John...I wish you well on your upcoming surgery and hope you are able to attain all the benefits you have outlined in your posting. But John...your politics are showing. Whatever your particular political leanings are this forum is not the place for expressing them. The hair on the back of my neck rises when I hear phrases such as "war of choice in Iraq" and other such present government tidbits scattered throughout your rant. As I recall we were being shot at in the skies over Iraq while we were enforcing a U. N. mandate. I don't see "choice" entering into the discussion at all when considering whether we fight someone who is shooting at us. This is not a philosophical question like most academians love to assert when in front of an audience of like-minded shallow-thinking people who lean toward a socialistic system where "government can take care of everything." I can blow holes in most things in your rant but I will leave it at that and just let you know that words have meanings based on your frame of reference and I know definitely where you are coming from.
Whoops Salty ... Speaking of rants, your radicalism is showing. I would hate for you to shoot holes in this "shallow minded thinker".
Who said anything about socialistic? We have a medical coverage crises in this country. Just because you (and I) are old enough for Medicare doesn't mean that the Fifty Million Americans without medical coverage should be left to shift in the wind. Outside of the indefensible trillions spent on war that should have been better spent protecting American's health, no one argued about war.
My comments were about medical care and medical coverage. It needs fixing in a big way.
"Whoops Salty ... Speaking of rants, your radicalism is showing."
Yeah I guess I am a radical and you know something...I am proud of it. A Radical American...has a nice ring to it, doesn't it!
During the Depression I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. Each man stood on his own two feet taking care of his family as best he could. Acceptance of assistance was frowned upon generally and rejected by most except that given by the nearest of friends or relatives or good church people in the direst of times. The values of that time were transferred to me. We had a mistrust of governmental handouts and the strings attached.
It is always interesting that, when one espouses American ideals of working hard, taking care of your family and not expecting government handouts, it is a "radical" view in some eyes. I am called a radical when I say that Americans are a unique people that want the government to do what the Constitution calls for and no more than that. Our present government is rapidly moving toward "cradle to grave" care for everyone in all aspects of our lives. And this includes health care. I can empathize with those who beseech the government to do more and more but carefull what you wish for...it will be too late after its in place. Whether one likes to call it by other names or use pleasant sounding words socialism has begun in America with the takeover of the finance system and the auto industry. A socialized form of federal health care for all is coming and with that will be a general detirioration of the system.
Why is it that everytime the liberals want to get some of their programs passed regardless of the consequences they say we are in the midst of a "crisis". And who said anything about forgetting about the 40 to 50 million Americans who reportedly have no insurance coverage. There are ways to solve that without coverting over to socialism such as, for example, qualifying each one of these non-covered people with a wage-means testing and the government pay their insurance. Taxes will go up on all working people and income-producing people. There would be relatively little affect on the remaining covered people and our traditional health delivery system...the best in the world...will remain intact for all to enjoy.
Now, the meat...you need to go back and read carefully my comment regarding the war in Iraq. I made reference to "choice" of war in Iraq as if we elected on our own to go to war without any consideration for all the events involving Saddam that led up to our involvement. The present government likes to make it appear that we just arbitrarily put on our field packs, shouldered our weapons and marched off to conquer foreign lands. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lies and damm lies have a way of clouding the issues and historical fact. Another reason for my lack of trust in the present government to get it right in an issue as important as health care.
And, finally, a personal note. When I was 18 I signed a contract with the U.S.Army that I would render such services as they desired and they would provide me with reportedly the best medical care for the totality of my life. I am technically still in the Army at the age of 77...They chose to transfer me to the Retired Rolls. My contract with them is for life but, technically, I could be activated at any time should the need arise. So, do not under any circumstance think that I am on the dole or receiving handouts from the government. It is earned in blood.