Streetwise Professor

November 16, 2013

Died of Complications

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Regulation — The Professor @ 3:38 pm

Obama gave one of his rare press conferences to announce his alleged “fix” of the insurance cancellation problem.  Short version: “It’s broken, and I’m going to break it some more, and crank up the chaos while I do it.”

It was quite the performance.  Arrogance and condescension and displays of bruised ego all intended to distract attention from rank incompetence and hubris. Reading the transcript is quite illuminating.  The incoherence (replete with gibberish, double negatives, etc.) is plainly evident in black-and-white.

The are too many highlights (by which I mean lowlights) to do them all justice.  I’ll just pick one: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.”

This, of course, from the president who didn’t want a chart depicting Obamacare to be created because, you know, political opponents would use it to claim that Obamacare is really complicated and stuff.

Obama and Obamacare are going to put scads of satirists out of work, because who can compete?  Obama wants to outlaw self-insurance (eventually): if he outlawed self-satire he’d be looking at 99 to life.

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  1. I am amazed by the sycophantic US media coverage of what, to anyone with a brain, is a massive disaster in the form of Obamacare.

    On another note, here is an interesting story about how the census and birth deaths results for Chechnya may be complete rubbish due to (probably deliberate) miscounting, I’d also suggest this is the same for the general census and births deaths reporting in Russia in general.

    Comment by Andrew — November 17, 2013 @ 12:23 am

  2. Soviet Russia and Obamacare, juxtapositioned in one convenient location.

    Comment by Tim Newman — November 17, 2013 @ 3:24 am

  3. @Tim. Honestly, they are so hard to distinguish at times.

    Actually, Obamacare is more corporatist, a la Mussolini’s Italy

    @Andrew. I am amazed and dismayed.

    Re other note: Interesting story. Who believes Russian (or Chinese) data? Especially on a politically sensitive issue like demographics?

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 17, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  4. Sorry, my link didn’t work. Corrected one here.

    Comment by Tim Newman — November 17, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

  5. I used to be impressed that in the UK the term “National Health Service” contained three lies in three words. I’m starting to appreciate the awesome Newspeakiness of “Obamacare”, though.

    Comment by Green as Grass — November 18, 2013 @ 3:51 am

  6. @Tim-definitely has a Big Brother feel too it, doesn’t it?

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 18, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  7. Next thing you know they will be banning the articles reporting where he promised Americans could keep the old insurance policies.
    The ministry of truth is on the way…..

    Comment by Andrew — November 18, 2013 @ 10:29 am

  8. @Andrew – what’s this “next thing”? The next thing is now: already the NYT describes O as making” incorrect promises” brace yourself for neologisms and phrases that even the Master Orwell would not think feasible. They don’t have to ban articles – the current strategy ahs been to let the press wail, and then everyone says it is “old News” or “factored in”. In other words not worthy of attention.

    Sort of a Scylla and Charybdis kind of thing: first we are smashed between two rocks, and then our screaming corpses are swallowed by a swirling vortex and our screams can no longer be heard. I am so glad that Barry the O had to read the Odyssey at Harlem Or Morningside High (Columbia college’s nicknames). Unless of course he was exempted as a transfer for Occidental College and Diesel Repair (the later is useful, no wonder he had to leave), or read the Classics Comics version of the same.

    Which brings up an interesting point: to graduate CC, a student had to be able to swim 2 laps of the pool (100 meters). This caused a great deal of amusement when the test were carried out as many very bright but poorer students had never learned to swim. I remember one now prominent geophysicist nearly drowning and having to take 4 semesters of phys ed. to get through.

    As far a Barry goes, I wonder if he used the backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, or simply took a stroll?

    Comment by sotos — November 18, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

  9. @Andrew. The memory hole is ready to swallow up all such heresies.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 18, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  10. @Sotos. Cartwheels.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 18, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

  11. @Professor indeed!
    @Sotos – Given his messianic complex and the way he has been treated with kid gloves all his life, Barry the Blessed, (Self)Chosen bringer of light, probably waded around the toddlers pool, and convinced himself he was walking on, not in, the water….

    Comment by Andrew — November 19, 2013 @ 2:29 am

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