Tag: Economy

  • Retail sales at U.S. stores declined 0.6% in November WITHOUT adjusting for inflation

    Retail sales at U.S. stores declined 0.6% in November WITHOUT adjusting for inflation

    In October retail sales in the U.S. rose 1.3% and in November sales declined by 0.6%. Neither measure is adjusted for inflation which is over 7% for each month. Let’s forget for the moment inflation is no longer calculated to include the things you need to survive, like food and gasoline. October and November are […]

  • Shortage of everything except bad government policies

    Shortage of everything except bad government policies

    You’ve most likely heard we have a shortage of baby formula, nurses, teachers, and such. But did you know there is a shortage of accountants, Amoxicillin, diesel fuel, natural gas, jet fuel, Adderall, veterinarians, Thanksgiving turkeys, and bus drivers? Go to Google News, search “shortage”, and scroll through the ugly truth. Who would’ve thought shutting […]

  • I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m just a productive today as I was 2 years ago

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m just a productive today as I was 2 years ago

    A story in the Washington Post reports a severe drop in productivity in 2022. They wonder why while talking about remote work and flexible schedules. It’s not rocket science. People aren’t being productive because they don’t have to show up to work. In the immortal words of Red Foreman, “If it wasn’t work they wouldn’t […]

  • U.S. and California Economy is so great people are going to Mexico for lower prices

    U.S. and California Economy is so great people are going to Mexico for lower prices

    I wonder what kind of ad Gavin Newsom will run in Mexico telling Mexicans to shop in California? I guess living in a border town has its advantages as long as you can avoid the rampant crime and threats from cartels. Might be worth it for the great street tacos at low low prices.

  • My personal inflation rate is 33.52%

    My personal inflation rate is 33.52%

    The Wall Street Journal put together a handy little personal inflation estimator. You check off the boxes of the things you normally consume and they pop out an inflation number. If I was a more normal person that consumed more processed food, pop, beer & wine, and less meat I wouldn’t be feeling the pinch […]

  • Price of July 4th BBQ in 2022 up almost 21%

    Price of July 4th BBQ in 2022 up almost 21%

    Remember when good ole Joe told us we were saving $0.16 on our July 4th BBQ in 2021? In case you don’t remember here’s the tweet. So, what is the story for 2022? According to a story in Marketwatch the price of your BBQ this year is up almost 21%! A new study from the Political […]