Posts Tagged ‘food stamps’

Hiding Economic Misery and Distracting the Masses with Entertainment

February 1st, 2015

GladiatorGuy Christopher:  I know it’s easy to brush off those constantly mounting reports and stories of decay, destruction, and despair. I sometimes find myself ignoring as much bad news as possible, just to keep my sanity.

Then I realize that heaping one atrocity after another onto my growing pile of information-overload is purposely designed to wear me out, so that I’ll ignore new attacks on my Constitution and new betrayals from those I elected to office. Read more…

Consumer, Economy, Entertainment, Government

27 Facts About The Middle Class In America After 6 Years With Obama In Office

January 22nd, 2015

ObamaMichael Snyder:  During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, Barack Obama promised to make life better for middle class families.  Of course he has also promised to do this during all of his other State of the Union addresses, but apparently he still believes that there are people out there that are buying what he is selling. Read more…

Economy, Government, Today's Top News

The US Government Spends 2.6 Billion To Pump Up Wal-Marts Profits

December 29th, 2014

walmartMichael Snyder:  Should the federal government be spending billions of dollars to pump up Wal-Mart’s profits?  I know that question sounds really bizarre, but unfortunately this is essentially what is happening.  Because Wal-Mart does not pay them enough money, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees enroll in Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs.  Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly Read more…

Earnings, Economy, Government, Healthcare, Retail

50 Numbers From 2014 That Sound Fake But Are Actually Real

December 26th, 2014

50-Numbers-From-2014-That-Sound-Fake-But-Are-Actually-Real-300x300Michael Snyder:  2014 was quite a bizarre year, wasn’t it?  The past 12 months brought us MH370, Ebola, civil war in Ukraine, civil unrest in Ferguson, the rise of ISIS and the fall of the Democrats in the midterm elections.  Our world is becoming crazier and more unstable with each passing day, and I have a feeling that things are going to accelerate greatly in 2015.  But for the moment things are relatively quiet as much of the world stops to Read more…

Economy, Government, Healthcare, Military and Police, News Of The Weird, Politics, Today's Top News, World News

Why Is Obama Encouraging Illegal Immigration When We Can’t Take Care Of Millions Of Our Own Citizens?

July 8th, 2014

obamaFor years, the Obama administration has been making it abundantly clear that it is a friend of illegal immigrants.  Border security is a joke, the federal government refuses to go after “sanctuary cities” even though they are breaking federal law, there is a website Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Makes Money When Illegal Immigrants Go On Food Stamps

April 28th, 2013

banksRecently uncovered documents prove that the Obama administration has been working with the Mexican government to increase the number of illegal immigrants on food stamps, and when more Read more…

Economy, Financials, Government

10 Examples Of How Clueless Our Leaders Are About The Economy

March 13th, 2013

obamaThey didn’t see it coming last time either.  Back in 2007, President Bush, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and just about every prominent voice in the financial world were all predicting that we would experience tremendous economic prosperity well into the future.  In fact, as late as January Read more…

Consumer, Economy, World News

20 Reasons Hunger Is Out of Control In America

November 26th, 2012

Michael Snyder: All over America there are millions of people that will be missing meals and going hungry this holiday season.  Even as much of the country indulges in the yearly Read more…

Agriculture, Commodities, Economy

Government Website Encourages New Immigrants To Apply For Welfare Benefits

November 19th, 2012

Michael Snyder: A website run by the federal government (““) encourages new immigrants to the United States to apply for welfare benefits.  This website is run Read more…

Economy, Government

55 Facts Every American Voter Should Know About The U.S. Government Finances

October 18th, 2012

The future of the United States of America is being systematically destroyed by our politicians, but unfortunately most Americans don’t really grasp exactly what is happening.  Read more…

Education, Government

40 Shocking Facts About The Future Generation Of Americans

September 6th, 2012

What in the world have we done to our kids?  If you spend much time with them, you quickly realize that the next generation of Americans is woefully unprepared to deal with the real world.  They are overweight, lazy, undisciplined, disrespectful, disobedient to their parents Read more…

