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Your points are good, and I'm going to try to respond to them with individual and focused comments:
the fact that the employment rate of the 55-64 is low suggests that a very simple solution will be to increase that rate somewhat and presto, problem solved;
Good government, and good business, IMO, should have a regular process of forecasting the future to identify problems and opportunities.  One can act in advance, often with minor modifications of policy, to capture potential benefits, or avoid possible pitfalls.  It seems to me your suggestion is a great one to address what the future shows us--in business it's sometime called "long hanging fruit", because it should provide significant financial improvement and be reasonably easy to implement.  But, it won't happen by itself, it will require a policy change.  And since it will require a group in society to change from the normal pattern, the government will have to outline the issue for the broad population, so they can understand the problem, understand the need for change, and buy into the solutions.

This is the type of dialogue I had hoped this diary would generate.

by wchurchill on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 02:25:49 PM EST
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Agreed.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 06:24:26 PM EST
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