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Today's Key Question:
George Melloan of the American Institute for Economic Research has published an essay holding politicians responsible for engaging in "politics of fear" to expand government powers (see the article below.)
Do you agree that is taking place during the pandemic?
"JPMorgan Advisors Will Begin Returning To Their Offices This Month"
From Wealth Advisor:
* Some JPMorgan Chase advisors are returning to offices this month as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift across the country. It’s the first sign of financial firms attempting to return to ‘normal’ operations since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered branches
"The pandemic is changing how much frozen food we buy"
From CNN Business:
* It's good news for a category that has seen a big revamp in recent years as consumers shunned comfort foods for options they perceived as healthier and fresher. As a result, the TV dinner has evolved significantly from its compartmentalized, nuke-friendly roots. Joining the plates of Salisbury steaks partitioned from peas and carrots and mashed potatoes are cauliflower-dough pizzas, broccoli chia cakes, and sous vide egg white bites.
The current shopping environment could very well prove out how much shoppers will branch out from sentimental favorites and stick with the revamped offerings post-pandemic.
"COVID-19 is changing how we buy cars with online sales, home delivery and more transparent pricing"
From USA Today:
* "I can order my groceries to my door, I can order new running shoes to my door ... every part of our life right now is delivered," said Jessica Stafford, general manager of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. "Our studies have shown that in the COVID-19 world, I want to be able to have a virtual walk around the car and be able to talk to the dealer. You bring it to my house, it’s clean and I can test it. If I do buy it, you bring it back to my house for final delivery."
"How the Team-Building Business Has Reinvented Itself in the Pandemic"
* Leonard has been thinking a lot about people's mindsets since the country shut down and his company had to move its corporate team-building department, Second City Works, to the virtual realm. He's one of the many team-building experts across the country spending their quarantines creating new programs that specifically address the demands of remote work in the coronavirus age. These activities range from Zoom improv to online magic shows--and they're getting a big response as remote workplaces struggle to stay cohesive and low-stress.
"How We Got Into this Mess"
* Mr. Steyer has assembled a business-labor-political coalition to try to organize a recovery. That’s ironic because Mr. Steyer has been among the Democratic Party luminaries who for years have been using the politics of fear to expand the powers of the state in the name of warding off “climate change.” Barack Obama used this bogeyman unscrupulously as he tightened his grip on the energy industry. New York governor Andrew Cuomo set about to counter the “threat” by spending billions the state doesn’t have to erect windmills in the Atlantic Ocean.