RANT: “Death Panel” thinking

Sunday, October 13, 2013

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/10/kimberly-paxton/high-school-death-panel%E2%80%A8/

LewRockwell.comanti-state•anti-war•pro-market

Forget Glee Club and Football – This High School Has a Death Panel!
By Kimberly Paxton
The Daily Sheeple
October 12, 2013

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Critics of the public school system will be pleased to know that St. Joseph-Ogden High School in Illinois is preparing kids for the future by teaching them practical skills.

That’s right – 15 and 16 year olds just had an assignment on how to distribute limited medical resources amongst a small sampling of the population. They got to pick who deserves to live and who deserves to die.

The lesson involves 10 people who are in desperate need of kidney dialysis.

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“The assignment you are referring to is not a “Death Panel” assignment.  The assignment is one in the sociology unit of our Introduction To Social Studies class.  The purpose of the assignment is to educate students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race, gender, etc.  The teacher’s goal is to educate students in the fact that these social value biases exist, and that hopefully students will see things from a different perspective after the activity is completed.  The teacher’s purpose in the element of the assignment you are referring to is to get students emotionally involved to participate in the classroom discussion, and to open their minds to the fact that they themselves have their own social biases.  The assignment has nothing to do with a “Death Panel.”

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Sure, surem sure.

Doesn’t look that way to me.

Implicit in the exercise is that the “student” has a moral imperative to make such decisions.

Or that, in fact, such decisions are made in our society.

Having known an older person undergoing dialysis, the free market, that wonder engine of chaotic order, has no such 6/10 shortage. 

It’s a limitation that doesn’t exist in the real world.

A while ago, more than a decade, I saw a brand new HUGE dialysis center by the airport. Far larger than would be needed by the small number of relatively healthy natives. I was curious so I called them talked to the Director. (Astonishingly he answer his own phone that was publicly listed.) He told me that it was built by the community with support from the hotels FOR TOURISTS who needed dialysis while they were on vacation. They accepted Medicare, all insurances, and cash. The “cash rate” was about a third of what my relative paid in NYC. And the fellow was very apologetic that the “cash price” was so high but all the critical supplies had to be airlifted in due to expiration dates.

I was floored.

So, let’s put “WalMart” in charge of everything. (WalMart is my metaphor for a truly free market.)

Argh!

So hospital with only capacity for 6 could put on a second shift for capacity of 12. Now we just have to figure out how to pay for it. How about a “Bake Sale”? Wanna bet if our society can sell naming rights of stadiums, our second shift’s name can be sold. 

I think “Reinke’s Ranters” has a nice ring to it.

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POLITICAL: Obamacare is “constitutional”

Thursday, June 28, 2012

FROM RUSH LIMBAUGH

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The chief justice was hell-bent to find a way to make this law applicable, so he just decided, you know what, as a tax increase, it works, because there’s no limit on the federal government’s ability to tax. And it’s right there in the preamble of the Constitution, right there, Article 1, Section 8, the general welfare clause, it’s been established Congress can tax whatever, whoever, whenever, how much they want. Even when they don’t ask for it, the Supreme Court is gonna find a way to make what they want to do legal because John Roberts said it’s not our job here to forbid this. It’s not our job to protect people from outcomes. It’s not our job to determine whether it is right or wrong or any of that. We just get to look at it. We can’t forbid this. This is what the elected representatives of the people want.

No, the elected representatives of the people were deceived. Remember yesterday I asked you, if this decision went this way, what was your initial reaction going to be. And how many of you were deflated as you can be because of the way this was reported? The first thing that came down, the mandate, unconstitutional, that was the first thing everybody reported. Mandate unconstitutional, big sigh of relief. And then within moments, wait a minute, wait a minute, we’re reading further. Hold it just a second. The mandate’s unconstitutional, but the court has decided it’s a tax, and therefore it’s okay.

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The Socialists and Communists have won.

The battle, that began with Wilson and the Income Tax, the Federal Reserve, and World War 1 form the “peace candidate, has culminated in the official End of the American Experiment.

The Republic actually ended with Abraham Lincoln.

The demise of the American Education System, captured by the Social Progressives, enabled by the Women’s Vote, has score another victory for the effort to end American exceptionalism.

For decades, from when I heard it from Harry Browne in the 1970’s, the Gooferment courts can be counted on to find the Gooferment’s abuses “Constitutional”! The Little L Libertarains have long argues that expecting justice from the Gooferment’s “courts” is like expecting mercy from the Sheriff of Nottingham by appealing to King John.

