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Are the Elderly Really Such a Burden?

When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be
sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.

If I’d been
out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me,
will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four.

Lennon/McCartney

 

Coming fresh on the heels of a hard-hitting expose of what’s really wrong with the ‘Social Security System’ by Christopher Orlet, we have a news item that ought to give you pause yet again. If you thought the Obama Administration was doubling down on it’s ‘socialization of America’ project, you’re wrong – they are tripling down on it.
The outrage (well, the muted outrage) on the right about the blackguard Donald Berwick being named Medicare administrator has just been tested by the nomination of yet another death panel devotee, this time to head the Social Security Advisory Board, says David Catron.

Much was made about the recess appointment of Berwick, an advocate of healthcare rationing for the elderly, and now there is the Henry Aaron (no relation to the famous baseball player) character.  No need to go into the gory details here of these and other Progressives’ schemes for adjusting the quality and longevity of the lives of the more senior of the population.  Follow the links to both Orlet and Catron’s pieces to see that the money has been, is being and will be diverted from taking care of society’s highly vulnerable population of elderly people to buying the votes and the loyalty of the lazy and the ethically- challenged dependent subset of the public who understand revenue streams, if not  what their source is.

The focus here is on why this is a priority for this administration, and those shadowy forces in the background guiding it.  It is not because the Progressives hate old people.  They don’t,  and a good many of them are getting up there in years themselves.   And it’s not because the elderly are such a big drag on the country’s finances, because as Orlet points out, the real waste is  on those spry and functioning souls who choose NOT to function, and on creating successive generations of non-functioners.  Yes, health care of any kind is expensive and older people use a fair amount of it, but they do give back a fair amount, also as they deplete and relinquish their savings accounts, IRA’s, real estate and other holdings as a condition of receiving assistance in their existence.   But the radicals care not whether the budget is balanced.  It’s not like they’re fiscal conservatives; cost is not the issue for them.

No, the real reason it is so crucial now to start pulling the plugs and cutting off the pills and shutting down the MRI’s and EKG’s all across the land is that those with some bark on know a few things.  If Alzheimer’s or senile dementia hasn’t set in, they are a threat because they are capable of passing on what they know to others, and for the Progressives, just as for dictatorships from time immemorial, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing to be held by any influential segment of the population, so it must be controlled or, if necessary,  erased.  Time’s a wasting to complete the mission.

Yes, the elderly vote, and they vote in larger proportions than the younger sets.  But there are just as many Democrats, if not more, than there are Republicans, because for many of them the Democrat Party was a heroic thing to them in their formative and early in their productive years.  So they can still be counted on to pull that ‘working man’s lever’ a lot of the time.

No, it’s what they know, what their belief systems are, what traditions and rites they hold dear that are the problem for those seeking to ‘fundamentally transform America’.  This is why the regime in power is doubling down and tripling down and speeding up on all its policies of population control, selective breeding, wresting impressionable children from traditionalist influences at every opportunity, and the like.  It is nothing personal.  Many of the proponents of the New  Order, like Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton,  the Fellows and Directors at the Center for American Progress and those whose names are less familiar, genuinely like old people.  They have, or had,  parents and grandparents, and as noted above, many of them are themselves on the downward side of the curve, though they are exempt from their own policies, as is often the case in these matters.  It is just the simple fact that it is necessary.  It is helpful to do this.  It is expeditious.  It is cold and calculating, yes, but when you see the Obamas frolicking on the beach, or the Clinton’s having a really, really good time at a Lady GaGa concert you understand that they are people too, just like you and I.  Well, maybe not just like you and I.

A younger population is a more malleable population, and those oldies, with their set ways and fixed notions and old fashioned values are just doggedly living longer and longer these days and that is a problem.  It is a problem because even if they do go on a bit and those at their chairsides and bedsides roll their eyes about ‘crazy old Uncle Joe’, the more they hear the tales from yesteryear and they way it used to be, and the way it oughtta be, the more susceptible they may be to questioning what they see going on around them, and this will just not do.  Eliminate the inspiration, that’s the ticket.

First, they came for the senior citizens.”

