UPDATE – Monday, 2:00 PM: I’m so sorry this post is so very rambling and repetitive. I’m upset, sad, frustrated and very emotionally drained. I know it’s not very well written, but it makes up for lack of literary achievement in total sincerity. Also, thanks to ‘Joan in Podunk’ for providing some valuable statistics in the comments I was too lazy to look up.
My best friend is dying. Right now. He is a terminal cancer patient and was diagnosed several years ago, when I first met him. Now, we’re approaching his final days. He has no family and only a handful of friends.
For the past several days, I’ve been sitting with him. He drifts in and out of lucidity. Sometimes, he knows exactly where he is and what’s going on. Other times, he doesn’t even know who is in the room with him.
He has hospice care. They do what they can. Lovely people who work hard to preserve the quality of life during one’s final days. A nurse comes by occasionally. A social worker checks in on him. They even have volunteers to come and do his chores. What they don’t have? A place for him to die safely.
See, I’m not a medical person. While this man is my friend, I can’t sit with him 24/7 and make sure he is safe. Yesterday, he was urinating in the sink and smoking with his oxygen machine turned on. If he’d had the oxygen hose attached to his face at the time, the gas would have ignited and he would have probably burned to death.
They tell me this happens not infrequently.
We have a huge deficit in Washington State. In August, Governor Christine Gregoire signed budget cuts to help fend off total disaster. This includes the Welfare To Work program, which helps poor families get trained, go back to work and move up the corporate ladder to financial success.
Seattle has methadone clinics, which take medicaid and medicare, of course. Some of our pharmacies don’t, because they don’t get reimbursed. Our State mental health counseling services, such as Sound Mental Health and Center for Psychiatric Services, have little support for Medicare, but lots for Medicaid. People on long-term disability often don’t get Medicaid as they are put on federal programs, such as Social Security, which offer Medicare.
All I hear from the liberal media is how icky we conservatives are for speaking out against illegal immigration and relaxed drug laws. How we don’t want to pay for entitlement programs, such as Welfare. How evil we are for not wanting to fund abortions. How mean we are for not wanting to pay junkies to reform.
Well, this is why. This is exactly why we don’t want to fund those things. Because of my dying friend.
A welfare to work program? Maybe I’m out of line with my conservative brethren, but if we’re going to put money into social programs, one that helps people find and keep jobs is exactly the type I’d like my tax dollars to support. Other types of welfare have no end date.
A methadone program paid for by Medicaid? Not so much.
While liberal Seattleites talk about evil Arizona wanting the borders sealed, they neglect to mention 100% of heroin seized by the DEA in King County in 2006 was Mexican in origin. 100 per cent. That’s ALL of it, for the mathematically challenged.
Instead, we laud the success of the needle exchange program.
Now, our liberal governor is having to cut costs across the board. Which is exactly what conservatives have been saying we have to do for years.
Liberals think the death penalty is cruel, but partial birth abortion is just. They think poor people who don’t want to work deserve welfare, but cut the funding of those families trying to better themselves. And, because they insist on paying for junkies to get their next fix, my friend can’t get into a safe hospice where he might die with some dignity.
Why? Because there isn’t enough money to go around.
We have over 11,000 more families on welfare in Washington State than we did in June 2008. We have a prison population overly represented by illegal immigrants who, for some reason, aren’t being deported.
Meanwhile, my dying friend is laying in bed without proper nursing care because there isn’t enough money to fund it. It’s called priorities, people. Let’s get some, shall we?
Next time you see a line of people outside a methadone clinic waiting for their government apportioned opiate fixes, be sure to thank them for me, won’t you? Also, since liberals are going to cut social programs anyway, why not vote for the party that’s honest about it?
I know for a fact liberals aren’t evil people. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a better life for everyone. Here’s a big “upside your head” with the clue by four, though. We all do. We all want that. Liberalism has clearly failed in providing that, and the current conditions in Washington State alone prove it.
Liberals have lost a respect for life. They don’t want to justly punish those who take it. They don’t want to preserve it for the unborn. And, in encouraging the victim mentality that blames the haves for the disparities suffered by the have-nots, they’ve removed the spirit of individualism from the American dialogue.
Everyone is a victim now.
Consequently, social programs are being cut across the board by 7%, with another 10% cut coming in the next fiscal year or so. Taxes are increasing (have you bought a candy bar or a soda lately.)
And, meanwhile, my friend is still dying. Without proper medical care.