I can’t say that I am surprised.

And, all the bluster that this will energize the Right is just smoke.

“We, The Sheeple” have in Amerika in essence a One Party System that the Communists in the USSR are envious of.

We have to begin, or in the case of us Little L Libertarians, continue the battle for the heart and minds of the Great American Spirit in the young and the class rooms around the country.

The journey of a million miles begins in the classrooms with the minds full of mush. The Communists have robbed these children of their birthright. That is the right to succeed or fail on the sweat of their own efforts.

The drone have taken over the hive. Where will we find freedom and liberty?

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RANT: Ron Paul is not a progressive; that’s a good thing

Saturday, January 7, 2012

http://channel-surfing.blogspot.com/2012/01/ron-paul-is-not-progressive.html

Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Ron Paul is not a progressive

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Paul was right on both wars, on the bailout of the banks and continues to be right about the need for transparency at the fed. He is right about gay marriage and he is right on most civil liberties issues and the drug war.

But Ron Paul is not a progressive. Ron Paul is not anti-corporate. He believes that empowering business is the best way to accomplish all good things and that government has no role to play in ensuring a level playing field. It was Paul’s dismissal of a government role in health care that elicited the shout of “let him die” during the Republican debates.

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AND A COMMENT

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Anonymous Anonymous said…

Excellent points by Hank K.    Ron Paul would destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and any social program that helps ordinary folks. He would probably be for assisting the privatization of our public schools. Libertarianism is filth, a despicable bunch of garbage that’s great for the greedy millionaires and greedy billionaires (as opposed to the responsible and altruistic millionaires and billionaires) who don’t want to pay their fair share in taxes. Under libertarianism, if you become disabled and can no longer work, then tough luck or go out in the street and beg for charity. Libertarians say, let the charities take care of the millions who are disabled, elderly or too poor. It’s an idiotic notion to think that charities are even close to being able to help the 50 millions uninsured. Dialysis costs about $150,000 per year and there are many thousands of people in this country with kidney disease or kidney failure. Medications cost thousands per year, there aren’t enough charities on earth to deal with these numbers. I would not vote for Ron Paul even if you put a gun to my head.

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And, everything today is just working perfectly and at costs we can afford?

Ron Paul hasn’t said anything about destroying everything. He has said that we need real cuts in Gooferment spending. Do you dsagree?

For example, he says the Federal Gooferment should have no role in education. Let the States do it. So we send money to Federal Gooferment to send back to the state Gooferment. There’s a swag that says ½ of any money passing through a Gooferment entity loses ½ its value due to the cost og handling. Sending a dollar to the Feds gets maybe 25¢s back! Eliminate the overhead.

Of course that will totally destroy the education establishment. And, maybe we can have a national and state discusion on “education”. Personally, I authored a paper for Hands Across New Jersey on how to transition “education” from Gooferment to parents over 40 years. (Under the theory that parents are in a better position to educate their children. And cheaper and better. They made the decision to have them; they should provide for them.) I’m frustrated because if HANJ wasn’t subverted by the duopoly, we’d almost be out of the problem.

You bring up charity, charity care, and the cost of medicine. But you ignore the role of Gooferment in driving up the cost of healthcare. Just like it drives up the cost of “education”.

Argh!

I think that Ron Paul represents the essence of the Taft Republicans. It’s been lost for decades and we have a 15T$ debt, deficits for as far as the eyes can see, unfunded liabilities somewhere between 50T$ and 150T$ depending upon who counts what, and a dismal economic future.
Perhaps, you might consider that Socialism doesn’t work. Didn’t for the Soviet Union. And, won’t for the USA.

Argh!

“everything is fine. move along citizen. nothing to see here.”

Argh!

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SOCIALISM: China’s one child policy impact

Monday, September 19, 2011

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=11754

China: bachelor villages, kidnapped brides
September 15, 2011

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Over the next two decades, up to 50 million men are expected to be unable to find wives. “I don’t have any requirements at all,” said a 35-year-old farmer in a village with no women eligible for marriage. “I would be satisfied with just a wife.”

To help meet the growing demand for wives, thousands of Burmese women have been lured into China, kidnapped, and sold to rural men.

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Interesting how Gooferment diktats have such long ranging impacts. Like the man in the funny white hat has said (basically) don’t mess with what we don’t understand. It’s a little like surgery on ourselves. Such ego. To think we can defeat “natural law”.

