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The Great Retirement Squeeze: Pension Cuts Mean Poverty for Future Elders

(6) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Only a week after an election signaling a rollback in public-employee retirement benefits, new Federal Reserve data show a sharp decline in family wealth. The effect is especially acute for non-whites and Hispanic households.

The compounding factors of deep losses in U.S. family wealth, sharp declines in pensions...

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David Brooks' 'Aristocratic' Presidency: A Tale of Two Romneys

(17) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 12:25 PM

No one should be surprised by the news that presidential candidates are necessarily millionaires. But last Friday New York Times columnist David Brooks -- in his thinly veiled support of Mitt Romney -- anointed another class of those Americans we should expect to occupy the White House. Call...

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Media Fail to Tell Full "Tax Holiday" Story

(124) Comments | Posted December 25, 2011 | 2:20 PM

Democratic leaders and the White House are congratulating themselves as they depart for the holiday weekend about their tax-holiday victory -- but only until the Feb. 29 leap-of-faith day -- over GOP hardliners. But the payroll tax holiday, like most vacations, will have its bill to pay.

The national...

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From Jim Crow to Juan Crow -- a Boomer Reflects on Alabama's Civil Rights Legacy

(73) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 1:16 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Last week the Water Works -- in the ironically named community of Allgood, Ala. -- informed local residents that they must now present a valid driver's license or ID. Otherwise, the notice threatened, "You may lose water service."

The warning stems from part of...

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NPR News Gives Free Pass to Anti-Aging Ideologue

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 1:44 PM

Want to save your country from its aging decline -- cut your entitlements for seniors and have more babies. Really. I've been hearing that refrain from international financial and investment think tanks for 20 years. And Monday's Morning Edition gave unquestioned voice to the latter half of this message in...

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Obama Health Cuts Would Pinch Rich, but Harm the Rest

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 2:51 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- President Obama is getting the same limp praise this week for his budget plan from liberal commentators he received last week for his listless jobs program, but ignore the chat-ocrats for a moment, and turn past the dominant page-one stories about what it all means for...

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Moments That Frame Our Lives -- 9/11, 11/22, 12/7

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 9:44 PM

"Where were you when... ?" Those of us old enough to remember that question becoming forever hinged on the terrible news of Nov. 22, 1963, know that tragic moments of history can fix an instant of our lives and everything surrounding us.

Occasionally, of course, an entire year can...

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Give The Help and Black Working Women a Break

(75) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 11:06 AM

I saw a surprisingly good Hollywood movie last week, unexpected because black working women are rarely at the center of a mainstream film.

There were some well known aging actors as well, and that alone is unusual for Hollywood and its youth obsession.

The Help, based on the...

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Theodore Roszak, Who Defined Boomer Culture, Dies as American Vision Fades

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 12:22 PM

The American vision grew dimmer this past week. In Berkeley, California, Theodore "Ted" Roszak, the author of 20 books and a play, including that rare combination of bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction -- succumbed to a long and enervating illness at age 77.

And Monday's press conference with...

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Health Care Greed Lobby Needs Visit From Seal Team 6

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 3:16 PM



According to the front-page New York Times article last Monday, “Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions From Health Law,” the nation's major nursing home and home care associations are crying poor on behalf of their small-business owners who will be run out of business if they have to...

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Seniors Face Double Hit: Hardships Plus Budget Cuts

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 11:24 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- While advocates for elders are decrying political proposals that would cut budgets "on the backs of seniors and the poor," said Howard Bedlin, of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), "that's already happening."

Bedlin, NCOA's policy and advocacy chief, said in an interview...

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Can Budget Balancers First, Do No Harm?

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 10:36 AM

Last week on Charlie Rose, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared among a half dozen metropolitan mayors and eloquently defended the need for greater investment in education, enhanced immigration and more spending on infrastructure (now, while costs are low). At the end of the show, though, Bloomberg said we must...

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Where Are We the People? Human Impacts vs. Budget Battles

(10) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 10:48 AM

What happened to "We the people?" One would think, from the red-state rotundas of Wisconsin and Indiana to the blue governorships of New York and California, that Lincoln had declared at Gettysburg the binding principle of government of the budget, for the budget and by the budget.

Don't get...

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Tough Loving the NYTimes #2: Japan's 'Generational Roadblock'

(8) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 4:54 PM

While the Middle East is fighting for its democratic life, Martin Fackler of the New York Times would like you to think that Japan is in a slow battle between its young and old citizens.

Writing at length about Japan's economic woes, Fackler fell into the recurring Groundhog Day syndrome...

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Tough Loving the New York Times -- Who's Poorer, Elders or Youth?

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 10:32 AM

Okay, I admit it: I do tend to pick on the Gray Lady of New York. Such an easy target. But that's because I love her -- and pay lots for her to grace my doorstep every morning in California.

Well, call it tough love.

Last Saturday the...

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Pew Boomer Report: Attitude, Not Analysis on Social Security

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 1:10 PM

As President Obama weighs whether to paint a bull's eye on Social Security benefits in his State of the Union message Tuesday in the name of long-term debt reduction -- despite opposition by a wide majority of Americans shown in poll after poll -- mainstream media continue presenting a distorted...

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First Boomers Get Medicare (Will It Treat Media Ageism?)

(98) Comments | Posted January 2, 2011 | 4:45 PM

This week in journalism is bringing the inevitable tsunami. No, I'm not referring to the boomer generations taking its first plunge past age 65, but to the onslaught of media articles predicting doom and gloom. One article after another has sympathetically shown the boomers struggling against the recession's winter freeze...

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