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  • Git-R-Done America vs. Washington

    10/13/2014 6:41:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's Campaign Spot ^ | October 13, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    You work hard. You pay what you think is more than enough in taxes. The economy hasn’t really felt good since 2008, but you managed to get by. If you’ve got a 401(k), it’s grown in the past few years – but the real estate bubble burned you, and the dot-com bubble burned you before that. You know that nice sum in your 401(k) could plummet without warning. What you would really like is a nice better job, so you could feel better about the amount of income coming in every month. You’re trying to play all of your roles...
  • ALBERT EDWARDS: A $1,000 For A Wicker Basket? Sell Everything And Run For Your Lives!

    10/09/2014 7:01:06 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI ^ | 10-9-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandOctober 9, 2014Uber-bear Albert Edwards, a strategist at Societe Generale, is out with a new note to clients about market tops and expensive baskets. Edwards highlights the following comment from this weekend's Financial Times that said the following: Sir: The next financial apocalypse is imminent. I know this to be true because the (FT Weekend) House and Home section is now assuming the epic proportions last seen before the great crash. Twenty four pages chock full of adverts for mansions and wicker tea trays for $1,000. You’re all mad. Sell everything and run for your lives.(snip)
  • Is The US Making The Same Mistakes As Zimbabwe?

    10/06/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge = Mises ^ | 10-6-2014 | Tyler Durden - Patrick Barron
    Tyler Durden 10/05/2014 Submitted by Patrick Barron via Mises Canada I have started reading a new book about the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar–When Money Destroys Nations, by Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti. One of the main causes of the hyperinflation was the decision of the Zimbabwean government to give army veterans of its recent wars a big bonus. The promise was too much for the Zimbabwean economy to manage, so the government printed money... and lots of it. Why is this relevant? Well, look at America. We have been fighting wars around the world for twenty-five years and recently...
  • Astronomers confirm contamination by stardust in detection of sky ripples

    09/28/2014 10:47:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    The Tech ^ | 9-26-14 | Dennis Overbye
    Stardust got in their eyes. In the spring a group of astronomers who go by the name of BICEP announced they had detected ripples in the sky, gravitational waves that were the opening notes of the Big Bang. The finding was heralded as potentially the greatest discovery of the admittedly young century, but some outside astronomers said the group had underestimated the extent to which interstellar dust could have contaminated the results - a possibility that the group conceded in its official report in June. Now a long-awaited report by astronomers using data from the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite...
  • An Idiotic Government with Idiotic Goals

    09/18/2014 7:42:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    For folks who are trying to ignite inflation, this sure isn’t working out very well. It’s been hoped by the country’s central bankers that the massive quantitative easing program along with near-zero interest rates will touch off a wave of inflation that if not exactly the same thing as boom times, will at least give the appearance of a strengthening economy. However, month after month inflation in the goods that the Fed cares about seems muted. Now this month we had the horrid news that official inflation numbers are falling not rising.
  • New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for First Time

    09/17/2014 11:19:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    Although the overall Consumer Price Index dropped by 0.2 percent in August, the price index for food rose 0.2 percent, with the average price for a pound of ground beef rising to $4.013 per pound--the first time it has ever topped $4 per pound. In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a pound of ground beef had been $3.884 per pound—which was the record price up to that point. From July to August, the average price jumped 12.9 cents, an increase of 3.3 percent in one month.
  • In Venezuela First They Came For The Toilet Paper; Then They Came For The News Paper...

