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.
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.”