Monday, October 15, 2007

Do You See What I See?

I saw this and noticed something interesting.

It's not the fact that this is the beginning of the end of any hope of some sort of fiscal austerity in the US, but something else.



Can any astute aspiring, deputy economists see it?

28 comments:

inthepocketsofbigoil said...

Uh oh. The first boomer has applied for Social Security. The implications of this over the next 20 years are huge.

Do I get the cookie, Captain?

Anonymous said...

qIt is time for the great lock box to be opened, distributing all the savings to all those that gave. Now what did we do with that key, oh never mind the box is empty anyway because we already gave it away to those that did not give.

I know we can just raise taxes and seize more of the money those evil rich guys have. Adam Smith must be rolling over in his grave some place in England.

Anonymous said...

It is time for the great lock box to be opened, distributing all the savings to all those that gave. Now what did we do with that key, oh never mind the box is empty anyway because we already gave it away to those that did not give.

I know we can just raise taxes and seize more of the money those evil rich guys have. Adam Smith must be rolling over in his grave some place in England.

Half Canadian said...

The first boomer applied for Social Security.

After they're through with it, my grandkids will be left to pay it back.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

10,000 people a day for 20 years, AND now we have the added bonus of social security fraud via the internet! WOOHOO!

SO! Who is up for making serious moves toward a black market economy?

Ryan Fuller said...

She's 61. What the hell?

Not only that, she's a teacher, which means she's got a way bigger retirement package than she's worth already.

Frigging BS.

dtrum said...

You can apply for Social Security in the Internet?

All primary candidates in the ad are approximately of the same age as the first boomer?

Brandon Berg said...

She was conceived about six months before the war ended, and therefore isn't really part of the postwar boom?

Or the fact that they held some kind of "event" to celebrate her application for welfare?

Buck said...

Technically the number will be 87.6 million, but who cares about a measly 7.6 million when you're a professional journalist, right!

Captain Capitalism said...

No, no no!

Yes, the obvious thing to notice is that the end has begun, sucking dry, no lock box, etc.

However, it is NOT the social security thing.

I'll give you a couple more hints;

1. It isn't about economics.
2. It is a social trend that started with the Baby Boomers.

Dave said...

Two observations. the hyphenated last name and not one of the Republican primary candidates has a happy face.

Casey Petersen said...

Is it that she hyphenated her last name?

Anonymous said...

Her hyphenated last name.

Scott said...

Here, let me have a whack at it.

This is really one of my pet peeves, and my ultra leftist sister (a UW Madison Graduate with a Masters, working at the UW hospital making less money than me, a grease monkey auto mechanic, with no formal education) used in BOTH her marriages.

That would be: Hyphenated last names.

Did I win?

Shakespeare's Fool said...

The hyphenated last name?

jroosh said...

Is it the hyphenated last name?

Anonymous said...

The hyphenated last name?

Pete said...

Oh, the hyphenated name.

Brandon Berg said...

You mean the hyphen?

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Looks like everyone's going for the hyphenated last name.

The 10,000 per day for 20 years is way more scary. WAY more.

Taking a second look at the article, I did note that they used the term "burden" in the upper left. At least they're being a bit honest about all of this.

Anonymous said...

The "Boomer Burden" comment rings an alarm bell. -mlg

jroosh said...

Cappy, you need to turn off comment moderation! your blog is getting too popular for you to keep up!

Buck said...

I've got it!

She's a teacher (obviously not of economics) and needs to collect SS.

This either shows how underpaid teachers are or how even teachers need lessons.

Buck

Anonymous said...

Could it be that prior to the baby boom, "retirement" as we know it now, didn't exist? People prior to WWII more or less worked until they couldn't work any more or died.

The Kilted Maniac said...

So what's the answer!? Must ... know...

Captain Capitalism said...

Hypenated name was the correct answer.

You are all deputized.

Kasia said...

Oh, I was going to guess that it was that once we saw this article about Social Security, we were supposed to immediately look to the right at the candidates and think "Who, oh who, will save Social Security?"

I guess I'm not destined to be a deputy economist, because I didn't see anything significant about the hyphenated last name. I've known people (mostly women and kids) with hyphenated last names since I knew what last names were. I just think it's mildly annoying and move on.

BotherSum said...

So the hyphenated surname is the bĂȘte noir of the piece; now, what is ominous about that ? Are we to be concerned with the higher percentage of broken marriages that lead to hyphenation, or the rising incidence of bastardy, or what ?