Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- The historic blunders of President Barack Obama's embarrassing health care rollout demonstrate spectacularly the utter failure of what? Let me tell you. They are the blunders of what was once called the "Brightest Generation" in American history, the 1960s generation. It did not start with Obama. His blunders were just a continuance of their blunders.

By the 1960s generation, I mean the pot-smoking, war-protesting, guitar-strumming kids of the left -- not the majority from the 1960s generation, not the silent majority, but the minority. They were the miracle workers in politics: Jean-Francois Kerry, the Clintons, Al Gore, Joe Biden and all the rest. Their sages such as Saul Alinsky formalized their balderdash in learned tomes for their successors, for instance, our president. The media kept whooping it up for them. Their every pratfall was portrayed as a great success. Well, make a success of the health care rollout.

The health care disaster, first suggested to the American people by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s, and then rammed through a Democratic majority of both chambers of Congress by Obama and the dunderheads on his staff, is the most incompetent piece of legislation in American history. Not incidentally, it is the most energetic piece of legislation in American history. It envisages a nation of robust Americans mandated by law to have perfect health and then to die, all according to a national standard formulated by the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

Just consider a part of the master plan, the rollout. It utterly failed. When the quacks are done tweaking to its various computer portals and other applications to get them upright and facing the dubious American public, the next disaster will be the hackers' feast. HealthCare.gov will be a swindler's dream come true. Its problems will go on for years to come. Donald Trump saw it all coming. At The American Spectator's annual Robert L. Bartley Dinner last week, he incisively remarked that all Obama had to do was go to Google or Amazon and they would have gotten it right. They would probably have volunteered their services.

Yet, now we know that the Obama administration had the services of Michelle Obama's college chum. At Princeton, Mrs. Obama became fast friends with Toni Townes-Whitley, who now is employed by CGI Federal. The administration handed CGI a no-bid government contract to build HealthCare.gov, and they blew it. Yet that is the way crony capitalism works, and if it was not such a stupendous disaster, we might never know what a con was at work here.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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