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Subject:  Re: Blue Collar Early Retirement Date:  2/6/2007  3:47 AM
Author:  SeattlePioneer Number:  556 of 116448

<<Some are prepared. Some will never be prepared. And other can't imagine being prepared for unexpected problems or opportunities.
This is true of blue-collar people, white collar people, pretty much everyone...It's a continuum.

I know a lot of people in the trades. Many of these people earn well and are smart and hard-working. Some are frivolous and choose to build 10K s.f. houses and buy lots of toys. Some have invested wisely in property (typically also with sweat equity) and will retire well before I will (sob!). I think the "grasshopper vs. ant" thing isn't really a white/blue collar split so much as it is a educated-about-money-or-not-thing.

That's an interesting observation, and implies that the problems of those aiming at early retirement are common to all.

But should good liberals be planning for such luxuries at all? Isn't early retirement really an activity for a wealthy elite to aim for, and by grasping Republicans in particular?

Seattle Pioneer

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