August 15, 2010 3:21:00 AM
First of all, thank you for publishing my letters. Signed letters carry so much more weight than anonymous posts, but even they give an insight to the opinions and attitudes of the general public.
I have to heartily disagree with PJ Miller of Munford Ala., regarding Mr. Obama''s poll numbers. While his race probably does negatively affect some people''s opinion of him and his policies, I contend that he majority of Americans who don''t like him, myself included, don''t give a hoot that he''s biracial and has dark skin. His policies are definitely undemocratic, highly divisive, and exceedingly destructive to America.
I will wager that far more people, probably Mr. Munford included, voted for and support Mr. Obama precisely because he is half black and considers himself to be black. Like the other worst President in our life-time, Mr. Obama will hopefully be a one-term president.
His presidency has divided America into two armed camps like the election of that other tall, skinny lawyer from Illinois did 140 years ago, and that is sad. You blame "those with gold- money, power, and wealth" for bringing him down. Sir, you are so biased and blatantly partisan that you can''t see the truth staring you in the face.
All Mr. Obama has done is blame former President Bush for this mess (take your pick) instead of actually trying to solve any of the problems. Clue: If you do solve a political or other problem, then you don''t have that to demonize your predecessor any more.
Mr. Bush made his share of bad decisions, but it seems like Mr. Obama knows he has only four years and he''s in a hurry to make as many as he can before he''s given his walking papers in 2012. This country has turned so far toward Socialism that I don''t know if it is possible to restore true democracy or not. One thing for sure, the "Democratic" Party won''t be the one to do it.
Cameron Triplett Sr.
hope commented at 8/15/2010 7:27:00 AM:
I have to heartily disagree with Camerons' letter. If you are so convinced that Obama's policies are wrong, why didn't you convince people to take their money out of this and that before Bush and his comrades stole it. Your letter would be more accurate if you had started it by saying that Obama's first two years would have been a lot easier if "BUSH" had been a one termer.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/15/2010 8:49:00 AM:
...before he's given his walking papers in 2012.
Really, Mr. Triplett? Who y'all got on the bench over there? MassCare Mitt Romney? Tax Hike Mike Huckabee? Mayor McQuitty? Bring 'em on!
gogetum commented at 8/15/2010 12:07:00 PM:
Well, looks like the sun got hot early today and drove a couple libs out from under their rocks for a little basking. Way to go , Mr. Triplett!!! You know how to stir them up-the truth always does the trick.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/15/2010 1:31:00 PM:
gogetum wouldn't know truth if it whomped him upside his head.
How 'bout an answer to my question there, gogetum? Who's gonna be your sacrificial lamb in '12?
hope commented at 8/15/2010 1:36:00 PM:
sharp, he won't be able to answer your question because the sun has cooked his brain.
gogetum commented at 8/15/2010 2:47:00 PM:
Truth is, clouds are blocking the sun now so hope and kent can crawl back under their rocks. Long live the Republic!! Remember November!! More truth: A majority of Americans are saying the ball is in Barry's court now than blaming Bush. How do you two feel being a part of a small minority?? From now on why not just stay under your rocks until after November or you come to your senses. The majority of Americans are on the right track now so all those hate Bush liberal remarks are way outdated and boring. Get a life or just shut up.
mscc commented at 8/15/2010 8:54:00 PM:
hope, i would like to point out that the people that you are defending are the those that, as you say, took your money. I would also like to point out that the so called "evil rich" are the ones that are constantly having to clean up the mistakes made by careless liberals. Banks and their affirmative action loan programs are the reason for this economic disaster, which is about to happen all over again due to Obamas new bank bill. The "evil rich" have contributed the least to cause this problem, but they are always the first to fix it. Can anyone give me an example of something Obama has been truthful about by the way? I cant think of anything. If you want the government to provide you with everything, go to Cuba, i hear people are really happy over there.
ps- Hope, and other liberals, i think you have drank too much of the kool-aid (and no thats not a race joke, its a reference to the cults)
frank commented at 8/15/2010 9:09:00 PM:
Is Governor Barbour going to run for President? It sure looks like he is making plans.
ckirby commented at 8/15/2010 9:58:00 PM:
Where exactly has a government blessed its people by giving them food, housing, education, medical care, free money or vouchers, without censorship, massive regulation, invasion of privacy, suppression of political opposition and pervasive corruption?
