The June job report is expected out today. The speculation is that about 3 million jobs were added in June as America began to reopen the economy. However, the the unemployment rate is expected to remain higher than normal. And then, Covid-19 struck again. Many states started to reopen their economies by ending stay-at-home orders… Read More Has Covid Stalled The Economy?
Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend going on. I’ve dubbed it creeping prices. I first noticed it when one of my long-time service providers for my business, Cognent, suddenly doubled their prices for services we were purchasing from them. The price increase came without notice. It just increased from one month… Read More Covid-19 Creeping Prices
Many political observers are scratching their heads as to why Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) wants to meet with Donald Trump as his first government to government meeting outside of México. López Obrador has refused to travel abroad during his presidency insisting on holding virtual meetings as he keeps to his promise of austerity measures.… Read More Understanding the Lopez Obrador Lovefest With Donald Trump
Donald Trump recently further restricted immigration to the United States ostensibly to protect American jobs. Most anti-immigrants argue that immigrants are a drain on the U.S. taxpayers, American resources and add to America’s lowered wages. Trump has waged a war on immigrants and his immigrant bashing is about to cost American jobs. With unemployment rates… Read More Thousands Of Federal Employees To Lose Jobs Over War On Immigrants
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 190!
Unless you live under a rock then you know that Donald Trump does not want immigrants to come to America. Trump has made it almost impossible for any immigrant to come to the country. This is especially true for those who want to Make America Great Again by their hard work. But even with Trump’s… Read More Covid-19 Recovery Requires Immigrants
The headlines read that the office is dead. But are they really? The belief is that virtual/distance delivery of services is the post-Covid-19 reality. It has been a dream for many in the technology sector. Technology would be the vehicle that delivers the services. Instead of brick-and-mortar offices, there would be digital platforms where workers… Read More Even Technology Companies Are Having Trouble Adapting
For some time now I have been arguing that June is the pivot point. I still believe it is. There is no doubt that the way things were before Convid-19 are no longer the same. Many graduates wore medical masks to graduations and the ceremonies were streamed online. The Covid-19 generation – from middle school… Read More Unemployment Continues To Get Worse
Author’s note: This is the first in a new series I am starting on Life after Covid-19 for Small Businesses. As companies begin to slowly reopen in anticipation of getting back to work many new challenges await business owners. The way we used to work is no longer possible. The business climate has changed along… Read More Remote Working Post Covid-19
As many readers likely know, the number of unemployed workers has approached the dismal numbers of the Great Depression. Although many workers believe that their jobs are still waiting for them, the reality is that those jobs are likely not there anymore. Even if the jobs remain, many workers will be shocked to learn that… Read More Post-Covid-19 Job Crisis
As America nears the all-time high unemployment rate of 20% for May, the numerous bankruptcies indicate that unemployment is worse than most believe. Next week the unemployment numbers for May will be released. Many expect the rate to be over 20%. The problem with the unemployment numbers is that they count workers who qualify for… Read More Bankruptcies Make Bodes Worse For Unemployment Numbers
Over the last few weeks I have been producing visuals of the Covid-19 pandemic. The infographics are designed to provide complex information in an easy to digest format. The news media leads with the number of cases and deaths without giving consumers context as to what the number mean. The following are two are my… Read More Visualizing Covid-19 Global Cases and Mortality
There is an ongoing debate on whether mandatory lock downs are hurting the economy, or they are not. Part of those who are advocating for their right to remain open support the idea that Americans are a free people and that government should not interfere with their basic rights. The problem with this thinking is… Read More June is The Pivot Point
How deadly is Covid-19 seems to be on the minds of many. And, for good reason. Although some tend to believe that the disease is unprecedented, there have been six previous pandemics to hit the United States. The first in 1910 and the latest is Covid-19. To make sense of it all it is important… Read More Covid-19 Compared to Previous Pandemics
To fully understand how incompetent the Donald J. Trump administration has been in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic one needs to look at the cold hard numbers of death. The problem is not that the pandemic was unexpected. Every country has had to deal with it. The problem is not the growing numbers of unemployment… Read More The Incompetence of Donald Trump Through The Covid-19 Numbers
As many readers likely know, Donald Trump uses the immigration debacle and immigrants as fodder for his political base. The Trump base hears immigrants are bad and that Trump has closed the borders. The reality is that Donald Trump is relying on immigrants to get the country back on track after the pandemic ends. Most… Read More The Trump Immigration Problem and The American Way of Life
Today, there is an estimated 20.5 million Americans without a job. It is an estimate because the true numbers of unemployed is unknown. About two weeks ago in “The Pending Unemployment Catastrophe” (link) we looked the unemployment rates from the Great Depression onward. Although the unemployment numbers released for April are not the 20%, I… Read More Unemployment Numbers for April 2020
The world is full of shysters always looking for a quick buck to make. The why let a good pandemic go to waste is what is driving today’s shysters. Unless you are literally living under a pile of rocks then you have seen the many videos and ads for masks and quick “remedies” for the… Read More The Plandemic Shysters
Depending on what media outlet you are reading you are likely to get two or more versions of the real story. This has been true for years because biases are part of what is published for public consumption. Take for example remittances from Mexicans working in the United States, both legal and undocumented and the… Read More Mexican Remittances And Covid-19
Yesterday we visualized Covid-19 cases, deaths and unemployment across the nation. We also learned from various news sources that on Friday, we will learn the latest unemployment numbers. Some analysts are bracing for unemployment figures to be 16% or above. If that holds true, the unemployment rate will be close to what it was during… Read More Covid-19 And Unemployment Analysis
There is an ongoing debate about opening the country’s economy. The issue centers around the notion of whether it is safe to get back to work. In the discussion there is also the issue about the rising unemployment numbers. Although the actual unemployment numbers are yet to be collected, anecdotally they seem to be as… Read More Visualizing the Correlation of Covid-19 and Unemployment
America, the world and all of us have been through and are living an unprecedented global crisis. Not only has our social reality changed, but our psyche and our livelihoods are experiencing some drastic reality checks. Not since the Great Depression has the future looked so bleak. The fundamental reality we must all embrace is… Read More Tomorrow Is The Day!
