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21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind

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Poverty In America - Public DomainWhat you are about to see is more evidence that the growth of poverty in the United States is wildly out of control.  It turns out that there is a tremendous amount of suffering in “the wealthiest nation on the planet”, and it is getting worse with each passing year.  During this election season, politicians of all stripes are running around telling all of us how great we are, but is that really true?  As you will see below, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels in this country, and the middle class is steadily dying.  There aren’t enough good jobs to go around, dependence on the government has never been greater, and it is our children that are being hit the hardest.  If we have this many people living on the edge of despair now, while times are “good”, what are things going to look like when our economy really starts falling apart?  The following are 21 facts about the explosive growth of poverty in America that will blow your mind…

#1 The U.S. Census Bureau says that nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#2 Other numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau are also very disturbing.  For example, in 2007 about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps.  Today, that number is one out of every five.

#3 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day.  That number has doubled since 1996.

#4 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

#5 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

#6 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.

#7 Police in New York City have identified 80 separate homeless encampments in the city, and the homeless crisis there has gotten so bad that it is being described as an “epidemic”.

#8 If you can believe it, more than half of all students in our public schools are poor enough to qualify for school lunch subsidies.

#9 According to a Census Bureau report that was released a while back, 65 percent of all children in the U.S. are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.

#10 According to a report that was published by UNICEF, almost one-third of all children in this country “live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income”.

#11 When it comes to child poverty, the United States ranks 36th out of the 41 “wealthy nations” that UNICEF looked at.

#12 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.

#13 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in the United States live in areas of “concentrated poverty”.

#14 40.9 percent of all children in the United States that are being raised by a single parent are living in poverty.

#15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

#16 There are simply not enough good jobs to go around anymore.  It may be hard to believe, but 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#17 There are 7.9 million working age Americans that are “officially unemployed” right now and another 94.7 million working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force”.  When you add those two numbers together, you get a grand total of 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

#18 Owning a home has traditionally been a signal that you belong to the middle class.  That is why it is so alarming that the rate of homeownership in the United States has been falling for eight years in a row.

#19 According to a recent Pew survey, approximately 70 percent of all Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”.

#20 At this point, 25 percent of all Americans have a negative net worth.  That means that the value of what they owe is greater than the value of everything that they own.

#21 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.

If we truly are “the greatest nation on the planet”, then why can’t we even take care of our own people?

Why are there tens of millions of us living in poverty?

Perhaps we really aren’t so great after all.

It would be one thing if economic conditions were getting better and poverty was in decline.  At least then we could be talking about the improvement we were making.  But despite the fact that we are stealing more than a hundred million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day, poverty just continues to grow like an aggressive form of cancer.

So what is wrong?

Why can’t we get this thing fixed?

Tell us what you think we should do as a nation to solve this problem by posting a comment below…

 

  • BeenThere

    These are definitely “great depression” figures. However it does not show that way to the general public because of the biased press and the “electronic breadlines” (EBT cards) which hide the problem away from public eyes.

    • willkes

      I agree with you, we can’t see it so we don’t have to pay any attention.

    • Da_Neutral_Observer

      I see it every day — as a food clerk in a grocery store. I would say one out of every five shoppers pays for their groceries with an EBT card. And I live in the only state that did NOT experience deflation in Q2 of 2015.

      • Erin Drake

        This wouldn’t happen if he had raised wages like we should have. People made more in 1930’s per hour than we do today by more than double.

  • Deon

    Dow 18k. Market crash ..lol

    • jaxon64

      Yes–the ridiculousness of the disconnect is astounding.
      DID YOU KNOW:::: ( love these little tidbits) that because of the way that the govt currently factors the unemployment rate, it is possible to have NOBODY working AND have 0.0% unemployment?–strange but true……..
      Also..( this is for all of those AADD folks who correlate a growing DOW with a strong economy)–we could see the Stock Market steadily grow to 25…30 or even 40,000…yet at the same time have as much as 80% of Americans dependent on govt assistance and monthly checks?
      DID YOU KNOW: that the cost of a barrel of oil is down over 50% from YOY 2014 at this time, yet energy costs for electricity to the average American home has increased 14%?—talk about bs “no inflation” numbers.

      • ian amor

        i used to think world problems could be summed up by the word ” Manage ” But i think a better word would be ” Morals”
        If everyone could be trusted to speak the truth. for example , trust would follow ..
        The essential problem then is where is a standard of morals to come from ..?
        For example No killing ; no stealing …love one another
        Unless there is an accepted moral code which everyone would adhere to ..the chaos will continue ?

        • jaxon64

          I agree Ian–however liberals always use the ridiculous phrase, ” you can’t legislate morality”. It is ridiculous in that ALL laws are essentially a societal moral code–murder, stealing, rape etc are wrong. The problem is that liberals hate that there appears to be a Christian/Godly basis to these things so they fight constantly against what reasonable people see as necessary standards for societal norms.

          • Gay Veteran

            natural law says you can do whatever you want so long as you don’t harm another.
            thus outlawing murder, theft, rape, etc.
            no need for god

          • GSOB

            Romans 1:21

          • Gay Veteran

            Polly want a cracker?

  • NARENDRA MODI KING of WORLD

    Well, the stock market is doing good, that’s all the matters! (being sarcastic, of course)

  • Bucbuckeye

    This is what happens when government “works” with (big) businesses to “solve” the problems the government created. The people know that it means only a few of the “right kind” of people (those who support the government) benefit. The government can gin up up the numbers because they own the guys reporting the data AS WELL AS the guys who “make” things the people want. The people still working and earning good money are invested in the continuous manipulation of competition, data, money printing, which all feed the ever climbing (but completely fake) stock market. When the government was granted the right to “save” the market from the meltdown a few years ago – the market lost all pretense of being driven by any fundamentals. It’s whomever the government picks and how much pump-n-dump they do TO the market that drives it.

    None of the 49% of Americans that are (working and saving) want the market to crash, regardless of what they know should happen – they are invested in the status quo. They won’t challenge the corruption and cheating…because their pensions and 401k’s are tied to those fake numbers. Never mind that they get a “hair cut” of 20% to 30% every 5 to 7 years? The market will (in their minds) always come back and replenish their losses “over the long haul”…until it doesn’t. By then, they’ll be too old for anyone to take their anger seriously.

    The reason there is no outcry from the poverty stricken. unemployed, and under-employed? It’s that food stamps, soup kitchens, WIC, welfare, and various other programs are making sure they are being fed and they are (currently) housed, no matter how temporary that condition is…

    Bread and circuses will work, until they don’t. Then Nero will light something on fire and blame the Christians (…er, wait…that’s just a story from a book I read…).

    I’m sure everything will be fine though…

    • Joe Woolf

      It’s the big boy club and, we ain’t invited…..

      • GoldenGirl

        I agree ~ we are definitely headed for a reset, and there really isn’t any way to avoid it at this point. The question remains as to what happens afterward ~ tyranny or go back to the Constitution. I wish more people would focus on solutions to this upcoming crisis, solutions that would point us back to the right direction Unfortunately, there is so much normalcy bias in this country that most won’t see it coming and then they will beg the government to fix it for them. As you said, usually nothing good happens after.

      • Lennie Pike

        Sometimes something good does happen – like in 1776. We already know which system works very well – we just need to return to it. It’s name is the United States Constitution and if the U.S. Military ceases being the Israeli/UN/central bankster/NWO Military, they could enforce the U.S. Constitution until everyone acclimates to it again. Everyone would love it except for the very few a-holes who control the world now.

        This enforcement would include securing our borders and deporting everyone who entered the U.S. under the fascist regime. That would be a huge job creator and wages would increase drastically. With We The People negotiating our own trade treaties (if we decided to have any in the first place) instead of corporations, we would soon be back to where we used to be. It would be good for corporations also – “Look at you now” (Tony Montana).

        The Debt? The thieves would lose out like they deserve to.

        Lets Go U.S. Military. Where are you right now? You’re not supposed to be obeying unconstitutional orders – obeying them is traitorous and illegal and destroying your country. You are fighting for people who are not even American who own the central banks and pretty much all governments of the world. You are fighting right now to ensure that they control all of the governments of the world.

        Look at the condition of the lives of 99% of the people of those countries – the result of the actions of the people you are fighting for.

        • Gay Veteran

          I agree with Gerald Celente:
          (1) bring the troops home
          (2) seal the borders
          (3) rebuild America.
          NO foreign entanglements

          • Lennie Pike

            I do too Gay Veteran.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Be careful about agreeing with that cretin. He forgot to tell you some of the things he’d like to do that don’t necessarily come from Gerald Celente.
            4) redistribute the wealth
            5) outlaw religion.
            6) Kill humans deemed inconvenient.

          • Wiz

            Would sealing the borders mean that you couldn’t sell anything to the rest of the world, or buy anything from the rest of the world? How would you rebuild America like that? Why do foreigners seem so dangerous to many Americans? Do you really think America can prosper in isolation? Has it never occurred to you that you have troops abroad precisely because America needs oil from the Middle East? Bizarre.

          • Gay Veteran

            seal the borders against illegal immigration. I said nothing about trade, although we need to tear up those “free trade” agreements which are destroying this country.
            we can become self-sufficient in regards to energy

          • kenfrombayside

            The turd world invasion will stop immediately when the American people say STOP. The reason is simple for this government program to make whites a racial minority in a country founded by their ancestors: you are silent. This slow motion genocide is moving forward because most aware people are doing nothing. The invasion will stop and these troubling trends will start to reverse only when we say enough:
            – join the 2 million citizens’ army at numbersusa.
            – become members of immigration reform groups like FAIR.
            – always go to the polls.
            – when you get letters begging for money, return, in most cases, the free Business Reply envelopes with letters protesting our demographic replacement. For envelopes not free, it’s worth your while to send back.
            – Mow your own lawn and avoid restaurants.
            Don’t be part of the problem, be a part of the correct solution. ALL patriots must take action.

  • im4truth4all

    A financial collapse will take place and it will start all over again but the USA will be 2nd or more likely a 3rd world country.

    • alan

      All of the Confederate States already are.

  • Leo Unatic

    As long as everyone is looking good on facebook everything is ok :)

    No-one can lay a date on the burst of the bubble.
    All you can do is get prepared for when it does. And it will.

