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The usual lack of leadership from a petty partisan ideologue

Not that it should come as any surprise to those familiar with our president. Nile Gardiner hits the sore spot:

The American Left’s hatred for all things conservative has been on full display in Washington in recent days, with the White House and its allies in Congress heaving with anger and indignation over mounting opposition to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and growing calls to defund it. President Obama has blamed Tea Party Republicans for what he calls a right-wing “ideological crusade” prompting the federal government shutdown. As the president put it in his Rose Garden press conference, “they’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job.” Obama allies have used similar inflammatory language over the past week, aimed at demonising anyone who disagrees with their approach. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has railed against Tea Party “anarchists,” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has attacked what she calls “legislative arsonists.” Even former Vice President Al Gore has jumped in to the fray, accusing the GOP of “political terrorism.”

The harsh invective flowing from Washington’s liberal establishment has been nasty, juvenile and petty. This should be a moment for humility for the White House over its hugely unpopular Obamacare reforms, which are opposed by a significant majority of the American people. Ironically President Obama turns the other cheek on the world stage when it comes to challenges to US global power, and has made the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic competitors into a form of art. But he acts in a truly imperial fashion at home, refusing to listen to the slightest hint of criticism domestically. This is a president who happily apologises for his country’s past when he travels abroad, in thoroughly humiliating fashion for the United States, but cannot bring himself to acknowledge that his own policies might be wrong.

That’s exactly right. And he makes it clear he’s not going to take a leadership role – like a petulant child, he’ll just refuse to deal with others. Fred Barnes points out the obvious:

Presidents have two roles. In the current impasse, Mr. Obama emphasizes his partisan role as leader of the Democratic Party. It’s a legitimate role. But as president, he’s the only national leader elected by the entire nation. He alone represents all the people. And this second, nonpartisan role takes precedence in times of trouble, division or dangerous stalemate. A president is expected to take command. Mr. Obama hasn’t done that.

The extent to which he has abdicated this role shows up in his speeches. On the eve of the shutdown, he warned that a government closure “will have a very real economic impact on real people, right away.” Defunding or delaying his health-care program—the goal of Republicans—would have even worse consequences, he suggested. “Tens of thousands of Americans die every single year because they don’t have access to affordable health care,” Mr. Obama said.

In an appearance in the White House pressroom, he said that “military personnel—including those risking their lives overseas for us right now—will not get paid on time” should Republicans force a shutdown. At an appearance in Largo, Md., the president accused Republicans of “threatening steps that would actually badly hurt our economy . . . Even if you believe that ObamaCare somehow was going to hurt the economy, it won’t hurt the economy as bad as a government shutdown.”

Yet as he was predicting widespread suffering, Mr. Obama steadfastly refused to negotiate with Republicans. He told House Speaker John Boehner in a phone call that he wouldn’t be talking to him anymore. With the shutdown hours away, he called Mr. Boehner again. He still didn’t negotiate and said he wouldn’t on the debt limit either.

Mr. Obama has made Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid his surrogate in the conflict with Republicans. Mr. Reid has also declined to negotiate. In fact, Politico reported that when the president considered meeting with Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell, along with the two Democratic congressional leaders, Mr. Reid said he wouldn’t attend and urged Mr. Obama to abandon the idea. The president did just that.

The man is a presidential bust – and I don’t mean the type that sits on a pedestal. He’s never had it, he will never have it and we’re going to continue to suffer because instead of any leadership qualities the only thing this man can boast is petty partisanship. He’s a master at that. He’s essentially said that he’ll not negotiate and he’ll use his bully pulpit to insult and degrade his opposition.

Some “leader”.

Until he steps up and assumes that role – this is his shutdown.


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92 Responses to The usual lack of leadership from a petty partisan ideologue

  • Not insignificant pick with Mr. Gardiner’s statement…

    President Obama has blamed Tea Party Republicans…

    He may have intended that to mean “office-holders”, but the TEA Party is not Republican.  It is a heterogeneous group of people who come from all political parties and independents.  Not a few libertarians, in my acquaintance.

