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Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by Eric Christian, Oct 4, 2013.
You could use the iPhone to check the bus schedule because you couldn't afford a car.
They must be. The OECD nations I've been providing links for that have 'social' health care systems are democracies. Socialist and ex-socialist nations are struggling, but Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea and a few other nations aren't socialist nations. All of these nations manage to afford universal health care systems despite many of them being economic small fries compared to the US. If Fox News is suggesting that countries' economies are failing because they spend too much on health care, then yes, they're making it up. I don't watch Fox News, so ... is that something they're claiming these days?
I would be careful putting Japan on the list of nations doing well for themselves. I've been hearing lately that they will crash anytime because they're so ridiculously in debt.
I know nothing about economics so this might be BS, but it's what I've heard.
Sounds like a joke, but it's kinda legit... I use my phone for the same thing and I DO have a car...
"How well are all these socialist nations doing anyway?"
Take those glasses off and just consider whether or not some of the things they do could be useful over here... I swear I get tired of ppl trying to push everything into a clearly defined box seemingly only to afford ourselves the privilege of pointing our fingers and saying what we do is better...
I doubt it - they've been saying the same thing about the US for forever. Looking at it now, the US owes $56k per person, and Japan owes $100k per person - that's so crazy! That's like every one of us went on Oprah, "You're getting a free house! You're getting a free house! You're alll getting free houses!"
Also, totally apologize if those figures are off by an order of magnitude - too many zeroes to keep track of, but I think it checks out.
"And you're all getting a 30 year HARM!"
It's total bullshit. Note how, yes, people have been screaming about deficits! debt! omg inflation! for... years and years and years. And nothing has manifested. See also how they keep using different, repeatedly debunked arguments to consistently call for spending cuts.
Japan is actually a really good model for our current situation (see also Paul Krugman's writings; worked a Nobel Laureate out of his work there, and those models have accurately accounted for basically everything that's happened in the US in the last 8 years). It's a demand shortfall where the economy is up against the zero lower bound - where interest rates have basically no room to move down because they're already so low, and inflation is also extremely low.
Although if you have to walk to work there's a lot to be said for a good comfy pair of shoes. ....