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Productive Gains

Posted: September 4, 2018 in Economics
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“The underlying economic problem in America today is that money no longer flows to everyone equally in the way that it used to.

 That much is obvious, right? As our country has gotten richer than ever… the income disparity widens every year.

 But most Americans don’t understand why this is happening.

 And here’s the secret:

 The real underlying cause of our wealth and income disparity in America is that wages are no longer connected to gains in productivity.”

-Porter Stansberry

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“It’s EZ credit that is the linchpin in today’s fake-money system.

The Deep State’s stocks, bonds, and real estate values… not to mention its careers, incomes, and reputations… depend on it.

And it is made possible by the China trade… by Chinese workers who put in long hours in miserable conditions in order to stock the shelves of Walmart with cheap goods… by Chinese manufacturers who undersell their competitors to keep consumer price inflation in the U.S. at low levels… and by Bank of China, which holds some $1.25 trillion worth of U.S. bonds… thus propping up the whole wobbly capital structure….

In politics and economics, BS is all there is. The calculations are almost always fake; the statistics are quackery; the theories are devilish nonsense. And bad ideas never entirely disappear, they just re-emerge after a few years… often dressed in new duds.”

-Bill Bonner

“Americans feel squeezed because the cost of rent, medical insurance, and tuition – as well as other basic living expenses – is rising much faster than their wages. This creates very real problems for ordinary people.

By every measure – including stagnating wages and rising costs – things have been going downhill for the American middle class since the early 1970s. August 15, 1971, to be exact. This is the date President Nixon killed the last remnants of the gold standard. Since then, the dollar has been a pure fiat currency.

The rejection of sound money is the primary reason why inflation has eaten up wage growth since the early 1970s – and the primary reason why the cost of living has exploded.

Measured in gold, wages in the U.S. have fallen over 84% since 1971…. Priced in gold, the minimum wage has fallen 87% since 1968. Note that the federal minimum hourly wage was $1.60 in 1968. It’s $7.25 today, or 353% higher in dollar terms. But that $7.25 buys 87% less than $1.60 did back in 1968. That’s the story you won’t hear from the mainstream press.

Inflation follows a clear a pattern of corruption:  In a fiat currency system, the government will invariably print an ever-increasing amount of currency. This makes prices and the cost of living rise faster than wages. The average person feels the pain, but doesn’t understand what’s happening. More people support politicians who promise freebies. In order to pay for the ‘freebies,’ the government prints more money. This creates even more inflation, and the cycle repeats.”

-Nick Giambruno

“This free money machine is the equivalent of adding a zero to all the currency bills and declaring that everyone is ten times wealthier now. But as we’ve seen (and history shows), all that happens is a $5 loaf of bread is repriced to $50.” -Charles Hugh Smith

“The definition of inflation is simple. It’s a general rise in the price level….  So you can…think about inflation not as a rise in prices, but as a change in the value of money. When the value of money changes, other things will rise or fall in price.

That’s the definition. Measuring inflation is much more complicated….

We’re concerned with general inflation as a monetary phenomenon. Health care and college prices will keep rising, we’re sure. But the cost of everything else rising is the true threat…” -David Eifrig

Deficit Matters

Posted: May 1, 2018 in Economics
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“You can tell yourself that ‘deficits don’t matter’, in other words… But that won’t stop you from going broke!” -Bill Bonner

“Commercial banks operated on sound classical principles. It’s a different story these days. Central banks and commercial banks are essentially Ponzi schemes, and engines of inflation. It’s a major reason the rich are getting richer—which is OK, except that today it’s at the expense of the middle class.” -Doug Casey