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America, Apparently, and Donald Trump: TUESDAY, DEC 19, 2017, 4:30 PM Dollar General: The Store for Rural America's "Permanent Recession" BY PETER FUNT Share У Tweet Reddit Ju StumbleUpon @ Email Print OLLAR GENERAL DOLLAR GENERAL The Dollar General Corporation, an American chain of variety stores, is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn. (Image: bogleech: berniesrevolution: IN THESE TIMES There are 14,321 Dollar General stores in America. It’s a chain that many shoppers have never heard of, yet it has more stores than Starbucks. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Dollar General company is worth $22 billion—far more than the nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, which has five times the revenue. Sadly, however, Dollar General is thriving because, as the Journal puts it, “rural America is struggling.” The chain builds stores where folks are down on their luck, where 20 percent of customers receive government assistance, and where even Walmart won’t bother doing business. I phoned several Dollar General stores and learned that none sells fresh meat or produce; the grocery aisles feature mostly canned and frozen goods. Many products, such as soft drinks, come in mini-sizes to keep unit prices low. And few locations had newspapers for sale. Maybe that’s just as well, because headlines these days report that the stock market is remarkably high and unemployment is surprisingly low. But for rural America, news like that doesn’t hit home. Things are looking up in Donald Trump’s America, except, of course, where they are not. The administration’s proudest accomplishment is a tax bill that benefits millionaires and billionaires. The Joint Committee on Taxation finds that the Senate version of the bill would increase taxes on all Americans making less than $75,000 a year. As Paul Krugman summarizes in the New York Times: “Everything this president and this Congress are doing on economic policy seems designed, not just to widen the gap between the wealthy and everyone else, but to lock in plutocrats’ advantages, making it easier to ensure that their heirs remain on top and the rest stay down.” In rural America, where about 46 million people reside, employment and economic growth have not recovered from the last recession at a pace seen elsewhere in the nation. Childhood poverty—perhaps the most critical metric in determining a population’s well-being—is considerably higher in rural areas than in urban centers. The crisis facing rural America is rooted in the fact that peak-level employment related to natural resources, such as mining and logging, is never coming back. Rural America is mired in a permanent recession. Its problems are difficult to correct because of a sprawling landscape, scattered government support structures and what often seems to be federal indifference. Many among the predominantly white rural population voted for Trump in 2016—a sign, perhaps, of utter desperation rather than considered opinion. But according to recent reporting by Politico, Trump now intends to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits. (Continue Reading) When tens of millions of people–both rural and suburban–are forced to use Dollar Tree and Dollar General as grocery stores because Wal-Mart is too expensive, it’s safe to say the middle class is truly dead. I was in shock moving out here to the pacific northwest and never seeing Dollar General anymore. Apparently there might be at least a couple here in Oregon, hours from us. Everywhere I previously lived from the east coast to the midwest, you were never more than 10 minutes from a dollar general as well as dollar tree. At Dollar Tree everything is $1, but that obviously puts some limitations on the quality and variety of goods. At Dollar General things can be up to $20, but we’re talking $20 for a whole office desk you put together. $5 for a pair of shoes. $3 for a nicer microwaveable meal than the stuff you’ll find at Dollar Tree. It was literally almost THE ONLY store within a 40 minute drive in the small Iowa town we were last living, too, exactly the situation this article talks about. That town had one other source of groceries, which was very small, and its prices jacked up because it knew a lot of people had no other choice.

