For decades I have been watching the middle class slowly disappear…..for me it was most pronounced with the election of Bill Clinton and the leadership of the DLC……I admit it has been in decline before he was elected but with that election the downward spiral became more pronounced…..NAFTA was a horrible idea for the working class of the US and yet we are doing similar agreements almost every administration……
So the question should be…..What is killing the American middle class?
Richard Eskow: Americans work more hours than citizens of any Western European country, a burden that keeps them away from their families, friends, and personal activities.
A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work. We’re not. We’re seeing the fruits of deliberate action – and sometimes of deliberate inaction – at the highest levels of power.
The great American middle was never large enough, even at its height. It always excluded too many people – sometimes, shamefully, merely for their skin color. And now, instead of growing and becoming more inclusive, it’s fading away instead.
It’s true that the middle class is dying, but not from natural causes. It’s being killed. What – and, for that matter, who – is responsible for its slow death?
Source: What’s Killing the American Middle Class? – LA Progressive
Sadly I do not see the situation improving much no matter who is elected….but as usual we Americans will soldier on and make others rich…..it is the American way.
The crash of 2008 was horrible and debilitating for so many people and so many countries….but the country that came out of the bankers created recession was Iceland………the question is how did they, Iceland, accomplish what so many countries could not?
The answer is a simple one.
Gee, I wish the US had thought of that!
2016 is an election year so candidates will be making hay with the economic woes of the planet…..China is sliding….US is crumbling……Wall Street is a bouncing ball……..wages suck…..inflation is under control (tell that to someone on a fixed income)……gas prices in a race to the bottom……as soon as the luster moves on from the Muslim theme or the immigrant subject or the refugees…..the economy will make a return to the campaign ads and rhetoric…….
But with the markets playing the rhumba on the bowels of traders…..the question is….does anyone know what the Hell is going on?
A tumbling oil price and see-saw financial markets are clear symptoms of economic instability. But what’s the cause?
Well there is a newspaper trying to help in the understanding of economics of the day……
Source: Why is the global economy suffering so much turbulence? | Business | The Guardian
Can you see it now?
Surely everybody remembers the economic crisis of 2008………can you remember all the debate of whether to let the thieving banks to go bust of not? There was also a debate on whether the CEOs of said banks should be held responsible…….how about the term “too big too fail”?
I have written about what Iceland decided to do in the past……and today it looks like their plan was far superior to any plan we had here in the states……
Maybe we should take a good long look at what Iceland did…….and learn from their example…..
Three charts that show Iceland’s economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust – instead of bailing them out – Business News – Business – The Independent.
The markets go up…..the markets go down……a continuous yo-yo ride……
I know….very few Americans want to talk or learned about economics…..it is just all too hard.
We all have a fleeting knowledge of what happened in 1929, right? But our minds are fresher in the events in 2008 when the markets dropped like a lead toilet in Lake Michigan.
But since that day the markets have steadily gone up and up and up……seemingly without any possibility of a return to the days of losing funds……but is there a possibility that we could see another loss of funds and value………..
A CIA analyst known for his dire economic predictions is speaking up again, warning that the next Great Depression may be right around the corner. Jim Rickards, a “financial threat and asymmetric warfare adviser” for the CIA, tells Money Morning that Americans should be preparing for a $100 trillion financial catastrophe. “Everybody knows we have a dangerous level of debt,” he says. “Everybody knows the Fed has recklessly printed trillions of dollars. … But all signs are now flashing bright red that our chickens are about to come home to roost.” Another reason for gloom: According to Rickards, the so-called Misery Index maintained by the Federal Reserve contains far worse data than most people believe.
The Misery Index adds the true unemployment rate with the true inflation rate, but Rickards contends that the Fed has altered the index’s calculations in order to hide the truth—that “the Misery Index has reached more dangerous levels than we saw prior to the Great Depression,” he says. “This is a signal of a complex system that’s about to collapse.” His prediction? A “70% stock market crash” followed by a 25-year depression, possibly sparked by a “major credit collapse” in China, he tells Reuters. His advice? Invest in “hard assets” like railroads, coal, wheat, or gold. Again, he’s not known for mild predictions:
Whatcha think? Is this guy onto something or is he just giving Americans what they crave….a good dose of fear?
It seems that the more the term is used the more it is becoming the latest buzz term….a dog whistle for the Left…..the Left? I am so tired of that term! There is NO one in Washington that is on the Left. At best the ass clowns are solidly in the middle….with that said I will move on……
For the last couple of months the term “income inequality” has been batted around and used for talking points……..but is any of this going to do any good? Or is it just something to talk about until a bigger news story breaks?
Any way….the prez has jumped onto the subject……
President Obama raised this issue yesterday in a speech to a progressive audience so I think it’s a worthy topic for discussion. In the President’s view, income inequality and disparity are issues which only the government can “solve” by some sort of redistribution scheme. However, the President offered no specifics, he only encouraged congress to […]
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As an old hippie commie pinko and about a hundred other adjective that people used in the past to describe me and people like me………I have been bitching about income inequality for decades…..usually to deaf ears until recently…….there seems to be a growing concern over something that has plagued American workers for years……but what if anything will be the answer to solving the problem? I have a plan but NO one will like it…….and then I will once again be bombarded with the insults on my political beliefs…..cool, huh?
The Fiscal Cliff: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ.
Since every other word out of the mouths of political pundits is “fiscal cliff”….maybe a little knowledge will help the understanding…….