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16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse

Disaster Is ComingSometimes I think that I sound like a broken record.  I am constantly using phrases such as "get prepared while you still can" and "time is running out".  In fact, I use them so often that people are starting to criticize me for it.  But the truth is that only a small percentage of people out there are actively taking steps to get ready for what is coming.  Most of the country is not prepared at all.  In many ways, it is just like 2007 all over again.  There were many people that could see what was about to happen and were doing all they could to warn people, but most did not listen.  And then the great financial crisis of 2008 struck and millions of people lost their jobs and their homes.  Unfortunately, the next great wave of the economic collapse is going to be even more painful than the last one.  It is imperative that people get prepared for what is on the horizon, but for the most part it is just not happening.

A lot of it has to do with the fact that we have such short memories and such short attention spans in America today.  Thanks to years of television and endless hours on the Internet, I find myself having a really hard time focusing on anything for more than just a few moments.  And we are accustomed to living in an "instant society" where we don't have to wait for anything.  In such a society, we are used to "news cycles" that only last for 24 hours and very few people take a "long-term view" of anything.

And another one of the big problems that we are facing is something called "normalcy bias".  The following is how Wikipedia defines it...

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

Over the past several years, the U.S. economy has been relatively stable.  And that is a good thing.  But it has also lulled millions upon millions of people into a false sense of security and complacency.  At this point, most Americans consider 2008 to be a temporary bump in the road, and most assume that the U.S. economy will always be strong.

Unfortunately, that is not the truth.  As I have written about previously, the long-term trends that are destroying our economy have continued to get worse since 2008, and none of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed.

We are steamrolling toward the edge of an economic cliff, and most people in our entertainment-addicted society are totally oblivious to what is going on.  So they are not doing anything to get ready for the immense economic pain that is coming.  The following are 16 signs that most Americans are completely unprepared for the coming economic collapse...

#1 Could you come up with $2000 right now?  According to a shocking study that was just released, 40 percent of Americans could not...

Forty percent of individuals in the U.S. said they could not or probably could not come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose, according to research by Atif Mian of Princeton University and Amir Sufi of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

#2 In that same study, Americans were asked the following question...

"Do you have 3 months emergency funds to cover expenses in case of sickness, job loss, economic downturn?"

An astounding 60 percent of people that responded said that they do not.

#3 Another study found that less than one out of every four Americans has enough money stored away to cover six months of expenses.

#4 Some people are actually trying really hard to get ahead, but admittedly that is really tough to do when we are all being taxed into oblivion.  In fact, it was reported this week that Americans now spend more on taxes than they spend on food, clothing and housing combined.

#5 Right now, more Americans are dependent on the government than ever before.  In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that currently gets direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

#6 It is estimated that less than 10 percent of the entire U.S. population owns any gold or silver for investment purposes.  That is a stunning number.

#7 It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 million "preppers" in the United States.  But that means that almost everyone else is not prepping.

#8-16 The following are nine more statistics that come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation.  As you can see, a significant portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days...

  • 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits
  • 48 percent lack emergency supplies
  • 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
  • 42 percent do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
  • 21 percent don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
  • 37 percent do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
  • 52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents

What do you think is going to happen to these people once the economy collapses and there is chaos in the streets?

How are they going to survive?

After all of these years of writing about the coming economic collapse, nothing has changed as far as the long-term outlook is concerned.

We are still heading toward a complete and total economic meltdown.

But most Americans continue to have faith in the system, and the mainstream media keeps assuring them that everything is going to be just fine.

And in this "dumbed-down" society of ours, most people are perfectly content to let others do their thinking for them.  In America today, only one out of every six Americans can even find Ukraine on a map of the world.  That is how far we have fallen.

In this day and age, it is imperative that we all learn how to think for ourselves.  The foundations of our society are crumbling, our economic system is failing and the blind are leading the blind.  If we do not learn to make our own decisions, we are just going to follow the rest of the herd into oblivion.

In addition, we all need to start taking a long-term view of things.  Just because the economic collapse is not going to happen this month does not mean that it is not going to happen.  When you step back and take a broader view of what is happening, it becomes exceedingly clear where we are heading.

Sadly, most Americans will never do that.

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  • Gay Veteran

    Polly want a cracker

  • Gay Veteran

    Polly want a cracker?

  • GSOB

    Hi.

    I remember you.
    Now that you got that off your chest.

    How’s life?

    Read any good books lately?
    Seen the movie Noah yet?

    How’s the weather out in your neck of the woods?

