New data from the US Census shows that it's becoming ever more likely that your parents may need to move into your place: "The median level of debt among households led by someone 65 and older..rose nearly 120% between 2000 and 2011 from roughly $12,000 to $26,000, due largely to rising mortgage debt."
The median debt of retirement-aged people is $26,000, and the majority of workers have less than $25,000 in total household savings.
Better get moving on clearing out that spare room.
Oh, and don't forget their dog...and mom is going to need space for her ladies group on Tuesday nights.
Senator Harkin's remarks on reform of the filibuster on January 25, 2013.
For the second time this week, a veteran member of the United States Senate has announced that he will be exiting the Congress after the 2014 midterms. This will be a great loss for Senate Dems, and the nation, as Tom Harkin announced his decision to retire:
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will not seek re-election in 2014, the Iowa Democrat said Saturday.
The 73-year-old Harkin told The Associated Press in an interview, “It’s just time to step aside,” noting that by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.
Harkin said the move also would allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.
Harkin will end four decades in Washington with his retirement, after serving for a decade as a member of Congress representing the state's (now-defunct) 5th district before being elected to the Senate in 1984.
Harkin is a leading liberal in the Senate, chairing the health, education, labor and pensions committee and having served as a key salesman of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care bill.
While discussing the announcement with C&L's own Scarce, he remarked "You've got to think the recent filibuster b.s. was the final straw for Harkin, or at least played a part in his decision."