Economy, Government

84 Statistics Showing The Collapse Of The Middle Class Is Real

September 6th, 2012

The middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.  Once upon a time the United States had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world.  The rest of the globe looked at us in envy and wondered what we were doing right.  But now everything Read more…

Economy, Markets

Nearly 1 In 5 Americans Have No Money To Put Food On The Table

August 22nd, 2012

Mac Slavo: While economists, government officials, and mainstream media experts argue about whether a recovery is finally taking hold, the evidence on the ground provides a clear insight about where the country is headed. Read more…


Dollar Rallies As Bernanke Announces He’s Doing His Job

April 5th, 2011

Last night was a stinker of a night, as Big Ben Bernanke decided to do a Bullwinkle and pull a rabbit out of his hat, and tell an audience that “inflation must be watched extremely closely.” Like that’s something new! UGH! Shouldn’t a central bank (that is, if you really feel one is needed) would be “watching inflation closely at all times”? So, he was telling people that he was doing his job, and the markets took it as some great indication that interest rates will rise in the US sooner than expected… Really? And this “new thought on rates” comes from what Big Ben said last night? Really? Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!

Folks, this is nothing more than a tempest in a teapot, and the markets will realize that sooner or later they have egg all over their face, and that interest rates aren’t going anywhere (Fed Rates) sooner! We all know that yields on Treasuries have risen, and mortgage rates are inching higher.

So… What’s the Big Deal? Well, as I said, the markets took this comment by Big Ben, and ran with it, which meant, buying dollars… The currency rally we had watched for a few days, came to an abrupt halt… But, the slippage hasn’t been too bad, but then, US traders will be arriving at their desks in a couple of hours, and it will be interesting to see if they take this bait, hook, line and sinker, like the foreign traders did. Oh, and should I remind traders that later in the comment, Big Ben said, “inflation gains are likely transitory.” Now, does that sound like someone who’s committed to a thought that inflation is rising, and that interest rates are going higher? I don’t think so…

Well… Things here in the US continue to be pretty shaky… It was reported yesterday that 44.18 million people received food stamps in January…. That’s up from the previous reading of 43 million. I find this to be a real problem for me to talk about, because on one hand, there are people who obviously need to eat, but on the other hand, one has to wonder how much fraud is involved in this program, and then we have to get down to the root of the question of whether it’s the government’s job… But that’s a discussion for another day… But you see why I have a problem talking about the food stamps program… And the fact that it adds to the deficit spending in this country.

Speaking of deficit spending… Reader Scott, sent me this, and I just had to go yell at the wall after reading it…

( – The US Treasury has released a final statement for the month of March that demonstrates that financial madness has gripped the federal government.

During the month, according to the Treasury, the federal government grossed $194 billion in tax revenue and paid out $65.898 billion in tax refunds (including $62.011 to individuals and $3.887 to businesses) thus netting $128.179 billion in tax revenue for March.

At the same, the Treasury paid out a total of $1.1187 trillion. When the $65.898 billion in tax refunds is deducted from that, the Treasury paid a net of $1.0528 trillion in federal expenses for March.

That $1.0528 trillion in spending for March equaled 8.2 times the $128.179 in net federal tax revenue for the month.

Now, doesn’t that just make you want to yell at the walls, too?

But, we have the ratings agencies downgrading Portugal’s rating… UGH! Sure, Portugal’s debt rating needs to get downgraded, but does that really carry as much weight as the need to downgrade the US’s rating? I guess I need to back off there… The ratings agencies do a very good job…

OK… Are you laughing as hysterically as I am right now? I tried to be nice, but it just didn’t work! But if you think the story above about the US spending 8.2 times their net revenue in March is something… Hey kids, check this out!

