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Monday, March 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Why something had to be done


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2 Comments

  1. Very interesting chart, Lex. It looks like we have a ton of money we are spending on healthcare here in the U.S. but it’s not really doing us very much good. Other countries that spend less have just as long a life span, and sometimes more. Do something! Do something! Quick!

    Damn statistics! This graph is deceiving! Shame on you Lex! (Trying to be helpful, ha!)

    This could just as easily be a graph of beauty spending among women. Some women have a ton of money to spend on their appearance. Some don’t. Yet the spending does not correlate exactly to the result, for reasons that need to be examined, beyond God-given good looks. Let’s just take the U.S. and Japan, for example.

    The U.S. is like the rich woman who goes to every spa and buys every wrinkle cream and hires a fitness trainer, but then she still ends up less beautiful than the rich Japanese woman, who also has the money but doesn’t spend it on that stuff. Why? Well, it’s because she eats a bucket of fried chicken every night and tosses back 3 or 4 margaritas (with salt). She gets a face full of zits, can’t zip up her pants, and wonders why? Depressed, she buys acne cream online and decides go out to forget her trouble. She dances ’till dawn and develops bunions and blisters, falls down and cracks her head on the bar (ooh, what a shiner). Next morning, she looks even worse!

    If she would just go to bed early, eat fish and rice and drink tea like her Japanese sister, her beauty could could be equal, for less.

    Here is the rub. Your gang wants to force the American lady to do what the Japanese lady naturally does by taking away her money and making some of the beauty-reducing behaviors illegal. No fried chicken allowed! No sodium! No staying out all night! No dancing!

    Admit it! I am sure you are already coming up with a bunch of logical fallacies, but it comes down to this. The way I want to handle things is to let people figure out what they want to spend their money on. People who waste their money will naturally suffer unpleasant consequences. Or, it’s OK with me if Mrs. Thurston Howell III down the street wants to join a $100-per-minute spa and all she suffers is a little pinch in the pocketbook. I am OK with that. Protect the children, fine. But adults need to be adults. Or else they won’t. True reform would force people to prioritize their health, education, and welfare. So far your 100 years of intervention has caused a decline in the number of people willing and able to do what it takes. They don’t have to, ’cause the government will step in and take care of it for them. Sad, very sad. And it doesn’t even work. Case in point: public schools.

    You are probably saying that this is “too simplistic” and just “stoopid” but the truth is always simple. Big government always ends badly. Always. Personal responsibility always triumphs. Always. And we are at the tipping point. I agree with you about many of the business issues. That stuff is nuts, but when you go back to the root causes, again I am seeing big government opening the gates of greed. EVERYONE should be a homeowner? What?

    Comment by Liz Reiman — Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:35 am @ 9:35 am

  2. “My gang”?

    And, no, Liz, if there’s one thing that 35 years in the real world will drill into you, it’s that truth is not always simple.

    I would prescribe Valium, but then I’m not a doctor.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:18 pm @ 5:18 pm


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