when i was about 16 or 17, one of the elders in our congregation told my mom that he had it from ''special sources'' that the end was very near. so he said that him and a lot of other dubs were cashing in their retirement early and using it to buy new houses, cars, and to go on vacation. their reasoning was to spend the money now, since it would be useless when the new system arrived a few years later.
so the elder and his wife cashed in their retirement and used the profits to buy a new house and go on a cruise, which my mom and i also went on. i can't remember if my mother cashed in her retirement...i don't see how she could have since she didn't have a job perse. she was just on the payroll at my dad's store (she rode the gravy train after the divorce as long as she could). but somehow she afforded to go on a week long cruise...
that was 5 or 6 years ago...i wonder about those people sometimes...i'm sure that retirement is right around the corner for many of them. do you think they're starting to get worried? and what are they going to do when they do reach retirement, the end is still not here, and they have no money to live off of?