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And They Call It ... Success!
Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg

Posted on 04/17/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT by Kaslin

There are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn't fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain. And the illusion can no longer fool even the long illusioned. Despite a beautiful stage setting like the Rose Garden at the White House, the perfect if artificial lighting, and the usual supporting cast of intellectual munchkins in the merry old land of Washington, singing, dancing, prancing and applauding all around. For no matter how many times the Wizard waves his wand over his Signature Accomplishment, it gets harder and harder to distinguish it from his signature failure. Or wave away the failures still to come -- even as those of the past are decked out in new costumes and billed as glorious successes.

But the show must go on, as it did last week when the chief executive and ringmaster of this star-studded production bid a long overdue adieu to his loyal servant and scapegoat, the Hon. Kathleen Sebelius, now happily former secretary of Health and Human Services, before swinging around to welcome her successor, the lucky bureaucrat who now inherits this royal and continuing mess.

But one of the qualifications for the job of Great and Powerful Oz is to put the best face on even the worst of debacles, which the equally Hon. Barack Obama did -- in his by now practiced and ever sonorous way. And so this RMS Titanic of federal bureaucracies sails on, crashing into icebergs every Tuesday and Thursday, changing course with every collision but to no clear avail.

This is the kind of continuing collapse an experienced illusionist will know how to deny no matter how many firewalls on this ship collapse or interior compartments fill with bilge. So last Friday our president, looking straight at the TV camera and an increasingly skeptical nation, hailed the wonders Ms. Sebelius had performed with Obamacare: "Under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done." Mission Accomplished!

Don't believe it? Why, said the president, "the final score speaks for itself," which must have been a vague reference to the 7.5 million people signed up for his Signature Debacle at last announcement. What a shiny, splendid, glittering number!

Just don't ask too many pesky questions like, "How many of these folks already had insurance before, but had their policies canceled and will have to pay higher premiums now?" "How many exceptions, delays, waivers, 'protected classes' and escape hatches in general have been necessary to paper over the holes in this tub, and how many are yet to come?" And, perhaps most relevant and troubling of all, "How many of the young and healthy are signing up for this wondrous program in order to offset the older and sicker being covered, and so keep this whole Rube Goldberg contraption afloat?" Answer: There isn't one. Nobody knows, or at least dares not guess. Better to just dance and prance around the wonderful wizard who's brought all this to pass.

Surely someone as intelligent as our president can see through all the hooey he feels obliged to peddle, but being a master politician, i.e., a Wonderful Wizard, entails certain sacrifices, beginning with one's own dignity. After all, the president's slightly exaggerated version of events, to quote a character in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, is "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."

And yet some of us can't help but remember, indelibly, other highlights of Kathleen Sebelius' unfortunate tenure at HHS, like the time last October when she was in the midst of telling a congressional hearing that Obamacare's website hadn't crashed at all, appearances very much to the contrary. "It is functional," she explained, "but at a very slow speed and very low reliability, and has continued to function." Even as giant screens all around the hearing room trained on that very website continued to show its unwavering announcement: "The system is down at the moment. We are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolved soon." Soon turned out to be weeks, if not months.

It only seems like an eternity that the country has been waiting for this not so Affordable Care Act to click in and work. But remember this: The system never crashed. It couldn't be allowed to, not in the merry, merry land of Obamacare, aka Denial.

In the Rose Garden last week, everything was coming up roses, of course. And like roses, Obamacare requires lots of fertilizer to produce those pretty blooms, however illusory.

It's quite a show. It's just not much of a health-insurance program. Somebody get a hook and repeal-and-replace this farce, cutting out the army of patronage used mainly to expand the Medicaid rolls in the guise of a new government program. And save those of its features that always did have bipartisan support, like letting 20-somethings stay on their folks' insurance till they're almost 30-somethings, and making sure prior health problems don't keep an American from getting some kind of health insurance.

But would those simple fixes be too down-to-earth for this master illusionist, even as his latest and greatest illusion fades?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; careact; illusion; unaffordable

1 posted on 04/17/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Reminds me of facts Kaslin. Kind of like, if Free Republic should cease to exist, would they remember the name?


2 posted on 04/17/2014 9:09:05 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Kaslin

Everything this administration does is a manipulation of perception.


3 posted on 04/17/2014 9:10:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

My question for Obama: How do you measure success?


4 posted on 04/17/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: no-to-illegals

Always thought a loud recording of the music the band played during the windbag Wizard’s speech would go well at any Democratic oration.


5 posted on 04/17/2014 9:11:11 AM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

My Full Agreement Friend.


6 posted on 04/17/2014 9:14:06 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: cripplecreek
step wright up..er/.... step right up





"you have to take it before you can find out whats in it"...Senatress Nancy Pelosi
7 posted on 04/17/2014 9:15:33 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Kaslin

“...Barack Obama did — in his by now practiced and ever sonorous way..”

Since when is nasal, mindless hectoring “now practiced and ever sonorous...”?


8 posted on 04/17/2014 9:16:57 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: allendale

Reminds me of something else too. Jesus is All Right.


9 posted on 04/17/2014 9:21:13 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Brother Love’s travelin hope show.


10 posted on 04/17/2014 9:27:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

He has no heart, no brains and no courage. Let us pray that soon he will have no home as well....................


11 posted on 04/17/2014 9:29:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Kaslin
Surely someone as intelligent as our president can see through all the hooey he feels obliged to peddle, but being a master politician, i.e., a Wonderful Wizard, entails certain sacrifices, beginning with one's own dignity. After all, the president's slightly exaggerated version of events, to quote a character in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, is "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."

As long as they are in power they don't care what the results are, as long as they lead to more power.

12 posted on 04/17/2014 9:29:55 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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Gather round the corner, FRiends!


13 posted on 04/17/2014 9:31:27 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: cripplecreek

Indeed! Barack Shyster Hussein Obama!


14 posted on 04/17/2014 9:37:27 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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General, we await!


15 posted on 04/17/2014 9:39:53 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Carry_Okie
Surely someone as intelligent as our president can see through all the hooey he feels obliged to peddle

Just this morning the media has been breathlessly reporting that Obama is bailing out Detroit pension funds. Unfortunately the facts aren't so simple. In reality, we're going to spend some $350 million on infrastructure in Detroit and Obama is trying to force Rick Snyder to take $100 million of that infrastructure money and give it to the unions.

Utterly and completely typical Obama. Manipulate perception.
16 posted on 04/17/2014 9:44:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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No Sir! Await your orders, Sir!


17 posted on 04/17/2014 9:44:52 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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No Sir ... No hurry! Standing By!


18 posted on 04/17/2014 9:47:33 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: equaviator

Willie Robertson spoke at the celebration of our church’s 25th Anniversary this past weekend which was held at the Toyota Center in Houston. What a blessing that man and his family are. His topic was on the Bible’s definition of Success. Too bad neither Obama or any of the other Houston or surrounding area dignitaries were in attendance to hear what God has to say about true success.


19 posted on 04/17/2014 9:52:15 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Kaslin
I believe more and more people each day sees that the emperor has no clothes.

5.56mm

20 posted on 04/17/2014 10:07:34 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Grams A

IF Obama thinks he’s achieved any level of success, how reliable are the measurements? How does he actually measure any alleged success? What tools does he use and what is the process by which his “success” is measured?


21 posted on 04/17/2014 11:09:06 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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