Re "Debate shifts to retiree benefits" (Page A1, Jan. 3): The most obvious conflict over resources has been the enormous upward redistribution of wealth to the top 1 percent, not a conflict based on age.
In fact, the government is not up against any resource limits as the markets keep trying to tell people by lending the government vast amounts of money at extremely low interest rates.
Long term deficits are projected to be a problem because of the projected explosion in health care costs, not the aging of the population.
If health care costs in the United States were comparable to those in any other wealthy country, we would be looking at long-term budget surpluses, not deficits. This suggests a conflict between the interests of the public and the health care providers, but not between generations.
Finally, the cuts that have been proposed for Social Security and Medicare would primarily hit the young not current benefit recipients.
-- Gary Fitzgerald, Carmichael