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16 Statistics Which Prove That The American People Are Absolutely Seething With Anger

According to a whole host of polls and surveys, the American people are incredibly angry right now.  The American people are hopping mad at the government, the American people are hopping mad about the economy and the American people are hopping mad about the direction that this country is headed.  Never before in modern U.S. history have the American people been this angry.  There is vast disagreement about what the solutions to our problems actually are, but what everyone can agree on is that the American people are absolutely seething with anger right now.  The statistics that you are about to read are mind blowing.  We used to be such a happy country.  Once upon a time we were one of the happiest places on earth.  But as the economy has fallen to pieces anger has been steadily growing.  If something is not done to turn the economy around eventually this anger is going to erupt in frightening and unpredictable ways.

The American people are not equipped to handle hard times.  We are incredibly spoiled.  Most of us have only known good times, and most of us have been taught that we will have endless prosperity all of our lives because we live in the greatest nation on earth.

Well, “the greatest nation on earth” is about to get a massive wake up call.  We are up to our eyeballs in debt and we are bleeding jobs, businesses and wealth at an astounding pace.  Our economy is dying right in front of our eyes, and most Americans have been so “dumbed-down” that they don’t even realize what is happening.

But what most Americans do know is that things are “bad” and they want someone to “fix” things.  They know that something is “not right” and they want things to go back to the way things used to be.  The longer it takes for things to return to “normal”, the angrier they are going to get.

The following are 16 statistics which prove that the American people are absolutely seething with anger right now….

#1 A new Washington Post poll has found that a whopping 78 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the way this country’s political system is working”.

#2 That same poll found that only 26 percent of Americans believe that the federal government can solve the economic problems that we are now facing.

#3 Gallup says that Barack Obama’s job approval rating has hit an all-time low of 39%.

#4 According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, Congress has a disapproval rating of 82%.

#5 A new Rasmussen survey has found that 85 percent of Americans believe that members of Congress “are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people.”

#6 That same survey found that 46 percent of the American people believe that most members of Congress are corrupt.  That figure was a new all-time high.

#7 According to a different Rasmussen survey, only 17 percent of Americans now believe that the U.S. government has the consent of the governed.

#8 A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll discovered that 73 percent of the American people believe that the nation is “on the wrong track”.

#9 A recent poll taken by Rasmussen found that 68 percent of Americans believe that we are actually in a recession right now.

#10 According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans that lack confidence in U.S. banks is now at an all-time high of 36%.

#11 U.S. consumer confidence is now at its lowest level in 30 years.

#12 According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 90 percent of Americans believe that the economy is performing poorly.

#13 That same poll found that approximately 80 percent of Americans believe that it is “difficult” to find a job these days.

#14 According to one recent poll, 39 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. economy has now entered a “permanent decline”.

#15 Another recent survey found that 48 percent of Americans believe that it is likely that another great Depression will begin within the next 12 months.

#16 According to a brand new Rasmussen survey, 48% of Americans believe that reductions in government spending are “at least somewhat likely” to result in civil unrest inside the United States.

So why doesn’t the government step in and spend a whole bunch of money and make everything all better?

Well, the problem is that we have done this time after time before and now we are broke.

We have been living way, way beyond our means for decades and now the bills are coming due.

David Walker, the former Comptroller General of the United States, has been warning about our debt problem for years.  Walker says that the United States is heading for a “sudden and very painful” economic collapse….

“Here’s the bottom line. If you take the total liabilities of the United States – public debt, unfunded pensions, retiree health care, under funding with regard to social security, with regard to medicare, a range of commitments and contingencies – as of September 30 2010 we would have had to have had $61.6 trillion dollars in the bank in order to be able to defease those obligations.”

The cold, hard truth is that the U.S. national debt should have been addressed many years ago when it was still relatively small.

At this point, there is no solution to our national debt problem under our current financial system.

Most state governments are also facing huge financial problems.  The state government of Illinois is so broke at this point that it can’t even afford to bury the poor people that are dying.

But Illinois is not alone.  All over the country, state and local governments have been implementing austerity measures.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, state and local governments have slashed more than half a million jobs since August 2008.

That is a whole lot of good jobs that aren’t there anymore.

But government debt is not the only debt problem that we are facing.  Personal debt is also a raging crisis.

According to USDebtClock.org, the total amount of personal debt in the United States is now over 16 trillion dollars.  The exploding levels of personal debt have created a tremendous amount of stress in households from coast to coast.

When I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was in the middle class.  But today the middle class is shrinking at lightning speed.

According to author David DeGraw, 17.3% of all Americans were living in poverty during 2009.  Not only that, DeGraw also says that 9 major U.S. cities have a poverty rate of over 25 percent.

Can you imagine that?

In fact, there are some cities such as Detroit where the poverty rate is over 35 percent.

It is hard to believe what is happening to America.  Today, there are over 45 million Americans on food stamps.  That number has increased by approximately 12 percent in the last year alone.

There are currently 34 million Americans that need a full-time job.  Unemployment is rampant and there is intense competition even for part-time jobs that pay minimum wage.

So where did all of the jobs go?

Well, as I have written about previously, globalism is absolutely devastating our economy.  Millions of our jobs have been shipped to countries where labor is far, far cheaper and they aren’t coming back.

In addition, millions of Americans that do still have jobs are also deeply struggling right now.  There are millions and millions of Americans that are working part-time jobs because that is all that they can find right now.  Millions of other Americans are flat broke and are discovering that their paychecks are “shrinking” due to inflation.  Wages have barely risen while prices for food and other necessities are skyrocketing.

Most families are really struggling to get by right now.

According to the Washington Post, the average yearly income of the bottom 90 percent of U.S. income earners is $31,244.

It is really hard to pay a mortgage and feed a family on that income.

The only people that seem to be doing well are at the very top.

The average yearly income of the top 0.1% of U.S. income earners is 5.6 million dollars.

Not that making money is a bad thing, but when an economic system funnels all of the rewards to the very top you know something is deeply broken.

The poorest 50% of all Americans now own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

A lot of poor Americans have literally fallen off the map.  The Daily Mail recently did a feature on one tent city that has been constructed deep in a forest in New Jersey….

In scenes reminiscent of the Great Depression these are the ramshackle homes of the desperate and destitute U.S. families who have set up their own ‘Tent City’ only an hour from Manhattan.

More than 50 homeless people have joined the community within New Jersey’s forests as the economic crisis has wrecked their American dream.

You can see shocking pictures of this tent city right here.

So it is no wonder why so many Americans are so angry.

If you lost your job or your home you would probably be angry too.

Most Americans just want to be able to go to work, make a decent living, pay the mortgage and provide for their families.

But in America today that is becoming increasingly difficult to do.

Our economy is a giant mess and the American people are becoming very angry.

If the economy gets even worse, they are going to become even angrier.

Storm clouds are gathering on the horizon.

Things are about to get very, very interesting.

  • Lennie Pike

    I it weren’t for fiat money, none of this would have happened. Could fiat money be the only reason it did happen? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaww, it couldn’t be that simple.

    • Old Man

      It’s not fiat money per se. It’s the reckless mismanagement of fiat money.

      All things in human society must be properly managed. Hell, if you drink too much vital water, you die.

      Just about all countries in the world today use some form of fiat money system. You don’t see all of them blow up? Look at US neighbors Canada & Mexico. Mexico is a 2nd world state with its share of considerable problems. But do you see the peso blow up? Check out Canada, a gentler & kinder version of America. Same fiat money system managed by a central bank. Almost the same capitalist system. I have news for you, Canadian money, economy, industry, housing, employment etc are in fine shape.

      It’s how you manage what you adopt. For at least a dozen years, experts have warned US monetary and fiscal management were courting disaster. All were summarily dismissed. So things blow up because the leaders and managers of America wanted it that way.

    • Curtis

      I think you’re right. And all the garbage they’re arguing about on television is a total distraction and waste of time. Like the rich not paying enough taxes. OK maybe they should pay more, but that’s not going to solve anything. It won’t even be a drop in the bucket of the economic nightmare we face.

  • Divinacio

    Yeah, Americans are so fed up that the race for GOP candidates is a three way that includes Romney and Bachmann. They’re so fed up that they refuse to demand changes in the way Congress gets paid and the benefits package for public service. They’re so fed up that they’ve started forming community groups to address the issues in their own communities.

    Americans are fed up alrighty! With McDonalds, Dancing with the Stars, Idol, Britney’s new beau,Jen’s pregnancy status and Arnold’s illegitimate baby.

    Americans are useless! Representative government sucks, but who’s going to vote in a direct democracy, the idiots that live in trailer parks have 10 kids, live on welfare and think the tea party has the right idea because Jesus says so?

    • tome22

      I happen to be one of the idiots who live in a trailer park, and by no means am I happy with things. I dont have 10 kids and within the whole trailer park there isnt anyone who has any kids. It may be true that people who live in trailer parks are on the last step of the economic ladder, but it matters very much to us the goings on in politics and economics of the US.Its apparent that your very angry at others for the situation we all find our selves in, but to lash out at a particular segment of people whom I know personally is not right.It is true that some do live on welfare,I personally am retired and collect social security and collect food stamps but after that there is no money for anything else. We here do believe that the Tea Party has got it all wrong. That government does not have the answer to our problems,but we still have hope for the future,even though it seems that your ready to throw in the towel, that is sad.

      • EthelMayPotter

        Amen!

    • Rowell

      In regards to the GOP candidates, if you watch closely, you’ll notice that the MEDIA is saying who the front runners are (Perry and Romney). This is despite the polls that show Ron Paul as the people’s choice. Media is part of the problem.

      • Just me

        I’m glad that someone noticed that the Media is ignoring Ron Paul. I hope he wins NH, Iowa and S.C in the primaries next yr.

      • veemac

        sure is Ron Paul is someone that i can listen to without changing the radio station. don’t watch TV
        nothing worth watching.

        • veemac

          i was a democrat but i’m going independent. Not Republican not Democrat anymore they are all the same. Let nothing happen to Ron there will be hell to pay

    • bobbobbobbob

      yea ha ha ha!!!!

    • onaroll

      Americans are “useless?” Speak for yourself, or are you some sort of furriner? Who advocates for a “democracy” but someone ignorant that we are a Constitutional Republic. Wisconsin has a recall, sort of a democracy in action, and it attempts to oust legislators making their first vote after assuming office? Not on character, or dereliction, but on casting a vote that has two legitimate viewpoints to pick from. Unbelievable stupidity.

  • AA plus rating

    Sobering article, but to the point. The links to the articles on tent cities were helpful. I recently reread Grapes of Wrath. What a sobering and sickening book, made more so by seeing several articles about tent cities springing up around the US. Even more sobering are the articles about municipalities passing ordinances that force police to shut down these tent cities, and evict the residents. WOW!

  • Otown Right Guy

    “Most Americans just want to be able to go to work, make a decent living, pay the mortgage and provide for their families.”

    I strongly disagree with that statement. Most Americans want smart phones, iPads, cable TV, multiple flat screens, gym memberships, multiple new imported cars with expensive rims, much larger houses then they need with expensive upgrades, vacation homes, boats, RVs, ATVs, etc.

    These types of things used to be luxuries for the rich. Now the middle class think they are necessities. That is the primary reason why they are so unhappy. Materialism. To make matters worse they have been purchasing it all on credit and guess what, the bill is now due!

    • Old Man

      “Most Americans want smart phones, iPads, cable TV, multiple flat screens …’

      Ah yes, so true.

      In the greatest recession of the past 40 years, there are enough kids and other ‘depressed’ folks who went out and bought some 100 million Apple throw-away gadgets to give Apple a market cap greater than that of Exxon, and a corporate cash account (retained earnings) greater than the US government. In the past year, Apple sold more throw-away toys in US than all they sold worldwide. What recession?

      Don’t tell the addicted they are addicted. Don’t tell the faithful not to worship. And don’t tell the American public blame themselves for one big screw ups.

      • Rhinehart Fox

        Along with your point, if 90% of Americans are living on $31k, then how is it that so many still drive newer cars, live in much bigger houses, etc. than I do. I make more than twice that and my wife works too. We have only accumulated a modest retirement savings but our mortgage is nearly retired, we have no other interest bearing loans, and our VISA is paid off every month. Oh yeah, I’m one of those crazy Christians that tithes.

        Many Americans have the same problem as the gov’t,
        they live on credit too. Food, clothing and shelter are necessities. Luxuries are fine if you only buy what you can truly afford. It is a problem that pervades the entire culture.

    • Jack

      “These types of things used to be luxuries for the rich.” – Otown Right Guy

      Just as indoor plumbing,central heating/cooling,
      electricity,telephones,radios,televisions,washing machines and the automobile were,merely a few generations ago.

      Would you label,and then shame the eldest amongst us as materialists,for wanting what is now considered commonplace?
      Certainly you must,as the luxuries listed above,could hardly be deemed necessary then or now.

      Should the working poor(the middle class),rid themselves of these too,lest they be labeled hypocrites as well?

