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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.