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:sleep: Me and my family are MUCH better off than we were under barry the Fascist NAZI and his socialist economy..........your stories of this type are irrelevant to those of us in this same situation.........

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:sleep:the one sentence about the WET CEMENT holding them in place settles the matter........try again comrade.......

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I am an educator, also, and I can't say that my salary has grown by leaps and bounds, despite Texas GOP promises, and my benefit costs, like health insurance, have certainly not decreased. Milk hasn't gotten cheaper, nor has the price of beer.

Did Trump appointing that DeVos weaken and undermine public education, at all levels? Absolutely. 

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9 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

I am an educator, also, and I can't say that my salary has grown by leaps and bounds, despite Texas GOP promises, and my benefit costs, like health insurance, have certainly not decreased. Milk hasn't gotten cheaper, nor has the price of beer.

Did Trump appointing that DeVos weaken and undermine public education, at all levels? Absolutely. 

Always some outlier that doesn't fit the data.......:rofl:

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Didn't Krugman also win this prize and he has been wrong on all his economic predictions about Trump

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6 minutes ago, Wild74 said:

Didn't Krugman also win this prize and he has been wrong on all his economic predictions about Trump

all the "expert" economists are Keynesian........translation: they all believe that government must be involved in the economy in some way....ergo: they are socialists......not a single Laissez Faire capitalist in the whole group......

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Hmmm, this Nobel winning economist states that Trumps policies have not helped the lower or middle class, and states it just part of the economic trend.  Joseph Stiglitz evidently  hasn't paid much attention to the economy in America since President Trump was elected.  The first thing he notes is that life expectancy decreases.  Well, he's wrong :  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/30/us-life-expectancy-increases-for-first-time-in-4-years-109397 .  Then he goes on to state that labor markets get tight when unemployment is lower, and wages go up, yet he doesn't attribute that to President Trumps rescinding of the Obama era regulations that were harmful for businesses.  What is this clown studying ?  I think he's "resting on his laurels" and has become complacent.  

The American Dollar is stronger than it has been in years :  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-forex-poll-dollar/dollar-to-enter-2020-on-a-strong-footing-no-contender-in-sight-reuters-poll-idUSKBN1WJ021  .  That gives Americans more buying power.  

Inflation is at a modest rate of 1.8% as of last month. :  https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/current-inflation-rates/ . 

Wages are increasing at 2.8% that offset the rise of inflation :  https://www.epi.org/nominal-wage-tracker/ . 

The GNP continues to rise :  https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GNP  

Gas prices in Houston dropped to $1.93 today, yet the USA Today reported they were going to rise to over $3.00 a gallon with the Iran tit for tat.  

Barry and this guy need to live in the real world.  I understand that their salaries are probably fixed, because they are professors.  That's not my problem.  They agreed to work for those wages.  As for the rest of us working Americans life is good with President Trumps policies.  The stock market keeps setting records, which if Joseph Stiglitz was such a genius with economic forces he would have invested in.  Instead, he probably went the safe route of placing his money in CD's where the yield is minimal at the current time.  https://www.bankrate.com/banking/cds/cd-rate-forecast/ .  

With his outlook and how he perceives things the Nobel Prize would have been awarded to Ebenezer Scrooge had it been around during his fictional lifespan.  Keep them poor and under Government control is their outlook.  The one thing I've noticed about these modern day Socialist/Communist/Democrats is they are pessimists to the extreme, and can't see any good with anything.  

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7 hours ago, BarryLaverty said:

I am an educator, also, and I can't say that my salary has grown by leaps and bounds, despite Texas GOP promises, and my benefit costs, like health insurance, have certainly not decreased. Milk hasn't gotten cheaper, nor has the price of beer.

Did Trump appointing that DeVos weaken and undermine public education, at all levels? Absolutely. 

Odd that you mention your salary, and I addressed that above.  You agreed to it.  Your salary will never grow while working for the "state" by leaps and bounds, but by their scheduled COL increases.  I don't know where you live, but milk is $1.85 at Aldi's.  As for beer I know it hasn't gone up in price since Trump took office unless  you drink a craft beer that those that think they are intellectuals think they must consume to appear sophisticated.  

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I'm retiring this Year......lol......cant wait....

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6 minutes ago, WestHardinfan1 said:

I'm retiring this Year......lol......cant wait....

Congrats!!! I could already, as I got my 80 a while ago, but I have a younger wife who is also in education, and I can get my 90 in about 3 more years. Want to try to hit that sweet spot where I can still choose to work at something after retirement, but not have to, too much! 

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2 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Congrats!!! I could already, as I got my 80 a while ago, but I have a younger wife who is also in education, and I can get my 90 in about 3 more years. Want to try to hit that sweet spot where I can still choose to work at something after retirement, but not have to, too much! 

I got 80....single....own my house....only have utility bills and a truck note.....lol.....no credit card debt.....golf and fishing til I die.....

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And have my insurance license so if I get bored I can work at my dads office.....lol

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1 minute ago, BarryLaverty said:

Sounds like a great plan! 

And without being restrained by my desire not to piss any of my bosses off my posts will become even MORE truthful than they have been in the past.....😅😅😅😅

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Dem economists sing the same tune Dem meteorologists sing, just the words are changed to fit the different Dem agendas.  It’s so blatantly obvious, a blind man could see it.

Btw, Congrats to both you guys on nearing retirement.   I found my new nitch.  My recliner levitates if I’m not in it, so that’s my job.  😂🤣😂🤣😂

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