Monday, February 23, 2009

Stephen King

Think this quote is from "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King:


"...like a coded message from one of those street-crazies you're always running into in New York because there's not enough money for the publicly funded mental institutions anymore."


I wonder if that is true. I thought Reagan did a good thing by allowing people to refuse to be institutionalized. My reason for that is due to mistreatment of women in years gone by, declared insane, so a man could get them committed to a mental hospital; force-feeding females, all that electric shock therapy and all those other horrors done unto people.


There are, however, some really scary mentally ill people roaming the streets. Have been reading True Crime stories and some of the men who did some really horrid stuff, definitely belonged in institutions for the benefit of society. (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)


The quote makes sense, though, that the government's motivation was to cut spending for people who need it the most, not out of any altruistic reasoning.

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