(11AM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)
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.
I believe SS will be privatized. the president of the united states of sadness is probably making deals with someone like Ryan now. There’s not much we can do about it – as I said it’s over for us in the conventional, traditional sense. We can do for ourselves and each other only if we walk away from the government as much as we can. They are not interested in us – we must also give what wisdom and strength we have to younger women with children. That is a necessity – and should keep us going. Although the propaganda being pushed by ciphers like that slithering assemblage of slime Simpson that little old ladies are driving Lexus convertibles and sucking the life blood of children – we will in fact have to save them the way we have done all our lives. The way my grandparents did for me and my cousins.
Wars will continue – it’s madness but the usofs is in a state of madness now. We have to create our own space of sanity and peace. Defense spending will never be cut – we throw money around like chimps throw bannanas – and we are less and less respected in the world. Financially – the usofs is over – no matter that the tough guys will steal the little old ladies’ retirement funds.
The president is irrelevant to us. The congress is irrelevant to us. We must scheme now for ourselves and ours. Anyone have a brilliant niece who would join us and is a computer whiz. We will need her.
Okay – goodbye. I didn’t go to your website. I know you have made no sacrifices, nor will you. Some think tanks who study these matters say the usofs will have a soft fall around 2025 – others that it will be ten years or so and it won’t be “soft.” What a legacy, Senator Dick. Your mother must be proud of you.
and Dick, the day we turn our grandchildren and great grandchildren over to the likes of Peter Peterson, simpson and you – that ain’t gonna happen.
Nancy Altman has a good diary at Firedoglake : The End of Social Security. Go there, she spells out the basics.
Also I should have cited to that wonderful site TomDispatch.com and an article by Alfred McCoy: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, 4 scenarios for the end of the American Century in 2025.