Category: Economy

Tariffs Imperil a Hometown Business in South Carolina: BMW

The Spartanburg plant is BMW’s biggest in the world. It has helped draw more than 200 companies from two dozen countries to Spartanburg County. And the German company — not an American icon like Ford or General Motors — is now the largest exporter of cars made in the United States, turning the port of Charleston, S.C., into a hub for global trade. But by setting off a global trade battle, President Trump is threatening the town’s livelihood. People aren’t happy.

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Trump wanted to cut arts funding. Instead, the spending bill he signed gives it a boost.

WE NEED THE ARTS NOW MORE THAN EVER
President Trump has shown he has a very particular dislike of criticism and dissent. He has repeatedly belittled his critics — and, accusers — while failing to answer their criticisms. His administration has, similarly, taken to hiding behind accusations of fake news in order to delegitimize his critics. Trump is, in a very real sense, the worst qualities of the classic internet critic distilled into presidential form.

The arts offer a means of countering this with the very best of what our connectedness can bring: elevating minority voices, fostering outsider thinking, providing careful deliberation of difficult subjects, and, perhaps most important in these divisive times, the arts allow us to meditate on the basic truths of our lives today.

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White House budget projects $1 trillion deficit in 2019

President Trump’s first budget (for FY 2018) projected a $526 billion deficit in 2019, under its policies. The FY 2019 Mid-Session Review released last Friday revises his current budget to a $1,085 billion deficit in 2019. That’s an increase of roughly $560 billion, or more than double.

Altogether, tax cuts and spending hikes account for more than four-fifths of the deficit increase between the President’s FY 2018 Budget and the recent Mid-Session Review. Moreover, CBO’s estimates show revenue will fall by $1 trillion, not rise by that amount.

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WHITE HOUSE THREATENED TO ECONOMICALLY CRIPPLE ECUADOR FOR PROMOTING BREASTFEEDING

Though a 2016 study found that breastfeeding would prevent 800,000 child deaths a year worldwide and save $300 billion from reduced health-care costs for children given breast milk, the $70 billion baby-food industry, dominated by a handful of American and European companies, “has seen sales flatten in wealthy countries in recent years, as more women embrace breastfeeding,” per the Times. And the White House obviously can’t have that!

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NC GOP in this Year’s Short Session… Self-Serving Reaches Shameless Depths.

The 2018 Short Session was a triumph for that part of the right wing that is attempting to create a permanent majority by changing rules to silence and diminish all opposition. Herein, current information and background, ignored legislative offerings, reading suggestions, and action notices. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson.

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March
  • 01

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    03/01/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Join Moving to Conservers at Coffee Carts at 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712 from 6-8 pm for a potluck and work session on the compost program.  Bring a dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting.  Coffee Carts is expecting the group & has been most welcoming.

  • 02

    4:00 pm-6:30 pm
    03/02/2018
    Brevard Brewing
    63 E Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    March 02 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm  This event has been canceled.

    This week: Brevard Brewing Company, 63 East Main Street, Brevard.

    Free

    Join Transylvania Indivisible and your neighbors every other Friday afternoon to mingle, discuss current events, share ideas that matter and write postcards to legislators expressing your concerns. Postcards, postage, addresses, current-topic summaries provided! Tasty local brews, music, food (nearby!) at family-friendly venue!

    Next gathering, March 16 at location to be announced.

  • 10

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    03/10/2018
    Dupont State Forest
    Staton Rd, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, USA

    The Friends of DuPont Forest do trail work the second Saturday of every month from 9 am – 1 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  A meeting place will be announced as soon as we know March’s worksite.

  • 14

    10:00 am-10:17 am
    03/14/2018
    Brevard College
    170 College Row, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Brevard College SGA is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a#NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action.

    Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship. Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day. We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns.

    Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020. Join us in saying #ENOUGH!

  • 15

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    03/15/2018
    King Street 185
    185 King St, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Join us March 15 at 6 pm at King Street 185 for a viewing of SEED.  Bring a potluck dish and your own non-disposable place setting and join us.  The potluck starts at 6 pm.  The movie starts at 6:30 pm.

    For more information, contact Kim or John at jbwkjc@gmail.com This is a zero-waste event

     

     

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.R.6147
    Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 (07/19/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Con.Res.119
    Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (07/19/2018 legislative day)

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  • PN1403
    Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, retired. (07/19/2018 legislative day)

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