Bend over, Gramps!

Once again our wonderful Congress is going to screw us Senior Citizens (aka “old farts”) with Paul Ryan’s Abomination Tax Bill. He and Mitch have decided to drop the medical deduction on income tax for us. The biggest expense we old timers have is medical. We have hearing aids that cost $7,000; we have dental implants, bridges, root canals which all cost thousands of dollars. We have eyeglasses, contacts, lasic surgery. Yes, we have a certain amount that we have to pay before the deduction kicks in, BUT it is still the biggest expense that old people have. That goes away with Ryan and Mitch’s wonderful tax bill.

Of course if you are a young couple with five kids you are going to do great with this tax bill. You won’t pay any taxes. So once again, the senior citizens will be subsidizing young people who make lots of money. We old timers live on fixed incomes that include SSI which has had no cost-of-living increase in years. This year they throw us a bone with – $25? We have small pensions which, in my case, is now worth half of what it was when I retired because of inflation.

I sent complaining emails to my senators. Johnny Isakson didn’t bother to answer. Purdue answered with a form email that was full of words but said nothing. And then I heard him on the Senate Floor endorsing this tax bill which is going to hurt elderly people. So contacting these slugs is a waste of your time.

But they should remember this – the young couple who is going to benefit from this tax bill don’t bother to vote – they are too busy texting. BUT old folks DO vote. And if they take away the only deduction that Senior Citizens have, we MUST vote against these unthinking jerks who are going to hurt us with this abomination of a tax bill. How about a bill with a fixed amount so that everyone pays the same percentage of their income? How about a consumption tax where only those who buy things pay taxes? A flat tax? No…no, an honest and fair tax bill is too simple for our elite Congress. They have t o make it complicated and in doing that, we older people get screwed yet again.

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About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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