There was a moment during the pandemic in 2021 where many workers felt that for the first time in decades the pendulum had swung in their favor. By this I mean that because of government subsidy in unemployment insurance, workers begun to feel as though they had options in terms of who they wanted to... Continue Reading →
Pandemic Economics – Free Market or Government Overreach?
We find ourselves in interesting times. The reason I'm writing this is that I think that the vaccination debate has inadverdently joined itself with the general debate for workers in the U.S. The sentiment is the same among both groups, but the impetus is very different. Let me explain. The general movement to pressure working... Continue Reading →
Inflation, and How Did We Get Here?
In 2021, inflation has risen 5.4% across all indexed goods according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between August and September, food and shelter accounted for over half of the month-to-month increase. Here is what is interesting: From a month to month perspective, we have already passed the peak inflation rate. Let's look at 12... Continue Reading →
Labor Market Back to Normal?
The Department Of Labor released its unemployment data last Thursday with the following status: "In the week ending August 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of29,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when itwas 256,000." This... Continue Reading →
Millennials – The Largest Workforce And The Least Wealthy
Here is my latest article in the Minnesota Reformer: https://minnesotareformer.com/2021/08/11/millennials-are-the-largest-workforce-and-the-least-wealthy-why-politics/
Our Ancestors Might Ask: What Was the Point?
This topic came about after I recently read an older Onion article, entitled "Last Male Heir to Bloodline Watches Movie Alone On Laptop". This hilariously absurd article by the champions of facety, details an evening in for an average single male who doesn't seem to have a particularly strong drive to meet a female and... Continue Reading →
Graph of the Day – Average Rent cost
The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in the U.S. in 2020 was $1098 a month. While there has been a large trend of Californians moving to Texas due to rent, there still exists a large affordability crisis. Unlike Europe, the U.S. does not have a land shortage. The exponential rent and land cost... Continue Reading →
The Age of the U.S.
Here is a chart depicting the median age of the citizen of each respective state: We shouldn't be surprised that Florida and Arizona have a darker blend. Maine and West Virginia are surprising in that we don't consider them retirement destinations. What this chart should do, is inform state representatives of their retirement obligations, as... Continue Reading →
How Do We Benefit From Infrastructure Spending?
This question should be asked in a way that doesn't diminish the political leanings and aspirations of the average American. I should ask more precisely, "does infrastructure spending benefit everyone, some more than others, or is vastly overstated in terms of its value?This is an important question within contemporary hyper-partisan politics where seemingly every facet... Continue Reading →
What Is An Online Troll?
The term "troll" has, like a great many descriptors of the modern online lexicon, has changed from its original meaning. Popular media from NBC to South Park has co-opted this moniker for a certain online presence. There is quite a bit of history behind this word which is interesting in its own right. The troll... Continue Reading →