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Why Many Americans Feel Like They’re Getting Poorer
Time Magazine ^ | March 5, 2013 | Michael Sivy

Posted on 03/07/2013 2:19:27 PM PST by lbryce

Data released by the Commerce Department last week showed that personal income fell 3.6% in January, the biggest decline in 20 years. The drop was even bigger when taxes and inflation are taken into account. Real personal disposable income fell by 4%, the biggest monthly drop in half a century.

In part, this is a statistical blip. Companies accelerated certain payments – giving year-end bonuses in December rather than January, for example – so that employees could avoid higher taxes going into effect for 2013. But even if that blip is smoothed out, real aftertax income is lower than it was six months ago.

What this means is that the U.S. economy is not merely recovering from the recession more slowly than one might like, but is actually getting worse for many Americans. Despite three-and-a-half years of uninterrupted growth in real GDP and a decline of more than two percentage points in the unemployment rate since 2009, the standard of living is falling for as much as half the population, particularly if you look beyond monthly numbers to longer-term trends.

Commentators assessing a recovery in progress naturally tend to focus on changes from one month or quarter to another. But what really matters is not how the economy compares with where it was in earlier time periods, but how it compares with where it would now be if it were fully utilizing all of its resources. Economists call this level “full capacity,” and it rises over time as the population grows, technology improves and facilities are upgraded.

(Excerpt) Read more at business.time.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama
Why do Americans feel like their getting poorer?

1.Obama Keeps On Spending More Money We Don't Have, All While blaming Republicans for Creating the Sequester-cide?
2.Obama doesn't know enough about anything to get Americans good paying jobs?
3.Taxes are going up, while services are dropping?
4.Obama offers no strategy, ideas to get America going again?
5. Flies around the world on Air Force One at $750,000 per hour, gets nothing done, all while criticizing, bowing and apologizing for America's misdeeds, amoral behavior while bankrupting the country?
6. Sees how the president and his wife live high-on-the-hog while they live like hogs?
7. The president offers nothing of optimism for the future of our country?
8. Lies to the American people about everything and anything while committing all sorts of criminal acts, felonies, blames Republicans for his socialist agenda, hates the Constitution more than he does Netanyahu?
9. His ratings points dropping, global warming getting hotter, creating a huge deficit in carbon trading, gives money to companies that more often than not go out of business?
10.Americans are a bunch of spoiled, bratty whining,cry-babies?

1 posted on 03/07/2013 2:19:28 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Let me guess - BECAUSE THEY ARE!!!


2 posted on 03/07/2013 2:20:02 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: lbryce

Well I for one, know I have damn little to show for the money I spend at the grocery store. There’s one reason I “feel” like I’m getting poorer.


3 posted on 03/07/2013 2:21:06 PM PST by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: lbryce

More than “just a feeling” baby!


4 posted on 03/07/2013 2:22:13 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: lbryce
Higher taxes
Higher Gas Prices
Higher Food Prices
Fewer Jobs
Lower Pay

What would make anyone think they were getting poorer? /sarc

5 posted on 03/07/2013 2:25:54 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: lbryce

Taxes went up for everyone at the beginning of the year and the price of food is rising at a 15 percent annual rate.

The government doesn’t include food in its official inflation stats.


6 posted on 03/07/2013 2:27:22 PM PST by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE MY DREAMS)
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To: lbryce
Why Many Americans Feel Like They’re Getting Poorer

The implication here, of course, is that Americans aren't getting poorer - they just feel like they are. "Who are you going to believe, the Party or your own lying bank account?"
7 posted on 03/07/2013 2:28:36 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: lbryce

8 posted on 03/07/2013 2:30:18 PM PST by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: lbryce

GET OUT OF THE STOCK MARKET, and GET INTO PREPARING.


9 posted on 03/07/2013 2:31:01 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: lbryce

yep, because they are


10 posted on 03/07/2013 2:31:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

“Higher taxes
Higher Gas Prices
Higher Food Prices
Fewer Jobs
Lower Pay
What would make anyone think they were getting poorer? /sarc”

Well, it IS what the TV told the sheeple they wanted to vote for.


11 posted on 03/07/2013 2:36:29 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: lbryce

But, but I was told that the stock market is up! And durable goods and real estate are up! So all is well, right?


12 posted on 03/07/2013 2:42:18 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Nextrush
The government doesn’t include food in its official inflation stats.

