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Cultural challenges of taking over a major sector of the economy...

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When one giant conglomerate acquires another, it always finds the greatest challenge is uniting their corporate cultures. You can get some idea of the challenges the federal government faces in taking over the healthcare industry if you multiply that difficulty by a factor of hundreds.

Only an ivory tower progressive could believe it could be done in three years. Only a CEO with a titanic ego would take on such a challenge.

The major socialists of history had titanic egos.

Technical challenges of the healthcare enrollment website...

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As any systems engineer can tell you, there are a number of major technical challenges in implementing a system as large as the federal healthcare enrollment website. They include (1) defining healthcare benefits data standards for the purpose of information interchange, (2) defining plan enrollment rules to define the operation of the website, (3) defining plan implementation rules and standards to qualify participating companies, (4) defining customer plan qualification rules to determine eligibility standards for customers with a given medical history, income, etc.

Our historical trajectory

It's been said that the problem with America is we have socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. That's not quite accurate. It would be more accurate to state that we have rich socialism for the rich, poor socialism for the poor, and "what middle class?" Oh, yeah, that middle class. Well I suppose we have a sifter, known as crony capitalism that sorts the middle class into two categories: rich and poor.

The Party of Lincoln or the party of Lincolns (Continentals)?

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Republican bigwigs have been attacking the upstarts as if they were an invading foreign organism. (See, for example, "WashPost Front-page Lecture: GOP Must Save Itself from 'Self-Destructive Impulses of the Tea Party'.") How did the Republican Party come to regard Constitutional government as a foreign concept? Why?

A prayer for the protection of religious liberty

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From the U.S. Bishops' website (see "Fortnight for Freedom - Prayer Resources"):

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

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