How the notion of a retirement for workers took root beginning with Germany's Bismarck

  • Article by: PAUL WISEMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 29, 2013 - 12:45 AM

WASHINGTON — Work until you die — or until you can't work anymore.

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sek2undrstndDec. 29, 13 8:52 AM

The notion that people are living longer is hogwash. People are not living any longer than they did in 1957. However people are not dying as infants and toddlers at the same rate. Therefore MORE people are living to the same age as in 1957 and with the baby boom generation it appears that people are living longer because there are more people in the group. Once the baby boom generation dies off it will suddenly appear that people are dying at a younger age because there will be fewer people in the pool.

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ciamanDec. 29, 13 8:34 PM

So what is your point, Paul Wiseman? Do you plan to work until you are 90? Really? Do you think that people want to work all their lives and then die on the factory floor? But not for you, sir, I imagine. You probably have a pension and Social Security waiting for you, um? And Medicare too? And do you have your 401K plan or some other plan? Here is some news for you, Mr. AP writer. People like the 21st century and not the the 18th or 19th century that you seem to dream of. No pensions? No health care? No Dr's? Please, Sir, go and work yourself to death if you want. But most people that I know dream of having some good years to enjoy life and take trips that have waited for decades. You seem to imply that all of us should work forever except for you. Goodby sir, and good riddance.

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