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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. : 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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micdotcom: 3 reasons millennial shaming needs to stop now At least half of older millennials aren’t getting a taste of the American Dream Right now roughly half of 30-year-olds make more money than their parents did when they were the same age, according to a December paper on social mobility. A separate study from the Guardian published in March found that Americans under 30 are already poorer than retirees — despite the fact that they’re working. There are two main reasons that Americans born in the 1980s face higher hurdles than their parents, the researchers found. The first is that throughout much of the 20th century, the U.S. economy grew a lot faster than it has in more recent years, as millennials have come of age. The second reason has to do with inequality in the way gains have been distributed among Americans. Growth alone to restore economic mobility, gross domestic product would have to increase by more than 6% each year, more than double the rate it grew in the past year. Millennials inherited a vastly wider wage gap between the rich and poor A separate study released on Tuesday also found that income inequality has grown far faster than previously thought: In fact, half of the country has seen stagnant wages since 1980, while the wealthiest Americans have seen incomes skyrocket.In the last 3 ½ decades, the gap between what the richest 1% makes and what the bottom 50% earns has grown nearly threefold.  Globally, young people are increasingly subsidizing the elderly Call it a thank you, despite the economic lot they’ve inherited: Across the globe, millennials are increasingly likelier than previous generations to pass financial resources to older groups — beyond what they receive. Read more : Justin Wolfers Follow @JustinWolfers Chance of out-earning your parents by age 30, by year of birth: 1940: 92% 1950: 79% 1960: 62% 1970: 61% 1980: 50% nytimes.com/2016/12/08/opi.. The Fading American Dream Percent of Children Earning More than their Parents, by Year of Birth 100 90 70 60 50 1970 1940 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1975 1980 1985 Year in Which Child is Born Pct. of Children Earning More Than Parents 30 micdotcom: 3 reasons millennial shaming needs to stop now At least half of older millennials aren’t getting a taste of the American Dream Right now roughly half of 30-year-olds make more money than their parents did when they were the same age, according to a December paper on social mobility. A separate study from the Guardian published in March found that Americans under 30 are already poorer than retirees — despite the fact that they’re working. There are two main reasons that Americans born in the 1980s face higher hurdles than their parents, the researchers found. The first is that throughout much of the 20th century, the U.S. economy grew a lot faster than it has in more recent years, as millennials have come of age. The second reason has to do with inequality in the way gains have been distributed among Americans. Growth alone to restore economic mobility, gross domestic product would have to increase by more than 6% each year, more than double the rate it grew in the past year. Millennials inherited a vastly wider wage gap between the rich and poor A separate study released on Tuesday also found that income inequality has grown far faster than previously thought: In fact, half of the country has seen stagnant wages since 1980, while the wealthiest Americans have seen incomes skyrocket.In the last 3 ½ decades, the gap between what the richest 1% makes and what the bottom 50% earns has grown nearly threefold.  Globally, young people are increasingly subsidizing the elderly Call it a thank you, despite the economic lot they’ve inherited: Across the globe, millennials are increasingly likelier than previous generations to pass financial resources to older groups — beyond what they receive. Read more

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nillia: ramblingtreehugger: nillia: flawlessloser: shakspeare: nillia: For the first time ever, networks are promising to consider the 30 most up-voted questions submitted by Americans. Currently, it seems like FWD:FWD:Re: style conservatives are submitting and voting the most,as the top questions are more like accusations aimed at specifically Hillary, or prompts for Trump to regurgitate his favorite buzzwords. We have the Internet too. We have a voice: let’s use it in venues outside tumblr so Trump doesn’t get more advantages. Vote on and submit meaningful questions that challenge both candidates to talk policy. Please vote on my first question, linked here and above, which challenges both candidates to offer their opinion on LGBT and suggest real solutions that can work against the “religious freedom” arguments of the Alt-Right. My second question focuses on how at-risk (poor, often minority) students and students with disabilities fare under high-stakes testing. Please vote for it here. Please Reblog. Tweet. Facebook. We can do this. DO THIS! So far the highest voted questions are thinly veiled jibes about deleting emails - just chances for Trump to go off on one. THIS TAKES LIKE TWO SECONDS! The right are very active when it comes to shit like this so don’t let them win it over, like the o.p says we have the internet too so let’s level this playing field. Let’s make Trump really struggle. Seriously guys, please go to this site! The top ones are stupid questions involving gun control and a couple asking why requiring and for ID to vote is racist -__- Help the real important questions be on top! We have worked our way up to 700 votes since last night! Thank you! Let’s increase that momentum. The networks are only considering the top 30 questions, and they all have thousands of votes.   