China’s Next Wave

China has gobbled up our manufacturing jobs, and it looks like we’ll never get them back. Next in their crosshairs: White Collar Jobs.

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Our education deficit vs. China is about to pay them dividends:

“In the last decade, China has produced close to 60 million college graduates. By 2030, the World Bank expects there to be up to 200 million — more than the entire U.S. workforce. They’ll join those from India and Latin America in an increasingly crowded global market for brainpower. … From crunching the numbers behind a trading desk, to writing code, to reviewing X-rays — some of the work is already being outsourced and more will be.”
Chicago Tribune

The Gun Trigger

Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton “Annie Oakley” in 2008 for what he portrayed as her diffidence about gun control. This year she has embraced it with vigor, and is now engaging the issue against Donald Trump, who just secured the NRA endorsement.

trumpShootThe voter breakdown: Hillary is now depending on a coalition of non-white voters and college educated white women who mostly back gun control. Trump is aiming for non-college and non-urban white voters who are passionately against gun control.

Going back to Al Gore 2000 and Bill Clinton’s disastrous first-term Midterm (following the ban on assault weapons) Democrats have not done well when tackling this issue. The Clinton-Trump match up is shaping up as a test for whether voters have shifted to the left on this one, enough to make Hillary’s stand the winning position.

What’s A Helpless Billionaire To Do?

KochBrosThe infamous Koch brothers reportedly hate Donald Trump, but instead of dropping a dime to stop him they long ago chose to opt out of this presidential campaign cycle. Word is they decided that joining the Never-Trump brigades would only boost his momentum. Sounds like they wimped out, and considering they are certainly not Hillary fans, two of the mightiest conservative donors in the country are on the sidelines.

His Last HaHa

By PatD, a Trail Mix Contributor

Thank you, PBS Newshour, for your segment last night on one of the Trail’s favorite people.

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain: "Cats"
Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain: “Cats” “Congress” “Lawyers” “Exercise” “Old Age”
PBS: Mark Twain once said that “hunger is the handmaid of genius,” and he was speaking from personal experience. By 1894, Twain was an esteemed writer, an international celebrity — and dead broke thanks to a few bad investments. To stave off debt, he embarked on the world’s first stand-up comedy tour, chronicled in Richard Zacks’ new book, “Chasing the Last Laugh.” Zacks joins Jeffrey Brown for more.

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