I saw the other day on CBS Channel 3 news a senior resident is facing eviction from her high rise apartment for flying small American flags from her balcony for Memorial Day. The Phillipsburg Housing Authority says that they are not “Anti-American” but that its a hazard issue to have anything hanging off balconies. They are trying to enforce lease adherence due to federal laws and safety rules.
“Really, are you serious right now?”
What has this country come to in this day and age? That a senior citizen who has survived a world war, the great depression and a cold war threat can’t show pride for their country. I’m sad to say but this, to me, validates every reason why seniors ARE and SHOULD BE upset at their country. The significance of law and corporate greed have surpassed patriotism. Our seniors today have seen a country once dedicated to its citizens mutate into an egotistical superpower obsessed with nepotism. Needless to say, this leads me to my point.
Seniors and baby boomers today have experienced a time when our country valued its relationship with its citizens. They were this country’s backbone; our present and future successes have been predicated on their devotion and love for America. Today…..sadly to say, but we are considering cutting the funding for Social Security and Medicare: Two major social insurances established for administering the health of these same seniors. Now, to me, this sort of approach seems a bit callus and cold. Actually, let me re-phrase that…. Really callous and cold. How can we as a nation turn our backs on the same individuals that helped create the land we call “The Home of the Free and the Brave?”
I understand that we as a country are facing a major crisis right now with regards to this country’s economic situation but to reduce health care funding for 80 million seniors turning 65 over the next 20 years is quite drastic; and will it really change anything?… I’m not so sure. That sort of approach is only solving one problem and creating another. We need to find a more systematic approach to addressing the major concerns of this country and I believe the Affordable Care Act is step in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong, it certainly has its flaws but it DOES keep those responsible for this country’s success at the forefront of their solution exploration. That being said, any wrinkles can be ironed out over time. Nothing is ever perfect the first time around, but it is a bit refreshing to now that the current “Powers that Be” have the moral aptitude to keep our seniors in mind.