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It’s Every Old Man for Themselves

October 14th, 2013 - 9:06 am

Robert Hahn and Peter Passell for the LA Times:

The Republicans’ obsession with Obamacare has been variously described as a tactical ploy to preserve the semblance of unity in a divided party or as a fundraising magnet to raise money from the sort of folks who think President Obama is a reincarnation of Lenin. It may be either (or both). But the idea of closing down the government, and even threatening to precipitate a global credit crisis, over the healthcare law has been widely written off as myopia on the part of the live-free-or-die crowd.

We’re not so sure. Focusing on Obamacare in general, and mandatory coverage in particular, could prove a plausible strategy for broadening the anti-Obama coalition to include voters in their 20s and 30s by bringing attention to what economists call the “cross-subsidy” inherent in any insurance system based on mandatory coverage. And, with hindsight, it may yet be seen as the opening salvo in a generational war, one fed by the reality that older Americans are a rapidly growing burden on younger workers, who can ill afford it.

In Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love, there was a brief mention that future Earth passed a law that everyone reaching the age of 75 became legally dead. Their wills went into effect, their benefits stopped, you could even kill them for fun and not be charged with a crime. This followed a period known as “the Crazy Years.”

I’m pretty sure we’re in them now.

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We keep finding common themes! TEfL is one of my favorites.

And frankly, I think we're just entering the Crazy Years. It'll probably last a couple of decades, if we're lucky. If we're not, then it'll simply be known as "The Collapse."
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Having read most, if not all, of Heinlein's works, I am well acquainted with the "Crazy Years." He was most prophetic. I think we're living in the end of them now. As a "seasoned citizen," I don't look forward to the future with anything other than dread. I don't believe we oldsters will ever be hunted by our descendants, but I'm almost positive that sometime in the next 20 years we'll be cast out on our own. As to the hunting aspect, I personally know many old guys (and women) who own pistols and rifles and are crack shots. Myself included. If they tried to hunt us, it might prove to be more interesting than they anticipate.
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