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10 Stories From The Cold, Hard Streets Of America That Will Break Your Heart

Depressed - Photo by Sander van der WelIf the economy is really "getting better", then why have millions upon millions of formerly middle class Americans been pushed to the point of utter despair?  The stories that you are about to read are absolutely heartbreaking.  I don't know how anyone can read them without getting chills.  In America today, if you lose a good job, there is a good chance that you will get back on your feet before too long.  But there is also a good chance that you won't be able to find a decent job and will plunge into the abyss of depression and desperation that so many millions of other Americans have fallen into.  As I wrote about earlier this month, the U.S. economy is definitely not getting any better.  For example, if you assume that the percentage of Americans that want to work is about at the long term average, then the official unemployment rate in the United States would be above 11 percent.  And compared to six years ago, 1,154,000 fewer Americans are working today even though our population has gotten significantly larger since then.  Behind all of these numbers are real flesh and blood people, and you are about to hear from some of them.  The following are 10 stories from the cold, hard streets of America that will break your heart...

#1 A 34-year-old man named Rocco...

"While my wife goes to work, I’ve been staying at home to conserve fuel. I’ve been losing weight from eating less, so my family has more on their plates. It feels like the government and big business expect more and more while trying to give back as little as possible. Soon my internet connection will be shut off and since most companies don’t offer paper applications, how will I find work then? Walking around for miles a day, asking for an application that may or may not be available?"

#2 Homeless people wasting away in "Obamavilles" on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland...

A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.

On the edge of Baltimore's woodlands, dozens of the city's transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.

You can see some incredible photos of how these homeless people are living right here.

#3 A 50-year-old woman in Pennsylvania named Karen...

"My husband only makes 10 dollars an hour and drives 30 miles round trip, so it’s taking all we have just to keep the Jeep filled with gas. We stopped going to church and all to save gas. We are homebodies now, afraid to use what gas we have. We save two kids from getting put in foster care just to be hit like this. It’s just a constant trap they try to keep you from receiving any help! I’m so disgusted when my 12-year-old asks me why we don’t have snacks anymore, or why are we eating so much rice, etc."

#4 The following is an excerpt from a comment that was recently left by one of my readers...

"I live right at ground zero. South West Virginia and let me tell you things are bad and getting worse by the day. We don't do drugs but have family members hooked on meth and or pills or both. Many of these pills are prescribed by local doctors either Suboxone to get you off the opiates, a total joke by the way and tons of Xanax why would anyone need 120 Xanax a month how can you even be expected to function. These pills get traded for cash sex and other items, same goes for the SNAP cards. We have family members going to jail repeatedly for the same crimes making meth, selling pills and stealing anything that's not nailed down. People who are 30 years old look like they are 55 years old. The jobs here are awful walmat, gas stations, fast food etc. Most of our whole county is on the government dole."

#5 A 55-year-old man from California named Randy Carpadus...

"I was working as a firefighter for the state of California and was laid off in April 2012, right at the beginning of fire season. At my age, I'm not going to be picked up by another fire department. They want younger guys.

I've applied for everything from truck driver, to sales, to nonprofit work. I've sent out almost 400 resumes, and I've gotten nothing. I've done whatever I could to make ends meet.

Through some connections, I got a temp job as a truck driver in Napa Valley -- a 3-hour commute from where I live. I lived in my car and worked during grape harvest."

#6 In this tough economic environment, debt collectors are becoming even more aggressive.  Just check out the kind of harassment that one woman named Jennifer Posey has been put through...

"This is Jimmy Lee calling from CheckCare. Just letting you know we're in full force," he said. The man had a thick Southern accent that stretched the word "you" into a two-syllable accusation. "We're going to have warrants out for your arrest in Columbus, Ga.," the man threatened. "We know you have an apartment on the canal in Clearwater."

It was when he mentioned her home in Florida that Posey began to feel anxious. "We're hurting you," he continued. "We're hurting your family, your son's family, your cousin's family. Whatever we can do to get you to pay."

