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Who leads the US Republican Party?

A primary factor like Desert Storm 1 was the reason for 9/11.  (Mar 4, 2009 | post #329)

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Who leads the US Republican Party?

Republicans have a wealth of ignorance and they've found a way to put it to good use. I guess the truth of that statement depends on your view point?  (Mar 4, 2009 | post #280)

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Who leads the US Republican Party?

Keep repeating that propaganda, comrade. The Fannie Mae problem you speak of was but ONE. ONE. Of the causes. A few others: The Graham-Leech-Blile y Act. And the geniuses who figured out how to package crap loans and give them triple A ratings. And banks that aren't banks. Mostly republican endeavors. Come to the party. Everyone's to blame. Republican, democrat, libertarian, constitution, green, whatever.  (Mar 4, 2009 | post #279)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

There is still a disconnect the anti-NAFTA crowd forgets. The idea that we'd be able to keep all the jobs lost makes sense IF we only consume our own dog food. The problem starts when our manufacturers serve us SH*T as in the case with Detroit circa 1980. The public started demanding better dog food in the way of Toyotas and Hondas. Now, with this in mind, is it fair to tell GM they must continue to employ our workers, thus having a HIGHER MANUFACTURING COST than their competitor? In essence telling GM they cannot compete with their Japanese and German counterparts who were already taking advantage of cheaper labor? What would we have achieved then? Think about this for a minute. If any of you people know anything about business this spells DISASTER. The way to solve this problem is through tariffs but it is well known tariffs do more harm than good: http://economics.a bout.com/cs/taxpol icy/a/tariffs.htm The other way is to tell people they can't buy a Toyota or Honda. Good luck with that. And finally. NAFTA MEANS NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. China is not in part of North America last time I checked and thats were we've really lost the manufacturing jobs. NAFTA is NOT the problem. Grow up folks. We have moved from a manufacturing based society to a knowledge based society. Lead, follow, or GTFO. Get educated and lead. The choice is yours. NAFTA is not without it's warts and some adjustments should be made but it isn't the cause of all our woes. Not be a long shot.  (Mar 4, 2009 | post #437)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

As someone who lives in the shadow of Microsoft and who's been making his living in the technology field for the last 15 years, a truer statement could not be said. Bill did not invent a wheel. Not figuratively and CERTAINLY not literally. But he sure knew how to take that ball and run with it.  (Mar 3, 2009 | post #407)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

I love all you cats who are capitalists, conservatives but area also protectionists. LOL!!!! If you want to pay $.50 per candy bar, under $5 for a single pair of underwear and under $30 for a set of dishes, those items can NOT be made by union workers in this country. That's a fact. If you're willing to pay $.75 for a candy bar, around $10 for a single pair of underwear and around $60 for a set of dishes, then you absolutely have a right to complain. Otherwise you're completely disconnected with the reasons why Walmart started buying "cheap plastic goods". By the way. I don't shop at Walmart, but not because of the crap they sell but because of their employment practices and their restrictive drug prescription policies and censorship practices. Walmart sucks. But those people you want to pick themselves up by their bootstraps are the ones who NEED Walmart. And if you think it's as simple as eating your own dog food (if WE make it WE'LL consume it) you're fooling yourself. That worked in the 50's when there was limited global competition but those days are OVER. Adapt and/or die.  (Mar 3, 2009 | post #395)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

But those same types of businesses exist in "socialist " countries like France, UK, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, etc. I use the term "socialist " becuase that's (the RED HERRING) that all the conservatives have been screaming for the last 2 years. God forbid we adopt some of the social policies countries in the EU employ. Using your logic, this would mean the US free enterprise system has a lock on small business innovation. But the "mom and pop" outfits also exist in the EU countries so why can they do it too with their stifling policies?  (Mar 3, 2009 | post #382)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

I've generally supported free markets and lower regulations (not total deregulation) so we're in agreement. But the events of the past two singnificant dips (late 80's and now) since supply side economic theory has really taken root in the country has led to some questions in my eyes. This is an interesting read that doesn't attack supply side per se (he attacks the Fed, mostly) but it does speak of the wage disparity that flies in the face of what traditional supply-siders recommend: http://www.ravibat ra.com/globalfinan cialcrisis.htm At what point do we start asking the question: "Are unbridled free markets and trickle down theory really the best route"?  (Mar 3, 2009 | post #373)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

Oh, but he left out a salient QUESTION MARK so we missed the point entirely... ;-)  (Mar 2, 2009 | post #356)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

You're not paying attention. For at least the 6th time I will reiterate I do not believe government should pay for everyone's health care the same way it is done in France or the UKFor conservative, everyman for himself jackasses, this statement is as simple as the difference between black and white (like you). For me it is not. There is no way I could begin to boil something as complex as our modern societal woes (poverty, health care, crime, drugs, etc) down to a simple statement like that. Generally speaking I agree that government isn't there to provide handouts to those who refuse to take care of themselves. The real difference between liberals like myself and conservatives like you is we're not in denial about the *cause* and *effect* of these problems and why we collectively must share responsibility in solving them.  (Mar 2, 2009 | post #340)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

Takeaway from this article: Average health expenditure per capita: (USD, PPP, 2005) EU 5: 2,654 US: 6,102 <--- HOLY SHIT Canada: 3,165 Japan: 2,249 (2003) Out system is better? Their conclusion that a free market stimulates innovation is certainly a ground breaking hypothesis (DUH). As I stated in my first post, I'm NOT suggestion we adopt France or the UK's version of "socialized medicine." But I would like you to (still) explain how our system is better? We spend over twice as much per capita and we aren't healthier because of it. Their system is broke AND SO IS YOURS. Now, how to fix or do you just want to keep defending your clearly broken system? It is, after all, what you conservatives are famous for (defending what doesn't work).  (Mar 2, 2009 | post #339)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

I don't believe anyone really thinks this. The problem is the unwillingness to look at options that *might* include government action means, by default, you're a worthless bum who is unworthy... The "market" will not solve this problem. 25 years history can back this up. The pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have failed this test. Wholly and completely.  (Feb 27, 2009 | post #264)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

I'd like an answer please. Not the same old tired rhetoric. Seriously. Knee jerker... I agree with Chief22. Part of the solution should be tort reform but we must be careful with this as it's important Doctors remain accountable. A balance here is needed. I still say for-profit insurance companies are the single biggest problem. This HMO model has had 25 years to prove it's effectiveness in reducing costs. It has failed as miserably as the war on drugs.  (Feb 27, 2009 | post #263)

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Health care costs to top $8,000 per person

I'd like at least one of you conservatives to please explain their plan to fix the health care problem in this country? Your knees jerk faster than a gay republican leaving a mens bathroom when the suggestion is made the government should step in to help, yet I've heard very little suggestions or options other than the typically pathetic everyman-for-himself rhetoric that falls out of your mouths.  (Feb 27, 2009 | post #231)

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