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I think we can formally declare the current administration "the lowest in capacity, in capability, in policy, in consensus—almost every area" of any presidency in the last 150 years. Congrats Hagel -- perhaps you will remember not to throw stones in the future.
Dems are waging a war on babies.
I am actually a little concerned that now that the media are no longer covering for all the President's shortcomings, he may have an emotional breakdown. That would be even worse for the country (imagine a President Biden at the helm...)
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Grant43 Wrote: May 07, 2014 9:59 PM
Amen Darby. Too bad that the brothers would be the ones spending time in jail and permanently barred from gainful employment these days as a result.
What! Mowgli is *white*? When did that happen? I thought he was Indian (which is Asian according to the U.S. Census Bureau).
Let's not forget that the original rationale for the law (sorry, "tax") was to provide health coverage for 32 million uninsured people. Even if all 8 million current sign-up were previously uninsured (and we know they were not), this is an unmitigated disaster.
Apparently, Jon Huntsman Sr made it up first and told Harry Reid. Which does not absolve Reid -- I genuinely feel sorry for him (I mean how can he live with himself. He must cry himself to sleep every night thinking about all the lies he tells) -- but it does provide some minimal cover.
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Grant43 Wrote: Apr 03, 2014 11:33 AM
For all of their accusations of others being "flat earthers", it is clear that the enviros are actually the flat earthers. They are mimicking every argument made by the church when Galileo and Copernicus argued that the earth was not center of the universe: Galileo is wrong because (1) the authorities say he is; (b) the consensus is that he is wrong; (3) it is settled science that the earth is the center; and (4) if Galileo persists, he must be imprisoned until he changes his tune. (On a side note, I think the church was actually more enlightened that the enviros -- my understanding is that Galileo went to prison for denying the virgin birth, not for arguing that the earth circumnavigates the sun.)
Don't forget that 5 million lost their insurance due to the plan. So this would be a net increase of 1 million at best?
As a former Dane, I find I am having a difficult time to select the best starting point. I guess the first point is to note that Denmark switched from a semi-voluntary health system in the early 1970s to a universal health system. That worked reasonably well for about 5-10 years, and then people learned the lesson of indolence and the health care system collapsed on itself. A second point refers to economic freedom: In some some, Denmark does have lower barriers to entry and exit than the U.S. in some areas, but this is entirely because it is a small country hugely dependent on external investments. Moreover, the EU by definition has forced it to remain relatively open. If you really want to see where the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will take us, consider that the Danish health insurance organization (Sygesikring Danmark) used to post official waiting lists for hospital treatment (a quick google.dk search suggests that they have taken down the official waiting list from last year and not updated or replaced it). To control costs, the national government regulates waiting lists for all ailments, and occasionally suspends them to allow indefinite waiting (even for various treatable cancers) depending on other political situations. For all of our problems here in the U.S., we are still the greatest country on earth. We are not in a death spiral (yet), we have people who want to not just succeed but exceed, and we have a general culture allowing success (and excess), even if laws and regulations are increasingly attempting to squash any such accomplishment. I remain hopeful that as a country, we will seek to remove the barriers to success that have been placed by federal regulations, mandates, and threats.
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