Posted by: John Gilmore | September 15, 2006

The American Middle Class is Radically Shrinking – July 24 2010

You’ve heard me say it many times – and I’ll say it again here – the demise of the American middle class is not the result of random events – nor have we just been unlucky.  The people behind the New World Order have planned our demise very deceptively.  We stand in the way of world government – and we are being assaulted as a result.

International bankers have slowly – over the past 100 years – reduced the purchasing power of our money through their debt based monetary system.  Inflation is the hidden tax stealing from every American.  If you think our taxes are bad (income taxes, sales taxes, estate taxes, excise taxes, fuel taxes, many more coming in 2011, etc.) – take the time to learn what has been stolen from us through inflation since 1913.  We have been conditioned to believe that inflation is a necessary evil – is it really?  Should we always have an annual inflation rate of 2% to 15% – or do we believe this is the only way simply because this is what we are told? 

Many people seem to believe that inflation is simply a rise in prices. Prices go up (for some mysterious reason) – and we have inflation – year after year. We hear many people tell us that certain things influence inflation – contribute to inflation – ‘mute’ inflation – etc. What is the real cause of price inflation? The truth is that inflation always has been – and will always be – a monetary phenomenon.

Let’s use a very simple example to illustrate inflation.  I have seen many people who understand inflation (and are not trying to deceive anyone) – typically use some form of this example.  Let’s say that you live on an island where the only product is coconuts.  There are 10 coconuts on this island – and let’s assume that the rate of coconut consumption equals the rate of coconut growth – meaning that a new coconut is grown every time one is consumed – so that there are always 10 coconuts on the island.  Let’s also say that there is $10 in currency on the island.  In this scenario – how much is a coconut worth?  Not exactly rocket science – a coconut would be worth $1 ($10/10 coconuts = $1 per coconut).  Now – let’s say that another $10 in currency is added to the island’s money supply.  There are still only 10 coconuts on the island – but there is now $20 in currency.  How much is a coconut worth?  Again, pretty simple math – a coconut is now worth $2.  What caused the price of coconuts to double? Is this mysterious? Do we need an army of economists to figure this out? No. Prices doubled because the money supply doubled without a corresponding rise in the amount of goods/services on the island.

What happens if we add another 10 coconuts to the island?  With $20 in currency and 20 coconuts – what is the price of a coconut?  We’re back to $1 per coconut.  Our economy grew – but our money supply also grew in line with the growth of our economy – so there was no price inflation.

What happens if you grow your economy, but don’t grow your money supply?  Let’s say you added 10 coconuts to the island without growing your money supply.  You now have $10 in currency with 20 coconuts.  What is the price of each coconut?  The price per coconut would be $.50 ($10/20 coconuts = $.50 per coconut).  If the amount of goods/services within your economy grows without a corresponding growth in money supply – you experience price deflation.  With all of the smoke and mirrors stripped away – we’re beginning to see the truth.

Why have we experienced price inflation for one hundred years?  Inflation is a constant for us because our current monetary system requires our money supply to continue to grow forever – regardless of the amount of goods/services within our economy.  Because our money is created by debt, we must continually create more debt to create more money to pay back what we owe – a system that forever places us in debt – and a system that guarantees inflation.

Now you know why a Coke no longer costs a nickel.  Our money supply has been growing at a higher rate than the amount of goods and services we’ve added to our economy – for one hundred years.  If we had financial/political leaders who truly cared about us and our economy – we would have a monetary system where we could constantly adjust our money supply to equal the goods/services in our economy – and a coke would still cost somewhere close to a nickel – and you could still live on a 1950’s salary/wage.  As it is – inflation has eroded the purchasing power of our money (95% since 1913) – while middle class incomes are now declining. This is why the American middle class is shrinking (see article below).

Bernanke, Greenspan and others talk about inflation as if it is some kind of mysterious monkey wrench that is periodically thrown into their monetary/economic machine.  What is the truth?  They know (this is not high level economic theory) that our monetary system is causing inflation – but they would prefer that you were kept in the dark.  What happens when our economy continues to decline – but our money supply continues to be propped up by the Fed (via the never-ending printing press)?  At some point we experience hyper-inflation and the destruction of the dollar.  Add in our ridiculous budget deficits – and the demise of the dollar is guaranteed.

If this all sounds like ‘The Matrix’ to you – it’s because you have been born into a system that was designed to control you from birth.  A system that teaches you lies about your money, your government and who is in control – a system that hides the truth from you.  This is a system that was designed to place you in financial bondage – and do it in a way so that you won’t even know it.  It’s time we unplugged from the world – and started searching for the truth.

If you’re interested in learning how our monetary system works – here’s what you need to know:

https://endtimediscussions.wordpress.com/2006/09/16/our-monetary-system-part-i-how-central-banks-control-the-worlds-economy/ 

jg – July 24, 2010

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 The Middle Class in America Is Radically Shrinking. Here Are the Stats to Prove it

http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/the-u.s.-middle-class-is-being-wiped-out-here%27s-the-stats-to-prove-it-520657.html

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/

Posted Jul 15, 2010 02:25pm EDT by Michael Snyder in Recession

From The Business Insider

Editor’s note: Michael Snyder is editor of theeconomiccollapseblog.com

The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America.

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace.

So why are we witnessing such fundamental changes? Well, the globalism and “free trade” that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn’t tell us that the “global economy” would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage and very few regulations. The big global corporations have greatly benefited by exploiting third world labor pools over the last several decades, but middle class American workers have increasingly found things to be very tough.

Here are the statistics to prove it:

•    83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
•    61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
•    66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
•    36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.
•    A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.
•    24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.
•    Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
•    Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
•    For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.
•    In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
•    As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.
•    The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
•    Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.
•    In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.
•    The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America’s corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
•    In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
•    More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
•    For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
•    This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
•    Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years.
•    Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
•    The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.

Giant Sucking Sound

The reality is that no matter how smart, how strong, how educated or how hard working American workers are, they just cannot compete with people who are desperate to put in 10 to 12 hour days at less than a dollar an hour on the other side of the world. After all, what corporation in their right mind is going to pay an American worker 10 times more (plus benefits) to do the same job? The world is fundamentally changing. Wealth and power are rapidly becoming concentrated at the top and the big global corporations are making massive amounts of money. Meanwhile, the American middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence as U.S. workers are slowly being merged into the new “global” labor pool.

What do most Americans have to offer in the marketplace other than their labor? Not much. The truth is that most Americans are absolutely dependent on someone else giving them a job. But today, U.S. workers are “less attractive” than ever. Compared to the rest of the world, American workers are extremely expensive, and the government keeps passing more rules and regulations seemingly on a monthly basis that makes it even more difficult to conduct business in the United States.

So corporations are moving operations out of the U.S. at breathtaking speed. Since the U.S. government does not penalize them for doing so, there really is no incentive for them to stay.

What has developed is a situation where the people at the top are doing quite well, while most Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to make it. There are now about six unemployed Americans for every new job opening in the United States, and the number of “chronically unemployed” is absolutely soaring. There simply are not nearly enough jobs for everyone.

Many of those who are able to get jobs are finding that they are making less money than they used to. In fact, an increasingly large percentage of Americans are working at low wage retail and service jobs.

But you can’t raise a family on what you make flipping burgers at McDonald’s or on what you bring in from greeting customers down at the local Wal-Mart.

The truth is that the middle class in America is dying — and once it is gone it will be incredibly difficult to rebuild.

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