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Opening Arguments

Work, work, work

Juxtaposition of the day.

First up, the "myth of retirement."

61% of Americans expect to continue working past the age of 65

Only 21% of Americans say they plan to stop working at the age of retirement, according to a new survey.

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“Today’s workers recognize they need to save and self-fund a greater portion of their retirement income,” said Catherine Collinson, president of TCRS. “The long-held view that retirement is a moment in time when people reach a certain age, immediately stop working, fully retire, and begin pursuing their dreams is more myth than reality.”

Followed by, 40-hour work week is "a thing of the past."

The phrase “nine to five” is becoming an anachronism.

About half of all managers work more than 40 hours a week, according to a new survey from tax and consulting firm EY, and 39% report that their hours have increased in the past five years. Little wonder, then, that one-third of workers say it’s getting more difficult to balance work and life.

How you feel about all this depends on circumstances, I guess. My sister has a conventional job with the conventional rules, and she can't wait to retire. I've been around here so long I can pretty much set my own conditions as long as I get the job done, so I'm in no particular hurry to call it quits. My brother gets to work from home, so I don't think he cares much one way or the other. He could retire or cut back his hours or make no change, and he'd still have to just walk from his bedroom to the den to start a work day.

Sorry, Millennials, we'll clear out and make room for you . . . eventually.