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Guess Which Countries Have Government-run Health Care

An  Investor's Business Daily article provided some interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization (see citation at bottom):

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:

U.S.      65%
England 46%
Canada 42%
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:

U.S.       93%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:

U.S.      90%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:

U.S.       77%
England  40%
Canada  43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:

U.S.      71
England 14
Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":

U.S.     12%
England  2%
Canada  6%

I don't know about you, but I don't think I want "Universal Healthcare" comparable to England or Canada. Moreover, it was Sen. Harry Reid who said, "Elderly Americans must learn to accept the inconveniences of old age."

He is "elderly" himself, but be sure to remember his health insurance is much different from yours as Congress has their own high-end coverage! He will never have to learn to accept inconveniences. The fact of the matter is that "some" participants in both Canada's and Britain's systems get excellent care, but many do not. The overall figures don't lie.

Makeup of the Cabinet

The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the "private business sector" is... a real life business, not a government job. Here are the percentages:

T. Roosevelt........ 38%
Taft................      40%
Wilson .............    52%
Harding............  . 49%
Coolidge............  48%
Hoover .............  42%
F. Roosevelt......  50%
Truman.............. 50%
Kennedy...........  30%
Johnson............  47%
Nixon...............  53%
Ford............... . 42%
Carter..............  32%
Reagan............  56%
GH Bush.........  51%
Clinton ............ 39%
GW Bush......... 55%

And the winner of the Chicken Dinner is:
Obama..... 8%!

Yep! That's right! Only eight percent -- or possibly as high as 20%, depending on whose work you are studying -- but still the least by far of the last 19 presidents. And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their businesses? They know what's best for GM... Chrysler... Wall Street... the health care complex -- and you and me? This is your progressive Liberal agenda at work.

How can the president of a major nation and society -- the one with the most successful economic system in world history -- stand and talk about business when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs when it appears that up to  92% of his senior staff and closest advisers have spent most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs.

Incidentally, the moment you publish this information (which is puported to be "fake") you are bound to get responses. I should mention that the information is from a May, 2009 Investors Business Daily article which itself is based on information from Rep Mark Kirk (R-IL), which his office compiled from a variety of valid sources:

The Cabinet data was originally presented by Michael Cembalest in an article in Forbes:

Cembalest later admitted to some inaccuracies, but the overall thrust of his work is valid.
The information is not "fake", it is actually fairly well-researched. It's just that it has traveled around the Net in what some consider a slanted format that they find particularly difficult to digest.

Incidentally, I often get blog comments to the tune of “you should stick to coding issues”, indicating that my political views are distasteful to the commenter. I started this UnBlog a long time ago, and since the day of it’s inception, the Masthead has stated “Pete’s views on .NET, Politics, and Everything else that’s wrong in the world”. I write about what I think is interesting or important, and above all, I try to get people to THINK. I almost always approve comments that oppose my view, unless they are outright ad-hominem attacks. Do you disagree with what I have to say? I respect your opinion.


Install Windows Server 2008 R2 and Sharepoint 2010 on a VM

"Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently, and for the same reason." — Eça de Queirós (Portuguese writer)

For a couple of months now I’ve tried to install Server 2008 R2 (which only comes in the 64-bit flavor) and Sharepoint2010 on a virtual machine so that I could conveniently study SharePoint without all the extra resources hogging my regular development box.

The first thing you learn is that Windows 7 Virtual PC will not handle a 64-bit guest operating system, not even if It’s the x64 version installed on an x64 box. Drats, Microsoft!

Then you learn that VMware is somewhat bloated in that it  installs a lot of extra driver-type baggage, so I gave up on that.  And, I still had issues installing Server 2008 R2 on that. Plus it’s not free, although I do know that they do have a “free” Player version, to their credit.

And then you learn that “supposedly” you can trick Windows 7 x64 into accepting an installation of SharePoint 2010 – but the fixes are so convoluted and error-prone, I gave up on that too.

Finally, I looked at Oracle Virtual Box – which comes in x86 and x64 flavors for a number of different host operating systems. Installation is a breeze. Installation of Server 2008 R2 into the VM was a breeze (you have to use the Windows 7 x64 profile). And installing SharePoint 2010 is a breeze! Virtual Box is free for commercial and personal use; in fact it’s open source and there’s even a developer SDK if you want to create your own product from it. Oh – and in case you missed it – Virtual Box is FREE.

The whole thing works great; it comes out of hibernation fully booted in about 10 seconds. I’m so pleased that I’m currently RAR-ing the whole VM so that I can have a copy on my x64 notebook PC too!

NOTE: If you are having an issue with VirtualBox (or any VM)  booting with an x64 OS, make sure that “Hardware Virtualization Technology” – or whatever your computer manufacturer calls it – is enabled in your BIOS setup, and reboot.



1932, Anybody?

Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary and known Liberal, writes on his blog, “The economy is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession. All the booster rockets for getting us beyond it are failing”.

