Obama and Christie Tie for OBC Award

White House and Drumthwacket* Demand Recount

obc_thumbWhen they learned of the tie for the Overcome By Complexity Award, representatives of President Obama and Governor Christie objected. They argued “that other guy should have won.”

The OBC Award recognizes a monumental screw-up due to a collision with complicated complexity. Usually a huge corporation wins.  For 2013, the President of the United States (POTUS) and the Governor of New Jersey (GONJ) outdid corporate rivals in stumbling over complexities too big to manage.

POTUS delegated the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). Expansion of health insurance for all Americans was to be Obama’s greatest domestic achievement—after a few barriers were overcome: Millions of people would simultaneously enroll via the Internet or phone in 50 different states with 50 different sets of insurance laws written in obtuse insurance lingo, all of which programmers would engineer and test for Internet use. So many complexities, so few solutions—like sending an elephant into quicksand.

GONJ is the most powerful governor in America**. But his power is not of the staff or bridge management sort. So many complexities in closing the George Washington Bridge—not even owned by NJ—during the busiest commuter hour in the most densely populated area of North America. For four straight days affecting over one million vehicles. Claiming not to know it had been done. Promising he would get to the bottom of it to prove he had nothing to do with it. (Note: federal rules require two-year advance notice of such a closing.)

These guys need proper recognition: The 2013 Overcome By Complexity Award is a tie between President Obama and Governor Christie.

*Drumthwacket is the historic mansion Christie uses for special meetings.

**No state governor has as much appointment and budget power as GONJ. He chooses all top posts and has line-item veto power over all proposed budgets.


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