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I'm not saying alabama will vote dem in the electoral college. Think of

political votes as a disease. Alabama and the south have herd immunity to democrats. Right now so many are innoculated against democrats. What happens is if bernie is right and he gets through. Alabama would be part of that change and it would result in better electoral college votes for democrats in the north or say Georgia. But if alabama retains its hate of all things democrat then it stops the spread in the north or Georgia a bit as people are talking to each other from anywhere these days. And acting as a group. Trump knows that. Democrats should too.

Do businesses like Wayfair know that inequality is killing their business?

That where Trump is heading only a third of the country will have disposable cash to spend? US economy will soon be like Mexico where Wayfair doesn't sell.



Never Mind the Internet. Here’s What’s Killing Malls.

Yes, the internet has changed the way we shop. But taken together, other factors have caused greater harm to traditional retail stores, an economist says.

By Austan Goolsbee at the NY Times

Published Feb. 13, 2020Updated Feb. 14, 2020

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/business/not-internet-really-killing-malls.amp.html

"SNIP.....

It has been a tough decade for brick-and-mortar retailers, and matters seem only to be getting worse.

Despite a strong consumer economy, physical retailers closed more than 9,000 stores in 2019 — more than the total in 2018, which surpassed the record of 2017. Already this year, retailers have announced more than 1,200 more intended closings, including 125 Macy’s stores.

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Income Inequality: Rising income inequality has left less of the nation’s money in the hands of the middle class, and the traditional retail stores that cater to them have suffered. The Pew Research Center estimates that since 1970, the share of the nation’s income earned by families in the middle class has fallen from almost two-thirds to around 40 percent. Small wonder, then, that retailers aiming at the ends of the income distribution — high-income people and lower-income people — have accounted for virtually all the revenue growth in retail while stores aimed at the middle have barely grown at all, according to a report by Deloitte.

As the concentration of income at the top rises, overall retail suffers simply because high-income people save a much larger share of their money. The government reports spending for different income levels in the official Consumer Expenditure Survey. In the latest data, people in the top 10 percent of income saved almost a third of their income after taxes. People in the middle of the income distribution spent 100 percent of their income. So as the middle class has been squeezed and more has gone to the top, it has meant higher saving rates overall.


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Why are we assuming climate change will stop? Why will temperatures

suddenly stop rising?

Sen Sheldon Whitehouse on Mitch McConnells dark money pac that keeps republicans

in line curtesy of Citizens' United:

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/mcconnell-keeps-gop-in-line-with-dark-money-war-chest-whitehouse-77859397840

Unlimited money from 6 to 10 very rich republican donors, who can give unlimited money on super pac Mitch McConnell controls and holds over the heads of Senators.

This is not democratic. The people are the ones who should hold power over their Senators.

Are white supremacists considered terrorists under Trump? I think not.

I thought at first it was to not increase their numbers but seeing how white power is the glue that holds Trump to his base i think it is political. He wants racism to grow the Republican party so he needs to not attack it lest it grow The Base and other crime groups. Those potential The Base members are Trump's base. And they can't vote in jail or on the run.

Alberta has 94,000 inactive + abandoned oil and gas wells. Why? Industry self

regulation. North Dakota has less than 2000 and they regulate properly. Exploration is not hurting there. The weĺls will take $100,000 to $1/2 million to get rid of. People can't sell their farmland because nobody wants the industrial mess. CBC News Just an fyi. Like with Boeing and the 737 Max, self regulating is dangerous and costly.

Remember when a group of House republicans tried to barge there way into

Schiff's Committee Impeachment investigation even though at least 5 of them were already invited? Well here is the other half of the stage play:


https://theweek.com/speedreads/890740/white-house-counsel-falsely-claims-adam-schiff-blocked-republicans-from-attending-classified-impeachment-meetings

"SNIP....

The fact checkers came out quickly in response to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Tuesday.

In his opening remarks at President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Cipollone argued that Trump faced unprecedented violations of due process while the House was conducting its impeachment inquiry last year. He said House Democrats were running the investigation from a "basement" and accused House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of blocking his Republicans colleagues from entering the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.

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They are so running a staged truth line. Total BS. And the GOP base watching will only remember desperate republican House members trying to get in with great emotion and cameras on. That is all they know. They weren't told about the staging by fox. That many in the dam the barricades crew had seats inside. Disgusting (and psychopathic). This is a many act play.

Did not know he was AEI guy. Yikes. This article spoke to me

because liberal democracy is a human construct and you can either believe it and live within its rules or not live in it metaphorically. Trump is tearing it down and not living in it - he wants kaos where might wins. That is what Yuval Noah Harari and other thinkers are talking about. Sounds like this guy was trying to get out in front of the discussion and blame it on legislaters other than Trump and the right wing who have been dismatleling liberal democracy for 40 to 50 years. I will delete. And thanks for the heads up. I believe every issue should be looked at from various vantage points but i was wrong to post this op.

Did Trump know? I mean did the generals keep the info from him

so he would not escalate the war?

It is a Skinny plan that the GOP want for the working and middle class.

Congress did not vote for skinny plans. Republican leaders like them because they make not being upper middle class or more a very precarious existance. At some point being middle class will be so frightening in terms of schooling, healthcare, meat inspection and any goods and services you can buy, and of course no government service of any quality, that rich liberals will vote republican to save their position at access to the only decent products and services and help pull up the ladder to all but other republicans. In india they kill family members because of caste issues they are so panicked by position in society. And i thought the right wing was modeling themselves on saudi arabia. It is looking more and more like india is their model. Plus this ties people to their church instead of government or Obamacare.
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