 

 

 

 

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  1. The Old Ones know how to survive in hard times.

    I’m reminded of an old folk tale that could come from any country. There once was a land that was wracked with famine to the point farmers ate their seed grain. The old parents and grandparents were being put out in a bitter winter to die in order for the parents and what children were still alive to survive.

    One day, a farmer was going to put his father out and the father said he knew a secret which would save the family.
    A secret store of grain was available for food and enough to plant a crop come spring.

    “Go to the barn” said the old father, and “carefully remove the roofing thatch one section at a time. Shake it out and put the thatch back.” So the son did as his father directed, shaking out the thatch one section at a time. When the son was done, there was enough grain to feed the family and plant the fields. For the old father was a practical, thrifty man and knew after the harvest to renew the roof thatch with full sheaves.

    They are working on removing our memories and history which will help us to survive when famine comes knocking on our door.

  2. Thought provoking, Bob. I don’t think you’re far off the mark. Communism/Fascism must clear out those that have other memories, other traditions, and even religious beliefs. You’ll notice the constant assault on Judeo/Christian faith principles and the unrelenting effort to remove religion from the public square; part of those faiths is respect for the older and wiser of the populace, as well as caring for them. The more secular a society becomes (look at Europe…) the more desensitized they are. Get rid of the elderly, and there is no one left to teach the old ways.

  3. The “burden” they have become is a drain on our society because the Democrats have told them for generations that We The People as a whole are responsible for their care as opposed to their own families. I am sick to death of watching the oldsters in commercials telling me to call Congress to stop the cuts to medicare etc., I want them to STOP killing this Country for our children and grandchildren with spending that cannot be continued. You are supposed to prepare for old age, NOT sit around and take and take and take from future generations!

    • I’m even more disgusted with the bombardment of ads with oldsters (hey, it’s cool; I’m one too!) jabbering at one another about Medicare Open Season and all the free stuff they qualify for because of the ‘new health care law’, brought to your screen via our tax dollars and the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s almost as annoying as the ‘government sponsored’ (free) Lifeline cell phones we’re all paying for…

      • Yeah, that is one of the one’s I am seeing also, here in Northern Virginia you see ALL of them because they are attempting to influence Congress and all of those sum bitches in DC are terrified of old people who are STEALING from future generations!

    • You bring up a point that few people think about, Jaded. Many of the people who vote for the Democrats are the elderly, especially pockets of the Jewish elderly. There seems to be a disconnect between understanding what true freedom is, and being dependent and thus pawns for the Leftist Democrats. The progressives have brainwashed whole groups of people into thinking that they SHOULD get stuff from the government, vs standing on their own two feet, their own resources, their own families and communities. I’m not talking about the truly needed…but many of those who now receive Medicare are retired and living comfortably in Florida, Arizona and Southern California. They raise a hue and cry if anyone says they ought to pay more for Medicare, or if they have to supplement anything out of their own pockets. People have been trained to think that they don’t have to take any responsibility for their own care, their own medicines, etc. Again, not the truly needy, but the ones who think someone else should foot the bill. Ever since third party payers became involved in health care (private insurance and government insurance), medical care costs have sky-rocketed. You take away some of this middle-man stuff, and physicians, hospitals, pharmacies would have to change the way they do business to remain competitive.

  4. As one of these dratted oldsters I would like to mention some of the negative impacts of government handouts.
    I recently recieved notice that starting next year I am *required* to begin making payments towards Medicare. The requirement included the penalties I might face if I do not start on the program immediately instead of waiting until later. Now I have healthcare coverage already for myself and my family. It’s expensive and going up every year, but I’ve got it budgeted already and I don’t want to change it at this time.

    Question: Why is an expensive entitlement ‘Required’?

    • My mother in law couldn’t believe she HAD to sign up for something that she didn’t want and could afford on her own, I couldn’t believe that it is a REQUIREMENT, man did the federal government lose its mind when it thought up this welfare program!

