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    Post your opinions here. My weekly rant.

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    Why does everyone assume that just because GW has donned this war horse and is trying to triumphantly conquer the Iragi people that we are any safer in his hands than anyone else’s? How has he proven this? Why do you assume that because he takes away your liberty and hands you all these security prerogatives that things will be any better? They’re just clever ways of gaining control over the populace. It all amounts to power. More power in the government, which as far as I knew, the republicans were traditionally against ‘big’ government, opting instead for more state control. Where did these ideals go? And why does every speech from Bush turn into scare tactics. Like he’s the only President that can send troops to harass other countries? Kerry is more than capable of sending troops anywhere on the globe if the situation warrants it. How is he any more adept at protecting us? Just because he’s a megalomaniac with a dictatorship in mind doesn’t mean you should sleep any easier. Bush wants governmental power and more of it. He skips the real issues that real Americans should be concerned. He talks about terrorism to the masses scaring them into their vote, while the real threat to our country is him and his economic proposals. What about all the stupid proposals that he’s trying to get through that benefit the ‘elitist’ class of the American society as if shrugging off the common man will turn this country into something great. This country runs on the sweat of the middle class and every d*mn thing he comes up with becomes a burden to them. I have no problem with jobs leaving the country as we build a stronger global economy, but to totally ignore the issue or to say that ‘the working class has enough money’ is outright insane. Why all this propaganda? Why can’t his regime be honest with the American public and just say that the only reason we’re in Irag is for the black gold? Is that so hard to say? Will the Iragi people ever benefit from the oil? No. Will the average American ever benefit from the war in Irag? No. Will the ‘elitists’ benefit? Yes. And why the flip flop on the drug issue with Canada, Bush? Why is it okay now that you’ve seen the response to Kerry’s idea of it? I’m not for a social healthcare system, but why do American drug companies charge Americans more for prescriptions than their foreign counterparts? That’s ridiculous. Why? Because they know they have us by the balls, and they can d*mn well charge what they want for it. There should be a cap on profits for prescription drugs. There’s no reason why your average person should get raped to get better. Don’t give me any sh*t about that as there is no excuse for it. I have nothing against capitalism at all, but when it infringes the rights of sick people is where I draw the line. No one should have to be denied wellness just so Merk can make 5 billion dollars this year instead of 2. These are the real issues. I don’t give 3 sh*ts about Irag. Fix my country d*mnit and then we can fart around overseas trying to solve the worlds issues. Medicare and social security are billions of dollars in the red with no end in sight and we’re exporting jobs faster than the foreign countries can fill them. So how are we supposed to close the gap? You can’t. If people don’t work, they don’t pay taxes. So where does that end up? No social programs. I’m not counting on social security myself, but what about all the middle class workers that don’t have another option. Are we supposed to just forget they exist? The country cannot run in this condition for long. Ignoring the issues doesn’t make them go away. The country will be crippled if things don’t change. You can’t ignore the working class American citizens. The sad fact is, is that they’re the only people that believe in Bush’s scare tactics campaign so he’s got them coming and going. What a shame.

    I'm done ranting.

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    Re: Post your opinions here. My weekly rant.

    I could respond to many of the fallacious points you raised, but the on that stuck in my craw the most was your failure to recognize the source of the problem when you actually pointed it out yourself, and then your subsequent suggestion that the problem be further exacerbated by applying more of the same type of policies that caused the problem to begin with.

    That issue is drug prices. The problem is government interference in the free market. If consumers were free to purchase drugs from competitors in Canada, then the free market would bring domestic prices down as well since domestic sellers would have to compete with lower Canadian prices. This would drive all prices down. But rather you suggest more government interference in the form of placing some kind of profit cap on the industry.

    The solution is more freedom - not more government control. You talk a good game about government power in part of your post, but then it becomes obvious you don't really understand what you're talking about because you then suggest further expanding government power only a few setences later.

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    Re: Post your opinions here. My weekly rant.

    Not once did I say that I was against the issue of Americans buying prescription drugs from Canada. I did say that I don't understand why American drug companies sold prescription drugs to foreign countries cheaper than they do to the American public other than the fact that they can and no one will stop them. Your inane inability to read posts thoroughly before responding is boring. There's nothing wrong with a free market ecomony. I love capitalism and what it stands for, but right now the system is broken. The system is no longer working for the people, but against them. It works for the CEO's, the executives, for the shareholders, and for the political and social elite, but the common man is left wanting. That, sir, is the bottom line, no matter how you dance around it.

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    Re: Post your opinions here. My weekly rant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brady Wright
    I could respond to many of the fallacious points you raised, but the on that stuck in my craw the most was your failure to recognize the source of the problem when you actually pointed it out yourself, and then your subsequent suggestion that the problem be further exacerbated by applying more of the same type of policies that caused the problem to begin with.

    That issue is drug prices. The problem is government interference in the free market. If consumers were free to purchase drugs from competitors in Canada, then the free market would bring domestic prices down as well since domestic sellers would have to compete with lower Canadian prices. This would drive all prices down. But rather you suggest more government interference in the form of placing some kind of profit cap on the industry.

    The solution is more freedom - not more government control. You talk a good game about government power in part of your post, but then it becomes obvious you don't really understand what you're talking about because you then suggest further expanding government power only a few setences later.

    In theory, you're right. Inpractise, corporations illegally conspire to concurrently raise prices to gauge the public. This is the drug industry. So your idea of freedom is a disaster. And we have proof in the drug industry.

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    Re: Post your opinions here. My weekly rant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Burrell
    Not once did I say that I was against the issue of Americans buying prescription drugs from Canada.
    I know you didn’t. But you didn’t see that what is needed to resolve the issue is LESS government interference – not more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Burrell
    I love capitalism and what it stands for, but right now the system is broken.
    Right, it’s broken because it’s a mutant hybrid of Capitalism and State interventionism (an aspect of Socialism). I’ve given this example before in the past, but I’ll briefly summarize it again here, but take the example of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac GSEs (Government Subsidized Enterprises). They buy up debt and then the Federal government covers their losses. Thus there’s no incentive to avoid risk. In fact, there’s an artificial incentive to pursue risk. This causes a massive problem, and it’s creating a housing and consumer debt bubble that’s about to burst. Capitalism, as you said, is a system. That system has certain natural mechanisms. Foremost among them are the laws of supply and demand, etc. When the government does this kind of subsidizing, they interfere with the natural mechanisms that stabilize and regulate the market. As a result, the natural balance is disturbed and the system breaks. Then they call for ever MORE government interference.

    It’s actually very comparable to the environment. It’s a delicate, natural balance, and when one of the natural mechanisms is interfered with willy-nilly, the system experiences upheavals. But with Capitalism, its opponents ultimately wind up blaming the free market for the failure rather than recognizing that the source of the problem was that the market WASN’T free enough; that its fundamental mechanisms were being impeded by government interference.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Phoenix
    In theory, you're right. Inpractise, corporations illegally conspire to concurrently raise prices to gauge the public. This is the drug industry. So your idea of freedom is a disaster. And we have proof in the drug industry.
    Wrong. A huge factor in the high price of drugs in the US is excessive government regulations. There simply isn’t enough competition between providers, thanks in part to HMOs, etc. And lest you forget, HMOs are a result of excessive government regulation in healthcare. Here’s a good article about this:
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv23n1/danzon.pdf

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