An early retiree, I worked as expatriate in China for many years in engineering works. Over the years, I saw China growing and I believe US must maintain manufacturing for longer term. Even the special interest made it difficult, I don't know why US can not simply raise gasoline tax and get rid of the deficit. Maybe it is too simple! I am still working as a consultant, and I am still investing. I tend to look for big picture direction in reading. Even I believe I should move more to ETF, I still own individual stocks.