The pension: Entitlement or not?

Yesterday, Bob sen this email to Starts at 60 and we thought it was important that we all read it and shared our thoughts on the matter. It lies in one big question – “Is the pension an entitlement or not?”

Have a read of the below letter and tell us, what do you think? Please remember that Starts at 60 has not written this we are only re-publishing it to create discussion on the matter.


Email Titled: The Pension is not an entitlement! 
The only way things will change is when this kind of email translates into voting results at the polls — as of NOW — PENSIONERS outnumber ANY OTHER type of voter even by race – religion – or age.
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WHEN ARE PENSIONERS going to wake up and understand, WE have the power to shape legislation all WE need is the will power to do so–
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‘Entitlement’ my arse, I paid good money for my Pension and other benefits. Just because they borrowed that money, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or hand-out. Gold plated MP pensions and Civil Service Government benefits, aka free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages,  67 paid holidays, 20 weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that’s welfare, and they have    the nerve to call me a ‘greedy pensioner’ and my retirement, an ‘entitlement’…  scroll down …..
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What the HELL is wrong with us?
WAKE UP Australia !
Someone please tell me what the HELL is wrong with all the people that run this country?
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We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Pensioners, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc., but spent 1.2 billion $$$’s for G-20 events!
In the last few months we have provided aid to India, Greece and Turkey.  And now Afghanistan, Pakistan… home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of Dollars Our retirees living on a ‘fixed income’, receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organisations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$’s and tons of food to foreign countries.
They call Old Age Security and Healthcare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?
We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.
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AUSTRALIA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, hospitals being closed, average income families who can’t afford dental care, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds and having to travel hundreds of miles for medical care with no reimbursement of cost, vehicles we can’t afford fuel for, lack of affordable housing, and mentally ill without treatment – etc., etc.
They have a ‘benefit’ for the people of foreign countries…ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors, and medical supplies.
Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries.
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Tell us, is pension an entitlement?