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21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know

21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know - Phot by D. Sharon PruittIf the economy is getting better, then why does poverty in America continue to grow so rapidly?  Yes, the stock market has been hitting all-time highs recently, but also the number of Americans living in poverty has now reached a level not seen since the 1960s.  Yes, corporate profits are at levels never seen before, but so is the number of Americans on food stamps.  Yes, housing prices have started to rebound a little bit (especially in wealthy areas), but there are also more than a million public school students in America that are homeless.  That is the first time that has ever happened in U.S. history.  So should we measure our economic progress by the false stock market bubble that has been inflated by Ben Bernanke’s reckless money printing, or should we measure our economic progress by how the poor and the middle class are doing?  Because if we look at how average Americans are doing these days, then there is not much to be excited about.  In fact, poverty continues to experience explosive growth in the United States and the middle class continues to shrink.  Sadly, the truth is that things are not getting better for most Americans.  With each passing year the level of economic suffering in this country continues to go up, and we haven’t even reached the next major wave of the economic collapse yet.  When that strikes, the level of economic pain in this nation is going to be off the charts.

The following are 21 statistics about the explosive growth of poverty in America that everyone should know…

1 – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one out of every six Americans is now living in poverty.  The number of Americans living in poverty is now at a level not seen since the 1960s.

2 – When you add in the number of low income Americans it is even more sobering.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either “poor” or “low income”.

3 – Today, approximately 20 percent of all children in the United States are living in poverty.  Incredibly, a higher percentage of children is living in poverty in America today than was the case back in 1975.

4 – It may be hard to believe, but approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.

5 – Poverty is the worst in our inner cities.  At this point, 29.2 percent of all African-American households with children are dealing with food insecurity.

6 – According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

7 – The number of children living on $2.00 a day or less in the United States has grown to 2.8 million.  That number has increased by 130 percent since 1996.

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

9 – Family homelessness in the Washington D.C. region (one of the wealthiest regions in the entire country) has risen 23 percent since the last recession began.

10 – One university study estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy 500 billion dollars each year.

11 – At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the U.S. lives in a home without a father.

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

13 – Today, there are approximately 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

14 – About 40 percent of all unemployed workers in America have been out of work for at least half a year.

15 – At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.

16 – There has been an explosion in the number of “working poor” Americans in recent years.  Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the poverty level.

17 – Right now, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  And that does not even include Social Security or Medicare.

18 – An all-time record 47.79 million Americans are now on food stamps.  Back when Barack Obama first took office, that number was only sitting at about 32 million.

19 – The number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.

20 – According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

21 – Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, close to one out of every six Americans is on food stamps.  Even more shocking is the fact that more than one out of every four children in the United States is enrolled in the food stamp program.

Unfortunately, all of these problems are a result of our long-term economic decline.  In a recent article for the New York Times, David Stockman, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, did a brilliant job of describing how things have degenerated over the last decade…

Since the S&P 500 first reached its current level, in March 2000, the mad money printers at the Federal Reserve have expanded their balance sheet sixfold (to $3.2 trillion from $500 billion). Yet during that stretch, economic output has grown by an average of 1.7 percent a year (the slowest since the Civil War); real business investment has crawled forward at only 0.8 percent per year; and the payroll job count has crept up at a negligible 0.1 percent annually. Real median family income growth has dropped 8 percent, and the number of full-time middle class jobs, 6 percent. The real net worth of the “bottom” 90 percent has dropped by one-fourth. The number of food stamp and disability aid recipients has more than doubled, to 59 million, about one in five Americans.

For the last couple of years, the U.S. economy has experienced a bubble of false hope that has been produced by unprecedented amounts of government debt and unprecedented money printing by the Federal Reserve.

Unfortunately, that bubble of false hope is not going to last much longer.  In fact, we are already seeing signs that it is getting ready to burst.

For example, initial claims for unemployment benefits shot up to 385,000 for the week ending March 30th.

That is perilously close to the 400,000 “danger level” that I keep warning about.  Once we cross the 400,000 level and stay there, it will be time to go into crisis mode.

In the years ahead, it is going to become increasingly difficult to find a job.  Just the other day I saw an article about an advertisement for a recent job opening at a McDonald’s in Massachusetts that required applicants to have “one to two years experience and a bachelor’s degree“.

If you need a bachelor’s degree for a job at McDonald’s, then what in the world are blue collar workers going to do when the competition for jobs becomes really intense once the economy experiences another major downturn?

Do not be fooled by the fact that the Dow has been setting new all-time highs.  The truth is that we are in the midst of a long-term economic decline, and things are going to get a lot worse.  If you know someone that is not convinced of this yet, just share the following article with them: “Show This To Anyone That Believes That ‘Things Are Getting Better’ In America“.

So what are all of you seeing in your own areas?

Are you seeing signs that poverty is getting worse?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…

Homeless And Cold - Photo By Ed Yourdon

  • ian

    In answer to your question ‘in you area do yo see poverty getting worse? i would say no. Maybe Denver is just well off compared to other areas of the country, but i hardly see an poverty at all.

    • northernconservative

      I lived in the Denver area…Denver is Obamas pet project. Colorado recieved so much stimulous money; in my opinion it has to do with the states swing voter status. There are one third registered independents, one third register dems and republicans…an even split. But you watch…that gun control GARBAGE they are cramming through down there will harm the economy. Deeply. Hickenlooper and the other libs down there are complete morons. Best decision of my life to leave TAXARADO.

      • ian

        i doubt it, the marijuana legalization will boom the economy.

        • nornorthernconservative

          Hmmm. Interesting point of view. How far in debt is Colorado state?…..and did they set up an Obamacare exchange?…oh and Common Core….whats that? Colorado has tipped to the left and legalizing a drug that kills mass brain cells and encourages irresponsibility isnt going to save it. Im just sayin Im glad I left. Wouldnt move back.

          • ian

            err……yes it is. Do some research.
            And i would rather them lean to the left on this issue. It is moronic and lacking in common sense to keep this plant illegal knowing it’s benefits to mankind. Typical conservative view to throw people in prison for something they dont bother to research and find out facts on. Go live in your conservative fantasyland where it is ok to throw people in prison for smoking a plant that grows out of the earth. Moronic in every sense. And then conservatives dare to speak about liberty.

          • ian

            And just so you are aware, Colorado is already seeing a surge in tourism as a result, and the state is giving the ok for pot tourism. Can we say economic boost. See, that is the difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals find solutions and try new things. Conservatives bitch and moan and contribute nothing towards the progress and betterment of humanity

          • northernconservative

            Hahahahahahahahaha. When did I mention jail time? You can have the pot-smoker tourism. The long term negative side effects of that are all yours. Oh, and the its just a plant arguement? Coke addicts use that too, so try again. Typical pot-smoker. Liberals posing solutions? Please thats a laugh. As a person who by choice has never ingested any controlled substance, looking in from the outside, let me tell you the long term side effects of all that junk will catch up to every person who uses. Do what you want bro. Thats the new American way. This country is headed straight down the path to destruction and half of our citizens are high on self-justification and dont even know it. Good luck to you man.

        • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

          5000 DOLLARS FOR A POUND OF MARIJUANA WHERE DID MY TAX DOLLARS GO ?? TO COLORADO FROM KANSAS!!!LOL

  • Tim

    “Are you seeing signs that poverty is getting worse?”

    Not really. New homes are under construction in my neighborhood. But I find it hard to believe that there is that much demand for new housing with all the existing homes for sale in this area. TaylorMade just announced plans to invest $13 million to build a production facility to manufacture golf balls here in the upstate of SC. When I go up to Whole Foods Market, in the retail shopping district (with every retail chain in the world), it’s a madhouse. I try not to go very often because I can’t stand consumerism.

  • K

    I do see poverty getting worse in my area. The local Salvation Army is having 2 1/2 times as many request for food help. Being poor is becoming a crime in this Country. ATTLEBORO, Mass, a public elementary school forced hungry children, to throw away the food on their lunch tray. You see there was no money, in their lunch account. The rules clearly state, in such a circumstance. The child is to be given a carton of milk, and a cheese sandwich. But the food service that runs the cafeteria in that school, chose not to do that. Instead they made small hungry children, take their trays with whatever food they had on it, and throw it out while they watched. Thankfully, some children in that school has been raised correctly. They shared their lunch, with the children who at that point. The adults had decided should go hungry. To me such actions against small children, deserves the term evil.

    • Laura ann

      K and other readers:: are these street kids? where are the parents? These kids should be in foster care. Couples that can’t feed kids they breed need to get sterilized; they are scum of the earth. Indigent women need to give kids up for adoption as they are unfit to raise a dog. This has been going on for centuries as low life breeders can’t think logically but now days even street trash/drug addicts can get sterilized under medicaid.

      • K

        Judge not, lest ye be judged. There are a lot of families, that used to have good paying jobs .Many of these families are facing hard times now. Not all the poor,were poor, just a few years back. They say love, is the greatest, of all things human.But right up there with love, I would put mercy. Have you no mercy, at all?

      • Mondobeyondo

        You mean to say, these kids might actually have PARENTS?!!

    • Orange Jean

      Interesting that this happened in Attleboro; I grew up in South Attleboro, which was at the time… the working class area (not a seperate town) of Attleboro. Back then (1950-1968), there were two large jewelry manufacturers that provided most of the jobs in that area. Both myself and my fathre graduated from Attleboro High. I never heard of any kids going hungry, although that may have happened and it was just under the radar.

      However, the kids I grew up with were mostly mean spirited kids… and I could not imagine most of them sharing their lunch with kids who were hungry. More likely… they’d have poked fun of and teased those kids unmercifully.

      Attleboro changed significantly after I left…first hint of this was in the early 70s, when after the Vietnam war was over there were reports of some group/gang of refugees who where keeping slaves there (I cannot remember if it were some Vietnamese that enslaved Cambodians, or vice versa). Got caught eventually and it stopped. A few years later… there was some religious group that got into trouble for starving their children.

