Americans speed along the road to socialism and economic contraction:
Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement. Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
It is certainly fascinating to see that people are still decrying the evils of capitalism when more than one-third of all wages and salaries are actually socialist distributions. We can’t even call them “transfer payments” anymore because the money isn’t being taken from anyone prior to being distributed, it is being created through credit expansion.
Furthermore, we can deduce from this that the economy is only about two-thirds as productive as it is purported to be. What we’re seeing here is a Great Depression-sized economic contraction being masked by massive federal borrowing and distributing. Keep in mind that this is the same sort of masking that preceded the Soviet collapse, although the pretense necessarily took a different form due to the pretense of a market structure in the United States.
Most Americans recognize that having the federal government pay 100 percent of the nation’s wages and salaries is not possible. At this rate, it will have to pay 50 percent or more by 2020, which I note tends to correspond nicely with my long-standing prediction that by 2033, the U.S.A. will no longer be an independent, sovereign nation.