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On the Road to Death Panels

Mike4480 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 10:51 AM
I question your capitalistic premise, Star. Work can be defined as productive activity which meets the needs of people and families. Regardless of how many people have jobs, farmers produce the same amount of food production, water resources remain about the same, there is no lack of resources to provide shelter or decent clothing. Where is the problem? Government making foolish decisions, like converting corn into ethanol reducing our overall food supply, and bad trade deals putting America in debt to other nations. Defaulting on the debt will not change our domestic capacity for meeting our most basic human needs.
traitorbill Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 11:36 AM
"Defaulting on our debt will not change our domestic capacity for meeting our most basic human needs." History says otherwise when economies collapse.
nametabs Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 11:02 AM
You could try to define work like that but that dont make it so. Nothing else worth replying to.
rickmcq Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 10:58 AM
Perhaps you are unaware of that many of those farmers rely on credit to finance the production of of the crops, through the purchase of fertilizers, machinery, etc., and that the transportation of those crops are financed due to the seasonality of their availability, and much of that transport is financed through loans. Let our economy default, with the resultant disarray in credit, and you will see a disruption in the system that will make this all very clear to you.

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...