    • alan

      The media won’t cover it, so actually no one will know it burst.

      • Leo Unatic

        The media will promise you a rose garden, till the last day before.

        • Snakeater

          Da Cocaine Whitehouse is too busy smoking trees with “Call Boys”. Is Obomber playing basketball or golf tomorrow?

  • Mike Smithy

    “Change you can believe in”. Mission accomplished. (sarc).

    • Lazarovic

      It’s too bad the traitors in the Republican Congress worked to undermine the well being of the American people and sabotage our economy for political purposes; you’re still going to lose the next election, traitors.

      • Mike Smithy

        I am no fan of the Republican Party. However, President Zero and the Demon-cats have done more to undermine this country and its economy than the Republicans ever dreamed of.

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          The time to nip it in the bud was his first Primary, but Americans didn’t do it. I know I did my part though. From thereon, he was the best of the lot so I had to vote for him.

          • Anne Frank

            No, Jill Stein was the best of the lot.

          • Wiz

            Hear hear, Anne.

        • Gay Veteran

          as if it makes any difference whether you hit the wall at 100 mph or 80 mph

        • st1bern

          it’s “demon-rats”

          • Verbal Bomb Chucker

            Or DumpoCraps.

      • Critical Thinking.

        Too stupid to realize a politician is a politician? Republican or democrat, it makes no difference. Different campaign but the same mind frame. Elected to office by useful idiots like you who actually buy into the partisan BS. Wake up, dumbass. The real problem is the fact that most people are like you, asleep at the wheel.

      • afchief

        Undermine what??? The GOP did nothing to stop 0lawless. NOTHING!!!

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          In fact, their stupidity ensures Democratic rule for years to come.

        • ddduke

          And why should they have? The Obama administration was carrying out the neo-con/globalist agenda to the letter. We really need to get our heads around the fact that our political system is totally dysfunctional – and proceed from there.

          • Teresa Mills

            Right. Its very hard to fight the democrats, even if you do Obummer will veto everything. Both side are garbage, do nothings. Term limits we need for sure.

        • rogergoldkin

          Don’t you just hate those checks and balances provided for in the US Constitution?

    • jsmith

      Well Mike, he certainly fooled me as I voted for him back in 2008, and that was because I really didn’t want “bomb bomb” McCain to get elected. My mistake, I was fooled, or I had a moment of pollyanna naivete, in any event I regret that vote and I want it back. But at least I became aware of my mistake a few days after the grand oreo’s big win, and I realized he was backed by the same banksters that backed the Bushes. But son of a benedict, the same oreo got re-elected. Figure!

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        Remember to vote in the Primaries to help prevent these things.

        • Erin Drake

          It won’t make any difference we are ran by an Oligarchy that doesn’t care if millions go hungry as long as they can keep wages and benefits down.

      • fidelity

        hmmfffffahhaaaahhahaaaa ahahahaaa
        hoo,, hahaaa ha..ooh.. oh man.. Oreo.. aaahahahaha..ha..haa….aaah…… oh man..

      • buffalo lips

        Jsmith, don’t feel too badly regarding that 2008 vote. I live in Arizona (retired US Armed Forces) and I’m here to tell you that while I voted for McCain, I believed at the time it was entirely possible that McCain might have been worse than Obama. In hindsight, I still think he really would have been worse, as hard as that is to imagine now. Without Obama willing to definitively prove his eligibility, or reveal his background records, I just couldn’t vote for him. It was as simple as that. So I held my nose, gagged at the gut-wrenching stench, and voted for McCain. The stench hasn’t subsided since then. Arguably it’s worse. It still permeates what otherwise would be the pristine desert air of Arizona. Maybe next time around will be different, however I’m not holding my breath (as much as I would like to on any given day).

      • Rebecca

        I still think bomb bomb was a lot worse choice. Republicans have no decent choices up this time either. Oba mm a is owned by the banksters but Bush baby was owned by the oil companies and military – industrial complex. Say Koch Brothers this time? Plutocracy is worse than socialism and I am not a fan of socialism. I say our society will fix itself if weget the plutocrats out of our government. They need a little of the competition called capitalism.

        • SAM253

          mccain was just going to be a 4 or 8 year extention of bush politics anyways

    • Randy Townsend

      The MSM knew exactly what he meant.

    • allenwoll

      You all speak as if this were a new situation : NO ! ! — It is several millenia old : The Athenians discussed it. . It is ALL old, OLD hat ! ! !
      .
      See “Are “Professional” Politicians the Problem ?”, July 16, 2013.

    • Joe Woolf

      sad thing is that it was all there to see….. Mr. Wright’s church… the weather underground ties… acorn… he was raised by communists…. etc. etc.

    • Erin Drake

      Yes he is partly to blame but really we need to blame the entire congress, employers, and ourselves. WE allowed ourselves to be treated like we are not worthy of jobs or reasonable pay and benefits. WE are the cause.

  • Joe Woolf

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…..

    Well, I agree with you, Michael.

    If there isn’t a reset soon, I don’t know what will become of us. I don’t want this but, it needs to happen. If there isn’t one then, we can’t find the things we lost as a nation. But, I don’t know…. some people will find their way when they have bad things happen in their lives…. others just lose it…. usually when things fall apart, you don’t get a democratic republic… and, you just about never get anything other than a totalitarian regime out of at street riot…. either national socialist or communist…. they’re the same side of the coin…. ( you have no rights )…. mao alone killed more of his own people than all the dead in WWII…. including the killing of all the Jews….. stalin killed as many of his own in the gulags as all the dead in WWII as well.

    When people want to put someone like bern for bernie in office… they should remember that when you give the government total power over you…. that’s what they use….. and, you should remember that ALL laws are enforced at the end of a gun…. You’d think that after the last 100 years or so that people would learn that now, the amount of water that can come from your faucet is regulated… with what is in your paint on your walls… EVERYTHING you touch from the time you wake up till the time you go to bed has government regulations attached to it….. It triples the cost of everything you buy and takes away the same amount from what you earn because, they have to steal your money before they can pay themselves for the service of tripling your cost.

    sorry… I’m in a bad mood today.

    As things are now, they can not continue much longer…. I’m surprised every day it hasn’t happened yet….. I see the need for it but, I don’t welcome it. I like where I’m living…. I like my job and I like things like food at the store.

    I’m hoping nothing happens but, I’m not willing to not prepare some in the case it does.

    • Jack

      Europe has always had many socially responsible programs and we have more freedom than Americans. For now at least.

      • Robert Slaven

        Didn’t a recent study say Canada was now the “free-est” nation in the world, ahead of the USA and every other nation? :)

        • Chester Field

          Yes.

      • Chester Field

        I don’t know about that. Didn’t Italy have a PM get replaced by an EU banker (Draghi) ? There are many examples of democracy being squashed by the almighty EU.

      • Erin Drake

        Do you have the right to bear arms? If not your so called rights are all a socialist law away from not existing at all.

    • RMM

      Nobody will reset the system: the American people – the ordinary people – have to do this themselves.

      It will not happen on its own.
      Why not start with forcing Obama to leave Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria alone to sort themselves out?
      That would save billions of dollars for the food stamps to begin with.

      • Wiz

        The public finances have nothing to do with this. It is consumer debt that is at record levels, and ordinary people can no longer afford to live without incurring further debt, which they also cannot afford. The average wage in the States is apparently about $30000. Most children are growing up in poverty in the richest nation on earth. So when the rich are overturned with their own greed once again, and the elite ask ordinary people to put everything back together, I wonder how much interest there will be in doing that?

  • Walter B

    It is the new normal, the new American Way and it was brought about by the acceptance of Greed as a “good thing”, right Gordon Gecko? In order for corporations (who house the greediest of the greedy) to make the maximum profit (they are people too) the workers must be willing to work for the lowest possible wages and consider themselves fortunate to have any job at all, which they are now programmed to accept willingly. What else can result but abject poverty? Open up the US borders to any migrant that considers $1 an hour as a fair and acceptable wage and sit back and watch the TSHTF which is exactly where America is today! Surely America is doomed. A nation cannot make one idiotic move after another and expect any other result than complete and total collapse to occur.

    • Joe Woolf

      We’ve lost our morality… the world is upside down… things that were wrong when I was a kid are celebrated…. those that celebrate call me a hater of the things that I was taught…. I’m derided and chastised for holding beliefs and told I’m a hater for not believing what they believe….. lol and, I’m the intolerant one…. I’m not the one screaming…..

      the facts above in the article are the fuel for the fire…. people are mad, poor and want to get their way.

      I really try to temper my anger these days and, I’m not poor…. i try to have empathy for people in general but, I hold to my beliefs.

      I accept people no matter who they are and am not a hater of any kind… there are some lifestyles I don’t approve of but, those are my thoughts and, at least right now, that’s not illegal…. unless I own a bakery or something.

      A nation this sick will reset… we’ve never been in a more dire situation, I think….. so vulnerable…. a single terrorist attack would unhinge a worse take down than 08 right now…..

  • Kurt

    Can anyone explain where the $19 Trillion is so the debt can get paid off? Has it just not been “printed” yet? And if that’s the case why not just print a $20 Trillion dollar bill and pay the debt off? I hope this example helps others understand the money/debt creation cycle. Money is debt. It’s created out of debt. And once the application of “interest” is applied it is mathematically impossible to have enough money in circulation, or “supply” to pay both the borrowed amount + interest. Therefore, more dollars must be created to offset the shortfall. And the cycle expands. Good luck.

    • Kurt

      The point I want to make is that the $19 Trillion either hasnt been printed yet, or it is in OUR bank accounts and has not yet been transferred from the citizens to Government yet. Where else can it come from? There are no other resources. This system of debt is a game of musical chairs and we as citizens constantly try to compete for the same dollars, and not be the one that couldn’t find a chair when the music stops.

    • alan

      Japan’s debt ratio is 250% GDP, we’re at 105%, looks like we’ll be fine for a long time. Pretty much we can paper over anything.

      • Kurt

        Debt to GDP % is not the best indication of a potential crisis. Argentinas debt to GDP was 43% in 1998 when they went into 4 years of Depression. Using your example of Japan above, are you implying that the US will be fine with debt at $40 trillion? The disproportionate gap in wealth in the US counters the debt to GDP measurement. IMO

    • newpapyrus

      The $19 trillion National Dept is owed to individuals and institutions that own US Treasury bonds which are mostly owned by US institutions and the American people– with only about 25% owned by foreign nations such as Japan and China.

