Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Should They Decide When

Anyone remember Logan's Run? This was a movie from the 70's that got a TV series. Set in the 23 century, an ideal society is created and maintained by a government. Here is a quick view of the movie.

Are we heading for this? Perhaps Thomas Sorwell has a better perspective of our current situation.

A 'Duty to Die'?
By Thomas Sowell
May 11, 2010

One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others.

This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when American medical care is taken over by the government.

Make no mistake about it, letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to keep them alive and well. If a government-run medical system is going to save any serious amount of money, it is almost certain to do so by sacrificing the elderly.

There was a time-- fortunately, now long past-- when some desperately poor societies had to abandon old people to their fate, because there was just not enough margin for everyone to survive. Sometimes the elderly themselves would simply go off from their family and community to face their fate alone.

But is that where we are today?

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Who should decide when your day has come? In Logan's Run the magic day was your thirtieth birthday. Will the current line be drawn at 65 or 70? Maybe the available cash after the government siphons off their unfair share would be more like 50 or 55.

Is it the duty of the old to die to spare the expense for the young? Who will decide when they have spent enough on you?

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