By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:01 PM EST
But the fact is that under Obama, the U.S. has done everything but pay its bills. It gets other countries to pay them, with a "promise" to pay them back.
The people tapping their retirement funds are just following the government's example. No need for delayed gratification. No need for restraint. No need to plan for the future. No need to spend only what you can afford.
If you want it now, you spend it now, and if you do go broke sometime later, demand that somebody else support you.
Indeed, that is the second reason that any half-aware American should spend their money now. If you save it, the government will come looking for it.
I recall listening to a radio talk show several years ago on the topic of saving for retirement. The expert being interviewed went through all the reasons that people should set aside some money every month for their retirement years.
But when she was asked what would happen to those people who ignored that advice, who didn't save, and who ended up relatively broke in retirement, she said, "Well, I think those who are more fortunate will have to be asked to help them out."
Got that? If you sacrifice and save now, you will get no credit for it, or for how hard you may have worked. You will simply be labeled "more fortunate," as if the money you saved just fell out of the sky and you don't really deserve it. And, as the president is so fond of saying, you will therefore be "asked" to pay more - a "request" that will actually be a demand, with the force and penalties of law behind it.
Meanwhile, if you didn't save anything, nobody will ask how you spent your money - whether you blew it on vacations, lottery tickets, and partying or not. You will be portrayed as a saintly individual faced with the "agonizing choice" of buying food or your medications for the next week.
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