November 27, 2011
Lance Dickie's latest column, or why those nearing thirty shouldn't trust anybody over sixty
Sixty-something Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie is trying to convince the twenty-something "Millenial" generation that it's in their best interest to get involved in politics in order to advocate for "single-payer" health care and Social Security.
Twenty years from now when today's young adults are: (a) paying off the current public debt by way of inflation, higher taxes, or both; and (b) still paying off their student loans (for degrees that weren't a net positive investment in many cases), will they still perceive it to be in their best interest to accept a still lower standard of living so that every working couple can shell out every month the equivalent of Lance Dickie's entire monthly Social Security income and also subsidize all those wonderful "
single-payer everybody pays but the consumer" health benefits for the increasing long-lived elderly?
Today's college children (and I use the word children here narrowly) who are cutting classes and blowing off their homework in order to protest on behalf of education might believe that Social Security and "single-payer" health care are a fair deal (that they apparently believe somebody else will pay for). But it's not obvious to me how many of the up and comers will be willing dupes for the intergenerational Ponzi scheme they're on the wrong side of.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 27, 2011
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I generally think anyone who uses the phrase "generational profile" is an idiotic sheep. Dickie's column does not buck the trend.
That stupidity aside, I will note that anyone who feels they need an "invitation," by definition, isn't educated enough to have a reasonable opinion. That is, of course, what many on the left count on, with nonsense like "Rock the Vote": they don't want the youts to really understand the issues, they want them to have "visceral outrage" at a few misleading data points so they will vote the way They want them to.
Well of course it's in their best interest to get involved. The same applies to everyone regardless of age, if you aren't representing yourself you're an idiot, nobody will do it for you.
It's when he dictates what they/(we? I'm 31...) should rally behind where he first goes off the rails. There is no doubt in my mind that for plenty of people, having everyone else pay their way is the ideal for them and many will never have to pay for the consequences if such comes to fruition even more-so than now.
His whole rant does little more than make me angry and instead of pushing my wife and I to think about everyone "else", just inspires us to double-down again in making sure our household is in order.
I work in a trade and she works for a municipal govt body. We've both taken our lumps over the last few years between the housing market slump and muni budget realities, but we make it a point to emphasize the ways in which we're still doing well and seem to do better with less than a lot of others with more that happen to whine louder.
Regarding healthcare. Everyone needs it, that's a reality. I'd certainly get behind any equitable plan that can provide the most care for the most people (once upon a time I understand that was called insurance), but every single iteration of so-called 'single-payer' that has made it to the fore has been little more than 'everyone but the most connected' pays. So for us, every single proposal has been a non-starter.
Dickie is a shallow progressive who's ilk have infected this country to the brink of collapse. Unfortunately, the millenials have been indoctrinated by liberal progressive teachers/profs to accept and embrace the welfare state, with the exception of critical thinkers like Brian - kudos there.
I can only hope that there are fewer mind-numbed lemmings when it comes to political ideology who are millenials that the media wants to believe.
It is clearly time for our institutions (i.e. education, media, courts and Federal Government) to be overhauled to keep us from going the way of Greece and other European welfare states. It's time for people to step up and get rid of Congress and the PRESIDENT, who is in part responsible for the 9% approval rating - they work hand in glove. Four more years of Obama will provide a quick fix to get us into irreversable welfare state - and we would owe a debt of gratitude to the millenials, who have embraced the corruption, narcissism and marxist and muslim sympathizing of the current incumbent of the White House, who wishes a welfare state upon us, to bolster the future of the so-called Democratic Party. For all I know, he could be a double agent - working for Mr. Soros, the Chi-coms and Russia - hmmm....not bad for a conspiracy theory.