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More Americans Commit Suicide Than Die in Car Crashes: Should Feds Spend $56M in Suicide Prevention?

Fef 2012/09/24 19:00:00
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Suicide takes too many good, loved people before their time. Many factors affect suicide rates, including financial hardship. The bad economy didn't help as suicide rates increased 15 percent. On a more positive note, car safety laws and regulations helped decrease deaths from car crashes by 25 percent.

Does the federal government have the responsibility to reduce suicide by spending taxpayer money? Libertarians (e.g. Ron Paul) would argue against spending the money to save lives because the government should not interfere in social issues and government should let people make their own decisions about living. Conservatives may argue against spending the money at the federal level because the Constitution does not give Washington, D.C. the authority. Liberals would typically argue in favor of spending the money as part of government's cradle-to-grave nanny state powers.

President George W. Bush signed the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act in 2004, which authorizes the $56 million in spending.

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK reports:
The number of people who commit suicide in the U.S. has drastically increased while deaths from car accidents have dropped, making suicide the leading cause of injury death.
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Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2207089/56...

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  • Transquesta 2012/09/24 07:52:31
    No
    Transquesta
    +12
    The government has one basic function: defense. More specifically, the government's job is to defend citizens against acts of force and fraud. None of the 'shoulds' mentioned throughout fall into either of these two subordinate rubrics. Suicides (quick or otherwise as through lifestyle choices) are a loss to us all, but the answer to ameliorating that loss doesn't involve government. As usual, it involves each of us giving a damn about the plights of those around us. Hands-on/no proxies.

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  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/09/29 14:27:04
    No
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    As a society moves towards Godlessness, there will be more suicides. As a country gets more tyrannical, there will be more suicides.
  • Stardust 2012/09/29 14:07:13
  • Evan 2012/09/27 16:57:17
    No
    Evan
    The FEDS better back off, before they cause more suicides....which is on the INCREASE among Seniors at this point. Many of them feel hopeless about being able to afford taxes AND still fill prescriptions and buy the food and supplements they need..AND pay personal property and insurance. See, I don't think of anyone that isn't on to what OBAMACARE will do, which is raise taxes...which is what it is for. Could Obama WANT Seniors to kill themselves? Probably. I know of several Seniors who are relieved about the Obamacare rule that will not allow anyone over 75 to receive life-saving treatment.
  • Bevos 2012/09/27 14:10:15
    No
    Bevos
    All they have to do is get OWEbama out of office. And the suicide rate will probably come down tremendously!!!
  • LightenUpPlease 2012/09/27 11:10:58 (edited)
    No
    LightenUpPlease
    +1
    less money should also be spent for these "antidepressants" they put EVERYONE on regardless if they are really suicidal or not. these antidepressants have studies and warnings of increased suicide rate and many other adverse side effects when taken by anyone who isnt over 18 or really have a Major depressive disorder. the amount of scripts the state and fed write out for these pill companies costs way more than $56M in healthcare costs. seeing 2-6 year olds in mental hospitals on these antidepressants, plus every kid in foster care despite all these warnings is enough to sicken a parent. suicide prevention is the family and loved ones responsibility, so are a whole lot of things that most people let the government take care of. unemployment, welfare and food stamps are not gonna last much longer the way we spend money we dont have
  • Incognito Lighten... 2012/09/27 17:00:09
    Incognito
    +2
    The main reson why Medical Marijuana is such an unpopular concept, is because "Big Brother" and "Big Pharma" are linked. The government would rather help destroy lives, rather than improve them.
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  • Incognito 2012/09/26 18:16:02
    No
    Incognito
    +5
    When our own government is working so hard on all of their Agenda 21, depopulation plans, how can we trust them with $56 Million dollars for suicide prevention? And no, this is not a trick question!
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  • sean Incognito 2012/09/27 12:01:24
  • Incognito sean 2012/09/27 14:56:14
  • BigFig#9 2012/09/26 16:00:32
    No
    BigFig#9
    Only because it is probably an area where the FEDs can only make minimal impact. If you could demonstrate an actual effective program that reduces suicides effectively go for it but much of suicides causal effects are intractable at least through governmental programs.
  • John "By God" American 2012/09/26 14:54:54
    No
    John "By God" American
    +3
    No,wtf. People are commiting suicide because that can't take the misery CAUSED by the Feds and their self serving BS. They need to hack the budget of the a**hole EPA and other regulatory agencies, tariff imports, cut individual income taxes, abolish the FED and quit screwing the middle class. That will lower the suicide rate...
  • Incognito John "B... 2012/09/26 18:19:09
  • s2k 2012/09/26 14:25:26 (edited)
    Yes
    s2k
    It's not a lot of money and if used right, could make a big difference. For all of his faults, GWB got it right on this one
  • shadow76 2012/09/26 14:20:51
    No
    shadow76
    No The Feds can't stop that!
  • elvira 2012/09/26 14:20:27
    No
    elvira
    +2
    Just my opinion but it seems people do not talk to one another anymore. Whenever I am out and about, I notice people have their phones, i phones and other technology in their hands. They are attached to these items like the Peanuts character Linus is to his blanket. Their technology is their "everything". They believe everything they see and read on it. This is very unhealthy. People need to shut these darn things off and pay attention to their surroundings, their family, their friends and just LIFE around them. Technology was meant to be a tool not a way or means of social life.