    • The name is derived from the act of protest by the Sons of Liberty, who not only dumped tea into the harbor, but also broke windows (glass was very expensive).  Such people would be called “terrorists” today and, would likely have gone down in history as such had the colonists not defeated the British.  They were reacting to the “Intolerable Acts” by the British–primarily taxes.
      When Rick Santelli spoke on the floor of the Chicago exchange about a modern “tea party”, it was about taking action to protest the government recklessly rewarding bad behaviors through various programs to bail out those who failed the most.
      Now, people use the moniker for anything they want to hype, to gain support from freedom-minded voters and other supporters, even when their actions bear no relation to Santelli’s focus, or to the original Sons of Liberty.  It’s like a big government loving idiot like Bill Maher calling himself a “libertarian” because he wants pot to be legal.
      Others, such as Democrats and their media lackeys, love to use the term as a pejorative, and apply it to any Republican they want to smear, regardless of whether the use of the term has any accuracy.  Many labeled as such do not self-identify as “tea party” and only vote with the anti-establishment Republican faction on some issues, breaking with them on other.
      But since there is no official Tea Party, no formal definition, anyone can call anyone else, or themselves, a “tea party” person.

      • Such people would be called “terrorists” today and, would likely have gone down in history as such had the colonists not defeated the British.

        I call Moral equivalence Bullshit.  Broken glass although costly act of defiance is hardly terrifying to a people’s sense of personal safety.  Which is how terrorism achieves its goals. 

        • You should be able to believe that some residents of Boston WERE terrified by the ‘red indians’ that night.
          Not everyone was in favor of leaving the protection of the crown.
          We’re foolish if we think they were recognized as patriots by one and all, though anarchists would probably have been the term applied, rather than terrorists.
          It’s a risky game rebellion.  As they well knew when they staked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the gamble.
          It was not just a clever turn of phrase when Franklin said  “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately”.

          • “Anarchists” would be the wrong term. Most of the American Revolutionaries believed in the rule of law. “No taxation without representation” . . . is consistent with the English model, firmly established by the Glorious Revolution (1688, and it was also an American revolution, not just an English one) that all taxes had to come from Parlament.

          • But not from the perspective of those who would become Tories.
            That’s the point, the winners wrote the history, the Tories went to Canada or back to Mother England if they couldn’t reconcile themselves to the new government.
            I’m not sure there isn’t another term they would have used,  I believe anarchist is an accurate term for the times.

          • The crowds had amassed for a long time as part of a protest against the Tea Act.  Their purpose wasn’t secret to prevent the Tea from being unloaded.  It wasn’t a random act of vandalism.
            The only thing terrified that night were crates of tea in fear of drowning.

          • Ahhh…heh, we both know there were breathless ninnies who saw the foreshadowing of the apocalypse in the event.
            There always are.   I grew up around Boston, I can even tell you where they’d have lived 200 years later.   Cambridge, Brookline, Wellesley 🙂

        • I call Moral equivalence Bullshit.

          If you’re directing that at me, you’re mistaken.  I’m not indicating it’s an appropriate term, just observing how the government targets dissenters.
          I would be inclined to agree, in particular cases, when the government designates people and organizations as “terrorist” when they haven’t actually murdered people.  I think the word “terrorism” should designate murder, bodily harm kidnapping, threating any of the aforementioned, or property destruction on a large scale, particularly when done in a way to create a spectacle.  How much property qualifies is, to me, a sort of I-know-it-when-I-see-it type thing.  It’s all about the intent and the impact on the target of the action.
          The reason I would, in certain cases, include property is tha our property is a piece of your life, or at least a piece of someone’s life if it was inherited or gifted.  If you purchased an SUV using your wages, that represents so many man-hours of work you had to put in, when you could have been doing other things.  If some “eco-terrorist” punk burns it up to “save the earth”, no, he hasn’t murdered you or physically hurt your body (though the use of arson always opens up the possibility of such things happening unintentionally).  However, he has taken away all that time from your one and only life.  Or, as another example, if you steal all of the money from an old lady’s bank account, take her car, and empty out her food stores, then you’ve likely sentenced her to death by starvation.  Would that not be terrorism, if your goal was not to gain property, but to do her harm?

      • Members of Congress, voting as their constituents wish, are called “terrorists”.
        The TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY party movement was never about exclusion, and it still isn’t.
        I do understand how your absolutist mind has trouble with the TEA party.