Russia or the old Soviet Bloc? Sub Saharan Africa? Saudi, Jordan, Iran, North Korea? Cuba, Venezuela? Keep the people dependent on the government for everything they need to exist and you've enslaved the people. Liberate the people to freely express themselves and earn their own way, to be as successful as they possibly can be without punishing them for it. That was supposed to be the American way. That's not the reality today. We might never see that way of life again.
hope commented at 8/16/2010 5:58:00 AM:
@at mscc...Something Obama has been truthful about. When he was campaigning for President, he stated this country could not stand for four more years like the past administration (REPUBLICAN) and the majority of the people believed him.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/16/2010 6:58:00 AM:
Curious how nobody can name a non-laughable Republican candidate for 2012.
ckirby commented at 8/16/2010 7:30:00 AM:
name a non-laughable democrat candidate for 2012.
hope commented at 8/16/2010 8:40:00 AM:
@mscc.........Responding to the economic disaster that you said was caused by the banks and their affirmative loan programs.
Phil Gramm,a Republican anti-American economic terrorist, as a Senator, did everything he could to put down the middle class/ poor.
As a lobbiest in 2003 for the world bank USB, he worked with McCain & Cohorts to broker the Deregulation Act and it was approved by Congress & Bush, which removed all regulations from the world banks and Wall Street.
Morgage giant, GOP firm targeted Republican senators for defeat of regulatory bill. Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Freddie Mac, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse. In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican Senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.
In the midst of DCI's year long effort, Hagel and 25 other Republican senators pleaded unsuccessfully with Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-TENN) to allow a vote on this bill.
Unknown to the Senators, DCI was undermining support for the bill in a campaign targeting 17 Republican senators in 13 states.
In the end, there was not enough Republican support for Hagel's bill to warrant bringing it up for a vote. The measure died at the end of the 109th Congress.
President Obama should, under Executive order, dismantle DCI and have them tried for treason.
(EVIL MONEY AT WORK AT THE EXPENSE OF TAXPAYERS.)
gogetum commented at 8/16/2010 8:43:00 AM:
It's funny how the libs on this thread are talking about 2012. Makes me laugh out loud. What about 2010? Remember November--2010!! I know just the thought of it makes hope and kent run to their head dr. for a session on his couch. To answer the unimportant question they are so worried about--- We'll cross the 2012 bridge after the one less than 90 days away. Can't wait!!
doj commented at 8/16/2010 8:49:00 AM:
2012 is too far off for speculation. Which idiot are we going to send to congress in November?
frank commented at 8/16/2010 12:34:00 PM:
@hope - FYI
When you copy, word for word, and post it as your own work, it is called plagiarism. When you steal it off the Internet, it is very easy to spot and find with a simple search.
Now I know VP Joe Biden has been caught at plagiarism twice so maybe that is the new norm, but in my book it still a credibility killer.
hope commented at 8/16/2010 1:21:00 PM:
@ckirby.......Can you imagine how this country would be with out government regulation. It would be run by the corporations and we would be enslaved by them to work as cheap as in the real depression.
You see what happened when the regulation was done away with on wall street and the banks. It cost the taxpayers' 700 billion dollars, and it is not over by any means. Why you would think any different is beyond me. Millions of jobs have left here going overseas because of slave labor, (or sweat shops.) We have to give people vouchers and food because the corporations have chose to do just that. They care less about the American worker, they want cheap labor. How would you like to work for less than a dollar an hour. That's a stupid question, isn't it?
doj commented at 8/16/2010 1:39:00 PM:
@hope, "can I imagine less regulation?" Yes I can! I lived through less regulation, and life was way more simpler and enjoyable. It was government regulation that ran all those jobs away. I have worked for less than a dollar an hour (.$34/hr to be exact and sometimes two dollars for a 12-hr day), and there were always jobs available, and people who wanted to work harder prospered, regardless of what your liberal mind-set tells you.
ckirby commented at 8/16/2010 1:52:00 PM:
Hope I asked a question. I haven't seen an answer to it yet. If giving everything to people works so well where's a list of countries where it's worked without the bad things I mentioned? Kent's a smart fella. he should have a long list he can let us see but I doubt it. When somebody wants him to defend his politics he gets sideways and adolescent. Now if you have a list I'd like to see it. It's still strange to me that liberals are so much for making people more and more dependent on government for everything. for a group of people who are so focused on race and poverty it seems like all they want is for people to trade plantation masters for government masters. Not that liberating in my opinion.
hope commented at 8/16/2010 2:16:00 PM:
@doj........These jobs left here because of the corporate lobbiest. They convinced our gov. that more jobs would be created than that would leave here. With a 49 billon dollar trade deficit this previous month, we know that was not the case.
