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The government says we can put a value Life.

Posted on: July 12, 2008 9:10 am
 
I recently read this article and was appalled that there is even a way to put value on an Americans life. So I thought I would get your opinions.

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 10:39 am
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

I recently read this article and was appalled that there is even a way to put value on an Americans life.

As appalling as this is, even more appalling to me is the fact that this value is not based on the 'human life' factor. Someone else mentioned Darfur. Those people, the people in Iraq, the people living in the slums of America, etc. (too many groups to name) are all human beings with families, dreams, aspirations, etc. Yet I'll bet if an insurance company had their way, those lives would be valued at far less than your average middle-class American.

But you know, our society places so much importance and significance on the dollar and what it represents.  We have tried to attach a dollar value to almost everything.  So this appraising of human life is not so surprising and really just a natural development and an unnatural world.

Sincere sympathy to the poster who was in The Station nightclub fire in RI.  In fact, speaking of that and appalling, the brothers who owned The Station have been appalling in the way they've tried to weasel out of taking any responsibility.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 8:51 pm
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

Sadur, another thought provoking question just as I have come to expect from you. I think the dollar figure is irrelevant. Regardless of how many Master Card commercials you see, the one thing that is truly priceless is a HUMAN LIFE, however you define that. What is even more ridiculous than putting a dollar figure on the value of an average (how do you determine what average is?) human life is that our esteemed government,  (of the, by the, for the) is so concerned with representing the average AMERICAN (foreigners need not apply) that no two branches can seem to agree on what this insidious amount should be. Certainly no political agendas at work here. So is Pat Tillman's life more valuable that John Doe's? ESPN and 60 Minutes would lead you to believe that. I have had several close relatives and friends pass in the last 8 years and  I would gladly give all the money in the world to bring any one of them back. $6.9 million is no more comfort at the end of the day than $6.90.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 3:58 pm
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

So I read this, left it, came back, re-read it... left again, but now I need to voice my opinion...

I do not even know where to begin, the idea that a value can be placed on life... is one thing, but the way it which is can be twisted and turned to meet the needs of others is even more dispicable. As I read through the other comments, it made me wonder, are some lives more valuable than others??? possibly, but who gives anybody else the right to decide that??? Are we conducting these studies to determine who deserves what??? As redoverred stated, you can make numbers say whatever you want them to...

This reminds me of the movie I-robot, when Will Smith is trapped with a little girl as they make their way to a watery grave an I-robot does his deductive reasoning to determine whose life is more important and in turn should be saved.

Fellow commenters have discussed life in this country in comparison to other countries, and again the question is, what determines worth, location of birth??? affluence of family???

To use these 'determined' values in order to receive and/or achieve what results you are looking for is even more disturbing. We as a people have to have a greater appreciation for life and in turn we will not worry about putting a dollar amount on a life. These comments about the EPA and the concessions that can now be made due to the decrease in the value of a life are disgusting.

*** Supercharger -- my condolences on your loss, and you my friend are accurate, we as a society will continue to ignore what is best for life and quality of life if it is too expensive.




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 7:41 am
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

Thank yo all for your input.

Tartan, I guess my point is that we have come to the point where we PUBLISH a value on life. I know that it is something that has always existed , IE life insurance , i just never thought I would see it as an accepted statistic. I have lost a few loved ones (wife and brother) and I know that for myself no dollar figure could make up for that.




Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2008 12:50 am
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

 - Maybe I'm missing your point on this, but I really don't see an issue. $6.9 million is not reality to any middle class American!

Take for example one's life ins. When I was in the Army I maxed out my life ins. at $300,000. If I died while on duty my family would have gotten $300,000. No more maybe less. So at that time in my life the value of my life was just $300,000.

Even today my life is only worth what my ins. policy states and I can tell you it's no where close to $6.9 million.




Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2008 4:57 pm
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

Here is my first thought on the subject and I'm sorry if it sounds callous.

I wonder what the value of a life in Darfur (using the same formula) is vs. how much money people want to send there.  Anyone else wonder what that ratio might look like?

Don't get me wrong I am all for stopping the killings over there but the numbers are insane and then too see that there is a cost evaluation like this for our citizens! I just don't get it and it really ticks me off.  You can make numbers say anything you want if you work at it.




Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2008 3:16 pm
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

thanks for  to keep us little people inform, if not we'd be all just mooing to the slaughter house without knowleged.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2008 5:25 pm
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

Thanks ROCKTONRAT. You're a good man.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2008 1:59 pm
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

Good blog, but does anyone really think this would have been printed if it wasn't an election year.  The writer was an AP scientist and probably had his funding cut. and that cost him a bonus or two. I know how the Government works in this area as I am a Government employee.  So someone got their feelings hurt, and is using this propaganda for their own political gain. IMO. 



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2008 11:45 am
 

The government says we can put a value Life.

I agree with Supercharger, and my regets to him on getting burned and lose of his girlfriend.

good blog topic



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