Gas prices set to soar again in ‘total disaster’ for President
White House says ‘it’s clear’ Saudi-led OPEC is ‘aligning’ with Putin after it ignored Biden’s pleas and cut oil production by TWO MILLION barrels a day
Meanwhile American drivers could face another increase in gas prices in what could end up being a massive setback for the Biden administration…. (Continue to full article)
US mortgage rates rise for the SEVENTH week to 6.75% – the highest in 16 years – resulting in slump of more than 14% in applications to buy or refinance homes
Over the past seven weeks, mortgage rates have soared by 1.3 percentage points, the largest surge since 2003 and hitting rates not seen since 2006.
It comes as the Federal Reserve continues hiking up interest rates to combat rampant inflation, with the central bank bumping rates up four times this year, with a near 0 percent rate in February now at 3.25 percent.
‘The steep increase in rates continued to halt refinance activity and is also impacting purchase applications, which have fallen 37 percent behind last year’s pace’… (Continue to full article)
Death of the American dream: More than half of young voters say they will have a WORSE standard of living than their parents — and economists warn inflation is set to soar even higher
Utility bills are piling up for millions of Americans, more than half say life is getting tougher and many economists agree that inflation — already running at near 40-year highs — has yet to peak, grim surveys show ahead of the midterm elections.
Americans have for months been focused on the runaway inflation that sent gas prices above $6 per gallon and pushed pantry staples like eggs rocketing up by 40 percent in the year to August.
A glut of surveys released this week show how millions of families are now struggling financially, being unable to pay their rent, credit card and utility bills and increasingly gloomy about their future prospects… (Continue to full article)
Since the inception of Federal Observer in July of 2001, and what eventually became Kettle Moraine Precious Metals (NOW Sierra Madre Precious Metals) some years later – this world has changed – and not for the better. This nation has changed – not for the better. The people of the united States have changed – also – not for the better. What? You actually thought that Hillary not being allowed access to the Oval Office was cause for celebration? Well, yeah – in and of itself – it was – BUT we are living in even greater daily turmoil today that at any time that I can remember in my seven-plus decades of life. And hey – what about the Sniffy Scarecrow-In-Chief – the guy without a brain? Continue reading →
NOTICE:Due to upcoming minor surgery of TWO-Wednesday’s ago – which was a total phuock up – and made worse by Azzen-holens on three different visits to the ER’s – this WAS our last post for the week. We sure didn’t make it back for “next Monday” – heck – it’s already another Next Monday….
Well – See what I said below? You weren’t listening folks – were ya?
OH – you really think that things are going to change for the better while I was gone? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! See ya soon.~ J. Bennett
It’s terrible what happened to Trump and it has set a precedent. Mike Lindell was stopped at a Hardees last week by the FBI and had his cell phone confiscated, ham-stringing his business. They are coming after us if November is stolen again.
I wanted to point out the hypocrisy of Amtrak being a “.com”. They got $300 billion in additional funding from the federal government for “improvements.” If these were a truly government controlled agency, they should have the web address ending in “.gov”. There’s something fishy about Amtrak that we are not being told. Continue reading →
Joe Biden’s deal to stave off ‘crippling’ rail strikes could fall apart within DAYS as workers seek concrete agreement on sick leave and days off (despite getting a 24% pay rise and back pay)
The ‘tentative’ deal struck Thursday meets the needs of only two of the nation’s twelve union groups. If just one of those groups votes to reject the deal, the agreement would collapse and strikes could begin… (Continue to full article)
One year on, El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment has proven a spectacular failure
President Nayib Bukele, a cryptocurrency enthusiast, promoted the initiative as one that would deliver multiple economic benefits.
Making Bitcoin legal tender, he said, would attract foreign investment, generate jobs and help “push humanity at least a tiny bit into the right direction”.
Now, a year on, there’s more than enough evidence to conclude Bukele – who has also called himself “the world’s coolest dictator” in response to criticisms of his creeping authoritarianism – had no idea what he was doing. This bold financial experiment has proven to be an almost complete failure… (Continue to full article)
Food prices are still soaring — here’s what’s getting more expensive
Food costs spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Americans browsing the supermarket aisle will notice most food items are far more expensive than they were a year ago. Egg prices soared 39.8%, while flour got 23.3% more expensive. Milk rose 17% and the price of bread jumped 16.2%.
Meat and poultry also grew costlier. Chicken prices jumped 16.6%, while meats rose 6.7% and pork increased 6.8%. Fruits and vegetables together are up 9.4%… (Continue to full article)
Social Security recipients could receive 8.7% COLA bump in 2023 as inflation soars
The roughly 70 million people – retirees, disabled people and others – who rely on Social Security could receive an 8.7% cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, next year, according to an estimate by Mary Johnson, a policy analyst for the Senior Citizen League, an advocacy group.
That would be the largest increase since 1982. For the average retiree who got a monthly check of $1,656 this year, the bump would mean an additional $144.10 a month in 2023, boosting the typical payment to $1,800, Johnson estimates.
FedEx shares sink after company cites weakening global demand
Shares of FedEx closed down more than 21% Friday after the company posted bleak preliminary earnings, citing weakening demand in global shipment volumes.
The shipping giant late Thursday also withdrew its full-year guidance and announced significant cost-cutting measures. The drop in its share price wiped around $11 billion off the company’s market capitalization.
As part of its cost-cutting moves, FedEx said it will close 90 office locations and five corporate office facilities, defer hiring efforts, reduce flights and cancel projects… (Continue to full article)
Too Mutz Blues? ~ NEVAH!
‘It’s belt-tightening time’ — How to save as food inflation jumps more than 11% in a year
Going to the grocery store isn’t getting any cheaper.
Rising food costs helped push inflation higher again last month, despite a drop in gas prices. The food index alone rose 11.4% over the past year, according to the latest consumer price index figures — marking the biggest 12-month jump since May 1979
…and you really think that the Social SUCK-urity increase is going to cover the continued increase in food costs???… (Continue to full article)
‘I expect a tsunami of shutoffs’: 20M American households now can’t afford to pay their utility bills on time
The U.S. consumer price index rose 8.5% in July from a year ago — down from a 40-year high of 9.1% in June. But hot inflation continues to hit consumers hard.
According to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, roughly 20 million households in the U.S. — one out of six homes — are behind on their utility bills.
The Fed will ‘inflate away’ U.S. federal debt; ‘real inflation’ is in the double-digits technology climbs the curve governments will become road kill
Despite Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s hawkish remarks at the recent Cato Institute Monetary Conference, the Federal Reserve will be forced to pivot and reduce rates, according to Matthew Piepenburg, Commercial Director at Matterhorn Asset Management. This is largely due to the U.S. government’s excessive public debt.
“We have a 125 percent debt-to-GDP [level], and over $30 trillion in public debt,” he said. “The U.S. government’s bar tab can’t afford rising rates… I don’t see a scenario where we can pay for [it].
The only reason they’re raising rates today is not to fight inflation. It’s so they’ll have some [reason] to cut [rates] when the real recession becomes an official recession… (Continue to full article)
The Biden administration is moving one step closer to developing a central bank digital currency, known as the digital dollar, saying it would help reinforce the U.S. role as a leader in the world financial system.
The White House said on Friday that after President Joe Biden issued an executive order in March calling on a variety of agencies to look at ways to regulate digital assets, the agencies came up with nine reports, covering cryptocurrency impacts on financial markets, the environment, innovation and other elements of the economic system. Continue reading →
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