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On Second Thought

Published: Monday, April 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act.

Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

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President Obama held a celebratory event this week and announced that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is “here to stay.” He should have done something more dramatic, such as land on an aircraft carrier under a banner reading, “Mission accomplished.”

If the president thinks the sniper fire is over on health care reform, he may be underestimating the insurgent forces in Washington.

It says something about the power of the federal government when it can force the 48.6 million people who are uninsured to sign up for health insurance under threat of a fine, get only 7.1 million people to sign up and then declare the whole thing a success.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week expanded the number of politicians any one person can buy. The tough part is finding a place to store them when they’re not being used.

The Associated Press says the White House recently conducted a covert Twitter operation in Cuba, designed to stir political unrest in 140 characters or less.

Just imagine if social media had existed throughout American history. John F. Kennedy could have called off the invasion of Cuba because the Internet was down.

FDR might have said, “The only thing we have to fear is someone hacking our accounts.”

Winston Churchill might not have been as inspiring if he said, “We shall tweet in France, we shall tweet on the seas and oceans, we shall tweet with growing confidence and growing strength in the air …”

Baseball season started last week, and this year the major leagues have instituted replay reviews by umpires. Apparently, people were complaining the games weren’t slow enough.

From now on, when people refer to a doubleheader between the Yankees and Red Sox, they will mean one game that lasts two days.

Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist at the Deseret News. Email him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, jayevensen.com.

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