20 avril 2009

Le jour de la terre: the preview Économie En Vidéos Environnement Gauchistan

Cette semaine aura lieu le "jour de la terre".  Voici un petit vidéo pour vous mettre dans l'ambiance…

Écologiste = réactionnaire

20 avril 2009

Médecine socialiste (IX) Canada Économie États-Unis

Pour beaucoup de gauchistes, notre système de santé socialiste est supérieur à celui des Américains parce que l'espérance de vie et le taux de mortalité infantile favorisent le Canada.  Malheureusement pour les gauchistes, ces 2 paramètres sont inutiles quand vient le temps de comparer la qualité et l'accessibilité à un système de santé.

New Yoyk Times
Beyond Those Health Care Numbers

Médecine socialisteThe differences between the neighbors are indeed significant. Life expectancy at birth is 2.6 years greater for Canadian men than for American men, and 2.3 years greater for Canadian women than American women. Infant mortality in the United States is 6.8 per 1,000 live births, versus 5.3 in Canada.

These facts are often taken as evidence for the inadequacy of the American health system. But a recent study by June and Dave O’Neill, economists at Baruch College, from which these numbers come, shows that the difference in health outcomes has more to do with broader social forces.

For example, Americans are more likely than Canadians to die by accident or by homicide. For men in their 20s, mortality rates are more than 50 percent higher in the United States than in Canada, but the O’Neills show that accidents and homicides account for most of that gap. Maybe these differences have lessons for traffic laws and gun control, but they teach us nothing about our system of health care.

Americans are also more likely to be obese, leading to heart disease and other medical problems. Among Americans, 31 percent of men and 33 percent of women have a body mass index of at least 30, a definition of obesity, versus 17 percent of men and 19 percent of women in Canada. Japan, which has the longest life expectancy among major nations, has obesity rates of about 3 percent.

The causes of American obesity are not fully understood, but they involve lifestyle choices we make every day, as well as our system of food delivery. Research by the Harvard economists David Cutler, Ed Glaeser and Jesse Shapiro concludes that America’s growing obesity problem is largely attributable to our economy’s ability to supply high-calorie foods cheaply. Lower prices increase food consumption, sometimes beyond the point of optimal health.

Infant mortality rates also reflect broader social trends, including the prevalence of infants with low birth weight. The health system in the United States gives low birth-weight babies slightly better survival chances than does Canada’s, but the more pronounced difference is the frequency of these cases. In the United States, 7.5 percent of babies are born weighing less than 2,500 grams (about 5.5 pounds), compared with 5.7 percent in Canada. In both nations, these infants have more than 10 times the mortality rate of larger babies. Low birth weights are in turn correlated with teenage motherhood. (One theory is that a teenage mother is still growing and thus competing with the fetus for nutrients.) The rate of teenage motherhood, according to the O’Neill study, is almost 3 times higher in the United States than it is in Canada.

Whatever its merits, a Canadian-style system of national health insurance is unlikely to change the sexual mores of American youth

The bottom line is that many statistics on health outcomes say little about our system of health care.

20 avril 2009

Le monstre imaginaire Économie En Chiffres États-Unis Récession

Gérald Fillion, Sophie Cousineau et René Vézina, trois illustres chroniqueurs économiques de la colonie journalistique québécoise, ont peurs.  Chaque soir, c'est avec leur peur au ventre qu'ils vont se coucher parce qu'ils sont convaincus qu'un affreux monstre se cache sous leur lit.  Ce monstre se nomme "déflation".

Doit-on avoir peur de la déflation ?

Voici comment a évolué le prix des voitures et des ordinateurs depuis 10 ans aux États-Unis:


Depuis 10 ans, le prix des voitures est resté stable alors que le prix des ordinateurs a subi une déflation spectaculaire de 98% !

Maintenant, dites-moi quel secteur de l'économie est le plus moribond: celui de l'automobile ou celui de l'électronique ?

Le monstre qui terrorise Gérald Fillion, Sophie Cousineau , René Vézina et un bon nombre d'économistes est…  imaginaire !

Bureau of Labor Statistics
All Urban Consumers (Consumer Price Index – CPI)

20 avril 2009

Chicane de couple États-Unis France Hétu Watch Revue de presse

Times of London

Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse
The Times of London

Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama’s efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated. Behind leaks and briefings from the Elysée Palace lies Mr Sarkozy’s irritation at the rock-star welcome that Europe gave Mr Obama on his Europan tour earlier this month.

The American President’s call “to free the world of the menace of a nuclear nightmare” was hot air, Mr Sarkozy’s diplomatic staff told him in a report. “It was rhetoric – not a speech on American security policy but an export model aimed at improving the image of the United States,” they said. Most of Mr Obama’s proposals had already been made by the Bush administration and Washington was dragging its feet on disarmament and treaties against nuclear proliferation, the leaked report said.

He also reprimanded Mr Obama for setting US goals for climate change that were inferior to Europe’s, according to his staff.

It sounded like old Franco-American business as usual when Bruno Le Maire, Mr Sarkozy’s Europe Minister, accused Washington of backing the northern and eastern EU members by wanting to turn the union into a mere free-trade zone. France and Germany are sticking to their vision of the « political » Europe that others do not want, he said.