RE: Various Medical Economics
By Joel Galli
April 01, 2008
I'm glad to see there are those out there with a pulse and who
actually care about some of the real issues in the upcoming elections
and I'm pleased to be a part of the healthy debate here on SitNews.
If you missed the premise of this response, I encourage you to
read Mr. Harmon's and Mr. Neckameyer's March 15 opinion responses
to one I wrote not long ago regarding universal health care.
The scope of issues has since grown and I will now respond to
all of the items raised by these two gentlemen.
First, I was by no means praising Nazi agenda. My mention of
the 1930's (since Mr. Harmon failed to read carefully enough)
was only with regard to Germany's outlawing of HMOs. I hardly
believe this was in any way related to the murder of 6 million
Jews and many others. Additionally, Mr. Harmon, the first World
War was not started in the 1880's and Kaiser Wilhelm was not
in power then. I also strongly doubt that racial purification
is the reason the Germans "spend less on medicine"
as this would imply that non Germans are more of a strain on
the national system!
Also, Germany's tax rate IS huge, Mr. Neckameyer! But gasoline
is a poor example as German motorists use mostly diesel fuel
and non-motorists have an extensive train system to use for transportation
of any kind. This is nothing new for Germans. They make just
as much money as we do - see the UN website for statistics. Manufacturing
costs are not just crippling the German economy, they are crippling
our own as well. But the German response does not involve cutting
government spending on health care.
I also have a difficult time accepting that the U.S. involvement
in Iraq ever did or ever will have anything to do with 9/11 -
that was Afghanistan and that is an unrelated issue. Nor do I
believe that pulling out of Iraq (not surrendering - I never
used that word) will in any way make the United States a "war
defeated nation," Mr. Neckameyer. As for the 1930's we
could not afford a war - we were in a depression. We were attacked
by Japan in '41 because we put an embargo on their oil - I wouldn't
quite call that neutrality.
As for giving the Germans our money with the Marshall Plan, they
spent that money well! They spent it on important things like
However, the point is well taken. Some still seem to associate
Germany with Nazism (really? are we still like that in this country?).
The fact is we need to refocus our attention. We must become
a nation that is concerned with domestic issues first, foreign
issues second. The Iraq war is no longer cost effective or productive.
Let us be concerned with our poor education system, our expensive
energy, our immigration policy, our election system, etc.
These are the items I want my tax dollars to pay for!
About: "Just another annoyed
American (and former Ketchikan resident)"
Received March 30, 2008 - Published
April 01, 2008
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