Exiling The Elderly: Germany Puts Retirees Offshore
by: Mark Horne at Godfather Politics
It has been a recurring complaint that businesses and corporations are leaving the country and looking for places where labor is cheaper and the dollar stretches farther. This is natural behavior, dictated by economics. But what happens when public and private groups begin the same process with retirees? This has already begun for Germans, and became a custom before anyone noticed it was happening. Thus, the Daily Mail:
“German pensioners are being sent to care homes in Eastern Europe and Asia in what has been described as an ‘inhumane deportation.’ Rising numbers of the elderly and sick are moved overseas for long-term care because of sky-high costs at home. Some private healthcare providers are even building homes overseas, while state insurers are also investigating whether they can care for their clients abroad. Experts describe a ‘time bomb’ of increasing numbers unable to afford the growing costs of retirement homes.”
I suppose someone is going to claim that “it can’t happen here.” I wouldn’t be so sure. Already, in the United States, many retirees end up in institutional settings who virtually disappear from view in the wider world. How bad will the situation get when real poverty and a reduction in the standard of living hits US citizens who have needy parents?
In the case of Germans, we are talking about people who were led to believe that they would be “cared for” in their late years, and who allowed their wages to be garnished and given to a pension that was supposed to meet their needs. I think it is pretty obvious that no German worked and contributed to the plan in order to be deported to a foreign country in his sunset years. Yet this is exactly the fate that awaits them.
“The Sozialverband Deutschland (VdK), a socio-political advisory group, said the fact that many Germans were unable to afford the costs of a retirement home in their own country was a huge ‘alarm signal.’ ‘We simply cannot let those people, who built Germany up to be what it is, be deported,’ VdK’s president Ulrike Mascher told The Guardian. ‘It is inhumane.’ Researchers found an estimated 7,146 German pensioners living in retirement homes in Hungary in 2011. More than 3,000 were in the Czech Republic and more than 600 in Slovakia. There were also unknown numbers in Spain, Greece and the Ukraine, as well as Thailand and the Philippines. Some told researchers they were there out of choice as costs were lower, while standards of care were often higher. But many others admitted they moved reluctantly.”
If it is really true that “standards of care were often higher,” then maybe some people won’t mind. But what happens as the economic depression deepens and spreads across the world? Will we stop sending our elderly to other countries when their standards of care decline? Will we ever admit that the standards are declining?
Without wanting to cause unnecessary fear, I have to ask: what will be the legal environment in these foreign countries where the retirees are sent to live? While I have probably seen too many “soylent green” type movies, I could imagine a horror scenario where a country makes money by “caring” for our retirees and, at the same time, exporting food products to us.
Even if that is extreme, I still want to know, where are the children of these retirees? Are they content to see their parents moved abroad? The myth of the state is that it can replace the family. Traditionally, children have looked after their aged parents. The state is proving to be a poor substitute.
Obama Administration to Go After Retirement Accounts
by: Gary DeMar
When threats of Communism were in the news, books were written at a feverish pace reminding us of the insidious nature of the beast. There were the “useful idiots” who praised communism, but they were few and far between. But there were others who believed that while communism was something we did not want to imitate, we could work with communists for common ends.
There were always warnings, however, that you can trust the communists . . . to be communists. In fact, there was a book by that title written by Fred Schwarz in 1960: You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists) when it came to their allies, intellectual dishonesty, education, children and literature, brainwashing and language, the manipulation of truth, relativism, and the use of the term “peace.” Communists were always going to be communists no matter how much wishful thinking hoped to believe otherwise.
In a similar way, you can trust liberals to always be liberals or progressives. They will always push taxing and spending policies. We’re seeing more of the consistency of liberals in their call from removing the debt ceiling and the daily insistence that taxes must be raised in the rich so they can pay their “fair share,” a plank, by the way, that’s taken right out of the Communist Manifesto.
But there’s only so much money that can be squeezed out of the wealthy. The money has to come from somewhere to fund the liberal version of Utopia. Inflation, increasing the money supply via the printing press, can do long-term damage to the economy.
When liberals agreed to set up retirement accounts where taxation could be postponed, a lot of people were skeptical. Why would any liberal agree to such a thing? Now we’re beginning to hear rumblings about the possibility that the Obama administration is looking at the trillions of dollars of potential revenue in these accounts as Jeff Berwick is warning us:
“[T]he National Seniors Council has announced that ‘Obama (has) Begun to Push for a New National(ized) Retirement System.’ According to them, a recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRAs and 401k plans.”
Who will object to such a takeover? Certainly the people who have money in these accounts, but not the people who don’t. The appeal will be made to the 51 percent who voted for Obama. “Why should the wealthy have what you can’t afford to participate in?,” promoters of the takeover will argue.
Retirement funds will be in the same category as Social Security, collected and managed by the State. Is there historical precedent for this type of statist action? You bet there is:
“In late 2010 Hungary’s government gave its citizens a choice: hand over all their savings to the government or lose all their state pension money. The government sought control over Hungarians’ $14 billion in individual retirement accounts. The Bulgarian government did something very similar when it tried to transfer $300 million in private early retirement savings into a state pension scheme. They only managed to get roughly 20% of the funds they sought. Last year Ireland raided the private stash in the National Pension Reserve Fund with a 0.6% levy under the label of a ‘jobs plan’ in order to bail out insolvent Irish banks.”
Liberals will never change. You can trust them always to believe and act as liberals, that is, liberal with other people’s money. None of it is really ours. We only get to keep what they allow us to keep.