The Common Element Behind Current Problems

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Many of the nation’s most painful, perplexing ​​problems stem from a common cause that few politicians and pundits are ready to acknowledge. The surge in suicides, the proliferation of homeless encampments, mass shootings in schools, and the opioid epidemic all connect to untreated mental illness.
Since the ’60s, we’ve embraced the ridiculous idea that everyone has a right to be crazy—no matter how destructive and dangerous your illness. Ironically, psychiatric advances provide a better chance to treat mental illness than ever before, but current law makes it difficult to provide the afflicted with the care they need.  In 1955, 550,000 patients had been committed to state mental hospitals; today, the mentally ill are hospitalized at less than one-third the rate.
On this issue, even small government conservatives should support an aggressive new public/private effort to take psychiatric problems more seriously.
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  1. Ty  •  Jun 20, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Good luck Michael trying to get conservatives to pay for mental healthcare for the homeless via taxes.

    They look at scenarios like this

    Can't pay for insulin? Don't have enough money to live? Then DIE is the conservative answer. You and all the rest who want a free for all, where even when it comes to life and death where we know how to save people, conservatives choose DEATH over life if it costs them any extra taxes.

    • Ty  •  Jun 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Here was his funding page.

      No job, must have been a leech and a loser, not worth saving. Maybe the conservative solution would have been for him not to move back to help his mom with her own health issues.

      When that conservative vindictiveness and judgmental nature dies away, we can move forward, until then we will continue to get these needless preventable early deaths. The charity fairy did not see this guy, "socialized" medicine like medicare for all would have taken care of this easily, paid for via taxes, but then that would involve conservatives takine care of their fellow man on a more universal scale. And conservatives can't seem to stand that, they want their charity self inspected and personal, where they can sit in judgment of the individual worthiness of aide or expulsion. More people will suffer and die because of their attitude, of not being liberal enough to care MORE about helping the decent, than punishing the cheats. But their vindictiveness and self centered natures overpower all else.

      Michael might have a chance to get conservatives on board, but the recipients would have to look like other conservatives to not scare them into thinking some outside/other group was TAKING from them.

      • Fred Flickinger  •  Jul 5, 2018 at 6:25 pm

        Can you explain why connservatives consistently give a greater portion of their income to charity?

    • Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 12:06 am

      Screw you and your complete lies.
      You have ZERO evidence or examples for any of your ludicrous claims.
      Conservatives are the most giving, compassionate people in this country.
      It is you monstrous liberals, who choose death 100’s, if not 1000’s a time per day…. killing babies!

      • Ty  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 4:12 am

        Conservatives are most certainly not the most compassionate, at least when it comes to the identity of the recipient. There is much larger variation in compassion depending on who that is. And that is your greatest flaw as a group of people. If you were more universal in your compassion, you would be more liberal, and not demand the near personal inspection of the worthiness up close vs just engaging a policy like universal healthcare so that guys like that would not slip through the cracks and die needless deaths because he did not have the funds to afford insulin and the charity fairy was not there to save him. That is an EASY problem to solve, the problem for too many conservatives is that helping him might mean helping some LAZY person, some person who could work more but chooses not to.

        It's an attitude of scarcity and zero sum-ness, and finite pies. We can't allow some freeloader to get one up on us or we will all collapse and die… except we do not live in that world in 2018, the liberals of this world know that and are more updated, conservatives… slow on the uptake as always.

        Liberal ethos : I tolerate the free riders to better help the decent

        Conservative ethos : I am intolerant of free riders to better punish the wicked.

        So many things fall out from this mental attitude, to err on the side of punishment because one is driven more by their hatreds than their care and love for their fellow man.

    • Steve Miller  •  Jul 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      Your screed might be and is excepted by many except when you got to apply it to the "UNBORN"! Conservatives=Pro Life, Secular,"Progressive/Leftists"= Pro Death! ( Spin that one, baby! )

    • dogobat  •  Jul 7, 2018 at 10:40 am

      two problems with the examples cited: both individuals would have qualified for Medicaid, retroactive too the first of the month in which they applied. This would have taken far less time and is far easier than setting up a gofundme page. Bernie Sanders citing the example is further evidence of why he is unfit to serve – the point to be made is impoverished diabetics have a funding source for insulin and healthcare in general. If this individual didn't know, maybe one of the woke sophisticated smart nuanced individuals visiting his page could have let him know that there was help instead of parroting "conservatives want everyone dead"

  2. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I bet I can find way more FACTUAL STATISTICS of leftists actively KILLING BABIES, than you could ever show or prove of people dying in the streets because they can’t afford their insulin.

    Leftists just lie. They make up shit to justify their ideology. It’s like the damn lie they made up about babies being pulled from their illegal-alien moms, while breastfeeding.

    You people are pathetic!

    • Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 9:55 am

      In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births.

