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Jan 12, 2016

We boomers start hitting 70 this year!

About 2.1 million of the oldest baby boomers born in 1946 will hit age 70 this year. The cake overwhelmed with many candles is an indication of the challenges these and other booms will face as they age.


By now most baby boomers have enjoyed “senior discounts” at movie theaters, restaurants and other retail businesses trying to generate more customer traffic.

We’ve told themselves we’re not really old at age 55, 60 and so on. After all, 50 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40.

But this year the oldest of the baby boomers turns 70, and that’s a landmark, senior-citizen age in anyone’s book. Baby boomers were the more than 75 million, self-indulged, post-World War II generation born from 1946 to 1964.

Boomers swelled hospitals beyond capacity when they were born, overwhelmed schools and colleges with their immense numbers, and then stretched the job market, the housing market and the economy when they aged into adulthood. Get ready because boomers are bound to have the same overloading effect on Social Security, Medicare, nursing homes and hospitals.

The January-February issue of AARP Bulletin notes that about 3.4 million babies arrived in the first boomer year as soldiers returned from fighting eager to get married, start families, get an education and buy homes, taking advantage of the GI Bill. About 2.1 million of those boomers still around will turn 70 years old. The article notes the changes that have occurred in their lifetime.

They grew up at a time when the United States was 90 percent white, and segregation was the law of the land. Most people lived in traditional families, where Mom stayed home, Dad went to work and there were 3.5 children in the household.

Of the 70-year-olds this year, 76 percent are white; 9 percent, black; 9 percent, Latino; 5 percent, Asian; and 2 percent other.

By 2044 whites will be a minority in the U.S. Families already include the traditional model as well as households headed by one parent, a guardian, a grandparent or a same sex-couple.

The article reports that turning 70 for some has meant “shifts in attitude growing out of the civil rights movement,” filling more people’s lives “with more opportunity.”

“Women born in 1946 saw perhaps even greater changes in their roles in society,” the AARP notes. “Since their birth the percentage of American women in the workforce has soared — from 31 percent in 1946 to 57 percent today. The percentage of 70-plus women who are still working is expected to rise from 30 percent to 39 percent by 2024.”

These boomers are well-educated — 30 percent are college graduates, and 14 percent have advanced degrees. They were old enough that the draft was still in place during the Vietnam War so 40 percent of the males served in the military; 1 percent of the females did.

Of the oldest boomers, 62 percent were married once, 23 percent twice and 9 percent were married three or more times. Six percent were never married.

The AARP reports that 38 percent of the new 70-year-olds are Democrats, 36 percent Republicans, 12 percent independents and 13 percent have no political ties. Expect these boomers to vote this election year — 84 percent vote in local elections, 84 percent vote in statewide elections and 91 percent cast ballots in presidential elections.

Seventy-year-old boomers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender have seen acceptance increase. A Supreme Court ruling last year enabled same sex couples to get married. That had been unthinkable in 1940s America.

“Compared with people reaching the same age in 1965, the new 70-year-olds can expect 15 more years of life,” the article notes. Lifestyle and medical advances have reduced smoking and deaths from heart disease and cancer.

“On the other hand, living longer will mean that more people turning 70 will deal with Alzheimer’s,” the AARP says. That’s a disease for which there is no known cause or cure. Age increases the likelihood that more people will suffer this or other forms of dementia.

Older boomers also weren’t the best at saving for the future. Median family income in the U.S. adjusted for inflation rose from $27,000 in 1946 to $62,000 today; the 70-year-old boomers had a median household income of $55,900; 78 percent live in a single-family home.

However, more than four out of 10 of the boomers hitting age 70 this year “risk running out of money in retirement,” according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. More are likely to continue working, and by 2022, nearly a quarter of people age 70 to 74 will be working, double the amount in 1992.

How life goes for them in their 70s will likely be how things shape up for the rest of us younger boomers, too. It could lead to a new old-age activism if conditions aren’t what we think they should be.

