How crony capitalism is harming the economic prosperity of young Americans: College tuition up 1,140 percent since 1978 and wages are stagnant.

When you live life as a hammer, everything must appear like a nail.  So when our economy is run and operated by the financial industry, everything must appear like a casino just asking for it in terms of speculation.  Such is the state of affairs in a crony capitalistic system.  The term gets thrown around but in reality, we do have a system that is punishing the working and middle class in favor of a small connected financially elite.  The financial sector in our economy is so powerful, that the biggest financial meltdown in our generation resulted in nothing more than a hand slap and not one heartbeat was skipped on those big banking bonuses.  In the meantime the middle class continues to shrink and young Americans are swimming in oceans of student debt.  Many are graduating into a tough economy where the market is flooded with low wage jobs.  Is this crony financial system benefitting young Americans?

How cronyism hinders economic growth for the young

Take what you can capitalism.  We have become a culture that is conditioned on debt.  Only a few decades ago, it was feasible for a student to work part-time and pay for a public education.  This was manageable and doable.  Yet those days are fully gone because inflation has devoured the purchasing power of the dollar.  In the cost of higher education, the costs have far outpaced any real growth in incomes.  This is why trying to juggle a part-time job and college is not going to cover your costs, but a generation ago this was extremely common.  How did this get out of hand?  First, the government backs most of the student debt out there.  However, the financial industry has co-opted a large part of this market as well.  The system also does not allow for student debt to be discharged in bankruptcy and you have nearly the perfect design for a modern day debtor’s prison.

A closed loop system and the young are not part of this club.  They are the meat that gets put into the financial grinder.

Think college costs are moving up in a normal way?  Take a look at this chart:

college-inflation

This is fascinating.  While people scream about the rise in medical care (which is out of control in itself) we find that college tuition is in a league of its own.  Since 1978 the cost of a new car has gone up around 95 percent.  Medical care?  A whopping 613 percent.  You would think this is hard to beat but college tuition and fees are up a jaw dropping 1,140 percent.  Then you wonder why we have $1.2 trillion in student debt outstanding and delinquencies at record highs.

This is a problem of pigs at the trough.  The banking industry loves the profits here.  We’ve also had the surge of for-profit institutions that operate virtually as paper mills.  A college degree is more of a necessity for moving into the shrinking middle class because we have decimated our manufacturing sector:

us-manufacturing-and-finance-jobs

At the same time we have created a boom for those that work in the financial sector.  So the system is self-perpetuating an addiction to those that work in finance.  This trend has larger macro consequences in the economy.  There is little doubt that our massive housing bubble was brought on by an industry that saw the full potential of turning a boring item like housing into a speculative casino.  It is also no surprise that banks are at it again buying up a large portion of single family homes and crowding out young families merely looking for a home to start off with.  The young are battling it out in a system full of financial landmines and it would appear that the only way to play is to go into debt via the banking system.  In other words, the game is rigged when housing, college, and auto debt to name a few all depend on an intricate network of financing.

Not all debt is bad of course.  This is necessary for an economy.  But to make it essential?  That is when things become squirrely.  Yet you can see how out of hand it gets with items like tuition.  And why wouldn’t prices get out of hand?  This is a guarantee to the financial sector backed by the US government.  Inflation isn’t an issue when incomes are rising but they are not, at least for most of the population:

income-top

For the bottom 90 percent of Americans, real income growth has gone stagnant since the 1980s.  This is not the case for the top 10 percent.  Rising inequality is at record levels.  Much of this is being pulled in by the big financial apparatus that is now usurping the power of government.  In our current system, money literally buys you votes and power in D.C. and this money is filtered back through the Wall Street machinery.  The chart above shows magnificent success for a few but not the majority of the country.  The young are going to college at the most expensive time in history and exiting into a workforce where low wages and low benefits dominate.  Crony capitalism similar to an aristocracy favors those with access to capital and established power, not necessarily merit or talent.  This is how you get CEOs of financial institutions imploding the economy but leaving with multi-million dollar paydays.  It wasn’t the young that led the economy into a ditch but are paying for pulling the car out.

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  1. gerry d welder said:

    He kids, you’re SCREWED!

    Forced to buy Obamacare on one side (OR PAY THE FINE), non-dischargeable student loan debt prison on the other and illegal alien invasion up your a** TO TAKE YOUR JOB.

    Entrepreneurial aspirations? Good luck…

    The federal regulatory army and IRS (now with their own SWAT teams) will punish fee and tax you and your perspective customer at every step. Even musicians, their instruments and hoped employer must now meet DHS and EPA new laws first, ever stricter compliance, government filings and harsh penalties (think that restaurant will still offer live music?). You kids can thank Cass Sunstein and Janet Napolitano along with Obama.

    …and you wonder why the US is in fast track decline?

    ‘Common Core’ is a strategy for eliminating critical thinking and dumbing down our next generation to facilitate compliance.

    Our ignorant elected local officials are allowing it.

    So students are learning that Christianity is bad, our bad founding fathers, sex toys, deviation, global warming lies, Saul Alinsky, math is consensus, Muslim tolerance, Multi-culturalism, Political Correctness, taught to think like a powerless victim but encouraged to leave school to protest with OWS Marxist, anarchist idiots?

    No time for personal finance or the Federalist Papers? Of course not, the globalists forbid such information, it would expose the whole thing and that would lead to student riots.

    Are your PARENT’S on their employer’s list to be replaced by illegal invaders?

    What is Boehner going to do with all the jobless, very angry and broke US citizens that have been replaced by illegal invaders.

    The companies on the list below are already letting go US workers, check the ‘Daily Job Cuts’ website.

    ‘Immigration’ is about Obamacare:

    If you’re a US citizen student or a working class black, or gay or white or Asian or Latino ‘US CITIZEN’, any US citizen, you’d better read this:

    Who are the CEO’s that want illegal invaders to take US citizen’s jobs, look for yourself below.
    Elections 2014, throw out the progressives; RINOs and ‘all’ democrats:

    Google: Obamacare Loophole Provides Incentive For Employers To Hire Illegal Aliens Over US Citizens.

    This is why big corporations and Zuckerfacebook are lobbying so hard for ‘immigration’.

    The letter is available online and the names of the companies, their traitorous corporate CEO’s are lobbying for ‘illegal invasion to take your job':

    HERE’S THE LIST:

    Google: Cheesecake Factory, Hallmark, Disney, and Others Now Pushing … Sep 12, 2013

    DO YOU OR ANYBODY YOU KNOW WORK AT ONE OF THESE COMPANIES?

    Look what your company’s CEO intends to do to your job.

    Contact them, boycott them WHEN YOU CAN, share this list.

    Show this list to your buyers and purchasing dept.

    Show this list to your co-workers going out for lunch.

    Put this list on your bulletin board at school and work.

    … The participating companies mentioned in this article, must be put on notice for their treasonous intentions.

    Illegal immigration is also about Obamacare.

    Elections 2014, throw out the progressives; RINOs and ‘all’ democrats:

    Si, se puede? Un ciudadano de EE.UU.? NADA para ti

    February 6th, 2014 at 11:26 am

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