        • This brings to mind the movie “V for Vendetta”, in which “enemies of the state” are designated as terrorists.
          Look at the residents of the Guantanamo Bay prison.  Some are actual terrorists.  Some are just enemy combatants.  And, some pissed someone off and were locked up based upon lies.  But the government will tell you they are all “terrorists”.

          • Bullshit.

          • “Some are actual terrorists.  Some are just enemy combatants.”
            I know of no enemy combatants who are not terrorists, their war is not lawful in purpose or manner.
            “And, some pissed someone off and were locked up based upon lies.”
            And yet so many released on such grounds are later found opposing us in the field, that I think “Bullshit!” is a fair assessment of your point of view.

  • The New York Times surveys the Obamacare roll-out in Florida, home to America’s second-highest uninsured population. This piece is extraordinary:
    MIAMI — The glitches in the new electronic health care sign-up system began almost immediately at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, in one of this city’s poorest neighborhoods, and they never let up. With a potential applicant by her side, Linda J. Lott, a certified application counselor, stood at her computer terminal and typed the word “Florida” into the insurance exchange network Web site. “The system is down at the moment,” it read…All day, trained application counselors typed in “Florida,” or got as far as entering some applicants’ personal information, before the system crashed. Sometimes the crash came when it was time to answer a security question. Other times applicants put in their security question answers but could go no further. Out of nearly 72 applicants who sat down with counselors by noon, none were able to access the marketplace. All of the applicants were given appointments to come back another week…Bertha Stewart, 53, who is unemployed, stood by Ms. Lott’s side. Ms. Lott asked her whether she wanted to type in the information herself, and she said no. Computers, she said, are not her thing. After long pauses, there was a moment of euphoria when they actually got past the security questions screen. “Success,” Ms. Lott said. But the moment did not last long. “Your account cannot be created at this time,” the screen said. “Wow,” she said. “This is unbelievable.”
    The law’s defenders are careening from one insulting spin job to another, one of the most prevalent being, “hey, we just underestimated how much strain there’d be on the servers!” Cato’s Caleb Brown responds:
    “Don’t worry. We’re just bad at anticipating demand. Your insurance & health care will work fine, though.”
    — Caleb O. Brown (@cobrown) October 1, 2013
    h/t hotair
    Yep. As predicted. All hte customer service and efficiency you expect from a monopoly with a gun to your head.

    • And these ‘counselors’ were trained on?

    • Park said the administration expected 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users. It got 250,000. Compare that with the similarly rocky debut seven years ago of exchanges to obtain Medicare drug coverage. The Bush administration projected 20,000 simultaneous users and built capacity for 150,000.

      That’s the difference between competence and incompetence.

    • Well, the optics on the Nazitional Park Service attempting to repel WWII vets from the WWII memorial and the incredibly successful 1st day roll out of the Obamacare sign up.
      What we need here is a reason to pillory the Republicans when they discover they’ve been invited by Lucy to kick the football on the White House lawn.

    • There’s not much risk for Obama is doing this, and I don’t think he’s doing it because he feels pressured by events. It’s just gamesmanship. He has the NYT/Post/CBS/NBC/ABC/CNN media axis so in the tank that it’s a “heads I win, tails you lose” proposition.

      If the Republicans give in, then it was Obama’s stellar leadership that did it. If they don’t, then the mean-spirited ideologues in the GOP turned down Obama’s proffered olive branch.

      I leave out the very low-probability alternative that Obama gives in to the GOP on anything of consequence. He might give in on something symbolic. For example, I could see him offering some kind of review board to let people off the hook on the mandate – as long as they jump through hoops that he has set up to be so onerous that anyone in their right mind would just pay the fine and be done with it.

      If no agreement is reached, it doesn’t really matter whether Obama offers anything of consequence. The media narrative will be that “at least he tried” and they’ll slant every article they write to blame the “Tea Party Republicans”.

