medicare did.

anotherJoe on November 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

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You can accomplish MOST of what you are looking for with TWO changes to what we have had in this country.

1) Tort reform – Trial lawyers are frequently racketeers – get a malpractice or accident/injury firm up and running and most insurance companies will settle for known amounts. Multiply by hundreds or thousands of clients and you can be as rich as that paragon of virtue, John Edwards. Counterpoint to limiting award and appeals process – give the trial judge the right to suspend a doctor’s license to practice medicine, NOT a medical review board a quack doctor’s lawyer can tie up in knots.

2) Incentivize the use of HSA with tax breaks and one year rollovers AND provide a public “schedule of fees”, that are based on what the big insurance companies pay, the consumer can pay AT THE TIME OF SERVICE from their HSA. Take the insurance middlemen and time to collect payment costs out of doctors’s daily grind and they can “optimize” their business. This is what doctors who are setting themselves up as “concierge practices” are doing.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM

…sweet despair

equanimous on November 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Nils Lofgren – “Moon Tears” (featuring Legs & Co)

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM

i read a bit somewhere that in Singapore they also have
flooded the market with doctor and nursing scholorships
to keep rates lower..
the grads are put in like indentured service for repayment

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

…I like it, I like it

equanimous on November 13, 2013 at 1:43 AM

no not on his solo early stuff..
first time i saw dick play was with Cooper…mid 70′s..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Featuring Steve Hunter and Dick on guitar.

Great (original) video:

Alice Cooper – “Cold Ethyl”

Better audio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DJKd7y3ISc

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:48 AM

…I like it, I like it

equanimous on November 13, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Me too!

The Rezillos – “I Like It”

Mummy The Peepshow – “I Bub You Bub”

Teaze – “Sweet Misery”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 1:59 AM

for just over billion dollars a year you could flood the US market with qualified talent..
10,000 doctor scolorships at 50k/yr…. 500million
25,000 nurse scolorships at 25k/yr…. 625million
25,000 other med scolorships at 20k/yr…. 500million
design and build clinics like they were a fast food resturant..
5 million each….100 clinics… 500 million…
this would cost 2.25 billion a year..
within 10 years we would have 100,000 new doctors
250,000 new nurses
250,000 new other meds..
and a thousand new clinics…
22.5 billion total…plus supplies…
each student works off a percentage of tuition to staff the clinics…
park that next to across state lines
and tort reform that is real…
pre-existing conditions…
maybe something like that …
without the government takeover..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM

and yes i know flooding the market keeps costs down…
General Motors did just that with the cost of Designers..
they give the comunity colleges money to keep the costs
of Unigraphics UGII classes cheap..so that Detroit always
has a crop of cheap young designers…
now these youngsters dont know anything about design
but they know how the design software works and then GM
hires a few old timers to get the kids in line..
thus…a constant supply of cheap labor..keeping costs down by flooding the market place with new young UGII Designers..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Guess who…..no, I mean guess….really

williamg on November 13, 2013 at 2:07 AM

hmmm…nothing guys??..
not so much as a …your looney g2m…???

i guess my point was…they had better have a plan ready on our side…layouts…ideas…costs…time schedules…SAVINGS…

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Guess who…..no, I mean guess….really

williamg on November 13, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Hmmm…

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 2:23 AM

hmmm…nothing guys??..
not so much as a …your looney g2m…???

i guess my point was…they had better have a plan ready on our side…layouts…ideas…costs…time schedules…SAVINGS…

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

There are many non-complex free market ideas out and about, ready to fill the void after ChoomCare is repealed.

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Choomsters relate well to this one:

MX-80 Sound – “Obsessive Devotion”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 2:29 AM

yet i still see Dems and talking heads on tele daily saying the Pubs have no plan…
spend a few sheckles and get out your A your B and maybe your C plans
so no Lib can come on the tele tomorrow and say the tired ole talking points ‘the Pubs have no plan’

can you name me the top three Replacement plans and tell me what each does??..
any backing for any of those plans??..

going2mars on November 13, 2013 at 2:36 AM

“Delaying the mandate” and “keep your plan” bills don’t solve the problems, they create a new and immediate crisis.

All the new benefits for those who are enrolling in the exchanges (when it is known, we’ll find sicker and older people predominate) and for the newly eligible Medicaid recipients, as well as all the tax credit subsidies to lower-income enrollees, are going to be being paid out without delay. That means billions in unexpected red ink, a tsunami of new debt that wasn’t even planned on by the socialists who designed the program.

