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Vanishing Retirement
The once-secure American pension has turned into dying-on-the-job or dialing 800-KEVORKIAN.   Our alternative? A lifetime employment guarantee like Nucor's or Lincoln Electric's thanks to timesizing-spread employment to absorb the surplus of jobseekers willing to do any job for less - plus automatic OT-to-OJT conversion - so everyone can easily earn good pay & benefits and retire every weekend - every automatically lengthening weekend thanks to an automation-mandated, slowly shrinking workweek.   Note the Timesizing.com Party's policy on retirement: retirement at any arbitrary fixed age is a blank check on society and nature has no blank checks. However, mandatory retirement is necessitated only by a frozen workweek and by the substitution of market-shrinking technological disemployment for market-expanding, unemployment-tied workweek reduction. Mandatory retirement is designed to open up jobs for younger people in a frozen-workweek economy, thus wasting the wisdom of the old, disincentivizing longer life, guilt-loading the young, and, via the frozen workweek, barring any free-time benefits from any new technology forever and ever - even though Free Time is the most basic, fundamental and sine-qua-non freedom.   Herewith, clippings on the issue -

11/12/2010  & more recent dates -   vanishing retirement - we continue our coverage of eroding retirement in the Doom du Jour section of our homepage page to speed up diagnosis and leave more time for the cure - we'll park material here only if it gets lengthy in coverage or commentary -



1/15/2004  & more recent dates -   eroding retirement - we continue our coverage of eroding retirement on our omnibus badnews page to speed up diagnosis and leave more time for the cure - we'll park material here only if it gets lengthy in coverage or commentary -

  1. Retirees face pinch on benefits - Costs surging; many firms halt programs, Boston Globe, front page.

  2. [Cases in point -]
    United and Delta increase pressure on employees for concessions, NYT, C1.
    [Cutting one out of the pair -]
    UAL seeks to shift some costs of medical benefits to retirees, WSJ, A2.
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    A call for coverage, pointer (to D5), WSJ, A2.
    A federal panel urged the government to design a health-insurance plan for all Americans.
    [Compare front page -]
    The U.S. should provide, pointer (to D5), WSJ, A1.
    ...health insurance to all Americans by the end of the decade, a federal advisory panel said.
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    Burden of the uninsured, pointer (to D5), WSJ, D1.
    If the U.S. doesn't provide health insurance to all Americans by the end of the decade, the social and economic consequences will be grave, a federal medical advisory panel said.
    [Note that the figure of 43m Americans without health insurance is now over 3 years out of date, 11/20/2000, and now 18,000 Americans die every year because they have no health insurance (Bill Moyers' NOW, 1/16/2004). Target -]
    U.S. is urged to provide health insurance for all, WSJ, D5.

1/13/2004  & more recent dates -   eroding retirement - we continue our coverage of eroding retirement on our omnibus badnews page to speed up diagnosis and leave more time for the cure - we'll park material here only if it gets lengthy in coverage or commentary - 1/01/2004  & more recent dates -   eroding retirement - we continue our coverage of eroding retirement on our omnibus badnews page to speed up diagnosis and leave more time for the cure - we'll park material here only if it gets lengthy in coverage or commentary.

12/31/2003   eroding retirement, as documented in the Wall Street Journal & NY Times -



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