does this cause anyone else to stop and think?
Some things I've read here and some people I know have caused me to ponder this situation. Private industry is having to reconsider generous pension benefits for an aging workforce in order to remain competitive. People might have to work longer to save enough for retirement - might not be able to retire in their 50's. On the other hand I know a few people who have worked for the government who have retired comfortably at age 55 with what seem to be generous defined benefit pensions - at least that's what they tell me. I also noticed some postings here along those lines. Of course the government does not have to be competitive since taxes can be raised on a "captive audience" to generate more revenue if needed.
What do you think?