Thursday, July 22, 2010

Retirees Not the Solution But May Be Part of the Problem

The following is my comment on a story called Retirees Replacing Teen Workers in Low-Wage Jobs :

    First, I agree with iridium53's comments why he/she hires older workers.

    Second, I don't believe a government program is going to solve the problem of hundreds of thousands of young Americans being unemployed. There is no way that a government program is going to instill a sense of having to take full responsibility for one's life in young adults. Many of these young adults have been spoiled by their parents, or even grandparents, who are now looking for jobs for retirement.

    The economic mess that America is in was largely created by the government including low interest rates and big time debt, but the government was playing up to the general population, a lot of whom wanted something for nothing.

    Too many Americans - young and older - have lost the sense of taking 100% responsibility for their lives and instead have a sense of entitlement from the government and taxpayers about their retirement planning and retirement income.

    There is also the more serious problem of a lot of jobs being outsourced to places like India and the Phillipines simply because the people there - including young workers - are more willing to earn their pay by doing the work that has to be done and not having a sense of entitlement.

    I am about to ourtsource some of my writing and webdesign and I intend to use workers from the Phillipines simply because they provide a lot more value than North American workers - young or old.

    Ernie Zelinski
    Author of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Here is a retirement quote to help you contemplate retirement.

    "It [retirement] was absolutely boring. You can't go and say, 'I'm
    retired now. That's it!' It won't take long and you're really gone
    for good and someone throws the last shovel of dirt on a coffin with
    your name on it. That's the moment you're really retiring — when
    you die."
    — Ozzy Osbourne

1 comment:

  1. The government is involved too much in our lives. Due to the economic environment over the past two years many retirees, even those that planned well, are looking for ways to protect what they have or earn more to meet their needs.

    We should each be responsible for ourselves, and have fun doing it. Find that passion that you have for some subject and become the expert. You will find all sorts of opportunities opening up for you.