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My gosh.

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Just had a thought. Precilla Taylor is only 11 months younger than I am. That might mean that she has no national aspirations. I mean, unless you are John McCain or Strom Thurmond, you don’t think about being a Senator for six years if you already are 61.

That would mean you can’t retire until you are almost 70. What good is that?

You would then be crochety, there is only a one-in-a-million chance you are still riding a motorcycle, and you probably lost interest in your Facebook page so long ago that you don’t even remember which staff member you told to write it and keep up with the birthdays.

Ah, well.

Here is a link to Precilla Taylor as a candidate.

Candidate Precilla Taylor

She is in favor of business, both small and green, and she is in favor of activities for teens including getting them to work in hospitals and with the elderly.

But these are television clips.

You can’t ask Ms. Taylor how she is going to get at-risk teenagers to work in hospitals or nursing homes.

My first thought would be to pay them and provide training programs that would lead to careers in medicine, one of the few fields that is expanding in the United States. But then, that costs money. Where does that come from?

It won’t come from Republicans in Congress. Witness this from the Feb. 17 Palm Beach Post.

Republicans and Democrats are as far apart on their vision for health spending as Miami is from Tallahassee.
Farther even.

Case in point: The House version of the continuing budget resolution that Congress must pass to keep the government running would gut community health centers like Palm Beach County’s FoundCare.

See the list of proposed GOP cuts here.
These clinics typically have a locally based board. They offer sliding-scale medical services for the uninsured and underinsured.

They keep people out of emergency rooms and help them manage blood pressure, watch their diabetes, control infectious illnesses, treat asthma attacks, vaccinate kids, and offer prenatal care to pregant women who otherwise might not receive any.

An estimated 100,000 Palm Beach County residents used their services last year.

House Republicans, keeping to their deficit-cutting promise, would cut federal subsidies for such community clinics nationwide by about 60 percent, or $1.3 billion, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers.

The impact?

“It will mean that America’s health centers will lose the capacity to serve 11 million patients over the next year, with well over 3.3 million current patients losing their care within the next few months,” the national association said today.

“That is equivalent to terminating all health care to the entire population of Chicago, or to everyone living in the states of Wyoming, Vermont, North and South Dakota, and Alaska combined.”

The Obama administration would go the opposite direction, expanding community clinic funding so another 24 million people can be seen at 8,000 clinics nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

I should think that if you bring in at-risk kids to work with the elderly, you had better supervise them well or else you are looking and a storm of malpractice suits and a bunch of happy lawyers.

Oops. Supervision costs money.

Where, exactly, does the money come from that provides the supervision so that at-risk kids don’t just kill a few geriatrics and cost us a millions in malpractice lawsuits.

I mean, shouldn’t this stuff be taught by schools so that the kids have some idea of what they are doing before they start “helping” our seniors?

I agree with Ms. Taylor in a fundamental way. At-risk kids should be taught to help seniors. It is a growing field and they can make a living doing that. But for that, you need schools.

And schools, and how to get the kids there, were left out of the equation.


Written by Charles Keefer

February 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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  1. you are assuming that the at risk kids WANT some kind of career other than sitting in front of TV collecting from the government as rhey have been taught by thier parent to do. or that they WANT to get a ligit job that pays $7.00 an hour when they could be selliing drugs or robbing for ten times that much, HOWEVER I guess for the 1 or 2 who don’t it may be a benefit to have these programs


    February 23, 2011 at 7:11 am

  2. another thought after our last discussion –placebo effect widly used in the scientific world, a sugar pills that has the same or sometimes a better effect than a drug, explained by the mind /self healing train of thought. and validated many times over. Kind of like voodoo!!!!! if the mind thinks it it happens in the body, also widely validated, so why then the skepitism about healing touch. there are indeed many frauds, but not all


    February 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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