I am 65 years old. An old fart. A geezer. An alta cocker. Two years ago I accepted an early severance package from the company I was working for, in part because of my eligibility to receive Social Security and Medicare. They played a big role in my decision to accept the package, which wasn’t mandatory. There were other reasons, but I did the math and decided not to pass it up.
I have worked since I was sixteen years old (I’m one of those whose first job was at a McDonald’s) and, save for a couple of years I spent screwing around, I’ve been putting money into both these retirement programs most of my life. How, and in what manner, they get screwed with by either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is of paramount importance to me, not just because of how my family and I will be affected, but how it will affect those who come after me.
I just learned that the questions to be asked in the first debate have been announced and neither of these programs are currently planned to be discussed. WTF? Virtually everyone in the country will be affected by any changes to them. Whether it’s making what those of us currently receive more difficult to obtain or diminished in value or changing the entire structure for those who have yet to reach a certain age, it’s important to know what the candidates plan on doing.
My concern is with both candidates. We all know what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to do. However, The Huffington Post three days ago ran an article entitled “Obama May Do Social Security Reform During Lame Duck Session, Senate Democrats Worry”
Well, you can make a difference by telling Jim Lehrer to include Medicare and Social Security in the debates. Thanks to AARP, all you have to do is Go Here and fill out the form. You’re a leftie. You know the drill. I did it. I also tweeted about it, posted about it on FB, and sent an email message to about 50 of my closest friends, a half dozen of whom have already done the same.
This is an exceptionally important issue for all of us, even those Tea Bagging dipshits who don’t know which side of their toast the butter’s on. Do you want your retirement to be left to the vagaries of the market, especially when you know it’s crooked as hell and likely will steal much of your savings from you? Maybe we can fix it in the next decade, but I sure as hell wouldn’t be holding my breath. Hell, before I was 30 (that’s more than three and a half decades ago) I thought there was going to be a revolution in this country. Actually, there kind of was, but it went in the opposite direction from where I thought it would.
Think about it; then do something about it. Send a message. We want Romney and Obama to talk about how they plan to deal with Medicare and Social Security. Act like your future depended on it. Until we achieve a more just economy (hint: Socialism), this is the best thing we’ve got. Here’s the link again. Take it from me. These two programs are extremely valuable and important.
September 30th, 2012 at 9:31 am
I enjoyed reading your article, Rick, but that AARP page you’ve referenced is behind the news. According to the LA Times on the 28th, “there would be six 15-minute blocs to the debate, the first three on the economy, the fourth on healthcare, the fifth of “the role of government” and the sixth on “governing.” I can’t imagine Medicare and SS not being included during the 4th and 5th segments. I also couldn’t find any specific publication of the actual questions to be asked from any source, only suggestions, and the topics. No credible journalist would pre-publish the questions or give them to the candidates. In fact, Lehrer has stated he has the right to alter the topics even during the broadcast, if breaking news changes the public’s interest.
October 1st, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Thanks, Invisible Mikey. I appreciate you taking the time to write. Well . . . that’s what blogs are for. Making fools of ourselves right out there in public. I’m getting good at it, and it’s thickening my skin as well. Let’s hope I’m completely off base and the issues will be discussed. They sure as hell ought to be. PS – Nowadays the words “credible” and “journalist” have a difficult time appearing too close to each other, IMO, and leaks are surely not unheard of, eh?
October 1st, 2012 at 1:54 pm
LOL – Right on all counts. I get superceded by the news cycles every time I write on those kinds of topics.
October 1st, 2012 at 1:56 pm
As long as we’re getting eyeballs, eh?