      Last time I was there (about 10 yrs ago), the place looked like a bombed out mini-Detroit. I will not go back; it feels like my hometown was vanished off the face of the earth.

      • K

        Thank-you for the insight. This incident was about a week or so ago. Jean, you say it feels like your hometown was vanished.Sometimes I feel like my Country has been vanished.

        • Orange Jean

          Good point K, I haven’t quite yet come to feel like my Country has vanished… but that the threat is certainly there.

          But in the past few years, when I read the news… I often wake up feeling like I’m living in an insane asylum.

    • plumplum

      Ganesh… That is just appalling. So sorry to read that.. I hope those petty tyrant responsible for such hideous behaviour are made to pay.

  • Mondobeyondo

    It is definitely getting worse here (Phoenix, Arizona).
    The general perception here is that, people don’t care about anyone except themselves. As long as it doesn’t concern themselves or their immediate family, they’re fine. Anyone else? You’re on your own. We’ll call 911 if you’re on fire, or if there is some other immediate danger.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Public assistance? Did I hear you say “public assistance”?

      You didn’t get the memo, did you?
      Arizona, like many other U.S. states, is broke.
      We don’t have money for “public assistance”.
      The public is on their own. Move along now.

      • leonard

        The public assistance is to go to jail perhaps. This is where people get food, a bed, health care. Your tax dollars will pay for it some day!

    • markthetruth

      It’s called ” SELFISH ”

      the end…

  • seth datta

    This Fall…

    One Man Has Been Given A Second Chance To Destroy
    The United States Of America…

    Obaminator 2: Judgement Day

    (Rated R for scenes of financial Rapage)

    • markthetruth

      It’s not one man, Obama and Kim K. are nobody’s and Hated but with the People in Power behind them the show goes as planned.

      the end…

      • Colin

        Lest we forget, who has the power, according to the Constitution, to make the budget? The Congress.

        I voted for President Obama because, for me, I found his challengers in the general election wanting. I am open to voting for a Republican, if I believe that they are standing by my side.

        • brian

          electoral college dictates why you think obama and mitt didn’t really campaing hard mitt did win the popular vote which u and i go to the polls however the electorail collegd dictates

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Hull/1074751345 Christopher Hull

            Umm. No.MR didn’t win the popular vote. He lost. Not by a lot but he lost. And he lost because he was a horrible candidate. Obama SHOULD have lost and COULD have lost if the Republicans simply weren’t bat shit crazy. As opposed the to the Dems who are simply effing crazy.

          • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wilson.127 Joseph Wilson

            Twenty percent of the vote for Obama was illegal votes because they admitted to voting for him as many as 9 times and then we have the illegal alien vote as well as co-ersional votes by such people as the New Black Panthers and Union thugs and bought off votes along with the promise of free stuff to vote for him . Have I made it clear to you ?

        • Walt Lonsdale

          It’s amazing how to he took more than 100% of the vote in different regions.

        • YVGal

          Then you were a fool…one of some 44%–and that ought to scare the hell out of everybody….. If the Constitution is really important to you than you should have voted for Ron Paul, the only pro-Constitutional candidate in the otherwise nefarious cadre of Republicrats and Democons–er, …cans.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mel-Haun-Sr/1749116655 Mel Haun Sr

            Ron Paul would have been worse, if possible. He has no clue. The problem is systemic set up in the 80s to allow the corporate to run wild.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033874133 Nicole-Tom Capobianco

            Ron Paul would have agreed with you, so either you also have no clue or he does. Seems silly to post straw man arguments. Ron Paul accurately described every single serious issue we face today and the reasons for them.

        • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wilson.127 Joseph Wilson

          The problem with your thoughts is this the democrats and the republicans are just two sides of the same coin . Remember when we had more then just these two parties running this country and we had a more balance of budget and so little of federal interference where we had a chance to breath free and be prosperous in our indevers and we had one of the lowest taxes in the whole world and we were the frees’t nation and the proudest people .

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wilson.127 Joseph Wilson

        You mean George Soros ?

    • Syrin

      Exactly. This is what the 47% voted for. Let them enjoy the path they chose.

      • Ayn Rand

        Actually, it is what the 98% voted for. Obama=Romney. Dem=Repub. Dem+Repub+Obama+Romney=NWO cronies. It is quite simple math.

        • Bad_Mr_Frosty

          Amen. Even if the Republicans had full control of the government for the last 20 years we’d be in the exact same economic situation, but abortion would be illegal and we might allow prayer in school.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steve.robb.96 Steve Robb

            As a result though

            ,,,we probably wouldn’t be under Divine Judgement to the degree we are!

    • Ayn Rand

      “War. War Never Changes. Since the Dawn of Human Kind, when our ancestors first discovered the killing power of rock and bone, blood has been spilled in the name of everything: from God, to justice, to simple, psychotic rage…”

      One day the destructive nature of man will be unable to sustain itself any longer, and the world will be plunged into a final war. A war of radiation, disease, and poisons. But, although it may be the “end of the world”, it will not be the end of man.
      Because WAR NEVER CHANGES!

      • Penelope Vos

        That’s not true. Wars used to have beginnings and ends. The permanent state of war on “Terror” is a new, disgusting and uniquely US thing. You invented it and you need to put it down. You have a slightly better chance of dealing with the Carlyle group when the democrats are in power because the Bush family is especially influential in the group.

    • YV Gal

      Obama is a disaster to be sure, but it didn’t start with him, it was in process long before. The decline and fall was assured when William Jefferson Clinton signed off on NAFTA and GATT, and as other various ‘free trade’ agreements have been instituted by Bush and Obama–all at the behest of the Banksters who ultimately run the whole show and own most of the politicians, certainly the ones in real ‘positions of power.’ Disgusting bunch of miscreants, every one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033874133 Nicole-Tom Capobianco

      lol. not really funny, but…

    • Carl White

      Why are there so many fools who want to blame a problem that’s been brewing for decades on one person.

  • leeholsen

    Since the 2012 election, I have been spending basically every available moment either working or polishing my job skills(programming) unless I had other family commitments or just needed a night off.
    My dad thinks I’ve become boring, but I know that we are just beginning what I think could be a period of 10 years or more of no job growth, no raises and the government taking what they see fit(see Cyprus).
    Sorry dad, but there’s no way I’m living hand to mouth because I didn’t prepare my career for the worst, even if it makes me boring.

  • ND

    Michael, I have a question for you. One of my relatives is convinced that we are headed to a dire deflationary economic situation. Thus far, I haven’t been convinced and think and lean towards inflationary. What is your take on these to potential futures?

    • markthetruth

      deflationary is not possible, as the Population Growth is out growing the basic resources to survive, food ,water and natural liveable space.

      the end…

      • ND

        Good point.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I believe that we are going to see wild swings. When the next wave of the economic crisis strikes I believe that it will have a very deflationary effect in the short-term, but I believe that the reaction to the crisis by the Federal Reserve will be incredibly inflationary.

      So in the mid to long-term I would get prepared for tremendous inflation. But remember, it is the reaction to the coming crisis which will cause the inflation. Initially, cash will be king for a very short period of time.

      Michael

      • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

        I am not sure if that will make sense to most people. It makes sense in my head, but it is hard to communicate.

        Michael

        • ND

          Makes sense in my head too. Thanks for the response.

  • ND

    Sorry if this is off topic for this post.

  • markthetruth

    Master C and C++ (need good math and logic skills) and you will have a Good Paying Job for a long time.

    the end…

  • 2Gary2

    Michael–Isn’t that you on the park bench?

  • 2Gary2

    The solution is obvious–tax the rich and spread the wealth. You all know I am correct.

    • kfilly

      The solution is a peaceful revolution! Vote every incumbent out. If that doesn’t work, then it is time to physically cleanse Washington. I also apoloze for any spelling errors as I am posting from my phone.

      Gary, I have one question for you? How are the messiah’s economic policies working to gro our economy? I don’t mean create wealth on Wall Street.

    • Buddy199

      How about policies that create jobs, not printing press stock market rallies and no jobs like Obama has delivered. More taxes, because its worked out so well for Illinois, California, Greece, France and Spain, great idea.

    • Syrin

      Show us a single study that raising taxes makes the poor wealthier.

      Hey everyone, I;ve been asking this F tard this same question for years now, and he can’t produce it. Why? Because it doesn’t exist.

      Here’s the reality that this F tard can’t grasp.

      High taxes means disincentive to produce future wealth which means long term less wealth for all. The wealthy can weather it, the poor cannot as their jobs are cut, tax revenues go down, businesses leave for friendlier shores, and the costs of all goods and services go up hurting the poor the most.

      But this greedy jealous corporate shill is too stupid to understand econ 101. All he can do is copy and paste from his corporate liberal entity trying to further the banksters’ agenda of bringing down this country.

      • 2Gary2

        syrin–I have told you examples many times. Others on this site regularly call out your stupidity. You never answer you just stop posting like the kid who takes his ball and goes home.

        When there were higher taxes on the rich and corporations in the past less were poor and the incomes were not so unequal. Remember when the rate was 91%–we did just find.

        There have been a lot of studies showing that higher taxes on the rich and corporations is better for the economy and your trickle down crap is false.

        • Rodster

          Stop believing anything Paul Krugman tells you. There’s your first problem.

        • nornornorthernconservative

          How many people do you know who got a job from a poor person? Hmmm. None. Government takes, it doesnt produce, so thats out…..

          • 2Gary2

            every-time a poor person buys something it is creating jobs. How can you conservatives be so fing dumb that I have to keep explaining this? Are you really that retarded?

