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.
The old patient problem is something that neither the left nor the right has an answer for. Socialism will force rationing, but the high cost of such care enforces just another kind of de facto rationing, based on finances.
I guess the distinction is, everybody understands budget-determined rationing criteria. We all go through life getting the things we can afford and forgoing the things we can't, even though we want them - our ethos is that our wealth is a product of our efforts and talents. But having your fate decided by a bureaucrat, or worse, a bean counter on the basis of the actuarial tables or some other arbitrary criteria that gives you no say in the matter, will never be accepted - or be acceptable, for that matter. It's not even accepted by people in countries with socialized medicine, unless they've been degraded by the system to a state of poverty that doesn't allow other options.
Bloomberg, farmers: The Feral Irishman links the full hour interview for context. theferalirishman.blogspot.com.
Which still does not explain why it's ok for one group to say it's ok to do something against another subgroup, but not allowable for the subgroup to defend themselves against being attacked.
I'm certainly no fan of Bloomberg, but if you look at even a little of context of his remarks, it's obvious he's not calling farmers stupid, he was referring to the pre-industrial age when farming was the default position of the low-skill worker for thousands of years. You know, the old feudal serfs and peasants. As evidence of this, farming was so inefficient that it took a majority of the workers in a society to produce the meager surplus of food sufficient to feed the minority of people who weren't farmers. Come the industrial revolution, it was the low-skill assembly line work that filled that position. Now that computers and machinery and robots do so much of the work, where are the low-skill workers to go? As Bloomberg continues his remarks, he says we'd better figure that out. The next part that they cut out:
“Now comes the information economy and the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze, and that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter. It’s not clear the teachers can teach or the students can learn, and so the challenge of society of finding jobs for these people, who we can take care of giving them a roof over their head and a meal in their stomach and a cell phone and a car and that sort of thing. But the thing that is the most important, that will stop them from setting up a guillotine someday, is the dignity of a job.”
Bernie's idea of "free stuff for everybody" appeals to the youths specifically because they're youths, they lack the wisdom to know that "free stuff" is welfare and it's degrading and it's dehumanizing to live on welfare. It's the old teaching a man to fish and a hand up, not a hand-out. Bloomberg at least understands that a man wants to feel useful, that he's a contributing member of society, that he's pulling his own weight. A man feels worthless, he starts thinking less like a man and more like an animal. Nobody wants that.
The APA also maintains a “Climate Change and Mental Health Connections”: Lying to us and themselves.
Georgetown libraries remove dozens of novels that offend some students: Only "Dick and Jane" first-grade readers will be allowed in the libraries.
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous: Kids these days are dumb, Dumb, DUMB. Still, government types are DUMBER.
1984 finally has arrived: Alexa and Siri are Stasi agents that
owners are willingly paying for.
AB5 shows that legislators really don't know what they are doing.
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said young people during the 2016 election didn’t learn enough civics or history in school to have a good understanding of what democratic socialism means. THAT'S because they're deliberately NOT being educated about it.
Trump Charges the Liberal Hacks’ Latest Ambush: When will the Dems learn? Hopefully, NEVER.