Anyone who proclaims the American economy is recovering from the financial crisis of 2008 is either lying or not paying attention. The good people at the Economic Collapse Blog have aggregated 37 statistics that strongly indicate the economy continues to worsen under the financial leadership of President Obama and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. In particular, the figures indicate that it is the lower economic classes which have been most severely devastated by four years of reckless federal spending, bailouts for the well-connected, and artificially low interest rates.
For instance, since 2008, 15 million more Americans rely on food stamps. According to the Census Bureau, 146 million of us, nearly half of the U.S. population, are poor or low-income. The Civilian Employment/Population ratio, which is the broadest measure of employment in the country, is at its lowest level since the early 1980s. Median household income has retreated to its 1995 level. Lastly, the economy is not producing jobs for US college graduates; 53 percent of them under the age of 25 are either unemployed or underemployed. Given that many graduated with huge college debt, what could the future hold for these folks?
But, don’t despair. Some in our society are doing quite well because of the federal largess thrown their way. Most of them just happen to be located around New York City and the District of Columbia. You see, the U.S. stock and bond markets are at, or near, all-time highs. Real estate in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. has bounced back nicely and both are at all-time highs. Even the Contemporary Art market in the Big Apple has seen sales skyrocket in spite of higher prices.
But, this is predictable, given that New York and the nation’s capital are where the Wall Street/Washington Axis of Financial Evil is headquartered. It is where that axis prints the new money and injects it into the economy through its well-connected surrogates: the “too big to fails”.