This turkey can’t be “fixed” in any way, shape, or form. It can only go forward to crash and burn on its own, or be repealed.

Adjoran on November 13, 2013 at 2:37 AM

I Am a Poseur and I don’t care…

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 2:42 AM

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Memories, ah the memories. I had my 21st birthday dinner at Raffles in Singapore in June 1967.

Oldnuke on November 13, 2013 at 3:03 AM

(For those who are not aware, the time it takes any motor to get up to full speed draws a LOT more power than is required to keep the motor running once it is up to speed.)

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

That’s called starting current and a rough rule of thumb is that it’s about 10X the normal running current. That’s the reason most circuit breakers have a time delay before tripping.

Oldnuke on November 13, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Cheap Trick – “He’s a Whore”

Anti-Control on November 13, 2013 at 3:35 AM

Morning…

OmahaConservative on November 13, 2013 at 3:54 AM

One option would be for the administration to somehow compensate people who have been kicked off their policies and now face higher premiums for better coverage.

Why am I not surprised that this lie is being perpetrated by NYT?

besser tot als rot on November 13, 2013 at 5:51 AM

The irony of Bill Clinton coming out to advise that Obamacare be changed — somehow — to let everyone keep their current plans is that he’s the reason Obama made the disastrous promise in the first place.

The buck stops ……… over there!!

besser tot als rot on November 13, 2013 at 5:53 AM

When he managed this policy process, he believed the optimum policy upended almost everything

Really? Seems to me that his optimal policy was to leave it unchanged, and everyone got to keep their coverage.

besser tot als rot on November 13, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Charles Krauthammer: We Could Be Looking at the Collapse of American Liberalism

Rovin on November 13, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. A full political body slam of the lazy stupid coward in the White House is a good first start. It really left a mark when Bubba referred to the Obama lies as a broken commitment to the American people.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 6:40 AM

The buck stops ……… over there!!

besser tot als rot on November 13, 2013 at 5:53 AM

When President Obama came into office in January 2009 he promised full buck mobility. Obstructionist Republicans have been trying to get the buck stopped ever since for purely partisan reasons. The administration had no choice but to hide the buck by Executive Order to get around a gridlocked Congress. /

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

– Ronald Reagan
My take: “Obama and Obamacare: Americans are Hurting. To Whom Can We Turn?”

kingsjester on November 13, 2013 at 6:46 AM

My take: “Obama and Obamacare: Americans are Hurting. To Whom Can We Turn?”

kingsjester on November 13, 2013 at 6:46 AM

To whom should we turn? We are at a crossroads between government dependence and self-reliance. Previous crossroads include FDR’s “New Deal” and LBJ’s “War on Poverty.” Both were unmitigated disasters in socialist experimentation. Americans are hurting because not enough are standing up to tell Obama and his party to keep their stinking paws off our healthcare.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 6:59 AM

And while quoting The Gipper these two come to mind concerning Obamacare:

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

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Ronald Reagan

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Via the WaPo. Half a Billion dollars well spent./

Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project.

The insurance exchange is balking when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people attempt to use it at the same time — about half its intended capacity, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal information. And CGI Federal, the main contractor that built the site, has succeeded in repairing only about six of every 10 of the defects it has addressed so far.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. A full political body slam of the lazy stupid coward in the White House is a good first start. It really left a mark when Bubba referred to the Obama lies as a broken commitment to the American people.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Bill Clinton only confirmed what the liberal media refuses to admit to, that the “broken commitment” WAS a boldface lie. Last night O’Reilly did everything in his power to embrace the liberal meme that Conservatives are in a war with each other. While the premise may be only slightly correct, (if you actually listened to the full video of Krauthammer), he explained that he doesn’t see a fundamental difference between the two factions withing the party, and in fact the liberal progressive movement may be on the cusp of disintegration. Nothing leads me to believe this moment in time is “getting ahead of ourselves”. The error, imo, was the Democrats getting ahead of themselves with this dictatorial policy.

Rovin on November 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Nothing leads me to believe this moment in time is “getting ahead of ourselves”. The error, imo, was the Democrats getting ahead of themselves with this dictatorial policy.

Rovin on November 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

We conservatives should definitely push the momentum that is clearly working in our favor. And the Krautman may be right that liberalism is vulnerable right now. But over-reach or heavy-handedness would work against what should be done.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Say, Obama, if you like your screwed up ACA you can keep your screwed up ACA.

