The GOP message: end Social Security, save the young from paying for them.

In 20 years China will have more elderly than the US population.

“We all know to cherish our elderly parents, but sometimes we are just too busy trying to make a living”


But few in China seem to fear they will end up behind bars if they fail to log visits home.


"Who doesn't want to visit home often? What is considered "often"? Who will oversee the process?" complained one poster on weibo, China's version of Twitter.


"We all know to cherish our elderly parents, but sometimes we are just too busy trying to make a living and the pressure is too much."


"It's fine that no-one is paying for us to visit our parents, but is there someone who can give us time off to do it?" asked another.


The question of how to deal with ageing parents is a mounting problem in China.


According to Chinese government statistics, more than 178 million people in China were 60 years or older in 2010. By 2030, that figure will double.


As China's population goes grey, the Chinese media fills with stories of neglected old people.

Many were shocked by the story of a 91-year-old grandmother who was beaten and forced out of her home in China's southern Jiangsu province after she asked her daughter-in-law for a bowl of rice porridge.

Two days later, internet forums were filled with a similar story of farmers in the same province who allowed their family's 100-year-old matriarch to sleep in a pig sty, sharing close quarters with a pungent pig.

But those stories have not lead most people to support the new Elderly Rights Law.

"Family bonds should be based on spontaneous emotions," argued one weibo user.

"It's funny to make it part of a law; it's like requiring couples to have a harmonious sex life after marriage."



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  1. GoldenPig2012

    The point you’re trying to make is……….?

    July 02, 2013
    1. livelonger

      The moral position of abandoning the elderly to save taxes for youth.

      July 02, 2013
  2. williamemills41

    So now Chinese moral opinion and selected “weibo” comments are GOP policy?

    July 03, 2013
    1. livelonger

      Seems so; are they different?

      July 03, 2013