In fact, with this double squeeze, we have the makings of a major national crisis. There’s only one thing missing: the kind of news media attention you’d usually get with this many senior citizens suffering in an election year.
I’ve been watching these developments for a while, and by now you’d expect a lot of sad news coverage about old people who diligently saved for retirement being squeezed by high prices and federal policies, being forced to choose between medicine and food or having to let go of pets and move in with children because things have just gotten too expensive, living on cat food and the like. But actually, we’re not hearing much.
I can’t help but feel that we’d be hearing a lot more if the White House were occupied by a Republican, rather than a Democrat who has received unprecedented news media support. But luckily, that’s not the case. So let’s be thankful that a major national crisis has been averted. At least until Jan. 20, 2013, anyway.