No, because I'm not familiar with the US medical system.
And, you're only baiting me.
What would your response be to each of the three options you outline,
were I to suggest them one by one? Let's see if I am reading you
correctly or not, Charlie...
Life. Nature's way of keeping meat fresh. -- Dr. Who
That's pretty funny. It wasn't a smooth side step... it was a clumsy
Let's re-phrase the question... let's suppose YOU were given a
prescription for orthopedic shoes from a govt healthcare provider and
the shoes said "Made in China". If you go back to to that healthcare
provider and ask for a a prescription for a different brand made
somewhere you approve of, they tell you that's the only one they will
write a prescription for. Add to that, for all practical purposes, you
cannot change healthcare providers.
Do you have any thoughts on what you might do in such a situation?
That's certainly fair enough.
If you're willing to oblige, I have another question for you... when
you speak or write, do you have a desire that reasonably intelligent,
reasonable and rational people consider seriously what you have to say
on any particular matter?
I'm still trying to figure out how the Chinese can buy wood from
us--trees--and turn it into plywood that sells for about 2/3 the price of US
or Canada made plywood. Double shipping has to add up, regardless of low
cost labor, and a lot of plywood manufacturing costs are in the equipment.
I was once in the "Don't buy from China -- ever!" camp because I thought
that to do so would support a repressive regime. But in 1997, I got to
tour a Chinese factory and communicate (through an interpreter I trust)
with employees when the bosses weren't around. My eventual conclusion
was that capitalism is more likely to accelerate China's evolution to a
democracy than to perpetuate the Chinese Communist Party.
I'd say that's the hope and I agree. But there's a little man in my
head that does wonder sometimes if something unforseen and terrible
could come out of a really big and really rich communist/capitalist
hybrid with 1.3 billion people.
Absolutely! But it won't be solved by chiding people to boycott Google
or to stop buying Chinese products at Wal-Mart. No matter how strongly
the case against buying from China is made, people will continue to buy
at record rates.
Doing something about it requires the US policy makers to recognize that
the country is sleepwalking into disaster, and must make smart and tough
changes to head it off.
To me, the biggest problem is that the government and consumers are
spending the US into debt at an unsustainable rate, and enriching China
every step of the way.
1) The US administration is spending more than it collects in taxes, and
borrowing from China (and others) to finance deficits.
2) The US-China trade deficit is gargantuan! American consumers are
buying goods at a record pace from China, financing the growth of
China's manufacturing and military might. Basically, the USA is paying
the Chinese to overtake it.
It has often been observed that native Americans gave away their land to
sharp European traders for a few beads and trinkets. This looks like
the 21st century version of the same game, only this time, the Chinese
are the sharp traders.
Google censorship and buying Chinese goods at Wal-Mart are irrelevant
distractions compared to this. What's needed is BIG, across-the-board
changes to government policy. IMHO, a smart and gutsy 2nd term US
President would be addressing this problem now, not waiting until
everyone and his dog thinks it's serious. But since the needed changes
would require pain and sacrifice, the ruling party (whether R or D)
won't act until they think it will help them win the next election, so I
wouldn't bet on anything much happening until it's too late. This is
the major weakness of democracy -- we don't respond to problems until
they balloon into crises. China doesn't have that problem.
Hummm, as one who's salary is effectively paid by the chinese students
who attend the university where I work I can only comment:
Probably when an experiment, for which there is no risk assessment,
using bio-hazardous materials, gos wrong and something really nasty
Maybe this is a simplistic way to look at it, but there are huge
variations in standards of living throughout the world. I think what's
going on is a little "evening out" and I'm not sure that's such a bad
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