No it creates generational voting blocks (kinda like class distinctions).
It totally perverts the idea of democratic elections, because politicians use them to boogieman old people into voting for them.
Edit: It's also created a whole society that couldn't fathom living without some sort of government payment and service.
It's made us into imbecile pets.
Last edited by Harry Guerrilla; 04-14-11 at 12:28 PM.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Well he's exactly right. I don't know how any American wouldn't agree with it 100%. Even cavemen cared for their sick. Being useless to the tribe didn't mean sure death.
Few people object to a basic safety net that cares for those who are truly unable to provide for themselves. But there is a big difference between that and what we presently have.
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
I agree with him. Yes. These speak to who we are and define us in a very positive way. If we did not make these types of committments, we would be less than we are.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I do not think I would have phrased it just the same way, but yes, I do agree with the sentiment. We are the greatest country on earth, and a big part of why is that we do care enough as a society to take care of the elderly.