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  •  If your only moral argument... (5+ / 0-)

    ...is really that the cost of keeping them alive exceeds the cost of killing them, how does your logic not then justify the killing of other non-criminal people whose economic cost to society exceeds their economic contribution to society?

    If your moral reasoning is based only on a pure cost-benefit economic analysis, it leads us down an extremely troubling path.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:29:16 AM PST

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    •  people die every single day over $$ (0+ / 0-)

      we already make all kinds of choices in those regards....

      one moral value is proportionality- not the only one- but its important.

      Out of my cold dead hands

      by bluelaser2 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:03:47 PM PST

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      •  And those of us who are progressive... (0+ / 0-)

        ...are working towards a world in which nobody dies over a lack of money, in which every one of us has the opportunity to provide for ourselves and our families.

        Your argument that the morality of the death penalty is justified in part because criminals are supposedly too expensive to keep alive leads us in the opposite direction.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:15:07 AM PST

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