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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
It is a simple fact that 2000 could have been flipped by any state with 4 EVs or more.

I am not discounting the the large states. But they are not the whole story.

I am not discounting the smaller states either. I just say that the EC does not benefit the smaller states in particular. It benefits swing states.
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The UK falls into this area too



Was going alright over there till someone decided they wanted to be different

Come on you lot, come back into the fold and join the commonwealth, You know you like our flag

( Hides under a rock untell the dust settles )

The red coats are coming!! The red coats are coming!!

post #43 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
I mean that doctors, nurses, medical equipment and supplies, hospitals, clinics, etc. cost $. It is paid for some way. In your case probably through your taxes. It is not likely through the generous donation of time, services, supplies and facilities. But...even if that was the case, there is an economic (opportunity) cost associated with it.

Health care is not free.

And you are not stupid. Free health care means that people don't pay directly for healt care services.

EDIT: And it's totally doable...(!)
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post #44 of 120
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And you are not stupid. Free health care means that people don't pay directly for healt care services.

Not paying directly != free. Not paying directly makes it easier to swallow? Yes. Not paying directly makes it easier to disguise? Sure enough. Not paying directly makes it subtley different? Maybe.
post #45 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Is that your way of saying those sources are all wrong?

No. its my way of saying you don´t make an argument by linking to a lot of sites you found with an google search.

BTW remember: Jobs is god. Look for yourself.
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post #46 of 120
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No. its my way of saying you don´t make an argument by linking to a lot of sites you found with an google search.

BTW remember: Jobs is god. Look for yourself.

Now you are being silly. You could look at any ONE of those links and see the common reasons/arguments that were used to construct the EC. I could paste the whole damn text...but but why?
post #47 of 120
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Now you are being silly. You could look at any ONE of those links and see the common reasons/arguments that were used to construct the EC. I could paste the whole damn text...but but why?

If you think its valid arguments then make your own case for them.
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post #48 of 120
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Originally posted by Anders
If you think its valid arguments then make your own case for them.

First, if you read the sequence of posts, you'd see that I was providing sources for the "small state" argument to one poster that asked for it. EDIT: The multiple liks ought to demonstrate that it isn't/wasn't some obscure idea in the formation of the EC. It wasn't the only reason though.

Secondly, if I think that the arguments that were used originally are valid, coherent and reasonable, then it really isn't necessary to simply parrot them here for your benefit.

I know what the reasons for the EC are, and think they are still largely valid. Most that call for its abolishment are usually doing so because they were pissed off that W won in 2000 (and even 2004). Though I suspect we wouldn't hear from them if things had gone the other way...and if W had rec'd a majority of the popular vote but lost the EC. Of course, we'd be hearing the same from a different crowd to be sure.
post #49 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Not paying directly != free. Not paying directly makes it easier to swallow? Yes. Not paying directly makes it easier to disguise? Sure enough. Not paying directly makes it subtley different? Maybe.

Are you incapable of making normal arguments? Everyone knows that. Free healtcare refers to the policy of not having the user pay for healthcare directly.

Just like you consider the internet free. Of course it's not. Someone somewhere paid something for you to be able to read this.
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post #50 of 120
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Originally posted by New
Are you incapable of making normal arguments? Everyone knows that. Free healtcare refers to the policy of not having the user pay for healthcare directly.

Well then the term "free" is being mis-used...and I, for one, would like to use words as they were meant to be. If you are using "free" in the feedom sense of it, then we have that regardless of the payment system used. If you are talking about equal access without regard to insured-status...that is "universal healthcare".

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Just like you consider the internet free.

I don't consider the internet free.

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Someone somewhere paid something for you to be able to read this.

Huh?


NOTE 1: I am not arguing against universal health care. I am actually quite favorable to the idea. But it is not free (as in beer) or more free (as in speech) that current health care system as in the U.S.

NOTE 2: I would also call someone on the mat for suggesting that universal healthcare system lead to "rationing" and "free market" health care systems do not.
post #51 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
First, if you read the sequence of posts, you'd see that I was providing sources for the "small state" argument to one posted that asked for it.

I read the first link. It doesn´t mention the small state argument

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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Secondly, if I think that the arguments that were used originally are valid, coherent and reasonable, then it really isn't necessary to simply parrot them here for your benefit.

Sorry Chris. That is just too weak. Then we could convert this forum to an link spam celebration

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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
I know what the reasons for the EC are, and think they are still largely valid. Most that call for its abolishment are usually doing so because they were pissed off that W won in 2000 (and even 2004). Though I suspect we wouldn't hear from them if things had gone the other way...and if W had rec'd a majority of the popular vote but lost the EC. Of course, we'd be hearing the same from a different crowd to be sure.

