Whether you’re currently employed or retired, categorized as a white collar or a blue collar worker, your savings accounts are probably in the red. Right now, most of us are trudging along, hoping to escape financial disaster and start living a normal life again,
We planned ahead and felt safe about our retirement years, never expecting anything like this financial meltdown. Like many pre-boomers, I did the footwork, but I now have an uneasy feeling about the future. It’s not the kind of topic I like to discuss with others. So I end up with the sense of being alone. If I don’t talk about it then I’ll end up dealing with this situation all alone, even though I realize lots of folks have similar fears and choose not to talk about it either.
We complain out loud, yet seem paralyzed when it comes to taking action. True, the T-parties and recent protests at Town Hall meetings were a way for some of us to demonstrate displeasure over the government tax and spend policies. Here in California, we said “no” to propositions calling for more taxes, but we don’t know how this will rein in spending and what services will be cut. Trillions of dollars are being committed by the federal government with more to come, but we have no idea as to how the funds will be spent and the effect it will have on our individual families now and in the years to come.
Government doesn’t create things or provide the kinds of incentives needed to grow the economy. So why are we allowing them to take over the auto industry, banks, insurance companies and more? It didn’t work in other countries; and I don’t believe it can work in America. So instead of worrying about my personal situation, I started engaging in conversations with friends, family and neighbors, looking for areas of agreement. After finding this common ground, the next step is to let the politicians know how we feel.
This type of grassroots effort has little to do with political parties, political labels or political philosophy; it’s about our way of life and the quality of it. Let’s face it; we’re all in the same boat, so we must forget about the white collar/blue collar thing. It’s really a red, white and blue thing – the colors of our flag, a symbol of the greatest nation on earth. The country has been through tough times before; and we united to overcome adversity, because we are Americans. Together, we can do it again.