Posted tagged ‘Labor Participation Rate’

Must Reads For The Week 6/4/16

June 4, 2016

Payrolls Huge Loss: Only 38,000 New Jobs Added In May; Worst Since September 2010, at The number crunchers used to figure that 150,000 jobs become obsolete every month because of the creative destruction of the market. So there has to be 150,000 jobs created every month just to start at zero. So 38,000 jobs created means there was a net loss of 112,000 jobs last month. Also the last two months job numbers have been revised down. So how robust is the “recovery”

These Are The 9 Zero Hedge Charts Showing The “Obama Recovery” That Angered The Washington Post, at The labor participation rate is the one chart that can’t be spun. The percentage of working age people is lower than at anytime since the early 70’s. If fewer people are working, and many work fewer hours because a lot of the newly created jobs are part-time, how can we possibly be producing more? The GDP supposedly measures production. Even though government spending (financed by borrowing and central bank money printing), is added into the GDP number, growth has averaged around 2% over the last 8 years. We can’t even counterfeit our way to robust growth. We haven’t even found a bottom to the 2008 recession because the Fed has propped up all the misallocations that it produced with the money it printed in the first place.

Allan Greenspan: “We’re Running To A State Of Disaster”, at Greenspan says: “Entitlements are crowding out savings, and hence capital investment. Capital investment is the critical issue in productivity growth, and productivity growth in turn is the crucial issue in economic growth…….Unless and until we can rein in entitlements, which have been rising at a nine percent annual rate in the US and comparable levels throughout the world. We are going to find that productivity is going to maintain a very low rate of increase.”

I think it is interesting he is blaming it on congressional spending when it is his Federal Reserve that printed the money that the government borrowed which led to the increased spending. He also fails to mention all the misallocation of resources that were the result of the Feds credit expansion policy.

Lessons From Cyprus: Spending Restraint Is The Pro-Growth Way To Solve A Fiscal Crisis, by Dan Mitchell, at Cyprus bit the bullet and cut spending. This has led to a recovering economy. Greece did the opposite, and is still in the toilet.

GM, Ford Us Auto Sales Tumble In “Bellwether” Month Of May, at Sub-prime lending brings future demand into the present. Once future demand has run its course, there is nothing behind it to keep demand propped up. Ergo a mismatch of supply and demand. Intervention distorts economic reality.

A Visual Lesson About Economic Freedom, by Dan Mitchell, at When governments take off the interventionist shackles, even in a limited amount, their economy grows.

Black Market Ride Sharing Explodes In Austin, by John Daniel Davidson, at Austin forced Uber and Lyft out of the market. But the demand for rides is being supplied by black market ride sharing apps. This is the spirit of the American Revolution. Don’t Tread On Me!

Private Restrooms Are Private Property, by Patrick Barron, at Respect for private property would solve the made up transsexual bathroom problem. Allow the owner of the bathroom to make the decision how his bathroom will be used. There won’t be a one size fits all to down cluster fox trot. “No Shirt No Shoes No Service.” “No Vagina, Go Across The Hall.”

Eleven Measles Cases In Arizona Traced To Inmate At Immigration Detention Center, at People think rules are arbitrary. Most rules have a specific purpose. If you’ve taken the tour of Ellis Island, you would understand that part of our immigration policy was to keep out diseases, like measles, that were under control in the US. but not everywhere else.

Texas Man Pays For $212 Speeding Ticket…In Pennies, at People have different levels of tolerance for government regulations. Many have had enough.


I Hate To Do it Again.

Have you seen this on mainstream media outlets? All I want is for both Democrats and Republicans to be covered the same by the media. I wish they would show every politicians screw ups. Can you spell P-O-T-A-T-O-E? Who doesn’t know what I’m referencing?


Must Reads For The Week 6/28/14

June 28, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)



Lets start with some humor, because the rest of the post isn’t very funny. I saw this video, Money Is Our God, by Tom Simmons, on Libertas Project / Facebook. Tom Simmons has the Federal Reserve figured out.


The State Of The Union: A Friendly Reminder Where We Stand Now, at These charts show how the Fed is attempting to keep the economy propped up with electronically printed counterfeit money. Their original money pumping caused the very problem their present money pumping is supposed to cure. It’s like an NFL player getting a concussion from a helmet to helmet hit, and trying to cure it by punching him in the face..

