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We often look for the answers (or approvals) for what we are supposed to do in life. But more significantly, we want to know how we can hold others accountable for their responsibilities and duties. Responsibility and blame go hand in hand. Who should we blame and hold responsible when things go wrong?

What government or business department is responsible for and should take action on…? With liability issues,who is responsible for and ought to cover the problem? What is the responsibility of business for environmental matters? Do corporations practice social responsibility? What is the responsibility of our schools to protect our children from violence and bullies? Is it my responsibility in this relationship to and must I…? Lists of responsibility are endless as are the blogs that go along with them.

When we want to know where to complain about something,we seek who is responsible to hold others accountable. To whom do they answer? We want somebody to be responsible. Hot lines, consumer info, and sites like the worst places to work provide us with a venting space to hold someone responsible for whatever has our attention and impacted us negatively.

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As a response to the many commenters who responded to my recent Blogcritics post about elderly protesters, I’d like to offer up a short essay I wrote two years ago about my disgust with “the greatest generation” for foisting all their expenses on their grandchildren.

People need to take responsibility for themselves. I find it particularly disgusting that our nation’s supposedly most mature citizens are doffing the responsibility for their lives by lobbying and cheering for ludicrously expensive government entitlements, the burden of which must be borne by their children and grandchildren. You may be “the greatest generation” to some, but this selfish foolishness highlights a widespread moral and economic failure on your part. You’re supposed to be wise, you’re supposed to be an example to we who are following after, but instead you wield your political power not to help or guide us, but for your own comfort and enrichment. Shame on you all. Imagine how great a boon you could have been to your families and your country; instead you’re becoming a resented burden.

In 1 Corinthians 12:14 Paul writes: “After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” In some circumstances the situation will be reversed, and I realize that it’s not always due to failure on the part of the parents. Nevertheless, the general principle stands. The new $400 billion health care entitlement that Congress just passed moves me to pity — it is a stark example of how the greatest among us have fallen short of the prize they should have obtained.

Given that we are where we are, what is the proper solution? In 1 Timothy 5:4 Paul writes further: “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.” First note that this verse is speaking specifically about women who have lost their husbands; it was expected that older men would be able to care for themselves. We are instructed to care for our family, particularly our parents and grandparents, and the primary responsibility for that care falls on the children and grandchildren.

A few verses later, in 1 Timothy 5:8 Paul continues: “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Once the parents themselves have failed, the responsibility does fall onto their immediate family. Only when the immediate family will not or cannot carry the load does the responsibility transfer to the community as a whole.

How does this translate into public policy? It’s not a simple issue. Would it be proper (or constitutional) to force families to bear the financial burden for their older members? Probably not. But the current situation is economically and morally unsustainable. Perhaps this lack of clarity should serve as a general indication that the government should not be involved in the area at all.


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  • senior citizen

    The new $400 billion health care entitlement does little good for me as a senior.

    This legislation is a boondoggle for HMO’s, pharmaceutical companies, and other health care corporations.

    If you want to place blame for out-of-control government spending, look at the Congress in place since 1964 and the legislation they passed over the past 40 years. It was the Congress that made promises and took payroll deductions from us for decades.

    Don’t overlook how the Congress stole the Social Security Trust funds in 1969 and have been spending it elsewhere ever since.

    If money had been left in our pockets, we could have invested it and seniors would not need any help now.

  • WTF

    Write your congressman/representative and ask them what they have for a pension plan and health care.

    That’ll really wake you up!

  • Dave Nalle

    What they have, of course, is no social security and a government guaranteed retirement investment plan instead. What a shocker.


  • MT

    Mr. Williams — someone once said, “religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man living in the sky, who sees everything that happens every minute of every day, and this man has a list of the ten things he does not want you to do and, if you do any of these things, he sends you to a special place full of fire and burning and torture and pain for you to live there forever and ever ’til the end of time. But HE loves you and HE always needs your money.” To go further, yet another person once said, “I know that most most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they proudly taught to others and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.” If believing in God works for you then so be it — who is to say what is right or wrong? But, in my opinion, religion is a form of slavery and those who buy into this myth are condemned to serve an unsubstantiated being through fear and superstition and anyone that subscribes to any degree of belief in any form of supernatural divinity is admitting to delusion. “I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose” — Clarence Darrow. Give it a rest, will ya?

  • porky pig

    And I do not believe in Clarence Darrow because I do not believe in Elmer Fudd…

    Da — da — da — dats – all folks!

  • MT

    I’m not going to directly respond to Dave’s last post in any argumentative way because a) I don’t wish to engage him in another tit for tat debate — it resolves nothing and I realize he is locked into his beliefs and incapable of stepping out of the box — and b) I’m not exactly certain what he meant by it but … if what he was saying was that tomorrow’s elders won’t have S.S. as we know it today but will have a government guaranteed investment plan instead, I gotta laugh. Wait, just wait, until those Wall Street vipers get their hands on those S.S. “investments” and rip off those foolish enough to have gone along with Bushie’s S.S. “solution” to the S.S. “problem.” Just wait! It’ll make Ms. Katrina look like a lovely late afternoon spring shower.

  • The Searcher

    It’s not a question of one’s money getting stolen — that’s a foregone conclusion. The real question is whether one would rather have it stolen by corporate robber barons, Wall Street investors or by the federal government.