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August 24, 2009

Hand Puppets Might Also Prove Effective

Barack Obama has come under heavy criticism in some corners for lacking a single, simple, coherent message in promoting his health care reform proposal despite the fact that he has focused laser-like on 47 clearly defined benefits, 117 easy-to-understand regulations, 74 common-sense requirements and 23 simple funding sources.

In response, the White House has agreed to start dumbing things down:



See how much simpler that is?  Just tell the people that you’re going to give them more.  And tell them you’re going to do it for less.  This helps to avoid all the unnecessary complications of how you are actually going to achieve these goals.

But for this approach, no one would ever buy a boat.

How might the Administration expand this strategy as Congress heads back into session next month? Expect the following:

Microsoft’s popular Office assistant, “Clippy” will be brought in to help spread the newly streamlined message:


Clippy Takes On Health Care

The Magic 8-Ball will be employed to help answer people’s questions.  (Look to David Axelrod to send them out using a mailing list made up of people who have specifically asked for such correspondence from the White House.  And everyone else.)



That Internet sensation, Crasher Squirrel, will be brought along for all public appearances:

Obama Crasher Squirrel  

At least they both like ACORN.

While this might help, the main problem the President is having is that the entire health care system of the United States is complex, with thousands of providers, and millions of customers, all with an impossibly diverse set of needs, wants, capacities and conditions all of which are constantly changing in an interrelated process of adaptation to the dynamics of supply and demand which is resistant to top-down command-and-control solutions and not easily addressed, even with the President’s typical 237 bullet points.

If only there were some kind of alternate approach, perhaps a market system of some kind that has proven effective before.

Oh well.

Have you met “Sammy,” the health-care-reform squirrel?


Sammy The Health Care Squirrel


NOTE: Yep, still on my late-August blogging-lite schedule.  How can you tell?  Two squirrels in the same post.

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Self-flagelation is never pretty.

Posted by: barryjo | Aug 26, 2009 8:03:31 PM

The Microsoft paper clip doesn't quite reach the heights of sophisticated political satire as does a squirrel in a hat (It's a squirrel! In a hat!) but to each his own, I guess.

And yes, the email is checked slavishly many times a day on the off chance I get an invitation to appear on Meet The Press. Or Dancing with the Stars. Either/Or.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Aug 26, 2009 12:14:00 PM

PM, I sent you an email, in case you don't regularly check your box. (It could often be nothing but spam as far as I know.)

Oh, and in case you didn't notice, we pimped your Paperclip Photoshop over at The Melting Pot Project. (It's the greatest political comedy site in all the land!) That was some seriously funny stuff.

Posted by: joetauke | Aug 26, 2009 2:10:49 AM

Amarsir: As the new Fed Chair or for PM's astute and insightful view of the situation?
Obama keeps saying the New Health Care will be revenue neutral.
For whom?? The government? So who loses???
Quote: When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you will always have the support of Paul.

Posted by: barryjo | Aug 25, 2009 9:18:48 PM

The squirrel makes a good point...

By the way, I was watching the President's announcement this morning, as he explained that the only way to ensure change and avoid the status quo is to re-appoint the same Fed Chair we've had for the last 4 years. For some reason I thought of Planet Moron.

Posted by: Amarsir | Aug 25, 2009 2:23:18 PM

Neat. A squirrel and a clown in one shot.

Posted by: Sneed Hearn | Aug 24, 2009 10:05:14 PM

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