Amazon/online is not the problem … but I feel more middle class than I have in years . I can save and buy .. or is it just because I have no man ha ha
“The middle is disappearing — low and middle-income customers increasingly shop at discounters and dollar stores, forcing retailers that once served these customers, like Bon-Ton and its subsidiary brands, to close shop,” analysts from intelligence firm Gartner L2 wrote in a recent report on department stores.
The slow decline of the middle class in America has had an impact on retailers that haven’t adapted to the change. Increasingly, the most successful businesses in the sector have become more distinctly split into two sections: luxury and budget stores.
Most nations have regions that are unique and known for their special qualities. For example, France has its wine country and Mediterranean coast, Germany has castles along the Rhine, Switzerland has ski resorts in the Alps, and Italy and Greece have ruins from centuries past. What makes them nations, however, is the commonality of language and culture that unites their citizens regardless of political or philosophical differences.
We used to have that unity in America, when our nation was a true “melting pot”. Legal immigrants added the flavors of their nationality to the mix but swore allegiance and loyalty to America not their country of origin. They learned English and American History, and proudly sang “Oh say can you see . . .” standing and saluting the flag, not burning it or taking a knee.
Our nation is now seriously and purposefully divided along geographical and philosophical lines, a repeat of the conditions, motives, and political treachery that existed in our young nation between 1828 and 1860. And the results were disastrous.
The MP34, the Beretta 38A, and the MP40 submachine guns represent very different design philosophies. Each gun was effective, but the MP34 and 38A were ultimately unsustainable.