      • There is a very good chance that Obamacare roll-out was horrible, and his staff urged him to take the delay.
        Think about it. Let’s say he wins the battle of public opinion on the CR…but the exchanges need months to be fixed.
        That slow drip drip of both media and personal exposure would be horrendous.
        I mentioned this yesterday – its one thing to have the media tell you stories, but another when your own eyes see things.
        Obamacare roll-out could convince many people that Obama is not delivering in so many ways…

        • Day two was another win.
          I remember having an outage on the BayBanks ATM/VISA/Auth net for a day or so back in the 80’s that landed bank presidents in our laps staring at us in the network center like the menu fish in a tank at a high class seafood restaurant.
          I wonder if people have been canned for this, or if the managers stuck with the old staff.   Personally one way or another I don’t feel any sympathy for them.  Over priced crap code.  Like online enrollment is some new concept.
          Either way, they’re screwed for a while.   Still, I’m sure there’ll be unearned celebrations and parties and victory dances when they bring in something that almost works a couple weeks after the release date.

          • ” Like online enrollment is some new concept.”

            Well, if they had just gone to one of the more popular on-line porn site developers they would have had half the country enrolled on the first day without bringing the government to its knees, as it were.

          • At least a BIG part of the Federal system was done by…wait for it…
            Obama cronies.

          • Obama cronies?
            Wait wait wait.   Let me see if I can find my shocked face……it’s in here somewhere.
            ah, here it is….

  • The left established that cross hair icons on a map are responsible for violence, so I can only take this rhetoric as a not so thinly veiled call for violence against the Obamacare opponents.
    Par for the course with this dirtbag of a Pres.

  • And then there are people like Erb who goad the President on with Blog entries titled, “Why Obama Must Not Negotiate.”  Is it any wonder there is an impasse in DC?  The Far Right wants Obama’s head, and the far left threatens Obama with his head if he even attempts to negotiate.  Way to go Erb, keep up the good work – keep DC at permanent impasse!  If that is your true feeling then I have a cure for you – LET IT BURN!!!  Let not one brick stand upon brick.  Level the place!!!  And once nothing is left but the ashes, salt the ground, walk away, and NEVER, EVER LOOK BACK!  That’s the result of what you propose.

    • “In a democratic republic if you don’t like a law….”
      You draft an executive order,
      perhaps appoint some board members that need legislature approval during a faux legislative recess,
      you instruct your agencies not to enforce the law
      or you just ignore it completely.
      THAT’s what you do in Obamugabe’s Banana Republic.

    • As a VERY Conservative person, I don’t want Obama’s (the poor broken child) head…or any other part of him.
      I would like him to go away.  I would support paying him to go away.
      One narcissist telling another not to negotiate…???
      Narcissists tend to make lousy negotiators, as they cannot allow for the possibility they are wrong about any given thing they say, or that anyone who opposes them could hold a valid position.  They are, at root, terribly insecure…often for very good reasons.

    • I *love* the part where he draws an analogy with family discipline of a child. Only a couple of weeks ago in some thread here he was remonstrating someone that “foreign affairs was not like a family” or some such similar put-down to a similar analogy. I guess the pigeon has a short memory.

      • As I noted the other day…
        He has the memory of a goose, and the moral center of a warm glob of butter.

      • After the 2010 blowout, he was all like “everyone should just sit around the table and hammer out a compromise that we can all live with”. In fact, I recall something along those lines a few weeks back too.


        And, as I said at the time, that depended on certain values of the word “compromise”. It certainly didn’t mean doing *anything* desired by those extremely extreme extremists backed by the Tea Party. Why, that’s not compromise, that’s giving in to terrorists! (according to some of the left).


        So again, we see post-modern redefinition of terms to always, always, always defend growth and power of government.

  • “Tens of thousands of Americans die every single year because they don’t have access to affordable health care,” In that case, $1-2 billion/yr could have solved that.

    • Of course, the basic assertion is bogus as hell.
      If we spent infinite amounts of money on health care, tens of thousands of Americans would still die.
      Nobody gets out of here alive.
      We need to allow the market to work again in health care, and in health insurance.
      Sometime do a search for “pre-existing health insurance”.  You will find a very healthy market competing for consumers.

  • It’s a denial of reality from the ideological far right.  Obama has huge diplomatic successes in Syria and Iran (contrast those to the experiences of his predecessor!), and now is staring down the House and showing leadership by refusing to cave to their efforts at sabotage.  The President is holding strong, as he should:

    • whore.

