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16 Things About 2013 That Are Really Going To Stink

16 Things About 2013 That Are Really Going To Stink - Photo by Linh_rOmThe beginning of the year has traditionally been a time of optimism when we all look forward to the exciting things that are going to happen over the next 12 months.  Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of things about 2013 that we already know are going to stink.  Taxes are going to go up, good paying jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be destroyed, the number of Americans living in poverty will continue to soar, our infrastructure will continue to decay, global food supplies will likely continue to dwindle and the U.S. national debt will continue to explode.  Our politicians continue to pursue the same policies that got us into this mess, and yet they continue to expect things to magically turn around.  But that is not the way that things work in the real world.  Bad decisions lead to bad outcomes.  Instead of realizing that what we are doing is not working, our "leaders" continue to give us more of the same.  As a result, there are going to be a lot of things about 2013 that will not be great.  Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything will be "okay" somehow is not going to help anyone.  We've got to make people understand exactly what is happening and why it is happening if we ever hope to see real changes.

The following are 16 things about 2013 that are really going to stink...

#1 Taxes Are Going To Go Up

Even if a fiscal cliff deal is reached, some taxes will still go up next year.  And if no deal is reached, there will be a whole bunch of different tax increases in 2013.

According to CBS News, these tax increases would be very painful for the middle class...

If lawmakers fail to work out any sort of deal, there will be severe long-term consequences for the economy: According to the Tax Policy Center, going off the "cliff" would affect 88 percent of U.S. taxpayers, with their taxes rising by an average of $3,500 a year; taxes would jump $2,400 on average for families with incomes of $50,000 to $75,000. Because consumers would get less of their paychecks to spend, businesses and jobs would suffer.

#2 The Middle Class Is About To Be Scorched By The Alternative Minimum Tax

Of more immediate concern for the middle class is the Alternative Minimum Tax.  Many Americans have never heard of the AMT, but it is truly one of the worst things about our tax code.

If Congress does not act, and right now it does not look promising, millions of middle class households will see a massive increase in their tax bills for 2012.

According to one analysis, households that are forced to pay the AMT will end up paying an extra $3,700 in taxes...

Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, more than 26 million households will for the first time face the AMT, which threatens to tack $3,700, on average, onto taxpayers’ bills for the current tax year. Because those people have never paid the AMT, they have no idea they are in its crosshairs — put there by a broader stalemate over tax policy that has kept Congress from limiting the AMT’s reach.

Do you have an extra $3,700 sitting around to send to Uncle Sam?

If not, you had better contact your representatives in Congress and scream like crazy about passing a fix for the AMT.  They have always gotten it done before, but this year there is so much animosity between the Republicans and the Democrats that nothing may end up getting done.

#3 The Economy Will Continue To Get Worse

Despite all of the talk in the mainstream media and from our politicians that our economy is getting better, the truth is that the U.S. economy continued to decline in 2012.  If you doubt this, just read the 75 statistics in this article.

And there are a whole host of signs that the economy is starting to slow down even more as we enter 2013.  For example, consumer confidence in the United States has experienced its largest two-month drop in over a year, and retail sales during the holiday season turned out to be quite disappointing.

#4 Good Paying Jobs Will Continue To Be Shipped Out Of The United States

Thanks to decades of "free trade agreements", workers in the United States must directly compete for jobs with hundreds of millions of workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.

We continue to see millions of jobs being shipped out of the country and our politicians stand by and do nothing.

Most Americans have no idea how this emerging one world economic system works.  The beautiful product that you buy at the big retail store may have been made by someone working in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.

A 42-year-old woman named Julie Keith recently found this letter inside a box of Halloween decorations that had been made in China...

"If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.

People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).

People who work here, suffer punishment 1-3 years averagely, but without Court Sentence (unlaw punishment). Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners, who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often suffer more punishment than others."

But both political parties continue to tell us how wonderful it is that we are trading with communist China.  They see no problem with the fact that good paying jobs that used to be performed in America are now being performed by slave laborers on the other side of the planet.  And most Americans continue to support this system by filling their shopping carts with lots of stuff that has "made in China" stamped on it.

#5 Small Businesses Will Continue To Be Destroyed

At the same time, small businesses all over America are being strangled to death by taxes and regulations.  Just consider the following numbers from a previous article...

We are told that the economy is supposed to be "recovering", but the number of "startup jobs" at new businesses has fallen for five years in a row.  According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data performed by economist Tim Kane, there were almost 12 startup jobs per 1000 Americans back in the year 2006.  By 2011, that figure had fallen to less than 8 startup jobs per 1000 Americans.

How is our economy ever going to thrive if we keep killing off our small businesses?

#6 Hunger And Poverty Will Continue To Explode To Unprecedented Levels

As the U.S. economy bleeds jobs and loses small businesses, the number of Americans living in poverty continues to explode.

Here are some numbers to show to people who still don't understand how desperate the situation is...

-Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

-According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be "poor" or "low income".

-For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#7 The Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Will Continue To Increase

If the economy is recovering, then why does the number of Americans on food stamps continue to soar?

As I wrote about yesterday, about 17 million Americans were on food stamps back in the year 2000.

Today, more than 47 million Americans are on food stamps.

Does anyone want to explain to me how that is a sign that things are getting better?

Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

How much worse do things have to get before people realize that what we are doing is not working?

#8 Millions Of Americans Are About To Lose Their Unemployment Benefits

During this economic crisis, an unprecedented number of American families have been relying on unemployment benefits in order to stay afloat.

Well, if no agreement is reached in Washington D.C., millions of Americans will shortly lose those benefits...

Three million Americans may become unwitting casualties of the political war in Washington over the fiscal cliff.

Since 2008, the federal government has funded extensions of the unemployment insurance offered by states, more than tripling the amount of aid available to the unemployed in some areas. But the program is expensive, with the Congressional Budget Office estimating it would cost $30 billion to extend it through 2013. President Barack Obama wants to extend the benefits for another year, but Congress has already pared back the program, and Republicans insist it represents the kind of largesse Washington can no longer afford.

#9 Our Infrastructure Will Continue To Rot And Decay

The United States once had the most beautiful infrastructure in the entire world.  Our highways, bridges, airports, railroads, sewer systems and electrical grids were the envy of the entire planet.

Well, now we don't even have enough money to repair what we already have, so our infrastructure will continue to rot and decay in 2013...

Highways and bridges will need $2.5 trillion in upgrades if they are to survive for another 50 years -- a must-do to keep commerce thriving. And that figure doesn't even take into account the airports, railroads, subways, sewage-treatment plants, waterworks, levees, electric grids, pipelines, and all of those other expensive systems that people ignore until they break down.

#10 Many Of Our Major Cities Will Continue To Be Transformed Into Festering Hellholes

A lot of our major cities are also rapidly degenerating.  Detroit is one of my favorite examples, but the same kinds of things could be said about dozens of other major cities all over the country.  The following is a brief excerpt from one of my recent articles...

If you can believe it, more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults living in the city are functionally illiterate.  The high school graduation rate in Detroit is down to about 25 percent, and the city has become a breeding ground for gangs and violence.  The number of murders in Detroit is already higher than last year, and recently groups of young men toting AK-47s have been running around robbing gas stations.  How much worse can things possibly get for Detroit?

#11 State And Local Governments Will Find Ways To Squeeze Even More Money Out Of Us

In case you haven't noticed, state and local governments all over the country are bleeding cash and are desperate for money.  In 2013 you can expect them to continue to find more ways to squeeze even more money out of all of us.  Here is one example...

Over the course of 2013, the District government will add 134 traffic cameras to its network, more than doubling the size of a system that generated $85 million in revenues for the city in its last fiscal year.

Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner that the city will intensify its camera-based efforts to cite motorists for speeding and stoplight violations while also adding cameras to detect other moving violations.

#12 Drug Cartels Will Continue To Easily Cross Our Borders And Terrorize Our Citizens

The federal government continues to refuse to protect our borders, and that means that drug runners and gang members will continue to pour into the United States.

Down in the Southwest, many ranchers are being absolutely terrorized by these criminals.  The following is from a recent NBC News article...

Just before nightfall, 73-year-old rancher Jim Chilton hikes quickly up and down the hills on his rugged cattle-grazing land south of Tucson, escorting two U.S. Border Patrol agents.

He wants to show them the disturbing discovery he made earlier in the day: a drug-smugglers' camp on his private property.  Stacked together under a stand of trees are blankets, jackets, food, water, binoculars and bales of marijuana from Mexico wrapped in burlap. The smugglers, themselves, are nowhere in sight and are believed to have fled the area, which is about 10 miles north of the Mexican border.

