Should Doctors Tell the Non Terminal Elderly When They Will Die? (Secondhand Smoke)
“I find it odd that learned medical commentators would think that octogenarians and nonagenarians would not be aware that their time is growing short. Of course they do! Should doctors discuss what elderly patients want in terms of end of life treatment and extensive procedures should they become unable to decide matters for themselves? Of course they should, although those issues should be set out in an advanced directive–preferably a durable power of attorney for health care (or its equivalent)..
But somehow, why do I think that the push to discuss likely lifespan with the elderly who aren’t terminally ill is more about saving money in health care than promoting their individual well being?” (Click here for he rest of the article)
Why getting a good education and a good job doesn’t necessarily mean going to a four-year college (The American Enterprise Institute)
“1. Only 20 percent of all students have the academic ability to do college work without decreasing the difficulty level.
2. For the student who wants to become a hotel manager, journalist, software designer, farmer, hospital administrator, four years of class work at a brick-and-mortar college is unnecessary — especially if K-12 did a better job a providing a classical liberal education
3. The income for the people in a wide variety of occupations that do not require a college degree is higher than the average income for many occupations that do require a BA. For some, being an electrician is a better career path than being a middle-level manager, both in terms of wages and job satisfaction.” (Click here for the rest of the article)
Secular Theocracy: The Foundations and Folly of Modern Tyranny (The Independent Institute)
“We live in an increasingly secularized world of massive and pervasive nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is ruled unwelcome and even a real danger on the basis of a purported history of intolerance and “religious violence.” This is found in most all “public” domains, including the institutions of education, business, government, welfare, transportation, parks and recreation, science, art, foreign affairs, economics, entertainment, and the media. A secularized public square policed by government is viewed as providing a neutral, rational, free, and safe domain that keeps the “irrational” forces of religion from creating conflict and darkness. And we are told that real progress requires expanding this domain by pushing religion ever backward into remote corners of society where it has little or no influence. In short, modern America has become a secular theocracy with a civic religion of national politics (nationalism) occupying the public realm in which government has replaced God.
For the renowned Christian scholar and writer C.S. Lewis, such a view was fatally flawed morally, intellectually, and spiritually, producing the twentieth-century rise of the total state, total war, and mega-genocides. For Lewis, Christianity provided the one true and coherent worldview that applied to all human aspirations and endeavors: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” (Click here for the rest of the article)
Mark Steyn: Puncture the cocoon of denial (The Orange County Register)
“At the end of 2011, America, like much of the rest of the Western world, has dug deeper into a cocoon of denial. Tens of millions of Americans remain unaware that this nation is broke – broker than any nation has ever been. A few days before Christmas, we sailed across the psychological Rubicon and joined the club of nations whose government debt now exceeds their total GDP. It barely raised a murmur – and those who took the trouble to address the issue noted complacently that our 100 percent debt-to-GDP ratio is a mere two-thirds of Greece’s. That’s true, but at a certain point per capita comparisons are less relevant than the sheer hard dollar sums: Greece owes a few rinky-dink billions; America owes more money than anyone has ever owed anybody ever.
Tens of millions of Americans have yet to understand that the can no longer can be kicked down the road, because we’re all out of road. The pavement ends, and there’s just a long drop into the abyss. And, even in a state-compliant car seat, you’ll land with a bump. At this stage in a critical election cycle, we ought to be arguing about how many government departments to close, how many government programs to end, how many millions of government regulations to do away with. Instead, one party remains committed to encrusting even more barnacles to America’s rusting hulk, while the other is far too wary of harshing the electorate’s mellow.” (Click here for the rest of the article)