Looks like at least some Liberals are starting to “get it”.

Home sales are down. (New home sales, the lowest in recorded history!) Retail sales are down, and factory orders suffered their biggest decline since March of last year. So what are we doing about it? "Less than nothing," says Reich on his blog.

For the second time in two years, Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered most state workers' pay cut to the federal minimum wage because lawmakers missed their deadline to fix the state's $19 billion budget deficit. The Legislature's failure to act has left the state without a spending plan as the new fiscal year begins. Other states are approaching this Greek-style debacle.

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June. About a million Americans have COMPLETELY dropped out of the job market over the past two months. That is the only reason why the statistical unemployment rate is not soaring to a post-war high, and is stuck in the 9.5% range. Let’s not forget that it takes 125,000 real new jobs every month – just to keep up with population growth. The latest "job creation" numbers were something like 82,000! Stimulus, my butt!

Let’s deal with reality: the US is still trapped in depression after a full 18 months of virtual zero interest rates, quantitative easing, and huge fiscal stimulus (mostly directed in all the wrong places) that has pushed the budget deficit to unsustainable levels. Keynes must be rolling his eyes and giggling from the grave!

In order to finance this huge gap between federal income and spending, the Obama administration will mostly follow the path of the previous administrations, and it is expected that outstanding public debt will reach some $18.5 trillion by 2020, essentially doubling in a decade, which equates to more than 100% of GDP by the numbers of today.

This approaches the astronomical values registered in Japan since the aftermath of the 1989 stock market crash. In case you don’t remember, the Japanese economy subsequently went nowhere for the next 10 or 11 years. Clearly, based on recent experiences in the EU, this is completely, utterly unsustainable.

The count of people who are unemployed but not receiving a check is now something like 9.2 million.

On Friday, Jacques Cailloux from RBS put out a "double-dip alert" for Europe. "The risk is rising fast. Absent an effective policy intervention to tackle the debt crisis on the periphery over coming months, the European economy will double dip in 2011," he said. Notice how Mr. Cailloux refers to the "European Economy" in the same sense as one would describe the "American Economy". What it really is, however, is a collection of member states in various stages of fiscal stability, all sharing a single currency - to the great alarm of some of them. The decision to have a single Euro fiat currency could very well have been one of the great financial blunders of the last 100 years.

The current occupant of the White House claims to know how to create jobs. He claims jobs have been created. This is the same fellow who recently preached “recovery” in Racine – which has a 14% unemployment rate!

Meanwhile, the government has kept the union workers of GM and Chrysler employed (with taxpayer money), made sure that most government employee union members got their annual raises for sleeping on the job (with taxpayer money). And Obama has made sure that major campaign contributors collected billions off government stimulus (with taxpayer money). Fannie and Freddie ( thanks in part to our friends Barney Frank and Chris Dodd) with billions pouring into the Bailout Black Hole (again, at taxpayer expense). This printing of huge quantitities of money and shoveling it into the gaping mouths of failed zombie institutions does nothing. They just keep coming, with their arms outstretched, "Feed Me!" It would be cleaner to just flush all this money down the toilet! Dismantle the Zombies, sell off their parts, and let them finally die.

ESPN Zone just closed all their restaurants across the country. If they can't make it selling cheap food and beer with 100 big screens blaring every sporting event on the planet to a sports-crazy society, we are in trouble.

Small businesses don't have the power to impose taxes or print money. So unlike government, we'll just have to cut employees and run lean and mean – or go out of business.

At the recent G20 summit in Toronto, Obama pushed for other governments to continue to print money – and, surprise -- they refused. How long is it going to take, after 18 months in office, for these Chicago Progressive Liberals to understand that you simply cannot create jobs by printing money? What are we talking here, Greek?
The days of believing the Obama propaganda about a jobs recovery are over. The trillion-dollar corporate handouts (called "stimulus") may have kept big business in the money for the past 18 months, and artificially propped up the stock market, but small business is the real bellwether of what’s happening. Small Businesses aren't growing and investing (corporate cash is at an all-time high), and they aren't hiring - partly because they're fearful about the huge tax burden - capital gains taxes, estate taxes, and costs of the multi-trillion dollar ObamaCare plan that businesses will need to comply with.
So who is going to pay Obama's taxes? Not his voters. They want government to pay them! Who is going to create Obama's jobs? Not his voters -- they've never created a job in their lives. It’s small business that creates 80% of the jobs in this country. When we stop printing money and start giving incentives to small business to invest and create jobs, we’ll see a real recovery. Don’t hold your breath – at least not until November.
Yes, there is only one solution: Vote these morons out, and replace them with people committed to fiscal responsibility, once and for all. And I mean REAL fiscal responsibility – the kind you and I understand perfectly well when we balance our checkbooks!
There’s no free lunch. Not in politics or economics. And it’s all coming back to bite us, big time! Figure it out.