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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

America's Lower Tax Revenue

As we talk about spiraling deficits, we should discuss what has changed that brought about the deficit. As people have lost their jobs, they obviously are not paying as many taxes to both federal and local governments. As people have lost their houses, they are paying less in property taxes. Here is a look at the federal level (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Tax Revenue for the United States

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So the government was used to receiving  taxes at one rate, and then after the recession, they received much lower revenue from taxes, even though spending had already been decided based on previous revenue numbers.

Now as we look at the GDP it is this formula

Y = C + I + E + G

(where Y = GDP, C = Consumer Spending, I = Investment made by industry, E = Excess of Exports over Imports, G = Government Spending)


So as economists decide whether our economy is growing, how much the government spends plays a big role. Government spends money on things including funding private businesses. For example, we keep a HUGE number of prisoners in jail per capita, and the government pays for that. We pay a lot of money to government contractors to make weapons for the military and the government pays for that. We have sick people who have nowhere else to turn and the government pays for that.


A small but important point to make is government spending is part of the GDP and by cutting it, mathematically we are reducing growth assuming all other things are the same.

The government doesn’t have enough money, so the response has been to want to cut everything. But shouldn’t we also ask why the tax revenue is down? Why aren’t we focusing more on creating jobs? Wouldn’t that help more than cutting spending?
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