      • Don’t insult whores.  They actually do something productive and they get paid for it.
        Scott spews useless propaganda which doesn’t fool anyone and he doesn’t get paid by the Democrats.  Instead of the prostitute, he’s more like a homely woman who offers to go to bed with any man at the bar who catches her eye.  Even for free, nobody wants her.

      • When you can’t prove someone wrong or argue against them, you call them names. I think deep down you know I’m right, and that my post is accurate.  However, don’t be surprised if behind the scenes establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans are negotiating a grand bargain that ends the crisis to crisis dysfunction brought about by the obsolete views of the dying tea party.  In that Obama must threat like he did Syria, then behind the scenes manufacture an agreement, like he did there (and that agreement has helped cause Iran to become more malleable).  Face it, all the whiney name calling and insults are simply coming out of the fact that you’re seeing your world view being politically defeated.  At least I am someone you can safely behind your aliases and on a blog lash out at.   I should charge you for therapy 😉

    • Proving…yet again…that there is no lie you will not publish.
      Sad, really…

    • Grease fire.

    • Look, no offense, but please don’t count your chickens before they hatch, mmkay?
      I’d love for Iran to have elected someone who wants peace, and I don’t mind Assad winning his civil war and maybe even getting rid of his weapons, but we are very early days here.

      • Everyone knows Obama was played by Pution. Erb knows it too, he’s just lying for the cause.

        • He’s not even doing that.  He just writes the most over-the-top gushing praise for Obama and the Democrats to try to provoke readers into reacting.
          He’s like the kid who has no social skills but wants to play with others.  He acts in rude ways because that’s the only thing he’s smart enough to recognize as an action which gets him attention.  He’s too stupid to know how to get attention by being decent.

          • I think, Elliott, you are lucky to have the blogosphere where you can act big and tough, because in the real world, well, you know what you’re really like!

          • Oh look another Erbian display of Bozo a mano Internet coolness.

          • And you’re spot on here. He’s hilariously over the top to get responses.

          • Heh, just like Scotty went on a junket to Turkey makes him an expert on mooselimbs, so he once saw a Bruce Lee movie once and can whup everyone’s ass on the interwebs. Even Chuck Norris, I hear.

          • Just call it like it is and he’ll make some lame attempt to jab at you.  At least it gets him off the subject of “Obama is deft!”, “Democrats are wise”, “Repubublicans are terrible”, and “tea party/libertarian blah blah ideology blah blah faith yadda yadda.”

      • Groan….Iran rejected 5 messages from Obama to set up a meeting at the UN.  I was under the impression that WE had rejected meetings at the UN.
        This means that the “moderate” is playing games with us. That is not a good sign that they really want to negotiate in good faith.

        • No, Obamugabe victory in IRAN is fact!.   Genius!  Deft!   Reset even!
          Not played in Syria!  Planned!  Victory! Genius!  Deft!   Awesome!    Behind the scenes!

    • I wish someone would tell us all about the brilliant success from the opening day of the Obamacare exchange enrollment.

    • Your every post is a denial of reality.

    • A recent CBO report showed that the US government is headed for default no matter what the Congress does with the debt ceiling.
      That is the reality of the Tea Party.  Default is coming, and those in power in this country aren’t willing to address it.  They would prefer to keep on borrowing believing that some magic will occur.
      Yes, the President is holding strong to more borrowing, in defiance of reality.

  • Shutdown theater is getting EPIC.  We just had that ghastly pederast Sen. Harry Reid say “why would we want to do that” when asked if he’d agree to a House bill restoring funding for children’s cancer trials.
    This is an actual quote. The Senate Majority Leader just endorsed letting cancer children die.

    • Yes…yes…
      AND the question was posed by a Mushroom Media type, who he ALSO condescended to.
      War On Wommins
      WONDERFUL exposition…!!!

    • Well, some bureaucrats in some base are off work which is just like having cancer. In their minds.

      • Me?  I hope they are all Muslim sensitivity training pukes…people of that order of “needed”.

    As usual with the Collective, if they have trouble providing real stuff, they just lie.