Forty minutes later, her phone rang again. "What about that 12-, 13-year-old child you're trying to raise?" the voice sneered.

#7 A 50-year-old woman from New York named Sharon Ritchie...

"I am constantly told I am 'overqualified.' I've also been told to dumb down my resume, but I can't just erase 30 years of experience.

You can only stand the word 'no' so many times. There are times that I cry at night wondering what happened, and at times I have thought about suicide.

But, I keep on going, hoping the cycle will break."

#8 In response to my recent article about Appalachia, a reader named Rob shared the following...

"I am from rural south central KY (Brodhead, Rockcastle County) and I can tell you that most of the things described above are exactly how it is here. There are so many people on drugs it's crazy. First it was the meth, which was more of a problem back in 2002-2007, then the pain pills really started becoming a huge problem, OxyContin and perc 30's (roxicet) obtained from Florida and Georgia doctors. The pain pills are something that you can't just walk away from after doing them for a while; they cause people to steal from family, sell everything they own, and/or prostitute themselves in order to avoid opiate withdrawal."

#9 A 30-year-old man from California named Alejandro...

"I need to provide for my son who is diagnosed with autism and my baby girl. I’ve sold a bunch of my belongings to try and put food on the table, to buy clothes for my kids, to pay rent and utilities and to put gas in my vehicle to go job hunting. Not having money for necessities takes a toll on my mind. Depression has kicked in. It really takes a toll on one’s self-esteem and confidence to move forward.I’ve applied to countless amounts of jobs, only to not even get a call back. I’ve gone from construction site to construction site, only to be told they are not hiring. Finally, I got at least a positive call back from a company telling me they will call me to work in a couple of weeks. I am crossing my fingers and praying. There are millions of people in my situation or even worse."

#10 An excerpt from a heartbreaking letter that an unemployed woman named Paula Bray sent to Barack Obama...

Dear Mr. President,

I write to you today because I have nowhere else to turn. I lost my full time job in September 2012. I have only been able to find part-time employment -- 16 hours each week at $12 per hour -- but I don't work that every week. For the month of December, my net pay was $365. My husband and I now live in an RV at a campground because of my job loss. Our monthly rent is $455 and that doesn't include utilities. We were given this 27-ft. 1983 RV when I lost my job.

This is America today. We have no running water; we use a hose to fill jugs. We have no shower but the campground does. We have a toilet but it only works when the sewer line doesn't freeze -- if it freezes, we use the campground's restrooms. At night, in my bed, when it's cold out, my blanket can freeze to the wall of the RV. We don't have a stove or an oven, just a microwave, so regular-food cooking is out. Recently we found a small toaster oven on sale so we can bake a little now because eating only microwaved food just wasn't working for us. We don't have a refrigerator, just an icebox (a block of ice cost about $1.89). It keeps things relatively cold. If it's freezing outside, we just put things on the picnic table.

Sadly, this is just the beginning.

The economic despair that we are witnessing right now is just a taste of the horrible economic nightmare that is going to unfold in the United States during the coming years.

And already there are signs that things are starting to take another turn for the worse.  In recent months, we have seen a whole host of retail chains announce store closings.  In fact, one of my readers wrote to me the other day and told me about a home appliance chain known as "American TV" that is going out of business in the Midwest.  When these stores shut down, close to another 1000 Americans will soon be out of work...

“While this is a sad moment it is also a proud moment. It’s a moment to be proud of our efforts and to be proud of what we have delivered to the community”, said Doug Reuhl, President and CEO of American since 1988. “Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are to our millions of loyal customers, and to the incredible, dedicated family of employees that we have been blessed with over our 60 years of business”. Advanced notice of the business closing has been given to the 989 employees affected in eleven locations. Employees will be compensated, with benefits, through the notification period, and the majority will continue employment through the closing process.

