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  • Back When I was a Boy

    12/15/2016 11:23:12 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/16 | Dr. Robert Owens
    When we see our grandchildren crying because they think someone might have looked at them crossways we wonder about the fate of the Republic. I think one of the hardest things about growing old is that you can remember what a pound of hamburger cost fifty years ago ($.45), so when the government assures us over and over there is no inflation we sort of get a disconnect going that seeps into many different areas of our lives. Wise men say that History repeats itself. Those who have studied the facts and lived long enough to get a seasoned perspective...
  • The California Primary: Millennials' Last Fling

    06/06/2016 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jeffrey Folks
    Millennials, who first arrived in 1980, are the largest generational group in American history. As such, they tend to have a deep-seated, some would say exaggerated, sense of their own importance. Now that the last of the millennials, those born in the late 1990s, have reached voting age, the millennial generation is exerting ever greater influence on presidential politics. The campaign of Bernie Sanders, one of the most radical leftists ever to run for the presidency, is almost their exclusive preserve. Sanders's platform is well targeted to the idealism of most millennials. It offers free universal health care ("Medicare for...
  • Here's How much money it takes to live comfortably in the 50 biggest US cities

    04/19/2016 12:47:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/19/2016 | Elyssa Kirkham, GOBankingRates
    Unless you're tracking expenses carefully, it can be hard to tell whether your city's cost of living or your own spending habits are the cause of your financial troubles. Using the 50-30-20 budgeting rule, for example — in which 50 percent of income covers necessities, 30 percent is for discretionary items and 20 percent is saved — you can quickly determine whether your income is sufficient to cover expenses for living in your city. If it isn't, you might have to cut costs or maybe even move. GoBankingRates conducted a cost-of-living comparison of the 75 most populous U.S. cities, surveying...
  • The absolute worst advice we give to Americans struggling to pay rent

    07/30/2015 1:38:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | July 22, 2015 | Hanna Brooks Olsen
    In urban centers around the country, rental prices are soaring. Cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City routinely report double-digit increases that make it nearly impossible for residents to make ends meet. But it’s not just dwellers of those metropolitan areas who are having a hard time paying the rent. According to a report out this week from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, more than half of renters in America are considered to be financially burdened by their rent, meaning that they spend more than 30 percent of their income just on where they live. High...
  • California's Affordability Crisis May Be a Voter Issue

    06/18/2015 6:22:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/18/2015 | Carson Bruno
    In the recently released May 2015 Golden State Poll, just 14 percent of Californian adults living in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California think one of the three state-level affordable housing policies tested would do the most to reduce the cost of purchasing a home. It is clear that while Californians do recognize the breadth of the affordability problem - 69 percent describe their area's housing market as expensive for the house you get - they necessarily don't feel the need to pressure their state leaders to do much. This, unfortunately, means Sacramento is unlikely to take the...
  • Low Oil Prices: A $660 Billion Stimulus Package

    10/17/2014 3:01:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Matthew Zeitlin
    Crude prices have plunged by more than 20% in recent months. The fall means cheaper gas, cheaper flights, and generally good news for American consumers. Oil prices have been falling for months, and the slide could easily continue. With unprecedented instability in the Middle East, how could this be happening? The answer, according to analysts who follow the market, is a little bit of everything, from economic fundamentals in big oil consuming countries to growth in output among some oil producers. But much more clear is the effect of tumbling prices: Low oil prices are the equivalent of a massive...
  • Here's The Salary You Have To Earn To Buy A Home In These 13 Major US Cities

    09/03/2014 7:18:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/03/2014 | Libby Kane
    In May, we reported on the salary needed to buy a home in 12 major U.S. cities, based on first-quarter data analyzed by mortgage website HSH.com. The site has updated its data according to 2014 second-quarter numbers, which we've listed here (with the addition of Washington, D.C.).Spoiler alert: It's only gotten more expensive.The site looked at median home prices from the National Association of Realtors, along with interest rates for common 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages and property taxes and insurance costs, to figure out how much money it would take to pay a median-priced home's mortgage principal, taxes, and insurance — and how...
  • DWP To Explore Pricing Tiers Based On Residents’ Water Usage

    09/02/2014 3:05:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 2, 2014 8:41 AM | Jon Baird
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Would adding a more complex pricing structure at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) encourage customers to cut back on their water usage? KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports a recent UCLA study found that while some residents have stepped up conservation efforts, others have leveled off as the statewide drought continues to worsen. Last month, City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Mike Bonin introduced a motion (PDF) to have the DWP explore a number of conservation policy changes, including “an increasing block rate structure for DWP customers with more than two tiers, in which...
  • If Britain were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest, behind Alabama and before Mississippi

    08/27/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    If Britain were to join the United States, it would be the second-poorest state, behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi. The ranking, determined by Fraser Nelson, an editor of The Spectator magazine, was made by dividing the gross domestic product of each state by its population, and it took into account purchasing power parity for cost of living. Several other European countries were also included in the ranking.
  • What's the Price of Happiness in Your State? (With Chart)

