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Republicans Have Bad Brains?

Andy576 Wrote: May 03, 2012 12:36 PM
And your post proves that liberals are much more open to reading hogwash and accepting it as the truth.
ericynot Wrote: May 03, 2012 4:41 PM
That's all well and good. And it does someone like me no good at all. Heck, I had the same problem trying to insure a small group when I was in business back in the '80's because I had an employee with a minor heart defect.

I'm not blaming insurance companies. I'm not blaming the government either. Or healthcare professionals (which I once was). This system has been broken for a very long time. I could go into excruciating detail, but I have to get to take care of some other things.

Trublu Wrote: May 03, 2012 4:19 PM
Make Insurance competitive. There are plenty of companies that would love to insure you for less than you Cobra rates but those pesky state regs prevent them from offering you competitive rates and crossing state lines. Also I would be willing to bet you ionce had insurance through your employer and now don't because you left your job or your job left you. If you had owned the policy rather than your employer it would be portable and went with you and your dependent once you stopped working. The crisis as you call is the result of government intervening in a free market. Not evil insurance companies or bad fortunes.
ericynot Wrote: May 03, 2012 3:53 PM
Alright, then I'm declaring a War on Stupid Drilling Practices.

There is a healthcare (insurance) crisis for many, and not just the poor. I'm 62, as healthy as anyone I know, come from a long line of folks who live to be 90 or more, have the money to pay, and can't get an individual policy. I'm on a COBRA policy now which is not only insanely expensive, but also will expire before I reach Medicare age, leaving me with nothing. I'd dump the whole thing today and take my chances, but I have a dependent child who needs coverage, and the rules don't allow me to insure him by himself -- must have a parent on the policy for some reason.

It is a really messed up system. Suggestions?

Tell me again why we have a War on Drugs?

Trublu Wrote: May 03, 2012 3:10 PM
Two comments by liberals on this thread denying their proclivity for big government interventionist programs, we must be winning!
Trublu Wrote: May 03, 2012 3:01 PM
Ok liberals don't fear oil companies they only fear what they may do. Look at the rhetoric. When conservatives confront a problem they tend to decalre war on it....War on Terrror, War on Drugs ect. When liberals confront a problem they tend to declare a crisis... Health care crisis Child care crisis ect. Which to you sounds more rooted in fear?
ericynot Wrote: May 03, 2012 2:55 PM
Tru, liberals don't fear oil companies. They fear what oil companies will do if unregulated. Have you forgotten the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf? Hundreds of miles of beach coated in crude, 11 people killed, $billions in damages, serious harm to the economies of many tourist towns on the Gulf Coast. Are you aware they'd had a similar blowout a year earlier on an Azerbaijan platform and covered it up? Had officials in the U.S. known about that problem, they might have prevented the disaster we had here in 2010.

No one I know, lib or con, thinks the overemphasis on children's self esteem makes any sense.

I know lots of libs. They are successful without the aid of government. They take responsibility for themselves.
PMcQB Wrote: May 03, 2012 1:47 PM
"Conservatives preach self reliance whereas liberals preach individuals cannot make it without the help of the State."

No need for science there.
Trublu Wrote: May 03, 2012 1:34 PM
“And I've observed over many decades that my conservative friends are much more anxious about dangers in the world than my liberal friends.”… Really? Is it conservatives that fear oil companies, CO2 or children’s lack of self esteem? Conservatives preach self reliance whereas liberals preach individuals cannot make it without the help of the State. Liberals are most often proclaiming a crisis. I don’t know who your friends are but if you look at the health care crisis, the child care crisis the dangers of global warming, the fear of fossil fuels I would say hands down that liberals more often think in terms of fear or are motivated by fear.
ericynot Wrote: May 03, 2012 1:19 PM
Trublu, I have no argument with those studies, but, as desirable as happiness and charitable giving are, they have nothing to do with my post or the study I referenced.

sharms, I'm no scientist, but I've read the study and it seems sound to me. How else do you think I should vet it?

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(11)00289-2#Summary

And I've observed over many decades that my conservative friends are much more anxious about dangers in the world than my liberal friends.
sharms Wrote: May 03, 2012 1:01 PM
Did you vett the source before you accept as fact. I think not!!
Trublu Wrote: May 03, 2012 12:51 PM
Did you read......According to polls -- Pew Research Center, the National Science Foundation -- and studies such as Professor Arthur Brooks' Gross National Happiness, conservative Americans are happier than liberal Americans. Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals...or is that junk science to you?
ericynot Wrote: May 03, 2012 12:38 PM

"They do that because they were born that way."

If you say that about homosexuals, you are tolerant and realistic. If you say it about blacks, you are racist (unless you're black yourself). If you say it about women, you may or may not be sexist, depending on who is manning (er, womanning) the feminist battle stations. If you say it about men, you just might be a writer for Esquire. But if you say it about conservatives, you're a scientist.

Over the past decade, a new fad has taken hold among academics and liberal journalists: call it the new science...