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On the Road to Death Panels

Djvd Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 3:27 PM
Or traded a chicken or two for medical care. It's probably what things will come back to in the future. TRADE AND BARTER! This POTUS scares the hell out of me.
Roy323 Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 7:08 PM
Djvs--"or traded a chicken or two for medical care"--You may well be Joking, but as a WV (born/raised) Hillbilly I can actually recall such bartering: Tonsillectomy equaled Two Pigs? Can't recall actual details, but, YES, it did occur! Good Old Days!? Beats ME!!

With the first presidential debate and the only vice-presidential debate behind us, it seems pretty clear that so-called "social issues" are not going to get much attention in this year's presidential politics.

It's unfortunate, I think. We deceive ourselves to permit the assumption that values and behavior are not the real drivers behind our economic problems.

The fiscal crisis of our entitlement programs is the direct result of these values and behavior.

The fiscal soundness of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is rooted in the assumption that those...