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In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.

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WHY LIBERAL STATES WON AMERICA’S TAX EXPERIMENT

For years, conservatives have been telling us that a healthy business-friendly economy depends on low taxes, few regulations, and low wages. Are they right?

We’ve had an experiment going on here in the United States that provides an answer.

At the one end of the scale are Kansas and Texas, with among the nation’s lowest taxes, least regulations, and lowest wages.

At the other end is California, featuring among the nation’s highest taxes, especially on the wealthy; lots of regulations, particularly when it comes to the environment; and high wages.

So according to conservative doctrine, Kansas and Texas ought to be booming, and California ought to be in the pits.

Actually, it’s just the opposite. For years now, Kansas’s rate of economic growth has been the worst in the nation. Last year its economy actually shrank.  Texas hasn’t been doing all that much better. Its rate of job growth has been below the national average. Retail sales are way down. The value of Texas exports has been dropping.

But what about so-called over-taxed, over-regulated, high-wage California? California leads the nation in the rate of economic growth — more than twice the national average. In other words, conservatives have it exactly backwards.

So why are Kansas and Texas doing so badly? And California so well?

Because taxes enable states to invest in their people – their education and skill-training, great research universities that spawn new industries and attract talented innovators and inventors worldwide, and modern infrastructure.

That’s why California is the world center of high-tech, entertainment, and venture capital.

Kansas and Texas haven’t been investing nearly to the same extent.

California also provides services to a diverse population including many who are attracted to California because of its opportunities.

And California’s regulations protect the public health and the state’s natural beauty, which also draws people to the state – including talented people who could settle anywhere.

Wages are high in California because the economy is growing so fast employers have to pay more for workers. And that’s not a bad thing. After all, the goal isn’t just growth. It’s a high standard of living.

Now in fairness, Texas’s problems are also linked to the oil bust. But that’s really no excuse because Texas has failed to diversify its economy. And here again, it hasn’t made adequate investments.

California is far from perfect. A housing shortage has been driving rents and home prices into the stratosphere. And roads are clogged. Much more needs to be done.

But overall, the contrast is clear. Economic success depends on tax revenues that go into public investments, and regulations that protect the environment and public health. And true economic success results in high wages.

So the next time you hear a conservative say “low taxes, few regulations, and low wages are the keys to economic business-friendly success, just remember Kansas, Texas, and California.

The conservative formula is wrong.

Otayuri is not pedofilia. I REPEAT. OTAYURI IS NOT PEDOFILIA

I have been seeing that some people are dissing the relationship between Yuri and Otabek because it is pedofilia, and it is really making me mad. It is not pedofilia for several reasons.

1. The age of consent in Russia and Kazakhstan is 16. Yuri is about to turn 16 in three months from the current point in the show.

2. There is no guarantee that the would have a sexual relationship as soon as they start dating. Dating =/= sex.

3. They are less than 2 ½ years apart. Have you not seen friends/people you know date some one a couple years older? It is common.

4. People are basing it on “American standards, where anyone under 18 cannot have sex” when this is not true. Many states in America have the age of consent of 16. Heck, in my state, as long as the partner is less than 4 years older, you can have sex as early as 14. So those of you who think that in America its illegal always, you’re wrong.

5. They might not even start dating immediately. Knowing Yuri’s personality, it would probably take him a while of friendship before he would even consider having romance. So stop freaking out.

It is not pedofilia for all of the reasons above. If you still hate the ship, fine, but dont go ruining the tag for other people, making people feel bad for likeing something when there’s nothing wrong with it.

(P.S. I bet half of the people calling BS on this are Ereri shippers, so don’t go around being hypocrites.)

Twilight Over Northwest Pass, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016

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“The sudden criminal attacks perpetrated by the Japanese in the Pacific provide the climax of a decade of international immorality.

Powerful and resourceful gangsters have banded together to make war upon the whole human race. Their challenge has now been flung at the United States of America. The Japanese have treacherously violated the long-standing peace between us. Many American soldiers and sailors have been killed by enemy action. American ships have been sunk; American airplanes have been destroyed….

We are now in the midst of a war, not for conquest, not for vengeance, but for a world in which this Nation, and all that this Nation represents, will be safe for our children. We expect to eliminate the danger from Japan, but it would serve us ill if we accomplished that and found that the rest of the world was dominated by Hitler and Mussolini.

