Sit back and enjoy another Ushanka EPIC post!
It's been 28 days since ObamaCare.gov opened for business. The number of Americans who have signed up and paid for their free healthcare can be counted on one's hands, and they reflect about 0.0001% of those who have tried to buy their free healthcare. A disaster of
Ted Cruz was the ONLY senator to stand up and try to delay ObamaCare. Liberals like John McCain and Harry Reid balked at the suggestion. A week later, they too suggested a delay was in order due to the failed website.
Obama, trying to redistribute the courage of George W. Bush when he pursued the "surge" in the Iraq war, announced that he'll lead a "surge" in the ObamaCare website fixes. We've hesitated to say why this is the exact wrong thing to do as we don't want our dear leader to enjoy any success from our comments. But, he and his ilk are products of the public school system and have stopped reading by this point.
A little trivia about your host, Karl. He has an extensive background, both Fortune 500 and in startups, in the management of complex software design, development and maintenance. A technology project manager, Karl will tell you that a "surge" is stupid. Here is why:
Unlike construction or other infrastructure projects, technology projects accelerate when the technology team(s) is reduced in size. If a construction project is running late, an option is to add more drywall labor, roofers, or whatever labor-intensive task is presenting a long duration to the project timeline. In software development, especially in business-process automation (vs "dot com") projects like a national health insurance exchange, it is the opposite. Layers of decision-makers and swarms of developers only compound duration forecasts as they add layers of communication and responsibilities to a project. The failures of the ObamaCare website are in direct relation to the failures of a "surge" mentality within the project team. And the project team is only reflecting the inefficiencies consistent with a government operation. The only solution to fixing the ObamaCare website is the only option our dear leader and his like-minded minions will never do: streamline the team and their responsibilities, flatten the team to just one or two levels of management, and empower the lower leaders of the team to make decisions in real-time. In other words, treat the project as a private-sector company would.
Supposedly Obama used the same people to build the ObamaCare system as built his Organizing for America donation website. This is like telling a teenager who assembled a plastic model of a F-22 fighter plane to build the actual aircraft.
One is "dot com", the other is business process automation. One is 'flat' and is built for speed, like Ushanka. The other has depth requiring professional engineering, multiple integration points with multiple external partners, business rules that address different scenarios for single, married, children, poor, etc. To hide a redistribution effort within a noble, "free" healthcare service requires significant effort and complexity. You don't hire the same people whose previous experience is putting glowing photos of the dear leader onto a web page next to a "Donate" button.
To convey our opinion of these ObamaCare.gov website experts correctly, let us make a prediction: When push comes to shove and the screaming reaches a crescendo, expect an announcement that the team has moved from FrontPage for Windows 95 to the more advanced FrontPage for Windows 98.
A more serious prediction: the site will not work, ever, in 2013.
With a hearty Ushanka Tip to FB Comrade A, we share his brilliance:
March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.
December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.
What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this federal government to build a working webpage.
Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin - all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!!
And they can't build a webpage.
The rumors this past week are that several administration friends are employed by the ObamaCare.gov contractor, CGI Federal Inc., that has received over $600,000,000 for its ObamaCare.gov site development. This makes CGI the Solyndra of 2013. Commissar Valerie Jarrett (daughter) is one, the First Lady (classmate Toni Townes-Whitley) is another. Requests to their respective offices were met with promises to deny future life-saving treatment for Karl and his family.
The turn to the private sector to fix the ObamaCare.gov site is not an unusual move for
We understand a paycheck is better than no paycheck. And we further understand a government paycheck is better than a private sector paycheck these days - bigger, safer, and it requires little or no effort. But while the dear leader has claimed a "transformational change" to the US, he has yet to rewrite the definitions of, and importance of, "character" and "integrity." To those Frenkels in the US government, we say "resign now." A day will come where those still on the payroll to destroy this country will not be forgiven. But, by all means, if there are employees who are purposely sabotaging the ObamaCare.gov development, stay on board, and GodSpeed, comrades!
Some more images from FB Comrades and from our Blogger Comrades:
UPDATED 10.30 8:30am:
Linked by NiceDeb - Thanks! (Did you know NiceDeb is a hat owner?)
NiceDeb links to an Ace post - a point that is NOT being made anywhere else:
Obama has it within his power to call up the HHS reg-writers and instruct them to honor the promise [you can keep your plan] he made time and again for two years. And he doesn't want people to know this, because he is determined to break that promise.And congratulations to hat owner Diann for getting her ObamaCare image posted at American Thinker. Remember to take the pain pill, comrades!
UPDATED 10.31.13 7:30am:
From WZ: This is uncomfortable to watch. It is MSM outlet and Obama supporting CBS reporting of the lies told to congress by their ideological soulmates about the readiness of the ObamaCare.gov website.
On a positive note - some would argue that we've hit the bottom when the enemies of freedom start turning on each other. We'll see.
And more evidence: Glenn Beck (hat owner) explains a leaked memo from Sept 27 - three days before launch.
UPDATED and BUMPED 11.13, 1pm:
Our prediction that the website will not be fixed in 2013 appears to be spot on. Washington Post and IOTW.
Fast forward to the 6:50 mark to get a feeling of how the conversation is going between the 2000 ObamaCare website supervisors and the 12 government software engineers:
Our solution to this epic fumble, explained in the original post above, is proven by three - THREE!! - developers in three - THREE!! - days who created a functioning 'lite' version of the $600,000,000+ ObamaCare website. Fox News