One complaint about American health spending is that we spend too much. It usually looks like this: â€śWe spend 17 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care. The next most expensive country is Switzerland, which spends 12 percent.â€ť Put that way, it does seem like we are spending too much. However, it invites another question: Is the five percent extra that we spend on health care taking away from other goods and services we need?
While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world.
The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.
It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.
Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawlâ€™s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.
The crisis in Gaza is horrific and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is ongoing. Yet the latest killings seem to be so heinous and out of proportion that the US must consider our part in this. The dominant media narrative is that Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli settlers and for that reason, people in the Gaza Strip must be punished.Â The not-so-mainstream narrative is that there was no proof that the kidnappings and/or killings were instigated by Hamas, who has denied involvement, when the bombing began.
On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that â€śproved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,â€ť according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial â€śThe Guns of August.â€ť The dour Secretary appeared â€śpale, haggard, and worn,â€ť as he dutifully explained â€śBritish interests, British honor, and British obligations,â€ť all of which conspired to produce a commitment to defend Belgium against the militarism of the continentâ€™s mightiest power: Imperial Germany.
I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now.
Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational.
Sixty-nine years agoÂ this Tuesday, the first atomic bomb was dropped onÂ Hiroshima,Â killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a secondÂ U.S.Â nuclear bomb was dropped overÂ Nagasaki,Â killing an additional 74,000 people. From that week to the present moment the world has been held hostage to the insane threat and potential annihilation by these weapons that now number in excess of 17,000 worldwide.
Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest.
President Johnson's Great Society is just over fifty years old. During this very long period America's great society nest has become huge and yet crowded.
President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new campaign and chose my hometown - Inez, Kentucky. The famous TIME Magazine picture of Tom Fletcher and his family sitting on a porch with the President happened about two miles from my boyhood home.
Do You Have Insurance on Your Retirement Plan?â€¨Financial Planner Shares Tips for Protecting Your Savings
You have insurance on your home, your car, your health. â€¨â€¨How about your retirement plan?
â€śPeople have homeowners insurance to protect against fires and floods,â€ť notes independent financial planner Stephen Ng, founder and president of Stephen Ng Financial Group, (www.stephenngfg.com). â€śThey buy insurance to replace their car if it gets wrecked and they buy health insurance to protect themselves from medical costs.