I am approaching his age and while I don't have nearly the same money, I'm in the retirement system. Money was an issue with him, even if it was being paid for what he thought he was worth. The accomplishment in office that gave him the greatest pride was making the job full time (and nearly doubling his salary in the process). He had that fight with EG over the furniture, but he was making more that $108 K them, and EG was working as well. BG would have been making more than $100 K as well, so it wasn't Lara's bills. His financial situation is, bluntly, not what you would expect for a guy planning to retire.