Here we are, struggling with so many big issues. Persistent unemployment, the biggest deficit and national debt ever, an aging population and rising costs of health care, with Social Security already stretched to the limits.
And, meanwhile, the entire country of France is shut down. Gas stations are closed, airports are closed, universities are closed, public transportation’s not running, and trash is piling up in the streets. Because French workers and students are protesting a proposal by President Sarkozy to raise the minimum retirement age, with full benefits, from 60 – to 62.
That’s right. In order to confront our deficit problems, we just raised the retirement age from 65 to 67. And the French are raising hell because they might have to continue working till the ripe old age of 62.
It helps keep things in perspective, doesn’t it?
As bad as things are here, they could be worse. We could be in France.
On the other hand, let’s be honest. If we were in France – we wouldn’t want to work past 60, either.
That’s my parting shot for today.