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Canadian officials have come out against the exporting of drugs to the US since it is believed that it will lead to higher prices and shortages for the Canadians. So even if the administration decides to allow it, it still won't happen. It would also increase the chances of harmful drugs making their way across the border and doing more harm than good. Although I believe that drug prices are too high and that far too much money is spent by the drug companies on advertising, I don't think that reimportation from Canada will be beneficial in the long term.
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On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 21:58:39 -0400, "Eric Tonks"

If you check my earlier comments, I had defined my use of "socialism" here: "So, to the extent that socialism=the state knowing better than the markets and acting to impede the markets, that would be socialism being responsible for the disparity."
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Y'know, I've never known a company that survived by "wasting" money. That's government's task.
Advertising must do something for them.

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THEY delivered fuel and food to my kid, and will be audited to death (and regret for accepting) on their cost plus contract. Waste is giving food stamps so people can afford to buy beer and cigarettes.
You, sir have allowed others opinions to cloud reality. I'm sure you personally have never had an original thought, nor have you learned to spell Halliburton.

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George responds:

Now, I just got snarled at t'other day for mentioning spelling, so what the hell.
Food stamps are not a waste when used properly, but they are also not an example of business, which is what I think the OP was trying to provide.
I don't think they can legally be used to buy beer and cigarettes, either, but I've been wrong before, at least once. The biggest knock I can give them is that they come without instructions for a proper diet: I see far too many chips and cookies in the baskets that are paid for with food stamps and far too little fresh fruit and vegetables.
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Learn to think. The use of the food stamps for food allows them to afford the other stuff. One of the traditional scams is selling them at discount for cash (to buy other chemicals), something they're trying to cure by issuing debit cards.
Is there no end to your presumption? Twenty plus years in EMS and you lecture me on medications, and now on what food stamps can buy on the legal market, something I had to enforce? You know, you're seated in front of a reference library. If you know one tenth of what you presume you know, you'd look things up.

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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnotforme (Charlie Self) wrote in message

They may not "legally" be usable for cigs & beer, but in any area with a reasonably large population of Food Stamp recipients they are used like cash for any purchase such as drugs, sex, cab fare, etc. They quickly become (il)legal tender, freely transferred and freely accepted. That is why the feds have tried moving to debit card technology for food stamps and welfare payments. I don't know how well that is progressing at this point.
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It's moving out of the urban areas, though I heard some rumors that there were some challenges to the process. Something about the information on the magnetic strip constituting a privacy issue.
We've got here in the boondocks.

Waste is giving food

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On Fri, 29 Oct 2004 14:34:00 -0700, David Hall wrote:

I worked for a company that did EBT processing (electronic benefits transfer). The tech is cool; it does solve a lot of problems. One guy called the help line: "Hey, I just scored this card and it won't work!" So helldesk tells him, "just stay right there while we work on it." He was still standing there when the squad car pulled up and took him away.
The POS terminal can talk to the scanner, and allow only healthy stuff to be charged to the card.
People are clever, though, so there's still somebody, somewhere, gaming the system with EBT cards.
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Andy Dingley asks:

C'mon, Andy. You KNOW socialism is responsible for everything--unless it's sumpin good.
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Don't you think it would have been better if She had allowed for the euro instead of keeping the pound? Isn't it a lot cheaper to vacation in Italy nowadays?
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You think maybe if the demand in the UK was as large as it is in the US, your suppliers could get a bigger price break?
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Since the market there calls for a different configuration, doubtful. Don't know precisely, but think 16% is VAT on top of what duty and shipping cost.

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