When the clock strikes 12 – the midnight economy of food assistance. Millions of people shop on the first of the month because electronic food assistance cards are credited. The lost wages of a decade and a Fed determined to bailout the world.

We have a serious economic crisis on our hands and the media simply fails to acknowledge it.  You might be waking up to the first of the month thinking the wheels of the economy are fine.  Yet silently, millions of Americans drive into mega supercenters like Wal-Mart only to wait for their monthly allotments of food assistance so they can pay for basic groceries.  This trend is so prevalent that certain Wal-Mart centers are fully staffed at midnight since a large part of our society is waiting for that first day of the month to purchase food for their family.  46 million Americans are now receiving food assistance.  How is this issue swept under the rug?  We also have many more Americans losing their unemployment benefits because of the long-term employment issues.  The statistics show this number decreasing simply because people are falling off of their maximum number of months that they can receive benefits.  Sadly, the country is entering into a low wage environment where the working and middle class have limited employment security yet financial institutions have all the protection from the Federal Reserve even when they operate in a system of graft and irresponsibility.

The food payments grow

One out of every six Americans is now on food assistance:
Food-stamps-Aug

Source:  Zero Hedge

How can the above even be construed as a positive for our economy?  The percentage of Americans on food assistance has never been so high.  We have more people on food assistance than the entire state of California.  The only reason the markets rallied this week was because the Federal Reserve promised that they will bailout their crony banking buddies around the world.  How does that address the above?  To the contrary, this inflationary push will make the items the working class require even more expensive.

This issue is not new and Wal-Mart is fully aware of it because of their front row seat to the issue:

“(MSNBC) We’ll bring in more staff to stock.  We’ll also make sure all of our registers…are open…Some people may think at 12:01, Walmart’s very quiet, but in a lot of our areas of the country, 12:01 is a big day or a big night for us, actually,” Johnston said.

Becca Reeder and her husband, T.J. Fowler, are one of the families shopping before the sun rises.

When NBC News visited their home six days before the first of the month, they had no milk in their refrigerator.  Among the few things left were water, bacon grease for the dog’s food, a little bit of apple juice, cheese and tortillas.”

Yet somehow we are on a path to recovery.  Unless you are a well-connected financial institution the economy is still a mess.

Median pay and unemployment benefits

The working and middle class have been falling further behind in the last decade:
median-pay-and-wages1

Source:  Reuters, Social Security

Not only have wages gone stagnant for the last decade, but they have fallen.  Americans trying to keep up have gone into massive amounts of debt and that bubble has now burst as well.  Most Americans that have some amount of wealth have it stored in their home equity.  With the housing bubble bursting most of that equity has evaporated into the night’s dry air.  You also need to remember that 1 out of 3 Americans has no savings whatsoever.

We also see some data being thrown around about the benefit count going down.  Yet what is occurring is many are losing their unemployment benefits and being throw into the food assistance programs:
unemployed-unemployment-benefits-2011

It is harder to qualify for food assistance so the above charts simply displays a migration from unemployment benefits to food assistance.  Again, none of this is reported by the mainstream press.

What of the jobs being added?  Most are coming from the lower paying sectors:

job-growth-by-industries

Source:  NELP

“(Huff Po) While the recovery of the labor market and the broader U.S. economy depend critically on job growth, equally important is the quality of those jobs. During the economic downturn, 40 percent of the jobs lost came from high-wage industries — yet high-wage industries accounted for only 14 percent of the new positions created in the first year of post-downturn job growth, according to a report released in February by the National Employment Law Project.”

Bottom line is we have a new paradigm and it is not healthy for working and middle class Americans.

The way out through education

The higher education student debt racket has also heated up in the last decade.  Yet the return on investment from colleges has diminished because of the proliferation of for-profit paper mills:
earnings-of-college-grads-and-cost-of-college11

Source:  BusinessWeek

Be aware of what is not being told to you.  Look at your financial balance sheet and you can assess how well the economy is really doing.  The financial institutions that set up and created this financial pillaging of our economic system go on doing the same things that caused this crisis.  In fact, the Federal Reserve is now putting the European crisis on the backs of the American taxpayer.  Their action by default is inflationary.  Did the American voter have a say here?  Absolutely not.  This coming from an institution that gave out $7.7 trillion in shadow loans to their crony banking buddies.  Well at least we have dancing shows and singing shows to keep us occupied!

