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Japan’s Deputy PM To The Elderly – “Hurry Up & Die”, You Gravy Sucking Pigs

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy PM ( seen here singing Ave Maria in Latin), remarked yesterday that Japan’s elderly should “hurry up and die“. He also announced there will be a 1 yen deposit on all glass soda bottles above 510 ml, but that didn’t seem to get the same reaction the “hurry up and die” crack did:

Describing patients with serious illnesses as “tube persons,” Mr Aso, who is 72, said they should be “allowed to die quickly” if they want to, Kyodo News reported.

“Heaven forbid I should be kept alive if I want to die,” he said. “You cannot sleep well when you think it’s all paid by the government. This won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.”

Strangely enough, The Mayor also refers to certain people as “tube persons”, but he’s typically referring to guys who haven’t had a vasectomy.

Anyway, there’s a huge uproar in Japan and around the world because Taro Aso (The Mayor can’t stop saying that name without a wacky, over-the-top Japanese accent attached to it) said something that is considered offensive, yet The Mayor can’t find any offense in his remarks. Aso (ahhh, thank you), said that if some old fart wants to pack it in they should be allowed to. What the hell is wrong with that?

If a person has so many tubes attached to them that they look like they are being milked (that may or may not be one hell of a funny line. Probably not, but moving on….) and they decide they want to take a dirt nap, then that should be their right. We talk a lot about *quality of life* (The Mayor doesn’t, but he heard that phrase quite a bit on ER when it was on the Tele), so when the quality of life becomes crap and there’s no fixin’ what’s broken, then it should be up to the person who is broken to decide what’s best for them.

It’s not up to a doctor, or Obama’s death panels, or some outside force to decide what an individual does with his or her or its life, it’s up to the individual. What this Aso (ahhh, thank you) unit is saying is what many of us think but don’t say out loud. Like thinking that if there were no black guys in this country our crime rate would be next to nothing - you can think that but you better not say it out loud. BTW, The Mayor thinks that young black males are a major part of our rich multicultural tapestry.

If you don’t agree with Aso (ahhh, thank you), think about this for a second – if your mom or dad (you have to like them, this thought experiment won’t work if you hate their guts) were lying in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of their ass, and the doctor told him/her that there will be nothing they are ever going to be able to do with them, and let’s say your dad or mom are in their 80’s, their quality of life is going to suck and they will be in pain as long as they are alive, and they wanted to end their pain and die, wouldn’t you want that for them?

You wouldn’t?

Wow, you are one major league asshole.

Hahaha, The Mayor kids. You’re not an asshole, you’re just a greedy and selfish pig. You see, you want what’s best for YOU, not them. Or maybe there’s something The Mayor is missing here and you can fill him in on your non-greedy/selfish ways.

Elighten The Mayor.

Canadian Healthcare To Go Under The Knife

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

For those of you south of the 49, here’s a healthcare “teachable moment”, courtesy of the governments of Canada:

Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

“There’s got to be some change to the status quo whether it happens in three years or 10 years,” said Derek Burleton, senior economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank.

“We can’t continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services.

“At some stage we’re going to hit a breaking point.”

Healthcare costs are out of control in Canada. They, among other sweet entitlements, are decimating provincial budgets. Canadians respond in typical fashion by saying, “keep your hands off our *free* healthcare.” All the while our system is going broke (or is broke), has become bloated and inefficient, and is delivering services at a snails pace.

Speaking of costs:

Healthcare in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded system, which covers all “medically necessary” hospital and physician care and curbs the role of private medicine. It ate up about 40 percent of provincial budgets, or some C$183 billion ($174 billion) last year.

If you Americans want to get an idea how much Obamacare and his “free” system is going to cost, do this simple math: Canada has 1/10 the population of the States. $183 billion was eaten up by our provinces to pay for healthcare. Now multiply.

Spending has been rising 6 percent a year under a deal that added C$41.3 billion of federal funding over 10 years.

But that deal ends in 2013, and the federal government is unlikely to be as generous in future, especially for one-off projects.

