There’s been a lot of criticism directed at the rollout of the healthcare.gov signup for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The website has had a lot of glitches, and now the government is bringing in top tech help to fix the problems. While some of the criticisms are valid, many are not. One of the most pernicious is that “private industry would never allow something like this out.” Speaking as someone with a couple of decades of IT experience under his belt, I can state that that particular line is … unmitigated bullshit. Private industry does it all the time, in fact, it’s a major surprise if they release something on time and on budget that works out of the box.
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One of the “causes” which has been running around the frustrati blogs for a while is the Manning case. He painted as a “hero” and a “whistleblower” by them. That his “whistleblowing” was not so much a principled decision to expose wrongdoing, as it was a screwed-up idiot who decided to “get even” by doing an unfiltered dump of classified documents, gets glossed over or waved aside. More recently there is the Snowden case, where the initial revelations of a massive government spying operation on its own citizens turned out to be … not quite all that.
In looking through the Republican plan, a number of things kept striking me. One of them is that there were so many assumptions built into their statements.
Republican governors are America’s reformers in chief. They continue to deliver on conservative promises of reducing the size of government while making people’s lives better. They routinely win a much larger share of the minority vote than GOP presidential candidates, demonstrating an appeal that goes beyond the base of the Party.
The past few posts have been devoted to the angst being experienced by various conservative Republican areas as a result of the recent budget sequestration. What has been a somewhat regular theme for me is that very often these same areas simply cannot see how dependent they are on various forms of government spending. What is “obvious” to someone outside of those areas is not to people in those areas. In effect, they have a “blind spot” in their perceptions.
One of the things I used to hate when I was looking for work was the phrase “You’re overqualified.” What it really meant was that I was too educated, too old, or too expensive. Oh, and that I wasn’t getting the job. I’m not looking for a change at the moment, but in reading the recent reports, I realize that there’s another career I should probably cross off my list of “opportunities:” Washington news correspondent.