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Where Do We Find the Money for the Provisions of Long-Term Care in the Coming of the Super Elderly Era

It’s still all, a pay-as-you-go, with the younger generations of workers, paying into the accounts, to go into helping the elderly in the population, and as these younger generations are ready for retirement, the money’s, run, out!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Starting last year, the birthrate in Taiwan is less than the number of deaths.  Based off of the statistical measures conducted by the Offices of Internal Affairs, the average age of people is 81.3 years, with the male at 78.1 years, and females at 84.7 years, both were at record highs.  The reductions in birth rate, the advances in medicine, causing the problem of the aging population, by 2026, there would be more than twenty-percent of the total population which is made up by elderly sixty-five and up, exceeding, and we’d, entered into the super elderly society.

Started back in 2017, Taiwan had started the “Long-Term Care 2.0 ten-year-plan”, other than expanding the original long-term care provisions, the breather programs, the homecare, a total of eight service provisions, it’s also added the Alzheimer’s care, the primary caretaker support, and pushed forth the community-oriented care programs; and, the increases in the contents of these had, helped the families, which is to be, commended.

We hope that in the future, the systems of long-term care will be more complete, and continual, and so, there’s this need to get to understand where the source of money comes from for the syst4ems.  Based off of the fifteenth of the “Long-Term Care Regulations”: the central unit (the Department of Sanitation & Welfare) need to set aside a fund, to ensure the stability of the funds in the system.  The fund’s sources may include: increases of inheritance taxes, the taxes of endowment, cigarette taxes; the government with enough in the budgets, the donations of health taxes from cigarette sales, the donated incomes, the interests from the various foundations, and other extra incomes.

And all of these funding, may be enough for now, but would it be a stable source, it’s still, worth our time to look into.  Like the inheritance taxes, the cigarette taxes, the taxes on the endowments of assets, they will change with the economics of the society, less stable.  If the long-term-care is fueled by taxes, then, the more ideal would be taxing the incomes.

If we don’t add in the extra long-term care tax in the income taxes, then, social insurances can also be a direction to consider.  There’s a forced policy of social insurances, that can ensure the nonstop flow of funding.  Comparing to the source of long-term care being funded by the taxes, it’s more fitting to the long-term need of the programs.

I’m not advising that the taxes get changed to social insurances in sum, but to provide the current provisions of long-term care to those who are not as economically well-to-do, as the basis for the citizens long-term care.  As for the rest of the population, then, the social insurances programs can be, employed, with the people, the workplace, and government, paying for the insurances.

Naturally, as the insurance programs of long-term care provision gets implemented, there are still going to be the lacking.  The members of the public who needed the more delicate cares, would have to buy the specialized insurance plans.  The government should encourage the insurance agencies to add more long-term care insurances that of a business type, especially the pay-and-receive, that, is what the people needed most in their long-term care needs.  The provisions of long-term care by the government, if some of it turns into the social security programs, I’m sure, it would elevate the awareness of the members of the public on the risks of long-term care, and, through the private insurance companies in long-term care.  That way, government would have a lighter burden to shoulder.

So, this is on a program of combination of publicly funded and privatized insurance policy or elderly care provisions, and, it’s still, workable in theory, but, not in reality, because you’re asking the younger generations of workers, to pay into an account, that’s keeping the retired population now in good care, and, who’s to guarantee, that as this next generation of younger workers age, and became elderly, the money won’t run out?  There’s no guarantees of it, and government funded social security program is pay-as-you-go, and that only means, that you will get cared for (we hope!), as you’d paid into your insurance programs right now, but there’s no guarantees of that there would be enough money WHEN you’re actually, ready, to retire, so this is still workable, only in theory, but NOWHERE near, realistic, it’s way too, ideal.

