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Should Medicare be replaced by a voucher system?

Yes, it would relieve the federal government of the financial and bureaucratic burden. 11% 21 votes
No, it would place the burden on the aging shoulders of recipients. 76% 143 votes
Yes, it would cull the herd of the elderly poor and middle-class. 11% 22 votes
186 total votes

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Funny (or not): in 2005, when Bush wanted to privatize Social Security (imagine the consequence of that move in light of the market collapse in 2008).

Both Romney and Ryan were huge cheerleaders for the plan, with Ryan displaying his so-called policy and budget expertise:

"He was the sponsor in the House of a bill to create new private accounts funded entirely by borrowing, with no benefit cuts. Ryan’s plan was so staggeringly profligate, entailing more than $2 trillion in new debt over the first decade alone, that even the Bush administration opposed it as “irresponsible.”"
http://nymag.com/news/features/paul-r...

and he still has similar plans in his current budget!:
"Ryan's controversial Social Security plan he doesn't discuss"
http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/14/news/...

Chester_Arthur_Burnett (anonymous profile)
September 9, 2012 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Paul Ryan will be funny once he is just an anecdote instead of a headline.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
September 9, 2012 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Since this is a comical survey, I placed C: "Yes, it would cull the herd of the elderly poor and middle-class", knowing full well I am a Middle-class and would be one of the CULLED (Slaughtered Cows). Since I have absolutely NO faith in those who are elected to lead us anywhere but down the path of demise, either Mit or Obama will be a Epic Failure for leadership.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
September 10, 2012 at 4:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The only problem with this one-sided survey is that it doesn't ask what we do about $1T+ deficits every year for the eye can see. Sorry, taxing the 1% and cutting defense spending just won't do the trick. Much much more is needed. So what do you do instead? Tax everyone a lot more? A VAT? Or just put it off (as people have suggested here) until we have European style problems?

Botany (anonymous profile)
September 10, 2012 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not only are we aging but there is a huge cohort of young people maturing into adulthood right now that have a double whammy: They have grown up in a much more polluted environment than we did.
In addition to that this is the first generation to have grown up eating genetically modified food starting in the Mid '90s.

The amount of childhood obesity, allergies, so violent that one peanut can equal death, did you ever hear of that when you were a kid??, asthma, behavioral problems, chronic bowel problems, and most alarming, Autism that is skyrocketing past 1 in 88 children, indicate something very wrong in our environment.
There is a growing scientific consensus that it is genetic modification of our food that is partially to blame for this.
Placing genes from different animal species and bacteria (Genetically Modified Organisms) into the DNA of what we eat may not be a healthy option.
Vote Yes on prop 37 and you will have the freedom to know if you are eating these or not.
p.s. GMOs also cause breast and prostate cancer.

This video is the best educational resource to learn about this issue. Tell a friend about it if you feel that you have learned something.

www.geneticroulettemovie.com

MaryLouise (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2012 at 1:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Forgot to mention that many of these kids/young adults are going to go on Medi-Cal and or have children of their own that will. Yet another burden placed on the taxpayers.

MaryLouise (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2012 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)