      Judgement,is a dangerous weapon when wielded by those who lack perspective!

      Materialism is unhealthy,I agree,but it is only a symptom of a far greater,unrealized,”primary” longing.
      A longing that only God,His Truth and obedience to His Law can fulfill.

      “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19 – New International Version (1984)

      • http://none Vince

        Amen, brother !

    • Curtis

      Most? no. Most can’t afford any of that garbage. I know I can’t. 13 million American children live below poverty. Think they want an Ipad, or more, better food on the table?

      Your statements make me angry because they’re in line with the bullshit they push on T.V. blaming this mess on Americans. It’s NOT our fault any of this happened.

      • EthelMayPotter

        While your at it may I add I am tired of referring to ordinary good citizens as sheeple. Trust me many are aware but like the hoighty toighty their hands are tied. I know I am happier and breathe, live better when I shut out the incoming dude. God help us all or whoever the diety of choice or not is.

    • veemac

      I have an old truck thats paid for basic cable to get online with. we don’t watch TV and a basic dumb cell phone.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    That’s why I am confident in predicting we are about to have another Global Financial Crisis—I’m calling it The Sequel: Same movie, same players, same story. Only this time around—like all good sequels—the financial crisis we are about to experience is going to be bigger, longer, and uncut by bailouts.

    By the way, that is the key difference between 2008 and 2011: We’re not going to have a Hollywood Ending this time around. The governments of Europe and the United States, as well as their respective central banks, do not have any weapons to fight off this 2011 financial crisis, as they did in 2008, for the simple reason that they used them all up—they’re out of bullets, both monetarily and politically.

    So when The Sequel hits the big screen, there won’t be a Big Daddy Government deus ex machina to come save the day in the third act twist. When The Sequel hits, we’re on our own.

    Let’s discuss the structural similarities between the original and The Sequel:

    In both 2008 and now 2011, you had unpayable debts at the center of a fragile financial system. In 2008, it was mortgage backed securities and collateralized debt obligations—the so-called “toxic assets”. I think we all know that story pretty well.

    In 2011, we have European sovereign debt. And just like the toxic assets of 2008, the Euro-bonds might have been rated AAA, but they certainly aren’t blue-chip—they are more like brown-chip: That deep brown color peculiar to fast-sinking dog-turds.

    In both 2008 and 2011, these unpayable debts—emitted over many years, accumulating silently and asymptomatically like plaque in the arteries—gave a false sense of prosperity in the years leading up to the respective crises.

    In the lead up to 2008, the MBS’s and CDO’s gave the American homeowner a sense that their house was their personal private ATM sitting on their quarter-acre suburban lot. They also were a profit spigot for the financial sector, which bouyed the U.S. GDP growth, leading to a false sense of national prosperity, even as there were signs that the non-financial sector of the economy was diving.

    In the lead up to 2011, on the other hand, the sovereign debt of the eurozone countries gave the European citizens a sense that they could afford to buy all the imported goods they could ever want, as well as the sense that their government could afford to pay for all the social welfare programs they were all promised—without having to pay for any of this by way of higher taxes. Hell, that was the entire Labour governments’ platform between 1997 and 2010: Blair and Brown gave the UK a welfare state and low taxes—all paid for with sovereign debt.

    In both 2008 and 2011, you have banks exposed to these bad debts both directly and indirectly—and this exposure in 2011 threatens to topple the entire financial structure, just as it almost did in 2008.

    In 2008, the financial institutions with direct exposure to the toxic assets—that is, the institutions that actually owned these crap bonds that would never be paid in full—were mostly American banks. Their capitalization depended on how pristine these toxic assets were. As it became increasingly clear that the toxic assets were exactly that—toxic—the banks holding this crap found themselves not only without the capitalization to pass regulatory muster, but in fact found themselves functionally insolvent—hence the suspension of FASB 157, coupled with the injection of $150 billion worth of capital by way of TARP.

    In 2011, the financial institutions with direct exposure to toxic assets—in this case, the European sovereign bonds, especially from the PIIGS—are once again banks, this time around mostly European banks: UniCredit, Société Générale, Dexia.

    Like 2008, these assets might be rated triple-A, but they’re dog-turds—and they threaten these banks with insolvency, if any of them default. A bankruptcy of any of the aforementioned European banks would have massive consequences for the rest of the global financial construct—it would not be a Europe-only problem, just as the bankruptcy of Lehman was most definitely not an America-only catastrophe.ITS JUST ABOUT OVER!!!

    • Old Man

      Good comparison between America and EU. But you missed out some of the most important ones.

      1) Europeans can handle crisis a lot better than Americans. Great diverse of cultures, numerous crisis during and after WW2, and a cooperative mindset among EU nations. America only knows about being Number One and Kick Ass. Being Number Two and getting Ass Kicked can blow up big time real fast.

      2) EU financial problems are quite different than US. EU problems come not from banks corrupting both themselves and governments, but from loaning too much money to the peripheral states, who have spent but not produce the necessary wealth to repay. It is nothing more than a classic business problem where a company spent more than it earned and therefore must downsize. But US problems are vastly more serious, more complicated, more systemic. And it does not have a political system able to solve it.

      3) European private citizens have vast savings and quite rich. Their middle class remains intact. But the American middle class is just about broke and downsizing will proceed for years to come.

      4) While housing in Spain, Ireland, parts of UK have gone down 10%-20%, they have not collapsed. Housing in strong states like Germany, France and neighboring smaller states are all OK. Contrast this with the absolute collapse of both residential and commercial housing in the US.

      5) The EU is not in a deficit situation in key sectors such as energy, natural materials, mass transportation, education, science and advanced technologies. Do I need to point these out in America – deficits for decades and absolutely refused to solve them.

      6) The EU does not have a trillion-dollar military to support.

      7) Europeans are not obsessed with being rich with money. They just want to have a basic happy life, which can be costly but far less costly than the mad dog rush to suck up dollars like American.

      In short, EU financial problems are not systemic, but is stressing the half-baked nature of the Euro currency setup. They must redesign the Eurozone and take a moderate hit on debt. Life goes on.

      America problems are far far more severe, and dangerous. America must take another $10 trillion dollar hit before things on the financial side get back into reality.

      • sharonsj

        You forgot that most of these nations are–gasp–socialist. So they provide their citizens with health care, among other things, while millions of Americans go broke trying to stay alive.

        And the tiny bit of food stamps and other Federal/State assistance we get in the U.S. isn’t enough to offset the rampant inflation the government says doesn’t exist.

        • Old Man

          Socialist!@!

          American minds have been washed by a couple of decades of propaganda from Big Money – everything that hurts corporate profits is Socialist!!

          The parallel in politics is Communism. Anything each of the 2 major parties don’t like is branded Communist!!

          Hey, the FCC not only centrally plans all commercial aviation but actually runs airports and traffic controllers!! Utterly socialist.

          Just about all of Europe, Australia & NZ, Japan, Asian Tiger countries, most wealthy Arab states, Canada, Mexico, some S American countries, even Cuba all one thing in common: they all operate a national health care system for basic primary care. Just like the fire department but for human health. These ‘socialist’ states are ‘condemn to failure!’ according to the GOP. Here’s the funny part: America have been laughing, even insulting, these countries’ health system for decades. Who’s laughing now?

      • bobbobbobbob

        amerika ha ha hahaha!!!!!

    • McKinley Morganfield

      Smash,

      Great post.

    • uncurable wound

      Excellent points,thankyou.
      The days get long when I feel Im the only one who understands this.
      Spot on.
      Fear is passing,its to overwhelming.
      Anger is coming…
      RAGE!!!

    • Doofus

      Remember when you cut and paste you should cite your sources. I read an article on Zero Hedge that was pretty much verbatim.

      Here’s the link

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-%E2%80%9C-sequel%E2%80%9D-how-2011-repeat-2008%E2%80%94only-bigger-longer-and-uncut-bailouts

      Please give credit where credit is due.

      Good post though.

      • Doofus

        On that note. I would like to add that people need to be more honest about where they get their information so that readers can check it out for themselves. Intellectual dishonesty has been running rampant and I believe it adds even more confusion to an already overwhelming society. If we can’t trust each other to accurately describe who said what when and in what context, then the window for an honest discussion closes, and the picture becomes distorted.

        • bobbobbobbob

          google “walmart pesant insurance” to cee what the corporate white elite thinks of u amerikans = low class pesants

    • MonkeySmoke

      Did you write this or lift it from ZeroHedge? It sounds very familiar, especially the very beginning. Just curious.

  • BigM

    And so what does the government do when they see the middle class shrinking rapidly and the rich getting richer. They create hostility by claiming “shared sacrifice”! They certainly can’t let a good crisis go by without taking advantage of it.

    They are pitting the American people against each other right before our eyes. The poor against the rich and the unfortunate unemployed who once were doing so well.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Keep those water buckets moving Ben, you’re doing a great job!

  • Gary2

    Americans Don’t Realize Just How Badly We’re Getting Screwed by the Top 0.1 Percent Hoarding the Country’s Wealth
    With an unprecedented sum of wealth held within the top one-tenth of one percent of the US population, we now have the most severe inequality of wealth in US history.

    Follow the link and read the article. The author is 100 times smarter than the re-pubes/conservative terrorists and goofy libertarians. (not a high bar to get over) Sorry to bring reality to you right wing terrorists but this is the reality. The rich WILL pay more taxes either voluntarily or not. People in the USA will be doing some wealth redistribution themselves. Yes we all have guns so it will not be too different than London. Maybe a bit messier.

    TAX THE RICH AND SPREAD THE WEALTH.

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/152010/americans_don't_realize_just_how_badly_we're_getting_screwed_by_the_top_0.1_percent_hoarding_the_country's_wealth/

    • Tripseven

      Gary,

      I disagree. The American people aren’t being screwed by the top .1%. we’re being screwed by 535 people in DC.
      I grow weary of reading you snivel and call people with whom you disagree names. If you really held the moral high ground, you couild elevate your commentaries to the topics and not mean spirited name calling and ideology bashing.

      The rich already pay more in taxes than 96% of the people, how much do you want them to pay? put a number on it.

      Lastly, I urge caution in your final comments. If we degenerate into gun toting violence everyone loses, we won’t the re-distribution you hope for. Nor will there be the future I hope for.

      peace

      777

      • Gary2

        Its because they have 96% of the money. DUH!

    • onaroll

      Gary, what school turned you into a marxist? Did we taxpayers fund it? Did the demmocrats staff it, with textbooks from the Tides foundation.
      There needs to be a lobotomy clinic to turn you into a useful drone with a product to offer society instead of a mouth to spout nonsense.

  • Gary2

    And all the right wants to do is further cut taxes on the rich. I say its time we poor do a little wealth redistribution like they did in London.

    F the rich, time to take back the wealth they stole from us.

    For the top 10% there is and never was any recession which is why the polls are not 100% say the country is in a depression.

    Does anyone really think the masses of poor will not rise up against the rich? Even the goofs who listen to talk hate radio are less and less in number. With the new rating system in place the right wing hate machine was discovered to have way fewer listeners than they thought they had.

    • Mark

      What did they steal from you. I guess you have been paid wages when you have worked. You love to put down others that disagree with you. Go rant somewhere else. I for one am tired of your same old line. Get a life and do something better with your time that swear at the rich. This country is not perfect, but it is a whole lot better than most other places on the earth. At least you have food here. The poor here live better than most of the reat of the world.

      • Gary2

        Its not good enough to simply be better than Somalia, We need to be on par with the Scandinavian countries. Please do not say some brain dead comment telling me to move there. I want to bring this country up to their level. They beat us in almost every measure. (Google for yourself-do not take my word for it) Are you satisfied with simply being better than Haiti? I’m not.

        The rich steal by paying poverty wages. Yes they steal IE-break the 7th commandment.

        • bobbobbobbob

          unfortunately the milk is spilt –god bless

        • veemac

          Looks like you just stepped on some right wing toes. They wear blinders.

    • Tripseven

      Not true. the right doesn’t just want tax cuts for the rich. We want everyone to pay into the system. 50% of Americans pay $0.00 taxes.

      I have some questions. Whom would you put in charge of wealth redistribution? On what grounds would the determination to take and give wealth be made? If you sytem was put in place, how long wold it take before the previously rich, devised plans and businesses to re-aquire that wealth again?

      I hope not the same 535 people currently steering the country. If it is them do you really trust them to fairly redistribute wealth? The same group who brought you unemployment benefits which only keep you in poverty? The same group who brought you the IRS?

      Peace

      777

      • sharonsj

        You are incorrect. 50% pay no federal income taxes because they don’t earn enough money. They do, however, pay plenty of state and local taxes. I’d like to know what you and the rest of the right-wing trolls have to say about corporations like ExxonMobil paying no Federal taxes at all?

        • Tripseven

          I will deny until my dying day that I’m a troll.

          Just like you, I find it reprehensible that ExMo and GE are subsidized by taxpayer dollars and report record profits.

