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Sorry, David, you made the assertion--even though you've substituted crony capitalism for free market, it is still up to you to make the connection with factual information, please.
Pls explain, David.
Murphy--To the best of my knowledge we have never met, so first I would like to congratulate you for having the fortitude and taking the time to write to the paper. I know that at your age, I never would have considered doing so. However it goes, it will be a learning experience I am sure.
While several commenters have already taken the blog in the directions they wish to go, including ad hominem attacks, I would like to address your opening; i.e. that the concept the United States was built on was adapt or die. No it wasn't. Rather the basic premise of our Founders was that a free and independent people were capable of governing themselves. Today not a novel concept, but back in the time of monarchs quite a step. Indeed it led to wars with Britain! The Founders further premised that we had certain unaleanable Rights, endowed by our Creator and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is important I believe to bear these in mind as the basic principles. It would be ludicrous to say that the Founders did not expect change however given they were setting out to create perhaps the most significant change in history up until then!
It is clear to me that the Founders, flowing from the concept that all men are equal and free to govern themselves expected change! Indeed the Constitution has provisions built into it for such. As generations passed and new ones came, change was inevitable. The Constitution proscribes how we are to manage change, and by a three-way split in our government, that change shall not be easy. This makes many uncomfortable, for they would like to see their preferred changes happen forthwith. The tension among the three, when it is working properly is what keeps us moving in the right direction.
What follows is that each of us, you, me and the others commenting here must be prepared to change too! None of us has a lock on all knowledge especially where human behavior is concerned. We all operate with mental models of how the world works. So, I encourage you to continue learning your entire life. Read as much as you can, learn several foreign languages, travel widely, meet other peoples, continue to adapt your mental model over your lifetime. Best of luck to you.
Thank you Ken.
Eric B--I would appreciate references in the Founders' words, either written or deliberations in Philadelphia, or in the Federalist, or private papers that support the statement that the Second Amendment was written by slave owners to enable them to defend themselves against armed uprising. I'll admit that I had never read that before and would like the direct references, please. Thank you.
Scott--I suspect you understood my request for you and Dan M to reflect upon the three federal issues has absolutely nothing to do with my personal preferences, but rather for you to offer some perspective (learning from history, someone said) on what works and did not work in the US. Second, your response vis a vis analogy is ambiguous. I understand you see no need for further gun regulation in the US, right?
Dan & Scott--It appears that you enjoy using analogies to argue your points of view. To further your arguments, it would be helpful to us readers if you would compare and contrast the US and its citizens to Australia and its citizens, and how the similarities and differences might affect an Australian gun rule in the US.
Also, to further your argument, please reflect for us upon the success / failure of the federal government with respect to the following: The 18th amendment; Enforcement of the federal mj laws, Enforcement of federal laws in so-called sanctuary cities. Thank you.
Scott--Pls do not misunderstand. I am not saying that our healthcare system is cost efficient. I am a believer that most anything we as humans do can be done less expensively and with equal effectiveness. Now, as for supporting my hypotheses, I put them out to be challenged. so far no one has. If bookkeeping here is more expensive, it leads one to ask why, no? With 140,000 different codes required by Medicare that could (!) be a small hint.
Do you feel up to trying a couple of answers? What is the cost saving and quality of life change through denying a transplant due to age, only? What is the cost savings and quality of life sacrifice by delaying artificial joint replacement for a couple of years? What is the cost savings if a portion of your patients leave the country for treatment? Life expectancy and infant mortality are both subject to easy manipulation. What is the life expectancy of Scandanavians in the US vs in their original homes? BTW I personally have experienced healthcare in multiple countries and had in depth conversations with natives in those countries, so I have more than a passing knowledge of comparative healthcare.
Scott--the third issue, think in terms of three orthogonal axes, is the quality of healthcare, and not measured by easily manipulated numbers like the health outcomes you mention above. Look at my questions to Dan and answer them for us. And, recall sometime above I was looking for an incomes statement for a typical medical practice, and opined at what would be found. So far no one has challenged my hypotheses with data. Cheers.
Dan--So, we can't ask you to support your assertions? Hmmm.
Cheers, have a good Sunday.
Dan-Pls tell us what constitutes an 'emergency' so you can get an MRI immediately in Canada. A hip replacement? Spinal surgery? Possibility of brain tumor? -Pls tell us how hip replacements are allocated in Canada, since you are a student of their system. Pls tell us the cut-off age for kidney transplants in Canada too. Pls tell us of all the 'innovations' in medical practices that have happened in Canada. Pls tell us about all of the Americans that are rushing to Canada and Europe for their 'emergency' healthcare. Pls tell us why, if 'universal' healthcare is such a great thing, that parallel systems are growing in Europe, that governments are running out of money to support their healthcare systems. Provide some facts rather than unsupported opinions and maybe you can get a dialog going.
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