Chilton has had his house burglarized a couple of times and his family regularly encounters groups of armed drug smugglers coming across from Mexico...

Their cattle fences are frequently cut and paths heading north from Mexico cross their property.  Beckham says a smuggler even fired shots at him while he walked his land with a U.S. Border Patrol agent.  Several illegal border crossers have also approached his house at night--one even reaching his hand into their bathroom window.

"Several years ago, one of my children was taking a shower and had a gentleman reach into the shower while he was in there, and he came out screaming, absolutely refusing to take a shower for the next couple months."

But even if you don't live along the border, all of this still affects you.  According to government figures, Mexican drug cartels are actively operating in more than 1,200 U.S. cities right now.  They are probably hard at work in the community where you live.

So what is the Obama administration doing to fix the problem?

Not much.

In fact, the Obama administration is actually encouraging people to come to the U.S. and become dependent on the system.  If you can believe it, there is actually a website run by the Department of Homeland Security that teaches immigrants how to apply for welfare benefits once they get into the United States.

#13 Social Decay Will Continue To Accelerate

All over America we are seeing signs of social breakdown.  Here is yet another example...

A woman sleeping on a street bench outside a drug store was doused with an accelerant and set on fire early Thursday morning in Van Nuys.

Witnesses told police that a man poured liquid -- possibly a beverage containing alcohol -- on the sleeping woman at about 1 a.m. outside a Walgreens store near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. He lit a match and ran from the location, witnesses told police.

Who would just run up and set a woman on fire?

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident.  For many more examples like this, please see this article: "20 Shocking Examples Of How Sadistic And Cruel People Have Become".

We need to admit that we have a major problem on our hands.  Violent crime in the United States increased by 18 percent in 2011, and another huge increase is expected when the numbers for 2012 come out.

America is changing, and not for the better.

#14 Global Food Supplies Will Continue To Dwindle

Did you know that for six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced?

As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years.

So what is going to happen if the world continues to eat more food than it makes?

Let us hope that there is not another major drought in 2013.  If there is, we could be looking at a very serious food crunch.

#15 Wall Street Will Continue To Resemble A Giant Casino

Our financial system seems to have not learned any lessons from the financial crash of 2008.

Instead of admitting their mistakes, they just continue to engage in even more reckless behavior.

Today, there are four major U.S. banks that each have more than 40 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.

At some point that house of cards is going to collapse and we will be facing a derivatives crisis of unprecedented magnitude.

Will it be in 2013?

#16 The U.S. National Debt Will Cross The 17 Trillion Dollar Mark

In 2013, our national debt will blow past the 17 trillion dollar mark and start heading toward 18 trillion dollars.

How stupid can we possibly be?

During the first four years of the Obama administration, the U.S. national debt has grown by about as much as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office.

It really takes something to match more than 200 years of debt accumulation in less than four years.

But our politicians don't seem to care about all of this debt.  They will continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.  That is beyond criminal, and yet the American people don't seem to care.

What in the world has happened to this country?

Of course not everything about 2013 will be bad.  Personally, I am looking forward to an exciting year.  I have a new book that will be coming out, and my family is blessed and healthy.  I would like to wish all of you a very blessed 2013.  Things may be falling apart all around us, but that doesn't mean that we can't have a great year even in the midst of all the chaos.

Happy 2013

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  • Tim

    What is your book about?

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is going to be a novel set in the United States in the near future. It is going to be a mystery/thriller that follows several different characters as they interact with each other in a world that is falling apart all around them.

      Michael

      • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

        By the way, does everyone like the changes that have been made to the site?

        Michael

        • K

          Thumbs up from me.

        • Day2Day

          I think it’s harder to read the article, but easier for the comments.

          • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

            Why is it hard to read the article?

            Michael

          • Day2Day

            I feel like I’m reading “Block by block” instead of free-flowing, I think it may be a little to scrunched up for me.

          • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

            What is your screen resolution?

            Michael

          • 2Gary2

            because the articles keep bashing the poor and ignoring corporate welfare.

          • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

            Gary:

            I actually very much love the poor. I just think that we have to be realistic about how much we can do and how much debt we can go into in order to do it.

            And I feel that I have been very hard on the wealthy and the big banks. I have written extensively about how the wealthy avoid taxes by moving their wealth offshore, and just click the “Banksters” category to see some of the articles I have done about the big banks.

            Michael

        • Mark

          I think it works out much better. We can answer each other in the comment section.

        • Syrin

          Content is fantastic as always. Others agree as i see your material frequently sited. However, the columns of the article have been condensed and elongated making them a little more burdensome to read. Others may like the change. Minor complaint at most. The content is what matters.

          • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

            I am trying to standardize the look of the site because so many people are viewing it on mobile devices now.

            Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

            Michael

          • 2Gary2

            the disqus commenting section noticeable slows down the loading of the site. Otherwise I have been sharing my wisdom with lots of other web sites who had been using disqus for years.

          • 2Gary2

            syrin–you can read???

        • Jodi

          Yes, I like the new look! I also like the up or down vote for comments. Keep up the good work Michael!

        • http://www.booksbyoliver.com/ MountainHome

          No complaints from me. It all looks good. Thanks.

        • MeMadMax

          I think the articles need to be spread back out. The margins are way too large for me, unless its my browser.

        • Orange Jean

          Micheal,

          I very much appreciate being able to comment without having to sign up with DISQUS. The recent change you made in how we do that is working very well for me!
          ~Orange Jean

        • RICHARD

          I like the new picture on the right side better than the one on the left.

          • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

            LOL – there are actually several new pictures. There are five banners that keep rotating.

            Michael

      • Orange Jean

        Good luck with your writing Michael! BTW, I just finished reading an old (written in 1959)… but very interesting book “Alas, Babylon!” by Pat Frank… which had a somewhat similar theme. Recommended reading!

        The book is fiction; the story what happened in one small town in Florida after the Russians hit the US with multiple atomic bombs and Florida was considered a contaminated zone with nobody allowed in or out. The interesting part was… a lot of details about things you may or may not have thought about that could happen when losing electricity, gas, communication system, health care supplies, coping with changes in government, food shortages, etc. and how the experience changed relationships among the survivors.

  • college kid

    America Blows.

    • markthetruth

      and doesn’t get paid for it.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Oh, the jokes I could make about your comment…..

  • markthetruth

    Logic logic logic , you run a household you know your paycheck and your bills and if there’s anything left over you banked it. And the other rule is not to count overtime as income. If you wanted a new car and your budget doesn’t support it you don’t buy it. You had to save more money first, not spend more. And you can go to sleep at night………….

    the end.

  • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

    Taxes are one of the biggest mass psychological propaganda unleashed on humanity. They don’t need our money to run the country. They already have free printing press in the name of Federal Reserve, which prints money as its wants without backing of any hard assets like Gold.

    Taxes are there to make our life miserable and have less money on us, so that we are forced a life of slavery for ever.

    • Hammerstrike

      No taxes, just print money, yeah that will work!

  • K

    Michael, let me add a seventeen. If this gun ban nonsense, is not handled carefully. Your term chaos, may be an understatement. For some reason, 2013 just brings a feeling of great sadness to me.

    • Syrin

      This is the Reichstag Moment our Amerikan comrades like GARY have been hoping for. Too bad they have completely misjudged the outcome.

      • MeMadMax

        Yep, no utopia, only destruction… Maybe thats what they want anyways…

      • davidmpark

        Completely true about them misjudging the outcome. The Leftists around here are doubling down on their usual antics; acting like they’ve lost the election or something.

        They are scared. A few were brave enough to tell me they are terrified of retribution; that this is not the utopia they thought was coming. Terrified of getting the blame.

      • 2Gary2

        I never said I am anti gun.

        • Rachel

          They didn’t bother to ask you, they just assumed it just because you wanted higher taxes on the super wealthy (which I agree with). It doesn’t make you anti-gun or anti-American. Most these people have no idea how unbalanced and unfair things are in the real world…I live in AZ and watch uber rich trophy wives from Snottsdale drive their latest model BMWs and Land Rovers and buy the most ridiculous crap while just a short while away in the poor parts of Phoenix people are so poor they have to eat at food banks. Thank God for those food banks, but those uber rich can afford higher taxes.

          • Disgusted

            What’s it to you what kind of cars people are driving? Unless they robbed a bank, they most-likely earned their wealth through hard work. Who are you to say they should pay more taxes simply because “they can afford them”?The acute case of class envy you’re obviously suffering from is what’s slowly destroying this nation.

