Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Were They "Trying To Kill Us Off?"
I now get a monthly old age stipend from the government. It's not really enough to live on unless one lives in a room in their kid's home and has no real expenses or shares a room in an apartment with others. OK, there is also a chance to get what they call supplementary income to reach a higher number, but it really isn't much. Twenty plus years ago, the new immigrants from FSU (former Soviet Union) used to crowd three and four generations into apartment and live on these tiny stipends until they learned Hebrew, saved money and bought much more comfortable apartments, frequently combining mortgages of the clan to cover.
When he finished the participants grabbed his business cards with more enthusiasm than they showed for the margarine-filled doughy snacks they had put out for us.
The feeling was that since the longer we lived the more it would cost them, maybe the menu had been planned to "kill us off" sooner.