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Some Thoughts on the Debate

Since I’m in blog mode lately here are some things I was thinking to myself last night during the Republican primary debate.

1.  Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.  I just heard Mitt Romney say on television that social security isn’t a Ponzi scheme for the people who have been getting it for the past forty years, the problem is that it doesn’t work for future generations…….!  That’s exactly the definition of a Ponzi scheme!  The people who get in at the start benefit but eventually it falls apart and someone gets screwed.  Calling it a Ponzi scheme doesn’t mean that nobody has ever benefitted from it, it means that they have/and are benefitting at the expense of some future generation.  Can we please just call it what it is?  If you still like it then fine, say that.  But this guy is jumping all over someone else for saying something that is factually accurate because he knows most people don’t know what it means and will react negatively based on some general threatening feeling that they he might stop the checks from coming in.  Furthermore he says that it was not forced on the people.  This is proof that Romney is a progressive I think.  He sees us as “the people,” a collective.  Somehow in his mind we collectively wanted this so it wasn’t forced upon us.  But I don’t want it!  And yet the money comes out of my paycheck every month anyway.  Anyone who looked at the people as a collection of individuals would find it quite obvious that it is in fact forced upon me.

2.  People don’t understand what education does.  Newt Gingrich says 99 weeks–the amount of time some Americans have been unemployed–is enough time to get an associate degree in medicine (or something like that).  So he wants to make them get trained while on unemployment and thinks this would fix our unemployment problem.  The difference between a doctor and a non-doctor isn’t just that one happened to go to medical school.  There is an interesting economic theory about education that says it might actually have very little to do with increasing someone’s productivity and a lot to do with identifying their underlying ability.  As someone with some experience in education I can tell you it’s some of both but the idea that you can just take the unemployed and train them to be doctors and lawyers and solve the problem is misguided.  This is without even addressing the more obvious argument that this would misallocate the labor in the first place anyway.  Interestingly this is usually the sort of thing that comes from the left.

3.  Ron Paul is awesome.  This is not news but Hannity was actually pretty decent to him afterward which I was a little surprised by.  Paul did dodge an abortion question though.

4. Rick Santorum made Rick Perry look like a chump on immigration.  Unfortunately he (Santorum) lacks poise.

5.  There seems to be a lot of support for ditching the department of education.  This is fantastic, although I bet nothing comes of it.  But it even won the online poll of departments to cut.  I would love to see that issue come up in a general and see if the public is capable of standing up to Democrats saying Republicans don’t care about the children (and no doubt especially minority children).  Interestingly Perry made this argument with regard to immigrants but it didn’t go that well for him (see above).

6.  I feel sorry for Gary Johnson.  If you think Ron Paul has it bad you should talk to “the other libertarian.”  He was asked a question about Cuba and completely ignored it and talked about balancing the budget.  Normally I hate it when they do this but he’s go a point.  He gets like two questions and one is about flights to Cuba?  Come on.  By the way, our Cuba policy is ridiculous.

7. I can’t shake the feeling that we are going to end up with a Douche and a Turd Sandwich again.

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  1. September 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Great article! I felt the same way about pretty much everything. I’m a fan of Gary Johnson. He and Ron Paul would be a great ticket (provided they could get elected). I agree that Mitt Romney is a schmuck about the Ponzi Scheme (but that’s because he is kind of a liberal and politically expedient).

  2. Free Radical
    September 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Yeah, in other words he’s a turd sandwich…

  3. September 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm
  4. Littlefish
    September 24, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Good article. Tells it like it is.

  5. Free Radical
    September 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    That’s what I do (=

  6. Yan
    February 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    For me this is a relatively easy quseiton, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

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