Imagine a president of a private corporation not knowing what was happening with his/her $TRILLION signature program....not receiving daily update????
After reporting "I didn't know to the BOD, how long would it take for the door to hit the PRES in the butt!!!!!
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- President Obama did not know HealthCare.gov faced technical problems before it went live, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.
"I think it became clear" to Obama in "the first couple of days," she told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Tuesday.
She answered, "No, sir" when asked if Obama knew about the malfunctions and misfires before the website's Oct. 1 start.
"I think that we talked about having testing going forward," she said of White House and HHS discussions before the site went public.
READ: Association of American Physicians and Surgeons calls for Obamacare defund
"If we had an ideal situation and could have built a product in a five-year period of time, we probably would have taken five years," she said. "But we didn't have five years, and certainly Americans who rely on health coverage didn't have five years for us to wait. We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the law."
The federal website -- for residents of the 36 states that chose not to create their own state healthcare exchanges, where individuals and small business can buy private insurance plans -- has been marred by serious technological problems from its debut, making it difficult to sign up for health insurance.
Some insurance companies are reported to have expressed concerns the site wouldn't be ready to go live, and The Washington Post said the site failed to accommodate even a few hundred users in a test run just days before the rollout.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are to meet with health insurance chief executive officers and lobbyist Karen Ignagni, president of the America's Health Insurance Plans trade association, at the White House Wednesday.
House Democrats are separately to meet with HHS Office of Health Reform Director Michael Hash about the technical problems.
Several Republicans, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, have called on Sebelius to resign over the problems.
"I think this rollout has been a fiasco, not just because they have bad tech but because the law itself is so fundamentally flawed," Ryan said in a conference call Tuesday in support of the gubernatorial campaign of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
"We gave the administration every chance to delay the law and delay the mandate," Ryan said.
But Sebelius told CNN she hadn't talked with Obama about resigning.
"What I talked about is doing the job that I came here to do," the former Kansas governor said. "This is the most important work I've ever done in my life, delivering on an historic act, making sure that we have health security for the millions of Americans."
As part of that, Sebelius announced Tuesday she hired incoming National Economic Council chief Jeffrey Zients to lead the so-called tech surge to fix the troubled website.
Sebelius also said her department recruited other "experts and specialists drawn from within government, our contractors and industry, including veterans of top Silicon Valley companies" and Presidential Innovation Fellows, to fix HealthCare.gov.
She did not name or enumerate the others, nor did White House spokesman Jay Carney when asked by reporters.
Presidential Innovation Fellows, established in August 2012, brings "top innovators from outside government for focused 'tours of duty' with our best federal innovators on game-changing projects," the White House says on the program's website.
The program's projects seek "to deliver significant results within six months," the site says.
Zients, the U.S. chief performance officer and a former acting director at the Office of Management and Budget who once worked for Mitt Romney's Bain & Co. investment firm, is scheduled to join the White House Jan. 1 as National Economic Council director, replacing Gene Sperling.
WHITE SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT BURNS CROSS ON TEA PARTY'S LAWN
Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida must be a real history buff.
It's well-known, at least to people who know their history, that the Democratic Party after the Civil War formed the Ku Klux Klan to keep black Americans down after the Republican President Lincoln and the Congress abolished slavery.
When blacks were freed from their Democrat masters, the former slave holders just couldn't stand it. Having already had their behinds kicked all up and down the Mason-Dixon line by the Union, and mostly afraid to openly go against federal authority again, the Democrats took to wearing robes and hoods to hide their identities and began terrorizing blacks who were deemed "uppity" during nighttime raids.
Their trademark symbol became the burning cross, a dreaded sign that appeared in front of many homes and businesses as a warning that despite what the law said, the forces of tyranny and bigotry were hard at work making sure that ordinary people knew where the real power lay.
Now Grayson is going back to his party's roots and reviving the tradition of using a burning cross to put down people who oppose tyranny and lawbreakers.
In an email sent to his supporters, Grayson, who has a reputation of hate mongering and slandering conservatives, included a color picture of a burning cross used as the "T" in the words "Tea Party." The picture included the caption "now you know where the T comes from."
