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21 Ways To End The Phrase ‘Americans Are So Broke…’

Coins - Public DomainDid you know that 77 million Americans have unpaid debts that are "in collections" and that Congress is actually thinking about letting post offices offer payday loans?  We live in a country where almost everyone is drowning in debt and where most people are either flat broke or very close to flat broke.  Years ago, "your Mama is so broke" jokes were all the rage, and at the rate we are going they could make a big comeback.  Some of my favorites were "your Mama is so broke she went to McDonald's and put a milkshake on layaway" and "your Mama is so broke your family ate cereal with a fork to save milk".  Unfortunately, the facts that I am about to share with you are not funny at all.  In fact, they are quite sobering.  Yes, things are going fairly well for the elitists that live in the good areas of New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco right now, but most of the country is deeply struggling as our economic fundamentals continue to crumble.  Please share these numbers with as many people as you can, because we need people to understand that there has not been an "economic recovery" for most of America.  In fact, in many ways things just continue to get even worse.  The following are 21 ways to end the phrase "Americans are so broke"...

1. Americans are so broke that about a third of them have debt collectors on their heels.  One recent study discovered that more than one out of every three adults in the United States has an unpaid debt that is "in collections".  That is a total of 77 million people.  In other words, the debt collection business in America is absolutely booming.

2. Americans are so broke that Congress is now actually considering allowing post offices to provide payday loans and check cashing services.

3. Americans are so broke that they are keeping their vehicles longer than ever.  The average age of vehicles on America’s roads recently set a new all-time high of 11.4 years.

4. Americans are so broke that car dealers are having to go to extreme lengths to get new customers.  Last year, one out of every four auto loans in the United States was made to someone with subprime credit.

5. Americans are so broke that 52 percent of them cannot even afford the homes that they are living in right now.

6. Americans are so broke that they are falling farther behind on their student loans than ever.  The total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. has now reached a whopping 1.2 trillion dollars, and approximately seven million Americans are in default on their student loans at this point.

7. Young Americans are so broke that half of all college graduates are still relying on their parents financially when they are two years out of school.

8. Young Americans are so broke that only 36 percent of American adults under the age of 35 currently own a home.  That is the lowest level that has ever been recorded.

9. Americans are so broke that many of them can't even afford to shop at Wal-Mart and dollar stores anymore...

Discount stores are slowly dying.

Yesterday, Dollar Tree announced it would buy Family Dollar, a chain that is in the process of closing hundreds of stores and firing workers.

Other discount stores have been struggling as well, writes Heidi Moore at The Guardian. Fashion discounter Loehmann's filed for bankruptcy, while Wal-Mart's sales have declined for the past five quarters.

"There’s just not enough money deployed by American families to keep all the discount chains in business," Moore writes.

10. Americans are so broke that they are running up record levels of debt.  Overall, U.S. households are 11.68 trillion dollars in debt right now.

11. Americans are so broke that the wealth of the "typical American household" has fallen by 36 percent over the past decade.

12. Americans are so broke that one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

13. Americans are so broke that more than 37 million Americans are now being served by food pantries and soup kitchens.

14. Americans are so broke that there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.

15. Americans are so broke that the number of people on food stamps has increased by about 14 million while Obama has been in the White House.  Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

16. Americans are so broke that the U.S. government has had to spend an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

17. Americans are so broke that more than 20 percent of all children in the U.S. are living in poverty.

18. Americans are so broke that we have a record number of kids sleeping in the streets.  In fact, we have more than a million public school children that are homeless at this point.

19. Americans are so broke that 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

20. Americans are so broke that 26 percent of Americans have absolutely no emergency savings whatsoever.

21. Americans are so broke that approximately two-thirds of all Americans do not have enough money saved up to cover six months of expenses if an emergency arose.

If things are this bad now, during the so-called "economic recovery", how bad will things get during the next major economic downturn?

Unfortunately, most Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security.  The financial crisis of 2008 seems like ancient history to most of them now, and most people appear to believe that our leaders have "fixed" whatever was wrong the last time.

Of course that is not the case at all.  In fact, our long-term problems have just continued to grow since then.

The truth is that what we are experiencing right now is about as good as things are going to get for the U.S. economy.  When the next crisis arrives, all of the numbers in the list above are going to rapidly get a lot worse.

So enjoy the rest of this "bubble" while you still can.  It certainly will not last for too much longer.

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  • djc

    NE Ohio never really recovered from the collapse of 2008. I shudder to think what will happen if we have another downturn in the near future.

    The downward pressure on those lucky enough to have jobs is actually accelerating and I look for a steady dilution of purchasing power.

    • Dave Jenkins

      Are you near Medina, OH ? I remember it being a well-to-do area about 10 years ago.

      • djc

        No, I live in the snow-belt area of extreme NE Ohio. And yes, you are correct, Medina is a fairly well off area.

        • Dave Jenkins

          I wonder how much longer it will remain that way…

    • Ben

      If the Northeast can prevent fracking operations from poisoning our water tables, we will be poised for major growth in the future. Water IS the most important element, and that’s something the Southwest, for all of its glamor, lacks. The Northeast will rise again! :-)

      • djc

        I agree though I would substitute “the Great Lakes region” for the Northeast.

        • Ben

          Northeast and the Great Lakes. I think Ohio is one of those areas poised for the greatest revival. All crumbing “Rust Belt” cities will be renewed.
          The Southwest has “Beautiful Weather,” but what does the weather matter when you can’t flush your toilet?

          • djc

            Yes, yes, yes. Also life in the Southwest, and much of the South, is practically unbearable in the Summer. You can always put on a coat in cold weather whereas there isn’t much you can do in 100 F temps w/90% humidity….

          • englishvinal

            What is it with the propagandized people in the US anyway?… Can’t any of you think outside your prison box called the United States?.. There are NO “preferable states”… they are all gulags now.
            Wake up and go south where the “other world” is riding the swing of the eternal pendulum UP….
            …. instead of keeping your narrow perspective and dying along with the US dollar.

          • djc

            My family has been here in the states since before the Revolution. We helped to build our nation and we’re certainly not leaving it.

          • englishvinal

            ????? Good heavens~! What idiocy.

      • peace angel

        they can’t do it safely

      • englishvinal

        Undiluted BS…. guess you must reside in New Hampshire.. where you “live free or die”… (the residents in NH must be all dead, because they sure as heck are not free.