      Celebrate Ty! And guess what, blacks and Hispanic women account for 55.4%. Now, tell us how much you love black people, and brown people.

      Finally, show me, how many people are dying on the streets, because they can’t afford their insulin.

      You live in a pathetic, fantasyland!

    • Ty  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      We've been over this before. You are free to reject it, but your appeals fall on me water falling on a ducks back.

      I do not see allowing abortions to occur as "killing babies"

      Many religious people are told by their bible that life and more importantly an immortal soul appears at conception. I am not religious, that is not my view.

      A fetus is human life, it is not what I consider a human being. And the being is what is special. Not a cluster of cells that shares human dna, or Terry Schiavo who is a vegetable. What I consider special is not even tied to the being being human.

      To me, this seems like a much more sound and mature framework for what kinds of life deserve more vs less protection. ET would not be the equivalent as a squirrel if it is a sentient and self aware being beyond a certain threshold. I wonder how many conservatives would come to the same conclusion? If worth is merely determined by human life, then perhaps not.

      Anyway, I do not think killing a fetus is a wonderful event, it's still sad since it is an act that snuffs out a potential human being down the road, but it is not there yet, and its loss is NOT the same in my view as the loss of a sentient and self aware 5 year old, or 40 year old. Beings that care whether they live or die, can contemplate existence and love and loss. That idea that I would confer the SAME value I do on those PEOPLE on a fetus? A cluster of cells, is absurd to me. So you can type out killing babies a thousand more times, Understand why it will never hold sway over me based on my framework. You are firing bullets made of SAND at a steel wall. Continue on if you need to emote. I need that too from time to time after listening to conservatives malign my views on talk radio, but understand it means nothing to me.

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 6:21 pm

        Of course the concept of killing babies has no sway on you and your ilk. You are a Godless, Soulless heathen.

        Isn’t it crazy how libtards want to REGULATE EVERYTHING, but when it comes to human life, you soulless monsters promote killing babies up to seconds before birth, ripping off fully formed body parts from the womb.


      • Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

        “a sentient and self aware being“

        Typical Godless Leftist worldview…. playing God, deciding who is worthy of life and who gets killed.

        Then complain about your disbelief in a “loving God”


      • Rizzo  •  Jun 22, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Human life and a human being? It's incredible, the pretzel you have to twist yourself into, to rationalize the killing of babies. I'm sure Hitler, and his Nazi-buddies, performed a similar soulless yoga routine, in the beginning… before the mass slaughter of humanity became commonplace.

        Why would some life deserve more protection than others? It's convenient that you refer to babies, in the womb, as a "fetus" or a "cluster of cells". It's a nice way to purify yourself from the destruction of human life. Many times, these fetuses are FULLY FORMED BABIES. The legalized executioners of innocence aren't just sucking out unidentiable, "clusters of cells", they are ripping out human body parts, and discarding them with the trash. When a pregnant mother is killed, often times, the murderer is charged for the death of 2 HUMANS.

        But hey…. don't let these inconvenient facts, "sway" you and your ilk.

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

        And lastly, I'm not trying to convince you of the sickness of your bloodthirsty proclivity to kill babies. This is to make clear, to others, what it is exactly that the left stands for.

        Thinking, compassionate, caring humans, can determine their own hearts and minds of your monstrous mind-set.

      • Ty  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 2:21 am

        More spittle flying, all the fake concern in the world for the unborn, while the living die for lack of funds, and you keep pretending like you give a sh*t about human beings. You don't Rizzo.

        As I've told you before, if/when the supreme court overturns roe v wade, conservative states will have anti abortion laws put back into effect. I fully expect you to line up and CHEER putting mothers and doctors to DEATH for performing abortions. Since terminating a fetus, that cannot think and feel like a full self aware and sentient adult is NO different in your idiotic world view. IF there is no difference, they you ought to try mothers and doctors for MURDER. No less. This is the natural conclusion of that belief and policy, IF you think terminating a fetus is the same. If you do NOT think that is a reasonable policy, then you are LYING, you do NOT actually think the life of a fetus has the same worth, and you slobbering republicans in your dumbest avatar in Rizzo are talking out of your @ss.

        The vast majority of abortions are done in the first or second trimester, not the third. But if you want a cutoff based on the viability of the fetus to survive under its own power with some help at the start, fine. That still does not make a fetus worth the same as a born child or adult in value.

        And it certainly does not warrant more concern than saving the living like that guy who could not afford an insulin shot, which you have said NOTHING ABOUT since you conservatives have no answers outside the charity fairy for. Which = death, death to the already living and born, death to people that can think and feel, all those people you give ZERO sh*ts about, and you jerks dare pretend you are more moral and noble? Please, it's all about you, ME ME ME, I I I, the alpha and omega of conservatism. Is MY life ok? Do I have access to healthcare and the funds to get treated? Then what's it to ME if others in my own country do not?

