Feb 5 2011

Economic chicanery – Social Security financial headwinds, another 395,000 Americans added to food stamp assistance in latest month of data, and manipulating the unemployment rate.

The dichotomous American economy is cracking like old paint into two distinct factions.  For a few solid decades after World War II we had a burgeoning middle class, a smaller financial elite, and those who still struggled financially.  The main objective however was to get as many people into the secure middle class.  Today the […]

Dec 27 2010

Retirement account fantasy and middle class erosion – 1 out of 3 Americans has zero dollars in a retirement account. From 1950 to 1989 top 1 percent earned roughly 7 to 8 percent of nationwide income. Today it is inching closer to 20 percent resembling pre-Great Depression levels.

Many Americans live precariously close to the edge of financial insolvency flirting with economic disaster daily.  If you casually browse mainstream articles and watch any amount of television you would think that the US still had a vibrant and strong middle class.  When we pull back the covers on the current financial situation we realize […]

Dec 10 2010

How much does the average American make in 2010? Examining new data on U.S. household income numbers and high income earners. 100 million Americans make less than $39,999 per year.

Examining the average income for Americans sheds a very troubling light on what has happened to income over a very financially destructive decade.  If we look at the median household income in the U.S. this actually underplays the falling behind of wages because we are looking at households with multiple people working.  Without a doubt […]

Dec 6 2010

Catch 22 economics – The U.S. economy has 7,400,000 less workers than the peak in late 2007 yet nominal GDP is at a record. What does that mean for those without jobs?

The Friday jobs report was significant for a variety of reasons but one key theme is that it shows the true fragility of the state of the economy.  Even though it was a net add of 39,000 jobs we need to remember that the nation needs to add roughly 150,000 jobs per month just to […]

Nov 9 2010

Dark Ages for a modern Middle Class – Modern day debt serfdom and rising prices not seen through the consumer price index. Coffee up 50 percent for the year.

Most Americans enjoy a good cup of coffee.  Yet very few realize that coffee futures are now up over 50 percent for 2010.  Creative packaging that includes smaller quantities but offers the same price helps delude many Americans into thinking their dollar still has the purchasing power of better days.  This all occurs in a […]

Oct 5 2010

What does it take to be middle class in America today? Living on $50,000 per year in America.

Is it possible to live a middle class lifestyle in America with a household income of $50,000?  The recent Census survey puts the median household income at $50,000 for American households.  So technically speaking, this is the middle class.  Yet what we think of a middle class lifestyle including affordable public colleges, accessible healthcare, and […]

Oct 3 2010

The status of the working and middle class American worker for fall 2010 – 42 percent of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. Young workers have the highest unemployment rate on record at 19.1 percent.

There can be no sustained recovery without putting Americans back to work.  We live in an odd time where GDP can be going up while middle class America is slowly dismantled.  Let us be clear that the employment situation hasn’t improved.  The recent job gains are largely part of the Census hiring that is now […]

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