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Jack Burton

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VA healthcare looking like British healthcare

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2014/05/25/transform-the-va-into-a-pro-growth-model-for-first-rate-health-care/

The VA (Veterans Administration) scandals show why so many people have been so highly motivated for so long to fight against Obamacare. That is because of the perfectly rational fear that Obamacare will end up doing to the entire American health care system what the VA has done to health care for America’s veterans.

Many have already commented that the VA system is actually pure socialized medicine.

This is basically how the notorious British National Health Service (NHS) operates. I say notorious because the National Health Service is famous for running a strict rationing system, with the government determining who gets what health care and when, and deciding who gets told when its time to go home and die. In my 2011 book, I suggested that Britain’s National Health Service is probably responsible for the deaths of more British subjects than the Nazis and Adolf Hitler.

The NHS does not do this out of malevolence. It does it because when the government is dispensing free health care, there must be some means to control costs. With no market prices, incentives, or competition to control costs, the only choice is for the government to decide when the money train stops at the station to let some off.

More at link

Another MAIG antigunner mayor arrested

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/another-mayors-legal-trouble-shows-why-gun-owners-dont-trust-maig-says-saf-260433511.html

BELLEVUE, Wash., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal fraud charges against another member of anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) is another example of why gun owners don't trust the anti-gun group, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

North Miami, Florida Mayor Lucie Tondreau is the latest in a growing list of MAIG members who have wound up facing criminal charges. She was indicted earlier this week on fraud charges, and will be arraigned May 30. The irony here is that all of the MAIG members who have been charged with crimes cannot possess firearms and those who have been convicted can no longer even possess firearms. No wonder these people want to disarm the rest of us.

"This makes between 25 and 30 MAIG members who have run afoul of the law," Gottlieb estimated. "The majority of these people have been convicted, and that includes former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who presided over the Hurricane Katrina gun grab that illegally and unconstitutionally deprived New Orleans residents of more than 1,100 of their personally-owned firearms.

Anti-EU, Far-Right Parties Post Strong Gains in European Elections

Something is happening in European politics. Could similar circumstance have a similar result here?


http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304811904579585732459776154
Yet, the vote reflects dissatisfaction in many countries with policies associated with the EU—from economic austerity, which is blamed for stubborn high unemployment in many euro-zone countries, to what some see as excessive immigration

The results delivered a further battering to French President François Hollande, whose Socialist Party received just 14% of the vote.

Both UKIP and France's National Front ran campaigns calling for changing EU law to allow curbs on workers from other parts of the bloc.

But the greater impact on European politics may be the way the results shake up domestic politics in countries like France, where the far-right National Front garnered a quarter of the vote, and the U.K. That was the assessment of Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, which took some 27% of the British vote.
Spain's top two political parties—the ruling Popular Party and the Socialist Party, which have alternated in power since 1982—had a hard night.


http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/25/world/europe/eu-elections/index.html
That 'earthquake' in Europe? It's far-right gains in Parliament elections

France's far-right National Front has won a nationwide election for the first time, as far-right parties across Europe caused a political "earthquake," with a string of victories in voting for the European Parliament.

Right-wing parties also gained ground in the UK, Denmark and Austria

What is the best example of socialism?

I'm curious to know from those who advocate socialist principles what they consider to be the most successful implementation of socialism. Where did it work best and why?

Congress. Keep it or start over?

Just a hypothetical question about your opinion of Congress. If space aliens abducted every sitting member of congress (House and Senate) back to Alpha Centauri which forced a completely new set of elected representatives would you do it? No exceptions for your favorite Senator/Representative. All or nothing.

lawyer jokes

1. How does an attorney sleep?
First he lies on one side, and then he lies on the other.

2. How many personal injury attorneys does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Three. One to climb the ladder, one to shake it, and one to sue the ladder company.

3. Why don’t sharks bite lawyers?
Professional courtesy.

4. Why do lawyers wear neckties?
To keep the foreskin from rolling up over their chins.

5. What is the difference between a hooker and lawyer?
A hooker will stop screwing you when you run out of money.

6. What is the difference between a vampire and lawyer?
A vampire only sucks your blood at night.

7. What do you call 25 skydiving lawyers? Skeet.

8. What do you call a lawyer gone bad? Senator.

9. What do you throw to a drowning lawyer? His partners.

10. What does a lawyer use for birth control? His personality.

11. What's the difference between a lawyer and a vulture?
The lawyer gets frequent flyer miles.

12. Why don't lawyers go to the beach?
Cats keep trying to bury them.

13. What do you call 100 lawyers up to their neck in sand?
Not enough sand.

14. What's the difference between a tick and a lawyer?
A tick falls off of you when you die.

15. What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer?
An offer you can't understand.

16. What do lawyers and nuclear weapons have in common?
If one side has one, the other side has to have one. Once launched, they cannot be recalled. When they land, they screw everything up forever.

17. What is the difference between a catfish and a lawyer?
One is a scum sucking bottom dweller. The other is a fish.

You want to lower the cost of healthcare? Here's how you do it.

And the solution is not Obamacare

http://reason.com/reasontv/2012/11/15/the-obamacare-revolt-oklahoma-doctors-fi
Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures.

The major cause of exploding U.S. heath care costs is the third-party payer system, a text-book concept in which A buys goods or services from B that are paid for by C. Because private insurance companies or the government generally pick up most of the tab for medical services, patients don’t have the normal incentive to seek out value.

The Surgery Center’s consumer-driven model could become increasingly common as Americans look for alternatives to the traditional health care market—an unintended consequence of Obamacare. Patients may have no choice but to look outside the traditional health care industry in the face of higher costs and reduced access to doctors and hospitals.

http://www.surgerycenterok.com/
http://www.surgerycenterok.com/pricing/

Is a law effective if most people don't know it exists?

We already have so many laws and regulations that the government itself can't even catalog them. It is humanly impossible to know even a small fraction of the laws/regulations on the books already. What good is having a law if nobody knows that it exists?

When is enough enough?

How big should the federal government be?

I am curious what people think as to how big the federal government should be? At what point does it become big enough that it no longer needs to grow?

I for one think the government is way too big. For example, if you go back to 1996 (Clinton presidency, good economy) I don't remember any giant public clamor saying "the government is too small". But if someone proposed to shrink government expenditures back to 1996 levels that would represent a 61% reduction.

So at a macro level, how big should the government be? Double the current size of federal government? Triple? 100 fold? How many federal government employees do we need "to get the job done"? 10 million? 10% of the population? 50% of the population? We already have 80,000 pages of IRS regulations? How many more pages are needed? Another 200,000 pages?

We already have so many laws and regulations that the government itself can't even catalog them. It is humanly impossible to know even a small fraction of the laws. What good is having a law if nobody knows that it exists?

I'd appreciate serious responses with some sort of quantifiable measurement. For example, percentage of GDP, or absolute dollar spending, or number of federal workers, or number pages of laws/regulations, or some other metric you feel is appropriate.
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