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Thursday, March 24, 2005

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For the last few years, I haven't really been following the Terri Schiavo case. I was an agnostic. Generally, I thought it was a matter for the family to settle among themselves.

The more I think on it now, with a woman suffering a long, slow death by deliberate starvation, the faster the "Kill Terri" argument collapses.

Don't talk to me about states' rights and Federalism. No one on the left ever argued for states' rights, nor invoked Federalism, when confronted with a measure to restrict abortion.

And if states' rights are to be esteemed above Federal powers - an argument I am temperamentally normally sympathetic towards, then shouldn't we also similarly respect the right of an individual?

I have no reason to believe anything that comes out of Mr. Schiavo's mouth. This man was an obstructionist - a medical saboteur, who for years, while ostensibly acting as Terri's "guardian" actually railed against and prohibited anything that might be construed as therapeutic for his wife. And even though he has received proceeds from a medical malpractice suit, he has refused to allow her to undergo the normal MRI tests to determine whether she is, indeed conscious.

As if being semisentient were a capital crime in the first place. Ted Bundy got more due process. And an easier death.

Besides, I've seen the video. If Terri Schiavo is really vegetative, I'm Ozzy Osbourne. And I don't see any tattoos on myself. As someone who worked professionally with the profoundly mentally handicapped for a time, Terri seemed a hell of a lot more responsive than one or two of the people I cared for. And each of them had personalities, too. Each of them had a fundamental humanity wholly apart from what they might get on an IQ test.

If Terri Schiavo is really vegetative, then let the burden of proof fall on those who wish to kill her. Let her undergo modern MRI and other testing.

If Terri Schiavo is really vegetative, then why the bloody rush?

I'm not a lawyer. But I know what a fiduciary is. There is no way on God's green earth that Mr. Schiavo's conduct can meet the standard of fiduciary. I expect less self dealing out of a registered investment advisor than I see on Mr. Schiavo's part.

If we are going to uphold the rights of a guardian to pursue the interests of his charge, then we certainly ought to FIRST uphold the rights of the charge to a guardian who is free of obvious conflicts, and who will fight FOR the charge's interests, and not against them. Otherwise the rights of the guardian are simply not worth upholding in the first place.

If Michael Schiavo is Terri's guardian, by mere virtue of paper matrimony, then let him act like one.

Husbands are supposed to husband, protect, shelter, care for, and fight for their wives. They aren't supposed to withhold therapy, withhold testing, and fight to see them dead.

Splash, out

Jason

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It was my understanding that she can’t have an MRI because she has metal plates in her head from when doctors were trying to rehabilitate her at the husband’s request?

Also this has been going on for 15 years that doesn’t really qualify as a rush by most measures. The fact that the process feels rushed now is due to the fact that the legislature/governor is trying to manipulate the outcome in the eleventh hour.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Mr. Schiavo's desire to bring things to an end partially based upon Mrs. Schiavo's request in her living will? My reading on the matter has lead me to believe that he is, in fact, following her wishes.
 
I must correct myself. . .it wasn't based upon her living will. . .it WAS however, based upon comments admitted to the legal process and confirmed as credible by the court system of Florida. She stated, after seeing two people she knew die in a similar manner, that she never wanted to be like that. Of course, if you don't believe the statement of hers, found credible in court, then nothing is going to change your mind about this, and there's no reason to believe anything ANYONE says about the case.

Additionally, the comments on 'witholding treatment' are wholly unfair to Michael Schiavo. The nurses at the hospice sought a restraining order against him at one point, because his demands for care for Terri were TOO HIGH. During her entire tenure in the hospice, she has never had so much as a single bed sore. . .somehow I just cannot buy that he is 'witholding care'.
 
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We charge a 15% fee which is calculated based on the total amount of debt that an individual brings into the debt settlement program. This fee is recovered from your monthly payments in the first 12-15 months of the program. All costs and fees are always fully disclosed and you are required to sign for approval before you commit to our program.


Q: Can I apply for other credit while enrolled in the Debt Settlement program?
A: No, you cannot apply for other credit while enrolled because it could affect our ability to negotiate with the credit card companies. In some cases they will say, "If this client was having trouble with his or her debt, why have they applied for other credit cards after they enrolled in your program?" Moreover, the goal of our credit card debt settlement service is to help our clients become debt free, and applying for other credit cards while you were enrolled would defeat the original purpose of the program.


Q: Are there any tax implications associated with enrolling in the Debt Settlement program?
A: Yes, it is possible that you may be taxed on the savings related to our settling of your credit card debt. However, for clients who are technically insolvent, then the IRS only requires that you file a form 982, which exempts you from having to pay taxes on the savings from your credit card debt settlement program. The IRS defines insolvency as financial state in which someone owes more (liabilities) than the value of their assets. Many of our clients fall under this category, but you should consult a tax attorney for advice regarding your situation. Secondly, even if you are taxed on the savings from debt settlement, you still save a lot of money. Remember, you are only taxed on a percentage of the savings. That is, if our debt settlement program saved you $2000 off one of your credit cards and you had to pay 25 percent of that amount to the IRS ($500), then you still saved approximately $1500 and thousands of dollars more when you factor in the interest charges you did not have to pay.


Q: What are my responsibilities throughout the Debt Settlement program?
A: Your main responsibilities are to be truthful and to make your monthly payment as planned. Without ample savings we will be unable to obtain settlements from the credit card companies. If you will have trouble making your monthly payment, then it is important that you notify us 5 business days in advance, so you do not get charged for having insufficient funds. Moreover, it is important to stay in touch with us, so we always have quick and easy access to you during the negotiation process in the event that we need you to supply our debt settlement experts with any important information regarding your credit card accounts.


Q: Can I include accounts into the Debt Settlement program that have authorized users or co-applicants?
A: Before enrolling any credit cards with co-applicants, we ask that the co-applicant sign a waiver acknowledging that they are allowing the account to be included in our debt settlement program. For authorized users, we advise that you ask the credit card company to remove the person from the account prior to enrollment. If this does not work, we will need the authorized user to sign a waiver acknowledging that they allow the account to be included in the debt settlement program.


Q: What is the difference between credit card debt settlement and credit repair?
A: Credit repair involves removing inaccurate or unverifiable information off your credit report. Clients of our credit card debt settlement program will oftentimes use credit repair after their debts are eliminated to more rapidly increase their credit scores. Unlike debt settlement, however, credit repair cannot eliminate debts that you actually owe.


Q: Do you make payments to each of my credit cards every month?
A: No, we negotiate with your credit card companies to lower the amount that you owe. Once you have saved enough money and one of the credit card companies has agreed to lower the amount you owe, we pay them off with a lump sum settlement of your debt

 
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