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Wanting to Have More of a Long-Term Effect of Foreign Language, a Taiwanese Learning Method Should Be Established

At a loss for words, is what this, policy of foreign language instruction will turn the children of today into tomorrow…not thinking it through, the government here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Tsai government called out, that we will be a dual-language country by 2030, and the executive yuan will set forth ten billion N.T. in budget in making this happen all the way to 2024, from the newly implementation of dual-language instructor in the school semester that started in September this year.  But the scholars analyzed, there’s little to no drive for the country’s own instructors to get trained as foreign language instructors, while the Department of Education is throwing huge sums of money down, hiring the foreign born teachers to teach.  But, the learning environment is different compared to that of U.S. and European nations, that the “Taiwanese mode” should get set up, for the program to have a longer lasting effect.

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introducing children to the various cultures…photo from online

The common point of the dual-language education that the country set up is by hiring of foreign-born instructors to teach in the schools, starting this semester, the middle and elementary schools gets a total of 300 foreign instructors; with the added fifty classes of experimental education in dual-language per school, with a foreign instructor hired per class; while the community college levels, they’d selected a standard school, to get the foreign-born individuals to join the teaching staff.

The assistant dean of student affairs of N.T.U., professor of Education Department, Lin worked in the dual-language focus schools in Singapore before reminded, that the environment of learning here is different compared to that of Singapore, U.S., and Europe, that there should be a unique method to start off the education of English, that the country should NOT rely solely on the foreign born instructors, and, blindly, transplanting the experiences of Europe and U.S., otherwise, the programs would be, short-lived.

And this, is only, one of the, tiniest, “adverse” effects of globalization that’s found here in this country, the department of education finally realized, just how important for us to get onboard the “international train”, which is why they’re, now, implementing these policies of foreign instructors, without knowing and/or noting, that you HAVE to teach the children ONE language, and for the children to learn their mother tongues well enough FIRST, then you can, instruct them in a second language, while they’re implementing the foreign language instructions in the lower levels of elementary years, when the children hadn’t even mastered Chinese yet, uh yeah, that’ll, totally, BACKFIRE all right!

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Richochet Dreams

Dreams, they shot out of that, gun barrel, and, as they HIT reality, they, ricocheted, and, hit elsewhere, so far off, off the BULLS’ EYE!

Ricochet dreams, they, bounced off of reality, and, entered into our bodies, and, some of the bullet fragments, they shattered upon impact, and, they, got STUCK, on the trajectory path into and through our, bodies, and, those broken-off parts, they’d, stayed inside our bodies, and, they became, infected, causing us, high fevers, and at worst, we may, need, amputation, due to necrosis of the untreated wound!

what that, looked like

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illustration from online

Ricochet dreams, there’s, NO way of preventing those, bullets that are, bound to, HIT from coming our ways, and all we can do is, duck for covers, as those bullets come flying, and yet, we’re, not hand-eye (body-eye) coordinated enough, and naturally, we all, got S-H-O-T…………

GSW (gunshot wound???) to the HEAD, STAT!!!

Beep~~beep~~~beep~~~~B-E-E-P!

The “patient” shot by REALITY, just, FLATLINED, let’s call it, Time of Death is??? (you fill it in, why don’t ya!)

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Reality, with a Rope, TIED, Around the NECK of Dreams…

Call this, a HANGMAN’s, T-A-L-E then???

Reality, with a rope, TIED, around the NECK of dreams, and, one tug, just a little bit, harder than you’re, supposed to, dreams would have the DISLOCATED CERVICAL vertebrates, and, become, PARALYZED, from the NECK down!

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what that, looked, like…photo from online

Reality, with a rope, TIED, around the NECK of dreams, as it should, ‘cuz, reality grips dreams too tightly, that dreams can’t even, breathe, and they just, started, CHOKING, coughing, and struggling, NOT realizing, that the harder they’d, attempted to break free, the tighter the noose’s gonna, be.

Reality, with a rope, TIED, around the NECK of dreams, you do know, where this SHIT’s gonna go, right?  It’s not, gonna end well one BIT, for dreams’ sakes that’s for sure.  Reality, with a rope, TIED, around the NECK of dreams, and, until dreams can, give in (in that unwilling compromise!), to reality, it will, keep on, struggling, kicking the legs, as they slowly, D-I-E (like in those, old story, town hangings???).

