Democratic counties represent 70% of U.S. GDP

first_img– Advertisement – Biden took away half of Trump’s 10 most economically significant counties from 2016, including Maricopa in Arizona, Tarrant in Texas, Duval and Pinellas in Florida and Morris in New Jersey.Blue districts have attracted the expanding segments of the U.S. population and workforce; 34% of their residents are non-white and 36% have at least a bachelor’s degree. Red districts, by comparison, are 15% non-white and 25% have at least a bachelor’s degree, Brookings found. – Advertisement – The problem, Muro suggests, is not only that Democrats and Republicans disagree on issues of culture, identity, and power, but that they represent “radically different” areas of the economy.These differences, if they persist or worsen, could result in partisan gridlock for years to come, the researcher wrote.Democrats represent voters who overwhelmingly live in the nation’s diverse center and thus tend to prioritize housing affordability, better social safety nets, transportation infrastructure and racial justice.On the other hand, Republicans represent the economies of the nation’s struggling small towns and rural areas that see little reason to weigh the needs of urban districts.“If this pattern continues—with one party aiming to confront the challenges at top of mind for a majority of Americans, and the other continuing to stoke the hostility and indignation held by a significant minority—it will be a recipe not only for more gridlock and ineffective governance, but also for economic harm to nearly all people and places,” Muro wrote.“In light of the desperate need for a broad, historic recovery from the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic, a continuation of the patterns we’ve seen play out over the past decade would be a particularly unsustainable situation for Americans in communities of all sizes,” he added.—Data visualizations by CNBC’s John Schoen Brookings researcher Mark Muro put it this way: “While the election’s outcome has changed, the nation’s political geography remains rigidly divided.”“Blue and red America continue to reflect two very different economies—one oriented todiverse, often college-educated workers in professional and digital services professions and the other whiter, less-educated, and more dependent on ‘traditional’ industries,” he added.To put a point on this economic-geographic divergence, Brookings noted that Biden flipped seven of the nation’s 100-highest-output counties in the 2020 election and further cemented the link between the Democratic party and the nation’s core economic hubs.- Advertisement –center_img The 2020 elections, chaotic and marked by races “too close to call,” have nonetheless reaffirmed that, at least in Washington, the two parties now speak for markedly different segments of the U.S. economy.President Donald Trump carried 2,497 counties across the country that together generate 29% of the American economy, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution. President-elect Joe Biden won 477 counties that together generate 70% of U.S. GDP.- Advertisement – Silhouettes of Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and President Donald Trump on the campaign trail.Reuters Republicans represent a far greater number of smaller counties with less-educated, more-homogenous workforces that, on average, tend to rely on manufacturing, agriculture and mining.Democrats represent a smaller number of densely populated and diverse metropolitan counties fueled by service-oriented industries like finance, professional services and software.That’s similar to the 2016 results, when Brookings showed that the nearly 2,600 counties Trump won generated 36% of the country’s output versus the 472 counties that Hillary Clinton won that produced 64%.last_img read more

DSS island wide consultations described as successful

first_img 29 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews DSS island wide consultations described as successful by: – September 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share Deputy Director of DSS, Mr. Augustus EttieneDeputy Director of the Dominica Social Security Augustus Etienne is describing ongoing island wide consultations with the public as “successful.”The DSS has been holding consultations around the island regarding a proposal to increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 and increasing the contribution rate by 1%.Etienne says Dominicans are embracing the new measures.“Generally people are embracing it because they understand the reason; the situation is similar to what happened in 2006.Initially when you hear the retirement age and contribution is going to increase, everyone is up in arms, that cannot happen but when they come and are faced with the reality of the situation, in fact what they are saying is why has it taken us so long to get those measures implemented so they appreciate the need for it. It’s a small sacrifice but it is necessary to ensure that they and all of us, even our children’s children who are unborn will be able to benefit from the system,” he said.Director of the DSS, Mrs. Janice Jean-Jacques Thomas.Meantime Director of the DSS Janice Jean-Jacque Thomas says while persons expressed concerns about an increase against hard economic times, the move is a small sacrifice for future returns.“It would be a small sacrifice for the returns that persons will get in the future. For instance we all save and it’s important for all of us to have a savings but when we no longer are able to save, we draw on that savings periodically until it’s finished. Whereas with Dominica Social Security, you make the sacrifice and as long as you live, there should never be a time that you will be told there’s no more,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Apple Closing All Stores Outside of China for Two Weeks