    09/11/2014 8:30:48 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    AP article copied onto Zero Hedge ^ | 9-11-2014 | Associated Press posted by Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden09/11/2014 Bidet sales across Venezuela are set to soar as just months after running out of toilet paper, AP reports that Venezuela's oldest newspaper is shutting down due to falling advertising, mounting inflation and a lack of basic materials. In addition, at least nine Venezuelan regional newspapers have stopped circulation because of the shortages. Of course, this is likely great news for President Maduro who can now manage his people's minds direct from his Twitter feed... welcome to socialist utopia. As AP reports, Venezuela's oldest newspaper is shutting down because of a lack of newsprint and a difficult economic...
  • For Wonks Only

    09/07/2014 3:22:37 PM PDT · by hripka · 48 replies
    Pimco ^ | September 2014 | William H. Gross
    A credit-based financial economy (as opposed to pure cash) depends on an ever-expanding outstanding level of credit for its survival. Without additional credit, interest on previously issued liabilities cannot be paid absent the sale of existing assets, which in turn would lead to a vicious cycle of debt deflation, recession and ultimately depression. It is this expansion of private and public market credit which the Fed and the BOE have successfully engineered over the past five years, while their contemporaries (the ECB and BOJ) have until now failed, at least in terms of stimulating economic growth.
  • Economic Forecasts for the Week of September 1st and 8th

    09/01/2014 9:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Peter Morici
    Here are my forecasts for upcoming economic data. Forecast Prior Observation Consensus Week of September 1 September 1 Labor Day September 2 Markit PMI Manufacturing Index - August 57.5 55.8 57.8 ISM (Mfg) - August 57.1 57.1 56.8 ISM Prices 58.0 59.5 58.0 Construction Spending - July 0.8% -1.8 0.9 September 3 Auto Sales* - August 16.60M 16.48 16.60 Car Sales 8.00 8.00 Truck Sales 8.60 8.49 *SAAR, as published by Motor Intelligence ADP Employment Report - August 120K 218 223 Factory Orders - June 11.1% 1.6 10.9 Durable Goods Orders Nondurable Goods Orders September 4 Initial Unemployment Claims 302K...
  • The FDA's New Food Regulations Are A Recipe For High Food Prices

    08/27/2014 5:33:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/22/14 | Julie Gunlock
    Food prices continue to go up and consumers are feeling the pinch. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food has spiked to its highest rate since September 2011. Consumers are now paying more for such staples as ground beef, chicken and turkey, eggs, bacon, citrus fruit, coffee, peanut butter, and margarine. Normally, politicians would try to alleviate this financial strain on American families. Yet, this administration seems to want to make food more expensive.
  • Inflation VS The Deflationary Straw Man

    08/23/2014 2:01:10 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 8-23-2014 | Gary_Tanashian
    August 23, 2014 Gary_Tanashian No matter the debates over inflation vs. deflation, increasing employment vs. sound monetary policy or systemic health vs. fragility (and whatever else is flying around in Jackson Hole this week), the CPI marches onward and upward. That is the system and it is predicated on creating enough money out of thin air while inflation signals are (somehow) held at bay. The Straw Man* in this argument lives in the idea that inflation is not always destructive, that inflation can be used for good and honed, massaged and targeted just right to achieve positive ends to defeat...
  • How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

    08/20/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 8/19/14 | Jason English
    How far does $100 go? Today's map, which comes from the Tax Foundation and uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, answers that question state by state. In Mississippi, your $100 could buy $115.74 worth of stuff relative to the national average. On the other end of the spectrum is Hawaii, where you'd only get $85.32 worth. Washington, D.C. is even lower, at $84.60. The Tax Foundation offers a little perspective on how to read the map: Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/20/2014 5:47:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 69 replies
    CNS ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) – The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of...
  • A New Interest Rates Record Is Set... And It Is Foreboding

    08/17/2014 9:08:33 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Market Oeracle ^ | 8-17-2014 | Daily Wealth
    August 17, 2014 DailyWealth Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: A new record was set in Germany yesterday... The interest rate on a 10-year government bond in Germany fell below 1%. This number is shocking... Interest rates have never been this low in German history. What does it mean? Why would people agree to lend money to a government for 10 years with almost no return on that money? What is the message that we should take from this? Aren't things supposed to be getting back to "normal"? And doesn't "normal" mean something like this: By 2020, the Federal Reserve has short-term...
  • Fed Survey: 1/3 of Americans say they are worse off 5 years after recession