    • Catalin Oancea

      Spoken like a true heretic. What next, are you going to assume I read the lunatics Ruckman and Richling too, just because they use the KJV to spread their demonic doctrines?
      And you aren’t actually telling me that, I don’t care what is your opinion in regards to anything. You are trying to influence those that read because you very well know I won’t listen to a word you have to say.
      May the Lord Jesus Christ reward you according to your works. If they be evil, may you be consumed by His wrath and made a public example of His judgment; if they be good, may He abundatly bless you and cause great increase in your household.

      • GSOB

        Thanks for praying for me.

        Yes,….

        A fine example of the grace in your soul.

        Anything else?

    • FirstGarden

      Well, we have versions, inversions, reversions, perversions, revised versions & reversed visions, expository & devotional, prophecy bibles, red letter, pulpit, pocket, New World, Old World, New-Testament onlys, O.T. onlys, Messianics, messy antics, transliterations and paraphrases, dynamic-equivalents, American, English, New International, Greek interlinears, Strongs, seminaries, cemetaries, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons & other cons.. ad infinitum ad nauseum.

      My fave version is the Living Reader Version.

      • GSOB

        As long as you study it…,
        I trust the Lord will dispense of His gifts as He sees fit, in all Wisdom.

  • Spy#1

    Looking at all of this, I don’t really see how anyone will survive if there is a total collapse. If you don’t have a large offshore bank account, a passport, and a timely warning, you are doomed. Shortly after the collapse, I foresee a very nasty civil war starting along racial and ethnic lines. Thank you Ted Kennedy for making the U.S. a third world immigrant haven.

    • FirstGarden

      Not Ted Kennedy, dead Kennedy.. not even Marylon Manson. It’s the dark side in all of us that brought this about, with each sad event occasioned by one party or another.

      • Spy#1

        Borders, Language, and Culture. That has all but completely disappeared from this country. The main issue is that the people that will bring on the collapse will have a safe haven when all is said and done. The rest of us….

        • FirstGarden

          Gotcha. I love Michael Savage too. Notice, I didn’t say “like”. lol. And I enjoy the whole 10 minutes I can stand listening to him. :-)

  • 2Gary2

    We Americans simply like to think of No. 1 and that if we have more than
    others then we deserve that “more”! The idea that poor people “deserve”
    to be poor or don’t work out of choice is ridiculous. Do read a book
    called “The Other America” written in early 1960′s by Michael
    Harrington. It could have been written yesterday – it is so in tune with
    the way America is today.

    I suspect that B.Obama was a fresh Chicago lawyer discovered by billionaire
    Penny Pritzker and groomed by her and her
    conservative friends and fully supported to
    become POTUS to further the conservative
    program in the US. He has done everything
    they wanted. With Clinton, Bush, Obama, and
    Hilary to come, they’ll have tied the bow. Wo
    is us.

    • FirstGarden

      “We Americans simply like to think of No. 1 and that if we have more than others then we deserve that ‘more’”!

      In the broader perspective, all nations think this way. (Regardless to political ideology, human selfishness prevails in one form or another, and the cream rises to the top.) We just have had more resources, more blessings bestowed on us from our Benevolent Creator. So more is expected of us.

      “The idea that poor people ‘deserve’
      to be poor or don’t work out of choice is ridiculous.”

      I think most poor folks would rather work and have the dignity that goes with it. But in fairness to the truth, some DO NOT work.. out of choice. I’ve met several of them. (Some rich don’t work either.) Life is full of mixture. Please be careful not to paint life with a broad brush.

    • Drud

      Yes, we are selfish. The obvious solution is to make laws against selfishness and enforce them under threat of pain and death with a massive militarized government? What can possibly go wrong?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.harper.520562 Jack Harper

    There is no such thing as prepping for what’s coming.
    You will either be lucky in the spot you happen to reside or unlucky.
    Any thing else is a fools folly.

    • Wally

      I agree. The people that bought condos in the old missile tubes in the mid west, unless you live there now how will you possible get there when the shtf?

  • skacutter

    oh yes…christian religion has saved us all. PLEASE!! religion is one of the biggest evils in the world today!!

  • libswillalwayssucktheobamacock

    I need a new article, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

  • Always tomorrow

    No new articles in days. Does this mean economic collapse has come to this website? :-)

    • FirstGarden

      Does Michael have no right to take a break?

  • wally

    I think Michael has executed his exit strategy. Maybe a sign to the rest of us.

    • Bill

      Might be right. Let’s start a new topic.

      Try this: CNBC seems to be part of the elite propaganda machine with their constantly changing, confusing and what I see as bs headlines meant only to delay the mother of all collapses. A few minutes ago it was something to the effect of Nasdaq’s best turnaround in 5 years. Has anyone else read this and felt immediate confusion?

