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Tragic second order

Today’s Wall Street Journal tells a tragic tale of unanticipated consequences. It seems that many AIDS sufferers in South Africa are not taking their medicine in order to make themselves REALLY sick. Why do this? Because only when one is terribly ill are you eligible for a disability payment which creates cold hard cash. The AIDS drugs are then not taken because people who can’t get jobs or find other means of employment want that disability payment. It’s gotten to the point where some individuals are infecting themselves to become sick enough to qualify. There has got to be a better policy than this!

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