My first job was at Mcdonald's at 1.60 an hour, but I loved being independent, even if I had to sleep in my car at first. Back in 1969 there was no Walmart, but if I was fresh out of high school. Now I had saved back then. I respect Mr. Buffett. My ira account is currently 50% in VTIP, 25% in SLW, 22% in VIG and 1% each in WMT, XOM, and SWC. Thank's to fracking, I expect the United State's to be energy independent by 2020. The United States, as a two term U.S. military Veteran, has 10 time's the military strength of the the next strongest country...China. My theme of investing, now that I am retired, is the go fishing portfolio, that I got from the late Mr. Browne... 25% in U.S. long term bonds,25% in U.S. cash, 25% in gold, and 25% in U.S. stocks. But thank's to Mr. Bernanke, I tweeted that theme to the inflationary arena until Mr. Bernanke ends the stimulus.