  • Bill

    The imposter thinks that bringing more aliens into the country will fix our problem. No question about his sanity.

    • III

      Or the sanity of the imbeciles who believes him.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      It is astonishing! 30MM more compaesinos who will work for cut rate wages?! We have cut the rungs off the bottom of the economic ladder for our lower middle class and poor.

    • Ben

      It’s not just him. It’s also Corporate Republicans who are acting at the behest of their corporate overlords who crave amnesty. Let’s not be one-sided- both parties are destroying America.

      • peace angel

        YES and have been for many, many decades

  • K

    Americans are so broke. They can not even pay attention. As demonstrated by their willingness to keep returning, the same people who caused the problem to D.C.

    • jaxon64

      bravo..two thumbs up

      • Franz Von Steuben-Augsburg

        The sooner the economic collapse takes place the better, then Americans
        will finally realize that they ARE NOT some sort of chosen people or
        that their country is immune to disgraces.

        • Priszilla

          No they won’t. They’ll blame the french, the immigrants, the Canadians, etc.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Yes, well done.

      I even find myself having a hard time paying attention these days. I think our shortened attention spans have something to do with the Internet.

      Michael

      • michaelbme

        Why do you think we can’t pay attention?

        • peace angel

          See my comment to Michael.

      • peace angel

        RADIATION poisoning flowing like water from our microwaves, TV’s, Iphones, computers, smart meters, smart everything (if it has smart in front of it—-it will make you stupid), methane gas leaking into our bread basket and oceans all the way up the East Coast from the BP oil spill and the chemicals used to clean it up, radiation leaking from nuclear power plants, poisons in all our foods, Fukushima leaking into all our West Coast foods, fluoride in everything especially baby foods that makes you brain dead, GMO’s which are now proving to cause cancer, infertility and baby deformities in Europe where they have mostly banned them now and on and on and on.

        It used to be old age made you forgetful. IN the US today it is the government.

        • K

          No doubt what you mention, is a major contributing factor.

        • K2

          Alcohol too.

          • peace angel

            YES the breakfast of politicians.

          • Brendan D.

            I agree. IMO, alcohol is a poison and should never be consumed by anyone who is in any degree of financial difficulty. Nothing good comes from its consumption, and it makes poor people even more destitute.

        • Gurugirl

          Geoengineering the skies with a horrifying cocktail of now identified toxins; spraying us like bugs.

          • peace angel

            YES I know. WHEN I was a kid in the 60′s my dad flew a helicopter to work and he would spray our crops on our ranch and the crops of our friends because the FEDS ordered that ALL the crops have AGENT ORANGE sprayed on them. THIS would later KILL almost 2 million civilians rice fields and forests in VietNam and permanently sicken many of our vets and many of their guerrilla fighters.

            I recently saw a documentary SHOWING children still being grossly deformed at birth because of agent orange. THEY have many extra legs and arms.

            Back then they drove little sprayers behind military vehicles up and down the streets late at night saying they were spraying mosquitoes or the flu of the day.

            THEN they learned how to use chemtrails and they can seed the clouds with poisons directly from HAARP.

            OUR gov. has been poisoning us for many, many decades. TODAY they are poisoning other nations with the same equipment.

            WE are the sickest nation on earth for every single mental or physical disease or disorder known to mankind, we are NUMBER ONE.

            THEY have poisoned the food supply and waterways since the 60′s.

      • K

        Perhaps. Peace Angel wrote about one of the two major factors. The other is stress. and related to that, a lack of proper rest. Add these factors together, and you have a true mind killer.

        • peace angel

          I totally agree. ONE of the things expats speak about the most is how peaceful other nations are by comparison.

          75% of Americans are broke and in debt and many of those people are in collections. VERY stressful, BUT we are the most consumptive nation in the history of the world. OTHER nations don’t consume and go into debt like this one.

      • rikki

        Michael Its really more then the internet, it’s the poor schooling people get today. Ive been helping a friend start an internet radio station and we posed for talk show hosts…over the last 3 month we received close to 500 resumes and they all seem to have one thing in common. No one knows who to use Google Search, no kidding, this is not taught in high school or even college.

        I received 25+ resumes people who went to a 4 year college got a communications degree yet never stepped inside their college radio station and they expect to get paid for hosting their own show!

        I could go on about the total cluelessness of today’s kids….but it really boils down to They are texting and using Apps and no one knows how to use Search. or type in “how to be a radio talk show host” and read…watch some videos, nope zilch

        • Arno Krause

          Did this “communications” degree cost 30,000 dollars perhaps ?

          • rikki

            sometimes $100,000+ and no proof they even used the college station..

        • peace angel

          MORE than two decades ago the US gov. paid Obama and Bill Ayres and others to put COMMON CORE into schools under a different name in each state.

          COMMON CORE comes straight from Marxist doctrine and it is supposed to make people stupid and uneducated after 12 years of school. THE parents no longer were part of their kids education and let it happen.

          AND a whole generation of kids who are unpatriotic, Atheists who cannot read, write, speak English, do math or find Texas on a map were unleashed into society.

          THEIR parents wanted to NOT grow up and decided to BE BESTIES with their kids and NO ONE parented them.

          THEY took civics and government classes out of school and we have a whole generation who never voted and who are clueless what government is doing.

          THEY prefer trolling to anger management and doing research.

          I agree that BY DESIGN of this marxist doctrine this is why they were not told how to do research.

          THERE is a guy on here who always demands I do research for him and I will not. I will direct him to the place I found the info and he refuses to go there and He and I have been having this conversation for two years on this site.

          I could go on about how brain dead these are too, but the stats speak for themselves. WHEN I was in school in the 60′s AMERICA was always number one or two in education in the entire world. TODAY there are third world countries that place higher than the US and we are falling annually someplace in the 30′s.

          IT Is common core and lack of awareness on behalf of the kids parents.

    • bobcat

      Who would Americans vote for? Any electable politician will do the same thing.

      • K

        I guess the question is, what do you mean by electable? If by that you mean from one of the two major parties. Then that is indeed the problem. Both of the two major parties, sold out some time ago. My answer is vote third party, and never return anyone to office. At least those who sow corruption, will have to hit a constantly moving target.

      • Priszilla

        Americans vote for the best talk show performance.

        • laura m.