      Marcel

    • Wiz

      The debt is not extinguished by money printing. When money is printed for the purposes of quantitative easing it is in return for government bonds. When the money is repaid (which is hardly ever) the debt is extinguished and so is the money. If money is just printed and is not backed with gold or paper of any kind, it cannot be extinguished unless recalled.

  • Bill

    So far, some very good comments—-

    • wait for it… it will not last as you probably already guess… :-(

  • Illegal

    When a society destroys its foundation, family and religion and attempts to replace them with an all knowing big brother are we surprised by the outcome? Americans have been totally eviserated by the oligarchs who control the country. We have cradle to grave programs that seek to enslave us. The public education cartell is a huge failure. The elites control both the legal and supposed illegal drug trade. Making billions of dollars while enslaving the public with addictions or prison. Those Americans who are addicted have become impaired and can’t function in the workforce. There used to be a social support network to support individuals and families in need. That has been receding with each new law or court ruling that opposes this network. The only place an individual can go for assistance is to the federal government. We have individuals whos whole live experience is government programs. They are not going to change.

    • Wanda

      “There used to be a social support network to support individuals and families in need.”
      That support system was the Church and families helping each other.

  • Lee Lemmons

    Reality, the only way I see to fix this country is for a complete collapse of the system amend to rebuild it from scratch. We have government for the corporation, by the corporation. No politician will do what it takes, to fix the economy, they just want to stay on the congressional gravy train, and put a band aid on wound that needs major surgery.

    • Shasta

      Complete rebuild — perhaps yes. But does the country has the moral fortitude these days to rebuild something that will stand? In the thirties, the average American’s values were much higher than they are today. They were much more willing to sacrifice for a common cause than I think people would be today, and they got their hard-working values from the Bible. Now people scoff at the Bible.

      • imustbeacoocoo

        I was thinking the same thing. Any brand new foundation today would be built on the sand from its start.

      • Erin Drake

        The bible has nothing to do with our problems.

    • Wiz

      There has to be debt forgiveness, so to that extent I agree with you. And of course with debt forgiveness there would be a widespread banking collapse. After that it would be very interesting to see how much public appetite there was for rebuilding the whole thing.

      • Erin Drake

        The government owns 80%+ of student loan debt so that’s why you can’t file bankruptcy on it anymore. Asking them for forgiveness is like asking your landlord to be the judge in a case against himself to order himself to refund your rent. Everything is rigged now.

    • Robert Slaven

      There was another time in another country about two-and-a-quarter centuries ago when the elite only worked to enrich themselves and the 99% were treated like cattle or worse. Then people finally got fed up and told those elites What For, often using a device sometimes referred to as “The National Shave”. Maybe, just as in France all those years ago, it’s time for Americans to #PartyLikeIts1789?

      • rogergoldkin

        Gonna happen!! One day, should the modern GOP get their way, you will see American kids with distended stomachs just like famine victims. The Canadians will only be all too happy for the GOP to build a Northern fence.

    • Erin Drake

      Reality is we need to raise wages, cut taxes, eliminate 90% of our useless laws, punish subprime loan lenders for housing and student loans, dissolve the free trades and boot out the non citizens.

  • K

    All part of the plan. What you have is a return to feudalism. 1% rich, 5% merchant class, 94% peasant. And they are employing fascism, to get you there. The whole purpose, is to remove any control, or power from the general public. The saddest part, if you told the majority of the general public. That the only way they could be made safe. Was for everyone to live in a locked jail cell. They would march in under their own power, and thank the jailer.What cowards, so many have become.

    • Steeve Girard

      Sorry no… that is not what is gonna happen. It has been proven historically, that the first rule of Paganism: “Do not do unto others, what you would not do to yourself.”, is right. And also, we must accept the balance of life and death, and not seek immortality, for that breaks the cycle of life on Earth.

      • K

        Odd, the history I know of. Overflows with examples of man doing unto others, that which he would not wish done to him. Mao, Stalin, Hitler.

        • Steeve Girard

          Those examples are all failures.

          • Mike Smithy

            Yes they are failures. However, it is more than anecdotal evidence proving K’s point.

      • Rebecca

        Read 14 points of fascism. We are thete. Have been since Bush. I hoped Obama would back it down a notch. Nope.

    • SAM253

      LEARN HOW TO FORM A SENTENCE.

    • Erin Drake

      Agreed. Our people are weak and have forgotten they are supposed to control the government.We are in this boat because people are too stupid to realize their own attitude is the cause of poverty.

  • El mico

    That statistic of the top 0.1% own the same as the bottom 90%, or some version of it, gets bandied around alot. I’m not questioning that but the rich get richer and poor get poorer, yet most readers here abhor the idea of socialism.
    What’s it going to be?

  • Cyber Revengeance

    Wealth distribution is really bad in USA.
    Sad state of USA.

  • The solution to all of this is staring you right in the face. We even have an historical remedy from the Great Depression. Just let it crash (balance the budget) and wait a decade.

    The real problem is that all the idiots who are causing these problems have gotten to keep their jobs. When you let everything just crash, then all those idiots who made bad decisions will lose their jobs. Yes, other people will suffer too, but things will get sorted out over the decade.

    The last time I looked people who are heavily in debt are not wealthy. They are broke. And people who are broke are poor. The US is a poor country living on credit cards. So why shouldn’t the people be poor too?

    • Steeve Girard

      Heck yeah! You just nail it!

    • aliceinwonder

      You are correct. This goes especially for our youth today who have no scruples, no morals, no code of decency or self respect.

      • Wanda

        I agree. But our youth isn’t born with any of these things, they have to be taught them. Where are the wiser elders that should be teaching them? What teachers are here, look at what they are teaching, it’s questionable at best.

      • Rebecca

        I disagree about our youth. I know a lot of young people and they are doing the best they can. The economy stinks and they get the worst of it. Like 3rd world countries they live with parents.

        • aliceinwonder

          So far I agree with your replies. however the point being made in regard to our youth is that a continued and well planned dumbing down period has been highly successful in that (a majority of) the young people today wouldn’t know how to plant a garden, preserve what they grow, be able to butcher a chicken (let alone a pig or a cow), sew their own clothes, build a house, shoot a gun, know how to reload their ammo etc etc. The sense of community is gone for the most part and neighbors rarely know their neighbors. We have a massive amount of the population who only THINK they’re smart, but indeed they are quite stupid.

          • Erin Drake

            Part of that is because it’s illegal to do 90% of that stuff in America now. Have you seen how the government reacts to self sufficient people?

        • Erin Drake

          It’s a systemic problem with America, the elephant in the room everyone refuses to look at. WAGES ARE TOO LOW! It’s that simple.

    • Chester Field

      The Great Depression of ’29 wasn’t fixed this way. It was WWII that ‘fixed’ it.

      • Wiz

        It was the New Deal that fixed it. The Hoover Dam and all that. Investment in public works, putting people to work. All hands to the pump in terms of building planes and guns and bombs might have helped, but it was Keynes that fixed it. Central bankers don’t understand Keynes, and are using his prescriptions to inflate colossal asset bubbles currently, and I don’t see any way out just now. Other than a momentous and life-changing economic collapse, that is.

        • Ralph

          Methinks you need a history lrsson.

          • IdiotSmasher

            Me too.

          • Wiz

            Ditto.

          • Wiz

            Well, the least you could do would be to give me a few pointers, Ralph. There is absolutely nothing in what I wrote that I would regard as controversial, never mind contestable. Best wishes, Wiz.

        • David Horace

          Wow. You should teach history in a public school somewhere. You’re totally wrong, but you’ll fit right in.

          • Wiz

            History is history. Economics is economics. Where do you fit in?

          • Chester Field

            All central bankers follow Keynes. Besides, the economy was no where near booming in the 1930s. From what I recall in is Austrian economics that says let recessions and depressions happen and ‘reset’ things… not bailouts and artificially low interest rates.

          • Lazarovic

            Another brainwashed acolyte of Fox News disinformation. His history is exactly correct. You’re entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts.

    • st1bern

      Our trillion dollar wars and “weffare” to big business is financed by money stolen from our grand-children, taxation without representation and ever increasing indentured servitude. National insanity insures that we keep re-electing the same scum who have destroyed this once great nation. We could show some spine and elect only 3rd party representatives, as they would be novices and not organized enough to continue the brazen robbery that is so intrinsic to both parasitic, self-aggrandizing crime syndicates pillaging this nation.

      • Rebecca

        Yes we could.

    • MrLiberty

      It is a shame that more folks are not as educated as you regarding the Austrian Business Cycle theory or the truth about bubbles and busts. The fact that some think that WW2 or even the New Deal corrected the mistakes the Fed, Hoover, and FDR made in both creating the bubble that eventually burst in 1929 or the horrible policies that prolonged the misery just goes to show how well government propaganda and government schooling has worked in perpetuating the lie. Of course the economy was in the toilet all through WW2 as anyone living in America would tell you. Only through the abandonment of most New Deal policies in 1945 and the return of all the labor from overseas did the economy finally correct itself. Nobody ever hears about the panic of 1920-21 (look it up – it happened because the WW1 spending bubble collapsed when the war ended) because Harding wisely did NOTHING and allowed the mal-investment to simply work itself out, the failed companies to close and restructure, and the economy to restore itself WITHOUT government micromanagement. Yes, the same is STILL required now.

      • Chester Field

        1000% agreed.

    • Melanie Golden

      Exactly! Everyone else is already suffering that’s the thing. Let the economy crash. Swallow your pride, govt, and let it go. Everyone will be on the same playing field with nothing. The ones who will thrive then are those who are used to surviving that way already!

      • Erin Drake

        They aren’t saving them because they think it will help us. They are saving them because they know it won’t help us and because they just want to help their buddies and lobbyists. If they wanted to help us they would of spent those billions buying families homes.

    • Erin Drake

      I agree with part of what you said but America can’t tolerate another decade of poverty. We have to raise the wages to living wage. We have to boot out the immigrants, the illegals and the refugees that aren’t legal citizens. We have to dissolve the free trades and tax imports to death or else there will be no change and those who refuse to pay the workers their due fair wage can take a hike America doesn’t want or need anymore crummy slave labor jobs.

