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A Tale of Two Old People Who No Longer Contribute to Society

With ‘Quality Adjusted Life Years’ and other such criteria for determining when to spend money on old people right around the corner (if not already here… *ahem* IPAB *ahem*), I found it ironic to see these two news items running at the same time today:

When the 87-year-old resident of Glenwood Gardens collapsed at the facility around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member called 911 but refused to give the woman CPR, Bakersfield television station ABC23 reported Friday. … In refusing the 911 dispatcher’s insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was … continue reading...

C.S. Lewis on Universal Health Care and the Love of Some

I was reading CS Lewis’s The Four Loves and came across the quote below.  Obviously, Lewis is not specifically addressing universal health care or liberalism or the question of using the government to administer love.  Even Christians can be found thinking that it is a noble expression of a loving society to have the government do the loving… and this with no apparent thought to the actual effect that this ‘loving’ will have on the people ‘loved’ and the attitude it fuels in the people-government doing the ‘loving.’  The most important thing seems to be that, well, people’s intentions are … continue reading...

Do Christians Oppose Universal Health Care Because They Think People are Lazy?

Someone directed me to this gentlemen here who labels himself a conservative, the feral conservative, in fact.   I’m not impressed.  One of the articles is called “The Ten Things You Must Believe in order to Oppose Universal Health Care.”  It is filled with nonsense.   This notion that the only way you can care for people is by supporting and implementing universal health care is positively ridiculous.  I’m seeing it so much lately that I wonder if there are talking points somewhere.  My blog (which you are reading now) is just one example of a place where it … continue reading...

A Christian Reaction to ABC’s “V” Visitors

I am hoping that ABC’s “V” takes the place that Heroes formerly occupied before it jumped dozens of sharks.  It is too soon to be sure, but there is certainly promise.

The idea of space aliens coming to earth is something that this blog has explored previously.  For example, in this entry I argue that intelligent agents from outer space provide an interesting opportunity to test various world view hypotheses.  For example, years of movies and stories lead us to assume that an alien encounter would belong in just two possible classes:  1., the nasty creatures out to conquer us … continue reading...

We have no rights, health care or otherwise, unless…

There are plenty of folks about insisting that there is a universal right to health care.  Obviously, health care is a hot topic right now, but the question of ‘rights’ permeates many other areas of our existence, so I thought I would address it.  I doubt I break any new ground, but it’s on my chest and I want it off.

We have no rights.  At least, not strictly speaking.  If there is a God, he has as much ‘right’ to destroy us as to sustain us.  If there isn’t a God, we have no more rights than an antelope … continue reading...

Economy and Ideology and Taxes and Freedom

I once got into a disagreement with someone about the nature of communism.  My sin apparently had been that I had issued a series like this… “Freedom and Democracy, Tyranny and Communism…”  The objection was that the three preceding terms have to do with polity and governance while communism was merely an economic system.  As such, it was said it did not belong in the series.

Frankly, given the course of history and its clear testimony linking communism with tyranny and piles of dead, I find the notion that communism is ‘only’ an economic system to be absurd.  Similarly, with … continue reading...