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    Who's gonna solve it should be the next question!!!! If you're implying that the government has a responsibility to solve it, then your wrong!!! We the people should solve it by demanding the government to stop with the out of control spending that is destroying the dollar!!! What is today, is no where near what it was 20 years ago!! Thanks to inflation of the dollar!!!
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    The dollar should be deflating. When the middle class lost 40% of their wealth that drove prices down. Then wages have stagnated (especially for younger adults) which causes people to demand cheaper goods. Then flood the housing market with houses that were foreclosed. All these things caused a lot of deflation of the currency; that is when and why the fed did quantitative easing. The purpose of fed policy is to increase inflation.
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    Yes, my husband an I both took care of our parents and it was an honor and a privilege and we learned a lot, everyone should instead of putting them in a nursing home or concentration camp as my husband calls them.
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    Proud of you both. Husbands right! I deal with them (the "concentration campers") indirectly. Being a little talkative, they love seeing me! But, it does leave me sad to see them there (and swear I'll never be a "camper").
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    It used to be the norm to have multiple generations under one roof. The benefits for children is that they are close to their grandparents and gain an understanding of what it will be like when they, in turn, become old. The benefit to the elderly is that they feel valued and cared for. As for the "sandwich" generation, well, sometimes having a grandparent around can lessen the burden of working full time AND caring for small children, depending on the overall health and mental acuity of the grandparent.
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    @Denizen_Kate Yes, I'm suprised nobody picked up on the fact that this phenomenon was the norm for thousands of years. Sticking them in a nursing home to die alone is relatively new by comparison. Taking care of your parents as they took care of you and respecting your elders has been the societal norm for centuries. The people who wrote this need slapped.
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    @frigginhell - The erosion of this particular "family value" began during the 1950s, when the American ideal of family became one man, one woman, and two or three children of either gender. Grandparents were expected to bow to the east and fade into the woodwork. Seriously, in these troubled economic times, doesn't it make sense for families to congregate under fewer roofs and pool their resources?
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    Yup, a few. Just as common, if not more; parents caring for their 20 something kids and THEIR kids (the grandkids).
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    @NTBFW - I'm not bitching about it. Just sayin' we're whatever it is that the post is about. They talkin''bout us, man!!!
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    Did that with my father-in-law and had a kid.It was a lot of work but I wouldn't have it any other way. Family first. If my mom runs her vehicle in to her house one more time we'll have to see about what to do with her.
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    I am helping both daughters that are deaf and have low incomes, I have MS and no I don't have the money to help but oldest daughter is my caregiver.
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    This is a big problem. When I was young there was no problem of two and sometime three generations under one roof. All took care of each other, all had their own chores and so forth. Today you wouldn't get a child to help a senior for love nor money. They are too busy working on their EGO's. The only thing today is to hide anything that might make you feel ashamed or has gone over the edge of your all so imperfect world..
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    Sure it's a big problem if you have a job & a proven work history . If you come from a long line of worthless welfare beggars , the state or Fed. gov't. will take care of it all . Forcing taxpayers to care for their own family members from their own pockets & pay for the useless & theirs thru increased taxation . If this isn't new-age socialist style slavery , what do we name it ?
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    A few members in my family are forced to take care of their parents who are about to pass from old age and their children who are grown but to broke to live on their own. Sad days we live in. This is the worst it's ever been. We ARE in a depression....
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    For a couple of years we cared for my father and our grand daughter. It was tough, especially as Dad's health declined, but my grand daughter will never forget knowing her great grand father. That's increasingly rare.
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    I would bust my hump to care for any and all of my parents and step parents (parents divorced and both remarried). And as long as I'm breathing my 2 sons will have a home with me, no matter their age or circumstance. And the same goes for my siblings. We may all end up camping on the floor and eating pork and beans, but so be it. And the government should stay the hell away from any kind of legislation regarding families. Behind the closed doors of our homes is the only repose we have left from this bloated government and their mandates and regulations.
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    But I'm a hater because I care more for people who I know than people I don't know. I'm one of those haters who thinks that maybe we need to be paying more attention to the people who are paying more attention to the environment than anyone else.

    But let's set aside the stupidity of the eft that dictates that more government spending means more government spending....

    and more government spending means...
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    No. But I will be. My mother is 74. My oldest is 22, but he had to have a bone marrow transplant when he was 13. He never fully healed. I also have a 7 year old. It's going to become tricky.
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    It works like this... If you aren't dependent on Government then you are propping up Government with your tax dollars. Either that or you're one of those that think that government is using tax dollars for the benefit of all of us.
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    Yes! Me! I can't deduct a damn cent for those years. You're welcome, medicaid that I quit my job to care for family and kids. No state daycare costs. No nursing home care. ME.
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    I think its just something people with strong family values do for their parents. I don't see it as a problem that needs to be solved at all.
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    My father was a single parent, had 2 children and took in his parents. I loved having my grandparents in the house, I put off college and cared for my grandparents for 6 years. It made an impact in my life I can't put into words. The area I grew up in had many many multi generational families. It was the norm in our c
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