Posts Tagged ‘economy’
September 18th, 2011 Posted 1:34 pm
Bizarreville will feature a series of economic lessons which will attempt to illustrate the principles of Obamanomics in order to better educate the public on how these elements will stir the economy to fast, sustainable growth for the short term and long term. The first lesson is the Trickle-up theory.
First, we must debunk the preposterous trickle-down theory. This flawed theory believed that tax benefits given to the high-end of the paying spectrum would incent these business leaders to invest the windfalls into expanding their businesses, creating more economic growth, new jobs, new research and development into product and service improvements. Of course, as anyone can see, the truth is that the rich guys just squander the wealth on larger neo-xanadu’s, barns full of classic Oldsmobiles, ridiculous amounts of philanthropy that generate no wealth, 48-dollar aged steak entrees at their exclusive snooty clubs, and vacations at Bertha’s Vineyard.
A better theory is the Trickle-up theory. This idea starts with giving big tax breaks to people who pay no tax. Unquestionably, these dollars will immediately go into consumer spending for twinkies, bar tabs, Lotto tickets, premium brand cigarettes, Natty Lights, grazings at the golden corral troughs, and jaunts to ripoff casino boats…the foundations of sustainable economic growth. But, more importantly, these immediate actions will then have ripple effects that will generate even higher economic activity:
- Increases in junk food consumption will generate rises in obesity, spurring escalated activity in weight-loss plans, and new clothing purchases as the old XL sizes no longer fit and must be replaced with 3XL. Stretch pants that have gone beyond stretch limits will need to be discarded and upsized.
- Associated increases in medical treatment spending as heart disease, lung cancer, and diabetes rise. Pharmaceutical R&D spending will increase to find new cures for new epidemic-level ills and new surefire weight loss pills.
- Job growth, as the need for new cops rises to handle increasing drug trade, and WalMart fights between customers for that last flowery size 22 blouse or chintzy video game.
- Weapons and ammunition sales increases as people want additional personal protection from drug thugs and parking place stealers.
- Expanded garage sales, to redeploy newly outgrown clothing.
- Exciting upgrades to trailer homes, by purchase of new curtains, indoor/outdoor carpeting for living rooms, and cheesy landscape artwork for their simulated paneling walls…the latter spawning a new generation of low-end artists who previously had struggled getting real jobs due to lack of motivation and/or lack of desire to wake up early in the morning.
The new flurry of economic activity will prompt creation of new, innovative discount store concepts. These new retailers will find new ways to merchandise bargain basement goods to a group seeking the ultimate discount on flimsy stuff they didn’t even know they needed. Some discount chains may conceivably even add check-out cashiers to ease the mile-long check-out lines…although this is considered by many analysts to be wishful thinking.
The trickle-up theory is a more practical concept in that assumptions do not need to be made in terms of how the recipients will act on their new benefits. The tricklers will spend them immediately, as their past practice has proven…no ifs, ands, maybes, or wait and sees. Historical data has proven this behavior to be true: that there will be no stash-aways into some future college fund, or rainy-day fund. It will be spent, and spent quickly…and begin the leveraging effect of widespread economic activity that will produce jobs. The trickle-up theory is one that more and more wise people are glomming onto, and represents a foundation of new progressive thought.
Disclaimer: all stories in Bizarreville are fiction, including economic lessons.
December 1st, 2009 Posted 3:26 pm
Retailers across Bizarreville were high-fiving each other after what they viewed as a successful Black Friday shop-athon. More shoppers than expected had flocked to the malls, creating that rich tradition of constipated parking lots, bumper-car shopping & shoving excursions, and of course the endless lines. Many retailers adopted the new Black Friday tradition of minimizing sales staffing on that Friday so that checkout lines were especially long, creating the impression of huge crowds inside their store to any passers-by. It all seemed to work, as crowds were near record-level. Missing from their wild exuberence was one minor detail: no one was spending much money.
Particularly hit by the shop/no-buy paradox was Eldberd’s House of Flatscreens. Old Eldy has been in the TV business for 50 years, expanding bit by bit. But recently he decided to go “All In” in the growing Flatscreen market and built a showroom the size of a football field – boasting 1000 Flatscreens of every permutation of size, pixel, Hertzage, techno-nonsense, and plasmology. Even found some metric screen sizes for European wannabe’s.
Eldy opened his doors at 3am, with typical ads for 30% off one obscure model: a 3700 millimeter, paisley-colored, 82 Hertz Bullshmitz LCD television, but only carried 2 total units in stock. Naturally those were snarfed up quickly. Many other disgruntled customers were surprised to find all his other models were at full or nearly full price…causing considerable grumbling and grouching as they were still wiping sleep from their eyes and wondering why in the f*@! did they set the alarm and wake up for “this”? Nevertheless, they roamed the great Hall of Same to marvel at the units upon units, with few actually plunking down ten C-notes to garner one of these trinkets. One woman approached a beleaguered sales associate with the question, “Which one would you recommend?” The sales person was restrained from throttling her by several onlooking customers.
Someone forgot to tell Eldberd that this ain’t your father’s TV business anymore. Eldy still remembers the day when the only new feature on the next year’s model TV was a slightly different color on the vinyl fake-woodgrain overlay. They forgot to tell Eldy that his vast array of Flatscreen inventory would all be obsolete in less than 9 months…replaced with all-new models with obsolesence-creating zinkrofaddles and dorkuloids. Poor Eldy doesn’t even know what a fankerfloyd does…tsk, tsk.
November 18th, 2009 Posted 3:22 pm
The Bizarreville Labor Dept is proud to announce that another 50 thousand job losses were avoided last month. This marks the 6th consecutive month of job loss avoidances, which Dept officials cite as evidence of a significant rebound in the economy.
As you know, Job loss avoidances are determined by telephoning a sample of businesses and asking them “If things don’t get better fast, will you have to shut down?” Then asking them, “Do you know that Congress recently passed a Stimulus bill?” If the answers are YES to both questions, that is considered an official Job Loss Avoidance. Numbers are then tallied, and statistical extrapolations are used to determine the nationwide estimate.
Unfortunately, slightly dampening that good news was the report that there were 30 thousand Job Gain Avoidances during the month. Several large expansions by Bizarreville companies were abruptly cancelled, when certain favorable tax incentives were dropped. Legislators had called for these tax revisions, claiming that the firms were getting “just too darn greedy”, and needed to pay more of their Fair share. One of the firms, Melfnerd Industries, decided to pull up stakes altogether and move the company to Botswana where the economic climate is better, and Leaders actually want the jobs there. Many legislators have dismissed the Job Gain Avoidance number as being “totally speculative and hypothetical, aimed at dampening an otherwise rosy picture.”
The Labor Dept also reported that Mean Wage Gain Avoidance was high last month, but Executive Compensation Loss Avoidance was much less than expected. “More evidence of the growing Avoidance disparity between the high-end and low-end of the pay scale,” cited liberally-minded Dept officials. “With consumer price inflation avoidance less than expected and crude oil price decline avoidance less than originally projected, there continues to be a ratcheting squeeze on the lower middle class…particularly those who failed to avoid the mortgage crunch.”
A night class is being scheduled at Bizarreville Community College to explain economic avoidance theory. At this point, however, the College is still searching for someone who would know how to teach it.