It’s over for me, not you, Senator Dick. I am sure your star will rise when you join one of the neoliberal think tanks or perhaps work for Peter Peterson. Surely you will be paid for your latest statement and the fact that you have shamed the old ladies in the United States for their selfish nature and crybaby attitude:
If we want to come up with something bipartisan to work on together, Social Security is a good candidate.
Not wars, not income disparity, not people out of work, unable to feed their children, keep a roof over their heads – not sending jobs anywhere but here. But SS, and older women will be most impacted by that and those that depend on them.
Me, I’m looking around for new structures. Old ladies should band together, perhaps into loose communes, living together, gardening together for food, keeping each other strong physically and mentally. Also, I will be looking for underground medical personnel who believe in euthanasia rather than a slow, painful death for an old person without any social net. You will be fine, of course, Senator Dick. And – by the way – I know you don’t read these letters. They are actually for my mental health.
Little old ladies will be fine if we stick together. After all, there are children and grandchildren to help, animals and gardens to tend to. Although we will be considered a drain – I suppose that is inevitable as the country swirls into soft violence at first – then a full throttle fall from grace (God has shed his grace on us but we have turned it over to the monied elites.)
Firearms are problematic. There will be young children, adolescents in these communal homes. Children come first. We have to be healthy for them and the houses must be safe. Police will be cut and desperate people will be roaming about. Little old ladies are an easy target. It is a melancholy thought, I agree but we have many people depending on us. And we cannot depend on anyone but ourselves. We are resiliant, smart and tough and although our bodies are aging, we can be wily and nimble together. It may be we must have besides seamstresses, cooks, gardeners, knitters (bitter or not), retired military and policewomen. Also, we must learn how to hide our meager savings – and how to live frugally. Normally, that is not a problem for my generation but I hope to entice some Boomers into our living arrangements. They must be as scared as we are.
My first order of business is to put my older animals to sleep. It is the best gift I can give them now. I can’t afford vet bills and won’t send them to shelters to die. I have the money now and it must be done.
Second order – learn how to hide money for me and my companions and our children, many of whom will be unemployed or underemployed for the foreseeable future. They will depend on the little old ladies more than they know.
Third order – turn off the television. It’s viral, sucking the life out of us.
Fourth order – eat less. We all eat too much really. I think 2 meals a day should suffice. and eat properly – but children and working young people must have more food than we do. That is a given.
Fifth order – I have to get out of this climate – it’s too brutal. (I live in Chicago area) I don’t know where to move yet but it must be done.