Monday, December 9, 2013

Connecting the dots

Three seemingly unrelated items, but the careful reader will detect a common thread:

■ Are the Republicans actively and purposefully going about sabotaging the ObamaTax using phony websites?

Puh-lease! As if The Stupid Party was that competent.

The GOP doesn't have to engage in destructive behavior vis the ObamaTax - those in charge of its implementation are doing a bang-up job themselves:

"California's health exchange has provided insurance agents with names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted"

Actually, many of them specifically opted out of being contacted, which of course didn't stop the rocket surgeons running the Golden State's Exchange.

Some of us are old enough to remember punch cards, cassette tapes and floppy disks [ed: anyone else remember ZipDrives?], long before CD's and internet streaming became ubiquitous. Of course, as the new technology came along, we adapted and adopted. Well, most of us did, anyway:

"Every day, The Federal Register, the daily journal of the United States government, publishes on its website and in a thick booklet around 100 executive orders, proclamations, proposed rule changes and other government notices ... still receive some of it on the 3.5-inch plastic storage squares"

Those "storage squares" were are also called microfloppy disks. One wonders if these Federal Register folks are also enjoying the latest releases on VHS.

So what do these three stories have in common? I would argue that  they are symptoms of a greater illness: the hubris that the Government is competent to successfully design, manage and trouble-shoot a system as complex as health care, or that it ever will be.

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