Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Today's links...

  • This
  • is a great article by one Dr. Dean. Yes, that Dr. Dean. While I was never a huge fan of him as a candidate, he is turning into one hell of a post-candidate. And one topic that I will come back to again and again is the importance of science.


    Blogger Kevin said...

    At the end of the article Dean says his group is a "grassroots organization that supports socially progressive and fiscally responsible political candidates." If we take a prominent issue from Dean's campaign (as well as Kerry's), health care as a "right" for all Americans, we can easily see the contradiction in this statement. To accomplish this progressive goal it will take an absurd amount of money, and for a true "fiscally responsible" candidate this amount of spending is unacceptable.

    This speech about the cost of health care by John Kerry ( fails to mention how he is going to lower the cost of health care in detail. There are a lot of "glittering generalities" (a phrase Pat should appreciate from AP Government) in the speech. Kerry suggests that everyone visit his website to get the details - so I did, and I have been hard pressed to find any details. It's fairly obvious why the details are left out - the voter wouldn't like them very much. Kerry concludes by saying this..."I will finally complete the mission begun by Harry Truman, and I will make sure that at long last, affordable health care is a right, and not a privilege, for every American." I hope I don't have to make a big stretch here as to how every American will get affordable health care. Some Americans are dirt poor, so the only affordable price for them is $0. The government will provide the entirety of the coverage for these people at that low, low price, and the rest of us will pay for it, not just those making over $200,000. After the Bush tax cuts are repealed in Kerry's utopia, there will be more tax hikes - for the vast majority of wage earners. I really don't think this is a stretch. He won't be able to afford his plans without a high-percentage raise in the income tax, as well as the many other forgotten taxes (for instance, the silly taxes I had to pay on my recent speeding ticket, and taxes on goods like gasoline). Beyond all of that, having John Edwards as the VP doesn't help the fight against the "irresponsible lawsuits" that John Kerry points to in this speech as a cause for the high price of medical malpractice insurance - a very direct cause of the increased cost of practicing medicine in the United States.

    Since many Kerry supporters are merely anti-Bush and subscribe to the mantra johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway, I would expect a healthy criticism of plans like universal health care, especially from the "fiscally responsible" candidates that will receive the support of the good Dr. Dean.

    July 14, 2004 at 11:10 AM  
    Blogger Patrick said...

    It seems there are three issues to respond to in Kevin's comment:
    1. Dean as supporting fiscally responsible candidates.
    2. Kerry as fiscally responsible.
    3. That Kerry supporters are just supporting him because he is not Bush, and that he is not at all liked by his supporters, and that we think of him as a "douchebag" but will vote for him anyway.
    In this brief comment I will answer only the first issue, but I will soon devote a post to the other two.

    Little, in fact, needs to be said on this matter. Dr. Dean, as governor of Vermont, balanced the state's budget every year he was in office. Indeed, it was his fiscal responsibility that made him popular as a governor. For further information I direct you here. As can be seen, not only did he balance the budget, he also cut taxes while expanding health care and increasing environmental protection. Also note that even though this link is from African Americans for Dean, the article is originally from the Burlington Free Press.

    July 15, 2004 at 8:36 AM  

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