Unsocial Insecurity: Social Security Fund loses money for the first time since 1983. The new retirement model will have you working until you fall over from a heart attack.
Social Security was never designed as a long-term pension. It was implemented in 1935 during the Great Depression to assist families from falling into absolute poverty. The large work force dominated by men usually meant that many would die and leave a large family behind with no financial resources. Social Security was there to protect […]
What is a middle class income in America? A lot less than you think and Americans are getting poorer by the day.
Questions around being middle class are coming up a lot in the last few years. This inquiry is coming up because people are grasping at straws trying to maintain a quality of life that reflects a middle class lifestyle but many have incomes that simply do not support their spending. Americans are set to become […]
How inflation is purposely underreported as a justification to maintain low interest rates: Two specific examples with housing and college tuition.
Inflation is largely misunderstood by the public at large. People for the most part think that inflation is the natural economic order and that prices go up naturally. Official inflation figures play a much bigger role influencing cost-of-living adjustments for things like Social Security but also serve as cover to maintain low interest rates. The […]
100 American CEOs have more retirement wealth than 116 million Americans. The retirement divide grows larger each year.
Most Americans have no retirement strategy. In fact, the new model of retirement appears to be work until you die. It isn’t an uncommon model. In fact, this used to be the status quo for centuries on end. Some tend to believe that having a middle class is the natural order of things. That is […]
Most Americans are too broke to afford to buy a basic home! The typical family is unable to purchase the standard $221,000 priced home. Home prices up 30% since 2012 while incomes are stagnant.
Most Americans still hold tightly that the American Dream involves owning a home. But that dream has come into deep questioning as banks and large investors crowd out the single family home market driving prices to ludicrous levels. Most Americans are scraping by and many need to do their shopping at dollar stores to get […]
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 […]
Top 4 employment sectors in the United States pay $10 an hour or less: The uneven recovery being led by low wage labor.
It is hard to believe but we are now “officially” six years into this recovery. For most Americans, it doesn’t feel anything like a recovery and that label appears to be a misnomer. Americans need only look at their paychecks and the cost of living to realize that yes, things are getting tougher. There appears […]