I'm not entirely certain how to phrase what's on my mind, but here goes. This issue of job security and retirement for people my age has had me flaming mad for some time, but this week at work really fueled the fire. The government keeps screwing with the "Social Security" funds, and by the way things look, there won't be a dime left in the account for anyone to draw from by the time I reach retirement age, let alone this clusterf**k in Iraq needs more $$ every time the wind blows. (That's an entirely different ball of wax, but I will state that I support every single military personnel over there and pray each one comes home alive and soon). My primary job is dependent on the automotive industry, and my employer's main client is Chrysler. Now, the parent company Daimler-Chrysler AG is talking about selling Chrysler and possibly closing factories. More job cuts for US workers, including me. The union has choked itself out of work through the years by their demands of benefits and raises and the auto industry just keeps cranking up the prices of automobiles to compensate for the expenses. Yet, the CEO's keep drawing their million-dollar checks while demanding cost-cutting efforts on every level. Now, the obvious and age-old reply "the rich get richer, the poor get poorer" comes to mind, but really, when is this shit going to end? When will American workers stand up and fight for their jobs? Illegal immigrant workers are only a minor issue on this front, but they are a growing concern, too. I have even started my own business in the electronic eqpt. maintenance industry, only to be burdened beyond belief with taxes and fees associated with doing business, and - this is the killer - would you believe TERRORISM INSURANCE?!?!?. I live in the middle of Cornstalk County, USA and I have to have TERRORISM INSURANCE in order to keep my major contracts. Mind you, this is not inexpensive insurance for my line of work. I get the feeling that the US Goverment would rather NOT see the middle-class survive (although we are the backbone of America). I consider myself to be financially sound (not filthy rich, but doing OK), but the concern I primarily have is whether or not living into old age is even going to be possible financially for folks like me at my age. Any thoughts on this matter?