But if you listen to the mainstream media, you would think that happy days are here again for America.  Just check out some of the bizarre headlines that I have collected in recent weeks...

CNBC: "Stop whining! The US economy is in good shape"

USA Today: "Economists: U.S. will see better growth in '14"

Newsday: "Why the economy isn't doomed"

Most Americans will buy into this propaganda and will never see the next major economic crisis coming until it is too late to do anything about it.

So what do you think about all of this?

Do you have a personal story to share?

Please feel free to add to the discussion by leaving a comment below...

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  • j h

    I was laid off in October 2008. I did end up getting hired in October 2013 for a new lumber company. I’m back working in the same building where I was laid off in October 2008. If I lose this job I have a feeling I’m going to have a hard time finding another job as I have lost some fingers in an accident. I am considered Totally Temporary Disabled.

  • http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com/ “FounderChurch”

    There is no economic problem in history that was not caused by a spiritual failure. We need to fix our spiritual life BEFORE we even think about fixing our economic life, either personally or nationally. This is an inexorable law of life, but no one will even consider our spiritual poverty which is always the precursor to economic poverty.

    The reason poor nations are poor, and poor people are poor is a spiritual sickness. No one wants to face the total abomination that is our own personal, and national, lives.

    Loving God starts with NOT killing your own kids with 20 different kinds and methods of Birth Control. Wake up and google search “FounderChurch” for the full story.

    • Boo-urns

      Ahhh, we thought you and your nutjob wackaloon birth control theories has gone away. Sorry to see that’s not the case.

    • Jim Davis

      Cuckoo Alert!

  • pulltheweeds

    what did we expect when this nation turned the corner back in the 60′s ?
    a drugged up and godless society can not stand.
    if you want to blame somebody just look into your mirror.
    welfare destroys initiative.

    corporate fascism takes over.
    mans dominion over man continues.

    • chase

      People were doing drugs long before the 60′s. It just was not done out in the open. Same with premartial sex, etc. People back in the olden days (so to speak) are no different then people today with the exception that they did not flaunt their bad behavior in public.

  • http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com/ “FounderChurch”

    You can tell by the posts that the responses divide into two categories. 1. The Whiners and 2. Anti-Whiners. It was always thus. When the going gets tough the tough get going, but the weakling majority will sit on their butts and whine, whine, whine, and victimize, victimize, victimize.

    Issac was the child of the Free Woman, and Ishmael was the child of the slave woman. Each of us is the child of one or the other woman so to speak. There are millions of examples of this all around us.

    The poor, the children of the slave woman, need a swift kick in the rear, and if that doesn’t work they need more of the same until it does work. Jesus’ teaching is totally twisted and perverted by the children of the slave woman to try to get us to feed the bums. Nowhere did Jesus ever teach that we are to do anything for the bums. It is a libel to say He ever did teach that any charity was to be given to anyone other than a Saved, Righteous, Worthy, person IN YOUR OWN CONGREGATION, not anywhere else.

  • 2Gary2

    Anytime I can point out the moral bankruptcy of conservatism it is always on topic regardless of what Michel’s post is. If it were not for the horrible scourge of conservatism that has decimated this country Michael would not need to have the economic collapse web site as there would be not a collapse.

  • EvlWhtMale

    Story to share? Yes. Despite very solid work history and college education, I was unemployed for well over a year and sent out hundreds of resumes and filled out hundreds of job applications. Finally found a full-time job. Paying $10/hr. and no benefits. Very happy with this, considering the alternative.

  • peace angel

    NOPE—-I just saw a documentary filmed last year with the biggest mortgage firm owners in CHINA and they have built entire cities all over the country that are sitting empty and that were once almost completed and now are crumbling ghost towns that no one ever lived in. LOTS of people bought into these planned communities BUT not enough to finish them and they are all out their investment money and the towns will never be completed. THEY showed a dozen of these planned cities that were falling apart and the mortgage company has written them off and never plan to finish them.