          If I had a business, and could do the same, I would. Its good business. Thats what I have to say.
          If you were in business, you’d do the same and if you say otherwise, you won’t be in business long, or your a liar.

          I find it more deplorable that liberals like yourself hate business, but love government which has only set up programs which keep you in poverty. Further, you seem to have (hook line and sinker) taken the class division bait proffered by an elected official telling you; “I’ll get you yours if you vote for me.” Have you seen the salaries they voted to pay themselves? and by the way, did you get yours after you elected them?

          Still waitin’ on that check aren’t ya?
          And you think I’m Stupid.

      • Tripseven

        Sorry for th e mis-spellings. I gotta get a new keyboard.

        • veemac

          Dude you are blind!!

      • Gary2

        Why do I have to keep answering that yes all Americans pay taxes. Ever heard of the regressive SSI tax? that the rich stop paying at 106000? We need to lift that cap and make them pay on all income and not let them get any benefit. They do not need SSI. Sales tax/property tax etc. How can anyone not know this unless they are parroting right wing talking points. Simply think for a minute and you will see the absurdity of your statement.

        To answer your specific questions and thanks for asking:

        I have some questions. Whom would you put in charge of wealth redistribution? Senator Bernie Sanders.

        On what grounds would the determination to take and give wealth be made? Tax all capital gains as income, lift the SSI income cap, Dramatically increase taxes on the rich to 70% while eliminating ANY tax breaks. No more corporate tax loopholes period. I could go on but you get the idea.

        If you sytem was put in place, how long wold it take before the previously rich, devised plans and businesses to re-aquire that wealth again? I do not know-most of the rich are rich because of luck. 50% of success is blind luck and the rest is hard work. You can Google this luck stat yourself to see I am correct. There have been numerous studies to prove this.

        Again I thank you for asking specific questions I can answer. I am not sure how to change the font when posting otherwise I would have been able to make reading my answers much easier. I use Firefox if anyone can tell me how to do this font changing.

      • veemac

        those people won’t be around anymore

    • Rhinehart Fox

      Gary – you are so right. You should go right out and burn down the nearest shop in your neighborhood. Redistribute wealth by stealing a plasma TV and while you are at it, break a few windows and light some cars on fire. Personally, I never knew of a left winger who could back up his big mouth in a real fight. You’ll probably just stay there in your mother’s basement, hiding from the noise.

      • veemac

        no one talking about plasma TV’s. You should know that. your’re just defending the people who use you for a throw rug.

    • bobbobbobbob

      yea ha ha ha ha go getthem

    • Prepping for the Future

      Why are progressive dumb down people like Gary so quick to point theire grubby little finger at someone else about spreading hate…right wing hate machine…. Really Gary seems you are the one spreading HATE every single day here. You are always saying HATE the rich hate the tax breaks hate the Republicans All I ever see from you Gary is HATE.. But that is normal for the progressive Communist traitors in American blame everyone else for what they are doing.. You are a disgrace to be a called an American Gary you are nothing but a welfare Queen crying for more handouts.

      • bobbobbobbob

        cee u in med school as a cadaver

  • http://chuckmoon.blogspot.com/ Chuck
  • Too Many Fat Asses In The USA

    i have the misfortune of currently residing in Lost Angeles. At the corner of Hollywood and Highland, in Hollywood (where the tourists come to *************** in one form or another over footprints of past/present movie stars), there’s a ********* billboard sign, hundreds of feet into the air of that ******* paris hilton. you think i wanna see that mindless ******* on my way home? Michael continues to chronicle the horrendous tribulations of the masses in this country, and here i gotta look at this clueless ********* acting like she’s some kind of model (or whatever).

    to much that’s given, much is expected. this hilton chick could have been an outstanding role model for her generation, instead she’s plastered hundreds of feet in the air perpetuating the myth that “it’s all about me.”

    BTW Micheal, I’m surprised you didn’t mention the recent “near-riot” (notice the word *near*—you gotta love the LA Times and their spin) in Hollywood at a movie premiere about music raves or some shit. happened right outside the famous Mann Chinese Theatre where all those famous star foot/handprints are. naturally, the ******** hilton had to tweet about it some kinda shit like “******!” (i’m not lying) because she couldn’t get there. also, some young people damaged two LA police cruisers (can you blame ‘em? they go no work!). So yall better watch out…London is coming to a theatre near you…

    sorry for all the bad words. i’ve been reading The Burning Platform and i’ve also run out of soap to wash my mouth out with…

  • Too Many Fat Asses In The USA

    BTW, the “near” riot i mention involved about a couple thousand people, and the movie involved was The Electronic Daisy Festival. for yall that don’t know, the Mann Chinese Theatre where this movie premier took place is Right.Next.Door. to where the annual academy awards are held. You got it, chief–much respect.

    Lost Angeles fans are also known for rioting after their team…wins! London is nothing more than a preview of upcoming attractions. You want butter on that popcorn?

  • dmitry

    as always, thank you.

  • Golden Child

    Most Americans have every right to be angry. We are being figuratively robbed at gunpoint by the government at every turn. Student loans never go away until every last cent is paid. A simple trip to the hospital spells financial ruin for hundreds of thousands Americans every year. Gas prices are kept artificially high so oil companies can get ridiculously rich. This has caused everything to become more expensive. Corporatism is screwing regular Americans in the behind with no vaseline. Corporate profits have become bottom-line, not people. If you lose your job and don’t get another one within six months, you may never work again. It doesn’t matter if you have real skills, a distinguished career decades long and the best degrees money can buy. Only one fourth of 2010 college grads have found career work. Those recent grads who have found jobs spend a huge percentage of their salary paying back student loans and are paid low salaries and are the first to be fired when companies downsize. If you have bad credit and are unemployed, it will be harder to get a job than it is to get into Harvard. Having a single immature drunken Facebook post can and will cost you your job or prevent you from a getting a new one. Some estimates state that there are 400 applicants for every open position. It is much easier to get locked up than it is to get a job in America. America has more interest in growing the new age slavery of the prison industrial complex rather than invest in the private sector or America’s crumbling infrastructure and decaying cities. This whole system has been rigged to only benefit a select few rich and well-connected flesh-bags. We are living in a rich thug’s America. The chickens will soon come home to roost. And like the great Malcolm X said I don’t see a reason to get sad at chickens coming home to roost.

    • Highspeed

      I agree with some of what you said, but I have one question. Why shouldn’t you pay back every cent of a student loan. Makes no sense to me. I paid mine back. You should pay yours as well.

    • veemac

      tell that to Prepping for the Future and all those right wing zombies

  • Syrin

    Gary is part of the brain washed masses. The uS has the SMALLEST tax base of any nation on the planet. We have fewer people payiong taxes than any nation on the planet. We are past the tipping point of the Laffer curve. Raising taxes will generate less gov’t revenue. The economy will SHRINK meaning more people will be laid off. That means fewer tax payers, more tax consumers, and LESS gov’t revenue. The tax rate has been through the roof in the past (HISTORY IS NOT THE FRIEND OF THE REGRESSIVE LIBERALS) and the tax revenue generated has been consistently betyween 18and 19% of GDP. They can’t grasp this VERY BASIC economic fact. What does generate more gov’t revenue? Tax cuts. $200 BILLION more under Kennedy, $300 BILLIONB more under Reagan and $300 BILLION more under Bush. Again, FACTS are the enemy of liberals. Those tax cuts release the economy from the shackles allowing it to grow. MILLIONS of jobs were created under Kennedy, Reagan and Bush post cuts. More tax payers, bigger tax base, bigger economy, fewer tax consumers.

    These liberals should look all over the planet. High taxes all over, broader tax bases, same results. Economic collapse and poverty. LIBERALISM IS A FAILED, EMPIRICALLY FAILED, CONCEPT! Every dollar a gov’t has to spend it TOOK by force from a zitizen. A dollar that that citizen would spend in the most efficient means possible.

    Gary 2 is part of the disease. Spouts regressive talking points with no grasp of how an econo0my works, what history tells us, what we can learn from other nations. Just repeat the same liberal mantra and watch this nation swirl down the toilet.

    • sharonsj

      You are definitely part of the problem. I bet you get your “facts” from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Raising taxes produces more revenue, you moron; ask any economist. And recheck your history. Reagan cut taxes, saw the debt rise, and had to raise taxes several times. Under Bush, we lost millions of jobs and the continued Bush tax cuts have not produced any new jobs. You are one dumb mothereffing troll who spouts conservative talking points.

    • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

      Most republicans continue to fool themselves by believing that President Reagan stimulated the economy with tax cuts. In reality, President Reagan replaced taxes with debt. This hoax will no longer work now that debt has reached the saturation phase. With debt saturation, additional debt will cause GDP to decrease rather than increase as seen under President Reagan. Since government economists treat debt expansion as GDP growth, it is easy to be fooled. The National Debt increased at a faster rate under President Reagan than under any other president since 1975.

      Percent Increase In The National Debt By President (adjusted for inflation)

      Carter 0
      Reagan 110 (2 terms)
      Bush 33
      Clinton 13 (2 terms)
      Bush 46 (2 terms)
      Obama 50 (first year x 4)

      Debt saturation is the reason that President Obama has failed to stimulate the US economy with additional debt.

    • 99er

      Man, talk about brainwashed. Unless you are one of the super wealthy benefitting from tax cuts and doing the brainwashing you are definitely one of the most brainwashed. Gary sounds ridiculous in his rants because they come from hatred and not reason. But he’s right about needing more revenue from those who can most afford it. Reagan’s America had no NAFTA to suck out American jobs. China was still reviewed on an annual basis to determine if we should continue granting them “most favored nation” trading status. Now it’s anything goes when it comes to China as long as they continue to buy our debt so our own wealthy folks don’t have to cough up as much as they did ten years ago. Reagan’s America didn’t have the incredible increases in technology that have eliminated much of the tax paying labor that contributes to our deficits. Reagan’s America didn’t have every type of business you can think of controlled by corporate conglomerates or franchises issued by them. Reagan gave tax cuts that were used for investment in US companies to purchase US made equipment to be used by the US employees those companies hired. Today the same tax cut will be used by “multinational” companies to build facilities in foreign countries with foreign labor or to buy foreign made equipment to REPLACE US workers. You have been listening to a thirty year old broken record. There was a time when tax cuts helped in the sense that a rising tide lifts all boats but that armada has sailed and the supply side or trickle down model of old is no longer relevant. We need a combination of spending cuts, increased revenue and – this is a big big one – a reduction in regulation that strangles growth and prevents us from taking advantage of our domestic natural resources, human talent, creative abilities and productivity.

    • Old Man

      Syrin,

      Well then, according to your explanation, America has no problems. Just let the policies of the past dozen years continue and everybody will be happy!

    • veemac

      what the hell are you talking about.

    • veemac

      yeah right…wing

  • McKinley Morganfield

    “The American people are not equipped to handle hard times. We are incredibly spoiled. Most of us have only known good times, and most of us have been taught that we will have endless prosperity….. We have been living way, way beyond our means for decades and now the bills are coming due….. At this point, there is no solution to our national debt problem under our current financial system.”

    This is the best article I’ve read here and it is right on every point.

    The people have allowed this to happen through laziness and indifference. They have not been paying attention. They’ve been sending the same whores & thieves to DC over and over again. Now they are angry and I understand their anger; I’m angry at what has been done to my country and what this damage will do to my family, especially my grandchildren. However, anger accomplishes nothing if it does not produce right thinking action.

    Vote them all out, everyone. Demand the end of public debt created by the Federal Reserve and renounce all debts created by allowing a private bank to issue our currency. That is the very first step towards beginning the painful process of recovery. Alas, it will not happen and catastrophic collapse will occur.

    Prepare people, prepare as best as you are able.

  • Syrin

    By the way, look at Gary’s mentality. It’s the one so typical of the violent statists. They demand to take MORE property away from a small group of citizens, a group that already pays DOUBLE what they earn and nearly SIXTY percent of all taxes. Yet that’s not enough. Take away more property, infringe on rights more! We must maximize gov’t revenue is this moronic mentality. Heya Gary, here’s a tip. We need to MINIMIZE gov’t revenue, and get gov’t the f*** OUT of the economy, and out of our lives. You know, like we did the MAJORITY of this nation’s life when we had liberty, freedom, prosperity and a sense of self reliance *GASP* ALl concpets completely foreign to you regressives. Maximize BUSINESS revenue and the entire nation will benefit. That’s how wealth os created. The problem is you want something while contributing nothing. You want something someone else has, and you want to use the gov’t to take it away for you. You want to keep the masses dependent on mother gov’t so they’ll keep voting for the regressives. Brilliant. The same thing done by Hitler, Stalin and Mao and all other leftist statists. Brilliant.

    • Gary2

      “Maximize BUSINESS revenue and the entire nation will benefit. That’s how wealth os created.”

