One year ago, after a bleak November, the threat of a long term Grinch victory appeared all too real. But fear not. Whoville has been threatened with its very survival before – most recently after too many of its citizens drank Hopium and committed mass stupidity. Foolish Whoville has been threatened before and yet foolish Whoville has survived – over and over correcting its mistakes. One year later, after last year’s horrible November – it’s a wonder filled Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
The original story of how an earlier Grinch evilly tried to steal Christmas featured the voice of Boris Karloff as the animated Grinch. Karloff, made his bones, so to speak, as the monster created in a laboratory by twisted Dr. Frankenstein who thought he was a new God with the power of life and death. Herr Doktor Von Frankenstein was sent packing by “bitter, clinging” peasants with pitchforks.
As we’ve warned, a new Frankenstein monster walks the land ready to kill before it is killed. In an attempt to steal Christmas we were all suppose to waste our Christmas Eve with thoughts of this monster. The Grinch thought we could all be forced to join the attack on Christmas. Instead this latest Grinch failed as spectacularly as the earlier green Grinch failed.
The plotting-in-Hawaii Grinch proved to be too much of a boob for anyone to take his Frankenstein monster seriously enough to let Christmas be stolen away from them:
“The painful path to Obamacare deadline
Tuesday is a moment of truth for Obamacare.
It marks the final deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, if they want coverage starting on January 1.
If enough people – and the right mix of young and old – do not enroll, the ambitious program designed to provide health benefits to millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans risks eventually unraveling.
The deadline caps a turbulent roll-out this year for Obamacare and the HealthCare.gov website that is key to enrolling millions of people in the initiative. The website crashed upon its launch on October 1, frustrating users trying to shop for insurance plans. It now is functioning much better, but is still not at 100 percent. [snip]
Here is a look at some notable moments in the months leading up to Obamacare’s troubled launch.
EYES WIDE SHUT
In June 2012, Margaret Tavenner was worried. [snip]
The White House was closely briefed on the issues. Tavenner was cleared to visit White House officials involved in the project 425 times from December 2009 to June 2013, including several meetings with Obama, visitor logs show. The White House said later that Obama knew only the broad picture, not details of the effort. [snip]
For insurance brokers who had learned to keep it simple for customers, it was a harbinger of trouble. [snip]
DANGER SIGNS [snip]
Tavenner assured the panel that software development and testing for HealthCare.gov would be done by September 2013.
A week later, on April 18, Tavenner’s boss, Katherine Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, delivered a similar message to a House budget panel. [snip]
These confident public displays masked a different reality. [snip]
Obama also was briefed on McKinsey’s findings, White House press secretary Jay Carney later acknowledged. [snip]
“I’m pretty nervous — I don’t know about you,” Chao told the group, according to Congressional Quarterly.
“The time for debating about the size of the text on the screen, or the color, or is it a world-class user experience, that’s what we used to talk about two years ago,” Chao said. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”
THINGS FALL APART
By July, Chao’s concerns had escalated. [snip]
Alarming assessments streamed in from CMS technical advisers.
“We believe that our entire build is in jeopardy,” wrote one, referring to the elaborate website construction. [snip]
A MAD SCRAMBLE
As October 1 approached, bleak assessments about the website surfaced everywhere – except from the Obama administration. [snip]
THE RUSH TO FIX IT [snip]“
We snipped out the majority of this for all purposes Three Stooges comedy. The boobery and the lies are too many to explore in detail this Christmas Day. Furthermore, as Obama endorser and love bug David Brooks puts it, there is a “legitimacy problem” to this grinchian clodfest:
“The Legitimacy Problem
It’s pretty clear that the implementation of Obamacare will set the tone for how Americans think about government for years to come. There are two large questions to be settled, which you might call the questions of competence and coercion.
The first is whether the government is competent enough to manage large programs. [snip]
Already, it’s very clear that millions of Americans — and not just Tea Party types — do not accept the legitimacy of the government to overrule individual decisions, even on something like health insurance. This is not the America of 1932 or of 1964. This is an America steeped in distrust of government. It’s an America that is, on both left and right, steeped in the ethos of individual choice. It’s an America steeped in a morality of authenticity, which says that it is right to listen to the individual voice within and immoral to be forced to conform to the external commands from without. [snip]
It now seems possible that no one will be paying the mandate penalties in 2014. Having exempted some groups from the mandate already, it will be politically difficult to start enforcing it on others. And, looking further into the future, why should we think Democrats will suddenly crack down and enforce the mandate in the run-up to the next presidential election? [snip]
Governing in an age of distrust is different than governing in an age of trust. Government now lacks the legitimacy to impose costs on losers, so politicians face unprecedented pressure to create situations in which everybody looks like winners. Government lacks the legitimacy to coerce.”
What Brooks does not dare say is that Barack Obama is the one who finished off the notion of a government that is competent and honest. It was dolts like Brooks that believed in Barack Obama and HOPE and CHANGE and that the oceans would be made to recede and that a new golden age replete with CELESTIAL CHOIRS would sing. It was smarties like us that spotted Barack Obama as a treacherous boob and repeatedly wrote:
“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”
A dishonest, incompetent, treacherous boob of a Grinch extended phony deadline after phony deadline for a flim-flam scam of a law that he wrote and rewrote as convenience dictated. Whether in states like Oregon or the illegitimately subsidized federal exchanges the Frankenstein monster is being chased away by yawning peasants with pitchforks.
This latest green with envy Grinch thought Americans could be coerced into spending Christmas Eve bowing down before a Frankenstein monster law and a barely electrified website in order to comply with a deadline that is not really a deadline because it is just a scam within a scam within a larger scam. The golfing Grinch thought we could be made to cower and forget Christmas. Instead Americans fought either directly or via boredom.
In America we are made of sterner stuff than in Whoville. We’re the land of the free and the home of the brave. Take heart. A blessed and joyous Christmas to all our readers! Have a holly, jolly Christmas! It’s the best time of the year!