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Mitch Daniels Admits Inevitability of Death, Becomes Unelectable?

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I wanna live forever/I wanna learn how to fly!

In today's Wall Street Journal, potential 2012 Republican presidental contender Gov. Mitch Daniels concedes the inevitability of death and notes that the government does not have infinite amounts of money. This is shocking enough to warrant extensive news coverage:

"We all want to live forever. We want everything done to help us," he told health care reporters during a discussion of Medicare and its financial pressures. "And we cannot, no one can, do absolutely everything that modern technology makes possible for absolutely everyone 'til absolutely the very last day, the very last resort."

He added that he understands the urge by families to push for what may be futile care. "It's the most human thing in the world," he said. "Your loved one is in desperate shape." He said "we can try this thing that has almost no chance of working" but questioned whether it is worth it, especially given that "it's going to cost an incredible amount of money."

He might be wrong about the whole immortality thing, but he's dead on about the money.

Via D.E.

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  1. Someone call the death panel!

  2. Burn Him!

  3. He might be wrong about the whole immortality thing, but he’s dead on about the money.

    Hah! All I have to do is cut PL’s head off with my sword and I get his temaining life expectancy added to mine.*

    With a fireworks display as an added bonus.

    *(Not to mention considerable income from reruns on HBO.)

  4. We all want to live forever.

    Not even this is true.

    1. After the first couple of millenia, I’ll let you know.

    2. I agree, but a 10 or 20 more healthy years would be great. I’m thinking there is a tremendous amount of hubris involved in wanting or expecting to live forever. I will say though, I do think it would only be right if we each got two life times. A practice life to screw up as many of us do and then another to get it right.

      1. I will give you that…. and unicorns.

      2. It’s only hubris if you believe in a deity or an afterlife.

        For us atheists, this is all we got. Life is precious, to believe otherwise opens up a load of moral quandaries.

  5. What do you think the health care financing administration is? It’s a centralized command bureaucracy. It’s everything we’re telling Boris Yeltsin to get rid of. Now we don’t get rid of it in round one because we don’t think that’s politically smart and we don’t think that’s the right way to go through a transition. But we believe it’s going to wither on the vine because we think people are going to voluntarily leave it. Voluntarily.

  6. every time I read your articles,which will give me a surprise! the articles are always helpful for me!

  7. you can share with me selflessly in the future days!

  8. Next stop, Auschwitz.

  9. This is the most libertarian of the electable presidential candidates.

    Note that he is, as it happens, unelectable.

    Good day.

    1. Logic hard

      Crunk smash logic

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