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We hear that Dick Cheney spent the last decade or so having nightmares about whether some rogue state would put nukes in the hands of anti-U.S. terrorists.

In order to prevent these nightmares from becoming reality, he was prepared to go to any lengths--torture, domestic spying, whatever--and to turn the U.S. Constitution into an irrelevant piece of parchment filled with flowery, archaic writing.

He needn't have worried, nor should the terrorists bother. We're likely to kill ourselves before they can get to us. The Big Mac and the Whopper are our ticking time bombs.

Maybe instead of tapping our phone calls, Cheney should have been inspecting our cholesterol counts.

If Americans could be weaned off greasy food and smoking, the resulting health benefits we'd enjoy would probably enable us to provide cradle-to-grave medical insurance for everyone in this country, without breaking the bank.

The Scandinavians manage to do this, but then again, a Norwegian's idea of a Happy Meal is a plate of smoked herring.

As they say in Oslo, "Fuggedaboudit."

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If Americans could be weaned off greasy food and smoking, the resulting health benefits we'd enjoy would probably enable us to provide cradle-to-grave medical insurance for everyone in this country, without breaking the bank.

Assuming improved life style extended lifespan, all that would happen is the huge amount of money spent on health care at age 75 would then be spent at age 85 or 95. Certainly, no money would be saved. Big Pharma would still insist on having its cut. We can't afford to give health care away free to everyone any more than we canafford to give cars away free to everyone.

Margaret Thatcher said it best, The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.


Yea, I've always been sceptical of the argument that healthier living reduces overall health care costs. As far as I'm aware, everyone is gonna die eventually, and how can you assume they will die of something cheaper to treat than whatever cigarettes or hamburgers might cause?


Why don't they increase the FDA standards? Other countries have fast food also, but the quality is much higher.


Also, Lolly, it's not about the health effects when people are seniors. It's the cost (monetarily & physically) of the children, teenagers & adults who are overweight NOW and having health issues because of it. Comparing free healthcare to free cars is like comparing apples to oranges. How can anyone doubt that healthier living will make a positive difference?


Why don't they increase the FDA standards?

Unlike Congress, why don't we look at the consequences of government action.

Increased standards will cause food to be more expensive. Poor people will find it more difficult to pay for food. Even people who are not poor will find it more difficult to pay for food.

As a result of spending more on food, less money will be available to pay for other goods. The economy is in bad shape; this will make it worse. Expect everyone's standard of living to decrease. If government pays for food expect severe shortages; think USSR.

It's the cost ... of the children, teenagers & adults who are overweight NOW...

We are aware of the disaster caused by alcohol Prohibition between 1919-1933 and our current war on drugs. Gang violence, general disrespect for the judicial system, and incarceration of non-violent offenders only scratches the surface.

Government regulations on food in an attempt to curb obesity has the potential to be toxic, both for the health and for the freedom of its citizens.

First, you assume government bureaucrats are capable to determining what we should eat. The food pyramid keeps changing because opinions on what constitutes a healthy diet keep changing.

Second, government is controlled by lobbying groups. The corn farmers want increased income so we get high fructose corn syrup, much worse for you than sugar. You want these guys telling you what you have to eat?

Third, but probably most important, individual freedom is the highest good. Given the choice between health and freedom, I would opt for freedom.

Forth, fortunately we can be both free and healthy. Everyone has different risk tolerances. Some people jump out of airplanes; other people won't get into an airplane. People can make their own decisions about what they want to eat. People can take the risks they are comfortable with.

Fifth, what about the children? Children are the responsibility of their parents. Mind you own business. There is nothing worse than a do-gooder who won't mind his own business.

Comparing free healthcare to free cars is like comparing apples to oranges.

Health care is a scarce resource, like any other good, including cars. The law of supply and demand is in effect whether you like it or not. Whenever a scarce resource is priced below its true market value there will be shortages.

Repeat after me: We cannot afford free healthcare!


To "anonymous": What a miserable piece of cynical-selfish-nazi rethoric.



To "anonymous": What a miserable piece of cynical-selfish-nazi rethoric.

Lolly! was Anonymous

Just to clear up any confusion, I accidentally posted as Anonymous, rather than my true nickname, Lolly!

Now Philippe, let's look at your brilliant and scathing attack on my post.

My dictionary defines cynical as contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives. It is true I am contemptuously distrustful of government, and people who, under the threat of violence, want to steal my property and run my life. I am, however, optimistic that human nature generally tends toward love of freedom and respect for one's fellow man.

Selfish is defined as concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself. If that were true I wouldn't spend time on these postings; I'd be out enhancing my lifestyle. I am attempting to make the world a better place for my children. That can't happen as long as most people are willing to become slaves to the state in return for the perception of security.

Nazi is defined as one who is likened to a German Nazi : a harshly domineering, dictatorial, or intolerant person.

Philippe, which one of us more closely fits this definition? I am not trying to control anyone; I simply wish to be free. You want a domineering government with dictatorial powers to control the economy and every facet of our lives. While I respect your right to your opinions, your tolerance of mine is questionable.

My dictionary doesn't have the word rethoric. I find a spelling checker makes me look intelligent. In addition to the spelling checker, you should dispel some of that economic ignorance by reading Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. It is available as a free internet download (Google for URL) and at the Broward County Library.


Please, pardon me for misspelling the word rhetoric.
I was about to use "crap", closer to my opinion, but I guess, I was so surprised by such a list of absurdities that I ran out of vocabulary and -accidentally- typed the letters in the wrong order.

If not with the idea of solidarity, you seem to feel pretty comfortable with dictionaries and definitions.

In which one exactly did you find that a spelling checker was enough to make you look intelligent?