      • Joe Kleinkamp

        Speaking of CNBC, they bring on analyst after analyst each with a view that contradicts the last. When one is eventually right about something they say, “Like we predicted last week” this or that happened. Think about this: if you have a stock you want to sell high would you be telling everyone else to sell? No, you’d tell them to buy. If you wanted to buy low you might be telling everyone else it’s time to sell.

        • Bill

          Thanks for your interest and understanding. This is is part of the plan of psychological warfare to destroy America. But, it gets worse. Watch for my next post concerning the ring that the imposter never removes from his finger.

    • FirstGarden

      Dudes, don’t a lot of you skip much of the article and go straight to the comments?
      That’s where the real fun begins.

    • Always tomorrow

      I agree. I think his strategy was to invest in site vendors and now he has cashed in and is on a beach laughing and counting the money people spent on prepping supplies.

  • Lesley Mackin Huhn

    i am thinking I better get a few chickens and a cow just in case!!

  • Mike Smithy

    Welcome to Obamaville.

  • Priszilla

    Hi Michael, what’s happening in Ukraine? Is the CIA trying to start WW III with Russia after America didn’t get permission to bomb Syria?

    • Dmitriy Gaydukov

      No, i think they want to use Ukraine as a bargain with Russia. So Russia will get Ukraine and USA will get Syria.

  • Hammerstrike

    Have you had any weird accident?

  • 2Gary2

    Republicans
    in bill after bill give tax cuts to the rich, adding to the tax burden
    of the middle class and poor to pay the 1 percent’s way to overseas tax
    shelters and villas, and on top of it off, suppress the vote of those on
    whom the burden mostly (and unfairly) falls.

    Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance poll reveals, “a robust majority, 61%, believe that upper-income people pay too little.”

    This is why conservatives are going down hard.

    Tax the rich hard and spread the wealth.

    • robert h siddell, jr

      Comrade, before you just take everything others have earned until we look like Cuba, Detroit or Zimbabwe, get out of your free house, etc, and at least grow a garden.

      • 2Gary2

        dawg-no one said take everything. That is your fogged mind making things up. Turn off fox hoss and think.

        • robert h siddell, jr

          When the welfare queens need more, more… when/where will you stop stealing? You won’t…

  • Bill

    CNBC: “Up 100 points because of Yahoo”. Bulls***!

    Time to stop this psyco-warfare.

  • Bill

    It was recently stated that there are more people receiving assistance than there are women who work. Since there are now about the same number of men as women who are working it would appear that our economy is being “steered” in the wrong direction by the libs and their handouts.

  • drizzy7139 .

    fff

  • Stixie

    First of all, there is the belief in pre-tribulation or post-tribulation Rapture. If Jehovah did not spare Jesus from the torture stake, nor the disciples from their deaths, and 1st Century Christians from the lions, neither will he spare today’s Christians from the Great Tribulation. It is not until the battle of Armageddon at the Great Tribulation’s end that true Christians will be taken b/c there will be a complete and absolute slaughter of those that remain.
    Jehovah said NOT to put your FAITH in man, weapons, food, silver/gold, because only He can deliver us in the end (though that does not mean that you cannot Prep).
    The Great Tribulation = the Great War, Famines, Pestilence, Earthquakes, Volcanic eruptions, Tsunamis, Meteorites and Death [How does anyone believe that they are going to survive this Period without Jehovah?]

    • GSOB

      Great Tribulation.

      The phrase “Great Tribulation” appears in Matthew 24:15 and Revelation 2:22; 7:14. In both of these contexts this tribulation period is tied to the first century, because it is in “this generation” (Matt. 24:34) or “must shortly come to pass” (Rev. 1:1; 22:6) because “the time is near” (Rev. 1:3; 22:10).

      The great tribulation speaks of the devastation overwhelming first century Israel and resulting in the destruction of her Temple during the Jewish War with Rome.

      It is a divine judgment upon the first century Jews for rejecting the Messiah (Matt. 23:37-24:3).

      In other words…. The Great Tribulation is fulfilled.

      But….
      In dispensationalism, the Great Tribulation is extracted from its contextual time constraints and placed in the distant future after the Rapture of the Church and just before the Second Coming of Christ.

      It becomes a seven year period of trial for the Jews that will witness the rebuilding of the Temple, the arising of Antichrist, the destruction of two-thirds of the world Jewish population, but finally witness the conversion of the Jewish remnant who will welcome the Second Coming of Christ to deliver them.

  • GSOB

    My favorite book out of the Scriptures.

  • SchoeneTante

    If everything collapses, how will having health insurance papers and a list of your meds and help you, exactly? A stockpile of actual meds will be of much more use.

  • Indubitous

    Please. Now replace ever “illegal” with colonist (yes, those colonists) and you’ve got yourself a REAL, true complaint…

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