By J. DeVoy
In China, you must visit your aged parents “often” – a term intentionally bereft of definition – or they may sue you. Source.
Elderly Chinese parents, feeling ignored or neglected by their children, may now sue their spawn if they feel they do not receive enough attention. Depending on how the law is written, “feelings” – including weak and hypersensitive ones – may dictate liability for young people who have better things to do.
I would not be surprised to see this law adapted in some way in the United States. Already, Boomer-controlled companies are complaining that school debt-saddled youngs aren’t forking over enough money for their inferior products. Without young people to buy houses and inflate the value of the primary nest-egg investment of middle-aged and older people, old people are going to have trouble generating revenue later in life. When all else fails, why wouldn’t they sue their children?
The Chinese legislation was passed based on a small handful of sensational examples – such as a woman living in a pig pen – within a country of more than 1 billion people. To China, America is a rounding error. Thus, the problem, while sensationally framed, likely is statistically insignificant – and likely even more irrelevant here. Yet, if the media starts pushing the elder abuse meme in America, I would expect similarly punitive “neglect” laws enacted in some states, if not federally.