"Trump will destroy Medicare and Social Security" might do, as it appears to be true. https://t.co/Ign6jX3esH
— xpostfactoid (@xpostfactoid) December 20, 2016
I love my parents. One of the smartest and best things that I did for my relationship with them was moving six hundred miles away for college as I was a complete snot as a teenager. The distance allowed me to be less of an idiot while growing up without having them as a locally convenient authority figure to mindlessly but loudly rebel against.
One of my great pleasures as a parent is seeing my parents be grandparents. My mom tried to go bowling with the grand kids a few weeks ago. My dad spent most of a morning helping my son build a model so that it fly around the kitchen and living room while they tried to rescue stuffed animals and plastic figures. I laugh when I see my kids do something that harkens back to the grandparents’ curse — “May your children be just like you”. I look forward to calling home and telling my mom about what her granddaughter just did as I wait to hear her laugh at and with me.
I want them to visit. I want them to spend a week or two. I want them to be a part of my life and my kids’ lives. I want them to introduce the idea that ice cream can be dinner when it is Grandma’s Rules.
I also don’t want them to live with us as they age.
This I think is powerful messaging as to why the defined benefit nature of Social Security and Medicare need to be kept. I’m not a marketing person, but I think this is a valuable element.