– George Burns
Anyone notice that politicians are heading to the hoosegow right now? With the Speaker of the New York legislature in FBI custody, another day comes to an end. The sad thing is it gives a little more confirmation to my brother and sister-in-law about politicians (except me – a little) that they are all crooks. At least the crooks are following a long line of tradition.
Sometimes I think of all the fun retiring is, and more importantly, is not. I was medically retired for about twenty years, then went back to work at the age of sixty. I am not at all sorry I did. I am having a ball and enjoying the challenges along with working with kids the age of my children (30s). This is not “feeling young.” Oh no. This body has been through a lot over the years. This brain has had a lot of workout over the years too. Significantly it is I am not worn out like my grandparents were when they were sixty-five.
There are many women and men in their mid-sixties who do not need new knees. There are a lot of us who do. There are many veterans who need back repair, some earlier than others; some later than others. There are many people in this country who worked hard for a living and look forward to retiring at age 65 66. There are many in this country who did not do heavy labor, but are burned out from working in a corporate world that did not let them live.
Politicians live long lives; the reasons are still under debate. This is even true of our Founding Fathers from an age without antibiotics or most vaccines. Look at Ben Franklin, wonderful life, and long lived. Warren and Clinton are in their late sixties. I do believe they will live long and continue to provide much to our lives. Webb? He too is in his late 60’s. The 70’s are the new 40’s?
Is chronological age old, old? It depends. I do not consider, or even think, I am old; even though I am in my mid-sixties. My body will have surgery for new joints and with the newest medications, I will not notice the pain or lack of strength. What meds will Hillary, Warren, Webb and others my age need to have the ability to walk through the Oval Office without assistance or limping? What meds will they take to avoid old age? Which medications will affect their lives?
It is very nice to have Democratic people willing to run for United States president, especially when they are in the penalty phase time period of Social Security. For you youngsters education, you have to start withdrawing from IRA’s when you are 70 ½. You face penalty by the Social Security Administration when you are after 70 years old. The good news for our Democratic candidates is they are likely to live to be 80 if they are elected. But, they still face the same penalties by the SSA.
I am as much for celebrating the lives of our elders as anyone, I get my senior discounts legitimately. But I would rather find some hot politician in her 50’s than someone who was born when the computer was the size of a large truck and used electron tubes.
– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor