More Cash for Clunkers Fallout: Decreased Industry Output by 3 Billion Dollars

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We covered the debacle that was Cash for Clunkers as it happened.

Ulterior Motives in “Cash for Clunkers?”

Cash for Clunkers: Revisited

Cash for Clunkers Revisited: More Damage Done

Cash for Clunkers Update: Jobs Created for the Bargain Price of $1,400,000 a Pop

Additional evidence of it’s failure continue to come in years later.  The latest Cash for Clunkers evidence comes to us courtesy of the Lonely Conservative…

This is how Democrats “help” the economy.

The government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program – pitched as a plan to jump-start U.S. auto sales and clean up the environment by getting gas-guzzling vehicles off the road — may have been a clunker itself, according to a new economic study.

Researchers at Texas A&M, in a recently released report, measured the impact of Cash for Clunkers on sales and found the program actually decreased industry revenue by $3 billion over a nine-to-11-month period. Meanwhile, the “stimulus” also cost taxpayers $3 billion. (Read More)

Government in action!

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Obama Sold Americans Lemons. Thirteen Americans Died In Those Lemons

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After finally solving problems with computer viruses this past weekend, there was an e-mail waiting from a good friend. He was wondering about General Motors’ recall of 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches, which have caused at least thirteen deaths, and what the Obama administration knew at the time it was illegally bailing out GM  with $49 billion of your money. Well, one thing we can say with  certainty is that President Obama was totally unaware of this problem at that time, because he never knows anything until or unless he hears it on MSNBC.

The truth is that I hadn’t been following this story and didn’t realize that the ignition switch problem with GM’s Colbalt and other models dated back before the formation of Government Motors. But, my friend’s e-mail sparked my interest and I began searching the web for information. What I learned was that something is rotten inside General Motors and something is rotten inside of the Obama administration.

 

Something Is Rotten In GM

According to this New York Time’s article, GM engineers were aware of the ignition switch prob as early as 2001.

The company apparently knew about the defect as far back as 2001, when it discovered the problem during testing of the Saturn Ion. It saw the problem again in 2004, as the Cobalt was about to be rolled out with the same ignition system. According to documents obtained in congressional investigations, engineers came up with a proposed fix, but it was nixed on the grounds that it was too expensive and would take too much time.

Too expensive? The Detroit News reports that the following haunting words were included in an internal memorandum by a still anonymous engineer:

“None of the solutions represents an acceptable business case.”

When the engineers finally did find a fix for the ignition switches in 2006, they did it in way to try to cover up the fact that there had ever been a problem. From the NYT article linked above, we learn:

Finally, in 2006, engineers at General Motors appeared to have fixed the problem, but they did so without changing the part number, which is a shocking violation of engineering protocol, wrote Micheline Maynard at Forbes.com. It makes G.M. appear to have been engaged in subterfuge, hiding the fact that its ignition had been defective all those years.

Meanwhile, at least 13 people died in accidents that were clearly the result of the faulty ignition design. There are also another 140 people who died in accidents involving the Cobalt in which the cause is unknown. Yet for more than a decade, General Motors did nothing.

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Something is definitely rotten inside General Motors.

Something Is Rotten Inside Of The Obama Administration

The National Review has an excellent two page article titled: Duped or Complicit. The article raises some very disturbing questions. Before bailing out GM, did Obama’s task force do their due diligence to get a clear picture of GM’s assets, liabilities, and problems? Did GM’s management hide the ignition switch problem from the task force? Did the Obama administration give GM’s new management protection from liabilities caused by the old management? I must admit I find it a little suspicions that our government sold its last shares of GM in December 2013 and the recalls started in February 2014.

The author of the National Review article tells us a good reason why the government should own a car company:

Finally, the American government should not own a car company because it inevitably turns the leader of the free world into a car salesman. President Obama would occasionally joke about his role, declaring at the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, “GM will rise or fall on the quality of its products — like the taut, athletic design of the new Buick Enclave. Its French-seamed leather and warm wood tones make the Enclave more than transportation. It’s a modern driver’s retreat. Come on, work with me here. I’ve got cars to move, people!”

