Please Qualify

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Please don't use such divisive headlines.

Submitted: February 17, 2017

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Please Qualify

 

Monday morning and the news headlines were shouting out that now ‘Pensioners are better off than workers.’ Okay, if you followed up on the story and went into the details there were qualifications made to this statement, but you can bet a lot of people just took that headline to mean just what it said.

 

Some pensioners have a nice easy life, it’s true, with money coming in from here, from there. Lots of people receive pensions related to their jobs. Life on the state pension is a very different matter, where it is just as big a struggle as life on the dole or in a job paying minimum wage.

 

The image is portrayed that pensioners own their own homes. They don’t have rent to find and have paid off their mortgage. Now this might be true for some but it is by no means true for all. Some pensioners are living in rented accommodation and have to struggle to make their rent payments in exactly the same way that other low income families do.

 

What about all the people that have inherited property, money? They are not all in well-paid jobs but they are free of the struggle to pay for their accommodation. And it is also worth remembering that many pensioners have additional expenses in getting around from place to place and are far more likely to have money going out regularly on medical expenses.

 

There has been an increase in violence against old people and statements such as the one that was made can only make things worse. There are plenty of people out there that would resent the idea that a retired person should have an easier life than theirs, even when that is clearly not the case, and might then decide to act upon this misleading information. They make an easy target after all.

 

It is a bit like returning to the days when all youngsters were ‘troublemakers’, where the jobless were ‘layabouts’, where anyone with long hair was a ‘filthy hippy’. This is supposed to be the modern age, where information is available at our fingertips, and instead we are still continuously bombarded with sensationalized bigotry.

 

If only they had qualified that statement with the use of the word, ‘Some’!


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