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  1. Dollar General

    Yes. Very well said by Richard Baynton, a co-founder of Alternatives Magazine. For first half of article see - http://www.alternativesmagazine.com/30/baynton.html
  2. What makes a Liberal?

    Not simple at all as some of the very thoughtful posts in this thread demonstrate. If you want to copy and paste a dictionary or encyclopedia definition, feel free to do so. But be aware that the subject of "What Makes A Liberal" goes far deeper than parroting a definition.
  3. Dollar General

    - snip - The Shadow of Low, Low Prices Almost every dollar spent super-shopping immediately leaves town for corporate headquarters out-of-state, never to re-circulate again in the local economy. Life blood lost. Wal-Mart is so powerful, it usually gets its way through sheer economic force. It can under-price local businesses because it coerces suppliers to cut their costs in order to get the contract with them. As a result, manufacturing jobs fly to places like China, where girls and young women in sweatshops slave under horrific conditions for next to nothing, so Americans can buy cheap clothing & widgets 10,000 miles away. What a deal! The local hardware store, bookstore, sporting goods store, bakery, electronics store, music shop, toy store, food market—all closed through lack of local support because Americans chase those guaranteed lower prices. The local factory—you know, the one that used to manufacture widgets, that used to employ 100 local people at family wages with benefits; the one that was part of the town’s identity? Closed. More life blood lost. Money is the blood of a local economy, and this community is bleeding to death. And guess what? Your job at the local supermarket is about to be sucked dry, too. You see, Wal-Mart doesn’t pay its employees what you get paid, nor does it give the benefits you receive. So, to remain competitive, your employer has just lowered your pay and cut your benefits! Don’t like it? Not gonna stand for it! Fine, they say. Go try to find anything better in this dying town. The cycle affects everyone in the community. Everyone is sucked into the downward spiral. And that sound you hear? Yes, indeed, it’s a sucking sound. Wal-Mart is a parasite on the town body. Like a giant tick, it attaches itself to the side of a community, digs in and begins to suck the money out. It entices local folks with goodies at prices unheard of. Like innocents entering an opium den, people succumb to the illusion of prosperity, not realizing the enormous price to be paid soon after. Everything sinks to the lowest denominator (or is that dominator)—wages, prices, products, and services. Until most people have to shop there, because either they can’t afford to do otherwise, or there’s no other widget stores left. Maybe that $14.95 widget wasn’t so cheap, after all. Every purchase is political. Every purchase affects the environment. Every purchase is your conscience. Every purchase is a vote. Every purchase is a prayer. Every purchase matters. Buy local. Buy little. Buy organic. Live in the world you want to create. Create the world you want to live in.
  4. Dollar General

    Yes. CEO Eddie Lampert did indeed change the corporate atmosphere or "business model" if you will, of Sears, to it's detriment.
  5. Maybe Mueller has already taken this step. It's good to know such a thing exists. Since Trump would take heavy flak for having Mueller fired, the possible existence of a sealed indictment might convince Trump that firing Mueller is not worth the downside.
  6. Dollar General

    The article deals with Sears stores, which happen to be in malls, going out of business. It makes no false claim that malls are dying off. Certainly some malls fail while others are flourishing or being newly built. It is the business model of Sears that is to blame, not the malls that host it. Same with Toys R Us. A study recently found that Macy's had to close stores that were less than 10 miles apart ... This does not reflect on the malls which rent out space to Macy's. A 2017 article:--- https://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/26/why-these-malls-are-thriving-while-others-die.html A major factor in the failure of many brick and mortar stores are the online giants like Amazon. Brick and mortar stores which survive are the ones able to adapt and change. Perhaps Amazon itself sets the model for a successful non mail order store:--- https://gizmodo.com/amazons-first-automated-brick-and-mortar-store-opens-to-1822277611 Automated stores like Amazon's are not a new idea as anyone old enough to remember Horn & Hardart can testify. In the end however, Horn & Hardart was not successful. The only constant is change. However malls are hardly dying off. There is much new building of malls and plenty of retailers to fill them up. I see it where I live. Here, malls are flourishing. A Sears recently went out of business in a mall very close-by and the space is now filled by a Pizza Pie Cafe which appears to be doing very well ... They have a decent salad bar too, for those so inclined. Actually, upper management gleans most of the savings achieved by low wages. Low wages constitute redistribution of wealth upward. The only part of it that is "saved" gets secretly deposited in Swiss banks by Plutocrats for the purpose of illegally avoiding tax on their profits.
  7. BIGTEX has a big set of crystal balls which tell him nothing. Accuses others of ignorance for not knowing the future. What a blundering imbecile.
  8. Dollar General