  • Rick Hurd

    They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up. (Book of Mormon)

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Don’t worry, Hillary to the rescue!

  • aliceinwonder

    You missed one. The rapidly growing number of senior citizens who are homeless. Like children, they are vulnerable with no way to take care of themselves. Once you lose your foothold, it’s a rocky, brutal slide to the bottom with no way to climb back up. I know…I’m at that cliff’s edge and live in constant fear.
    Socialism never works. But they just had to try it here to PROVE it really never works.

    • Jack

      Socialism don’t make me laugh! You haven’t seen any socialism.
      You have seen right wing free marketeer bandits loot your nation. They are still looting it. Some of you seem to think voting will fix it!
      I can’t believe some of you people.
      Eight trillion dollars gone missing through the Pentagon was socialism was it?
      That happened on Republican and democrat watch.
      There’s no difference.
      You’re living in a two party one ideology state. When you wave your little plastic flags next election remember the rich party will win whoever wins.
      You’ll lose the rich party will win.
      Why don’t you people get it?
      Why can’t you see?

      • aliceinwonder

        The Federal Reserve (foreign banking system) pulls all the puppet strings. Wilson was one of the worst traitors in history. 1913 is also the year income tax was started. 1913…the year the Republic died & democracy (aka:socialism) was launched.

        • Rebecca

          Alice take one look at money graphs in this country. That is not socialism. That is plutarchy. The bottom is getting the soup kitchen to keep rebellion down. When the middle class is truly dead the elite will shut er down. Any money distribution chart will do. It cannot lie like Faux News. I was shown this by a banksters vice president.

      • Wiz

        Socialism is never popular with the general populace. What the elite don’t really appreciate is how unpopular capitalism is becoming.

        • Mike Smithy

          When you use the word “Capitalism”, what are you referring to? From my observation, all I see is Fascism disguised and mislabeled as Capitalism.

          • Erin Drake

            No it’s crony capitalism Soviet union was fascism disguised as communism/socialism.

        • Rebecca

          All capitalists want to be Plutarchs when they grow up. Ours have grown up. That means the minute they get two bucks together they buy the government. At that point it is fascism all the way. We don’t have anything resembling capitalism… too scary for corporations .. they want to make up the rules and squash competition. When that is not enough… they want welfare.

          • Wiz

            Hi Rebecca – Plutarch’s biographies of notable Greeks and Romans were a staple at my old school, and I thought you were making a case for rich speculators becoming moral philosophers like him. But I wonder if you meant plutocrats? The good news is that these rich bullies are pulling the whole thing down around their ears. They can’t rely on the support of ordinary people for much longer, I don’t thiunk. Cheers

          • Erin Drake

            They also don’t pay a fair wage which is most f the problem.

        • Erin Drake

          Ok here’s the truth, NO true socialist country has ever existed period! Al of them were false socialism worn to disguise fascism. True socialism means the entire populace owns everything and equally benefits, that has NEVER occurred. This is crony capitalism we have not normal capitalism. Capitalism does work fine with reasonable regulations, but what we have is an out of control Oligarchy that doesn’t pay it’s fair share to the people. We have too many non citizens stealing our jobs too.

      • Joseph Zach

        no not quite. there is ONE political paty. you can call it the RULING PARTY or you can call it the GOVERNING PARTY. either way, this one political party has two wings in it, both of a collectivism nature.

        one, the Republicans are simply old school Facists.

        the other is the militant Socialists.

        either model is one of collectivism.

        thew few control the many, for the good of the many of course.

  • Priszilla

    I’m starting to experiment with weeds and leaves now to see which ones are edible.

    • pulltheweeds

      LOLz

      • Priszilla

        I don’t need to buy them, I don’t need to plant them. I don’t need to spend money on weed killers, weeding becomes harvesting.
        So far I just mix them together with the salad and herbs. Adding bulk and minerals.

  • Albert Griggs

    DAVOS ………… the Billionaire’s UNION MEETING …………………. while the “Freedom to Work” JUDAS ISCARIOTS have been undermining the Worker’s organizations,the BILLIONAIRES have become ever MORE organized. From the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergers,DAVOS …………..they have tightened the noose around the neck of the Working Man. They screen members in their FRATERNITIES and at Country Club socials …….
    1) Doctors have UNIONS, one is the American Medical Association.
    2) Lawyers have UNIONS, one is the American Bar Association.
    3) ALL Professions have UNIONS …… they have Trade Associations, They have Trade Publications
    4) “trade” treaties that favor the 1%
    Fraternities, Country Club Memberships are “screening” areas to ensure UNION solidarity………… Then they sit on one-another’s Boards and vote each other PAY RAISES.
    P.S. YOU pay for THEIR Union Dues &Meetings.
    Without Unions the WORKERS would not have living wages, vacations, sick days, pensions, 40 hour weeks, overtime, SAFE work conditions….. LOSING all that? Just as the Unions are undermined and destroyed? WHAT A COINCIDENCE !!!!

    Be sure to THANK a “RIGHT to SLAVE” propagandizer next time you see one. Wages in right-to-work states are lower on average than wages in non-right-to-work states, by an average of about $1500 a year. Workers in right-to-work states are also less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance and pension coverage. The decline of the American middle class mirrors almost exactly the decline of American labor union membership. BY THE WAY ….. notice they ALWAYS exempt the Police and Firemen from “Right to Work” laws …… WHY are the Police and Fire UNWORTHY of the great benefits of the anti-union laws? WHY don’t the Police and Fire DEMAND that they be INCLUDED in the glorious-benefits of “Right to Work” ?!?!?!?!

    Apologists for exploitation claim that the rich are richer because they are smarter. But the stupidity of the rich is everywhere visible. It was the that Workers had to BAIL OUT those “smart” Bankers, The greedy fools have destroyed their domestic US market. Really, how stupid can you be? How do Americans buy when they are forced by offshoring out of well paid manufacturing and software engineering jobs into being waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and part-time Walmart workers in order that corporate bottom lines improve? Who buys the stuff that sustains the profits? Not Americans who no longer have the incomes to do so.

    American Wages have stagnated since the 1980s and working conditions have worsened. What happened then? REAGAN.
    Reagan waged war on the Working People of America (1)Launching the war with his attack on unionization, firing the air-traffic controllers and (2) Introducing the concepts of low paid part-time and contract workers. Remember how Henry Ford introduced the concept that if you paid your people enough money, they would/could buy the products they were building? Well Reagan destroyed that concept, and brought us HERE, to THIS economic crash. Reagan was no “hero” who destroyed Communism. Reagan was a coward who HID the fact that the USSR was dead on it’s feet and collapsing. Reagan created fear in the People to get support for a wasteful looting of the Public Treasury by the Military Industrial Thieves. Finally, Reagan, the week after leaving office, ran over to Japan to collect at LEAST $6MILLION in “speaking fees” which was a nice term for BRIBE for keeping our markets open to the Japanese, and thus SELLING OUT American Workers. No, Reagan was not a great man, he was a Low Life Credit Card spendthrift.
    Raygunomics…tax more and spend a whole lot more…that ol’ boy keeps getting resurrected…his true legacy is the beginning of “deficits don’t matter”…and a central/big gov’t can control the economy.
    And another thing — america became a war mongering state on the day that an all volunteer military (another Reagan screwup) became a reality, in the aftermath of the VN war. Thus ensuring more riches for the WAR PROFITEERS
    Raygun was the genesis person of criminal spending…sworn in with a trillion is debt…sworn out with four trillion…the most in percentage terms of any POTUS in history including the current dumbass.
    There was a time when Government employee salaries were well below their private sector counterparts. To compensate, they were provided with generous benefit packages; including the retirement plans that are sinking so many cities today. Give us twenty years and we will take care of you for life. In the mid-80’s Reagan increased salaries to be competitive with the private sector; his argument was that good people were leaving the public sector for better paying private sector jobs. This “conservative” did NOTHING to adjust the benefit packages to bring them in line with the private sector, and no one has even tried since.

    • Scott Comin

      Right on. Most people are to stupid to see how right you are

  • Clear Thinker

    Allow the 4 trillion in overseas money to come home at a one time tax rate of 5% provided the companies use it to expand. However the Democrats will never drop corp taxes to the level of Canada, therefore this money will never come home. Get rid of welfare, section 8 housing, food stamps in 13 years. The folks that might claim them in the future, are not even born yet. Get rid of medicare and Medicaid if you are going to keep obamacare. Build the fence, eject all illegals, and no family reunification. In Canada we have allowed it and these folks even try to vote when they are not citizens. Just cut your taxes, throw Lerner in jail and deport all illegals, allow freedom and you will do just fine.

    • Gay Veteran

      and cut the Pentagon budget by over 50%

  • Hawk

    BIGGER GOVERNMENT = smaller you. It’s obvious what needs to be done. We need to shake off the shackles of an oppressive government. Government comes not but to steal and to kill and to destroy.

  • Jethro Gibbs

    I agree with many of the other posts but when I see people in the lines at stores with dirty unkempt kids in ragged clothes and no shoes in winter, buying a case of beer carton of cigs , lottery tickets etc… instead of taking care of their family properly , I am saddened that many in our country have very messed up priorities !
    Along with the diminished morals . And yes much of this goes back to bad parenting . I am thinking the only thing that could give everyone a reality check is a total collapse. I do not wish for it because I have an idea how bad it could be since I have been to poor countries but our problems go much deeper than dysfunctional/government .

  • Lazarovic

    And whose fault is this? Who is responsible for millions of Americans living in poverty? The wealthiest among us, that’s who. The wealthy corporations and businesses who exploit American workers or threaten to send their jobs overseas if they complain are the traitors who have destroyed our economy and middle class. Read “The Price of Inequality” by Joseph Stiglitz; free your mind, your backside will follow.

  • sth_txs

    Start with abolishing the federal reserve and get back to a private commodity backed monetary system. Not perfect, but better than a bunch of beholden dimwits who think spending equals an economy.

    Also, shutdown as many local,state, and fed agencies that do little other than stand in the way of any economic development.

  • pulltheweeds

    Fact Number 22;
    Every household below the medium income has a 50 inch TV.

    • pulltheweeds

      errrr. i meant median income

  • Алексей К.

