Wal-Mart, the mega retailer has over 5,000 stores in the United States. We tend to think of Wal-Mart as the low price leader crushing prices to their rock bottom level by cutting costs at every corner. However, there is an even lower cost option and many working class Americans are turning to these stores. Dollar […]
The mainstream press simply measures a recovery by looking at the stock market even though very little of the gains here are trickling down to regular families. It should be noted that many Americans are frustrated with the economy because to them, it still feels like a recession. Low-wages permeate the landscape, housing costs are […]
The American Dream deferred: Looking at the 4 horsemen of middle class destruction. Student debt, household income, low wage jobs, and FIRE economy dominance.
The angst that is being manifested in the political arena is largely being brought on by economic uncertainty. There is a general underlying anxiety of living in a United States with a weakened and invisible middle class. We are heading directly into that scenario with both eyes fully wide open. Many of the new jobs […]
China lost the equivalent of 14 Greeces over the last month: Why the actions of banning short selling and punishing the market taken by the Chinese government will backfire.
The market has been fixated on the actions of Greece, a country with 11 million people or the equivalent of Los Angeles County. However, the bigger action is taking place in the gambling obsessed Chinese economy. For those of you not following global news the Chinese stock markets, primarily the Shanghai Composite, Shenzhen, and Hang […]
China has overtaken Mexico as the source of the largest number of immigrants to the U.S. – the Far East is the new Southwest.
It should come as no surprise that the US is a net immigration country while China and Mexico are both net emigration countries. What may be a surprise is that now China has overtaken Mexico as the top importer of immigrants. The flood of money from China into key cities has been nothing short of […]
The low wage employment tsunami: Low wage jobs now make up 25 percent of all employment in the United States.
The employment report continues to provide deceptive bread and circus fodder for the mainstream press. Never is any thorough analysis given to the 93+ million Americans that are now part of the “not in the labor force” category. In large part, we have a low unemployment rate because this massive army of Americans is simply […]
Low wage America: People think minimum wage is for young workers but the average age of someone on minimum wage is 36. Half of Congress is made up of millionaires.
People have a hard time understanding the vast number of Americans working in low wage jobs. There is a very real reason why dollar stores paint the heartland. We also have 46 million Americans on food stamps. One of the big issues that we will certainly hear about during this campaign season is the erosion […]