The President’s policies will help the young but what if you are not?

Last night the president shared his vision for the country. He was upbeat and full of hope. He is a fiftysomething man with a bright future, but what about the rest of the fiftysomething crowd are they experiencing this same kind of euphoria? Sadly in many cases the answer would be no. This morning I was speaking to a friend of mine who lost her well paying job about 5 years ago. Since that time she has only be able to find part time jobs because if you were born pre-1961 you are viewed as old and no one wants to hire the old. Sure the old have wisdom, experience and knowledge, but they also don’t come cheap. So what do you do? Do you keep sending resumes in knowing the computer program scans the resume and you are eliminated without a human being actually looking at the resume? Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting different results? What do you do when you are also looking at the distinct possibility that you are going to have to assist aging parents? Last night the president profiled a family that had weathered hard times and come out on the other side but they were young. If you are 30something you’ve got time on your side, but if you are 50something you do not have the luxury of time. You try to hold on to hope and take comfort in the president’s statements but it is not easy. I would have to ask the president to not be too hasty in turning that page. Many people are still laboring in the last chapter, and sadly some have even been edited out of the book. So Mr. President you too are a member of the AARP generation, and it would truly be sad if you not only turned the page, but turned your back on members of your own generation.

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  • Bill  On January 22, 2015 at 12:36 am

    It was Albert Einstein who said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result”. Who was it who said “Insanity is believing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.”? Oh, that was me. First of all, how is it that you believe the president’s policies will help the young. Have you not noticed how many young college graduates who have been unable to find employment not only in their field of study but anything beyond part time work. There is this recurring theme of only part time work opportunities being available with so many as with your friend. Why is this? It is because of the government mandated healthcare program a.k.a. Obamacare that has been imposed on small businesses compelling them to limit the number of full time employees they hire to avoid the mandate that they cannot afford. Thus they hire part timers.

    Now with his latest scam of free community college educations for everyone, the kool aid drinkers are basking in the thoughts of more freebies. Is there any chance that someone will pay the cost? I’ll tell you who. For those parents who have chosen to take responsibility in financial planning for their children’s college education through the use of the 529 tax exempt college savings program, believing that at the necessary time they will be able to access those funds free of tax consequences, they will bear the brunt of the cost of the free community college education. Implementation of this free education by the president would revoke the promise to those responsible parent to avoid taxes on the gains.

    There is a part of me that is saddened that so many people, particularly black people who have been so blinded and duped by the superficial, disingenuous charisma of this charlatan. Then there is another part of me that experiences shadenfreude. I try to resist that urge.

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