Those of us 65 and over had forty years or so to plan for where we are today. We made choices during all those years. Choices about education, jobs, marriage, children, risks to take, life choices, spending money and more.
Some of us faced unforeseen hardships through no fault of our own. Others created those hardships by their own actions.
Now some of us are fortunate to have a pension, many have other retirement savings and others rely only on Social Security. Whatever our financial state, for most of us it is the result of decisions we made or didn’t make during those forty years.
And getting to 65+ was never a surprise. We all knew it was coming or hoped it would. We all knew that some day our income from work would be gone and would have to be replaced in some way.
So why do some older Americans believe they deserve more from society? Why do we have the right to take more from younger Americans fighting the same struggles we fought over those forty years?
There is no such thing as government giving us anything. Government revenue comes from taxpayers sooner or later.