    Michael is right regarding everything he writes. He has the mind to comprehend and the eyes to see what is coming.Although I live in Ukraine, I strongly believe that the US is long past the point of no return. There is absolutely nothing an ordinary citizen of the country can do to change anything. Doomsday is fast approaching for the sorrow and destruction inflicted worldwide by the life-threathening US policies.
    Years ago I remember a legendary bulgarian blind prophet dubbed “Baba Vanga” (any russian knows her name) making a prediction as follows: “the 44th President of the US will be a black man. He will be the last president of the country as at the time of his ruling the country will either get frozen or submerge in the chaos of the economic crisis and will probably fall apart into northern and southern states”. You’d better strart doing something to get prepared as long as you still can. Time is running out.

    • GSOB

      LOL
      Stay in the Ukraine.

  • Mark

    I think one thing that is being overlooked is the “sin” issue. The true reason for economic decline is un-repented sin in the nation. We are all responsible for it. The sin issue cannot be solved with laws, legislation or by any natural means what so ever. You cannot solve a spiritual issue through natural means, never could, never will. Our ONLY hope is in Jesus Christ, period. Man will never solve our problems because they are all sin generated.

  • Bradley goss

    Pay everyone that has made you money a fair wage and only make 10 million a year instead of 100 million would be a great start. Where on earth do they think their going to go hide when the SHTF. When the huge majority of population becomes gatherers, they will transcend towards the “haves” not the “have-nots”. I for damn sure would rather die living a life of dignity, honor, and compassion towards our daily survival then run and hide like the cowards their money has made them.

  • jakartaman

    We are all to blame – stop looking for scapegoats and excuses.
    The very simple basic fact is the USA has been living over its head and on credit too long – the piper is a calling!!!

  • dan

    If I told u the ultimate goal of the new world order, your not going to like it!

    1) If you want to destroy a nation, you need to take out its infrastructure, which used to be manufacturing here in the US. (As Ross Perot said; “all your going to hear is the suckng sound of jobs leaving the US!”)

    2) Control of the masses is also one of their goals! So, by controlling the price of fuel, u now control the way how people travel, as well as eat! (Think about this one)

    3) The introduction of drugs into our society during the Vietnam war, as well as Abby Hoffman’s book, (Steal This Book)….Otherwise known as, “the book that undermined our culture!”…A Marine officer pointed this out to me as ” The Timothy Leary Acid for lunch bunch”

    4) Destroy a countries moral fabric and you have destroyed a nation without firing a shot!….
    A) destroy the family
    B) destroy religious beliefs
    C) introduce instant gratification ( drugs, sex, thievery)
    D) no responsibility for a person’s actions
    E) destroy the sexes. (Woman against man)
    And most of all?..give them bread and wine and let the games begin!

    Now that the communist manifesto has been pulled off upon Ameika, their plan can come to fruition. And what is that you ask?….like wal mart with their falling prices, get ready for wages like other 3 world nations!…

    The ultimate goal is to enslave the world for the few!
    Look up India’s wages per day?
    The Philippines wages per day?
    Thailand’s wages per day?
    Vietnam’s wages per day?
    Cambodia’s wages per day?
    Let’s not forget China’s wages either?

    So, if the likes of Hillery, Bernie, or O’Malley get into office, as well as most Republicans, do you really think, things will change?…

    My question is; Who is pulling the levers behind that curtain?….Do you remember Nixon opening up dialog with China in 1973?
    Do you remember Bill Clinton giving secrets to China during his term ?
    Look where we are today?
    Possibilities of gun confiscation?
    Supreme Court stalked with judges that dispose our Constitution?
    And a government hell bent on looking the other way, instead of doing what’s right?

    When right is wrong and wrong is right, the end is near. But no one knows the time or the hour!

    Once the US falls, the rest of the world will dive into kaos….

    So, either you stand for something, or your gonna fall for everything! ( John Cougar Melloncamp)

  • jox

    Anyone that look at those terrible data, can’t be against some sort of wealth redistribution. The economic system is not fair: government is needed to level the field.

  • mysolution

    I think christians should stop tithing to their churches and use that 10% to actually help someone on need in their local community.

    • Wanda

      That is terrible advice. God has commanded we are to give to Him what is His and to Caesar what is Caesars. The better advice would be for Christians to come out from under false teachers that abuse and misuse the tithe. God says a man who doesn’t take care of his own household is worse than an unbeliever. For American’s, America is our house.

      • madness

        The tithe is not scriptural and is complete nonsense. If more people stopped tithing maybe there would be less churches around to infect people with their B.S.

        • Wanda

          God created the economy for man to follow. What we give is supposed to support His will being done here. It is not for the support of a Denominations or Ministers pet projects or subverting the Law of the Land.

          • GSOB

            God’s economy is to dispense Himself as life into your spirit. The blood of Christ paved the way for ‘people’ to be born again by His Spirit, no matter what tribe, nation or language, male or female, old and young alike.

            The law that divided us from the Jews was done away with. Our sins were purged. We received the Holy Spirit.

            The New Jerusalem contains all these born again people, in grafted into union with Christ, who is God.

            We are the ‘called out ones’ God has chosen throughout all of human history in this world. Yes, we will still be human… always.

            When Christ comes back, the world as we know it now will no longer be. Until then, stay focused on the highest peak of the Divine revelation.

            Do you know what that is?

            It is ‘Christ in you’,
            the hope of glory.

            All things else is second to that.

            We need Christ to be formed, wrought in us by the Lord himself.

            All our words and deeds should be empowered and born by Him, through Him and unto Him for His good pleasure, which is this purpose… to make sinners sons of God.

            He will guide and direct us.
            He will go ahead of us.
            He is our Joshua leading us into the good land.

            The good land is just Christ Himself.

            He is to become our all and all the praise and glory goes to Him.

          • GSOB

            “There used to be a group called ‘postmillennialists.’ They believed that the Christians would root out the evil in the world, abolish godless rulers and convert the world through ever increasing evangelism until they brought about the Kingdom of God on earth through their own efforts.
            Then after 1000 years of the institutional church reigning on earth with peace, equality, and righteousness, Christ would return and time would end.
            These people rejected much of the Scripture as being literal and believed in the inherent goodness of man.

            World War I greatly disheartened this group and World War II virtually wiped out this viewpoint. No self-respecting scholar who looks at the world conditions and the accelerating decline of Christian influence today is a ‘postmillennialist.”
            — The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey.

            You can consider me a
            ‘postmillennialist’

            Satan always wants to disrupt the message so as to foil the unfolding of the Kingdom of God by Jesus Christ, who is Lord of both the living and the dead.

            Satan wants to put off his destruction for as long as he can.

            That is why truth matters.

      • GSOB

        ‘Tithing’ is an OT term.

        It was a way to provide a living for the priesthood, having no land of their own.

        This priesthood was always supported by the ‘tithers’ so that these priest can serve the Lord on behalf of the people full time.

        It is a misnomer to apply this ‘tithing’ to todays NT economy. Of course you are free to do so.

        There is a new priesthood. All believers in Christ are ‘priests’, and collectively, they form the priesthood in God’s NT economy.

        Once the OT economy was done away with

        by the NT economy, so all the laws supporting the Levites was done away with also.

        The NT principle for us believers today is
        work and no longer steal so that he or she may have something to give to others that are in need. Sow sparingly, reap sparingly.

        Because the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light. “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.…

        Regarding believers….Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;…as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”
        Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;…

      • True Conservative American

        I think using 10%of your income to assist the needy is tithing. It is giving back to those in need as Jesus would do. Just giving to any old church is not necessarily going to a worthy cause. God Bless America

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      Where did that come from? Many churches run soup kitchens, ministries to the homeless, food banks, etc.

  • Nick Tubber

    So what happened to this “world is crashing” rant? It’s completely gone now. Michael, re-convince us nothing goes straight down and your Red Alert is still intact and the crash is coming. Guess doesn’t matter. Your credibility is already shattered.

    • J.C

      Its difficult to predict the crash as we would all be millionaires by now, however Michael does have the ability to write and cite references very well. You read his blogs to get informed, however at the end of the day, its up to you whether you believe the world economy is going to crash. Yes, right now, the markets are looking up and China stock is surging so yeah no crash any time soon it seems (my opinion).

  • Richard O. Mann

    What can be done? Nothing. It’s too late to turn this country around. It has pretty much fulfilled it’s reason for being, and is now on it’s way down and out and off the stage of world events. It has been the job of President Obama to destroy this country, and help get the world ready for the next big event. To date, he has done a great job of it. I hate to see the suffering that is happening in this country, and what is still to come.

  • Thomas D Guastavino

    Until we have a government that realizes that wealth has to be created before you can re-distribute it we will never solve the poverty problem.

  • GSOB

    “Regeneration, or the new birth, is a subject to which the world is very averse; it is, however, the grand concern, in comparison with which every thing else is but trifling.”

  • Gary Leaf

    What we should do as a nation….. Each of us should choose a better path. The current path all nations are on is towards debt slavery and degeneracy. We are captive to a corrupt oligarchy, whose rule we deserve because of our own corrupt practices .

    The remedy is to appeal to a higher authority than our oligarchy, by choosing today to obey the Law of our Creator. One Law we should immediately adhere too is the Sabbath Law, which is a “signature” Law of our Creator. The main point here is that, while we are relatively powerless to affect change for the better, Yehovah is infinitely powerful to affect change – if we give Him the motivation to do so by obeying Him.

    For those who choose to adhere to the Sabbath Law, it requires that we dont light a fire, nor do any work at home or at our place of employment all day Saturday.

    This is a simple, non violent, revolutionary act, that has the potential to reverse the course of destruction we are currently on.

    • Gay Veteran

      if a store wants to be open on the “Sabbath” then they should do so
      object? move to Israel and be an orthodox Jew

      • Gary Leaf

        Hello Gay Veteran. No, I dont object to anyone “opening their store” and breaking the Sabbath if thats what they want to do. Im simply pointing out that such action is in defiance of our Creator, and has negative consequences for us, which are becoming more evident every day.

        You, on the other hand, have just instructed me to change both my location and religion. By the way, the Jews have invented their own Sabbath in defiance of Yehovah. I wont be joining with them until they get it right.

        • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

          Invented their own sabbath? In defiance of the Almighty? How so?

