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1 alinuxguru  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 9:35:40am

Liberal, no pun intended, use of conservative code words like cartel and fiefdom and a complete misunderstanding of Keynesian economic realities earns this article a downding. The authors’ whiny, petulant vitriol is nothing more than assigning blame rather than proposing meaningful, substantive solutions to what he perceives to be problems.

Making a causative link between MRI ownership and quality of care with no substantive data to back it up is akin to the famous article that National Geoographics subscriptions in California cause earthquakes. The correllation is there, but no one seriously considers that the best way to prevent earthquakes in California is to ban National Geographic subscriptions. This author did not even confuse causation and correlation. He threw a meaningless comparison out there in an attempt to convey …. what? I am not really sure.

2 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 11:17:48am

Oh right. Public healthcare will bankrupt the United States. Just like it did here in Canada and all of Western Civilization. ///

3 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 11:34:24am

I especially like the ads for “survival seeds” on that site. Good grief.

4 Varek Raith  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 12:01:37pm

Read some previous entries on what this guy wrote.
He’s a kook.
Care to defend this article Bob or researchok?

5 researchok  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 12:08:00pm

re: #4 Varek Raith

The only solution that actually addresses the systemic problem is to get rid of the entire fee-for-service structure and break up the cartels. Healthcare must be reconnected to diet, nutrition, fitness, lifestyle and community, and to education and emotional well-being.

If you really want a solution, then start by pinning down exactly who’s getting all the money. Then find out if they’re accountable for how it’s spent. Nobody wants to admit the reality: our nation is dominated by cartels and fiefdoms serving entrenched constituencies whose budgets are simply not sustainable.

And how about those pension and retirement costs? We have an answer for New York City, and it is sobering. NYC budget - pension costs skyrocketing:

Over the past decade, New York City hasn’t really grown its population but has increased expenses from $28.8 billion to $49.7 billion. The vast majority of that $20.9 billion increase has been in the form of more dollars to fewer employees. Pension costs are killing us most: this has grown from $1.3 billion in 2002 to $8.3 billion in 2012.

That’s a 638% increase in pension costs in one decade, while the city budget leaped 72% despite a stable population. The share of the budget devoted to pensions jumped from 4.5% in 2002 to 16.7% in 2012

The Department of Defense, famous for routinely losing track of hundreds of billions of dollars (and does anyone lose their job over that gross mismanagement? No, everyone gets a promotion and raise for doing such a swell job), manages to triple the cost of every weapons system, regardless of the actual performance benefits (increasingly marginal, perhaps?)

The new F-35 fighter aircraft cost $150 million each, once we add in the overruns, replacing the Super Hornet F-18 E/F that cost $57 million each. (Once lifetime costs are included, the F-35 will cost upwards of $300 million each.) Is the F-35 really three times better than the F-18? Which would a commander facing 100 bogeys rather have, 30 F-35s or 90 F-18s? (I suspect they’d take the 90 F-18s, as long as they were loaded with the latest Sidewinder and long-range air-to-air missiles. As has been famously pointed out, at some point quantity becomes a winning quality.)

Will 100 F-35s prevail over 1,000 dirt-cheap drones? How about 10,000 drones? If the future of warfare is increasingly powerful unmanned networked drones (and it clearly is), why are we spending $1 trillion+ on hyper-costly aircraft that are essentially designed for a previous era?

4. The consequence of substituting delusion for reality is ignored or hidden from view, with the complicity of all the self-serving, entrenched vested-interests.

Why are these observations objectionable?

While how he plans to deal with these things may be fodder for debate, I don’t believe addressing them is a bad idea at all.

6 Randall Gross  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 12:37:40pm

This guy writes guest posts at zerohedge, peak oil, and other kookspiracy sites interested in running down our economy for their own profit. He’s only a step removed from Alex Jones in his pretense that all the financial data we get is faked etc. They also love to link his articles at stormfront and other white nationalist sites, and he’s been saying we are all doomed for almost a decade.

7 researchok  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 12:40:01pm

re: #6 Randall Gross

I’ve seen some of his other stuff- needless to say, I don’t necessarily see eye to eye with everything he writes.

But in this instance (and my comments were addressed to this post) I have to say he raises some good points.

8 Varek Raith  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 5:36:04pm

re: #7 researchok

I’ve seen some of his other stuff- needless to say, I don’t necessarily see eye to eye with everything he writes.

But in this instance (and my comments were addressed to this post) I have to say he raises some good points.

Ok, then find a non crazy source.
;)

9 researchok  Sat, Jan 5, 2013 6:25:36pm

re: #8 Varek Raith

Check these out. There are lots of other articles on the problems- it is the proposed solutions that merit discussion.

For me, spending cuts must start with the military. Then I’d like to see overlapping and duplicating services be trimmed down by way of scaled economy, etc.

From the CBO: The Underfunding of State and Local Pension Plans

Private Pension Plans, Even at Big Companies, May Be Underfunded

10 Worst-Off State Pension Funds

Cost overruns on the F-35 jet should prompt reassessment

How the F-35 Nearly Doubled In Price (And Why You Didn’t Know)

From Canada, a customer: F-35 fighter more dangerous to governments than any potential enemy

From Social Security Advisory Board: The Unsustainable Cost of Health Care

How Rising Health Care Costs Impact The National Budget


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