  • FirstGarden

    Eric Quintero –

    Didn’t think the FEMA camps would regard the homeless as priority. Then again, we’re not under martial law yet.

    I think that if it gets as bad as we think it will, there will simply not be enough camps of this sort available for all the homeless.

    Incidentally, (and this is how much I trust FEMA), they have been busy
    raising money in a number of illicit ways, I imagine. But this is hard,
    cold fact:

    My brother in law lives in a large condo complex, and
    they have been paying literally over a million dollars a year for flood insurance, because they were “in a flood zone.” Well, they hired an independent assessor. Cost them $30, 000. And lo & behold, they were NOT in a designated flood zone. It was all fiction to raise money.

    Same thing with my mother-in law. She was also in “a flood zone.” Now she’s not. How magical. But they are nailing her because a tool shed is, so she has to get flood insurance for that. Down goes the shed.

  • FirstGarden

    Eric, pls see new comment at top of page. Yours was awaiting moderation, so I couldn’t respond then.

  • http://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/ SLIMJIM

    That wasn’t easy to read…

  • Nicnak

    2 kids dead from a rocket launcher downtown bangkok…

    Downtown bankok guys… Not Iraq or Afghanistan.

    This is how low people become these days…. Killing 6 years old children.

  • RPaulson

    Been reading about blog such as this for over 5 years. But it is nothing but whinge and complain, nothing constructive is being done about it. I think it is time for the people to say enough is enough and cease control of the whole system. It is time to take control of your own lives and stop depending on the system. Time to say screw it and form your own communities and fight back. You only live once so might as well go out fighting. Let project mayhem begin!

  • Warrior54

    In 2008 The Police dept I had worked for was disbanded. I was getting paid 10 dollars and hour. The department had just purchased three dodge chargers, complete with cameras, moving and stationary radar. The department did not furnish our duty handgun or protective vests. Dodge chargers were first on the list. Monies that were to be used to pay the five officers, was evidently spent elsewhere {stolen} as the city secretary afforded herself two raises in two years. Unable to find employment in Law Enforcement, and from what i see now going on with cops, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I started cleaning houses. I did enjoy helping those who wanted it. I now clean toilets and do general house cleaning, for 160.00 a week. I volunteer at a neighbor mission that feeds any one who is in need. Help those you can or will, the next person could be you, or someone you Love. We are in serious trouble in this country, WAKE UP AND STOP SUPPORTING ANY AND ALL POLITICIANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • randyfreed

    When the markets crash it will create the next bigger wave of layoffs, cutbacks, etc. It’s easier to say than to do it, but people need to become self sufficient. That doesnt mean living in the forest like Tarzan. Find a way to not have to depend on someone else to live.

  • horse777res

    “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven, for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45″ We are all in this together.

  • JSB

    Any more bankers jump and/or get pushed off skyscrapers this week? Crazy, evil times we’re living in! Turn to Christ, as He comforts!

  • jan kru

    When everyone was leaving City of Detroit I stayed and got a job. People said I was crazy, F@#k the City, “they” hate white people, they don’t pay as much as private sector etc. The main reason I stayed because my pension was guaranteed by Michigan Constitution. Was the City corrupt? Yes. Without that guarantee no one would’ve taken a job. Now our Republican Governor is gutting the Constitution and stealing my pension. I support a marginally employed adult son and help out my girlfriend who has taken a 20% pay cut. Meanwhile UBS who backdoored a deal in interest rate swaps violating Michigan Gaming Laws(UBS found guilty and fined $1.2 Billion for LIBOR fraud in Britain) with the criminal Democrat mayor wants $230Million. They’re the ones who brought the City to it’s knees and the Republican Bankruptcy Judge thinks they should be paid. To add insult to injury the Elites want to save the art and throw employees to the wolves. Sell the Art and prosecute UBS, don’t pay them. The really sad thing is they kept Us middle aged people quiet for over 30yrs telling us to work hard and you’ll get a pension and when your 65 you’ll get Soc Sec. And the Elites are figuring out a way to steal that as well.

