Dec 7 2014

Social Security helps keep half of elderly Americans from poverty: Social Security has become the de facto retirement plan for millions of Americans.

Social Security was never designed as a long-term retirement plan for millions of Americans.  Yet Social Security has become the default retirement plan for many elderly Americans.  In fact, if it were not for Social Security roughly 44 percent of elderly Americans would be in poverty.  This is calculated by how many Americans receive Social […]

Dec 2 2014

No inflation they say: Increases from 2007 include rent going up by 27 percent, food increasing 12 percent, health insurance 42 percent.

Inflation has a slow methodical pattern of crushing every little dollar you have in your wallet.  Even a moderate level of inflation is an enormous change when incomes go stagnant.  There is talk about how spending this year isn’t all that great.  This is a big deal considering that our economy runs on non-stop spending […]

Nov 28 2014

What happens when 100 million Americans are not in the labor force? More pressure is being added on the one-third of working Americans supporting two-thirds of the population.

It is hard to believe but we have over 92 million Americans not in the labor force.  I’ve paid close attention as to how the media presents this group and they usually attribute it to older Americans retiring.  The problem with this narrative is that it gives the impression that many have the means to […]

Nov 24 2014

Economic goals of young and old pulling in diverging directions: times will only get tougher for young Americans.

Older Americans tend to vote in larger numbers and are more interested in politics than younger Americans.  In the past the older voting cohort was not as large so politicians were cautious about deviating too far for one group alone.  Today, we are having a large number of older Americans living longer into old age.  […]

Nov 20 2014

Multi-generational living is here to stay in a low wage economy: Over 57 million Americans live in multi-generational households.

The Great Recession might be officially over on paper, but the social impact continues to be felt today. The structural changes are deep and profound and have caused a major rise in multi-generational households. Many young Americans burdened by low wage jobs and college debt may have no other option but to move back home […]

Nov 9 2014

Low wage jobs dominate as waiters and bartenders will soon outnumber manufacturing jobs: Latest jobs report highlights continuing trend in low wage employment.

The trend to low wage employment continues as the latest jobs report shows that wages are being eroded by inflation. Of course, the public is told that inflation is muted but simply looking at your paycheck versus housing costs, healthcare costs, and food would tell you a different story.  Americans went to vote with economic […]

Nov 4 2014

The government is already in a soft default and is addicted to low interest rates: Government expenses at $3.87 trillion while receipts enter at $3.29 trillion.

The term default has varying definitions depending on whether you are an individual, a big bank, or the government. For you as an individual, default will occur when you are unable to pay your debts with the income you are generating. You are constrained by your income. As we saw with the housing crisis, when […]

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