Black Friday is upon us, and — in keeping with tradition — so are the attendant brawls, melees, assaults, thefts and general mayhem.
Nevertheless, Black Friday appears a bit more sedate this year overall. Reuters reports:
Bargain hunters found relatively little competition compared with previous years. Some had already shopped Thursday evening, reflecting a new normal of U.S. holiday shopping, where stores open up with deals on Thanksgiving itself, rather than waiting until Black Friday.
Retailers "have taken the sense of urgency out for consumers by spreading their promotions throughout the year and what we are seeing is a result of that," said Jeff Simpson, director of the retail practice at Deloitte. Traffic in stores was light on Friday, while Thursday missed his expectations…[more]
I’ve long held the minority viewpoint that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution — limiting the president to two terms in office — may well have been a mistake.
Yes, there’s no question that the executive branch is uniquely susceptible to consolidating power in a way that threatens the integrity of the Republic. That’s the best argument for putting a hard cap on presidential tenure.
But in insulating against the possibility of that species of unchecked presidential power, you create the certainty of another: Second-term presidents, never having to face the voters…