    • Trying to Understand

      You must be one of the ones in Detroit with a pension that is 60-80% of your bloated salary. Why do you think it is fair for you to get a pension when the average working person who pays for your pension does not receive one at their place of employment?

  • make it work

    I understand that these people have fallen on hard times, but you can survive. There is a difference between surviving, and living. Surviving is doing what you have to, living is doing what you want to. I live in a rural community in Wisconsin. I have some college, but no degree. My husband has a GED. We also have a child. We both work in a call center, I’m part time he’s full time. We both make about 10 an hour. We both drive separately 50 miles round trip for each day of work. We net about $1500 a month. 1100 goes right to bills, rent, utilities, and another 200 into gas for the commute. The rest is for groceries, savings, and the occasional treat. In all honesty though, most of our bills comes from stuff we don’t necessarily need. We’re not going without by any means right now, and we don’t love in a hovel (2bed, 2bath,2 car garage kitchen,living room and two other rooms we use for storage) and we’d really be living comfortably if we curtailed some of our debts (primarily discretionary spending on cards). If we were only paying for what we need our bills would decrease from 1100 to about 700 (210 rent, 220 car, internet/heat/electricity/water making up the rest and none of this is on assistance). So to say you can’t survive on a low wage or with one person working, I think is kind of giving up. Move where there’s jobs, move where rent doesn’t cost $500 a month, move where you can survive.

    • ConcernedAmerican

      Not everyone is built to endure -40 degrees and ice/snow. Also, $500 per month would be in a veey run down, dangerous neighborhood in many cities in America now. The sad thing is,some people can remember making $10/hour over 15 years ago. So, why has rent, electricity, water, food, gasoline, heating oil, etc. (the cost of living) skyrocketed while wages are still $10/hr 15+ years later? Why is it that Americans used to be able to work at almost any job and comfortably support a family, send the kids to college, and retire at one point, but now we have headlines like “Almost 1/2 of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.” Perhaps there are some very powerful people conditioning Americans to getting used to living like the 3rd world?

  • mike

    Did you vote Republican? Yes; I’ll help you! Were you one of the many stupid ones that voted for A-hole Obama? Yes; go ask him for help and see if you get it. Maybe next time you’ll wise up and vote with your brains, not your EMOTIONS!

  • 2Gary2

    I think these folks should be praying harder. I am sure that will fix their problem. The Lord givrth and the Lord taketh away and right now he is taketh away.

  • Westcoastliberal

    The only members of my family who are somewhat secure (or better) all work for the government. Everyone else is out of work as there are no jobs. IMHO there’s a huge disconnect between Wall St & the economy; D.C., NYC, and the rest of the country. Lots of pain and about to be more.

  • ConcernedAmerican

    “……until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” -Some say this is Thomas Jefferson said this while other sources say it was not Jefferson.

    Just thought that quote sounded almost like a fulfilled prophecy, no matter whom said it.

  • Keeryen Stevens

    In 2007 we were feeding the Homeless in our home.
    We listened to so many amazing stories from very intelligent people that year.
    In 2008 we lost our business.
    We continued to work as hard as we could but we couldn’t keep up.
    By 2010 we were in divorce.
    By 2013 Bank of America took our home.
    By the grace of God we are in Rentals trying to rebuild.
    It is terrible out here.

    #warning shots
    #wake up

  • alison francis

    being nice doesn’t put food on the table or get anyone a job so they can have pride in themselves,jobs can be made but Obama doesn’t know how and even when he can pass the keystone pipeline that would make thousands of jobs he wont ,,,,,why his base wont allow it,as for our debt ,china is starting to dump our debt 50billion a month wont dump it all at once,and cause a crisis ,but a crisis is coming when we have to pay the debt back and the dollar is no longer the money used world wide.things are real bad and if we had a president who had a clue and not interested in destroying us,we would have a chance to get out of this rutt he has made,and let people live a good life and work for their families,

  • Priszilla

    In court feelings don’t replace evidence.

