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Pass-the-buck government

October 23, 2013

Former president Harry Truman was famous for insisting that anything that went wrong in federal government was his responsibility. “The buck stops here,” he realized....

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Oct-24-13 9:24 PM

Hey Dave according to the governments operator that got fired for talking to Sean Hannity, before you can get insurance by phone you need to set up an account online... but the website was down for repairs. A typical day in the life for the Obama administration. A HUGE success? LOL!

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Oct-24-13 9:16 PM

Hey it looks like it is working out...

The number of cancellation notices greatly exceed the number of Obamacare enrollees.

Insurance carrier Florida Blue sent out 300,000 cancellation notices, or 80 percent of the entire state’s individual coverage policies, Kaiser Health News reports. California’s Kaiser Permanente canceled 160,000 plans — half of its insurance plans in the state — while Blue Shield of California sent 119,000 notices in mid-September alone.

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Oct-24-13 9:09 PM

If you like the plan you have now, do nothing?

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama's health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner today.

That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states.

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Oct-24-13 7:08 PM

Someone earlier posted about a 3rd the tea party?? So far they've been successful at raising money and electing Democrats.

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Oct-24-13 1:21 PM

I would dare say that openness in government should make them more honest. Obama and the lot in charge now do not care what you think, they do not care if you see them as criminals. They should not be there at all. Lets get SOME honesty!

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Oct-24-13 12:54 PM

Who was the last president who was prepared and qualified for the job? Just wondering what the answers would be . . .

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Oct-24-13 12:14 PM

Witch Hunt? We didnt make these things up. He said he heard about these scandals on the news. What witch hunt? He is presenting his lack of leadership and refusal to be accountable to us on a silver platter. And you lower your standards and think it is acceptable. Why? Do we deserve a president that admits to learning about important issues on the news? (BTW - I do not believe that for a second) Why do we deserve a president that puts himself above everyone, yet goes out and lectures us about civility? No GIBSON, there is no witch hunt. We are just tired of having a president that was unprepared and not qualified for the job.

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Oct-24-13 11:13 AM

Fedup, yes, that is totally acceptable to me. You're simply on a witch hunt for a president you don't like.

Michael Brown really screwed up FEMA's response to Katrinka, costing American lives. The failure of has cost no one his life, and is merely an inconvenience. There's no comparison.

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Oct-24-13 7:24 AM

Looks like it is time to ban box cutters. Another life lost to the use of box cutters cannot be tolerated, the 911 hijackers weapon of choice and now again a box cutter was used to kill an innocent teacher. Lets start an agency like the new gun crimes unit here in NYS to train to stop the use of box cutters. I believe that the NYS legislature should stay in chamber until a new law is passed, go ahead and rush it through as it may save lives! The use of box cutters has got to be stopped, confiscated and the people that must use them should have their names published in the newspaper so everyone can see where the dangers are... NOT!

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Oct-24-13 7:15 AM

And holding Sebelius responsible should be exactly like you lefties held the FEMA director responsible for Katrina. Brown got fired (it is called taking responsibility). Seblius must go. Watch the House testimony today from the CGI officials. they will be holdng the White House responsible.

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Oct-24-13 7:12 AM

It is a good thing the White House has cable TV. How else would Obama hear of all these problems. In 2011 he said he heard about Fast and Furious through news reports. In 2012, he said he heard about the IRS scandal on the same reports on TV that we heard. Now he says he didnt hear about all the website issues until reports started coming in after the roll out of the website. Simple question for those that support this failed presidency: Is that acceptable to you? Are your standards so low for this president that he can get away with white washing every problem with a hands off approach? He refuses to take responsibility. That is not a leader. That is a follower. The US does not need a follower as Commander in Chief. And still no answers on where he was during the Benghazi attacks. C'mon lefties, tell us where he was.

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Oct-24-13 7:05 AM

GIBSON: Try that phone number. It keeps you on hold then directs you to the website!!!!!

