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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:09 AM
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OK, I've got it: The simple solution to the Medicare dilemma.
We simply need to adopt the age-old custom of abandoning the elderly in the wilderness when they become unable to care for themselves. Here in Wisconsin, I think it would work best in winter. You just put Gramma out in the woods with a blanket & a quart of brandy. 2 quarts if she's got a personal history that includes a high alcohol tolerance.

If your winters aren't cold enough to guarantee the result within a humane time frame, think this would also work pretty well in deserts. Maybe California families could use Death Valley for the purpose, and make the place really earn its name.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:11 AM
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1. it would help with job creation because someone would have to go take care of them once...
you know....
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:14 AM
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5. Well, I was just thinking about helping
the wolf packs make it through the hardest part of winter.

But then, most of us old farts have so many toxins in our bodies that we might not be healthy food for the carnivores.
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:21 AM
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14. One word.... coyotes. nt
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:28 AM
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15. Of course. Although they seem to be doing pretty well on their own,
at least around here.
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:31 AM
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17. Yeah funny how when we were being exposed to those toxins we had experts telling us
there were no dangers to said exposers. Then the EPA came along and said hey you know that crap you been breathing and swallowing for the last 30 years is a health hazard and can lead to serious illnesses.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:33 AM
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19. It makes you think twice about losing weight--
Who wants to release all that old DDT and crap we got stored in our body fat?
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LiberalLoner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:12 AM
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2. I am absolutely convinced at this point I will die alone, with no medical care, and in
so much pain that I can't even imagine it.

This sounds like hyperbole but I honestly wish I had my own secret stash of cyanide capsules so that I could take one of those instead of dying slowly of, say, cancer, and dealing with all the pain of that without medical care or pain management.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:12 AM
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3. I believe the Ryan plan calls for ovens. n/t
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:13 AM
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4. You need to fix the health care system so the costs aren't out of control.
It's the root of all our problems. If our health costs were in line with other countries we would have a freaking surplus
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:40 AM
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21. exactly
Until we do that, we're all screwed.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:14 AM
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6. That might work, can we include Congress
in the abandonment plan?
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BillStein Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:14 AM
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7. The Arctic is melting
just when we really need those ice floes!

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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:17 AM
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9. Maybe we could abandon them on rafts.
With the booze, of course.

I can just hear one orca saying to another, "Wow, I had a great time last night, but I'm really hung over. I really gotta cut down on eating humans."
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:16 AM
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8. Hey! I just got a great idea!
Edited on Thu May-26-11 09:17 AM by KansDem
I will buy those wildernesses and charge you to abandon your loved ones there who are too old or feeble to care for themselves!

Man, I'll be RICH!!!

And I'll get subsidies and tax breaks from the fucking REPUBLICANS!!!

I'll be raking in the dough!!!

(JR, if you need a job, I'll be happy to hire you to rake. Just remember to bring your own rake, or I can sell you a $19.95 rake for $99.95--to be deducted from your first paycheck).

:woohoo: I'll be filthy rich!!!
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:18 AM
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10. Cold is more humane, I think. It would be good to include travel money
Edited on Thu May-26-11 09:19 AM by raccoon
for those elders who don't live in cold states. :sarcasm: of course.

Or would that break the federal budget? more :sarcasm:






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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:19 AM
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11. Who was the Wisconsin author who moved to Oregon to die in the woods?
It might be preferable to dying in a hospital all drugged up.

I'd just rather be frozen solid before the wolves start ripping me up.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:20 AM
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12. .
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:30 AM
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16. Yes, exactly.
I just get all teary-eyed thinking about how compassionate this nation is.
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:20 AM
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13. They could expose unwanted girl babies, also...
I mean, why use a single solution for just one Republican sociatal problem. Clearly, they don't like women either.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:32 AM
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18. Ya know, I thought about that when I was writing the OP.
I suppose an alternative would just be to give them to the Mormons.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:38 AM
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20. You're missing the big picture here. They aren't going to do anything that would be ACTIVE.
They are the quintessential Passive-Aggressive Masters.

They will NEVER take responsiblity for tossing people out.

The messsage is, and has been for 30 years where homeless people are concerned (and it worked, so it now being enlarged to include welfare mothers and elders):

KILL. YOURSELF.



Yes, the message is that loud and clear. Not that it matters to "progressives".

As another DUer keeps saying, We. Tried. To. Tell. You.
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