          I don’t participate in a corrupt phony, rigged system, quit voting over thirty years ago; it’s a staged circus, and politician scum are bought and owned by top dog corp/ banking cartels. Local politicians are controlled by higher levels and on up the chain to the Fed. gov. Politicians refuse to listen to their constituents once they’re elected.

          • Priszilla

            Which means, you support anyone, or contest no one. In fact, you are th biggest supporter of the system. Letting everyone do as they like.

            Why don’t you go to the voting booth and select everyone, making your vote invalid?

            It still counts as invalid, reducing the percentage for each party.

            Or vote for the smallest party, taking away percentages from the biggest parties.

            What do you think would happen, if at the next election the 70% non-voters would vote communist?

            Would you get a communiost president in America, or would he be shot?

            Would be at least interesting to find out?

          • laura m.

            You don’t get it; elections are rigged, read the book Vote Fraud. Stalin said that it doesn’t matter who votes, but who counts the votes. My elders told me decades ago, politicians don’t work for a living they are crooks and liars. Now I’m telling you. The whole thing is a charade.

    • 2Gary2

      excellent comment!!!

    • Mondobeyondo

      That’s my personal favorite. :) No one seems to be paying attention.

      “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”…Well guess what folks? It’s broken. Still too many unemployed people. Too many low quality, low wage jobs. Too much DEBT — which is how you survive when you’re unemployed or have a low wage job.

      Something needs to be fixed.

    • CensoredSpeech

      One-half the population has the mental capacity of a gnat! Hoe else could a low-life snake-oil salesman become president?

    • laura m.

      Michael, etc:I see some dysfunctional families in my subdivision; adult children living with older parents. These sorry slackers were unheard of in my day. We couldn’t wait to lv home and get a life. No work ethic today, even if stocking shelves, diner work, or yard service, etc. like my generation did and paid for college, or learned a trade. Yes, stuff is high, food costs going thru the roof. Watch whats on sale, definately not a time to raise kids unless you are wealthy. On short attn spans: I’m a five yr retiree, hubby is 10 yr. People are eating crap/fast foods, fogging up their brains & have more med. problems then those 60′s & up! Won’t exercise, spend too much time tethered to smart phones and social media which I have no use for. Few prep for hurricanes in my area even, run to buy stuff just before it hits land. So many stuck in stupid, but history shows few savvy folks in every generation.

  • Bill

    The consumer gets squeezed more every day by the “lack” of inflation while the Fed prints some more $$$ for us to spend. Tell me how to understand this!!!!

  • jane bobsky

    Don’t worry..the gov’t is booming!

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      True. Travel through the hinterlands outside of DC then…go into DC. Like leaving Mali and entering Singapore.

  • Dawes

    I have four kids under age 13. I sometimes wonder what kind of country they will see when they are 40…assuming they are still here, that is…

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Assuming the country is still here, that is..

    • rikki

      Teach them to THINK on their own….all the i-pad is a distraction from that, they will wind up clueless corporate slugs unless you intervene as a parent.

  • Bill

    Just read this in a news quote:
    “Testimony from the director of the Congressional Budget Office said enactment of the Senate immigration bill (which gave illegal aliens a “path to citizenship’) would “reduce the deficit and increase long-term economic growth.”
    Does this mean the imposter is right?

    • grumpyhillbilly

      You have to understand his education. He likely learned nothing but Keynesian economics from a school that is stuck in the turn of century thinking due to tenure. Back then immigration was a boon. Don’t bother their little minds with the fact there was no safety net and the immigrants were then coming from first world countries. The talking heads can’t comprehend that due to acing dated course work and their self esteem. Then you have the silliness that growing government is equivalent to breaking glass, which somehow is a boon to the economy. Hmm… that might just explain bringing up in mass young males from crime ridden countries. It also begs the question why are thieves and graffiti artists not routinely given the Congressional Medal of Honor?

  • Bill

    If you are broke and could use an extra $7k per month just google the question:

    “Can I get paid to house an alien”

    Unbelievable, but true. Only in America, home of the broke.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is actually true. For those that are curious, you can read about it right here…

      http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/collect-more-than-7000-per-month-for-fostering-adult-illegal-immigrants

      Michael

    • Arno Krause

      I have to admit this offer was tempting when I heard of it but imagine the headache of worrying about your household possessions every time you went out somewhere. Will your chairs, tables and bathroom fixtures still be there when you came back.

      • Sandbagger

        And will your family come down with some disease? Apparently, the “refugees” aren’t being quarantined like they should. (As in the days of Ellis Island.)

    • anonymous1

      Why isn’t anyone willing to house a homeless American, many of whom are military veterans? Why are people so compassionate towards immigrants and so void of compassion for a fellow citizen?

      Why not put all of the immigrants in the Catholic Churches and the homes of politicians?

    • Mondobeyondo

      As long as they’re green and Martian…

    • Trish

      I did hear this on the news and you will be reimbursed ONLY for what you spent and you have to keep receipts of everything you have spent on the children, from Christian Organizations, afterward…you won’t make extra money…

  • DJohn1

    The only way to fix this is to rebuild the conditions that produced the middle class of America.
    Lots of luck getting Congress to see the light on something like that.

    • davidbyrden

      >> ” the conditions that produced the middle class of America”

      Interesting approach. If you ask me, the most important conditions were;

      1.China didn’t have much industry.
      2. There is no [2]

      Have you any suggestions about restoring that situation?

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Tariffs. We had them before the Fed and Income Tax.

      • jakartaman

        yes – downsize government.
        eliminate the epa
        give capitalism freedom form taxation and regulation. Give power back to the states. term limits, elliminate fed and state taxes and institute VAT tax only.

      • DJohn1

        We need to get economists other than the ones we have right now.
        Gary North has a different approach that might work.
        Whatever we do, it is going to need people far better qualified than me to solve it.
        We basically took over the British Empire after World War II. Everyone under the sun seemed to be dependent on us as they were all ruined financially by WWII.
        That has all changed. It is time to rethink the foreign aid approach with something that is better for all people concerned.
        This Congress and many before it have completely destroyed the New Deal Approach. And they really did not know what they were doing when they did so.
        It would take at least 3 pages to even come close to the changes I would make if it were me.

      • bobbobbob

        invest in china USA=poor

  • davidmpark

    Ohhh Mike! When I read the title ” 21 Ways To End The Phrase ‘Americans Are So Broke…’” I thought it was an article on ways citizens are overcoming poverty and was ready to dish out the LONGEST list of things I’ve done to work around poverty.

