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Commentary: We owe oldest Americans an apology

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posted on Mar, 29 2009 @ 04:06 AM
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Originally posted by space cadet



As the country frets about extricating itself from the financial mess, there is one group of Americans to whom the rest of us owe the most sincere words of apology.





That group consists of the oldest of our fellow citizens -- the men and women who went through the Great Depression when they were young, who fought and endured World War II when they were just a little older, and who had hoped for a sense of peace and tranquility in their final years on this earth.


I found this article and it really struck a chord with me, I am watching several of my older family members fret, just as mentioned in this article, over their final years, and what the future holds for the children and grandchildren that they will leave behind, but their own futures, short as they will undoubtetly be, are in question. My favorite aunt, who turns 83 this year, and worked all her life, even beyond retirement age, owned her own home, paid her taxes, lost her husband in the war, raised her daughter alone, spends her days now wishing it would all just end for her. She is depressed, the news, her church, friends, ect, all have the same horrible forecast and it doesn't leave her any hope.




The mistakes and tricks and reckless gambles of the supposedly sophisticated masters of Wall Street have wounded these men and women, many of whom, before the last year, had never even heard the names of the men who ran the biggest investment banks and brokerage firms. Which is why what those oldest Americans are going through is so unfair. Once more, in a lifetime that has been filled with sacrifices, they are having to pay the terrible price for decisions in which they had no say.


www.cnn.com...


You are one funky space cadet.

If you judge your reality to be "bad" then use your power to make it "good". Keep it in mind that "time" is beyond you, and yet your actions all rest in time.

And some commentary at CNN rules your world?

What?


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posted on Mar, 30 2009 @ 01:55 AM
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The CNN commentary itself does not 'rule my world'. I saw an article that I related to via the elderly within my own family. Clearly I did not state that this particular article was upsetting me, it is rather reading an article that so clearly outlines the very real and existing condition of my own elderly family members, my loved ones, that upsets me and not the article itself.

I happen to watch and read CNN, as well as many other news and current event mediums, why would you think that the act of reading an article and relating it to personal events means that the article's writer/publisher 'rules my world' ? Or do you not read or watch news, then possibly comment on what you have read or seen because you found it to be interesting or you could relate because you have experiences with the subject matter?

edit to add a smiley because I am a Space Cadet, funky on Sundays

edit to fix error

edit a 3rd time because 3 is my lucky number

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