At 34 cents an hour, I'm sure you kept that gas-guzzling buick parked under a shade tree.
doj commented at 8/16/2010 3:33:00 PM:
hope, you asked if I could imagine less government regulation, and I answered you. Now you want to state that corporate lobbyists convinced the government that more jobs would be created than left and that the trade deficit is rising. While some may willingly choose to pursue subsistence on their own terms, for the vast majority, the path of least resistance is preferred, thus people are very open to the concept of a central authority providing them with the means of livelihood, and I think you are of that mindset. You rant against the corporation. You can't pull the wage earner up, by pulling the wage payer down. You worry about the trade deficit, but hypocritically, don't care where that oil, gas, food, shoes and jeans come from. You buy them anyway! As to the Buick I had then -- it got 18 miles per gallon, gas was 27-cents a gallon, and I drove it.
hope commented at 8/16/2010 4:08:00 PM:
@doj....You can't pull the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. That was exactly my point....except in reverse. by moving their mfg. overseas, where the average wage now is less than a dollar an hour. So, in essence the wage payer over here is going up,
while the wage earner is going down, because of more workers than jobs. Supply and demand.
The corporations have more cash on their books now than at anytime in History.
doj commented at 8/16/2010 4:35:00 PM:
hope, I thought you were discussing government and politics,but I get it now. You are part of the Omnova bunch. I tell you as I told "disappointed in support". That is none of my concern, I have no opinion, pro or con, and I won't extend any sympathy to your plight by agreeing with you.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/16/2010 4:47:00 PM:
gogetum, the opposition party will gain seats this November just like they did in November 1982, November 1994, and November 2002.
Then, two years later, the president will be re-elected like he was in November 1984, November 1996, and November 2004.
So who's your Bob Dole going to be this time?
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/16/2010 4:52:00 PM:
ckirby, have you taken that LSAT yet? I think there are some unaccredited law schools in California that might take you if you pay tuition up front.
pubby commented at 8/16/2010 5:19:00 PM:
Kent, while I don't disagree with you about the president getting re-elected. The economy during 84, 96, and 04 was not near as dour as today. The pendulum will swing the other way (hopefully) and the economy will recover. Consequently, President Obama will stay in office, but the 2010 elections will be brutal.
ckirby commented at 8/16/2010 5:36:00 PM:
Yeah kent. I'd have about as much luck with a legal career as you'd have in stand up comedy but its obvious that's not going to stop you from trying. I thought you sounded like you'd be capable of something that made some kind of sense. Something more than the juvenile nonsense you post on every story but I'm convinced now that you're not old enough or experienced enough to converse among adults. Your immaturity is obvious when you haven't got an answer to something and you have to fall back on the now monotonous boilerplate jibjab. I haven't read one intelligent reply from you to a single opposing viewpoint yet.
gogetum commented at 8/16/2010 6:08:00 PM:
Those two probably don't have enough brain power to give a mature answer to your questions. Too much msnbc and cbs. If their memory can't go back to the time when old ONE TERMER Jimmy Carter was president they are both hopeless. I once thought it was only hope but I agree it's both of em. The liar in chief who has done nothing to show he is a Christian but declares he is of the muslim faith will not be reelected, and joe the biden can ride away into the sunset with him to live the rest of their lives being fed by your tax dollars. I should say the tax dollars of those of us who go to work every day. Maybe those two libs just sit around drawing the welfare checks and playing with their pc's.
td commented at 8/16/2010 8:57:00 PM:
I must agree with Mr. Triplett that President Obama has not solved one problem, nor have his policies showed they are the solution to solving the problem.
Can someone (anyone) name just one problem that President Obama solved?
The only thing I've seen him do (and do very well I might add) is to apologize and bow down to every nation for being an American while allowing and encouraging foreign leaders to bad mouth the USA
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/17/2010 6:59:00 AM:
President Obama got the stimulus passed, health care reform passed, and the financial overhaul passed, td. Three major pieces of legislation in just two years. That's excellent effectiveness as a leader.
As for your problems, perhaps your error is in expecting the president to solve them for you. You should consider taking some personal responsibility and working to solve them yourself. In the long run you'll be a happier person.
td commented at 8/17/2010 7:40:00 AM:
Thank you for making my point sharp nasal kent that President Obama hasn't solved any problems.