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Oct-23-13 11:05 PM

You all know that you don't need a website to buy insurance, even through the exchanges, right? If you have a telephone, you can sign up.

Regarding the website, CGI Federal is responsible for interfacing with dozens of databases, with many formats of data and built by different companies. Due to the cumbersome federal procurement rules, CGI Federal couldn't begin work until this past March. There is no way it's coming together this year.

But so what? Pick up the telephone and call The number is 1-800-318-2596.

Holding Kathleen Sebilius responsible for CGI's website is like holding George Bush responsible for 911. It doesn't make any sense. Sebilius, I'm sure, was aware of the issues with the website, but she has NO control over the coding of it or when it will be ready. That's up to a room full of nerds.

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Oct-23-13 10:25 PM

It's all John Boehner's fault!

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Oct-23-13 8:55 PM

I didn't see HILLTOPPER defend this president. I saw him completely avoid the present by bringing up the past. None of the left can defend the record of this president. They can only deflect and avoid. Cant blame them - Look at the record of this administration - And even CBS is leaving him. Watch 60 minutes this week or next and you will see what I am talking about.

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Oct-23-13 8:23 PM

'topper, are you off your meds again??? You were doing really well in a couple of other topics. But I see you are back to defending Barry and the gang. I heard a great tongue in cheek proposal today. -- In 2014 the Dems ought to run on the original ACA and the GOP should run against it. See how it goes.

There was also a discussion concerning a third party. The thought was that a new party would actually be a second party because there currently is no difference in Ds or Rs today. Most are Progressives anyway.

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Oct-23-13 7:53 PM

The only person to be held accountable was Jofi Joseph, the National Security Council official who was found tweeting insults at members of Obama's administration was fired. Figures.

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Oct-23-13 7:25 PM

According to the GOP, George should have been fully absolved by all the day he left the White House. Cry all you want, you too can move on at noon, January 20, 2017 when O leaves office and you paint a bull's eye on Hillary's back.

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Oct-23-13 6:37 PM

Guess who will be accountable for a debt like that? A hint... it ain't gonna be George!

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Oct-23-13 6:36 PM

Suspension of a cap on U.S. debt, which was previously fixed at $16.69 trillion, means the Treasury department, headed by Jack Lew, can effectively spend whatever amount of money it needs or wants.

How much debt can the U.S. government rack up by the next debt ceiling deadline on Feb. 7, 2014? At the current spending pace of $375 billion per week, U.S. public debt would reach $22.70 trillion.

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Oct-23-13 5:13 PM

Anyone reading and watching today can tell you that there is no such thing as journalistic integrity..This includes every side and the middle!

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Oct-23-13 4:29 PM

Footnote: George Washington was famous for insisting he could not tell a lie after he chopped down the mythical cherry tree. Does that mean he never told Martha a fib? Truman’s "The buck stops here" presidency was in a time when the press and reporters were out to lunch and only passed out fluff and feel good stories. No other presidents had to operate under the microscope like Clinton, GW Bush, and Obama. Did all presidents have flaws and a skeleton or two in the closet? Who knows? In the absence of mudslinging, get to the truth journalists like today the answer is pure conjecture.

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Oct-23-13 4:00 PM

Agree with fedup0416 posted at 12:44PM. The concept of responsibility is alien to this administration which makes their ideology even more dangerous while hidden behind a cloak of disingenuousness. Fortunately Americans are wakening - hopefully it is not too late.

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Oct-23-13 3:42 PM

MrBob: please provide links to these plans put forth by the Republican party. Please provide us with your definition of "free market". Thank you very much.

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Oct-23-13 2:47 PM

Bereal, R's have offered many plans that are free market based and libs will have have nothing to do with it because the ultimate goal is a single payer system therefore, 'Republicans have no plan'. This thing is designed to be a mess because nobody really expected this to work anyway and it goes a long way to further the cause of a single payer system when enough Americans are fed up. Then, libs will convince enough people..again...that a single payer Govt. system is the only way to solve the 'problem'..ahem. Agree or disagree but there's still 3 years, wait for it anyhow.

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