Voting With Your Retirement Dollars

Voting With Your Retirement Dollars

Good grief!   Can it possibly be election time again?   Billions spent TV ads, yard signs, on the radio – all to buy our vote.   Here’s a news flash candidates – we baby-boomers are a huge voting block and we are savvy enough to assess the candidates and make up our own minds!   But so many issues can impact our retirement dollars, we should do a little research before marking the ballot.   Here’s my plan. 

First:  I’m going to make a list of what is really important to me and number one is my Social Security check and Medicare coverage that I put into (whether I wanted to or not), saved for and was promised.  I’ll pick a couple of other hot issues for second and third.  Note:  This is my list – please make your own.  Where do you stand on immigration, abortion, or military spending?    

We have to mail in our ballots and don’t get stickers any longer!

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Second:  I’m only going to pay attention to the words that come out of a candidates own mouth – in context.  It only takes a moment to go to and listen to a couple of speeches – from both parties.  

The political parties, public interest groups, corporate America, ALL TELL LIES and HALF-TRUTHS.  The “talking heads” on the news are only after scandal, sensationalism and increased viewer statistics.   

I don’t care how many yard signs a candidate has.  

I’m less likely to vote for someone that has a political ad every 14 seconds on TV – that’s called “desperation” in my book.  

Candidates who only talk about the problems with no concrete solutions and smear the other guys have no ideas of their own.   I want to see their plan for improving America – stop the badmouthing!     

So Mr/Ms. Candidate:  What do you stand for and what are your ideas?   Convince me.  

But mark my word, my vote is not easy to come by and is not for sale!   Thank God I have a mute button!

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Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.