(UTOPIA) Tax Alert : Stop 150% tax pledge increase

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Thu Apr 17 20:34:32 MDT 2008

On 17 Apr 2008, at 20:05, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> Our health care system puts a significant and growing strain on small
> business. It increases employee lock-in. It abuses the poor and
> financially vulnerable. It engenders an attitude of entitlement in  
> those
> that can afford insurance. It does little to value preventative care.
> Of course, not all blame can be heaped on the health care system
> directly. A significant part of the blame should also go to our legal
> system. Something is wrong when doctors stop practicing because
> liability insurance is too expensive. Something is wrong when lawyers
> force insurance companies to provide millions of dollars on
> extraordinary care for a single patient at the expense of every other
> person paying into the system.
> It may strike you as inhuman to calculate the value of an eye compared
> to a limb, but its an economic reality. I'd argue its more inhuman to
> deny health care to the most defenseless in our population while  
> lining
> the pockets of CEOs with the money of those who can afford health  
> care.
> Of course, I've strayed pretty far from the original topic, so let me
> reiterate the thrust of my original response in a single sentence:
> Privatization is not always better.

I think most of the blame for all our problems should be heaped upon  
"we the people".  "We" have the power to change what private companies  
and organizations do.  "We" have the power to change what the  
government does.  I think the problem lies in individual ignorance and  
indifference.  Ignorance to the fact that we are powerful enough to  
make changes happen.  Indifference to taking the effort to make those  
changes.  I think the greatest weapon we could arm ourselves with is  
the weapon of the knowledge that we as a collective whole can effect  
whatever changes we want.  But that means we actually have to know  
what is going on and care enough to do what it takes.  That is why I  
am glad to have access to so many people (on this list) that actually  
know at least some of what is going on and care to do something about  
it.  Cheers to knowledge and motivation to do good.

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