With the national average price of gasoline hitting the highest level in history for this time of the year, the impact of that increase reaches far beyond the pocketbook of the average worker driving off to work in the morning. For every 25-cent increase in the price of gas (which has increased almost 70 cents per gallon in the last year, and by nearly 30 cents in just the last month), consumers are forced to spend an extra $3 billion that they weren’t expecting.
In its extensive study of how the Boomer generation is faring, the Wall Street Journal focused mostly on their difficulties, challenges, disappointments and missed opportunities. It had little to say about the outside event no one saw coming, the Great Recession, and nothing at all about the resilience of the individuals moving into what used to be called the “golden” years.
Item: In his State of the Union Address, reported the Washington Post for January 26, President Obama “for the first time” did not “hail a newly passed ‘recovery act’ or call for a ‘new jobs bill.’ Instead, he called for a five-year freeze in domestic spending, except for ‘investments’ in education, infrastructure and research.”
On the heels of last week’s report that interest on the $14.13 trillion national debt will quadruple in the next decade, we now learn how much means for the average American household.
Anyone who reads a newspaper knows the United States is financially doomed. Even reportage from the usual left-wing sources confirm as much to anyone who understands math. Yet one of those sources, the Washington Post, revealed early this week just how bad the situation is.