          • Concerned

            “Every-time a poor person buys something it is creating jobs.” That only creates jobs for overseas workers. Walmart doesn’t carry American goods. Liberals or conservatives whatever you want to call them are feathers of the same bird. Stop with the Ad Hominem attacks it only shows your ignorance. Yes lets keep taxing the rich and corporations so they can pass the costs on to the consumers. Talking about biting the hand that feeds us. Americans are the most ignorant people about money and finances and learn this from our schools. That’s why you see all the A students working for the C students. Learn about tax laws and finance and not from the universities.

    • Robert (qslv)

      @2Gary2:
      You only hear what you want to hear. The rich went international 20 years ago. They control the governments that would tax them. They control NAFTA. They control the Federal Reserve. They control NATO. They control the World Bank. They control the Eurozone. They control the Asia-Pacific trade organization. They control the new BRICS monetary system. Tax them and they move to another jurisdiction. Gary, the rich are laughing at you as they are p*****g in your face. You are their best ally and propagandist. You have been instructed to divide the little people like us who post on this board to make us even weaker Shame on you!

  • 2Gary2

    Scott walker wi=44th in the nation in job growth. Under the dem he replaced we were at #11. Facts=conservative policies suck and do not work.

    • kfilly

      I live in Wisconsin. I disagree with you. Wisconsin had to get its financial house in order after the Doyle spending spree. If it would not have done that, the state would be ridiculously hamstrung as far as what they can. Thanks Governor Doyle for your tax and spend policies. Sigh.

      As for the rest of my post, I work for a fire department in a medium sized city. I have seen large areas of the city where I work experience a significant increase in poverty. I do not only drive by these neighborhoods, but I enter the housez on emergency calls. Often times, places are weven worse on tge inside than they appear from the street. I also get the opportunity to enter a variety of businesses during fire inspections. I have seen a few large manufacturing facilities that are manned with skeleton crews. I see all kinds of people struggling. It is a sad new reality in America. Welcome to the nightmare!

      • 2Gary2

        This mess is 100% Walker=FAIL. You can spin things anyway you want. Doyle=11th in job growth, walker=44. Walker IS NOT balancing any budget–did you look at his deficit caused by his tax cuts for the rich and road builders? He has done NOTHING to get the financial house in order.

        • kfilly

          @Gary,

          Everyone still has to pay their bills. You act as though debt doesn’t matter. I am telling you that it does. Gary, here is a little experiment for you. Max out your credit cards and apply for as many loans as possible. Don’t make any payments. You can see what type of impact debt will have on your life. Governor Doyle, whom you speak so highly of, did just that to the taxpayers of Wisconsin. He left the state deeply in debt. That is the reason he opted not to run again. You also blame a lot on Scott Walker. Lemmings like you tried to recall him after only a year to the tune of how much money because you disagreed with his agenda? Get over it. Let him finish at least finish his term.

          Wisconsin has had an anti-business climate for years. Wisconsin was home of the Progressive (Progression into communism) movement. It takes awhile to change a business climate Gary. Wisconsin is starting to initiate policies (lowering taxes and regulations) to get businesses to want to come here. Wisconsin also was a very union friendly state. Governor Walker changed that Gary. He is making it so that employers will want to be able to move their businesses here. If I was a business owner, I would prefer to open it in a right to work state as it is friendlier to the business climate. Wisconsin has been on the wrong side for too long and then they wondered why all of the good manufacturing jobs left the state. I used to live in Milwaukee. I saw a lot of good companies leave that area. Once again, it goes to choice Gary. Let me ask you an honest question. Would you open a business in state that had low taxes, less union power, and less regulations or would have opened your business in the Wisconsin of old (the opposite of all of those choices)? If it were your money Gary, were would it go?

          The real problem Gary is that the federal gubernment is working towards the Wisconsin of old. Power in all the wrong places. That is not a good way to run an economy.

          • 2Gary2

            Thank you for your well thought out reply. Problem is those pesky things called facts. Walker=failure. The mess WI is in is 100% tea bag republican run by a college drop out (actually expelled)

            Even the corpse tommy thompson told walker he could get 90% of what he wanted if would simply not have the my way or the highway. speaking of highway–WI DOES NOT have a balanced budget and walker is now doing what Doyle did–going into more debt. My kids classes are bigger as the drop out does not care about education–again he is a drop out. Milwaukee county is STILL paying for all his mistakes and overstepping by having to pay back wages etc.

            I see no way anyone can judge walker anything but a total failure. Where are the 250000 jobs scooter promised? Are you right wingers going to give him a free pass on this failure?

          • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

            WE WAIT FOR A BETTER COUNTRY LET YOUR COUNTRY COME JESUS

        • kfilly

          Gary,
          I also suppose we should follow the lead of California or Illinois. Those liberal bastions of freedom are doing oh so well! Just a hint of sarcasm!

          • 2Gary2

            They are doing way better that WI under our college drop out gov.

          • kfilly

            Oh, really. They will be completely broke first!

    • Buddy199

      Liberal policies are working great in Illinois and California, and Obama’s America after 4 1/2 years of his idiocy.

    • Syrin

      Factually wrong as usual. A paid for Sorobot here to spread lies and mis-information. Meanwile, reality is YOUR liberal policies have made every metric worse, and yet you try to find one remote state as evidence to deflect from the MOUNTAIN of evidence that we have that liberalism decimates nations.

      Socialist leftist nation state after socialist leftist nation state is collapsing, and you try to spread mis-information about WI. My god, you are even dumber than your fleas.

      YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE YOUR LIBERAL UTOPIA.

      Make your peace with your fleas, because you are not long for this planet. You voted for this.

      • 2Gary2

        syrin–you need to stop drinking your own bath water.

    • Robert (qslv)

      That’s because everyone in Wisconson who wants to work has a job. Wisconson unemployment 5.6%; California 9.8%,
      You’re not even using your own researched talking points. Just vomiting out something you heard on the low-information network.
      Gary=lib seminar muppet.

      • 2Gary2

        false and false.

  • rick povero

    war
    is peace

    freedom is slavery

    ignorance is strength

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathicog Cathi Cogle

      Sounds like an Orwellian statement. :)

    • collegekid

      I just committed a thought crime comrade.

      • masterblather

        doubleplusungood, comrade. :)

    • Penelope Vos

      Does that mean anything, or do you just like to type?

  • Wally

    I live in San Diego and it most definitely seems like the working poor and poverty is on the rise. More and more homeless, makeshift homeless camps going up under grassy freeway overpasses. Many friends have lost government contract positions and are now living off of their 401k. Taxes are a mess. California is making it incredibly hard for businesses to operate. People are living together. My niece with her two kids cannot afford to rent in San Diego any longer. She is part of the working poor and she is going to move back in with her Mom. My wife serves at church food distributions and the lines continue to get longer and longer. People are waiting 2-3 hours to pick up some food. We are seeing a lot of people starting to live in motor homes and their cars.

    I am blessed still to have a good paying job but we are not getting any new business. We have a couple of big companies so we are getting work from them but when the stock market goes so will they.

    Last question on my California taxes…Total amount of purchases made online? They want to force me to pay California taxes for purchases made online???? Stockton is broke and filing for bankruptcy. Guess what happens to pension debt liabilities? They have to be paid so if Stockton cannot pay the bill is paid by the taxpayer. The pensions are guaranteed.

    • condaggitt

      Kiss those fully funded pensions good bye…….”I don’t know whether spiked pensions can be reeled back in,” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said while making the ruling. “There are very complex and difficult questions of law that I can see out there
      on the horizon.”

      And why shouldn’t pensioners give back some of the spiked gains? Its only FAIR…..I like this judges approach attack the excess first.

      Roll back the pensions to the 1999 level then add in some inflation and see what the numbers are…..It could be a lot……its the excess spiking adding OT to the pay to calculate your pension.

    • sequoia

      Here in San Diego,there are more and more people moving over the border to live in Tijuana Mexico to pay less rent.The rent is way much cheaper in Tijuana than San Diego. So people commute from Tijuana to San Diego, crossing the border and waiting 2 to 4 hours to cross everyday. You cannot afford to live in San Diego on 10 or 12 dollars an hour and pay $1,200 rent eveery month. The customs officers work slow to make the lines longer.The US government wants to make it difficult so everyone will be forced back to California and PAY the RENT to make the RICH LAND OWNERS and the BANKING CARTREL richer.We are all supposed to be good little slaves and serfs and make our masters richer.

  • gpac

    Getting worse here in Chicago with businesses closing; people losing their homes; no jobs to be found paying more than $10/hr; prices going up; oh, how times have changed in America.

    • markthetruth

      18.5billion in credit and they try to spin it as Americans have more confidence to borrow.

      Hows About DESPERATE to SURVIVE on plastic.

      the end…

  • David

    i just hope people are beginning to realize this isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue – they are all in this boat together

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      I wish I could convince most people around me to that conclusion…

    • otter1111

      Yes and no. There are some major differences. There are some fiscally conservative Republicans, I don’t think there are any fiscally conservative Dems. Not a single Republican voted for Obamacare. I doubt Romney would be having a trillion per year budget deficit or try and nullify the second amendment.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033874133 Nicole-Tom Capobianco

        please. Romney is in full support of over extended interventionism and the Federal Reserve.

      • Carl Valentine

        There is no difference between the two. What makes you think that there is , is called Show Business.

        • Canadianlady

          The rate of economic decline is clearly slower under the GOP than under the Democrat Party; but, progressive Republicans and Democrats are both two heads of the same snake.

          • Gyre54

            Don’t be ridiculous. Which party has a tendency to run up trillion dollar deficits in unfunded wars?

          • GSystems

            Seems you missed that whole “Bush Administration” trillion-dollar deficit?

            …And the “Clinton Administration” surplus?

            Missed that, huh?

          • Canadianlady

            Yes, indeed, I did miss it, because it’s a myth. All you need do is look at the US Treasury website where the national debt is updated daily; and a history of the debt can be accessed, going back to January 1993. In no year did Clinton run a surplus, and the debt did not go down a single year during his presidency. While Clinton did reduce the “deficit,” it was $133.29 billion when his presidency ended. Your claim that Clinton reduced the debt is nothing but a load of hooey.

            http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

      • Canadianlady

        You’re absolutely right.

