This is a great article and ever so true about the differences between Americans and Europeans. A Belgium customer said to me, “Americans live to work and Europeans work to live,” this has stuck with me.
If you ran out of money at age 80 what would you do? Sobering but true, below are only 7 reasons you may never retire. These items should alarm you but it won’t. That’s because unless you study this stuff, and I do, you won’t see the problem or what it means to you.
I’m not a doomsday sayer. I’m just a guy watching this story unfold, and watch it get bigger. I do like the image of politicians, “kicking the can down the road.” But, really, aren’t we all kicking it down the road?
So, listen up, here’s the list of 7.
1) 10,000 Americans reach age 65 every day.
2) Companies offering Pensions has dropped from 112,000 to 23,000
3) 45% of workers cannot access employer-sponsored 401k or pensions.
4) Medicare and Social Security will run out of money by 2028 and 2034.
5) $300 Trillion dollars are owed for unfunded public pensions
6) Americans don’t save, in fact, Americans have a negative savings rate.
7) Politicians have too many competing interests, so they kick the can.
The earlier one starts to save, the easier it is to accumulate sufficient wealth at retirement. The corollary to this is that the longer a country (or an individual) waits to address these issues, the fewer options there will be for solutions, and the options that remain will become more and more difficult to successfully implement (source noted below).
The authors of the article I quote grade our current 401k system as a letter grade of “D+.” I’m not sure what the plus sign means, but I can tell you many individuals are not prepared to retire because so few have pensions (that’s what your Grandpa or Grandma had), and those with a 401k have put too little in it.
Work for a City or other governmental unit?
There is a combined $300 Trillion in unfunded liabilities for employees of these places of work. And, these employees are going to look for their retirement check and receive something like what Detroit retirees received, which was pennies on the dollar.
Your parents and grandparents retired with a pension. They received a check each month for as long as they lived, that, plus social security, made a very comfortable retirement for many people. With the list of 7, you can hopefully see you’re unlikely to retire the way you might be thinking.
You can save now, try closing your Amazon account. Or, find any other way to save. Whether you’re by yourself or at a company or government, the time to do something is now. Make saving and asking questions to protect retirement important to you. After all, I have a friend who says;
“What gets attention, gets done.”
I love these conversations, either to help you as an individual, or your employer. I am happy to help or steer you to better resources.
Building a Strong Retirement Program: One for the AGES, Benefits Quarterly, International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, Brookfield, Wisconsin; www.iscebs.org.
This short video is worth watching and passing onto others, especially students.
He’s speaking to students and his message is timeless. It’s a simple, but important message about the opportunity to do something great, to find careers they love that make them economically viable, that requires hard work, and a never quit attitude.
This current generation never heard these words, or if they had, we wouldn’t have so many unemployed college students. He states the truth about finding what you love, but doing so in a way that makes you economically viable. In only a few minutes, he talks about never quiting, he talks about smart, great people who did quit. The one’s who should have seen dreams come true, but had quit. President Trump is real, he’s not the orator one might want, but his message is heart felt and real.
I was glad I found this today.
What College Is Not
I like Trump’s talk because it is 180 degrees opposite the messages this latest generation has received from their advisors. They listened to teachers, pop-culture, and others who said, follow your dreams. Trump says, find a career your passionate about, and is economically viable, and don’t quit!
The alternative message students have been getting in the last generation results in this pathetic commentary and excuse making. It’s not my fault. That sounds like, I quit. This article quote, and the article, in Forbes sounds like a student who is lost. The author in explaining his position provides excuses for students. He argues on behalf of the students who made bad choices by saying, “Again, they did nothing wrong.”
No, I suppose they did nothing wrong, like sheep, they didn’t think at all about what going to college meant, going to college is part of getting a job, period.
Excuse Making Never Leads To Improvement
The first rule of LEAN manufacturing is to get to the truth in order to make improvements to get better. Excuse making in this article means the next generation of students will be as dumb (intensity intended) as this generation.
The person who wrote this, and Forbes who promoted it, are promoting more stupid students, this is crazy. Forbes should be promoting the Presidents talk, but they won’t. This article perpetuates stupid. It gives students more excuses, they will have learned nothing from this current in debt generation. LEAN would say, they will repeat the same poor college choices.
Education System Is To Blame
A simple root-cause-analysis points to the truth that the entire college message is owned by Universities who desire that all people become its subjects.
Someone needs to tell the truth about college education and the institutions promoting college education. Education is a system and it encourages its own survival over the survival, and life, of the students.
Colleges own and control both the message about college, and living life in general (atheism is promoted by colleges, that’s by design).
For parents and students, maybe a class-action lawsuit asking that colleges waive all debt if their graduates are unemployable. Just a thought. After all, colleges are the smart people, they’re the ones who teach economics, they knew that degrees they were charging hundreds of thousands of dollars for were useless. That little fact didn’t stop them from charging and promoting their degrees.
Compare Trump’s Message To the Forbes Article
Look at the Forbes article, compare that message to the Trump video and his message. Tell me which one promotes the best quality of life for students? Which one is honest with students, which one will help students be happy in a lifetime? The message of hard work, don’t quit, pick a degree field that makes you economically viable should be taught in every grade from middle school on up.
Thank you, President Trump, for speaking the truth, hopefully, teachers, universities, students and parents will pick up on the message.
Don’t forget, not everyone should go to college, now that’s a shocker! Yes, other countries understand that vocations are just as valuable, as degreed people. America needs more promotion of vocational training for skilled workers.
Be the first to sign up below, I’m sure there’s an attorney who would take your case, I keep hearing about hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for students and parents, maybe this way you can get money back, and save the next generation from the same pitfall, how else will we learn? Forbes won’t tell students about old fashion values, neither will teachers or Universities.
For over 10 years, Don and I have laughed our way closer to Jesus.
We can start off by reading scripture, and before we know it, we are poking fun at each other about how unworthy we are to have Jesus love us. Then we begin to laugh. I want to believe Jesus is laughing as well, not with us, but
at the two goofballs calling themselves good Catholic boys.
Leading Each Other to Christ
Don leads me closer to Christ. I have had people who I thought were my friends in the past who did not practice their faith. As I moved closer to Christ, those people pushed back from our friendship. Maybe I made them feel uncomfortable, or guilty. While I did not push my new found spirituality on them, I began to change. I did not want to spend as much time with these old friends since I found friends like Don.
We could talk about our life and our journey with Christ. Where we turned away from Christ, and how we knew we had to find our way back to His path. Of course within this mix were our careers, our problems with our careers, and our families. Real life.
Laugh at This Life
My wife Patrice knows that when I tell her Don and I are having lunch or a beer after work, that I’m in good company and that I’ll come through the door with a big fat smile on my mug because Don makes me laugh at myself and at life.
Don is the call I will always take when my “do not disturb” feature is on. Don is the one who will volunteer to drive hours with me to an appointment just so we can spend time together.
Find Your Friend In Christ
My advice to anyone who cares to hear it, go find a Don of your own, someone who will lead you to heaven, and help keep you away from the other place.