Now begins the cold-blooded campaign to destroy Social Security. The plan is to divide and conquer the American people along generational lines. Synchronize your calendars.
If you’re over 55, you’re a Social Security winner; if you’re under 55 you’re a Social Security loser. Life is a lottery based on a four-digit number, the year you were born.
The proponents of this cynical conspiracy intend to pit father against son, mother against daughter. The elders are comfortable, warm and well-fed. So what if the sons and daughters have to eat dog food in old age? Who cares?
Since the beginning, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law in 1935, some people have hated Social Security. The concept of lifting every elderly American off the dirt floor of poverty infuriates the cold-hearted and mean-spirited. The diehard opponents of Social Security live by their own “Golden Rule,” to wit:
“He who has the gold, rules.”
The spirit of Social Security is too good, too honest, too simple, too clear. Social Security is kindness and justice for every old man and old woman in America, backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. Every old man and old woman deserves to live in dignity, with food to eat and a roof over their heads. What’s so hard to understand about that?
The Social Security safety net has been a blessing for every generation since the Great Depression. Medicare has been a life-saver for senior citizens in a health system run by unforgiving insurance companies. There is no good reason why Social Security and Medicare should not continue to be a blessing for today’s adults — whatever their age — and for their children and grandchildren. Where did this crazy idea of discriminating by age and generation come from? Oh, right. For the record, it came from Republicans.
(By the end of March2011, it appears clearly that Republicans intend to destroy Medicare and Medicaid first, by way of a scorched-earth budget policy. Please see my post, “Wilding in Washington: Last Stand of the White Men in Suits.”)
I’m 62, and no one I know among my contemporaries would wish upon their children and grandchildren a future without Social Security.
Only a fool would believe that children born in 2010 will be so healthy and wealthy, 65 years hence, that they will not need a safety net in old age. What is the logic, what is the fairness, in saying that America will keep faith with everyone over 55, and to hell with everybody under 55?
I wouldn’t stand for it, if I were 25 years old today, or 35, or 45. If you’re going to treat one group of people fairly, you must treat every group fairly.
Social Security is solvent right now. The propaganda claims it is not financially viable for the future. The propaganda is a lie. The most recent projections say it won’t run out of money until 2037.
All Social Security needs is minor adjustments to keep going past 2037, and going strong. See 12 Ways To Fix Social Security.
Every machine needs routine maintenance. That is Social Security exactly. Congress made adjustments in the 1980s, and the machine has been running smoothly ever since. Right now is simply the time for the regular 100,000-mile maintenance.
To discriminate by age is not the American way. Divide American into the privileged and the have-nots at age 55? No way. Put your foot down. Open your window and scream. Just say no.
We can and must save Social Security for today’s 25-, 35-, and 45-year-olds. With a little fine-tuning, Social Security will still be strong, for those over 55, and for all Americans. What do you think? — John Hayden
- Rep. Paul Ryan’s Rebuttal: Keep Social Safety Net From Becoming Hammock. Because We’re So Lazy, Right? (crooksandliars.com)
- Expanding, or Maybe Shrinking, the Social Safety Net (economix.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Obama draws line in sand on Social Security (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Will You Get Back Your Social Security Taxes in Retirement? (money.usnews.com)
- Yo, Paul Ryan! Atlas Didn’t Shrug, She Put Her Hand Out (crooksandliars.com)
- Obama Pledges to Strengthen Social Security (money.usnews.com)