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Friday, April 27, 2012

Greedy geezers? Make that 'greedy totalitarian geezers'

The Geezer Brigade is a powerful force and politicians fear them because as a voting block they vote in huge percentages; the Geezers are politically untouchable. As one who followed the exit polls, there is no question that old Republican voters overwhelmingly rejected Ron Paul. You really have wonder about folks who are perfectly willing to condemn their progeny to a life of totalitarian misery. If that's not the epitome of selfishness, I don't know what is. The Social Security and Medicare systems are a mess for a variety of reasons. 1. Congress has used it as a slush fund for decades, plundered the SS Trust Fund to the tune of at least $2.5 trillion and left a worthless pile of IOU's. 2. Congress then greatly expanded the program to provide benefits for an assortment of groups who never paid into the system. 3. the average SS and Medicare recipient gets back 3-5 times what they paid into the system, depending on how long they live and their health issues. This is a disastrous recipe for inter-generational warfare.
I frequently point out that the older generation, of which I am a member, consists of a bunch of "greedy geezers." This is not an opinion. It is based on actual voting patterns. Exit polls shows that the one candidate for president who would derail the geezer gravy train, Ron Paul, consistently receives only a tiny proportion of the over-60 vote. Paul gets his support from younger people who realize they will be taxed their entire lives so the older generation can sit in front of the TV in comfortable retirement....ALSO: Before the New Deal came along there were people in America who actually believed in liberty. Not many, though. Here's a great 1923 quote from H.L. Mencken in that regard: "The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies".
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