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Comment Re:Insurance is a leech (Score 1) 475

Part of the increased cost of a dentist visit is that the visit is no longer the same. In the 1970s, dental technicians weren't wearing masks and gloves that they discarded a dozen times a day. There wasn't an x-ray machine that circled your head, nor computerized imaging and record-keeping systems. Nor did the typical dentist's office require 3 secretaries to do billing and keep records straight for government requirements.

Comment Re:idiots (Score 1) 475

>>> all available information
Available to whom? From whom? At what cost?
All available information on aspirin is more than a person could read in a lifetime.

The claim that a certain quantity and quality of information is necessary for capitalism to work is a trap that the enemies of capitalism have been advancing for centuries. It is a straw man with no basis in fact.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 265

Biggest debt holders:
Social Security 2.786 trillion ___________ this is bogus, because it's internal to the federal government
Federal Reserve 2.461 trillion ___________ this is bogus because it's internal to the federal government
China 1.157 trillion
Japan 1.136 trillion
Mutual funds: 1.056 trillion
Office of Personnel Management Retirement 0.873 trillion __________ this is bogus because it's internal to the federal government
State and local gov'ts 0.803 trillion
Military Retirement 0.601 trillion _________ this is bogus because it's internal to the federal government
Banks 0.515 trillion
Private pension funds 0.403 trillion
Ireland 0.270 trillion
Medicare 0.267 trillion _________ this is bogus because it's internal to the federal government

China's government is the largest single entity holding US debt that is not a part of the federal government

https://www.thebalance.com/who-owns-the-u-s-national-debt-3306124

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