By John Pagani*
"There's a lot of things on my plate I need to deal with in the here and now, rather than things in 2020 and beyond."
So said Prime Minister John Key on Breakfast yesterday when asked why he wouldn't look at raising the retirement age.
He may as well have said:
"Yes, I can't save for my retirement either, because I have a lot of things I need to worry about today, and with all due respect to my children, they are just going to have to look after me in retirement. I'm much to busy to have a vision for the future."
There are many good arguments against what the Retirement Commissioner wants. Being too busy to think about where New Zealand will be in ten years is not one of them.
* John Pagani is an independent political consultant and writer who has worked as an adviser to Labour Leader Phil Goff. He writes his own blog at Posterous.