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Born Under a Bad Site

by James Lileks

To fix the problems of the Obamacare website, the administration has promised a “tech surge.” We’re supposed to think of the surge strategy employed by President Bush to push back the Iraqi insurgency and consolidate the war’s gains so that future administrations would have something more significant to throw away. Apparently the word “surge” tests well as a sign of vigorous, renewed determination to tackle a problem, and makes the geeks involved feel all martial ’n’ stuff.

To the list of things that are now the moral equivalent of war, you can add tech support.

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