I often watch political pundits on television and wonder how they can back public policy and politicians with track records of abject failure. Chuck Todd has always seemed like a fairly nice guy, even if I disagree with 95% of what he says on a regular basis. However, after his comments on Obamacare the world now knows that he knows the truth about an ever-expansive federal government. The next time he puts a big smiley face on the president’s plans to consolidate more power in the nation’s capital just remember: he realizes that it’s all a fool’s errand that ultimately only serves the power players in a future America straight out of the founding fathers’ worst nightmares.
CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one — it’s page three of the report, it says here that, “The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.”
DAVID GREGORY: Yeah.
CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, “You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we’re bringing in the private sector folks.” I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at this [unintelligible].
Chuck Todd, David Gregory and the whole gang — they know they truth. And yet, week after week they tie themselves into intellectual knots in order to find ways to defend the indefensible.
The federal government spent roughly $350 million over three years to build a website that didn’t work, and then it asked the private sector guys who should have been behind the wheel from the get-go to save the ship. Mr. “you didn’t build that” asked the private sector to “build” a better website in record time, and for the most part it succeeded. The people who President Obama demonized for years gave him political breathing room and enough time to get his legs under him after a media onslaught usually reserved for guys with the last name “Bush.”
In an alternate universe, President Obama groveled before private sector hot shots to fix his pathetic health care website, and all of the businessmen he belittled over the years doubled over in laughter. That didn’t happen in this universe, but at least we got to see Chuck Todd admit that there is a sound reason why so many people have faith in the private sector — it usually gets the job done right on the first try because the incentives are there to make it happen.