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  1. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Jerry Holbert about 11 hours ago

    “Underground economy implies illegal. It’s totally possible to get off the records and still make quite a lot of money. The IRS is not part of the “jobs” data.”

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    I’m skeptical that many young people are making much income by doing work for cash off the books, even though I know a few who do. The large number who aren’t working & aren’t in school really looks like we are losing a big chunk of that generation as future income earners.

  2. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Jerry Holbert about 12 hours ago

    DAPL? Unless it’s the hashtag for the Dakota Access Pipeline (which seems irrelevant to what I’m discussing), you win the hipster acronym battle.

  3. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Phil Hands about 12 hours ago

    “Dems played deaf and ignored all voters outside the Money and Power seeking PC “elite…”

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    IMO, the Democrats do a terrible job of explaining why their policies will help folks who work for a living & fail to hammer home how GOP policies help folks who make deals for a living. Both should be able to make money, but the current system is rigged for the dealmakers.

  4. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Stuart Carlson about 12 hours ago

    “A bigger boondoggle, likely. That’s assuming ANYTHING comes from that bunch of screw-ups.”

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    My fear is that TrumpCare will simply be modifications to the ACA that create more revenue opportunities for insurance companies. I hope I’m wrong.

  5. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 16 hours ago

    Trump has called Assad, a “natural ally in the fight with ISIS” & has all but confirmed his administration will not seek regime change in Syria. One possible problem with that is that many Syrian refugees say they won’t return while Assad remains.

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    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/21/trump-support-for-assad-syrian-refugee-crisis/

  6. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Stuart Carlson about 16 hours ago

    It’s going to be full of “rename & rebrand”. You can’t keep the provision that requires people with existing conditions to be insured without the rest. If renaming it “TrumpCare” is what it takes to get the GOP on board with fixing the real problems with the ACA, fine.

  7. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Jerry Holbert about 17 hours ago

    One last consideration: the number of people at each age group is not constant. The larger numbers of Baby Boomers & Millennials compared to the generations have an impact. Even though Boomers are more likely to work longer than the generations before them, they still work at rates well below those people who are still in prime working years.

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    In 1990, there were about 28 million people aged 65 & up. There were about 27 million aged 18-24. In 2010, there were 40 million people over 65 & nearly 31 million aged 18-24.

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    I keep coming back to the low employment rate of 18-24 year olds being a big concern. A good chunk of it can be explained by much higher college enrollment, but there seems to be a lot of young people who are neither working, nor in school. That should concern anyone, regardless of politics.

  8. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Jerry Holbert about 17 hours ago

    Thanks for ruining formatting, gocomics. Here’s the source, if you’re having trouble parsing my post:

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    http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2015/article/labor-force-projections-to-2024.htm

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    Some explanation:

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    https://www.stlouisfed.org/publications/regional-economist/january-2015/youth-labor-force

  9. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Jerry Holbert about 17 hours ago

    The rate is projected to continue dropping & won’t really rebound until baby boomers start dying off.

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    Labor Force Participation for Men Aged 25-541994 – 91.7%2014 – 88.2%

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    Labor Force Participation Rate for Women Aged 25-541994 – 75.3%2014 – 73.9%

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    So, a definite drop in people not working during prime working years.

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    Men Aged 20-241994 – 83.1%2014 – 73.9%

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    Women Aged 20-241994 – 71.0%2014 – 67.7%

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    I’d like to think that’s more people in college, but I suspect that’s not the whole story. The numbers for the 16-20 group are also way down, from 52.7% to 34%.

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    Men Aged 55-641994 – 65.5%2014 – 69.9%

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    Women Aged 55-641994 – 48.9%2014 – 58.8%

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    Fewer early retirements, I guess. But, the big drop seems to be far fewer young people working.

  10. Uncle Joe GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur about 18 hours ago

    “This is what happens when the intellectual elite wake up to what has been known by many for a long, long time.”

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    Oh, I know! I know!

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    A sucker is born every minute.