The stimulus package failed to keep unemployment below 8%. The health care bill will fail to reduce health care costs because it never addressed tort reform. It won't even become effective until 2014. If that was so important, why wait?
As for the effectiveness of Obama's financial overhauls, where is the prosperity this county had in the 80's, 90's and the early part of this decade? That is why Obama's financial reforms were supposed to deliver.
Everything President Obama touches he makes it worse. He hasn't solved any problems - like his predecessors did. This is not about race - it's about issues - plain and simple. He's in over his head.
gogetum commented at 8/17/2010 8:58:00 AM:
You right, td. He is creating more and more problems that our children and grand children will have to live with. Sorta like the libs in columbus who like to throw their trash onto our streets for someone else to clean up. This guy is way bad for our country. Trying to give facts to kent about the ill effects of Barry's policies is sorta like pissing into the wind. It's best to just ignore their post on these dispatch articles. Just pass over their comments, give an opinion and move on is probably the best thing to do. Sometimes I think it's only one person making all the goofy comments because they all seem to say the same old balooney.
ckirby commented at 8/17/2010 9:05:00 AM:
You should consider taking some personal responsibility and working to solve them yourself. In the long run you'll be a happier person.
Hahahahah. You've got to be kidding. How original. from a liberal no less. Conservatives have been telling that to liberals for years and to the people who want to take from those who work hard and give to those who don't. Really funny from a liberal who supports taking from a person who has made something of themselves and giving it to people who don't take personal responsibility for their own success and survival. Hypocrisy from liberals whose only apparent commitment is to keep as many people as possible dependent on the government for as many things as possible. From cotton plantations to the government plantation. Who is really wanting to keep people enslaved and who is trying to get people to be free to be and succeed? Which is the party of government dependency and which is the party of personal independence? Old money southern liberals are worse than the usual democrat party fanatic. Hypocrites trying to put the public under the yoke of the federal government is revolting and just another form of slavery. One master traded for another.
doj commented at 8/17/2010 9:58:00 AM:
While I may agree with some of what y'all are saying, it is my opinion that the problem is deeper than Obama, Democrats and Republicans. As George Wallace stated back in 1976, there is not 15-cents difference between them. They are all crooks. They go to Washington to do good, become corrupted by the system, and stay to do well! All are controlled by big money, and the lust for more power and control over us. And they have become arrogant, i.e. passage of TARP, bailouts and the health-care bill over the objection of the majority of the populace. I'm tired of being told that I don't know how to handle my own affairs, that I don't know what is best for my family or that I am too ignorant to know what is best for the country. Partisanism is one thing, but stupidity and surrender to the whims of a ruling class is something else again.
hope commented at 8/17/2010 10:01:00 AM:
td....I don't understand your qeuestion? Do you mean the problems created by Bush or others.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/17/2010 3:52:00 PM:
td, gogetum, and ckirby, perhaps if you worked hard and made something of yourselves you wouldn't feel the need to complain so much. Always whining about how the government isn't doing everything for you. Kinda sad, really...
I'm sure, though, that when the Republicans take back Congress this year, all your problems will be over! Can't wait to talk to y'all in 2011 about how wonderful everything is again!
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/17/2010 4:01:00 PM:
td's, uh, "facts" deserve rebuttal.
The stimulus package failed to keep unemployment below 8%.
Go tell those men you see building and repairing infrastructure with stimulus money - men who have families to feed - how the stimulus failed.
The health care bill will fail to reduce health care costs because it never addressed tort reform.
Pop quiz, hotshot: what percentage of health care costs are incurred by malpractice spending? (Hint: it's more than zero percent, but less than two percent.)
As for the effectiveness of Obama's financial overhauls, where is the prosperity this county had in the 80's, 90's and the early part of this decade? That is why Obama's financial reforms were supposed to deliver.
