@langedangereux this is not the same thing. The random credit card holder didn't screw this one up, but if she doesn't notice the charge, she's out a bunch of money for it. Your landlord? Either he misplaced the check or it got lost in the mail and he couldn't be bothered to respond to your email. It's not your responsibility to manage his finances. You are absolved! :makes Popelike blessing motion:
"The developed world's youth shouldn't expect much help from an older generation that has preserved its generous arrangements at the cost of increasingly stark prospects for its own progeny." This isn't what happened. Our economy didn't tank because we have generous pensions and health care for olds (we don't! but not-as-screwed Germany does). Our economy tanked because we let a bunch of really clever guys inflate a giant credit bubble that ended how bubbles always end. Preserving a basic standard of living for olds doesn't bring the "cost of increasingly stark prospects" for young people. Young people have shitty prospects because the economy collapsed. We can fix their prospects by fixing the economy, investing in better infrastructure, retooling our education system, and finding a way to educate kids without inflicting them with a mountain of debt. None of this requires throwing old people from the train. The massive and unsustainable economic problem posed by olds--Medicare--is really just the same massive and unsustainable health care spending problem we all have.
It's cool how you're bucking conventional wisdom by doing something lazy and dumb! Incidentally, this isn't going to bite you in the ass when you're 59. It's going to bite you in the ass when you're 43 and you realize how much you're going to need to carve out of your paycheck to stave off dying in poverty.