If only. . .


h/t: Diana


  1. NewEnglandBob
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Yes, please. That would be a good start.

  2. Frank
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Yes! I would like to restart America with the likes of those who started America: Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin, i.e., “politicians” who were capable of serious thought and could provide serious discourse that DIDN’T resemble the tantrums of petulant five-year-olds.

    • FiveGreenLeafs
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

      Ah, that would be…

      Restart Amerika in ‘Safe Mode’ (SAFEBOOT_OPTION=Minimal): This option uses a minimal set of original politicians to start Amerika together with the drivers that you must have to load a basic functioning modern state Society…

      • Larry Cook
        Posted October 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

        Why do you spell “America” with a “K”? I’m asking this seriously. I’m sure it means something about how you view the country, but I truly don’t know what.

  3. AndrewD
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Please stop comparing U.S.Politicians to 5 year olds having a temper tantrum, it is unfair . Due to thir age, 5 year olds have poor communication skills, and need other ways to express thir needs.

  4. Stan
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    It will never be “free” – taxes will have to be collected to provide for it – but it should definitely be universal! I’d strike down the HCA in a second if it were to be immediately replaced with a single-payer plan.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely. The ACA is still private insurance. Capitalism does not work for health care because one can’t shop around for best price/value. The private insurance companies just add to the cost.

    • Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      Compared to the insane amounts we spend here and what little we get for our money, single-payer practically would be free.

      See today’s New York Times for a perfect example:


      Colchicine, for example, a medication used to treat gout and which could be found in a pharaoh’s tomb, costs $5 / pill here in the US. In the rest of the world, it’s often less than $0.03 / pill. Americans are spending thousands of dollars a year to treat asthma (and often skipping doses because they can’t afford them) while. In Europe, you could literally buy an entire lifetime supply of the medication for what an American would spend in just one year.

      This is not what civilization looks like.



      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

        And the US has a big population and therefore a big tax base. It wouldn’t take much to have the best healthcare system in the world. Canada has only 34 million people, spread out mostly along the US border. Yous* have over 300 million people in less than remote areas.

        *I wanted to say “yous” because it’s folksy 😉

        • Merilee
          Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

          Get your spelling right, Girl! It’s youse – LOL!

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

            Ha ha or youz maybe for teh interwebz.

            • Marella
              Posted October 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

              Never miss an opportunity to use a “z”.

            • Posted October 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

              Or younz…

  5. Curtis
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    No guns? Who would have them?

    • Marella
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      The army, and few select, well trained, police officers. Farmers, who need to shoot vermin (in the case of Australia mostly rabbits and foxes) and who obtain a license after proving they have done the training course and have somewhere safe to keep it. Sports shooters whose weapons are kept in securely locked facilities at the shooting range.

      • Curtis
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

        You forgot criminals. Oh that’s right . They’ll turn in their guns and just use knives and bats. Problem solved.

        • jeremyp
          Posted October 14, 2013 at 3:17 am | Permalink

          In the UK, that’s pretty much exactly the way it is, to the point that our police officers are not routinely armed (with guns).

  6. lanceleuven
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    That is excellent! 😀

  7. Chukar
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Diana, re: the error message.

    OK, now that was truly brilliant.

  8. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink


    And new instances of President (who spies on, and allow torture on, other threads) and Congress (whose thread is not releasing common resources).

  9. Lianne Byram
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha. Good one!

  10. Filippo
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I saw today in front of a hospital a sign with words to the effect that guns, concealed or not, are not allowed.

    I wonder by what verbal legerdemain gun enthusiasists would claim to be abused by not being allowed to carry guns into hospitals.

    • David Duncan
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      The rationale is that if they can’t carry a gun into a hospital then they have to leave it with someone who stays outside or just leave it at home, and not have it at other places where guns are allowed.

  11. Dawn Oz
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    You’d all wake up with an Aussie accent, as we have a splendid heath policy and no guns.

  12. Anders
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the US spends more per capita on healthcare than, say, Sweden (and just about everyone else) So compared to US, Universal healthcare in Sweden is not only free, it has a negative cost. Do it right, and you (US) could not only pay for everyones healthcare forever, but you could SAVE taxes doing it.

  13. Diane G.
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    If only, indeed.

  14. marksolock
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

  15. Posted October 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on π's blog.

  16. Jim Thomerson
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink


    I have gout, so I am aware of all this. This is the story of why colcrys at big bucks is all that one can get in the USA.

  17. rainbowwarriorlizzie
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink


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