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Wise Words of the Day 12-6-09

Updated on December 6, 2009

Wise Words of the Day

Canada's Health Care System Satisfies Canadians

A long article in today's Detroit Free Press concludes that while it's not without problems Canada's single payer health care system is doing a good job. Most Canadians are satisfied with the system and prefer it to the U.S. private system.

"We do a damn good job of delivering health care. I can't imagine a country with as great resources as you (the U.S.) have and you don't have a publicly funded system."

Dr. Paul Ziter, family practice doctor in Windsor, Ontario.

Senate Health Care Follies

"The first week of debate on the Senate's health care bill was a depressing mixture of foolish posturing by members of both parties and blatant obstructionism by Republicans. If this is the best the Senate can do, we are in for very rough going.

"The Democrat's had hoped to start voting on amendments to the bill on Tuesday but ran into such head winds that the first amendments--involving women's health care and Medicare--were not put to a vote until Thursday. The debate gave new life to overheated claims and misrepresentations.

From lead editorial in the New York Times 12-6-09

Mr. Putin in Perpetuity??

"It has long been obvious that Vladimir Putin--the current prime minister and former president of Russia--craves his dominant hold on power. Still, it was disconcerting to hear him signal publicly on Thursday that he might seek the presidency in 2012."

From NYTimes editorial 12-6-09

The Climate Change E-Mail

"No one should be misled by all the noise. The e-mail messages represent years' worth of exchanges among prominent American and British climatologists. Some are mean-spirited, others intemperate. But they don't change the underlying scientific facts about climate change."

From NYTimes editorial 12-6-09

Obama's Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan

"Obama's speech for all its thoughtfulness and sporadic eloquence, was a failure at its central mission. On its own terms, as both policy and rhetoric. It didn't make the case for escalating our involvement in Afghanistan. I'ts doubtful that the president's words moved the needle of public opinion wildly in any direction for a country that has tuned out Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq alike while panicking ab out where the next job is coming from.

"You can think the speech failed without questioning Obama's motives. I don't buy the criticism that he contrived a cynical political potpourri to pander to every sid in the debate over the war. Nor was his decision to escalate mandated by his campaign stand positing Afghanistan as a just war in contrast to the folly of Iraq. Nor was he intimidated by received Beltway opinion, which, echoing Dick Cheney, accused him of dithering. ('The urgent necessity is to make a decision--whether or not it is right,' worte the Dean of D.C. punditry, David Broder.)

"Obama's speech struck me as the sincere product of serious deliberations, an earnest attempt to apply his formidable intelligence to one of the most daunting Rubik's Cubes of foreign policy America has ever known. But some circles of hell can't be squared. What he's ended up with is a too-clever-by-half pushmipullyu holding action that lacks both a credible exit strategy and the commitment of its two most essential partners, a legitimate Afghan governmentt and the American people...."

From Frank Rich op-ed in the NYTimes 12-6-09

How to Run Up a Deficit Without Fear

FEW subjects rival the federal budget deficit in its power to provoke muddled thinking.

"It’s a pity, because there are really only three basic truths that policy makers need to know about deficits: First, it’s actually good to run them during deep economic downturns. Second, whether deficits are bad in the long run depends on how borrowed money is spent. And third, eliminating deficits entirely would not require any painful sacrifices."

From op-ed by Robert H. Frank in the NY Times 12-6-09

Tiger's a Cheetah

"Tiger may have been the greatest pro golfer but he was an amateur sdulterer. His puffed-up ego led him to leave an electronic trail with a string of buffed and puffed babes.

"Like so many politicians before him, Tiger ignored the obvious rule: Never get involved with women who have 8x 10 glossies."

Maureen Dowd, NYTimes 12-06-09

Olde English Proverb

"Never a large fart from a wren's ass came."

"A Dictionary of The Proverbs in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" by Morris Palmer Tilley, University of Michigan Press 1950


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    • MFB III profile image

      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      Lets just offer a plan for anyone who does not want to be a part of Obama's health care reform. they can go merrily on their way, with whatever health plan they now have. Then when Obama's plan is extremely successful, and everyone else but them have cheaper, and more compassionate and practical...glut free health insurance, those who chose not to take it will be whining to get on baord, but that option will be denied them....That would be ironic and befitting of the minority who have sought to skeltonize his plan for all of these many months. OH, AND IF ANY OF THESE NAYSAYERS SHOULD NEED AN ABORTION FOR ANY REASON, THEY CAN ONLY GET ONE IF THEY ADOPT TWO UNWANTED CHILDREN PER HOUSEHOLD, TO HELP EASE THE BURDEN OF SO MANY IMPOVERISHED


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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Let's not go overboard. The people I'm quoting are the ones who are brilliant. Thanks.

