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.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
As for taxes, no, you pay no tax unless you refuse to be insured. So, a general tax has not been passed. You're misrepresnting the issue for partisan reasons, as best I can tell.
Also, I have not been silent. I have answered you. You have not replied back that I know of. But I have answered you.
Medicare, for example, has been around for almost 50 years now. That does not change a thing about the havoc it's wreaking on the country financially, even though you could point to its longevity and allege it's stood "the test of time."
Last edited by Neomalthusian; 07-06-12 at 04:26 PM.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
The need for medical attention across the world is not dictated by deliberate unhealthy lifestyles, nor do I believe this is so in the USA (despite your level of obesity). Disease, accidents, genetic abnormalities, all require medical intervention. To argue that the healthy at any given point in time are being penalised by contributing to a medical system which provides for the entire citizenry, simply makes no sense. Given that the social contract requires us all to contribute, via taxation, to the welfare of society in which we live, how can you logically argue this?
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E.M. Forster