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repetitive and numb

I didn't really feel like writing anything, but if you'd like something to read, I'll repeat Evan's link to the speech President Clinton gave at the Labour Party annual conference on Wednesday:

"The rhetoric is compassionate, the conservative is the reality."

It's a great speech, though he's definitely preaching to the choir. Reading it leaves me feeling sad. About the current administration and the last presidential selection. About politics in general and how, despite the accomplishments of Clinton years, I feel this sense that some important opportunities were missed, or sealed off for a long time. For instance, national healthcare, which felt really almost possible in 1992 is pretty much a dead issue now. I can't imagine anyone touching it for a long time. Not to mention Kyoto, paying a reasonable amount of international aid, fuel economy standards ...

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(Anonymous)

Is national health care all it is cracked up to be?

Despite extra funding, one of the world's best health-care systems is showing signs of wear and tear (http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1366977)

Re: Is national health care all it is cracked up to be?

I guess that's a really defeatist attitude. The United States has a history of taking on difficult challenges; the absence of a Canadian system is a poor excuse for not trying. Certainly, making our union more perfect is an immense challenge that requires tremendous resources and courageous leaders.

Obviously, I don't have a solution sitting on my desk. It just depresses me that so many big issues are regularly ignored.