The Fed’s Hobson’s Choice: End QE And Zero Interest Rates or Destabilize The Dollar And The Treasury Market, by Charles Hugh Smith, at The Fed has been printing counterfeit money to purchase debt, and artificially keeping interest rates low in order to incentivize borrowing which is at record pace over the last 5 years. Policy makers at the Fed believe in the Keynesian theory that spending {consumption} stimulates production. But Say’s law of markets states, “One can only buy with what one has produced….The one product constitutes the means of purchasing another….”  In the market, production spending is always ahead of consumption spending. But when the Fed stimulates Keynesian consumption, without any corresponding production, it misallocates resources. Economic forces are trying to correct the misallocations brought about by the Feds counterfeiting. These forces will eventually prevail no matter how much the Fed tries to prop up it’s false reality with fake money.

The Civilian Employment -Population Ratio Chart, from the FRED {Federal Reserve Economic Data}. This chart represents the proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population that is employed. This next chart shows the total Civilian Noninstitutional Population, which includes two groups of people who are not working, 1) people under 25,  2) retired people. This chart, Civilian Noninstitutional Population – 25 to 54 years, shows people in their prime working years. Now look at the M2 Money Stock chart. If we look at all of the charts starting from March of 95 to the present, here is what we see. The Fed has increased M2 money stock from $3.49 trillion to $11.22 trillion which is almost $8 trillion. During the same time period the ratio of employed people has decreased from 63.1% of the civilian population working, to 58.9% of the civilian population working. The civilian population has increased  from 198 million to 247 million. These numbers show that the Feds policy of electronically printing counterfeit money is a miserable failure, if its goal is to increase employment and keeping inflation in check. But the Fed’s zero interest rate policy, along with its policy of Quantitative Easing {electronically printing counterfeit money},works perfectly if the goal is to enrich the people who have access to this money first. But it doesn’t matter if that’s the goal or not, the result is still the same. ( The two articles below help explain fake inflation numbers, and enriching those with first access to this counterfeit money.)

Former Fed Governor Warsh Slams Fed’s “Reverse Robin Hood” Policies, at Reverse Robin Hood is a great way to explain this. People who don’t have access to this counterfeit money have had the value of what they own stolen. Counterfeiting is theft, even if, in the case of the Fed, it is legal.

Wow: Fed Economist On Fudging Price Inflation Data, at You can make the aggregate inflation rate look great if you don’t count sectors of the economy where the prices are obviously skyrocketing. You can’t believe the numbers stated in the headlines. You have to dig into the numbers to find what is really going on.





Must Reads For The Week 9/7/13

September 7, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Watched Cops Are Polite Cops, by Ronald Bailey, at Knowing you are being watched usually constrains the devil in us.

The Three Types Of Austerity, by Frank Hollenbeck, at Economic growth can only come from the private sector. The public sector, Government, consumes what the private sector produces.

Matt Drudge Breaks With Republicans, Joins Libertarians, at Drudge says that “there is no real difference between Democrats and Republicans, the only two real political parties are Authoritarians and Libertarians.”  This is the reality on the ground, but many people are still caught up in the D vs. R magic show.

California Family Raisin Farmers Protest Against Government Confiscation Of His Crops, by Mark J. Perry, at The Raisin Administrative Committee fined raisin farmer Laura Horne $650,000 for not handing over any of their grapes to the Government over the last 10 years. Talk about being a serf on a feudal farm.

10- Year Treasury Yield Hits 3%, at Interest rates are creeping up. The Fed is in a heads you win tails we lose situation.

Poland Confiscates Half Of Private Pension Funds To Cut Sovereign Debt Load, at This can’t happen here can it?

Labor Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels, at  Fewer people working means less is produced. We are consuming more than we are producing, which leads to a declining standard of living.

Poll: Majority Of Americans Approve Of Sending Congress To Syria, at I agree when the article says, “we have to do this sooner rather than later, this war isn’t going to last forever.

EPA Deploys SWATT To Check For Clean Water Violation, at This raid may have been a case of overkill, literally. Escalating amounts of force by police, may inevitably bring about responding in kind by citizens.