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Fred150 Wrote: May 16, 2012 9:39 AM
Read what I wrote again. "However many make bad choices or fail to take the risks" - that IS doing something wrong. Getting a non-marketable college degree is a personal choice - but then don't complain that someone doesn't want to pay you $100K for your expertise in "gender studies." There will never be equal outcomes among un-equal people. The situation is made worse by bad choices. Agree you should be able to succeed without "happy accidents" like having parents who can help bankroll your entrepreneurial effort. The best way to think of most "happy accidents" is captured in the concept of serendipity - the prepared mind recognizes the opportunity and jumps on it. Read the Persian story "The Brothers of Serendip" - then read it to kids.
Mombassa, not Nairobi.
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Making Life Fair

Fred150 Wrote: May 16, 2012 7:13 AM
Those who fail to succeed as much as others ("losers") find themselves in that situation for a bunch of reasons - first and foremost is that it is unrealistic to expect equal results from unequal people. There is a wide disparity among people in intelligence, talent, creativity, physical capability, adaptability to change, motivation and risk tolerance. The fact that one is on the short end doesn't mean they did something wrong - so TRUE - many losers did nothing wrong. However many make bad choices or fail to take the risks needed to succeed. Many get education that doesn't support financial success - limited market for that training and knowledge. Randomness also plays a part - timing and family that can help one advance.
Concur VP needs to be someone who understands foreign policy and how the world works. Someone who has white house experience (national security) and state department experience. Someone who is not too political, but professional. Condolessa Rice.
The comment on Luke AFB is out of place in this article. IF there is to be an F-35, the training should be at Luke. Luke is in Arizona and McCain is from Arizona - and he's right. Luke is a national treasure for training fighter pilots - souce of training for the three fighters I flew in the USAF - F-100, F-4, F-15. A discussion of the merits (cost/benefit) of the F-35 is another issue. Did you know that the F-15E is much more complex than the F-15C and D and has a higher reliability - It was designed to be 20% more reliable during 1982-86 development - more capable (dual role), lower logistics demand (cargo airplanes filled with support) for deploying a squadron, higher reliability (breaks less - higher MTBF/MTBMA) and more maintainable.
RE: Medicaid for well to do families. Concur that we need tight controls on who gets their medical care paid by taxpayers if we are to be fiscally responsible. What is the general opinion on this blog of the well to do family that has a seriously ill child that needs round the clock medical attention - medical equipment like a ventilator to stay alive, tube feeding, and nurses to continually suction trach and lungs. Options: let the kid die, let the family spend every cent they have until they are poor enough to qualify for medicaid, step in with medicaid assist so the family can provide for their other children. Force them to buy insurance to cover this pre-existing condition so costs are borne by insurance? What do you think ?
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