Yes it does. Many CPI numbers are calculated. They two main ones which are quoted are the CPI-U for all urban consumers and the CPI-U without food and energy (the core inflation rate). Both of those are calculated and published every month.

Now which one gets more press time depends on what the reporters are choosing to emphasize so they generally pick the lower one when the Democrats are in charge and the higher one when the Republicans are in charge to decrease or increase consumer pain. But both are always published.

13 posted on 03/07/2013 2:43:24 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

14 posted on 03/07/2013 2:43:53 PM PST by Average Al
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To: tcrlaf

What fool would not know this Obama has stolen the life out of the GNP! What these idiots do not look at facts and figures like the Unemployment rate!
The Feds have crippled the American Dream!
Thank you O great one! Go play some more golf!


15 posted on 03/07/2013 2:44:18 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: lbryce


16 posted on 03/07/2013 2:49:13 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Higher taxes
Higher Gas Prices
Higher Food Prices
Fewer Jobs
Lower Pay

What would make anyone think they were getting poorer? /sarc

All true, and yet the media constantly tells us we're in a recovery, the economy is getting better and inflation is at near zero. I turn on the news on my way to work and feel like I'm living in an Orwellian nightmare. Meanwhile Barry and Mooch go from one vacation to another all on our dime , often to separate locations.

17 posted on 03/07/2013 3:31:56 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: lbryce

The Public may feel like they’re getting poorer because they are getting poorer.

Our money is being devalued by the hour,The money we invest is placed in danger no matter where we put it.A bank account,401K,Stocks,Bonds,Even gold.

There is no control over what this government can do so there is No confidence in where you can place your money.


18 posted on 03/07/2013 3:45:35 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Their homelessness and fall from the middle class is all in their imaginations. The Tea Party and NRA are trickin’ ‘em.

Really, they are freer, wealthier and more independent than ever!


19 posted on 03/07/2013 3:48:23 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Have a job, get fewer hours
Higher health insurance premiums
Higher utility rates


20 posted on 03/07/2013 3:48:28 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Nextrush
The government doesn’t include food in its official inflation stats.


21 posted on 03/07/2013 3:52:07 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

This guy in the picture, I see him once in a while, seems not to have much tolerance for important, long standing issues. :-)


22 posted on 03/07/2013 4:24:06 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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I got a cheap-azz 2% raise this year. That does not even cover increases in health insurance premiums, not to mention inflation. I am BACKWARDS from where I was in March 2012.


23 posted on 03/07/2013 4:24:41 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: backwoods-engineer

I always tell people who bitch about their pay raises to go start their own companies. That way, they can give themselves all the raises they want.


24 posted on 03/07/2013 4:28:48 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: lbryce

I nearly fainted when I saw this was from Time Magazine online. Seriously.


25 posted on 03/07/2013 4:37:58 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: lbryce

Important, long standing issues? Such as the government doesn’t include food in its official inflation stats, except when the government includes food in its official inflation stats?


26 posted on 03/07/2013 4:40:07 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: HangnJudge
This is data from a defunct research group plotted by an English prof:

This is BEA data from the Fed's website:

Graph of Real Disposable Personal Income: Per capita

"...Real personal disposable income fell by 4%, the biggest monthly drop in half a century..."

Right after a 4% surge over the previous 2 months.  

27 posted on 03/07/2013 6:05:47 PM PST by expat_panama
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To: ilovesarah2012
My take home is considerably less as my hours were cut back due to downsizing.

Thanks to Obama and his cadre of Czars. But it was a change I expected and believed would happen when the Communists took over the government.

28 posted on 03/07/2013 7:08:55 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: expat_panama

29 posted on 03/07/2013 7:28:35 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge
Excellent graph!

It clears up two misunderstandings in the leftwing Time article, the first being that Obama inherited the problem with incomes from Bush, and the other that somehow that 4% drop was anything other than a return to a general climb. 

Reality is that incomes were fine until the disastrous policies since '09.  Something else is that the drop we just had was simply a conformation that incomes haven't really shown a lot of progress with our glorious "recovery".

30 posted on 03/08/2013 4:14:35 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: American in Israel

My hours have been cut and no overtime and higher taxes, higher food prices, higher gas prices. Yeah, I’m feeling poorer but that’s what Obama wants. And as we have seen for the last four years, Obama gets what Obama wants.


31 posted on 03/08/2013 4:36:58 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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