And the there is this from our Car Salesman-in-Chief:

Obama held a rally at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant in Warren, Ohio, on September 15, 2009, touting the popularity of the Cobalt as he praised the Cash for Clunkers program: “The Chevy Cobalt that you build here was one of GM’s most sought-after cars under that program. Dealers across the country started running out. You need to build more.” He told the workers building the Cobalt, “You’re doing your part to move us forward and make sure that the high-quality, well-engineered, safe, and fuel-efficient cars of the future will be built where they always have been built — right here in Ohio, right across the Midwest, right here in the United States of America.”

David Harsanyi writing at The Federalist tells us The GM Scandal Is Worse Than You Think. While GM was Government Motors. a competitor, Toyota, was having to recall some of their cars. President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, was making public statements like “My advice is, if anybody owns one of these vehicles, stop driving it”, which caused Toyota’s stock price to nosedive. And, even though  LaHood’s agency later put out a report saying there was no evidence equipment failure in the Toyota case, good soldier, Eric Holder, kept up his law suit against Toyota going until they caved-in and paid a $1.2 billion settlement. Now, maybe Toyota deserved what they got. I don’t know. But, as Harsanyi points out, it is troubling that LaHood did not go after GM even though his staff twice suggested there were serious problems there.

President Obama sold Americans lemons and 13 Americans died in those lemons and many more were injured. Not only has his administration made a practice dealing with crony capitalist, with his bailout of General Motors he made our government a crony capitalist.

It’s hard to be a proud American these days.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post: Asylum Watch

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School Kids Say ‘Thanks’ To Michelle Obama for Their Crappy School Lunches

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Michelle Obama should be proud.  The school lunch program that she championed is such a great success, that students all over the US are singing it’s….praises? The Blaze has some tweets…

 

Yes, the kids are speaking out, and it seems to be more cursing than anything else.   Of course, the government’s response is been to basically say STFU.

As a result of these clearly fulfilling lunches, over 1,000,000 less children are taking part in the school lunch program.  In the extended economic fail fueled by Obama’s policies should cause the school lunch program to grow even more.  But, as the Washington Times reports, children are fleeing the suckage. 

The National School Lunch Program saw a sharp decline in participation once the healthy standards went into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. A total of 1,086,000 students stopped buying school lunch, after participation had increased steadily for nearly a decade.

The report found that 321 districts left the National School Lunch Program altogether, many of which cited the new standards as a factor.

The decline was “influenced by changes made to comply with the new lunch content and nutrition standards,” state and local officials said.

Though the USDA has claimed the standards were “proving popular,” the GAO report cited numerous cases where kids are unhappy with their new menus.

The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line.

For once, the failure is so bad that Conservative goals have been met.  There are less kids eating a school lunch today.  Of course, that is due to school lunches “tasting like vomit.”  But a win in a win, right?
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Mother of Student “Suspended” for Opionion on Common Core

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Public schools are agents of liberalism.  Therefore, expect force and censorship to be part of the methodology.  Take the example of Katherine Duran, who was “suspended” from her son’s school for opposing Common Core…

A school in Sacramento, California, has suspended a mom over her stance against Common Core.

You read that correctly, the Mark Twain School in Sacramento has told the mother of a 12-year-old student that she has been suspended for two weeks. Police in Sacramento served the 14-day suspension to Katherine Duran in her home following a disagreement with the school over the soon-to-be enacted Common Core standards.

Initially, the school claimed that Duran has distributed information about how to opt out of Common Core.  However, that is not the case…

The concerned mom signed an “opt-out” form and asked her son to take a few copies to school and hand them out to his friends to take home to their parents. The school’s principal then confiscates the forms. When Duran heard that the papers were taken away from her son, she visited the school and confronted principal Rosario Guillen. It was that meeting, according to the school, that triggered the police visiting the Duran home with the suspension order.

And how did the school respond to factual information being distributed regarding Common Core?

Duran sent us a copy of the opt-out information that was offered by her son to his classmates. This is the first page of a four-page set that of papers contained the basic information about Common Core’s Smarter Balanced Pilot Testing Program as well as instructions on how to opt-out of the testing, and  a set of blank opt-out forms.

Image: Katherine Duran

During the course of our conversation, Duran explained that the first day her son handed some of these information packets to his classmates, the school took notice. The principal made an all school announcement over the public address system stating that, “inappropriate materials” were handed out by a student and all of them needed to be turned in to the school. Christopher reportedly told his mom that all of the packets were collected and turned into the office.

