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World/US: Health Care
I posted about this topic back in May, and now we are coming "down to the wire."

Just the other day President Obama said that "We are going to get this done. We will reform health care. It will happen this year." We all hear that he wants the Senate and House to put something in writing, and to vote before August.

My question, and maybe yours, is why? What's the rush? Isn't this major, and so we should make sure we are overhauling this system we have currently, slowly and carefully?

What are your thoughts on why President Obama is trying to, in essence, force the US into Socialized Health Care. And what will the face of health care be? Do you feel the Media is representing this correctly? If you talk to your friends/co-workers/family members, in and out of the US, what's their view? Do they know the "side effects" of what this proposal are? (ie: long lines, high taxes...)

Have at it! please. Inquiring minds need to know!

Just Wars
the great beautiful eye
This is a debate I love to have and to listen to. What is the difference between a just war and an unjust war? Liberals think that all war is evil and therefore unjust, while conservatives believe that there are just reasons for war although they acknowledge that some wars are unjust and immoral. Any war requires the enemy to be dehumanized, but this dehumanization process facilitates savage behavior and also atrocities. Because of this, it is very important to understand the difference between a just war and an unjust war; without any understanding, all wars are painted with the same brush and look the same. So, what do you believe qualifies as just and unjust?

Um... when you reply, please don't mention Hilter or much from WW2. Few wars are as obvious as from that time period.

World: Health Care
global warming
Ok, since we seem to be jumping with people... *sarcasim alert*.... I want to move to something that is on the global scale.


This morning I was talking to a fellow teacher and she said she found it rather frustrating that the American government said she made too much money as a teacher and therefore her husband couldn't recieve disability. Understandable, since if you can afford things, why are you relying on someone else? But, she went on and said that if she got healthcare through the school, it would be half her pay check, and there was no way they could afford the back surgery he needs.

As President Obama and his administration is fully on the path to bring in Universal Medicine (around July 31st I heard he will push it through), what will this really mean for us as Americans, and the rest of the world. How has Universal Medicine - particularly if you live outside the US and have this already - look on the everyday person level? Will people say they want to go to America to get things done, or will they see we are no longer the freemarket for such surgeries and advances in technology and medicine?

I also included some links to help so we all can become more educated, because education = intellegent discussions.

So what's your thoughts? Comments? Theories?

AAPS Oct. 08
White House Official Page on Health Car
Healthcare reform can't wait
Last survor of Titanic sells mementos

USA: President Obama: Poll
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Let's kick things off with a hot debate! A Poll on how you feel about the changes we have experianced as America - and globally - since President Obama took Office.

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Welcome: Posting: Rules
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