  • Wholly CRAP, Batman…!!!
    WWII veterans visiting the memorial that was erected in their honor vs. paid SEIU protesters: great optics for the Obama administration! But it gets worse. The protesters claimed to be furloughed federal employees:

    In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim.
    Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they had been paid to protest, at which point the guy wearing the McDonald’s shirt came back and admitted he had been paid $15 to attend the protest.

    Talk about your epic FAIL…!!!

    • Nothing like unions protesting those evilllllllll WWII veterans ‘trespassing’ on our sacred monuments in the nation’s capital.
      Thank God the Unions will stand up for the average American and put a stop to their Un-American behaviors!
      Brilliant optics?   Priceless.

      • Yes.  And the Collective is SO supportive of our troops.
        (I just made myself throw up a little in my mouth…)

    • And the brilliance of the chance they hired people who may not even be here legally to strike back against those scummy uncaring veterans who helped preserve the USA so it could be co-opted 70 years later by a bunch of vote chasing socialist assholes….
      Again, priceless.

  • Nothing complicated here. In order to strengthen his hand in negotiations, the president’s decided to try to kickstart a hopefully not-too-damaging market sell-off over the debt ceiling. The more the Dow drops tomorrow, the more Boehner and other moderate Republicans will think twice about letting this process play out all the way up to the deadline on October 17th. And if the market doesn’t dive sharply enough — maybe “only” 200 or 300 points — he can always nudge it again next week with more dire rhetoric. It might take losing a thousand points or even two, but damn it, if that’s what it takes to teach these tea partiers not to scare the hell out of markets by behaving irresponsibly, then oh well.

    But really, how cynical is that, for Pres. Red Line to try to get a market panic going?
    Happily, the market seems…unimpressed with Pres. Red Line’s bullshit.

    • Sequester.

    • Meh. The dollar has fallen so those of us with invoices to the US aren’t extremely happy, but on the other hand those of us with travel to the US soon are quite happy. Otherwise I think most businesses are operating under the assumption that things will get sorted out and no real harm will be done. Most seem to realize that it is political games, with headlines like “Obama refuses to negotiate” in local papers. After all, outside the small cliques of wannabe-Obamas no one has much interest in “ooogga boooga, Tea Party monsters!” that Erb and his ilk are so scared of.

    170 Deemocrats go on record voting AGAINST funding for cancer research trials for children.
    LOVE THAT…!!!
    OPTICS. Heh!

    He tried logging in to the exchange’s website at 8:45 a.m. yesterday, which is impressive in itself. Most young people don’t get up that early. “He said the system could not verify his identity.” So he called the toll-free help line, whose operator also encountered computer trouble. “But then he logged on a second time, he said, and the system worked.”
    “Once it got running, it was fast,” Mahoney tells the Courant. “It really made my day. It’s a lot like TurboTax.” He obtained insurance through ObamaCare. Now, he says, “if I get sick, I’ll definitely go to the doctor.” Even better, if he stays healthy, he won’t need to go to a doctor, and his premiums will support chronically ill policyholders on the wrong side of 40.
    So, how much of a premium is strapping young Brendan Mahoney paying to help make ObamaCare work? Oops. The Courant reports that Mahoney “said that by filling out the application online, he discovered he was eligible for Medicaid. So, beginning next year, he won’t pay any premium at all.”
    So the great success story of ObamaCare’s first day is the transformation of a future lawyer who was already paying for insurance into a welfare case.
    Go TEAM ObamaDoggle…!!! Impressive.

  • This is my refrain: If only we had a free press, Obamacare would be a bloody, unrelenting scandal, like Abu Ghraib, or Watergate. As it is, it is only business as usual for liberals and liberalism.
    So very true. Read the whole thing, follow the links, watch the video.

  • Meanwhile, interviews with health insurers, industry consultants, nonprofit groups and people trying to sign up for coverage suggested that the number was very low. Some companies that are offering plans on the federal site said Wednesday that no one had signed up with them.
    Very, very few people that we’re aware of have enrolled in the federal exchange,” said one insurance industry official, who like many in the industry, spoke on the condition of anonymity out of concern for possibly offending the Obama administration. “We are talking single digits.
    A spokesman for one major Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in a southern state said that, as of Wednesday afternoon, it had not received word from federal health officials of any customers who had completed enrollment in the plan — even though a local news outlet had reported about a man who thought he had signed up. So, plan officials didn’t know whether the man’s enrollment was incomplete or whether the federal reporting of enrollment was running behind.

