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- Hey Philip can I ask what's your opinion on google+ and how you like it comparing facebook and twitter. Thanks love your shows!Jul 1, 2012
- philip good sir...i know auto emails are now the big thing...but im trying
to offer a front to what is happening via turkey/syria....i know these auto
emails are fabulous but im trying to give you something from someone who is
actually in turkey including video...i will also travel to where you feel
is best to get the shots...this is what i do.Jul 1, 2012
- @Scott Swain I was in the army and I agree completely. Terrible doctors where I was.Jul 2, 2012
- HeyI really appreciate you putting your concerns out there. You want fairness. You want people who care to be in charge of redistribution of wealth. I hear you say: "You may not trust your government to run it properly, but why trust private companies who demonstrably don't give two shits whether you people live or die?" and that is what I get from it. I also think we share the same end goal; we both want fairness and a healthy populace. We would also both love it if we were paying into a system that guaranteed that people who need help can get it.
I think we merely differ in method-to-get-there. I here you speak of governments and corporations. "Why trust private companies... [to care]?" you ask. Right now we "trust" government to care. I actually think that since government has no competition or "customers"; can't call em customers if it is forced paying for our products & services, right? But with corporations, at least (a) they can't force us to buy their product; and (b) customers can spread word to other customers if a product or service is substandard or a company otherwise seeks to take advantage of customers. And yay, especially nowadays with the Internet, word spreads super fast! Remember when those FoxConn factories (Apple parts, xbox parts) was brought to light and people rallied to get working conditions changed in those factories? And even the current boycott of Apple, for example; and (c) the vote (money) of their customers can bring companies down. Plus, companies have competition with other companies doing the same thing.
What do you think about that?Jul 2, 2012
- How long can you go without insurance without having to pay the tax? I'm still under my parents' for a couple more years, but I'm curious.Jul 2, 2012
- - I find it very hard to disagree with most of what you're saying, and you're right - we do both want the same thing, but it's the path there that we might disagree on - maybe not :) But what I do say is that I have some 'fairness' where I live. Or at least, I can put my trust in a system that is designed to protect me, keep me and my family alive. I'm ONLY talking about the health service. God knows the current conservative government would love to strip it down, sell it off, get rid of this massive expensive burden. And if they tried to take it away, like what happened here in the 80's, the people would turn on them so fast, because perfect or not, it works (more or less). It's expensive and inefficient, but it's not THAT expensive or inefficient that the alternative is better. No way! But that's our perspective, and I'm sure you'll find many people on my side of the water to disagree with me too :)
Society is a collectivism. We all benefit from the most basic of things like generally being happy. That's a mix of education, good health, good diet, low stress and a general sense of well being in my opinion. I'm sure we can both agree on that. And anything that takes away from that mix, erodes that happiness, is fundamentally a bad thing.
Also, it's a subtle element of your vocabulary, but you shouldn't be or think of yourself as a customer of the government, you are their client. To compare a company and a government like that is intrinsically wrong because they are intrinsically different by design. A company is geared from day one to provide goods and a service at a profit. That's it, despite their PR messages. A government is charged with the sustenance, development and protection of it's people and a government that doesn't do those things is a bad government and not for it's people or their best interests - how could it be? That function is never in a company's mandate, even with the best of intentions or the best of leadership. It's core is profit-driven. Perhaps over generalising but allow me that for now. Sure, the government must do things with money, and sometimes those differentiations do get muddled, sometimes to the point where you almost cannot tell them apart, but that does not mean that they are, or ever should be the same. America's European founders escaped a tyranny of taxes to create something new, something full of hope. I can't say if Obama is that hope, despite what his posters said, because you live there and I live here. And those companies do not create hope. They create profit. Maybe right now, your government isn't capable of being trust worthy, to be that caregiver it's supposed to be (and the same is true over here - I'm not taking any moral high ground here), but you and your countrymen should put your effort into MAKING them fulfill that role rather than falling back on the corporations and the money makers. There are other options! And on the Foxxconn point, we already have that collective bargaining and reasoning - it's called Democracy. Thanks for taking the time to answer me so reasonably when I was so flippant to begin :)Jul 2, 2012