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myles spicer

minnetonka, MN
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7 years 2 weeks

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It is stunning and enlightening that G W Bush was not only absent from the convention, but was assiduosly rarely if ever even mentioned. It speaks volumes of the legacy 2001-08, that cannot be erased regardless of how hard the GOP might try.

Posted on 08/22/12 at 09:29 am in response to Why today's seniors should object to the dissolution of Medicare

Nice diversion, but irrelvant to this discussion. The economics of continuing Medicare are complex and mostly unrelated to the causes of our debt issues. But this much is certain; the cost of administer the government run Medicare program for our seniors -- now and tomorrow -- are far less than those racked up by the private insurance companies. That was the basis of the current law limiting them to 20% overhead and profit (remember the $1 billion golden parachute given the CEO of
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Posted on 08/22/12 at 02:03 pm in response to Why today's seniors should object to the dissolution of Medicare

I think you would find most seniors today are aware (and would concede) that tweaks and modifications, and other changes are needed to continue a valued program. Most entitlement programs are kind of "living" programs, which change with the times and demographics. So it will be with Medicare. The real issue is that conservatives and the far right, given their goals, really want to dismantle all these entitlement programs, and today's seniors are the ones to lead the charge against that...

Posted on 08/22/12 at 02:08 pm in response to Why today's seniors should object to the dissolution of Medicare

would suggest that a better alternative to the ACA would have been to allow all citizens to get on Medicare as a public option. That would have been a boon to younger citizens, and provided a better (younger component) to Medicare for actuarily purposes. But...as was the case, it was opposed by the same folks whoo would like to disassemble the program altogether.

Posted on 08/20/12 at 01:48 pm in response to FAQ: How Paul Ryan proposes to change Medicare

It has been long known that private insurance companies spent less than 80% on claims (over 20% on overhead and profits); thus new legislation capping that figure at 20% or less). Meanwhile administrative costs for Medicare have ranged from 3-6% (depending on what general government services are attributable to the Medicare system).

Private insurers now have some restrictions that will make them more accountable and prevent their rejection of claims; but in no way can they compete...

Posted on 08/20/12 at 02:17 pm in response to Diaspora and development: Immigrants are economically invigorating

We too often forget what America is all about -- uniquely one of the few (or perhaps only) nation in the world with a grand mixture of race, religion and ethnic background. Virtually every other nation is almost totally homogenious, with essentially national inbreeding going back centuries. How boring.

Many -- especially conservatives -- like to tout us as "the greatest nation on earth" Problem is, they too often forget how and why we got there.

Posted on 08/08/12 at 10:43 am in response to Six reasons why Obama will win re-election

As a point of agreement, the lack of compunction to lie (or to be polite, mislead) definately does exist; and combined with the obscene amounts of money in this election, it is a toxic formula for a conservative victory.

However, since I wrote this, another element has come into play. There is a 4-page article in the recent VanityFair investigating IN DETAIL the off shore banks, investments, and money accounts Romney has in the Caymans, Bermuda and Switzerland. It is devastating --...

Posted on 08/08/12 at 11:38 am in response to Six reasons why Obama will win re-election

As referred to above re Romney offshore shenanigans

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-off...

Posted on 08/08/12 at 01:58 pm in response to Six reasons why Obama will win re-election

is especially revealing. Yes, that is a major dynamic in this election and those in the future; and it is scaring the hell out of conservatives. We all know that the WASP majority will be gone probably by 2040; and it is a component in the visceral HATE for Obama. Many presidents were "disliked" but there is a large group of Americans that goes well beyond "dislike". Part of it is as you describe -- the fear of demographic change in our country -- and Obama is the first one they see coming...

Posted on 08/09/12 at 07:33 am in response to Six reasons why Obama will win re-election

You may not like the Affordable Care Act, and it may have gliches, but it moved us away from a sinking, disasterous health care system that was badly flawed, and outrageously costly

He killed Bin Laden

His tax proposals are fair -- and certainly better than Romney's pandering to the wealthy

I suggest you compare Obama's tax returns to the only one Romney has disclosed -- they are available online, and very revealing. You should feel much more simpatico voting for Obama...