The Bullet and the Foot, Oct 22, 2009
Quote of the day:
Well talk about getting a bad start to a morning. Someone near me was arrested for being naked in his own house. Way to go Fairfax's finest. Do I have to wear a bathrobe to the shower? Should I start wearing a swimsuit in the shower now? Now, color me wrong, but I get the sense that the Police have forgotten their job is not to arrest people. It's to protect the public. And bullshit cases like this are threat worse than burglars. But that's just me.
And after talking with an economist last night at the local drinking hole, I'm more convinced than ever that a trained monkey could be doing a better job. A monkey can at least see the obvious. Now, to be fair, I do have a bit more experience designing complex zero-sum systems. Oh things like operating systems and models of plumbing systems on Naval Cruisers. Where you can't finance an extra 100 cubic meters of water, and no amount of market sentiment is going to recover from a 100% utilization rate causing deadlocks.
But apparently, it's doctors, lawyers, and consumers that are to blame on the macroscopic scale. Not insurance companies whose job it is to take in premiums, shift costs, and apparently lobby congress. Where pre-existing conditions that preclude you from their services include being being a heavy infant or a rape victim. Nope, didn't enter into it. Nor the fact we spend more money figuring out where the bill is going than on the actual services.
But hey, the guy did drive a Jag. That wins the argument right there.
For the record, I don't care what bizarre system we end up with. The only thing that is going to be stable is when we go with a single-payer. The reasons are technical, not ideological, and it would take a chapter from the Book of Sean to explain.
Have a great day!