    My advice get rid of the darn baby blanket and stop sucking your thumb. It's a ball and chain that is taking your life away. Sometimes it takes it away literally.
  • susan 2012/09/26 13:39:05
    No
    susan
    If the Feds (and the states)did their jobs upholding the rule of law and protecting the innocent from the predations of the crooked and corrupt, the rights of individuals across the nation would be protected and there would be far less financial hardship.
    Instead, the Feds continue to make rules and change laws, and the judges interpret them, in favor of money, power, and influence.
  • Howard 2012/09/26 13:32:30
    No
    Howard
    We just need to be there for one another, and not be afraid to trust and reach out -- to help and to be helped.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/26 13:14:25
    No
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    All the fed has to do is stop spreading Hitlers hopeless evolution propaganda through publicly funded schools.
    As long as children are taught that they are worthless cogs in an evolutionary wheel the rate will continue to increase.
    Back before Hitlers belief was taught in public schools we did not have such a suicide rate because we believed in God and had hope and morals. We did not have regular school shootings, terrorism and TSA sexual assaults to get on an airplane. THIS COUNTRY IS REGRESSING BECAUSE OF 'PROGRESSIVES'.
  • j zano ☮ R ☮ P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/09/26 13:11:17
    No
    j zano ☮ R ☮ P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +6
    How about we stop depending on the government to fix our problems because most likely they are the problem. We"the people" need to pay more attention to our interest and what we would like out of life instead of letting an institute control us. too much stress, too much time at work... not enough time with family and friends... not enough time enjoying life.
  • Incognito j zano ... 2012/09/26 18:29:24
  • 9th of 9 j zano ... 2012/09/26 18:57:32
    9th of 9
    +1
    Agreed. It is time to be free!
  • 9th of 9 2012/09/26 12:39:16
    No
    9th of 9
    +2
    Sure... take more of their hard earned money. Give them even more of a reason.
  • PrinceO... 9th of 9 2012/09/27 02:18:37
    PrinceOfPolaris
    +2
    if you ask me, it's the corruption from the gov't that's driving ppl crazy
  • 9th of 9 PrinceO... 2012/09/27 04:12:06
    9th of 9
    +1
    ... and you would be dead on. Thieves of the most evil sort.
  • PrinceO... 9th of 9 2012/09/27 12:18:33
  • Incognito PrinceO... 2012/09/27 17:07:08
  • Incognito PrinceO... 2012/09/27 17:06:14
  • sodabox 2012/09/26 11:50:17
    Yes
    sodabox
    +1
    But only if they are not religious right wing nut jobs. Those we can do without.

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  • Torchma... sodabox 2012/09/26 13:16:42
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    The very reason that we have such a problem is BECAUSE of God hating lefties.
  • Leprach... Torchma... 2012/09/26 17:43:34
  • sodabox Torchma... 2012/10/06 03:15:55
    sodabox
    I can't hate something that isn't there! XD

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  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/09/26 10:22:53
    No
    Just Jenn for Now
    +3
    The $56 m should instead be distributed to areas it will actually COUNT... like, perhaps, EDUCATION?? Or heck, I would even accept it being put into our country's defense, or maybe just put it back in the vault instead of increasing our negative numbers even more.

