Stupid Economy

I’ve been avoiding this because from the way John McCain talks about it, I know as much about the economy as he does, and I don’t have a Military or Congressional Pension coming to me in retirement, I owe another 22 years on my home, and I’m not running for President of the United States.  Okay, okay, the quotes have been taken out of context, but Senator McCain’s financial security is clear. 

I’m worried.  I’m not in a panic, but I’m actually watching financial news with a bit more interest. 

See, I’ve been worried about my retirement since I started my job.  I’ve socked away into a 403b and a Roth IRA, and any tax refunds went to my kids’ college funds or retirement for my wife and I.  I’m not stupid.  I listened to my dad’s advice and started with my retirement during my first year teaching.  I started a college fund immediately after the birth of each of my children — all the while heeding the advice to save for your children but not at the expense of your own financial security in retirement. 

What kind of loans will they have to take out?  What will they qualify for?  What kinds of outrageous interest rates will they be faced with?

But don’t worry about your children, worry about yourself. 

Social Security is in danger.  Word from the current administration was to invest early and often.  Privatize Social Security.  Put Americans in charge of their financial futures.  I’m okay with that, but I can’t help but feel my government is out to get me. 

The IRS recently changed rules, making non-profit businesses where employees are eligible for 403b’s jump through more hoops, in some cases limiting the number of plans employees might choose from.  I recently received notice that my current 403b provider is no longer an option for me through my place of business, but I can choose between AIG and another company. 

AIG.  That’s refreshing. 

Don’t even get me started on the Republican Party as the party of smaller government.  Not in the last 8 years it isn’t.

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2 Responses to “Stupid Economy”

  1. Stacey Derbinshire Says:

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work 🙂

  2. Daniels Says:

    Glad to see that others share my concern about the economy. I heard on NPR recently that this is the worst possible time for a recession, with an unpopular president in office and a closely contested election in progress, and I believe it. Not for a long time has so much ridden on the result of a US presidential election. I hope people make the right choice.

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