Poverty

Serious inflation ahead for consumers: Wal-mart

“U.S. consumers face “serious” inflation in the months ahead for clothing, food and other products, the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations warned Wednesday.” The world’s largest retailer is working with suppliers to minimize the effect of cost increases and believes its low-cost business model will position it better than its[…]

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Retirees, lost pension plans, and returning home

“What we’re seeing here is they don’t have confidence in what they think of as the public safety net — a pension plan,” says Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center. “So they are reverting to the age old private safety net, and that’s the family.” — MSNBC We find[…]

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Bolivia nationalizes pensions, lowers retirement ages as lure

“The government is preparing a banquet for 300,000 people, but inviting 3 million to partake,” said pensions expert Alberto Bonadona. “It will collapse.” Jacob Funk Kierkegaard, an economist at the Peterson Institute in Washington, says he knows of no other country lowering its retirement age at a time when higher[…]

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Unemployment rate flirts with 10 percent

“In 2008 and 2009, we lost 8.36 million jobs,” he said. “We’ve gained back 951,000, which is 11.4 percent of what we lost, so it’s taken us a year to take back 11 percent of what we lost in two years. That’s showing you how much trouble the economy is[…]

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Obama displays 2 year federal pay freeze austerity

“You could always count on your increase,” said Danielle Swain of Manassas, an analyst for the foreign export service of the Agriculture Department who is nervous about the cut to her commuter-rail subsidy. “If you don’t get a bonus, this is all you get. They’re picking on the government because[…]

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US Unemployment rises to 9.6 per cent

“The small amount of job gains during the past few months not only reflects the response to slow output growth, but also a lack of confidence going forward,” said Bart van Ark, chief economist at the Conference Board, a business research group based in New York. “The economy as a[…]

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Dollar Drops as Rising Joblesss Claims Spur Recovery Concerns

“The dollar fell after more Americans than expected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, signaling concern the recovery in the world’s biggest economy is slowing.” — SfGate The US is in denial. They are struggling with a faltering economy and looking for solutions while ignoring the source of the[…]

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Haitian refugees invited to Miami

“Those folks are coming here seeking opportunities. Those folks are coming here seeking the American dream.” Pierre told us. here are an estimated 460,000 ILLEGAL immigrants in Arizona. These illegal immigrants do not pay taxes on the wages they earn, yet US law allows them medical care and their children[…]

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Insanity: Pelosi thinks unemployment cheques create jobs!

“Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.” Talking to reporters, the House speaker was defending a jobless benefits extension against those who say it gives recipients little incentive to work. By her reasoning, those checks are helping give somebody a[…]

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Consumer confidence nosedives in June; Oil Spill, China blamed

“What we need are consistent job gains, not just a month or two,” said Richard DeKaser, chief economist at Woodley Park Research in Washington, whose confidence forecast was the lowest of those surveyed. “Until we get that, I don’t think we’re going to see any gains in consumer confidence.” —[…]

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The giant retail sales slump

“The reason that consumers are not spending more money has nothing to do with attitudes. The reason that most consumers aren’t spending is the same reason that homeless people aren’t spending much money: They don’t have any money.” — Dean Barker, Counterpunch Credit cards are the bane of Western society’s[…]

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Financial advisors are scammers; do your own investing

Financial advisors are the clowns who are making huge profits off of your money no matter which way the market goes. A very small percentage of these “professionals” could not even predict the crash which happened (it was easy to see coming because of de-industrialization). Now they are pushing for[…]

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