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.
Fastest-dying cities meet for a chat. What these folks do not get is that government policies (with the assistance of unions) chased the people and the jobs away from these once-prosperous and happy cities.
Sociologists upset that Obama isn't using them more. They are useful: they are able to give you the answer you want for any question you ask. As a group they seem more ideologically-motivated than truth-oriented, but I am sure some are not like that.
Skin and ethnic diversity damages "social capital," harms society. Yes, OK, but it's not the skin or the ethnic: it is the different cultures that cause the issues with trust, familiarity, and comfort. Everybody is more comfortable around their own peeps, because they know what to expect and know where they're coming from. We consider that to be wholesome, natural, and intelligent tribalism.
Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting [a] colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation…
You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.
I think the Dem health care is what is driving this down so rapidly, but running around the world apologizing for America's existence probably didn't help. Thankfully, most Americans have not been contaminated by Howard Zinn.
...they ask me how I can ignore the overwhelming evidence that national health care is superior to our terrible system. Now, what's odd about this is that all of those countries do precisely what I am concerned about: slap price controls on the inputs, particularly pharmaceuticals. Their overwhelming evidence indicates that I am 100% correct that a government run system in the US will destroy the last really profitable market for drugs and medical technology, and thereby cause the rate of medical innovation to slow to a crawl.
Valuable things that people want are expensive. Duh. That's one of the reasons people work.
"But the mood in many sessions here at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association was one of just a bit of hurt and disappointment. With a few exceptions, sociologists aren’t getting called by the White House -- and if many imagined that calls from Washington in the last administration might land them in Guantanamo Bay, this time around, they want to be called." Herein lies the essence of their problem. Having disgraced what was once a struggling, emerging social science with a commitment to the scientific method and objective inquiry, "modern" sociology morphed into some agenda driven nonsense that in truth has almost less than no value. Economics studies many of the same things, but makes use of facts--surprise, surprise. Sociologists have substituted empiricism with belief--and sadly, they don't believe in much. Perhaps there could be a sociological resurrection, but it would require dispensing with their bomb throwing ways. In the meantime, I can only hope that their "waiting for the call" turns out to be a long wait.
What's odd about sociology as Sociology the academic discipline is that it has a political-action arm in the NGOs, the Foundations, charitable non-profits --these organizations have UN diplomatic credentials, meaning they pick a country and just go in and open offices and start building charity distribution systems --handing out cash to favored entities which, you'll be surprised to learn, are almost uniformly the locals who created the local need for charity in the first place.
Often this country will have a specific raw material, and one of the foundation directos ends up investing on very profitale terms. See Maurice Strong as a pioneer of this "help you help me, with free money from charity and uncle sam's match grants" --George Soros, too.
Don't believe me, do a search.
Back to Sociology, the study of, see if you can think of another science with a political-action arm which pours commodity fortunes into its director's personal accounts.
(BTW BD, most excellent aggromulation here --on a surge basis you can and do nose into NJ newsitory!)
Father of two daughters in the last 2 years her in England and the care has been fantastic.I have also experienced great care whilst living in Ca....monolithic organisations like Britains NHS produce both good and bad by the nature of their size.