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Darkess Day of the Year, but Economically Getting Brighter

Dec 21, 2013 |
It’s the shortest day of the year today, and as we look ahead to 2014 there are reasons for a more positive outlook about the economy in America. There are indication that politically the ... Read more

Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments

Aug 5, 2013 |
The Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments Corporate lobbyists pressure governments to keep interest rates low. This means it is less attractive to keep money in ... Read more

50 Year Chart of Stocks, Gold and Treasuries

Jun 26, 2013 |
When it comes to what has been the most consistent and dependable investment for the long run, the clear answer is a diversified stock portolio, which virtually anyone can invest in assuming they have ... Read more

Countries Debt to GDP Ratio Spotlight Japan

May 30, 2013 |
As we look at the various nations that have high debt to gdp ratios, the one that can't be easily overlooked is Japan. As you can see in the chart below, Japan has a ratio of about 230%. Japan has ... Read more

Urban Gardner in South Central LA

May 22, 2013 |
Ron Finley has done some amazing things to help change the way people think about food in South Central LA, and area that has been mired by poverty and gangs in the past. As he puts it, growing your ... Read more

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Darkess Day of the Year, but Economically Getting Brighter

Dec 21, 2013 |
It’s the shortest day of the year today, and as we look ahead to 2014 there are reasons for a more positive outlook about the economy in America. There are indication that politically the ... Read more

Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments

Aug 5, 2013 |
The Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments Corporate lobbyists pressure governments to keep interest rates low. This means it is less attractive to keep money in ... Read more

50 Year Chart of Stocks, Gold and Treasuries

Jun 26, 2013 |
When it comes to what has been the most consistent and dependable investment for the long run, the clear answer is a diversified stock portolio, which virtually anyone can invest in assuming they have ... Read more

Countries Debt to GDP Ratio Spotlight Japan

May 30, 2013 |
As we look at the various nations that have high debt to gdp ratios, the one that can't be easily overlooked is Japan. As you can see in the chart below, Japan has a ratio of about 230%. Japan has ... Read more

Urban Gardner in South Central LA

May 22, 2013 |
Ron Finley has done some amazing things to help change the way people think about food in South Central LA, and area that has been mired by poverty and gangs in the past. As he puts it, growing your ... Read more

Latest links

Darkess Day of the Year, but Economically Getting Brighter

Dec 21, 2013 |
It’s the shortest day of the year today, and as we look ahead to 2014 there are reasons for a more positive outlook about the economy in America. There are indication that politically the ... Read more

Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments

Aug 5, 2013 |
The Dysfunctional Relationship between Corporations and Governments Corporate lobbyists pressure governments to keep interest rates low. This means it is less attractive to keep money in ... Read more

50 Year Chart of Stocks, Gold and Treasuries

Jun 26, 2013 |
When it comes to what has been the most consistent and dependable investment for the long run, the clear answer is a diversified stock portolio, which virtually anyone can invest in assuming they have ... Read more

Countries Debt to GDP Ratio Spotlight Japan

May 30, 2013 |
As we look at the various nations that have high debt to gdp ratios, the one that can't be easily overlooked is Japan. As you can see in the chart below, Japan has a ratio of about 230%. Japan has ... Read more

Urban Gardner in South Central LA

May 22, 2013 |
Ron Finley has done some amazing things to help change the way people think about food in South Central LA, and area that has been mired by poverty and gangs in the past. As he puts it, growing your ... Read more

Low Prices Equal Low Wages

As we look at how America has changed, often it is difficult to notice changes that take place over time. This plays well into the hands of corporations and lobbyists who work with short term goals. There was a time when corporations made longer term plans, but that will be another topic to be discussed soon. But let’s look at prices and wages today as compared with the past. Here are some interesting comparisons:
  1. Wal-Mart’s slogan went from being “Made in America” to “the low priced leader”.
  2. The nation’s largest employer for many years was General Motors. Now it is Wal-mart. The average page of a Wal-mart employee is far less than GM paid in terms of cost of living.
  3. With all the hype about getting the lowest price, marketers have taught people to believe that low prices mean a better standard of living. Wal-mart’s newest slogan is “Save Money. Live Better.”


In economic terms, when prices keep getting lowered on products that provide the same benefit at the lower price as they did at the higher price, we end up with a situation in which there is a smaller margin. That smaller margin means there is less money remaining to pay for wages. We have been in this “low price cycle” for many years in which people are taught to shop for the lowest price, and at the same time the middle class has experienced an overall decline in wages.

Are the marketers right? Do low prices actually increase the standard of living?

Think about all of the problems that have been in the press concerning substandard goods. Think about some of the products we used to make in America that lasted virtually forever. Now we live in a much more “disposable” economy in which goods are purchased for a low price, but often they must be replaced much sooner.

If we changed our thoughts about prices, might that also help Americans see wage increases again?

I know it sounds strange, but think about it.
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