holds to worry over...
Perhaps only 500 remain.
as a society of humans they'd not now be imperiled)
An article published eight hours ago by AP exclaiming Social Security
and Medicare are quote: 'shifiting money from younger generations to older ones'
dollars each working adult was obliged to pay into these programs
And now, much like a deposit bank account seek only to access those funds.
Not to live as royalty.
But to live modestly.
To avoid eating cat food
(did you know elders are one of the higher poverty groups)?
of each elders' Social Security payments are
dedicated to paying numerous taxes.
*school taxes (benefiting the young not the old)
*taxes for WIC and CHP (benefiting the young, not the old)
returned via Soc Sec payments pay county taxes and state taxes
libraries, fire and police
Some that benefit younger adults more.
Road use for example as non-retirees are on the roads more than retired adults.
Much of what Soc Sec payees continue to support with their small checks
assist young adults, building their lives, heading to work
shaping and living their lives as those, now older, did.
who have reached the milestone of Soc Sec and Medicare
are simply (as promised) accessing those funds
demanded of them from a lifetime of paychecks.
there is more need. It also means there was (for decade upon decade)
more taken in, gathered, collected, stockpiled than any other generation.
The math should work. We, the graying, had no control over how
the funds were managed, handled, invested, borrowed or otherwise controlled.
Getting older, being older, should not be a cause for blame.
paid and paid and paid. With the agreement it would be there for us at a
predetermined age. It shocks and wearies me to find AP (or any group)
pointing to the aging as the villains, harming the younger, by now being old.
Young mother cows, goats and birds feed their young. The older graze, looking on
now in a different phase of life.
Neither thinks itself better or worse, more or less of value.
They contentedly co-exist.
I love these acres, this farm, these truths.
The cycles of life are understood here.
the elders their share of green spring grass
or their spot in the shade of the trees in July.
Nor their place in the barn in the winter.
The elders don't blame the young that they will die
or become freezer food for winter. Or food bartered for firewood or
a tractor repair or seed or manure
for next spring.
is because recently the gulls have taken to pecking (and consuming) the backs
the marine biologists who study this cruel new gull behavior.
There is a proposition to kill the gulls
For the right whales.
For all ages of humans.
Humans live a full life and grow older every day.
With luck we all do what nature intends and live a full life.
Part of the circle.
None escape age.
would talk of and write about the entire journey of life.
Of compassion. Of seeking solutions rather than pitting
gulls against whales, young against old(er).
If only there were discussions regarding the full and entire truth.
Elder social support is essential because everyone is (eventually)
going to be older and move slower. Sleep more. See and hear less clearly.
Hope (and need) to step away from work
(opening up a job for someone younger).
There is a quote that says we are only as good, as worthwhile
as we treat animals, those in need, those weak, those young and helpless,
or is heading towards...
There is no sidestepping it.
Points to ponder as we have the opportunity to influence
our government, our representatives.
Points to ponder as choices and votes on Soc Security and Medicare
and find some peace.