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  •  VA is our best socialist institution... (12+ / 0-)

    ...it's socialized medicine for our socialist  military. If we only treated our non-military citizens as well. The VA system is consitantly rated above privately owned networks for it's quality of service to it's patient population especially for chronic care. And the VA patients usually have multiple comorbidities that make treatment even more challenging. So please, don't rag on the VA, as a nation, they give great value for money in helping a particularly difficult segment of our society.

    (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

    by Enterik on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 05:12:35 AM PST

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    •  My father (19+ / 0-)

      once told me the biggest socialistic/communistic part of our own Government was our Military.

      For turning your life over to the Government, they give you food, housing, medical care, etc.

      I had not thought of our military like that but he's right.

      -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

      by MarciaJ720 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 06:14:19 AM PST

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      •  A good meme to spread after a little massaging... (2+ / 0-)
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        Gustogirl, dejavu

        ...one whiff of the word socialism and a lot of people will be turned off by received bias. Word choice is key and difficult to manage as the United Sates represents the pinnacle of individualistic societies on the individual-communal spectrum.

        (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

        by Enterik on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 06:42:12 AM PST

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      •  My Uncle (5+ / 0-)

        was a 3-star general in the marines.  We haven't spoken since my dad called him a socialist to his face (said Uncle is to the right of Limbaugh), as he had never earned a penny not paid for by the taxpayers - he joined the marines, did a tour in Korea, got out and got a degree on the GI Bill, then went back in as an officer, raising 8 kids, of which 3 went to Annapolis.

        Dad had a point.

        My life is an open book, and I want a rewrite!

        by trumpeter on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 10:48:40 AM PST

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        •  Probably got a cushy mortgage as well... (0+ / 0-)

          ...don't forget three squares, free room and board, travel the world, on the job training, civil service preferences, parades. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and our domestic security agencies are the frickin WPA for the 21st century.

          You know I've worked for the government my entire adult life, 4 agencies, for most of that time I got poverty level wages and no health care. Now I do, but it's 20% of my take home.

          Even so, I don't begrudge them their entitlements, I just think much of what they are given is what we should do for all citizens...

          ...now you all know I'm a socialist too :-P

          (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

          by Enterik on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 07:41:29 PM PST

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