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Government Cost Cutting Measures June 13, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, People.

Wikipedia ~ Old Age (in Public Domain)

To help boost the failing economy, the Federal Government has just announced that the Immigration Department will start deporting senior citizens in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs.

The rationale for the cost-saving measure is two-fold:

(1) Older people are easier to catch than illegal immigrants.

(2) Once deported, they will not remember how to get back home.

Thanks for the chuckle, Granny1947!

* * *

If things are going according to plan, our reunion is at the halfway mark.

Life should return to “as usual” in the not-too-distant future.  Til then . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Andra Watkins - June 13, 2012

A loud chuckle is just the way I needed to wake up. Thanks, Nancy.

granny1947 - June 13, 2012

Hope you are having fun?

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Yay! And, yes. For the most part, I enjoyed my time away . . . despite its numerous challenges and the roller coaster ride of UPS and DOWNS.

2. suzicate - June 13, 2012

Ha, take me more than a block away and I can’t remember how to get home either!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Being with my parents this past week definitely brought this joke to mind . . . confusion abounds.

3. Tammy - June 13, 2012

I worry that we may not be far off of this sometimes.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I know exactly what you mean, Tammy. I am determined to keep my mind sharpened through daily use. A dull mind makes for a more challenging future.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

On re-reading your comment, I see that you weren’t talking about “us” facing the aging process at all, but instead were commenting on the “shelving of seniors” in today’s mobile society.

Part of the problem is that many seniors feel that WE should accomodate them even if they are unwilling to change their living arrangements or compromise in any way. My parents have had an OPEN invite to move in with us for the past 3 years. They have CHOSEN to stay put ~ causing us all to worry about their safety (and their sanity).

4. Crowing Crone Joss - June 13, 2012

too funny but now I’m worried you may have given the government an idea they will act on!! I wonder if they would fall for “I didn’t pay my property taxes because I didn’t remember I live here” hee hee.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

That’s funny, Joss! Once you sell the house and buy your motor home, real estate taxes will be a thing of the past. 😉

Crowing Crone Joss - June 22, 2012

YAY! as will electric bills, heating bills and probably a host of other things my tired brain can’t think of right now. It’s all good.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

We may emulate your lead, Joss.

One reason this reunion was so much work is that my parents haven’t moved (or thrown anything away!!!) for 45 years.

We do not want to share a similar fate down the road. 😛

5. cuhome - June 13, 2012

I’ve already started heading for the northern border!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Watch out for the ice floes, Janet. Eskimos used to set their seniors adrift when they became too much of a burden.

6. Zen and Genki - June 13, 2012

So funny 🙂

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

It gave me a chuckle . . . especially since I know a few seniors who could get lost in their own homes.

7. magsx2 - June 13, 2012

Love the joke. 😀

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I’m glad. Granny keeps me amused. 😀

8. viviankirkfield - June 14, 2012

Well, they say there is truth in every joke…hmmmm…where will they deport me to…is it warm and sunny…perhaps I will actually be able to live on my social security check and savings. 🙂 🙂
Thanks for the smile, Nancy…continue to enjoy your family reunion!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

The reunion reminded me that AGING is NOT for sissies.

My parents did NOT make appropriate arrangements for this time of their life so the four of us pitched in to see what we could do to help them out. We made a bit of headway . . . but there is much left to be done.

9. jannatwrites - June 14, 2012

Hahaha! I’d sign up for this if they sent me to a beautiful, island setting. With my luck, they’d send me to Siberia.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Come and stay with me . . . and we’ll enjoy the sun and sand.

10. Three Well Beings - June 14, 2012

How funny! If we are all baby boomers, we’ll just have fun in our exile! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful time, Nancy! Debra

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Glad you enjoyed, Debra.

Lots of laughs . . . but way too many tears. It’s heart-breaking seeing how much my parents have changed in a relatively short period of time. I came home to “regroup” and shall probably head back in the not-too-distant future.

Three Well Beings - June 22, 2012

My dad didn’t come out of the hospital with the strength he had going in, Nancy, and even though his health is good and I really shouldn’t be unhappy at all, there’s just something about watching the aging process in our parents that is hard. I know you have some even more difficult pieces with your mom and dad, and I’m so sorry. It’s not easy being on this side of things and watching the process. I’m sure being home and regrouping is exactly what’s needed. oxo

nrhatch - June 23, 2012

Thanks, Debra. For most of the week, the ground beneath our feet felt like shifting sands as the focus of our efforts and our priorities changed with the rapidity of a strobe light: My dad started the week at Sunrise, an assisted living facility; he ended it in the hospital ~ he’s been non-responsive since last Monday when admitted for evaluation. We took mom to a spine specialist and learned she has two compression fractures of the spine. Surgery is being recommended. My sister-in-law got broadsided on Broad Street after visiting my dad in the hospital. Her minivan had to be towed away. My sister’s puppy started limping badly after stepping on something during a walk and had to be taken to the vet. Etc.

As you say, it’s not easy watching the world fall apart and being powerless to turn back the hands of time.

Three Well Beings - June 23, 2012

Oh my gosh,Nancy! How quickly things turned! Your heart must really hurt, and I’m so sorry! Then, too, add in concern for what this means to your mom. While I was closely involved with my dad friends kept saying, “take care of you,” and I kept thinking, whatever does that even mean! Right now survival is all you hope for! Big, big hugs from me to you, and I do mean it!

11. eof737 - June 14, 2012

Sad…. I’m sure there are people who’d like to see it happen. Take Care!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I expect you’re right . . . but I still find the joke amusing. 😛

12. Piglet in Portugal - June 14, 2012

I know this is a joke, but the government always attack the elderly as they are vunerable and don’t fight back. Sadly there is an element of truth in this.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

That’s not entirely true, PiP. At least not in the US where AARP (an association of retired persons) has a TON of clout in DC . . . they “fight back” with a vengence.

13. spilledinkguy - June 14, 2012

I had something to say.
But I’ve already forgotten exactly what that was.
I think.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Bwahaha! We got a lot of that this week during the reunion.

14. kateshrewsday - June 14, 2012

Flawless logic, Nancy 😀

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Indeed. Fortunately, we still have a degree of compassion for the elderly . . . since most of us will be in their shoes some day.

15. bluebee - June 14, 2012

For a minute I thought you were being serious, Nancy – whew! I actually wouldn’t put anything past governments these days!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Nor would I. Our reps in Washington (and other captials around the world) are not looking out for US . . . they are padding their own pockets with power and prestige.

16. sufilight - June 15, 2012

Like bluebee for a second I thought it was true, yikes, but relieved when I realized it was a joke, and a good one. LOL. Whew! 🙂 Hope you are having a grand time!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

That says something about the lack of esteem we have for our elected representatives, doesn’t it? 😀

Good times . . . and sad times. It’s been a challenging 2 weeks.

17. Perfecting Motherhood - June 18, 2012

Haha, I can’t believe nobody’s thought of this one yet! Thanks for the laugh.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Glad you enjoyed, Milka! Getting old is challenging when faced with mental confusion on top of physical ailments.

18. Team Oyeniyi - July 6, 2012

Don’t tell our opposition leader – he might adopt the policy!

nrhatch - July 22, 2012

Mum’s the word! 😉

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