Feb 12 2017

The most depressing chart showing US imports and exports in 2016 with top trading partners.

The manufacturing base has completely eroded in this country and one chart dramatically highlights this (shown later in the article).  It is deeply disturbing that we now have as many people working in restaurants as waiters and bartenders as we do in manufacturing.  This of course is for good reason given that you can’t export […]

Jan 7 2017

Record 95.1 million Americans not in the labor force. The challenge of having an army of non-working adults.

The year definitely ended with a bang and the number of Americans not in the labor force is now at a record high as well.  95.1 million Americans are now floating in the “not in the labor force” category that finally got some mainstream attention in 2016.  This is a big deal because you have […]

Sep 24 2016

Everyone thinks they are middle class: The false perceptions many Americans hold.

We have a deeply held belief in America that if you work hard enough, anything is achievable.  This is something built into the core of our nation.  If you go back to the Great Depression, while other countries were overturning systems and shifting deeply held ideology, Americans held steady and went out and voted.  The […]

Jul 12 2016

With a recovery like this, who needs a recession: 62 percent of Americans don’t even have $1000 in savings.

The stock market just hit another record high.  Yet only half of Americans actually own any stock.  Real estate prices are ebbing closer to their previous bubble peak.  Yet the homeownership rate is down.  The unemployment rate is down dramatically but we have over 94 million Americans not in the labor force.  This recovery seems […]

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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 […]

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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