Hubris!

With real world consequences.

Sad for everyone including the USA.

Think all those abortions won’t matter.

My fear is maybe “We, The Sheeple” have killed the person who could have cured cancer.

I’m ashamed that I wasn’t able to make it all stop.

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POLITICAL: Add Gooferment Pharma to the list!

Monday, January 24, 2011

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_17171570?source=rss#ixzz1Bsu0mP6h  

NEW MEDICINES
Federal agency to spearhead new drug-development center
By Gardiner Harris The New York Times
POSTED: 01/23/2011 01:00:00 AM MST

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The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.

The new effort comes as many large drugmakers, unable to find enough new drugs, are paring back research. Promising discoveries in such illnesses as depression and Parkinson’s that once would have led to clinical trials are instead going unexplored because companies have neither the will nor the resources to undertake the effort. Drug companies have typically spent twice as much on marketing as on research, a business model that is increasingly suspect.

The initial financing of the government’s new drug center is small compared with the $45.8 billion that the industry estimates it invested in research in 2009. The cost of bringing a single drug to market can exceed $1 billion, according to some estimates.

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Now, add to Gooferment Motors, Gooferment Electric, and all the other Gooferment entities like Amtrak, Post Office, Sallie, Freddie, Fannie, etc. etc.!!!

When does it end?

When they have taken over everything?

Worked so well in the USSR!

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RANT: The Social Security Myth

Saturday, January 22, 2011

http://finance.yahoo.com/focus-retirement/article/111849/social-security-changes-in-2011?mod=fidelity-readytoretire&cat=fidelity_2010_getting_ready_to_retire

4 Social Security Changes Coming in 2011
by Emily Brandon
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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The Social Security program will be tweaked in several important ways in 2011. Workers will get a temporary tax break on the amount they pay into the entitlement program, and several claiming options for retirees will be eliminated. Here’s a look at how the Social Security program will change this year.

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The Social Security system’s finances are not expected to be harmed because the trust fund will be reimbursed for the full amount of the tax break from the general fund of the Treasury. However, this change also means that the Social Security trust fund will no longer be completely funded directly by citizen contributions. “This pretty much ends the claim that Social Security is self-financing or that it doesn’t contribute to the budget deficit,” says Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

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What a bunch of hogwash!

This is all a myth.

Myth: “an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution”!

Boy, that sure fits.

If you went to Metropolitan Life Insurance and bought an annuity. They would take your wealth that you gave them freely, invest it in something productive, deduct their fee, and return it to you over time in accordance with your contract. You have “rights”. You know it will be audited. You can sell it. You can rely on their assurances. There’s a risk, but you’ve considered and know it.

Now compare it to the Social Security “system”. (It’s wrong to call it a Ponzi scheme. In a Ponzi scheme, you volunteer to participate. Usually out of greed. But, with “Social Security”, you don’t get a choice.)

They TAKE your wealth. If you don’t want to participate, men with guns will come and possibly kill you.

That wealth is thrown into the General Fund. And, you get a promise. Not even an IOU.

The whole article “celebrates” the system.

Where are your rights?

When the system goes broke, you, and I, will be standing like David Copperfield, hat in hand, saying, “May I have what’s mine, sir?”

“We, The Sheeple” are getting shorn again.

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POLITICAL: Do multimillionaires earn their wealth by force and fraud?

Monday, December 13, 2010

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/12/10/sen_bernie_sanders_to_rich_when_is_enough_enough.html

Sen. Sanders To Rich “Crybabies”: “When Is Enough, Enough?”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), a socialist, said “greed is like an addiction” and compares it to heroin and nicotine. “This reckless uncontrollable greed is like a disease,” Sanders said.

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Argh! The word “socialist” says it all. Turn the question around. “When has the Gooferment taken enough from ‘its’ slaves?” The Bible only commands a tithe, 10%. Today, we can not calculate what the Gooferment Slaveholder takes from us. THere are taxes hidden in everything.

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Sanders asks how can anyone be proud to call themselves a “multimillionaire?”

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Since a multimillionaire has to induce people to give them “certificates of appreciation” (i.e., money) and no one has asserted them using force or committing fraud, one must assume that they provided a valuable product or service. Politicians and bureaucrats excluded, of course, because they get their loot by force and fraud upon the “We, The Sheeple”.

Shame on Senator Socialist for his disrespect of people who serve others successfully.

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