Rotten to the Core

“Today, Sebelius told me these translations were not done by a computer but by a team of experts tackling something very difficult,” says the reporter.

“Terminology in insurance is pretty arcane, even in English, and they probably did not have the smoothest translation into Spanish,” Sebelius said, excusing her team for the many mistakes. (WS)

Not my fault. And those team of experts must be the same ones who wrote this pile of crap in the first place. 🙂

And since the Democrats always pander to the Latino crowd and especially to the illegal immigrant crowd you’d think they’d have more incentive to do a better job. But hey, it’s good enough for government work! 🙂

Speaking of Insurance, one of the reasons for it going up is the inflationary costs. But I know, MSNBC and the Ministry of Truth says inflation isn’t a factor and, of course, they are never wrong (in their own heads).

Economy: Food and energy prices are rising, wages are flat and the top concern among Americans is unemployment. What was that word coined in the ’70s to describe a stagnant economy suffering inflationary pressures?

Since the Obama “recovery” started 4-1/2 years ago, inflation appears to have been relatively tame, with core prices climbing just 7% from June 2009 to December 2013.

But as CBS News discovered when it looked a little closer, the overall number is deceptive. In fact, it found food prices soaring.

The official inflation data confirm this. Overall, food prices are up 9% since June 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the cost of many staples is skyrocketing. Pork prices have climbed 14%; poultry is up 12%; eggs, 27%; milk, 20%.

Meanwhile, energy prices have climbed 18% during the recovery, and the price of gasoline is up a whopping 31.5%. Then there’s college tuition, up 23%.

At the same time, wages aren’t budging. In fact, measured in real terms, the median household income is 4% below where it was four-1/2 years ago. And while the official unemployment rate is down, that’s due to millions quitting the workforce altogether.

Yes, the economy has created 6.6 million jobs since June 2009. But the ranks of those not in the labor force climbed nearly 11 million, driving the labor force participation rate down from 65.7% to today’s 63% — a level not seen since 1978.

In fact, had the participation rate remained where it was, we’d have an unemployment rate of over 10%. So it’s no wonder the IBD/TIPP Poll continues to find nearly a quarter of U.S. households reporting that someone at home is looking for a job.

Or that, as the latest Gallup poll finds, the public lists unemployment/jobs as the nation’s top problem (23% listed that), with the economy coming in a close second at 20%. Immigration legislation, by the way, ranks far down the list at 6%, and the alleged issue of global warming, the fixation of the Obama administration, doesn’t rank at all.

Meanwhile, Obama seems bent on doing all he can to strangle the economy, raise prices and kill jobs.

He’s driven the national debt to World War II levels. His regulators are on a tear, adding the equivalent of one regulation every three hours, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Volumes of rules still need to be written to implement Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare. And the Environmental Protection Agency is threatening rules that will kill the coal industry and drive electricity prices still higher.

Rather than encourage private investment and risk-taking, Obama raised taxes on investment income and has done nothing to simplify the tax code, for individuals or businesses.

Even the president himself tacitly admits that ObamaCare’s regulations and mandates will hurt businesses. Why else would he keep putting off the employer mandate?

The Congressional Budget Office, meanwhile, figures that ObamaCare’s work disincentives will drive what amounts to 2.5 million full-time workers out of the labor force over the next decade.

And Obama’s proposed minimum-wage hike would kill half a million jobs in 2016, according to a CBO report out this week (see the nearby editorial), while raising the cost of doing business.

We saw all this in the 1970s, when growth-choking regulations, big spending, high taxes and easy money fueled stagflation. If we see a repeat now, the blame rests squarely with Obama’s economic policies. (IBD)

He is truly Jimmy Carter II, but vastly more arrogant  about it and with a propaganda media that will help cover up his “malaise”.

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Risk Assessment

It could take a year to secure the risk of “high exposures” of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday.

“When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week.

“It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw the implementation of the website, the components used to build the site are compliant with standards set by Federal security authorities.

“The privacy and security of consumers’ personal information are a top priority for us. Security testing happens on an ongoing basis using industry best practices to appropriately safeguard consumers’ personal information,” said the spokesperson.