      This is so obviously false its laughable. Maybe you were trying to joke? You can not simply open your eyes and see the reality and not think for yourself instead of letting rush tell you what to think? Really? Do you even have a high-school diploma? (you know that thing you get if you graduate) You do know that the Earth is a globe and not a square? That the sun rises in the East and sets in the West?

      Businesses are sitting on record piles of cash yet there is no prosperity that you say will come if their profits are maximized.

      They are sitting on piles of cash because they are paying poverty wages and have way too much power. We need a strong union movement to force these companies to spread the wealth they are sitting on. We need a cap on CEO wages.

    • Gary2

      Hey syrin-American families pay Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, death taxes, various excise taxes, gasoline taxes, tire taxes, utility taxes, liquor taxes, telephone taxes and cigarette taxes just to name a few.

      Our moderator Michale pretty much called your stupidity out!

      Read his next post if you can read.

      • Gary2

        PS-or have someone read it too you. Given how wrong you are on everything you said I am beginning to wonder if you can indeed read…

    • veemac

      you must be one of them,a house paige,

      • veemac

        not you Gary2 but that right wing ass

  • Ben

    Hey Chuckie…

    There is a saying in the Marines. (Assumptions are the mother of all fuck-ups!)

    Oh…we get it Chuckles. Some more than others. I think your prediction of a Red October are a tad early for the paradigm shift.

    Good reading though…try to cut the condescending bullshit. It’s unbecoming.

  • Syrin

    Wealth is CREATED in the private sector. The government generates NO wealth, it merely confiscates it. When too large as is the case with most governments on the planet, it destroys wealth.

    mises.org Read and learn

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    I’ve said it before and I will now say it again:

    Numerous times during the 20th Century the State announced that everyone’s way of life “was at stake” and then proceeded to draft my family members into the military so they could brutally murder other people in order to protect “the state” and its citizens.

    My family members had to suffer (many died) in order to “protect freedom” or “make the world safe for democracy” or fight the war that would “end all wars”.

    It was expected of them to leave their families, their jobs and their communities so as to kill other men that were torn away from their families, jobs and communities. They were told that they had to sacrifice everything and face the prospect of being maimed or killed. If they were lucky then they only had to live with the guilt of the other men that they had to kill (often with their bare hands).

    The way I see it, Our Way of Life is again Threatened.

  • DavidV

    Don’t forget that someone made $10 billion off of the AAA rating:

    Who ‘made $10bn on 10/1 bet that U.S. credit rating would be downgraded’?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2023809/Did-George-Soros-win-10-1-return-S-Ps-US-credit-rating-downgrade.html#ixzz1VAENR3SN

    “There were mounting rumours that investor George Soros, 80, famously known as ‘the man who broke the Bank of England’, could be involved.

    He made more than $1 billion on currency speculation when the British pound left the Exchange Rate Mechanism on Black Wednesday in 1992.”

    Check out “George Carlin on Who Really Controls America” on youtube.

  • Salomon Katz

    Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue.The sooner the US economy collapses the better, so these brutes will finally learn NOT to live beyond their means

  • Colin

    Michael,

    You write,

    We used to be such a happy country. Once upon a time we were one of the happiest places on earth.

    Are you being facetious?

    • Michael

      I think a number of decades ago we were quite a happy country compared to the rest of the world.

      Michael

  • Colin

    I visited the web site Automatic Earth. This blog provided a link to an article from the Telegraph. The problems we are facing in this country are being mirrored in the United Kingdom.

    Here is the article:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100100708/the-moral-decay-of-our-society-is-as-bad-at-the-top-as-the-bottom/

    And, on the Space: 1970 blog, I read this rather interesting take on the differences between 1970’s and 2000’s Battlestar Galactica. I think this article is relevant to what is happening in the larger world outside of sci-fi.

    http://space1970.blogspot.com/2010/03/reality-is-overrated.html

    • veemac

      Machines have more values than we

  • Sebastian

    Quick, we need the new iPhone NOW!

  • http://jpbulko.newsvine.com Joseph Patrick Bulko MBA

    Clearly, we are looking at an economic Armageddon and perhaps the beginning of the end of the U.S. of A. as we have all come to know it. However, we do have a “Hail Mary” pass that could “recycle” the wealth concentration back into the “real” [=Main Street] economy to create a massive number of new jobs. Here’s my idea:

    It should be abundantly clear by now that we cannot rely on government to do the right thing to steer the economy back to good health. We are living in a Friedmanite-Randian epoch and we must act accordingly (no matter how Machiavellian that might seem). What we need is a private-sector solution to the high unemployment problem, one that uses the power of capitalism and free enterprise (and not whining about the government’s inaction).

    Read the proposal here: http://jpbulko.newsvine.com

    So, as the tepid economic “recovery” fizzles to a stall and an ideological civil war rages in Washington, millions and millions of otherwise hard-working Americans wonder if they will ever be employed again. Clearly, we need a jobs solution NOW! I have a plan to restore the U.S. economy to full employment. It’s a complex private-sector mechanism that involves giving another dose of financial nitroglycerin to Wall Street hoping that this time they won’t nuke the economy. In exchange, we get lots and lots of jobs.

    Read the proposal here: http://jpbulko.newsvine.com

    The mortgage-backed security (MBS) based financial industry meltdown provides the perfect template for my free enterprise jobs solution. Simply replace the MBS with what I’ve designated as a venture-backed security (VBS) and, voila, a tsunami of new business creation and lots and lots of new jobs (=incomes =increased consumer spending =booming economy) and the U.S. economy is turbo-charged back to full employment. Of course, the VBS (similar to the MBS) is yet another form of financial nitroglycerin, which does indeed raise the possibility of another Wall Street-fueled financial industry crash. However, we need jobs so the risk is worth taking.

    Read the proposal here: http://jpbulko.newsvine.com

    We must be courageous enough to acknowledge that we live in a plutocracy – the United Plutocrats of America – where the wealthy control the means of governance. Regrettably, then, to restore the nation to full employment, we must find a way to incentivize the barons of Wall Street to invest in new businesses for the regular folks on Main Street – the American proletariat. My private-sector free market plan achieves the goal of returning the U.S. economy to full employment. The plan provides a major (profit-generating) incentive to Wall Street to transfer massive amounts of investment funding to Main Street through the creation of a massive number of new entrepreneurial ventures. The plan effectively “piggy-backs” onto existing financial industry architecture to securitize the entrepreneurial investment process, thus enabling Wall Street to make boatloads of cash in the secondary market. The net result of the plan is the massive creation of new jobs to jump-start the U.S. economy back to full employment.

    Read the proposal here: http://jpbulko.newsvine.com

    Joseph Patrick Bulko MBA

    • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

      Small American businesses will never create enough new jobs to replace jobs that have been sent offshore.

      SOME OFFSHORE JOBS HAVE TO BE RETURNED TO AMERICA.

    • Nostradamus

      Since your proposal appears honest and free of the usual political hidden agenda, I am offering my opinions:

      – Entrepreneurship is a nice attractive concept. But you should understand that it is hard, very hard. It is for a tiny minority of gifted people, and even for such people, failure rate is very high. Which is why entrepreneurship is such a treasured but rare thing in *all* countries of the world in all stages of development. In short, using entrepreneurship as a basis to create massive number of jobs in a hurry is pure fantasy.

      – 99.999% of people don’t like entrepreneurship, and don’t want it. That’s doesn’t mean they are not bright. Go survey PhDs professionals – how may actually become entrepreneurs? Very few indeed. Yet these people do create a great deal of societal wealth but indirectly. Not a single guy in the entire Apollo Moon Program was an entrepreneur. But the program created fantastic jobs and inventions for decades.

      – Silicon Valley is an expert on entrepreneurship. They know you can’t plan, can’t force, can’t market, and certainly can’t ‘financially’ engineer entrepreneurship like this VBS idea. When an entrepreneur appears, then he/she just appear and all you can do is to help and nurture. Once in a rare while, the venture becomes a giant success and lots of jobs are created. Like Google. But one cannot possibly wrap a VBS around such rare events and even assign a risk factor to it.

      Sorry Joe, but you are dreaming in techno colors.

      America economy is crashing because the leaders and experts of this country managed it to crash. They knew all along, but were ‘powerless’ to stop it. Because the public were having such a good time fueled by so much fake money. All the fake money now show up as debts of all types. Debts are legal contracts and must be repaid, or else. So there is no way around it – a severe price must be paid for economic mismanagement on a grand scale. Banks go belly up, houses foreclosed, jobs lost, and AAA become AA. No amount of actions can prevent that price to be paid.

      What about the fixing? The fix can only come when people and country have paid the full price. It can be a little painful, or a full-blown revolution as we now see in some Arab states. For the US, it might even be a breakup of the union as states consider separate systemic solutions. A new reality will emerge. The younger generation of people will be more able to work on the new reality to survive, and if they are really lucky and smart, prosper. The generation who made the mistakes will be left to rot, or kicked into exile. It will take a long time. There is no shortcut, no Blitzkrieg. (Did Hitler Blitzkrieg solved any problems for Germany dire economic situation?) Not for Japan after 2 Lost Decades, not for Russia after USSR, not for Ireland, not for UK, can certainly not for USA, the originator of such grand reckless mistake.

      China made some very grand mistakes back in 1890-1900 during the ending era of the Chin Dynasty. Much of the world’s big countries have industrialized, including Japan, but China refused. It was a mistake that took 100 years to rectify. Some things just take a lot of time.

  • Hello Kitty Karmic Justice Baby

    It’s A Revival of The Old Moloch State.

    As a Christian Believer and a Member of the Church Founded By Christ and Handed Over to Saint Peter I Know That The Bible Has Given Us All The Blue Print To Understand the Epic Battle That We Are All Engaged In.

    “If They Are Not Against Me—They Are For Me”. To Quote The Lord And Savior Of Mankind–The Lord Jesus Christ–One Person in The One Triune God—Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

  • tome22

    Just you all wait until November,December of this year, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, when all the world is ready to spend,spend,spend,because the panel of 12,6-Republicans & 6-Democracts will come out with their version of how to fix the deficit,and has been reported the republicans are standing fast that no taxes be levied on the rich will result in a stalemate in turn will set in motion the automatic cuts that congress just approved,will devastate the economy.Thats going to be your Christmas for 2011.

  • theodorej

    Greetings: The American people are starting to reap what they have sown over the past two generations…. I don’t blame the kids… Look around you …we have commies in the classroom…we have athiests in the pinnacles of power…. we have perverts dictating cultural standards…we are the largest purveyor of pornography in the world…we murder the innocence and call it choice…we teach our young that deviate behavior is an alternate lifestyle…we have wrecked the family with divorce and sentenced nurturing young mothers to poverty… We have removed God from the town saquare … we have a drug habit that supports entire econonmies of countries that hate us… And last but not least we have multiple millions of people sitting home on their asses collecting pensions they do not deserve… How dare any person live off the aweat of another… Is this the country we expect God to Bless????

    • uncurable wound

      theodorej-weve been here before
      micah 3:11
      Her leaders judge for a bribe,
      her priests teach for a price,
      and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
      Micah 2:1-4
      Woe to those who plan iniquity,
      to those who plot evil on their beds!
      At morning’s light they carry it out
      because it is in their power to do it.
      2 They covet fields and seize them,
      and houses, and take them.
      They defraud people of their homes,
      they rob them of their inheritance.
      3 Therefore, the LORD says:

      “I am planning disaster against this people,
      from which you cannot save yourselves.
      You will no longer walk proudly,
      for it will be a time of calamity.
      4 In that day people will ridicule you;
      they will taunt you with this mournful song:
      ‘We are utterly ruined;
      my people’s possession is divided up.
      He takes it from me!
      He assigns our fields to traitors.’
      Micah 2:8-11
      Lately my people have risen up
      like an enemy.
      You strip off the rich robe
      from those who pass by without a care,
      like men returning from battle.
      9 You drive the women of my people
      from their pleasant homes.
      You take away my blessing
      from their children forever.
      10 Get up, go away!
      For this is not your resting place,
      because it is defiled,
      it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
      11 If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
      ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
      that would be just the prophet for this people!
      Micah 1:9
      For her wounds are incurable.

      Incurable wound?

  • Kevin2

    The signs of decline were everywhere and a good percentage of people just kept digging deeper and deeper into debt for luxury items. Free Trade, unrestrained government spending and banking deregulation may be the root causes but personal economic irresponsibility had a lot to do with it too.

    For the most part the urban and suburban people are ill prepared to weather this economic storm. It will be a rough road but in the end the people will adapt. Necessity is the motherhood of invention.