In only two months? Despite what Rush tells you, Obama isn't ACTUALLY magic. In the real world of grown-ups, things sometimes take time.
ckirby commented at 8/17/2010 4:17:00 PM:
Yassa massa. Anything to keep the peeps beholding to your gummit buddies. Hokay. We be just another brick in BOs wall. just another brick. Just another body. In the food line, in the job line, in the free check line, in the free meds line. just another body in the lines. Hokay. keep the peeps in slavery to the gummit. Hokay. Makes sense. one slave master for another. And you call yourselves liberals and squawk about racism and poverty. one slave master for another. Makes me sick.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/17/2010 4:47:00 PM:
Little early in the day to be drunk, ckirby. If you found something constructive to do with your life you might be able to get off the sauce. We're all rooting for you!
mscc commented at 8/17/2010 5:30:00 PM:
@hope...you dont find that that is the only thing that you can come up with? you just proved my point, and the country would be better off with Bush than it is going with Obama. When will he even take responsibility for anything going on? All the liberals do is blame Bush for everything possible, if Obama caught a cold somehow that would be Bush's fault. Pathetic.
mscc commented at 8/17/2010 5:38:00 PM:
sharp nasal, congrats he got those 3 pieces of legislation passed....too bad they are horrible bills that will have a detrimental effect to future generations. I mean, i can name numerous things a serial killer does in a year...doesnt mean any of them are good.
mscc commented at 8/17/2010 6:01:00 PM:
ps- sharp nasal, go talk to a doctor in a major city...their malpractice insurance cost more than you and I make in a year. I would also like to point out that it takes money to keep researching new advancements in medicine. Doctors make a lot yes, but they are also saving peoples lives, dont you think they should make a little more than normal? How do i dumb it down for you...If you make it so doctors dont make anything, hospitals dont make anything, then sooner or later no one will want to be a doctor. Less doctors will create worse treatment. Or if the "evil rich" are willing to pay more for a private doctor, then any doctor worth going to will be inclined to go into private practice and wouldnt be treating the common people anyways. If insurance companies are only allowed to charge people a certain amount, they will eventually lose money and go bankrupt. It will be a domino effect. It is depressing to see how far this country has come from its founding principles. People feel entitled and like they should have these "rights". The American dream is supposed to be about hard work and determination to get what you want in life. Your right as Americans is freedom, with that freedom you can choose to do what you want with your life, but no where in the constitution does it say that we are all entitled to free health care and that if we cant support ourselves that the government should support you. Our founding fathers would be mortified to see the direction that this country has taken. If you do not choose to utilize your basic human rights, ie freedom, then that is on you, it is not up to everyone else to carry your weight. Grow up and take some responsibility for your own life, what are you teaching your kids? Dont work hard little johnny, if it gets too hard or you just get tired then someone will take care of you. It is a FACT that government programs such as unemployment benefits, wellfare, etc. deter people from trying to make it on their own, and that it is overall bad for the economy, you can read any economic book and find this. When Wellfare was first created it was even warned that it should not be a prolonged way of life and was only created as a short term "helping hand" The fact that people are born on wellfare and die on wellfare is sickening.
ckirby commented at 8/17/2010 6:50:00 PM:
Whatever you say kent and the only thing I hear you saying is
"I want to keep blacks enslaved. I want to keep poor people enslaved. I want to keep sick people enslaved. I want to keep disabled people enslaved. Me and my kin are from old money and we matter. We will run the government and we will enjoy the praise of all the people who depend on us for everything. My kin and I are old south money and we am important. We've owned and controlled slaves for centuries. We exist to control slaves, to care for slaves and to nurture slaves. This time they will want to be slaves, they will like being slaves and they will beg us to enslave them. They will love us and as long as they worship us we will care for them. They will come to look on us with love and great affection. We are old south money and we are gods." That's all I hear from you.
That's right no allowing people to be self-sufficient. No expecting people to have self-respect and take personal responsibility for their own lives and the lives of their family. Don't teach them to fish. Just give them fish and keep them coming back. They will love you for it. Your godlike self-aggrandizing philosophy is disgusting. Yours is the voice of world control. It sounds familiar.
"In a final remark, addressed to the poor, the disabled and the hungry, the all-powerful Barack, the Democrat Project predicts: "In time, you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love." The Individual Freeman replies: "Never."
frank commented at 8/17/2010 8:24:00 PM:
At the risk of getting scolded by the CD, I am going to post a link I found interesting. Check it out.
gogetum commented at 8/17/2010 11:11:00 PM:
Hey Frank, that's pretty good. The narrow minded won't take time to watch it. Make's sense to me.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/18/2010 6:50:00 AM:
ps- sharp nasal, go talk to a doctor in a major city...their malpractice insurance cost more than you and I make in a year.
It may cost more than YOU make in a year. And even if it does, that does not disprove the fact that malpractice costs account for less than 2% of health care costs (per the Congressional Budget Office).
Perhaps their malpractice insurance would go down if doctors policed their own, rather than allowing incompetents to continue to practice out of "professional courtesy." Not gonna happen, though.
ckirby commented at 8/18/2010 9:10:00 AM:
It may cost more than YOU make in a year.
