Let’s be clear(er) about retirement

February 15th, 2011

Michael Kinsley, writing today’s Op-Ed piece in the L. A. Times. His topic: housing prices. His point: younger people, just starting out, and middle agers wanting to upgrade to bigger and/or better want housing prices to go down so they can buy one, but if you are older, you have equity, and want prices to go up, so you can cash out.

Making his case, he sez, “empty nesters, who are approaching or already enjoying retirement..”

Excuse me, but is it a given that retirement is “enjoyable?” What about someone 58 or 62 who was forced to take “early retirement?” What about people who are financially strapped or lonely, or bored?

Retirement is not universally enjoyable. That is sloppy journalism. The Media Watchdog is gritting her teeth.

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