I’m a senior, but I haven’t lost my mind nor my sense of fairness. Too bad that so many seniors have. I’m often ashamed of other seniors who feel that they are entitled to so much. The photo below came from CNN and, if I can read it correctly, a bunch of Medicare seniors are saying ‘No!’ to the Affordable Care Act. I wonder if any of them were in similar photos back in 2009 that showed Medicare Tea Party activists saying the same thing? Pathetic.
‘I’ve got mine, now you get yours!’
Some seniors have been referred to as, ‘The Greatest Generation.’ I’m younger than this group who served in WWII and who came home and moved the Middle Class to epic proportions during the late 40’s and the 1950’s. This group knew what it meant to share; after all, they shared their blood and guts on the front lines and their ambition and talent on the home front during those long war years.
The people in the photo above, however, aren’t from that generation. They never fought in WWII. They, like me, were kids at that time and we, the children of the soldiers, had just about everything we wanted in that post-WWII decade as America boomed and the suburbs were paved and well-watered. Baby-boomers.
So who are these ugly people shown above? And why are they entitled to their own government health care, but not the next generation? Who gives them the authority to grab-and-deny? What did they do for America that makes them so special?
My generation floated along on the ship that the Greatest Generation constructed for us. They were the ones who did the dirty grunt work. They survived the Depression and the War. Did my generation not realize that?
They were the children of immigrants- immigrants who respected other immigrants because they knew the hardships of those not born in the United States. Did my generation forget this history? Why are so many seniors against immigration these days?
Interestingly, today’s seniors love their grandchildren, but vote to deny them much of what they themselves enjoy. Fairly odd grandparents, indeed!
This generation, my generation, largely runs the Congress. The do-nothing Congress, The special interests Congress. The Congress that appropriates 2/3 of a trillion dollars to the Defense Department each year, but votes to cut programs for the poor, disadvantaged and children. That Congress. The one that supported the idiotic wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They and I floated along in our 1950’s ship, enjoying the ride- the ship that the Greatest Generation built for us. Yet, we won’t allow any more passengers aboard our cruise ship. How narcissistic of us. How greedy. How truly un-American.
Baby-boomers. Crying like 2-year-olds!