Legislation: Domestic Care-Givers

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March 7, 2008: Decided to re-write this to focus on "Domestic Care Givers" only. Will leave the original text. Readers may wish to comment as to which is the more positive and has a greater chance of reaching the largest possible audience. Convincing them of the need for this kind of legislation. Thank you and Happy trails. Ed Bradley.
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Presents a new and unpublicized perspective with respect to the issues surrounding homosexual rights, homosexual marriage and their consequent impact(s) on all of society.

Seeks to advocate for Domestic Care-Giver legislation for everyone, in society, to take the place of proposals for Homosexual Marriage laws which would benefit just a few.

That is: If either of these types of legislation would be of any real and true benefit. To anyone.

Submitted: January 15, 2007

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Submitted: January 15, 2007

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New Posting:

Editors:

I wantyou to consider this submissionfor publication as an Op. Ed. article.

Thank you,

Edward J. Bradley, Sr.

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Events, decisions and conditions of the past have always served to "set the stage for" and "provide the basis of" present conditions with which weare now faced. Current conditions and impending decisions will, in turn, serve to do the same with respect to the conditions and events of the future.

My belief: There is always a logical progression of events which takes place in society and, at times, by way of law and politics. Because "change" does not always bring "improvement" and can bring negative results instead, some consideration needs to be given to the possible consequences of some impending decisions.

It is always the unanticipated consequences which can cause many, in society, to suffer. Time needs to be taken to evaluate the events and decisions of the past and the consequences suffered, as a result. This is so that future decisions, now under consideration, will stand a better chance of bringing real "improvement" and avoid future suffering. We should always remember: "History reveals what experience has failed to teach to those who will not learn".

For the past 10-15 years, I kept asking myself: "Whatimportant societal needs are not being addressed? Just who are thepeoplebeing left-out?".

What is truly needed, by all in society, is "domestic care-giver" legislation. A social and economic "buddy system", similar to what is used at summer camps for children, to ensure their safety and well being while swimming. This legislation would enable one person, of means, to be able to legally declare their intent to "care for" and, at least in part, "support" another person in need of that same care and support.

Examples: One sibling could declare and take responsibility for one or more of their other sibling(s). An adult child for their disabled or dependent parent and/or grand-parent. Any adult for a disabled and/or dependent child, grand-child and/or some other family member. This status could also be extended to persons having no kinship tie. This too would includeany household where one independent person could declare their willingness to support another one or more disabled and/or dependent persons, either child or adult.

The main advantages:

1. Society and more of it's members would receive needed care and benefit, as a result.

2. Much human suffering would be addressed and, hopefully, reduced in a dramatic way.

3. Costs to the taxpayer, in caring for dependent and disabled people, could be less as long as taxpayer subsidies are not provided as an inducement. Except, insofar as, some tax breaks might be extended to the care provider. Such tax breaks could be structured on the basis of degree of disability, dependency and/or need.

I hope all elected public officials and lawmakers will agree with what I have just said. And that agreement will translate itself into action to influence all future laws attempting to, effectively, deal with these issues.

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Copyright (C) Edward J. Bradley 2008

Original Posting:

Editors:

If this submission is too long to be a Letter-To-The-Editor then, I want all of you to consider it for publication as an Op. Ed. article. To be printed in it's entirety, in either case.

Thank you,

Edward J. Bradley, Sr.

Start-Of-Old-Text:

Events, decisions and conditions of the past have always served to "set the stage for" and "provide the basis of" present conditions with which weare now faced. Current conditions and impending decisions will, in turn, serve to do the same with respect to the conditions and events of the future.

My belief: There is always a logical progression of events which takes place in society and, at times, by way of law and politics. Because "change" does not always bring "improvement" and can bring negative results instead, some consideration needs to be given to the possible consequences of some impending decisions.

It is always the unanticipated consequences which can cause many, in society, to suffer. Time needs to be taken to evaluate the events and decisions of the past and the consequences suffered, as a result. This is so that future decisions, now under consideration, will stand a better chance of bringing real "improvement" and avoid future suffering. We should always remember: "History reveals what experience has failed to teach to those who will not learn".

For the past 10-15 years, I have tried to develop a fully formed and reasoned opinion on the topics of domestic partnerships, homosexual marriage as well as other related and so-called rights. I kept asking myself: "What other important societal needs are not being addressed? Just who are the other people, in need, who are being left-out?". This is why I have never offered an opinion for publication. Now, and finally, I am ready.

This is to tell everyone of my opposition to legislation which would enact and legalize homosexual marriage and/or domestic partnerships.

What is truly needed, by all in society, is what I would call, "domestic care-giver" legislation. A social and economic "buddy system", similar to what is used at summer camps for children, to ensure their safety and well being?while swimming. This legislation would enable one person, of means, to be able to legally declare their intent to "care for" and, at least in part, "support" another person in need of that same care and support.

Examples: One sibling could declare and take responsibility for one or more of their other sibling(s). An adult child for their disabled or dependent parent and/or grand-parent. Any adult for a disabled and/or dependent child, grand-child and/or some other family member. This status could also be extended to persons having no kinship tie. This too would include homosexual couples and any household where one independent person could declare their willingness to support another one or more disabled and/or dependent persons, either child or adult.

The main advantages include:

1. Society and more of it's members would receive needed care and benefit, as a result.

2. Much human suffering would be addressed and, hopefully, reduced in a dramatic way.

3. Costs to the taxpayer, in caring for dependent and disabled people, could be less as long as taxpayer subsidies are not provided as an inducement. Except, insofar as, some tax breaks might be extended to the care provider. Such tax breaks could be structured on the basis of degree of disability, dependency and/or need.

4. Persons declaring such a relationship will not be forced or need to publically say they are having sex with someone. Even legally married people are not forced to do this within the framework of existing civil law as it pertains to marriage.

5. The legalization of homosexual marriage may create the legal basis for which those who may, now or in the future, be involved in other "alternative" sexual lifestyles and who can, then, use the courts to seek "legal recognition" for their behavior to become "legitimate", in the eyes of our civil laws. By this, I mean: polygamy, polyandry, adult/child sex, bestiality, etc .? Who knows what else?

I hope all elected public officials and lawmakers will agree with what I have just said. And that agreement will translate itself into action to influence all future laws attempting to, effectively, deal with these issues.

End-Of-Old-Text.

Copyright (C) Edward J. Bradley 2007


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