It is too bad that our country sunk into a political partisanship fight regarding methods to address the health care problem. Yes, the U.S. has the 'best' healthcare in the word, in terms of technology and medical practice, but the 'medical system' as a whole was and still is subpar in terms its ability to provide adequate healthcare for all citizens of this country, not just the well-to-do or those lucky enough to gain healthcare coverage through their employer.
When a significant segment of the population has no other real choice for healthcare (due to costs and lack of insurance) but to use the ER as their primary care physician, that right there says the system was broken. Working toward universal coverage of some sort of health insurance or a national plan actually makes economic development sense for a healthy populous. The concept of having all take part in a health insurance program was an original GOP concept but once enacted by the Obama administration as their approach it somehow became bad. Recall that some on the left wanted a full scale, governmental run system like Europe but they chose to adopt the requirement to purchase health insurance through private industry as their form of compromise. Ask most Europeans how they like their health system and they would say it is working just fine, and Germany for example is a case where there is a stronger social net that has not hurt their economy.
The implementation of Obamacare / ACA has been anything but perfect or even good thus far, and changes are warranted. By why would our esteemed legislature waste time grandstanding with moves such as Rep. Spencer is doing (other than it being election season).posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 03:40
I do wish that many more conservatives keep an open mind and consider what many economists say is the best path toward addressing and solving this problem. The carbon tax could be the way to do so, but it must be enough that causes the intended effects in the marketplace and balances the externalities of fossil fuel combustion. While a regulatory approach is one option and the favorite of those on the left, a market based approach has best promise to move toward a solution without disruptions of "job killing".
There is a well funded disinformation campaign that many on the right buy into and that feeds sound bites to sow doubt and distrust. If many of those would look into the source of the disinformation and who is funding it (Koch Bros. come to mind as a big one), then perhaps they could see the manipulation taking place.posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 03:24
[quote][b]theold33[/b] - Yep, people keep saying that. But, I wonder how many whites have died defending all races in this "shameful" country throughout the years.[/quote]
True, but it was not just the "whites" who have been involved with fighting wars of the past. You really should state this as whites and blacks and hispanics etc. if you want to be fully truthful. Some of the Hispanics who fought of late were not even official American citizens (yet). And many of the blacks who fought did so while living in a Jim Crow era and returned to second class citizenship status after serving.
Things are not always as "black and white" as many make it (not matter how they spell it).
[quote][b]dawgette[/b] - When you have a President who wants to make a national address to school kids about getting education, behaving, staying in school and people refuse to send their kids to school that day because of it[/quote]
I forgot about that and that was indeed an embarrassment, to those that wanted to play that game. Think of the message sent to the kids "the president is not worthy of respect because he is of the opposite party and thus we hate him".
But same message can be applied to all parties and ideologies.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 16:16
[quote][b]oconeefellow[/b] - He was woefully unprepared for the job and his results show as such.[/quote]
Overall, can't disagree with that.
But the writer of this column (Stossel) shows as little overall understanding as well.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 15:14
"If there is a pattern here, only a prophet can see it. We know that it will rain too little or too much in the future. We do not know when, why, nor how much."
The concept of having higher extremes (wet and dry) and more frequency in those extremes is not useless or trivial as the writer would profess, but rather perhaps a call to becoming more prepared. Maybe the only useless part of this exercise was to write off those who know more about this subject than the author.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 14:04
Well said.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:55
@Duke Briscoe: You called that right Duke.
Stossel takes the pure ideological viewpoint (which I guess a Fox regular would) in that all government paid jobs are really not really jobs and take money from the 'real economy'. The salary paid to say an engineer at NASA and the resulting spending from that family are the same as would be from a similiar salary paid to an engineer in the private sector. Their color of their money is both the same (green) and has the same impact on the rest of the economy when spent.
As far as the comment about downplaying manufacturing, this is another area where Stossel shows his economic lack of awareness or knowledge. Doesn't Stossel know that a manufacturing job creates a large amount of economic enterprise in support structure? Service sectors job may as well, but it depends.
As far as his comments about stimulus funding going to political cronies... that too is ideological simplicity (and he offers lack of examples). For example, the $2M sent to the city of Augusta GA for improvements to their city infrastructure for energy efficiency was used to simply balance their city budget that year. I would not call Augusta exactly a crony of Obama administration.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:37
Yeah, the U.S. doesn't have too firm a moral ground to stand on this one (regardless if you are Kerry or anyone involved in the national government back then).posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:16
So why aren't these support as well as other programs?
