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A Lifeboat Mentality | November 10, 2009

As a practicing Catholic I do not see the recent vote in the House on ObamaCare as any cause for celebration.  Whereas the Stupak Amendment may appear to prevent taxpayer funds from being spent on abortion, it is too early to claim a victory.  There are still the Senate Bill and the Congressional Conference Committee votes to go.

I would rather have seen my bishops oppose the entire Health Care Bill instead of just focusing on abortion. From a purely realistic viewpoint it is a bad bill because there is no way that this country will be able to pay for the health care for over 300 million people, short of bankrupting the country.

From a prolife standpoint, even without abortion funding, the bill is fraught with danger for the elderly in this country for the same reason.  If our government cannot pay for the health care of all, they will reduce health care for some.  The elderly now account for 80% of health care expenditures as it is before ObamaCare.  The president has already promised to cut a half trillion from Medicare.  This can only result in the rationing of our limited health care resources to millions of senior citizens.  This will result in the “passive” euthanasia for countless elderly people, who will be told by their government-supplied counselors that they have a patriotic duty to die.

The Catholic bishops had better wake up to this fact because I believe that as slavery was to the 19th century and abortion was to the 20th century, the 21st century promises to have euthanasia as its most compelling social debate. I have no doubt that this will happen because the American people have a “Lifeboat” mentality thanks to a generation of “green” propaganda.


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  1. Bill, I was very happy to get this from Eileen. I look forward to reading your insights.

    Comment by Mike Kickham — November 10, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

  2. Interesting William…I believe the Church (which is Universal) must carefully choose Her battles. I’m glad the US Bishops have finally begun to outwardly stand against abortion. Lets hope this is enough to defeat Obamacare.

    Comment by Jim Federer — December 18, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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