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...except for people who can not -- or will not -- think for themselves.

You have summed up the main reason the US is in the trouble its in today.

As a tangent, just finished reading an article about the savings rates/debt rates of various countries. One big trend stuck out. Many asian countries have higher savings rates and lower debt rates per person vs. GDP than USA/Europe. Why? No social security/entitlements, people have to depend/think for themselves.

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