France, that bastion of health care nirvana, had >14,000 heat-related deaths in 2005:
"The new estimate comes a day after the French Parliament released a harshly worded report blaming the deaths on a complex health system, widespread failure among agencies and health services to coordinate efforts, and chronically insufficient care for the elderly.".
Whoops! Hey, most were elderly, who cares? And did not have any impact on the health-care statistics.
Government intrusion into health care has made the costs skyrocket. Government has done nothing to help keep down costs, and in fact, I predict one way or the other will continue to contribute to a worsening of costs; Dems are in hock to the trial bar, which will make it easier to have malpractice rates and trials skyrocket again.Comment Posted By Maurice On 11.01.2009 @ 20:00
Obama plans on raising taxes on all but the lowest percentile of wage earners, and he'll give money back to the non-income-tax payers, classic Marxist redistributionist stuff.
Here's a statement from the hundreds of economists opposing Obama's plans to tax and spend us to hell (not exactly how they put it, that's my take). The signatories to this included Nobel Prize winners Gary Becker, James Buchanan, Robert Mundell, Edward Prescott, and Vernon Smith):
"We are equally concerned with his proposals to increase tax rates on labor income and investment. His dividend and capital gains tax increases would reduce investment and cut into the savings of millions of Americans. His proposals to increase income and payroll tax rates would discourage the formation and expansion of small businesses and reduce employment and take-home pay, as would his mandates on firms to provide expensive health insurance.
After hearing such economic criticism of his proposals, Barack Obama has apparently suggested to some people that he might postpone his tax increases, perhaps to 2010. But it is a mistake to think that postponing such tax increases would prevent their harmful effect on the economy today. The prospect of such tax rate increases in 2010 is already a drag on the economy. Businesses considering whether to hire workers today and expand their operations have time horizons longer than a year or two, so the prospect of higher taxes starting in 2009 or 2010 reduces hiring and investment in 2008."
Call this what you will, socialism, liberalism, stupidity. It will screw up our country, steal from the productive class to give to the non-productive class. No wonder the non-productive class wants to get out the vote for Obama.
Who was it that said about democracy, that "It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury." With more than 40% of the public not paying income taxes, we're already pretty well on the way there.Comment Posted By Maurice On 13.10.2008 @ 08:39
"Conservatism has been the dominant political philosophy in the United States for nearly 40 years. Despite the best of intentions of many conservatives, the country has been run into the ground economically and is seriously lacking in morale and enthusiasm."
"Still liberal" wrote this above and it is absolutely wrong. In spite of nominally conservative administrations, we have continued to run and grow liberal entitlement programs, e.g. Medicare and Social Security, which are poorly designed and will eventually have us go broke. Forget Republican v. Democrat, it is statist hand-in-hand with statist. Every attempt by conservatives to deal with these issues runs into a concrete wall. We have the subprime meltdown which was originated by liberal activist groups and then modified to make sure it would cause harm by the Clinton Admin and then the Democrats who blocked all attempts at reform.
Yes, many Republicans are only faux conservatives, especially Mr. Bush; they have not attempted to slow down the growth of government and in fact have increased its size. But please don't tell me about how Clinton helped reform welfare; I work in an emergency room, and every shift, I see many young women coming in for problems related to their 4th pregnancy, or just to get a pregnancy test (why not, since we pay for it; if they went to a drug store for a home test, heaven forbid, they would have to pay the few dollars for it themselves); and these women are not yet 20, and have no means of support outside of Uncle Sam. (Don't complain about Palin's kid...I'm not being a moralist here, but there is a distinction; her kid is going to be supported by someone other than us, and I am willing to bet doesn't have 4 welfare babies by the time she is 20).
We are running the liberal agenda in this country, have in some form or the other and more or less at times since FDR, but it worsened considerably under LBJ. A Democratic executive and legislator will complete the socialist takeover in this country that couldn't be achieved by revolution or violence. A bloodless coup.
But it's a joke to think we've had a single really conservative administration that really fought enough for conservative principles; Reagan came close. And you know what? The country has been doing pretty well in SPITE of all this until recently, except during the 70's, when Carter worked his horror on us.
I'm sick of hearing how it has been conservatives that are bringing us down. It is the liberals and the liberal agenda and the lack of significant decent true-to-conservatism leaders. If you want to argue about the abortion and drugs and other personal issues...fine, but I'm talking about economic issues, where liberals have ruled.
But we're big-time screwed if we have a one-party rule and that rule is from the Far Left. Does anyone remember when you couldn't walk in New York City safely? That was under Democratic politicians, liberals, David Dinkins. Look at the large cities under Democratic rule..Detroit and Newark and L.A. and many others too numerous to mention. I know the liberals want to project their failure onto the conservatives, but that is utter crap, as it has been liberal policies such as welfare which has killed the black family, has perpetuated black poverty and fostered incredible dependence (with its attendant hostility that it engenders) on the government.
Conservative rule? My ass.Comment Posted By Maurice On 7.10.2008 @ 11:21
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