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  •  A constituant committed suicide at Ryan's office (16+ / 0-)

    How many in Congress have their name written in a suicide note?

    One. Ryan.

    Before you go there, please understand that Ryan did take action when this guy contacted him. It's not that he ignored him. He contacted the appropriate organization that could help the poor guy and he followed up to be sure that he had been contacted.

    The guy was, in fact seriously mentally ill. Paranoid schizophrenia, I presume. He was convinced that the FBI was hiding surveillance information from him, iirc. The court decisions are available in the public record. This was a delusion, of course, but the guy spent years on this, filing multiple FOIA requests and filing lawsuits to appeal the responses to the FIOA's. The responses indicated that they searched and found no records. The court records indicate that they were very respectful and that the FBI had thoroughly investigated his claims, but they really couldn't order any mental health evaluations or treatment from the bench. The man represented himself. Apparently, he had studied procedures and the court provided some guidance.

    The man had been struggling with his mental illness for years. That was obvious.

    After his legal options had been exhausted, he contacted Ryan's office as his last resort. Ryan (or his staff) contacted the appropriate mental health services in Janesville and they contacted the guy. There isn't any information that indicates whether he was treated or if he declined, of course. I can only hope they were able to provide some help. But maybe he could pay. He probably wasn't insured, pre-existing condition and all. Maybe he was getting SS and Medicare disability benefits or was covered by Medicaid. I didn't find any information about how he was living; homeless, shelter, family, etc. The newspaper article didn't say.

    With universal health care, I would have these questions. And I wouldn't have felt the need to do all the research I did while thinking about this poor man. It's frustrating. Treatment would be available for him.

    Sometime later, maybe a few months to a year, in the early morning hours, the poor man  walked into the local mall where Ryan's local office is located and he shot himself in the head. A routine police patrol discovered his body. He was transported and was DOA.

    Ryan personally expressed his condolences to his family. The news report didn't say whether he phoned or made a personal visit. But he did serve his constituent.

    At least Ryan has some sense of social graces.

    I suspect that Ryan believes that he at least tried to serve the needs of his constituent and that he followed through.

    Where Ryan fails is that he doesn't think beyond the superficial and focuses on his ideological, philosophical, and theoretical beliefs. He has no sense of governance and he doesn't consider real needs or consequences.

    Universal health care might have saved this man's life. This never would have crossed Ryan's mind. It's the same irrational thinking that those Paulites had when they would rather let someone die because helping someone doesn't fit their ideological beliefs.

    And that make Ryan unfit and unqualified to hold any elected office, not just VP.

    And I think Willard is far worse than Ryan.

    I can't help but think that Willard would have delegated this difficult task. The moment that I heard that he had his son contact the rejected VP candidates, I knew that Willard really, truly, without question, is an irresponsible coward and a sociopath. I'm certain that he's never fired anyone himself. Willard needs therapy.

    I think Willard would have told the guy to pull himself up by his bootstraps. Willard has no clue.

    Caligula and Mussolini on the Republican ticket.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 04:13:24 AM PDT

    •  Please, (12+ / 0-)

      nothing could have saved this man's life.  Even if we had the best health care situation possible it is up to the patient to make the decisions nesessary for optimum health and the mentally ill often will not do so.  The only help for this guy would have been a new and different treatment for his malady and a willingness on his part to comply.  Many get into treatment by force and still die by suicide.  Sounds to me like Ryan's handling of the situation was more than I would have expected and I commend his actions to help.  I think he did more than most politicians would have done.  That said, his ideas on health care, insurance and the good of society in general are horrible and immoral.  He definitely doesn't take his personal experiences with him in his work decisions.

      And she's good at appearing sane, I just want you to know. Winwood/Capaldi

      by tobendaro on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 05:16:18 AM PDT

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