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Letter: Cash For Seniors?

Dr. Jack Kevorkian (Dr. Death) would be proud of the members of Congress who have produced the current health recovery bill. I thought euthanasia was banned or at least against the law. Presently, there is a proposal in the bill that mandates seniors citizens attend, every five years, a government-sponsored counselor to suggest ways to end your life. That may sound drastic, but the counselor can or will outline how you are to receive health care, regardless of your doctor’s wishes, reduce medications and ask you to prepare a living will and appoint a healthcare proxy. There is nothing wrong with the last two items but that is your decision, not theirs. This seems to be a way of taking away your own decision to live out your life on your terms. Forget the talent and experience you still have to offer your children and grandchildren, love, encouragement, a wealth of understanding, guidance and warmth of just being there when they need you.

This runs parallel with the recent “cash for clunkers” program that is being put forward. Your kids or proxy could be asked that if, down the line, based on the suggestions of the counselor that you, the parent, has outlived his or her usefulness, they might receive a government-sponsored stipend, if they choose to pull the plug. It could be called, “Cash for Seniors.” I know that sounds cruel, but you have to realize that the world has changed.

So much for the “Greatest Generation.” We seniors have suffered, saved and sacrificed all our lives and helped save the world from tyrants and despots all over the world so our kids could live a good life. Now, the government thinks we are a burden, financially, on them and the rest of the country so it is time to let them go. In my world, only God has the right to make that decision, not some politically correct clown in Washington.

Please be aware, there are hundreds of sections hidden in the bills before Congress that we don’t even know about. If asked, nine out of 10 congressmen or women could not tell you what is in the 1,000-page bill.

Writing your representative is a waste because they will not show up at any forum to answer your questions and clear up some doubts you may have. They don’t answer their mail anyway. If they won’t answer you, remember, come November, they can be replaced.

I don’t know what you’re thinking about this letter so I will quote one of the famous philosophers of our time. Forrest Gump once said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” If that’s good enough for some, it’s good enough for me.

Dan Scheidel