Post by jvangurp
When the subject of retirement comes up with friends who have no hope of ever retiring because of low paying work or having starting late in life, or they have no retirement savings or pension plan I see some eye rolling here and there. Once in a while it even looks like a bit of resentment. Well what can you do... these are people who graduated high school around the same time I did and they had all the same information and choices. Not my fault they took a different route, and the lifetime in the office didn't come without a cost to health and mental state and a hit to life's aspirations. It's pretty darn sweet now though!
A few thoughts when others criticize boomers and gov't workers for
"being better off than them":
(1) No one picks their birth year.
(2) Many of my peers left school at Grade 12 or earlier . . . a few even
tried university for a year and then got a pink or blue collar job. I
had no car, no money, no girl . . . they had it all. Fast cars, a job,
a pocket full of money, freedom from teachers and school, women (or men
for those who want to nit-pick) and so on . . . life's great when you
are under 30 and have a job. BUT, the wages stay around the same all
through your working life, the cars wear out, the women (or men) often
then ditch you for those working at steady jobs, etc. The point being
you can't have everything they see from age ~15 to ~90 without
sacrificing something for a number of years of your life. They chose to
live the good life ASAP, but ran out of resources when the reality of
adulthood kicked in around 30. It was their choice to have "fun" early
at the cost of not having a lot when it came time to retire. Remember,
it was THEIR choice, not yours or mine.
(3) We boomers didn't make the current pension laws or institute the
social programs of today. Our parent's generation did. I call them the
"Bob Hope" generation. Regardless of what you call it, the generation
who ran the show from ~ 1950 to ~2000 were NOT boomers. The only boomer
Prime Minister we ever had (and almost certainly the last one) was
Stephen Harper. He was not "good" for boomers. Justin Trudeau is
Gen-X. Regardless of what you think of him, he is NOT a boomer and
doesn't cater to boomers.
(4) Sitting in a government cubical, with multiple dimensions of
mismanagement, and implementing ever changing policies, for 35-40 years
is not an easy job. You do get job security, but little to no job
satisfaction can be derived from enforcing politically driven
ideological rules that favour another part of the country or another
demographic . . . and change after every election.