I came across a blog that was about a topic of endless controversy: American Health Care.  The long and short of it seems to be this:

  1. Folks who want socialized health care want equal health care options for everyone (struggle for a Utopian society).
  2. Folks who want privatized health care want the best health system possible for as many people as possible (short wait times, freedom to see whomever you want, etc).

To me, this boils down to the classic Churchill quote – “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”  A Utopia (like perfection) is impossible.  People who want socialized medicine do have their heart in the right place but unfortunately their brains are not.

For me, the bottom line is this:  Only about 13% of Americans are without health care – TOPS.  Within that 13% there are people who CHOOSE not to have it, but could if they wanted to.  A friend of mine for example does not justify the $160 a month for health care, but does justify about that amount of money for their iPhone…

That means that 87% have health care.  Folks on the left think that socialized medicine is better because it will serve ‘everyone.’  They do however admit that it will be a step down from what the private sector is currently able to provide (wait times, treatments, types of medicine, etc).

In other words, the left is willing to (at least partially) destroy health care for 87% of Americans to attempt to get it for 13% of Americans – some of whom have decided not to have it in the first place (remember my old roommate).

Let’s cut it up a different way.  According to an article written by Steve Bierfeldt, after you subtract illegal aliens and people who could afford health care if they made responsible life choices, the amount of people who can’t get health care is down to 2.6%.  That means the left would want to destroy a health care system that works for 97.4% of legal Americans to try and help a 2.6% who don’t have it.

This argument boils down to responsibility.  It is irresponsible for a government to destry what works for the overwhelming majority of Americans.  The obvious answer is to find a way to help the 2.6%-13% of unisured citizens find private health care so that they can enjoy the benefits that 97.4%-87% who do have organized, working, and in fact luxurious health care.

The current proposals for reform are cloaked as big changes, but as it turns out, they are actually more of the same. They can be summed up in this way: turn more control over to the government and insurance companies while politicians and special interests jockey for credit and work behind the scenes to benefit — at the expense of individual Americans. – David McKalip, M.D.

In closing, let me put it like this.  Think of the Post Office… then FedEx Kinkos or UPS.  Now think of the DMV… then AAA.  Do you really want your health care run like the DMV or the Post office?  No thank you.

-First Response
(for more information, please read this: http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=33 and this: http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=45)

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This show does not deserve your time.  Dont be brainwashed.

This show does not deserve your time. Don't be brainwashed.

to buy; that way the producers don’t have to guess who to push into the marketplace. American Idol is an enormous “product survey” for the record producers. Audiences feel ownership over the winner because they helped “make” them. They feel more of a personal relationship with those artists than with the ones that have been more blatantly marketed to them so they are more likely to want to “support the artist” and purchase the CD. The producers have no problem with this whatsoever naturally. The question becomes this: is Carrie Underwood more talented than the acoustic guitar player at your local coffee shop?

American Idol is glorified Karaoke. The performers need only one thing: a good voice. The vast majorities of American Idol contestants have never written a song and probably don’t even play any instruments. Throughout the duration of the show, they will not write their own songs, and they will not play their own instruments. None the less American Idol winners are some of the most broadcast artists. Meanwhile folks like the acoustic guitar player at your local coffee shop will probably never hit the radio waves. So if American Idol contestants really can’t do much, to what do we attribute their success? Welcome back digital media!

Commercial songwriters today are broken into two teams of people. One team writes the lyrics and the other team writs the music. Most of them are probably incredibly creative and talented but too unattractive to become stars themselves. As a result, they’ve agreed to sell their souls for tons of money. They write songs and give them to artists (not just the American Idol winners, by the way). Unfortunately most of them operate as ghost writers (for even more money) so we may never know which Stars deserve it and which stars are money making manipulations. Digital media is re-introduced into the equation with the presence of MIDI files.

Remember, people are dying of thirst in other parts of the world.

NO WAY!  Just check out this list of independant movies (from IMDB):

Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 314,384
2. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 158,511
3. 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 210,479
4. 8.7 Psycho (1960) 109,637
5. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 125,211
6. 8.6 Memento (2000) 204,021
7. 8.6 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) 862
8. 8.6 Se7en (1995) 206,263
9. 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 135,433
10. 8.5 Léon (1994) 142,852
11. 8.5 American Beauty (1999) 228,660
12. 8.5 American History X (1998) 163,350
13. 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 160,590
14. 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 124,812
15. 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 133,582
16. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 160,817
17. 8.4 Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) 1,465
18. 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 74,596
19. 8.3 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 65,324
20. 8.3 The Message (1976) 4,130
21. 8.2 Fargo (1996) 128,697
22. 8.2 Donnie Darko (2001) 156,081
23. 8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 174,218
24. 8.2 Platoon (1986) 82,704
25. 8.2 Amores perros (2000) 44,490
26. 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 59,281
27. 8.1 The Big Lebowski (1998) 129,913
28. 8.1 Vozvrashcheniye (2003) 8,271
29. 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 112,878
30. 8.1 A Man for All Seasons (1966) 9,818
31. 8.0 Crash (2004/I) 129,998
32. 8.0 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 89,296
33. 8.0 Punishment Park (1971) 1,453
34. 8.0 À bout de souffle (1960) 14,534
35. 8.0 Hercules Returns (1993) 619
36. 8.0 The Man from Earth (2007) 17,056
37. 8.0 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 107,144
38. 8.0 Campanadas a medianoche (1965) 1,408
39. 8.0 Magnolia (1999) 96,275
40. 8.0 Once (2006) 22,001
41. 8.0 The Lion in Winter (1968) 10,597
42. 8.0 Fitzcarraldo (1982) 6,644
43. 8.0 A Woman Under the Influence (1974) 3,231
44. 8.0 This Sporting Life (1963) 1,520
45. 8.0 Sling Blade (1996) 35,392
46. 8.0 Papillon (1973) 21,441
47. 8.0 Dawn of the Dead (1978) 32,297
48. 8.0 Shaun of the Dead (2004) 95,157
49. 8.0 Night of the Living Dead (1968) 29,154
50. 8.0 Risâlah, ar- (1976) 282

I know you can think of a monumental list of bad studio films so I’ll just name a few to get you started:

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Speed Racer
  • Valentine
  • Catwoman
  • Daredevil
  • A Man Apart
  • Norbit
  • Glitter
  • Swept Away

The bottom line is this – SUPPORT ARTISTS, NOT STUDIOS!  See movies at film festivals and independent theaters.

Hollywood is incestiual and dishonest – there are much more talented people out there that will only have a chance if YOU support them.

If you think studio films are better than independent films, you’ve been brainwashed.