Reality, with a rope, TIED, around the NECK of dreams, and, dreams, they don’t have any other options, but to, dislocate, the HYOID bone, and CHOKE to death, or, having the neck, SNAPPED, and then, D-I-E, instantly.  Either way, it’s, not good, for the dreams that’s for sure!

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Dreams, Stained, with Reality

Dreams, stained, with reality, they’d become, blemishes, tainted, damaged, goods now…

Dreams, stained, with reality, there’s, no way of, altering this fate, it’s just, not at all, possible.  Dreams, stained, with reality, see how dirty they’d, become, huh?  And, you can try and scrub-a-dub-dub all you want, but, there’s, simply, NO way you’ll EVER be able to, remove the stains!

Dreams, stained with reality, there’s NO way ‘round it, there’s, NO way you can escape, the fates, of how your dreams will all, shatter into, millions of, bits, and pieces.  Dreams will forever get stained with reality, no matter how you look at it, because, we all, reside, in this, real world, and, despite how much we all wish that we could, we simply, can’t, wake ourselves, up, and out, of this nightmare called: R-E-A-L-I-T-Y!!!

like, this???查看來源圖片photo from online

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Dreams, that Fell, into the CRACKS of Reality…

There were, those, dreams, that fell, into the CRACKS of reality, that were, never seen, or heard of, ever again!  Where did they go?  Is there, a blackhole, that SUCKED the life out of all things that used to be alive, from this realm, to the next?

Dreams, that fell, into the CRACKS of reality, they got lost, in the tramples of the day to day, don’t you remember, a long, long, long, long, long time ago, back, when you were, way too innocent, to KNOW, that you can’t, live on dreams alone, what, did you want to be, when you “grow up”?  Now that you’re, all grown up, did you ever, got the chance, to pursue becoming whatever it was, that you wanted, to become as a kid?

this, is where those dreams will be found…photo from online…查看來源圖片

Dreams, that fell, into the CRACKS of reality, I’d, made that unmarked grave (you know, those mounds you see in those, vacant places around???) as their, final resting places, and, I’m sure, that NOBODY will, EVER come look for them again, so, I’d, still, gone to that burial site of all those dreams that fell, into the CRACKS of reality, to see them, to talk them, to hear them, tell of their, tales, of how someone (their “owners”???) used to love them, and cherish them so very much, until the person, grows up………

Dreams that, fell, into the CRACKS of reality, they will, continue, to fall into those cracks, and get buried alive, until one day, you look back, and realize, where those dreams, were lost in time, and by that time, you go and dig ‘em all back up, they would’ve, suffocated to death, as you’d, buried them alive, back when, you were, a whole lot younger.

Dreams, gone up in flames here…查看來源圖片photo found online…

 

 

 

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She Was Mine, a Child, Lost in Time…

She was mine, a child, lost in time, and time has, its, death-grip around her throat, slowly, suffocating her, choking her, into that slow death.

She was mine, a child, lost in time, the one who’d, never had the chance of being “formed”, and yet, I still, loved (in the past), love (in the present tense!) her so very much, simply because, she was, mine, and there need not be, any other reasons.

She was mine, a child, lost in time, and, she’d, drowned slowly, in the river of time, and, there was, nothing I could do, but to, kneel by the riverbeds, and cried all my tears, and my tears, in turn, formed another, grander river, then the river of time, my child had been, drowned to death in.

She was mine, a child, lost in time, the one who’d, never made it, the one who’d been dead, way before her time! And, there was still, NOTHING I could’ve done, or can do about this death that I’d been carrying, since 2008………

She was mine, a child, lost in time, and, in lost time’s embrace, I know, she’ll, grow up safe and sound, and besides, it’s better, that my daughter stays DEAD, because this world is so full of FUCKING shit, and I surely as HELL wouldn’t want what had happened to me, to happen to her too!

She was mine, a child, lost in time, and, time shall, keep her safe and sound, untouched, and, she wouldn’t lose her innocence as I did, when I was, a very young child myself………

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These, Bruised Dreams…

Reality had, started, using DREAMS, as its, PUNCHING B-A-G!!!