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      Warren Curtis Daniels Jr 7 years ago from Buffalo, New York

      You are brilliant! great stuff your hubs are great!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment, Doc.

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      Doc Snow 7 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      Thanks for what you do, Ralph.

      The most disquieting question for me about the President is, why would he want the job, given the horrible mess he inherited, and the predictable mean-spirited partisanship and outright lies he must have known he would face?

      But a really good quarterback always wants to be in the game, no matter how bad the situation.

      And in fact, in a number of ways things are looking a little better than I might have feared, for which I give the Administration some credit--although the probable failure of the Copenhagen climate change talks is most concerning. But the struggle to address climate change must, and will, continue.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Glad to see some articles about Healthcare reform. Real articles that is...people are only listening to the nay sayers and not listening to the real truth or even reading the information on the .gov websites (like I tell them to). The real problem is the insurance companies...even I as a registered nurse was denied long term disability insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition. No one is immune from their discriminatory tactics. Insurance companies seem to be the only ones who are allowed to practice discrimination in this country.

      I have also been on both sides of the fence and have worked in Healthcare in both Canada and the United States.

      Thanks for your updates, Tammy

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Oh, roger that Ralph! Thanks, glad to here it!


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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Ben, thanks for your comment. BTW, I remain an Obama supporter.

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for the food for thought Ralph.

      I was glad to see the Detroit article on fair Canadian health care, more of my citizenry needs to wake up to the reality that our current system is the real communist system in that it promises quality for all, but in fact only delivers high quality to some and massive fortunes for a few. I recall hearing on the radio last week that one American Health Care CEO in particular made over $250,000 an hour! When all the dust settles, congress had better make whatever system they resolve with to be more competitive and transparently affordable. The Health Care Insurance industry has cashed in it's last do-over, Americans are sick of it.

      As per President Obama, the skepticism of his speech is more of the usual myopia from the center and right. We voted him in, he's tackling a problem he didn't start and proved earlier he thought was a bad idea. I understand that to just up and leave immediately is irresponsible. I want out of Iraq and Afghanistan but if this President says we need to tighten things up before we go, I believe him. No amount of pomp or erudite vernacular in a speech will change some individuals minds.

      Thanks again, for pointing out these potent issues! Hope my opinion didn't ruffle your feathers!


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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      A Spilker, where do I find the time? I'm pretty much retired so I have plenty of time to read a lot. Thanks, for your thoughtful comment.

      Yours, too, Storytellersus.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Ralph, I appreciate the quick looks. I have been a bit pressed for time myself and have not had time to keep up on all the Issues necessary to remain informed. It's a full time job these days. Brief synopses like these help.

      I had to turn on the tv news for school closures and delayed starts this morning. Besides the fifth or is it sixth snowstorm hitting Denver last night and on into the week, the other fresh, big news I heard this morning is that Diane Sawyer is in her last week.

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      A Spilker 7 years ago

      A nice synopsis on a lot of reading! Where do you find the time? I may not agree with many of your political perspectives, but I appreciate your approach. Wish our elected officials in Washington could cut through the pride and petty posturing, and focus on the reason they are there. Namely, we the people trusted them to make decisions that foster peace, progress, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness. They are so caught up in who holds the power, that they forget why they are really there.

      Real leadership always requires a willingness to follow, and "we" the people generally provide a good direction. It feels very much like our leaders, on both sides of the aisle, do not want to listen to us though. Obama claimed to be willing to bring change, but has jumped right into the status quo. That is more our fault than his, I know.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Someone who knows. Read the linked article in it's entirety. You may find the answer to your question. In brief, deficit spending when the economy is booming causes inflation.

      Obama is quite different from Bush but not entirely so thanks to our system for financing elections which are paid for by by special interests.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Concerning Deficits,

      1 Why is it good to run Deficits durning deep downturns,why not during anytime it would improve the economy.

      2.Again ,why,does the way the money is spent,have anything to do with there having to be a deep downturn?Spending the money in a way that is going to spur the economy would be a good idea at any point in the state of the economy.Up or Dn!

      3. Why are painful sacrifices necessary.Unpainful sacrifices would be much better don't you think!

      The big insurance companies in some states want to keep their customers all to themselves,with no outside competition,especially not from a government plan that would bring down insurance premiums and their profits.

      Obama,no different than any other president.He is told what to do by the real power behind the government's highest office.The money power!