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Livid and Afraid

An ancient pundit on the meaning of economic disaster.
Mark Galli

"I was out of the office on Friday for medical testing. On Sunday, I had a voice mail at home from one of our company VPs, requesting I call her at home as she wished to speak with me before work on Monday."

So begins what is these days an all too familiar story. This one comes from the Experience Project.

"Of course, our company has been downsizing like crazy, so I knew what she was going to tell me. But I was still in denial because (1) I am an extremely good worker, and (2) I just received an e-mail out of the blue from the VP I report to directly telling me, 'I appreciate your hard work and dedication.' Evidently he knew what was coming.

"To make a long story short, I am 61 years old … and I have never been laid off or fired. … I am livid … not to mention frightened."

Livid and frightened. If you have lost anything from a job to potential retirement income, that pretty much sums things up right now.

A day does not go by that an op-ed piece in The New York Times, The ...

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