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America, England, and Funny: Sanders 2016 Fuck it, I guess I'm a socialist now <p><a href="http://armedandgayngerous.tumblr.com/post/124109449686/proudblackconservative-beforbernie-i-came" class="tumblr_blog">armedandgayngerous</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://proudblackconservative.tumblr.com/post/124108895509/beforbernie-i-came-across-this-picture-a-few" class="tumblr_blog">proudblackconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://beforbernie.tumblr.com/post/123630389099/i-came-across-this-picture-a-few-weeks-ago-on" class="tumblr_blog">beforbernie</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I came across this picture a few weeks ago on Reddit. It’s pretty funny, when you think about it, how much of what Bernie wants to do isn’t the least bit radical.</p><p>He wants to:</p><ul><li>Break up the big banks <br/></li><li>Make all public colleges and universities tuition free <br/></li><li>Raise the minimum wage <br/></li><li>Expand Social Security<br/></li><li>Change to a single-payer healthcare system<br/></li><li>Guarantee paid parental, sick, and vacation leave</li><li>Ensure that women get equal pay for equal work</li></ul><p>How does he plan to fund all these “extreme” ideas? By taxing the wealthy and reducing the military budget. <br/></p><p>Seriously. Even the “cons” are actually “pros”. A cost-benefit analysis is all about what you are getting for what you are giving up, but I’m not sure we’re really giving anything up in this exchange. I’m all for taxing the wealthy, particularly since they are currently paying significantly lower percentages than their employees. And with the military, he’s been one of the staunchest supporters of veterans, so we know this is about not getting <i>into </i>wars, not about abandoning the troops who served.</p></blockquote> <p>“Taxing the wealthy” is code for “punish the biggest investors in the economy and discourage economic growth because wah waah some people are richer than I am and who’s gonna pay for my shit”</p><p>Honestly the amount of people swallowing this bullcrap is depressing.</p></blockquote> <p>I think it’s worth a shot. America’s been letting profit run the show for decades now, and there’s not a whole lot to show for it. Trying something new might be worth the risk.</p></blockquote> <p>Socialism is hardly &ldquo;something new&rdquo;. I invite you to take a quick trip down to Greece or England or frankly most parts of Europe to see how nicely it&rsquo;s working out for them. And those are countries with much smaller populations in the United States, so there&rsquo;s really no reason to think it would work any better here.</p>
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Funny, Reddit, and Shit: Sanders 2016 Fuck it, I guess I'm a socialist now <p><a href="http://beforbernie.tumblr.com/post/123630389099/i-came-across-this-picture-a-few-weeks-ago-on" class="tumblr_blog">beforbernie</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I came across this picture a few weeks ago on Reddit. It’s pretty funny, when you think about it, how much of what Bernie wants to do isn’t the least bit radical.</p><p>He wants to:</p><ul><li>Break up the big banks <br/></li><li>Make all public colleges and universities tuition free <br/></li><li>Raise the minimum wage <br/></li><li>Expand Social Security<br/></li><li>Change to a single-payer healthcare system<br/></li><li>Guarantee paid parental, sick, and vacation leave</li><li>Ensure that women get equal pay for equal work</li></ul><p>How does he plan to fund all these “extreme” ideas? By taxing the wealthy and reducing the military budget. <br/></p><p>Seriously. Even the “cons” are actually “pros”. A cost-benefit analysis is all about what you are getting for what you are giving up, but I’m not sure we’re really giving anything up in this exchange. I’m all for taxing the wealthy, particularly since they are currently paying significantly lower percentages than their employees. And with the military, he’s been one of the staunchest supporters of veterans, so we know this is about not getting <i>into </i>wars, not about abandoning the troops who served.</p></blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Taxing the wealthy&rdquo; is code for &ldquo;punish the biggest investors in the economy and discourage economic growth because wah waah some people are richer than I am and who&rsquo;s gonna pay for my shit&rdquo;</p><p>Honestly the amount of people swallowing this bullcrap is depressing.</p>
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Anaconda, Ass, and Bailey Jay: GUANDEL <p><a href="http://roswellscrub.tumblr.com/post/117545321230/redbloodedamerica-dutch-unpopular-opinions" class="tumblr_blog">roswellscrub</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/117541336734/dutch-unpopular-opinions-redbloodedamerica" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://dutch-unpopular-opinions.tumblr.com/post/117523947853/redbloodedamerica-dutch-unpopular-opinions" class="tumblr_blog">dutch-unpopular-opinions</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/117515672332/dutch-unpopular-opinions-redbloodedamerica" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://dutch-unpopular-opinions.tumblr.com/post/117514844718/redbloodedamerica-lastresort8" class="tumblr_blog">dutch-unpopular-opinions</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/117268128194/lastresort8-flimflam-flummox" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://lastresort8.tumblr.com/post/117265124808/flimflam-flummox-theclockworkcrow" class="tumblr_blog">lastresort8</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://flimflam-flummox.tumblr.com/post/117262835756/theclockworkcrow-redbloodedamerica-college" class="tumblr_blog">flimflam-flummox</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://theclockworkcrow.tumblr.com/post/117262723143/redbloodedamerica-college-students-dont" class="tumblr_blog">theclockworkcrow</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/117262632516/college-students-dont-recognize-ronald-reagan" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote><h2>College Students Don’t Recognize Ronald Reagan</h2><figure data-orig-width="220" data-orig-height="216"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/4add79ae88a457cc65c63cd70771e8c3/tumblr_inline_nnakftnxU71r1jtxd_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="220" data-orig-height="216"/></figure></blockquote> <p>I’m not even American or an adult and I recognise Reagan, wtf is wrong with these people ?