Our GOAL is to reach 3000 to start to catch up tomorrow. Most of the top 30 questions are proudly deplorable gifts to Trump. It would be a double victory if we made this go viral enough to not only prompt a dialogue on LGBT issues, but to also knock off one of those terrible questions! Other questions worth bolstering (You can vote for multiple questions): Decriminalizing Marijuana Internet Freedom/ Net Neutrality Education to include Computer Science Gerrymandering / Rigged elections Climate Change Income Inequality/Taxes Congressional Term Limit Healthcare Human Right Access to Abortion Infrastructure  Criminal Injustice and Black Incarceration High Stakes Testing SIGNAL BOOST, TWEET, FACEBOOK, GO! We’ll return to the regularly scheduled tree pictures and such momentarily, but we’re in the last stretch here guys. It’s almost over, but let’s take them to task first shall we? GREAT JOB EVERYONE! We blazed past our goal for today and reached 3700, as well as popularity rank #35! We need to close a gap of about 700 votes to get into the Top 30! LET’S KEEP GOING! SIGNAL BOOST, TWITTER, FACEBOOK : WHAT WOULD YOU DEBATE LOG IN/REGISTER ASK THE CANDIDATES? Search and vote for questions about issues that are important to you! The "town halr debate will feature questions from the Intemat- ABC and CNN moderators agreed to considar the Top 30 queations voted up on this site! Watch the debate right here on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9pm EDT to find out if they chose yours! NOTE wwwwunte Questions must not name or allude to a candidete and must be able to be posed to either candidete Il DAYS 23 HRS 23 MINS UNTIL THE EVENT 2 3 8 33 TOTAL VOTES How will you advance anti-discrimination laws or LGBT+ Americans? OPEN nillia: ramblingtreehugger: nillia: flawlessloser: shakspeare: nillia: For the first time ever, networks are promising to consider the 30 most up-voted questions submitted by Americans. Currently, it seems like FWD:FWD:Re: style conservatives are submitting and voting the most,as the top questions are more like accusations aimed at specifically Hillary, or prompts for Trump to regurgitate his favorite buzzwords. We have the Internet too. We have a voice: let’s use it in venues outside tumblr so Trump doesn’t get more advantages. Vote on and submit meaningful questions that challenge both candidates to talk policy. Please vote on my first question, linked here and above, which challenges both candidates to offer their opinion on LGBT and suggest real solutions that can work against the “religious freedom” arguments of the Alt-Right. My second question focuses on how at-risk (poor, often minority) students and students with disabilities fare under high-stakes testing. Please vote for it here. Please Reblog. Tweet. Facebook. We can do this. DO THIS! So far the highest voted questions are thinly veiled jibes about deleting emails - just chances for Trump to go off on one. THIS TAKES LIKE TWO SECONDS! The right are very active when it comes to shit like this so don’t let them win it over, like the o.p says we have the internet too so let’s level this playing field. Let’s make Trump really struggle. Seriously guys, please go to this site! The top ones are stupid questions involving gun control and a couple asking why requiring and for ID to vote is racist -__- Help the real important questions be on top! We have worked our way up to 700 votes since last night! Thank you! Let’s increase that momentum. The networks are only considering the top 30 questions, and they all have thousands of votes.   Our GOAL is to reach 3000 to start to catch up tomorrow. Most of the top 30 questions are proudly deplorable gifts to Trump. It would be a double victory if we made this go viral enough to not only prompt a dialogue on LGBT issues, but to also knock off one of those terrible questions! Other questions worth bolstering (You can vote for multiple questions): Decriminalizing Marijuana Internet Freedom/ Net Neutrality Education to include Computer Science Gerrymandering / Rigged elections Climate Change Income Inequality/Taxes Congressional Term Limit Healthcare Human Right Access to Abortion Infrastructure  Criminal Injustice and Black Incarceration High Stakes Testing SIGNAL BOOST, TWEET, FACEBOOK, GO! We’ll return to the regularly scheduled tree pictures and such momentarily, but we’re in the last stretch here guys. It’s almost over, but let’s take them to task first shall we? GREAT JOB EVERYONE! We blazed past our goal for today and reached 3700, as well as popularity rank #35! We need to close a gap of about 700 votes to get into the Top 30! LET’S KEEP GOING! SIGNAL BOOST, TWITTER, FACEBOOK
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