Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Infographic: America's PhDs On Food Stamps

Seth Mason Charleston SC blog 35
College, with its skyrocketing tuition costs and high degree inflation, has become a questionable investment in this high-unemployment/low-wage economy. Even doctorate programs have lost their luster. From OnlineColleges.net:

Infographic: America's PhDs On Food Stamps - infographic

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Definitive Inflation Chart

Seth Mason Charleston SC blog 36There are several takeaways from this chart: 1) Inflation was essentially non-existent until the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. 2) War, which requires massive government spending, promotes inflation. 3) Inflation has skyrocketed since Nixon took us off the gold standard in 1971, which gave the Fed a carte blanche to print. 4) Bernanke's concern about deflation is unfounded. See that tiny break in the inflation trendline above the "Great Recession arrow"? That's the deflation he's concerned about.
The Definitive Inflation Chart - historical CPI chart

Just for giggles, let's compare that last chart with a chart of the national debt:

The Definitive Inflation Chart - national debt chart

Is it clear enough that the Fed enables deficit spending?

Seth Mason, Charleston SC