That was then…
“Elderly people who are terminally ill have a ‘duty to die and get out of the way'” – Governor Richard Lamm, D-Colorado, 1996.
This is now…
“Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.” – Tom Daschle, Democrat, Tax Cheat, and Obama’s first choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2009
When Richard Lamm made his statement, it unleashed a firestorm of controversy. 13 years on, his POV is on the verge of becoming Federal policy, and no one blinks an eyebrow.
There’s an interesting dynamic that’s coming into play here. Three forces are converging:
- Baby boomers, the most selfish generation of all time, are about to retire en masse and demand benefits.
- Younger workers, increasingly Hispanic, are going to be taxed ever higher to pay for those benefits.
- The massive deficit spending that already exists threatens the solvency of the Federal government.
Politically, how can this play out? The same party that promises to coddle the elderly can’t win the votes of those it will beggar to support the bloated system of health care and retirement benefits, nor can it buy off the young workers with benefits for very long as the system is maxxed out. Will young hispanic workers still vote Democrat when their taxes are doubled and trebled to pay for the comfortable pensions of old white people?