'I WOULD'VE ACTED THE SAME IF IT WERE MY FAMILY': OBAMA TO DAD OF NAVY SEAL KILLED IN BENGHAZI
Over one year has passed since the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but families of the four Americans killed continue to search for answers.
The father of Tyrone Woods, the Navy SEAL killed while trying to rescue others, joined Huckabee on Saturday night. Charles Woods wrote to President Obama in search of an explanation as to why his son was given the order to stand down.
The president wrote back, but Woods said he didn’t answer the two most important questions. Woods spoke to a reporter who said that they personally talked to a friend of Ty who was on the ground with him in Benghazi. The friend claims that there were three orders to stand down. Woods told Huckabee, “That […] probably would’ve saved the life of our ambassador if there had not been that delay three times.”
President Obama told Woods in the letter, “On that tragic day, I directed my national security team to do everything possible to respond to the attacks against our people and facilities in Benghazi. The United States Government considered a range of options and deployed additional military capabilities, but as our military leaders have said, the military forces needed to carry out the type of operation you describe were not close enough to have made a difference.”
Woods disputed that statement, adding that the president couldn’t have known how long the battle would last. “The military leaders did not tell the Joint Chiefs of Staff that there were not assets immediately available,” he said.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who traveled to Benghazi after the attack, echoed Woods sentiment. He said, “I remain skeptical of the lack of military response during the Benghazi attack. […] Although some forces were repositioned, none were directed towards the sound of the guns.”
The president even told Woods, “Please know that my actions would have been the same if the attack had been against my own family.”
“I could not and would not have gone to sleep until I knew that every effort was made to rescue – no effort was made,” Woods reacted. “For three hours after it even happened, Ty’s body was on that tarmac. An American plane wasn’t even sent […] to pick up his body.”
If nothing else, by reading this you will now know why the military is so screwed up today. Military leadership has been subjugated by this president to be nothing more than political hacks and yes men. God help us all.
"Hands" Handley is a well-respected USAF fighter pilot. Here is his short resume of accomplishments.
Colonel Phil "Hands" Handley is credited with the highest speed air- to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and the C-130A Hercules. Additionally, he flew 275 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia in the F- 4D and F-4E. His awards include 21 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star.
Here is what Col. Handley wrote in response to Panetta and Dempsey's claims there was no time to send help to Benghazi .
Betrayal in Benghazi
Phil "Hands" Handley Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
The combat code of the US Military is that we don't abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don't run off and leave their wing men. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying.
Among America 's fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds.
The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-Seals who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty.
Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.
It has been over eight months since the attack on our compound in Benghazi . The White House strategy, with the aid of a "lap dog" press has been to run out the clock before the truth is forthcoming.
The recent testimonies of the three "whistle blowers" have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead to exposure and disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle. It would appear that the most recent firewall which the Administration is counting on is the contention "that there were simply no military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a difference" mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft.
This is simply BS, regardless how many supposed "experts" the Administration trot out to make such an assertion.
The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was half-way around the world, you don't just sit and do nothing.
The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base , Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based.
Consider the following scenario (all times Benghazi local): When Hicks in Tripoli receives a call at 9:40 PM from Ambassador Stevens informing him "Greg, we are under attack!" (his last words), Hicks immediately notifies all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing "Emergency Response Plan."
At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is told to "stand down". By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound and streaming live feed to various "Command and Control Agencies" so everyone watching that feed knew well what was going on.
At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct hit at 4:00 AM.
So nothing could have been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes that tanker support really "was not available" what about this:
When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours. While in-route, the flight lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use.
The jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377 nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours, arriving at 1:50 AM which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.
Providing that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in its tracks, a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick.
Were the F-16s fuel state insufficient to return to Sigonelli after jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at Tripoli International Airport , only one-half hour away.
As for those hand-wringing assayers who would worry about IFR clearances, border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act -- It is time our "leadership" get its priorities straight and put America 's interests first.
The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with "72 virgins" and a clear message would have been sent to the next worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to "tug" on Superman's cape.