        Rizzo : it's their own fault, not my problem if they did not earn enough to afford treatment, let them die.

        You don't say it explicitly, but that is the implication, and the same goes for EVERYONE ONE of you hate filled and indifferent conservatives reading this. LET them ALL DIE, so that I may have more tax dollars to myself.

      • Ty  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

        Moron…. here are the stats AGAIN!
        After reading them…. GIVE ME THE STATS on how many people are "dying in the streets" because they can't afford their insulin.
        I'VE BEEN WAITING!!!!

        In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births.

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 9:44 am

        "LET them ALL DIE, so that I may have more tax dollars to myself."

        SHOW ME ONE EXAMPLE, where someone died because I get more of my HARD-EARNED money.

        SHOW ME, you brain-dead leftist.

        In the first month, after Trump's tax breaks, the federal government collected a RECORD amount of revenue.

        I can show you more examples of people dying, directly linked to mismanagement of funds, not lack of funds.
        Government run anything, outside of its legitimate purpose, is a COMPLETE TRAINWRECK.

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 9:52 am

        If you are so concerned with this imaginary scenario of Americans, dying in the streets, then why are you promoting other countries to send us their poor?

        According to you, we don't have enough money right now, to take care of US citizens. Who do you think gets hurt worst, when you import the poorest, least educated people in the world, into America?

        You're a fraud! You don't care about poor people. You want to create a permanent low-class, that is dependent on government, and will vote for leftist handouts.

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 10:29 am

        "if you want a cutoff based on the viability of the fetus to survive under its own power with some help at the start, fine."


        Coming from the KING OF WANTING TO REGULATE EVERYTHING? Why aren't you standing on the mountaintop, demanding that we stop allowing "Executioners" from ripping fully formed body-parts from the wombs of would-be mothers? Why would YOU of all people, not want to protect, or at least regulate the destruction of human life…. mostly minority, human life?

        You're a FRAUD!

  3. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Conservative beliefs: Work, earn money (which is the physical manifestation of hard work), then buy what you can afford. If someone needs help, we conservatives, ARE FAR MORE GENEROUS than leftists.
    If someone doesn’t work, and they can’t afford something, we don’t view that as a “punishment”. It’s the logical conclusion to an individual’s choice.
    It is ONLY because of our hard-work, that leftists have this religious-type belief that we can just handout free shit for everyone…. just keep printing money. But, like Thatcher said: The biggest problem with leftists like you Ty, is eventually, you run out of other people’s money. I will add, it’s immoral for our government to pillage our earnings, in the name of those who choose not to work…. and also, illegal aliens from around the world.

  4. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 7:55 am

    The attitude of scarcity and zero sum-ness, and finite pies comes from controlled ANYTHING.
    If you want a seemingly NEVER-ENDING pie, government better get out of the way.

    It is ONLY through American Free-Market principles and the work of FREE PEOPLE, that we can create a continually growing pie.

    Are you seriously this dumb?

  5. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Ty…. we have all seen what your “philosophy” leads to, SHIT-HOLES like San Francisco.


  6. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 9:42 am

    The attitude of scarcity and zero sum-ness, and finite pies comes from GOVERNMENT-controlled ANYTHING.

    Like Milton Friedman so correctly pointed out, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.”

  7. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Seriously Ty, what could be more compassionate than what Trump and his fellow Republicans have done for the US economy?
    More people working, less need for handouts, MAGA BABY!!!

    • Ty  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      We really need a concept like "stolen valor" that applies to scenarios outside people falsely claiming credit for the accomplishments of service members.

      The same positive trends in the economy you gave Obama no credit for, you pretend as if Trump is the architect of. Although he did tell his devoted flock "I alone can fix it." Perhaps that messianic desire in the conservative peanut gallery just eats that clap up.

  8. Rizzo  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I would love to give Obama credit, but he was too busy blaming Bush for all the bad news, and now his minions want to take credit for Trump’s success.
    Libtards are pathetic!

  9. Armand  •  Jun 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    “if not 1000’s a time per day…. killing babies!“
    Margaret Sanger was a real conservative you deranged lying religious freak.
    You bear false witness, lie, and worship a real estate broker god….you’re insane and always wrong!

    • Oh FFS  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 12:19 am

      Margaret Sanger was a leading member of the New York Socialist Party. In what universe is that "conservative"?

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 24, 2018 at 12:52 am

        Armand aka Adolf is mentally unstable, at best, and intellectually retarded.

  10. Rizzo  •  Jun 23, 2018 at 9:45 am

    To Ty….. NOT from Ty….

    Moron…. here are the stats AGAIN!
    After reading them…. GIVE ME THE STATS on how many people are "dying in the streets" because they can't afford their insulin.
    In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births.

  11. Jerry Davis  •  Jul 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Congress would not support funding halfway houses under President Ronald Reagan. This should be considered again because at least 1/3 of the street people are mentally ill and without treatment.

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