Midt i alt snakket om hvor fortreffelig den amerikanske økonomien gjør det dukker noen glimt av sannhet opp og minner oss om den underliggende ikke fullt så positive trenden i USA. Nye tall viser nå at for fjerde år på rad så lever nær av av fem amerikanske husholdninger på matkuponger.
Nearly 1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps
Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year.
In each of the two previous fiscal years, the percentage of American households on food stamps in the average was near 20 percent, hitting 19.4 percent in 2012, 20.4 percent in 2013.
As of August, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,484,828 individuals in the food stamp program.Fra før av har vi notert oss at det er like mange mennesker i USA som mottar matkuponger som der er kvinner i fulltids arbeid.
Et sitat fra den avdøde økonomen Murray Rothbard og hans bok Making Economic Sense er her passende:
The contemptuous charge by economic “scientists” that all this experience by consumers is merely “anecdotal,” that hard quantitative data and their statistical manipulations demonstrate that economic growth is lively, that the economy is doing splendidly, that inflation is over, and all the rest, doesn’t cut any ice either. In the end, all this “science” has only succeeded in convincing the public that economic and statistical experts rank up there with lawyers and politicians as a bunch of—how shall we put it?—“disinformation specialists.”
If everything is going so well, the public increasingly wants to know, how come young married couples today can no longer afford the standard of living enjoyed by their parents when they were newlyweds? How come they can’t afford to buy a home of their own? One of the glorious staples of the American experience has always been that each generation expects its children to be better off than they have been. This expectation was never the result of mindless “optimism”; it was rooted in the experience of each preceding generation, which indeed had been more prosperous than their parents.
But now the reality is quite the opposite. People know they are worse off than their parents, and therefore they rationally expect their children to be in still worse shape.Og der virkelighetsfjerne sjevøkonomer (sic) og tradisjonell inkompetent media fremhever USAs økonomi som et lyspunkt i verden, har Rothbards siste setning mer rot i virkeligheten. 65% av amerikanere er nemlig av den oppfatning at dagens unge generasjon vil vokse opp til å oppleve en verre økonomisk situasjon enn dagens voksne generasjon.