The point not being who's a better typist, or who's getting paid for it, but the statistics that prompted the paid column.
Herbert cites some frightening statistics -- the addition of five million people to the ranks of the impoverished from 2000 to 2008, an increase of 15.4%, bringing the total number of Americans living in poverty to 40 million. Even more frighteningly to me, there are now 91.6 million Americans living at or below 200% of the poverty line, which is a mere $21,834 rate for a family of four. In other words, thirty percent of our countrymen are living in highly marginal circumstances.This Great Nation of Ours™ has sure gone to hell in a hand-basket in the course of a wk. We've been told we have an evil laugh (w/o trying, mind you) so imagine it here: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Construction and manufacturing, two areas in which high school educated men have traditionally been able to earn middle class wages, have been crushed in the current recession. They alone account for the loss of a staggering 2.2 million jobs. Overall employment has declined by 7 million jobs since this debacle began.