20. February 2015 · Comments Off on Government Spending · Categories: Economics, Politics · Tags: ,

This chart shows government spending from 2000 – 2015.  As far as I can tell, there are no tricks, no hidden or partial contexts, no percentage of GDP… Just straight up spending measured here in billions of U.S. dollars.

source: tradingeconomics.com

As you can see, there is a huge peak in 2010. This peak was in the headlines almost constantly and when it wasn’t you could still hear the hum of angry citizens fuming about government spending. Well, I just wanted to share this… Government spending appears to have been decreasing since then.

06. April 2004 · Comments Off on Wal-Mart Rides the Decline · Categories: Economics, Social/Culture · Tags: , ,

So now Wal-Mart is trying to push into Inglewood, CA while bypassing the cities zoning, traffic and environmental reviews.
Story

I keep hearing about Wal-Mart shoving their stores up everyone’s ass whether they want it or not. My in-laws who are mostly in the grocery business are boycotting Wal-Mart, but the Wal-Mart in our neighborhood is always packed. I think Wal-Mart knows that once they are in the neighborhood, shoppers come for the low prices anyway. It’s sad. I think Wal-Mart could be owned by Osama bin Laden and shoppers would still be pouring into the stores for the low prices. The bottom line is simple – when it comes to the daily grind of making ends meet, Wal-Mart presents a better option, because they have the lowest prices. It’s basic household economics.

Wal-Mart seems to be in the business of downgrading Americans by using their massive size to crush local neighborhood resitance, local business and lowering wages then offering the only prices that these broken people can afford. It’s such an old trick, break something then act like a hero by offering compensation. Like the gangsters that walk into a restaurant and offer “protection”. Low prices are nice but are they worth the degradation of the American working-class? And the $190 million that Wal-Mart offered to charity last year maybe a nice gesture but is it even close to what Wal-Mart has taken away from people over the same course of time?

Well anyway, Wal-Mart is on my shit list. Here’s a pretty good web site dedicated to monitoring the abundance of evil deeds committed by Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart Watch