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September 10, 2009 – Comments (14)

You just couldn't stay away could you????

It is now time to unveil 9.09.....MOAP.

For the past eight weeks, The Institute of Alstrynomics has been documenting declining local and state tax revenues.  We have seen tax revenues declining in practically every city, county and state in America.  The decline has included all forms of taxes such as income, sales, and property.


Here is the problem in a nutshell....for thirty years the baby boomers have been one big consumption machine...consuming and borrowing...then borrowing and consuming....only to consume and borrow even more.  During that time period we produced relatively less and less as we shipped much of our production overseas as we kept moving forward with our borrowing and consumption economy.

Some of us called ourselves "service" providers, like doctors, lawyers, bankers, accountants, architects etc....but in reality, we were simply servicing the consumption economy.  At first, the consumption was based on the productive capacity our prior generations created, but as time went on, it became more and more dependent on borrowing.

Over the last couple years, the bankers have slowly cut off credit to the consumption economy and spending began to spending slowed, revenues declined, profits declined and jobs were lost.  As time passed tax receipts evaporated and continue to decline.

The problem is without consumption, we have a relatively very small economy and it is impossible to service the current massive debt load and standard of living.  Some Fools advocate cutting back spending, and in theory that is a good thing, but when you are a consumption economy....if the population doesn't consume, there is no economy.....and if the economy is leveraged...IT IMPLODES!!!!!

It would be different if we were a production economy like Japan where much of our income comes from producing things and selling overseas.  As you cut back spending, your trading income would sustain the nation.  In America, we don't sell much if we don't consume....we don't have much of an economy.

The fallout from the bailed out bankers cutting off credit is now being seen and felt everywhere....just a few years into the process.  Commerical Real Estate is DOWN over 60% in many areas....Residential has imploded and continues to implode on the high end......Auto Sales have contracted dramatically despite massive government subsidies.....etc......

Many Fools simply don't want to accept the fact that without consumption America has a relatively very small economy....and even fewer are willing to accept that our consumption is primarily in the hands of a few Wall Street Bankers that we just bailed out.  If they don't lend, we don't spend and right now government is the biggest borrower holding this ship afloat running a $2 Trillion dollar deficit.

It is not hard to see if you really think about it.....The Consumer is 70% of GDP.....Government consumption about 50%........and Health Care approaching 20%......add it all up and about 90% of our economy is simply domestic consumption and servicing domestic consumption.  Without domestic consumption we really don't have much.

Our current lifestyle is based on MASSIVE consumption....the value of our homes, the number of shopping centers we have, our the vast count of office buildings, our salaries and net worth based on our investments.  If America and Americans didn't consume in such large quantities, much of the above would be unnecessary and practically worthless.

So here we are in 9.09......our consumption based economy is coming to a grinding halt.....we are running out of money as the bankers infected our system with a debt load that simply can't be serviced based on current Zombulation simply can't pay back $40 Trillion of debt with a few trillion in the bank and bankers tightening credit and raising interest rates slowing the economy even further.

The American economic system is structurally we consume less, we spend we spend less our economy contracts and so does the tax receipts to our biggest consumer....the government.  About half of the population is dependent on the govenment to spend for their income.....if the government can't spend, we have serious issues.....and each day that goes by, we are seeing the government's spending ability decline more and more.

For the Alstrybaters, please keep living in your fantasy world.....for the rest of us, appreciate a massive change is coming to our nation.....a change bigger than anything we have seen since we moved from an Agricultural economy to an Industrial economy.  The borrow and spend consumption based economy that we all became accustomed to is rapidly shutting down.

The change is unavoidable now as the bankers have cut off credit to a credit dependent consumption based economy...the question now is where are we headed????  If we don't understand what brought us can we influence where we are going......and in the is we....WE THE PEOPLE, THAT SHOULD DETERMINE OUR we continue to bailout and bonus the bankers that helped put us into this position in the first place.


