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ARE MALLS DYING?
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The American malls are not well, as young consumers' shopping experiences may be causing a slow death for traditional retailers.

It's fascinating to see how consumer behavior is evolving, especially among younger demographics. The shift away from traditional mall experiences reflects broader trends in how people shop, socialize, and prioritize their spending.

CAVEAT EMPTOR
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Caveat Emptor is a Latin phrase meaning "let the buyer beware." Be responsible for making sure that it's a good deal before paying.

What ever happened to customer service? In this case, a new City Island auto repair in our neighborhood. Since I like to support local businesses, I decided to check it out. I took a walk in the cold 20-degree temperature to ask the owner if he could repair my ruptured brake line for about 200 dollars.

MAGA GOP ECONOMY
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The Republicans have yet to release a budget but their debt limit plan proposes $4.5 trillion in cuts, including student loan forgiveness.

The worst US House Speaker in history happens to be GOP leader Kevin McCarthy. His "Limit, Save, Grow Act" would return discretionary spending to Fiscal Year 2022 levels, limit the growth of spending to 1 percent a year, and limit other government spending. These cuts would be tied to a $1.5 trillion increase of the debt ceiling.

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As more GOP Senators and Representatives support a ban on assault weapons following mass shootings in New York, Texas...etc

And now that Congress has gone off on vacation, we wanted to find a solution about what's really going on with gun safety by dropping the blame and shame and leading with compassion. CityImages is launching a strategy session by digitally brainstorming on how to develop a new concept around an acceptable assault rifle solution and decided to seek everyone’s help by relying on digital democracy.

Putin's Invasion Is Russia's War
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The Ukrainian leader has evolved into a global statesman. From comedy to tragedy. President Z  Channels Chaplin and W. Churchill.

Charlie Chaplin - Final Speech from The Great Dictator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7GY1Xg6X20

Kissing Up To Billionaires

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Top Democrats who signaled a deal on POTUS Joe Biden's big domestic bill point out that momentum fizzled and tempers flared as a paid family leave proposal fell out of favor and so did the billionaires' tax appeared scrapped, mostly to satisfy The Demolition Duo, US Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona.

US Democracy On Life Support
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POTUS, The Democrats, and The White House Press Secretary reveal a show and tell chart of our USA Debt Increase comparisons.

The White House is looking to reset the messaging around its multi-trillion dollar spending bills deadlocked in Congress, as President Joe Biden hits the road to pitch popular elements of the package.

The Democrats are also urging lawmakers to pass a bill to raise or suspend the federal government's $28.4 trillion debt ceiling by the end of this week, warning that failure holds devastating economic consequences.

Parrot vs Patriot
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Whether an individual consumer, business owner, community leader, elected or appointed official, if you are still opposed to higher minimum wages then you are just plain STUPID, don't care, and certainly DO NOT understand the engine that drives the US economy.

If you want to be a PARROT, instead of a PATRIOT, go ahead, keep "parroting" those talking points about the devastating effects a higher minimum wage would have on the economy that your political party, chamber of commerce, or other conflicted and the self-serving source is shoving down your throat!

The Week Ahead
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An epic week in is underway. The outcome remains uncertain, and American finances and prosperity are in the balance.

GOP California Scheming

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Why are California taxpayers spending millions on a recall election a year before their previously scheduled return to the ballot box?