    You can’t just imprison or kill everybody you feel is a threat to state (or homeland) security.

    • k

      So our conversation has completely changed from deathpenalty/ gun owner ship to cia imprisonment?

      What makes you so sure they dint have evidence?

      Give us evidence that they dint have evidence. And by evidence i mean good evidence not some links to some tin foil websites talking about cia conspiracy.

      • Priszilla

        No, you said, it is OK to attack someone if you FEEL he is a threat.

        And I said, you can’t. You need evidence.

        Does LAW say something to you?

        • k

          The ‘feeling’ of being attacked by a country, doesnt arise by looking at the facial expressions the leader of said country. Countries feel they are being attacked by looking at various factors like intelligence reports, troop movements, prior military actions of the country from which they feel a danger from.

          Also your original comment was about gun owner ship and you later shifted to talking about cia, thats why i said that.

          Anyway, give us evidence that cia is provoking nations.

          • Priszilla

            Gun ownership and CIA are just two examples of your preference of violence.

            America is a violent nation and that’s why Americans are “loved” all over the world. Currently you are tolerated because of the dollar. When the dollar is gone as world currency, things will look different.

          • k

            No it isnt. Gunowner ship is required for self-defence since many parts of america are sparsely populated. The only thing that is required is stronger background checks before selling a gun.

            As for violence, almost every country is violent. And many of those countries are also tolerated for different reasons.

  • Brother Tim

    I’m on disability just this month the government garnesh my check for some old student load that I thought I paid. For some reason those student loans have been hunting almost all my life. I believe I wont even have it much long because I understand whats going on. I have no trust in the system at all, so I’m making plans another way to survive. To tell the truth I don’t want the disability anymore I haven’t been on it long but I know I can’t find a job with my problems. So I’m trying to start a business with my wife. Things are starting to get real ungly I pray and hope the best for all.

  • Lexxs

    We are facing the slow grinding collapse of the western system. The next recession will make it obvious to everyone that neo-feudal times are here with poverty like never before. many who escaped the worst of 2009/10 will be crushed this time around..

  • gary

    i dont want to sound ungrateful because the good Lord has blessed me so much. I just want to say i have never seen things so bad as they are now. I am only 44 yrs old single father with a 17 yr old son .I am disabled and cannot afford to see a dr. who may be able to help.currently i see know relief in near future. my son has no bed he sleeps on the couch .i cant afford extras and i fear the wo Itrst as my 22 yr old car is in need of repairs.. My son wants to work to help out but between school ( he is in11th grade) and hurting for money i see no way to afford getting his liscense a car insurance and gas i have no idea.I am in need of surgery and my teeth need cut out i am in pain while writing this.the outlook isnt good i just hope things will get better. It is hard getting by on 700$ a month after rent bills ect. i hope to be able to afford toothpaste shampoo deoderant ect. I have noticed the gas prices have risen as well as groceries . It is getting hard to cut corners sure hope things turn around for are childrens sake . With this current upadministrationitdosentlook good. Lets all pray for one another moram guilty of not praying enough.It doesnt take long to go broke.

  • Jakob Stagg

    Obama cares for you. It will not improve until the Obamas’ suffer the same fate as the rest of us. On the other hand, perhaps they should be given what they richly deserve.

    Pathological liars only make things worse.

  • peace angel

    Just because they continue to build does not mean there are not lots of empty unfinished cities that have been forever abandoned.

    It is all over the news today that Las Vegas and Phoenix and Miami and parts of Cali are coming back and needing subcontractors—–ONLY because the misinformed are believing the propaganda coming out of the White House.

    And the mortgage companies just brought back no qualify, subprime mortgages in order to force more idiots out of homes they could not afford to buy a couple of years from now,. THE subprime mortgage plan is part of agenda 21.

