reply to post by milominderbinder
You're right, not everyone is suited to be a rocket scientist, but that in no way makes them useless. What would we do with an entire nation of
PhD's, and no way to feed and clothe them, anyhow? That's exactly what the potential is when you start shoving everyone through college regardless
of aptitude, and put yourself entirely at the mercy of goods produced overseas, which can be cut off at a whim. A society like that is not only not
self-sustaining, it will eventually become unsustainable in the face of global political vagaries.
I grew up among a lot of kids with no higher aspiration than to become farmers and coal miners. Good for them - the rest of us would starve and sit in
the dark without them! Politics closed the mines, and so restricted the farms that the ones who survived it are little more than subsistence farmers,
now. They're not, for the most part, PhDs, Astrophysicists or Biologists. There's little call for that there, and the world has crapped on them and
left them behind "for their own good - they can't keep up with the times".
They'll still be eating and warmly dressed when everyone else is waiting on the last slow boat from China with trade trinkets and goods that never
come. It sometimes makes me wonder who the "savages" really are that can't keep up with the times.
We gotta do SOMETHING.
Personally, I think an excellent first step is to start making lobbying an act of treason and punishable as the same. I bet this country would return
to 90's-level prosperity in less than 8 years....and then continue to improve from there.
No labor unions, no special interest groups catering to the oil companies. No lobbyists, no bribes. No law enforcement except that which has a Sheriff
ELECTED by the people. No career politicians, term limits on all of them. No super-PACS. No privately-run for-profit Federal Reserve to fund these
What do you want to bet the rest just sort of works itself out?
I agree with ALL of that, plus more. I would outlaw futures trading altogether, put them traders in the same cells as the lobbyists. They're getting
rich TODAY on a mere promise of money YOU might (or might not) have tomorrow.
In the matter of health care, per procedure price caps might not be a bad idea in the short term, but tort reform and severe truncation of the
insurance companies would be a plus, I would think. Insurance companies and their antics are a part of what drives medical costs sky high. Other
factors are equipment costs, pharmaceutical costs, and "malpractice suits", which Insurance factors into hugely, rearing it's ugly head again.
Obama's solution is to give insurance companies a guaranteed sop out of our pockets. Mine is to beat them down to size. All of these things need to
be addressed at the source, not have more guaranteed money thrown at them to encourage the abuse.
Individually, I've decided not to do business with insurance companies at all, doing what little I can to starve that beast into submission. Of
course I have no effect individually, but neither do I make myself complicit in their abuses. Obamacare seeks to fix that problem, and FORCE me to
contribute to their coffers, thereby giving them even MORE power to abuse.
Not... gonna... happen.