Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Justice is Blind

OK. This site is about insurance, mostly health insurance. But sometimes a bit of news comes along that is related . . . kind of . . . and I just have to vent. After all, this is a health related issue.

The government discriminates against blind people by printing money that all looks and feels the same, a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that could change the face of American currency.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson ordered the Treasury Department to come up with ways for the blind to tell bills apart. He said he wouldn't tell officials how to fix the problem, but he ordered them to begin working on it.

While I have no disagreement with the comment by the judge. Certainly paper money is for the sighted, but blind people have been around since the beginning and money (or some form of exchange currency) for centuries. So why have our courts been clogged with this suit now?

One could also argue that our money discriminates against those who cannot read English.

If this suit continues, what is next? Banks? I mean, why do drive up ATM's have braille instructions?

And you have to wonder about the charge from the bench. Basically, he doesn't care what they have to do to correct this problem, and he has no clue how it should be fixed, but he still wants it corrected.

This guy is no Solomon.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against blind people (or any other individual with a disability). But I gotta ask. Who thinks up this stuff?
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