Every now and then I have to go into one of my Rants about the callous stupidity of our nations politicians.
This is one of those rants about these heartless and cruel politicians and their attempt at splitting people with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions away from the rest of the population, essentially condemning them to eventual poverty and becoming second class citizens, with health problems that will often lead to the depletion of any saving they have or worse, their deaths.
I originally wrote this in April, 2013. Looks like I’m seeing my predictions blooming right before my eyes!
It doesn’t take much for me to strike verbally at our existing government flunkies. That has to be obvious from so many things; but particularly from my attitude and disappointment with our leadership in Washington.
One of the entertaining things for me, as a Senior citizen to observe, is the reaction of younger people when they see the shock of white hair on my head and the wrinkles on my face.
I have found, all too often, younger people will see these physical trails and change the way they carry on a conversation and act when they are confronted by such an obviously older person.
As a recent retiree from Corporate America, this change, at first, was a nuisance.
As an Engineer and Manager of a team of Engineers who managed the investment in hi-tech production resources and facilities around the world for my company, including the expenditure of millions of dollars annually.
I have, without shame, always felt some pride in my relative intelligence and capabilities.
But, as happens to everyone, and I walked through life, learning and growing my knowledge, I also aged. My hair turned white, and those inevitable wrinkles accumulated on my face. And, as I aged, visibly, I found that people acted different around me, than they did in my youth.
Even though, in my job, I received a certain level of respect for my unique knowledge, the world was changing it’s view of Seniors. Instead of showing respect, it was becoming popular to ignore or even dismiss older people as insignificant in this new world of technology.
For instance, when I was at home I would change from a suit to casual clothing, and go into the local world for one reason or another, I would watch as people would actually talk to me in condescending tones.
For example, if another young person walked into a store, literally right in front of me, I usually saw that the customer and the sales person would invariably drop into a technical conversation filled with acronyms and abbreviations unique to that specific product line.
On the other hand, these same sales people would walk up to me and start their sales pitch off with more simplistic explanations of how a stereo operated, and how wonderful a specific model was. This was also occurring without their using any of the same technical terms that I had just heard them use with the younger person.
And, what would often infuriate me was the way they would often try to steer me to the more expensive products thinking that I wouldn’t know the difference.
This phenomenon wasn’t limited to retail sales. Once I realized what was going on, I saw that it was happening to myself, and my Senior peers, in business meetings, in Supermarkets, with Service personnel, literally throughout society.
It was as if, by having these physical attributes of aging, it was also a sign of reduced intelligence.
I would laugh to myself as I realized that it was as if my IQ had dropped significantly and I needed to be treated differently from the other, younger people in society.
I went through a period of controlled rage over this for a while, until I had another realization. These young people were the fools in society because they were making assumptions about myself and my Senior peers that were not true.
We were being Profiled!
And, once I accepted the fact that if I couldn’t change this “being Profiled” by so many people, I decided to use it to my advantage.
Now, I play dumb to the sales guy.
Initially I do this to waste his or her time by leading the conversation to the extreme, using their own words, and asking a litany of silly questions. And, eventually, as I see their frustration with me growing, I start to raise my mis-perceived knowledge level and I pick their initial statements and lies apart for a while.
It’s just a game, you see. I figure if they are going to play games with me, I can do the same with them.
In the business world, I was able to play the same game, pretending to be as stupid as my younger peers thought I was,which allowed me to use them and their weakness’ in judgement against them in those power-play situations that occur so often in the corporate.
How else should I treat those who make rash assumptions about others?
And, for you younger people out there; never assume a persons intelligence by their looks! Such assumptions can often be devastating to you in one way or another.
I was just going through some of my recent rants on Congress and the President, and how they are slowly but steadily stripping our benefits from all of us Seniors.
And, from what I now see, neither political party has any idea how to handle us, the existing retirees or the Baby Boomers.
The fear in their eyes is evident whenever you see them on TV and the subject of how to may the Medicare and Social Security bills that are looming on the Federal budgetary horizon.
I won’t go into the fact that we, as a generation actually paid for our benefits and that the government stole our money and spent it on the Democratic “Great Society”.
No, I want to keep this a simple Blog.
In my opinion, if we Seniors and Baby Boomers do not get ourselves organized as a strong political entity, to protect our rights, them many of us, especially those that now already have marginal funds to support ourselves in our retirement, are going to be literally “on the street” within another year, with what I know and understand about the profound effects of “Obama’Care” on America.
So, really, fellow Senior and Baby Boomer, we need a viable representative for us and our rights, in Congress, and Now!
How do we do this? I do not have a clue, but I welcome suggestions and discussion.
The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium. She said, “I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible wreck on his Harley, and his scrotum was completely crushed.
The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know if they could help him.” You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagine the pain that poor Tom must have experienced. “Tom was unable to hold me or the children,” she went on, “and every move caused him terrible pain.”
We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom’s scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place.”
Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.
“Now,” she announced in a quivering voice, “thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely.”
All the men sighed with unified relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.
A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.
He said, “I’m Tom Smith.” The entire congregation held its breath.
“I just want to tell my wife the word is sternum.”
I sit here, on New Years Eve, reading all of the hype on the year, 2011.
They are all talking about how; “X” is better, “B” is worse, “C” is no longer important, and “D” is the new thing to watch.
