Here is a thought. If you haven't saved enough on your own, keep working instead of retiring and hoping that you don't get screwed by your former employer or the government.<quoted text>
Ridiculous. GM ran GM into the ground...they've been building behemoths for years and wonder why they don't sell when gas is tight? And don't act like this just happened...writing has been on the wall for years. Their labor force got the prevailing rate & wage & PROMISES that you so vehemently defend in supply and demand. And they've made concessions when times where tough. You seem to think the tail wags the dog.
What kind of jobs will be left when you have your way? All manufacturing jobs will be in china or the next lowest bidder as we Wal-Mart our country away. Tech jobs will be the domain of south asia/india. Textiles - gone. Farming-Going. Defense-Same thing. Are we all going to have service jobs (McDonalds and the Gap) while a class of powerful CEO, owners and upper management live the high life? Is that what you are hoping for?
People have to work to get paid to buy the things that pay for everyone else's salary and YOUR ability to sit around and post on this site all day. No free ride??!! Whatever you do, the lives and success of your neighbors and countrymen are tied into YOUR success or failure. Keep taking their jobs, their ability to support families, their health care, their worth and their hopes and you'll be giving them all a nice BIG PAID RIDE on welfare and every other means of government help.
Of course the government can screw you in so many ways that retiring may never make sense.