So, when the school discovered that children might escape their control, they confiscated the information, and then attempted to punish the MOTHER of the child that distributed it.

So, it follows the standard liberal treatment…

1.  Engage in some tyrannical or inept activity (usually both).

2.  Cover up any evidence of the failure, or conceal ways to escape it.

3.  Punish those that expose the failure, or assist people in escaping said failure.

 

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Obama at European Press Conference: Only One Person Claps

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If you ask liberals, who recite their talking points very well, President Obama has “restored out standing in the world.”  Or, America is respected even more in the world.  Apparently, they think that apologizing all over the world, bowing to foreign kings, blowing up people with drones, and being punked by every regime that takes a shot at him, is earning respect.  For the latest example, here is the crowd’s reaction to Obama in Europe last week…

Yup, Obama is changed our image in the world.  We are now a laughing stock.

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Lena Dunham Appears Nude on SNL and Ratings Tank: Coincidence?

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I have to admit that I pondered the title for this post far more than usual.  Using the words “Lena Dunham,” and “nude” in the post title might repel a ton more readers that it would attract.  But, just out of the irony, I thought I might cover it.  Come to think of it, I really wish she would cover it too-all of it.

Lena Dunham did appear nude on SNL last Saturday, and the ratings tanked…

As expected, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham got nude on Saturday Night Live this weekend, in one scene mocking the Genesis Eden story, where a partly blurred-out nude Dunham and leaf-covered co-star Taran Killam poked fun at the biblical narrative. Saturday’s episode earned SNL’s second lowest ratings of the year.

“Son of God. Noah,” says the narrator. “And now, another extraordinary Biblical film that tells the astonishing story of the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Life itself.” Dunham then appears naked. “Adam, Adam, a snake just talked to me. Is that normal?” Dunham says. “Before there were Girls,” the narrator says, “there was the first Girl.” Taran Killam appears as Adam, and Dunham says, “I just like want to know what we’re even doing here. Are we like man and wife?” When Killam responds that Eve was made from his rib, Dunham says, “Oh my God, that is like so sexist, I can’t believe you would even bring that up right now. Take a gender and women’s studies class!”

When God catches her after eating the apple, she says, “Can you please not apple shame me right now? I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original! I think I deserve some credit for that, or at least a publishing deal!” God says she’s old enough to be on her own, to which Dunham says she doesn’t even have health insurance.

In the past, it might have been said that an unattractive or overweight woman had a “nice personality.”  Sadly for Miss Lena Dunham, she’s lacking in that department as well.

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Venezuela: Communist Dictator Blames Others for Failure of Communism

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As I have noted many time, leftists, whether they  call themselves communists or not, share the blame game with their fellow travelers.  When the Soviet Union’s beautiful collective farms failed to produce; causing the Soviet Union to go from being a food exporter to starving millions, someone had to be blamed.  Rather than admit that their bastions of equality and social justice were a steaming pile of rancid failure, they created scapegoats.  “Conspirators” with the “imperialist capitalists,” usually some poor slobs that the political commissars didn’t like, were rounded up, or “disappeared.”  It didn’t really solve the problem, but at least the people’s misery was redirected onto an imaginary “enemy.”  Yuri Bezmenov commented on this in his early 80’s interview…

Fast-forward to the present, and think about how long did the Administration and MSM blame President Obama’s failures of President Bush.  When the insurance companies followed the law, and cancelled plans that were illegal under ObamaCare, they blamed the insurance companies.  When the government ordered the banks to make bad loans, and the housing bubble burst, the banks were blamed for doing what the government told them to do!

When the plans of statists fail, it is NEVER because the plans are flawed, horrible, or ill-advised, it’s ALWAYS the fault of the statist’s political foes.  For the latest example of this, here is some news from Venezuela…

Heads are rolling and ministers are being shuffled as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro takes on the dangerous saboteurs that comrade Stalin warned us about. The country with the world’s biggest oil reserves can’t seem to keep baby formula in its stores, as sinister right-wing “mafias” have speculated Venezuela’s way into chronic sugar and milk shortages. Maduro identified the culprits in his first state of the union address as President, reports the BBC:

Speaking at the National Assembly in Caracas, Mr Maduro vowed to introducer [sic] tougher penalties against “sabotage and speculation”.

