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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 seems you'll work till you drop. That's your choice.

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