    Executive orders have been signed that deeds all the land in the US to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE COMING AFTER YOURS.

    • Hammerstrike

      Just because the mainstream medias keeps lying and deceiving those foolish enough to believe them….

      China right now is loosing wealth because it is being “borrowed” by the US and the eurozone so they can maintain their borrowed prosperity. It is increasingly clear that they won´t repay anytime soon.
      There is also a loss of wealth due to the US dollar being the international trade currency till now.
      If that change, China gets a lot wealthier,, Chinese can afford these cities.
      If China takes over parts of ressource-rich africa, Chinese can afford even more.
      Won´t be exactly colonialism, they buy from the locals instead of just taking outright.

  • HBD

    This is happening not to uneducated poor but also to those of us with educations, who had savings and houses and grew up in the 60′s and 70′s thinking we would always be able to work hard and be secure, if not better than our parents. We never could have imagined this happening and it’s downright frightening. It’s really shocking also how so many people have their head in the sand. I wish the media would report the truth.This is a very serious situation!!!

  • Fed Up

    I wonder how many of those people voted for Obama?

    • cpgone

      Sad fact is , they would probably vote for him again. He did elected twice.
      He is a small part of the problem. It started decades ago.

  • kcaasa

    Dj disks

  • Kenya

    America is sending all the white collar jobs across seas. Unfortunately, we don’t produce as much as we use to years and years ago and as a result our jobs are being given to those in other countries. To those Americans who are still out of work, this message is for YOU. GET REAL SKILLS! Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. The blue collar industry is the place to be. I once worked in the corporate world and was out of work for almost 5 years. During that time, I went back to school to learn a trade. Yes. A TRADE. I’m a woman who decided to learn HVAC and I LOVE every day of my job. Oh yeah… my rate of pay isn’t that bad either. Just do it. For those of you who enjoy movies, please watch “The Company Men”. This movie didn’t get a lot of spotlight but Ben Aflleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner are just a few of the actors. This movie displays the truth of the devastating affects of the economy and what some Americans chose to do to get back on their feet. Good luck to you all!

  • Maneb

    Yes really sad. OB…kill Keystone. Make Putin and the Muslims happy. Who cares about these people in the US anyway?

  • Bill Damnit

    Number 6…I’d say, “Come on over MF…we’ll both go to hell together..today…” If people want to kick you when you’re already down then what else should they expect? As Gerald Celente said, “When people lose everything, they lose it.” This is only the beginning.

  • rkb100100

    Politicians aren’t your salvation, too many people think so.

  • cutter

    I don’t think U.S. citizens are aware of the impact that they have on foreign people. You are not indispensable! Have mercy on us and you WOULD HAVE HAD mercy given to you. Too late now.

  • Ex_MislTech

    As John Perkins has explained, the collapse of the US is by design, and politicians on both sides of the aisle are working for the plutocrats and kleptocrats who puppet them into destroying he country. To get to DC they had to be compromised, and thus blackmailed into doing what the plutocrats want. This method has been used for many decades to puppeteer a government. The stealth coup of the US was secured when the Federal Reserve ( which is not part of the government ) took over the issue of money. They tried to kill Andrew Jackson, did kill Lincoln for the greenback, and did kill JFK for trying to issue silver based currency.

    Google “Barry Seal”, “Terrance Yeakey”, “MIchael Hastings murder”, “Pat Tillman wikipedia”, “Michael Ruppert wikipedia”

    and you realize that US citizens are being murdered by
    the government for what they know.

  • Dewey Olsen

    The Struggle within America—Isaiah Saw It All!
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Many regard Isaiah’s prophecy as a sealed book. Who does it address, only people in the past? A key to this mystery exists in the linear and synchronous structures that govern the book of Isaiah. These enable us to read it as a prophecy about the past but also as a prediction of the future. The book of Isaiah, in other words, serves a twofold purpose. Without taking anything away from what happened in the past, it uses the past as an allegory of the future. In that case, persons and nations of Isaiah’s day typify ones who perform similar roles at the end of the world. The names of past persons and nations function as codenames for their endtime counterparts.