“How can you describe someone who hides [from the shelves] formula milk for babies? We cannot create a new euphemism for that. That person must be described as a criminal,” said President Maduro.

But Mr Maduro says his government is under attack from powerful right-wing sectors in the country.

“While the government makes a big effort to guarantee the quality of some services and the availability of products, the mafias speculate with other products and even medicines,” said Mr Maduro.

In the years prior to Hugo Chavez assuming room temperature, he nationalized many parts of the economy, and most have turned into fail.  They sell oil by the tanker, but have power problems.  They earn billions, but cannot get baby formula on the shelves.  The wealthy job creators are leaving, or going Galt, and Venezuela is suffering what all leftist states eventually suffer:  the entire place is turning into Detroit.

But don’t worry.  It’ll always be someone else’s fault.  They might fire some people, or maybe even jail some political opponents.  Life won’t get any better, but at least some otherwise innocent people will be blamed, right?

 

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Crises Response by Two Presidents: A Look Back

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As we head into the new year, with an eye on the upcoming, all-important mid-term elections, let’s take a look back at how two different presidents handled a crisis, shall we? These events are separate; each having their own hurdles and problems, but both tied to the same geographic area.

On one hand, we have President George W. Bush and one of the major crises of his administration – that would be Hurricane Katrina. And on the other, we have President Barack H. Obama and his response to the Gulf Oil Spill.

On April 20, 2010 the deep water oil platform, Deepwater Horizon suffers an explosion so intense that the 11 rig workers bodies were never recovered. For two days the platform burns and on the 22nd, another explosion sends the platform to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. At this point, thousands of gallons of crude oil are spilling into the gulf each day. President Obama waits nine days from the first explosion to even make a public statement about the disaster. He pledges “every single available resource” to respond to this emergency. In total, he waits an astonishing 12 days to even tour the affected areas. He won’t see the area again until over a month after the original explosion, when he visits again on May 28, 2010.

Backtrack to 2007 and then candidate Obama said, of the Bush administration’s response to Katrina: “Part of the problem, I’ll be honest with you, I just don’t think there is a sense of urgency in the White House, where the president is cracking the whip, day in, day out, and saying, ‘Why is it that we’re not getting this done?'” Obama said.

Continuing on with President Obama’s response to the Gulf Oil Spill, President Obama denied the offered help from the Dutch government who made available the latest in oil skimming technology, citing the Jones Act. It is interesting to note that President Bush issued a temporary waiver of the Jones Act following Katrina – despite having received campaign donations from the Seafarer’s International Union in 2000 and 2004.

In little more than one month since the first explosion, President Obama engaged in a week of vacation, several fundraisers, several campaign events, attended 7 sporting events and played over a half dozen rounds of golf. Let’s just remind President Obama of candidate Obama’s words, “I’ll be honest with you, I just don’t think there is a sense of urgency in the White House, where the president is cracking the whip, day in, day out, and saying, ‘Why is it that we’re not getting this done?”

Almost 45 days into the Gulf Oil Spill, President Obama sends Attorney General Eric Holder and a team of Justice Department lawyers down to the gulf area. On day 58 of the disaster, President Obama assigns a “Blue Ribbon” panel to investigate the causes of the BP Gulf Oil Spill. He also tells the Today Show that he wants to know, “…whose ass to kick.”

By July 15, 2010 BP announces that it has capped the well and the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped.

Now let’s shift our focus back to August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina tore into the gulf region of the United States, leaving death and destruction in its’ wake.

President Bush was already on a working vacation at his ranch in Texas. He flew over the area ravaged by Katrina, deciding that landing Air Force One, which would necessitate shutting down the New Orleans or Baton Rouge airports, would hamper rescue efforts. He actually cut his “vacation” short to fly back to DC to coordinate the federal response.

It is worth noting that Bush faced tough opposition from New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and then Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. Both were contacted by the National Hurricane Center and urged to put evacuation plans into motion. Both Nagin and Blanco decided not to. In fact, President Bush declared the areas affected by Katrina a national disaster area BEFORE Blanco did on a state level. He did this to facilitate advanced preparations.

Donna Brazile, a pundit that works for CNN and is a former Vice Chairwoman for voter registration for the Democratic National Committee, has been known to be a harsh critic of President Bush. However, she wrote an article titled, “Brazile: Bush Came Through on Katrina,” about her experience with President Bush during her work on the Lousiana State Commission overseeing the long-term recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

She wrote, “George W. Bush was good as his word. He visited the Gulf States 17 times; went 13 times to New Orleans. Laura Bush made 24 trips. Bush saw that $126 billion in aid was sent to the Gulf’s residents, as some members of his own party in Congress balked. Bush put a special emphasis on rebuilding schools and universities. He didn’t forget African-Americans: Bush provided $400 million to the historically black colleges, now integrated, that remain a pride, and magnet for African-American students. Laura Bush, a librarian, saw to it that thousands of books ruined by the floods were replaced. To this day, there are many local libraries with tributes devoted to her efforts.”

And speaking of Bush being as good as his word, as it relates to the Katrina recovery, President Bush signed the following seven acts into law:

*     Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to Meet Immediate Needs Arising From the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina

*     Second Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to Meet Immediate Needs Arising From the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina

*     2005 Flexibility for Displaced Workers Act

*     Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005

*     QI, TMA, and Abstinence Programs Extension

*     the Hurricane Katrina Unemployment Relief Act of 2005

*     the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005

Oh, and the number of acts President Obama has signed into law as relates to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Zero.

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New Jersey’s New Gun Laws Result in Higher Murder Rate

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According to Wyblog, New Jersey  reacted to the Sandy Hook massacre by passing some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.  And, like other states or cities that have passed strict gun laws, the murder rate went up…

In 2013 NJ enacted the stricted gun laws in the nation, and the murder rate soared

Last year our knee-jerk liberal fascists reacted predictably to the Newtown, CT school shooting by enacting some of the strictest gun control legislation in the nation.

Also last year the murder rate in our fine state soared to a seven-year high.

Coincidence? I mean really, how can criminals so easily acquire guns when New Jersey makes it so hard to buy and own them?

Oh, right, criminals don’t follow the law.

So naturally the solution is more gun control legislation!

[Newark Police Director Samuel] DeMaio said .45-caliber handguns — far more powerful than the 9 mm weapons once common in Newark — and the proliferation of assault weapons led to the city’s increased number of killings.

“If the federal government is really serious about gun control and the violence that’s taking place, not just in Newark, but in every city throughout this country, they will get strict and do the right thing with the gun laws,” he said. “Make them consistent. … Take the guns out of the criminals’ hands.”

As usual, gun grabbers fail to realize that criminals do not follow laws, so when you restrict guns, the only people restricted are people that follow the law.  Criminals, I would imagine, who will still be armed, see the newly disarmed populace in terms similar to “easy meat.”

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Diane Feinstein Twists Space-Time Itself to Defend Obama’s Lies Regarding ObamaCare

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When Clinton said, “…depends on what your definition is ‘is,’ is,” we had thought we heard the pinnacle, or nadir, or political diversions and lies. But, Obama’s ObamaCare, “If you like you plan, you can keep it,” has far surpassed Clinton’s fib for all out intentional lying.  Consider it a more bold act of audacity.

If you thought Obama’s persistent lie was bad, you should see how Diane Feinstein tried to defend it!

FEINSTEIN: Well, as I understand it, you can keep it up to the time — and I hope this is correct, but this is what I’ve been told — up to the time the bill was enacted, and after that, it’s a different story.  That part of it, if true, was never made clear.

I know that even a lie like that, or even a video of her sacrificing puppies to her lord and master, Satan, will not cause Diane Feinstein to lose an election, but at least we can make her look like the idiot she truly is.

Come to think of it, it also shows that the people that voted for her are idiots too, but they’ll never get that the joke is on them.

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Cash for Clunkers Update: Jobs Created for the Bargain Price of $1,400,000 a Pop

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Government programs tend to fail, and fail hard.  “Cash for Clunkers” was no exception, as we had covered here at the CH 2.0.

Ulterior Motives in “Cash for Clunkers?”

Cash for Clunkers: Revisited

Cash for Clunkers Revisited: More Damage Done

So then, we see a report that indicates that some jobs might have been created, to the tune of $1,400,000 a job.  Steve, at Motor City Times, has more…

Free markets are the only way to go:

A Bookings Institution study found the $2.85 billion program “provided a short-term boost in vehicle sales, which were pulled forward from sales that would have occurred in subsequent months. There was a small increase in employment but the implied cost per job created ($1.4 million) was far higher than other fiscal stimulus programs.”

