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Politicians plagued with Empathy Deficit Disorder
Politicians plagued with Empathy Deficit Disorder

Commenting on a recent student suicide at an Alaska high school, Alaska's Republican congressman, Don Young, said suicide didn't exist in Alaska before "government largesse" gave residents an entitlement mentality. "When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn't have the suicide problem," he said. Government handouts tell people "you are not worth anything but you are going to get something for nothing." Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in America -- almost twice the...