Would be interesting to see a study that tracked those that participated versus those students that did not and see if there were a difference.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:12
Interesting analysis and these ideas make the most sense that I have heard in a while.
The basic difference between a "safety net" and a “hammock of dependency” really is just what level is the guaranteed income set at.
I like the Brasil (their spelling, not our Brazil lest anyone accuse me of making a typo) idea of making this dependent on your kids staying in school.
@theold33: I take the mea culpa for a typo misspell or auto correct that occurred. I assume you are proud of you calling a segment of the population fat a-- and even doubling down on it. I probably was too harsh initially about the first low information comment but your response changed my mind.
It reflects poorly on this board when some get so worried about spelling of one word and pat each other on the back for a degrading comment about a large number. Does that include everyone who has ever shopped at W-mart?posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 18:04
One reason I became a former GOP member was the constant reference in the past several years to any look at budget reduction considerations as being one that would "hurt the troops" or "hurt our local economy due to such as such base". The later part of that argument often propagated by those that riled against spending by federal or state governments on infrastructure (like roads) as being a waste of money or too expansive of government. Hypocrisy abounds.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 13:18
Thanks Chris. How come you did not invite me along? (just kidding)
Good observations about the positives of the U.S. society as well as pointing out the "benefits" of a utopian society without government interference and regulations.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 13:13
[quote][b]theold33[/b] - The Us definitely needs to cut some fat out of the budget. Like the fat asses on welfare that shop at Walmart. Especially the ones riding around on the motorized carts.
your ideological tirade here just points out your "low information voter" status. (turning a phrase that you probably here a lot on radio).posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 13:10
@cyou299: You beat me to the comment, which could be directed to the other editorial column in today's editorial page.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 13:09
@mike59: If you are implying that this person is a "traitor" for counteracting a fellow GOP member, then it seems your ideological priorities are overriding your real concern for a functioning society.
If however you are just posting a funny comic, then feel free.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 13:05
"UGA bought the station, Toccoa-based WNEG, in 2008, using money from the UGA Research Foundation. "
I thought this was a mistake back then and it is confirmed now.
If UGA keeps this for a academic purpose, then consider having an additional fee for students in the Journalism program to help support this, similar to the technology fee added for students in some other majors to support additional labs, computers etc needed for their program of study.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 08:15
They will probably have to pay a huge fine, something like $5,000. Well, maybe that plus a few more campaign contributions to the right people.posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 09:36
Why not ask a simple question like is there one issue or topic that this particular candidate does not agree with will speak out against the "party line"?
Many if not most of the candidates now are a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Many if not most tend to fall into the ideological lines of their respective parties.posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 23:03
[quote][b]Duke Briscoe[/b] - Obamacare is rooted in a Republican idea that makes people responsible for paying as much as they can afford, but still give them good healthcare.[/quote]
That was the old GOP idea before Obama took office.posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 22:57
You use of the hyperbole to describe a bill/law/ac that the GOP has decided is their core issue to fight against is really too simplistic.
Yes, the ACA or Obamacare if you prefer has some issues and problems. Rather than grandstanding and trying to hoodwink voters into thinking you are looking out for them, why not work to address and tweak the Act rather. You offer no proof other your own word about the millions of dollars supposedly that could be saved with your bill.
This letter is too simplistic and ideological in its discussion to convince me.
[quote][b]Apox[/b] - In the USSR, Capitalism defeated Communism;
In the USA, Capitalism is destroying Democracy.
I would not say it is capitalism destroying democracy, but rather the plutocracy.posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:32
@Used2baFreeCountry: I think you just made a good case for raising the minimum wage.posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:31
[quote][b]Logical[/b] - Most importantly, we would hope to avoid having people just go to the ER for things that could be taken care of in a less expensive fashion. Also, more people with chronic diseases such as kidney disease, might be able to...I don't know....live? Your attitude is, I have mine, if you don't have yours, tough. [/quote]
Good answer, you basically what I was going to. The purpose of insurance is spreading the risk. What many who blast the ACA aka Obamacare seem to ignore is the hidden costs that are in people not having coverage, such as using the hospital ER for their primary care physician, etc.
Yes there are problems with the current law (ACA). These should be tweaked and not wasting time grandstanding with repeal measures.posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:28
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