fair vs possible
i'm struck by the fairness of his point. i even agree with it.
but i'm also struck by his bitter refusal to deal with the reality that the shrinking number of productive workers left to pay for the inadequately funded reserves for social security and medicare mean that fairness will likely have nothing to do with the eventual reality. he may not like it, but that's the math when there aren't resources left to do what's fair or right--you can't squeeze blood from a stone, and you can't keep social security and medicare afloat at the current rate. it's not a question of fairness, it's a question of reality.
myself, i don't expect to enjoy a solvent social security system, or medicare coverage for that matter, and i'm discouraged that others cannot see the sad truth of this while they are railing about the unfairness of having been cheated out of a lifetime of taxes to pay for other people's ease. yup, it's unfair. and, the sad fact is that we, this retiring generation, have been alive while the whole thing was cocked up (possibly) beyond repair.
it's too late to complain about it. the big question is how we're going to fix it, and, yes, i fully expect a lot of people who shouldn't have to, will have to. (pay for it, that is).
cuz if we don't, the whole fabric of our country is ripped beyond repair.
i happen to be enough of a patriot to love it too much to stand behind a question of "fair" when something else must be done.