Of course all this depends upon a Commander In Chief more concerned with saving the lives of those he put in harm's way than getting his crew rested for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day. It also depends upon a Secretary of State who actually understood "What difference did it make?", and a Secretary of Defense who was watching the feed from the drone and understood what the attack consisted of instead of making an immediate response that "One of the military tenants is that you don't commit assets until you fully understand the tactical situation."
YGBSM! ( You Gotta Be #$%$*n' Me)
Ultimately it comes down to the question of who gave that order to stand down? Whoever that coward( MY BET IS IT WAS LOTUS WHO GAVE THE ORDER BEFORE RETIRING TO BEDROOM TO GET RESTED UP FOR LAS VEGAS CAMPAIGN FUND RAISER NEXT MORNING) turns out to be should be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of the United States of America deserve leadership that really does "have their back" when the chips are down.
Jon Stewart rips into Obamacare, Obama’s approval rating continues to slide, and oh yeah, Canada has death panels… but it’s a good thing
In the wake of President Obama’s Obamacare pep rally in the Rose Garden yesterday, it does not appear as though anyone is buying the ‘don’t worry, our product is great’ message the President was trying to sell. A nearly 10 minute scathing Obamacare critique that came courtesy of Jon Stewart last night on The Daily Show.
You know what feels really good, just a moment of Jon Stewart seeing sanity. Here he is last night basically saying, ‘Really, Obamacare? Bring it on.’”
According to Stewart, after the Republicans disastrous handling of the debt ceiling deal, all Democrats needed to do in order to secure a political advantage was execute the implementation of Obamacare in a “mildly competent” fashion. But, as Stewart openly admits, that certainly did not happen.
That’s why he’s got, what, 7,500 writers? I mean that was a good 10 minutes of really solid comedy. You lose Jon Stewart – You can be guaranteed the White House was on the phone with Jon Stewart last night. You lose Jon Stewart, you lost the battle. You are done.”
President Obama’s quarterly approval rating has dropped three percentage points to 44.5%, according to new Gallup numbers.
The number certainly doesn’t sound great on its own, but when you put the President’s latest quarterly approval rating in historical context, it is even worse.
Three post-World War II presidents — Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, and Bill Clinton — had significantly higher 19th quarter averages, all near 60%, than Obama. Two presidents had lower 19th quarter averages than Obama: Richard Nixon, whose 19th quarter came during the Watergate investigations, and Lyndon Johnson, attributable mostly to the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War. Obama’s 19th quarter approval average is most similar to those of Harry Truman and George W. Bush.
commander-in-chief did not let that pregnant woman's health issue impede his healthcare pitch.
She was passing out because she was forced to stand at attention for so long, as his doormat prop, listening to his boring filibuster campaign speech. The same thing happened to a half dozens Sailors when we stood at attention in boot camp.
It spends another 24% -- $920 BILLION -- on NATIONAL DEFENSE
The 1st knight owl of the round table , JFK spent 50% on NATIONAL DEFENSE.
In the present terrorist war, which has been waged upon us since the better of 2nd half of 20th century, that's closer to what NATIONAL DEFENSE should be.
And if you want to change the social spending FDR and LBJ hung around our necks, I'll buy it if you agree to eliminating the EPA, ENERGY DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Obama's name is not "Lew" or "Nabors."
Again shielding COTUS from his actions...maybe you can continue blaming Bush.
The buck either stops with BWAMA...or it doesn't ---His actions speak for themselves...
Learn to read Woodwards report----
"Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid"
CONGRESS created sequestration
AHEM.....Sequestration was originated by LOTUS---Per Bob Woodward
"My extensive reporting for my book “The Price of Politics” shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.
Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved."
From there it is Presidents responsibility to set financial priorities. COTUS chose to spend all our(taxpayer) dollars on BWAMASCARE, SPENDULUS and stupid green energy programs instead of NATIONAL DEFENSE.
Look in the mirror dumbo...your ears are raly dragging!!!!
HOTUS can afford $TRILLIONS for BWAMASCARE and SPENDULUS, but can't afford to to fund his #1 Constitutional responsibility, national defense.
