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is it dead? i guess we'll see.
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
This has always been my problem with "Liberal" thinking and problem solving; it is always that Government can create a better solution and with that, if only we confiscate enough wealth can we solve all of society’s trials and tribulations. But what ends up happening is that the REALITY is that Government makes it worse and they will NEVER, EVER have enough of our confiscated wealth.
I would think that after six decades of these nonsensical notions and false solutions, people would be smarter than that to fall for it all over again.
In addition to this, what is the cost of huge shortages of specialists and services to the tune that one has to wait, or perhaps even die if they cannot BUY their way around the system, for a critical operation which is always in short supply in Government systems?
It's amusing that instead of leading the rest of the modern world in technology and services and actually solving the cost issue and basically saying follow our lead, we want to be more like them; high costs, high taxes, shortages of specialists and little in the way of creative ingenuity and long waiting lines/lists.
And I am far less than interested in your 'problems,' thanks very much.
Your baiting is insipid, in fact, from here on out I refuse to respond in a serious fashion to any responses that begin with any variant of the phrase 'you liberals.'
and here are your facts:
NCEA: Statistics at a GlanceWhat Do the Studies Say?
According to the best available estimates,
between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65
or older have been injured, exploited, or
otherwise mistreated by someone on
whom they depended for care or
(Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and
Exploitation in an Aging America. 2003.
Washington, DC: National Research Council Panel
to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and
Estimates of the frequency of elder abuse
range from 2% to 10% based on various
sampling, survey methods, and case
(Lachs, Mark S., and Karl Pillemer. October 2004.
“Elder Abuse, ”The Lancet, Vol. 364: 1192-1263.)
Data on elder abuse in domestic settings
suggest that 1 in 14 incidents, excluding
incidents of self-neglect, come to the
attention of authorities.
(Pillemer, Karl, and David Finkelhor. 1988. "The
Prevalence of Elder Abuse: A Random Sample
Survey," The Gerontologist, 28: 51-57.)
Current estimates put the overall reporting
of financial exploitation at only 1 in 25
cases, suggesting that there may be at least
5 million financial abuse victims each year.
(Wasik, John F. 2000. “The Fleecing of America’s
Elderly,” Consumers Digest, March/April.)
It is estimated that for every one case of
elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or selfneglect
reported to authorities, about five
more go unreported.
(National Elder Abuse Incidence Study. 1998.
Washington, DC: National Center on Elder Abuse at
American Public Human Services Association.)
Underneath the concrete, The dream is still alive
A hundred million lifetimes, A world that never dies - Talking Heads, City of Dreams