not to take me own thread off topic, but this be somethin' i've always wondered at meself also - why didn't the elderly save on thar voyage to old age?
why is it, when folks have a lifetime to prepare fer old age, and evidence abounds that old age can be an expensive proposition, do folks willfully do so little to save fer it?
here be me answers;
1) whilst they hadn't prepared financially by savin', at least they were spending all thar lives, thereby stimulatin' economic activity, so thats not so bad, aye?
2) 'tis a cultural thing, americans on the whole just aren't that good at savin'. then again, the cost 'o healthcare be so preposterous in our nation, maybe 'tis not reasonable to expect most folks to able to save the titanic sums necessary...
3) 'tis alot like folks who set thar clocks five minutes early...an attempt to trick themselves into actually bein' on time. it doesn't work, fer in the long run they just adjust thar own behavior and they use up that margin anyway, dawdlin' around...doin' this and that. since our swabby's know the safety net be out thar, they whittle away at whatever savings they have.