Agree and disagree Pops.<quoted text> Speaking for myself, no, I am not retired but Nixon's auto-pen signature is on my discharge papers.
I still clearly remember the Nixon-Kennedy TV debates in 1960 on a fluttering picture on a B&W TV.
Can't quite retire yet because of a couple failed business ventures. But I tried. No regrets, just disappointments. If either venture was successful, I would be on easy street. Chit happens, at least I had 2 chances. That's cool. Many people do not have an opportunity to take any chance.
I respect any working man be they a restroom cleaner or a CEO of a major corporation. I have even more respect for those that took chances in their lives be they a success or a failure.
I am invested in real estate and also invested in the commodities market for several years in the past. Very risky business. Much like you, I tried and have no regrets.
Liberals have quite the opposite opinion of mine. They have no respect for the working man. They loathe and comment in a condescending way at people like us; cutting us down because we don't have an advanced education or perhaps some physical disability that stops us from advancing ourselves.. And to think, these are the very same people that consider themselves the compassionate of our society.
They do however embellish those that never tried. Those that never took risks or worked hard or led their lives in a responsible way. They adore people that became government dependents.
Where I disagree with you is that there are people that cannot take advantage of opportunities. I believe nearly every American has the ability to take risks and try to better themselves. I believe every real American has opportunities. It's just that you have to be ready for them when they come along.