The Folly of Socialized Medicine and Other Tidbits from My Trip to England and France
I just got back from England and France with my father and brother.
Here are some pictures I took with my camera that I though were worthwhile to share with you...
That is a picture of the front page of The Daily Telegraph -- a London newspaper-- from December 30th, 2011. The story titled "Scandal of NHS 'production line'," is about about the massive problems with their National Health Service. If you are near a liberal, you might want to invite them into the room to share this story with them.
From the article:
The number of NHS patients returning to hospital in an emergency within a month of being discharged has increased by more than 75% over the past decade, official figures disclose. Ministers accused hospitals of treating patients "like parts on a production line" after figures suggested that hundreds of thousands of people every year were sent home before they had recovered...The figures prompted allegations that patients were being "hurried through the system" so waiting list targets could be met...Critics say government targets, such as the demand that patients be admitted to hospital for treatment within 18 weeks of seeing their GP, mean that hospital managers are pressured into releasing patients early to make beds available.
To my liberal friends, this is what universal healthcare looks like, and this is what American healthcare will resemble if Obamacare is not repealed.
This is a picture I took of a monument at the American cemetery in Normandy, where the allied forces landed on D-Day to liberate Europe from the Nazis. In case you can't read it, it's a quote by General Mark Clark:
If ever proof were needed that we fought for a cause and not for conquest it could be found in these cemeteries. Here was our only conquest: All we asked...was enough...soil in which to bury our gallant dead.
Very moving. And it is as true today, in our military interventions, as it was then.
Here is a picture I took at the Winston Churchill War Room Museum in London, which chronicles Winston Churchill's life, with an obvious focus on WWII. Now, who does this description of Winston Churchill remind you of?
I'm not saying that Newt Gingrich is the next Winston Churchill, but the similarities are undeniable.
Here is a picture I took on a sidewalk in London. Apparently, the incoherent, uncleanly occupy movement has gone international.
No pictures but still notable...
While in my hotel room I was watching a report about the Israel/Palestinian conflict on Russia Today, in which the anchor stated that of all the people Israel killed in its war with Gaza at the end of 2008, 80% were civilians. Then, a Gaza "expert" was interviewed who said the number was closer to 90%. This is absolutely false, as the number of Palestinian civilians killed in the conflict was well below 50%, as Alan Dershowitz has reported. Of course, every single Palestinian civilian that was killed is a tragedy, but the fault lies with Hamas who deliberately hides in civilian heavy populations.
People say that Israel is ineffective at public relations, as much of the world sympathizes with the Palestinians instead of Israel. But how is Israel supposed to compete with lies and defamations? This is what Israel deals with all over the world on a daily basis.
My Normandy tour guide told me that if anyone in France has a good business idea, it makes no sense to pursue it there, as it is too difficult to succeed because of all the onerous government regulations. My dear liberal friends, are you listening?