    The importance of understanding Isaiah’s message increases daily as world events line up like planets for the fulfillment of his prophecy. Under the codename “Egypt”—the great superpower of Isaiah’s day—America is predicted to suffer spiritual decline, political ineptitude, economic collapse, internal anarchy, and invasion by a foreign military world power from the North—a latter-day “Assyria.” On the other hand, a community of covenanters in “Egypt” will turn back to Jehovah,
    who will send them a savior and deliver them. In the end, at the commencement of the millennial age, America will again become “my people”—a covenant people of God (Isaiah 19).

    5. 20. 2010

  • Dewey Olsen

    The book of Isaiah—Blueprint of Our Time
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    What sets the book of Isaiah apart from all other prophetic writings is its all-inclusiveness in depicting an End-Time scenario. More complete in its portrayal of that time than even apocalyptic writings such as Daniel and Revelation, it spells out a great confluence of events to which humanity may look forward. Using Israel’s ancient history as an allegory of the end of the world, it predicts the future by drawing on events of the past. Only a prophet–poet with extraordinary literary skills could have predicted “the end” based on the world’s beginnings (Isaiah 46:10). Only a visionary who saw both time periods could have crafted such a prophetic masterpiece.

    While the book of Isaiah’s apocalyptic message accords with Jewish tradition, and while literary structures provide proof of its twofold applicability—Isaiah’s day and the end of the world—it still requires a leap of faith to believe that this is indeed a handbook for our time. For one thing, it may mean discarding much or all of what we have been taught. Isaiah foresees this confusion when he speaks of the deaf “hearing” and the blind “seeing” the words of his book. Only then will “they who erred in spirit gain understanding and they who murmured accept instruction” (Isaiah 29:18, 24). Fortunately, not all of God’s people fall in that category (Isaiah 66:2, 5).

    10. 12. 2011

  • Dewey Olsen

    End-Time “Egypt”—A Superpower in Decline
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Isaiah’s use of types of ancient world powers that foreshadow End-Time ones extends to the great superpower Egypt. As with all nations and persons who appear in the book of Isaiah, their true identity emerges when we observe how Isaiah characterizes them, not when we apply historical or archaeological data, though at times that may help. In searching the world today for a nation that matches Isaiah’s description of “Egypt,” the sole candidate is America. That connection is further strengthened by the fact that God’s people anciently dwelt in Egypt, that Joseph ruled Egypt, and that the birthright tribe of Ephraim sprang from Joseph and Asenath, an Egyptian woman.

    Isaiah’s “Egypt,” however, is a superpower in decline: “The ministers of Zoan have been foolish, the officials of Noph deluded; the heads of state have led Egypt astray. Jehovah has permeated them with a spirit of confusion; they have misled Egypt in all that it does, causing it to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit. . . . Manufacturers of combed linen and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed. The textile workers will know despair, and all who work for wages suffer distress. . . . I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians; they will fight brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor, city against city and state against state” (Isaiah 19:2, 9–10, 13–14).

    11. 16. 2011

  • L777

    Many millions of low information idiots voted for this illegal POTUS, I saw this coming before the election of 2012 and I did my best to warn these useful idiots that Obama’s Forward was more poverty for Americans. Obama’s policies is strangling the nation and his crappy healthcare is killing jobs.

    The only one doing well is this Lying Fool Obama and his corrupt cronies. Obama has wasted in 5 years 9 Trillion taxpayer’s money that could have been used to create jobs for All Americans. Instead he gave many billions to his muslim buddies the muslim brotherhood and many Billions to muslim Countries that don’t like nor respect us

    So if you voted for this Fool, you voted to be in poverty

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