Good News and Bad News: Life Expectancy Highest Ever

A recent study from the CDC concludes that Americans today are living longer than ever before:

Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.

Rates also fell for most of the leading causes of death with one exception—the suicide rate reached its highest point in 25 years.

That’s bad news. But it’s not the only bit of bad news associated with this study.

We should all be really happy that everyone is living longer, right? Not so much. When life expectancy increases, so do other things: like the cost of Medicare and Social Security and socialized medicine, for instance. The longer someone lives in a socialist system, the longer taxpayers have to foot their bills. And don’t get me wrong. I don’t like euthanasia in the least. But we have to face the fact that socialism and population controls go together almost inevitably.

In a free society, the elderly and the unborn would have a life expectancy uncapped by the civil government’s intrusions. But if the civil government has to pay for someone to live (with our money, of course, but no one in power mentions that), the civil government will determine life expectancy on a cost-benefit basis.

What does the elderly person contribute to society right now? Not much? Then cap his life expectancy. What could this baby contribute to society? Not much. Abort him. This is the reasoning of socialism. They pretend to care about taking care of the elderly and getting everyone healthcare and protecting women’s rights and all those other great-sounding things, but when it comes down to the flat facts, socialists just want control over those areas of society. And we shouldn’t have given it to them.

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