          • 2Gary2

            earned through hard work–maybe but doubtful. Success is 50% luck. this has been studied many times and is true. I doubt many of the rich work any harder than the single mother with 2 jobs, they are simply more lucky.

          • Rachel

            Excuse you, but you probably don’t know what hard work really is and I can assure you that most of the rich people that I that I have personally talked to are spoiled trust fund babies or push paper….both sets of my grandparents were German immigrants and they worked the land until their hands bled as farmers and ranchers. They sufferer the great depression. They were hard workers,NOT these spoiled rich snobs that roll up their widows when they see a poor person begging. There was only a few super rich people that I knew really well and one was a parent of a kid I went to school with and she was a kind hearted person and helped underprivelaged school children get clothes and stuff for back to school. She was the exception to the rule. When I say super rich what do you think I’m taking about? I’m not talking about $200,000.00. I’m talking about people that make A LOT more than that. My mention of what cars they drive was simply to
            illustrate their wealth buy you were to dense to understand that I guess.

            And NO I DO NOT have class envy…I just happen to find it unfair that in that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. By your lack of empathy I can tell you’ve never been down and out so someone of your kind wouldn’t even know the hardships. Why should you rich people get tax cuts? So you can rush out and buy your spoiled kids a BMW for their MTV sweet 16? Give me a break…selfish people will get what’s coming to them. What comes around goes around and the most generous people are Many times the ones that have the least.

          • 2Gary2

            and to add fuel to the fire we do not have anything even closely resembling equality of opportunity in this country. The best indicator of success is how wealthy your parents are. We in the USA have way less economic mobility than the more socialized Scandinavian countries and the EU. This is simply a fact anyone can look up.

          • 2Gary2

            Rachel–I would say that the single mother working three part time mcjobs probably works harder than the hedge fund manager who sits and whacks off all day. She probably works harder before noon than most folks. If conservatives were really the family values party they would be pro-union so that single mother would only need work one job that paid a living wage so she could be more involved with the raising of her child.

          • Rachel

            Hard work!? Lmao. They are trust fund brats or pencil pushers or useless attorneys. Wanna talk about hard work? Both of my great grandfathers were German immigrants who worked their hands to the bone farming and ranching. I merely mentioned the type of cars the super rich drive to give an idea of the wealth, but you obviously were too dense to see that. I’ve seen a lot in my life and the people that are te least selfish and give the most are usually the people who have the least. I’m not left wing or a dem, I just happen to have actually have a heart for underprivileged. You obviously don’t so therefore what comes around goes around. The most successful economic almost unreal recovery took place after the Weimar Republic crumpled and the within a few years Germany went from 1 in 4 people out of work to 90% of the people back to work and living very prosperously and guess what? The rich were taxed higher and still came out on top. Just admit that you’re a selfish person who wants to hoard all the wealth and don’t give a damn about the poor who go without proper meals or can’t give their kids what they need.

          • 2Gary2

            great post–In my experience conservatives are very selfish. Notice the number of times conservatives use the word “I” as opposed to the number of times progressives use the term “WE”

          • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.waymire.5 Dustin Waymire

            Has anyone heard Obama say “WE’

          • 2Gary2

            on MANY occasions. Now if he was not to the right of Nixon…

          • WhereIsJustice?

            I agree. Want to have jobs move from the USA to China or India? Raise taxes!

            Want to put millions out of work and forced to live on handouts which cannot last forever? Raise taxes!

          • WhereIsJustice?

            The only taxes that are good is if they will help build a more stable infrastructure. eg. such as hardening the grid against EMP attacks both natural and man-made and allowing *some* drilling in Federal property.

            Or better yet sell a bunch of Federal Property to raise money as studies show that animals are not only surviving the oil rigs in Alaska but are actually booming!

            Cell phone towers on the other hand are causing sickness for humans and mass confusion for birds and other flying creatures as their normal sense of direction is scattered.

            I have seen the results myself when birds fly north to Alaska or south as soon as they go near our local cell phone towers they will act confused.

          • Sharon

            Dislike, wont let me vote down. Most of the banking class stole, not earned.

          • Mondobeyondo

            Rachel, you are right. There is a huge dichotomy between Scottsdale and west Phoenix. Kind of like the difference between Beverly Hills and Compton. The uber-rich can certainly afford to donate a turkey or four to the Salvation Army. Up to Thanksgiving 2011, I donated a turkey every year But I couldn’t do it this year. Why not? Because I’m BROKE, that’s why!!

      • Gay Veteran

        Our Reichstag Moment was 9/11

      • Hammerstrike

        The wealthy dimocrats only intend to seize the US economy for their own profit.

  • Imaplaneiac

    Michael, you’ve earned an ” atta boy ” for fixing the issue of incomplete blogger comments; including cut-off letters and missing words! ( I won’t ask how you did it ). I can now, again, read them and offer my comments! KUDOS, well done!
    BTW, who’s the guy now pictured at the top of the page?

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      That would be me. My wife thought that people might want to finally know what I look like.

      Michael

      • Rodster

        And now the Gubmint knows as well. :)

        • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

          I am sure they already know far about me than I would imagine. :(

          Michael

      • HecatesMoon

        You look younger…..and thinner…than I expected. :P

        • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

          I’ll take that

          Michael

  • mleblanc138

    I am fuming mad right now thanks to a recent discovery. After clicking the link about the letter from China, I learned about Title 19, Section 1307 of the US Code, which starts off with:

    All goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in any foreign country by convict labor or/and forced labor or/and indentured labor under penal sanctions shall
    not be entitled to entry at any of the ports of the United States.

    A very sizable amount of our imports from China fall under one of the above categories. But what truely made me mad was thinking about all those stories where someone just trying to grow a garden or conduct a home Bible Study was hammered down on with “code violations.” All of this while the US Government gets away with at least one, but probably way more very large scale code violations.

    Business as usual in America I guess. The little guy always gets slighted and the Government always wins.

  • mleblanc138

    And now that I think about it, an article I would like to see in the future would be something like “15(or however many) Code Violations the US Government gets away with while cracking down on homeowners nationwide.”

  • Mondobeyondo

    And you thought 2012 was bad. (It was, and still is. 96 hours, people. Just 96 more hours.)

    Enjoy those 96 hours, because 2013 will not be a Happy New Year. Even if we avoid falling off the fiscal cliff, there is still the federal debt and federal deficit to worry about. There are answers, but the politicians won’t implement them. Maybe they’re scared. Maybe they’ll lose too many votes. Maybe they’re too stupid to notice. Don’t know.

    Nice way to enter the “twenty-teens”, huh?
    If something doesn’t change (and there is absolutely NO indication that it will), we are going to collapse..Arriverderci, la dolce vita.

    • ian

      2012 was awesome for most people i know.

      • Mondobeyondo

        You wouldn’t happen to have friends who work at a Wall Street bank, would you? If you do, maybe you can hook me up with some connections…..

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Arrivederci, la dolce vita. E benvenuti tutti alla Repubblica Banana D’America.

    • RICHARD

      mondobeyondo, I agree with almost everything you say but do you really think we are not going to get hammered if we don’t go over the cliff, we just won’t get hammered as hard, but we will get hammered

      • Mondobeyondo

        Richard, it’s going to be bad whether we go over the cliff or not. But the financial pain and hardship for millions of people will be vastly worse if we do go over the cliff. There are many people who are barely scraping by as it is now. If the Congress critters and President can’t come up with a deal, it will be incredible agony for a great many of these folks.

        • RICHARD

          mondobeyondo, the longer they play this game the worse it is going to get. personally I feel no matter what they do it will not make a difference.We have already passed the point of no return.

    • Orange Jean

      Mondo,

      That reminds me of what I saw this morning in my local online paper – a silly piece boasting how “good” the economy did this year locally (huh?!!??)…

      The article completely ignored the fact that most of the jobs added they talked about as gains were minimum wage type service jobs … while ignoring the fact that this area (Hampton Roads, VA) is very likely to get hammered big time because most of the better paying jobs here are Department of Defense (especially Navy), or contractors for the same. Other jobs I expect to see hammered locally are the health care jobs.

      I’ve already seen some friends (all IT contractors) get laid off in the past few months …

  • Mondobeyondo

    #14 Global Food Supplies Will Continue To Dwindle

    Milk has already been widely reported (through various mainstream media outlets) to double in price by 2013,

    Dwindling supply? No, there’s plenty of milk out there.

