Thanks for your patience.

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 @ 7:10 pm | Economy, Politics

I was visiting family the last ten days, surely breaking a new record for weight gain during a visit. I started to feel the lure of becoming a giant fatso, wondering how easily I could move my weight around with another 50 lbs added. Ultimately I decided against it and to hunker down and adopt a lean lifestyle for the time being. My musculature has already taken a hit this past year, and I’ve tempted fate too much.

We must sustain ourselves, you see. And so I have to admit that while I am a committed libertarian socialist who believes in strong safety nets, I’ve encountered too many early retirees for my comfort, and it’s caused me to wonder why exactly it’s so important that we allow people to stop working in their fifties, when they’re easily at the peak of their professional wisdom and form. A fifty-five old politician is considered a young scrub, but a fifty-five year old can’t handle a white collar job? Yeah, moments like those are where I detour slightly from the dogmatic path.

Everything is about balance. To me, the question of safety nets is already well established social policy that sustains our populace’s total well-being. Retirement, with some planning, is an important social institution, one without which I believe our nation would harbor a great mass of suffering, and much less character. But then there is the line. The inevitable setting of pen to paper, where it comes down to picking numbers.

And I say this to the police. You want a pension? Stay on a case. Do cold case files for your fishing money. Test rape kits, thousands of which sit around in backlog. You can help when you’re old, and the country needs your help. When crime is over, I’ll listen to the sob stories. So yeah, sixty-five for cops too.

The moral case aside, it’s terrible for our finances too.

-hw

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