Lewis Diuguid: 816-234-4723, ldiuguid@kcstar.com, @DiuguidLewis

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article54300365.html#storylink=cpy

Dec 10, 2015

Before we go off on Trump for being a facist, well Listen to Pat Buchanan on keeping the bad people OUT

by Pat Buchanan  - conservative comentator, advisor to Nixon, Ford, Reagan

Calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Donald Trump this week ignited a firestorm of historic proportions.
As all the old hate words – xenophobe, racist, bigot – have lost their electric charge from overuse, Trump was being called a fascist demagogue and compared to Hitler and Mussolini.
The establishment seemed to have become unhinged.
Why the hysteria? Comes the reply: Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration tramples all over “American values” and everything we stand for, including the Constitution.
But is this really true?
The Constitution protects freedom of religion for U.S. citizens. But citizens of foreign lands have no constitutional right to migrate. And federal law gives a president broad powers in deciding who comes and who does not, especially in wartime.
In 1924, Congress restricted immigration from Asia, reduced the numbers coming from southern and Central Europe, and produced a 40-year moratorium on most immigration into the United States.
Its authors and President Coolidge wanted ours to remain a nation whose primary religious and ethnic ties were to Europe, not Africa or Asia.
Under FDR, Truman and JFK, this was the law of the land.
Did this represent 40 years of fascism?
Why might Trump want a moratorium on Muslim immigration?
Reason 1: terrorism. The 9/11 terrorists were Muslim, as were the shoe and underwear bombers on those planes, the Fort Hood shooter, the Times Square bomber and the San Bernardino killers.
And as San Bernardino showed again, Islamist terrorists are exploiting our liberal immigration policies to come here and kill us.
Thus, a pause, a timeout on immigration from Muslim countries, until we fix the problem, would seem to be simple common sense.
Second, Muslims are clearly more susceptible to the siren call of terrorism and more likely to be radicalized on the Internet and in mosques than are Christians at church or Jews at synagogue.
Which is why we monitor mosques more closely than cathedrals.
Third, according to Harvard’s late Samuel Huntington, a “clash of civilizations” is coming between the West and the Islamic world. Other scholars somberly concur. But if such a conflict is in the cards, how many more millions of devout Muslims do we want inside the gates?
Set aside al-Qaida, ISIS and their sympathizers. Among the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide are untold millions of followers of the Prophet who pray for the coming of a day when Shariah is universal and the infidels, i.e., everyone else, are either converted or subjugated.
In nations where Muslims are already huge majorities, where are the Jews? Where have all the Christians gone?
With ethnic and sectarian wars raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria and Somalia, why would we bring into our own country people from all sides of these murderous conflicts?
Many European nations – Germans, French, Swedes, Brits – appear to regret having thrown open their doors to immigrants and refugees from the Islamic world, who have now formed unassimilated clusters and enclaves inside their countries.
Ought we not explore why, before we continue down this road?
In some countries of the Muslim world, Americans who embrace “Hollywood values” regarding abortion, adultery and homosexuality can get their heads chopped off as quickly as converts to Christianity.
In what Muslim countries does Earl Warren’s interpretation of the First Amendment – about any and all religious presence being banned in public schools and all religions being treated equally – apply?
When is the next “Crusade for Christ” coming to Saudi Arabia?
Japan has no immigration from the Muslim world, nor does Israel, which declares itself a Jewish state. Are they also fascistic?
President Obama and the guilt-besotted West often bawl their apologies for the horrors of the Crusades that liberated Jerusalem.
Anyone heard Muslim rulers lately apologizing for Saladin, who butchered Christians to take Jerusalem back, or for Suleiman the Magnificent, who conquered the Christian Balkans rampaging through Hungary all the way to the gates of Vienna?
Trump’s surge this week, in the teeth of universal denunciation, suggests that a large slice of America agrees with his indictment – that our political-media establishment is dumb as a box of rocks and leading us down a path to national suicide.
Trump’s success tells us that the American people really do not celebrate “globalization.” They think our negotiators got snookered out of the most magnificent industrial machine ever built, which once guaranteed our workers the highest standard of living on earth.
They don’t want open borders or mass immigration. They want people here illegally to be sent back, the borders secured and a moratorium imposed on Muslim immigration until we fix the broken system.
As for the establishment, they are saying pretty much what The Donald is saying. To paraphrase Oliver Cromwell’s speech to the Rump Parliament:
You have sat here too long for any good you have done here. In the name of God, go!

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/an-establishment-unhinged/#jSrvVx6JKklbsBoh.99