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CVS Pharmacy Will Begin Selling CBD Products in Stores Across 8 States

21-03-2019

CVS Pharmacy is jumping on the CBD bandwagon. The company said in a statement to CNBC on Wednesday that it’s now selling cannabidiol (CBD) products at locations across eight states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, and Maryland, among others. The company is selling everything from lotions to...

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German Whiskey Distillers Are Starting to Hit Their Stride

21-03-2019

Whiskey has become big business--now even with its own investment fund. One of the places the fund may be looking at is up-and-comer Germany. The German brewing industry’s spirits are up, according to the Associated Press. Whiskeys from the region aren’t well known in other countries--production...

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So Many Brits Are Signing an Anti-Brexit Petition That Parliament’s Website Has Crashed

21-03-2019

A petition calling for the cancellation of Brexit has gone viral, gaining so much attention that it crashed the U.K. Parliament’s petitions website. Started by a woman named Margaret Georgiadou, the petition was submitted just over a month ago but gained huge traction late Wednesday night...

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Historic And Wonderful Cyclist And Pedestrian Tunnel Under River Tyne Re-Opens Soon

21-03-2019

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels, built in 1951, have undergone a five year, £16m renovation and will open again soon. @carltonreid gets a sneak peak behind the scenes – and gets to ride on Britain's best cycleway.Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/03/21/historic-and-wonderful-cyclist-and-pedestrian-tunnel-under-river-tyne-re-opens-soon/

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How Many People Work for the U.S. Federal Government?

21-03-2019

April 15 is a day that most Americans should feel like a boss. That indelible mark on the calendar--Tax Day--is a reminder, after all, that you've got 2,098,913 people on your payroll, as of June. That said, you may be surprised by where exactly your...

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Cricket Slowly Returning To Pakistan And Bringing Happiness For Millions Of Fans

20-03-2019

Momentum is growing in Pakistani cricket after a successful Pakistan Super League fueled hope of more matches for the cricket-starved nation.Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tristanlavalette/2019/03/20/cricket-slowly-returning-to-pakistan-and-bringing-happiness-for-millions-of-fans/

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TheOpinionPoll.com: 2019 Important Issues

 

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however. 

The truth is that while capitalism is an excellent vehicle to promote consumption and opportunities for expression of economic freedom of choice, it is not ideally suited to ensuring that everyone has the wherewithal to avail themselves of those opportunities. With the myriad of threats facing our nation, perhaps the most dangerous is the growth of income inequality between the top one percent of the nation and the remaining 99%.

Importance of a Middle Class

As a nation we celebrate the presence of a once robust middle class, and while politicians are quick to give lip service to this critical economic segment of society, their tax and monetary policies are eating into the savings and importance of this group. This fact can be seen in the erosion of the middle class purchasing power as their influence is siphoned off in favor of upper income and corporate tax breaks.

Regrettably, the"idea" of a middle class requires more than lip service during the occasional electoral cycle to make it a viable social, political, and economic entity. The fact of the matter is, a vibrant middle class only arises when nations make the decision to foster that development.

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

People working minimum wage jobs, especially in the fast food industry, started a movement a year and a half ago to educate people about fast food working conditions, how little they're paid and how they can't pay their living expenses for themselves and their families. The problem they claim is that too many people still believe that high school and college aged young people mostly hold fast food jobs. These jobs don't need to be high paying because it's just extra income for kids to buy things they want. The reality is quite different. The majority of people working in fast food are adults who often rely on that minimum wage job to pay for rent, utilities and to support families. Most families working low-paying jobs like those in fast food often supplement their income with food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance. This shifts the burden of supporting these people onto the taxpayers.

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