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I've also heard from non-policy people under 45 that they would prefer Washington admit that Medicare and Social Security will be closed to them at retirement, but that they need to continue paying payroll taxes for older Americans.

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People stop volunteering when government grows.
"An increase in governmental spending on social benefits by 1 percentage point of GDP decreases an individual's likelihood of volunteering for religious, sports, arts, or any other kind of organization by about 2 percentage points, say Franz Hackl, Martin Halla, and Gerald J. Pruckner of the University of Linz in Austria. Another factor that diminishes volunteerism is the population's confidence in its elected officials."

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"Too often, those on the right seem to believe that American capitalism is perfect, rewarding entrepreneurs, businessmen, and all Americans in proportion to the value they create. In short, they believe that America is all Steve Jobs and no Occupy Wall Street. On the other side of the aisle, the left often appears to espouse the position that all that is earned must have been earned illicitly, by taking advantage of someone else. They advance the notion that America is all Occupy Wall Street and no Steve Jobs.
"The lesson our society and our politicians need to take from yesterday's news is that American capitalism is both Steve Jobs and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Business, big business, and capitalism are good to the extent that they function in a system that doles out rewards for the creation of value. And they fail when rewards are given independent of the value that institutions create. Policy makers on both sides of the aisle would be wise to recognize this and craft policy that will allow rewards to flow where value is created."

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"For the next generation of knowledge workers, entering the workplace often feels like entering a computer science museum. Newly minted college grads face resistance to bringing their own devices to work, have to collaborate with ancient tools that lack basic Google Docs functionality, and face social media policies crafted by clueless legal teams without an understanding of the social psyche. That alone will add what I estimate to be a one-third productivity tax on the newly entered workforce — because workers have to hunt for information, applications inhibit collaboration, and legal requirements prevent business innovation."
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