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  •  If one of us lost his/her job (6+ / 0-)

    we currently have enough resources to go perhaps 6 months without having to seriously limit our lifestyle.

    We are lucky in that regard, and also in that we both have civil service jobs, her in the Federal government, me as a teacher.

    I turn 66 in May, and by this point next year have absolutely no idea what I will be doing.  At least I could retire and draw social security (which I will begin to draw in January, which will give me another few months of maneuverability) and pension.  I've run the numbers.  Assuming the 2% payroll tax cut remains, the buying power of those two equals about 70% of my current salary.   Thus we do not face the kind of pressures others do, for which we are grateful.

    But I have never been of the mindset of "I've got mine, Jack - you are on your own."   I have benefited far too much in my life from what others have done for me to ever become so narrow in my outlook.

    What happens to others around us inevitably affects me as well.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 06:45:25 AM PST

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