April 8, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040818)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. 48,000 Brits dead after worst winter in 42 years

    THE UK is being hit by its worst winter death toll in 42 years, a new search says.

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/694368/flu-winter-death-cold-fatalities

    Britain is about 1/5th the US in population but with a similar death toll. You think people would be demanding a change in leadership when 5 times the number of people die than in the US???

    Comment by dscott — April 8, 2018 @ 8:29 am

  2. Why Marylanders Should Oppose $8.5 Billion Amazon Incentive Package

    https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/charles-hughes/why-marylanders-should-oppose-85-billion-amazon-incentive-package

    Maryland’s newly approved law, going by the cringe-worthy name Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland’s Economy (PRIME Act), while not explicitly exclusive to Amazon, is tailored to the company as only its HQ2 could meet the criteria. The incentives match any Fortune 100 company that seeks to hire 40,000 qualified workers with average compensation of at least $100,000 and includes $4.5 billion in related project expenditures. It is difficult to envision any other company that would be able to meet all of the different eligibility requirements. Large employers such as Walmart would be unable to meet the average compensation requirements, while most tech companies would not place sufficient associated investments in one location.

    bolds mine

    Note the emphasis on wages over $100k which is way over the median family income. In other words a sop to the well to do, which is a financial profile of liberal supporters.

    Worse yet it targets the benefit to the top income strata of the US, in this case the top 27% of income earners.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/203183/percentage-distribution-of-household-income-in-the-us/

    I would also point out that big business and not small business is a traditional supporter of the Democrat Party.

    This is pure political corruption dressed up as economic benefit.

    Comment by dscott — April 8, 2018 @ 10:16 am

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