Another online security expert—who spoke at last week’s House hearing and then on CNBC—said the federal Obamacare website needs to be shut down and rebuilt from scratch. Morgan Wright, CEO of Crowd Sourced Investigations said: “There’s not a plan to fix this that meets the sniff test of being reasonable.”

It’s safe, Trust us, we are from the Government and we are here to help you… 🙂

Speaking of Risks….Self-servicing Liberal Unions.

Egged on by unions, fast-food workers plan to strike in dozens of U.S. cities for much higher wages. Sadly, they’re being used to do something that’s not in their own interests.

Sensing the time is ripe, the Service Employees International Union and union-funded front groups are organizing a walkout of workers at fast-food joints in about 100 cities to protest how tough it is to live on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

A Union had some PAID “protesters” out in Phoenix at a Wal-Mart on Black Friday. It was a dog-and-pony show.

They’d like that nearly doubled to $15 — and not just for fast food, but retailing and other industries too.

So if you want a fast food job, there should be some openings soon. 🙂

Sounds great. But even by the loopy logic of the left, this is economic insanity and would lead to greater misery, fewer jobs and fewer opportunities for all.

That’s not just our opinion. Economists David Neumark and William Wascher, in their comprehensive book “Minimum Wages,” looked at virtually all the scholarly and statistical evidence worldwide, digging up literally dozens of studies.

Liberals and Unions don’t care about statistics. Liberals are about emotion. Unions are about power. Logic has no place in their brains.

Their finding: Minimum wage laws almost always result in a “reduction in employment opportunities for low-skilled” employees while limiting “skill acquisition by reducing educational attainment and perhaps training, resulting in lower adult wages and earnings.”

And, they said, it reduces the total amount of human capital — a huge cost to society.

Like Liberals and Unions care about that…

The minimum wage is so devastating that roughly 85% of all economists in a recent survey — from both the left and the right sides of the spectrum — said they think it’s a bad idea.

Unions will use Americans’ well-known sympathy for the underdog to make their case — and get support. But it’s the underdog who suffers most.

Today, teen unemployment is nearly 25%, up more than a third from just 10 years ago. Jack up the minimum wage by law, and that level will go even higher.

The idea that working families depend on these jobs is false. Most of those working for minimum wage are young, ages 16 to 24. They live in middle-class homes with above-average household incomes.

And as James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation notes, two-thirds of minimum-wage earners get a raise in their first year. This is how they learn to show up, work hard and get along with others — valuable life skills young people acquire as they begin work and the very things that will make them a success later on.

A higher minimum wage would cost young workers jobs and opportunities. They’d be wise to ignore the unions’ siren song of higher wages for nothing. (IBD)

And the sirens of legends led sailors to crash their ships on the rocks and die as their boat sinks.

Yep, that sounds like a Union… 🙂

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Web of Lies

Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal health-care exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.

Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting successive logins because “error messages . . . may not always match reality” to checking one’s inbox frequently because missing an e-mail a user will be timed out of the site and forced to start from square one, none of the suggestions guaranteed success.

WE ARE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND WE WANT TO HELP RUN YOUR LIFE FOR YOU…Error…error…error…

Substitue HAL for ObamaCare’s Healthcare.gov:

Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Dave Bowman: What’s the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman: I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.
HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.
Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?
HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I’ll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You’re going to find that rather difficult.
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won’t argue with you anymore! Open the doors!
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

HAL: Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

HAL: I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.

The President in his lastest ra-ra campaign speech emphasized that if you’re one of the few  people who’ve had trouble signing up online, you’re free to simply dial a 1-800 number for assistance. Thus, the President of the United States was reduced to acting as a ShamWow pitch man.

“And I think it’s fair to say that nobody’s more frustrated by that than I am. Precisely because the product is good, I want the cash registers to work, I want the checkout lines to be smooth, so I want people to be able to get this great product. And there’s no excuse for the problems. And it’s — these problems are getting fixed.”

But that’s all we’ve had since 2008, P.T. Barnum’s worst nightmare. And now you have his

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