I didn't retire in California Vance and there really isn't much you know about me or my lifestyle. It's people like you and Kathy P that cost you the election with your bitterness and judgement of others. Thanks!
I'm so sorry for what you've faced. You'd think a long military service would be thanked in a meaningful way, and wanting healthcare coverage sure doesn't seem excessive to me.
iddee and kathy--I can't believe you said what you did. Are you serious? If BB was promised one thing, then had it pulled out and now needs to provide it on his own for his family, you don't think that might affect his ability to save for retirement? Seriously, have you no hearts or compassion at all? If you can say this to BB, it helps me understand the level of bitterness and meanness in this election.
I agree with BB that this bitterness coming out of Romney lost him the election. Does anyone remember the American Dream anymore? The dream was if I worked hard, I had a decent life. Not that I work hard to provide some fat cat an exorbitant life, and then have a lot of what I've worked for taken away by someone else. People are fed up.
Tbeek--A living wage would be different in different parts of the country. When I pulled $20,000 out of the air, I was basing it on a 2-income family. Many people would be able to live on $40,000/year. Your $50,000 would be much more desirable!
Personally, I would have loved to have been able to raise my kids without working outside the home. Unfortunately, DH is a farmer and we had no health insurance, so I've worked our entire marriage to provide HI for the family. Last year, my company pulled health ins. as a benefit for people working my hours. I'm pretty sure my bosses have not had pay cuts, but I had to give up HI. I'm not bitter, but I'm not too enthused, either. My in-laws want to retire, but my FIL had cancer (cured) and so I'm very grateful for the new preexisting condition clause, for their sake.