Gross Domestic Income GDI Suggests the US Is In Recession Right Now (While Uniparty Agrees In Principle To Avoid Debt Default)

Well, Biden and McCarthy have agreed in principle to a budget revision, raise the debt ceiling and avoid a US debt default. The Uniparty strikes again! No restraint of reckless Federal spending t speak of . The big donor class wins and middle class Americans lose.

Mike Shedlock (aka, Mish) makes a good point: the US is already in recession if we look at GDI (gross domestic income) rather than GDP (gross domestic product). The US has already declined two consecutive quarters in terms of negative GDI growth.

Mish’s chart:

The Uniparty heads.

Hand To Mouth! 70% Of Americans Are Financially Stressed, 55% Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck As Credit Card Debt Soars And Personal Savings Dwindle As Fed Tightens (GOLD Rises Above $2,000)

Hand to mouth should be Biden’s Presidential re-election theme song.

70% Of Americans Are Financially Stressed, 58% Live Paycheck-To-Paycheck because America is living off their credit cards living a life they can’t actually afford as credit card debt keeps hitting record highs approaching $1 TRILLION!

Of course, what is really troubling is that credit card useage is soaring as The Fed hikes interest rates to combat inflation … caused by Janet Yellen and The Fed keeping rates near zero for too long under Obama. Then we have Biden fighting fossil fuels and Congress spending like drunken sailors in port. All together? Consumers turn to credit cards to cope and their personal savings are dwindling.

How to protect yourself against out-of-control Fed money printing? Gold is up over $2,000.

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen didn’t try too hard to avoid asset bubbles or slow Obama’s economy. But as a result of her horrible monetary policies, The Fed is keeping on pushng rates up. And America is suffering for it.

Fed Tightening Pushed Fed Funds Target Rate Above MBS Yields For First Time In History (Biden Administration Ready To Unleash A $27 Billion Green Slush Fund)

The most recent tightening by the Federal Reserve has pushed the federal funds target rate above mortgage-backed securities yields for the first time in history. Though this poses clear challenges of carry for MBS holders, selective investments in specified pool and collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) could provide incremental returns.

While Biden brags (redundant) about lowering inflation (that his energy policies and massive Federal spending caused), apparently he never learns. Now we learn from Mish that the Biden Administration is ready to unleash a $27 billion green slush fund on the US middle class.

Inflation started under Biden, but the massive expansion in money supply (M2) begin with Covid in 2020.

Once this latest spending splurge kicks in, we will see rising inflation again. After all, Biden and Congress have gotten the taste for massive spending bills (like vampires) and spending likely won’t slow down.

Inflation: The Little People Tax (Food UP 10.91% YoY, Home Prices Up 20% YoY, Fed’s Reverse Repos Remains Over $2 TRILLION)

Only in today’s Kafkaesque (having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality) Federal government would Biden, Schumer and Pelosi cheer about passing a bill hilariously called “The Inflation Reduction Act” that not only will NOT reduce inflation, but also raises taxes on most Americans.

In terms of the inflation tax on the middle class and low-wage workers, we see that FOOD inflation was 10.91% YoY in July and the BLS’s low-ball estimate of “rent” at 5.76% YoY. Odd, since home price growth is 19.75% YoY.

The Fed’s monstrous balance sheet is still near $9 TRILLION (over stimulus) and The Fed’s Overnight Repo Facility remains near $2 TRILLION.

Industrial electricity costs (to be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices) is up 24.4% YoY. Residential electricity cost is up “only” 7.4% YoY. (Source: Mish GEA)

I loved the Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema photo-op at the drought-plagued Lake Mead, where she bragged about $4 billion for drought mitigation. I really do hope that it works, but I fear that it will like Obama’s spending on green energy debacle like Solyndra. That is, billions spent and nothing improves.

Here is a painting of me standing at the Social Security office.

Alarm! Fed’s Bullard Says US Recession Fears Overblown With Consumers Healthy (My Response In One Chart: REAL Average Wage Growth At -3.34% YoY, Real GDP Growth At … 0%)


No problemo, says James “Bully” Bullard, President of the St Louis Federal Reserve. Bullard said that US recession fears are overblown with consumers “healthy.”

Really Jim?

Inflation is so bad they REAL average hourly earnings growth keeps falling and is now -3.34% YoY.

Apparently, real GDP growth of ZERO doesn’t bother Bullard either.

Apparently, we are still Under The Thumb of The Federal Reserve.

US Workers Made Only 8 Cents More Per Hour, Inflation-Adjusted, Than In January 1973 (While Real Home Prices Soar)

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released their Real Earnings Report for August yesterday. And is it pretty depressing for US workers.

  • Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.4 percent from July to August, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from an increase of 0.6 percent in average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.3 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). 
  • Real average weekly earnings increased 0.3 percent over the month due to the change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek.  

If we look at REAL US housing prices versus REAL average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees, we can see waves of imbalance between the two measures (also known as “bubbles”). Such as today.

But the real horror chart is the following (courtesy of Mish). It shows that real hourly earnings have barely changed since January 1973.

Of course, labor outsourcing to lower labor cost countries is the chief culprit. Karsten Manufacturing, maker of Ping golf clubs, no longer makes their castings in Phoenix AZ thanks, in part, to EPA regulations. Ping clubheads are now made in Asia.