All the people responding believed that Spain is better, especially for retirees. This is my response:
I retired from a good job in the US government and believed that my pension would allow me to have a wonderful life without worries. I try to make my life wonderful by staying busy, doing volunteer work to help others and staying fit.
However, with the current administration, Con Don and his fellow Republicans, we are losing ground every day. We pay over $800 USD a month for health insurance, and another $200 to $300 for medicines not covered by insurance. If we suffer a catastrophic illness, we could lose our home and all our savings.
Con Don and the Republican legislature passed tax reform two years ago that gave the middle class a reduction in taxes for one year, but took away other tax breaks. The end result is that we are paying more taxes now than when we retired. The tax reform also reduced taxes for the rich, in one case from corporations from 35% to 20%. Now they are claiming that they can’t support entitlements, that is Social Security, Medicare and all other social programs. They aim to reduce them if they win another election.
Projections are that people like us will continue to see our retirement deteriorate as we get older.
There is a good chance that Con Don will get another four years after 2020. Things don’t look good for many of us.
Con Don and the Republicans are also doing everything they can to keep our retirement pensions static.
For health reasons my wife can’t relocate, we also have two sons that while adults need our support. Moving to another country is not an option.
I served in the military in Vietnam as an infantry soldier. Used the benefits to get a Master’s in Engineering. Worked in public service for over 40 years. Now I am disposable.
Capitalism as practiced in the US under the current administration is bad for most, except the rich. Even if progressives win in the next election it may be too late for many.