Friday, April 5, 2013

China . . . Where is Our Money?

American families have been deceived, tricked, swindled, hoodwinked and bamboozled for several decades. The assumption that China owns us is misleading and the facts need to be told. Stop believing the hype that if we were to default that China would own us lock, stock and barrel.

During the early 1900’s China issued bonds to millions of Americans who purchased them because our US Treasury bought in on the deal when they were promised we would be paid on full faith and credit.

Communist China has their hands on $1.4 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, but unlike them, the good old USA has never defaulted on those Treasuries. However, the US Treasury and 315 million Americans whose tax dollars were used to buy those Chinese bonds . . . are owed $750 billion. Over the last sixty years, China has refused to pay any of it. Worldwide, China owes an estimated debt of several trillion dollars as it goes around bragging to all of humanity about its economic growth and influence.

Several of those countries owed have said they would bar China from their financial markets if they were not paid back. Somehow China was able to dig deep into their hidden piggy banks and found the means to repay them.

If the People’s Republic of China were to pay its debt to American citizens and the U.S. Treasury we wouldn’t have had to raise our debt ceiling.

Obama’s first stimulus package was around $700 billion plus which some of it went to Chinese companies, even though billions of unpaid debt remained outstanding.

Our politicians are flirting with the idea of default, while millions of Americans are being asked to reach into their pockets to help pay down a deficit they can’t afford.

Fitch analysts say “the debt ceiling is an ineffective and damaging mechanism for enforcing fiscal discipline. Ineffective because it is not simultaneously decided with budgetary decisions that determine the volume of borrowing by the federal government and damaging because the implied threat of default undermines confidence in the full faith and credit of the US.”

Our current debt ceiling is set around $16.394 trillion, we are now in what we call the “sequester.”
Currently the United States is rated Aaa by Moody’s, while Standard & Poor rates the US at AA+, not exactly a glowing review of our credit.

China in an attempt to embarrass America saw fit to say that the U.S. “should cure its addiction to debts,” . . . it would only seem fair for President Obama to ask the Chinese to help us cure our addiction by paying their debts.

Playing the 'poor me' fiddle to the American Public we are told that we are in debt, we have no money, and yet we are paying interest to a bondholder who won’t pay us the principal on their debt to us . . . . Mr. President, would it be too much of you to make a legislative decision and tell the PRC “it is our money, and we want it now?”

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sad Reality About the Job Market: High School Graduates Need Not Apply

Joe Sinagra
Unfortunately a college education is a necessary reality for many in order to acquire a low wage job.

While Congress and President Obama haggle about giving those in the workforce an extra two dollars per hour, 284,000 Americans with college degrees worked minimum wage jobs last year.

To put it bluntly, 70% more college grads are earning minimum wage than a decade ago. Roughly 284,000 Americans with college degrees worked minimum wage jobs last year.

Lower-wage occupations that grew the most during the recovery include retail salespersons, food preparation workers, laborers and freight workers, waiters and waitresses, personal and home care aides, and office clerks and customer representatives.

You could make the statement of why bother to get an education, but the irony of it is that without one you may not qualify for the minimum wage job. People without an advanced education are getting pushed out of the labor market with 36% of American workers older than 25 and having a high school education or less are losing out on getting hired.

Close to half of the college graduates in today’s market are working in jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree, with 38% of that figure working in a field that doesn’t even require a high school education.

We are still missing nearly 10 million jobs, with job quality rapidly emerging as a side effect to a struggling recovery.

There are way too many over qualified people working in a competitive low skill job market. For every available low wage position there are 10 applicants.

Sure there are new jobs but job creation may not be where the problem lies; the problem is how much are those new jobs willing to pay?

Those working in a lower wage environment will not be contributing much to stimulate any meaningful economic growth as purchasing power will be limited.

Unless there are some huge indicators to indicate significant job growth, the future does not bode well for either those with an education and worse for those without one.

Will this become the norm for the job souk of the future?

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Joseph Sinagra (born December 20, 1946 in New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an American Republican Party politician, who was a 2006 congressional candidate for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's 12th congressional district.  He has owned several small businesses, and is employed as Facilities Manager for Miele Corporate Headquarters located in Princeton, New Jersey and is former CEO of My Plumber Inc. Sinagra held a seat on the Helmetta Planning Board, was Emergency Management Coordinator, and a Helmetta Councilman from 1989 to 1998 (serving three terms on several committees), also as Council President for seven years. Returning in 1999 to fill in for a one year vacated seat (picked by majority Democratic Council). Sinagra has also served as Chairman of the Helmetta Republican Party, presently the Vice-Chair, and was the Republican nominee for Middlesex County Clerk challenging incumbent Democrat Elaine Flynn in 2005. Sinagra was a candidate for District 18 of the New Jersey General Assembly.