ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE

THE POOR SHOULDN'T PAY MY PENSION--BUT THEY WILL

Every time I see a cook flipping burgers or a cleaning woman emptying the trash baskets, I wonder if I can resist the temptation to rob them.

Nobody would stop me. In fact, the government wants me to do it.

How? Just quit working. I'm nearly 66 and retired, but I earn too much now as a writer to qualify for a Social Security pension. If I were to loaf full time, however, I could collect about $15,000 a year.

I don't need or even want it. A company pension, plus income from savings and investments, should keep me and my...

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