Friday, August 14, 2009

A disgrace

The news media report that oldsters are angry. Specifically, they are angry about healthcare reform.

Now you might think that people who have benefited from Medicare would be up in arms at the idea that people would try to deprive other Americans of the high-quality that older citizens enjoy. And I'm sure that many seniors are making that point. But, at least according to what we read, it seems that most of these angry oldsters are outraged at the idea that the benefits of government-administered health care may be extended to younger citizens.

I suppose that I should not be surprised that older Americans show the same narrowness, ignorance and selfishness that characterize much of the electorate, but it is disheartening to realize that so many of them seem to have successfully resisted learning the lessons of their experience.


Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper said...

Glad you're back in the ring.

I'm wondering if oldsters are worried that health care reform will take away some Medicare benefits. It's been mentioned as a way a offsetting some of the cost of reform.

The Old New Englander said...

Undoubtedly, fear is part of it. But there is a "pull the ladder up after yourself" quality that I find very mean.