    Just a simple diatribe then: enforce the constitution, learn the difference between money and wealth, learn to build from anything and everything around you. Wealth is simply taking raw materials from the ground and using your ability and skill to create a needed product. Money is a medium of exchange with it’s own intrinsic value. And have faith in Christ, and hope in His atonement; when both are accomplished then ask the Lord for the riches of the earth with the intent to do good – to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.

    • Trish

      Lot of what is mention at the end if this post is because of corruption in those countries….corruption and it’s getting stronger right here. Yes vote them out if they don’t follow the Constitution.

    • englishvinal

      No David.. “money” as we know it, is PRIVATE script, fiat, debt instrument paper that is owned wholly by the federal reserve bankster organization.
      And who ever uses it (*and we all do, don’t we?) … incurs an “obligation” and has put themselves under the jurisdiction of the state.
      ….
      Christ had no input.. he threw the Jewish money changers OUT of the temple remember?

  • Firstgarden

    Americans are so broke, soon they shalt look up to see bottom.

  • Anthony

    Sadly both our country and its people are so far in debt they will never recover from it.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Slavery takes many forms.

  • michaelbme

    Yo momma is so fat, that if she was worth her weight in gold, she could pay off the national debt!

  • K2

    American economy has become a ‘debt-based’ economy primarily.Generally economies are primarily agriculture based or primarily manufacturing based while some are primarily services based ( services like IT, tourism, finance etc) . American economy started out primarily as agriculture based like all countries, then became mainly manufacturing based, then manly services based and now primarily debt based with all of those taking the back seat. Most european countries too are in the same situation.

    And a debt based economy can only survive for long, if the economy believes that people can pay back the interest and/or the loans. And the capacity of the people to pay them back depends on them having jobs.

    And most jobs are produced by those three sectors..A,M,S. So unless those improve in their job creating capacity, the ‘debt based’ economy wont last for long.

  • Excalibur

    If 19 is accurate, then 20 & 21 must not be. If one is living paycheck to paycheck, one doesn’t have any emergency savings.

    • Drud

      Good catch, Excalibur, all three can be accurate, simply because of the way surveys are answered. I myself, would answer yest to 19, but I DO have some saving, perhaps enough to stretch 6 months in a genuine emergency.

  • http://www.southerncrossxray.com americalsgt

    So as has happened many times when the going gets tough let’s all blame the Jews.

    • Arno Krause

      Are you going to blame the Jews ?

      • http://www.southerncrossxray.com americalsgt

        No. I don’t blame the Jews at all. But it seems ironic that Jew hating begins when there is unrest.

  • Priszilla

    Not owning a home under the age of 35 is pretty normal to me. My parents never owned one. Now they live in my home which I bought at age 40. With cash. So I actually own it.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    America is so broke one third of its people can not participate in the economy except at the margins. What a wonderful time to flood the nation with immigrants!

    • anonymous1

      Anybody think it is all planned yet?

  • Priszilla

    22. Save money. Pay off your debts. Don’t make new debts.
    23. If you don’t have the cash, don’t take out a loan.

    • chris

      Unfortunately it appears that ‘money’ is only created when someone takes out a loan. Therefore without people taking out loans the economy would crash. Maybe the best thing is to not take out a loan to pay for something you can’t really afford or to spend on imported trash you don’t need.

      • Priszilla

        Take out a loan for investment, not for consumption.

        And invest only in things that give a return, that is, something that enables you to save money.

        So forget any financial stuff as investment. That is gambling and like gambling should only be done with money you are prepared to lose.

        Some of my investments:
        - a dehumidifier. Draws water from the air, reduces the chance of mould.
        - a woollen blanket. Reduces heating costs.
        - a down quilt. Saves heating costs.
        - a heating blanket. Uses 30W. Warms the bed before going to bed. Saves heating the bedroom with a 2000W room heater.
        - running shoes. Now I walk/run to the office. Saves me the bus money. Not exposed to coughing people in the bus. Feeling great.

        Didn’t need a loan for any of those investments.

        I took out a loan for my parent’s house improvement. Heater, windows, insulation, safety door. Reduced heating costs by 90%. Not counting future price increases. Triple-paned windows are a mixed blessing.
        There isn’t much heat loss through the window. On the other hand, the snow does not melt on the roof windows.
        But after clearing the snow, the sun will heat the room.

        • K2

          You run to the office?

          • Priszilla

            Yes. We have shower and changing facilities, which makes it easy.

        • K2

          I am asking this because according to medical research, running only ‘straight’ consumes a lot of energy. Running ziz-zag is actually more energy efficient say researchers.

          They say, people should start out walking, then jogging, then running and then running ziz-zag and when approaching the office start jogging again and coming to a stop.

          • Priszilla

            I don’t know about zig-zag. Or the difference of jogging and running.
            I start with a warm up, then walking, then jogging, maybe a sprint in between, some walking and stop at the traffic light before getting to the side streets with little traffic, and crossing some main roads.

          • K2

            zigzag is wonderful you should try it sometime.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    Perhaps we need to get cunning here, and give the broke some money to go to Mexico so as to cross the border. They should just go to the recently cleansed nations like Honduras and Ecuador. Hopefully with a little humility and their learned skill sets they can help their new nation thrive.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    Debt begets more debt. If some of the food budget has been diverted to the Escalade loan the credit card comes out at the grocery store. Works for a while if you don’t have a Fed to print you up some fresh cash. Then it works for a little longer but the hangover will be brutal.

  • Charles

    I was so broke in 2007 I pawned my old TV for $15
    to buy hot dogs and cereal for my kids and 2 gallons of gas. It’s different now. Now I always keep an extra $20 to give to someone down that far.

    • Sandbagger

      Reminds me of the movie, Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith.

    • Mondobeyondo

      I pawned one of my laptop computers for $40 a month ago. It’s still in pawn shop prison.

  • jakartaman

    This is all a bunch of dis-information.
    My President has told me that things are going well and the economy is rebounding well.
    We are letting millions of unskilled folks into our open borders.
    to share our abundance of wealth.

    • Sandbagger

      Que music to The Lego Movie: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!

    • anonymous1

      “We are letting millions of unskilled folks into our open borders.”

