What’s the Comp, Cramer?

Hey Cramer, Booyah. (Now I think that will be the last gratuitous booyah for a while.)

We’re trying to figure out what the total compensation growth has been over the past few years.

We get wage growth. We get employment cost. But meshing the two isn’t so easy. We’re going to try, because something’s definitely amiss. With benefits costs spiking since the ‘you can keep your plan’ lie came into full effect, we would like to understand better how that impacted employee compensation. For example, insurance costs doubled for me in January 2015 (yes it was a 100% increase, from 185 to 375, with a higher deductible and sans pharmaceutical benefits.) I’m an independent worker, so I saw the increase directly. Did corporations as well, or was that just a self-employment penalty? Did those increased costs get absorbed by the corporations or passed down to employees? Or were they shared, as they often were?

The reason we’re asking you specifically, is that we’ve seen you on CNBC question why, if fuel costs are going down, isn’t consumer spending going up. We admit that we’re semi-successful cord cutters. We don’t watch your show, either one, on a regular basis. We check the web. And in the articles we’ve read and heard, we haven’t found word one from you about the sucking burden of Obamacare. You’re coming across as more of an NBC mouthpiece than objective analyst.

And we like you. We’re fans. But it’s hard to know the truth because the real story seems to be obscured by government data.

We don’t want to imply in any way that our government would ever manipulate the data it provides to the public in order to support an agenda. That never happens. So we figure you, as an objective analyst, or someone you know, or maybe even another reader, would have reasonably clear statistics for total compensation growth in the US.