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ECONOMIC CRISIS AFFECTS ELDERLY

by CDIR -USA Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM
cdir_usa@yahoo.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Recession whatever they call it, marches on! They called it “ jobless growth”, a “slowdown” an economic crisis and all politicians call it except by its true name. Why are they so afraid of this word? Although it affects everyone, politicians and bourgeois econimist refuse to call it by its name. But the hard facts tells the truth. Now, the seniors and older Americans are the latest victims of these recession.

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CDIR Update No.72

September 9, 2008

Increase in bankruptcy filings by the elderly


Tuesday, September 9, 2008 
By: Sunil Freeman

Los Angeles—Recession whatever they call it, marches on!

They called it “ jobless growth”, a “slowdown” an economic crisis and all politicians call it except by its true name. Why are they so afraid of this word?

Although it affects everyone, politicians and bourgeois econimist refuse to call it by its name.

But the hard facts tells the truth. Now, the seniors and older Americans are the latest victims of these recession.

Older Americans, hit hard by the economic crisis, have been declaring bankruptcy in significantly increasing numbers according to a report by the Consumer Bankruptcy Project. According to Sunil Freeman in an article in the PSL website- an increase in bankruptcy by elderly is increasing in the United States.

In 1991, only 8 percent of bankruptcy filings were by people 55 or older. In 2007, that age group accounted for 22 percent of bankruptcies. Between 1991 and 2007, the rate of bankruptcy filings increased 125 percent for people between 65 and 74 years old. For those between 75 and 84 it rose a staggering 433 percent.

Elderly people living on fixed incomes have been overwhelmed by the rising costs of basic goods. Some have had to help children and grandchildren financially. Consequently, their risk of financial vulnerability and bankruptcy increases.

The capitalist system only values workers who produce a profit. Retired workers live out their golden years facing financial uncertainty.

Under socialism, which places a premium on the quality of life of all workers, for sure, seniors are guaranteed a secure retirement.



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