      Meanwhile, Americans are expected to go deep into debt in the hope that they might get a job to pay off all of their student loan debt. Without college, many employers won’t even consider an American for a job. Yet, they will hire unskilled immigrants immediately and claim that it is a job that Americans don’t want. Then, Americans find out what the immigrant is getting paid and plenty of Americans would love to make that kind of money, especially when 1/3 of the USA is unemployed.

      Nice that immigrants are getting free housing, free food, free education, free medical, etc. while homeless Americans, many of whom are military veterans get nothing.

      • laura m.

        Exactly why I despise politicians, the scum of the earth, who have destroyed this country and meddle in other countries affairs making things worse, but refuse to attend to what needs to be done here.

  • Dave Jenkins

    “only 36 percent of American adults under the age of 35 currently own a home. ”

    Or is it only 36 percent of American adults under the age of 35 currently OWE on a home ? I doubt most of them actually “OWN” their home, at less than 35 years old.

  • Drud

    I think Michael was on the right track when he speaks about our “long-term problems” that have continued to grow worse since the last crisis. Short-term solution to long-term problems is at the very heart of so many of our societal problems. After all, the quickest surest short-term treatment for the DT’s is a drink. Alcoholism (addiction in general) is a good analogy for our entire culture, and ultimately, real changes must occur at this level. For instance, we measure EVERYTHING in terms of money. Does this really make any sense? We know that currency is manipulated and ephemeral, but we use it for our measuring stick for everything of value. That is insane, but we ALL do it, and we can hardly be blamed, because it is the only way of life we have ever known. Another cultural flaw we have: we worship at the altars of growth and convenience. Even here, and on many other sites, people talk about a “return to real growth” as an answer to economic woes. Again, I ask does this make any sense? Nothing can grow forever, nothing in all the Cosmos. So, we must at some point in our timeline stop growing, right? The way I see it, we will have less pain during the process the sooner it begins. Continuing growth is just another way of kicking the can down the road, of saying “let future generations deal with contraction and sustainability, growth is our divine right). Same thing with convenience, who doesn’t want to do things the easy way? But I tell you this, when things are easy to acquire, they lose their value. These things are the real disease with which our society is afflicted, what we see with our government, our banks, our industries, our entertainment, our overpopulated prisons, our poisoned, manufactured foods, our remarkably hectic lifestyles by which we accomplish remarkably little of real value, these are merely symptoms. The only way out of this mess is a deep-rooted cultural change through which we altar the very way we perceive the world, other people and what we consider valuable. I believe that this will happen, that it is fact inevitable, but, also, the only way people change on a cultural level is through genuine hardship and suffering. That is the part that scares me.

    • anonymous1

      Convenience is nature to all of creation. Even water travels the most convenient path; the path of least resistance.

      • Drud

        The difference, of course, is that water (or electrons which also follow path of lease resistance) are not sentient. I find that following the path of least resistance in life is very much a short-term answer to a long-term problem. I have been very lazy in my life at time, very much moving along the path of least resistance, and looking back, I was miserable. Convenience is like a drug: it can be pleasant and helpful if used in moderation, but can be very addictive, leading to decadence. That is where the path of least resistance has led us as a society.

  • Arno Krause

    I won’t try to give answers to all the 21 points, so i’ll just opine 6 or 7.
    #1 debt collections. I used to joke about stuff like this but it happened to me. I get a call out of nowhere, and the cretin on the other end of the phone says I owe them 14,000 dollars. Not. I didn’t sign a contract with anybody for that sum. These are scam artists that will try anything to make an easy buck.
    #2 P.O. payday loans. Why not. This just shows what kind of government we have here in the US. Nothing more need be said.
    #3 People keeping their cars for 11.4 years. I broke that record. My car is 14.8 years old as I type this.
    #5 People can’t afford to keep homes. I bought a home where I could afford, property taxes are a scandal. I didn’t buy a 200/300 thousand dollar home either.
    #6/7 Kids are broke and relying on parents. Thanks to ridiculous student loans, this is how it is. With fewer jobs for these kids, naturally, parents are the last resort against starvation..Also the reason why some parents are losing their homes is because a lot of them mortgaged their homes two or three times over to pay for their kids tuition/room & board. These kids have a degree and no job to go with it. Naturally the parents can’t afford the freight of both their own bills and those kids at the same time and that’s the reason for many foreclosures.
    #18 My favorite. Kids/juveniles living on the streets.Yes, import thousands of more examples from south of our border to bolster this statistic. We do not need these people over here. Ship them back to their countries of origin. Have Interpol arrest the parents for child endangerment, and the tatoo’ed Huns mixed in with them.

  • ian

    Americans are not broke. I work in the tourist industry and their are floods of upper middle class white large families literally everywhere you look. Starting to think this economic collapse is not just manufactured talk.

    • kfilly

      According to the Social Security Administrations website, roughly 40% of the working population makes under $20k a year. I bet those aren’t the people you saw.

      • anonymous1

        No, it is probably the supervisors of the people making under $20k per year. Instead of giving employees the raises they deserve for their hard work, management and business owners use the money to take a few extra vacations. Look at our politicians taking fancy, high dollar vacations while 1/3 of the country sits unemployed and is struggling financially.

  • hon788

    Obama does say you should take legal advantage of the system and use credit, and he has a point.

  • hon788

    Obama has said he wants longer terms for congress, bigger government to aid more jobs and other usual b.s

  • Jim Agnew

    Americans are so broke, they’re paying one credit card off with another credit card.

  • jsmith

    No doubt Americans are hurting, but I wonder how many of them have cable TV and Iphones?

    • anonymous1

      Yes. How dare those spoiled Americans want any luxuries in their lives. Don’t they know that it is a privilege for them to be allowed to work multiple minimum wage jobs just to try to make ends meet each week? How dare they want a little sunny spot in their life for all of their hard work. Phones, t.v., cable, books, indoor plumbing, air conditioning, and every other modern advancement is only for the wealthy that do no work; not for those that are poor but do all of the work. How dare those poor people-they should know their place by now. They are only here on earth to wake up, work until they are ready to pass out or need medical care, sleep for a few hours and do the same day after day. They should look forward to that as it is a privelage for them to serve the wealthy, and a privelage to be paid minimum wage for their entire lifetime. Those poor working class people should be grateful that the wealthy allow them to work for low wages.

