By Kelly OConnell (Bio and Archives) Sunday, October 27, 2013
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Liberal Alchemy: Obama’s Attempt to Turn Government Garbage into Healthcare Gold
It’s inconceivable, even if the government websites and programming of ObamaCare are somehow resurrected by a hi-tech wizard, that his reputation as a competent leader could survive. Who in their right mind would repeat Barack’s early reputation as the genius of the age? In fact, his listlessly incompetent performance is downright disturbing. Even stranger was his seeming capitulation to the state of the broken website as if it were no big deal and should simply be accepted with a shrug and a smile. Peggy Noonan’s article mentions Barack’s weird lack of a commitment to excellence in her essay, ObamaCare Is Taking On Water: It’s not just a buggy website, it’s a disaster of Titanic proportions. She says, “It is disorienting to not see this in a president. It is another thing about this story that feels not only historic, but historically strange.”
We’re gonna spread freedom
Obama’s gonna change it
Obama’s gonna lead ‘em.
We’re gonna change it
And rearrange it
Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake Britain in less than fifteen years. By unleashing China’s greatest asset, a labour force counted in the hundreds of millions, Mao thought he could catapult his country past its competitors…converting a backward economy into a modern communist society of plenty for all. In pursuit of a utopian paradise, everything was collectivised, as villagers were herded together in giant communes which heralded the advent of communism. People in the countryside were robbed of their work, their homes, their land, their belongings and their livelihood. Food, distributed by the spoonful in collective canteens according to merit, became a weapon to force party compliance. Irrigation campaigns forced up to half the villagers to work for weeks on end on giant water-conservancy projects, often far from home, without adequate food and rest. The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives.
Dikötter mentions other unbelievable losses, including of the natural world. Up to half the trees in some provinces were sacrificed to the Great Leap. Thousands of miles of canals were created, many handmade by peasants, but because they were built without educated guidance, they were mostly unusable. Moreover, perhaps 40% of Chinese homes were destroyed. Says Dikötter, “We know that Mao was the key architect of the Great Leap Forward, and thus bears the main responsibility for the catastrophe that followed.”
Much like Mao’s failed program, Barack’s apparent failure with ObamaCare includes an inability to get the number right. Says Dikötter, “The planned economy required huge inputs of accurate data, yet at every level targets were distorted, figures were inflated and policies which clashed with local interests were ignored.” ObamaCare has a similar problem, according to MNSBC, with a refusal to give accurate numbers of enrollees, and an overall failure to admit how bad the system is. Barack’s administration is accused of lying, obfuscations, and incompetence—much like Mao!
“The permanent misfits can find salvation only in a complete separation from the self; and they usually find it by losing themselves in the compact collectivity of a mass movement. By renouncing individual will, judgment and ambition, and dedicating all their powers to the service of an eternal cause, they are at last lifted off the endless treadmill which can never lead them to fulfillment.”