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Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows

Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows

President Donald Trump received a loud ovation when he participated in the coin toss ahead of Saturday’s Army-Navy football rivalry game in Philadelphia. But troops’ actual feelings about the commander in chief appear much more ambivalent in the latest Military Times survey.

 

Much Of The World Doesn’t Trust President Trump, Pew Survey Finds : NPR

Much Of The World Doesn’t Trust President Trump, Pew Survey Finds

A clear majority of people living outside the U.S. do not trust President Trump to do the right thing in world affairs, with fewer than one-third expressing confidence in him – an opinion also reflected in attitudes toward America generally, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.


Trump Ratings Remain Low Around the World, While Views of U.S. Stay Mostly Favorable

President Trump and his policies continue to receive negative reviews from people worldwide, with a lack of confidence in his leadership especially common in Western Europe. While views of the U.S. are positive overall, they vary widely among some of its key allies.

 

Win-win solutions are a fantasy: in reality, progress creates both winners and losers | Aeon Videos

Win-win solutions are a fantasy: in reality, progress creates both winners and losers | Aeon Videos

It’s no secret that the biggest gains in the growing global economy are reaped by the extremely wealthy. And from philanthropy to tech initiatives, plenty of the world’s billionaires claim to have solutions to combat the escalating inequality.

AOC: ‘In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party’ – POLITICO

“I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives. That is too much for me,” Ocasio-Cortez said, after Reuters had reported that Biden was crafting a “middle ground approach” to combating the global threat.

AOC: ‘In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party’

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. The remarks by Ocasio-Cortez represent a fresh repudiation of Biden, who spent decades in the Senate before serving as vice president. He is widely seen as the standard-bearer in the 2020 race for moderate Democrats and has voiced opposition to progressive legislation championed by Ocasio-Cortez and her allies.

CEO pay: chief executives rake in 940% more than 40 years ago, while average workers earn 12% more – CBS News

CEOs rake in 940% more than 40 years ago, while average workers earn 12% more

CEO compensation rose 940% from 1978 to 2018, compared with a 12% rise in pay for the average American worker during the same period, according to the Economic Policy Institute. In 2018, average CEO pay at the 350 biggest U.S. companies was $17.2 million.

Portugal has found an antidote to right wing populism | Kontrast.at

From the article:

—“Considering the booming economy, dropping unemployment numbers and the return of many once-emigrated young Portuguese citizens, it seems Portugal is on the rise. Facing the policies of socialist Prime Minister António Costa, which include properly supporting the welfare state and investing in the public sector instead of austerity measures, right wing populists don’t stand a chance.”—

Austerity measures rarely work. Austerity being where a government reduces spending, increases in tax revenues, or both of them simultaneously in an attempt to lower budget deficits and avoid a debt crisis. They rarely work because they reduce economic growth, the government lays off workers and with the public sector experiencing less growth then lay off workers too increasing unemployment. And that’s just the start of it.

Portugal invested in their people and it’s paying off

—“The budget deficit has dropped to its lowest ever since the change to a democratic system in 1974 – simply because the government re-established and strengthened the social welfare state, leading to the Portuguese people having more money to spend.”—

Again…

“THE BUDGET DEFICIT HAS DROPPED TO ITS LOWEST EVER SINCE THE CHANGE TO A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM IN 1974 “

And

“…LEADING TO THE PORTUGUESE PEOPLE HAVING MORE MONEY TO SPEND.”

How important to the health of the economy is that?

Portugal has found an antidote to right wing populism

This article is also available in: Português Español Considering the booming economy, dropping unemployment numbers and the return of many once-emigrated young Portuguese citizens, it seems Portugal is on the rise. Facing the policies of socialist Prime Minister António Costa, which include properly supporting the welfare state and investing in the public sector instead of austerity measures, right wing populists don’t stand a chance.

The economist Mark Blyth has a Google Lecture on YouTube based on his book “Austerity – The History of a Dangerous Idea” that is well worth the time listening too.

Stop saying Biden is the ‘most electable’. Trump will run rings round him | Nathan Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian

A good article presenting the reasoning on why we should NOT run Biden against Trump.

Stop saying Biden is the ‘most electable’. Trump will run rings round him | Nathan Robinson

Supporters of Joe Biden are unlikely to be persuaded by most of the common criticisms. They know he can be rambling and unintelligible. They know his record is unimpressive and that he doesn’t really have “policy proposals”. None of this matters, though, because to them he has the most important quality of all: he can beat Donald Trump.

Fantasyland: The History of America’s Irrationality | Kurt Andersen – YouTube

From the beginning of Kurt Andersen’s (Wikipedia & KurtAndersen.com) lecture:

Back thirty years before he was President in United States, twenty years before there was a United States, John Adams as you may know served as the defense lawyer for the British soldiers who had killed some of his fellow Patriots in the Boston Massacre and at that trial John Adams made his first statement that became famous. He said: “Facts are stubborn things and our wishes and our inclinations and the dictates of our passions do not alter the state of facts and evidence”.

Two and half centuries later this nation that Adams co-founded has almost become a refutation of that line as a another great American leader of our lifetime Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say: You’re entitled to your own opinions but you are not entitled to your own facts.”

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