  5. My parents are in their 80’s. My mother complained to me today that her *annual checkup* only included a listen to her heart and a peek into her throat. Gone are the EKGs and tests for occult blood. No more. Her arthritic hands were tossed off as a *part of aging.* I bought her some arthritic gloves which are helping her weather the pain. My dad is in the throes of Alzheimers. Thank goodness we got him on a cocktail of Namenda and Aricept a few years ago. It has helped my mother and I keep him out of a nursing home. How long the insurance company continues to pay for the drugs is up in the air.

  6. Bear with me here folks, initially you are gonna think I am *off topic* but you have to read the whole comment. Bob, I am gonna rant now.
    The bypass in Toledo, 475, intersects with the major N-S I-75 expressway. Well, the traffic gets backed up in the current one-lane from 475 to I-75 North. So Ohio Dept of Trans decides to takes out a bunch of houses and take on a 3 year project to build a second lane going to I-75 North and another lane from I-75 South to 475. So then *Promedica* one of the 2 major competing supposedly *non-profit* health systems in the area says to ODOT “oh, by the way guys. Since you are tearing up the inner city of Toledo how about we fork in a bunch of million to build an interchange that leads directly to our hospital. So ODOT takes the $$, how many million is unknown, from *Promedica* to build an interchange that leads directly to their doorstep. How do I tell my parents probably the reason they aren’t getting the healthcare they deserve is because they have their medical insurance from *Promedica* and they are spending it on leading people closer to their doorstep????

  7. Not really off-topic, LIO. It’s always about the money – where it comes from and where it goes and whose ox is being gored. The thread could easily proceed to the whole subject of urbanization, who pushes it, and why it is obviously so costly to do ANYTHING in an urban area compared to suburban/rural. Apartments in NYC go for a million dollars a pop for a reason. Lotta palms get greased in Urbutopia.

  8. I used to take a regular winter golf trip with friends to Florida. I remember the local oldsters hacking away, and telling my friends that the day I showed up in baby blue polyester slacks 3 inches too short… well, just please shoot me.

    I guess old folks come in all persuasions and they aren’t all the repositories of great wisdom. Most are much more religious than youngsters. That doesn’t work for the jealous, starry eyed messiahs of statism.

  1. The Old Ones know how to survive in hard times.

    I’m reminded of an old folk tale that could come from any country. There once was a land that was wracked with famine to the point farmers ate their seed grain. The old parents and grandparents were being put out in a bitter winter to die in order for the parents and what children were still alive to survive.

    One day, a farmer was going to put his father out and the father said he knew a secret which would save the family.
    A secret store of grain was available for food and enough to plant a crop come spring.

    “Go to the barn” said the old father, and “carefully remove the roofing thatch one section at a time. Shake it out and put the thatch back.” So the son did as his father directed, shaking out the thatch one section at a time. When the son was done, there was enough grain to feed the family and plant the fields. For the old father was a practical, thrifty man and knew after the harvest to renew the roof thatch with full sheaves.

    They are working on removing our memories and history which will help us to survive when famine comes knocking on our door.

  2. Thought provoking, Bob. I don’t think you’re far off the mark. Communism/Fascism must clear out those that have other memories, other traditions, and even religious beliefs. You’ll notice the constant assault on Judeo/Christian faith principles and the unrelenting effort to remove religion from the public square; part of those faiths is respect for the older and wiser of the populace, as well as caring for them. The more secular a society becomes (look at Europe…) the more desensitized they are. Get rid of the elderly, and there is no one left to teach the old ways.

  3. The “burden” they have become is a drain on our society because the Democrats have told them for generations that We The People as a whole are responsible for their care as opposed to their own families. I am sick to death of watching the oldsters in commercials telling me to call Congress to stop the cuts to medicare etc., I want them to STOP killing this Country for our children and grandchildren with spending that cannot be continued. You are supposed to prepare for old age, NOT sit around and take and take and take from future generations!

    • I’m even more disgusted with the bombardment of ads with oldsters (hey, it’s cool; I’m one too!) jabbering at one another about Medicare Open Season and all the free stuff they qualify for because of the ‘new health care law’, brought to your screen via our tax dollars and the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s almost as annoying as the ‘government sponsored’ (free) Lifeline cell phones we’re all paying for…

      • Yeah, that is one of the one’s I am seeing also, here in Northern Virginia you see ALL of them because they are attempting to influence Congress and all of those sum bitches in DC are terrified of old people who are STEALING from future generations!

