I'm not sure which the Obama administration is better at, deceiving the American people into accepting its initial policy changes or conning them into accepting, after the fact, the lowering of expectations for these failed policies.
Just look at this president's miserable track record on both counts. His administration predicted his exorbitant stimulus package would create boatloads of "shovel-ready" jobs (not to mention reduce unemployment), but it didn't even come close. In response, Obama insisted the economic circumstances he inherited were far worse than he had imagined. He also cynically joked away his promise to generate shovel-ready jobs -- as if to say the American people were fools and dolts for taking him seriously about such a claim.
Obama repeatedly promised that his government-induced green projects, such as Solyndra, would produce thousands of jobs. When the project and similar ones went belly up, he didn't so much as flirt with offering an apology or a plausible explanation but just implied that such colossal failures were bumps in the road toward transitioning into a green economy, and he blithely announced more federal millions dedicated to similar boondoggles.
The examples are endless, but let's move on to the Obamacare website debacle, with which the administration is setting records for both incompetence and chutzpah.
Assuming you haven't been living with Jed Clampett's descendants in the sticks where there is no access to television or the Internet, you're well aware of the stunningly egregious Obamacare website rollout. It would have been infinitely inexcusable had the administration spent tens of thousands of dollars on it and had a shorter window to make it work. But it had several years to plan and implement it and has wasted -- and continues to waste -- hundreds of millions of dollars on it.
But why worry about mere hundreds of millions dedicated to the website? Columnist Morgan Brittany reports that one section of the abominable law authorizes the allocation of some $8 billion just to promote Obamacare.
How did the administration handle the website failure? Well, Obama said, "It's on us." But then he proceeded to blame Republican obstruction and casually changed the deadline to Nov. 30.
As the end of November approached, the administration's bar-lowering aficionados moved into high gear and said that things were much better but that they were still just expecting to have it work for 80 percent of users, a figure that any Republican president would have been savaged for suggesting.