Administration supporters should be wary of White House spin. “[S]ome technologists say the solution may not be as simple as bringing in better talent and letting them get to work. Government has a long history of flubs when it comes to information technology, hampered by its own extensive list of rules and regulations that limit its ability to openly and collaboratively engineer top-shelf digital products.”
The White House has never seemed all that concerned, at least not concerned enough to do something about it. “Sen. Roy Blunt wants the State Department to respond to recent attacks on Christians in Egypt. The Missouri Republican joined Tennessee’s GOP senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, in a letter to the State Department. They want the U.S. to urge Egypt’s government to take steps to protect Coptic Christian churches, communities and individuals.”
We should be skeptical of some common “fixes” for the Obamacare meltdown. “Delaying the individual mandate makes the problems created by the malfunctioning exchanges worse — which, I reiterate, will ultimately mean more uninsured people, not fewer. This is a terrible idea, which is being seized upon by the administration and Republicans not because it makes any sense, but because it is politically expedient.” Hmm. Well if that’s the case, full steam ahead!
Don’t be fretful. There are places where Dem’s and R’s get along. “[H]ere’s the difference between what happens in Trenton, New Jersey and what happens in Washington, DC. In Trenton, we curse at each other and then we sit down at a table and we get things done. In Washington, they curse at each other and they just keep cursing at each other and they don’t get anything done.”
You can understand why the Israelis must be anxious. “Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview that it would be a mistake for the Obama administration to relax its sanctions on Iran or free up tens of billions of dollars in frozen Iranian funds, highlighting Jerusalem’s growing concern that the Obama administration may be willing to make too many concessions to Iran during the current nuclear talks between the two longtime adversaries.
In dealing with this administration one has to be chary that what they say won’t match what they do. “Secretary of State John Kerry, facing new frictions with America’s most important Middle East allies over its policies in the region, sought to assure Israel on Wednesday that the United States would insist on strict constraints on Iran’s nuclear program in its newly reinvigorated negotiations with Tehran. Before meeting with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the residence of the American ambassador here, Mr. Kerry said the Obama administration welcomed the change of tone by Iran but ‘words are no substitute for action.'”
There is reason to be distrustful of what Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has to say: “White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday flatly denied that a House Republican told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during negotiations over the government shutdown. ‘It did not happen,’ Carney said.”