In a letter to Congressional members, US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner decided to give them a piece of his mind…

“The longer Congress fails to act, the more we risk that investors here and around the world will lose confidence in our ability to meet our commitments and our obligations. Default by the United States is unthinkable.”

Really Tim? Well… Why not send a memo over to the White House and Congress and ask them to stop deficit spending? Because that’s the only way the US is going to avoid that problem!

Well… The dollar rally overnight wasn’t across the board, as the Swiss franc (CHF) got back on the rally tracks after the downgrade of Portugal, and the star performer of the night was…. Drum roll please… The British pound sterling (GBP)! Geez Louise, what in the world got the pound sterling on the rally tracks, I hear you asking… Well, grasshoppers, it seems that manufacturing is trending higher, thus putting the inflation meter in red territory… And the markets all believe the Bank of England (BOE) is ready to confront those inflation pressures… Just not this Thursday when the BOE meets!

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left rates unchanged last night, as suspected. Even though a rate hike was not expected, the Aussie dollar (AUD) lost some ground after the announcement. The statement after the rate announcement was very similar to March’s statement, with the RBA holding to the view that inflation will remain around 2-3%… In my mind, this is central bank parlance for: rates are on hold for now… The Aussie dollar also saw some slippage on the worse-than-expected trade balance for February… The markets had expected a surplus of A$1.2 billion, but instead a deficit of A$ 205 million printed. So, the recent trend of a narrowing trade deficit in Australia has a hiccup…or at least I hope it’s just a hiccup!

The Aussie dollar’s kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, kiwi (NZD), received a boost overnight, when the Finance Minister (English), said that he “would be surprised if another rate cut is needed”… You may recall that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) cut rates last month to assist the earthquake torn country… Maybe this will be enough to keep the markets and trader from pricing in another rate cut.

This just came across the screens… The People’s Bank of China raised benchmark lending and deposit rates one-quarter of a percentage point, in yet another attempt to apply the brakes to the Chinese economy… Which, by the way, hasn’t collapsed, like a TON of pundits claimed it would do last year… Just thought I would make that point, and then go on… Nothing else to look at here… Move along…

The price of oil stopped rising yesterday, falling from the $108 handle…. But the slippage has been small, so there’s nothing to get all warm and fuzzy about here… However, with the price of oil backing off some, the Canadian dollar/loonie (CAD), Norwegian krone (NOK), and even the Russian ruble (RUB) get marked down… But, I don’t see this as a long-term trend or anything like that… Again, it’s another hiccup…

Well… This afternoon, we’ll get to see the meeting minutes from the last FOMC meeting… The only thing I would look for are dissenting comments from Big Ben’s stance of carrying out QE2… I wonder if the Fed Heads out on the road, talking tough, fade in the FOMC meetings… Fed Head Hoenig, certainly doesn’t, but what about the rest of them?

Then there was this, in an overview of a piece from The Economist… “The Federal Reserve’s policy of driving down interest rates wasn’t intended to hurt retired senior citizens who depend on interest-paying investments, but it did, according to The Economist. There is a growing divergence between the interests of working and nonworking Americans. ‘The Fed’s task will grow ever more difficult as more Americans age into the latter group, and that is a matter of grave concern for those in the former, as Japan’s working-age population can certainly attest.’”

To recap… Big Ben Bernanke turned the tables on the currency rally last night, when he mentioned that “inflation was being watched very closely.” The dollar rally wasn’t across the board though, as Swiss francs and pound sterling rallied for different reasons. The RBA left rates unchanged, and Australia’s trade deficit got a surprise that wasn’t good for the Aussie dollar. And… The US spend 8.2 times their net revenue in March… Deficit spending at its best, eh?

Chuck Butler
for The Daily Reckoning

Dollar Rallies As Bernanke Announces He’s Doing His Job originally appeared in the Daily Reckoning. Daily Reckoning founder Bill Bonner recently wrote articles on stagflation and introduced his new book Dice Have No Memory: Big Bets & Bad Economics From Paris to the Pampas.

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