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WP OPEd Promotes Rationing of Life?

Forget your opinions on Obamacare for a moment, and forget that for a couple years one of the biggest concerns was that Obamacare called for rationing of life based on economic needs, i.e. death panels.  True or not, I think we all agreed that such rationing was not a worthy aspiration.

Well, it appears that not everyone agrees:

In the summer of 2012, when Obamacare was threatened by a presidential election, writer Jonathan Alter argued that “repeal equals death. People will die in the United States if Obamacare is repealed.” Columnist Jonathan Chait wrote recently that those who may die are victims of ideology — “collateral damage” incurred in conservatives’ pursuit “of a larger goal.” If these are the stakes, many liberals argue, then ending Obamacare is immoral.

Except, it’s not.

In a world of scarce resources, a slightly higher mortality rate is an acceptable price to pay for certain goals — including more cash for other programs, such as those that help the poor; less government coercion and more individual liberty; more health-care choice for consumers, allowing them to find plans that better fit their needs; more money for taxpayers to spend themselves; and less federal health-care spending. This opinion is not immoral. Such choices are inevitable.

Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute argues that in a world of limited resources, it is “inevitable” that a higher mortality rate is acceptable for certain goals.  I suppose this is life imitating art.

Inevitable is a near future thriller in which the US Government has done just that: rationed life.  Why?  For a better quality of life.  Water is the ultimate resource we need, and as Mr. Strain identified that is a limited resource.  At some point, if the resource isn’t conserved, maybe Michael Strain’s – and Inevitable’s – predictions are nothing but true.

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Inevitable will be free this weekend at the Kindle store.  I hope as many people as possible download this book for free!  Just click here to check out Inevitable:

Your world’s water supply is reaching its finite end. Aquifers are drying, and water is being divided between production of food, medicine, and agriculture. When America found itself on the brink of Malthusian catastrophe, population control was installed for the greatest good for the greatest possible number of people.

For Benjamin Zachary the country did only what was necessary. As any other twenty-one year old, Ben expects to receive his Fairness In Nature And Life Act (FINAL) letter from The Office of Population Management. But he grows suspicious and nervous when he fails to receive his letter within weeks after his birthday.

Ben soon learns that his fears are well-founded as he is being accused of a crime he did not commit for a second time – this time by The Office, itself. He is wanted for immediate trial by Panel Hearing. Ben struggles to face his own death, knowing that he has little chance of defeating The Office at its own game. He has no lawyer to represent him, no knowledge of the rules of the hearing process, and he finds that the Panel that is going to decide his fate is hand-picked by his adversary, Office Director Dante Ringer. His only hope is his friend, Patricia Mullins, whose cold acknowledgment of The Office’s necessity juxtaposed with her feelings for Ben, twist her into conflicting directions. As Ben and Patricia fight to overcome The Office’s powerful organization, they learn the only way out for Ben is at the expense of others.

Up against a nearly unlimited government agency created to deal with a dramatic environmental crisis, Ben and Patricia fight against the Inevitable.

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Latest #Review of Inevitable Alerts Blogger to #WaterScarcity Problem

Inevitable has gotten another positive review, this time from blogger Alison Baxter of Baxter’s Book Nook.

While reading Nace’s book, I admired his ability to create a dystopian society that, scary as it is to think about, seems realistic. Obviously one hopes that nothing like the circumstances of Inevitable come to pass in the real world, but the most successful dystopian societies created in books are ones where the reader is able to sit back and think “that could actually happen.” Also, where Nace’s writing really shines in the book is in discussion of laws and the balancing of government. I was actually prompted to think about situations in today’s government and society that seem similar to those in Inevitable.

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I finished the book in less than 48 hours, so that has to tell you something. I definitely would recommend this book to others!

Glad you liked it Alison!  Hopefully you are also aware of the real life water scarcity issues the world faces now too.  So, what is the answer to this problem?

Get your copy of Inevitable today by clicking here or here for mobile.

WP: West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis

The Washington Post reports today on the front page of its news section that the water crisis is starting to scare some people in California.

Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the region’s periodic droughts — are being pumped away at rates that scientists say are both historic and unsustainable.

When I hear words like “unsustainable” I think back to Inevitable.  What also makes me think of my constitutional thriller novel is the fact that there is apparently zero political response to this problem.  Now is the time, before its too late, but nothing is being done.  California – and the rest of the West – is just crossing its fingers and waiting for rain.  When it doesn’t come, will the government react as they did in the prologue of Inevitable?  Check it out for free at the Kindle store by clicking here and then selecting “Send Sample Now” on the right hand side.

More Reviews of Inevitable

More positive reviews for Inevitable keep coming.  Pick up your copy at the Kindle store by clicking here or here for mobile site.

I could not put this story down. The premise is realistic and plausible. The characters are well drawn with good dynamics between them. The plot line has a good flow that is easy to read and follow. Lots of action and suspense. We make decisions that we feel are right at the time. But then later, there comes a time when things need to be changed. I received this from the author for an honest review. No compensation involved. Outstanding!!! Will recommend to any and all.

And another:

This was an intellectually amazing book. It makes you stop and think about real-world problems rather than the monopoly of dystopian challenges.

 

It was a very interesting read with an economic spin on it.

 

The author does a beautiful job of writing the story. You don’t know how many potentially great books I’ve read that were only dismal because of the writing or grammar. The characters and story was relatable, and that is not easy to do. Having relatable characters and a relatable story are probably on entirely different galaxies. Anyone can make a relatable character, but the feeling of connecting with the story itself is not something I come across often.

 

So, kudos to you, Mr. Nace. You’ve imposed the near impossible as approachable and given it a stability that others can relate to while also creating witty, fun characters.

 

More Reviews of Inevitable

Positive reviews keep coming in for Inevitable, a story of government reaction to the real (and ignored) water scarcity problem.

In my opinion, this page-turning thriller is a must read. Lives are at stake, relationships are rekindled. People have a deeper, philosophical understanding of what is really going on within this federal government (Patricia, Agent Gabriel) – and the conspiracies outside of their control that in the end some may learn that maybe it is time to repeal the Bill of Life.

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Inevitable is a novel that challenges characters to question values they have held for years. Forced into positions out of their control (and not), they must quickly make life-altering decisions in this new era of strict population control governed by The Office of Population Management.

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Latest Review: 5 Stars

Check out the latest review of Inevitable, now available at amazon by clicking here.

In my opinion, this page-turning thriller is a must read. Lives are at stake, relationships are rekindled. People have a deeper, philosophical understanding of what is really going on within this federal government (Patricia, Agent Gabriel) – and the conspiracies outside of their control that in the end some may learn that maybe it is time to repeal the Bill of Life.