FDL Movie Night: Before You Know It

By: Monday May 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary is the perfect kickoff for Pride Month. Before You Know It is the story of three gay senior citizens, men in their late 60s and 70s, who lived through repression and are now seeing amazing changes in LGBT rights. Our guests tonight are producer Sara Giustini and director PJ Raval. While Before You Know It highlights three gay men, the underlying themes of aging and acceptance apply across the board.

 

Misdirection: Rampell Views Entitlements Through the Generational War Lens

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 11:55 am

So, people who followed the SS and Medicare rules and made their payments over the years rightly view themselves as having paid for their entitlement benefits, regardless of whether their cumulative FICA payments fall short of or exceed the cumulative sum of those benefits. Why shouldn’t they, and why is Catherine Rampell implying that the deal implicit in our major entitlement programs is anything different?

How Obama Helped the GOP Become the Party of Old People

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 1:10 pm

For most of the past two decades the Grand Old Party didn’t actually get its support from older voters. Not very long ago the Democratic party had an advantage with senior citizens but that has disappeared since President Obama took office.

Rethinking Care

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 4:45 pm

Growing older is hard, and taking care of an aging loved one is hard work. For those of us who are aging or living with a disability, your family might hire a caregiver for day-to-day support: getting out of bed, minding medications, bathing and cooking meals — and sometimes serving as a medic, housekeeper, therapist and closest companion, too. Yet for all the loving care that health aide gives every day, she’ll be lucky if she takes home enough money to make this month’s rent.

In the Bid to Privatize PA’s Lottery, One Is the Loneliest Number

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 6:38 pm

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do …

Although I’m dating myself, some of you may recognize the Harry Nilsson song made famous by Three Dog Night. We recommend that Governor Tom Corbett download it to his iPod as he contemplates whether to accept a solitary bid from Camelot Global Services to take over the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery. Whether privatizing state services or getting a new roof for your house, having a single lonely bidder is a red flag for a fleecing — for overpaying the contractor.

In its bid, Camelot promises 20 to 30 years of lottery profits that barely increase at the rate of inflation — even with the addition of new lottery games such as Keno and online gaming. The deal could produce big-time profits for Camelot with performance no better than the public system could produce. If the company maxes out its incentive-based compensation over the initial 20-year contract, it could receive $1.15 billion in today’s dollars; more when you count annual management fees.

A good deal for Camelot, but not for the Pennsylvania seniors who benefit from lottery proceeds

FDL Movie Night: Kings Point

By: Monday December 17, 2012 5:00 pm

Growing old, something we all face. Growing old in the New York of the 1970′s where

“Life wasn’t so beautiful and the winters were cold”

created a diaspora to Florida–over half a million people over 55 moved to Florida from 1975 to 1980, according to the Census Bureau. In Delray Beach an enterprising developer created a seemingly idyllic community of two-story stucco buildings surrounded by tropical plants, with swimming pools, shuffleboard courts, and recreation halls. They named it Kings Point. The down payment was $1,500, slightly more for a second story unit since supposedly the bugs couldn’t get in. (In a stunning oversight, there are no elevators!)

David Brooks Think When Democrats Win Elections They Have to Give Everything to Republicans

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 7:50 am

Excuse me, but what planet is David Brooks on? This would be comparable to Japan asking for Hawaii and parts of California as it was negotiating its surrender in World War II.

Changing the Subject Doesn’t Make Payday Lending in PA a Better Idea

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 7:00 pm

As we’ve explained before — and as the U.S. military, U.S. Congress, and former President George W. Bush have all agreed — payday loans are a debt trap that further impoverishes low-income families, driving more of them into bankruptcy. Pennsylvania should leave in place the strong regulations that make use of payday loans much less common here than nationally.

Paul Ryan Booed, Called a Liar at AARP Conference

By: Friday September 21, 2012 11:35 am

Gee, I wonder why the senior set — part of Mittens’ 47% — isn’t happy with Paul Ryan’s “transformative” vision for Medicare? He was not only booed for his criticism of the President, but one attendee called him a liar.

Washington Post Columnist Charles Lane Thinks the Elderly Are Wealthy Because They Can Afford to Pay Off Their Mortgage

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 2:20 pm

The Washington Post continued its war on Social Security and Medicare today with a column by Charles Lane that told readers that seniors are wealthy because they have enough money (almost) to pay off their mortgage. No, I’m not kidding.

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