2 February 2005

Growing older together

The Washington Post has an interesting article today on the projected increase in federal spending on the elderly. It predicts that by 2015 approximately half (48%) of the federal budget will be spent on programs for the elderly, up from a third of the budget (31%) in 1980. Of course this same demographic problem will be hitting elsewhere. By 2040, over a quarter of China's population will be over sixty (in spite of the efforts of tobacco companies to reverse that trend). These numbers bode ill for the world economy. On the other hand, I wonder if an older world population will be a little wiser and less bellicose. Once the world gets a little older and more mature, maybe we can start beating our swords into plowshares.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think you liberals want that. As people get older they tend to become more conservative.

Cosa Nostradamus said...

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Yeah.

Except, most of the guys, and they are mostly guys, running the world now are old. They'll never have to serve on the front lines of a war, and neither will their aging sons. As to their grandchildren, well, ask Bush about that...

Nothing is going to work for the rest of us short of full economic and political democracy, worldwide. The problem isn't age, it's a fundamentally flawed, unfair and inhumane system that puts corporate profits before citizens' interests, and values everything in financial terms only. It's immoral, unbalanced and unworkable.

It's fine to focus on individual issues, but until we take over our local Democratic Party organizations, and start a bottom-up take-over and reform, we'll keep on getting screwed, on issue after issue. We have no voice now.

We need to get one, fast, and then reform the electoral system, so it works for us, and not against us. But it starts by participating in SOMETHING, at the local level. That's how the Fundies took over the Repukelickin Party. Even there, though, the Corporatists still call the shots. Time we got rid of them. Everything else is a distraction.
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Karlo said...

In many ways, aging populations might not matter. But it will mean a much smaller pie to cut up. If half of U.S. federal spending goes to the elderly, the gov might have to shut down a few carriers and stop funding a geurrilla war somewhere on the planet.

Cosa Nostradamus said...

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They'll start Soylent Green production, before they do that.
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Karlo said...

Soylant Green. Perhaps a new source of fatigue dye.

dailyread said...

The older I get, the more conservative I become about buying into the Conservative BS.
At some point, it seems only logical that a realization of failure in the current administrations ideology will push the pendulum a little harder toward a more humane and progressive agenda.
Either that, or we will have to replace the old men with old women.

Anonymous said...

It's because of your nonsense that we conservatives will rule for quite some time to come!!!

delftsman3 said...

"The problem isn't age, it's a fundamentally flawed, unfair and inhumane system that puts corporate profits before citizens' interests, and values everything in financial terms only. It's immoral, unbalanced and unworkable."

It's statements like these that ensure that the Republican party will retain and grow in power.

It's funny that everyone else on the planet envys just what our "immoral,unbalanced, and unworkable system" affords it's citizens. Only those that grew up cosseted in it's bounty and highest level of personal freedom on the planet can spew such inanity.

The system does has faults too numerous to mention, after all,it's a human system run by humans, and yet it still provides the best for the most.

Even the poorest among us have riches only dreamed of in many other places in the world.

Clean running water,electricty,security in knowing that there won't be a knock on the door in the middle of the night with a "disappearence" shortly ensuing are only a few that come to mind.