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February 01, 2010

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Hi. On 1 July 09 you posted a picture of your plum tree. What sort of plum is that? I have them growing here in New Zealand but have been unable to find a good picture to figure out the variety. It's cool how your garden resembles mine!

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That's a 2 in 1 plum. It's had 2 varieties grafted to one trunk. It's a sad statement on my record keeping but I don't remember the types. I know one is a yellow and one is a red.
It is cool to have similar sites across the world. You guys must be heading into fall right now while we are desperately awaiting spring!

I don't understand "everyone in nobody out". Does the constitution really say the government can force me to pay for your insurance? If I don't will they take it from my pay or take my assets and sell them to pay my "taxes"? If I still don't pay will they come and take me away at the point of a gun? Why? The constitution clearly does not allow such a big and offensive federal government. And WHY won't you and others pay for your own health insurance? Why do I HAVE to pay for YOUR insurance? I am a registered Democrat who intends to vote for anyone but a Democrat. And I'm not even sure I will ever get over this and be able to vote for one of those Socialist jerks ever again. I don't like any politicians but I would vote for anyone instead of the incumbent.

Whew! You are certainly angry. The system is really a mess and I get pissed off about it too. I'm not asking you to pay for someone else's insurance. If all citizens making over a certain amount per year, paid into one health care fund, everyone could have quality health care. We have to change the fact that 45,000 Americans die from lack of health access due to poverty each year.
I see it like the highway system. We all pay to maintain it, even if we don't use it. We all benefit from it's existence. Single payer will not raise your health costs, it may even lower them. What it will do is provide access to health care for all and take the profit motive out of the examination room.
Insurance companies have successfully made the story about insurance. No one needs insurance. What we need is health care, and the system of paying for insurance is just one (very flawed) way to do that. Time for something more direct.

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