We Need a Do Over

Cray X-MP/24 (serial no. 115) used by NSA

Cray X-MP/24 (serial no. 115) used by NSA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (Photo credit: @mjb)

The Edison bulb lit up over my head again while Peg and I were having our pork chop. I think the Smoking Loon Merlot had something to do with it. The Obama Care sign up website has been bothering me ever since it became clear that the site is worse than any hurricane that has hit North America. One question keeps coming into mind, how can the world’s most powerful country be so stupid as to allow a software program bring them down? We are the world’s software experts. Our computer scientists are known worldwide for their ability, yet we introduce software that will control one sixth of the US economy that is a pile of cow dung. “A few glitches” O said. It is becoming apparent as the days roll by that the glitches are major screw ups in the architecture. He will never admit it but he owns this one. There is no way to blame it on Bush or the Republicans.

The engineer in me has been working overtime to figure out what I would have done differently. The problem with this type of analysis is that I have the benefit of the Monday morning quarter back. Nevertheless, I began analyzing what I would do. The first thing is I’d hire my brainiac son who is a computer scientist. He works on huge financial analysis software and is known for his ability to test the living crap out of his programs before they go on-line. The problem is that he won’t take the job because he is more conservative than I am, and he would rather see the big O flushed down the toilet.

Any software needed to do this job has to perform fast, and must handle terabytes of information. Hmmmn, where have I heard that before? Yes, the NSA does exactly that. They monitor billions of phone call, e-mails, and video cameras daily. They respond quickly at the command of the Big O. They have a complex of buildings in Utah to house their new computers designed to handle the load with capacity for the future. Those are the guys, I will call to consult on this problem.

How is it possible that the huge government of over educated liberals failed to see the NSA as a contractor for the health care program? They would most likely handle it like a kiddy game compared to the work they do spying on us.

All I can come up with is that the NSA is the NSA, and Health Care is Health Care and never shall the two bureaucrat organizations meet to coöperate with each other and make synergy happen. The number one problem we have is a government that is too large, second, we give the government too much money, and three, we propagate bureaucratic empires.

After World War II the Japanese government was broke; their economy starved for cash. We didn’t help them because we didn’t want them to rebuild their war machine. Yet, by the nineteen eighties the Japanese auto industry started a war against the US big three and they won commercially. How did they do it? They didn’t have cash to invest extravagantly like GM, Ford, and Chrysler, in fact they had but a shoe string budget to invest. Today, the Japs make the best cars in the world.

Necessity made the Japs think outside the box, they worked with their government in a positive way. Japanese engineers came up with ingenious ways to make things with limited stamping presses and tooling. The government handled a plan to protect their markets while attacking the US market. The engineers stole an idea from the progressive die makers and applied it to making auto body parts. Our guys in America thought it was a stupid idea and laughed them off. The result was a car body made in Japan with superior fit and minimal assembly. They were also smart enough to hire an US quality control consultant who taught them the basics of just in time manufacturing. The US auto industry controlled by the UAW unions were too stupid to see the value of the process.

What does this have to do with Obama Care? The point I am making is that attacking the problem with a team and a very specific well-defined goal would have resulted in a superior roll out experience and Obama would have signed up 2.5 million people on day one.  The health care software didn’t need tons of money to reach the goal, but it will to fix it. We need a do over.

Arrogance Kills

English: President Barack Obama's signature on...

English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine the New York Stock Exchange rolling out a software system loaded with trouble like the Affordable Care Act did this week. I think the NSE would allow the program about ten seconds to exist before it shut down, restarted their previous program, and told the developer to not come back. In ten seconds any stock exchange can make millions of trades worth billions of dollars, In fact, traders program automatic trades be made based on algorithms designed to buy or sell based on trends and instantaneous data. Ten seconds of mal-functioning software causes billions of dollars of loss and millions of angry customers.

Obama has accused Apple of having a glitch in the i-phone, but claims Apple didn’t give up because it had a glitch. He is correct for once, but he failed to tell you that Apple fixed the glitch within days after its discovery, and that 99% of the iPhone worked during the glitch period. Imagine having to wait hours to get your IPhone to work, mine would be smashed into the nearest wall and I would be headed to buy a Samsung, Motorola, or Sony. I venture to guess that the Obama Care software will need months if not years to fix, and guess what? There is no competition you are stuck with it. The software is not ready for prime time, it is not even ready for a beta test.

It is my prediction that Obama will have to extend the sign-up because there is no way in hell his people will be able to fix the problems in time to allow us to enroll within the 180 day deadline spelled out in the law. It is also my prediction that the disastrous rollout gives us a glimpse of the service we will get from government controlled healthcare.

The Republicans threw Obama a lifeline by proposing a bill that would delay the individual mandate by a year. If he were smart, like all his lovers claim, he would have jumped at the opportunity to buy time. Instead he has to live with a software system that will kill his legacy bill.

Who do you think will fix a problem like this faster, the government or the private sector?

Remember this debacle?

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Faction?

Obama and aides discuss progress on healthcare...

