Friday, September 02, 2011

Ending the gridlock: Market comments for Sept. 2nd

It looks like a very bad day for the markets worldwide. The August Unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.1%, but the US Non-Farm Payroll number came in at 0 (zero). That was the lowest number seen since 1945. Also troubling was a decrease in Hourly earnings for workers from +0.5% in July to -0.1% for August.

The issue we have in our economy is that there is no demand for Goods and Services. Therefore the Unemployment rate has no hope of recovering until there is more demand. Cost cutting does not increase demand. Debt reduction does not create demand. Giving more money to banks does not create demand. Giving incentives to business to hire will not necessarily create demand. Decreasing taxes for the wealthiest Americans doesn't create demand.

What creates demand? Why haven't the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans created demand, as many have argued it would? It's real simple, people who are wealthy already have pretty much what they want and desire, so there is no need. Middle Class Americans and the poor have many needs and the more disposable income they have, the more their needs would be satisfied by purchasing goods and services. We have more of a political problem right now because the Republicans and Democrats are at a logger jam and it seems the Republicans are saying no to any compromises.

How do we get them to work together for the good of the country? They seem to only be interested in serving there Corporate donors, who donate to their political campaigns and own these folks lock, stock and barrel! There doesn't appear to be any way to get them to come to agreements for the common good. But I believe the reason for this is that they are complacent to the plight of average Americans and until they have skin in the game, they won't work together. "The real question we should be asking is, "How do we get them to get skin in the game?" I have an idea that I think would work and I want you to think about this seriously for a minute.

What if there were a sudden significant drop in the Dow, say 1000 points in a day, followed by a second day of another 750 points? Do you think it would get their attention? I can tell you this, it would get the attention of the wealthiest Americans who own most of the stock anyway. They would be demanding action, just like when the banks collapsed. It would get the President to sit with Congressional leaders and get them to take some actions for the good of the country. We need a real crisis that gets us to all come together.

This could be created by all of us selling some of our stocks and as it builds up steam others would add more in panic selling. This could do it. The Fed has tried to protect the market when it should have allowed the market to fall as it should and by now these problems would have been addressed. Instead, our problems are still ahead of us. I really believe this will happen anyway down the line, but we could help it along by selling stocks en masse. Anyone can help this along by selling their stocks, either today or early next week, especially just before the President speaks on Thursday night. Remember, if you sell your stocks, you can eventually buy them back cheaper if what I am saying will happen does happen. You can help your country right now. And tell your friends to do the same! ACT in honor of Labor Day!!

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