Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We are told by the White House spin machine, and by the Dinosaur, Sycophantic, Dead-Tree Media, that the myriad Titanic problems being experienced with the roll out of the new Obamacare website is due to "glitches."
Now I don't know about you, but I'm guessing one of the hundreds of trolls who inhabit the bowels of the WH got a free two-for-one coupon to Burger King for coming up with that adjective. Glitches. And doesn't it make you wonder how many other adjectives they tried and rejected before landing upon glitches? How about, oh, say, "issues?" Or maybe "roadblocks?" Or "speed bumps?" Or "red flags? " Or how about "warning signs?" Or even good old "problems?" You get the idea.
Think about it; three and one-half years to put it together, over $600,000,000 to develop it, more than 5,000,000 lines of code, in excess of 55 firms on the Government payroll to make it happen, all associated with those who've donated millions to Oblamo and his goons, by the way, and it crashes and burns when a few people actually try to use it to sign up. Hello! Wasn't it the good ol' Republicans who lobbied hard, as in shutting down the Gummint, to put this sucker on hold because it wasn't ready for the Center Ring? Ummm, yes I do believe it was.
That price, by the way, was more than all the money spent to develop Apple, Google, EBay, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon and Bing, together (and probably McDonalds, Budweiser, Cheerios and Preparation H). And yet, any one of them can process more than a billion hits a day without crashing!
And the result? We don't know. The White House won't tell us. Oh, they say that "hundreds of thousands have visited it," and "thousands have signed up." But they won't tell us exactly how many. Could that be because they're embarrassed at how few, or because they simply don't know, because the system may not be capable of telling them? And I don't know about you, but, even though they're both bad, I'm thinking the latter is worse, by far.
So, you've got to buy insurance from this program by early next year, or you'll be fined. Fined by one of the 16,000 new agents hired by the IRS to enforce this behemoth, no less. This is the very first time in the history of America when you're told - forced - to buy something from a third-party or pay a fine. And yet, it's plagued with "glitches." Glitches! If the core problems with this turkey is due to glitches, then I have a few other examples from history that could be the result of glitches as well...
- Other than that glitch in Pearl Harbor, Mr. Roosevelt, how was your Christmas?
- With exception of your husband's trip to the Little Big Horn, Mrs. Custer, would you describe that glitch in your relationship with Native Americans to be serious?
- Except for that storm glitch thing, Mr. Lagassi, how do you like living in New Orleans?
- Other than that iceberg fender-bender glitch, Ms. Molly Brown, how did you enjoy your cruise across the ocean?
- With exception of that 1906 glitch while you were in high school, Ms. Pelosi, how do you like living in San Francisco?
- Other than that little glitch, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?
If Obamacare is a glitch, then the foregoing natural - and man-made - disasters are glitches also. They weren't fixed with time. I'm guessing this one won't be either...