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Regarding my earlier post about socialized medicine, Longtime Sharp VodkaPundit Reader™ RBJ commented:

People are self-nterested, not virtuous. I want really smart people to go into medicine because they want to make money to provide for a good life for themselves and their families.

Take away that financial incentive, and the best and brightest will find other things to do. Meaning the quality of doctors and nurses, et al., will go down.

And before that, BobB59 said, "Will they acknowledge the inevitable doctor shortage with that plan? I'm not holding my breath."

Indeed.

This all goes back to my oft-stated belief that modern progressivism is a form of high-tech feudalism.

Under the old feudalism, there were serfs who worked the land, lords who lorded over them, ladies who tended to the lords, etc. Everyone knew their place and remained in their place, forever.

Progressivism "works," such as it does, under the conceit that there are doctor-units who perform medicine, business-units who provide goods and services, teacher-units who teach, student-units who learn, etc. And -- this is the vital bit -- all those units perform their assigned tasks, and will continue to do so, regardless of incentives.

When all those person-units don't conform to progressive wishes, that's when progressives turn nasty. Which is in most instances pretty much right away.

But don't worry, comrade. You will be made to conform. In the end, you will love Big Brother.

Congress may have a chance to find out what Christopher Steele has been hiding.

A lawyer for a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed News over the infamous Steele dossier says he will provide the Senate with a video of a deposition that Christopher Steele, the document’s author, gave as part of the BuzzFeed lawsuit in June.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the judiciary panel, asked Val Gurvits, a lawyer for Boston Legal Group, to provide a transcript and video of a deposition that Steele gave in London on June 18 as part of a lawsuit against BuzzFeed in a July 25 letter.

 

And with that, I'm outta here for the day. See you back here bright and early tomorrow AM.

What a dirtbag:

Fox News:

Gates acknowledged during testimony on Monday to embezzling money from Manafort. But on Tuesday, he denied using that money to finance his extramarital relationship, saying he used “bonus money” and “family money.”

The questioning is part of the Manafort defense strategy of presenting Gates to the jury as someone who lies and cannot be trusted.

Oh my goodness! As I reported here yesterday, Judge Ellis got snippy again in court Monday during the Manafort trial, but I didn't realize he made Mueller's lawyer cry.