Obama and aides discuss progress on healthcare bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I heard several newscasters refer to the “faction” within the Republican party that is controlling goals of the party. Even Obama has referred to the “faction” driving the government shut down. Well folks, I’m here to tell you that the faction within the Republican party is larger than the non-faction group. Democrats would like to think that the driving force for the direction Republicans take comes from a small group of ten Tea Party folks who are making a lot of noise. (Why would Obama sic the IRS on Tea Party applications for tax-free status?)

The Tea Party folks are stronger and larger than either Obama or the Republican party will admit. They are voicing a strong opposition to the current trend of the Obama government headed toward socialism. The Tea Party fight against the Affordable Care Act began while it was still less than a thousand pages long. The Democrats fought hard to take control over one-sixth of the US economy and they used every trick in the book to make it happen,

What tricks? Number one was the sense of urgency to pass the bill without any rational debate. Second was controlling the message through the mainstream media. Third was using a Democrat controlled House and Senate to shutter their ears against constituent response. Fourth was bribing dissenting Democrats to change their minds. Not a single Republican voted for the bill.

The tricks didn’t stop there. The Supreme Court joined the fray by deciding to clarify the law to make a ruling. Remember the bill as written could not define whether we would be required to buy insurance (a clear violation of the Constitution) or be taxed for it. The head of the Supreme Court made a final decision by saying the bill doesn’t make sense unless it is clear on that point; was it a tax or a mandate to buy? Chief Justice Roberts decided the bill only makes sense if buying Health Care is a tax and not a mandate. This was not his decision to make, but he chose to make that ruling. He will have to deal with God on that one. Because of his fixing the law, which is not within his jurisdiction the law was upheld. A democrat Congress and Senate who could not write a clear law back then now demands that a Republican House present them with a “clean bill.”

At the time this all transpired, none of the members of the House of Representatives listened to their constituents, and the Senate lined up with the Imperial President.

I remember listening to Senator McCain telling us that the law can always be defunded. Yet, last week, he sided with the Democrats to defeat defunding instead of standing with his Republican constituents. If there is a faction within the Republican party John Mc Cain represents the faction siding with funding the ACA

Today, the President’s administrative people declared they were not concerned by how long the government shut down lasts because they were winning. I can only say those are fighting words for the Faction.

The difference between Obama, his party, and the Republicans, faction included, is integrity. Obama and Democrats are cage fighters, anything goes including eye gouging.

What the faction has to keep in mind is the democrat goal to make health care a single payer system. What ever we do as a faction short-term will only accelerate the system toward a complete government control of health care, like winning the battle but losing the war.

There is only one way to deal with Progressive Democrats, i.e. the same way you deal with Muslims. The final outcome is ugly, and not something Republicans have the stomach to follow through on, they are too principled and honest. On the other side, Obama now wages a battle to annihilate Republicans and the Republican Party. He has no moral compunction to do otherwise.

 

My Take On Non Essential Services

Collard

Collard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, the government shut down and it is my fault, since I am the nasty ass Tea Party Patriot that demanded his Congressman hold the line on spending. Come and get me Obama.

Since I am responsible for the shut down I should have some say in which non-essential services go.

1. Close the kitchen in the White House and send the cooks home.

2. Same for the housekeeping staff

3. No more gas or chauffeurs  for the Beast, helicopter, Air Force One, or the fleet of limos.

4. No Secret Service protection for the man or his family.

5. Close all dining and cafeteria services in the Senate building.

All of the people affected by these services continue to draw healthy pay checks and can afford to eat out, use cabs, and hire outside cleaning services.

The first lady can haul her butt out to the White House farm and harvest some okra and collard greens. She might even try to light the stove in the kitchen and cook with the girls.

The Senate can call Tony from Villa Rosa in Frankfort. Tony will be happy to arrive daily at the front door of the Senate building with his food truck and supply Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and the other ninety-eight shills who rejected all House proposals with some delicious South Chicago Heights Italian fare.

All affected will survive.

Why Obama Won’t Compromise

A class photo of the 110th United States Senate.

A class photo of the 110th United States Senate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a simple question to answer. He has already compromised the bill by giving in and delaying company participation, allowing Congress to stay out, and many others. The problem is that his compromises are with himself, they are all done illegally, and without anyone else’s approval.

All I hear is how bad Congress is by sending all these useless bills before the Senate knowing full well the Senate will not approve them. What Congress is doing is representing the people. The last history lesson I took while they still taught history was that Congressmen represent the people.

I did some math today and calculated that each congressman represents about 703,709 people. The bill they passed to defund the ACA passed 231 to 192. My math says they are speaking for 162,556,779 people. That number of constituents is 54.6% of the total populace. I’d say they are doing a fine damn job of speaking for us. The problem is that the President and the Senate know better what is good for us than we do.

We have one option; vote them out. We all have one vote but we also have feet and a voice. If we walk our neighborhoods knocking on doors to talk to our neighbors with facts we will magnify our voting effect.

If the government shuts down those workers forced to stay at home may get to know what it feels like to lose a job like the 11.3 million private sector workers who are still unemployed. Unfortunately, that is a bad example because the government people will resume working when they resolve the funding bill, and those who have to work without pay will receive back pay.

While we struggle to kill a bad law Great Britain implements new rules allowing people to buy health care they cannot get in their government system. Could it be we are right and Obama and his socialist Democrat Senate are all wrong?

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