Chewing tobbaco is definitely NOT better for someone to use than cigarretes. They put plexiglass shards in with it so that it cuts your mouth and gives you a direct to bloodstream nicotine rush and there is a significantly higher possibility of various types of mouth cancer. Also IMHO a little smoke is a lot less nasty than someone spitting smelly nasty gobs of brown s*** all over the place.
Then waste no time and kill yourself!
ontopic: Why would you spend money on tatoos when you can buy a bike and ride it. Or buy food and eat it/give it to some1 in need. Or donate to charity. Or do anything that is actually useful INSTEAD of being a walking AD. Tatoos are SO last century. That talk 'I did it so I feel good.' is bs. Do you take drugs also? They also make you feel good. They are also expensive and do nothing good for you.
Yeah see thats one of the BIG problems with our culture... I have conspiracy theories on this.
Basically the American economy=COMPLETELY about consumerism.
Any US welfare program has limits on savings(retirement is not counted in this since you paid in for it). Disability/medical services have a 2-3k savings limit. In fact my fiancee is disabled and had a savings account when she was younger. They talked about taking her off SSI because your are expected to spend everything they send you within 3 months of receiving it(basically its being used as stimulus). What i believed happened is that while the amount you receive monthly is pegged to inflation, they dont peg the amount of resources you can own to inflation so we are still working on a decade or two ago what was a good sized savings account, whereas now 2k isnt ****.
Also generally people who are turned down are disabled. Disabled are all covered through another medical program.
Pretty much if you make sub 25k a year you will qualify for medicare..
Couple of restrictions like not being allowed to have 2-3k in savings etc
The common argument against it involves favoring a multiplicity of competing solutions over one monolithic one. Personally I don't see any reason why a publicly-funded one shouldn't exist, at least as a back-up plan for people who can't afford really good health-care. But actually a state-by-state system of public healthcare could probably do much better, since you would then have fifty different policies being tried at once. If one or two states' programs proved to be extremely popular, then more states would adopt those policies and you'd have a generally better system.
Well, it's not the Great Depression and probably on paper we could raise taxes and it wouldn't be a problem, but a "tax increase" scares a lot of people (unreasonably, IMO) and so it wouldn't pass.
One way to circumvent this is to not make a net increase but to first strip away existing, unnecessary programs or taxes, reappropriate money, etc. Housecleaning, in other words.
War would, in all likelihood, break out. The question is whether it would be a civil war, or a retaliation against China, or both. It doesn't cost that much money to push the big red button.
But are you Pirates? Image is everything.
Congratulations, you just used very particular assertions as evidence for an overly broad assertion. Furthermore, even if the particular assertions were true, the broad assertion wouldn't necessarily follow.
Do that again and our discussion is over. Permanently.
The poorest of the poor are covered FREE nationwide by the various Medicaid programs. Those who (for no apparent reason) refrain from applying for Medicaid often end up flocking to the various free clinics, at least here in New York State where we have quite a few.
All smaaaaallll countries. To be fair, a good argument could be made for letting states handle it, since most individual states are close to European countries in population, if not smaller. I think, actually, that Canada does this with its provinces; they fund low-population provinces so that everyone has the same budget.
I'm sure that Washington state or Colorado, as I may have said before, could do just as well as Norway et. al. in public health care. Education could use a reform or three, and specifically not throwing more money at it.
The current issue is, should we raise taxes during an economic slump?
As it gets bigger, you have to run a tighter ship. And to be fair, 5 million to 300 million is a 60x increase. This is not insignificant.
Also our political process is... how can I put this... not very efficient.
On the contrary; that kind of desperation breeds rash action, and it would be disastrous for anyone involved. Look at, say, Rome.
And I would so register for the Pirate Party. (For the record, I also agree with their platform, not just their name. )
Well, it's illegal to commit suicide in some places here...
From what i understood in that article, the chronically homeless is what was being discussed. IE the 1.2% is the people who are homeless for long periods of time. Since yall have limited public housing, but with an apparent time limit on how long it can be stayed in that puts your chronically homeless at a MUCH MUCH higher percentage than our own. Also people who stay at homeless shelters, are counted amongst our homeless. They have shelter in other words.
The U.S. military would Im sorry wipe the floor with Europes military , I mean this isnt saying that Europe is inferior its just not on that high of a priority to yall.
Also for the ley person at least in America religion and up upbringing (which is primarily religion) is where they get their morality Id venture to say most of the world area wise works that way.
The Executive is both the figure head and executor of America, so most americans want a President that shares the same values. Americans are very religious, unless your saying that being religious is bad which I dont think you are.
Europe is more homogenus then America though, most people are caucasian and share a common (albeit nasty war filled) history. I mean just look at the bios for any European country and compare it to the bio of america.
Also though the EU is big step forward towards an actual formal country its not, it doesnt have the same kind of governing authority of a sovereign nation. So do you think it would be a good thing for the democrats to have to cow tow to the pirate party so it can maintain its majority.
The weakness of those forms, is that once it becomes factionilized enough a radical group gains a massive amount of pull, now ask yourself would it be okay if the Norweigan conservative party had to cow tow to one of the nearly white supremist groups that got seats like in the EU from Britian?
The Dutch are not happy about the large groups of conservative Islamists that are imigrating into the country and parties have sprung up, I believe a house member? was even in america doing interviews on how the Islamist beliefs were undermining the Netherlands ad nauseum.
Also I would like an apology for Hagar the damn Viking has been clogging up the comics for ages while good stuff like the Farside and Boondocks are gone. And is it true its illegal to go bankrupt in Norway?
