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    These are the types of jobs I was talking about when I answered the drop-out age poll question.

    http://politix.topix.com/stmt/3H4VP8FVP96S6BS...

    Not everyone is cut out to go to college. Either they lack the ability to succeed in which case they invite debt with nothing to show for it. Or they lack the interest with similar results. And then there are the ones who just aren't ready for it at 18.

    We need to get away from this idea that everyone should go to college regardless of what the stats about college degrees affecting income. We are all different.
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    Couldn't agree more!!!! The sad part is while many can find jobs initially, there is very little chance for advancement without that, at times, meaningless piece of paper!!!
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    Academia has promoted college as a measure of intelligence for so long , that people believe it. I bought into the idea my self when I was younger, Went to college, worked in an office and absolutely hated it. So I returned to Construction, loved it. Still there, but now I'm old and back in the office. Haha.
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    Ask any trucker what their take home pay for those long hours away from home is today compared to 15 years ago. It's not that good of a job anymore.
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    It's disgusting. Just like any other job in America anymore. Less pay, less benefits, more work and the rich just keep on getting richer.
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    HogWash! I've been looking for a trucking job for 3 years after spending 3000$ on Class A Cdl school. I drive for a company now but not in a Class A truck. Where are all these jobs at?? I'm in Ky and I'd be interested in something regional. Just email me since there's an abundance of jobs and I'll start tomorrow! Hah
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    Their talking about OTR drivers. By the way, I see AD's every week in my local paper, here in KY. Some are regional routes, but require experience. Experience is found driving OTR.
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    Shows younger folks just do not want to work.
    They do not respect or realize, That ever item you purchase was brought there in a truck.
    They havent a clue.
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    The Department Of Homeland Security somehow weaseled their way into the commercial trucking industry and now are leveling much stricter guidelines on people qualifying for commercial licenses. many older drivers no longer qualify as much as they are retiring.
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    Instead of having people on welfare the government should pay their way through training and get them a job in the trucking industry.
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    Many people on "welfare" are disabled and do not qualify to get a commercial license. The idea of spending more on educating welfare recipients so that they can then obtain jobs that will support them is a good idea. However most money going into such things was squeezed away back during the Bush 2.0 administration. Republicans would rather preach about doing it but like to remove any money from any programs that actually strive to do such a thing.
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    Most people on welfare are not disabled and most people me included distinguish between "welfare" and "Disability". Technically payments for disability is a form of welfare but it's a whole different thing from giving able-bodied people free money to sit on their butts all day.
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    I agree. The Republicans are no help. Neither party would like my idea even though it's common sense (pardon the pun).
    Some people can not get jobs with the economy as it is, so the government should step in BUT since we can then we should offer the money in exchange for public or community services of some sort.
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    My papaw was a trucker. I've always wanted to do it myself but I don't think I'd be able to manage a big rig. Being on the road a lot wouldn't bother me a bit, I'm not really close to my family and don't have kids, it's the ability to handle the truck. I've seen the accidents =/
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    There is great stress. There are impossible deadlines. A trucker finds himself behind the wheel far too many hours to be safe trying to meet those deadlines. Then when tragedy strikes, he is thrown to the wolves by his company. I didn't used to be so bad when there was more union involvement.
    It's similar for me. I drive a taxi-cab. I am constantly at odds with management because I refuse to drive beyond 10 hours per shift. Some in management have actually suggested I find a meth dealer so I can drive longer.
    Sorry Charlie, I have other things to do with my life than work 24/7.
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