      • Guest

        I think you missed the point that jsmith was trying to say. An example, I know a family who due to an unfortunate diagnosis of their child both parents currently are not working. They receive social security disability for this child who is under a year old. When the dad was working and they were receiving the disability they were able to manage a $130/month cable bill plus a $150 cell phone bill each month. But they couldn’t pay to get food, diapers, ect for their kids. What jsmith is saying is that people have their priorities wrong. I feel bad for families in situations like such but is it a necessity to survive to have cable and cell phones (smart phones) then ask people to help you out and donate money?

  • j lemurian

    Can you write ONE article without the word “absolutely”? Its annoying.

    • jaxon64

      simple solution..if the author annoys you, don’t read what he writes..duh…

      • j lemurian

        F U

  • Priszilla

    US households 12 trillion in debt?

    Lets say 350 million people, all organised in 2-person households, that would mean 70,000 debt per household.

    How can you make so much debt? And how can banks give so much loans?

    • chris

      Last time i checked UK household debt was around £1.45 trillion. As in the USA it is probably mostly mortgage debt on overpriced houses. Thanks Brown and Cameron!

      BTW UK Government debt is officially about £1.2 trillion.

      • Priszilla

        Yes, same same.

      • anonymous1

        Homes are very overpriced in the USA. Homes that are put together with very cheap building materials and practices but are considered middle-class homes are about $250,000. Meanwhile, many Americans make less than $40,000 annually. One can still get a semi-affordable home, $40,000 to $100,000, if they are willing to live in a rural area. This means almost no services, and a 50-60 mile drive to get to services.

    • anonymous1

      I wonder if that figure includes student loan debt? In the USA, one can barely get a job cleaning toilets without a degree anymore. So, everyone goes to college. Student loan debt hassurpassed credit card debt as Americans owe $1 trillion + in student loan debt. The cost of living (rent, food, clothes, gas, etc.) has gotten so high that many people are charging basic expenses on credit cards just to make it through the month. Public transit really isn’t an option in the USA as there isn’t really much public transit. Taxis are wildly expensive and not an option for most people.

      There was a time in the USA when anyone that worked was able to live a middle-class life, send their kids to college, take a vacation, and save a little. Those days are gone. Now, a loyal 20 year employee will likely still be paid minimum wage by their employer; meanwhile the employer buys another multi-million dollar vacation home and a new car.

      Waiters and waitresses still make $2.13 per hour and a lot of people don’t want to see that change, and they don’t want to tip 20% of the bill either. So, there really is no hope for the working class in America anymore. Greed rules all in America.

    • Scared Economist


      How can you make so much debt? And how can banks give so much loans?”
      How about $70,000 in student loans to get a Bachelor degree in Management to end up with a $10 an hour job. The banks don’t care, the loans are guarranteed by the government and the borrowers can’t file bankruptcy on student loans.

      • Priszilla

        How can you spend $70,000 on a bachelor degree?

        That’s insane.

        But as nobody cares, it doesn’t matter then?

  • krinks

    One of the things I recall from watching Dr Zhivago was people accepted communism because they thought it would end the rich’s oppression of everyone else when their assets were all seized. I could easily see this happen here the minute someone decides to rise to power the same way and it will work. This time though they will pretend to be Muslim and accuse the rich/bankers of being wicked Jews.

    • Chris

      Who told you the Plan?!

  • Priszilla

    How do I compare with the average American household?
    Americans spend $16,887 per year on housing. We spend £6700, including rent, water, gas, electricity, council tax, tv license;

    Americans: $8998 on transport. We have currently a long distance relationship and I travel quite a lot between two homes. Makes about £4000 per year.

    Americans $6599 on food, $3557 for other, $2605 for entertainment, $1736 for apparel, . We spend about £12 per person and day in cash for groceries, including food, cleaning, restaurants, bus, phone cards, clothing, books, etc.

    On healthcare we pay about 12% of our gross income for National Insurance.

    We don’t have debts. I paid the last two years of rent from my savings since I didn’t have a job, and covered everything else from the minimum wage job of my partner.

    Right now it’s a bit difficult. Two homes for rent, additional travel, additional costs for cooking and cleaning. Moving soon, in that time paying for three homes, and the moving itself.
    After settling in, the world will look much better. Only one rent. Savings in lighting, heating and cooking. Massively reduced travel costs. I should hope to be back to increasing the savings account before the end of the year.

    You never know when the next crisis is coming. Better be prepared.

    • jaxon64

      and your grand daughters will be wearing burkhas..shut up with your anti-USA claptrap already.

  • Bill

    Michael, a serious question-why is it that down votes don’t seem to register?

    • Brendan D.

      They DO register. Most comment-sections on the internet, including this website, and major ones like Youtube, register the down votes, but do not display them. Instead, comments with higher numbers of down votes are shifted downwards in the column of comments (thus comments are now less chronological: a newer comment with more down votes will be found near the bottom of the comments list).

  • 2Gary2

    Conservatives are immoral f-ing scum. Read below to see why you are loosing BIG.

    Senate
    Republicans blocked a bill today that would potentially bring millions
    of jobs back to the United States by refusing to end tax breaks for
    companies who outsource jobs.

    A
    procession of Republicans makes its way to the Senate floor, and
    individually Senators begin to explain why they voted against a good
    bill. After voting against an increase in the minimum wage; after voting
    against equal pay for women; after voting against cost-cutting energy
    efficiency; after voting against student loan refinancing; following all
    of these votes, the same spectacle unfolds immediately after:
    Republicans come to the floor and tried to make their case. So instead of voting for a good piece of legislation that would benefit folks back home, they spend a lot of time here explaining why they did the opposite.

    • kfilly

      You said Republicans are losing. Yes, I agree they suck. Where I will disagree is with you is that the Democrats suck worse as they are the most anti-freedom and anti-American traitors that could ever be found. What you have the in the USSA is a single party system operating under the facade of a two party system. Enjoy your dictatorship.

      Below is the following things that Democrats have in common with Hitler:
      1) Want to destroy free speech. Started off innocent enough through PC speech. Now, working to crush First Amendment.
      2) Provide abortion to eliminate undesirables. Hitler used this control mental illnesses. In the USSA, they place thembin low income neighborhoods. The highest percentage of abortions are African American.
      3) Sided with the Muslim Brotherhood.
      4) Want single payer health care. When they control funding of doctors, they can control where the people live (they place the doctors where they want them) and who gets care (sorry freedom lovers, old/sick people). It’s all about control.
      5) They are against the Second Amendment. They don’t want the slaves to be able to fight back.
      6) Candidate Obama stated we needed a large police force that was to our military. Militarization of local police departments.
      7) Increased surveillance of the population. Also, implementated a rat on fellow citizens program-See Something, Say Something.
      8) National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and 2014 are similar to Hitler’s Enabling Act.
      9) Obamadon’tcare is similar to Hitler’s T4 Program.