So you think you would be aware on the street just by seeing someone? I mean we are talking 1 in 250 people have trouble getting food. Also we arent talking about stomachs expanded from protein difference hunger. This is America, not Africa. Also "mo that is more then just not chosing to eat or similar." That is kind of unfair since this entire time we have been comparing based on capita, now your changing the parameters.
Quote from wikipedia on homelessness in the US »
* As many as 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year (1% of the entire U.S. population or 10% of its poor), and about 842,000 people in any given week. Most were homeless temporarily. The chronically homeless population (those with repeated episodes or who have been homeless for long periods) fell from 175,914 in 2005 to 123,833 in 2007.
A powerful military is good thing in that it secure an american citizen here and abroad, it allows the government to secure its interests abroad, and it allows the country to intervene to well do what it wants in foreign situations, you might no agree with like say Iraqi and Afghanistan but with a strong military a country can do those things and it doesnt need to rely of the U.N or another international group, which are notorious for being beucratic at the best and corrupt at the worst.
And it is a little bit of a what if scenario, but in this day and age we take for granted that there wont be a massive conflict because people know that its going to end up being a war no one wins because the U.S. military will beat the side its not on and the non-U.S. side could be forced to use nuclear weapons as its only reproach.
Also canada has what? A tenth of the population, its pretty homogenous compared to America and its not spread being centered mostly in the south in Quebec and Vancouver areas.
Also I dont think religion tieing to politicals like it does in America is a bad thing, I'm all for giving onto cesear what is cesears but if government loses the moralilty that religion provides it can be bad.
I think the U.S. has struck a nice balance not a christian state but also not turned into, and I love you dutchies so dont be too offended, into the Netherlands where their views on amoralilty have become just as tyrannical.
And you really have to experience the whole America before you can start comparing it, I havent and I am an american thats been to every state. The two party system might not give everyone a voice but it has to be that way since there are so many voices.
Parlimantary systems even in relatively homogenous places like Europe have problems with having to form coalitions to do stuff, imagine it in America with soooo many competing intrests. The only country that I can think of and its not a great comparison is India.
And that brings me to another point, yes we have social issues that are problems but compared to the other country that is as diverse as us we are lightyears ahead of it. I mean really; India has what I would consider slavery as present struggle in that the caste system even though outlawed is actively practiced.
Do you think an untouchable could be elected in India?
And your not part of E.U.? I didnt know that, why not?
Also I would venture to say most Americans love their country even though they might not agree with everything it does, and part of this comes from the fact that well people, you crazy liberals out there , get really upset they say they want to move to Canada, a country thats nearly identical to America.
And unless your really cynical and think its brainwashed masses what else really matters?
And if we are going by best, why are we ignoring military superiority?
Seriously this argument seems to be you defining what is best by what you feel is best and it happens to be what Norway is best at and ignoring the weakness of Norway, like a state church, as not really part of the culture.
America has the highest nominal GDP of sovereign nations, has a PPP based GDP in the top 10 as I said early against countries it dwarfs in size, population, and diversity, a military that would defeat any other country.
BTW what parties did Norway ellect to the EU? I know conservatives and ultra conservatives did well in most of europe did Norway follow suit?
Much like immigrants we also spit on poor people on a regular basis. Everytime i go to wal mart I make it a personal mission to spit at the homeless.... only wait... ive never seen a homeless person in my life. So essentially what you are saying is people there are hungry because the dont go to the places with food... thats exactly what happens here.
as stated before you do not have the people that we do either. your system would collapse around it's ears if it had the same amount of people that we do.
the fact that they are trying to spend a trillion dollars and it isn't even going to cover the people that they want to cover says quite a bit.
not to mention the thousands more that will lose their coverage and be on the government plan.
they can't pay for what they are doing now.
their only choice at this point is to raise my taxes to pay for a service that i will not use which is less money for me and my family to support itself on.
yea we do need to straighten out our government and stop them from meddling in our lives.
I seriously doubt that. i very seriously doubt you can get the cancer drugs that we can get here. some of them cost 40K for treatments. i doubt your government run healthcare system will pay for that.
Yeah, and other governments are not the US government. I will agree that other countries gov't health care runs fine for the most part, with exceptions for certain countries(i hear a lot of bad about the Canadian system). However, our government manages to not run any program efficiently, again part of having 300 million constituents spread over a area that is incredibly massive makes for more bureaucratic nonsense to cover the same objective.
So you mean to tell me in your country of 5 million no one has trouble getting food? Also remember our levels of consumption are different. The average American no having enough to eat is far different than the average European... because we are fat.
I have a suggestion for you. You know how Bush lied about WMD's? Thats how big the lies in Michael Moore films are. If you quote numbers from him it makes you a sheep. I have no idea how he is viewed outside of the US but hear a lot of people trust anything they hear without doing any fact checking, thats what allows MM to do well.
So take out the oil industry, and to fund all these wonderful government programs taxes increase massively? Neat how that works. Also how much of last years GDP increase was based off record high OIL prices?
The merger proposal was announced in December 2006. Under the rules of the EEA the merger was approved by the European Union on May 3, 2007 and by the Norwegian Parliament on June 8, 2007. Statoil's shareholders hold 67.3% of the new company, with Norsk Hydro shareholders owning the remaining 32.7%. The Norwegian Government, the biggest shareholder in both Statoil and Norsk Hydro, holds 62.5% of the company.
Obviously as a resident I take your information over wikipedia but just thought i would point this out.
Thats not true about our povery level to my understanding. They are counted in our population counts as a general rule.