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demisfine
Often correct, NEVER right.
02:41 PM on 09/29/2011
Funny, he doesn't look "personally concerned".
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Botany5000
02:37 PM on 09/29/2011
Since I have been 50, I don't even try to get a "job,"
I just create my own and start working.
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obamavet
Green and Left
02:35 PM on 09/29/2011
Age discrimination has always been nearly impossible to prove. There are no visible markers beyond a few wrinkles and gray hair. Under current laws, employers really don’t need to justify a dismissal-especially in an “at will” state. As a result, older employees can be totally screwed over and they have no recourse. As an older person, I have experienced obvious age discrimination while looking for employment and while on the job. It’s a very subtle form of discrimination that is easily covered and hidden. When you are victimized by it, there is no doubt in one’s mind that it was age discrimination. The clues are obvious because you look at the reception area and see young faces and the hiring manager and peer interviewers are all below thirty. The interview goes really well and you hit all of the job specs until somebody throws an extra requirement that they know from your resume you are not trained in or experienced in. I guess as long as our society is youth oriented, this will not change.
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valley boy
02:33 PM on 09/29/2011
Go into politics. You can "work" until you die, or fulfill one term (or in Palins case part of one term), then collect benefits forever.
02:49 PM on 09/29/2011
For the Feds, it's 5 years to get into the retirement program, and I think it's 10 for lifetime medical benefits (but I'd have to doublecheck that 2nd point) - where you'd still have to pay premiums.
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woody7
Always a Dem, but..............
02:33 PM on 09/29/2011
I guess you just " grow old" and die.
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02:33 PM on 09/29/2011
In Japan, there is a day that honors older workers. Corporations pay for commute costs for its workers, give two months salary each year as a bonus, and generous retirement pensions and health care. Mandatory retirement age is 60, and retirement income does not drive anyone to poverty. Seniors have medical care for free, hospice for free, and even retirement homes are very reasonable.

Is it any wonder that people spend their entire careers with ONE company?

A country that values its people is a country with a soul.

This country has lost its soul.
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demisfine
Often correct, NEVER right.
02:42 PM on 09/29/2011
They don't have a ballooning defense budget.
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lrobb
Gold standard = four paws and a tail
02:28 PM on 09/29/2011
Unfortunately we live in an "up or out" society, but there are many fewer slots at the top. Older workers have always been discriminated against unless they managed to make a lot of younger friends at work. As you age and your former mentors retire you find yourself stuck in a dead-end middle management job which can be very easily eliminated.

Those middle-aged and older workers who have kept up their professional education--or gone beyond--and become mentors to the younger workers generally have no problems retaining their positions.

My husband is one of the oldest senior staff members at his company, but his sense of humor is legendary, and most of the younger management owe him big time. He helped insure one of his mentees became head of another division, rather than my husband, because he knew it would require more years of work to turn it around than he had before he retired.
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vippy
Carpe Diem!
02:28 PM on 09/29/2011
In Germany, the unemployed over 58 years no longer get counted in the figure for "unemployment." They are considered unproductive and not flexible, from what I read. Why is it they have to resort to these uncouth practices and I am sure, somehow they have devised a similar plan.
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ritamary
09:20 PM on 09/29/2011
In Germany people get unlimited unemployment benefits and medical care is free for everyone.
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bayguy13
02:27 PM on 09/29/2011
It looks more and more like we're entering the world of "Soyent Green".
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woody7
Always a Dem, but..............
02:34 PM on 09/29/2011
"Soylent Green".
02:43 PM on 09/29/2011
Spelling police
02:22 PM on 09/29/2011
Suggesting that we advance the eligibility age for Social Security without ensuring employment for those affected is disingenuous.
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dfranz
With Liberty and Justice for all
02:25 PM on 09/29/2011
It's beyond diosingenouos, it is clearly a kick to the curb.
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Ulalume s Ague
Fighting for the Poe People
02:41 PM on 09/29/2011
And then add desired cuts to medicare. Wow. The republicans are so good at projecting that they started projecting with the death panels before they showed their cards.
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bobncar
for the good of all, not just the chosen few
02:18 PM on 09/29/2011
When the current majority in the supreme court is neutralized, this country will have a chance to get back on course. In the meantime, has anyone noticed that we have a shared 5 member kingdom rule? The judicial number needed within the supreme court has been changed several times over the course of American history.......I wholeheartedly suggest that it's time to revise it again.......real soon
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MrStat1
Conservative, NRA and Proud of It
02:40 PM on 09/29/2011
I agree. If we can get a Conservative into the WH we can have more Conservatives on the court, not less. That would be a good thing.
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bobncar
for the good of all, not just the chosen few
02:54 PM on 09/29/2011
dream on....dream on....dream on and hope your dreams come true
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FanciullaDiMiele
Step1:Separate religion from the US Constitution.
03:22 PM on 09/29/2011
HELL YEAH!! My magna cum laude, now attorney daughter lived and worked in DC before and after her American University college education. She would, whenever the opportunity arose, observe the Supreme Court in person. "There is one practically comatose Supreme"
she would write me (Clarence Thomas.) He's one of your 5 Rulers.

My favorite Supreme, now retired Supeme Souter ALMOST RESIGNED when the Supreme Court Five, (O'Connor being the swing vote - I pray she loses sleep every night for the rest of her life) - usurped the Constitutional separation of powers, by interfering in a STATE election issue. Bush in 2000.The Republicans always CRY- wah wah wah - ABOUT STATES RIGHTS BEING USURPED BY THE FEDERAL government. BUT OMG - JEEZE - not one F'n Repuglican had ANY PROBLEM with that Unconstitutional illegal interference by the Supreme Court in a State issue( Florida.) Hence began the G. Bush usurped Presidency that destroyed our economy, and left this hacked up Oligarchy of what was once a Democracy.
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Aquest
No one here is exactly what they appear.
02:15 PM on 09/29/2011
SC at one time stoop for 'Supreme Court'. It now stands for, 'Support Corporations'.
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whoknew---
02:24 PM on 09/29/2011
winner--

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