Adonick wrote: Clinton P. Desveaux wrote: Adonick wrote: Manganic wrote:
Adonick wrote:Surprisingly, I too believe that CPP should be mandatory.
Yes; that does indeed surprise me.
Care to tell us why you would support such a tyrannical concept?
Because I do not believe the average Canadian can afford to save for retirement, and it serves as a basic safety net for the elderly, whom, in my opinion, deserve to be taken care of for their years of hard work.
Take for example a lifelong retail employee. I highly doubt that they can afford a fancy retirement package - and they do one of the most thankless jobs.
I am very pro-market, but it can't solve everything. Sometimes a touch of compassion is necessary in the right places.
But most people own homes, get jobs, and buy food, so why would they not be able to plan for retirement? You take a rather shallow view of individuals.
A large segment of society mortgages their home, both work, buy food, and still live from paycheque to paycheque. I would suggest that most people would struggle to put together any reasonable amount of money towards a retirement plan that may last two decades. If you don't believe that's the case, I feel you live a world of books rather than dealing with the average person.
I consider myself to be an average person.
I manage to do all of the above, and I don't live from paycheque to paycheque. I don't drive a particulary flashy car, I don't have a big-screen plasma TV, and my two computers are old beaters.
I put money away for retirement, buy food, pay my mortgage, car loan, and take a vacation from time to time.
It is possible; people just have to prioritize.
"Broke" is temporary. Poverty is a state of mind.
Relying on the government to look after you is a poverty mentality.
"Every person's life is theirs by right. An individual's life can and must belong only to himself, not to any society or community, or he is then but a slave. No one can deny another person their right to their life, nor seize by force what is produced by someone else, because that is stealing their means to sustain their life. It is treason against mankind to hold a knife to a man's throat and dictate how he must live his life."
-- Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen