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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

RE: Deductive Reasoning

If you want to know why health care costs are so high in this country, you need look no further than here. Practitioners create some new malady or condition every day. In league with the pharmaceutical companies, they come up with some course of treatment requiring office visits and drugs. Based on the stunning success of the ADD (now ADHD) scam, behavior that was once considered simply ill-mannered or perverse is now given a high-sounding medical name and an accompanying pill bottle. We now have a couple of generations who sincerely believe life is unlivable without anti-depressants and cosmetic surgery. In fact, as this article points out, a generation has come to believe these things are their right.

The law of supply and demand is not a suggestion. Our society demands a perfect life, handed to them by the medical profession. That profession is more than happy to supply it...for a price.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Assistive technology said...

This sounds reasonable to me. I read someone's blog talking about their children the other day. She said that they were always watching her son for ADD, even though his preschool teachers kept saying that he was just a normal energetic little boy. Once he got into school, the first week report came back saying that he seemed "too distracted" and so she rushed her kid off to the doctor immediately and put him on a pill. A pill that the doctor is probably receiving commission for prescribing. She was just waiting for a reason to get her kid treatment that might be completely unnecessary.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 2:09:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

If more parents read the long-term effects of Ritalin and Lithium use, they would possibly think twice about putting little Johnny or Sally on them. The incidence of psychotic breaks and suicide among users of Ritalin should scare any parent who cares about their children.

Of course, too many parents don't really care about their children. They just want them to be quiet decorations and are more than willing to make chemical zombies out of them.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 2:50:00 PM  

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