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Jeeperz Kreeperz

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I ordered on 04/11 and don't have the proximity option.
I’m jealous! I should have clarified: I ordered a JLUR 4xe. It may be specifically the 4xe models that require the proximity keyless option. In fact, I’m not even certain if all trim levels require it. But I am certain that the Rubicon 4xe requires it (or did when I ordered more than a week prior to your order).
 

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Show me on this doll where the mask touched you.
That is Hilarious!

...as the airlines when they used their bail out money to do stock buy backs rather than using the money to become more financially viable.
I am not aware of the airlines using bailout money to do stock buybacks. The issue is that up until covid hit in 2020, airlines had been using significant amounts of their cash on buybacks. Despite covid being unforseeable, was nevetheless short-sighted (IMO) because the airlines had no rainy day fund when they needed it most and then came begging to the US Gov for a bailout. For mainstreeters many would say "tough luck, you spent all your money so your own fault you had nothing in your savings account". But for airlines, congress said "Here is some money".

People want to bitch and moan about "socialism" and "paying people not to work", but look at where the money actually went, the vast majority of it didn't go to main street. Most of the people who are not returning to work are women who are staying home to care for their kids who cant go back to school or daycare.
Agree. I consider myself fairly staunch and paying people to not work argument is really distracting. In the scope of things, paying a couple hundred extra dollars to some fellow Americans on unemployment through a program that has a defined sunset clause is the least of our worries.

America has many challenges right now but one of the biggest ones is that our manufacturing supply chains are now so critically dependent on overseas sources. Actually downright dangerous. Covid might have been a blessing in some ways in that it made us realize this.

People and news networks blame the "political elite" for our economic woes, yeah they are part to blame, but if Congress so much as legislates about a light bulb even, you get mobs of people and TV talking head chanting about "muh freedoms" and how congress is a bunch socialists. If we going to blame anyone for this, blame ourselves among the masses of lowest-cost-is-best American consumers. The Waltons, and now Bezos, have built vast fortunes because for decades now, American consumers have loved buying cheap disposable overseas products "because they are a deal". You buy that poorly made foreign cut-rate product and guess what? The American who use to make the same thing, albeit at an American level wage, no longer has a job. And worse the skills and infrastructure to build that product are no longer in our country and we are dependent on a foreign country for basic but critical products. Go figure.
 

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if Congress so much as legislates about a light bulb
To be fair to the mobs, Congress did royally f#%k up the gas can.

America has many challenges right now but one of the biggest ones is that our manufacturing supply chains are now so critically dependent on overseas sources. Actually downright dangerous. Covid might have been a blessing in some ways in that it made us realize this.
This is the nail, head, and hammer. Companies want profit and consumers want low prices, the only way that happens is by outsourcing production and manufacturing to the lowest bidder, which 99 times out of 100 is overseas. Say what we want about the great American labor force, but I dont see any of us lining up to take a 2 dollar a day wage. Hell, I dont even see us signing up for the 7 dollar an hour wage most immigrant workers make out in the field. Capitalism has its qualities, but civic responsibility is not one of them.

Here is another concept that we need to start wrapping our head around, technology is advancing at rate that will rapidly see us reach a point where the number of workers looking for living wage jobs will be more than the number of available living wage jobs. What happens then? Right now a couple hundred bucks a month, to help and hold an already underpaid restaurant worker over, is the least of my worries.
 

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