Across town, Obama was forced to make a non-military admission of his own Monday. With a cadre of innocent civilians standing with him in the Rose Garden as living props for ObamaCare, Obama was wading through a 3,600-word defense of his troubled signature legislation.
Behind him, one of the women could take no more. She fainted on national TV, interrupting the president. "No, no, you're OK," Obama said wishfully. "This happens when I talk too long. You'll be OK. Here, why don't you go?"
Don't worry though. The commander-in-chief did not let that pregnant woman's health issue impede his healthcare pitch.
With the stricken woman removed, Obama turned back to the podium. Where he bravely continued his remarks until he'd said everything he came to say.
Shocking admission on Army preparedness: No training the last 6 months
While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army's chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense.
Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That's a total of between 7,000 to 10,000 troops and less than one-third what the combat veteran regards as necessary for proper national security.
"Right now," Odierno said, "we have in the Army two brigades that are trained. That's it. Two."
Odierno also revealed that troops shipping out to Afghanistan now are prepared only to train and assist Afghan troops, not to conduct combat operations themselves. But, of course, there's no guarantee the Americans won't find themselves in combat while accompanying Afghan soldiers.
All this to obey Obama administration orders to drastically cut the Army and military spending and meet cuts under sequestration. Since the Obama Pentagon began the troop draw-down two years ago under the president's orders, more than 33,000 active duty soldiers have been cut.
Current plans call for additional reductions of 42,000 soldiers in the next 23 months to a total of 490,000, down from 570,000. Those cuts have been accelerated by two years under Pentagon orders and will involve involuntary separations of thousands.
But under directions from Obama Defense Secy. Chuck Hagel last summer, military planners now anticipate administration orders to sever another 70,000 active-duty Army personnel at all levels, most of them unwillingly and after receiving expensive training. The 420,000-level is the absolute minimum Odierno says he can effectively operate, but he warns equipment updating and purchases have already been adversely affected.
"The worst-case scenario," Odierno said, "is you ask me to deploy thousands of soldiers somewhere and we have not properly trained them to go because we simply don't have the dollars and money."
The Obama military draw-downs that hit the Army the hardest come on top of an apparent ongoing purge among some of the nation's top veteran generals, as we reported here.
Ten days ago, two more generals in charge of the country's nuclear weapons were fired by this administration, allegedly for personal misconduct.
The ongoing housecleaning of top military brass or whatever it is seems peculiarly meticulous given these disturbing cover-up facts in other scandals:
---Obama has fired not one single person for the inadequate security and response in the deadly Benghazi attack last year that saw four Americans killed;
---No one fired for the lethal Fast and Furious gun-running operation of the Justice Department and the attorney general's professed ignorance of the activities under his supervision;
---No one fired for the illegal use of the Internal Revenue Service to target and intimidate political opponents of this Democrat administration, preventing their participation in the 2012 campaign.
The No. 2 State Department official in the Libyan Embassy was, however, sidelined and demoted after meeting with a visiting congressman to answer his questions about the deadly night of 9/11/12.
Because it is politically unwise to try to explain the "debt"
Then why did HOTUS give a very concise explanation in 2006 why he was against Bush increasing the debt cealing????!!!!
There is no "burden".
Why does the Ben Hogan wanabee incompetent in the White House(sometimes) not know that???!!!
The 'debt' is a fake.
So you disagree with LOTUS, who declared it real====
The Quote of the Decade:
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
Your mother, father, brother all owe me, and I to them.
You, them and I will be gone when the so called 'fake "debt" ' will become , as declared by HOTUS,
"shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren."
A park has enough employees that they can put up signs in 10 hours anyway.
After the shutdown how many sign maker competitive bids were solicited?
When were signs made?
How can furloughed government HIRED HANDS install signs?
What a joke LOTUS is!!!!!
Obama put fecal matter
in your mouth to spew on this board
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
Governmant shutdown = Government HIRED HANDS paid vacation
Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:46:52 -0700
Did anyone wonder how they got all those signs printed and distributed far and wide, including to all the national parks and cemeteries overseas only eight to ten hours after the government shut down? Take a look at this from someone who wanted to remain anonymous.
I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours.
In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying-“this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.
This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 months ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.