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The Boss Is a Weasel

Marc Munroe Dion on

You may indeed have health insurance paid for by your employer, but the price goes up every year, and the company you work for, so expert at holding costs down when it comes to your paycheck, says there's nothing they can do.

I have a pension coming when I retire. The paper where I work has been sold once in the 25 years I've worked there, but the company that owned it when I started provided a pension. It comes to about one week's pay per month, and while that doesn't seem like much, it's going to make a difference in my retirement.

The company I work for now offers a 401(k) and I cram every nickel I can into the thing, but it'll probably never yield the equivalent of one week's pay every month.

And I stress that I'm not complaining because I'm going to retire poor, because I spent all my money on toys and whiskey, and now I want someone to help me. I'm cheap; I've always done freelance work to supplement my newspaper salary; and I've saved a hell of a lot of money.

Oh, yeah. I'm going to be fine. I'm fine right now. As far as money goes, I've always been fine.

Strangely enough in 2017 America, I also want other people to be fine.

I'm conservative enough to think that the government should not be your health insurance provider, but I'm liberal enough to think that your employer should be required to give you health insurance.

I'm not sure what that makes me in terms of the current American political slur-fest, but I bet it's a very insulting name. It can't be worse than "weasel" though.

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To find out more about Marc Munroe Dion and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com. Dion's latest book, "The Land of Trumpin" is a collection of his columns from the last tragic presidential election. It is available in paperback from Amazon.com, and is also available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks and GooglePlay.

 

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