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  1. I just have to ask - exactly how do you think the SAT is scored?
  2. The last number wasn't from 2008. The uptick began at that time. Currently 75+ in the workforce is around 10%. There is an expectation the % will grow as life expectancy increases, but it will always be the lowest.
  3. The uptick began in 2008. The increase in the 65-70 group was much higher than in the 70+. The 75+ had an increase but smaller than the others. Those working over 75 are still a distinct minority for many reasons.
  4. I am citing above the table (anything else would be a guess) but using the BLS standard of employed = 1+ hours of paid work.
  5. As of 2002 less than 5% of those age 75 or older were still working. The number has been growing and and jumped after the 2008 economic debacle and is somewhere around 8-10% now. I would call that relatively rare.
  6. It's also important to remember that education is a solution at the micro level, but has shrinking returns at the macro level. There are only so many openings for jobs with higher skill levels, and eventually someone has to do the unskilled work. A landscaping company isn't going to pay you more just because someone has an engineering degree (extreme example obviously).
  7. For starters, near full employment is a bit misleading. The unemployment rate is calculated in a consistent measure and for that reason is a solid measure of trends over time, but it doesn't account for underemployment. It should also be noted WalMart employs around 1.4 million people in the United States. Considering a fair number of those are in areas with limited employment opportunities, I am not sure where you think that many people can find employment elsewhere. Not to be trite, but as noted in "Caddyshack", the world needs ditch diggers too. Our labor market consists of X number of jobs that may be unskilled but still require a person willing to do them. As long as the number of those seeking work >>> number of available jobs, those on the unskilled side of the labor market will be on the low end of wages. As a society we then have to decide how we are going to treat the least of us. Personally I think whether someone is bagging my groceries, doing the landscaping in my neighborhood, or cleaning houses, anyone who is working full time should be able to afford to put a roof over their heads, food on the table, and live a decent life.
  8. So...if business margins cannot support the additional pay, and those who are working for $7.25 can't make ends meets, then who makes up the difference? Hint: it starts with tax and ends with payers via the social safety net (as limited as it may be.) So the question could also be posed as why should businesses be indirectly subsidized by the taxpayer? And let's nor pretend these are only small businesses being subsidized. WalMart and other major corporations benefit even more than the typical small business. WalMart has been known to even provide employees on how to apply for government assistance. If we are okay with subsidizing business, then fine. But that means the constant attacks on the social safety net need to be dropped as well.
  9. She also has a back story involving brain trauma and manipulation. I won't judge her yet as we are very early in her story arc.
  10. Depending on where they are going with CM I am okay with the character being unlikable as that fits the current comic characterization. I disagree on that scene being forced. All the characters are present at the battle so it isn't impossible. And like I said, I don't mind a little fan service and it was a fun scene.
  11. My idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service.
  12. In the link you provided the church leadership seems to think they were being targeted due to having a large number of minority members.
  13. Personally I am just glad Christians in this country have never had to face actual persecution. I don't understand the need of those who want to pretend they have.
  14. Not really. A random broken window doesn't prove anything,
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