“As Ottawa looks to repair its budget balance… one could see these one-time allocations to specific health projects might be curtailed,” said Mary Webb, senior economist at Scotia Capital.

Brian Golden, a professor at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, said provinces are weighing new sources of funding, including “means-testing” and moving toward evidence-based and pay-for-performance models.

“Why are we paying more or the same for cataract surgery when it costs substantially less today than it did 10 years ago? There’s going to be a finer look at what we’re paying for and, more importantly, what we’re getting for it,” he said.

Other problems include trying to control independently set salaries for top hospital executives and doctors and rein in spiraling costs for new medical technologies and drugs.

Good luck. Try taking the financial incentive away from doctors and see what happens. Taking away the financial incentive from doctors is the main reason why we lost so many of them to the States the last 20 years. I know this seems crazy, but doctors, not unlike every other Joe in Canada, like to make money. They don’t like being capped, the resent it. It you cap a doctors pay, they will do less work. This is the reality of life.

Ontario says healthcare could eat up 70 percent of its budget in 12 years, if all these costs are left unchecked.

Then what is the solution to cutting costs, where will the cuts start?

In a report released last week, TD Bank said Ontario should consider other proposals to help cut costs, including scaling back drug coverage for affluent seniors and paying doctors according to quality and efficiency of care.

Yes, cut drug coverage for “affluent seniors.” Unfortunately, that pool has shrunk considerably since Dalton McGuinty came to power, I hope there is a plan B.

And that pretty much sums up how healthcare works in Canada. Canadian provinces are not allowed to set up for-profit/private clinics because they benefit the “rich” and everyone in Canada is mandated equal healthcare privilages as dictated by law. However, when CUTTING programs for healthcare, the government always looks first at the “rich.” It’s not as if “rich” Canadians didn’t pay their fair share of taxes throughout their lives, and many times they probably paid MORE than their fair share, but when it comes to cuts, all of a sudden we are not all equal, the “rich” suddenly have targets on their backs.

So, you may never have paid taxes in your life in Canada, or you may have walked off a banana boat onto these shores 10 minutes ago, but YOUR drug benefits are free, but a tax-paying Canadian will have his coverage CUT because he was stupid enough to become rich.

You see, no one in the highest offices of power ever suggests that we cut the “abortion budget”, or not pay for sex-change operations for the transgendered, oh no. Keep your stinkin’ hands off my body. If someone wants to lead a lifestyle whereby they get pregnant, oh, let’s say 10 times in their life, and has an abortion every time, well, taxpayers are on the hook for it. Irresponsible? I told you, keep your stinkin’ hands off my body.

But if you’re rich? Pay up, deadbeat.

What other brilliant cost-saving measures are up for discussion?

Scotia Capital’s Webb said one cost-saving idea may be to make patients aware of how much it costs each time they visit a healthcare professional. “(The public) will use the services more wisely if they know how much it’s costing,” she said.

“If it’s absolutely free with no information on the cost and the information of an alternative that would be have been more practical, then how can we expect the public to wisely use the service?”

What, I’ve been told all my life that healthcare is free?

This is not only an idea that won’t save money, it’s an idea that will cost money. Plain and simple – most citizens of Canada do not give a SHIT about the cost of healthcare, and a piece of paper outlining that Sanjit’s emergency visit for his sore throat cost taxpayers $145.00 means nothing to Sanjit. NOTHING. As long as there is no bottom line that says Sanjit has to pay a portion of that bill, Sanjit and all the little Sanjit’s of Canada could not care less.

And how will this idea cost taxpayers more money? Well, unless we have trained robots hiding amongst the ranks in Health Canada, who is going to administer this idea? We will need a new department, photocopy paper, new computers, an operating budget, blah blah to bloody hell blah. Wait, I know where we can get the money for this! From affluent Canadians. We’ll just take their drug plans.

Works EVERY time.

Healthcare Sludge Passes

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

By now you’re all too aware that heathcare *reform* narrowly passed last night in the congress. Your blood pressure is probably still bubbling, your heart is probably still racing, and your disgust probably hasn’t lessened one iota.

