Good point, Sheldon, on both the education issue and the hunger. Hungry children have no boundaries, that's for sure.
For older Americans, us in our 50's and above, we grew up with Communisim is bad, Socialism is bad, etc. etc. So anything that can be labeled as socialism or socialized is deemed bad, regardless of merit.
In a nation as wealthy as ours, the USA, its a shame that to get good medical care, you either have to be rich on your own, have fantastic but expensive health insurance, or be so poor the govt pays for anyway. If you aren't in one of those categories, you aren't going to get the time of day out of most doctors and medical facilities. I have generally always been treated well over the years, but then I have always had good health coverage when my maladies struck.
Regardless, both Americans and Canadians have outstanding options available, compared to the majority of the world's other countries. For that, personally, I am thankful I was born here.
David in SC
Age 57, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18