    • grumpyhillbilly

      Outside of New Zealand, I doubt there is a lot of milk out there. Feed costs are escalating. Fertilizer prices are really escalating. With the recent high price for beef at the auctions, a lot of dairy cows have been singing the meat hook blues. I know the big not-so-much milk coops will spin there is a milk surplus, They’ll even tell you six months ahead of time that there is a surplus. Go figure that one!

  • Syrin

    #17 – American health care will PRECIPITOUSLY decline as MDs leave the field, cut back hours, fewer enter the field and massive physician shortages takes its toll. Health care costs will continue to rise, health care will be rationed (as it already is) on a much larger scale, and medical advancements will cease as there will no longer be any profit involved to warrant risking the capital required to invest in such endeavors.

    • Colin

      And, in tandem, the mental health care for mentally ill and disabled people will continue to be eroded as governments cut budgets. More people who should be receiving treatment will not be treated. A few of these people will become a threat to society, resulting in mass shootings. One of these shootings may break records. People will mourn and ask why? and talk about reforming the gun laws. This lasts about the length of an average media cycle, until the next crisis arises. Later on, there will be another mass shooting. And on and on it goes.

      • Mark

        Sorry Colin, shrinks are way overpayed when you consider their results. We spend billions on mental problems and make very little progress. Limited funds will have to go to where they have the most impact and mental health issues are not one of them. The world has always had people with mental illness and quite offten they have killed many, take Hitler as an example, I wonder what those german shrinks thought about him, or did they agree with his positions and suffered from mental illness themselves.

      • 2Gary2

        given the still large number of conservatives there is a real need for mental health services. Conservatism is a mental disease.

        • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

          Do you hate conservatives Gary?

          Michael

          • 2Gary2

            I hate conservatism and what it has done to this country. We are the most unequal in wealth and income and have the lowest mobility between classes than the more socialized nations of the EU/Scandinavia. This is pointed out and all the conservatives do is yell north Korea/Cuba and do not see that we in the USA are becoming a third would country. Tax cuts for the rich is not the answer to everything and this is the GOP solution to everything. Not my opinion but a fact.

            So I guess I would be like God hating the sin but loving the sinner. I HATE conservatism but do not hate the conservative although I most surely so not love conservatives as it is hard to love someone who is destroying your country., more like I pity them in their fox news am hate radio ignorance. their ignorance would be comical were it not wrecking this country.

          • Rachel

            Gary! They aren’t true conservatives! They are NEOCON HACKS!

    • Virginia

      Maybe shelving medical advancements due to no profit margin is a good thing. If medical advancements cannot be made available at an affordable price point, what good are they?

    • Orange Jean

      Syrin,

      I am seeing that already. I have some chronic disease issues (mostly bad arthritis) and several of my doctor’s recently cut their hours back so much it’s like having a part-time doc. They are good people, and I’ve been working on a work-around to try to still get the care and advice I need (mainly using email to coordinate and check in with my primary care doc and using an urgent care place… when I needed to see her and she was not available). But the potential for this becoming a really bad situation is scary, at least for anyone who needs to have a fairly regular relationship with the healthcare system.

      I’ve been meaning to ask – when thinking of prepping – do you have any suggestions for us? Supplies we should all stock up on? People say “stock up on medications you need” but it sounds impossible to me… for those of us who might need medication, but can’t write our own scripts and because of regulations and/or insurance requirements.

      I cannot imagine how awful it could be if TSHTF and we cannot get basic things like antibiotics (for serious infections) or insulin (I have a diabetic brother)… sounds like a lot of people could die from things we can now normally cure.

      Are there any good books out there you could recommend about how one can use things like changes in diet, use of herbs or something that would actually work for any of the more common health and first aid concerns… should we not be able to go buy things in stores or the pharmacy? Thanks!

      ~Orange Jean

      • Hambone

        There is a decent book, “Where there is no doctor.” It’s free online.

        It’s mostly for people who do missionary work at locations where there are no medical facilities, but it’s chock full of rreat information.

        • Orange Jean

          Thanks! I’ve heard of that one before but that was years ago and I didn’t realize it was still in print and/or available free online – guess I’d better get a copy and print it out!

      • 2Gary2

        syrin–you have a chronic mental disease called conservatism. The best thing orange jean could do is become a progressive.

    • 2Gary2

      the insurance companies AKA death panels already ration care. I would rather have single payer where the results are better than our messed up system. Simply look at the better healthcare outcomes for 1/2 the cost.

      • Hammerstrike

        Obamacare will increase drug companies profits, increase this rationning and prices as well.

        • 2Gary2

          True which is why we need single payer.Obamacare is just the beginning of our getting single payer. That was the plan all along. Prices will not be controlled and it will drive us to single payer. I have been in several meetings with Wisconsin dems/OFA and got this first hand.

  • Silver Crone

    Just reading some of the comments below shows just how stupid Americans are. You can smack them in the face with the truth and they still don’t get it. You just can’t fix stupid…America is too far gone – they have already gone over the cliff – they have no respect for anything or anyone. This article couldn’t have been written more clearly yet they are still in denial.

    • Syrin

      You should have come to this realization November 6th. 60 years ago Obamugabe would have been removed from consideration by his own party, that’s how horrible he has been. We have a gov’t addicted crack head populace. They polled voters and found only 35% of those who voted for McCain understood the issues. That’s bad, but here’s the kicker. TWO PERCENT of Obama voters knew the issues. We have the addicted brain dead masses like GARY voting for whomever will promise to give them their neighbor’s goods. The liberals have enslaved black America and drag them out of their urban plantations to vote every 4 years then re-shackle them. They keep them in poverty, un-educated and attack any who escape the plantation. Witness Detroit for unchecked liberalism in America. Witness Stalin’s Moscow for unchecked liberalism

      • Rodster

        Gary2 and the VERY low information voter will always vote for Santa Claus as long as they don’t have to pay for it.

      • Mark

        Yes Syrin, I have been trying to get Gary to tell us his ideas beyond Walmart. Every now and then he starts to say something different and then goes back to his Walmart thing. I suppose you are right in that Gary has no ideas other than talking points for Obama. I had hoped for more from him.

        • 2Gary2

          you need to read my prior posts then.

      • 2Gary2

        regardless syrin we on the left are winning elections as you tired old GOP dolts continue to loose and post stupidity ,out of touch, untethered from reality crap. ha ha we are winning and you are loosing.

        • Joe

          Gary- check your spelling, sentence structure and grammar and then please continue to tell us how you’re winning.

    • RICHARD

      It’s called normalcy bias and I would say about 60% of the country is infected with it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003865460953 Susan Miller

        @ Richard i think it’s higher than that.People are wacked out no clue what’s going on.

        • RICHARD

          I have a family like that!! There all teachers. I thought teachers were smarter than that. You are most likely right 60% is most likely low. Guess who will be feeding them and putting a roof over there heads?

          • BAW51

            You should listen to the Teachers from where I work or even better you should listen to the Board of Education. I never dreamed what and how our schools are being ran. It is just mind blowing to me.

          • CV

            Why do you think an Education major is so easy to get compared to most other degrees? As I always say, “If you can’t do, teach. If you can’t teach, teach teachers. If you can’t teach teachers, administrate.”

          • CV

            No body will. They will fall by the wayside.

          • liberranter

            I thought teachers were smarter than that.

            You’d be wrong. Remember: most of those who go into the “education” field come from the bottom quartile of the SAT rankings. IOW, they’re teachers because they’re too intellectually dull-witted to be anything else.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tabitha.elkins Tabitha Elkins

            That’s not the case in other countries. The standards for teachers in Germany are VERY high.

          • penilane

            Not any more Im afraid.. I lived there and my bf’s father was a professor and he was sehr bose about how germany had lowered the standards which he totally disagreed with just so the people could pass their grades

      • MeMadMax

        Me too, its higher than that, the elections proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    • Mondobeyondo

      It’s normalcy bias, plus a combination of Americans unable/unwilling to face the truth. They’d rather text on their smartphones and watch American Idol. This country has been through far worse. The problem is, WE, the Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millenials – haven’t been through really hard times. Not yet. We’re about to, though.

      • Hambone

        I actually think it’s started, but it’s happening so gradually very few people notice.

        It’s not a cliff; it’s a steep hill, and we’re already on the downward slide. By the time we’re in a freefall, maybe people will notice.

    • Kyle

      It’s because they don’t want to admit being losers in the *Fix Global Warming* game.

      It’s the worst game ever made by Congress.

    • peni

      Im with you dude!

