So you have a philosophical and personal problem with systemd, and not a technical one.
Actually, whether you agree or not with the argument, CanadianMacFan did state a technical objection, not a personal one.
The "research" methodology seems quite biased to me. They are comparing a VERY narrow window of GenX (the year 2000 during the dot com bust) to today.
And they specifically excluded the self-employed.
I'm not sure how/why income would dip by that much if you're working a regular job.
For starters, a regular Mon-Fri job has as few as 20 and as many as 23 work days in a month, with an average of about 21.7 days per month. So February would represent almost an 8% dip, even with nothing else going on.
Then, if you get paid time-and-a-half for overtime, average 5 hours OT a week, but overtime varies from 0 hours to 10 hours per week, a month without overtime would be a 15% dip from average.
Then, especially for lower paying jobs, there's unpaid time off, varying work schedules, etc.
Still hard to see that happening 5 months a year .
A standard Jet can take as much as an hour to refuel. It takes time to put several tens of thousands of gallons into something, and generally, refueling is not done during boarding, because it represents a theoretically higher risk.
Then how does Southwest airlines achieve a turnaround time of under 30 minutes?
I would consider the US to be progressive in the sense that I would face workplace discrimination there for being white and male (under Affirmative Action), which is one reason I prefer to remain in Europe.
As a white, male worker in the US, I call bullshit. I hate to admit it, but in many, possibly most, cases, being white and male provides an advantage in the workplace, even accounting for Affirmative Action initiatives.
There is nowhere in the U.S. where employers are not required to be fully insured for such accidents.
Employers are required to have worker's compensation insurance. Worker's compensation includes a list of injuries and what compensation will be paid for them. The employer's liability is limited to what worker' compensation insurance pays, unless you can prove criminal negligence or the like in court, which is unlikely.
On the other hand, your personal health insurance, whether bought by you or provided by your company, might cover hospital bills - or they might not, depending on what they are required by law to cover (nothing if the repeal & don't replace crowd get their way). Usually they start off denying coverage and force you to complain before reluctantly paying some of the bills.
IANAL, YMMV, etc.
When they went to college, you could easily earn enough working a summer job to pay for tuition & room & board at any state university.
That is incorrect.
Rather than holding on to that surplus (or even taking some of that surplus and converting it to interest-earning instruments) it was earmarked as funding for other projects and policies.
That's just not true.
In the 80s, SS income and distributions were adjusted, and the surplus was invested for the day (now) when retirees would become more numerous. Except for minor adjustments needed because of retirees' expected lifes being a little longer than expected, Social Security, per se, is solvent. The real problem is that congress required SS to invest in US Treasury bonds only, so that while SS has the money on the books, we, the people (a.k.a. the US government) will have to pay SS back, and we are broke.
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