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Healthcare.gov a Teaching Moment for Obama? Naahh

I doubt it. This president’s capacity to learn and grow in office seems quite limited.

But it was a bit of a revelation when President Obama said the other day that the reason his campaign website worked so well but Healthcare.gov does not is that when it comes to building a campaign website, “I’m not constrained by a bunch of federal procurement rules.”

So dismissive. Almost sounded like he’s talking about Republicans.

The RNC made a pretty effective propaganda video out of it.

This reminded me of when the late George McGovern discovered, some 16 years after carrying the liberal banner unsuccessfully in 1972 against Richard Nixon, that Republicans might not be all wrong.

See, after losing his Senate seat, McGOVERN ACTUALLY TRIED TO START A BUSINESS. Some of you may remember this. And after it failed, he blamed some of the red tape he himself had helped create and the litigousness Democrats love to promote.

Eating a piece of humble pie that surely will never make it to Obama’s table, McGovern wrote about his experience:

Calvin Coolidge was too simplistic when he observed that “the business of America is business.” But like most sweeping political statements, even Coolidge’s contains some truth — enough, as I’ve learned, to make me wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee. That knowledge would have made me a better legislator and a more worthy aspirant to the White House.

In 1988 I yielded to a longtime desire to own an inn with conference facilities, where I could provide good food, comfortable rooms, and lively public discussion sessions.

After two and a half years that mixed pleasure and satisfaction with the loss of all my earnings from nearly a decade of post-Senate lecture tours, I gave up on the Stratford Inn. But not before learning some painful and valuable lessons.

I learned first of all that over the past 20 years America has become the most litigious society in the world. There was a time not so long ago when a lawsuit was considered a rare and extreme measure, to be resorted to only under the most critical circumstances. But today Americans sue one another at the drop of a hat — almost on the spur of the moment.

As the owner of the Stratford Inn, I was on the receiving end of a couple of lawsuits that fit that description.

The second lesson I learned by owning the Stratford Inn is that legislators and government regulators must more carefully consider the economic and management burdens we have been imposing on U.S. business.

As an innkeeper, I wanted excellent safeguards against a fire. But I was startled to be told that our two-story structure, which had large sliding doors opening from every guest room to all-concrete decks, required us to meet fire regulations more appropriate to the Waldorf-Astoria. A costly automatic sprinkler system and new exit doors were items that helped sink the Stratford Inn — items I was convinced added little to the safety of our guests and employees. And a critical promotional campaign never got off the ground, partly because my manager was forced to concentrate for days at a time on needlessly complicated tax forms for both the IRS and the state of Connecticut.

Unlike McGovern, if Obama ever does learn any such lessons, it will be too late. He made it to the Oval Office, and will have already done his damage to small business and the middle class.

Anyway, Obama’s not really the type to start a business. I mean, he’d have to get up early, skip a lot of golf, and make things that are useful to people. It’s just not like government work.

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32 Responses to Healthcare.gov a Teaching Moment for Obama? Naahh

  1. I very Much remember the Stratford Inn . Right across the road from Sikorsky Aircraft the Helicopter MFG and just DOWN WIND of the regional Landfill Commonly called MT. TRASHMORE

  2. Procurement rules? Were you forced to single source? Hire your wife’s roommate’ failed company–or whatever hand-in-glove thing that was, I forget the details? Were you forced to have no project manager? Did someone stop you from demanding periodic progress reports–linked to progress payments instead of heaving over the store to those Canadians? Boo-hoo–you know as much about procurement as you do about health insurance.

    • I am a registered govt contractor, and it takes a boatload of work to be one, although I have never won or performed a contract. I also worked for the biggest contractors with all their issues for 16 yrs. I have forgotten more about this than Obama will ever know! What a dumb statement that was on his part.

  3. Mr. Obama could never start and sustain any private business – or, for that matter, survive as an employee at an existing private business – for one simple reason: Private business does not afford tenure.