      Yep, Gary keep voting for the “good” guys. I vote for the Constitution which means against this government.

    • davidmpark

      Alinsky tactics:
      1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have
      2. Never go outside the experience of your people
      3. Whenever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy
      4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules
      5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
      You do what you can with what you have
      and clothe it with moral arguments.
      6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy
      7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag
      8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics, and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose

      We know how you operate. Only your hard-core mates are buying it. Your illegitimate usurping socialist-democracy is dying. The Constitutional Republic will survive and thrive. We are free because we were created free – our very biology denotes individual over collective.

      • 2Gary2

        who is the current president? So you really think conservatives stand a chance of ever being president again ever? Have you seen the demographics? I would say old Saul’s tactics worked quite well.

        • davidmpark

          And I’ve seen my nation go from bad to worse. Many are needlessly suffering. And I have seen the demographics. The socialist democracy IS dying.

    • bobbobbob

      u r the greatist!!!! if you need anything i will help you!!!! thanks for your comments. Imake75K and gave
      2K to democrats so far this yr. usa=poor!!!. im investing 30% in CHN (thechinafund) thanks again!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2Gary2

    Tax the rich and redistribute the wealth. Make corp like welfare queen walmart pay a living wage instead of doing stock buy backs with their obscene profits..Stop tax payer subsiding low wage work like hugely profitable fast food/walmarts etc. by having taxpayer provide food stamps to their too low paid employees. They need to be billed for their externalizing costs and internalizing profits.

    • libsareajokeandeffeminate

      lmao x 3

  • deciodantas

    Hi fm Brazil..
    When I started to work with port shipping in the biggest port of Brazil, Santos. in the 80 s we were passing by a terrible recession with the IFM putting a lot of pressure and taking the food off the table of the poorest. I remember that a lot of people at least 2 a day asked us in the office how to get in a ship to go to the States….Tell the captain I clean the deck and holds for paying the tkts…it was impossible to do it by the office, but we heard histories that some ships crewmen charged some people for the voyage, they were called Stowaways or aliens. I heard a history of a friend of mine I don t know if true or not that Immigration arrested him and others and he fled through the bus side window…
    Seeing the pictures today of Der Spiegel children up on the trains roof I remember what has happened some 30 yrs ago.
    USA still with all the problems of today ,,,war in Ukarine Massacre at Gaza, USA Still is the land of opportunity for them for the poorest of the poor. We foreigners respect the USA institutions that work…
    USA helps the world with donations, americans are good people. During my port profissional experience i worked with americans crewmen I had the pleasure to meet on a ship the souls of american fm all parts of the country east west coast rural and southerns and cowboys, blacks , hispanics former
    veterans fm Vietnam. I never been to the States hope to be one day crossing the country with a motorcycle my dreams, i did it already here at South America riding some 10 000 kms.
    USA is considered the Meca for the poorest poor of Central America, I know it is difficult the situation now after 30 yrs..even that time I asked the americans fm the ships about the president Clinton jobs, they said yes there are but badly paid…Today 1n 2014 it is difficult to find a bad paid job…
    Who to blame? Tecnology that wipe out jobs that don r comeback anymore, Out sourcing? Greed, Super richs?
    The world is passing by a change the world needs a recovery between USA and Europe that as time passes more dificcult it looks like even with today news of 4 % grow…
    Anyway with all the problems the world needs that USA rebound and supply the needed with employment for their citizens and for the rest that dreams of dream the American Dream…

    • anonymous1

      Why isn’t Central America taking action to provide opportunities for their people? Why isn’t Central America upset about losing so many of their people/taxpayers/workforce?

    • a clever peasant

      You seem pretty well caught up on the USA for a guy from Brazil. Weird dialect for a Portugese speaker too and a little too supportive of the illegals. Is this a Nancy Pelosi constituent?

      • deciodantas

        Mr Clever Peasant, I don t know who is that lady Mrs Pelosi. I m neutral though it affects sides that I should n t judge. In reality I was seeing two pictures fm the Der Spiegel reportage with lots of people on the trains roofes, then I remembered some facts that happended in the past. Well taking in advance the opportunity to reply yr comment. It looks like that government is opening the legs, why? Because of the Free Land discourse and Liberty? Remember Banana Fruit massacre, Grenada and others ocasions, maybe now it is time to reconsiderate some bad behaviours fm the past…

        • a clever peasant

          Opening the legs? More like grabbing the ankles!

          • deciodantas

            Looks like..Here in Brazil we have a similar situation..Once that our government now is more engaged in the world scenario our Army personnel acted in Haiti as security aid for UN. Some years past and now the Haitians are entering in Brazil through Peru Bolivia and our government is providing them with temporary citizenship htey canapply for jobs like we do, as unemployment is not so high it makes no harm.
            After the episody of World Cup some nationals fans fm Ghana remained in the country requesting asylum, government studying the possibility but they the government is perceiveing that some coyetes like yours are making some money..The world is full of similar cases, normal people of the public don t accept it but it is a social situation that are resulted in some cases fm the war casualties, social explosions in some countries of Central America, Middle East, you can imagine if a stowaway joins a ship with ebola and get is in Europe or Americas, till today we don t know if Aids was transmitted fm monkeys or brought by humans iintercontinents..
            Anyhow personally I like much the States and their people..

  • 2Gary2

    americans need bigger paychecks–raise min wage to 15 per hour. Seattle did and its booming because more people have more to spend.

    • Joe Kleinkamp

      That hasn’t even kicked in yet numbnuts. It’s hard to tell if you’re just impaired or a serial liar. Either way your credibility is a joke.

      • 2Gary2

        but its coming.

        • libsareajokeandeffeminate

          lmao.

      • davidmpark

        I debated gary years ago when I first came here. He’s a proud and willing welfare recipient. A total socialist. Don’t be too upset with his comments – he wants a raise.