You can fill in your own definitions for X, B, C, and D.
They may be a little different depending on your own personal lifestyle, but regardless, they are the hot topics.
Well, as a retiree, with, essentially, frozen assets and income, the big thing for me, is the word LESS!
Yeah, sure, I have a pension and SS checks, along a little savings in IRA’s, but they are not growing, like my assets did when I was working.
Now they are shrinking
Consider the following facts:
1- SS and Medicare got no increases for the last two years, regardless of the fact that EVERYHING went up in price during the same time, like, food, clothing, labor.
2- Congress tacked one of their “screw the retirees” acts to a budget bill, that increases the cost to the retiree for SS and Medicare for 2012 and 2013 that will be devastating for those of us that are just getting by.
3- We have an economy that, with 2012 being an election year, will be manipulated heavily by both political parties to either; look Good (democrats) or Bad (Republicans). That will be their sole purpose in pretty much everything that they do; Win the Elections!
Meanwhile, we retirees are; eating cheaper, wearing our old clothes longer, cutting back on entertainment, and pulling more and more from our savings to get by.
On the news yesterday, they stated that the Poor and Low Income people of our country now account for over 40% of the population. while, of course, the Middle Class has shrunk, yet again.
Filter out the B.S. and what they told us that there are LESS people making as much as in the past. Which in turn, means that there are more people that are paying LESS or NO taxes, to support the Federal spending machine.
What is the Congressional reaction? Let’s cut benefits! That is B.S. plain and simple.
If you want to increase tax income, then you need more people making more money.
This is not rocket science, just simple economics.
If you raise my taxes, I will have less to spend, thus, I will have less to support other service industry workers, thus reducing the work force even more.
Anyway, I will stop here with my Rant.
2011, it has been the year of LESS.
And if the idiots in Congress don’t get off their partisan Ass’ by the end of 2012, we, the people, and specifically the retirees, will have even LESS!
Hey, Mr. 1%! Let me think a minute! OK! If I work for a living and make, say, $30K, I have to pay taxes. I don;t know how to do taxes, typically, so I pay someone to do that for me. I have no deduction except for my House interest and it is not enough. My medical care was not catastrophic, so it’s not deductible. My work clothes are not uniforms. SO I have to file straight form and PAY, because my Boss didn’t take out enough, in the first place? You? the 1%? You have an accountant. You get to take your Sports car as a business expense. You get to take your week in the Bahamas as an expense because you went to a one-day conference on how to save on your taxes. You write off your designer clothes as a business expense. And on and on! After every possible deduction by your accountant, you end up claiming $100K as income. And you feel that’s unfair to you? Get a Life, Mr. 1%. We need the playing field leveled a bit!
I think people our age need to start literally preaching to our fellow public.
First: You are right, I think where 20 years ago we were in a GRAY area somewhere between True Democracy, and some popular Socialistic trends and laws being implemented.
I am afraid that, as you imply, we have run, not walked, as a nation into a very dark Gray area that is approaching a level of Socialism that even our European friends are finding cannot be sustained under all economic conditions.
Second: I have to remind everyone, and seemingly, even you, that our generation paid into an INSURANCE program, called by chance Social Security. It was designed to “Pay for itself”.
And, as you know, if we had not allowed our democratic friends, starting with LBJ, to rape our “insurance Account” we would not be having the rather mindless conversations in DC about cutting Seniors “Retirement Insurance Benefits”.
But, alas, we sat on our butts and did not keep a vigilant eye on our “representatives” and now we almost need to turn into a revolutionary force to get what we paid for back.
And, I do mean Revolutionary. I don’t think anyone in our generation expected, paid for, or suspected that such a small and devious group would steal our money and turn us into the recipients of a Socialist entitlement.
But , I am afraid, that is where we are at the moment, until we find a unified voice, and force some hard solutions.
My personal fear is that we will, as a group, force another Congressional FLUSH of participants due to our anger, and allow another crop of inexperienced idiots who know the right words to use, into Congress, with similar idiotic and factionalized radical voting, rather than negotiated goals that have a solution for ALL of the people they represent.
Third: Medicare, the Insurance program, originally designed as a benefit for the elderly retired people of America, once they no longer had health insurance from their personal and company policies, somehow got turned into an across the board entitlement for everyone in our country, including; Illegal Aliens, Drug Addicts, the Jobless, Felons, and their spouses and children. Now, that’s Socialism.
Now, obviously, someone needs to be dropped from the public Dole. Who do we pick? Well, my fear is that like so many things that need the approval of politicians, they are going to listen to the most vocal. We, the Baby Boomers, the working Class, the Honest citizens of our country, need to get LOUD and we need to get LOUD fast.
I am truly sorry. but, a sick Felon, under house arrest (just happened with over 150 drug dealers in Tampa), has no right to Food Stamps and Medicare while being kept on House arrest.
They need to be kept in Jail, and if the Jail is full, we need to tent them up in camps, if necessary.
And, the illegal Alien? If he is sick or hungry? He can come to the local government agency. he can be fed, he can be treated for his illness.
But, He can also be put onto a Bus or Plane back to his native country.
You See, We cannot afford to support all of these classifications of freeloading people any more.
We need to back up and take care of our own, FIRST.