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Common Defense and the Microscopic Threat

Is an enemy still an enemy if you can’t see them? I think most people would balk at the question. Seriously? You think a malicious entity is not an enemy so long as he hides from view? Of course an enemy is still an enemy as long as the enemy remains a threat to our […]

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Health Spending IS Defense Spending

Sometimes I hear the argument that the federal government should spend money on defense but not on health care. Since this notion seems to resonate more among the young conservative sectors of our population ( in which the desire for beer, whooping and hollering far outweighs the need for medicine ) I assume it’s self-interest […]

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Poor Healthcare Worse Than Terrorism

Since the election campaign seems to be so centered on the dangers posed by terrorism, I’ve decided to take a look at what dangers we really face. According to the U.S. State Department, the average number of deaths per year from terrorism from 1995 to 2003 is 775. How does this compare with some of […]

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Economics Politics Social/Culture

Public health care more effecient than private health care…?

Incoming stat… Where is the money [spent on health care] going? According to Paul Krugman, a lot of it goes to overhead. A recent study found that private insurance companies spend 11.7 cents of every health care dollar on administrative costs, mainly advertising and underwriting, compared with 3.6 cents for Medicare and 1.3 cents for […]