I have a friend who takes care of a boat for a billionaire who owns a very well-known sports team. Every year, that boat its about 32 feet and it cost a couple million is put on a trailer down in Palm Beach and its driven up here for the summer. Last couple of years, the billionaire sports team owner hasnt taken the boat out on the water for even one hour. Its so underused that my friend has to exercise the boat every couple of weeks to keep the engines in good shape, so we take it out and zoom around it will do 35 knots; its a hell of a lot of fun and then we tie it up in an expensive marina. When September rolls around, the boat is put on a trailer and hauled back down to Palm Beach, where it goes back in the water and then . . . who knows? It probably just sits there.
Which brings us to the question raised in the title. I have to say, I dont have a clue whats up with rich people. I mean, Ive got friends here in Sag Harbor who do stuff like building teak decks and painting houses and plumbing and electrical work, and every single one of them has trouble getting paid when it comes to summer people, which is to say, when it comes to rich people. Working for locals isnt a problem.
But rich people? They dont pay on time and they fight over the bill. I dont remember asking for that concrete, theyll say, pointing to the bill. Well, sir, you cant put posts in the ground for your deck if you dont sink them in concrete, so thats why the eight sacks of concrete are on the bill. Or theyll complain about paying two or three grand for pipe and have to be reminded thats the stuff the water goes through, and building codes say it has to be copper, and copper costs money. The thing is, none of them not a single one of them will just take the damn bill and pay it. They have to nitpick things to death before they write a check on an account thats linked to some offshore trust in the Caymans.
Not one stitch of legislation has passed.
Schtroumpf has very legitimate electoral interference and sexual assault/harassment cases against him.
Schtroumpf and the RNC endorsed a hebephile homophobe.
The hebephile homophobe just lost in a deep red state, following Democratic victories in other states.
The GOP knows that TrumPence are a drag on their brand, but will do nothing to oust them.
In fact, just about everyone in the GOP are doubling down on idiotic statements and actions; especially McConnell and Ryan, the WORST and most USELESS Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House in modern history.
Schtroumpf doesn't take this job even ONE bit seriously, is completely immature, likely suffers from onset dementia and has displayed ZERO evidence that he's mentally and physically fit for the presidency.
Anyone tired of all the WINNING???
Sorry, Not Sorry.
That's because there's no guarantee companies would use their savings from lower corporate tax rates and repatriated foreign profits to create jobs. In fact, few CEOs have publicly made any such promise.
Markets are betting that companies would use their new spare cash to help investors: by purchasing boatloads of stock and beefing up their dividends. Both outcomes can help propel the soaring stock market to new heights, even if jobs and wages don't follow suit.
"The additional cash will definitely help buybacks," said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Investors love stock buybacks because they're less risky than investments in new projects that may or may not work. Even better, buybacks make earnings per share, a key measure of profitability, instantly look better simply by reducing the number of shares in the ratio. Underlying profits don't even need to improve.
Just another day in Re-Branded Feudalist pair-a-dice.
Their candidates can be as corrupt, criminal or mentally checked out as possible and they'll get airports and schools named after them.
Our candidates have to possess an incredibly focused, maximum three-point message without any even slightly-obvious ambiguity . . . and still get criticized.
Their candidates speak in platitudes, logic fails, talking points and failed Dead Reagan snake oil and succeed.
Our candidates campaign on compassion for the workers, mothers, seniors and students and get insulted for either over-promising or trying to legislate egalitarianism.
Their candidates view screwing the aforementioned parties as an attribute . . . and so do their voters (even if they're IN said group).
Our candidates could campaign on giving every American working citizen $50,000 a year in guaranteed income, with a detailed and long term plan to pay for it. The Republican comes out with a Draconian rugged-individualist agenda and our average voter be like "Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh . . . can I think about this?"
I mean, am I WRONG about this? Because I don't think I am.
I'm extremely disappointed that this country said YES to this train-wreck, which everyone with a functioning pre-frontal cortex KNEW would turn out this way.
I'm extremely disappointed that, since 2010, America turned this henhouse over to the foxes.
When is America going to stop making dumb choices at the voting booth?
The Yahoo Komment Klan, of course, defend Ped Nasty Jimmy . . . who apparently has no issue in becoming Aqualung.
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About HughBeaumontIf anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.
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