If it has to be ‘fixed’ it is substandard and has to go.

ajacksonian on November 13, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Nothing leads me to believe this moment in time is “getting ahead of ourselves”. The error, imo, was the Democrats getting ahead of themselves with this dictatorial policy.
Rovin on November 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Well, things could get a hell of a lot worse over the long term if we grant mass illegal alien amnesty. We must stop that. That is a fight we must win.

bluegill on November 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM

One of the crumbs in the photo needs his turn at impeachment!

Impeach Obama!

Impeach Obama!

Sherman1864 on November 13, 2013 at 7:26 AM

They would credit me a set amount for letting them install the device and then every time they used it to sequence the timing by a few seconds, I would get an additional credit towrds my account.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

And if new regulations come out that tell you how much you are ‘allowed’ to use on ‘certain days’ (meaning year round) then they can, ever so cleverly, turn off those pieces of equipment to which you have granted them an over-ride, so that you don’t use more than your ‘fair share’ of power.

You may get a ‘credit’ for that, but you are also handing control over your power use to a company that is under heaps of regulations. Now imagine an Agenda 21 set of regulations to help ‘convince’ people that their cozy life out in the suburbs would really be ‘better’ if they were closer into the city so as to ‘re-wild’ lands. Isn’t that sweet? Not only do you agree to be part of that, but then you get to keep a pittance while letting someone else decide what is best for you!

A Leftist control dream, that.

And, so far, I haven’t noticed any problems by power companies figuring out how to bring up sections of a grid after a blackout. Or manage brown-out situations. The grid, itself, needs a major overhaul but not on the residential end, but on the transmission line end, plus hardening the disparate parts of it to survive a CME, like the 1859 or even 1921 events. Burying cables doesn’t help with ground induced currents caused by a CME… in fact for just $1 million per power station protected, you can fund getting cut-offs to long-line backflow surges into power plants from CMEs.

Instead they offer you a little device to control your home for you.

And leave the grid you are on unhardened.

The device is a coercive tool, make no mistake about it. We’ve seen what the government will do with regulations regarding such things already.

A CME is an act of Nature we can defend against, and a large-scale 1859 event might just take down every power grid and unhardened power plant on the planet.

I place survival and liberty over letting government control my life and ‘saving’ a few bucks that I earned in the first place.

But then I’m funny about that… having this idea that if you aren’t planning to survive then you aren’t going to survive when it counts. Leftism can be thought of as a non-survival suicide cult that believes in control over you above survival of civilization.

ajacksonian on November 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Impeach Obama!

Impeach Obama!

Sherman1864 on November 13, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Impeach the first black President? Not going to happen no matter how lazy, shiftless, feckless, and ignorant he is.

This is what I referred to above as overreach. If you want to rally the demoralized, scared, and discredited Dems that are currently on the ropes, nothing would do it quicker than to throw in a reason to rally around the rat-eared black man.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

They would credit me a set amount for letting them install the device and then every time they used it to sequence the timing by a few seconds, I would get an additional credit towrds my account.

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Say….. This approach may help with the Healthcare.gov glitches. Show all the administrative brilliance of Jimmy Carter during the gas crisis and only allow those whose SSNs end in even numbers use the website on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those with odd SSNs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Sunday would be open season and for those signing up for Obamacare subsidies without a SSN (like illegals). We are going into a system with severe rationing of healthcare so that the parasites get “free” healthcare. Why not also ration access to the system itself?

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Nomad, impeaching Obama is the right thing to do and it would rally ….us.

Yes, “impolitic” of me it may be.

Sherman1864 on November 13, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 6:59 AM

If you read today’s Blog, you know “Whom” it said I said we should turn to.

The same One Sarah Palin said that we should.

kingsjester on November 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Stuart Varney on local radio. Says that we are seeing a little bit of history- the collapse of Obamacare and with it the Obama Presidency. Why? Because the whole premise of this administration has been that big government can do “it” better. Obamacare shows that big government can’t do “it” better, more efficiently, or cheaper.

I hope he’s right. I delight in the idea of a sullen Obama with no more Congressional support sitting in a dark Oval Office completely abandoned by all those who have previously given him unquestioned support.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM

If you read today’s Blog, you know “Whom” it said I said we should turn to.

The same One Sarah Palin said that we should.

kingsjester on November 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Your site is blocked by the network.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Nomad, impeaching Obama is the right thing to do and it would rally ….us.

Yes, “impolitic” of me it may be.

Sherman1864 on November 13, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Of course it is the right thing to do. For any number of reasons including the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, the Fast & Furious scandal, Benghazi, or the abuse of power.

