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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 12:18 PM
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153. I read it, and agree
I understand that one of the climbers had an injured arm, and that might have been the factor that lead to a complete disaster. I just can't accept, though, that society as a whole will base whether or not to rescue somebody should be based on whether "they should have known better,", or "hey, why should I have to pay for somebody else's problems?".

Look at the enormous amounts we taxpayers are already expected to pay to protect corporate interests overseas. We pay in both taxes, and in the lives of our children. As long as a society is expected to pay for big corporations to make ungodly amounts of money, I don't think we should balk at whatever our share of rescuing our fellow humans is.

As a country, we have become much more cynical, brutal, and angry. I was born during the FDR years, and I saw much of the progressive movement evolve. Since Reagan, we've changed, and the gap between rich and the rest of us has widened enormously. Because our tax money is so overused for military interventions in unnecessary wars, such as the one in Iraq, there is less to spend on social services. Everybody is feeling burdened, and it might be that thinking about how much is spent to rescue the climbers comes when some of us are facing financial hardships.

Let's not forget our common humanity, and become so callous that we begrudge helping each other when we're in need. I'd rather have my tax money used to save life, than to take it.
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