A multi-episode plot of the classic sitcom All in the Family had Archie Bunker and his union colleagues on the loading dock staging a strike and demanding higher wages and better working conditions. When the walkout is finally settled, his son-in-law calculates that the agreed-to increase in wages will actually leave the workers behind the cost of inflation in just a few years’ time.Ever since then, I’ve tried to maintain a degree of skepticism about any financial agreement that concerns me — with the lone exception of not questioning a too-good-to-be-true deal on a 1970 454 V-8 Chevelle.

But I digress.

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