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Monday, May 21, 2012

Single-Payer Health Care? I'll Be Brief

It sounds so ... sweet.

A single-payer (a euphemism for your-tax-dollars-spent-by-a-government-bureaucrat who-could-give-a-shit-about-your-tax-dollars) health care system that will save us a ton of money?

It's so says Ed Weisbart in a 753-word treatise in today's Roanoke Times.  See "Medical students embrace Medicare for all."

Sure enough, Ed advises that his plan (any bets on whether he was a big supporter of Obama's plan a few short months ago?  So much for that ...) will be cost-effective and universal.

How wonderful is that?

You may orgasm now.

My seven word response?

The quality of care will be awful.

No, make that a seven-and-a-half word response:

The quality of care will be godawful.

No.  Make it eight words:

The quality of care will be heart-wrenchingly godawful.

People like Ed Weisbart operate burdened by the illusion that a surgeon will perform a liver resection for a ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma for $7.95 an hour.

Ain't gonna happen.

Bottom line:  You can have health care on the cheap - and you'll get just that.

Or you can have - assuming ObamaCare is scrapped next month - the finest health care delivery system ever devised by humankind.  And pay accordingly.

Google the term "don't look a gift horse in the mouth."  That "gift horse"?  You'll find the definition to be synonymous with "universal one-payer health care."

Typical Washington Post

See today's editorial "Gender politics in Congress."  In it the Washington Post decries the nasty politics that has prevented the reauthorization of the "Violence Against Women Act."  The Post calls for Republicans and Democrats to stop the bickering and approve reauthorization sooner rather than later.

Fine.

But not really.

You see, the Republicans have passed a bill that does just that.  They hammered out legislation that reauthorizes the "Violence Against Women Act."  Done deal.  But that's not acceptable to the Democrats.  They demand that it be a "Violence Against Women, Native Americans, Immigrants, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence Act."

The Post demands action.  And an end to the partisan quarreling.  And the adoption of the Democrat plan.

They want women protected against violence NOW.

But ...

You'd think a separate ""Violence Against Native Americans, Immigrants, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence Act" would be a no-brainer.  If these slimeballs truly wanted women protected against abuse.  But don't hold your breath.

So who's playing politics here?

Teachers Aren't what They Used To Be

First off, let me make it clear: The reason I'm not a public school teacher is I'd smack the little smart-ass in this story out of his chair and get sent to prison.  You see, I know my limitations.

But that aside, listen to this conversation that takes place between a high school teacher in Salisbury, North Carolina and one of  her students, and be as frightened as I am for our republic's future:

NC TEACHER SCREAMS AT STUDENT: IT’S CRIMINAL TO CRITICIZE OBAMA.

According to this teacher it's okay to badmouth Mitt Romney but not Barack Obama because the former is a Presidential candidate and the latter is the President.

The teacher is a social studies teacher, no less.

Here's the video.  Prepare to be shocked by the vapidity:







"That's what I'm sayin'. You know. But, as a social studies teacher I cannot allow you to slander any President in here, past or present."

Future Presidents, however ...

She reserves the right to slander Obama's opponent until the cows come home.

Christ a'mighty.

Why One Shouldn't Fret Over Bilingualism

In a matter of years it will be irrelevant.  Because the entire world is moving toward adopting one language.

And that language isn't Spanish.

The latest:
Italian university switches to English for success
By Stephen Jewkes, Reuters

Politecnico di Milano,... the 149-year-old university, located in Italy's business capital Milan, is set to become the first Italian place of higher learning to teach all its graduate courses in English when it kicks off its academic year in 2014.

The aim is to kit out its students with the right stuff to gain access to the global jobs market. It's also meant to attract top-class international students at a time when competition among universities worldwide is hotting up.

"We need to prepare all our graduates for a professional world that demands a rigorous international outlook," Politecnico rector Giovanni Azzone told Reuters. [link]
In fifty years there'll be one language spoken around the globe. We're in the communication age. And there's no turning back.

Except in France.