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Comment Re:Voting for Democrats has consequences (Score 1) 366

Rationing. Socialized medicine means rationing, absence of competition, low quality, experienced by broad layers of population.

No, it does not mean such things. The care my family has gotten has so far been better than what would have been received in the US.

Finally, in countries with socialized medicine there is a second tier, private medical industry, frequented by affluent people or middle class.

Yes. So you still have private medicine, and you hae social medicine. The best of both worlds.

In the long term single payer is worse and is more expensive, hands down.

The facts disagree with you. Medical mistakes kill more in the US than the UK. The outcomes of treatment are more successful in the UK. And the costs are much much lower in the UK. The facts show that in the long term, socialized medicine is cheaper and more effective.

Comment Re:Clinton vs Sanders (Score 1) 366

Hillary and such would rely on gridlock to back out of promises, but I expect Bernie would actually try, not the fake try we have gotten so consistently before.

Congress makes the law, not the president.

The president can submit legislation for consideration. The president can block anything (up to a super majority). So the president has more influence than most people say.

Comment Can't happen (Score 2) 350

When all the jobs can be replaced by AI, then the singularity has already happened, and we are all dead anyway. When you can replace a programmer with a program, then that program will program a better version of itself, then repeat that 1000 times a second every second for a few minutes until it's smarter than the sum of people on the planet. At which time it will exterminate everyone. So don't worry, programmer will be the last job eliminated by AI. Safe, until you are dead. That puts you ahead of most people.

Comment Re:Clinton vs Sanders (Score 1) 366

Yes, I know. Donald Trump will save all. Ignore the fact that he declares bankruptcy regularly to wipe out his incompetence (And call it a shrewd business decision). I'd expect Donald to balance the budget by defaulting on the debt, and printing money to pay the budget. Perfect balance. And the riots in the street can't be heard from the penthouse of Trump Tower.

Is that a better reality? Because your hate toward Bernie will help make it happen.

Comment Re:Economics challenge (Score 1) 366

Inflation isn't calculated. It's created. Monetary policy is manipulated to keep inflation between 3% and 5%. So, is "calculating inflation" calculating the ideal for next year, or measuring it after it happened?

The right value is 2%. But the targets are 3-5% because deflation is an unstable feedback loop, so it's better to be 10% too high, than 3% too low.

The value exactness is irrelevant. You can be any number greater than 0% and there isn't a problem. But below 0% is catastrophic.

Also, note that inflation dipped negative [] for a couple of months last year.

A quick dip into the negative is a matter of measurement, not reality. When you measure the IQ of someone with a cold, it's lower than when they are well. So does a cold actually cause someone to get dumber, or does a cold mess with the measurement taken at that time? Given the recovery after, one concludes it was a temporary measurement error. CPI is good at comparing inflation, but poor at actually measuring it. If you want to find out whether your inflation this year is higher or lower than last, then CPI works. But to find out how much more it'll cost you to live this year, vs last, then you'll need a more accurate inflation measure.

Comment Re:Hertz probably decided not be held hostage anym (Score 1) 366

When you outsource, the outsource company's primary goal is to extract money from you. Secondary is to make you like it (or do what you want them to do, however you like to word it). When you hire, the employees should want to do the best for the company, as that keeps them employed longer and better.

The "next quarter" CEOs don't seem to understand the difference.

Comment Re:Voting for Democrats has consequences (Score 1) 366

My 6 hour wait in an ER was in a smaller rural hospital with only one x-ray machine. My car-crash x-rays were lower on the priority list than the odd string of heart attacks that came through. So 6 hours because the smaller hospital couldn't handle a regular stream of people. This was long before ACA.

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