We are going to win the war and we are going to win the peace that follows.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, December 9, 1941

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In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.

One today is worth two tomorrows
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Benjamin Franklin

One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat. Born into a Boston family of modest means, Franklin had little formal education. He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital and college, and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects. During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.

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David Bowie is gone, a dentist shot a gorilla that consequently became a superstar, the bee movie is on YouTube with different levels of speed all incorporated in four actual minutes, Brexit has actually happened and is an actual project that’s on the rails, vine is shutting down and Donald Trump is a month away from being the official president of the United States of America…

2016 had one job, it got fired from ten of them.

A  VERY  DESCRIPTIVE  &  DETAILED  PROFILE  OF  YOUR  MUSE.
repost with the information of your muse, including headcanons, etc. when  you’re  done,  tag  15  other  people  to  do  the  same

TAGGED BY : @citystarlet& @earnedstripes​ !   thx boos ♡

NAME : alfred f. jones, officially known as the united states of america
AGE :   unofficially, 409 years old. officially, 240 years old. physically however, he looks to be around 19 or 20.
SPECIES :   unknown, but physically human
GENDER :   male
ORIENTATION :   pansexual
PROFESSION :   official representative of the united states of america in any and all relevant matters to him at the given time. this is typically reserved to government positions however: foreign ambassador, soldier, spy, delegate, pencil pusher, etc. occasionally it means pulling rank to get what he wants though —- like skipping the line in disneyland or getting out of work early.

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[ PHYSICAL ASPECTS ]

BODY TYPE :   athletic, but not overly muscled, or skinny. think your typical college jock. so, despite his constant worries and paranoia about his weight and whether or not he’s fat (thanks, 2008!), america is actually physically fit.
HAIR :   golden blond
EYES :   blue, specifically A40
SKIN :    warm toned, golden tan (third circle on the right)
HEIGHT :   6′0″
   

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[ FAMILY ]

FAMILY : yes, all living
SIBLINGS :   canada (brother), mexico (sister), united kingdom (estranged brother/father/guardian figure. it’s complicated.)
PARENTS :   N/A
ANY PETS? :   yes  [ x ]   ||   no  [  ]      he has a cat named annie, after annie oakley!

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[ SKILLS ]

PHYSICAL PROWESS :   america is capable of lifting and throwing immense weights, including but not limited to something as heavy as an elephant. he can be hit, he can bruise and bleed, but any lasting or serious damage can only be inflicted upon him by other nations or foreign attacks in his states. he can also die, but unless it’s due to the united states of america dissolving as a country, his death won’t be permanent.
SPEED :  he’s no olympic level runner, but he’s close.

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[ LIKES ]

COLORS :   red, white, blue, gold, brown

SMELLS : cinnamon, gasoline, the ocean salt, cigarette smoke when it’s settled into clothes, fresh baked sweets & the summer air
FOOD : if it’s good, he’ll eat it.
DRINKS :   juice, soda, sparkling water, water & alcohol
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES? :   yes  [ X ]   ||   rarely   [  ]   ||    no  [  ]
FAVORITES : space exploration, archaeological discoveries, animals of any kind (but cats above all), camping, gaming, horror movies, winning in whatever competition he’s in (even if it’s not a competition), helping others, being around others.

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[OTHER DETAILS ]

SMOKES ? :   yes  [  ]   ||   no  [ x ]   ||   occasionally  [ ]   however, up until the 90s, america smoked pretty often. he’d been trying to quit beginning in the mid to late 80s, but didn’t succeed until the mid 90s.
DRUGS ? :   yes  [ ]  verse dependent   ||   no  [ x ]   ||   occasionally  [ ]  again, during the 1960s and 1970s, america experimented a lot with drugs, but hasn’t since.
DRIVER LICENSE ? :   yes  [ X ]   ||   no  [  ]
EVER BEEN ARRESTED ? : no  [  ]   ||   yes  [ X ]   ||   almost/detained  []   being in a foreign country illegally to spy for the american government tends to do that — and being an activist in rallies and protests in the 1960s-1980s will do that, too. also, just being plain stupid and “disrupting the peace” and “trespassing” to film dumb shit and upload them online.

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