Politically speaking, I consider myself to be, liberal. Damn..shut my mouth!! I said a..shhh..dirty word. Yes, it seems that we cannot be ‘liberal’ anymore and here I thought that ‘liberal’ meant that I was broad minded, open to new ideas. So when and why did ‘liberal’ become a dirty word? When ‘conservatives’ said so. Or should I say, when the ‘christian conservative family values party’ said so. You know the one, they’re always in the news for acting more broadminded to the point that they’re open to new ‘affairs’ than any actual ‘liberal’ I’ve ever met. You see, I may be liberal in my political thinking, but in every other aspect of my life, I am totally conservative. I dress conservatively. My social ethics are conservative, not that I’m endlessly yelling about how someone else should behave in their bedroom or behind any other closed door. What someone else does has absolutely nothing to do with me, just so long as they are not infringing on my right to..well..be. You see, I believe that we can co-exist regardless of what our sexual orientation is. Live and let live. It’s that simple.
Next up, we have the other really dirty word that’s been bandied about quite abit. That mean old ‘entitlement’ word. Now, back in the day, when I thought of an entitlement, I thought of someone who had never worked for anything and just had everything handed to them. Sort of like when a parent hands a business down to the kids who never really learned a work ethic. They were just handed the keys to the business, a handy Trust Fund was set up for them and they were on their way. Entitled to everything a handed down fortune could bring. I never equated ‘entitlement’ with something that someone worked hard for and actually put into a system, a sort of ‘pool’ that is to enable those in their golden years to have something to fall back on if one of life’s blips happened. I never thought of Social Security and Medicare as entitlements especially since anyone who has worked since January 1, 1937 has been paying into Social Security. Not to forget that Medicare(implemented into law in 1965) is also paid for by payroll deductions. Again, taken out of our paycheck(for the more dense among us).
I guess now that many Baby Boomers are set to retire, it is time to shame them into thinking they’re not ‘entitled’ to that money that they’ve worked hard for and that should be there to help them out in their retirement. So instead, the government wants to increase the full retirement age to 70, hoping you die at your desk so you don’t collect on that ‘entitlement’ that was taken out of each and every one of your paychecks for 30, 35, 40 or more years. Just because almost each Administration used the Social Security Surplus as if it were their own personal credit card and raided it, why should you have a problem with that? It was only YOUR money! After all, entitlements are for those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and we call them ‘Trust Fund babies’ not ‘Baby Boomers. Right? Wrong!