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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Graffight View Post
    cool i'd like to read that if you have it ) I wouldn't say that competition leads to inferior products as much as it leads to products more in line with what customer's want. If people want better price over quality then the thing with better price will sell better, or someone will find a way to make better quality for lower price...but this is so rarely the case that I don't see why it would even be a consideration. When it comes to education we're not talking about a consumable good, this is something that can be tested imperically, what will happen is when there is competition among schools, teachers will be held more accountable, they will think of more new and innovative ways to teach...instead of having corriculum dictated by a single entaty and distributed to the masses whether it's right or wrong.
    I'll look for it again. As for price versus quality, do we really want an inferior product in education and medicine? Really?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    When I went to the ER there really was not time to price shop.
    And your bill from the hospital probably included some padding of expenses to cover the hospital's losses from unpaid bills by uninsured patients.

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    Isn't competition great?
    When it's really there, yeah. Too bad it's just a figment of imagination in the minds of some conservatives who are constantly extolling the virtues of the (often illusory) "free market."

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Graffight View Post
    cool i'd like to read that if you have it )

    "Contrary to popular belief, we can find no evidence that private schools actually increase student performance," said Jack Jennings, the center's president and a former staffer in the Democratic-controlled House, in a press release. "Instead, it appears that private schools simply have higher percentages of students who would perform well in any environment based on their previous performance and background."

    Read more: Are Private Schools Really Better? - TIME

    The Answer Sheet - Are private schools better than public schools?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    This is going to be a titantic challenge between a Big Govt. liberal in the WH and the promise from the Republicans after last night's election

    Republicans promise an era of limited government
    Maybe some day they'll actually keep that promise. [/sarcasm]

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    When it's really there, yeah. Too bad it's just a figment of imagination in the minds of some conservatives who are constantly extolling the virtues of the (often illusory) "free market."
    I haven't seen any proof of your rants but I have seen a lot of proof of the failures of the liberal agenda. You cannot legislate stupidity which is what you seem to want to do. No one forced anyone to take out a credit card and then spend too much. No one forces you to buy from merchants that you deem "sleazy." You seem to want a Federal Govt. to legislate personal responsibility. Our govt. cannot even legislatate fiscal responsibility.

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    Maybe some day they'll actually keep that promise. [/sarcasm]
    We shall see, my bet is they do and further bet that Obama will use the veto pen. Hope he does as those vetos will be used to defeat him in 2012

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    We shall see, my bet is they do and further bet that Obama will use the veto pen. Hope he does as those vetos will be used to defeat him in 2012
    That assumes that the Republicans will actually DO anything. It will be interesting to see what ideas they actually have rather than their usual answer of No.
    I'm optimistic....
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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Health care and education.
    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    how do we know what things should cost without two seeprate people competing for your business? what keeps them from just charging anything they want?
    bump. I notice you have not responded to my question.

    please try to give an answer if you can. If you put a little thought into this, you might start seeing some problems with that you are suggesting.

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    Re: 2010 Midterm Results Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Graffight View Post
    Having healthcare wouldn't be such a huge burden if there weren't so many regulations around the health care industry, and companies weren't giving out company healthcare policies, and our income wan't being tax'd and we got to keep more of our money....people wouldn't be dying of treatable desieses if they learned how to save up money to pay for things when emergencies instead of relying on credit cards to mortgage their lives. As much as I want everyone to get the help they need...and believe me I do....I don't want people's help to come at my forced expense. Nobody should have a right to my life except for me, even if they are dying. If i didn't cause that person's life, then it shoudn't be my responsibility, unless I choose for it to be.

    Once again, a lovely sounding platitude from the right wing that conveniently ignores some ugly realities.

    My brother had major heart surgery earlier this year to treat a genetic heart defect that had become life-threatening. (IOW, he did not have heart problems because of unhealthy lifestyle.) The good news: he survived the surgery. The bad news: he has not recovered enough to be able to return to work, and his out of pocket medical expenses, which run into six figures, far more than his income, have forced him into bankruptcy.

    This is not an unusual problem

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