We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For every $1 spent on private healthcare insurance, 3c is insurance company profit, 6c government taxes and 10c malpractice insurance and defensive medicine.
It seems to my simple mind, that the place to start with reform is with the lawyers. Malpractice insurance and defensive medicine currently gets more than 3x what the healthcare insurance companies gets.
re: weak students--my very non-academically inclined friend (she's got the street smarts, but book smart she is not) recently graduated from an uncompetitive 4 year college with a degree in journalism that left her with $100,000 of debt and no marketable skills. she can't find a job now. her solution? go to grad school and get a masters. accumulate more debt and still be unemployable bc the degree is worthless and she still can't spell. good grief.
school won't learn you good always and no school don't always mean you dumb.
kab ... Your street-smart friend should do the 'scut' work to do in-depth reporting [God knows there are very few reporters today who know how to do that] and then hire some good writer, like Meta, to write what she has found out, and gradually teach her to write literate and interesting English copy.
All smart people do a lot of self-education anyway, and they have to do lots more today than they used to when I was a girl back before the Fall of Rome.
"All smart people do a lot of self-education anyway, and they have to do lots more today than they used to when I was a girl back before the Fall of Rome."
haha.... ha ha ha. Oh, god, I love it when someone speaks such a truism as you did and then ends it with something funny. :)
But it is true - if nothing else, college lets you know what you don't know. If you're smart, you become an autodidact for the rest of your life. It is one of life's greatest pleasures if you ask me.