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New Japanese finance minister says elderly should 'hurry up and die'
American Thinker ^ | 01/22/2013 | Rick Moran

Posted on 01/22/2013 9:33:03 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The minister, Taro Aso, is only saying out loud what many government officials in countries with nationalized health care are thinking: people are getting older, living longer, and becoming a drain on our national budgets.

From the Guardian:

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Japan's new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens of millions of voters by suggesting that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country's finances.

Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care.

"Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government," he said during a meeting of the national council on social security reforms. "The problem won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."

Aso's comments are likely to cause offence in Japan, where almost a quarter of the 128 million population is aged over 60. The proportion is forecast to rise to 40% over the next 50 years.

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The remarks are also an unwelcome distraction for the new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, whose first period as Japan's leader ended with his resignation after just a year, in 2007, partly due to a string of gaffes by members of his cabinet.

I am probably too old to see it, but I have little doubt that eventually, a "Solyent Green" scenario will become real and government will set up suicide centers for the elderly to "hurry up and die" if they wish.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elderly; euthanasia; healthcare; japan; obamacarefuture
WHO WAS IT WHO FIRST USED THE TERM: 'DEATH PANELS"?
1 posted on 01/22/2013 9:33:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t cry if one of the elderly capped this minister.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 9:35:07 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: SeekAndFind

What a boneheaded thing to say in a society that places a high value on their older citizens.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 9:36:29 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t we still have Enola Gay around somewhere?

But seriously, I was taught that going around saying how you think certain people need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out. Maybe thats a Texas thing.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 9:40:37 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’d better be careful what he wishes for - he’s 71 himself.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 9:41:52 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Hey! That's my line!" Democrat Richard Lamm.

From an Internet source: "[Democrat] Richard D. Lamm of Colorado said Tuesday. [Talking about seriously ill elderly] 'You've got a duty to die and get out of the way,' said the 48-year-old Governor."

6 posted on 01/22/2013 9:42:07 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: DesertRhino
Enola Gay is all refurbished and on display at the Smithsonian Annex. She looks ready to go.

Side note: To see the look on the faces of Japanese tourists when they come upon her is interesting.

7 posted on 01/22/2013 9:45:13 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: SeekAndFind

About 25% over 60 is bad enough, but 40% over 60? That’s catastrophic, no society can survive that. Japan will probably be wiped out long before 2050.


8 posted on 01/22/2013 9:46:59 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Farmer Dean

Even Asian societies are losing respect for their elders. The selfish young quickly forget the society and its comforts were built by generations past and the living elderly. They say, Pass on, die now that we young must provide some support for you old ones!”

They say that now, will they be willing to step off a cliff when years pass and they are old? You reap what you sow.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 9:47:49 AM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: ConorMacNessa
He’d better be careful what he wishes for - he’s 71 himself

Undoubtedly he has the resources to pay for his own healthcare, or it won't apply to valuable public servants like him, or something.

10 posted on 01/22/2013 9:48:35 AM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: SeekAndFind
30 is the new 90.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 9:51:40 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberalism is the culture of destruction and death vs. a culture which builds and cares for their own...


12 posted on 01/22/2013 9:51:40 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind
"If they'd rather die, then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population."
- Scrooge

Sarah Palin was right on the trend toward Death Panels. Charles Dickens was right on the attitude of the elite ruling class. I just hope conservatives are wrong on where this experiment with socialized medicine and national socialism is taking our country.

13 posted on 01/22/2013 9:58:24 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: SeekAndFind
"I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government,"

At what age is it "appropriate" for this guilt to kick in???

14 posted on 01/22/2013 10:00:13 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (If bad plastic surgeons were banned, then Bob Costas' normal face would still be alive.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The killing of the elderly is bound to come and it will come soon. People have already accepted the murder of babies why not the elderly? The mere discussion of killing people will be made an ISSUE DU JOUR. The media will boom the idea and it will become a fact! In some countries they are already killing people without their consent, States in the U.S. are already encouraging people to kill themselves: i.e. Oregon.

It is only a matter of time.

15 posted on 01/22/2013 10:06:34 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

Taro Aso...

Aso, as-sole.

Drop dead, lowlife scumbag.


16 posted on 01/22/2013 10:11:41 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Yep. Once killing the unborn was considered okay it’s a very slippery slope for anyone else deemed to be inconvenient.