  • TucsonKK

    What’s happening has quietly been happening for 10 years – Corporate take over – Big business wants to pay no taxes, pay slave wages,move to China,India,wherever they can pollute and pay the lowest wages,pay no benefits(pensions,health care,unemployment,etc.)even though unemployment,pensions & health care are deducted out of pay checks,Obama(yes I voted for him) has surrounded hisself with ex corporate CEO’s & Wallstreet and his advice comes from them, Bad Advice!
    Yes tax the corporations(some that pay no taxes)Tax the rich as they all got rich from this country and from tax loopholes,remove all loopholes for all tax brackets,Put WallStreet CEO’s in prison for Fraud,fire the puppet Congress,Remove Congress’s pensions after all shared scarfice,Leave SS alone,remove fraud from Medicare,No more outsourcing, and this is the best idea—-
    Millions march to Washington in PEACEFULL Display of “We the People are taking our County Back” remove the crooks from Congress and have a mock trail for each!

  • William

    America is in this mess because of bad trade, tax and immigration policies over the past 30 years, as well as the unnecessary wars fought with borrowed money. The root cause is that the system of governance in America is badly broken. All of this is rooted in the morons of the US Congress. You be sure to reelect the same IDIOTS who have been in Congress for decades….they are the problem.

    • Highspeed

      The last 4 presidents haven’t been all that stellar either.

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    Even where I live ( is the 3rd most rural county in the lower 48 states) you can see it in people faces, they are pissed and have good reasons.

    Remember their axiom “Ordo ab chao” means order out of chaos!

    Chaos is here and getting more worked up every day, don’t get caught up in the anger or dismay, realize that you are being played!

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • Motherof5

    I love my American brothers and sisters, but
    I have some issues with them. Like my own brothers and sisters, we don’t all get along and we certainly don’t always see eye to eye.
    Yes, we were raised with the same parents and
    under the same roof (for the most part) but for all 12 of us, we couldn’t be more different.
    I am one of the younger kids. The younger ones viewed everything from a vantage point that gave insight on what to do and what not to do and so I am far more prudent than the rest. It wasn’t always this way though, because I was…after all…one of the youngest.
    Living prudently, even if you don’t actually have to, is something Americans grew out of touch with over the years. I witnessed with my own two eyes a movement take place where good people, for no apparent reason, just discarded tried and true traditions, just to get ahead, to be like the Jone’s next door.
    Traditional families were suddenly not traditional any longer. Mom’s left the home for the workforce in droves, 88% of stay at home mothers just left, to return to careers (abandoned for the sake of motherhood), or just to take on a job outside the home for extra income. Hillary (with just one kid) decided to write a book that teaches how the village chips in to raise a family. I don’t know why that sounded so great to so many woman, but it didn’t to me and trust me, I have never been a ‘leave it to beaver’ type mommy. My husband worked, sometimes two and three jobs, so that we ate well, have a nice home, decent cars, and sometimes a few small trips here and there camping and what not. My children were taken care of by me, like I was by my own mother. She’s still a smart, religious, classy lady!
    With the extra income, these two income families were able to meet the ever increasing
    costs of things, cars, homes, food, clothes, pricey vacations etc. you name it. If they couldn’t pay for it up front, they decided they could afford it on credit, and since everyone was doing it, they should too. This caught on and before long, the world had changed. Now since we are all experiencing heathenism gone wild in America now, how greed turned into need, and before long, more need for greed.
    Consider what took not that long to happen, children became things to adorn a marriage, someone elses problem. The system stepped in and took over where the parents should be, and the system costs money. Entitlement programs came into being because government was asked to
    find a way to accomodate this new lifestyle and the government was all too willing to accomodate. When the government has your kids full time, they eventually have you. Your lives become like a rat on a wheel, living for nothing but the vacation that eventually doesn’t meet your need for meaning, and then things become so empty and pointless. Your children can’t respect you, because frankly they don’t even know you! Your parents probably feel obligated to babysit your kids, which they wouldn’t dare reveal is ruining their retirement years to a tiny degree or two, which is what they richly deserved. Anyway, before long the whole country has changed it’s value system into a progressive liberal system where it’s not OK to tell someone that their way of doing things is wrong. You aren’t allowed to have an opinion, even when history and tried and true lessons have proven that a certain way of doing things is the best way. So along the path of destruction we all went, busy little beavers.Too busy to pay attention to our leaders in public office, too busy to notice what is going on in our liberal public schools, way too busy for religious education or church. Our country is on a tire swing going around and around and those of us who have been off saw it coming, we knew that eventually the swing would have to stop and when people couldn’t stop they would be stopped and when they got off they would want to vomit. Vomit from the dizzying swing they were on, naucious from the strong push to compete with the Jone’s. Naucious from the greed that they wanted to be pushed harder.
    Some have jumped off sooner only to land with the reality of it all and find themselves with nothing left and no one to turn to and no one to put their trust in.
    Someone pushed that swing you were on, be angry at those people who led you to think the ride was going to be fun, blame them and blame yourself. Go back to church or pray at home now, return to a more reasonable way of life.
    Be glad that you have time with the kids now, scale down your life. Even if you have little to offer, offer what you have.
    As your sister American, this is what I saw, while I was home raising my children and sometimes babysitting for free others children, in the summer and whenever a friend needed it.
    If we each had been sweeping our own side of the street and not expecting to gain the whole world when we could barely afford to, we would have been aware, awake, focused, alert, and available to stop it before it got this bad.
    The way you change it is to change yourself. Be humble, live humble and take care of each other.
    I know this is going to be painful for some, but the truth sometimes hurts.

    • xander cross

      I hate how you all talk like there is an attack on the church when there is thousands of churches who takes bribes and are very corrupt. Did you say all of this when you shop at target, wal-mart, dollar stores and buy things made in china? How convient you left that part out.

  • Just me

    they’re not angry enough yet, when they start giving Ron Paul a serious look, then they’re angry with the statis quo.til then they can suffer.

  • http://www.blighterslighters.com Will See

    Don’t get too discouraged. Yes,the problem is immense, and it might be terminal, BUT – We can turn this around if we get rid of the Federal Reserve and stop the banking elite who are ruining the world. We have to fight for truth in a peaceful way, using our tools of collective pressure and Constitutional redress!

  • marzoqi

    it’s the fault of accepting the interest based banking system which just shows how much it could affect a whole country which once was known as the strongest economically and by defense force, what did democracy achieve in America and in europe? a failed banking system. I suggest the world (since all of it is gonna be affected because of the dependency on dollar) to be prepared for the coming change from good to worse.

  • http://onlineeconomicsclasses.com/ Al Broadman

    For once I have to agree with our illustrious webmaster and his observations.

    People in America are very angry now and with good reason. But, I have little faith that the good people of America will do the right thing when it comes to dismantling the government properly and starting over with a solid plan to uphold the obligations that are not only our responsibility, but that most Americans actually believe in.

    Riots such as the ones that happened in England in the past few weeks were nothing more than British youth acting out their wanna-be thug lifestyles they borrowed from American thugs we still need to deal with.

    If any of these little thugs actually wanted to do more than loot and destroy stuff they would have held those riots full of youthful angry and energy on DOWNING STREET. Hometown England is not where the problem is.

    Brothers and sisters, take your anger and direct it at the ones who allowed this to happen. While the American people are indirectly responsible, we did hire employees to take good care of our country and expected the job to be done properly.

    So called national security laws along with closed door deals prevented the majority from learning about the dirty deeds being done until it was too late. The majority of the blame lies with the criminals in Washington who committed these acts of financial terrorism without the consent of the people.

    No one who is thinking rationally wants to see social security, medicare, medicaid, and the rest of the social safety net torn down because of greed and criminality. These are all social programs that provide at least as much as they cost to the general economy and in some cases such as medicaid and medicare as much as four times their cost to the GDP.

    One of the huge problems in our country today is the lack of income equality. Only big business and the rich are actually making any profit at the moment. Your average worker is spending as fast as he is earning and has little if any to put back or consider profit.

    Let me make this real clear. You are not profiting from your labor if everything you make is going to keep you alive just so you can work another day. You are a slave no matter what you want to call it.

    Despite what you may think about them, history and statistics show that unions do ensure that employees get living wages and make a profit from their productive capacity. Sure there are some rotten apples in the union but name me any other organization that does not have a scumbag or two in it as well.

    Name me any other manner in which employees can ensure they get a fair share of the pie from their labor other than with unions who collectively have the numbers and money to force a business to pay living wages?

    Those who claim that higher labor costs lead to higher prices on consumer produces are correct but the trifling amount of increase in price on an end product from doubling wages would be pennies on the dollar and would do much to bring the majority of the working class our of objective poverty.

    Another concern we need to be addressing is how automation is eliminating jobs that humans need to live in a capitalistic society. If companies are not willing to pay of the upkeep and retraining of displaced workers due to automation then they should not be allowed to automate their business until they are willing to do so. I understand this concept is very controversial to many of you but let me ask you this….would you let someone in your community build bombs just because he wants to and claims he has a right to do so? No you would not. The same goes for any company who takes the action of replacing human workers with automation when there are no jobs available for them to migrate too. Business must learn they have a other responsibilities than just making the next dollar for their endless pockets.

    • Nostradamus

      A country called Germany have actually implemented many of your ideas.

      But copying the German ‘social-democratic’ business and economic model into the USA, even today, will invoke riots by pinstripe executives in front of Congress and WH yelling ‘socialism!!’.

      In Germany, business have *legal* obligations to jobs stronger that of profit. But legal or not, the business culture does not permit maximize layoff and outsourcing in order to maximize profits.

      As to Germany being a ‘socialist failed state’ as US Big Exec and Big Media pronounced for so long, let’s not forget that they make Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, BMW, VW cars and trucks, profitably. Not to mention Airbus aircraft, Leica cameras, and world best tanks!

      But of course, Germany national health care system is completely socialist and doomed to disaster.

  • mile

    this article seems to imply that the averae wage is 31,000 dollars, when the average household income was 42,000 and included 2 or more people ????????????

    • Michael

      Many times a household includes only one wage earner. Many other times the second income is much smaller or is only a part-time income.

      Michael

  • sharonsj

    Listen, I’ve been furious for the last dozen years, ever since the Republicans spent about $60 million trying to impeach Clinton for cigar sex. Since then, the politicians have gotten as rich as Wall Street and really don’t give a fuck about anyone who can’t bribe them.

    As for the American public, we are completely divided thanks to the conservative media. Yup, the media is conservative, not liberal (another conservative lie, along with: radiation is good for you, oil spills are good for our waterways, and there was no record-breaking heat wave last month).

    Posters like Syrin can only repeat conservative talking point which are not based in reality. Gary2 and I are on the other side; I don’t know about Gary2, but I read constantly, and I read articles at dozens of different sites. Plus I have reading comprehension, so that when the Repubs scream about Obama’s death panels, I can read the paragraphs in the bill and understand they are no such thing.

    All I can recommend is that you believe nothing you hear; you need to do the research yourself. If you rely on the media, you will never know what’s really going on.

    • thejerkstore

      You are out of your fuckin mind if you think there is a rats ass difference between the demowimp/rethug party. Every single bill passed by Obama and his ilk have concentrated power into fewer and fewer hands. His financial reform bill, written by Wall St, now allows the top 5 banks to control over 80% of the industry. Can you say TBTF? Again? His healthcare bill which mandates all of us buy insurance increases the healthcare industrial complex stranglehold and drives up cost.

      Obama has continued our wars in Iraq/Afghanistan with no end in sight, thrown us into Libya and Yemen. He has become a bigger warmonger than those chickenshit neocons. Gotta love that Military Industrial Complex. He is GWB on steriods.

      Got gold or silver? A storage of food supply? A bug out place? Guns? Sorry stupid question. A dual passport and a residency in another country? Course you don’t. Your too busy debating how superior the Gambino family is to the Castellanos.

      Reading comprehension? If you had that you’d know it’s not left/right, it’s them against you. And FYI they don’t give a flyin fuck about you. Good luck. Your gonna need it.

      • bobbobbobbob

        i like the concept of dual citizenship -thanks

    • Highspeed

      Your use of vulgar language takes away from anything you might say that could possibly make any sense.

    • Gary2

      I also read all the time, sometimes more than one book at a time. I even try to read some of the drivel on the right wing web sites. The level of utter stupidity on these right wing sites is astounding. It is almost unbelievable that people can be so dumb as to believe the BS on these sites.

  • http://www.americanpendulum.com c.hanna

    Thanks again for such a truth filled article…with statistics to back it up!! This is depressing, but it is better to be aware than keep our heads in the sand (like many do).

  • Bill S

    This sums up the current state of our economy quite nicely:

    http://dont-tread-on.me/can-you-feel-it-coming/

  • saxa

    throw them all out. ron paul is the only one with the anti military industial complex/anti fed sense among them all. forget demos vs. republicans they are all complicit in getting us to the now…

  • David

    As all the hype surrounding the campaign battles leading up to the 2012 elections, I can only hope that voting America has, by now, awakened to the illusion that is our system. That the two parties are two heads of the same beast. They only serve to divide the people while the war machine agenda moves forward laying waste in its path.

    If you cast your vote via electronic devices just know that your vote was nullified and/or other wise manipulated. If you cast your vote for the either of the two parties you will be tightening the tethers of a government gone afoul.(an understatement, I know. I am trying to keep it clean.) Our government is a very corrupt and morally bankrupt liar. Re-electing it will present no change to this fact.

