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  •  Save the Boomers, Screw the Kids! (3+ / 0-)
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    Dartagnan, Ramoth, ladybug53

    "...public policy discussion (Social Security, Medicare) has invariably skewed toward preservation of the health, wealth and economic status of retirees and near retirees."

    And why not? They gotta pay off those MASSIVE student loans they took out in the Seventies, way back when tuition at UC Berkeley was... $700

    Flash forward 30 years and I paid $13,000 per annum, and that's the good news!

    The bad news was when my CA resident status disappeared and tuition increased to... $35,000 and isn't this getting to be a really long and boring comment from some whiny nachkömmling with not much to show for all that money except fluency in German and a very bad attitude about the poor old Boomers, who made our world what it is today.

    And now it's time to write the loan-weasels my monthly check which would have covered one whole year of tuition in 1975.

    (BTW $700 in 1975 would be $3,000 (not $13,000) today.

    •  Respectfully, reform to the social insurance (2+ / 0-)
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      greengemini, lostinamerica

      programs has traditionally spared those already in retirement or near retirement, for the obvious reasons.

      When you enact cuts years out, reasonably, younger cohorts are on notice and have 'time to prepare' for the cuts.

      I was a 'pup' when the Reagan Adminstration enacted 'reform,' which was to benefit my parents and grandparents.  But, at least I had years to figure out what I needed to do, in order to ameliorate the cuts to my benefit.

      How can an individual who's been working on the assumption that they would receive X amount of dollars in their Social Security monthly benefit check, even be ABLE to adjust or make necessary changes needed if they are already retired, or right on the cusp of it?

      That's called 'pulling the rug out beneath, folks,' LOL!

      Don't think that we need to go there as a nation.  ;-)


      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson


      by musiccitymollie on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 10:49:18 AM PDT

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