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On the Road to Death Panels

jerskin Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 1:01 PM
However back then we had NO insurance but you could afford the visit to the doc because I didn't need an x-ray to see if the nail did any internal damage or several blood tests or surgery to clean up the wound, just got a shot and went back home and soaked my foot in lysol water twice a day, dad paid the twenty bucks and it was done with.
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!!
Power Forward #54 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 1:04 PM
Holy Cow, lysol water! I would say that it is by the grace of God that you got to make it to a nice old age. Also as a young man I have always made it a point to listen to those much older then myself. It is a great way to an accurate history lesson on just about anything important. Take care.

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...