    Morality is not religion. It is possessing the ability to know right from wrong and then doing what is right. Very simple.

    America cannot pull out of the cesspool that we are swimming in until the illegal and immoral wars we are engaged in cease.

    In the eyes of the rest of the world, we are serial killers. Killing with wreckless abandon, showing no remorse and seemingly thirsty for more.

    If you believe in the manufactured “war on terror”, then as it pertains to you, the plan has been a successful one. The aware observer has not yet been fooled into believing that a total police state is needed to keep him/her safe. Especially when that same system is the source of the terrorism.

    Think freely. Think rationally. All that is good to and for us depends on us all doing it.

  • Got War Crimes?

    Americans and America can EAT SHYT AND DIE as faras I’m concerned. You’re nothing but WAR CRIMINALS, SWINDLERS, TORTURERS, MURDERERS and over-sexed RAPISTS. I hope your country COLLAPSES into CHAOS and you all wind-up shooting each other on the streets.

    Enjoy.

    • bobbobbobbob

      u have gone too far extreme

    • veemac

      what going to happen to your country if it does???

  • Steve

    Job destruction is permanent and escalating. When 117,000 jobs were created in July 2011, they were all wage-slave jobs and they, too, will be swept away in two or three years. The owners of the means of production, i.e. employers, are using the Third Industrial revolution to automate all jobs. The Unemployment rate in the year 2050 will be 50% By the year 2100 the unemployment rate will be 90%. Nor will the owners of the means or production share their newfound billions and trillions of dollars with displaced workers. They are not sharing it today. Employers and corporations hold trillions of dollars and are not making loans to small businesses and entrpreneurs nor are they creating any jobs in the U.S. except for slave-wage jobs that will be swept away in two or three years anyhow. The Third Industrial Revolution, i.e. the inernet, makes outsourcing and H1B visa worker insourcing possible, and, employers will continue to outsource, insource with H1B visa workers and automate. Democratic bail outs and Republic tax cuts MEAN NOTHING to the owners of the means of production. These people are money monsters who want money and profits in increasing amounts. The money they get from bail outs will go to outsourcing, H1B visa insourcing and automation. The money they save from tax cuts will go to….outsourcing, H1B visa insourcing and automation. Eventually foreign workers and H1B visa workers, like American workers of today, will be swept away by automation. Federal governments in the U.S. and around the world have three alternatives: 1) FDR work programs (like the NRA programs of the 1930’s), 2) federal stipends (i.e. a “dole”) or 3) violence such as is occuring in London, Spain, Greece, and the Middle East.

    • veemac

      Remember the french revolution?

  • http://economiccollapse dave

    All this belly-aching but no solutions. i think it is time for the American Caesar to come forward and haul ass the country out of its problems. Finally Rome had to admit a republic was dead and now only a Caesar can keep us going. The Roman Empire lasted for several hundred years with even greater success than its republic years. Ron Paul for Caesar. I am not kidding.

  • Mack

    Why is it many in my generation (born in the 40’s and 50’s) worked in blue collar labor/trades work making and fixing stuff, women had cleaning services, hair salons, waitresses, etc. or packing for moving co’s, and these folks today can’t? Most of us had no college, men went to trade school under the GI bill and some even held two jobs. We had standard fixed rate house pmts. and two year car loans. Ones on food stamps then had lots of kids.

    • veemac

      they took that away with greed

  • http://Stevequayle Ahmaleta gasseeng atayu rahtnow

    All are deludue as to the intent of ther Royals who call themselves the servants of the Amricen peepls but serve the great hashaitan. I address my name to them. Ruptured promises and oaths to the truth. Their end will be sad and of the judgement that men cannot make neither can they inflict. Mashaketa linnito chalcado

  • Blessed

    50% of Americans do not pay any tax.
    Birth thru colledge age no tax.
    Retired thru lifes end no tax.
    ?? % under the table pay no tax.
    Some of those in D.C. no tax.
    Solution, increase tax rate on those who do pay taxes.

  • HeyNowHereNow

    I have the luxury of sitting here in a foreign Asian land (precisely cuz’ I saw this happening), to not give a crap, then to get angry – then at other times to say “The stupid F—s deserve every last bit of it for being obtuse to everything we said about what’s gonna happen”. But in any case – it’s happening now, and we all gotta surf it. Good luck, folks, and take names.

    I’ll wait it out over here in a safer more sane Asian land until you get a clue and fight back. Cowardly? Maybe. But to quote the Late Great Douglas Adams of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” fame – “If Discretion is the Better Part of Valor – then Cowardice is the Better Part of Discretion”.

    Waiting for the obtuse dipshit American public to get a clue, else somebody else can get suicided in the back of the head with 4 gunshots to the back of the head while hanging duct-taped from head to foot, or raped and slaughtered by “Special” minorities on the Altar of Political Correctness.

    (Said from the Land where Political Correctness Originated from – but which is a far more sane nation that the US).

    Go figger…

  • Blessed

    BUT PLEASE DO NOT STOP SPENDING

  • John Ringer

    Get behind the project that can become a social movement to manifest this as social change, or something.
    http://mycountrymyass.com

  • Gay Veteran

    “…the right doesn’t just want tax cuts for the rich. We want everyone to pay into the system. 50% of Americans pay $0.00 taxes….”

    Yeah, those “lucky duckies” who don’t make enough to pay federal income taxes (but they DO pay federal social security and medicare taxes, and state sales taxes, gas taxes, etc.).

    The top 0.1% RULE this country. They control BOTH parties. The sooner you understand that the sooner you understand politics in modern America. Too many people are Nostalgiacrats (they think their father’s Democratic Party still exists) and too many people are Nostaliacans (they think their father’s Republican Party still exist). The truth is that both parties are two sides of the same coin and they serve their korporate/billionaire masters.

    “…we teach our young that deviate behavior is an alternate lifestyl… Is this the country we expect God to Bless????”

    sounds like you would be much happier in a country will REAL moral values, maybe Saudi Arabia? Afghanistan? Iran?

    “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

  • http://YAHOO.COM a.p.

    Do not panic. America has been down and out before, but always rises to the top, because we have so many people that love this country–by this I mean the country that Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln and Franklin set up for us with their brilliant God-fearing minds.

    Just save this country by voting for Ron Paul.
    He’s the only one that gets what the constitution and Bill of Rights really means.
    Plus he has the guts to take on the banksters and the Fed.

    Of course he will eventually be assasinated, just like Kennedy. But his assasination will at least bind the nation together once again so
    that everyone can see what the evil godless banksters and their corporate cronies have done to us.

    As Jefferson said, internal tyranny is a greater threat to any nation than an external
    threat from another.

  • Mad Max

    We only have ourselves to blame. But cheer up. Many Americans are starting learn, we don’t have to be slave to our government, big business and the banks. Then we’ll through them off our backs.

    “WAKE UP PEOPLE!”
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    The Revolution has started. Join your countrymen and set yourself free. No one chooses to be a slave when given a choice.

  • Jean

    Tent living is hard… been there, done that (when my son was an infant, up on an island off the coast of Maine)… lived in a 5 x 5 ft tent for 4 months. Not too bad in the summer (except when it rains and the tent leaked), but winter is coming. Some of those people in NJ or similar places in tent cities could freeze to death, easily, come winter!

    If you have FAMILY or friends who are running into that problem, I would suggest you find some compassion in your heart and consider letting them live with you for a time. I was very fortunate I had some old friends who let me live with them until such time as I could find housing I could afford on my then meager income (at the time I was on welfare, never enough to live on). I eventually found work, eventually got an education and eventually got better situated. But it was a long, hard road…

    I do not envy anyone currently in that position and I pray I will not get laid off (a distinct possibility where I work, and at 60 likely not able to find another job, even with great job skills).

    • Michael

      Well said Jean.

      Michael

    • http://bigpond pedro mohr

      Tents-i can see a problem but I had an Eskimo wife who said tents are warm.They must have had fire inside somehow.Another hint is wear hats-warm hats.Fur hats or synthetic fur is good too.Believe need a iron heater to fire in.Chimney of good pipes.

  • Gary2

    When you see a turtle on top of a 10 foot pole the one thing everyone knows is that it did not get there by itself.

    This is why the rich need to be taxed and the wealth spread more evenly.

    There is absolutely no such thing as a self made man or woman (or turtle). This is simply a right wing myth. Anyone capable of critical thinking (meaning they do not watch fox news or listen to rush hate radio) should be able to see this is true.

    • Gary2

      Hank Monk

      (Moderator Michael-please let this go through. I have folks on other sites not believe that my brilliant writing on those other sites such as Clark Howard.com are written by the same person (me) who posts on this site. Their site does not use the graviton like yours does which would authenticate posters. )

    • Brandon

      Why do you only call out Fox and right wing? Do you not see the corruption coming from MSNBC and the left wing? You are stuck in the left-right paradigm and I can tell you honestly think that the democrats instituting Marxism is going to help your life get better…SMH at you

    • fed up

      how much more wealth are you willing to spread when there are 4, 5 and even 6 generations of families living off of our tax dollars. but yet they can afford fancy rims and big booming speakers and gold teeth. example, a woman that came into the store where i worked and used food stamps after that she had a remaining balance of $1002.00 i’d call that spreading the wealth rather thick!!!

  • sweet greggo

    “We have been living way, way beyond our means for decades and now the bills are coming due.”

    That’s not exactly true, is it? When Clinton left office we had a budget surplus. We were making more than we were spending. By definition we were not “living beyond our means”.

    When 9/11 happened it went upside down again and started climbing. The wars cost money and then Bush gave out tax breaks. Spend more and make less. What kind of plan is that?

    Then when the financial bubble burst thanks to a decade worth of mismanagement, the deficit went through the roof. Now the Tea Party along with most of the Republicans have brought the country to a halt until our (shudder) black president is out of office. It’s disgusting.

  • escapefromobamastan

    300 million v. less than 600 individuals. It’s going to get nasty.

  • WillyJ

    saxa is correct, neither dems or repubs can keep this from exploding. Ron Paul has a pretty good head on his shoulders, just look how the media & mainstream is treating him with just 150 votes short of winning!!! The corrupt Federal Reserve, which is nothing more than a good old boys old money network and has nothing to do with the Federal Government at all, has kept this country in chains for almost 100 years. There will be unrest, you can bet on it, but be smart, be vigilent, buy silver, a little gold if you can, but at least some food and water for your self and to share with your neighbors until this mess can be cleaned up. They paper money system is about to crash. Silver is still cheap, and anything pre 1965 coins is at least something to be able to trade. The constitution has provision for taking over the government once it no longer serves the people. Unfortunately it’s time for that and people are waking up. It’s not about the poor or rich, it’s not even about the money, it’s about the ability to control.
    I for one intend to help as many people as I can, share what I can, and do what I can to protect my family and those I love. I urge you to do the same as well. I’m a sinking middle classer who is barely holding on as many others are. It’s our nation, it’s time to take it back!

  • Paul

    Need to go back to farming and manufacturing.

    70% consumption and only 30% investing is not sustainable.

    Neither are 70% service industry, 20% manufacturing and only 10% farming.

    America needs to harvest the sun (farming) and invest more in infrastructure. Actually, savings shall be put into solid infrastructure, not “investments” at the stock market.

    Save a buck, buy a good sleeping bag, save some energy, save more bucks, buy some house insulation, save more bucks, get your kids some education, yourself some new teeth, etc.

  • Lennie Pike

    Old Man:

    You can’t be that old. The peso blew up not too long ago. All fiat currencies are mismanaged – show me one that has no inflation.

    If there is any inflation whatsoever, by definition, that fiat currency is mismanaged and will eventually blow up (due to simple mathematics) causing much suffering for the many while enriching the few.

    And the word “manage” does not apply with the Federal Reserve. The words “exploited for the private profit of the International Bankster Cartel” would be a better choice. And that profit motive is the least sinister and harmful of the reasons they exploit their fiat system.

    Are you a banker, a CIA paid off journalist, or a computer program with the task of spewing misinformation?

    Monetary history says that what you had to say is obviously incorrect, and just about everyone that frequents this site knows that.

    If Ron Paul is assassinated it will not work out so well this time around for the banksters. This time the banksteirs (or is it bankstiers) are going to have to take their rigged ball game and go back home to Europe or the Mid-East or wherever the hell it is they came from.

  • Rosco1776

    The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank. Curtis Dall F. D. R son-in-law

    This Federal Reserve Act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President (Wilson) signs this bill the invisible government of the Monetary Power will be legalized. — Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr.

    Vote Peace, Prosperity and Liberty, vote Ron Paul 2012!!

  • mondobeyondo

    And Obama’s off on yet another vacation, this time to Martha’s Vineyard.