So what should you do in the immediate?

Nothing. Not a bloody thing.

Wash your hands of it. Walk away from all news reports about it. For now, forget about it.

Take a week off from this subject, you’ve been inundated with *news* about healthcare *reform* for months, and now for the most part, it’s over. You need to re-energize, collect yourself, take a week off to clear your mind. And when you come back, after the week or two or three, you’ll have a head full of steam, you’ll be able to think clearly, you’ll be a machine.

And that’s what it’s going to take if you want to decimate the communists in November. That’s what it’s going to take to rid the US of the commie in the White House in 2012.

For now though, do nothing, this fight has been fought. It was never a fair fight, but it’s over.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying stay away from Mitchieville for weeks on end. On the contrary, you need to triple and quintooople your visits to Mitchieville. The Mayor knows what ails ya, The Mayor has your medicine.

What Will Happen After Healthcare Reform Passes?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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AFTER healthcare reform happens? But the democrats don’t have the votes! Ya, sure.

Folks, all is said and done. The fat lady is belting out a tune. The Obama administration is chanting, “all your healthcare are belong to us.”

Pelosi et al may be a few votes short right now, but the remaining democrat holdouts to healthcare reform are just waiting for a better package of bribes, graft and sweeteners. The holdouts learned well. They saw from the last healthcare debacle that those who held out received billions for their efforts, and the congressional weasels are masters of corruption, they just haven’t been bribed enough. Yet.

Take Kucinich (please), for example. It was only TWO WEEKS ago that he swore he would NEVER vote for a bill that didn’t contain a public option. But he stated yesterday he would indeed vote for the bill (that he hasn’t seen), even though he knows it is flawed, unworkable and downright terrible. And what did the muckity-mucks bribe him with? Knowing Kucinich, they probably only had to give him a shinier tinfoil hat and cool reflectors for his spaceship. But you get the idea.

Why would anyone vote for a bill knowing that it will cost them their job come November? You ask that question as a Conservative, try looking at it from a liberal point of view. First of all, anyone that votes for this steaming pile of crap will never be out of a job. There are tens of thousands of ACORN jobs waiting to be had. Tens of thousands of union jobs waiting for the right person. Tens of thousands of jobs sitting on committees that have yet to be formed yet. They will accomplish nothing, but will pay handsomely.

Secondly, although liberals are about as useless as women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, they are disciplined and ideologically driven. When Conservatives are upset to the point of exploding, they watch FOX news and grumble. Sometimes they phone their congressman to voice their opinion. When liberals are upset to the point of exploding, they EXPLODE. They hold massive rallies, take over buildings, threaten and abuse. But they get shit done.

Liberals don’t care whether they get turfed come November because they want healthcare reform at ANY price. They are willing to sacrifice their jobs. They also know that although healthcare reform may be splitting the country up right now, in five years it will be viewed as an entitlement. Like it is here in Canada. And everywhere in the free world. “I want my free healthcare.” I DEMAND better FREE healthcare.” Blah blah blah.

In other words, once it’s done, it aint gonna be undone. People will come to expect it.

So let’s quickly run-down what the US government has nationalized or is about to stick their tentacles into:

  • banks
  • insurance companies
  • car companies
  • Amtrak
  • post office
  • 80% of residential mortgages via Fanny & Freddie
  • student loans
  • healthcare
  • social security
  • and a whole lot more!

So, when put in context, the government runs pretty much everything.

But what will happen AFTER healthcare reform is passed?

Obama will push for an amnesty bill and add 25 million illegals to the books.

What?? There’s only 11 million illegals in the US! Oh really? I’ll bet you Fenris’ next paycheque that when all is said and done you’ll see it’s a hell of a lot closer to 25 than it is to 11.

But not to worry – if Obama can bring down the cost of healthcare by a trillion dollars over ten years by insuring 30 million MORE people, imagine how much the gov’t is going to save when they have to insure an extra 25 million illegals. Green shoots. And leaves.