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook said Saturday the company’s retail operation outside of China is going online-only for two weeks as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.Cook tweeted Saturday that “Apple will be temporarily closing all stores outside of Greater China until March 27.” He also said the company is donating $15 million to help with worldwide recovery.In a separate online statement, Cook said that Apple’s stores in China have all now reopened, and what the company has learned there has helped it develop “best practices that are assisting enormously in our global response.”last_img

Steelers offense sputters in second half against Ravens

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can’t blame their latest loss on a struggling defense. The Steelers defense kept Baltimore out of the end zone in the second half, but Ben Roethlisberger and the offense struggled to find rhythm as Justin Tucker kicked four second-half field goals, leading the Ravens to a 26-14 victory on Sunday night.“I just didn’t make enough plays,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ll take ownership on this game. I just wasn’t good enough.”Roethlisberger led the offense from a 14-point hole and threw for 224 yards in the first half. The Steelers offense managed just 47 yards in the second half, and converted 2 of 12 third downs in the game as Roethlisberger finished 27 of 47 for 274 yards with a touchdown and an interception.“I didn’t make enough throws and we didn’t convert first downs,” Roethlisberger said. “We were terrible on third downs and that’s on me.”The Steeler defense allowed Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes to throw for six touchdowns in Week 2, while Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for more than 400 yards last Monday.The Steelers (1-2-1) struggled defensively at the outset against Baltimore (3-1) as the Ravens held a 14-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. They settled down and allowed four Tucker field goals the rest of the way, but it wasn’t enough.“We were able to tie it up at half and the score was 0-0 to me,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “We didn’t get off the field and our offense didn’t score. When we do that and don’t get off the field, it’s not a good recipe for success.”Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 28 of 42 passes for 363 yards, with TD passes to John Brown and Alex Collins as the Ravens ended a three-game losing streak to their AFC North rivals. Tucker accounted for all the scoring after halftime as Baltimore ended Pittsburgh’s long run of success on Sunday nights.Pittsburgh came in having won nine straight Sunday night appearances, a streak that included a pair of victories against the Ravens. Baltimore brought Pittsburgh’s run to an abrupt end by shutting down Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the second half. The Ravens have allowed just nine points after halftime in four games.Roethlisberger threw for more than 500 yards and led four fourth-quarter scoring drives the last time the Steelers met the Ravens a Heinz Field. He tossed a memorable ball-over-the-goal-line extension touchdown to Antonio Brown that secured a division title for the Steelers on Christmas night in 2016.Flacco and the Ravens started strong on Sunday. Flacco completed his first six passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns, as he led the Ravens on an 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive and quickly capitalized on a Steelers’ turnover.Brown caught the Ravens’ first touchdown with Joe Haden and Cam Sutton giving chase on the 33-yard deep pass. Ravens’ S Tony Jefferson ripped the ball from tight end Vance McDonald’s grasp, and Flacco tossed a 3-yard swing pass to Collins three plays later.The Ravens looked like they were going to add to their lead following a Chris Boswell 34-yard field goal.Brown beat Terrell Edmunds on a 71-yard deep ball, but the Steelers’ rookie first-round pick recovered a Collins fumble on first-and-goal from the 2-yard line three plays later. It was the first time the Ravens didn’t score a touchdown in the red zone this season, going a league record 13-of-13 in four games.It also briefly swung momentum in Pittsburgh’s favor as Roethlisberger led the Steelers back from the early deficit.Antonio Brown, who caught five passes for 62 yards, scored his second touchdown in as many weeks following a Boswell 39-yard field goal. The 2-point conversion to James Conner evened the score.But then, Flacco and the Ravens took over.Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal on the Ravens’ second possession of the second half, and then ended two clock-churning drives, spanning more than 11 plays and six minutes with field goals of 49 and 28 yards, increasing it to a 23-14 lead with less than four minutes to play.“They drained the clock on us,” Heyward said. “Whether it was quick passing on the outside or over the middle, we have to get better.”Tucker’s final field goal, a 31-yarder, came four plays after a Roethlisberger interception.“I don’t think I’m on the same page as anybody right now because I’m not playing well enough,” Roethlisberger said. “Today was just a bad day at the office. We’ve all had them. I had one today and I promise I’ll be back to play better.” Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)last_img read more