On November 2, 2010, A New York judge determined the estate of an elderly woman could rightfully sue a 4-year-old girl and boy for negligence. The little bike riding hellions in question, Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn crashed into Claire Menagh an 87-year-old breaking her hip. Claire Menagh passed away three months later of unrelated causes. Many people who have read the story were immediately outraged that our country has devolved to such a state that a four year old child could be found negligent in what many would consider an unfortunate accident. I on the other hand find this incident a wakeup call for America. Ponder a moment on the following thoughts.
Where are our safety standards? Why didn’t this child’s bike have an installed collision detection system? Why was this elderly woman allowed to roam the city sidewalks without the ability to hurdle small children? Why wasn’t this woman wearing a sign that stated, “Warning reduced impact resistance”? I ask myself, with a government so inclined to safeguard the population from themselves how could this happen? The answer is simply a blatant lack of government oversight. I think congress should immediately call for a congressional hearing to determine if measures should be taken to combat the growing threat of generational cohabitation. Think about it, it’s a miracle these diametrically opposed age groups have managed to coexist to this point. It is vital that all American demand their congressional representatives act directly to resolve this crisis.
Should these kids be nominated for the Nobel Prize in economics? These children may have provided an answer to our growing Social Security woes. Based on the 2000 Census the number of people alive in the United States over the age of 85 is approximately 18.5 million. With the average yearly Social Security payout of $13,000 apiece, these people are costing the government almost 240 billion a year. If more children had the foresight to actively, plow head on into problems that confront their future economic prospects and quality of life the country would be a better place.
Who authorized these people to live beyond the average life expectancy limits? Why should the working public pay for someone who refuses to die in a timely manner? The U.S. government should make it mandatory for its citizens to purchase life expectancy insurance. Parents would sign up their children as soon as they are born and pay for the coverage until they reached the age of 18. At that point, it would be each individual’s responsibility to pay for his or her own coverage. For people kind enough to die before becoming a financial burden on the country all premiums would be reimbursed to their families after paying a 95% holding tax.
While I sincerely doubt that the future is filled with gangs of bike riding four year olds hopped up on sugar, the fact is people are refusing to stop growing old and someone has to take action. I for one am unwilling to allow my beloved country to blindly skip down the path to oblivion. I call on my fellow Americans to stand up and demand government action.