    Good grief. This guy’s taken more vacations in the past 5 months than I’ve had in the past 15 years. If only I had that luxury. Every time things get a bit stressful, head off to the Hamptons, or make one of those “state visits” to Paris, London, Berlin, Nairobi, Omaha, Boise, etc. Must be nice.

    But I can’t really travel. I have more important issues at home (like having food to eat and so forth). Besides, I don’t have the money to jet off to Paris on a whim. So, I am stuck here at home while I work out my issues.

    I would suggest President Obama do the same.

    • mondobeyondo

      And how’s your golf game these days, Mr. O?

      As much time as you spend on the course, you should be on the PGA Tour by now. Maybe you need lessons from Tiger Woods. No, wait, he’s in a slump right now. Arnold Palmer, maybe? Jack Nicklaus?

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    watch the 7 lifecycles of a country to see why we are going bankrupt and what we all need to do right now… see how the top richest people are protecting themselves and their families and how you can do the same

    I’m posting my blog video here because I need to reach out to the real people who are effected by the Global Economic Crisis. Please pass this video on.

  • Z

    This country is run by molesters, murderers, thieves, sick sick sick crazy freaks! Why are the people of this county letting the Criminals Screw them as they are laughing about it?

    Are the people who live in this country (which is actually part of the Queens authority) so dumbed down by the poisoned chem-trails, poisoned fluoride injected water, poisoned foods, and Zombies hypnotized by the dam TV media which feeds them poison that they don’t realize what is happening?

    I hope people gather and become leaders they are ( or are they just Zombies?) and kick the sick sick jerks out and put them on a stick!

  • Z

    Let those Fools run underground thats where a lot of our money they claim has been stole (they claim they don’t know how (?) billions were stolen) from the country! Yea right – they stink like sulfur and look so so Freakish – plain Ugly! People Wake-Up just Wake the Heck Up, one way put a cut in the Government spending – there are to to many who work for DHS, CPS, the Police who frankly are a waist for funds – a waist of tax payers funds to support these freaks!

  • Lennie Pike

    Rosco 1776 and mondobeyondo,

    I love you both.

    And Z – exactly.

    Z: I knew a fellow taxi driver on Hilton Head Island, SC that went by the name of Z? But there must be many Z’s out there.

  • Lennie Pike

    Just cause I felt like it today, and not that it has anything to do with this ECB article – but Larry Summers (remember him?) – sick sociopath (I think) with a lot of personal problems (though no one is perfect and he could have had bad parents through no fauld of his own) evidenced by the abnormal facial expressions and speech patterns – OR NOT!!!? – and author of a Haaaaaaaaaavard University academic paper attacking gold as money while all the while knowing that it was all lies and for sure believed and took as fact John Pierpoint Morgan’s famous statement: “Gold and silver is money and nothing else is.” ……………Naw, J.P. Morgan didn’t understand anything about money – well, he’s still out there (Larry Summers) in circulation and being listened to by TPTB – “you can believe that”

    You can also believe and will probably be proven to shortly that all the while, Larry was writing crap filled lies, and that Larry was doing the best he could to help his friends get their hands on all the gold and silver they could.

    The new World Currency is going to have to be backed by Gold and Silver – it is the only way to keep all the dishonest thievery involved in it honest – although it will still be criminals that run the monetary system and you will have no control whatsoever – only if you refuse to buy and sell using it (the way way way way correct decision.)

    Individuals will have all of their gold and silver confiscated – if not confiscated upon the world-wide announced proclamation that it is illegal to own gold and silver, it will be afterward when it will be so difficult to buy and sell it and use it for purchases privately due to fear of arrest or fines, that owning it privately will be a joke.

    It is simple (very simple therefore hard to understand) logic that only gold and silver is money and nothing else is.

  • Hosanna

    If we knew what to do we might do it. The current/worsening situation makes me concerned that somebody will appear out of nowhere who does “know what to do” and people will follow him or her…right off a cliff.

    The stage is getting set for someone to lead the rebellion, and that is the scariest truth of all.

  • Georgiaboy61

    “If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.” Calvera, film “The Magnificent Seven,” (1960).

    Our Founding Fathers would have revolted long ago, when faced with the crimes, usurptions and injustices done to our republic and its constitution we have before us today. That so few Americans appear to have this impulse to protect themselves, but expect others to do it for them, makes one wonder whether we are sheep or whether we are men. Time will certainly tell. It is never wise to trade freedom for the illusion of security (economic or otherwise), as we have done for so long in this country. All that results is a gilded cage, but it is still a cage. Now, many of us do not have even that.

  • http://globaleconomicwarning.blogspot.com Global Economics

    AMERICA’S WAR IS BANKRUPTING US! Economic Collapse – Imminent Global Financial Crisis and U.S. Dollar Collpse!

    There are 3 Steps you need to take action right now to protect yourself and your love ones

    (click on my profile name to go to my blog to see my full video)

    This is a must see video… with priceless information to secure your future before it’s too late.

    I’m posting my blog video here because I need to reach out to the real people who are effected by the Global Economic Crisis.

  • Hank Monk

    My,my…quite a collection of anarchists about in these parts. Gary 2 seems to want London style riots here in the U.S.

    Perhaps I should prepare the arrival of a few like minded types.

  • Anna

    Amazing….paragraph after paragraph on the terrible American economic situation and NOT ONE SINGLE WORD ABOUT THE TRILLION DOLLAR INDEFENSIBLE INVASIONS OF SIX SOVEREIGN NATIONS

    Who writes this disinfo? Who pays you?

  • http://globaleconomicwarning.blogspot.com Global Economics

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THE ULTRA-RICH ARE PROFITING FROM THESE TIMES OF ECONOMIC CHAOS!

    *** globaleconomicwarning.blogspot.com ***

    watch the 7 lifecycles of a country to see why we are going bankrupt and what we all need to do right now… see how the top richest people are protecting themselves and their families and how you can do the same

    7 Stage Life cycle

    1. Good Money (backed by precious metals)
    2. Social Programs
    3. Massive Military
    4. Expenses Goes Up becuase of Military
    5. Steal the wealth of people for spending by printing money- FIAT
    6. Lost of Faith of Currency
    7. End of Currency and Inflation

    I’m posting my blog video here because I need to reach out to the real people who are effected by the Global Economic Crisis. Please pass this video on.

  • karen

    I remember when I was a child there was no welfare, my mom would hang a picture of a starving child on the wall near the supper table, we ate are bread and gravy, there was eight of us my mom would swipe a roast from the store so we could have some meat, the church would give us cloths and the chruch folks kids would make fun of us on the bus. They were well raised weren’t they, we had nothing but are selves but we made it, the fire department would give us used bikes for christmas we were so happy, we rode stick horses and played cowboys and indians, kids don’t know anything today except the computer or compture games,ipods ect… Everyone is in a world of hurt here soon, folks don’t know how to take care of themselves anymore.

  • http://ElevationGroupVideo.com The Elevation Group

    “The only people that seem to be doing well are at the very top.”

    That’s because those most of those people have
    A) learned how to build their own business to leverage other people’s time and efforts, instead of being as an employee.

    B) They have learned financial education to put money to work for them, instead of against them like most people.

    Take responsibility for your own financial future.

    Invest in financial education before you lose everything in your IRA and 401k, due to a market collapse or hyperinflation.

    http://ElevationGroupVideo.com/presentation

  • http://agendadocumentary.com/ Dale L

    The scariest thing I see is the rise of socialism/progressive/communism. There are too many useful idiots to use a phrase coined by a famous communist leader. Communism will use you till you become trouble then the game is over.

    There is a website that deals with the changes we see in America.
    The 60’s set the stage.
    If you look at America the progressive movement is doing everything to destroy the family and values. They are bent the destruction and dumbing down of our children.
    http://agendadocumentary.com/
    The grinding down of America

  • http://agendadocumentary.com/ Dale L

    Lenin was the person coining the phrase “useful idiots”

  • http://agendadocumentary.com/ Dale L

    The Federal Reserve is the biggest damage to our finical system.
    http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Jekyll-Island-Federal-Reserve/dp/0912986212

    Another great read is “The main spring to human progress” by Henry Grady Weaver. It lays out the rise of America and why it became great.

  • Winston Smith

    Despite all the supposed anger at the Govt, Americans continue to vote Repub or Dem, 99% of time-no one really makes a move toward third party, or boycotting elections. Most think 3rd parties are not effective and that solutions will come from the Big Box parties, either directly or through fake populist groups like tea party…

  • http://www.maxkeiser.com/ Al Kyder

    First, you must be able to identify the enemy:

    MUST WATCH VIDEO:

    John Perkins: The Global Elite’s Crime Syndicate
    http://www.infowars.com/john-perkins-the-global-elites-crime-syndicate/

    [Central] Bankers Destroy Global Economy by Design to Consolidate Power
    http://www.truthistreason.net/bankers-destroy-global-economy-by-design-to-consolidate-power

    Second: You must be able to find alternatives or solutions, to every trap they’ve set for you

  • http://www.maxkeiser.com/ Al Kyder

    What can Americans do to fight the New World Order?
    1. Turn off your T.V. (Better yet,throw it away)
    2. Think for yourself.
    3. Question all so-called ‘Authority’(Especially big banks,big oil,big weapons manufacturers,big government,multinational corporate interests,big media,and anything you were taught in school)!
    4. Get out,and/or stay out,of debt! (Try to not charge for things that you can just as easily pay for,with cash)
    5. Use cash as much as possible,rather than debit cards and/or credit cards,which allow companies to track what you are buying,and where you are buying.
    6. Get rid of grocery store ‘discount’cards –grocery stores provide this information to insurance companies.
    7. Bank at a Credit Union,or any alternative to the ‘Too-Big-To-Fail’Banks,that participated in the 2008 Banker Bailout. Don’t do business with ‘the Beast’.
    8. Invest as much as you reasonably can in precious metals –especially silver,and gold.
    9. You have the right to own a firearm,to protect yourself,and your family. Read the 2nd Amendment.
    10. Buy products that indicate “Made in America”–whenever possible. You’d be surprised to find out how many necessary,practical,every day products are still “Made in America”!
    11. Buy food at a local Farmer’s Market
    12. Start your own garden
    13. Meditate –reduce your stress!
    14. Get exercise!
    15. Read a book (here is an excellent book to read:Psychological Warfare and the New World Order:The Secret War Against the American People, by Servando Gonzalez
    http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-New-World-Order/dp/0932367232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310394551&sr=8-1 )
    16. Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient, or alternative music
    17. Watch ‘Freedom to Fascism’– a film by Aaron Russo (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUpZhhbKUBo)
    18. Watch ‘Why We Fight’–a film by Eugene Jarecki(can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…r_embedded)
    19. Watch ‘Endgame’–a film by Alex Jones (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho)
    20. Below is advice from John Perkins’ book, entitled THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, And How To Change The World), pp. 322-329. “AVOID SHOPPING AS ‘RETAIL THERAPY’
    (Instead,jog,meditate,read,or find some other solution).
    SHOP CONSCIOUSLY –if there is something you must have,purchase items whose packaging, ingredients, and methods of production are sustainable and support life.
    MAKE EVERYTHING YOU OWN LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE PURCHASE AT CONSIGNMENT AND THRIFT STORES –where everything is recycled.
    Write letters telling Monsanto,De Beers, ExxonMobil, Adidas, Ford, GE, Coca-Cola, WALMART, and other labor exploiters and environment destroyers why you REFUSE to purchase from them.
    CUT BACK ON OIL AND GAS CONSUMPTION!
    DOWNSIZE (your car,home,wardrobe) –everything in your life (and don’t buy what you don’t need) SUPPORT/SEND MONEY only to non-profits, radio stations,and other organizations that promote JUST causes.
    VOLUNTEER your time and energy to such organizations.
    SUPPORT LOCAL MERCHANTS
    ENCOURAGE stores to buy from local growers, producers, and suppliers.
    Shop at your LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET
    AVOID DRINKING WATER THAT IS FLUORIDATED (only your toothpaste should have non-industrial fluoride)
    INSIST that those who use your money –banks,pensions,mutual funds,companies –make socially and environmentally responsible investments.” (end quote)
    21. Better yet –invest in precious metals (silver/gold).
    22. Research every company whose products or services you buy
    23. Research every organization to which you donate your hard-earned money
    24. Vote with your dollars!
    25. Watch ‘The Secret of Oz’–a film by William T. Still (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkq2E8mswI)
    26. Get prepared for when the U.S. dollar TOTALLY COLLAPSES,and loses it’s place,as the world’s sole reserve currency. The ‘globalists’(European Central Bankers,like the Rothschilds,and the Rockefellers,as well) are planning to reduce the American Middle Class to the status of the Third World poor. That is,they are going to wipe out the American ‘Middle Class’. That is why they shipped our jobs overseas. That is why they engineered the current economic ‘downturn’. That is why no bankers have gone to jail,over their financial crimes –they are immune. There is no ‘justice’ in this system, it’s “just us” vs. them. It is owned, and operated by European Central Bankers,and their Allies in London,in Frankfurt, and on Wall St.
    27. Did I mention invest in silver (and gold)?
    28. Global,non-violent,NON-COMPLIANCE is the answer,of We the Plebs,to the ‘elite’New World Order!
    29. Find alternatives to EVERYTHING that they’ve set up,to entrap you in THEIR system. (Become a serious ‘prepper’)
    30. What would happen if 200 MILLION AMERICANS refused to pay their taxes,in 2012? (Just a hypothetical question)
    31. Familiarize yourself with the concept of BOYCOTT
    32. Corporate Membership in the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations):
    http://www.cfr.org/about/corporate/roster.html
    33. Don’t ever join a ‘secret’society. Expand the above list,and share it with everyone you know!