          • Gary Leaf

            Good question. When the Sabbath was first announced to the Israelites, [Exodus 16:23] Moses said;

            “Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to Yehovah”

            Notice that it was “tomorrow”, not “this evening.” The Jews celebrate their sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. The Christians chose to honor Sunday sabbath, the Muslims Friday. So all the monotheistic religion “sabbaths” are in defiance of Yehovah. Go figure.

            Also, according to Isaiah 24:5,6 all mankind will be judged by Yehovah’s Law, both Jew and Goyim / Gentile. The Jew is therefore not permitted to apply different law to goyim regarding sabbath. This is stated in the Sabbath Law if you look for it.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            The Jewish calendar is lunar, and the month begins with the new moon. The first day of the month then, begins at night, and so do the other days that follow. Notice the creation story: ” And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Of course you bring up a good point, in quoting Exodus 16:23. Have the Jews gotten it wrong? A more important question is: Does God really care? I personally don’t think he does, at least not too much. As far as Christians are concerned, they give more weight to the New Testament ( the fact that it is called the “new” testament implies that it has superseded the old.) And St. Paul released the church from obligatory observation of the sabbath: “He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regarded not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” (Romans 14:6)

          • Gary Leaf

            Jodie, please reconsider.

            If you claim to follow Christ, who in every way upheld the Law given to us from God by Moses, then why dont you want to uphold the Law, and do as Christ did?

            Christ told us adamantly that we are obligated to the Law, no ifs, buts, or maybes. [Matthew 5:17-20] Why dont you believe Christ rather than Paul the deceiver, who said the opposite. [Ephesians 2:14,15]

            The Sabbath Law as outlined by Moses will never be revoked by Paul, nor any other man or spirit;

            “The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between Me and the Israelites FOREVER..” [Exodus 31:16]

            You and I are descendants of Israel, and are contracted to this covenant by birth.

            To your other point, the Genesis account regarding “evening and morning” should be interpreted as a division between days. It cannot constitute a “day” because it does not include afternoon.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            You are free to live by your own convictions. I am curious, however: are your beliefs idiosyncratic or are you a member of a sect that holds to the Old Testament and the Gospels while rejecting the authority of the Epistles?

          • Gary Leaf

            Why bother with what I believe? Why not listen to Paul himself;

            “To the rest I say this [I, NOT the Lord]:……. [1 Corinthians 7:12]

            If Paul himself states that his word is not God’s word, then what excuse do you have for following Paul’s teaching and rejecting Christ’s teaching. If you want to follow the teaching of men that’s your privilege, but you need to think about how you will explain this to Christ when you see Him.

        • Gay Veteran

          too bad god couldn’t have taken a stand against something more important…..say, slavery

          • Gary Leaf

            You think slavery is a more important issue than Sabbath, but your Creator says otherwise. I say He knows more than you do.

            You think God should abolish slavery? No, Yehovah has decreed our enslavement, and it is happening right before our eyes. My response is to recognize my rebellion against our Creator and attempt to rectify.

          • Gay Veteran

            how do you know what god thinks about the “sabbath”? divine revelation is between god and a person, when that person tells another person then is it no longer divine revelation

  • hon788

    This is a fun republican site, funny to see others trying to sway here.

  • William Lutz

    This election is going to turn out ugly as far as I am concerned. The voting system is corrupt and neither candidate will be able to reverse our bankruptcy. Too bad many people don’t believe our civilization is facing its final days. Wake up and smell the coffee God’s children. Time is running out.

  • Kristy Zelewsky

    I think some of u get it. I just hope its enough to elect a Social Democrat as our leader! Republicans will do anything to stop it. If Sanders gets the nomination, the fireworks will begin!

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    what povert

  • Gay Veteran

    we need to remember the French Revolution’s solution to a feudal society

    • Albert Griggs

      Cutting those “TOO big to JAIL” down to size ……….. LOL

  • Pat Enery

    In the light of all these facts, there are many in congress from both parties that want to give Mexican illegals amnesty. How does that help our poor, homeless, unemployed, underemployed, & veterans?

  • Gay Veteran

    from SHTF:

    “…Why are Americans so angry? Let’s see. Perhaps it’s because one of the greatest heists in American history was just perpetrated against them by their own government in collusion with the largest multi-national corporations and the country’s most undemocratic institution, the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Because not only were the individuals who caused the most severe financial crisis in recent memory not punished for their crimes, but they were showered with trillions and trillions of dollars in bailouts and taxpayer backstops, and made far wealthier than they were before the crisis they caused.

    Because 99.99% of the population have been crushed by this policy of “socialism for oligarchs” and they feel the intense pain of this decent into poverty every single day of their live….”

  • wrea

    Lies after lies.

    Afterall, nearly every American brags about earning 6 figures.
    Every American is a narcissist and loves to brag about their high paying job.

    There is no depression. Stop whining. You are all lazy.

  • newpapyrus

    The gradual decline of the working class in America can easily be resolved, IMO, by:

    1. Ending unemployment in the US with a 32 hour work week (Federally mandated overtime over 32 hours).

    2. Federally requiring employers to pay up to six weeks of paid vacation for employees that have worked for an employer for at least six years (1 week of paid vacation for every year you’ve worked for a particular company).

    3. Reinstating the tax on stock transactions that was ended during the Johnson administration.

    4. Replacing the premium based health insurance system with personal Medical savings accounts contributed to by both the Federal government and private employers.

    5. Finally ending the segregation poor children in American schools by providing State vouchers for all school aged children for both– private and public schools. Public schools under this scenario would be municipally run– not for profit institutions– that would compete with private schools for students and their vouchers.

    Marcel

  • REDPILLED

    As long as the U.S. is a corporatist/militarist Empire run by the
    ORCs (Oligarchic Ruling Class), who care nothing about anyone else, poverty will continue to grow, wars will be endless, infrastructure will crumble, and catastrophic climate disaster will accelerate.

    The ORCs only fear loss of precious profits and wealth, so only a
    General Strike will get them to pay attention to the 99% they despise and oppress. Elections, petitions, or even an armed rebellion against the corporate/warfare state (the fantasy of NRA-worshippers) is doomed to futility, either to be ignored or violently crushed.

    Most workers are in such dire straits, according to the deliberate
    designs of the ORCs, that a General Strike seems out of the question. But something must happen, and soon. Neither corporate party will allow a Presidential nominee nor Congress members who veer too far from the ORCs’ agenda, so any hope of real change from the 2016 elections is a delusion.

  • We’re doomed I tell ya…..DOOMED!!!! Call on Jesus…today is the the day of salvation

  • Shorty Feldbush

    How much of that poverty increase is a result of our illegal immigration problem and no border control???

    • fla2700

      Probably a lot more than the large news outlets are willing to admit.

  • jhowell882

    the first hing we need to do to change this country is to nuke DC and get rid of all the politicians then put monkeys up there. at least we know what they are going to do and the rest of us can rebuild a once great country for all.

    to change this country is going to take all of us, we the people, no matter which side of the parties your on. it is up to us to go forward with pitch forks and torches and clean house so we can all have a country that works for ALL. i am ready to go do it.
    welcome to the new gilded age (oligarchy)

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    What does anyone expect to happen?

    Almost every aspect of this society was screwed around with to give the losers unnatural advantages. Genocide (abortions) for profit, deviant marriages, Keynesian economics, suppression of serious sciences and Christ’s Church: it’s the metaphorical equivalent of handing control of one’s body to cancers and sadists.

    Best thing to do, and I’ve said this before, is to let it collapse. It’s going to anyway – the romantic ideals of cultural self-harm and national suicide are underway. We are following the usual cycle of a free society. Thomas Cole in 1836 did a series of five paintings on this very subject called The Course of Empire. We weren’t intended by the Constitution of be an empire, but Progressives and radicals brought all that in. The paintings move from the starting Savage (Colonizing) period, followed by the Arcadian (Pastorial) Period, the Consummation Period, the Destruction period, finally Desolation and the land later inhabited by another set of colonists, or the land is renewed by the remnants of the land. I believe we are now transitioning from Consummation into Destruction. There is still time to turn this around; it’s painful for some – but will restore the society and cultures of the nation.

    We must simplify and decentralize: Feds must willingly let go of the majority of their internal powers. Local governments and religions must take it upon themselves again to fulfill those responsibilities. Only keep border patrol and immigration, military, treasury, and patent office. Marriage returned to religion as the rite that it’s supposed to be. All other functions must be relinquished to the states and no longer federally validated. Feds must also adopt rules and regulations against themselves clearly defining what constitutes impeachable offenses for all branches, what clearly is treason, and that state’s have the right to censure the Feds for inappropriate behavior and/or failure to act in their sphere of responsibilities.

    The feds must stop collecting taxes, fees, etc. to fund the majority of their unnecessary agencies and divisions: fire all staff (no severance, no pensions, no rights of public employee unions), auction off all properties, use remaining taxed money and auction profits to pay for remaining matured bonds linked to agencies.

    The states must reopen their natural resources to production again: oil and gas, precious metals, ferrous mining, lumber production, manufacturing, etc. and be ready for markets to emerge and how to keep confiscations to a minimal. This production increase coincides with the dollar returning to the Department of the Treasury and is linked with national production of precious metals/energy production rather than debt and oil trading.

    Finally, regulations that restrict the poor from advancing financially must be lifted: non-commercial production laws and codes should be adopted by each county. Religious organizations that have welfare departments already have information on how to produce on a small homestead and are best for teaching the poor in the US how to restructure their lives to produce for themselves. With more economic and social stability along with non-commercial production thriving in an area, commercial production soon follows. This is the best method of welfare: sustainable aid. Don’t tax a fish from someone else deemed rich enough to take the hit, severe off the prime cuts, and throw the chum to the needy and demand loyalty from them! Provide the poor and needy the means to produce their own – a one-time donation with training so they’ll eat for a lifetime.

    The powers that be would fight these changes – tough for them. This is people’s lives that are already affected and are slowly dying. The wrongfully impoverished, the disabled, the folks facing hardships unnecessarily need relief. And I have no interest in what some minority of power-hungry narcissists, psychotic radicals, usurper leftists, or deviant gaystopo want. The majority of societal problems is traceable to them – they can take the prosecution and sentencing due for justice, and after sentencing we can show mercy.

