Monday, February 2, 2009

Common Concerns for Societial Good

I just heard a discussion about the octupulets that were just recently born. Questions arise as to the ethical basis of the woman's decision to get pregnant and whether this was appropriate, and on what basis does one make the argument pro or con. As I was listening, it occurred to me that there is a similarity to the excess in Wall Street, and the disregard of limitation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

This woman is educated, but does not behave as if she is, because her desire for children disregards all rationale. She has no husband, and her only support is her mother. The family is also in bankruptcy. These children will need health care, and possibly special education. We, the taxpayer will pay. While it is legal to pursue pregnancy, even in vitro fertilization, is it the best for all concerned? These are questions that some would resolve by highlighting the "right to life". There are larger issues to be considered.

Larger issues are alos the case concerning the excess desire at Wall Street to get the most out of another's investment, without much risk in the process. Similarly, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, under the guise of "helping", gave to those who should not have been approved their loans, because everyone deserves their fair shake at owning their own home.This is the free market and equal opportunity to the extreme of societal interests.

Each example highlights a problem with our country's values; desire with disregard for anyone else, greed, as to another's posessions, and a mentality of entitlement. No wonder our country is on the verge of collapse. Americans have had these values driving their interests and lives for many years, now; desire, greed and entitlement. We are a people, that do not respect other's their right to life, liberty and the pusuit of happiness!

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