May Is Older Americans Month. I Won't Be Celebrating

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By John Hubbuch

This month we honor all the older  people. "Old" is the biggest age cohort including everybody from 55 to a 100. At 62 I'm barely in, but I'm not so sure the rest of you should celebrate us this month.          

In fact, let's be honest--we're the problem. Any intelligent analysis of our looming financial Armaggedon requires a recognition that cuts in Medicare and Social Security are absolutely  necessary , but both parties are afraid to address the issue fearing that  AARP-inspired seniors will storm to the polls like a hurricane making the Tea Party movement look like a a gentle spring rain.  Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security  account for 60 percent of Obama's projected increase in federal spending over the next 10 years.Paradoxically, we seniors grow sicker, but live longer thereby imposing a crushing weight on the young. We won't take care of our bodies, but we won't die. A problem.                                            

But what about these older Americans' contributions to society during their younger  lives? Fair point. I'll exempt from my criticism anyone that fought in World War II. If you enlisted  at 18 in 1941 you'd be 88 today. These folks aren't the demographic catastrophe. It's the Boomers. Like me. And our contributions are sex,drugs, rock and roll and spending beyond our means.                                                                               

Don't get me wrong. I know I'm one lucky duck. I'll just be celebrating Older Americans  Month very quietly, if at all.                                                                                   

                   

 

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Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: May 10th, 2011 2:55 PM

"older americans" Fun PC term.

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