The study — from researchers Ted Gayer and Emily Parker — said the “Car Allowance Rebate System,” or CARS did little to boost employment. This is at least the fourth major study since 2012 that has raised questions about the value of the program.

The study said far more jobs could have been created using other government stimulus programs — increasing unemployment benefits (at $95,000 per job); $80,000-$133,000 per job created for cutting employers’ payroll taxes; $222,000 per job created for reducing employees’ payroll taxes; $200,000 per job created for providing additional Social Security benefits; or $222,000 per job created for allowing the expensing of investment costs.

The study estimates the sales led to 3,676 “job years” — sales supporting a job for a single year — between the automaker and auto parts sector, or at a cost of $1.4 million per job. “This suggests that the CARS program was far less cost effective at creating jobs than other fiscal stimulus programs,” the report said.

And, since Cash for Clunkers really just drained the market and led to lower sales for months after the program ended, you might guess that the extra jobs, if any, were eventually lost anyway.

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CNN Report Indicates That ObamaCare Website Wasn’t Ready, and the Obama Administration Knew

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Once again, we see that the Obama administration knew about the quality and performance issues with ObamaCare website.

Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.

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The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones.

On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Medicaid Chief Marilyn Tavenner, whose job it was to oversee the October 1 rollout of the website, said she did not foresee its problems.

“No, we had tested the website and we were comfortable with its performance,” she said. “Now, like I said, we knew all along there would be as with any new website, some individual glitches we would have to work out. But, the volume issue and the creation of account issues was not anticipated and obviously took us by surprise. And did not show up in testing.”

So, even though they try to explain it away, even CNN cannot ignore the fact that the website was a failure-and the administration knew.

H/T: The Daley Gator

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Are Anti-Bullying Programs Backfiring?

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Bullying is considered to be one of the most significant problems in our schools.  I can see that, and I don’t really disagree.  I would say that the leftist indoctrination is far worse, but that is a post for another day. After months of covering #FreeKate, I now know more about bullying than I ever cared to.  From the death threats, the threats to “ruin people professionally,” the “digging up of “dirt,” on law enforcement personnel, as well as the victim’s mother, the simple insults and false claims about critics,  to the “doxing” of people that state the truth about the case, the Hunts and their supporters have raised the bar in terms of bullying the family of a sexual abuse victim, and nearly anyone who stands up to their lies.   They are a case-study in online bullying.  Of course, as consummate on line bullies, they will claim to be the victims whenever they are caught.

So then, schools have been spending tons of money on anti-bullying programs.  However, the question arises, do the programs work?  If we are to believe the following, the answer is a resounding, “no!”

But a University of Texas researcher found that anti-bullying programs increase bullying, and “actually teach students different bullying techniques — and even educate about new ways to bully” classmates:

A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But . . . University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.

He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.

Jeong said it was, “A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work.”

The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

The results were stunning for Jeong. “Usually people expect an anti-bullying program to have some impact — some positive impact.”

The student videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and how to intervene. But Jeong says they may actually teach students different bullying techniques — and even educate about new ways to bully through social media and texting.

Jeong said students with ill intentions “…are able to learn, there are new techniques [and gain] new skills.” He says students might see examples in videos and then want to try it.

According to Jeong, some programs even teach students how to bully without leaving evidence behind.

 Broad anti-bullying rules can backfire and be harmful to child development. As a school administrator noted after passage of New Jersey’s bureaucratically rigid anti-bullying law, “The anti-bullying law also may not be appropriate for our youngest students, such as kindergartners who are just learning how to socialize with their peers. Previously, name-calling or shoving on the playground could be handled on the spot as a teachable moment, with the teacher reinforcing the appropriate behavior. That’s no longer the case. Now it has to be documented, reviewed and resolved by everyone from the teacher to the anti-bullying specialist, principal, superintendent and local board of education.”

Frankly, I can see this being true.  We know that Head Start has never shown a statistical difference in school achievement past third grade.  DARE has never been shown to decrease alcohol or drug use by teens.  If it’s a bureaucratic and top-down program, it will likely fail, if not make things worse.  To invoke Quinn’s Law…

Liberalism generates the exact opposite of it’s stated intent.