  • http://www.maxkeiser.com/ Al Kyder

    SURVIVAL CHECKLIST
    Think: “No electricity, no running water”
    Think: “Made in USA”
    Think: “Solar powered” or “Hand-crank” (for cloudy days)
    Think: “Prepared for any weather, any environment, any situation”

    I’ve included some links, just as EXAMPLES – I think it’s good to do a little research, find the best quality and price – and Buy American-
    made, as much as possible…

    1) Food is second to water, and never forget it. WATER. Rationing is a must for both Water and Food.
    – Make sure you have one pot dedicated to boiling water.
    – Water purification tablets will work, but be sure to follow directions.
    – A small water purification unit works as well as boiling does.
    – If in your home, and have no running water – there are “Dolphin air2water” devices (http://www.air2water.net/products.html) that extract drinking water right out of the air. As a last resort – you can drink water right out of the toilet “tank”. Be careful of mold around fixtures. One tank of water should last for approx. 2 days for 2 people. In the greater outdoors – find a way to collect (and purify?) rainwater…
    – “Air2water” devices need to be kept sanitary/clean, before use, as well, to avoid ingesting any mold!

    2) FOOD. Dry or Freeze Dried food is best.
    – Mountain House is a popular brand for storeable canned food items.
    – Get a couple boxes of MREs. They are great sources of calories and one meal can last for 2-3 days. (A person CAN survive for 3-4 weeks
    without food – not recommended – but, no two people are exactly, the same.) Ration as or where possible.
    – Get a good book on edible plants (native to the region you’ll be ‘exploring’).
    – Some foods may be eaten raw, however, cooking is always preferred.
    Refrain from eating pork, chicken, or ground beef, raw. Some suggest using a small Coleman stove/grill that is powered by a small propane
    tank. My only question is – what will you do, when you run out of small propane tanks? (http://www.solarovens.net/) No fuel needed, except Sun-light! Remember, it won’t be bright and sunny every day, so have an alternative for those days. Insects and larvae are a source of protein. One rule of thumb: if you can’t identify it – don’t eat it. Some insects can make you very sick, and/or kill you.
    – If you are the game-hunter-type: Get a book on field-dressing animals.
    – Salt. Wars were once fought over salt.

    3) First Aid Kit. Be sure to have a ‘top notch’ first aid kit.
    – It should contain sterile bandages, anti-biotic cream, burn cream, anti-bacterial wipes, insect repellant (citronella is a good, natural anti-wood-tick/deer-tick item), or NEEM oil repellant, insect bite (and/or snake bite) kit, aspirin or non-aspirin (acetominophen), sewing kit/thread/needles, sharp scissors, etc. Get a knife/scissors blade-sharpener.
    – Make sure you have at least 60 days of vital, necessary medicines (such as insulin, or aspirin, etc.), and/or vitamin supplements.
    – Get a good book on home remedies.

    4) Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, shaver, shave cream/soap, anti-bacterial soap, deodorant, shampoo, haircut scissors, comb, skin lotion, lip balm, sunscreen, etc.
    __________
    Also: Think hearing protection, safety/sun glasses, N95 or similar (respiratory) masks.

    5) Clothing.
    – Be sure to have both warm, and cold weather gear.
    – Be sure to have rain-waterproof gear. (Boots, gloves, rain-suit w/hoodie, etc.)
    – Durable, and long-lasting clothing is best, especially in terms of work boots, jeans, shirts. (I like Duluth Trading Co. – most of their stuff is imported, though :~(
    http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/clothes-workwear/mens/mens-pants/86125.aspx
    http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/clothes-workwear/mens/mens-pants/work-pants-for-men/work-pants-for-men.aspx?feature=P9395-C78057-L2&processor=content
    – Sewing kit, 35mm film case, with extra boot/shoe laces.
    – Waterproof/rain-proof poncho(s).

    6) Shelter.
    – Obviously, a durable water/rain-proof tent, large enough to house the required number of people, and sturdy enough to withstand high winds, rain. ‘Bath-tub’ bottom, separate ‘rainfly’, aluminum poles. Some people live out of a van, or old VW mini-van.

    7) Bedding and linen.
    – Make sure your bed is OFF the ground (ie, cot with mat, and sleeping bag, or air mattress, bed-stand, or hammock, etc.)
    – make sure you have a safe, effective way to clean your clothes and bedding/linen. This prevents ‘bed-bugs’, insect infestation and/or disease.

    8) Lighting.
    – Some say propane lanterns are best. I say solar-powered or hand-crank lanterns are best.
    The more self-reliant you can be, the better. I wouldn’t rely on propane…
    – Flashlight(s). An absolute necessity, when there’s a power failure, during a storm, or electrical outage. A durable, aircraft-grade aluminum LED flash- light, with long-lasting (common-sized) batteries, is recommended. Also, a hand-crank flashlight, or a shake-light flashlight is handy. With all
    battery-powered tools, re-chargeable batteries are the key. You have to have an alternate source of power, to re-charge your re-chargeable batteries. (Solar-powered battery-chargers, is one example: http://www.ccrane.com/more-categories/batteries-chargers/solar-powered-battery-charger.aspx). Also, a ‘tactical’ flash-light, that has a dis-orienting ‘strobe’ effect feature, is good for self-defense.
    http://www.opticsplanet.net/beamshot-td4-led-240-lumen-led-torch-strobe-and-dimmer.html
    http://beamshot.com/tactical_light_pd3.html
    – Having said all of that (about flashlights) – a ‘head-lamp’ is even better – because putting the light, on your forehead, frees your hands for other necessary work.
    – The most reliable source of light (and cooking) is fire (candles, fireplace), if you have a place to find wood, or fuel for a fire, and a place to safely burn.
    – Fire needs a source of ignition, such as a Brunton Waterproof Stormproof Lighter.
    (http://www.opticsplanet.net/brunton-windproof-sealable-lighter-storm.html)
    It operates on butane, however, but is small, durable, good up to 30,000 ignitions)(1,000 before needing a refill)… Otherwise, keep water-proof matches and some bic lighters in abundance. Bic lighters work for about 4 months, but break easily. Be sure to blow out candles when not in use, or there’s no one around to monitor them, or before falling asleep. There is a solar-powered fire-starter, however – go to: http://www.solarovens.net/ and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Of course, there are other, less expensive ways to start a fire, without matches or a lighter: http://www.ehow.com/how_6218457_start-fire-wilderness-matches.html – you’ll just need a magnifying glass.

    9) Power. Generators are good, but not necessary.
    – A DC power-inverter will (supposedly) power just about anything in your house. It will work, but only as long as you have ‘juice’ in the car battery. Remember, the old-time pioneers lived by fireplace-light, and/or candle-light. We can, too. For warmth in the winter – there’s always warm (fleece) clothing and bedding, absent electricity. Solar-powered generators that are compatible with and operate vital, necessary equipment, such as an “air2water” device – may be the best option, for power outages. Store enough water for cloudy days…

    10) Personal defense accessories/self-protection.
    – Non-lethal – pepper spray. For women – you can get it, in a lipstick-like container. http://www.guardian-self-defense.com/lipstickpepperspray.htm
    (This is a clever way for women to protect themselves – by not alerting the potential attacker to a more obvious cannister of pepper spray)
    – Non-lethal – stun gun. Is another option.
    – A hand-crank NOAA weather radio is a must, for power outages, due to storm conditions. http://www.hurricanestore.com/communication.html
    – Knives. A person should consider having minimum of 3 durable, and very sharp knives in their home/possession, at all times (& during a camping or survival situation). Buck knives are very popular, and likely the best. Also, have a knife-sharpener, that doesn’t take a lot of the metal off the blade. You’ll want the knife to last as long as possible (even after the camping outing or survival situation is over).
    http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.wall&end_use=E#{end_use:%27O%27}
    http://www.knife-depot.com/
    http://www.duluthtrading.com/search/searchresults/sitesearchresults.aspx?pg=1&p_keyword=knives&p_origin=Tool_Aug11&processor=content
    – Warm clothing/bedding is vital, especially in cold environments, with no power.
    Fleece (undershirts and bed-covers) retains warmth, extremely well.
    – Consider small two-way radios with at least a two-mile range, for communicating with family members (find ones that’ll take re-chargeable sized batteries).
    – If you opt for firearm(s) – for hunting or self-protection – make sure that you know how to fire, clean and store the firearm correctly and safely. Also, keep plenty of ammo for your weapon.

    11) Remember, take it easy on your-self. Don’t overwork for anything – ie, make sure the benefit outweighs the cost, as hiking/running requires A LOT of energy. Energy = Food. Avoid dangerous situations – trust your ‘gut’/instinct – it’s usually right.

    12) Tansportation. A 4×4 vehicle is obviously preferable to a conventional car.
    – A 4×4 can get you around/over debris, much more readily than a car, and is better, in more remote terrain. Or, a moped? Something electric? Bicycle? Hoof it?

    13) Get a good, durable, quality watch. (I like Timex, they ‘take a licking – and keep on ticking’!)
    http://www.timex.com/Timex-Rugged-Field-Metal/dp/B00304L732
    http://www.timex.com/s?searchKeywords=expedition+timex&Action=submit

    14) What to do, if there’s no running water, in order to use the ‘rest-room’?
    – If outdoors, you can always have a small, folding, compact shovel, such as are used by the military: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=military+folding+shovel&qpvt=military+folding+shovel&FORM=IGRE
    – In an urban environment, without access to an outdoor ‘port-o-potty’ or ‘port-o-let’ you’d absolutely, for sanitary and other reasons, have to find an alternative…such as sealable containers to stop bacteria or the buildup of bacteria…
    – X-tra TP…

    15) Other tools: Kershaw Camp Axe: http://www.kershaw-knives.net/Kershaw-Camp-Axe-KS1018.htm
    Camp Saw (even better/safer than an axe)
    http://backpackingsaw.com/folding-saw/bahco-laplander-folding-saw-review/
    Magnesium Fire Starter
    http://www.campingsurvival.com/maflsufistst.html
    Duct tape: http://www.duluthtrading.com/search/searchresults/sitesearchresults.aspx?pg=1&p_keyword=duct+tape&p_origin=Tool_Aug11&processor=content (made in usa)
    Trauma Pak w/QuickClot: http://www.duluthtrading.com/search/searchresults/sitesearchresults.aspx?pg=1&p_keyword=duct+tape&p_origin=Tool_Aug11&processor=content
    Multi-tool
    http://www.jomashop.com/leatherman-charge-tti-multitool-830684.html
    Work gloves.

    16) Additionally, you’ll need to think about having:
    – identification
    – important documents (& something waterproof to keep them in)
    – minimum of $100 cash (small denominations – less change)
    – “smuggler’s belt” http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/clothes-workwear/mens/mens-belts-mens-suspenders/75071.aspx (made in usa)
    – large zip-lock (slider-lock) type “freezer” bags/disposable
    – thumb-drive in a small, waterproof container
    – chewing gum – no aspartame
    – pet?: emergency kit, water, food for your pet
    – entertainment: cards, book(s), puzzles, small, portable chess set?…
    ____________
    Survival websites:
    http://www.survivalequipment.net/light.html
    http://www.air2water.net/products.html
    http://www.solarovens.net/
    http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/clothes-workwear/mens/mens-pants/86125.aspx
    http://www.ccrane.com/more-categories/batteries-chargers/solar-powered-battery-charger.aspx)
    http://www.opticsplanet.net/beamshot-td4-led-240-lumen-led-torch-strobe-and-dimmer.html
    http://beamshot.com/tactical_light_pd3.html
    http://www.opticsplanet.net/brunton-windproof-sealable-lighter-storm.html
    http://www.hurricanestore.com/communication.html
    http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.wall&end_use=E#{end_use:%27O%27}
    http://www.knife-depot.com/
    http://www.coldsteel.com/gurkhakukri.html
    http://www.duluthtrading.com/search/searchresults/sitesearchresults.aspx?pg=1&p_keyword=knives&p_origin=Tool_Aug11&processor=content
    http://www.timex.com/Timex-Rugged-Field-Metal/dp/B00304L732
    http://www.timex.com/s?searchKeywords=expedition+timex&Action=submit
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=military+folding+shovel&qpvt=military+folding+shovel&FORM=IGRE

  • # David Jekel

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