We should be so lucky if Georgia's next senator is a nerdy Libertarian. They aren't so bad as long as their power is checked, and there are enough Democrats in the Senate to do that. There's a lot of good stuff on the common ground between Libertarians and Democrats.
Democracy is a right, not a privilege.
1. What? I thought we were talking about their healthcare (which you already pay for), not your healthcare.
2. If they didn't, then we'd all be exactly where we already are. That would be disappointing but I don't see how it's a counterargument. At worst, nothing changes. At best, we get more bang for our bucks along with a more productive society.
Yeah, I was being a bit facetious. I meant in the context of all the moaning about the decline of objective journalism you hear these days. It's not getting any more subjective, there's just less centralized control so dissenting perspectives don't get crushed as easily as they did before.
That's a good point about social science, and science as a whole. The act of deciding which questions to investigate is itself subjective and biased. But the answers can be objectively true, if experiments are well-designed and the full context is given.
Sorry, I missed your last comment. Maybe I spoke too soon. You still shouldn't use those words though.
"Full-on socialized medicine, a la the NHS in the UK, is very far from US hospitals treating all emergency room patients."
Yes, it is very different. It's much more cost-effective.
"No - it's a bad source because it isn't unbiased and neutral."
It's cute how you believe that unbiased neutrality is possible. All sources of information are biased. Objectivity is a myth invented in the 50s so that NBC, CBS, and ABC could reach the widest possible audiences. You cannot see the world as it is without acknowledging that all sources have an agenda. Throwing around words like "neutral" and "unbiased" makes you look awfully naive.
Dave, you also ignored my questions.
What other powers do you think the federal government should take from Georgia? You said you aren't an absolutist about reserving powers for states whenever possible, so there must be some other powers you'd like to give away. Surely this isn't your only exception (unless you have some ulterior motive that only applies here, like throwing a temper tantrum because you lost).
How is universal emergency room care not socialized medicine? We pay for their treatment. It's also great proof that poorly-implemented socialized medicine leads to rationing.
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