    • Ayn Rand

      What I have been saying for years. They are just the two heads of the War Party, which represents the elite’s interests. Voting for either of them is like choosing to eat (for lack of a better word) feces with nuts or sprinkles: both are feces and will give you E. Coli.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Yes, we are.
      And it’s sounding more and more like that ship Gilligan and his crew commanded before they got stranded on that island. Ugh.

      Where’s a decent Skipper when you need one?!!

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
        A tale of a sinking ship
        Called The Banana Republic of America
        And we know we’re in deep s***t

    • markthetruth

      Yep! one rows on the Port and the other the Starboard , but could never get the boat to go straight.

      the end…

    • El Pollo de Oro

      David: Gerald Celente puts it best when he says that choosing between the Democrap and Republi-Con wings of The War Party is like choosing between the Gambinos and the Bonnanos. Either way, The Banana Republic of America is, to borrow a phrase from Alex Jones, “in deep, deep tryranny.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wilson.127 Joseph Wilson

      This all started the day Lyndon Johnson became president of this country and it has been on a decline since . I know as I have lived through all of this since then and watched company after company close down and move off shore till today we have only assembly companies and service companies left to support the people of this country but the biggest down fall of this country is the 535 people with-in the buildings of the federal government passing expo-facto law after law , passing regulation after regulation , passing tax after tax , then spending fifty percent if not more then they tax from us as has been happening since 1991 to 2003 then took off again from 2007 to date at an excellerated pace as not seen in my life time .

  • Charley McDowell

    I think you are all missing the point. This a historically necessary negative growth pattern. Policies are not going to save us. We have to experience a natural decline across the board in order to continue to live on this earth

    • Happy go lucky

      Charley, finally someone who realises whatever we do we cannot stop this collapse. This is a seriously required readjustment. This is happening whatever we try to do to stop it. Bar wiping off all debt and starting again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Glenn-J-Shapiro/1390075048 Glenn J. Shapiro

    What, exactly, is “food insecurity”?

  • chilller

    Over the years we’ve been reprogrammed from, “United we stand, divided we fall” to, “It’s none of your business, don’t get involved”. A perfect example of this an accident on the road. People will not only not stop to see if someone needs help, they will near run you over to get around it to keep them from having to lose their valuable time stuck at an accident.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roger.stamper.965 Roger Stamper

    look at food bank

  • Timbo

    So Michael, I read every post you put out. This is the first time I ever commented. I got a package from FedEx the other day. He pulls up in my driveway and I saw and went out to greet him. He says “I have a package in here somewhere” His van is a big Dodge Sprinter. He starts going through the back of it and I notice half the parcels have “ORM-D” decals on them. This is for ammunition. So I commented that he had a lot of ammunition that day. He laughs and says it is like that every day and has been for a while, Told me that 1/2 of the freight he carries is gun parts, accessories, or ammunition. What is everybody stocking up for?

    • DownWithLibs

      Dude, you do not want to know. ;)

    • Mondobeyondo

      Oh… my…. goodness.

      If your FedEx driver had been making deliveries for kitty litter, or bird seed, or Harley Davidson spare parts – I’d be worried enough.

      Now… I’m REALLY worried.

      re: What they’re stocking up for.

      Ohhhh brother.
      Okay. It’s all for the Minnesota State Fair later this summer. Feel better yet? No? Me neither. Hey man, I tried.

    • Dylan

      ORM-D is a general hazardous materials designation. At my last job we shipped pool cleaning chemicals as ORM-D.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Thank you for sharing that Timbo. I think that a lot of people out there are definitely preparing for something. And talk of ammunition shortages has got a lot of people stocking up right now.

      Michael

    • YV Gal

      That was rich…LOL!

  • FounderChurch

    THE PARTY IS OVER…..

    America has been on a long drawn out drunk for the last 75 years, Now the drunken orgy is coming to a close.

    Face some facts; America was always a poor country for 400 years, Then Bingo, we conquered the world, and got ****** rich, and the prosperity has destroyed us as it has so many other civilizations before us. Humans can’t stand prosperity. They choke on it and die. And eat themselves to death among other addictions and vices. An now we have legalized pervert sodomy marriages. Surely we are nearing the bottom of the pit.

    Jesus come soon with you sword of wrath and slay the multitudes, and rescue the very very few.

    • soocer player

      Do you assume that you are part of the very very few?

      • FounderChurch

        Well, of course I do. Someone has to be in the 1%, and it might as well be me. You do know you are not, right?

        • Tomburst

          Not all who think they are,really are.
          Matthew chapter7verses21-23.

          • FounderChurch

            Well, I’m one who is chosen, and I have the evidence of salvation to prove it. One of which is persecution. Only the rare person is persecuted for His names sake.

          • billy

            enough with the make believe nonsense. jesus is not going to save you, me, or anyone.

        • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

          1Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye? 5Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

          6Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you.

          Ask, Seek, Knock

          7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone; 10or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

          12All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets.

          The Narrow Gate

          13Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. 14For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

          A Tree and its Fruit

          15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

          21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

          Building on the Rock

          24Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock: 25and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. 26And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: 27and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

          The Authority of Jesus

          28And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching: 29for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

          • Hank Kingsley

            Stone disobedient children. Kill witches. Kill gays. Kill unbelievers.

            Read the bible, it says these things are compulsory.

            Which is why I don’t believe in religion. After all, religion was invented by the elites to pacify the masses.

          • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

            I DONT THINK JESUS PACIFIED THE ELITE…… I DONT THINK THEY WOULD LIKE JESUS./…. BUT I LOVE HIM HE DIED FOR ME!!!!TRY THE NEW TESTAMENT IT GETS BETTER!!!!!!!START AT MATTHEW,,,,

        • Hank Kingsley

          You behave like a sheeple, believing in something the elites made up to pacify the masses (ie religion).

          • FounderChurch

            The dumbest most evil people on earth are those who disrespect the creation of the universe that we all enjoy, and the creator of that universe, however described.

            Such mindless dangerous people are worthy of no respect. Everyone will do well to stay as far away from them as possible.

            There is a thousand good arguments for believing in God, but not one I have ever heard for not believing in God. Unbelievers are just FOOLS, and we all know what to expect from a FOOL.

          • jaxon64

            again…more ignorance. Pacify the masses? Really? The early Christian church was brutally tortured in the most unimaginably horrible ways by the elites and masses.
            It was appx 300 years before the ground swell of growth of Christianity, the spreading of the Holy Spirit and the word of the Saviour had grown enough for Rome to stop butchering Christians. Constantine then assisted in the perversion that we call “catholicism” by integrating some Christianity with existing paganisms.
            Then for hundreds and hundreds of years christians were martyred and butchered by catholics ( the inquisition was more about killing christians and calling them heretics because they wanted to read the bible for themselves, pray directly to God through Christ and not pray to pagan saints and Mary who were substitutes for Isis worship and the lesser pantheons. They were called “witches” by catholics because they would not recognize the pope as an infallible being and representitive of god on earth.)
            Finally after centuries-over a millenia– the true practice of Christianity again arose in Europe as it was all along in many eastern orthodox churches.
            I suggest that you be open-minded enough to shut off what the media tells you about Christians ( they hate christians and only report whackos like westboro baptist or tie all christianity in with child molesting catholic priests) also get past all of the un-biblical and un-christian teachings and practices of catholicism ( confessions to priests? purgatory? hail mary’s? idols and statues?..really?)
            Learn what a true relationship with God is about through the incredible love and gift of His son Jesus Christ.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.p.demers Adrian Paul Demers

    In the turn of the 19th century So Main St in Fall River Massachusetts used to look like the busy streets of Manhattan. It makes me sick how over run this city has become with drug addicts and thieves. The mills that used to be part of the backbone of the industrial revolution in this country have been hollowed out and turned into welfare offices, methadone clinics, and crumby little outlet stores.

  • Ralfine

    Rich people get rich by stealing from the poor.
    To enforce this, they have the state at their disposal.

    • Rodster

      You sir are an idiot and i’m not rich.

      • Ralfine

        So tell me, why do the poor give their wealth to the rich?

  • Ralfine

    In my neighborhood people start to insulate their houses. The streets are getting a new surface. I see more photovoltaic panels installed on rooftops. Energy prices are rising. There are more second hand cars for sale. There was one burglary in our street this year.

  • Jodi

    So what are all of you seeing in your own areas?
    Are you seeing signs that poverty is getting worse?

    I live in Utah and people here have always been kinda frugal with there money & I haven’t seen too much of an explosion of poverty yet. But I do know a couple of my friends who have struggled since we lost our jobs a couple of years ago, including myself.

    So far I’ve been fortunate but I’m really starting to feel the pinch. Just recently a couple of my bills have “necessarily skyrocketed”. My city bill just recently spiked $50. Has this recently happened to anybody? Soon it will be time to think about adjusting the budget again on what to cut next. It’s so frustrating. Oh! has anybody seen The Drudge Report today. Obama wants to raise taxes again. Ugh!

    • Alex K

      The reason Obama wants to raise taxes is because a) the Fortunes 500 companies don’t pay any.. There should be a grass roots movements in the USA by working and middle class income workers who just refuse to pay taxes, while the government allows Google, Facebook Goldman Sachs and hundreds more corporations who rake in billions to pay 0 or less than 1% in corporate taxes through legal dodgy schemes of sending their money to offshore tax havens. No taxes – no war – and a minimum tax on earnings an all Fortune 500 companies would be a start to the list of demands the group should have. I am not American but can empathize with what is sadly happening..

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      I live in the the FL panhandle, and things here aren’t bad, but they aren’t great either. Our fishing industry isn’t what it use to be due to mother nature & of course, the oil spill… but it’s still holding on.

      • Jodi

        Yeah, I think most areas that haven’t seen it real bad yet are just holding on. I would imagine at some point it will catch up with us.