    There is nothing wrong with economical budgeting and trying to stretch the family dollar. However, in the case of most big box stores, there is a steep price to pay Some people, like the OP, choose to do their "charitable" giving in a meaningful, pro-active way. Invariably, these are people of high moral fiber, who are willing to back up their beliefs by making an extra effort; Rather than buying at the cheapest and most convenient source. These activists resent local establishments being pushed out of business. They want to preserve the quality and character of their communities. They resent the negative effects of big box stores like increased obesity and higher crime rates: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/2347-big-box-hate-groups.html That said, big box stores, in general have mixed effects on the communities in which they make inroads: They are often courted by local governments which provide them with generous, but unfair incentives in return for, hopefully, increased tax revenue. Often giving big box stores an overwhelming advantage over local retailers. But, sometimes, increased tax revenue never materializes as local businesses fail. And many times, big box stores pay the help so little, that local government loses money on assistance programs. Which leads to the question:--- Is it an appropriate use of public funds when local districts give generous financial incentives to big box stores. All this allows big box stores to charge lower prices and "people vote with their dollars". But this is not healthy, capitalist competition. It is a scheme devised by design. And the majority of customers who save money at say, a small-town Dollar General, are paying with increased obesity, higher crime rates and often higher taxes. Because once the giant retail outlets become established, their influence on local government gets out of proportion to their worth. After driving many "mom and pop" establishments out of business, big box anchor stores typically attract new, smaller retailers of other products, that pay elevated rates in hopes of getting spillover traffic from their neighboring giants. https://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/municipal/impact-big-box-retailers-employment-wages-crime-health Most of the studies of big box stores have been done on Walmart but they apply equally to most of the other retail giants: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/2405-real-cost-walmart.html
  9. Desperate Shills

    Comcast's foremost concern is the bottom line. So the management of Comcast correctly concluded that there is a profitable niche for Liberal programming. But their idea of Liberal is often watered down Conservatism. Hence the consistent undermining of their Liberal theme. MSNBC's deceptive agenda is bolstered by the near total blackout on the growing income inequality of the last 35 years, the decimation of the Middle Class and the accelerating concentration of wealth at the very top. You will never hear these crucial subjects discussed in any detail on the Chris Mathews show, Rachael Maddow or Lawrence O'Donnell. Ed Shultz was fired for concentrating too much on the good Labor Unions do. As was Cenk Uygur for being too honest about plutocratic control of government. Although CNN and MSNBC are bastions of honesty compared to Fox Fiction, they leave out the most important parts of the jigsaw puzzle that comprises the plutocratic takeover of government and the American People. If Fox Fiction is State News, the so-called Liberal channels, while valuable in exposing GOP cheating and perfidy, maintain a blackout of the most important economic issues facing America today.
  10. That's what he wants ... To end presidential elections. And, when the end is near, I have no doubt, he would try to pass on the title to his son. Fortunately, all that is highly unlikely.
  11. America, the land of opportunity, was in deep trouble even before corporate crowning glory and would-be president-for-life Trump was given the presidency after losing by nearly 3 million votes. Bernie is one of the very few who is willing to expose plutocratic control of government and they buying of legislation. Who is to talk about the increasing wealth inequality of the last 35 years except a few courageous individuals like Bernie. It certainly isn't discussed, beyond a passing reference, on corporate media. And you won't hear a discussion about senators for corporate hire on the Rachael Maddow show. Neither is the deliberately misnamed Supreme Court decision "Citizen's United" protested by the mainstream media .... or the huge amounts of "dark money" which allow a tiny wealthy minority to have out-of-proportion influence on elections. We are now at a turning point in our history. We need more, not fewer, prominent politicians like Bernie to speak out. We can little afford Trump for another term.