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  1. gardener1 said:

    “Well at least we have dancing shows and singing shows to keep us occupied!”

    This remark makes me think of an independent film I saw recently on PBS called “My Perestroika”. It followed the story of average Russians at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, in their homes and jobs and lives.

    One of the subjects remembered that at the time of the collapse, Russian television very strangely began to show Tchaikovski’s ballet Swan Lake, over and over again in a continuous loop. It ran for days.

    When it stopped showing the USSR was gone. Swan Lake finally ceased and then *poof* the Soviet Union was no more. The people were left high and dry, without government or nation or anyone in charge. It was just gone.

    Perhaps we should be comforted that Dancing With the Stars is still on. As with Swan Lake, as long as Dancing is on there is some semblance of order and continuum.

    The day that the singing and dancing stops could be the end of the US as we know it.

    (be careful of what you wish for?)

    December 2nd, 2011 at 4:44 am
  2. laura m. said:

    Anyone that is able bodied over 18 should not get food assistance, even if unemployment benefits run out. Some people own cars and property and they shouldn’t be getting any assistance either. The sick, handicapped, elderly or anyone unable to work should be only ones allowed. Parents that can’t support or feed their kids and the schools are feeding them, shouldn’t have kids; they are unfit losers since they cannot support their own children who should be placed for adoption or with a relative who can raise them properly.

    December 2nd, 2011 at 8:08 am
  3. nobody said:

    I’m sure it would do nobody any good to only give food assistance to the homeless and handicapped, especially in a country that lavishes billions upon war and bank5ters.
    \”In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” Confucius

    December 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 am
  4. Stacey G said:

    laura m. I hope you lose your job, cant pay your mortgage are kicked out into the street and your transmission goes out. Hopefully you live in the northeast and its freezing.

    December 2nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm
  5. tyty said:

    Laura is a litle estremist in her opinions. I d’ont think that you could make social justice with a “gun”. Present situation in US is more better, compared with 1929, because of Food Stamps and other social measures.

    December 3rd, 2011 at 12:11 am
  6. expatriot said:

    The neo-cons think they know everything about everything. The arrogant, pig, hypocrites they are don’t know a damn thing about being poor or poor people. They shouldn’t even be allowed to talk about poor people because it’s a front. They spend zero seconds a day thinking of the poor. They despise the poor because they stereotype the millions of us who are poor, each a unique situation and very greatly. Has anyone ever heard a republican complain about the citizenry watching to much american idol and not knowing anything? Newsflash to the knuckle draggers our economy is in the toilet, entire cities have been abandoned, jobs that are hiring won’t even look at your resume if you’ve been unemployed over two years and you goons talk like it’s unamerican to be unemployed. You guys need a reality check on the truth of the economy and stop spending so much of your time figuring out ways to hide the fact you only work for the top 1%.

    December 3rd, 2011 at 9:35 pm
  7. j7915 said:

    I am positive that sweet laura m is also against abortion, and thinks that pissing off a nation that has kicked the ass of every invader since Alexander the Great makes her safer.

    Of course poverty leads to public health issues, like hard-to-cure TB and also crime. The upper 1% will just helicopter from their gated compounds to the rooftop heliports and on to the max security country clubs. See San Paulo, Brazil.

    December 3rd, 2011 at 10:35 pm
  8. decimationnation said:

    maybe walmart or mickey’ds will have another massive job fair next year. nothin like millions of minimum wage ,part time temp jobs to get the country back on track

    December 6th, 2011 at 9:18 pm
  9. philico said:

    “In fact, the Federal Reserve is now putting the European crisis on the backs of the American taxpayer.”

    Hopefully Merkel showed these a* that being fiscally responsible is important for the long term survival of Europe and the rest of the world.

    December 19th, 2011 at 11:00 am
  10. Katy Katz said:

    We could solve the job problem overnight if employer would train people rather than insist that applicants have “experience” What kind of “experience” does a housekeeper need. Who doesn’t know how to clean up after themselves, but try convincing a janitorial company to hire just anyone off the street. They will waste weeks and weeks trying to get the “right” person for minimum wage. Or how about the stupid IT recruiter that thinks that Linux and UNIX are completely different and we have to go out of the country to get H1 Visas to fill jobs because we don’t have the technology “skills” here. Stupid. Just train the hiring decision makers to give people a chance.

    February 18th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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