  • tacoma

    I’d like to add some amendment:

    1. US sovereign debt Treasury bond credit rating will be downgraded to B-. Inflation will hit the streets.
    2. 2013 will see US implements austerity measures. There are no more cans to kick. Digging the big hole finally hit solid rock of the Earth crust.
    3. The runaway gun culture will go into high gear. Everything will accelerate – murders, robbery, mass murders, and just plain old happy gunfights between neighbors. There will be race motivated violence. Gun ownership will hit 100% of eligibility – about 300 million guns. One man, one gun, one car. Dodge City, here we come.
    4. There will be a national health crisis as millions go sick without treatment, and millions more go into bankruptcy to pay for health care.
    5. Some state legislators will begin to talk secession as a way to avoid absolute state bankruptcy.

    • Ralfine

      5. The interesting part will come, when some Chinese support secession of Texas the same way as some Americans support freedom for Tibet.

      4. The health crisis itself has many aspects.

      Reduced finances will limit the availability of hospitals, doctors, nurses, beds.
      Gun fights and continued wars will strain the resources further.
      Further strain will come from natural disasters like floods, snow, storms.
      Reduced money for food will reduce resistance to diseases and injuries; uptake of caccinations against tenanus, for example, flu jabs, measles, whooping cough, polio, etc.

      On the other hand, less economic activity will reduce the number of traffic and industrial accidents.

      Less money available will also reduce the amount of anti-biotics prescription, which is actually a good thing, as too many antibiotics will increase resistance to them. And make infections more deadly.

      Many diseases are self-limiting. Flu patients won’t travel much, infecting less. Critical would be homeless shelters, hospitals, barracks, SALE actions.

  • Ralfine

    “A 42-year-old woman named Julie Keith recently found this letter inside a box of Halloween decorations that had been made in China…”

    Well, the letter looks fishy. The English is quite good for a Chinhere are certain ese.

    However, if consumers paid more attention what they buy, these kind of companies would go out of business.

    Nearly everyone here in this blog supports free economy. Nearly nobody wants to have restrictions placed on companies by the government. So American companies buy from the cheapest sources available without government intervention.

    Alternatively there could be intervention by non-government organizations, if they were paid by someone. (these people need to feed themselves, too)

    There are certification scheemes that pay attention to where goods are produced and under which conditions. But it all depends on the consumer.

    If the consumer does not pay attention and money, there won’t be any change.

    So, dear bloggers, do you want more government intervention into the economy or not?

    • Ralfine

      Having said that, I’d like to add something:

      “Sears Holdings has a Global Compliance Program”

      These compliance programs are mostly jokes.
      The supplier is asked to fill in a questionnaire.

      If independent auditors are sent there, they are usually from cheap Chinese companies who employ even cheaper inspectors who are open to any bribe. But most likely the management itself of these auditing companies is corrupt. Kickbacks and commissions are common in this field.

      Foreign auditors from the target countries would help a lot, as they’d show at least some patriotic zeal to make sure the guys at home get proper goods, but they would be “too expensive”.

      So, the “Global Compliance Program” of sears isw just a bunch of papers, filled in by the suppliers, and their suppliers.

      There is most likely no properly paid American that would be subject to American prosecution verifying the paper trail.
      And the Chairman of Sears is most unlikely going to jail over a code violation.

    • Mondobeyondo

      I saw that “letter” on a news site. Kinda suspicious, if you ask me.

  • Ralfine

    “add 134 traffic cameras to its network,”

    Here the biggest secret to save money:

    Don’t speed, don’t run red lights, don’t park in no-parking zones.

    In the last 20 years since I got my driving license and driving cars in 4 continents I had not one ticket to pay.

  • Nexusfast123

    These are all slow burn issues. Contributors to a slow and insidious decline. While a very large minority suffers a substantial majority will still earn and speed.

    What could trigger a real crisis is if the US Dollar declines as the reserve currency for trading and investors loss faith in its ‘value’. It only has value as it is in demand for trading purposes. Other countries have to hold Dollars to trade commodities such as oil, gas, etc.

    • WarriorClass3

      The banksters are working hard to make the dollar the “only” reserve currency for all commodities, and Russia has threatened nuclear war over this issue and China is working on their own “reserve” currency. This is the reality of what is going on in the Middle East right now, and it could well end in WW3.

    • Hambone

      Right on. Seriously, you nailed it.

    • RICHARD

      Sorry but things are changing FYI Russia and China are already buying oil without the dollar and i am sure there are a few more

  • WarriorClass3

    Obama’s “health care” law requires insurance to pay for abortions and for a portion of it to go to paying for other people’s abortion, and if you don’t buy health insurance you pay a fine that goes to pay for abortions and illegal and immoral wars. If you buy health insurance and/or pay taxes, therefore, you are funding the murder of children. If you believe in the Bible, you cannot buy health coverage or pay taxes. We are about to see who actually believes and obeys and who doesn’t.

    • Sunshine

      I thought the reason our health insurance premiums were “high” now was because we were paying to help cover the uninsured who abuse the ER’s. If the uninsured are now all going to be forced to be on Medicaid or pay for insurance, that should mean all of our premiums decrease some, right? Right??

  • americalsgt

    So if I read you correctly, you are saying that even though everything is going to fall apart, we should still try to enjoy the coming year. I guess you’re right. I supposed even as Rome was being sacked by the Visigoths, there were people enjoying a holiday on Capri.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I am not necessarily talking about taking vacations.

      I believe that people can view the craziness that is coming as something to be feared or as a great adventure. Our perspective is going to greatly affect how we respond to things.

      Michael

      • americalsgt

        I know you weren’t speaking about vacations. I share your anxieties about the coming year but don’t necessarily look forward to a “great adventure.” Few will see it as an adventure, and with a breakdown society following another and more powerful economic collapse I fear the results for myself, but more so for my grandchildren. I put Visigoths and Capri together rather than Rome and fiddles for a change. I enjoy your site and appreciate the work you do.

  • Tosheba

    17. Obama is still President.

    • HarshViciousRealist

      “Changing” that sad fact – by whatever means necessary – would go a long way towards beginning the process of rebuilding this country.

      • K

        Michael, most of us know, by whatever means necessary means.I have never suggested a ban before. But I would this time

        • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

          K:

          I agree – I hope people realize that we can’t have violent threats on this site.

          Michael

  • Jodi

    Can’t wait to read your book. I’m always looking for a new book to read.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Thank you. Hopefully it will be worth reading. I am trying really hard to make it a great story.

      Michael

  • MountainHome

    Michael, another great list of reality for all of us that we never find on CNN/FOX. Thanks and Happy New Year to everyone.

  • leeholsen

    As the economic decline continues, and it will as economic numbers have contiued to decline this fall and winter and that will continue next year and even at a greater pace if tax rates go up on anyone(and they will go up on someone); this is my biggest worry:”Social Decay Will Continue To Accelerate”.
    While gun crimes have gone down over the years as more people have bought guns to protect themselves, the violenece and lack of respect for the life of other life looks to be hitting all time highs. You can see it here and on Drudge. The horrific stories wouldn’t have existed or would have been community shattering 10 years ago, now it gets 30 seconds.
    If things reall take a bad turn, I shudder to think what could happen and I really wouldn’t want to be someone who had to drive a nice car a great distance to work daily. Preppers may be govt targets, but a government employee is not about to leave their cozy office, soimeone desperate may take a bmw for the laptop they see inside, owner be damned.

  • Rob

    #17. The Feds will begin to disarm the american people to protect their power.

    • SmallerGovNow

      Good luck with that disarmy thingy…

  • ian

    Maybe i need to travel around America more, because everywhere i go, things looks just fine. This is coming from someone who has travelled to many a third world nation and have seen real hardship and real poverty. Not the poverty in america when little Sue cant have the latest Kindle or Ipad for Christmas. No, America may be going through a slightly difficult time, but we are most certainly nowhere near a complete disaster economically like India or Guatamala or Africa. We have a very long way to fall before this country experiences real pain and suffering. We are a bunch of spoiled brats who dont know the first thing about economic pain. When you cant afford a new Ipad or new apps for your laptop or for ammo for your expensive guns and you are standing in the freezing or boiling hot weather with nothing but a robe around your body and a begging bowl while flies circle your dying baby, then speak to me about hardship. Until then we are just a bunch of whining spoiled brat who are threatened with the very real possibility that we wont be able to live the comfortable life of shopping til you drop, sipping nine dollar lattes, going to the superbowl, and eating at the latest chain restaurant. Nothing more.