Lolly --

It looks like the right-wing arguments against health insurance reform have gone full circle. You admit that health care is a scarce resource, so those who can't afford free-market access will get rationed. Very generous of you. And hypocritical, since the health care protesters are out screaming that reform will result in rationing.

Your posts generally show you to be a libertarian. How do you feel about abortion? I believe in choice, because the government should not be interfering with a woman's decision whether to continue a pregnancy or not. I'll raise a white flag on whether government should be paying for abortions directly. But, you as a libertarian, limited government type should agree that the decision should be made by the pregnant woman, not some fusty white men in Congress or seated as judges.

Please share your views. BTW, if you do not support abortion, I want to know your views on the death penalty. A life is a life, after all.

Last question -- how do you feel about Medicare and Social Security? To be consistent with your libertarian views, you should hate both and decline to take their benefits. What do you say to that? And what have you done?


You admit that health care is a scarce resource, so those who can't afford free-market access will get rationed.

Thank you for your well thought out questions. Food, shoes, and housing are scarce resources; yet people need not go hungry, shoeless, or homeless in a free market society. If we had a free market in health care, there would be many more options regarding health care providers, medications and supplements. We have a fairly free market in computers; look at the affordable options for computer hardware and software.

Rationing occurs when the government limits what you may purchase. In a free market the consumer decides how to spend his money, and he decides what to purchase. In a free market for health care even the poorest will be able to obtain needed medical care.

Your posts generally show you to be a libertarian.

I don't really like labels. I don't mind being called a Murray Rothberg libertarian. However, if Howard Stern and Bob Barr are libertarians, count me out.

How do you feel about abortion?

That is a complicated question. I feel abortions are a tragedy. Since I believe the government should not be involved in medical care, I certainly do not think the government should be interfering with or paying for a woman's abortion.

That said, a parent also has a responsibility to protect her child. I believe that responsibility begins before birth. I am not comfortable with mothers getting rid of unwanted children. I would like to do everything possible to minimize the need for abortions.

I want to know your views on the death penalty.

I truly dislike the death penalty. I do not believe the state has the right to take a life (either by lethal injection or unmanned drone). Criminal penalties should be aimed at victim restitution, protecting society, and setting an example to inhibit criminal behavior. The death penalty fails at all of these.

how do you feel about Medicare and Social Security? To be consistent with your libertarian views, you should hate both and decline to take their benefits.

I think Medicare and Social Security should be abolished. They have always been a Ponzi scheme. They are bankrupting the country and will have to be eliminated eventually anyway.

I would love to decline the benefits if I had the option of declining the taxes. I would also like to eliminate the income tax, but I file and pay my taxes to stay out of jail. Am I a hypocrite for paying taxes, or for taking legal deductions? I am not presently receiving any SS or Medicare benefits. If both programs exist when I am eligible, I intend to take all the benefits I can.

My world view is shaped by Austrian economics. My favorite economics website is www.mises.org and my favorite political website is www.lewrockwell.com.


Hey LOWE why dont you do the SAME for ALCOHOL ? 175 Biilon a year in COsts to the public is worth it right ?


Lolly needs a better hobby and move the heck out of this country if you dislike everything about it, I pray you never find yourself in need of another human being's compassion.

I would gladly pay extra taxes if I knew it would help another single mother who was not as lucky as I have been and cannot afford health insurance for her kids or herself. The problem is not other people's money, it's the lack of unity. We are not nor have we been a "United we Stand" nation and for someone who was not born here, it's sad to say.


Lolly needs a better hobby

True, but golf has gotten so expensive...

and move the heck out of this country if you dislike everything about it

I love this country; it's the government that has to go. This is my country. I am not moving as long as there is still a chance to save it from the totalitarian-loving majority.

I pray you never find yourself in need of another human being's compassion.

I appreciate your concern. We all need other people's compassion. Just because I think we should all be free doesn't mean I am not a compassionate person.

I would gladly pay extra taxes if I knew it would help another single mother who was not as lucky as I have been and cannot afford health insurance for her kids or herself.

Great! You have the opportunity to voluntarily contribute to whatever charities tickle your fancy. I don't think that is what you mean. You really mean that, in the name of compassion, our corrupt government should steal everyone's property and redistribute some of it to favored classes and most of it to the politically connected.

The problem is not other people's money, it's the lack of unity.

Wow, why are you so bent out of shape that people are individuals? The kind of unity you crave is one of the reasons we keep supporting the idiotic wars our government gets us into.

We are not nor have we been a "United we Stand" nation

No. We are (or at least once were) a nation of free individuals. That was our strength, and that was what made America great.

Now, unfortunately, we are just another rapidly declining empire. Citizens are happily becoming slaves of the state.


This guy Lowe has either got to be the dumbest SOB I ever read, or just plain talks through his arse without knowing, or he is just a simple lair. I don't remember Dick Cheney ever doing domestic spying as this Lowe clown states And when it comes to wire taping, Obama has increased what the previous administration did. And I am glad Obama did , and so are most Americans. Plus I am sure something is seriously wrong with a person who is such a partisan political ideologue that he can make Big Mac's part of the right wing conspiracy. Don't he know that France has a public health care system, and when I go there the food is so wonderfully fatty it makes our Big Mac's seem like health food. They even fry their French Fries in duck fat! And after all that fat filled food we wish we had their arteries. This guy Lowe is full of crap. If he wants to eat tofu and be more miserable than he is than more power to him, but I choose to enjoy life and be happy. I think that is a concept he just can't grasp.



My neighbor does not have the right to free health care, and have me pay for it


Outlaw chiropractors. Every real physician knows its a "snake oil" scam simply to rip off insurance companies.

Who has ever heard of a "Doctor" who is not legally prohibited from prescribing medication and can't step foot in a hospital?

It's a total scam!!!


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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