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Regarding "A Case of Generational Theft" (March 3 Forum): I am amazed how anyone, especially a professor, can say that "the old are prospering at the expense of the young" and that the problem is AARP (a senior organization). I say this because most senior citizens live on about $1,500 to $2,000 a month (excluding any small pension from years back, with no cost-of-living increase). Most do not have a pension ... 401(k)s were not in the mix in the old days.
After paying for home bills, gas for a vehicle, TV (which we did not pay in the past and must now), increases in our home insurance each year, auto insurance and taxes (which have increased from the new assessments) plus all the other expenses in life like the necessities of food and clothing, I would like professor James B. Burnham to tell me how we can save any money each month.
Health care for my husband and me costs us $538 a month and increases each year. Don't even ask me how the older widows are affording all this. The only help we have gotten from AARP is a discount on a motel or hotel when we were younger and traveled some. If AARP lobbies for us, then God bless it. Seniors should be grateful.
When we were young we made less than two couples working today and we managed to pay our FICA taxes and take care of our mom and dad without whining. Our children must learn to grow with responsibility to their older parents. Some young workers are pulling in anywhere from $70,000 to $80,000 or more.
This "sequester" is so the elderly must give up and the rich can prosper more. The last thing I will write is "who stole the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid money?" Yes, our Congress and president. Maybe they should sacrifice and pay it back to the senior funds.
CAROLE L. McMAHON
First Published March 17, 2013 12:00 am