PSUEngineer (Still working): "I know you think you are special but you really are replaceable."Hmmm...they didn't replace me, and in fact, laid off another 75 folks. I would have had to go out and take away a job from some younger worker.....and he'd be unemployed. Of course, likely I'd be making less too.....telecom salaries plummeted. Then again, I might have been one of the survivors had I stayed. There were very few folks with my background in the department. ----------PSUEngineer:" Someone else can step into your position and pay the additional taxes. "No one did. And there weren't too many with my background. Which is why they paid me the big bucks. But you can dream on. -------PSUEnginer:"You retired as the government hoped."Actually, no. The gov't expected me to work to 66, to fill in all those zeros in the SS work years. I only had 31 work years. So I get 31/35ths of the SS I would have gotten had I worked another 4 years. The gov't never hopes for less taxes. Only more and more and more -----------PSUEngineer:" They were still receiving income taxes for your position."Nope, they didn't fill it. Not one of the 150 others there were qualified to take it. ---------PSUEngineer:" You were not collecting unemployment or social security. "Wrong. How wrong can you be on everything? Actually, I did file for unemployment. I had been 'laid off'. Got 20 weeks or something like that. And, I did start taking SS at 62, rather than work to my 'normal' retirement age of 66 1/3rd. So, yep, I bled the government. ---------PSUEngineer:"Medicare wasn't paying for your health. You were not seeking employment so you were not increasing the unemployment rate."Actually, I was looking for a nice high paying equivalent job. There weren't any around as the telecom market had cratered and other telecom companies were laying off, not hiring. I would have had to relocate and that wasn't something I wanted to do. I was technically increasing the unemployment rate. At least for a while.--------I'd hate to be in your shoes...it seems you'll work till you drop. That's your choice. t
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