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Some old folks, and their taxpayer funded advocates, are all in an uproar because El Dorado County’s income from taxpayers has been cut and will be cut even more in coming years. This income reduction forces the county to cut many “services” including senior nutrition programs and other seniors’ programs. In my opinion, most and perhaps all, of the county’s senior programs are feel-good welfare programs that benefit old folks who don’t need welfare. I say, chop the budget for all seniors’ programs to zero. It is not the job of the county (i.e., the taxpayers) to do any more for old folks than they do for younger folks. There are more important places for the county to spend the taxpayers’ money.
For the few seniors who are truly needy, let them apply for welfare the same as the needy younger members of the population. Better yet, let them band together in mutual aid organizations and help one another in the same ways as old folks and others did during the hard times of the 1930s.
By now, I’m sure that many old folks reading this are ready to tar and feather me and are saying, “That’s fine for you to say, but what do you know about the trials and tribulations of us seniors.” To them, I say, I know a lot about the problems of the old folks. For instance, I was born before FDR was elected, I provide 24/7 care for my disabled wife who has been my bride for 55 years, and I have vivid memories of the hard times during the “Great Depression.”