Have you ever wondered, just who is in charge?
When we were young we simply deferred to our elders. They knew better and surely they had someone in control.
When we joined the ranks, aka: middle years, we simply learned the rules and followed them. We didn’t question the authority of who said we should, we neither had time nor did we want to put our heads that high and become a target to be shot down.
When we reached our senior years we politely and respectfully stepped down nodding to the generation behind, “Now it’s year turn; mind the store well!”
We fruitlessly believed as the elderly all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the emoluments of our labor, commitment and adherence to the rules. We can live on our retirement secure that the pension is adequate and the savings sufficient. We keep our doctors appointments and take the pills they prescribe. We know we are covered and cared for all we need do is bless our children and children’s children.
What’s wrong with the picture?
It ain’t necessarily so!
While we followed the rules and assumed everyone else did some sleight of hand maneuvering slipped in subtly undermining the balance that had existed since Roosevelt beat the depression and Eisenhower built the interstate freeway.
First it was the concept behind the euphemistical slogan “Morning in America.” The belief that the system could safely operate freely and unfettered became our SOP (standing order of procedure). This produced de-regulation, tax cuts to produce uniform increase of wealth, a forceful foreign policy which was both costly and wildly remunerative for that military industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about.
This all crept in stealthily absconding with the family wealth, the job and finally the default on our mortgage that cost us our home. So who is to blame?
Well shit happens you know!
Then again, “what about them changes?” Might they have produced some help in this plight after all?
There is no need for litany, everyone is to blame. Blaming has no great prospect of going anywhere but taking skin off our own behinds. The people in charge keep on gaming. They continue trusting the outcome because what they are doing seems to them to certainly be the right thing.
In banking the fox is in the henhouse. In Congress the lobbyists with the special interest bounty are lining the pocket of every member whose only reality is setting themselves up for re-election or lucrative positions after resigning. What’s left is what they can get away with under guise of serving the common good. Health Care, Health Insurance, Medical Profession, Pharmaceutical industry all are paralyzed in impasse attempting to secure the profit position of each of them at the expense of those who they are supposed to serve.
This is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg. So much has happened that has been unnoticed but for the severity of the calamity we now face on too many different fronts. Congress is trying, the Administration is trying, Scalia at the Supreme Court says the cross is a sign of good will and peace for all of us. All sides are seeing the need and trying to bring all of us to a uniform solution. Is stalemate very far off?
Yet, I don’t see any head sticking up out of the crowd saying “We all have to give a little and do what’s right. We can’t afford the self interest solution that has driven us to the this crisis that has occurred!” Where are those voices? The republicans are militantly united around “No, let’s kill the uppity black whatever we do!” Then the democrats with this thin majority that could accomplish so much are overwhelmed by the splinter of self serving obfuscation. Will no one take charge?
I have posted an opinion I read recently that voices how I feel. I am like the guy in the movie “Network” years ago shouting from the newsroom window “I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!” The title of the article is: The N.O.P.E.: National Organization of Pissed Off Elders. This captures the temper of my concern.
We need this to be our Mantra. We do because I am for one sick and tired of THEM who are taking from us so much of the value on which we depended for these twilight years.
I am tired of seeing my retirement savings ripped by a third of their value in the crash that was produced by the idiocy of the last thirty years. We went from bubble to bubble like in a shell game each time reaping a better return from the falsely inflated values, until finally it burst as the players ran out of shells.
I am appalled when I see my health care deduction reaching the twenty thousand level the worst culprit being the cost Part D coverage, legislation passed to aid seniors. I was better off when I had private insurance that I gave up because my same company offered cost competitive coverage with out the do-nut hole co-pay. Within two years they removed that proviso when I could no longer choose my private coverage that I opted out to have the part D coverage.
I am deeply troubled by Wall Street continuing as if nothing happened, GM announcing today, no thank you we no longer need government aid. There is no give with Health Care, Health Insurance, Health Cost. No one is really looking at the economy of care in lieu of maintaining the premiums paid for the industrialization of the entire Health Care Industry.
If things are not bad enough now, when my AD puts me in the nursing home, which it will, if I don’t croak right away then my wife’s retirement savings go to pay for it and leave her without that as she needs it.
This need not have happened. The article N.O.P.E sets out the following:
It pisses us off that the people in charge are squandering away the opportunities they had to make the world work, or at least be a better place. For example ...
• Thinking we get stupid as we get older
• Growth at any cost
• Special interests
• Contrived controversy
• Bullying, greed and intolerance
• Turning an economic mechanism like capitalism into an ideology
• "Us versus Them"ism
I want to believe we weren’t always this way. When I grew up in the ‘50’s I believed we were all pretty much straight shooters, balanced, honest and fair.