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.
Our Golfer-in-Chief. Hmmm. I don't care if he plays golf a lot. I just wonder what they'd be saying if it were Bush. Plus sets a record for attending fundraisers. Easy gig, President. Just be the figurehead while others do the work.
Instead of solely considering costs, shouldn't we ask if Americans are willing to die sooner from cancer, to give up access to specialists, to be refused safer, more accurate diagnostic imaging, to lose the most accessible screening programs, and to lose their autonomy in pursuing treatments for their families? Shouldn't we ask if Americans want to replace the most advanced and successful medical care in history with the restricted care and lower cost social programs of Europe, and insure the less than 5 percent of people who don't buy insurance but receive care anyway?
57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse. ... Just 18% say passage of the congressional plan will reduce costs, while only 23% believe it will lead to better care.
Remarkable: by a margin of 3-1, voters think Obamacare will raise the cost of health care, and by more than two to one, voters believe it will make the quality of health care worse. Isn't that the death knell for government medicine? If not, why not?
The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity", according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett. [...] The "deliberate policy", from late 2000 until "at least February last year", when the new points based system was introduced, was to open up the UK to mass migration, he said. Some 2.3 million migrants have been added to the population since then, according to Whitehall estimates quietly slipped out last month.
"Immigrant bashing?" Wait a minute, Nathan. You seem to have made a logical jump here, a jump quite common to the liberal left. There is a huge difference between legal immigrants, and illegal aliens, who have invaded our country illegally across our borders. The first group has been admitted legally by an arm of our U.S. government, whether they are on the way to becoming U.S. citizens or they have a visa givng them a limited time here to study or do business before they return to their own countries. The second group are lawbreakers, felons, whether they have been convicted in court or not.
I live in a border state, so I know the difference. There's a drug smuggling highway between our southern border and my home city, Houston, and the last statistic I saw in The Houston Chronicle, late last year, stated that we have 37,000 illegal alien felons in the city of Houston. A troubling statistic, since these folks have no motivation to act like responsible citizens toward the rest of us, because they aren't. Our illogical Department of Public Safety, Motor Vehicle Division, issues many of these illegals driver's licenses, even though they do not speak English. How would you like to be driving in traffic and have your car struck by a non-English speaking alien who would then flee the scene? Not a pretty picture, you should agree.
Of the estimated 20-25% of drivers in TX who do not carry insurance, illegal aliens constitute a disproportionate amount. We pay for health care of illegal aliens at hospital emergency rooms. Not to mention schools. Do you consider it "immigrant bashing" to bring that up?
Nathan, I suggest you read the link before making a flippant comment. It refers to the UK. You know, the country where Muslims have been known to carry around signs that say Behead Those Who Insult Islam. Do you consider it "immigrant bashing" to be concerned at such signs?
If you did not immediately understand my previous sentence, could you be considered a racist bigoted provincial ignorant anglo? Just wondering. (Yes this last paragraph was intended as a joke.)
Geoff ... For goodness sake, you know that "obscene profits" are everybody else's profits. Your own profits are 'rightfully earned' in recognition of your extraordinary talents. Everybody in the Democrat schoolyard knows that.