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Boldly Going Nowhere
Bret Burquest

The War on Prosperity

Posted Sunday, April 5, 2009, at 2:22 PM
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  • Best US Government money can--BUY?

    if we had a Universal health care, run like France or Britain, our auto industry would never be under this financial pressure. No wonder our car manufacturers are in steep competition with foreign companies, because outside of the United States auto makers are subsidized. Not only does GMC, Ford and others have to add health care benefits to every vehicle off the conveyor belt, but they have likely millions of retirees who are still collecting health care services. Its a dream, but think of it? no intermediates like cold-hearted insurance companies. Run by a bunch of bean counters. I have first hand knowledge of their relentless activity, to use any gray-area possible to undercut services to you or a loved one. Serve you with all kinds of paperwork, to deceive you. Look for pre-existing conditions, charge you exorbitant premiums and co-pays.

    Wouldn't be great to have a single payer system, where you pay your share to the government and your employer. Then you collect decent services such as doctor visits, specialty physician's, eye and dental care. Just like Europe, without the skulduggery of debt collectors, medical billing companies, civil courts or bankruptcy. I never, ever had to show any ID, to go and see a doctor. No receptionist was ready to photocopy your social security number, drivers license and insurance card? It's criminal thats it's a privilege in our nation--not a necessity abroad. Whereas it's the wealthy who don't appreciate Universal health care, because they have no intention in waiting a month or so. Yet while uninsured Americans have to jump through hoops for health care, illegal aliens who have stolen into our nation pay--NOTHING--for emergency services. Colds, flue, hang nail--they go to hospital and get it all for free. Well! that's not quite true? You! The taxpayer are their wealthy uncle. That's thanks to Sen.Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and other Senators, who think 40 million illegal aliens is great for America. Thats why they killed E-Verify in the Stimulus/Omnibus packages.

    -- Posted by Brittanicus on Sun, Apr 5, 2009, at 3:19 PM
  • There is a big difference between what the Average American pays in taxes, and the average of what Americans pay in taxes.

    Something like 85% of us are "below average," at least when it comes to federal taxes.

    Lake Wobegon in reverse.

    Notice how concentrated income is in the US. In 2006:

    1% of us got 21.4% of the income;

    the next 4% of us got 15.8% of the income;

    the next 5% of us got 10.0% of the income.

    So 10% of us shared 47.2%.

    The next 40% of us got 38.2% of the income

    The remaining 50% of us got 14.6% of the income.

    (Source: Ponds and Streams, Arthur Kennickell, from the FRB's 2007 SCF.)

    Illegal aliens aren't the problem. Worrying about them is a fine diversion to keep us from thoroughly researching what's actually going on.

    Start with Henry George ... search on wealthandwant or lvtfan, or "quotable notables" or "quotable nobels" and you'll be taking a good step toward how we might create an economy which works for all of us.

    -- Posted by LVTfan on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 6:23 PM
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