Every American ( and especially Baby Boomers) needs to read "The Truth about Social Security". What is your gut feeling about the article? Denial? Anger? Agreement? Resolve? I believe your reaction defines whether you are a patriot or a leech.
I don't care what your political affiliation if you are not willing to reform Social Security and Medicare in a meaningful way--raising the retirement age, limiting benefits based on need, allowing our young working Americans to have private accounts, paying for at least a portion of your health care costs--you are a leech.
I know all the rationalizations for justifying receiving your monthly SS check and Medicare benefits, and demanding that it continue until your death. "The politicians stole the money". "I paid in for 10... 20...30...40...50 years." "They said the money would be there when I retire." "It's a Ponzi scheme."
I also know that if "We, the Baby Boomers" do not step up, act as patriots, and demand meaningful reform we are denying our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren the opportunity for "pursuit of happiness".
My definition of a patriot is a person who is willing to give everything for the Republic (please note the use of "Republic" not "Democracy" ...oh well, I digress). Everything means just that everything; security, possessions, and, if necessary, life. We have many examples of patriots in our history: the founding fathers, those who fought in the Revolutionary War, our veterans, our all volunteer military, and even a few politicians. Now "Boomers" it is your turn.
Patriot or leech; it's your choice.