Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Big Dilemma

Almost daily, I read in the paper about how costly Social Security and Medicare are and how their costs will rise in the future.

In a satirical work, "Boomsday," Christopher Buckley suggests a simple and obvious solution: assisted suicide for 70-year olds.

OK, assuming diminished quality of life as we age and our bodies require more medical attention, testing, treatments and surgeries and furthermore assuming that we oldsters recognize that the expense of our care places a huge burden on society, what are we to do?

Except for two states, Oregon and Washington, all the others outlaw assisted suicide.

The Federal Government needs us to die to save money and the states say that we must live no matter how high the costs go.

How will this dilemma be resolved?

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