US Misery Index At 28 Year High

Tyler Durden's picture

This must be another one of those things that accompany the American economy one year into the recovery (Tim Geithner©).

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docj's picture

So, was this Hope, Change or both?

(That was sarcasm, folks - The Suck is coming, let's all have a chuckle as we descend into Hell, eh?)

Version 7's picture

It's change you can believe in.

NoClueSneaker's picture

Both. Recovery through serious veseline budget cuts ...

pckt's picture

Who needs jobs when you can just print more money? Everyones getting more money right? so we are all richer. I graduated from the university of bernankistan.

j0nx's picture

Work is for suckers. All the section 8 homies in my hood figured that shit out a long time ago. Their lifestyle is the same as mine yet I go to work every day and pay for their shit. Who's the sucker in that arrangement?

Freddie's picture

Where are the c*** s***ers who voted for the kenyan marxist?  They still post here on ZH.

j0nx's picture

3...2...1... until someone jumps in to claim that McCain would have been the same.

Probably, but at least he isn't a communist. That and we could stare at Palin's hot T&A standing next to him. Mmmm, she is one delicious chunk of woman that one regardless of how you feel about her politics.

Votewithabullet's picture

thats somebodys fuckin gramma dude.

Paul Thomason's picture

That looks like a reverse cup and handle pattern with a nice rounded bottom (I will call it J-Lo).  Upside technical measured target suggests a run to test the highs of the 1970's around the 20-22 level.  So if we take out 14 here then GO LONG MISERY with a target of 20!.

Sounds too good to be true!. 

slaughterer's picture

Yes, Cramer was pumping the long MISERY INDEX trade as well last night.  He thinks MISERY will soon be in some lucrative M&A action with DEPRESSION and RIOTS that could boost MISERYs bottom line.   Buy the August 16 Calls for the best risk/reward. 

ZeroPower's picture

This seems about as arbitrary a stat as it gets - consumer confidence notwithstanding

101 years and counting's picture

recovery only a retarded president can love.

urbanelf's picture

USA #1!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!11!1one!!!

ads56's picture

This is bullish. Nowhere to go but up! Hope and Change!

Stax Edwards's picture

Long Misery Bitchez...lulz

Frog-And-Toad's picture

Perhaps it's time for McDonald's to reintroduce the McRib...

Should help bump up the average a few points I'd say

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture

I agree.  When all else fails, send in the McRib. 

The McRib is one of the most elusive and mysterious sandwiches ever.  With all the pomp and circumstance fit for royalty, the McRib is suddenly brought onto the market for "a limited time only" then quickly and inexplicably disappears for a year or so. Then it reappears, and this has been going on for about 20 years - it almost has a "quantum" quality to it.  And what's up with the pickles?  Have you ever eaten ribs, and thought about adding a pickles to them?

Very, very sketchy..... 


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Ixny on the McRibny.

Way too much McFat and McCalories to even suggest that a mentally sound person should eat it. On the other hand, southern BBQ is eaten everyday by southerners..........wait, let me rephrase that.

Never mind. Mouth meet foot.

Deepskyy's picture

Trying to say something about my people CD?


Actually my kin folk (WNC hillbillies) would and in many cases still do traditionally eat high fat, high caloric diets but made from natural ingredients rather than processed crap.  Then again they also used to be in jobs of heavy manual labor so that tends to help out.

Oh and add 1 more to the Misery index casualty list.  I got axed Friday.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Oh and add 1 more to the Misery index casualty list. I got axed Friday.

Congratulations..........wait a minute............I meant.............Oh, never mind.

Is there room in an average size mouth for two feet? :>)

traderjoe's picture

Sorry to hear that. Best of luck in your new path...

konputa's picture

@Deepskyy, sorry to hear that. What industry were you in?

Deepskyy's picture


I was the I.  I sold property and casualty insurance in multiple states at a national call center.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So the salamander/gecko thingy finally displaced you? :)

Oh....wait....not Buffett?

blunderdog's picture

The pickles are critical to provide textural cover for all the other little crunchy bits in the patty.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A McDonald's conniesewer, and a good friend no less, says it's all about the pickles.

He remains a friend, but I no longer remain a McDonald's customer.

pods's picture

Is is just me or does it look like there are McTracks on the McRib?


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The only tracks I see are the ones from the IVs in our arms due to quadruple heart bypass surgery from a life time eating at McSlop.

Frog-And-Toad's picture

Perhaps it's time for McDonald's to reintroduce the McRib... 

Should help bump up the average a few points I'd say

SheepDog-One's picture

McNasty they should call it! I remember getting tricked into buying one of those years ago it was revolting.

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture

You got tricked?  I'm telling you, this sandwich is very shady.   

In the summer of 1992, I walked outside to grab the newspaper and found a McRib nailed to my door.



Vic Vinegar's picture

Like everything in life buying a McRib is all about timing.  If you get one of the fresh ones they are tasty.  However having worked in the trenches, I know that they can sometimes sit in that barbeque goo for hours (days?) on end.

SokPOTUS's picture seemingly no ill effect whatsoever...



Long McMisery.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

They should call that the "Abject Misery Index". Simply saying Misery Index just doesn't cut the mustard any more.

francis_sawyer's picture

"Summer of Misery" 2.0 (sans aircraft carrier landings)

SheepDog-One's picture

Yea, what is this supposed to be a measurement of? 

Stax Edwards's picture

Misery maybe?

Unemployment Rate + Inflation Rate

SheepDog-One's picture

OK well my point is those things measured in the 80's and today are not near the same anymore. Chart is probably a mirror image in reality, swapping the 80's for today.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


Under the guise of new and improved I suspect every index under the sun has been modified to measure less of whatever it was supposed to actually measure.

I explain it to my clients this way. How much sense would it make to measure your growth by using a 12 inch foot when you are 2 years old and then use a 6 inch foot when you are 20. You must use the same length/size foot over time to make any sense. People tend to understand when you give them real life examples.

Then they return to the Twilight Zone of the MSM and all that common sense is washed out within 72 hours. 

francis_sawyer's picture

Well at least in the 80's we had the "Miracle on Ice" to get us out of it...

Now we have "close only counts in horseshoes & handgrenades" version of US Women's soccer...


TexasAggie's picture

Actually, you may be more correct than you thought. If they measured unemployment and inflation the same way today as in 1979-80, we would be exceeding Carter's elevated status.

lolmao500's picture

Shouldn't this be higher?

Ancona's picture

Looks like they ran out of hopium.

I'll bet the withdrawls suck.

blunderdog's picture

I don't think the misery index does a great job of describing our situation.  A 28-year high would sound pretty bad, but when you look to see it's just a bit over half the level of 1980, you realize there's something kinda goofy.

Unemployment and inflation numbers are both totally bogus.  That makes the misery index double-bogosity.

But all you have to do is look out the window to how shitty everything is.