As America starts to prepare for the reopening of the economy there is a serious problem awaiting everyone. Officially America’s unemployment rate hovers around 4.4%. That is the official government number before the pandemic killed the economy. Anecdotally, the unemployment rate is at, or above 20%. We will not know for sure for some time,… Read More The Pending Unemployment Catastrophe
There are countless stories floating around social media today from individuals complaining about not having received their stimulus checks. In addition to the general confusion over who is or who is not qualified to receive the stimulus payments, there is also the question of lack of information from the IRS. Like everyone else, the IRS… Read More Technology Fiascos And Your Stimulus Check
I apologize that there have been no posts in the last two days. All is well, I have just been terribly busy, believe it or not considering the pandemic. I am not complaining because I have some exciting projects I am working on. One of them is continuing to write about border politics here. But… Read More A Quick Update On What Is Up
Typically, the bureaucracy fails to deliver. I knew this was going to happen because we live in a dog-eat-dog world. I learned a long time ago that when it comes to the government, it is never a good idea to pretend that things will work out. I have tried to bid on government work only… Read More No Government Money For Me
I have never understood the appeal of getting on a cruise ship. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, and as I pilot, I love to fly. I have lived in several countries over the years and many more cities. All have been interesting experiences and I would encourage everyone to get out of… Read More Why Would Anyone Get on a Cruise Ship?
The unprecedented economic shutdown over the last month or so is, hopefully, about to end. The question is, what will it take to recover? Many are hoping and relying on the government to step up and offer help. But the economic chaos is going to take much more than government intervention to recover the economy.… Read More The Back 2 Work Plan
The news media has been on a disruptive curve from the moment news consumers realized that the internet provides instant information. Many news outlets have either evolved, gone out of business or are trying to survive. Pleas for money has become the norm in the news media industry. The internet has disrupted many business models.… Read More News Media Cuts And Pleas For Money
Many Americans decry the exporting of manufacturing jobs to other countries – namely China and México. Their argument being that Americans should have the jobs to make the products people need. Never mind that American labor is much more expensive causing the products to cost more. These same complainers about the state of manufacturing jobs… Read More Riddle Me This About N95 Masks
Almost everyone is under stay-at-home orders and when it will end is still up in the air. Most businesses remain closed. Workers are without jobs and many wonder if there is a job waiting for them. So why is it time to get to work? Easy. Because it is time to prepare for when the… Read More The Time To Get To Work Is Now
Those readers that are surprised by the high unemployment filings reported by the government on last Thursday have clearly not been paying attention. The numbers are the result of workers not working. The obvious culprit is COVID-19. The labor market is collapsing. Make no mistake about that. Goldman Sachs has updated its model and now… Read More The Corona Unemployment Numbers
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 179!
I am a numbers guy. I like to understand issues by analyzing cold facts. The Covid-19 crisis is no different. Unfortunately, during any emergency most people are looking to make a buck. Either by offering hyped up news to bring eyeballs to the news media or hawkers trying to sell masks or dubious remedies for… Read More Covid-19 By The Numbers
Many readers are anticipating the stimulus checks that are expected to begin arriving in bank accounts in the next few weeks. The $1,200 for most taxpayers is welcome relief for the current financial crisis. But it is important to note that the money isn’t free. The stimulus checks are officially a credit for 2020 taxes.… Read More For Most The Stimulus Checks Are Not Free Money
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Mexican Air Force with the help of Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department evacuated 134 Mexican citizens from Cuba. The Coronavirus COVID-19 had stranded the Mexicans in Cuba. The air force flew a Boeing 737-800 to Cuba. In addition to returning the stranded Mexicans, the air force flight also returned 39… Read More Mexican Air Force Evacuates Mexicans From Cuba Due To Coronavirus
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 178!
Typically, the government creates two standards of people, those it deems worthy and those it does not. This is the case in the legal system where those with money can buy themselves out of jail benefits and immigrants who are rounded up while at work while other immigrants who disrobe for magazines qualify for Einstein… Read More All Workers Are Essential Notwithstanding Government Orders
Many taxpayers are excited to know that Congress is on the verge of sending each American taxpayer about $1,000. As of 5:00pm, eastern time yesterday, Congress was still arguing over some details about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. However, it seems that the proposed $1,200 checks for individuals and $2,400 for… Read More Important Questions About The Proposed Stimulus Checks
Donald Trump is singularly focused on the American economy and not the Corona pandemic. The reason is self-preservation. As we have been discussing, America has changed. It is no longer will the American economy change but how much has it changed. The Corona virus has hurt workers and businesses alike. But its silver lining, at… Read More It Is The Economy…