The Disturbing Hypocrisy Among Many Senior Citizens When it Comes to Social Security and Medicare

medicare-signI despise whenever someone uses the term “entitlements” to describe Social Security and Medicare. First, millions upon millions of Americans pay into these programs – they earn them. Secondly, these aren’t “handouts for the lazy,” they’re programs aimed at trying to ensure our disabled, sick or to a larger extent our elderly aren’t left stranded without any kind of medical and financial help. And while they’re not perfect programs, they’re a hell of a lot better than nothing.

If you doubt me, just go ask a senior citizen who’s mostly living off Social Security and Medicare. You’ll find they’re very protective of these “entitlements” and any mention of any kind of change or reduction to them usually doesn’t go over too well.

But there’s a huge hypocrisy when it comes to the tens of millions of senior citizens who often vote for Republicans who also heavily rely on these programs to survive. The truth of the matter is, Republicans would love to get rid of both Social Security and Medicare. In fact, they’re frequently trying to do just that.

Well, for younger generations anyway. See, these Republicans couldn’t come out and push legislation to gut or outright eliminate these programs for current or soon to be seniors who plan to benefit from these programs because that wouldn’t go over well for them come election time.

Why? Well, because older Americans (who are among the most consistent voting demographic) don’t want their benefits messed with, reduced or eliminated. They like them – a lot.

So what these Republicans typically do is reassure these Americans (usually 50 and older) that they won’t face any kind of reduction in benefits; though anyone younger than 50 will experience the full-force of the GOP’s efforts to eliminate these programs entirely. This then appeases many older conservative voters who can sleep easy because their benefits will not be touched. But to hell with younger generations, right?

This is something that really ticks me off, because it’s absolute hypocrisy. Sure, they wouldn’t support these politicians if they were trying to cut their Social Security or Medicare, but they seem to be perfectly fine with them slashing or eliminating these benefits for younger generations.

It’s the ultimate “I’ve got mine, screw the rest of you” mentality. Which is nothing new when it comes to conservatives, but in this particular instance it’s really disgusting.

And while I have the utmost respect for our seniors, I have a message for those Americans (specifically seniors or those who are soon to be seniors) who continue to vote for these Republicans who want to cut or eliminate Social Security and Medicare for future generations: If you don’t want your Social Security or Medicare reduced or eliminated, then stop voting for politicians who want to do just that to those benefits for younger generations of Americans who will need these programs as well. 

Because by doing so not only are you screwing over younger generations of Americans, you’re being blatant hypocrites in the process.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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