You know? Do you have statements from those opposing the EC provin that? Do you have any statistics?

I have said here publicly, BEFORE the 2000 election, that in my eyes Nixon deserved the presidency (edit: in 1960 of course. Not after he proved himself to be a crook). It doesn´t matter who benefits from it to me. The EC is a wrong way of electing the prime/prez in all cases.
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post #52 of 120
New, if you stepped into the current American zietgiest on healthcare, where people go to the doctor for entertainment, where homeopathy is still considered worse that witchcraft -- and gave that mindset 'free' healtcare, it would be like giving away heroin at a rock concert.

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post #53 of 120
Me...

-Finish this darn war
-Balance Copyright laws (The DMCA is horribly one-sided. Needs consumer rights)
-Speeches/Interviews will also be downloadable using Bittorrent.
-Support science through funding/visits
-Increase funding for schools and de-emphasize some importance on homework. (In my community, it is no longer about learning, but used to keep kids indoors. Add a curfew, and I was a prisoner in my own house.)
-No outside influence from businesses in congress. (This is by the people, for the people, remember?) Any bribes/funds/connections is grounds for expulsion.
Oh, health care...
-Allow import of cheaper drugs as long as they meet the same standards as ours.
-Redo the health care situation. It is disastrous! Require itemized bills detailing each cost. Things get very expensive fast if you don't know what you are paying for.

I'll keep adding to this, but I have things to do ant this is taking longer than I expected.
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post #54 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
I wonder if those interested in abolishing the electoral college know the why's and wherefore's of its existence.

Of course. The Electoral College was a great way of enduring fairness. But the nation has changed dramatically since then, while the Electoral College has remained static.
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post #55 of 120
oh, you're twisting words. How mature.

Seems to me the use of the two terms is loose and interchangeable. google search

Edit: universal healthcare seems to be a term used mainly in the US.
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post #56 of 120
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But the nation has changed dramatically since then, while the Electoral College has remained static.

Well, it hasn't remained entirely static. But, more importantly, in what ways have the nation changed that warrant a change in the EC?

Does everyone really want a direct popular election of the president?
post #57 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Does everyone really want a direct popular election of the president?

Yes I want to spre<d democracy all over the world. I don´t see why a republican voter in California shouldn´t count as much as a democratic one.
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post #58 of 120
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Originally posted by New
oh, you're twisting words. How mature.

Seems to me the use of the two terms is loose and interchangeable. google search

I am not twisting words or their meanings in any way. Free has specific meanings. Period. Just because propagandist/marketing/publicity people wish to attach it to a plan (universal health care) in order to make it more appealing isn't my fault.

Health care is not free (as in beer) in any way, shape or form. It should not be labeled as such.

BTW...did you even bother to look at the first three links of that search?
post #59 of 120
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Originally posted by Anders
I don´t see why a republican voter in California shouldn´t count as much as a democratic one.

Huh?
post #60 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Huh?

If one billion voters of state X votes republican and one billion and one vote democratic then the republicans could have stayed home.
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Oh come on, I can google too, and I know it's a common argument made for it today. But I know of no arguments that were made that the electoral college would "protect small states" at the time. It was all about finding someone other than the people or the Congress to select the president. If you can find some original statements or historical analyses with citations, I'd be interested.
post #62 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
BTW...did you even bother to look at the first three links of that search?

The second link is a UN site describing healthcare delivered without cost to the receiver as "free healthcare".

So you have a more correct term, and my first language is not english.

You knew perfectly well what it meant, but still had to behave like an ass.
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post #63 of 120
New, do you not have any co-pays or deductibles in your system, i.e., do you not pay anything at all besides general taxes?
post #64 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
I wonder if those interested in abolishing the electoral college know the why's and wherefore's of its existence.

"Wherefore" means "why."
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New, do you not have any co-pays or deductibles in your system, i.e., do you not pay anything at all besides general taxes?

Hehe, good question. We have an entry fee in the healthcare system caped at about 100$, meaning that you have to pay a fee on doctors visits and hospital procedures, medicie or travle to and from hospital of about 10 $, which can be reclaimed in soem cases. But when yuor expenses reaches just above 100$, these fees stop. i guess this is a form of "co-pay" right?

We pay a lot of toll gates at road, which is supposed to go directly to road-improvement.

We pay a fee for national television, which is always a hot debate. But that's about it.

