Newsflash: Retiring is not part of the American Dream
Protests in France have broken out in response to President Macron’s move to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. As the unrest continues across the pond, we asked several Americans for their thoughts on the situation. As a reminder, the retirement age in the United States has climbed to 67 while life expectancy has plummeted to age 76. Many Americans continue to work well into their 70s and 80s due to insufficient benefits and a weak social safety net.
“That’s the problem with Europeans,” says Randy of Des Moines, Iowa. “They aren’t hard workers. If you aren’t willing to work until the moment your heart stops beating then get out of my country, freeloader.”
Susan of Tucson, Arizona had similar sentiments. “The Declaration of Independence mentions life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Working brings me happiness. What else would I do with my golden years? Travel, paint, sit in a cafe and enjoy a glass of wine at 2 in the afternoon? Sounds HORRIBLE.”
Kaitlyn of Boston, Massachusetts, however, disagreed. “Oh you should be able to retire way before your 60s” she said. “We as Americans really don’t take care of our health and wellness. I’m trying to do better myself by practicing yoga every day and avoiding over-stressful situations.” When asked for tips on how to limit stressors, Kaitlyn mentioned the benefits of having a trust fund, a steady prescription of Xanax, and regular trips to, ironically, the south of France.
Following our interviews, we can rest assured the American Dream is alive and well, even if Americans themselves aren’t.