May 22 2016

Putting it on plastic again – Record number of credit cards issued in 2015 surging 90 percent from 2009. 60 million credit cards issued last year alone.

We love credit cards as much as we hate paying bills.  As a nation we have an addiction to instant gratification.  In the not so distant past, Americans actually had to save money before making a purchase. Seeing that many Americans have nothing in their pockets except lint and cell phones with hefty monthly payments, […]

May 16 2016

Once upon a time, there was a middle class: This election year will determine whether the middle class falls into obscurity.

In the not too distant past the United States had a vibrant middle class.  Prosperity for most families was the rule rather than the exception.  This didn’t happen by accident or some odd twist of luck.  It happened because as a country we setup a foundation that valued a robust middle class.  The Great Depression […]

May 8 2016

34% of all Americans financially support the rest of the country – 112 million private sector workers support 211 million people.

The latest employment report was lackluster.  The math on the employment numbers has concealed a deeper problem in the economy.  Many Americans are struggling and the middle class continues to lose ground.  The most startling figure coming out was that 562,000 people dropped out of the labor force.  While there is a bit more information […]

May 4 2016

New banking normal where lending $2 increases GDP by $1: US bank credit up 44 percent since 2008 while GDP up 21 percent.

Remember a time when people used to be cautious when it came to taking on debt?  Probably vaguely since the entire U.S. economic system is built on “gold” and “platinum” credit cards being shelled out to people that can’t afford an ounce of either.  In the mail I’m receiving overwhelming offers for credit cards and […]

Apr 29 2016

The Two Income Trap has only gotten worse: America has become a dual-income nation since one income isn’t enough to maintain a household.

America has become a nation where households depend on multiple streams of income just to get by.  Many people think that having two incomes is a luxury when in most cases, you need two incomes just to get by and keep up with the rising cost of living.  This is reflected in the two income […]

Apr 24 2016

Crony capitalism and the rigged system: 0.01% of households gave 33% of money raised by political parties and Congressmen. Most members of Congress are millionaires.

The system is rigged.  Like a carnival game, the odds are against you.  This isn’t something that started this year or last, but has been going on for many decades.  As long as the media was controlled in a few hands the propaganda kept most of the public in the dark.  People now have the […]

Apr 17 2016

Almost Half of Americans Endure at Least One Aspect of Poverty: The Hidden Recession Continues to Hit Americans Hard.

Poverty is portrayed in a very simplistic fashion in the media.  It is usually something that impacts other people far removed from your immediate family.  However, poverty is incredibly widespread.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise.  We already know that half of the country lives paycheck to paycheck and is simply one small emergency from […]

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