    It is a world free from accountability which he has never known, and wouldn’t much care for.

    • If I remember correctly he couldn’t even last a year in the private sector law firm? Other than that few months stint his entire life as been taking money from the public and getting breaks and favors from the Tony Rezkos of the world.

      • He was with Davis Miner for about four years.

        In 1994, Obama appeared in Cook County court on behalf of Woodlawn Preservation & Investment Corp., defending it against a suit by the city, which alleged that the company failed to provide heat for low-income tenants on the South Side during the winter.

        Those were not the cases Obama highlighted in the self-portrait drawn in his first memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”

        “In my legal practice,” he wrote, “I work mostly with churches and community groups, men and women who quietly build grocery stores and health clinics in the inner city, and housing for the poor.”

        SNIP

        http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/06/nation/na-obamalegal6

        Even back in 2008, it was apparent he liked to bend the truth. And, the reporter noted it.

        • Was Woodlawn Preservation and Investment a slumlord?

          Woodlawn, located in the South Side of the City of Chicago, Illinois, USA, is one of 77 well defined Chicago community areas. SNIP

          Woodlawn Preservation & Investment Corporation was founded in 1987. partners with a variety of education, job training, financial and community-based organizations to better deliver services and make good on its mission to revitalize Woodlawn and its people. Among the organizations with which WPIC works most closely are: Literacy Chicago, which provides tuition-free courses in reading, math and other subjects to provide educational and employment services to their respective customers. Literacy Chicago raises participants’ basic skills so they can become employable for living wage jobs, and WPIC trains them on how to find – and retain – a job through its employment assistance program.

          SNIP

          http://woodlawnworks.webs.com/history.htm

  4. Obama is not in the business of building. He is dedicated – with every fiber of his being – to making America pay for every slight he has ever experienced at the hands of an American. This destruction is personal.

  5. I laughed out loud at that second paragraph. May have even snorted some coffee out my nose.

    He will never know what it is like to start any kind of business. When his presidential days are over, he will create a charitable foundation, the purpose of which will be to schedule him to provide inspiring speeches to fainting crowds, in locations that happen to be near the country’s finest golf courses.

  6. First and foremost, Obama is a con artist. He has no principles, ethics or ideologies. He flies by the seat of his pants. He enrolled at Harvard not for the purposes of higher learning or education…but to hone his skills in achieving power (see Byron York’s essay: What is a community organizer, Nat’l Review, 2009).

    His shot stint in the U.S. Senate was a mere stepping stone on his trajectory of attaining power. He wasn’t one to sit in his Senate office all day and opine on the issues of the day – it was to get himself in front of the cameras and claim ownership of legislation he had nothing to do with.

    His run for the Presidency in 2007 was, imo, a test run. He couldn’t be tied down to his day job, so he decided on a whim to run for the highest office in the land. No harm no foul. Have speech, will travel!

    There are no ‘teaching moments’ for this megalomaniac! There is no ‘there’, there. It’s all about ‘winning’!!! It’s as simple as that. The greatest ‘con’ job in the history of America! He has no regrets – typical of a malignant narcissist. He won. We lost!

    • Don’t forget Pelosi and Reid being so corrupt that they allowed this charlatan to attain the office of the presidency.
      What goes around comes around.
      With the 2014 election looming on the horizon, the dem seats that are up for grabs are very volatile.
      Obama has become toxic.

      • OMG I just heard one of our favorites Jamue Green babbling about how it was ‘Republican shenanigans’ that caused all the
        problems with Obamacare. She and her Sandra Fluke muu muu
        wearing sisters are giving inteligent women a bad name. Sorry
        about run on sentence but she gets me a bit unhinged!

  7. “I’m not constrained by a bunch of federal procurement rules.”

    In a sentence, Obummer gets to the heart of bureaucratic nonsense. Everyone but the president IS constrained by federal rules.
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