- Sep 21, 2001
I didn't mean to imply that all people working in their 60s and 70s lived profligately. I was responding to the poster who said anyone who could afford to retire earlier deserved to have their extra income taxed away. There definitely are a variety of very valid reasons people work those extra decades but just because some people choose to deprive themselves earlier in life in order to retire earlier doesn't mean that they deserve to carry a heavier tax burden.One person here implied that people working into their 60s or 70s have to do so because they lived beyond their means. While that might be true in some circumstances, it isn't fair to generalize that to an entire group of people. I will work into my 60s and maybe later, but it isn't because I lived beyond my means -- it is because I choose to enjoy life now rather than live like a poor person hoping that I can save up and retire early. Plus I think I would get bored having nothing to do. The bottom line is that you never know what is going to happen down the line, so you should try to enjoy life now rather than putting it off.