</p></blockquote> <p>American Liberals and their agendas</p></blockquote> <p>I don`t even care about Ronald Reagan or anything he does so I don`t know who he is.</p></blockquote> <figure data-orig-width="400" data-orig-height="210" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/60d85c8626677dddc85fb83b033cf0d9/tumblr_inline_nnbp3hZwJl1r1jtxd_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-height="210"/></figure><p>I don’t know what’s worse, the person who stays blissfully ignorant on purpose or…</p><blockquote><a href="http://captainjohnnybutt.tumblr.com/post/117266197184/theclockworkcrow-redbloodedamerica-college" class="tumblr_blog">captainjohnnybutt</a>: Yeah! All students should worship Reagan! Trickle down economics works 100% and I love being fucked in the ass! REAGAN, REAGAN, REAGAN, REAGAN! </blockquote><p>…the person who believes <a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/116479598893/thehistoryoftheladder-aquarian-sunchild">“trickle-down” economics</a> is actually a real thing and therefore is critical of Reagan for it.</p></blockquote> <p>He was the worst president ever and we are still dealing with the mess he created. I do not get why he is worshipped so much. I agree that he needs to be remembered, but than in this way: “Look kids, this is the man that screwed the entire planet!” </p></blockquote> <figure data-orig-width="455" data-orig-height="200" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/677cdf7ebc616ce782004eaada9d56a2/tumblr_inline_nngw91wQU11r1jtxd_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="455" data-orig-height="200"/></figure><p>Well, by all means, please explain why Ronald Reagan was the “worst President ever” and what “mess he created” exactly.  I’m very curious if you have any clue what you’re talking about.</p></blockquote> <p>What exactly did he do to go against AIDS? Iran-Contra affair. The creation of the Taliban. Weakening the position of workers and making that of employers much stronger. Thinking that trees produce more polution than cars. I don’t see any reason to make him such a hero. He and Thatcher laid the fundations of the crisis we are experiencing now. </p></blockquote> <figure data-orig-width="350" data-orig-height="284" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9ab3dedc17e88bf3771249d957730ef2/tumblr_inline_nnhdgkUjaE1r1jtxd_500.gif" data-orig-width="350" data-orig-height="284"/></figure><p>Well, I’m not surprised your view of Reagan is based on a bunch of false misconceptions and blatant lies.</p><ul><li><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/100362178242/koryphaee-liberalsarecool-perspective-on">Reagan did plenty to fight AIDs</a>.  The story that he did nothing is a complete fabrication.<br/></li><li>Reagan’s hands were clean of the Iran-Contra deal <a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/117260831137/youngfreeradical-redbloodedamerica">although he did take responsibility</a> because it happened under his watch.<br/></li><li><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/69723890223/runningrepublican-just-because-those-men-have">Ronald Reagan did not create the Taliban</a>.  This notion probably stems from the <a href="http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/difference-between-taliban-and-mujahideen/">common misconception</a> that the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harkat-ul-Mujahideen" title="Harkat-ul-Mujahideen">Mujahideen</a> of the Soviet-Afghanistan War formed the Taliban.  It is far more complicated than that.<br/></li><li>“<i>Weakening the positions of the workers and making that employers much stronger</i>.”  I don’t understand what point you’re trying to make other than some slapstick class warfare point that isn’t even true.  Ronald Reagan economic record <a href="http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa261.pdf">speaks for itself</a>: 16 million jobs were added, economic growth averaged +3.2% per year, median family income grew by $4,000, unemployment fell from 9.7% to 5.5%, productivity grew at 1.5% annually, interest rates fell dramatically, and he cut Carter’s inflation rate of 13.5% in half to 6.2% in his second year in office.<br/></li><li>“<i>I am an environmentalist. … I am for clean air. … I know Teddy Kennedy had fun at the Democratic convention when he said that I said that trees and vegetation caused 80 percent of the air pollution in this country. Well, now he was a little wrong about what I said. I didn’t say 80 percent. I said 92 percent - 93 percent, pardon me. And I didn’t say air pollution, I said oxides of nitrogen. Growing and decaying vegetation in this land are responsible for 93 percent of the oxides of nitrogen</i>. ” - Ronald Reagan.  <a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=84021">He wasn’t completely wrong</a> in that statement either.<br/></li></ul><p>So, as you can see, you clearly do not know much about Reagan’s presidency.  Certainly not enough to state that he and Margaret Thatcher are responsible for our current “<i>crisis</i>” (whatever that is supposed to mean).</p><figure data-orig-width="450" data-orig-height="274" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3fb8c573daee1467e892d9de92059429/tumblr_inline_nnhdk7eV4v1r1jtxd_540.png" data-orig-width="450" data-orig-height="274"/></figure></blockquote> <p>Are liberals really this stupid? Pull your heads out of the asses of Clinton and Obama, and open your damn eyes, people. Bleeding-heart liberal beliefs are what continue to cripple this country and our economy.</p></blockquote>
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