16 September 2009

quote of the day-or-so

You don't expect to hear that someone you know killed a guy with a samurai sword.
Diego Ardila

11 September 2009

Weighing In

First, here's my reference link : A transcript of Obama's speech on the 9th.

We'll do this by creating a new insurance exchange -- a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices. Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange because it lets them compete for millions of new customers. As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage.

It hits the right buzzwords : marketplace, shop, incentive, competitive prices, bargain. But only in regards to consumers buying health insurance. It doesn't speak at all to the real issue - That consumers are no longer the customer for health care. Insurance companies and governments are.

This seems wrong to me.

I'm not against the Obama plan, not really. But I think it's misleading. It's not a fundamental shift. It's a band-aid at best. It supports the status quo. Therefore I'm not that excited about it.

And for further reading, I enjoyed this piece from the The Atlantic.

06 September 2009

quote of the day-or-so

[I am] wondering if homeschooling would just be easier?? I mean if I am going to need to supplement everything...[then] why bother sending him to school?
this text was posted to facebook by a friend of ours who used to send her son to the same private school our son attends. while the cost is enormous, i believe it's more important to give up all luxuries before giving up our childrens' futures.

i would never doubt this mother's dedication to her son's education, but it sure would be something if everyone had the same opportunities my kids have. after first grade, my son was doing not just addition and subtraction, but multiplication and division. he is also reading chapter books on his own, after refusing even to try to learn to read prior to that. i credit a swarm of excellent teachers (and a few bureaucrats) who are committed to a common vision of individualized education for each child.