The AARP’s new TV ad campaign in which innocent little children earnestly lecture the audience about how “important it is to keep promises” fills me with a blind rage every time I see it.
The sheer gall of a bunch of retirees lecturing the rest of us on how “we” must keep “our” promises stuns me when I consider that “we” didn’t make any promises. Instead, today’s retirees made promises to themselves as they voted over the last half-century. More accurately, they promised themselves to tax the bejeezus out of generations yet unborn in order to fund their own retirements. It was a staggeringly selfish act, and now they dare to lecture the rest of us on why we must assume their obligations!
And I don’t want to hear hear any, “but the government made promises!” crap either. Last time I checked we are a government OF the people. The people made promises to themselves. A person who retires at 65 today has been voting for at least 44 years. (Voting age used to be 21 in most places.) If they don’t like the present system or don’t think they will get enough out of it, they have only themselves to blame.
It looks like Gen-X and Gen-Y will not only be on the hook for the boomer’s Social Security ponzi scheme, but also for the many federally insured corporate pension plans created in the day when leftists convinced everyone that big corporations could just raise money at will and would continue to do so forever. Perhaps we have no choice but to pay for the mistakes of our elders, but being lectured by those who created the mess in the first place about our moral obligation to assume obligations created before we were even born jams in my craw.
The fact that they use children too young to vote as their mouthpiece just rubs salt in the wounds.