    07/21/2014 12:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 21, 2014 | Eric Reed
    The price of happiness depends a lot on where you live, according to a new report by the investment group Advisor Perspectives. The analysis is based on the now-famous work by Princeton researchers Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that higher incomes only make people happier to a point. Up to about $75,000 per year, the more a household earns, the happier people are. After that benchmark, however, additional income "buys life satisfaction but not happiness." The team separated these two issues by distinguishing fun from happiness. More money still leads people to have more life experiences and greater...
  • 9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year

    04/03/2014 2:55:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/03/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year. When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes. And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening. Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month? Of course not. In the old days, a single income would enable a...
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics--Consumer Price Index Summary

    01/16/2014 6:50:17 AM PST · by House Atreides · 6 replies
    Bureau of Labor Statistics ^ | January 16, 2014 | Bureau of Labor Statistics
    "...Expenditure Weight Update Effective with the release of the January 2014 CPI on February 20, 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will update the consumption expenditure weights in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to the 2011-12 period. The updated expenditure weights for these indexes will replace the 2009-2010 weights that were introduced effective with the January 2012 CPI release...."
  • Survey: US gas prices up 8 cents per gallon

    01/12/2014 5:57:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2014 4:47 PM EST
    Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline is up 8 cents a gallon over the past three weeks. According to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday, the average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.35. Midgrade averages $3.54, and premium is $3.68. …
  • Americans keep moving to states with low taxes and housing costs

    10/31/2013 12:03:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 30, 2013 | MICHAEL BARONE
    Critics charge that Texas’s growth depends on the oil and gas industries and is weighted toward low-wage jobs. But in fact, Texas’s low-tax, light-regulation policies have produced a highly diversified economy that from 2002 to 2011 created nearly one-third of the nation’s highest-paying jobs. In those years, its number of upper- and middle-income jobs grew 24 percent.Where are Americans moving, and why? Timothy Noah, writing in the Washington Monthly, professes to be puzzled. He points out that people have been moving out of states with high per capita incomes -- Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland -- to states with lower...
  • 'I was expressing my frustration with the high cost of living in New York'..

    08/07/2013 2:42:52 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | PUBLISHED: 10:54 EST, 7 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:26 EST, 7 August 2013 | By Margot Peppers
    'I was expressing my frustration with the high cost of living in New York': Top Lacoste salesman is fired after posting his paycheck on Instagram A top salesman at Lacoste's flagship New York store has claimed that he was fired for posting a picture of his paycheck on Instagram. Wade Groom, from Brooklyn, New York, told Gothamist that he was merely 'expressing his frustration' with the expensive cost of living in New York, not with Lacoste in particular, when he shared a zoomed-out image of his pay slip.
  • Driving to work now costs $9,100 a year as insurance and maintenance prices rise

    04/17/2013 12:08:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2013
    Owning a car will cost the average American driver more than $9,100 this year, the AAA has revealed. The automotive club unveiled its annual study of driving costs on Tuesday and found that the average sedan owner will rack of $0.61 for every mile on the road. SUV drivers are in for even more pain in the wallet - $0.77 per mile or $11,600 a year. The AAA estimates include nearly all expenses of taking to the road - from the cost of the car itself to gasoline, tires, insurance and repairs. The data estimates that Americans drive 15,000 miles...
  • Americans Spend $900 More A Year On Gas Under Obama

    02/23/2013 2:18:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 203 | Winton Hall
    Today, Americans are spending $900 more annually on gas than they did in 2009.
  • Rami Levy: Govt. Bigger Monopoly than Business

    10/10/2012 1:33:34 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/10/12
    Speaking to Arutz Sheva, businessman and supermarket chain owner Rami Levy criticized politicians who blame corporations for increases in the cost of living. “I always argue that the public sector is more of a monopoly and more centralized than the private sector,” he said. “The bureaucracy it creates makes the cost of living more expensive by 15-20 percent,” he added. “When it comes to water, electricity, and property taxes...there’s no competition.”
  • Man complains to police of prostitute price hike

    09/01/2012 3:17:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 1, 2012 | AP
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Police in southeast Michigan say a man called to complain that a woman he had agreed to pay for sex unexpectedly increased the price. AnnArbor.com reports (http://bit.ly/Rw4Wcl ) that police were called to an Ann Arbor home late Wednesday on a report of a robbery. Police say the 45-year-old man and a 19-year-old Ohio woman he contacted online had agreed on a price, but that the man claimed she upped the cost after taking his money.
  • The Real Cost of Living: $150,000 Minimum

    05/10/2012 7:52:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | March 7, 2012 | Yuval Rosenberg
    The divide between the 1 percent and the 99 percent has ignited a national debate about the income gap, especially since Occupy Wall Street protesters descended on lower Manhattan last fall. But how much money does it take to feel financially secure these days? The answer, at least according to a new survey of Americans by WSL/Strategic Retail, is $150,000. That level of income is more than three times the national median of $49,445 for 2010, and it’s enough to put a household into the top 10 percent nationally. The survey asked respondents to choose which of four categories best...