This Has Nothing To Do With Alan Greenspan | - Part 5

Unprecedented Unpopularity

After last night’s results from the New York primary, the fall contest to see who moves into the White House next January is all but certain to include candidates who aren’t very popular, at least according to this poll from the Wall Street Journal.

The good news here is that, for those who have already given up on the U.S. political process (see the Serenity Prayer), it should be quite entertaining to watch.

High Prices and Whole Foods

We only shop at the grocery store for items we either can’t buy at Costco or can’t use fast enough (e.g., a 10 pound bag of onions), so, reports like this one from Marketwatch about high prices at Whole Foods falls into the category of fantastical.

We’ve been to Whole Foods stores a number of times over the years when we travel (from here, the closest one is 300+ miles away) and we just kind of marvel at the numbers we see on the shelves as shoppers go blithely on their way, toting their basket up to the register and then paying whatever the clerk says. I guess you’re paying for “the experience”…

Fun with Hillary

Saturday Night Live lampoons Democratic front-runner for president Hillary Clinton…

I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to four years of comedic takes on any of the current presidential candidates, though, if you had to rank the prospects strictly by their entertainment value, it would probably go Trump, Cruz, Clinton, and Sanders.

As any Daily Show fan could attest, Trump is the gift to comedians that just keeps on giving (though, admittedly, the idea of President Trump isn’t as funny as it was nine months ago), whereas the other three are more challenging (and not nearly as funny).

Though you can put up with a lot of things when you’re young, it’s hard to imagine what life must be like for Daniel Gretz as detailed in this story at the Guardian, but for the more affluent folks in the Bay Area who can afford to work there and live there, that new parental leave law must be pretty sweet.

Spending more than three hours in a car each day is not unusual for Daniel Gretz. Gretz works as a security guard in Milpitas, which is in the southern part of California’s Bay Area. Each morning, he gets in the car and drives about 97 miles up Route 101 from Greenfield where he lives with his brother’s family.

Gretz had grown up in nearby Cupertino and has over the years seen housing and rental prices sky rocket.

“There are more and more people moving outside the Bay and then commuting to work,” says Gretz. Five years ago, when he first moved to Greenfield, his commute was “an hour and 15 minutes max. Now, on a good day, it’s an hour 45 minutes. On Friday, I leave work at 4:30 and not get home until 7 o’clock.”

Trying to survive on hourly pay of $15 an hour, Gretz feels he has no choice but to make the daily trek up and down the 101. Moving closer to Milpitas and San Jose would mean renting a place that would swallow up the majority of his monthly paycheck.

As California becomes the first state to approve a proposal for $15 minimum wage, the question becomes: is $15 an hour enough?

The situation appears to be similar in New York, where $15 an hour will also become the minimum wage, it’s just that the commutes are a little shorter.

We’re Number One?

Via this AP story, something that will keep at least a few people from moving here, which would be a good thing considering that Gallatin County growth rate ranked 24th in nation.

Yes, it’s mostly about guns…

In Montana, with the highest rate, suicide prevention coordinator Karl Rosston acknowledges some frustration as the toll rises, including the recent deaths of several teenagers who used guns from their own homes.

One of Montana’s hardest-hit areas is the city of Butte and surrounding Silver Bow County, where, according to local health director Karen Sullivan, the rate of gun ownership is far above the national average.

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