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    I'll have her split in a few minutes here.

    Edit: Okay. *clears throat*

    Posts on the United States Social Security System moved here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    I'll have her split in a few minutes here.
    Thanks, cafe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
    Thanks, cafe!
    NP. If I messed anything up, somebody please let me know and I'll fix it.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    NP. If I messed anything up, somebody please let me know and I'll fix it.
    Looks good to me. I checked around, and you duplicated a post or two for continuity in both threads. It's all very readable and complete, at least from my side of the debate. Many thanks!

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    I vote this thread most coincidentally convenient thread ever, as I am currently writing a paper on this topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    I vote this thread most coincidentally convenient thread ever, as I am currently writing a paper on this topic.
    How do you cite anonymous posters online? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    How do you cite anonymous posters online? LOL
    Good question. I'm not going to worry about it, though. I expect the paper will be sufficiently sub-par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
    But for my purposes, it's not really a question of objective measurement. It's a question of comparing apples to apples; it's a question of establishing whether the economy is good or bad relative to other time periods (relative to other recessions, relative to a healthy economy, etc.) And the unemployment rate functions pretty well as a relative yardstick.
    This is my problem. They have cut about 60-90% from their unemployment rate, cutting more as the economy got worse. Comparing it to old methods fails. It's all this new math to avoid reality... In the Great Depression, provided our current system of UI and statistical manipulation was in place, the unemployment rate would have been 3-4% by the second year, and never exceeded 6-7% through the entire period.
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