Monthly Archives: March 2013

Now We Fight to the Death…

…Is that the only option?

Anthony Mirhaydari builds a valid argument with strong premises. I agree with most of his statements in his recent article:

“Why We Need ‘Death Panels’

I agree with Mirhaydari that:

— “We’re taxing young people and running up debt to fund an overpriced system and offer end-of-life ‘care’ that may not do much good.”

— “But by avoiding the issue, we’re choosing to increase the burden on future generations by piling on debt, raising taxes, weakening our defenses, neglecting needed investments and generally damaging the future vitality of the country.”

— “If we’re going to truly address the long-term budget problems that threaten the welfare of our children and our children’s children, we need to address Medicare and, in particular, end-of-life care.”

— “And we can no longer afford to fund this failure, with the national debt set to soar from $16.7 trillion now (or $53,000 for every man, woman and child) to $25 trillion by 2023, a 49% increase.”

— “If we’re going to end this slide into the fiscal abyss and stop the intergenerational heist, we need to address both the cost of care and the fact that so much goes to giving a few more days of low-quality life to the terminally ill.”

All valid statements I can rally behind. Mirhaydari concludes, I paraphrase: “So, now we fight to the death.”

Is that the only option?

What we don’t need is bigger government. What we don’t need is “death panels.” What we do need (which happens to be the answer to almost all government-made problems) is individuals to take personal responsibility. The right action is to take personal responsibility and:

1) Talk with our loved ones and family members about end of life wishes,

2) Establish a Health Care Proxy (Health Care Power of Attorney), &

3) Document an Advance Health Care Directive (Living Will).

I’ve never been a primary decision maker in a loved one’s end of life experience. I’ve played a support role to primary decision makers a few times.

In all cases we needed more direction from the ailing loved one (enter the Living Will) & legitimated power to make tough decisions (enter the Health Care Power of Attorney). We did not need a bureaucrat to tell us that mamma has to die to make room in the budget for more valuable members of society!

Its not the only option!

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.


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TG – Author’s Reflection

On a lighter note,

As I write this, it is Friday afternoon. I am in my office, at work, between meetings.

The weather is gorgeous. Early Spring. Sunny. 70°. Listening to the pilots buzz by as they prepare for this weekend’s air show. TGIF!

Although I am no fan of riddles, I wrote TG as somewhat of a riddle. And, please don’t get me wrong. I think its great to thank God it’s Friday. But if we thank God its Friday too often, I fear we’ll forget to thank God it’s Tuesday when Tuesday rolls around. Or even Monday. Ever considered thanking God it’s Monday?

Today’s reflection is intentionally short. Let’s go out and play!


Or T.

F is 1 out of 7.
Why live 1 out of 7?
Or 2 out of 7?
Or 3?

Must the glass be 1/2 full?
Must the glass be 1/2 empty?
Let the glass overflow.
And TG.

© Dr. Phil Bryant, 2013

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Reflect – Author’s Reflection

Calm water, clear glass, clean mirrors — these three are great reflectors of images. These are also all very fragile. Christians often find solace in Psalm 46:10 where God tells His people to “Be still and know that I am God.” We often forget how the verse ends, though: “I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” The first half – the “be still” part – reminds us to be great reflectors upon God. The second half – the “I will be exalted” part – reminds us that He is awesome and we are fragile.  

We are to be reflectors upon God,

and as His image bearers, we are to be reflectors of God (Genesis 1:27).

Water, glass, mirrors – these reflect. These are fragile. Diamonds reflect too, though. And diamonds are far from fragile. Diamonds are strong. I was taught that the only naturally occurring substance that can cut a diamond is another diamond.

So, as reflectors, we are both fragile and strong. We can both cut and be cut. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverb 27:17). Carefully, though… Please sharpen carefully!

Author-blogger, Dick Staub writes: “To be fully human is to fully reflect God’s creative, spiritual, intelligent, communicative, relational, moral, and purposeful capacities.”  This is what it means to be created in God’s image.


Calm water
Clear glass
Clean mirror

Image bearing
Truth telling
Self revealing

Strong diamond
Light facing
Bright appearing

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

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