Yesterday, I went to the mall. This is not a new occurrence. I go to the mall almost every day. It is where the grocery store and the office supply store are, as well as the Starbucks and many, many restaurants. To get to the mall, I ride for about 10 minutes on a mini-bus, filled with people heading in my direction. Yesterday, the driver stopped on the way to fill up his tires. The compressor was owned by a guy who had set up a little business for himself on the side of the road. That’s also no big deal.
It’s an election year. That must mean it’s time for Congressional representatives to announce support for ridiculous Constitutional amendments and for state leaders to instill fear in the population by creating all sorts of boogeymen, like (imaginary) undocumented Mexicans running roughshod in the Arizona desert, beheading (imaginary) poor, unsuspecting, hardworking, freedom-loving, salt of the earth Americans.
Which has me wondering: why is discussing problems and solutions like grown ups so unpalatable in America?
I should make clear from the outset that I am not an economist. So this post is more of a question for those of you out there who actually know something about the way economies, and more specifically financial investments, work.
When I want to learn about something, I generally start with my good friend, the Google. Depending on how much I want to know, it can stop there, or lead me to the local public library. Sometimes, when I want to know a lot about one particular thing, I even head for one of the university libraries in town.
They get six years of free reign during which they drive the country into a ditch. Not just any ditch, either--a snow-filled ditch with a pond of thin ice at the bottom, far, far away from the nearest gas station.
Then, they start losing. So, instead of asking themselves why they are losing, they double down, and lose some more.
Right after the election was over, I started a series of posts called Stuff I Learned, about the history of American presidents, as I read a book called The American Presidency. I didn't get very far into the book, and now I can't find it. I'm not all that worried about finishing, not being a fan of non-fiction.
So, at least for now, I won't be sharing with you the stuff I learned about American history. Instead, I'm hoping you'll share with me stuff you already know, because I'm confused.
In any case, this really is a milestone. For a long time, one of the rocks of political analysis in America has been the simple fact that conservatives outnumber liberals. That's been true since at least the 60s, and probably for the entire postwar period—and it's been a perpetual millstone around Democratic necks. They couldn't win national elections just by getting the liberal vote and a little bit of the center-right vote. They had to get a lot of the center-right vote.
Let's hope we hear more about utilizing the post office for small savers. This is very doable and should be part of 2016 campaign. This would earn revenue to keep the post office solvent. They do this in other countries.
The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State. Since the Iraqi Army routinely abandons, sells or loses track of weapons why do I think ISIS is applauding this move?
Target sees a new trend in shopping where less process foods are being bought.
"This is a very noticeable sign of the shift away from packaged goods, since other grocers haven't shifted quite so dramatically," said Amy Koo, a senior analyst with market research firm Kantar Retail. "Fundamentally, food suppliers are going to have to grapple with this new landscape."
They don't want to compete with the Dollar Stores in cheap canned and processed foods. That is OK because I don't shop there. I have a Dollar Store budget.
Other stores could follow the trend to stock less packaged foods.
I have listen to several speeches and panels the last couple of weeks that have talked about a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street Stock trades. Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill this week call College Act for All.
The proposal calls for imposing a 50-cent tax on every $100 of “stock trades on stock sales, and lesser amounts on transactions involving bonds, derivatives, and other financial instruments” to cover the cost of funding tuition at four-year colleges and universities.
It will raise 47 billion to cut education costs in half. This is an expansion of a bill that was introduced in the last congress.