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On the Road to Death Panels

dan17 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 11:07 AM
Bingo, Starr! Our economic decline is a result of our cultural decline. What has happened to "rugged individualism"? There was a time when people accepted the fact that it was their responsibility to provide for themselves AND their families. That includes elderly relatives who can no longer provide for themselves. Sadly, American culture lacks the wholesome environment of it's past. It has become increasingly narcissistic and nihilistic; a path that leads to national suicide.
traitorbill Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 11:25 AM
just like form follows function, quality of life follows values.
dan17 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 11:47 AM
The question is, do we value our elderly? That question can only be resolved if we apply it on an individual level within our own families.
Colleen63 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 3:04 PM
as a whole, it seems we no longer value life like we used to, regardless of where on the age spectrum a person falls.

With the first presidential debate and the only vice-presidential debate behind us, it seems pretty clear that so-called "social issues" are not going to get much attention in this year's presidential politics.

It's unfortunate, I think. We deceive ourselves to permit the assumption that values and behavior are not the real drivers behind our economic problems.

The fiscal crisis of our entitlement programs is the direct result of these values and behavior.

The fiscal soundness of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is rooted in the assumption that those...