Do I know the real solution?  I don’t know that there is a blanket one.  I think that if school personnel take the time to watch for it, punish misbehavior, reward good behavior, and try to derail nasty behaviors whenever they occur, they stand a far better chance of turning things around.  In other words, let the professionals be professionals, and hold them up as examples, or hold them responsible.  This is a fight that is won in the classroom, not in a legislature.

H/T: College Insurrection

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Does Barack “Barry Soetero” Hussein Obama Suffer from Victim Mentality?

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With a name like that, who wouldn’t? But seriously, Dr. Keith Ablow, psychiatrist and frequent talking head on Fox News, does think the man-child in the Oval Office suffers from “victim mentality” and that this fact explains much about Mr. Obama’s irrational behavior.

President Obama’s rhetoric is finally coming closer to what appears to be his psychological truth:  Because America victimized him and countless millions of others, any person or party or movement that opposes his views and does not yield to him is not just his adversary, but abusive, predatory and even threatening.

The Doctor goes on to explain that much of the President’s bombastic name cling when referring to the Republicans in Congress is something to be expected from someone who believes he is a victim.

It is exceedingly difficult to come to terms with a person who sees you as his oppressor, his kidnapper, and someone terrorizing him who might well destroy him. You aren’t likely to consider whether your assailant and jailer and would-be killer has a few good ideas, after all.

Dr. Ablow tells us that Obama probably sees himself as a victim because, as a child, he was helpless to stop his father from abandoning him, and helpless to stop his mother from leaving him with his grandparents to raise, and helpless to stop his white grandmother from communicating her fear of black people, ( I don’t know where the good doctor got that last bit, but let’s assume it’s true.)

Obama’s story really pulls a your heart-strings, right? Much of Barack Obama’s life is sealed under court order. But, we know that from the time he went to live with his grandparents in Hawaii, that everything was pretty much handed to him on a silver platter. Right up to the Presidency of the United States of America. I guess as a “victim” he has convinced himself that he deserved it all and probably believes he got there all on his own abilities. Of course, he keeps people around him who feed his delusion. (Think Valerie Jarrett.)

Dr. Ablow has much more to say that I think you will find interesting. Like why Obama identified so much with Treyvon Martin. But, the Doctor wrapped up his article with this:

If he sees himself as having been taken hostage by kidnappers who want to blow him up, it is too much to expect him to hear any truths these “kidnappers” might want to share.

Victims aren’t expected to lead.  They expect to be rescued.

That would seem to be our problem as a nation right now.

Boy! We really know how to pick our presidents, don’t we? How did we elect a man twice who sees us as his enemies?

I’ve been told by people who know me well that, although I am a tad “rough around the edges”, I do have a soft heart. I think that is a fair description of me. But, I don’t find myself wanting to pat little Barry on the head and tell him everything will be all right. I do have the urge to slap that smirk off of his face and blister his butt until he learns to treat all people with the same respect that he believes he so richly deserves.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post: Asylum Watch

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This is What Liberalism Does to a City: Abandonded Library in Detroit

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Detroit is the perfect exemplification of long term results of liberalism on a geographical area.  Massive corruption, crime, flight of businesses, fight of productive people, decay, death-it’s all there, for the world to see.  Of course, liberals there follow the classic strategy of making it someone else’s fault, but that fall on deaf ears.  As yet another examples of Detroit’s ruins, here is a link to some images of a public library-long abandoned by the citizenry; of which, nearly half cannot read. 

 

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Americans Storm Lincoln Memorial Park Police Mass To Remove Then

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It seems that in this government shutdown, the Park Police some how has the money to have more police to keep people out than they ever had to let them in.  Funny, isn’t it?  Well, some Americans decided to ignore the democrat shutdown by going over, or through, the “barrycades” around the Lincoln Memorial. Here is some news footage…

It is said that the Park Service amassed a “small army,” and ran off the intruders.  That, of course, begs the question, if the have that many park police on duty, why aren’t the monuments open in the first place?

The answer is obvious.  Barak Obama is a petulant narcissist who is unworthy of his office, and is a laughing stock all over the planet.

H/T: Weasel Zippers

 

 

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