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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    You work so you CAN retire and have a good life. Who the **** wants to work? I want to be able to retire as soon as financially possible so I can do more of the things I *want* to do.


    I can't fathom not ever retiring. If I thought I could never retire, I'd probably just shoot myself now. I'm working now simply to survive and so that I CAN retire and do all the things I want to do. Who the **** wants to work all the time? I want to go see more of the world and do fun things. Not sit in an office for the rest of my ****ing life.
    Then why not work towards being able to do something more fun for a living?
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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Can someone explain to me why we "need" to retire in general?
    What's the purpose of retiring, why is it a common thing? Why do people feel that "at a certain age I should be able to survive without being employed" ???

    I understand this concept not.

    It seems to fly in the face of all other advice and knowledge: work hard, earn a decent wage so you can support yourself and have a good life . . .

    if you want to work your entire life, feel free. i've worked without a break, really, since i was 15. i will be retiring early, within 2 years, and plan to sail the caribbean. most people with jobs can't do that, and i don't WANT to do that. having a good life, to me, doesn't include working until i die.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Starting out with a childish name call is always grounds for credibility.


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    i know, sorry. i watched a clip of his interview last night and he really did seem "altered". very,very out if it.

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    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    if you want to work your entire life, feel free. i've worked without a break, really, since i was 15. i will be retiring early, within 2 years, and plan to sail the caribbean. most people with jobs can't do that, and i don't WANT to do that. having a good life, to me, doesn't include working until i die.

    I can't say as I have that aspiration either, however with the demo's placing massive cost to everything, I might have to.


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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Here's a novel idea:

    Get the government out of the retirement business and then people can set their own retirement ages.

    Last I checked the Constitution, the only people the Federal Government is allowed to set retirement ages for are people directly employed by the Federal Government.
    That's all well and good, but there are a crapload of people like myself who would be totally screwed if Social Security was deep sixed. I will be 60 years old in 3 weeks, and I have been paying into the system all my life. When I retire, I at least want my damn money back.
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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Then why not work towards being able to do something more fun for a living?
    I'd be content to be a jeweler adn a crafter for a living if I could sustain myself on it
    The fun things to do for a living don't pay **** and are physically demanding. I wouldn't be able to do them in my later years and would require savings to retire on. Retiring on those incomes would be impossible. Besides, doing said work, even if it is fun, is a JOB. It's an obligation. I want to be free of said obligations and do what I WANT to do, not what I'm obligated to do. And, there's no job that's going to pay me to sail around the world, climb everest, bungee jump off victoria falls, visit the various countries I want to visit and see the sights I want to see.

    And, as I've already experienced, the most fun jobs in the world eventually turn into work and become 'not so fun'. I absolutely love running whitewater, and I did it for a living for nearly a decade. But those last couple of years were crap. I hated going to work, I hated my job, i hated that my job ruined something that I loved so much to do. The fact that I was obligated to do the job made the job not fun after a few years. I still LOVE to run whitewater, and I do it and will continue to do it every chance I get. But now I do it on MY terms. I do it for ME, not for a living. Not because I'm obligated to. And I will never do it as a job again. Not to mention, I could in no way support myself in my later years with that income.
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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Well, as long as we're on the subject, I'd also like to make social security based on need. If we want to balance the budget it makes sense. There's no reason why millionaires should be getting social security. Treat it like insurance -- you pay into it hoping that you don't get poor in your old age and if you are, you can collect. You could even make it like real insurance in that you can buy better policies.
    I disagree, if they start means testing then it will be seen as a distribution of wealth. Eventually the system will be seen as welfare and will be killed altogether. Who will decide who is rich and who is not. Will a retiree be forced to sell their property just to live? Bad idea.

    Keep the age where it is now and raise the cap.

    BTW, social security IS insurance and is treated that way.

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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I can't say as I have that aspiration either, however with the demo's placing massive cost to everything, I might have to.


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    if i have to go back to work, i will. but i'm not going to waste my time amassing other people's idea of "enough". i can eat rice and beans and be very happy on my boat.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    if i have to go back to work, i will. but i'm not going to waste my time amassing other people's idea of "enough". i can eat rice and beans and be very happy on my boat.

    Oh I hear ya! Can I visit?

    We could play scrabble or something.....


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    Re: Boehner wants to raise the retirement age to 70

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Oh I hear ya! Can I visit?

    We could play scrabble or something.....


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    or we could just have rum.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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