Thursday, October 24, 2013

Obama: Always the last guy to know

(My new American Thinker post)

We learned during the Rose Garden show that ObamaCare can speak 150 languages.  Frankly, I did not know that there were 150 languages in the US or that many constituencies in the modern "identify politics" Democrat party. 

We do know that "the Spanish version" is a mess, too, according to my friends at Babalu

We also learned today that President Obama is always the last guy to know in this government.

Let's add another one to the growing list of things that President Obama did not know:   
"GUPTA: The president did say that he was angry about this. I mean, do you know when he first knew that there was a problem?
SEBELIUS: Well, I think it became clear fairly early on, the first couple of days
GUPTA: So not before that though?
This is amazing.  Nobody told President Obama that his "signature legislation" could run into problems.

Apparently, nobody told him either that the company hired to put together the website had "a checkered past":
"While the company behind the dysfunctional was virtually unknown to the American public until this month, critics say the Obama administration should have known this multibillion-dollar firm had a checkered history with other government contracts.    
In projects stretching from Canada to Hawaii, parent company CGI Group and its subsidiaries ran into complaints about its performance. And this was while, and in some cases before, CGI Federal was paid millions, along with other contractors, to create the ObamaCare website. 
"The morning I heard CGI was behind [], I said, my God, no wonder that thing doesn't work," said James Bagnola, a Texas-based corporate consultant who was hired by the Hawaii Department of Taxation (DOTAX) in 2008." 
Of course, the Democrats will tell us that "you can't expect the president to check out companies" or that he is not "a computer expert".

Nobody is asking the president of the US to check references or understand software. 

All we ask of the President of the US is to surround himself with competent people who will implement programs and hold people accountable.

Back to the 150 languages, Spanish and English are down.  Wonder how the other 148 are doing?

You can hear CANTO TALK here.

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Dear Mr Leisman: Cruz is Cuban and the jobs report is pre-shutdown

(My new Babalu post)

teve Leisman of CNBC had a very embarassing moment today:
"There was a brief moment of awkwardness on CNBC Tuesday morning when, during a discussion of the weak jobs report and Senator Ted Cruz, reporterSteve Liesman asked for some “Mexican music” to be played while they talked about Cruz.
Liesman said, “We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report. These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz.”When a picture of Cruz appeared on the screen, he continued, “Can we get some music to go along with that? Some Mexican music, maybe?”There was also some music briefly playing for a few seconds before immediately being cut."
Leisman is wrong on two counts:
First, and less important, the reference to Mexican music misses the point that Senator Cruz is Cuban American.  I'm not worked up about this but there is a double standard in the media.  Would he have said "play Mexican music" if he was talking about a Mexican American Democrat?  My guess is no!  
Second, and very important, the jobs report is all pre-shutdown:
"September's report predates the culmination of the most recent fiscal showdown, whose effects are more likely to be found in the October employment report."
So Mr Leisman got the wrong music and bad analysis of the numbers.
We are in the 5th year of the Obama stimulus and we have very little to show for the $847 billion spent.
Forget the music.  It's the policies!

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