Apr 15 2014

Inflation is all around us if you know where to look: Spiking food costs, rising home prices and rents, and more expensive energy.

Inflation is accepted as a normal part of our economy similar to how we take it for granted that the sky is blue.  It is close to a religion where people simply believe that inflation is part of the economic fabric of our nation.  Yet inflation with no subsequent rise in wages is tantamount to […]

Jul 19 2011

The rise of the dollar store – catering to a disappearing middle class with shrinking incomes has made dollar stores prosper in the last decade. In last decade Family Dollar grew by 62 percent in store count while U.S. population only went up by 8 percent.

Dollar stores for most Americans carry an odd sort of stigma.  In the past, these locations were seen as shopping hubs for the poor only.  Yet as we all know many in the once strong American middle class were thrown off the prosperity treadmill and into lower income brackets.  While companies struggle with growing dollar […]

Mar 18 2011

Austerity nation – 45 million Americans on food assistance programs. Americans shopping at discount dollar stores confronting the realities of a shrinking dollar and disappearing middle class.

From November to December of 2010 487,000 Americans were added to the food stamp program.  Keep in mind this all occurred while the stock market continued to soar and has rallied nearly 100 percent from the lows reached in March of 2009.  Working and middle class Americans barely have enough to pay for the monthly […]

Feb 8 2011

The Food Bubble – the financial cost of feeding the world. Feeding 219,000 more people every night. Wheat prices up 8 percent for the year.

The word bubble has taken on an entirely new meaning thanks to the global housing bubble.  Yet we have experienced bubbles in other areas outside of real estate.  During the 1990s the nation experienced a technology bubble.  That was followed shortly by a housing bubble.  Both of these have burst.  Yet we still have other […]


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