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Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Cedar Hills, UT

The economic indicators are indeed mixed.

The stock market keeps rising, in large part because of "quantitative easing" which is a fancy way of saying "the government is printing money and throwing it at the market". But this doesn't mean that companies are actually hiring more people in general. Why hire when the government is handing you money without needing the extra headcount?

Then, as the article mentions, the middle class shrunk from 53% to 44%.

On the other hand, more people than ever are receiving food stamps or EBT cards. So for those who are content to rely on the government to nanny them, it's a great time.

On another hand, a huge portion of workers and their families have experienced a considerable jump in healthcare premiums and payroll taxes thanks to the "Affordable" Care Act, which President Obama said he was proud to have named after himself.

If you're a wealthy investor and have a lot vested in markets, then obviously it's a good day when the government is subsidizing the markets to keep them going up, up, up.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

The corporations control the government who in turn subsidies the corporations which in turn creates a mess out of the middle class who in turn need government assistance. It is a tangled web, but he solution is simple: ban lobbyists and set term limits for all elected officials, including a single six-year term for the President.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I only know what my wife would say if I charged a lot of money and never told her. Sooner or later she will find out. I would never ever live it down, Ever. Even if we separated, I stile would hear about it.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

This is the great paradox of the capitalistic system -- the stock market and profits are up, but hiring has remained stagnant. You can't force companies to hire, so stoking the stock market with "quantitative easing" isn't doing the trick to benefit the middle class.

If we're going to stimulate the economy, tie it more directly to job creation -- rather than consumption or stock price.

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