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Subject: Health costs and debate questions ignored Date: 10/12/2012 2:46 PM
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Health costs per capita in the UK $3480
" USA $8362

Life expectancy in the UK 80.1
" USA 78.2

Defence spending per capita in the UK $893
" USA $2141


One thing in your favour, a US gallon of diesel here is $8.51


Six Questions Ignored:

DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA
Don't ask and don't tell
By Peter Van Buren

We had a debate club back in high school. Two teams would meet in the auditorium, and Mr Garrity would tell us the topic, something 1970s-ish like "Resolved: Women Should Get Equal Pay for Equal Work" or "World Communism Will Be Defeated in Vietnam". Each side would then try, through persuasion and the marshalling of facts, to clinch the argument. There'd be judges and a winner.

Today's presidential debates are a long way from Mr Garrity's club. It seems that the first rule of the debate club now is: no disagreeing on what matters most. In fact, the two candidates rarely interact with each other at all, typically ditching whatever the question might be for some rehashed set of campaign talking points, all with the complicity of the celebrity media moderators preening about democracy in action. Waiting for another quip about Big Bird is about all the content we can expect.

But the joke is on us. Sadly, the two candidates are stand-ins for Washington in general, a "war" capital whose denizens work and argue, sometimes fiercely, from within a remarkably limited range of options. It was DC on autopilot last week for domestic issues; the next two presidential debates are to be in part or fully on foreign policy challenges (of which there are so many).

When it comes to foreign - that is, military - policy, the gap between Barack and Mitt is slim to the point of non-existent on many issues, however much they may badger each other on the subject. That old saw about those who fail to understand history repeating its mistakes applies a little too easily here: the last 11 years have added up to one disaster after another abroad, and without a smidgen of new thinking (guaranteed not to put in an appearance at any of the debates to come), we doom ourselves to more of the same.

So in honor of old Mr Garrity, here are five critical questions that should be explored (even if all of us know that they won't be) in the foreign policy-inclusive presidential debates scheduled for October 16 and 22 - with a sixth, bonus question, thrown in for good measure


http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/NJ13Aa01.html


It is reported that America has bases in 150 countries.
With the dollar threatened by more and more countries doing business outside the dollar, also seeking a different reserve currency, surely these base levels are not sustainable.
Iraq and Afghanistan has shown the world is not America's oyster. Without a new game plan bankruptcy must beckon.


Regards

Tony
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