Where Will They Go When We Become They

So, you can usually tell what someone’s priorities are by watching how they spend their “stuff”.  This could be money.  Watch how they spend their money and you’ll see where they put their priority.  It could be time.  Watch how they spend their time and you can tell what they think is important.  Further, it could be “fantasy points”.  Watch how someone allocates resources to win fantasy baseball and you’ll see what they feel is critical.

People tend to “spend” what they have, time or money, on things that they think are best for them.  This should neither be new or controversial.  In fact,, acknowledging this fact can help us to better build or economic models.

So, I found this interesting article:

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week

Never good news.  While the procedure is most likely standard and well understood, I suspect most people would rather NOT have heart surgery than HAVE it.

“He has gone to a renowned expert in the procedure that he needs to have done,” said Ms. Dunderdale, who will become acting premier while Mr. Williams is away for three to 12 weeks.

Excellent news!  Mr Williams will have the surgery done by a renowned expert.  No better person to perform the surgery!  And even better news for the Canadian people is that they have such an expert, in country, that they can utilize as part of their National Health care.

What?  Huh?  Say what?

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States.

Mr. Williams’ decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada’s health-care system.

“It was never an option offered to him to have this procedure done in this province,” said Ms. Dunderdale, refusing to answer whether the procedure could be done elsewhere in Canada.

Oh my.  So, an elected government official who opposes a conservative government, has decided that he must travel to America to recieve treatment all the while continuing the train wreck of care in Canada.

It is very illustrative how Mr. Williams is “spending his stuff”.

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