It just isn’t going to happen. Especially with surrender weasels like McCain, McConnell, and Graham in the Senate.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM

…most excellent kings jester!

KOOLAID2 on November 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Hey, via Drudge:

The leering troll-like face of Healthcare.gov is complaining about being “cyber-bullied” over the failure of the website. Turns out that Adriana isn’t even a US Citizen.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:55 AM

I hope he’s right. I delight in the idea of a sullen Obama with no more Congressional support sitting in a dark Oval Office completely abandoned by all those who have previously given him unquestioned support.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM

634 million for a website that does not work is very compelling evidence, especially in the face of the fact that scammers are evidently able to create exact replica rip off sites with very little effort and practically no cash.

That money vanished into someone’s bank account, just like the Solyndra deal and so many others. Our elected elites are ripping us off and the majority of Americans are just waking up to it.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Turns out that Adriana isn’t even a US Citizen.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Is she Canadian?

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 7:57 AM

That money vanished into someone’s bank account, just like the Solyndra deal and so many others. Our elected elites are ripping us off and the majority of Americans are just waking up to it.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM

We know that a good chunk of it went to Mooch’s college gal pal. Who I am sure recycled it into contributions to OFA. If anything Chicago criminals know how to do it is laundering money.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

The irony of Bill Clinton coming out to advise that Obamacare be changed — somehow — to let everyone keep their current plans is that he’s the reason Obama made the disastrous promise in the first place.

LOL. So Bill made Barry promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”?

Who made Barry make these other promises?

“The average American family’s health insurance premiums will go down by $2,500 a year.”

“The Affordable Care Act won’t add one thin dime to the deficit.”

“Millions of undocumented immigrants won’t be receiving benefits under this act.”

Because those are all blatant LIES too. (BTW, CMS admitted this week that this year alone it has paid out over $91 million in subsidies for prescription drugs for illegal aliens).

AZCoyote on November 13, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Is she Canadian?

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Columbian.

Adriana said she was a wife and mother who lived in Maryland with her 21-month-old son and husband of six and a half years. Her husband is a U.S. citizen, as is his her son. Adriana said she had lived in the U.S. for more than six years, was currently a permanent resident and was applying for citizenship.

Turns out she responded to a call for “family photos” to be used on the website.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

The poster girl for ZeroCare, Adrianna admits she is not a citizen and that she is a Colombian. She also thinks the bullying is over.

Let us know how that works out.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

I wonder how much got siphoned off to an account for Marxist Moochelle.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 8:04 AM

If you read today’s Blog, you know “Whom” it said I said we should turn to.

The same One Sarah Palin said that we should.

kingsjester on November 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

The conflict between Conservatism and Progressivism (read: Communism) can only be recognized in the context of this struggle between the Humanist perspective and the Biblical one, but it is not localized in the person of Barak Hussein Obama only. He is merely the most prominent current manifestation of the phenomenon but he does represent their most successful accomplishment.

Ever since the late 60′s, which were all about replacing the Christian basis of our laws, customs, and mores with a Humanistic basis, the anti-God faction, always present, in our country have been steadily taking over the most politically and culturally influential institutions in order to enforce their distorted view of reality on succeeding generations rendering them unable to distinguish truth from error.

We stand upon a precipice.

Cleombrotus on November 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

What, a no comment from Killary? Seems she has learned to lead from behind just as well as the current occupant of our house. If she really cared at all about all those truly sick people out there who have lost their policies, then she’d show up with a plan or at least an idea on how to fix her former boss’s mess. Oh, sorry, I forgot, she’s too busy picking pockets for her glorious return to politics. What do the dems see in this woman anyway?

Kissmygrits on November 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Memories, ah the memories. I had my 21st birthday dinner at Raffles in Singapore in June 1967.

Oldnuke on November 13, 2013 at 3:03 AM


Good Lord!
… correct me if I am wrong … but wasn’t that during what a local told me was still the “Wild Wild West” period at Raffles?

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

But then I’m funny about that… having this idea that if you aren’t planning to survive then you aren’t going to survive when it counts. Leftism can be thought of as a non-survival suicide cult that believes in control over you above survival of civilization.

ajacksonian on November 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM


I’m funny too …
Them asking and me agreeing are two different things.

Besides, they might question the transfer switch I installed.

I just CAN’T make the numbers work out to justify going completely solar but I am planning on spending the winter months working on a solar furnace design.

;)

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

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