WaPo Idiots: Gee, the Healthcare.gov site would’ve worked better if the private sector had more involvement

Do these people realize how idiotic they sound? They’re slamming the construction of the central Obamacare website because it was built by a monolithic, authoritarian, centralized leviathan instead of lean, agile, efficient private sector entities?

Did they ever stop to consider this website is Obamacare in microcosm?

…it’s clear that the site itself isn’t well constructed: IT professionals told the Wall Street Journal that in addition to specific pieces not working, the whole thing was “built on a sloppy software foundation,” potentially due to the haste with which code was written. Slate described just how difficult it is to coordinate multiple contractors creating different components of a complex Web portal.

Evan Burfield, who founded the relatively small company that worked with CGI to build Recovery.gov, says the problem lies more in a federal procurement apparatus that makes it nearly impossible for an agile newcomer to bid on projects that in the private sector would take much less time and money. Plus, with so many contractors, everyone could technically fulfill the requirements in their statement of work, and the thing can still not work in the end.

“If it had been a $ 4 million Web site, it would’ve had higher likelihood of being a success,” Burfield says. “It’s not just CGI. It’s any collection of government contractors, if you put them together, will find a way to put together something complex enough to justify $ 400 million.”

Oh, and this is the best part: your brilliant federal government hired a foreign company that outsources IT jobs to India to create a complete clusterbungle of a website that only collects your most personal and private data.

This, my friends, is the Democrat Party in action.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

WELL, IT’S BETTER THAN NEWSWEEK’S $1 DOLLAR SALE PRICE: Value of Boston Globe Plummets From $1 Billion to $75 Million

Liberalism isn’t just a mental disorder: it’s also a horrible business model.

After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $ 1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $ 70 million. That’s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse — as does the fact the Times retains the Globe’s pension liabilities, estimated at over $ 100 million…

…In 2011, the Times turned down a $ 300 million offer from Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, Inc., publisher of the Orange County Register and other newspapers in California. This offer even included the assumption of pension liabilities, which are currently estimated at $ 110 million.

The Times itself reports that today’s sale to Henry does not include pension liabilities. Apparently, those remain a Times’ responsibility and expense

Think about this for a second.

The New York Times turned down an offer 4 times as large that included the pension costs in order to avoid selling this paper to the owners of the Orange County Register…

• Imagine a Movie section where the liberal themes of a picture were noted and tweaked while the conservative themes were highlighted and celebrated…
• Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press…
• Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two…
• Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community…
• Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create…
• Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day…

What’s $ 230 million dollars and pension costs to the shareholders when it’s held up against keeping those dirty conservatives out of the neighborhood? Particularly with a tough election coming up in 2014…

Was the management of The New York Times really willing to screw its shareholders out of hundreds of millions of dollars in order to keep its ideological propaganda machine pure?

If true, shareholders should be exploring retaliatory measures.

Hat tip:


Doug Ross @ Journal

BIFF SPACKLE EMAILS: Real-Time News Just Got Better

Biff Spackle emails to say that BadBlue, the 24-7 real-time news service, has added dozens of news sources to its database. If you haven’t seen BadBlue before, check it out. It’s an automated, Drudge-style news-gathering system that avoids the big media censors.

So give it a try. Spackle says you’ll love it — or your money back.

Doug Ross @ Journal