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THE CONTINUING DECLINE OF WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS INCOMES

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Bump in U.S. Incomes Doesn’t Erase 50 Years of Pain


By:  Patricia Cohen The New York Times 16 September 2017
Incomes are up. Poverty is down. And job openings have hit a record high. But if the economy is so wonderful, why are so many Americans still feeling left behind? The disconnect between positive statistics and people’s day-to-day lives is one of the great economic and social puzzles of recent years. It helped fuel President Trump’s political rise and underpins the frustrations that played out in calls to build a Mexican border wall, reopen trade agreements, and bring back well-paid work in coal mines and factories. When the Census Bureau released its annual report on the country’s economic well-being on Tuesday, it showed unmistakable progress: For the second year in a row, household incomes — clobbered by the 2007 recession — had grown. More Americans were working, and more had health insurance, in 2016 than the year before. The findings suggest that the “American dream” — in…

"THE TAX REFORM PLAN WILL NOT BE A GIFT TO THE RICH!" LOL!

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Trump Could Save More Than$1 Billion Under His New Tax Plan By: JESSE DRUCKER and NADJA POPOVICHThe New York Time 29 September 2017     
President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes, a New York Times analysis has found. On Wednesday, the White House announced a sweeping plan to cut a variety of taxes that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy. The estimate of Mr. Trump’s savings is based in part on information from his 2005 federal tax return. The analysis compares what his tax burden would be under current law with what it would be under the proposal. Mr. Trump’s 2005 return is the most recentavailable publiclyand was released in March by David Cay Johnston, a former New York Times reporter. The Times’s figure also relies on an estimate of Mr. Trump’s net worth, calculated by theBloomberg Billionaire’s Indexto be $2.86 billion.“I don’t benefit. I don’t benefit,” Mr. Trum…

KUDOS TO CNN FOR THIER PEURTO RICO DISASTER REPORTING

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WANNA KNOW WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING IN PUERTO RICO?
LISTEN TO THE LOCALS


Saw the mayor of San Juan, Carmen YulinCruz, this morning on CNN talking about the crisis her city, the capital of Puerto Rico, and the rest of Puerto Rico is facing one week and a day after being savaged by Hurricane Maria.One palette of water, one of food, one of baby food and diapers. That's three palettes.  That's what her city has received so far.   Yesterday.  First relief for 350,000 people in Puerto Rico’s capital city.  Cruz thanked President Trump for phoning her as she calmly described the desperate situation in San Juan. But her response when CNN showed a video of Elaine Duke, head of Homeland Security,  yesterday calling the FEMA relief effort a great success story made her angry.Her tone shifted from being grateful for the “phone calls” from Trump and the Administration to pointed criticism of the entire FEMA effort.  Cruz called Duke's statement irresponsible.  "Damn it, this is not …

WASHINGTON D.C. WHERE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS ARE JUST WHO WE ARE!

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A kid walked into a 

GameStop wearing a 

Kaepernick jersey. 

Two NFL players 

bought him an Xbox.



By: Scott Allen
The Washington Post
28 September 2017


Saundra Watts was getting her makeup done in the Dulles 28 Centre in Sterling on Tuesday, killing time while her dog was groomed at Petco, when her 10-year-old grandson, Jaden, came running into the store. “He’s jumping up and down, saying, ‘Nana! Nana! Nana! These two guys want to buy me an Xbox. You’ve got to come right now,’ ” Watts recalled in a phone interview on Thursday. Watts exchanged a skeptical look with the woman applying her makeup. “She did not believe me,” said Jaden, who had wandered into a GameStop next door. “She thought it was some person who was joking with me or something.” Actually, Saundra, an advocate for abused and neglected children, was thinking much worse. “The first thing I’m thinking is there’s some pedophile trying to buy my grandson an Xbox,” she said. “So I’m like, I’m going to bust up in there and bust his bu…

WHO KNEW THAT DRAINING THE SWAMP WOULD BE SO EXPENSIVE?

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Price took military jets to Europe, Asia for over $500K



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POLITICO
09/28/2017 06:56 PM EDT


The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers. The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million since May, according to a POLITICO review.
Price pledged on Thursday to reimburse the government for the cost of his own seat on his domestic trips using private aircraft — reportedly around $52,000 — but that would not include the cost of the military flights. Price’s wife, Betty, accompanied him on the military flights, while other members of the secretary’s delegation flew commercially to Europe. HHS spokeswoman Charmaine Yoest said Price has reimbursed the agency for the cost of his wife’s travel abroad, but declined to say when he did so. Pr…