  • Alex Jones Fan

    I wish to testify first hand. I was part of a layoff in July from a top global pharmaceutical company where I was lower management. Nice severance package of 1 year salary but no unemployment until the following year. Well after taxes only about 41k of 72k was left. Since then I managed to land a flexible 20 hr/wk retail job over the holidays (job terminated right before xmas). I have cut back spending to the maximum and am waiting for July to get on unemployment to have an income again. I have not applied for SNAP welfare yet, but am considering it. I did manage to make 1.8k this year though, as I was eligible for a company bonus. I have been actively applying for work, both within my field of expertise Chemistry and the local retail markets, without success.

    • Dreamr

      See, this is what scares me. People like you who have such a great education, and you can’t find work, not even in a low wage retail job.

      • Alex Jones Fan

        Interestingly, I see all kind of opportunities in being a hairstylist or barber (local navy base) as well as home healthcare aid. Seems like if I go back to school and get some health care certificates and licenses I can get back in the job market.

  • Dreamr

    I’m a hairstylist in Oklahoma, and when I began my career in the early 90s, I did very well. Over the years, its become harder and harder to make a living, until NOW, I don’t even make enough to support MYSELF, let alone me and my husband, whose check is eat up in child support they won’t lower each month. When I went to work at supercuts three years ago, I could rake in between 60-90 a day on friday, saturday and sunday in tips. That money went to pay bills that my paycheck (my hourly is 8.50 per hour) didn’t cover. Since then, tips have dwindled to the point that on those same days, if I bring home 20-30 each day, I’m lucky, and it has to go in my gas tank and on food. Its almost not worth going to work. My husband and I are moving out to his uncle’s land in the country to live in our travel trailer, because the rent will be only 250 a month, and all our other utilities will be so much cheaper. My hairstylig job won’t give me full time employment now (and I think its because of obamacare kicking in next year) so I MIGHT have a housekeeping job at a hospital, full time, but it will only pay 7.50 per hour. Its a cut, yes, but I don’t know what else to do. Things in Oklahoma are getting bad, although we aren’t near as ‘touched’ by the woes as so many other states. Its ridiculous.

    • Jones

      Move to Canada. 10.25 min wage in Ontario and plenty of well paying jobs

    • Bruce

      many, many people are hurting.and it is getting worse by the degree and the number of people affected. I wish you well with your plans

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Watson/100000378332267 Ken Watson

    Not all poverty is created equal. While most of these stats seem solid it does not tell the tale of an underclass that is obese and consumes illicit and legal products in huge quantities. Not to mention that recitation of these horribles is used to justify EXPANSION of the policies that destroyed the productive economy in the first place. Whatever. As Stockman said, we’re in it now. We are in freefall which gives us a delicious if transitory sensation of weightlessness. Ah….

  • DiscouragedOne

    MA is a state of far leftist madness so how can you go by that? I do not believe all McDonald’s jobs are going to require a BA and 1-2 years experience. The problem is not with the degrees anyway, the problem is too many kids think degree=guarantee without having to put in the hard work it takes to be a success. So they will just say “I should not have gone for the liberal arts degree”. Well, it may put them at a disadvantage, but it does not prevent them from succeeding. This is what I see with too many of the young people around me, they do not want to do the hard work, they think they should get optimal results for minimal effort just because they have a degree. They want you to hold them by the hand and show them every little thing…instead of digging in there and learning it themselves. I am not saying all of them are like that, but too many of them are, and that is part of the problem. If their attitude is “I got a degree…give me money”, maybe they deserve to work at McDonalds?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Watson/100000378332267 Ken Watson

      The BA at McDonald’s thing has turned out to be a mistake.

      • DiscouragedOne

        Should I feign shock?

    • hillbillyhustle

      Really? Most people drop out of college because it is so hard. The students that do graduate usually have to take some of their classes 2-3 times before they pass them. Anyone who graduates college should be paid more and expect it. If we are going to “dumb down” a college degree then going to a college should be free for everyone.

  • Rodster

    How appropriate…”90 Million out of the workforce”.

    zerohedge/news/2013-04-05/people-not-labor-force-soar-663000-90-million-labor-force-participation-rate-1979-le

  • DiscouragedOne

    People we know from a couple of areas of Texas are complaining about the influx of hippie types from California…they think they will ruin the state (and who can blame them, they ruined CA and now they are moving on).

    • glendaleburbank

      Don’t let them in! I live in calif…it’s a rat hole…was a great state when Reagan was gov…now it’s a cesspool of illegals, jammed freeways because they refuse to build any new ones, the taxes are astronomical …don’t let them ruin Texas too!

  • Colin

    The unemployment numbers came out, and they are miserable. The unemployment rate fell because nearly a half a million Americans elected to pull themselves out of the job marketplace.

    Do you get that feeling that when you watch people at work on tv or in real life, and you feel that this is another world, a world separate from yours? I am beginning to feel this. I asked my mother. She is feeling this, too.

    • glendaleburbank

      It’s a false number…the real unemployment number is between 22-25%… Lame stream will never report the real numbers…not as long as golden boy is in the WH.

  • glendaleburbank

    My friend at church works for the Los Angeles metro water district. They had four available part time jobs 30 days ago. The job required a bachelors degree in chemistry…they had an overwhelming number of applicants…they ended up hiring 4 phD’s because they had so many applicants to choose from…she said she couldn’t believe the plethora of over qualified candidates.

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      I don’t understand this over qualified candidates thing. It think it’s stupid! Are they saying you’re too good for the job? Do they have to pay more? I have been told this on several jobs, and I never really understood it.

      • glendaleburbank

        I think it’s their way of weeding out candidates. I don’t put a lot of stock in it…but it is interesting how 4 PhD’s applied for a basic job requiring just a bachelor’s degree…the job market is tight.

        • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

          I see what you mean. It’s really a sad situation. But that is the way it is these days. I’m trying to learn more Spanish, and living in FL, I feel I am going to need it even more in the upcoming years…

    • Orange Jean

      Often they’ll do that when they WANT a person with more education… but can’t afford to pay them for it.

      So they’ll advertise for the lower degree, hoping they’ll find someone (as obviously they did) with a lower degree… and if the person with the higher degree complains about the salary not being up to the norm for a person with their degree… the employer will remind them they didn’t “require” the higher degree.

      I’ve seen this for years…

  • Just a Thought

    I think it is important to distinguish American “poverty” with the African or Asian versions. 80% of “poor” Americans have air conditioning and 75% own a car or truck. One of these days, the social welfare net will break, and when it does this will all change, but for now, the “poor” in America live like kings compared to the poor in Niger or Bangladesh.

  • David Harrison

    So what happens when you add 20-50 million illegal aliens to the entitlement trough?

    • FounderChurch

      If you don’t want them to collect, don’t bring them in, and don’t hire them.

      • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

        HERE IS THE CHRISTIAN ????OF THE GROUP ITS GETTIN LUKE WARM IN HERE I FEEL LIKE BARFING

        • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

          So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

  • hillbillyhustle

    17 – Right now, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government. And that does not even include Social Security or Medicare.

    Social Security and Medicare ARE NOT WELFARE PROGRAMS. We pay a tax out of our paychecks to provide for the elderly,disabled and retired. Medicare and Social Security are broke because our elected officials decided to borrow from it to cover other expenses. Now, we will all suffer because of their actions.

    • FounderChurch

      SS & MEDICARE IS IS IS IS IS IS Welfare, stop your self-serving dreaming, and twisting of the facts.

      In any decent godly country, EVERYONE should be made to work. EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, from 2 to 102. “Neither shall ye work, neither shall ye eat.”

      If anyone can raise a fork to their mouth, and has a pulse, they can do some kind of work for some part of a day. To not work is a SIN.

      • Orange Jean

        … and you are one sick puppy!

        • FounderChurch

          And you are illiterate, inarticulate, and mindless.

          • Orange Jean

            So tell me this….

            Exactly where do you expect a 2 year old to find a job? Working at McDonald’s maybe?? They can’t read or write, don’t know what money is, can’t reach the cash register… and if they tried flipping a burger would most likely burn themselves because most 2 year olds don’t understand that stoves are hot unless they’ve made the mistake to touch one.

            If you put them on a stool (so they could reach the cash register), they’d likely fall off if you didn’t tie them down… and if you gave them money to pay for your order… they’d likely put it in their mouth.

            OK, so forget McDonald’s. Lets give the 2 year old a job as a WalMart greeter instead. OK, the minute the automatic door opened the kid would be running out into the parking lot and likely get hit.

      • Mondobeyondo

        I can raise a fork to my mouth, and last time I checked, I still had a heartbeat. But I still can’f find a decent job.

        It is NOT as simple or as easy as some people (who happen to be employed, btw) make it out to be. Have you seen today’s unemployment numbers? Yeah, the jobless rate dropped to 7.6 percent. But only 88,000 (plus or minus) new jobs were created. Many ot those new jobs were NOT in career fields that would benefit your average man/wife/2 kids families.

        Wake up and smell the formaldehyde. We are NOT gaining ground, folks.

        The number of Americans in the workforce is FALLING, not rising.

        It’s getting warmer outside. You want any lemonade? Anyone? Only 5 cents a glass. Pink lemonade for 8 cents. (Hey, I need to buy some pink grapefruit first! I even have to squeeze it myself!!)

        • FounderChurch

          The operative word in your rant is “decent.” What gave you the idea that you are “entitled” to a “decent” job.

          All you are entitled to is a JOB, period to feed your face. Be thankful for that, and stop your infernal whining, and DO something about your complaints.

          Start by reading a few thousand pages of my writings to get yourself an education. Start by Googling “FounderChurch” and you will get 7000 hits, all my writings. Educate yourself instead of bellyaching.

          • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

            PRIDE COMETH BEFORE A FALL

          • jaxon64

            and they’ll know we are Christians by our love……….
            Founder, I have held back on responding to your hateful rants and condemnations of people until now–but there is no excuse for your rudeness, name-calling and complete lack of Christ like compassion and empathy.
            If I were not already a born-again living saint of the Lord Jesus Christ..and I were to read the anger in what you write, I would want nothing to do with what you are espoussing. I pray that you take this to heart, and if you are a Christian brother of mine, that the Holy Spirit convict and guide you to look toward the fruits of the spirit–
            Galatians 5:22 teaches us–But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…….vs 25/26 Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, PROVOKING and envying each other.

          • FounderChurch

            You are twisting Scripture by taking it out of context and denying its relationship to the rest of the Bible. That is the surest way to hell.

            The Bible can only be understood as a whole, and to strip and take out parts and proclaim it as the meaning of the Bible, and God, is the same as cursing God.

            I teach and preach those things you mention, but I also teach the other 99.99 percent of the Bible you love to ignore.

            The Sloppy Agape that you, and other milk-toast luke-warm so-called Christians falsely propound is exactly what is wrong with the church today.

            As for your self-proclaimed salvation I count it a bluster and bragging on your part. We will see what God has to say about you, and about me, at the judgment that I approach with fear and trembling.

            I’m sure my teaching of the Gospel would not appeal to you. So be thankful that you have found a place that teaches and accepts your hollow, pablum, sanitized version of the Bible.

          • jaxon64

            And now you would judge me, my faith, my heart and question my salvation which is guaranteed?
            You know nothing about me, the tireless hours I spend in care and direct contact with the infirm and downtrodden–Again, salvation is by Grace-a gift from almighty God so that no man ,may boast. I humbly and gratefully profess myself as a Bible believing Christian–I think the grandeur, pomposity and bragging of works is not coming from me…
            There is no luke-warm, milk toast Christianity from my end–only a man who aspires to don the full armor of God ( Eph 6)….
            We are instructed to correct our brothers in Christ when they do not act according to the Spirit–not insult or question their salvation.
            Ephesians 2:8- For it is by Grace that you have been saved through faith- and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works so that no one can boast.

        • Orange Jean

          Mondo, Don’t let this mean spirited person get you down. I think most of us are aware you’ve been looking for work for a long time, and trying to improve your lot in life. Nothing wrong with you trying to find a decent job!

      • hillbillyhustle

        First of all… You can shove YOUR god where the sun doesn’t shine. In AMERICA we have the right to believe in the GOD of our choice. Jesus does not live in my house and is not welcomed so your bible belt will not work on me. If you are so ignorant to define work as the same as a job then all i can say is that, “you can’t fix stupid”. I hope the people or followers that listen to you one day come to the conclusion that you and your godly gossip is a bunch of fear mongering bull.

  • rjm51

    Our situation wouldn’t be nearly so bad if we weren’t importing 10s of millions of poor people from Mexico and Central America who subsequently have children they can’t support in order to stay in the country.

  • ShootyMcBang

    To people in poverty, the only statistic that matters is that three days before pay day their stomachs are chewing on their backbones.

  • brian

    the country was destoryed when johnston and nixton took over mitt paul and obama just put the icing on the cake but that is ok a civil war is coming to a town near you that is if IRAN OR NK don’t burn us into the ground

  • Sam Kessler

    II Chronicles 7:14

    This passage perfectly describes what america’s problem is

  • smallergovnow

    what a crock of a post…

    • DownWithLibs

      True that, Smaller!!! Bet I (a Protestant -Gasp!) give more to charity than Pas de Geant.

      And while we are at it, tell me where in the Bible it says anything about praying to Mary or anything to do with rosary beads? You may want to check into the book of Hebrews, Pas de Geant. It will enlighten you.

  • K

    Yes they complained. The food subcontractor and the school Superintendent, are arguing about whether they are required to follow the rules. They claim their contract does not require them to supply anyone food for free.That is the problem with all this subcontracting. In many cases subcontractor=subhuman..

    • u.r.tripping

      In the landscaping business we have a phrase that describes subcontractors and certain companies- “Looks good from my house”.

  • bobbobbob

    gods bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672891012 Greg Burton

    Well, it was either prosecute the bankers, investigate who looted the social security trust fund, why we off-shored all US jobs to China when China was being demonized as our enemy, who was really behind 9/11 and the endless wars of pillage that bankrupted America…or buy 2.0 billion hollow-point bullets, over 5000 tanks for US cities and towns, and 30,000 drones.

  • laura ann

    Pas de: the Catholic church as most all prot. churches have turned into country clubs,entertainment centers/apostate. Priests, youth leaders prot. ministers are guilty of adultry, child molestation, fonrication etc. It amazes me that more people don’t leave the Cath. churches and the other ilk churches and get back to old fashioned basic churches with simple worship; w/o hierarchies. You can’t fix stupid.

  • Jeanne Kerr

    We used to make shoes in America. We used to make eye glasses in America. Now we do not. Those items are all made by off shore countries. Those are just two industries that do not offer jobs any more to Americans. What does anyone that can add 2+2 expect the outcome to be?

    • glendaleburbank

      I was cleaning out my moms closet a few months back….found 5 pairs of shoes still in boxes, made around the 1980’s, telling from the styles. 2 boxes by beacons, 2 from trotters and 1 box from the company auditions. Looked in every shoe where the size was listed, they ALL read “made in the USA” it was all I could do not to cry.

      • FounderChurch

        Democrat Commie Unions destroyed those jobs. Get rid of Unions and we will get all the jobs we want.

  • FounderChurch

    REFORM is an unknown word in this country. We need to reform every aspect of our lives, and we are willing to reform NOTHING. So how can we recover without REFORM? If I make a list of things we need to reform everyone on this forum would oppose all of them.

    HERE IS A PARTIAL LIST…

    1. Make Unions illegal.
    2. Allow every type of home business without exception.
    3. Privatize all government functions.
    4. End all handouts including SS, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment, Workers Compensation.
    5. Criminalize ALL forms of Gambling.
    6. Bring back Prohibition.
    7. Death Penalty for Drug use or sale.
    8 Privatize ALL education.
    9. Outlaw ALL retirement
    10. Incentivize private enterprise to hire those who can’t find work.
    11. Close all prisons release to strict probation all those who are not dangerous, and execute those who are dangerous.
    11. Penalize everyone who gets sick, and everyone who are unemployed.

    This is just a very short beginning list of reforms that are needed to restructure our country.

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      WHAT DRUG FROM THE PHARMAUECUTICAL COMPANY ???WAS IT FIZER????

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      SMOKIN SOMETHING GOD CREATED

      • FounderChurch

        The drugs you are smokin’ was created by YOUR god, (not mine) of your father the devil.

        • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

          DID NOT GOD CREATE MARIJUANA OR DO YOU GIVE SATAN CREATION CREDIT
          TOO???

          • FounderChurch

            The plant is harmless and godly, BUT you and your father the devil have corrupted it the way you two corrupt everything you touch to turn good things into bad things that kill and harm people a other living things. What trash.

          • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

            Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

          • Hank Kingsley

            You’re a satan worshipper. Figures that you would be so gullible to believe that the voice you hear is that of ‘god’ when in reality it is ‘satan’ pretending to be ‘god’.

        • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

          And God said , Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

        • Hank Kingsley

          There is no ‘god’. Religion was made up by the elites to pacify the masses.

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN LET YOUR KINGDOM COME THIS ONE SUCKS!!!!!But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he has prepared for them a city.

    • Ayn Rand

      Umm…
      1) Fascist
      2) I concur
      3) Concur, mostly.
      4) Concur
      5) People have a right to waste their money
      6) People have a right to drink
      7) You are the next Hitler
      8) Not all. Some children DO need an education. It is not their fault their parents can’t afford private school
      9) People have a right to do what they want, including retire.
      10) I concur
      11) Not necessarily. You are getting a bit crazy with the death penalty. Some violent criminals deserve to die, some can reform.
      12) Really?

    • Hank Kingsley

      I think you’re dangerous, I will nominate you to be executed.

      • FounderChurch

        You are illiterate, inarticulate, and childish. Get an education and come back.

  • 2Gary2

    Tax Dodging by the Rich Cost You $1,026

    Corporations and the wealthy cost each taxpayer $1,026 In 2012. No the rich DO NOT pay their fair share.

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth

    • kfilly

      And money printing from the Fed cost me as a middle class member over $4000. Your liberal economic pal Keynesian at work.

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

      and gasoline prices are 50-75% higher during the regime of the marxist obama. you libs are a disgusting joke

      • 2Gary2

        Obama is a moderate republican. Simply look at his policies.

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

          LMAO, you are a clueless piece of garbage.

        • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

          HERE IS THE POLICIES OF THE COMING KINGDOM!!! Blessed are…
          …the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:3)
          …those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
          …the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
          …those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
          …the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
          …the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
          …the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
          …those who are persecuted for because of righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

          • 2Gary2

            I am reading the bible cover to cover. I am at the book of numbers.

          • Mondobeyondo

            Proverbs 24:10 is required reading for anyone going through adversity.

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      PRAYING THAT JESUS WILL SAVE YOU 2GARY 2!!!JESUS SAYS STORE UP YOUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS SO WILL BE YOUR HEART

    • winniekate

      wow. that IS eye-opening. Been looking for that $1026 like, For-Ever! I’m guessing that last $26 bucks is for an Obamaphone they scammed? the bastards

      Thanks for the update – I can sleep now.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Put your faith in Jesus Christ, now more than ever. He will not let you down. And that is no joke.

    If you’re not religious, well… what can I say. Put your faith in Obama, or McCain,Peter Pan, Marco Rubio…. They’ll all let you down. You can even put yur faith in Superman. But, truth be told, I’d much rather trust the only begotten Son of God, than the son of Jarel.. or Korel, or whatever part of Krypton he’s from.