    • You bring up a point that few people think about, Jaded. Many of the people who vote for the Democrats are the elderly, especially pockets of the Jewish elderly. There seems to be a disconnect between understanding what true freedom is, and being dependent and thus pawns for the Leftist Democrats. The progressives have brainwashed whole groups of people into thinking that they SHOULD get stuff from the government, vs standing on their own two feet, their own resources, their own families and communities. I’m not talking about the truly needed…but many of those who now receive Medicare are retired and living comfortably in Florida, Arizona and Southern California. They raise a hue and cry if anyone says they ought to pay more for Medicare, or if they have to supplement anything out of their own pockets. People have been trained to think that they don’t have to take any responsibility for their own care, their own medicines, etc. Again, not the truly needy, but the ones who think someone else should foot the bill. Ever since third party payers became involved in health care (private insurance and government insurance), medical care costs have sky-rocketed. You take away some of this middle-man stuff, and physicians, hospitals, pharmacies would have to change the way they do business to remain competitive.

  4. As one of these dratted oldsters I would like to mention some of the negative impacts of government handouts.
    I recently recieved notice that starting next year I am *required* to begin making payments towards Medicare. The requirement included the penalties I might face if I do not start on the program immediately instead of waiting until later. Now I have healthcare coverage already for myself and my family. It’s expensive and going up every year, but I’ve got it budgeted already and I don’t want to change it at this time.

    Question: Why is an expensive entitlement ‘Required’?

    • My mother in law couldn’t believe she HAD to sign up for something that she didn’t want and could afford on her own, I couldn’t believe that it is a REQUIREMENT, man did the federal government lose its mind when it thought up this welfare program!

  5. My parents are in their 80’s. My mother complained to me today that her *annual checkup* only included a listen to her heart and a peek into her throat. Gone are the EKGs and tests for occult blood. No more. Her arthritic hands were tossed off as a *part of aging.* I bought her some arthritic gloves which are helping her weather the pain. My dad is in the throes of Alzheimers. Thank goodness we got him on a cocktail of Namenda and Aricept a few years ago. It has helped my mother and I keep him out of a nursing home. How long the insurance company continues to pay for the drugs is up in the air.

  6. Bear with me here folks, initially you are gonna think I am *off topic* but you have to read the whole comment. Bob, I am gonna rant now.
    The bypass in Toledo, 475, intersects with the major N-S I-75 expressway. Well, the traffic gets backed up in the current one-lane from 475 to I-75 North. So Ohio Dept of Trans decides to takes out a bunch of houses and take on a 3 year project to build a second lane going to I-75 North and another lane from I-75 South to 475. So then *Promedica* one of the 2 major competing supposedly *non-profit* health systems in the area says to ODOT “oh, by the way guys. Since you are tearing up the inner city of Toledo how about we fork in a bunch of million to build an interchange that leads directly to our hospital. So ODOT takes the $$, how many million is unknown, from *Promedica* to build an interchange that leads directly to their doorstep. How do I tell my parents probably the reason they aren’t getting the healthcare they deserve is because they have their medical insurance from *Promedica* and they are spending it on leading people closer to their doorstep????

  7. Not really off-topic, LIO. It’s always about the money – where it comes from and where it goes and whose ox is being gored. The thread could easily proceed to the whole subject of urbanization, who pushes it, and why it is obviously so costly to do ANYTHING in an urban area compared to suburban/rural. Apartments in NYC go for a million dollars a pop for a reason. Lotta palms get greased in Urbutopia.

  8. I used to take a regular winter golf trip with friends to Florida. I remember the local oldsters hacking away, and telling my friends that the day I showed up in baby blue polyester slacks 3 inches too short… well, just please shoot me.

    I guess old folks come in all persuasions and they aren’t all the repositories of great wisdom. Most are much more religious than youngsters. That doesn’t work for the jealous, starry eyed messiahs of statism.

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