Impulse buy?

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I always am amazed at the plethora of junk at the CVS checkout counter. (Yes, Rite-Aid and Walgreens also have the same gazillion candy bars and gums.) Not so much at the grocery store anymore. Oh, there’s the occasional National Enquirer, soda pop, and a few candy bars, but not as many or as wide a choice as before. This doesn’t include the fact that more and more folks are getting their groceries delivered (and don’t set foot into the store itself).

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R&D cuts mean fewer Start-ups

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I am not trying to sound the Doomsday Machine.  Our economy is picking up.  Corporations are raising their low-end employee’s wages.  (Don’t get too excited.  They are not doing this for benevolent reasons.  They are having a tough time keeping their low-end employees, because jobs are now more available.)  But, we still are not coming out with a plethora of new products.

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Washington’s Birthday

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Sunday is Washington’s Birthday (22 February).  As I mentioned on Lincoln’s Birthday, the US Government has elected to conflate these two days (into President’s Day, which was last Monday) to minimize the holidays (days off with pay) for American labor.   And, while both Washington and Lincoln were responsible for securing the formation of a more perfect union, Washington was the first of our presidents.  And, he was elected unanimously.  (Lincoln had three other opponents and only got 40% of the vote, all he needed to win.  We’ve had a few other minority presidents since then.)

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