Old people shouldn't drive


It''s a shame, because without a proper system to care for older people, now that nobody seems to want their own grandparents around anymore, stuff like this is going to keep happening.

You dont even know how close that hits home right now. My job is to buffer some of the tension and stress for my family so that my Dad and uncles dont go nuts and continue the cycle.

"Bosephus" wrote:
Bagga - making people ""more"" liable having the bejesus sued out of them isn''t a solution. I just moved from New Orleans, and that place has one of the highest auto insurance rates in the US. Why? Because more than 50% of drivers are uninsured. Many people don''t have jobs nor insurance on their cars. They don''t care what happens if they hit somebody. They got nothing to lose, except maybe go to jail.

They should never get a license in the first place. No insurance or proof of tons of money, no license.

Seatbelt usage has gone up dramatically since the 1970s because of police pulling people over to fine them for not wearing them. This has picked up more in the past year or so, now that it''s the law across all 50 states.

What is this, Russia? I say that if I want to pass up wearing my seatbelt and go careening through the windshield, that''s my God-given right. Parents should be fined for not buckling their kids in, though.

Fang-
It''s going on all over the country. Not only do people not know what to do with older folks, they''re living longer, require more medical expenses (which Congress won''t pass prescription drug benefits - I don''t know all the details of that, so please don''t flame me on it), plus there is a huge amount of nefarious conduct directed at the elderly because they are easy to take advantage of.

I don''t know much about this, but I''ve seen on the news how a con man(or woman) will take a bunch of old folks on a scam for a ton of their Social Security/Medical benefits. It''s unbelievable what''s going on right now, and with an aging baby boomer population...who knows what''s going to happen next? As long as the Congress is made up of Rich Old People, the rest of the Old People may be stuck out in some sort of new state of nursing home poverty.

I''m not saying that you should buckle your seatbelt, or that anybody should buckle their seatbelt, I''m just using some statistic I heard somewhere as evidence that a program of preemptive ticketing may be better than allowing everybody to get their pants sued off after the fact of an accident that could have been prevented. May have been a bad analogy - I''m not always good at that.

That''s a funny phrase too, ""what is this, Russia?"" - I use that all the time.

I eat monkies.

While we''re at it, ban eating in cars. Ban listening to CDs or the radio in cars. Ban dressing in cars. Ban talking with passengers in cars. Hell, ban passengers; god knows they distract you enough to cause an accident or two. How about banning driving? Most automobile accidents are caused by driving.

The difference between reading a newspaper in a car while being on a cell phone - my example - and chatting with a passenger is substantial.

My point was that it was a slippery slope.

And let me amend my previous post. I do not infact eat monkies, nor have I ever done so at all.

I eat alligators.

"Bosephus" wrote:

It''s going on all over the country. Not only do people not know what to do with older folks, they''re living longer, require more medical expenses (which Congress won''t pass prescription drug benefits - I don''t know all the details of that, so please don''t flame me on it), plus there is a huge amount of nefarious conduct directed at the elderly because they are easy to take advantage of.

Just an FYI - Congress won''t pass the prescription drug benefit law because people over the age of 55 hold the largest concentration of wealth in the country. The bill is trying to solve a individualized problem with a generic, universal solution in order to capture the votes of that same group.


I don''t know much about this, but I''ve seen on the news how a con man(or woman) will take a bunch of old folks on a scam for a ton of their Social Security/Medical benefits.

Con artists and criminals target everyone. The news just likes to show old people getting ripped off because it garners more sympathy with the viewers than other groups. No one gets a bigger ''aww'' factor than the elderly, except children.


As long as the Congress is made up of Rich Old People, the rest of the Old People may be stuck out in some sort of new state of nursing home poverty.

Refer to my previous statement about concentration of wealth.

So it''s a bunch of Rich Middle-Aged People running Congress.

And that''s alligators! I love the stuff! Best reptillian sausage...EVAR!

Ahh Rat....I hope you know I am only playing with you...

"Rat Boy" wrote:
While we''re at it, ban eating in cars. Ban listening to CDs or the radio in cars. Ban dressing in cars. Ban talking with passengers in cars. Hell, ban passengers; god knows they distract you enough to cause an accident or two. How about banning driving? Most automobile accidents are caused by driving.

Ya know...you''re on to something here, Ratboy...