Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
As a former manager, age discrimination is illegal as hell. That said, I never judged an applicant based on their age. I always looked at their personality, willingness to learn, and how well they fit the job description. I hired some wonderful employees that were in their 60s and 70s. I also fired horrible employees that were in their 20s and 50s. Attitude is everything.
Young people had to catch up with technology created decades before they were born. Old people have no excuse for not learning a thing or two about the new tech that slowly trickled out over decades.
Does age discrimination exist? Fuck yes! Our megafucked healthcare system and Obama No Care destroys the few employers still standing in Amurika. On a cost per labor hour basis, it is way cheaper to hire a young person who will rarely get sick and use the healthcare. The young person spends half the shift texting and often lacks motivation. So what, they are still cheaper per hour. If I were a fucking employer, you bet I would age discriminate. The good news is that I have a small business and my wife and I are the only employees. Less drama, and healthcare from my day job. The only way healthcare will ever be unfucked is to charge everybody the same price for a given healthcare service and repeal EMTALA. Great concept but will never happen. Enjoy The Fucking Decline.
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