    Yep. Exactly as predicted. DMV level performance.
    And these people presume to know how to run one-seventh of the economy, and make YOUR decisions for you.
    (Not MY decisions, because they will never have me in compliance with this crap-sandwich.)

    • And can’t you wait for all the ID-10-T’s who went through some screen exercises that told them somewhere on the screen the effort didn’t work, and will STILL swear they’re signed up.
      Then we’ll have to have investigations of ‘deleted’ accounts that never existed in the first place.

  • Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have been managing national parks and campgrounds as tenants for years, through previous government shutdowns including the last one in 1995-1996. Those previous shutdowns never closed any of the parks managed in this way, but the current shutdown threatens closure.
    The campgrounds are self-sufficient and receive no federal funding. No government employees staff or manage the parks. The management companies pay the National Park Service out of the funds they generate from operating the thousands of campgrounds. So the reason for the shutdown is puzzling to Meyer.
    It shouldn’t be “puzzling” to anyone.  This is government by infliction of pain.  Meanness and contempt for the American people.

    • I’m surprised that the Administration hasn’t tried to stop oil and gas wells on federal property during the shutdown.

  • Most of the news about the “Shutdown Theater” — unnecessary closures ordered by the Obama administration to purposely maximize the pain of the government shutdown — has focused on the Washington, DC area, but the epidemic of artificial Potemkin Suffering has now struck the West Coast as well.
    San Francisco’s Cliff House, a privately owned and very profitable restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was suddenly and unexpectedly ordered closed today, “because” the building sits on federal land. This, despite the fact that the Cliff House racks up $11.5 million in annual sales and is one of the most profitable independent restaurants in the nation.
    How does the government save money by shuttering a profitable business? And a private one at that?
    As David French at TheCorner said, this is government by malice.

    • Well as your local Machiavellan chicken-hawk put it in the other thread… this is apparently hardball. The Democrats are going mano a mano on the Tea Party terrorists by… shutting other people’s restaurants. What next, stealing candy from babies?

      • Well, remember…
        sugar is poison…
        If you are demented.

      • Based on their recent eliminationist rhetoric Democrats apparently prefer smothering babies to taking their candy.

    • If you can close a restaurant that sits on Federal land, shouldn’t you be able to close drilling rigs, pump jacks and collection points too?

  • The debate on the Senate floor turned poisonous for a few minutes when Mr. Reid verbally savaged Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who wasn’t on the chamber floor but who Mr. Reid said was pulling the strings on the GOP strategy and encouraging the GOP-dominated House’s hardline stance.
    “Senator Cruz is now joint Speaker. He lectures the House,” Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, said.
    Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, firing a warning shot back at Mr. Reid by reading a passage from Senate rules that forbids disparaging the motives of fellow senators.

    Reid cuts off children’s cancer screening, fouls his diaper, shakes fist at America, violates rules…
    “Leader”…??? Naw.

    Well, of course. If it wasn’t for Potemkin villages, the Collective wouldn’t have no village at all.

  • Every true “independent” voter in the United States should be clamoring for the full and immediate repeal of ObamaCare after watching a few days of Barack Obama’s Shutdown Theater. Do you really think the man who vandalized the World War II Memorial with barricades to make elderly veterans suffer will hesitate a microsecond to use your health care as leverage against you, the next time you defy his commands? You’re not “independent” in any meaningful sense whatsoever if you’re comfortable with what’s going on here.
    This was always a top goal of ObamaCare. Dependency is control. The Ruling Class does not fear people who rely upon it for food and medicine. Until now, the first nickel of every proposed “spending cut” – even using the ludicrous Washington definition of the term, which really means “reduction in the rate of spending growth” – has come from teachers, police, and firefighters. For the rest of history, if ObamaCare is allowed to stand, that first nickel will be coming out of health care. If Sequester Theater wasn’t enough to convince you this was coming, its big-budget Shutdown Theater sequel should have removed all doubt.
    Read the whole thing.

    • They’ve wired the Barry-cades at the WWII memorial.
      Bring up the Bangalores…..