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  •  Talkin' About My Generation (3+ / 0-)
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      I don't care much for the name "Jones Generation" but the later Boomers are different from the earlier ones and have mostly been ignored in discussions of the Boomers, as if all Boomers are "Clintonsomething" (born in the late '40s). Maybe that is why we need a name for our cohorts. I remember a lot of the Sixties from my childhood (born in '58) but sometimes feel like I missed out on a lot of the fun and excitement of that time. On the other hand it was advantageous to be only 14 when the U.S. got out of the Viet Nam War. For a while in the early '70s with Nixon I thought it still might be going on when I was old enough for the draft. Because I was born before 1960 I am not subject to the Selective Service Registration system that younger men must comply with. So perhaps the late '50s was a good time to be born after all.

       Getting back to the topic of the diary, late boomers are also in the phaseout range between SSA full retirement ages 65 to 67. 1958ers have the unique retirement age of two-thirds of a century (66 years 8 months). People born in 1960 or later have 67 as their full retirement age. 67 is plenty old for retirement benefits; that number should not be raised.

    I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

    by Zack from the SFV on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 11:53:25 PM PST

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    •  I would have no problem (5+ / 0-)

      working till age 67 or even 70, except who employs people that age anymore except as WalMart greeters?

      There's a big gap out there that nobody talks about.  It's the people who are anywhere from their late forties on up who get downsized out of their jobs and can't find another because there is a very real and very big problem in this country with age discrimination.

      But they can't collect Social Security till they are in their late sixties.

      What the hell are all these people supposed to do for the intervening twenty years?  There just aren't enough WalMarts to go around.

      I know a few people who are in this exact situation.  But they are, in the larger context of our society, completely invisible.  I suspect that a significant portion of the 99ers who are currently being left twisting in the wind by the Obama Administration fall into this demographic.

      Obama, 2008: "Yes We Can!"
      Obama, 2010: "No, I Won't!"

      by Mehitabel9 on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 07:53:40 AM PST

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      •  Mehitabel9 thank you (2+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV, BYw

        for pointing out the age discrimination thing, cause that's where I am.

        Unemployed since April 2007, almost 54 years old and no one wants to give me time of day let alone a job.

        I want to work so bad, it's humiliating.

        And yeah, I fear that Obama is taking everything away before I get a dime of what I've paid into it, so there is a disconnect.

        DC pols are gonna take us all to cleaners.

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