Thursday, February 25, 2010

I suppose the USA military is too big for the Federal System to handle as well.

Lamar Alexander
"Our country is too big, too complicated, too decentralized…" (click title to entry - thank you)

Perhaps Senator Alexander, the slickest GOP politician yet, hasn't noticed that the Federal System of government has been handling health care in cooperation with the States for a long, long time.

It is out of control, Bubba !

In 2007, U.S. health care spending was about $7,421 per resident and accounted for 16.2% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP); this is among the highest of all industrialized countries.

Dah !

Health care costs have been rising for several years. (click here) Expenditures in the United States on health care surpassed $2.2 trillion in 2007, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980. Stemming this growth has become a major policy priority, as the government, employers, and consumers increasingly struggle to keep up with health care costs. [1]

That is EXPONENTIAL growth, honey. No system of ANY kind can sustain under exponential growth. It is not possible. The health care system will COLLAPSE if there isn't something done about it, NOW ! Alexander is incompetent. The Federal Government has to handle health care, it is not OPTIONAL. course, the GOP wants to dissolve the sovereignty of the country and hand it over to corporations. What do ya say? Good idea?

Oh. Wait. We have a lien against the USA that the GOP exponentially ran up during the Bush/Cheney years while the Republicans fought an illegal war in Iraq. Oh, that's right. I guess China has first option to buy before any corporations do.

Speaking of China, I've been meaning to do an entry about that.

China warns US over future Taiwan arms sales (click here)
The Associated Press
Thursday, February 25, 2010; 11:20 AM
...China demands that the U.S. "speak and act cautiously" to avoid further damaging ties and upsetting relations between Beijing and Taiwan, Defense Ministry spokesman Huang Xueping was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency....

I can understand why China is more than miffed at the actions of the USA government in recent months, especially when it comes to Taiwan, but, China has a problem to solve. That problem is North Korea. It is unrealistic for China to bark angrily at the USA about rolling up the welcome mat, when the countries in the region are threatened by North Korea's nuclear capacity.

What is the USA suppose to do, keep its fingers' crossed in anticipation that North Korea won't launch against Japan or Taiwan? What makes China so sure that North Korea is as 'in control' as it wants the world to believe it is.

North Korea openly distains the USA and wants to achieve the ability to launch nuclear missiles against the West Coast of the USA, if not DC or the interior of the country if it can. What would be a 'bigger and wetter kiss' to the USA from North Korea, but, to actually launch against Japan or Taiwan?

I would think China would be on the same page as the USA over this and see the benevolence of protecting Taiwan from North Korean hostilities.

I actually don't see this as an agressive act against China. I mean get for real here. Where would China even be with its space programs without the USA? I think China needs to 'rethink' its position in regard to the insecurities of Taiwan and Japan right now and GET REAL with North Korea. China is trading insults with the USA without resolving the PROFOUND security issues on the Korean Peninsula.

Hello? Sorry to be so brash, but, after all what the heck is everyone thinking?

I don't recall anyone dissolving the One China Policy. Yes?

Dawn Brancheau probably had a broken neck and never knew what happened to her.

There are still many questions in the face of obvious natural behavior by this Orca. Those behaviors are noted in the wild when two Orcas are noted tossing a sea lion pup between them only to abandon it to its mother on the beach.

No trainer should ever be so sure the animal, whom's natural instincts they draw on to facilitate communication, is ever so removed from their instincts to feel they are safe from them.

Sea World has job to do and policies to review. Their trainers are very dedicated in order to 'stay in tune' with the animals they work with for the public to come to interact. It is that 'dedication' that placed Dawn at risk today. The 'bonding' is important, but, when she recognized an aggitated behavior by the Orca, it should have been a warning and NOT a call to action to try and calm him. With aggitiation, he should have been removed to a holding area and sedated until better behaviors were noted.