In Defense of Mary Poppins

This time The Little Stinkers have gone too far.

They are now directing their Smear Campaigns against Mary Poppins!

Here is a sampling of community comments put forward during recent discussions of The Poppins Matter:

JohnYaker: As far as John Greaney’s article referenced in the original post, I found it cruelly mean-spirited.

Gregory: You’re right, the article about Rob is very mean-spirited. It’s too bad the author feels the need to do this sort of thing.

OUJohnNasr: That link is mean-spirited, hateful, degrading, but above all, it’s true. Rob, if you are reading this, please do the right thing and get back in the work force. Leaving a $100,000+ a year job at the age of 43 was financial suicide considering the size of your nest egg.

Radioman: When, how and if to retire are determined solely by individual circumstances.

JohnYaker: The article says more about the character of the author than the subject. Reminds me of schoolyard bullying.

Earnabuck: I think Greaney is still steaming because Rob exposed him and his 4% SWR. He gave bad advice and attempts to change the spotlight off of his own recklessness. What a shame, quite petty.

Allan: I think Greaney’s website is full of excellent, specific information, while Rob’s website is like watching Mary Poppins.

CashNCarry: Why on earth would someone advertise their personal life the way he has, I mean he’s created his own personal Truman Show. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

Clemcs06: Dude, get a freakin job so you can take your kids to Disney World.

Hocus: Many sites in the personal finance area are far too stuffy. Mary Poppins is the voice of common sense in comparison to some of the oh-so-grave-and-oh-so-self-important voices being heard on Planet Internet today.

Jason375: I am not sure Rob intends for his “advice” to be taken seriously. He likes to challenge the conventional wisdom (lots of posts with titles like “work is not a four letter word”) and get reactions.

Tc101: It takes all kinds. Maybe hocus adds some flavor to the mix.

Allan: The problem I have is that Rob is putting himself out to the general public as a financial expert, questioning the real experts like Bernstein and Scott Burns.

Greg24: I wouldn’t call it retirement to quit your job so you can post 12 hrs a day on the internet. [Editors Note: Ouch!]

Jason375: Greaney is single and managed to accumulate several million dollars for a secure retirement. Rob has millions less and dependents. I guess everyone is free to choose their own experts, lol.

CashNcarry: I hate to admit it, but hocus brings out the worst in me (and some others as well). He reminds me of one of those lifesize inflatable clown balloons I had as a child. You’d step on it’s feet, and whack the tar out of it, and it would go down and spring back up again ready for the next whack.

Arrete: I will not respond to any post directed at me by Rob because I already know he will either play the injured innocent, pretend we’re friends, or twist my words.

Hocus: My friendships are not dependent on what the individual who I have come to think of as a friend believes about safe withdrawal rates or any other investing topic.


  1. [...] Today’s Passion: When I was a boy, you didn’t get to see as many movies as you spoiled kids of today do, let me tell you. There was no Netflix then. You had to go to this place called a “theater” and, if you weren’t old enough to be allowed to cross big streets, it wasn’t too easy to pull off. So when I hear someone taking shots at an old friend from those days, I cannot help but post a blog entry entitled In Defense of Mary Poppins. [...]

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