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  •  I wonder what is the MEDIAN age (4+ / 0-)

    in that data, though?  

    Among workers who would be affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, the average age is 35 years old
    Median is almost always more illuminating than average, for questions of this kind.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 11:12:32 AM PDT

    •  Because the "average" (3+ / 0-)
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      “The majority of these workers are younger people just getting into the workforce,” Ryan said.
      doesn't allow us to directly refute this statement as a lie.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 11:15:34 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not math geek, but (1+ / 0-)
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      Median is one measure of average, as are mode and mean.  But most people are thinking of the mean when they say "average."

      But when Paul Ryan said "[t]he majority of these workers are younger people..." he is alluding to the mode -- that is, the most frequent value in a set.  In this case, he is asserting that there are more "younger people" than non-younger (old?) people who make minimum wage.  We wouldn't be able to directly refute his statement until he defined what he means by "younger."

      •  well (0+ / 0-)

        If he defines "younger" as people living with their parents, and more adults are moving back in with their parents, he just  barely might be right about the majority of workers being younger people.  But the "ladder of life" bit is still patronizing, outdated, American dream mythic bullshit.

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