14 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 10, 2009 at 9:28 AM, JerseyShoreGirl (< 20) wrote:

Glenn Beck is in the process of exposing MORE stuff right now ... he says that what he will reveal today/tonight on his show and on his coverage of the 9/12 march will be 'the beginning of the end' .. and we'll witness "miracles of Biblical proportions" because people are coming forward to expose corruption.

Glenn refuses to talk about Healthcare today .. he says our BIGGEST CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY IS CORRUPTION ... that must be exposed and he's doing it now as we speak/write/read.

The last two weeks Glenn Beck exposed self-avowed Communist Van Jones ... and in case you didn't hear, Jones was let go from the administration at midnight on Saturday/ Sunday AM .... so the story was buried and totally ignored by the MSM.


Click on this link to LISTEN to Glenn LIVE now.

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#2) On September 10, 2009 at 9:36 AM, alstry (< 20) wrote:


New jobless claims fall more than expected to 550K

We now have 10% fewer workers than we did not too long ago....a 550K number is relatively comparable to over 600K when our workforce was larger.

And we are still contracting at such a massive pace so far into the contraction.....yet we still have soooo much further to go.

As the borrow and consume economy contracts, few of us will have much to do......the question is where will we go when there is no show?

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#3) On September 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:


Number of people without health insurance rises to 46.3 million

GREENFIELD, Mass. - Baystate Franklin Medical Center is eliminating 51 jobs and closing some units to deal with a $1.6 million operating loss last year.....

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#4) On September 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM, davejh23 (< 20) wrote:

This unemployment article states that those continuing to receive benefits declined.  Then it states that, including emergency federal programs, those receiving benefits increased.  It discusses the extension of unemployment benefits...wouldn't this be considered in the first figure?...those continuing to receive unemployment?  What are the other "emergency" programs? 

Recent unemployment reports have acknowledged that hundreds of thousands are falling off the unemployment rolls each month.  Are these individuals then counted in the U6 number?  Are these "hundreds of thousands" that are no longer counted in the U3 number used to offset monthly job losses to show "only" 200K+ monthly job losses? actual job creation weaker than you would assume from the numbers? 

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#5) On September 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

yup....MUCH WEAKER!!!!!

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#6) On September 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM, MarginCallMcW (< 20) wrote:

Glenn Beck is a delusional dick. Are you being sarcastic or are you actually suggesting we listen to that retard?

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#7) On September 10, 2009 at 12:42 PM, leohaas (30.10) wrote:

The Glenn Beck push is for real. Read jerseyshoregirl's other comments!


No doubt our vocal Libertarian bloggers will strongly disagree with this statement.

PS. If I have the time, I still read all your blogs!

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#8) On September 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

HEALTH CARE VERY UNHEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AMARILLO, TEXAS - A major local employer is laying off.

Baptist Saint Anthony's Health System has eliminated the positions of about 50 employees.

Those cuts started last night in a combination of full-time and part-time positions.

Employees who were laid off have the option of applying for other jobs within the BSA hospital system, but those new positions are not guaranteed.

And more layoffs may be looming.

On August 26, two high-level BSA employees told NewsChannel 10 that 150 to 300 people could loose their jobs.

At that time BSA's spokeswoman denied that any lay offs were on the way.

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#9) On September 10, 2009 at 2:59 PM, eldemonio (97.62) wrote:

Last night my wife walked in while I was alstrybating.  How embarrassing!

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#10) On September 10, 2009 at 3:22 PM, mawnck (< 20) wrote:

At least she didn't catch you watching Glenn Beck!

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#11) On September 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM, Seano67 (24.36) wrote:

I was taught all throughout Catholic school that Alstrybation is a sin and will make you grow hair on yer knuckles!

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#12) On September 10, 2009 at 3:59 PM, eldemonio (97.62) wrote:

I was alstrybating to Glenn Beck.

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#13) On September 10, 2009 at 4:07 PM, eldemonio (97.62) wrote:

Don't judge me.  I'm trying to solve my premature zombulation problem.

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#14) On September 10, 2009 at 4:07 PM, jason2713 (< 20) wrote:


I should have a full head of hair on each digit if that were the case :)

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