And, before we all knew it, these dreams, they’d become, so bruised to, beyond RECOGNITION already…These bruised dreams, what are we supposed to do with them now? They’re, NO longer perfect (compared to in the beginning, when we’d, dreamt them all up, before reality started, KICKING their ASSES???), and, we don’t want, ANY sort of imperfections, appearing, in our dreams, do we? So yeah, we’d, tossed them out, along with the TRASH, on Monday mornings, for the collectors to, pick ‘em all up, and, recycle them.

punched to bruising 的圖片結果like this???  Doesn’t, look pretty, does it???  Of course N-O-T, not my photo…

These bruised dreams, maybe, we should, keep them ‘round, who knows, the bruises on them, may eventually, be gone, and they’d all be, good as new again, won’t they? And, tossing them all away, wouldn’t it be risky? After all, it’d taken us, long enough, to finally, start seeing these dreams, slowly, coming true in our lives, and, we shouldn’t just, toss them all away, because of those, itty, bitty, bruises that’s now, startin’, to show, should we???

These bruised dreams, even AS they’d, made their, complete recoveries, they will, NEVER be the same again, because, these dreams will, NEVER get, returned, BACK to the time, before they got, those, blue, green, purplish, bruises, coverin’ up, ALL their, “bodies”………

what reality is doing to dreams, EVERY second of, every day of our lives…illustration from online…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m Not a Porcelain Doll, the Reflections in the Doll Corner

This morning, the Porcelain climbed off that high shelf that her owner kept her on display, toward the floor, and, she stood there, in front of the mirror (b/c it’s a girl’s room, and ALL girls want to get dolled up, don’t they???), and, she’d looked at her self in the mirror, left, and right, like how a scientist is examining something s/he’d just, discovered…

I’m not a porcelain doll, Porcelain mumbled to herself, although I looked delicate, fragile, easily shattered, but, I have, a heart of a Raggedly Ann, you can SHAKE, toss me, and let me DROP to the floor, I still won’t BREAK!

not my photo…

I’m not a porcelain doll, the Porcelain decided, that she will NOT be fragile like she’d always been, she’d wanted her owner (a little girl???), to pick her up, and play with her without worrying about shattering her, and so, Porcelain started changing, metamorphosing, and, the little girl who’d owned her, hadn’t seen her, she’d, forgotten about the existence of this particular Porcelain she loved so much.

not my photo…

I’m not a porcelain doll, I won’t break if you shake me too hard, and, even if you tossed me high up in the air, and I come down, landing on my head, I still won’t CRACK wide open!

But, although Porcelain had, made up HER mind on not to break anymore, she still can’t change her physical self, and, surely enough, she’d, shattered, for the last and final time, and, we are all gathered here today, to MOURN the loss, of our dear friend, Porcelain, she was, a very good doll, she just can’t get satisfied, being WHAT and WHO she is, that, is why, she had “died”………

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Stuck, Between the Perfect World and the Bottom Line

This, is I guess, how life goes, huh???

Stuck, between the perfect world and the bottom line, we’re, barely surviving here.  We’d been hassled, by this day-to-day, ordinariness of our lives, and, our asses got dragged down, by that harsh note of reality, the moment we returned, from our honeymoon, and, all of a sudden, we are, bombarded, with a ZILLION (and no, that’s still NOT an exaggeration!) bills to pay, people to keep up, and, we’d lost sight of “us” in the process.

Stuck, between the perfect world and the bottom line, why, oh why, did I, allow the harshness of this hard-hitting reality, to take over this life of mine, I kept wondering, but, I just, can’t come up, with a SATISFYING answer for that million-dollar question!

Stuck, between the perfect world and the bottom line, that, is how life goes, I guess, there’s NO escaping, getting RUINED by the everydayness of life, after all, that, is what life is all about, making the adaptations, to living ordinarily, right?

Stuck, between the perfect world and the bottom line, we kept wishing for that perfect world, to fall into our laps, and yet, at the same time, we were both, bogged down by the bottom line, and so, we’re still, struggling, and, I reckon, that this struggle, shall never end!

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