This might fit better by me calling into Coast to Coast AM or getting Jesse Ventura with his conspiracy theory reality show on the case but its been on my mind the past couple of days and I can’t shake it.
Government Shutdown and ACA
Watching all the shenanigans the past couple of months with our government has really led me to question our political system and quite frankly the intelligence of our leaders.
Just to recap incase you’ve been under a rock: Our government shut down in a budget battle which is the same fight they’ve been having continuously and always ends right at the brink of economic disaster; The ACA started enrollment or didn’t because the website (a new technology for the government apparently) crashed and burned as opponents to ACA rushed to cheer from the sideline.
I know, both of these are hot button issues which are extremely divisive so I’m not going to weigh in on who was right and who was wrong but instead challenge why this cluster f— happened…
Why did it happen?
While all of this is going on there is something else happening that everyone is aware of but maybe not realize how much. Everyone knows Edward Snowden, and everyone knows that he released a bunch of info on the NSA’s spying reach around the world. However, have you really taken a look at how much has come out?
Here is a great graphic on Al Jazeera America showing the timeline and which news agencies broke the story.
There are over 60 points on that timeline showing how the NSA, the British GCHQ (which we give billions of dollar to btw), and Canadian Intel have violated the privacy of us, our allies (leaders and citizens), and countries that we’re already on loose footing with. I am all for national security but some of these tactics are heavy handed and unethical (see program LOVEINT). We hear about some of this but most of it is flying below most people’s radar. When the government keeps making bonehead moves, then holds committees to discuss how they are boneheads, and voting to repeal ACA for the 47th time its hard to get past the national news much less the international news on your Google news stream.
It’s Just Metadata
We clearly have one of the most advanced data gathering initiatives going on ever. Collecting metadata on billions of people at once and being able to decipher that data in a way that has prevented numerous terrorist attacks. I am grateful for the protection our government provides and there is definitely a place for some of this data gathering. One thing puzzles me though… how did the government screw up what was essentially a glorified “contact us” form on healthcare.gov?
The information that is put in on the ACA website is very simple data. I’m not saying that the programmer’s job isn’t difficult or that mistakes are unacceptable. I just really feel like my attention is being drawn away from the issues that should be most prevalent in our media. It’s mind boggling how the nation with the most advanced spy techniques can’t build a website or balance a budget. I’ll go ahead and say it (and you can call me a conspiracy nut), I think the government is using the budget battle and ACA mis-launch as a way to divert attention away from our spying programs and the fact that Russia is handling the Syria conflict better than we are. Russia is supposed to be the bad guys right? They are the bad guys for all their spying and human rights violations, but they made us look pretty foolish with that disarmament deal. When is the new healthcare.gov supposed to be ready? End of November right? The last Friday is the 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, oh yeah black friday. I’m sure the war in Syria and the NSA’s spying will be front page news then, or will it be the PS4, XBox One, iPad Air, etc., etc. in the season of good will to all and peace on earth. I feel just as cynical writing that as you probably think I am. I know that since I have this idea in my mind I will make the connections where they fit best in my pre-conceived notions. I feel like we have the smartest “stupid” government and they know how to play the part.
Do not let Ted Cruz get distracted or distract you! Focus Teddy!
Whether you believe me or not. I challenge everyone to really focus on what is happening in the world outside of the problems we fabricate, and whether you believe in my conspiracy theory or not, we did create our own government shutdown and ACA website screwup. Our leaders should be focussing on reigning in our spy agency, helping to come up with a diplomatic solution in Syria, and MOST IMPORTANT figure out a way to raise people out of poverty. No one really wants to tackle that last one but so many other problems will be solved if we can figure out a legitimate way to lower the poverty rate. If you see your government representative getting off track on issues please poke, message, or call them to remind them who they work for.
Let me know what you think… I’ll probably call into Coast to Coast AM with this and my real life experiences with big foot and chupacabras : )