Are we living in a bad economy?

People often ask: If we live in a time with a bad economy, why don’t we see it?

Here’s the thing: We could see it, only if we wanted to. Mainstream medias tends to soften the information on the current state of the economy (whether local or global), and most of the time do not even broadcast news from Europe, for example. The stock market in the US is manipulated, mainly by the President’s Workig Group on the Financial Markets (better known by most as the Plunge protection team). One of the main purposes of this “Working Group” is: “enhancing … the competitiveness of our Nations’s financial markets and maintaining investor confidence” (Executive Order 12631, March 18, 1988). Guess what: If the economy was working as it should, and thing were as good as everyone claims they are, there would be no need to maintain investor’s confidence, or to enhance the competitiveness of the stock market!

But if we stick to the facts, we could catch something that will resemble the true picture of the situation out there. The following are few criteria we could look at.

Are food prices going up? Yes, a lot. Nobody can deny it. Try to convince me that the current inflation is only 4 percent when I have sen food prices in my area go up 30 to 40 percent only for the last 18 months!

Meanwhile, amazingly, the quantities of products started to decrease. Do not take my word for it. Compare any cereal box from this year, 2016, to the same kind and same brand from 2014. Or any other food product package or bag size.

Unemployment is highly underestimated, reports for new jobs are inaccurate or manipulated (e.g., part-time jobs being counted the same as full-time jobs). You simply can’t compare new part-time, minimum wage jobs, to the well-payed, full-time jobs, with benefits. Finding a new, and especially well-payed, secure job, now is a mission impossible. Often people looking for work see the same offers on the job market, reappearing on a regular basis, once every 2-3 months or so. Other job offers are just being published over and over again, and it seems that, no matter how many apply, no one gets hired…

At the same time, we hear more and more about big companies laying off people, and it is like everybody is concerned only about himself. Hoping he won’t be the next one send out the door with a box full of his personal objects in his hands.

Is that enough? Is that we live for? Is that what we want for our children? Or there is something we need to relearn and change in our way of life? Please share your thoughts and personal experiences!

Stay tuned – it is starting right here!

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