Old south plantation money strikes again. Bragging about it even. Tell us all about how you made your fortune the old fashion southern way kent. You inherited it. The GPO claiming 2% is only because most doctors eat a big part of their malpractice insurance. Policing their own is a novel concept. Too bad your own group doesn't do it. All hail the voice of world control. We will give you free food, free clothes, free housing, free money, free medical. All we want is your praise, your admiration and your loyalty. the line to kiss the ring starts on the right. Puhleeze.
hope commented at 8/18/2010 9:12:00 AM:
@mscc........You certainly don't have facts to say Bush would be doing a better job than Obama. We could not handle two "BUSH" depressions back/back.
I can assure on a percentage basis, I am paying more for my insurance than the Dr, and I don't have tort reform. At least he can pass his on to someone else and I can't. I know you're going to say that makes our costs higher. And also what I saw yesterday on TV makes our costs higher;one hospital charged a patient $1,000 for a toothbrush and $140 for a tylenol.
Obama is working harder than any President that we have ever had to take corruption out of medicare, by enforcing the affordable care bill, that he signed into law. Last year, they were able to get back 2.5 billion dollars.
@td.....if you will tell me some problems you have in mind, I will try and answer them. I would like to ask you some questions. The Republicans want to repeal the health care bill, what is their alternative to it? What do you think of Phil Gramm and DCI?
doj commented at 8/18/2010 9:58:00 AM:
SNK,hope,ckirby ... Boy, y'all need roscoe p. coltrain to get in on this with you. He probably would add a fourth opinion. Y'all could form up an opinion group and play bridge.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/18/2010 4:28:00 PM:
DOJ, I'm just wondering what all this blather about "old south plantation money" is. Do you know how I can get hold of some of it?
doj commented at 8/18/2010 5:24:00 PM:
SNK, I don't know about the money, but if you find out, let me know. I could sure use some extra.
ckirby commented at 8/18/2010 6:21:00 PM:
Whatsamatta kent? Daddy ain't cut you your check yet? If you were a blue collar worker you couldn't afford to be so glib about the middle class carrying deadbeats on their backs. I see you don't have an answer on the new slavery campaign you and your fellow old money buddies are pushing. Let guess. Daddy and granddaddy were racists and bigots who made their money off disenfranchised minorities. Now you want to prove you're not like them. Liberal arts degree, hang out at miss Helen's, got Wilbur and the mayor on speed dial. But you have no problem taking and spending daddy's and granddaddy's money. While you push your new slavery agenda. More of the same old family mumbo jumbo.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/19/2010 8:11:00 AM:
I see you don't have an answer on the new slavery campaign you and your fellow old money buddies are pushing.
And I see YOU don't have an answer about the giant vat of chocolate pudding that is orbiting the earth and monitoring our cell-phone conversations with giant ears made of Cool-Whip.
Unless and until you can come up with an answer to my completely rational and fact-based assertion, I fear I shan't be able to come up with one for yours.
ckirby commented at 8/19/2010 12:12:00 PM:
Both conservative and liberal economists have agreed that defensive medicine constitutes 4-9% of health care cost in the US. Liberals separate defensive medicine, which is defined as a type of medicine practiced by health care professionals to prevent being sued, from malpractice costs. Conservatives consider defensive medicine a direct result of, and many consider it part and parcel of malpractice lawsuits and health care related litigation. I agree with the conservatives. If doctors didn't fear that one lawsuit that can ruin a business and a reputation, defensive medicine wouldn't be needed or as pervasive as it it. Anybody who denies defensive medicine is a direct result of lawsuits and litigation is a fool or a liar. There's no federal cap on malpractice lawsuits and there's no standard from state to state. Doctors don't always win these suits no more than fast food chains win hot coffee lawsuits. Now back to my question kent about enslaving minorities with widespread government giveaways and free everything. Are you that afraid to answer or do you just not have an answer? Neither one would be unusual.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/19/2010 1:59:00 PM:
ckirby, you didn't answer my question, so why should I answer yours? Mine was every bit as valid as yours was.
"Defensive medicine" sounds to me like another way to say "playing it safe." Personally, I want my doctor to be careful with my health care. I guess you feel otherwise.
Either way, I'm glad to see you admit, albeit indirectly, that "tort reform" (aka distant politicians taking the place of local juries) would only save us all a few bucks a year. There's hope for you yet!
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