[quote]Originally posted by Josey Wales:
wow..who came up with that system? sounds awefully confusing!</strong><hr></blockquote>
Its really not
(or it is but I tried to understand the US way of doing things and I found it more confusing than ours).
Its partly hundred year old habits of doing things (health care to anyone is a very old principle), Cold war politics (keep the people satisfied and they won´t turn red) and Keynes inspired economic policy from the 70´s. And also a focus on freedom to choose what kind of life (and esp. what kind of education) you want to have despite your bagground (thats partly the explanation for our educational system. Despite the fact that it make it easier for children of non-privileged parents to get an education it doesn´t always give them a better chance to get one than the US system (those who know Bourdieu knows why))