Wise Words of the Day 12-6-09
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
12-6-09 Detroit Free Press Canada's Public Health System Satisfies
- Public health system satisfies | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
The system is not socialized; primary-care doctors are not state employees. Doctors see patients in clinics in a fee-for-service manner, just like the U.S. But But they bill and receive payment from only one insurance company, the local government.
NY Times Opinion 12-6-09
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How to Run Up a Deficit Without Fear, Robert Frank in the NYTimes 12-6-09
- Deficits Without Fear
There are only 3 truths policy makers need to know about deficits: 1st, its good to run them during deep downturns;. 2nd, whether deficits are bad depends on how the money is spent; 3rd, eliminating deficits wouldn't require painful sacrifices.