Jul 10 2011

Working for less – Aggregate hours worked in U.S. economy from all workers moves back to February 1999 levels. 25 million Americans out of work or looking for full-time work as middle class continues to shrink.

The economy continues to sputter along and the weak employment report only adds more doubt for a summer recovery.  As if the American worker was in a position to support more economic bad news?  Many are now looking at new methods of measuring employment in our economy since the headline unemployment rate has failed to […]

Jul 7 2011

The grand financial recovery myth – 8 charts reflecting the true beneficiaries of four years of taxpayer bailouts. Transfer payments make up 22 percent of household income and public debt surpasses annual GDP.

While the economy is recovering in raw GDP terms the working and middle class Americans are having a smaller and smaller piece of the pie.  The recovery is disproportionately flowing to a tiny fraction in our population and largely is based on targeted bailouts to the financial sector.  After four full years of bailouts and […]

Jul 4 2011

How the Federal Reserve continues to conduct shadow bailouts for the banking beasts and sets the world economy on FIRE. Fed balance sheet now at a record $2.84 trillion as wages decline and banking profits soar. Fed balance sheet now equivalent to 20 percent of U.S. GDP.

The Federal Reserve is primarily concerned with one thing and that is to protect the interests of the banking industry.  The Fed has no desire or need to protect the underlying economy.  If they can get away with allowing banks to jump from one bubble to another they will do so.  The success of the […]

Jun 15 2011

The systematic financial pillaging of the middle class – Millionaires don’t feel rich unless they have $7.5 million while 45 million Americans live on food stamps. Another 50 percent cannot come up with $2,000 in the next 30 days.

For over 30 years the debilitating shrinkage of the middle class has been papered over with access and use of debt.  Debt in every form; mortgage debt, credit card debt, auto loans, and student loans.  Yet debt is not wealth.  Americans are facing a financially nightmare where 1 out of 3 has no savings.  This […]

Jun 12 2011

Stealing from Americans via strip malls and raw land – Commercial real estate reaches a new post-bubble low. A lost decade in commercial real estate values.

The commercial real estate (CRE) bubble is popping with dire consequences.  It is not uncommon for people to be in the complete dark when it comes to CRE.  Just ask a friend or family member what they know about the CRE market.  The mainstream media has absolutely failed to report on this $3 trillion market […]

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