    Does it ever occur the reasons WHY suicide has gone up?

    The same reason thefts and burglaries as well as other crimes have gone up - poverty. It exists, it is here, and it's driving those who suffer it into madness.

    Oh sure, those with a six-figure yearly income or higher are sipping their wine and dining on salmon and lobster every night then taking their organic supplements before curling up in their adjustable massaging mattresses, but think about everyone else who is lucky enough to get by paycheck to paycheck.

    Better yet, think of those who have been looking hard for a job, those of us who went to school, got a degree, but now it's virtually useless because no one is hiring.

    Think about those who are trying just to go to school to work towards their dream, but can't make it all the way through because an education is too expensive.

    Think about those even worse off, lucky if they can keep a roof over their head, lest be forced on the streets.

    Think of those who didn't get to see their family return from ...





    The $56 m should instead be distributed to areas it will actually COUNT... like, perhaps, EDUCATION?? Or heck, I would even accept it being put into our country's defense, or maybe just put it back in the vault instead of increasing our negative numbers even more.

    Does it ever occur the reasons WHY suicide has gone up?

    The same reason thefts and burglaries as well as other crimes have gone up - poverty. It exists, it is here, and it's driving those who suffer it into madness.

    Oh sure, those with a six-figure yearly income or higher are sipping their wine and dining on salmon and lobster every night then taking their organic supplements before curling up in their adjustable massaging mattresses, but think about everyone else who is lucky enough to get by paycheck to paycheck.

    Better yet, think of those who have been looking hard for a job, those of us who went to school, got a degree, but now it's virtually useless because no one is hiring.

    Think about those who are trying just to go to school to work towards their dream, but can't make it all the way through because an education is too expensive.

    Think about those even worse off, lucky if they can keep a roof over their head, lest be forced on the streets.

    Think of those who didn't get to see their family return from overseas because they were killed by a bomb, or worse, took their own life as well.

    Think of those who didn't get to save their close friend or relative because they didn't have medical insurance to see the doctor regularly, or couldn't afford treatment.

    It's a sad but simple equation. The worse things get, the easier death seems, and the only solution to this is to attempt to fix the previously mentioned issues.

    There is no such thing as "stopping suicide" with government intervention.
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  • Incognito Just Je... 2012/09/26 18:32:15
  • JackoClubs Just Je... 2012/09/27 09:55:20
    JackoClubs
    We already spend too much money on education, only to see our kids' scores drop against lesser nations. It's not the money, it's the mindset; you want to see better education? How about rewarding the schools with the highest test scores, rather than handing out ever more cash to the dregs of the system? Make their budgets dependent upon the quality of education they provide; in other words, make them work for it. That's called generating incentive.
    However, the Teacher's Union would never permit that.
  • Just Je... JackoClubs 2012/09/28 06:01:51
    Just Jenn for Now
    +1
    I don't just mean elementary schools or K-12 public schools, I mean more along the lines of college, aka for the people WHO WANT that education and fulfillment. It's literally impossible unless you're spoon-fed money from some wealthy parents or something. Or want to pay loans off the rest of your life.
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2012/09/26 08:34:43
    No
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +4
    so, how do you like the results of "our" progressive regime?
  • MichaelJ 2012/09/26 06:56:50
    No
    MichaelJ
    I would look at this first as a personal health issue but if the person in question is completely destitute then it would be a state health care issue. The federal goverment shouldn't be in health care at all. It isn't a right given to them in the Constitution.
  • Mike Hunt 2012/09/26 06:53:03
    No
    Mike Hunt
    +1
    No we need more car crashes they should be studying why we can't lose more people in cars. I say raise the speed limit on the interstates to unlimited and watch the carnage. LOL
  • PrinceOfPolaris 2012/09/26 03:02:07
    No
    PrinceOfPolaris
    +2
    why waste time and money, the corrupted gov't leads to stress and suicide anyway.
  • Incognito PrinceO... 2012/09/26 18:43:55

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