Also consider that most elections are won/lost by a few million votes either way. Now ask yourself this: when Obama grants amnesty to the 25 million illegals and gives them free everything (not that they don’t get everything for free right now), who do you think those happy peoples will vote for come next election?

Obama 2012 - he’s a shoe-in.

Newfoundland Premier To Have Heart Operation In The US

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Newfoundland Premier, Danny Williams, left for the States yesterday to undergo heart surgery:

The deputy premier of Newfoundland and Labrador says Danny Williams is undergoing heart surgery in the United States because the treatment he is seeking was not available in his home province.

Kathy Dunderdale says the premier decided to go to the U.S. for surgery after weeks of consultation with his doctors, but added she wasn’t aware whether that type of surgery was offered elsewhere in Canada.

It’s a running joke in Canada, but none-the-less it’s true: we have the best health care system in the word, unless you get sick.

Remember this the next time you hear a politician cry and scream about how unfair two-tier healthcare is, about how we must *preserve* the *unique* system we have in place. Remember this the next time you or someone you know has to wait 6 months for an MRI, while politicians jump on a plane and get immediate treatment in the US. The US served Jean Cretien and family well, it served Michael Ignatieff well (for 30 years), and now it’s serving Danny Williams well. Three politicians that advocate for Canadian style healthcare – for YOU. Excuse me, let me rephrase that, three LIBERAL politicians that advocate Canadian style healthcare – for YOU.

And for our American friends - what further evidence do you need to prove that socialized medicine is a resounding success?

I suppose on the bright side, when we get seriously sick in Canada, it gives us a chance to see the world.

He’ll Be Okay, Socialized Medicine Will Fix Him

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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Couldn’t be worse if it was a bloody mime.

Thanks, Deaddog!

Critically Ill Canadian Baby Sent To Buffalo For Treatment

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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A critically ill Hamilton baby has been sent to a hospital in Buffalo, NY, because there are no neonatal beds available in Southern Ontario. To make matters worse, the parents are not allowed into Buffalo because they don’t have passports:

Hamilton’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was full when Ava Isabella Stinson was born 14 weeks premature at St. Joseph’s Hospital Thursday at 12:24 p.m.

A provincewide search for an open NICU bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two-pound, four-ounce preemie to Buffalo that evening.

Her parents, Natalie Paquette and Richard Stinson, couldn’t follow their baby because as of June 1, a passport is required to cross the border into the United States.

Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson is working to arrange emergency passports but that will take until at least Monday afternoon. The situation is made more complicated by the fact the baby’s dad has a criminal record.

As the saying goes: Canada has the best health care system in the word — unless you get sick.

While the media is playing up the angle that if it wasn’t for that idiot George Bush and his ridiculous Patriot Act, the young family wouldn’t have needed passports and would be with their baby right now. Great angle, because it leaves out the fact that of about 300 hospitals in Southern Ontario, NOT ONE OF THEM HAS AN OPEN HOSPITAL BED FOR A CRITICALLY ILL BABY.

This is what *free* gets you. You wait in long lines for free, you wait 8 months for an MRI for free, you gets misdiagnosed for free, you get turned away from hospitals because they have no beds for free. Remember the hospital I first went to at Christmas last year? Remember how they didn’t have any doctors that could perform a simple appendix operation, or an ambulance to ship me out to another hospital?  And then when I got to the other hospital they couldn’t do the operation right away because they didn’t have an anesthesiologist or support staff to assist the doctor? At least it was free. 

This is what our American friends can look forward to as their country spirals toward socialized medicine. Trust The Mayor when he tells you that if crap & slave (cap & trade) doesn’t kill you, socialized medicine will.

And just to the point of the young couple that can’t enter the States because they don’t have passports: We have been told for two years now that we are going to need passports to enter the States as of July 1, 2009. Everyone and their mother knew that as of July 1st we will need passports to go south of the 49th. We have been repeatedly told. So when I hear that these poor kids didn’t have passports, it makes me think that they don’t have them because they didn’t want them.

Plus, the father is a criminal and can’t enter the States anyway. That’s not George Bush’s fault either.

Or maybe it is.