I’m a skeptical person, I admit it. When I read or hear something, my first inclination is to seek verification. Given the current political and social environment, I should not be alone. But be warned, questioning the generally accepted assumptions has its risks.
In any case, here is my latest display of skepticism.
What has being a senior on a fixed income to do with the pandemic stimulus check? I am a senior on a fixed income, albeit not typical, and my expenses have declined. My expenses have not increased at all.
I can’t get a hair cut, my wife can’t go the salon, we received a refund when the town cancelled her senior exercise class, we can’t go shopping. Medical costs are still limited to the OOP expenses under our Medicare and supplemental coverage, no change there. Gasoline prices are down, but we don’t drive anywhere. Other basic living expenses are unchanged. I can’t lose my job because I haven’t had one for ten years.
So, why do seniors need a stimulus check equivalent to young families, especially those where a job may have been lost?
No doubt many seniors could use more income, but that has nothing to do with the pandemic and does not justify diverting money from younger Americans or, for that matter, driving the Country deeper in debt.
“I think I’m one of the people, probably of many, that are going to fall through the cracks,” said Henry Kohler. “I could use it. We’re on a fixed income.”