How's That Change Working Out For You?

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  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    <TABLE style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" class=ecxMsoNormalTable border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0><TBODY><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">
    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">January 2009

    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">TODAY

    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    % chg
    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">
    <SUP>Source</SUP>
    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Avg. retail price/gallon gas in U.S.

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$1.83

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$3.104

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    69.6%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>1</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$43.48

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$99.02

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    127.7%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$38.74

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$91.38

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    135.9%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Gold: London (per troy oz.)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$853.25

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$1,369.50

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    60.5%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$3.56

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$6.33

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    78.1%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$9.66

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$13.75

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    42.3%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. fob

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$13.37

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>$35.39

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    164.7%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">7.6%

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">9.4%

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    23.7%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>3</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Unemployment rate, blacks

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>12.6%

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>15.8%

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    25.4%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>3</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Number of unemployed

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">11,616,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">14,485,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    24.7%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>3</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Number of fed. employees, ex. military (curr = 12/10 prelim)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>2,779,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>2,840,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    2.2%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>3</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Real median household income (2008 v 2009)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$50,112

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$49,777

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    -0.7%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>4</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>31,983,716

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>43,200,878

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    35.1%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>5</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">7,526,598

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">9,193,838

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    22.2%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>6</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Number of long-term unemployed

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>2,600,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>6,400,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    146.2%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>3</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">13.2%

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">14.3%

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    8.3%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>4</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>39,800,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>43,600,000

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    9.5%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>4</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">U.S. rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">5

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">9

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    n/a
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>10</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>29.9

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>23.5

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    -21.4%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>11</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">140

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">164

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    17.1%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>12</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>U.S. dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>89.76

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>82.03

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    -8.6%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>2</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">U.S. money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">1,575.1

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in">1,865.7

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    18.4%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>13</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>U.S. money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>8,310.9

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2>8,852.3

    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    6.5%
    </TD><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #efd3d2; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#efd3d2><SUP>13</SUP>

    </TD></TR><TR style="MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in"><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">National debt, in trillions

    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$10.627

    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in">$14.052

    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #b8cce4; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in" bgColor=#b8cce4>
    32.2%
    </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MIN-HEIGHT: 0.3in; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in"><SUP>14</SUP>

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as
    fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history.

    Over 27 times as fast!

    Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left
    lane 27 times faster . . . it would be doing 1,755 MPH!



    THIS IS A DISASTER IN PROGRESS !



    Sources:

    (1) U.S. Energy Information Administration;
    (2) Wall Street Journal;
    (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics;
    (4) Census Bureau;
    (5) USDA;
    (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor;
    (7) FHFA;
    (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller;
    (9) RealtyTrac;
    (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ;
    (11) The Conference Board;
    (12) FDIC;
    (13) Federal Reserve;
    (14) U.S. Treasury
     
  2. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    Extreme economic depressions are brought on by margin collapses.
    Stages as I see them.

    1. Companies can only cut back so much, so they trim the edges. Projects that are costly.. gone. (stage complete)
    2. cut or freeze pay, raises, bonuses, freezes in hiring(stage complete).
    3. use cheaper materials or some combination of smaller amounts of product, lesser quality at the same or slightly higher price (stage complete)
    4. Trim workforce (still in progress)
    5. eat the margin (in progress right now)

    We are at the last stage before we are totally and completely ****ed. This is my opinion and mine alone. Once margins are gone, there is no profit. There will be no investments made into a company that cannot generate revenue. The company dies, people get laid off and **** "gets real", REAL quick for a whole ass load of people.
     
  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Every day, more of our clients at the shore base are going under. Three companies that we deal with, closed their doors last week. I have an average of 10 skilled people or more per day calling or dropping by to see if we have any work for them.
     
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Now that's CHANGE I really do believe in!
     
  5. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    With the work I am doing in NYC, one would never know there was a recessadepression. Every restaurant has a waiting list and people with money are buying properties there in a bidding war. Every other week when I leave, I shake my head and wonder when this debt-bubbled market is going to reimplode. Outside of NYC, I am not seeing things get better, but staying the same for now or getting a bit worse.
     
  6. CANDY fISHER

    CANDY fISHER Monkey+

    I see New yorkers all the time over spend like its going out of style. they are so asleep , living beyond there means, wining and dinning. UGH I hate to think of NYC when crap hits the fan!
    thats where I have some friends, they tell me Im nuts, and the one says " my husband works for a food distributor and so I never have to worry about food.there spending all there tax money at WDW seeing mickey. Hope that keeps them full and satisfied LOL
     
  7. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    Let it fall, let's get this nightmare over with.
     
  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

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  9. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    Damn skippy.
     
  10. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Remember, remember on 2nd of November,
    The economic downfall and rot,
    I see of no reason
    To forgive this treason
    And never let it be forgot.
     
  11. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    release the dogs of war
     
  12. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    It is coming.
     
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