  • Jazz

    I think I recall Jazz saying the stock market was going to new highs. Nasdaq 100 is first, broader Nasdaq is next, then the S&P 500 followed by the Dow. We are back to the happy go lucky markets that keep on rising. You all thought I was crazy. Look who’s crazy now!

    • Watchman

      Was waiting for you to show up Zazz and the other countless nicknames and aliases you use for yourself. Now be a good boot licker and run along I can hear them calling your name to the slaughterhouse.

  • fla2700

    This was published in the Nov 2, 2015 New York Times.

    Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds:

    “That finding was reported Monday by two Princeton economists, Angus Deaton, who last month won the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, and Anne Case. Analyzing health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources, they concluded that rising annual death rates among this group are being driven not by the big killers like heart disease and diabetes but by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse: alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.”

  • not me

    Hope? Change? Yes we can!

  • Michael Dubin

    Michael, you always use phrases like “collapse” an “falling apart”. Can you be more specific as to what these mean? They seem like subjective terms that mean different things to different people.

  • archie7699

    It is a consequence of following the Doctrine Of Perpetual Growth. The machine was guaranteed to break down. Remember when President Nixon commissioned the study on population growth and the economy? I think it was the Rockefeller foundation that did the study. It was determined that the population at the time was enough to guarantee U.S. economic prominence well into the future. Since then we have added 100 million more people. The bulk of them being completely dead weight. I remember when I went back to school at a Penn State branch campus some years ago. Half the class flunked college Math while I Aced it. It was just a re-hash of eighth grade math and ninth grade algebra with some Geometry. Simple. More than half the class flunked Biological Science II, which I nearly Aced. Most of the students I met were dumb as toast. Great thanks to their spawning parents for procreating two successive generations of unprepared idiots. They switch to useless liberal arts majors just to get the sheep skin. Because they can’t pass a single math or science course. And then end up living with their parents until they’re 30 or older. They can’t put down their vaporizers long enough to listen to their elders about what is coming. And these are those expected to lead America from crisis. Personally, I believe the real crap hits the fan when water for irrigation depletes. With no grain reserves, the preppers are going to look like geniuses. People don’t know how to grow food any more. Thanks to my rural upbringing, I know how to raise vegetables and livestock and how to preserve food. I can hunt and fish. I’ve canned my share of jars, that’s for sure. I just might survive. I’m hardly a socialist but when the crisis hits the government will begin nationalizing energy production and rationing energy. This will help the downward spiral as energy will be more expensive for farmers. A box of corn flakes will cost $20. We’re headed toward a much more authoritarian nation when the large crises arrive. Prepare and beware. I’m presently buying as much silver as I can afford.

  • Barneybyboy

    We are screwed…Most are uneducated…and punk A** politicians are putting us in the meat grinder

  • Wiz

    Obama seems a decent enough chap to Europeans. It was George W Bush who caved in to Paulson.

  • DJohn1

    The problem of poverty will not go away any time soon.
    It is built on the proposition that corporations finance the lawyers that run for office. Mostly this used to be Republicans.
    But both parties are now in league with the corporations that have bought them.

    Do they pay for that support in Congress?
    Well, Michael, you are the detail man. You tell me how they voted.
    The problem that corporations have is they have destroyed the economic base of the entire country with their bought souls that rule in both the house and the senate under both parties at this time.
    Think not? Well how about the many times a leadership has voted wrong for the American Public and from both parties at once?
    National Security or big brother at work?
    EPA or a controlling corporate structure forcing change down our throats for the common good? Only what is the common good when it adds so much money to the cost of transportation everywhere?
    Any time I hear statements like “It is for your own good . . . ” add sick.

    The wealthy rule this country whether we like it or not.
    Every once in a great while we have someone like Ross Perot or even Donald Trump. Both of which are independent men of great wealth. Both men wanted to renegotiate our terms with the world contracts made in our name by the corporations.
    I say it is a long term plan meant to destroy the working class of people in this country. And if that is what is going on, this behind the scenes in Congress(both houses) have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
    It is not just the Congress at fault. Presidents dating all the way back to just after Reagan have been planning this fall for a very long time.
    We have a stacked deck in the Supreme Court of this land.
    They also belong to the “bought off souls” group ruling this country.
    By definition, if a Supreme Court ignores all precident and interprets or makes law, then you have a bought person or persons on that court. And that is exactly what has happened.
    You want answers and I do not blame anyone for wanting answers. It is the unintelligent sheep who go along with all of this at election time.
    At one time in this country we had a very strong labor union movement trying to negotiate and change the economic circumstances of all of us. It did not work. Many in that group were little better than thieves themselves.
    Many took management positions after selling their group down the river for years. It happened even in my own union at the time in the late 80s.

    On one side of things you had a professional organization of crooks the like of which no one every thought could exist on a legitimate stage of the economy. I speak mostly of Republicans followed closely by millionaire Democrats. That is the best we have? A bunch of sold out people in our houses of Congress?

    And yes they are doing so many things illegal by current law in this country that one has to wonder how a court can even function in this pathetic system.
    Even if a rebel gets into the white house as President, that person will soon find out he is in a card game with a marked deck of cards and the entire system is set up to cheat.
    If you look at the welfare system in place right now, it is designed to be an endless trap of poverty for everyone concerned.
    That is why our Congress set wage limits on all of this law.
    They literally want a controlled economic population that they can rule. Meaning if you work, if you gain a decent salary, they take all the benefits away. So how does one fight a system in which you have to make at least 30,000 to 40,000 dollars per year in order to just break even with what the government welfare department gives you for making under 20,000 a year?
    How does one break a system like that? One of the defining characteristics of the election system is having a permanent residence in order to vote. So most of the people on this system do not vote? I can see why. If you change residence often, one of the things people forget to do is change it with the election people.
    The thing that will bring it all crashing down is ironically the Obamacare system in place thanks to the courts right now.
    When they steal from your net income then people no longer have the ability to buy that they did before Obamacare.
    To me that will bring on the onset of the worst economic depression in our history.
    Combine that with a constant reaching into the poors’ pockets to pay for things and there is a combination that will be hard to fix if it can be fixed at all.

    Economists as a whole are Keynesian school.
    The only choice left is the entire system has to be revised so that people can live on what they make.

    • GSOB

      The BIBLE is the most intelligent book on economics that has ever been written.

  • MrLiberty

    Simple start – End the Fed. They are the root of all government evil and by extension, all crony capitalist evil. Then gut the government of its power to tax and spend, protect its corporate friends from competition and market pressures and let the great hard work of Americas finally benefit them instead of government and its controllers.

  • Robert Slaven

    So many people look back on the 1950s and call them “the Good Old Days”. Well, here are some of the things that MADE the 1950s “Good Days”, which would also make our days “Good Days” if we brought them back: Higher tax rates on the rich and on corporations. Stronger labour unions and better protection for workers generally. More government investment in scientific research and in building infrastructure. A higher minimum wage. Stricter regulations on banks and investment firms. Sadly, every US administration since Reagan (including Clinton and both Bushes) have hacked away at all of these things; Obama reversed some of Bush Jr.’s tax cuts, but otherwise has governed to benefit The Owners and The Banks, and not to benefit ordinary working Americans. American voters need to stop voting for politicians who are in bed with Wall Street (that includes Hillary Clinton, as well as Every Single GOP Presidential candidate), and start voting for politicians who will work to benefit “We the People”, not just “We the Fatcats”.

  • IdiotSmasher

    Except for a short time during the so called “Civil War” the U.S. functioned fine without an income tax and operated without any relevant debt. But in February 1913 the 16th Amendment was “Ratified” which allowed the government to tax the income of working people. In December of that same year the Federal Reserve Act was instituted which took monetary policy from the Treasury and unconstitutionally gave it to a group of private bankers called the Federal Reserve at which time we officially became a nation of debt. In debt because now instead of the treasury printing money they instead borrow it from the Private Federal Reserve Bank and have to pay it back with interest. WTH?

    That debt stayed relatively low until Roosevelt instituted his New Deal which formally transformed the U.S. into a welfare state. A welfare state that stole/taxed from productive people and gave to unproductive people. WTH? All in the name of “compassion”.At that time the National Debt increased significantly yet remained fairly steady until 1971 when the bankers successfully lobbied the government under Nixon to end the Gold Standard and allow the free manipulation of monetary policy.

    From that time to when Barack Obama took office, about 37 years, the debt went from around 400 billion to about 10 trillion (10,000 billion). Now it is over 18 trillion and will have effectively doubled under Obama’s eight year reign to 20 trillion. Again I say WTH?
    Anyone with a brain can see that we have seen the exponential destruction of our country by, Special Interests, the Federal Reserve, Government Welfare, worthless money and an ignorant populace who lives in fear. And now we are not only a nation of debt but a nation of slaves as well.
    This doesn’t even include the “Unfunded Liabilities” at 94 Trillion or “Derivatives” which tops a half Quadrillion Dollars. There is no stopping it now and the crash will be hard. God help our progeny.

  • Mondobeyondo

    America is supposedly the richest nation on earth, and I have no reason to doubt that. So why are there so many needy people among us? We are doing a terrible job of caring for others. We are not our brother’s keeper.

  • Most people are also unaware that the US, Canada and Mexico have very high levels of radiation from Fukushima and other sources. At least 50 million Americans are suffering with radiation poisoning and do not know it because no one is testing for it. After 12 months, it creates nodules on the thyroid and/or lungs. Two months later, they become tumors. By next June, most of them will have cancer. In addition, because at least 50% of the US food supply is now GMO, at least 100 million have herbicide, pesticide & glyphosate poisoning, which causes breast cancer in women as well as stomach and colon cancer. It is not difficult to see the direction that the US is going, having turned their back on God and His blessings.

    I am a Christian missionary in Colombia and have been given a unique gift to be able to tap into cellular memory to find the cause of health problems and the natural remedy. I have done this successfully for over 20 years and I do the testing over the phone via a toll-free number or via Skype. I test for radiation and herbicide & pesticide poisoning, among many other issues. My email is: Silverwood08@gmail.com

  • abinico

    Capitalism is wonderful for the capitalist – not so great for the rest of us.

  • Maddog

    How can this be, Obama is running the show.

  • Betsy Singh-Anand

    I am in sad agreement with those who suggest that the economic system must be allowed to crash. My worry, though, is that the public at large is so shockingly stupid, uneducated, apathetic, unprepared – there is going to be death at unimaginable levels.