    [Sorry, haven’t read the comics in a long, long time]

    • Ayn Rand

      I like to put my faith in myself. That is it. Nothing else can save me or protect me. Only my own self can do that.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    LETS SEE THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN ALL HISTORY AND ITS NOT IN THE BIBLE ASK YOUR LUKE WARM PASTOR!!!

    -Mystery Babylon

    In studying the harlot church of Revelation 17, we find some very interesting and intriguing verses.

    Revelation 17:1-7,

    1)”And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come here; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great harlot that sitteth upon many waters; 2) With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3) So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy having seven heads and ten horns. 4) And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication; 5) And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6) And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great wonder. 7) And the angel said unto me, Why didst thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”

    We already know that the false prophet of the harlot church will originate from the Neo-Roman Empire. His church will be the mother of harlots and denominations who have perverted the word of God. These verses are describing the Roman Catholic Church and all the Protestants, who no longer “protest”. But there is a mystery surrounding this woman. We see that Babylon is the mystery. What is Babylon? What does Rome have to do with Babylon? What is the connection between the two?

    Babylon is a religious, political and economic system whose earthly beginnings are found in Genesis 11. Nimrod was the ruler of the original system after the Great Flood. He had succeeded in uniting the people of the world into a counterfeit system of godliness. They were completely self-centered and thought their goodness and accomplishments were pleasing to God.

    Since the days of Nimrod, this Babylonian system has controlled the world, and really is Satan’s source of pride and joy. This system has changed names with each successive empire in history. It is a counterfeit of God’s plan for the salvation of men’s souls. Through this system, Satan has seduced all people into worshiping him and his world. Remember, Satan disguises himself as an “angel of light”, fooling people into thinking they are loving and following God.

    The word mystery means something hidden, unknown, and secretive. God’s mysteries are revealed only through the Holy Spirit. Thus, this mystery of Babylon is not discernable to the unconverted man. The mystery of Babylon is unsealed in Revelation 17 and 18, for those who desire to know out of a pure heart.

    Revelation 17:16-18,

    16)”And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17)For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18)And the woman whom thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

    The ten horns referred to here, as in Daniel 7:8, are the Neo-Roman Empire or modern day Western Europe. They, along with the political beast and his country, are the political side of the empire. Eleven nations are involved. The harlot church and the false prophet are the religious side. Together they are mystery Babylon. We see here the persecution and destruction of the harlot church, which begins 3 1/2 years after the religious and political covenant, that brings peace between the Jews and Arabs. For 3 1/2 years the political beast has used the harlot church as a means to gain world control. Then, as part of God’s will, political Babylon or Rome will turn on religious Babylon, most likely because some of the people are refusing to call this risen leader their God.

    Again, I believe that the Neo-Roman Empire and Babylon are one and the same. That’s the mystery. The political and religious systems of the United States and Western Europe form Mystery Babylon. This eleven-nation Roman Empire will eventually rule all of the earth. The Communist-Russian system is the other major power, but when Russia’s armies are destroyed by God, the West will fill the power vacuum. They will rule the earth for the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel’s 70th Week.

    Revelation 18, Jeremiah 50 and 51, give a very good description of the nation which produces the antichrist. It is a description of a modern Roman nation that mysteriously is called the Great City, Babylon. It is the ruling nation of the eleven-nation confederacy. The apostle John didn’t know the modern day name of this nation because it wasn’t in existence in his lifetime. But he knew that it would be the seat and throne of the political antichrist until he enters Jerusalem at mid 70th Week, and declares himself to be God.FIGURE IT OUT PEOPLE!!!!!

  • Mondobeyondo

    Literally got leveled getting off the bus this afternoon. Stepping off like any good little exiting bus passenger would do, and WHAM!! This guy literally knocks me over trying to get to the bus as it begins to leave the bus stop. Knocked me right to the sidewalk. I didn’t see it coming. Fortunately I’ve been part of a hockey team years ago, and one of my high school girlfriends was a figure skater, so I know how to fall without any major personal injury. They fall all the time. (Yes, they all fall. All y’all.) He apologized, so – no hard feelings. I know what it’s like myself, racing to the bus stop before the bus leaves. I understand.
    So, after picking up the asparagus, oranges and Red Bull strewn along the sidewalk, I said, “Thanks for helping me out, bro”.
    [To be continued later]

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    TIC TIC TIC TIC THE END!!!1

  • http://www.facebook.com/brdr4ev James Dennis Lee

    Started a very long time ago it will be the demise of our republic

  • K

    I agree

  • Kelly

    I live a few miles outside of Detroit in a lower middle income neighborhood. Things here have been getting much worse lately. I need a few glasses of wine to prepare myself for a trip to the local grocery store. Almost everyone is using food stamps. People look seriously depressed and in their own world.
    In my own life things have changed for the worse financially. I lost my good paying job due to company bankruptcy. My husband has not had a pay increase in a long time and the amount we pay into his health insurance has risen dramatically in the past 2 years. Our utility bills and grocery bills just keep going up.
    I still remain positive as these changes have made me reevaluate my life. I feel like I am waking up to a lot of the truths in the world I had been ignoring.

  • Andre B.

    Five years ago when the housing market crashed I lost everything. I never asked for help instead I moved to West Texas and got in the oil field. Worked my way up from the bottom and now I am making six figures again. There is work for the ones who are willing. I have three kids and I never got on food stamps and they never once went hungry.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Okay. First of all, it’s not Obama’s fault.

    Yes, he’s running the country. The nation’s economy, finances, etc. are all under his watch. But…

    Did Barack H. Obama personally hire you?
    Did Michelle give you a personal recommendation for a hairdresser position?
    Maybe for an HR position? Sam’s Club? Wal-Mart?
    If so, please let me know.

    Just in case he DID hire you – my apologies for the above comments. And thank you Michelle, for that new Perma-Perm ™. You know, it’s the perm that is forever frozen in place! It’s bad enough to make you scream, “Take me back to 1983! PLEASE!!”

    Heh.

  • Kate

    My family and I just recently relocated to S.K because unemployment is sobad and we were getting zero opportunity to even interview for jobs and my husband and I are both highly educated, skilled workers. Within one week I found a full time job in South Korea with pension and national healthcare (I spent 1 year looking for a teaching position in the USA). Educated, talented Americans I canforsee fleeing the country and only the welfare queens and kings staying behind. Sad because I miss my family and home, but what choice when you need a job and there are none?

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    REO SPEED WAGON

  • Mondobeyondo

    How to Survive During A Depression (And YES, We Are In a Depression!)

    Lesson One: An Excerpt from Jimi Hendrix.
    ————————
    “I don’t… live today…
    What about tomorrow?
    Well, I just can’t say.

    But… I don’t … live today
    It’s such a [expletive] shame
    To waste your life away like this.
    Existing… nothing but existing…”
    ————————–

    In case you’re wondering – those words aren’t new. They were written 46 years ago, during another turbulent time in our nation’s history.

  • Alasha

    I have heard some heartbreaking stories regarding these children trying to make sense of it…. Especially the homeless children eating ketchup soup and rats! Heaven Help Us, Dear Father

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Webb/100001371414176 David Webb

    Unfortunately it is just beginning.
    There is a curse and a blessing in the Bible.

    Those that follow God are blessed, Those that do not follow God are cursed.
    For too long, we have followed the wrong path.
    The biggest abomination is abortion. A lot of babies are killed every year. Get rid of this abomination and see what happens.

    Next comes strict neutrality against our children’s learning about God as part of their education from the government. They teach humanism as a religion these days and have for some time.
    When was the last time these unemployed people gave any kind of donation to the church of their choice?
    We are given in accordance with how we give.
    I have been on the bottom before. I gave whatever I had left at the end of the week. If I had pocket change it went into the church offering.

    Prosperity followed me for months afterwards.
    Sounds crazy but it works.
    You reap what you sow. For too long we have sown weeds and it shows.
    “But none of this was my fault,” you say.
    You are correct.
    Fault doesn’t matter. Results count.

    You want a path out of this trouble. Do what I just said and it will occur.

    • Hank Kingsley

      Religion was invented by the elites to pacify the masses. Looks like you fell for the scam.

  • Mark

    Children that are attending school in Oregon that are low income receive breakfast and lunch free of charge to them. Most of the families that need such help also receive food stamps. These children should not have food insecurity. People on food stamps need to learn how to cook from scratch inorder to make the food stamps last through the month longer.Things will get real ugly when the printing of money kicks in higher inflation and the government is forced to cut back on the intitlements. Some parts of the country are doing better than others. One of my adult children was hired last week at the first job that was applied for and the pay is around 19 per hour to start. That was quite a blessing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Webb/100001371414176 David Webb

    I am proud to say that 4 churches in our town host a dinner a week to anyone that will come.

    The four churches are diverse. But in this they get together for everyone’s good. One of those churches has a swap store. It is clothing and shoes from everyone. It means kids are clothed decently and have shoes. It means the churches are calling to arms against poverty here and it is working.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Webb/100001371414176 David Webb

    To Kate:
    I have lived in South Korea as an Air Force Airman. The people will love you. (1965-1966)

    I suggest you start learning Conversational Korean as soon as possible. I highly recommend you learn the Korean Alphabet and learn how to speak properly in their language. At first it will seem heart breaking. There is a lot of poverty in South Korea as well.
    The Korean alphabet is almost completely phonetic unlike English. It has no direct objects in the grammar. At one time, our Korean friends were the best educated people on the planet. It is not uncommon to run across someone with 5 languages they can speak fluently.
    Do not judge them by our standards. Stay away from any food that is not deep fried.
    With the proper attitude it is the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • http://twitter.com/kadenismael kadenismael

    Aaron. if you, thought Clarence`s comment is flabbergasting… last saturday I bought Mazda MX-5 after bringing in 5948 this past 4 weeks and a little over 10 grand this past month. it’s actualy the coolest job I’ve ever done. I started this eight months/ago and straight away started to bring home minimum 71, per-hour. I went to this site, Great90.ℂom

  • gave up on idiots

    Anyone who talks about collapse and doesn’t ever mention energy is not a credible source. I know a lot of you knuckleheads don’t believe in math but why doesn’t this guy ever mention peak oil

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

      please fill us in

    • stopthesocialism

      Peak Oil is a long way off. Losing the trade war is the most “credible source” IMO. Handing out printed money is not a good long term solution.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Tom Ato: And in some cases, debt collectors will play “tag, you’re it” and try to nail innocent people for someone else’s debts. The Banana Republic of America is corrupt and filthy on so many levels.