    • kfilly

      How about a solution that would work that is not proposed by the people trying enslave you (the government)? The solution is simple. Fix the currency. To explain what I mean, the minimum wage in 1964 was a $1.25. Our money was tied to gold and a dollar was equivalent to an ounce of silver. As a matter of fact, you had an ounce of silver in any denomination of silver coins. I make $21 an hour. An ounce of silver goes for around $25 bucks an ounce and the silver market is heavily manipulated down by JP Morgan. As it stands, I make comparatively less than a minimum wage earner did than in 1964. That is why so many families need two incomes to stay afloat today. Fix the money not raise the minimum wage.

      • 2Gary2

        going back to a gold standard is not realistic in any way shape or form. This should be very obvious. What are we going to do base our money value on how much gold a South Africa mine may produce?

        Much easier to get the welfare queens corporations to pay a living wage.

    • libsareajokeandeffeminate

      lmao

    • Scared Economist

      My cousin lived in Seattle for 5 years. Even making much higher wages he couldn’t make enough to cover the high cost-of-living there. He moved back to Cincinnati where he makes just $8.50 an hour and he’s living better than when he made almost double that in Seattle.

  • GSOB

    Romans 13:8

  • GSOB

    Ephesians 1:3 – 4

  • Kevin

    Why not be self emplyed?

  • DerpDerp

    “If things are this bad now, during the so-called “economic recovery”, how bad will things get during the next major economic downturn?”

    Because the economic recovery the government and the media talk about are based on corporate numbers; how well corporations are doing. How much are corporations are producing, how much revenue they’re generating, etc.

  • DerpDerp

    Michael,

    I’ve been reading you articles for some time now. Some of your articles, like this one, I agree with. Some of them, I don’t. One thing I notice here are the comments that follow afterwards. Lots of people agreeing with you, and sharing their knowledge about how things are bad and getting worse.

    One thing that you do not do, however, is suggest answers to the problems; or at least ways to minimize the effects of the bad things that are going on. If you go to YouTube, you’ll see thousands of videos that echo the same sentiments you write about here. There’s a flood of this sort of information.

    What is sorely lacking are answers. What is missing are ideas that people can use to minimize the impact of all the bad things that are coming. I mean, okay, the US collapses….then what? The gestapo is coming to round you up into FEMA camps…what can you do? The dollar collapses…how do you prepare?

    It’s easy to say “things are bad, and getting worse”. But if you know that already, what next? It’s like saying “The ship is headed straight for that iceberg.” If no one is turning the ship, telling people that the ship is headed for the iceberg won’t really help. At that point, maybe it’s time to tell people to get into lifeboats, and put on life jackets.

    • Mark Caldwell

      The crony cryptocapitalist system mastered by the kleptocrats and accompanied by all the oligarchs of modern collectivism CANNOT be reversed.

      The pain that is coming could foolishly be argued as being cyclical but the system has never had power vertically integrated to this level before. The global derivatives bubble dwarfs all other bubbles in the world: chinese housing/commercial real estate bubble, student loan bubble, etc.

      All of this will unwind, cities will burn, wars will go nuclear, terrorism will flourish, rinse, repeat.

      To fix all of this would require goverments and the financier plutocrats to be dethroned. Not going to happen. People are becoming dumber as a rule.

  • frank1569

    ‘Hollywood’ is ‘confused’ as to why box office grosses are down over 20%. The fact that over half of us have to work 2 hours in order to afford a single peak time movie ticket is apparently confusing.

  • Randy Townsend

    Can’t be true. The WH, all the economists, everybody assures us the good times are back and things are great!!!! ;-)

  • Tyrone Olds

    AMERICANS SUFFERING? GOOD. ABOUT TIME.

  • hotstiks

    I watched a subprime auto loan commercial on satellite TV this afternoon, and It looked exactly like a payday loan commercial. A neighbor with no job or credit asked myself to make the call for them. I suggested that someone with an education might deter the lender. My neighbor missed my point, but went home and called herself, and the loan is being processed. The catch is that it is for a new car, and she must utilize a seller associated with the lender. I asked the rate of interest, and she said it is negotiated by the seller. She said dealers are offering 0%, and wasn’t too happy when I pointed out that was for customers with good credit. Is a Federal program guaranteeing these loans?

  • JasonD

    Your mama is so broke she shoplifts at Goodwill

  • armst

    America is so broke that we need to import millions of illegals to do the low paying jobs that most out of work people want….and the governments taxing regime is breaking us further…

  • Mondobeyondo

    Where we used to be: Ecclesiastes 10:17
    Where we are now: Ecclesiastes 10:16
    Where we’re going: You don’t wanna know

  • Stephanie S

    I was at a Midwest discount chain store today, they have stores in several cities and they are kind of a shlocky mix of everything as far as what is offered. Prices are so-so. After being in the store about 10 min. looking around in the aisles, I was chased down by a clerk who said loudly, “Ma’am you’ll have to leave your back pack in the front.” I didn’t understand at first and she became even more adamant. I’m an older woman and don’t think I look like a threat. If that’s their idea of customer relations, I am outta there. Dollar General is across the street, has better prices, and said nothing about my back pack.

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  • Joethecuckleburr

    Your masters would love for you to continue thinking that we can VOTE our way out of this mess. When you participate in THEIR election circus, you give sanction and consent to your own destruction. It’s taken years for me to arrive at this conclusion, but I will no longer vote in any national election. I’m telling TPTB that I know the system is hopelessly rigged and 100% corrupt and I withdraw my consent and approval. This is the only way, at this late date, that an election will matter, i.e., we refuse to participate.

    • peace angel

      NOT sure what post you are responding to—I am saying what you just said.

      I SAID that ALL our DC elections are fraudulent. Many state elections are bought by one party or the other.

      I recommended that everyone read the 100 year old PROOF of this on WIKI.

      I wrote speeches/lies for BOTH parties. I realized in my twenties while working with these thieves that there is ONLY ONE party in DC. That was in the 70′s.

      From the inside you learn quickly that they only hate each other when talking to the sleeping public.

      TODAY though that hatred is running raw and is often real because of new, young people who don’t want to sign on to the creation of the NWO, but they CANNOT get elected to DC.

      NO party is coming to save anyone.

      NOT voting will not remove the cabal. The NWO has already been legislated.

      THE ONLY thing that WOULD work is for the nation to NOT pay taxes FOR ONE YEAR.

      BUT as only a third of Americans even vote, that leaves 85% still in the dark and clueless.

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  • C, Starnes

    I wonder if we are being punished for the 50 million abortions done over the last 40 years.

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