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.
Of all the explanations, statistics, projections, and conjecture about the Obama administration’s new budget, nothing has had the impact of this simple graph in showing the assumptions, misstatements, and downright falsehoods that are required to “make the numbers work.”
Not only does President Barack Obama’s budget, released Monday, fail to make any real progress in spending cuts, but it reveals a frightening truth: the current fiscal year is on its way toward a federal deficit that will surpass the size of the total U.S. economy.
The U.S. economy's agony endures, as “economic stress” in December escalated, with foreclosure rates a major topic of concern. According to the monthly analysis of the Associated Press, foreclosure rates rose in 33 states, four of the worst being Utah, New Jersey, Nevada, and Arizona.
During his 1992 presidential campaign, Texan Ross Perot was maligned for his warning that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would cause many American jobs to be outsourced. But it turns out he was right about that “giant sucking sound.” NAFTA went into effect January 1, 1994, and the resultant suction of American jobs to points south — and ultimately west — has seemed almost audible.
In a clear case of having more dollars than sense, America Online (AOL) is undertaking its least palatable acquisition to date: Arianna Huffington’s amalgam of left-wing screeds, The Huffington Post. Ironically, what some might view as a website with a less than favorable view of capitalism went for a king’s ransom of $315 million.
Five years ago Donald Boudreaux, Economics Professor at George Mason University and author of the website Café Hayek, bought a used 1975 Sears catalog on Amazon, and started comparing prices to those current in 2006. His results, at the time, were quite remarkable, and generated much traffic and conversation on the matter.