    • Mark

      Great comment ian.This country is full of brats that know nothing else. These are the sheeple, Products of our government schools and Hollywood. Our forefathers must be shaking their heads as to what we have become. Remember though that less than 10% of the population took part in the revolution to start this once great nation.When the masses can’t have their Apple I-pads or go to Applebees, will their thoughts change. We shall see in the future.

    • Pineslayer

      Ian, right on target. That is why we are worse off than some people think. These spoiled brats won’t last a week without their stuff. Then they will start causing lots of problems. Don’t be dissing the “Bowl, Go Bronco’s! Sorry had to get that in. I witnessed a homeless fight the other day, 2 guys wanting to beg on the same corner, and they are used to having nothing.

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  • El Pollo de Oro

    “Los Estados Unidos has turned into a banana republic, a fascist banana republic.”—Gerald Celente

    Now that we’re a fascist Third World banana republic, we might have to memorize our new Banana Republic Pledge of Alliance in 2013. And it goes a little something like this:

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag
    Of The Banana Republic of America
    And to the corporate criminals for which it stands
    One nation under the iron boot of a despotic oligarchy
    With unrest and instability for all.”

  • Allan

    Thanks Mike for all you’re doing and all the good info you provide.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      You are welcome Allan. I am just glad that people come and read my ramblings. :)

      Michael

  • http://www.facebook.com/yvonne.decarlo2 Yvonne De Carlo

    This could equally apply to the UK and the Eurozone

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    PM:

    Thanks for letting me know about that. I wish people would at least include a link back to the original source.

    Most websites that post my articles are really good about giving me credit. Unfortunately, a few don’t.

    But that is okay. My philosophy is that the more people that see this information the better, so I am glad however this information gets out there.

    Michael

  • 2Gary2

    Here are the facts on republican failings:

    Two Years Ago, John Boehner promised to be “Laser Focused on Jobs and the Economy” So what has the GOP House been up to? House Bills passed:

    46 Bills on Abortion

    113 Bills on Religion

    73 Bills on Family Relationships 36 Bills on Marriage 72 Bills on Firearms

    604 Bills on Taxation

    437 Bills on Govt Investigations

    Bills attempted and failed to be passed even by the GOP:
    33 attempts to Defund Obamacare…..Failed

    15 attempts to Cut Funding for Planned Parenthood……Failed

    3 Attempts to Cut Funding for VA Hospitals…….Failed.

    GOP blocked bills:

    Blocked bill to aid Small Business

    Blocked Unemployment extension

    Blocked Bank Reform Bills

    Blocked Campaign Finance Reform and open Contributions Law Blocked

    MULTIPLE Jobs Bills Blocked

    Infrastructure Bill Blocked

    Ending Tax Breaks for companies that Outsource Jobs Blocked

    Wall Street Reform Blocked

    Energy Legislation Blocked

    Mine Safety Bill Blocked

    Oil Spill Liability Cap increase Blocked

    Bill to lower Oil Company Tax Breaks Blocked

    Bill to impose charging American Oil Companies on Oil achieved in the Gulf

    Number of TRUE Jobs Bills even allowed to come to a vote in the House….NONE.

    And this is why republicans are finished. We progressives will keep winning as the right gets MORE out of touch with reality each day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

      LMAO at liberals, lying sacks of garbage that they are…………….

    • Mark

      Gary, Yes the rebublicans are done for unless they change to freedom loving, small government supporters. Both parties are sending us over the cliff. One is going there faster than the other. Do you have your lifeboat ready for your family? You must know in your heart that this can’t go on. The dollar is being destroyed every month by the Fed. At this point I suppose you can say your side has won this battle with more spending for the future. Again I ask you if your lifeboat is ready for your family? The republicans can’t win as they can never be as good of a Santa as the democrats are. They should have understood this in 2006 when they lost the house after spending lots of future debt. After 2006, the democrats really showed them how to ramp up the spending. The republicans just can’t compete in this arena. They passed prescription drug benefits as the democrats demanded for years and it was not enough to spend on a already broke program. You see, they just don’t spend enough. The democrats scream that Obamas stimulus was not big enough, but much of it went to corporate welfare, which you and I do not like. They take more taxes and buy themselves more goodies. Your buddy Obama even gave them all a raise this week. This Santa never goes away, Again Gary, is your lifeboat ready?

  • davidmpark

    Well, this is what the majority voted for: pain, tribulation, iniquity, and troubles galore! Enjoy, you fun loving people!!!

  • spanky

    Gonna have to put up or accept the slavery. The feds have been planning for civil unrest with homeland security for the last four years. They are training federal polce, moving supplies and ammunition all over the country. It’s gotta blow sooner or later. Any moron can see what this Marxist has been doing to the country. A lot of people are going to die, good and bad. I just hope our military is still honorable and in a position to help us, God bless.

  • Picky

    What about gun control and abortion control?

  • Justice

    America is bankrupt. The America we knew in the past no longer exists and it will never exist as we knew it again. America is rapidly becoming a third world country.The American taxpayer is being fleeced so that their tax dollars can be given to drug addict, Illegal criminal border jumpers and foreign aid. I for one say enough. As a Retired serviceman and a Patriot I am disgusted at what our politicians have done to this great country with their political correctness. As Americans we should all be bracing for the devestation and chaos which we shall all soon face. Changes are forthcoming. If you don’t believe in G-D may I suggest you find a good substitute. We are all going to need to believe in something.

    • ian

      we are nowhere near third world status. Visit one and know from where i am coming.

  • yooper

    Gee, You seem to have forgotten that Chicago just recorded murder number 500 this week. Been there would never go back!

  • Charles

    The shooting massacres are being caused by PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS making these people “snap” and go on rampage. PSYCHIATRY is the problem and is being used to take away self defense rights. In any nation where common people can’t own guns, the police and military ALWAYS become occupying army.

    • http://www.appertunity.com Appertunity Admin

      Lol Americans are funny

    • Rachel

      People snap when they arent on meds too! Some people need them. So what’s the answer?

  • DC

    My advice for 2013: pick one of the 16 things listed above that really gets to you… and do something about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

      ok, I’ll buy more guns. Thanks!

      • DC

        While that’s not what I would do — I like using my mind to figure out problems– I respect your rights. If that’s what you think it takes to satisfy your point of view, you go on ahead now. You are welcome. Just don’t blame me for suggesting that particular solution if it backfires on you. That one’s all you, genius ;)

    • Hambone

      A great many people are and have been doing something about it. Our goal is to insulate our families as best as we can when the excrement hits the rotary oscillator. I believe the government thinks we are dangerous.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Well… I’m going to buy an underground bunker, buy a boxful of AA batteries and some speakers, and play “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Led Zeppelin) on my CD player 24/7. Yeah.

  • horedog

    YEAH OBAMA THE DESTROYER IS IN CHARGE IM GLAD THOSE WHO VOTED THIS IDIOT IN OFFICE ARE GOING DOWN WITH THE REST OF US FOOLS

  • SmallerGovNow

    Michael, you’re a strong guy to stay positive for 2013 with all the negatives…

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It will be important to stay positive during the times that are coming.

      Michael

  • Handog

    Dianne Frankenstein believes that only the privileged should be legally permitted to protect themselves.

    “When asked earlier why she carried that .38 Smith & Wesson concealed in her purse while promoting gun control for the rest of us, Feinstein answered, “I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I’d walk to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon. I made the determination that if somebody was going to try to take me out, I was going to takthem with me.”

  • ejk1974

    Good luck on your book sale. It should be popular if it’s just gloom with no proposed solutions. It will have a lot of competition, of course, because that is the easiest and laziest type of book to write.

  • 2Gary2

    Lets put to rest that right wing crap about taxing the rich being a drop in the bucket. This is a conservative estimate and the real number is way higher.

    “We need a French style revolution because a pig only stops being a pig when it is pork.”

    This fall, Forbes Magazine
    was proud to report that the richest 400 Americans increased their
    wealth by a whopping $200,000,000,000 (that’s $200 billion), pumping up
    their collective wealth from $1,500,000,000,000 to $1,700,000,000,000
    ($1.5 trillion to $1.7 trillion.)

    • Hammerstrike

      Take ALL that wealth, it would last just a few months before the last penny of it is gone, real US budget is over 5 trillions a year.

  • 2Gary2

    If we would simply tax the rich hard and tax corporations and make both of these pay their fair share then most of these problems would be solved.

    The solution is really this simple. More money in more peoples hand that they will spend and create jobs etc etc.

  • Nate Higgers

    We should have picked our own damned cotton….