We have a 24% VAT (12% and non on some services). There are also extra taxes in some areas like gas and electricity and special tolls.

Companies pay direct taxes for employees social services.

The taxes are divded about 85% / 15% between the state and the local municipalities and counties.

And we have a progressive tax system where the less you make the less percentage you pay. The Really rich hide there income here, as everywhere else of course.
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post #66 of 120
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Originally posted by New
You knew perfectly well what it meant, but still had to behave like an ass.

Yes, I did know what you meant.

My "behaving like an ass" is your own feelings about the point I was making.

It is rather important to point out that "free" is not correct if for no other reason than people do not get deluded into believing that there is no cost to it. There is indirect or not. Bottom line is that your "free healthcare" is being paid for through your taxes (money from your pocket). So, unless you pay no taxes, you do pay for it.

Again, I am not opposed to this approach (universal) to health care. But I know it will cost something. It might cost more or might be less. Don't know that for sure.
post #67 of 120
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Originally posted by midwinter
"Wherefore" means "why."

Thanks mid.
post #68 of 120
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Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Thanks mid.

NP. It's a pretty common mistake thanks to Romeo and Juliet. See, when she says "wherefore art thou Romeo" she's not asking where he is; she's asking why it had to be him she fell in love with, why he had to be from that family.

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O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

And to get back on track:

1) Universal health care
2) Rebuilding public schools
3) Establishment of 5 national universities, one in each region of the country and each devoted to specific areas (sciences, arts, etc) that would be free and staffed with the rock stars of academia, who would also be paid like it
4) All Democrats are to join the NRA and take it over
5) 40 acres and a mule
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post #69 of 120
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Actually, I did know what you meant. My "behaving like an ass" is your own feelings about the point I was making. It is rather important to point out that "free" is not correct.

Hello mcfly, we all know services are paid for in some way. It's a digression and no real point at all. However "universal/free healthcare" exists and works.
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post #70 of 120
And implementing it would benefit you I think.
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Hello mcfly,

Sorry if I hurt your feelings. No nee to get snotty though.

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we all know services are paid for in some way.

Actually, I think this is quite untrue. I think many people believe that if they don't have a write a check for it, hand over some cash or slap down their credit card that things are free. In brief, I think very many people believe that anything that the government provides is free. So while you might not think this, many do.

In either case, is a mis-use of the word.

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It's a digression and no real point at all.

No. You are wrong.

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However "universal healthcare" exists and works.

Didn't dispute this.
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Didn't dispute this.

So you hijacked my whole thread, filling it with loads of junk, over a terminology dispute? *free* healthcare instead of *universal* healthcare.

I curse you with the pox.
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post #73 of 120
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And implementing it would benefit you I think.

Perhaps.

In what way do you think it would benefit me?

P.S. I think it might also. Like I said, I am favorably disposed to the idea of universal health care.
post #74 of 120
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So you hijacked my whole thread, filling it with loads of junk, over a terminology dispute? *free* healthcare instead of *universal* healthcare.

There is a huge difference. And if someone wants to make it part of their campaign platform they ought to know this.

Oh it's just terminology. It's just words.

Same goes for "free" public schools. The "free" universities suggested by another. Etc.
post #75 of 120
oh brother... everybody knows this chris.

I have to go now, Need to make a call with my "universal" cell-phone.
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oh brother... everybody knows this chris.

I have to go now, Need to make a call with my "universal" cell-phone.

Me, too. I need to go drive down the "free" road, which is of course protected from terrorists by the "free" national defense.
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post #77 of 120
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oh brother... everybody knows this chris.

I believe you are quite wrong (as already stated above).

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I have to go now, Need to make a call with my "universal" cell-phone.

Mixing in poor examples fails to make your case.
post #78 of 120
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Me, too. I need to go drive down the "free" road, which is of course protected from terrorists by the "free" national defense.

Right, and if people were running around saying stuff like that you might have a point. But, well, they don't and therefore you don't.
post #79 of 120
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Right, and if people were running around saying stuff like that you might have a point. But, well, they don't and therefore you don't.

Actually, I think this is quite untrue. I think many people believe that if they don't have a write a check for it, hand over some cash or slap down their credit card that things are free. In brief, I think very many people believe that anything that the government provides is free. So while you might not think this, many do.
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Actually, I think this is quite untrue. I think many people believe that if they don't have a write a check for it, hand over some cash or slap down their credit card that things are free. In brief, I think very many people believe that anything that the government provides is free. So while you might not think this, many do.

Fair enough...but next time actually quote me so is more clear that those are my words.

Then we all agree we can stop mis-using the term.
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