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The Golden Years Turn Green

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Way back in the day when radio was entertainment and not a platform for right-wing haters, there was an L.A. deejay who went by the name "the squeekin deacon." He loved the line, "Take back your golden garters, my legs are turning green."

Corny, but it hit the bull's-eye. All that glitters is not gold. That goes double for the so-called golden years. That time when we set aside our work life and settle into a well-earned, peaceful and secure retirement. A new study shows that the future for today's seniors is "work until you die," or at least until you're 80.

The study, commissioned by Wells Fargo, also shows that less than 50 percent of today's seniors have a set-aside of at least $25,000. And a huge percentage live below the poverty line. Those who are able stay on the job until they drop or are shoved out.

Then, it's working minimum-wage jobs without benefits or as a part-time greeter at Walmart. Entry-level jobs once the province of the young. Now young and old fight for the same crumbs in order to survive. Not exactly golden.

A Stanford study documents how middle-class neighborhoods have shrunk by a third in the last 30 years while poor and rich areas keep growing. That's not exactly golden either. But the biggest loss of all would be to rely on a lazy, corporate-controlled, trivia-obsessed media and a political class subservient to big money. A president who is still afraid to fight and a Republican field that is both pathetic and cartoonish. That's a fool's gold.

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Marty Vergari November 22, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Seems like you Bob can't leave your personal political opinion out of your column.. I take offense - just as you take to the radio being used as a platform for "right wing haters".. You're doing the same thing in your column here. Need I point out that the Democratic President we have now is not failing us because he's "afraid to fight', I think it's because he's an inexperienced young man and has not a clue as to what to do with the hand he was dealt by the previous adm. So lets place blame where it belongs - Pres. Oboma makes good speeches but he does not know how to fix the present economy nor create jobs so we are not fighting over "crumbs" as a Walmart greeter. I enjoy rading most of what you write but I think you threw personal spit balls with this column.
MEL November 23, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Marty Perhaps you should blog yourself. You certainly have the right to do so just as Mr Navarro does I seem to enjoy his personal political opionion. Perhaps you should make it a point to personally voice yours on a continuous basis. BTW: If you do choose to do so I would have a proof reader ... e.g. "rading" should be reading .... don't you think
MEL November 23, 2011 at 03:12 AM
BTW Marty Just wanted to see if you picked up on my spelling mistake .... should really be opinion Figure I would just beat you to the punch (smile)
Scott Killeen November 23, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Bob, meet Gary Miller, Gary here's Bob Navarro...you two have a nice lunch together. I watched Bob Narravo for years on local TV news...If I only would have known then what I know now...
Marty Vergari November 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Mel, Beat me to the punch over a typo? Okay if you insist, but I find that insightful into the thinking of a true democrat. As you sweat the small stuff I think you miss the big picture - I was simply trying to encourage Bob to keep his political opinion to himself at least when he's complaining about others offering theirs.. PS Is Mel another name for Bob? You guys not only share the same political party, I sense you may be one in the same? Perhaps it's just cyber mistrust on my part.. I also enjoy Bob's comments on other issues - you might call me a fan of his - I just didn't want to give up my "fan" position and be forced into not reading him because of his one-sided political position. To be contiued -
Marty Vergari November 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Note, I also voted democratic for our current President Oboma, but like others with eyes, ears, and while watching my "wealth" dwindle, I am not afraid to say that I made a costly mistake. To think that this fine young man really DID lack experience for running the best country on earth - especially as someone once said, "Oboma never as much ran a lemonade stand". How about you Mel or Bob? Do you think now you also voted for the wrong man? Tell me your "wealth" has been made more under Pres. Oboma and we can all read a lie here. Anybody know if their hiring at Walmart? I've been practicing "Welcome to Walmart!" All the best Mel/Bob I like you both, and thank you for your comment or was that an invite to write? If so I'd need at least an 8th grade English teacher to help me so you won't bust me on my typo errors - or are you offering to edit my columns? Here's to better days ahead fellas Marty!
Marty Vergari November 24, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Go get those typos Mel/Bob, but please stop and read my other "stuff" too.. Marty
Elke Heitmeyer November 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
The previous administration had 8 years to run this country into the ground, ensuring tax cuts for the large corporations and the super wealthy, while depleting the nation's wealth with two extensive wars. President Obama was supposed to reverse all of that in his first 2 years. Since he was not able to do that, voters gave him a majority Republican Congress, who's main goal is to remove him from office. So instead of eliminating the Bush tax cuts and subsidies for big oil (for example) and creating domestic jobs, the Republicans are trying to take money out of Social Security and Medicare, so that more seniors fall below the poverty line. Thankfully, the Obama Administration was able to prevent that when setting up the Super Commission's rules. Thanks Bob for pointing out the plight of our seniors! Lately this country seems to only value richness, not children or the elders!
Scott Killeen November 28, 2011 at 03:09 AM
http://home.adelphi.edu/sbloch/deficits.html Since 1934, Democrats controlled both the Senate and Congress 52 times, Republicans controlled both the Senate and Congress 11 times. The House of Representatives initiates revenue and raising bills.
Marty Vergari November 28, 2011 at 07:00 AM
Ahh...Elke, the blame Bush caravan arrives. Listen, I'm no fan of war either but at some point this Obama guy and all his worshipers need to man up and take some responsibility. Obama got everything he wanted his first two years in office--and today unemployment is worse than his advisers told us it would've been if we did nothing at all. He gave us "Obama Care" as his most important work - no thanks Mr President! Just so you're aware, we still have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world (some cut!). As for repealing the Bush tax cuts it may be good politics, but there's not a credible economist out there who'll tell you higher taxes on anyone create jobs. And if you want to talk about seniors, let's talk about how the Federal Reserve has been busy devaluing our savings and creating bubbles for a hundred years. This is getting to be fun Elke - I only hope Mel and Bob don't jump on our typos? I enjoyed reading your comment. Marty

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