  • Dorothyoz

    At least try to look on the bright side of things….it is one of the most difficult gestures to do but it is possible!
    The LIGHT is all around us so JUST LET IT IN!
    May God Help Us All On Our Planet Earth!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YH2XWAKHRKLRCRYXFHQ2SKAFXI Dave

    The thing about the debt is it’s an illusion. The money printed after the banking cartel and the federal reserve took over our country (1913) is worthless, they just made it seem it had value but it was backed by nothing except maybe air. Since it is all an illusion then we really owe nothing. It was a scam conceived by some elite bankers last century who stole all our wealth aka gold deposits. So basically we are all debt slaves without a future unless we rid ourselves of this evil cartel and go back to printing money against a precious metal standard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sergio-Ivan-Solorzano/753390645 Sergio Ivan Solorzano

    Hello, once I saw you have a homesteading site but I lost it, I don’t remember how I ended up there, do tou have the link, thanks

  • Mondobeyondo

    2013 is already beginning to stink. I can smell it all the way from December 30th, 2012.

    The government seems to intend to keep the American people on this fiscal cliffhanger (until 11:57 pm on December 31st, when your favorite network interrupts regular programming with a special report – “Breaking News: Obama and Boehner reach deal on fiscal cliff”. Gee, thanks for interrupting the Times Square ball drop!) Which, by the way, I seriously doubt is going to happen. Not the ball drop, the resolution to this financial Mess.

    Unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans (I think that’s the number, but I’m going by memory) is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2013. Military cuts are set to be implemented. Well, okay – instead of 627 fighter jets, we’ll have 623. Or something like that. We might even decommision a battleship or two.

    As the Carpenters once sang, “We’ve only just begun”. There’s Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid….those three entitlement agencies alone will cause us to go broke. Cause us to go broke? Heck, we are broke RIGHT NOW!! You may know that already (and many people do), but the people “in the know” won’t tell you. Oh, they know. But they have to play that classic “CYA” move, in order to keep doing their “dirty deeds, done dirt cheap”. (Thanks, AC/DC!) How are we going to make future promises and obligations? We cant, and we won’t.

  • David Williams

    The politicians will NEVER do anything about the “free trade agreements” and I’m prepared to explain why this is a situation that will remain static until the dollar collapses completely.

    If congress revokes or repeals the free trade agreements, american consumers will have to source their products from so-called first-world countries. The effect of resourcing consumer demand from slave labor wages and efficiency to a first-world economic model and pay schedule would be an immediate and dramatic increase in the price of consumer goods ranging from solar panels to toaster ovens and everything in between. The net effect of the increase in prices for consumer goods covering the spectrum from food and heavy appliances to light industrial machinery and bridges (yes, we are actually buying bridges from China and having them assembled here in America!) will be an immediate decrease in the standard of living. The decrease in the standard of living will occur worldwide but, most noticeably, here in these United States of America. In these USA we will witness an adjustment to the costs of everything not “Made in America”. Understandably, the sheeple will develop an obsession with the study of economics and when they do, the politicians and the Fed are over. Now the aforementioned is a rudimentary connecting of the dots, I admit. However, this is as easy to understand as it gets. When the costs associated with producing consumer goods increases, the price of those consumer goods will increase correspondingly. When that happens the politicians will have no one to blame for the immediate inflation heaved upon the american public. Furthermore, much of the real inflation has been hidden from view of the consumer who has enjoyed paying relatively flat prices, if not lower pricing than in years previous. When this illusion is revealed, the effects of fiat money printing will become evident in a Weimar Republic sort of way.

    The prices of consumer goods will go through the roof when goods are resourced to a first world economic system. The cost of real estate would plummet, and our standard of living will descend into a third-world model. Our entire middle class would evaporate overnight if this happened. Therefore, better to ‘ride the wave’. The spending will increase, the number of people who work for the government will increase, Quantitative easing is here until the dollar is collapsed fully. The politicians aren’t interested in trying to fix that which is unfixable. Namely our debt. We spend forty six cents of every dollar borrowed from the Federal Reserve Bank (who is simultaneously destroying and propping up our failed socialist economy) to repay INTEREST on the debt. In order to keep this interest from getting completely unmanageable, interests rates must remain artificially low. The moment interest rates increase, the more money the US Federal government must pay to the Fed in order to borrow more money to pay for more debt and increased spending. With artificially low interests rates, banks have very little incentive to loan money. After all, why earn 5 percent on a mortgage when you can earn 25% buying student loan debt and harrasing out of work grads for money they don’t have because of jobs that aren’t here because of free trade agreements we didn’t know about because we are so dumbed down from an inferior state run education system implemented by communists in the early 1900′s. So don’t expect the great masses of people to rise up and demand change anytime soon as a result of amending trade agreements that We the People never signed on to. Don’t expect our political leaders who parade around calling themselves public servants and pretend to be concerned about the jobs situation to step up to the plate either. We are in this for the duration, folks. And it is going to be a steep descent into hyperinflation as congress, the Fed and the President act in concert with the Supreme Court to destroy the dollar and restrict the people’s liberty in order to do a system reset into a New World Order that George H. W. Bush described years ago when he spoke of a thousand points of light. Maybe he was referring to the more than one thousand military bases in foreign countries? Countries that are intrinsically economically tied to the US Dollar. Thus, they are in this charade of the ‘war on drugs’ to the ‘war on terror’. The media is and has been under the control of the government and now the CIA for more than 100 years. So don’t expect Brian Williams to suddenly start uncovering useful information. We will continue to buy the lion’s share of our consumer goods from the Chinese while we remain transfixed on the Kardashians and the NFL.

  • Stoosh

    Hello, Mondo:

    I clicked the link and the language is Dutch. As well, the site seems to require registration.

    Can you comment, please? Is there another link somewhere on the Web to access the professor’s writings? Failing that, can you provide the Professor’s complete name, please?

    Thanks!

    • Stoosh

      Sorry! I meant to address the above to DB200. Excuse the mistake, DB200. Are you able to reply, please?

  • Alan

    Great article. every word is true. sadly the politicians never put on glasses of a common joe and continue living on a different planet.

    There is a huge moral decline among us and this has led us into consuming and distroying what our forefathers had build up with blood sweat and tears.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.coffman.1 Ralph Coffman

    you’re kidding me. you’ve got a book out and your family is healthy so you will enjoy 2013 Not me brother. I’m all in. We need to Impeach obomba immediatly and force congress to elect Us a new president. 2/3rds of congress, 357 Individuals can do this.Unbelievable how many of you are letting evil dictate your choices. Wake up! YOU have the power!

  • WhereIsJustice?

    I have a new game for the Liberal government to play and there is lots of rewards for those who beat the game.

    Instead of playing the *Fix Global Warming* game which there are no winners let’s play a new game….(well it’s actually an old new game) call _The Fix Our Infrastructure_ game by raising taxes on the rich so the money will go STRAIGHT towards energy security.

    Then we won’t rely on other countries. In fact the good news is when we have more energy output then needed we will actually give aid to poorer countries while still having enough for ourselves in the meantime.

    Remember the Rural Electricity Act in the early 40s anyone that helped improve farming dramatically and many farmers didn’t realize how dark their houses actually were?

    The big problem isn’t if you raise taxes but rather if the money stays in our country or goes out the door.

    Solution.

    How about we keep the money in our country called the US of A okay and work on getting China to stop Slave Labor when we get to part 2?

    Now

    What’s the rewards you ask?

    Not only will you receive long term security instead of a quick fix you will gain support from lots of smart people who are older and have seen the world much longer then the young Liberals and University Professors who are only told things themselves.

    You will also experience wealth without stealing as long as the country remains wealthy and spiritually rich with moral values instead of American Idol crap that teaches kids to worship mindless stars.

    The only cons are you will lose money the first year or two but then it will be redistributed back when the economy swings the other way back up and watch the money start pouring in instead of out.

    Drugs make you feel good but there is always the *crash* that happens due to depending on them.

  • WhereIsJustice?

    Maybe after we beat the *Fix Our Infrastructure* game due to having more energy output then needed we can work seriously on smaller infrastructure since technology is getting smaller every revolution.

    That will be more helpful when we replay *Fix Global Warming* game after beating this one.

    Game: Fix Our Infrastructure.

    System. Nintendo Wii U/Xbox 360 PS 4 and many more.

    Players. As many as you want. George Bush and Obama not included sorry. :)

    Ratings. Anywhere from K+ to M depending on how you play this game so be good Congressmen and stay healthy.

    Warnings. This game is not for the faint of heart and if you experience motion sickness it is advise you stop playing or have a free gaming barf bag available at your local retailers.

