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  • Americans Work Too Much, and That Needs to Change

    Americans Work Too Much, and That Needs to Change

    By Daniel Hamermesh, Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics
    Published: Sept. 2

    A sad fact that we must face is that U.S. workers work more than their counterparts in other wealthy countries, and it does not benefit us much.

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      John Walker said on Sept. 4 at 4:49 p.m.
      Mr. Hamermesh's article suggests that Americans work too much and that needs to change. This is just more drivel from an overeducated progressive mind attempting to force their "superior" understanding of the world on individuals who find the world more understandable and fulfilling when they make the choices that shape their lives. Mr. Hamermesh celebrates that fewer people are employed or seeking work. "Perhaps they have decided to relax a bit." Perhaps they've learned to con the system as the ranks of "disabled" continue to soar despite fewer than ever workplace injuries. Get the Government and its brain trust, in particular overpaid "economics" professors who in actuality are political drones here to fundamentally change America, out of the process of making economic decisions for all of us and we'll all be better off.
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