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Prime Minister Borut Pahor – be strong, be wrong

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Borut Pahor, Prime Minister of Slovenia 20100705_3956

My comment of government plan to save turbo capitalism by reduction of workers rights. It’s also this week’s photo of the week in Mladina weekly magazine.

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  1. Except for the fact that Slovenia doesn’t really have capitalism. The idea of free market is simply not there.

    Iztok

    8 July, 2010 at 13:49

  2. You mean illusion of free market…
    Ideology of free market doesn’t work neither on planet Earth or Mars. I guess even Bush knows that by now.

    Greedy “free market” capitalists screw up everything and now workers will have to give up their rights to fix it. How perverted they can get?

    oh… and politicians as their maintenance service.

    Borut Peterlin

    8 July, 2010 at 14:40

  3. Iztok you’re back! And what a great way to introduce your fresh ideas through this blog. Iztok I’m a fan, a big fan of your rhetoric on free market capitalism. Do you really believe what you say though? You compare Slovenia with the US all the time. Are you trying to convince the others you’ve made a right move or yourself? Does free market economics make you happier in real life? Is that what this is all about? I’ve seen deep communism, I’ve seen deep capitalism…they both suck.

    jc

    8 July, 2010 at 16:21

  4. I am just saying that Slovenia is still a socialist country far from capitalism.

    Iztok

    8 July, 2010 at 18:53

  5. You make that soound bad.

    jc

    9 July, 2010 at 00:16

  6. How do I make it sound bad? I didn’t make no such statement. I just find it ironic that some “turbo capitalism” is to blame for situation in Slovenia where what is in Slovenia is neither turbo neither capitalism. We have state control in just about everything and hardly any competition, plenty of protectionism etc. that is not capitalism at all. It is much closer to socialism.

    Iztok

    9 July, 2010 at 01:34

  7. Let’s say that we inherited the worst from socialism and implemented the worst from capitalism. The concept that is nicely ilustrated by the above photo.

    Anonymous

    9 July, 2010 at 12:48

  8. Socialism makes for a better conversation.

    jc

    9 July, 2010 at 19:12

  9. Hey Borut, you got 9 comments with that picture. Think about it…an ok picture in the world of capitalism brings you 9 comments. In socialism a good picture usually will bring you no comments at all.

    Makes sense? No! Of course not…don’t come following me!

    jc

    10 July, 2010 at 13:48

  10. Man, I’ve just returned from London and this is 10th comment.

    Iztok, you moved out when Slovenia had inovative socialism, but old boys are gone and young guns are here. Only trace of socialism is in taxes, that’s right.

    B5

    12 July, 2010 at 10:38

  11. Taxes, regulations, poor healthcare system even for those paying hefty premium for insurance etc.

    Iztok

    12 July, 2010 at 12:30

  12. agreed, but, health care was much much better 20 years ago. I remember (how impossible does that sounds today) I was even skipping classes because of dental care. Nowadays we get two terms a year with basic care IF we pay all the premiums.

    Borut Peterlin

    12 July, 2010 at 14:45

  13. But isn’t paying for the service something that one should do? After all services are not free. Or do people expect free service at the dentist?

    I did calculation and I would pay more for medical insurance in Slovenia and receive lesser service than here in US.

    Iztok

    12 July, 2010 at 21:28

  14. I don’t think that is true Iztok…the fact is that you can walk into a clinic or a hospital in Slovenia and almost pay nothing if needed (I know that for a fact). In the US you can have that service if you’re willing to wait 24 hours in the ER in the worst public hospital in town. Other times you walk into a clinic or hospital and if you’re uninsured or have no money you will not be treated. Insurance premiums in the US are ridiculous and you know it. $400 a month and not all fees inclusive is harsh. It’s all about profit. It sucks. If you really believe Slovenia is as bad or worst than the US then these two countries need to be rebuilt from the bottom up. The best health care system in the world is in France.

    jc

    13 July, 2010 at 15:03

  15. I hospitalized my daughter in Slovenia. Had to pay money at the end. In US you are entitled to emergency care regardless if you have insurance or are able to pay.

    I just did quick calculation. In Slovenia I would pay over 500 EUR for health insurance. I can tell you that I pay a lot less.

    Iztok

    13 July, 2010 at 23:20

  16. Actually if you calculate both employee and employer pays the cost would be over 50% more in Slovenia for my health insurance. (In both cases I count in employer and employee pays.)

    Iztok

    13 July, 2010 at 23:22

  17. Great that somebody is happy with USA health system!!! NYT criticize USA health system with the fact that it’s even worse then SLO! (http://www.finance.si/258405) But is ridiculous to discuss which one is worser between two very bad health systems. In Yugoslavia we had Albania to compete and USA have Slovenia to compete.
    Everybody’s happy (as long as they are healthy)
    B5

    Borut Peterlin

    14 July, 2010 at 11:53

  18. Sure it is individual decision. What I am saying is that I would pay 50% more for less services in Slovenia than I am getting paying and getting in USA.

    Iztok

    15 July, 2010 at 01:57

  19. Iztok by now you should get used to that we Romas are paying 50% more for 50% less service.
    🙂

    Borut Peterlin

    15 July, 2010 at 09:41

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