  • Cadman

    in My area of the southern part of the puget sound we are seeing businesses closing at an alarming rate. I was in the construction trades during the housing boom and collapse. I’m seeing a death spiral for businesses here.

  • JoeD

    We as Americans have abandoned our sense of free will. If there was any spirit left the American consumer would’ve gone on a buyer’s strike long ago and found ways to become more self-sufficient when it became obvious the true price of cheaper goods would include our economic vitality.

    My grandparents, part of the Greatest Generation, understood how destructive the proposition was and stopped buying things. My Boomer parents on the other hand, just couldn’t believe the “great deals” they were getting and bought as much as they could. Unfortunately, the average American consumer thinks like the latter and would rather continue throwing away their money and what little economic freedom they have left to line the pockets of the corporate elites than do with less or heaven forbid go without.

  • piccadillybabe

    Due to the stunning number of children living in poverty, homeless, no father around, on food stamps,horrible schools and no real future in site, maybe we should be thanking the GMOs for rendering people in their reproductive years sterile. I find it ironic that in one of the states, I believe it was either N or S Dakota that if their legislature votes that gay marriage be legalized another part of legislation attached to that same gay marriage bill would also make IVF illegal in that state. LOL.

  • HerrinSchadenfreude

    Ya so why do the idiot bank mouthpieces and other cretins that protect the credit community keep on claiming 70% of the country has an average credit score of over 650? How exactly are they maintaining that when they have no jobs and are running their utilization way up over 50% at a minimum?

    Who are these unemployed/underemployed credit demigods, then, or am I being lied to about that as well?

  • YV Gal

    Oh God, get a life… I am not a religious person, but I am an ethical one, and as far as I can see, all organized religion is little more than a scourge…however, the Catholic Church is unquestionably the worst, as has been borne out over and over through centuries where it has raped, pillaged, plundered, butchered and murdered its way through history. I think, perhaps, you should get off. And ncidentally, if you want to persuade somebody to your argument, leave religion out of it! Reason, logic, thoughtful consideration win the day every time.

    • cmum

      The Catholic Church is also the largest charity in the world. Just in the U.S. it feeds over 7 million people a day, has over 2.5 million school students, over 200 colleges ans universities, and 600+ hospitals….

  • archipapi

    This is no surprise……..it is just normal evolution of socialism. Shame on the “new” socialists (aka democrats).

  • kenfrombayside

    Congress is going to make it bad with amnesty…The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:

    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.

    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten.

    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.

    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!

    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.

    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.

    IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mel-Haun-Sr/1749116655 Mel Haun Sr

    Until; we hget a coingress that is willing to tax the ricjh, close loopholes, and make illegal to offshore jobs and get tax breaks..nothing will change in a positive direction. Reagan set this all up, and those rules and regulations MUST be changed.

  • bob

    How sad. America is so oblivious. What happened to helping your fellow neighbor?! People have become so self centered. Until it happens to them. Greed and selfishness is what destroys a country. Rich use loop hools to evade paying taxes. If they only worked that hard at helping people.

  • roro

    my question is: what do we do? this impacts way too many people to be ignored or pooh-poohed…and, yes, it’s true about needing all this education and experience to get a low-wage job…i’m seeing more and more employers posting jobs that require such at below-entry-level wages! this is depressing stuff!

  • rotagen5

    Note to ignorant masses, christians, etc… there is nothing “special” about life, in fact the world and duality is nothing but a trap, illusion… and the “good” times are over… so stop having kids.

  • Al_G_Funguy

    Wow, I see an awful lot of posts from hellfire-and-brimstone nutjobs here.

    A country full of tards – no wonder the economy is doomed! The invisible sky daddy and his combustible shrubberies will not avail you.

  • Citizen

    The rich don’t care! They have theirs. Look at Gates. He acts like he cares, but all he cares about is his ego. And what about Congress…do they care? They have the best retirement, the best health care, and they get to take ALL campaign contributions with them when they leave office. Congress passed this law for themselves. I am sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wilson.127 Joseph Wilson

    I used to be a long haul truck driver and four years ago my income went from $5,000 a month to just over $800 per month and was driving the same amount of miles and lost my job because the owner of the company decided that I had to pay for the maintenance on the truck I drove for him and not take my wife with me and support both her and I plus a house and then with in two months the company folded still owing me well over $4,000 in back pay , I had to retire at age 62 because of his decisions and had to loose my home because I could not afford the payments let alone pay the utilities and taxes on the property . Now trying to support my disabled wife on less then $900.00 a month and take of her 24 hours a day . Yeah I know what being impoverished is like as never before in my whole life .

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wilson.127 Joseph Wilson

    I just remembered when this first got s start in the decline of this country and that was way back in 1913 with Woodrow Wilson ( no relation ) when the ratified the 16th amendment and signed over the American dollar to the federal no reserve as both actions started the decline of this country and set up the bank failure and the stock market crash of 1929 and sent this country into the worst depression of all times in this country and we really did not fully recover till the 1950’s , This last recession started actually in 2006 with the housing bubble bursting and the failure of the democrats to admit it . Then we were told by the financial system and the companies of this country to not give the democrats the controlling power in both houses as this would create a recession

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586953917 John Roane

    Well this is what you voted for over the last 40 years and now it is here; make the best of it now, for its going to get worse. The 1913 US dollar was worth one dollar, today that dollar is has dropped in buying power to $0.10. That’s right ten cents and the Fed keeps printing money and all your assets continue to be devalued each time. But you got free cell phones, food stamps and the list goes on. Worst thing is those who worked hard, got schooled and saved their money are now in danger of losing it all to pay off the country’s debt. We remember the old saying; you always get the government you deserve. Now maybe you understand why the government wants your guns, to read your email without warrant, search your home without warrant, use US Military in the city streets; yes that’s right the Marxist government is just around the corner and you voted it into office. You must be very pleased with yourself.

  • NETZER19

    El señor de la foto se parece a Dios !.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.bon.5 Carolyn Bon

    The only thing that I see that is not addressed is Churches and outreach programs are picking up the slack at food pantry’s and soup kitchens. Even the employed are going to get help ,every social network is overwhelmed. This is unexceptable , and We must demand change. Great article.

  • http://empowernetwork.com/ljanderson Linda Anderson

    Researching history tells how many things were done to bring a country down. US is not immune to these things.

  • Bradley

    I don’t understand?!?!?! We have the highest unemployment rate along with a growing poverty rate. Why do we allow green card workers into the U.S. when we need those jobs for our OWN success!?!?

  • tyearcher@yahoo.com

    The problem being: that our planet is facing a overpopulation crisis, as a society we are facing economic strain and as a species we are waging a silent battle over the limited resources that are being provided by our planet. These are not new problems but new issues that have risen in 1st & 2nd world countries as technology develops under-developed nations and 3rd world countries catch up to the better develped economies of advanced nations. Like the old saying we are trying to live beyond our means. We live like kings & queens yet we don’t even realize the privliges we are given which past generations were deprived of & that we take for granted. A man can not live like a king in his mansion and not expect the effects to trickle down and affect the poor man’s quality of life. No governed body of man can change this inevitable tide which will sweep across the land and affect every man whether they be rich or poor. Only by changing our hearts and the way that we live will we as a species find the inner enlightenment that will save us from this fate which has yet to be determined.

  • GraceAdams830

    I care more about climate change than about poverty even. Poverty costs society a lot–every year. It costs society twice as much to have a homeless person wandering around homeless than to keep that person in subsidized housing. Controlling climate change is a very long term problem. The good news is that our military knows that greening the nation’s energy supply can do more for national security than the military can do with weapons and is doing what they can investing DARPA funds in getting algal bio-diesel cost-competitive with petroleum. The federal government will have to buy fossil fuel as reserves at a high price to keep it unburned and make replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy politically feasible. It will also have to subsidize the oil firms to turn themselves into algal bio-diesel firms on terms even more obscenely profitable to the oil firms than they believe business as usual will be to get that part of the transition made. We also need to replace all fossil fuel fired and nuclear electric power with renewable electric power over the next twenty years AND buy the fossil fuel displaced as it is displaced.

  • GraceAdams830

    The reason I care some about poverty is that it wastes money that will be desperately needed for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

  • Isha

    This day and time I have never seen more women and men of all ages pan handaling on the street or coner looking for free money and food just to make it day by day.

  • Agneta Norberg

    Why then 600 billion to the military without ANY enemy at all? US military is here in Sweden and conducting wargames every year with fancy names like Loyal Arrow,Cold Response close around the Russian border. We are fed up with the Ameficans everywhere who are setting up dangerous bases for s.c. national missile defence in Poland, Rumania Turkey.And hundreds of US military bases in Europé and now in Africa. Americans go home! Feed your people. Money for housing, helthcare aducation. I am really fed up with the fascist, imperial US. Agneta Norberg, vice chair Swedish Peace Council email lappland.norberg@gmail.com

  • GSystems

    So, so well said! Glad to have you as a countryman…

  • Omar Radwan

    yes unfortunatly

  • Leo Hirschocker

    The Dems blame the Republicans and the Republicans blame the Democrats while the whole house of cards is falling around their ears. Western thought is based on If I am right you must be wrong. The opposite of black can be orange, we have been conditioned… Edward de Bono’s book “I am Right You Are Wrong explains this”.

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