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Old November 19th, 2005, 03:44 AM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.

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Old November 19th, 2005, 04:51 AM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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"rw" wrote in message
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The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.



it's a disgrace, and a nightmare.

but where are the children warriors, who drove lbj out of office? they,
and their parents, ourselves, are cowering in the fog of internet message
boards.

this nation is on its way down.

yfitons
wayno


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Old November 19th, 2005, 01:18 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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rw wrote:

The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.


stunning, isn't it. wonder what we could do in the education field with
those funds? my state has a ridiculously hig drop out rate in high
school. have you seen the latest cuts proposed in congress to help with
the impossible budget crisis created by shrub and his minions?
appalling...

i think i can see the writing on the wall..."abandon all hope ye who
enter here".
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Old November 19th, 2005, 02:12 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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Jeff Miller wrote:
rw wrote:

The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of
health insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.


stunning, isn't it. wonder what we could do in the education field with
those funds? my state has a ridiculously hig drop out rate in high
school. have you seen the latest cuts proposed in congress to help with
the impossible budget crisis created by shrub and his minions? appalling...

i think i can see the writing on the wall..."abandon all hope ye who
enter here".


Do you remember that they told us the war would pay for itself with oil
revenues?

http://www.house.gov/schakowsky/iraqquotes_web.htm

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Old November 19th, 2005, 04:40 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 03:51:23 GMT, "Wayne Harrison"
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"rw" wrote in message
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The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.



it's a disgrace, and a nightmare.


Now think about that statement a second. It isn't, "the cost could pay
to provide necessary, even life-saving treatment to a lot more than
400,000 children," it's framed in terms of paying for _insurance_ for
400,000 children. Sick or injured children who have no insurance
coverage don't need insurance, they need medical care, and healthy
children obviously don't need care - if you insure 400,000, some will go
without, but if treat those who actually need, more could be
accomplished.

but where are the children warriors, who drove lbj out of office?


Mostly, they're worried about other things - building up their IRAs,
buying the latest and greatest, be it a home, car, insuring rather than
treating, or (obROFF), new co-o-o-o-l FFing equipment. And since there
is no draft and they are well above the age to go IAC, there's nothing
to spur them to self-interest. And, of course, being a "hippie" isn't
nearly as appealing as it once seemed.

they, and their parents, ourselves, are cowering in the fog of
internet message boards.


Oh, you meant those in their late-teens to mid-twenties now...OK, let's
take a poll (OH, GOODY! A POLL!!):

(All questions based on 16-20 year olds)
1. What percent would you guess have cell phones?
2. What percent would you guess have tastes well beyond their means?
3. What percent would you guess have parents whose tastes are well
beyond their means?
4. What percent would you guess are taught some social responsibility?
5. What percent would you guess think looking and being able to act
like insert idiotic celeb here is one of the 3 top priorities of their
lives?
6. What percent would you guess would be satisfied with having hair
like John, Paul, George, and/or Ringo as opposed to having a $400,000
car, lots of gaudy "bling," and being a "gangsta mofo" just like Enema M
or 50 Nocents (and that's just the girls...)?
7. And for those with kids from 12 years old and up, what would you
guess that an objective observer might answer if the above questions
were limited to your kids and their friends?

this nation is on its way down.


IMO, being the eternal optimist, probably not, but when even those who
think of themselves as social liberals think of problems like sick kids
in terms of not having insurance, it's just another problem...

your friend, currently in the magnolia stat...er, iowa,
R
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Old November 19th, 2005, 05:05 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 07:18:44 -0500, Jeff Miller
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rw wrote:

The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.


stunning, isn't it. wonder what we could do in the education field with
those funds? my state has a ridiculously hig drop out rate in high
school. have you seen the latest cuts proposed in congress to help with
the impossible budget crisis created by shrub and his minions?
appalling...


Hmmm...from the NC Department of Public Instruction:

During Clinton's last term:

"The dropout rate for students in grades seven through 12 was 4.6
percent in 1998-99. A total of 25,578 students dropped out last year in
these grades. In the previous reporting year, the rate was 3.61 percent
representing 19,541 students dropping out in 1997-98."

And the latest under Bush:

"North Carolina’s annual high school dropout rate was released for the
2003-04 school year, showing that 3.29 percent of students in grades
7-12 "

i think i can see the writing on the wall..."abandon all hope ye who
enter here".


Would that be on the wall of UNC or NC State? Oh, OK, for the
terminally-serious, G

Seriously, I'm sure you know those numbers are, um, "generous," but how
is spending more money going to help? It isn't going to be a matter of
throwing more money into a bottomless pit, it's going to be a matter of
spending whatever money in more meaningful way. And the biggest part
of the problem isn't educating the kids, it's educating the parents.

TC,
R

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Old November 19th, 2005, 05:24 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 15:59:42 GMT, Ken Fortenberry
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wrote:
"Wayne Harrison" wrote:
"rw" wrote:
The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.

it's a disgrace, and a nightmare.



Now think about that statement a second. It isn't, "the cost could pay
to provide necessary, even life-saving treatment to a lot more than
400,000 children," it's framed in terms of paying for _insurance_ for
400,000 children. Sick or injured children who have no insurance
coverage don't need insurance, they need medical care, and healthy
children obviously don't need care - if you insure 400,000, some will go
without, but if treat those who actually need, more could be
accomplished.


I'm surprised to hear you coming out in favor of socialized
medicine. I think it's a ****ing disgrace that we don't have
it in this country already.


And you've not heard me come out in favor of socialized medicine. It's
just a ****ed-up quasi insurance company run by bureaucrats,and as such,
it doesn't work, either. First and foremost, the _health care_ system
in this country is pretty good, with relatively few going without. In
fact, I'd guess (but don't know absolutely) that overall care would
probably decrease with socialized medicine.

OTOH, the payment scheme is screwed up beyond belief and that idea that
people need insurance rather than the underlying treatment that
insurance _might_ be called upon to provide is part of why it is so
screwed up. Figure in overall malpractice costs (or really, costs
resulting from the ridiculous awards - you want to punish a truly
negligent doctor? Yank his license and toss his ass in jail, but don't
give some individual 100 million USD...minus 40% and costs...), product
and premise liability costs, bureaucratic costs, advertising costs,
across-the-board profit, etc., and at the end of the day, there's going
to be a bill for all that extra slop in the trough.

TC,
R
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Old November 19th, 2005, 05:45 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 02:44:19 GMT, rw
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The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.


And you, acting independently without help from the government, could
reduce that to 399,998.

Instead of sitting and complaining, bitching and moaning about Bush,
why don't you DO something. You haven't an idea on how to solve any
problems except to bitch and moan. Why don't you use some of that
retirement money or investment money and help a couple of kids?

Dave





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Old November 19th, 2005, 06:00 PM posted to rec.outdoors.fishing.fly
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Dave LaCourse wrote:
On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 02:44:19 GMT, rw
wrote:


The cost of one day of the war in Iraq could pay for one year of health
insurance for 400,000 uninsured children.



And you, acting independently without help from the government, could
reduce that to 399,998.

Instead of sitting and complaining, bitching and moaning about Bush,
why don't you DO something. You haven't an idea on how to solve any
problems except to bitch and moan. Why don't you use some of that
retirement money or investment money and help a couple of kids?


I'm not bitching and moaning. I'm merely stating a fact. If you don't
like it, too bad.

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