    • GSOB

      Jesus Christ rose from the grave.

      “the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, and must be crucified, and must rise again on the third day.”

      • Betsy Singh-Anand

        What, pray tell, does this have to do with my comment? I’m just not seeing the connection.

  • rumple stiltskin

    Freedom from world financial structures, and centralized energy controllers keeping the world in thrall by debt and exploitation by monopoly is the number one problem that needs addressing. A controlling stranglehold on Humanity to the will of centralized forces trying desperately to keep that control, and threatening world war three to do so, are the visible aspects of this mindset in our world today. This mindset is the dysfunctional outmoded thinking that is strangling the developing and progressing of Humanity that would naturally occur without such draconian worldwide oversight, which is the current paradigm we live under. An active development of alternatives, and there are literally thousands, that can empower communities and individuals to act independently of centralized systems of control, would break the deadlock on progress. Education to the possibilities is key to understanding the way forward. I would point out that Germany powers it’s bus system on hydrogen obtained from hydrolysis, splitting water into it’s components, and using the hydrogen, all powered by solar. Water as fuel. Hydrogen can power the world cleanly, cheaply, efficiently, pollution free. Solar, wind, wave, geothermal, “Overunity” systems like cold fusion, held on the shelf so Big Oil can continue to profit by extortion, and many other new alternatives that could free humanity from centralized control, are waiting on the shelves, and it is up to us to investigate, and develop, such things as empower us. Thank you.

  • GSOB

    I’m going to see Jesus face to face one day.
    Wow.
    All of life is to prepare for that.

    Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter through it. I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation.…

    &

    Revelation 22:14
    “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

  • Crashed_and_Burned

    I’m still waiting for those “shovel ready jobs”…

  • Mark

    I found it amazing that I mentioned the reason for economic failure was do to sin and our only hope was in Jesus Christ, and it was censored and removed from the comments here.

  • Joe

    Stop giving money to terroristic people’s. That’s a combined 2 trillion dollars. Problem would then be solved. We would rather give this Monet to murderers than our own people. How freaking STUPID is that?

  • Bruce

    The truth is that Bill Clinton sold this country down the road with various so called free trade agreements. At the time he assured us this would lead to more employment and prosperity for America. Ha Ha my butt! The only people who got prosperity was the corporations who by the thousands left America and went to the lands of cheap labor.
    Unless and until we impose tariffs to level the playing field no corporation is going to come back. It was the corporations that put Bill and all others in office and they will not allow their cheap labor to be taken away, nor Tariffs imposed!
    Not only is the labor per hour rate significantly lower, companies don’t have to offer paid vacations, time and a half over forty hours doesn’t exist, no workers comp, no insurance, maternity leave, child labor laws and the list goes on and on. Do ANY of you really think the corporations will freely give that up? Not on your life.
    The ONLY sliver of hope is if we have a massive turnover rate of incumbents. In addition, Tariffs have to be placed on goods brought into this country. Anything short of that and our economy will not last much longer. How can anyone argue otherwise?

  • riftcliff

    You great Euro-Americans and followers get humble enough as to confront your evil managers trough true knowledge, reject ALL or at least doubt about everything and think seriously your “fundamentals” have been systematically destroyed except your nice hard work attitude and look for integration to the world in an absolutely different way you have done in the past. Be epic on that or perish. Just a paranoid opinion.

  • robert salmen

    Every house of cards has to fall at some point. Only then can a stronger, better lasting structure be built. You can’t make any lasting repairs to a building with a shoddy foundation, i.e., today’s market/economy combination, you have to completely raze it, then rebuild it.

  • tired of the lies

    And all these kids they refer to simply sprang up out of the ground? Where are the parents? Not mentioned once! Why not?
    Oh yea- guilt. Can’t make us feel guilty or in any way responsible if you remind us there’s adults involved. Hense the rhetoricle question; “Why can’t WE get this thing fixed?”
    ANSWER: Because WE’re not allowed to neuter the folks that continue to breed more hungry kids.
    NEW QUESTION: Since I’m forced to pay for WIC, food stamps as well as school lunches- I’ve paid for that hungry kids meals THREE TIMES OVER- when will you stop blaming me and look at their parents?
    (Until then, F-off, no guilt here)

    • Robert C.

      I agree with you.

  • satansidekick

    We are importing poverty by the millions year after year. If they stopped or never started this mass immigration our nation wouldn’t be going downhill. As an example, 20% of the kids in my son’s high school are foreign born and make up 50% of the free lunch line.

    • kenfrombayside

      Call your congressman’s office ASAP. Demand an end to legal and illegal third world immigration.

      • Green tip

        Sorry Ken calling your congressman doesn’t work anymore, hasn’t in a long time.

  • Rikaishi Rikashi

    Political donations, aka legalized bribery. Your entire political class is dependent on the very wealthy, and so it serves their interests by ensuring wealth flows from everyone else to the 0.1%

    An economy cannot function if its agents can not buy the goods it produces. A top-heavy economy will eventually fall over.

  • tacoma

    The people of America has been obsessed with greatness since 1945. A foreign war every single year, major wars of ideology in Asia, Europe and Middle East. Epic hubris and militarism.

    Prior of 1945 and since 1900, America was obsessed with survival from economic depression and all kinds of malaise. Epic stupidity, blind economic faith and retrenchment.

    But since national founding to 1900, the America people were obsessed by Manifest Destiny, i.e. ordered by God to conquer by war the takeover of North America. Hell, they even fought a giant civil war to takeover each other. But didn’t quite work out for Canada and Mexico, took only half of Mexico. Wiped out the natives. Epic barbarism but wrapped itself in epic self-righteousness.

    But through it all, Americans is obsessed with the gun. It is the single god of worship that is common to all. Got the weekly mass murders to show it. Epic blood glory.

    Today, the 1% wants to takeover the economic world while the Pentagon wants to start a war with China and Russia while continue fighting in the Middle East. While the middle class have the highest suicide rate and the poor class acts like Zimbabwe.

    Epic greatness indeed!

  • Joel Brooks

    Sensational headlines are exactly the opposite in the world of realists.

  • Giney Newport

    World Jamahiriya!

  • Orange Jean

    I hate to say it… but an awful lot of why kids end up living in poverty has to do with having a single mother. Not being judgmental about that… just speaking the truth.

    Been there, done that… I got pregnant at 18 with a man who was totally unsuited to become a father (well on his way to becoming a heroin addict and made his living as a thief, breaking and entering with guns). So I dumped him and raised my son myself… I don’t regret the choice I made in doing that, but neither of us ever got out of poverty until my son was old enough to leave home, got a job and took care of himself… and I no longer had to support him. And that was in better times!

  • KaD

    Don’t forget at a time where there are too few job, and especially good ones, we are importing millions of legal and tens of millions of excess illegal immigrants, mostly low/no skilled and some criminal. If our bankrupt nation would stop providing benefits for these useless eaters they’d deport themselves.

  • Rebecca

    Video removed. I say grow a garden.

  • Rebecca

    We have a better weapon. The elite are all corporations with something to sell. Boycott them. Quit being good little consumers. I bought 5 acres and creating a food forest. Small home almost no debt. I say they cannot win and spend way too much money trying to convince us otherwise. If it were really so they would not need to.

    • Erin Drake

      Yeah because everyone can afford to buy 5 acres of land and build a food forest. There is nowhere to shop except the corporations. The government will attack all self sufficient people.

  • RedSky

    Michael, you have published so many articles on the growing poverty in this country but yet you are an advocate of business as usual when it comes to people marrying and starting families without a thought about how they are going to provide for their brood. Even the pope has sanctified birth control given the struggling families out there. He also said that those who sought abortion are forgiven by the church knowing it is a painful decision but also a responsible one. Since the American dream is over, why don’t you write some articles on how we move forward as individuals in responsible ways by leaving the old paradigm behind and blazing new trails that will enrich and nourish instead of deplete what little is left due to greed and selfishness.

  • mtntrek3

    Food banks around my area in southern Illinois are hardly able/not able keep up with demand. No jobs or no livable wage jobs are becoming the norm. Just another sign of the times. Sad stuff.

  • Be Still

    If 47 million are living in poverty, (pt1), how are “more than half” the students on subsidized lunches? (pt8) The math does not work. Tells me the metric for qualifying is way too high.

  • Erin Drake

    It’s a systemic problem with the attitude of both our government and our people. We refuse to give Americans a living wage then complain everyone is on welfare. We allow free trades with third world countries then complain we have no jobs. We say people don’t deserve a better wage then cry about how they can’t afford food or homes. It’s time for an enema in this country of the bad attitude towards our selves. Raise the wages to real wages and put a stop to the illegals, refugees, and immigrants dissolve the free trades and watch the economy boom. Do nothing and prepare for the huge wake-up call when the parents of 50% of the nations “25 year olds living at home” die and the kids have no jobs, no money, no resources, no credit and no where to go. Welfare does nothing for the poor. Most of the programs are just for show and don’t qualify anyone.

  • piedra

    America is squandering its wealth on unfunded entitlements, an ever expanding government payroll and a fabulously bloated military. If the oligarchy was on board, all of these could be fixed but they clearly are not. They are quietly wrestling over turf and conflicting agendas. Meanwhile the electorate is sleepwalking into serfdom. At the end of the day, the guys with the guns will probably call the tune.

  • JT

    What we need to do is cut off our government and stop paying them taxes. The government was meant to support the people but the last time I checked the normal person doesn’t make 250000 dollars a year like these politicians do so they can’t feel what we real Americans feel. So what I say is let all the politicians make minimum wage and feel what it feels like to do the daily grind and I bet with in a short matter of time they get it figured out how to make this place a better place to live.

  • K. Chris C.

    Protocols 3:7 “The aristocracy [business owners], which enjoyed by law the labor of the workers, was interested in seeing that the workers were well fed, healthy, and strong. We are interested in just the opposite – in the diminution, the KILLING OUT OF THE GOYIM. Our power is in the chronic shortness of food and physical weakness of the worker because by all that this implies he is made the slave of our will, and he will not find in his own authorities either strength or energy to set against our will. Hunger creates the right of capital to rule the worker more surely than it was given to the aristocracy by the legal authority of kings.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Mark C. Danzig

    Crapservatives has a nice ring to it…

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