Links today

1) Just because you have secret leaked documents that when published will screw up yet another relationship with an ally in the east, should you publish it?

………..according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post.

2) Reason number 867,345 why we’re heading downhill. I suspect these numbers, where in people want the government to come in and fix a complaint they have with a company no one really needs to do business with, yet they continue to even though prices go up year after year after year, are an indicator of where “business” stands. (from the Denver post today)Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 6.26.49 AM

3) Speaking of Colorado……apparently a good Democrat seems to think that ski resort areas should get an exemption from the individual mandate because plans are “too expensive” there. You can’t make this stuff up.

4) David Harsanyi, rooting for an Obamacare failure, because, he’s a good American.

My hope is that Obamacare– not to mention, numerous other initiatives supported by the president — fails for a whole host of reasons. And not only do I have my fingers crossed that Obamacare fails in the way that most policy fails us, but I hope it fails so hard that any residual perception among voters that any part of it was prudent policy is completely eliminated. Anything less may mean that a substantial enough block of Americans will continue to operate under the false impression that top-down technocratic control of their decisions is a good idea. And that, would be a genuine failure.

5) The credibility factor. It can disappear no matter who you are and what title you have. With the Saudis:

The Saudi king, who supported Syria’s anti-Assad rebels early, before Islamic jihadists polluted the coalition, watched Mr. Obama’s red line over Assad’s use of chemical weapons disappear into an about-face deal with Vladimir Putin. The next time King Abdullah looked up, Mr. Obama was hanging the Saudis out to dry yet again by phoning up Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani, Assad’s primary banker and armorer, to chase a deal on nuclear weapons. Within days, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar, let it be known that the Saudis intend to distance themselves from the U.S.

And with Americans:

Then there is Mr. Obama’s bond with the American people, which is diminishing with the failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is the central processing unit of the Obama presidency’s belief system. Now the believers are wondering why the administration suppressed knowledge of the huge program’s problems when hundreds of tech workers for the project had to know this mess would happen Oct. 1.

Rather than level with the public, the government’s most senior health-care official, Kathleen Sebelius, spent days spewing ludicrous and incredible happy talk about the failure, while refusing to provide basic information about its cause.

6) Speaking of credibility, Mary Katherine Ham posts many of those “feel good” messages that we’ve been sent.

7) Fred Upton on Obamacare:

“We tried to flag this problem early on,” says Representative Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care.

“We tried to ask the tough questions — were they going to be ready or not? Their answer was: ‘Oh, absolutely! We can hardly wait.’ And now, as a consequence, millions of people have been told: ‘Your policy is over. Good luck.’”

Upton says the consequences are going to provoke anger among millions of Americans who are beginning to learn what Obamacare means for them. As that puts the heat on congressional Democrats, it will be interesting to see if Republicans in the House will continue to defend their constitutional prerogatives — so far usurped routinely by Obama.

8) One more from National Review’s Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt. He’s a supersmart guy, so why is he asking this question (in bold)?

Is it possible that most Congressional Democrats don’t know about the death spiral? Or that they don’t really understand the death spiral? Or that they somehow don’t believe in it? Are they convinced you can add a lot of sick, elderly people requiring expensive care to existing insurance plans, and the insurance companies won’t suddenly need a lot more money? The insurance companies will raise premiums on their healthy customers, who will in some cases drop coverage, which will exacerbate the financial pressure . . . and the cycle continues until way too few healthy people are paying for the care of way too many sick people, and the insurance company goes under.

Is it that most Democrats just think health-insurance companies have access to Uncle Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin and can always find more money from somewhere when they need it?

Yes. They ALWAYS think that. And we ALWAYS pay up. Whether in real money or “owed” money, we pay.
Here’s the scenario as we go into the “death spiral”.
Who’s fault will it be? BIG business. Why? Because they need profffffiittttt. Evil profit. AND they pay their executive big bucks. Who hates insurance companies? We all do. Louder please. When these companies start raising their prices it will be because of their greed, and NOT because of Democrat idiocy. Just you wait. Mark my words. (I think I’ll a start a new category so I can find these in the future.) Insurance companies will be further demonized, the government (I’m assuming a Hillary win here) will move directly into universal care. Just hope you don’t get on the list for $100. (ht Maggie’s farm)

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