On any other day those conservative/libertarian fools would see the DSH payments as 'big government' distorting the healthcare market...
Is it your mind that ignores the effect this would have on the children and assumes that the morality of the debt industry is that which should be in effect here? Because that sounds more like your ass to me...
It is a twisted moral calculus you're employing in which the presence of eight children (who, we can assume, did not request to be born into this situation) elicits only further scorn towards the mother, instead of making one consider what the effect of harsh punitive actions taken towards the mother (homelessness, perhaps) might have upon the children.
It is certainly possible that the mother is not blameless in bringing about this situation, but the response must take into account the significant effect it will have on her family. This sort of situation is what happens when you make ethics and finance into two spheres that do not overlap.
Oh, and look at this. The student who is pushing for the WSU is a little neo-nazi punk.
I don't think that anybody would have a problem with a European history and culture appreciation club. The problem is that a Student Union is much more than just a place to talk about interesting historical anecdotes and the best way to prepare schnitzel.
As I mentioned before, student unions are networking and advocacy organizations that exist due to the needs of certain groups not being met by the formal institutions within the university. It makes sense for there to be an LGBT student union but not a heterosexual one, as the LGBT community faces problems and issues that the non-LGBT community does not. It makes sense for minority groups (which have been historically oppressed within higher-education, and still face some measure of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors) to form a student unions, but no for 'white' people to do the same, as white folks have not generally been the victims of institutional, structural, or active discrimination.
Again, nobody would be complaining if this were merely a history and cultural appreciation club that anyone could join.
And there you have it; the mere mention of a WSU brings out all sorts of white supremacist dirtbags from the dregs of the internet.
Those who might wish to establish such organizations, even if they have the best of intentions, might want to spend some time considering why their most vigorous defenders are the sorts of people who think that white hoods and swastikas are the sorts of symbols that best represent people of European descent.
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