Talking Points: Jobs, Democracy, Loans

Jobs, Democracy, Loans

January marked 100 months in a row of positive job creation, by far the longest streak on record. CNBC, February 1, 2019

More democracies exist today than at any previous point in history: There were 11 in 1900, 20 in 1920, 32 in 1970, 77 in 2000 and 116 in 2018. The Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2019

“It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory.” Thomas Mann

Americans 60 years or older owe $86 billion in student loan debt and because of this, in 2015, 40,000 of those over the age of 65 had funds garnished from their Social Security checks. The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2019

In a study, researchers analyzed 51,376 reviews from 1,566 hospitals over a period of 12 years. The #1 word in online negative hospital reviews is “told,” as in, “I constantly told them that none of that was true and the nurse wouldn’t believe me.” Healthcare Dive, February, 19, 2019 

According to a study by the Brookings Institute, Toledo, Ohio, is the U.S. city most at risk of losing jobs to robots, with 29.7% of the city’s job at risk. The city least vulnerable to automation? Washington, D.C. CNBC, January 25, 2019

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

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