17 posted on 01/22/2013 10:20:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Congressman Grayson, call your office.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 10:23:27 AM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: SeekAndFind

The one thing, Progressives, socialists, Marxists, statists all have in common is their love of killing all at the same time successfully taking the moral high ground on life (only because of a willing press).

From abortions to culling the elderly herd, death is their common bond. Remember the slut who said she would give bill clinton a bj as long as he kept abortion legal?

Vermin like George B. Shaw wanted death panels where you had to justify your existence. He has quite a following in the progressive community.

It must be a fine balancing act to keep enough people alive so as to support the ruling elite’s life style while at the same time killing off as many as possible to keep population down.

Maybe, if the citizens of the world had an average IQ over 20, we would insist, leaders lead in every action they impose on the rest of us. Abort their kids. Make the leaders be the point person on the ground in all battles between nations. Leaders are our enemy. Millions will dance on the head of a pin to try and refute that statement.


19 posted on 01/22/2013 10:26:45 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: popdonnelly; DesertRhino

I think the whole point of this thread is how wrong it is to view death as a solution to problems. Death IS the problem.


20 posted on 01/22/2013 10:27:35 AM PST by Romulus
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To: SeekAndFind
Mar 29, 1984 – Democrat Governor Richard D. Lamm of Colorado: "You've got a duty to die and get out of the way."

(See tagline.)

21 posted on 01/22/2013 10:30:12 AM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: proxy_user

“About 25% over 60 is bad enough, but 40% over 60? That’s catastrophic, no society can survive that. Japan will probably be wiped out long before 2050.”

Nope.

If anything, by 2050 Japan will be in comparatively better shape for the future than we here in the United States.

Not because Japan has too many “elderly”. Regardless of the average age of their population, they will still have a country in which virtually 100% of the citizens are “Japanese” (by birth and culture). It’s all-but impossible for a non-Japanese citizen to become “Japanese”. They protect their culture and their ethnicity.

Contrast that with -here-, where our cultural/ethnic demographics are changing with the speed of a Kansas cyclone. The United States — if it’s still even a “united” group of states by then — will have more “young people”, but fewer and fewer of them will actually be “Americans”...


22 posted on 01/22/2013 10:40:34 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s been Obama’s plan since the start of this health care bill.With the number of Baby Boomers getting up in age they are going to be consuming more of the health care dollar.

So not only will the government start rationing health care they will have to encourage assisted suicide.

It’s the only way the Government will be able to afford the increase in the cost of health care as time go’s on.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 10:44:23 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: SampleMan

Yeah, we’re just waiting on the Sandman to come.

Youth, or at least this generation, really have no concept, and should the worst happen, they have the least ability of any to survive it.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 10:51:05 AM PST by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: DesertRhino

Would you mind if I appropriated part of your comment for my new tag line?


25 posted on 01/22/2013 11:59:11 AM PST by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“...it’s a very slippery slope for anyone else deemed to be inconvenient.”

Can we designate people of station in legislative, executive and judicial position for that slippery slope? Maybe we could even provide skis or toboggans.


26 posted on 01/22/2013 12:28:38 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“...it’s a very slippery slope for anyone else deemed to be inconvenient.”

Can we designate people of station in legislative, executive and judicial position for that slippery slope? Maybe we could even provide skis or toboggans.


27 posted on 01/22/2013 12:28:52 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Near future headline:

New Japanese Finance Minister invited onward to join Ancestors.


28 posted on 01/22/2013 12:31:07 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: beelzepug

Id be honored!


29 posted on 01/22/2013 12:49:30 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Romulus

“I think the whole point of this thread is how wrong it is to view death as a solution to problems. Death IS the problem.”

Thats how liberals think. Snuffing someone with an actual design to kill you is not a problem, thats self defense. If a Jew or Kulak, found out about the plans of a Hitler or Stalin before they could get into gear. If they were sure they were serious,, i think it’s fine to rub ‘em out. It might even be a christian duty.

It sure as hell is common sense 101.


30 posted on 01/22/2013 12:54:03 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

What you’re suggesting sure as hell isn’t self-defense.


31 posted on 01/22/2013 1:08:48 PM PST by Romulus
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To: SeekAndFind
The Worldwide Demographic Cliff Is Going To Be Brutal
32 posted on 01/22/2013 3:01:16 PM PST by blam
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To: ConorMacNessa
He’d better be careful what he wishes for - he’s 71 himself.

Lead by example I say.

33 posted on 01/22/2013 9:49:25 PM PST by QT3.14
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