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  • Dependence On Government Has Become Epidemic

    Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month greatly exceeds the number of full-time workers in the economy by a longshot? Sadly, it’s true. Based on the latest Census Bureau data  there were apprx. 148 million non-veteran Americans who are on some kind of monthly means-tested government benefits programs, by far the highest number ever, versus only 103 million full-time workers in 2012.

    Thus, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people working full-time who are putting money (taxes) into the system. Even worse, nearly 70% of all of the money that the federal government spends each year goes toward entitlement and welfare programs.

    America’s welfare empire encompasses more than 200 federal and state programs. We have become a nation that is hopelessly addicted to government benefits. This is why the only realistic way to balance our federal budget and reduce our massive national debt is to address and reform our entitlement and welfare programs.  That's what we'll talk about today.

  • You Can’t Go Home Again... Or Can You?

    Recent statistics from the US Census Bureau indicate that more adult children are either moving back with mom and dad, or never leaving in the first place. Studies show that this is not just a US phenomenon, but is also occurring across the globe. While it's easy to see that the economy is a major factor in this demographic shift, my focus this week will be on a possible silver lining.

    If adult children are moving back home due to lack of a job or not making enough money to make ends meet, this can be an excellent "teachable moment" for parents. The current economic environment is a way for parents to impart valuable wisdom about saving and investing to their adult children. While it's not always easy to get the attention of adult children, at least you won't have to convince them that rainy days happen since we're coming out of one of the worst economic storms we've ever seen.

    Obviously, it's better to start teaching children about saving when they are young. To help parents or grandparents of younger children, I have also included a discussion about the best ways to approach teaching kids about money, along with some valuable Internet resources to help you along.

  • Impact of the 2010 Census


    1.  The Results of the 2010 Population Count

    2.  The 2010 Census: Winners and Losers

    3.  Low Tax States Big Winners in Census