In this regular weekend feature you will find links to news items from the precedng week related to elders and aging, along with whatever else catches my fancy that I think you might like to know. Suggestions are welcome with, however, no promises of publication.
This week’s items are short on elder and long on politics. It’s been that kind of week and it’s not a pretty picture.
If you’re wondering why prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed in recent weeks, a British economics reporter says it more directly than many American reporters: America was conned.
“Now it's payback time and the mood could get very ugly. Americans, to put it bluntly, have been conned. They have been duped by a bunch of serpent-tongued hucksters who packed up the wagon and made it across the county line before a lynch mob could be formed.
“The debate now is not about whether the US is in recession but how deep and long that recession will be.”
While economists and officials continue to play numbers games about whether the country has entered a recession, the people know for sure. According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, only 17 percent of Americans rate the economy good or excellent.
Barbara Ehrenreich is one of the best political and social commentators we have. Her beat is exposing the excesses of power and supporting the underdog. This week, she wrote about a shadowy political organization referred to as “the family” with which many conservative elected officials are associated - as is Senator Hillary Clinton.
About once every month or two, Vice President Dick Cheney climbs out of his bunker and reveals again his disdain for the American people. This week he blew off public opinion with a schoolyard taunt. (:28 seconds) [See also this from today's Washington Post.]
As is being noted more frequently among the chattering classes, the Democrats appear to be hell bent on destroying their party and losing the November election as a result. This is former president Bill Clinton’s latest attack on his wife’s opponent:
"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country…And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."
The revelation on Friday that the passport records of Senators Clinton and McCain, like those of Senator Obama, were illegally snooped takes some of the air out of this "PassportGate" video, but maybe not. Time and investigation will tell. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner - 1:19 minutes)
Quote of the week:
“We live in a unique society in which we have free enterprise for the poor and socialism for the rich.”
- - Gore Vidal