    08/08/2014 7:49:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2014 | Rick Moran
    There's a lot of economic anxiety in America today, so it's no surprise that the Federal Reserve has discovered substantial pessimism about Americans' own personal financial situation. The Feds most recent survey shows that 1/3 of Americans believe themselves to be worse off 5 years after the recession ended.Wall Street Journal: More American households say they are worse off  rather than better five years after the recession, a new Federal Reserve survey found. The report, released for the first time on Thursday, found 34% of households said they were “somewhat worse” or “much worse” financially in 2013 compared to 2008....
  • Stillwater cafe now charging customers a "minimum wage fee

    08/07/2014 1:59:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    City Pages ^ | 8-5-14 | Aaron RUpar
    Last Friday, for the first time in nearly a decade, Minnesota's minimum wage went up. The first in a series of incremental hikes brought the wage floor from $6.15 to $8 per hour for relatively large companies, and from $5.25 to $6.50 for small ones. As you'd expect, some businesses aren't thrilled about that -- especially bars and restaurants, as the new law doesn't include a tip exception. But the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater is generating a stir for transparently including a "Min Wage Fee" on all customer checks:
  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • $200 Steaks, $30 Coffee? Here's Why Some Foods Could Get Vastly More Expensive

    07/28/2014 9:06:55 PM PDT · by blam · 79 replies
    BI ^ | 7-28-2014 | Leslie Baehr and Skye Gould
    Leslie Baehr and Skye GouldJuly 28, 2014Many factors could drive certain food costs up radically in the future. It could be as simple as soaring demand from new markets. It could be as complex as the effects of climate change rendering farm fields too hot or try or spreading plant-destroying pests to new areas.(snip)
  • Wage Growth Is Really Going Nowhere

    07/27/2014 9:22:30 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 7-27-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandJuly 27, 2014 Wage growth is close to not being growth at all. On August 1, we'll get the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, the report showed that the economy added 288,000 jobs in June, with wages growing 2% year of year. Unfortunately, when taking into account the rate of inflation, "real" wage growth was flat. In Business Insider's latest Most Important Charts In The World feature, Ellen Zentner, senior U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley, highlighted the following chart, which shows how real wage growth has slowed to, well, no growth at all.(snip)(snip)
  • Based on the Non-Massaged Data, the US is Back in Recession

    07/26/2014 11:02:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/25/2014 | Phoenix Capital Research o
    Beneath all of the bogus economic data, the US economy is tanking again. One of the biggest games played by the bean counters in Washington in the US is the overstatement of GDP growth by understating inflation. Consider this simple example. Let’s say that the US GDP grew by 10% last year. Now let’s say that inflation also grew by 10%. In this scenario, real inflation adjusted GDP growth was ZERO. However, announcing ZERO GDP growth is a major problem politically. So what do the Feds do? They claim that inflation was just 8%, and BOOM you’ve got 2% GDP...
  • The Manicured Hands of D.C. and the Calloused Hands of the Forgotten Man

    07/26/2014 12:34:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    A Time For Choosing and various tweets ^ | July 26, 2014 | Whitney Pitcher
    Last weekend, Governor Palin gave a measured and thoughtful speech at the Western Conservative Summit, speaking primarily in the tone of the “forgotten man”–”the hard working middle class man who can’t catch a break”. She also used a masterful analogy of the “calloused hand that built America”. What a stark contrast between an open hand calloused from hard work and the clenched fist of socialism. What a stark contrast, too, between Governor Palin’s speech that hit a tone that resonates with middle class America and the tonedeafness and lack of self-awareness of Washington. Take, for example, the Left’s newest pivot...
  • How and Why the CPI Was Destroyed as an Accurate Measure of Price Inflation

    07/25/2014 3:11:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    EPJ - Shadowstats ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Williams
    In the early-1990s, political Washington moved to change the nature of the CPI. The contention was that the CPI overstated inflation (it did not allow substitution of less-expensive hamburger for more-expensive steak). Both sides of the aisle and the financial media touted the benefits of a “more-accurate” CPI, one that would allow the substitution of goods and services. The plan was to reduce cost of living adjustments for government payments to Social Security recipients, etc. The cuts in reported inflation were an effort to reduce the federal deficit without anyone in Congress having to do the politically impossible: to vote...
  • Japanese Inflation Holds Near 23 Year Highs As Food, Energy, & TV Costs Soar

    07/24/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Japanese CPI printed 3.6% in June, modestly down from May's 3.7% YoY, but hotter than the expected 3.5% YoY analysts predicted. If you don't eat food or use energy then inflation merely bit 2.3% of your income this year but if you did then you may have noticed that energy costs are 9.1% higher YoY, TVs +8.0%, and Food +4.1%
  • The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP: Benghazi? ObamaCare? Hillary? No — it's inflation.

    07/24/2014 4:59:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Call it doomsday prepper economics. For more than five years, many Republicans and conservatives have warned that catastrophe is nigh. Washington's deficit spending and the Federal Reserve's excessive money printing will lead to a financial crisis worse than the Great Recession, they prophesied. Inflation will skyrocket, the dollar will collapse, and the Chinese will dump treasuries, they swore. As Ron Paul, the libertarian former GOP congressman and presidential candidate, said back in 2009: "More inflation is absolutely the wrong way to go. We're taking a recession and trying to turn it into a depression. We're going to see a real...
  • The Brilliance of Obamanomics

    07/23/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Brace yourself… Skepticism, doubt and criticism of Obamanomics (all of which are, undoubtedly, based in racism) will be cast aside. Why? Because, according to the 20-something-year-old White House intern that is in charge of the official White House twitter account, “Our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months.” I know, right? Pretty awesome statistic. (Gloss over the fact that the President is referring to private enterprise as “our businesses”.) But before you rush out to slap an Obama ‘16 sticker on your car (are those stickers available yet?), you may want a little bit...
  • Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete (shortened)

    07/22/2014 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/22/14 | Tyler Durden
    "I can't find anything. Prices are climbing daily," said Jesus Ramirez, a taxi driver who has spent a year trying to replace the 2008 Renault he purchased new for $7,441. He sold the car for over $30,000 five years later. With inflation at 60% a year, among the highest in the world, Venezuelans protect their earnings by buying cars, among other big-ticket items. Car parts needed to keep vehicles on the road have also become difficult to find. That has led thieves to steal parts such as batteries from parked cars. The owner of a Caracas car dealership who said...
  • American Families Are Right To Be Worried About Inflation

    07/22/2014 1:41:20 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 22, 2014 | Sean Davis
    “Americans should stop whining about food prices.” That was the message AEI’s Mark J. Perry blasted last September to families gullible enough to believe that rising food prices were a problem: It’s a favorite pastime in this country – Americans love to complain about rising food prices. Even when they aren’t. In fact, given all of the complaining you would never know that average food price inflation in recent years is actually the lowest in several generations. Below are three reasons that Americans should stop whining about food prices, and be a little more appreciative of how affordable food is...
  • High gasoline prices push up U.S. consumer prices

    07/22/2014 5:49:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/14
    U.S. consumer prices rose in June as the cost of gasoline surged, but the overall trend continued to point to a gradual build up of inflationary pressures. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index increased 0.3 percent last month after May's 0.4 percent gain. Gasoline accounted for two-thirds of the rise in prices last month. In the 12 months through June, the CPI increased 2.1 percent after a similar rise in May.
  • If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

    07/16/2014 5:24:54 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    TEC ^ | 7-16-2014 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael Snyder July 16th, 2014 The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee. J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has...
  • The American Dream is alive but it will cost you $130k a year

    07/10/2014 2:17:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Nicole Goodkind
    The American Dream has been a focal point and topic of debate since the financial crisis of 2008: citizens and politicians alike are asking whether it's time to redefine what success looks like in the U.S. According to Howard Gold, columnist for MarketWatch and founder of GoldenEgg Investing, the white picket fence and security that hard work can bring is still alive, but it will cost you... a lot. In a USA Today article, Gold calculated that for a family of four living out the American Dream costs just over $130,000 a year. "This isn’t about being rich,” Gold tells...
  • These Three Charts Show Inflation Is Finally Right Around The Corner

    07/07/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-5-2014 | JOE WEISENTHAL
    1. Historically, when Capacity Utilization is as high as its now (suggesting not much industrial slack) the inflation rate has been much higher. 2. According to survey data from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, more and more companies are saying they can't find qualified applicants for job openings. 3. Survey data shows a big increase in the number of businesses who say they plan to raise wages in the future.
  • What's making US economy a world beater? 5 factors(How about those rising prices and taxes?)

    07/05/2014 9:49:57 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 38 replies
    AOL news ^ | Jul 5th 2014 | PAUL WISEMAN
    How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Yet the U.S. job market is humming, and the pace of economic growth is steadily rising. Five full years after a devastating recession officially ended, the economy is finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited. Last month, employers added 288,000 jobs and helped reduce the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. June capped a five-month stretch of 200,000-plus job gains - the first in nearly 15 years. After having shrunk at a 2.9...
  • Obama Gets GDP Bassackward

    06/25/2014 6:14:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    This country is a bunch of lions led by donkeys, as the Germans said about the English Army in the first war. The latest Obama-related bray is the revised GDP numbers for the first quarter. Economists expected the economy to grow by 1.9% even after a discount for the cold weather. Instead the initial estimate saw a contraction of 1%. As we approached the revision to the initial estimate, we began hearing that perhaps things would be even worse in the next estimate. They were. The revision came in at a contraction of 2.9% for the first quarter. But...
  • Coffee Is About To Get More Expensive Everywhere

    06/21/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by blam · 53 replies
    BI, The Wire ^ | 6-21-2014 | DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER
    DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER, The WireJun. 20, 2014 ď‚‚Months after we all started fretting over the prospect of a global coffee shortage, it seems we might actually start to feel the caffeine-related effects of Brazil's massive drought and Central America's coffee fungus, in the form industry-wide retail price increases. The Washington Post reported back in February that coffee costs were expected to rise later in the year: For now, retail prices for coffee are stable. Roasters typically have enough supplies to cover themselves for a few months. But if the price of the Arabica (pronounced uh-RAB-ick-uh) beans continues to rise, consumers could...
  • Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

    06/20/2014 8:49:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly? If so, you are certainly not alone. But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be. Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine. But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless. Anyone that...
  • Sticker Shock: Food, Gas Prices Set to Go Higher

    06/19/2014 9:00:52 AM PDT · by xzins · 116 replies
    CBN ^ | June 19, 2014 | Caitlin Burke
    You don't have to be an expert to notice that costs for many essentials are at all-time high. From gas to food, Americans can expect to pay even more in coming months. The current national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.67 -- that's higher than it's been since 2008. The higher prices are being blamed, in part, on the instability in Iraq. According to AAA, both gas prices and global oil prices have steadily risen since ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) took control of Mosul last week. The brutal jihadist army is actually flying its flag...
  • US Gasoline Tax Increase Urged by Bipartisan Pair of Senators

    06/18/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 12 cents a gallon [3.2 cents a liter] over the next two years to keep a road and bridge fund from going broke. The gasoline tax now stands at 18.4 cents a gallon, and the diesel tax at 24.4 cents a gallon. The politically sensitive levies have not been increased since 1993. The senators' plan faces an uphill fight this year, with congressional elections coming in November. Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, called for the tax increase, with the new revenue...
  • Increasing Food Prices Threaten Middle Class

    06/18/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 39 replies
    Consumer prices are skyrocketing. The price of meat, poultry, fish and eggs was up 0.7% in May. The price of chicken is up 50% in the last decade. There are some mitigating factors in these price increases. The cattle herd isn’t very good this year and a pork virus has killed thousands of pigs. Nonetheless, with incomes stagnate price increases on staples such as meat and eggs is felt by the middle class. Consumer prices generally were up 0.4% in May after a 0.3% increase in April. Inflation has arrived after years of money printing at the Federal Reserve. (with...
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record for May

    06/17/2014 12:04:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index and the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity both hit records for May, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price for a KWH hit 13.6 cents during the month, up about 3.8 percent from 13.1 cents in May 2013. The seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose from 201.431 in May 2013 to 208.655 in May 2014—an increase of about 3.6 percent. ... Per capita production of electricity in the United States peaked in 2007. Since then it has generally been on downward trend. In 2013, the U.S....
  • Inflation jumps 0.4% as costs rise for food, energy, other items

    06/17/2014 8:18:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/17/2014 | JIM PUZZANGHERA
    Inflation unexpectedly jumped last month as higher prices for food, energy and other items pushed the annual rate above the Federal Reserve's preferred 2% target, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The new data could lead central bank policymakers to act more quickly to raise rock-bottom short-term interest rates. The consumer price index rose 0.4%, the biggest monthly increase since February 2013, the Commerce Department said. The rise followed increases of 0.3% in April and 0.2% in March, a trend that mirrors improving economic data this spring. For the 12 months ended in May, the index was up 2.1%. That was...
  • What Keynes Has Done To Us

    06/17/2014 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 13 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | June 15, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    The essential economic problem we confront today is that our dominant Keynesian intellectuals have abandoned reality. They do not grasp what they have wrought with the mountainous loads of debt and malinvestment that are overwhelming us. Much of this burden must be liquidated before genuine demand and growth can be restored, which will require radical reform if we are to evoke a genuine cure. To try and solve today’s debt created crisis with more debt (as the Keynesians are presently doing) can only bring on a bigger bust the next time around, which will require still larger “debt injections” to...
  • The Madness Of Crowds And The Great Insanity (the coming economic collapse)

    06/08/2014 6:42:22 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 139 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | June 8, 2014 | Ty Andros
    Never in my 30+ year career as a market observer have I seen so many out on a limb which is about to be SAWED OFF. Those who live within the matrix are fully loaded for a recovery which is not and will not appear. Nominally the Main stream media can proclaim ECONOMIC recovery has arrived, point to the rising developed world stock markets, seemingly benign bond markets of all categories: sovereign, investment grade and Junk, Private equity, corporate buy backs and more have priced in “Happy Days are here again”. HFT, unrestrained leverage in a financially repressed world and...
  • The breakfast wars

    06/07/2014 2:29:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    QSRWeb.com ^ | June 6, 2014 | Ed Zimmerman
    Up and down the foodservice spectrum, breakfast is heating up. Here are some recent developments: •Taco Bell introduced a breakfast menu trading on ubiquitous locations and a massive promo of the Waffle Taco. The Bell blitzed social media and took direct aim at rival McDonald’s, including an ad campaign making fun of Ronald the clown. •McDonald’s countered with an offer for free morning cup of McCafe and started promoting its McGriddle pancake wrapped breakfast sandwich. •Not to be forgotten, runner up, Burger King took a different approach, and announced it would serve burgers as well as breakfast fare each morning....
  • US Economy GDP Even Worse Than It Looks, Again

    05/30/2014 2:23:28 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-30-2014 | John_Rubino
    May 30, 2014 - 10:21 AM John_Rubino As expected, the US revised the most recent quarter’s GDP from barely positive to sharply negative today. But once again the true extent of the problem was hidden by some statistical sleight of hand, in this case wildly-optimistic inflation assumptions. Here’s an excerpt from the Consumer Metrics Institute’s just-published analysis: May 29, 2014 – BEA Revises 1st Quarter 2014 GDP Sharply Downward to Outright Contraction at Nearly a 1% Annual Rate: In their second estimate of the US GDP for the first quarter of 2014, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that...
  • We Told You We'd Be Talking About Inflation...

    05/27/2014 6:08:21 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI ^ | 5-27-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Joe WeisenthalMay 26, 2014, 11:11 AM At the end of last year, we wrote a post titled: Pretty Soon We Need To Talk About Inflation. The argument was not that inflation was going to be a problem, or that the Fed needed to tighten rates, or anything like that. It simply pointed out that since the crisis, there's been no legitimate reason to even be discussing inflation, since there wasn't any. But that that was about to change. And indeed, here in 2014, there are indeed a lot of people talking about inflation. Morgan Stanley's Vincent Reinhart writes in a...
  • U.S. Food Inflation Running At 22%

    05/26/2014 7:12:08 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 5-26-2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Chriss W. Street 26 May 2014 After five years of the federal government telling the public that despite a $3.5 trillion increase in monetary expansion, the inflation rate is below +2%, the Department of Agriculture (DOA) just warned the American public that the consumer price index for food is up by 10% this year. The DOA tried to blame food inflation on the drought conditions in California, but last year’s drought was worse and food prices fell by -6%. The real problem is Federal Reserve monetary stimulus is stimulating inflation. I reported in "Food Price Inflation Scares the Fed” two...
  • U.S. FOOD INFLATION RUNNING AT 22%

    05/26/2014 12:52:51 PM PDT · by kingattax · 102 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 26 May 2014 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    After five years of the federal government telling the public that despite a $3.5 trillion increase in monetary expansion, the inflation rate is below +2%, the Department of Agriculture (DOA) just warned the American public that the consumer price index for food is up by 10% this year. The DOA tried to blame food inflation on the drought conditions in California, but last year’s drought was worse and food prices fell by -6%. The real problem is Federal Reserve monetary stimulus is stimulating inflation. I reported in "Food Price Inflation Scares the Fed” two months ago that commodity food costs...
  • Chart of the Week: Is food too cheap for our own good?

    05/26/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 52 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 5/23/2014 | Drew DeSilver
    As you scarf down burgers and potato salad this long Memorial Day weekend, consider this: Americans have the cheapest food in history, and that unprecedented abundance is largely responsible for why we’re so fat. According to a new article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Americans in the 1930s spent a quarter of their disposable income on food. That share has fallen steadily through the decades, to the point where today less than 10% of Americans’ disposable dollars go for food. (That varies across income groups, of course: The poorest 20% of Americans still spend about a third of...
  • Why Bitcoin Matters For Bankers

    03/16/2014 11:35:27 AM PDT · by TsonicTsunami08 · 56 replies
    American Banker ^ | March 16,2014 | Marc Hochstein
    Ask Alan Lane. In October, the president and CEO of Silvergate Bank in La Jolla, Calif., was up in Sacramento for a roundtable convened by the California Bankers Association and the state's Department of Business Oversight. Reading a laundry list of about a dozen issues on the department's radar, Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen mentioned Bitcoin — the Internet currency, payment system and technology that's been grabbing headlines, igniting controversy and inspiring innovation across the globe. Lane pricked up his ears, in part because the $616 million-asset Silvergate had been in discussions about banking a Bitcoin startup.
  • How Fractional Reserves and Inflation Cause Economic Inequality

    05/19/2014 4:41:24 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 3 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 19 May 2014 | Andreas Marquart
    Mises Institute: How would you translate your new book’s title into English? Andreas Marquant: I would like to say The State Causes the Poverty It Later Claims to Solve. This is the title of my article on mises.org last December. An even better title could be The Austrian Answer to Thomas Piketty. MI: Your book addresses the issue of income inequality. Is income inequality a bad thing? AM: First of all, inequality and income inequality are natural phenomena because people are different. They all have different talents and that is a reason for the division of labor. It’s also a...