    Gaming Barf Bag Made In China

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Orange Jean: Ian is swimming in a river in Egypt. It’s call De-Nial. Several months back, Ian saw one of my “banana republic” rants and tried to use the “you’ve never been to a Third World country, have you?” nonsense on me. So I let him know that in fact, I’ve visited more than 15 different countries, speak fluent Spanish (as well as being conversant in Italian and French) and have been to both Latin America and North Africa. And economically, The Banana Republic of America is definitely looking more and more like a Latin American country to me. If you went to to the northern part of Bogotá, Colombia and saw all the upscale malls and boutiques and luxury housing and businessmen in Armani suits, you could forget you were in a Third World country. Ah, but when you get to South Bogotá and see the dangerous ghettoes and shantytown slums, then you see how dramatic the contrast between the haves and have-nots is in Colombia. But that’s life in a banana republic: extreme wealth surrounded by an abundance of hardcore poverty. Granted, countries like Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua are much better off than, say, Haiti, which is a total basketcase, or places in Sub-Saharan Africa. I don’t see the BRA becoming as bad as Haiti, but the way we’re going economically, we’re definitely looking more and more like a banana republic in Central America or South America.

  • Roodog

    One day, you will turn on your TV and the President will be announcing that a state of emergency has been declared. Then all he** will break loose in our polarized and enraged populace.

  • royals85

    Just my opinion. The govs of this world are going to begin a war on a massive scale in ’13. Jubilee is the only way out of our economic mess, but that would mean a tremendous loss of power for the elite and they can’t have that. War is the power elite’s only way out of the current economic mess the whole world is in now.
    The power elite has to kill off a bunch of people especially the elderly in America since SS is going to be the final nail in the U.S.’s coffin since no one in D.C. will cut military and diplomatic spending.
    The power elite has no other way out of the mess they have made and maintain power other than kill many who are, or will become dependent upon gov $.
    Get ready for this to become a reality in ’13.
    Happy New Year and may God help us all.

  • 0UTS1DER

    No mention about the price of oil?

  • Bruce

    One to two times per night I transport personnel (2 to 4 at the time). I routinely ask them these six questions.
    1. Who or what is the federal reserve?
    2. How much is the debt?
    3. What is the difference between the debt and the deficit?
    4. What is fiat currency?
    5. How much of the money we send in (%) through taxes goes to interest?

    6. How much is a trillion dollars

    Out of a few hundred times I have yet to have anyone, not a single soul know more than one answer. Most don’t know the correct answer to any of them. Most however do agree things are bad and will get worse. However, none have prepared or are aware we are going to collapse or what it is going to be like when we do. They are totally oblivious to the true shape of our economy or the fact that we will never satisfy the debt.
    I spend an hour or so informing then and proving the truth to them using facts and statistics. Even so, as soon as we reach our destination it is business as usual and they go back to being sheeple. Bruce

  • jude

    Washington is now corporate controlled – our legislators, both parties (please stop believing there’s a tinkers damn worth of difference) are focused totally on serving their corporate masters; i.e. military industrial complex, oil, gas, big pharma, insurance, etc.

    There are legions of lobbyists who not only influence but WRITE our bills ( fed and state) with enough loopholes to drive a truck through. These (legislators) really middle mgt are compensated handsomely in these now cradle to grave jobs / most of them lawyers.

    YEARLY cost of living increases in their pay & pensions. WE pay 75% of the cost of their health ( insurance). They voted themselves exempt from Obama Care and why not? They have a NETWORK of doctors/ no worry about finding a doctor.

    They get free (literally – ten bucks for a prescription) prescriptions, eye glasses, dental, and free care at Bethesda – National Institute of Health. This coverage is lifelong – who do you think paid to ream out Clinton’s years of grease filled arteries ( quadruple heart bypass) – Mrs. Bush ( 86) gastric operation & heart valve replacement. TRUTH – wake up/

    Rationing of OUR health care was secretly put into the Stimulus Bill – that’s why it was so hurried ( paying salaries of public union workers for votes). A board of 15 (unelected) people appointed by the President will decide just WHO gets treatment/ surgery/ expensive meds – according to an AGE formula.

    Over 60? Too bad – since you are no longer a contributing worker bee and not cost effective. The media didn’t report this did they ( media all corporate owned). Legislators worked 104 days last yr – pretty good eh.

    Their excuse ( please) they were dealing with their constituents. NOT – they vacation, again at our expense to exotic lands. The trick is to meet with some foreign dignitaries for a few hrs and the entire trip is paid for/ ask Nancy Pelosi who visited Italy with family/friends – Mrs. Obama has taken numerous trips including (we paid) a safari for her and family members…a $$$ trip to the most exclusive vacation spot in the world ( Saudi Kings vacation here) in Spain….

    WE meantime are (the President) to ‘tighten our belts – turn down our thermostats – watch our driving habits…..from a man who couldn’t rent a car in 2000 ( Dem Convention) because his credit cards were maxed out —he and wife making $249,000 +!!! He used Air Force One ( $184,000 per hr) like a golf cart during the campaign. He keeps the White House at a constant 72 degrees. The royal family in the UK cost citizens approx $54 mill per yr.

    Check it out for yourselves – the Obama family cost us last yr….$1.4 billion (without secret service). Trips, vacations, skiing trips, theater in New York, lobster/ KOBE beef ( $180.00 per lb) – weekly entertainment from Hollywood – movies – Broadway – 26 aids for Mrs. Obama including private make up artist – hair stylist etc.

    They took 500 people with them (various staff etc) to London including SIX doctors ( and we can’t find one)….numerous SUVS – Marine One helicopter – etc. Legislators if they lose an election or just quit – instantly are hired on as high end lobbyists. Biden’s sons are lobbyists – many of the legislators children get high end jobs right out of college/ their wives are appointed to many $$$ corporate boards – they have very lucrative expense accounts/ leased cars ( limos or SUVS) – gas written off (expense accounts) – subsidized ( a few) pension plans .

    If per chance they become ill – there is NO cut off date ( ex 90 days) for therapy – best of DAILY treatment for as long as needed and full pay. The point of all this is —they, and Supreme Court have the best of cushy jobs if they play the GAME right.

    They are far removed from the masses. Hey, look how quick the hurricane victims ( Sandy) of CT – NJ – Staten Is – have been disappeared. You are on your own – we have no credible disaster plan like other industrialized nations – and the worst of health care ( for ordinary folks) due to the profit angle.

    Who do you think wrote Obama Care….certainly not Congress/ Little wonder Pelosi said “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”. Big Pharma – Insurance – Medical Device organizations – Hospital CEOs/ Lobbyists – special interest folks wrote it behind closed doors.

    Gov now in the health care business/ God help us all. They’ve brought the nation to ruination in education – infrastructure – financial – livable wage jobs / now we’ll see the ruination of one of the world’s best health care systems — once upon a long time ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.wright.75286100 Lee Wright

    keep
    posting

  • Kevork

    Just observing on a daily basis as I go about the day tells me most Americans have head fully inserted and will go down without a clue or a fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/de.notnow De Notnow

    Happy F’ing new year

    Welcome to 2013 the fall of

    Amerika

  • http://www.facebook.com/mi.re.7712 MI RE

    and real estate is rising as the front running realtors and brokers who bought at pennies on the dollars of last highest sale sold prices while not placing bids in 2008 on after the collapse of the fractional reserve bank system that prints up on average 38 debt dollars for every dollar borrowed that compete equally with every dollar of savings and bid along side then driving prices was bailed out equal to all the borrowed “values” and with and for the reenslavements of the masses of suckers…….who will get the last laugh and 8 dollar a Gallon milk, fair market…. ALL IN THE 40 YEAR GOVERNMENT MAKE HOUSING “AFFORDABLE ” SCHEME

  • Get A Clue America

    Here’s a quick grammar lesson:
    1)”It’s over THERE. THERE it is.
    2)”THEY’RE all teachers. (They are).
    3)”It belongs to them- it is THEIRS.
    Friggin’ morons. No wonder America is in such trouble.

  • Elizabeth

    I tried to tell everyone that I know what’s happening to our country. They all just went “Pshh. Whatever. You’re crazy.”
    Well — at least I’m mentally prepared. Every day I wake up and wonder – “Is today the day America ends?” Maybe that’s not the way to live, but the point is – I’m ready for it and my family is ready for it.
    How does panic and chaos happen? Unpreparedness.

  • peni

    Why are you all bickering instead of trying to SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THiS is THE problem.. We can still stop this madness. We need regular joe’s to get into these politics and make it work for We, The People

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