Love notes to the English language
I'm not a fan of TruthOut: full of conspiracy theories, half-truths and hysterics with very little documentation, and always critical of Obama regardless of what he says or does. Obama has been saying for a long time that he would make some changes to SS, not cut it -- changes that are necessary to keep it viable for generations to come. I knocked this outfit off my blog roll a long time ago and make it a point to ignore them, just like I do FireDogLake and Glenn Greenwald. I'm not saying that Obama doesn't deserve criticism, but when 99 out of 100 articles are nothing but criticism, one has to question their motivation - or at least I do.
I don't share your abysmal opinion of Truthout or Glen Greenwald OR FireDogLake. Be that as it may, what do you think of THIS particular article?
I mean, this--that Obama said his view of Medicare was not much different from Romney's--scares the crap out of me. You may be right that Truthout's motivation is not pure, but e'en so. What's the message for seniors here? Do we trust the guy we're throwing ourselves behind? Or are we just sunk, no matter who gets in?
As for "changes to medicare"--I just got two: a big, fat bill from my clinic and a draconian change to the kinds of pharmaceuticals Medicare Part D will cover. So my pill bill is now $2.60 for a 60-day supply? The other kind, the proprietary kind, worked better, even at $6 for 60-day supply.
BTW, that was the "old" price. Now if I want the nongeneric version, I have to pay FULL, DELUXE PHARMACY price, which was something like $55, last I paid it, and it's more now. As we've come to expect these days.
We elders need to beware. In a culture that values youth as ours does, and which worships productivity as well, old people are regarded as useless. From there it's only a step to see us as parasites, part of the 47% who expect handouts from the government. Speaking just for myself, I've done my part and earned the pleasant and prosperous old age I enjoy now. I deserve my SS, too. I paid the tax all those years as a worker! And seeing less fortunate boomers and elders forced into poverty, as I am observing all around me now, makes me furious. Even if the economy picks up, what happens to these people?
Congratulations, Hattie, on managing your finances so well all those years. I didn't start working till I was 40, so I had to play catch-up, and nobody would hire a deaf woman with no experience, etc., etc. But I did it. Can't say I'm prosperous, but I am very rich in life experiences, and I love being old. It pisses me off no end when people talk about SS as an "entitlement." That's what capitalists get with their tax breaks and bailouts. You are so right that SS has been funded by OUR MONEY. We earned it once, and we should not have to earn it again!
I'm a little late commenting here, but you are quite right XE to be concerned about Obama's present plans for SS and Medicare. I think how he addresses those changes will be better than Romney's extreme plan for elimination and privatization. BUT with Obama in office we must then immediately redirect our efforts to channeling differently some of what Obama may have in mind.