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24 Statistics To Show To Anyone Who Believes That America Has A Bright Economic Future

Beware of bubbles of false hope.  Right now there is a lot of talk about how the U.S. economy is improving, but it is all a lie.  The mainstream media can be very seductive.  When you sit down to watch television your brain tends to go into a very relaxed mode.  In such a state, it becomes easy to slip thoughts and ideas past your defenses.  Sometimes when I am watching television I realize what the media is trying to do and yet I can still feel it happening to me.  In this day and age, it is absolutely critical that we all think for ourselves.  When you look at the long-term trends and the long-term numbers, a much different picture of the U.S economy emerges than the one that is painted for us on television.  Over the long-term, the number of good jobs in America has been steadily going down.  Over the long-term, the number of Americans living in poverty and living on food stamps has been steadily going up.  Over the past couple of decades, tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of our national wealth have gone out of the country.  Our debt is nearly 15 times larger than it was 30 years ago, and U.S. consumer debt has soared by 1700% over the past 40 years.  Year after year the rate of inflation goes up faster than our incomes do, and this is absolutely devastating the middle class.  Anyone who believes that we can keep doing the same things that we have been doing and yet America will still have a bright economic future is delusional.  Until the long-term trends which are taking the U.S. economy straight into the toilet are reversed, any talk of a bright economic future is absolute nonsense.

In America today, we have such a short-term focus.  We are all so caught up with what is happening right now.  Our attention spans seem to get shorter every single year.  At this point it would not be hard to argue that kittens have longer attention spans than most of us do.  (If you have ever owned a kitten you know how short their attention spans can be.)  Things have gotten so bad that most of our high school students cannot even answer the most basic questions about our history.  If people are not talking about it on Facebook or Twitter it is almost as if it does not even matter.

But any serious student of history knows that is is absolutely crucial to examine long-term trends.  And when you look at the long-term trends, it rapidly becomes apparent that the U.S. economy is in the midst of a nightmarish long-term decline.

The following are 24 statistics to show to anyone who believes that America has a bright economic future....

#1 Inflation is a silent tax that steals wealth from all of us.  We continue to shell out increasing amounts of money for the basic things that we need, and yet our incomes are not keeping pace.  Just check out the following example.  Gasoline prices have been trending higher for several years in a row as one blogger recently noted....

January 2009           $1.65

January 2010           $2.57

January 2011           $3.04

January 2012           $3.29

#2 If you can believe it, the average American household spent approximately $4,155 on gasoline during 2011.

#3 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#4 Health care costs continue to rise at a very alarming pace.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980.  Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

#5 Getting a college education has also become insanely expensive in America.  After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#6 To get the same purchasing power that you got out of $20.00 back in 1970 you would have to have more than $116 today.

#7 To get the same purchasing power that you got out of $20.00 back in 1913 you would have to have more than $457 today.

#8 There are fewer payroll jobs in the United States today than there were back in 2000 even though we have added more than 30 million extra people to the population since then.

#9 The U.S. economy is bleeding millions of good jobs.  Greedy CEOs are systematically shipping them overseas and our politicians are standing around and doing nothing about it.  This has gone on year after year after year.  The following is from a recent article by Paul Craig Roberts....

In the first decade of the 21st century, Americans lost 5,500,000 manufacturing jobs. US employment in the manufacture of computer and electronic products fell by 40%; in the production of machinery by 30%, in motor vehicles and and parts by 44%, and in the manufacture of clothing by 66%.

#10 Our economic infrastructure is being torn apart right in front of our eyes.  In 2010, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.  Overall, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

We have made it legal for big corporations to send millions of jobs to countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages, where the tax burden is much lighter and where there are barely any regulations.  The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article posted on Economy in Crisis....

Back in the ‘80s, I called my friend Walter in California and asked: “On your next expansion we need a plant in South Carolina.” Walter replied: “We don’t produce anything in the United States. It’s all in China. China furnishes you the plant on a year-to-year basis. If your investment works out, you don’t have to pay any corporate tax; just reinvest it for another plant and more profit. If it doesn’t work out, you can walk away with no legacy costs. I send a quality controller to watch production. I check on it every day. I don’t have any labor, health, safety, or environmental concerns, and have time to play a round of golf.” The bleeding of jobs off-shore started in the ‘80s — now hemorrhages under Bush and Obama. Waiting for the economy to bounce back; calling this “the worst recession” is a bum rap. The reason the economy hasn’t bounced back since 2008 is because the economy is being off-shored.

#11  As a result of our insane economic policies, our trade balances are absolutely exploding.  For example, the U.S. trade deficit with China in 2010 was 27 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#12 As you read this, there are millions of Americans out there wondering why they can't find any jobs.  According to Reuters, 23.7 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now.

#13 The number of good jobs has been steadily shrinking in America.  Since the year 2000, the United States has lost 10% of its middle class jobs.  In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

#14 Over the last three decades, the percentage of low income jobs has consistently risen.  Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

#15 The number of middle class neighborhoods also continues to decline.  In 1970, 65 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods".  By 2007, only 44 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods".

#16 A decade ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult.  By 2010, the United States had fallen to seventh.

#17 Our incomes continue to go down.  Since December 2007, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation.

#18 Unfortunately, middle class Americans have been seeing their incomes decline for a very long time.  According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#19 Since 1971, consumer debt in the United States has increased by a whopping 1700%.  Unfortunately, U.S. consumers have still not learned how to stay out of debt.  According to a recent article posted on Financial Armageddon, the rate of personal savings in the United States is rapidly falling right now at the same time that the total amount of consumer credit is absolutely skyrocketing.

#20 The number of children living in poverty in America keeps rising year after year. The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010.

#21 The number of Americans on food stamps continues to set new all-time records.  Just check out the following progression....

October 2008: 30.8 million Americans on food stamps

October 2009: 37.6 million Americans on food stamps

October 2010: 43.2 million Americans on food stamps

October 2011: 46.2 million Americans on food stamps

#22 The U.S. debt problem has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Recently, the debt of the federal government surpassed 100% of GDP for the first time ever.

#23 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

#24 Barack Obama's proposed 2012 budget projects that the national debt will rise to 26 trillion dollars a decade from now.  And his budget numbers are ridiculously optimistic.

Are you starting to get the picture?

All of the long-term economic numbers are progressively getting worse.

As the economy continues to crumble, large numbers of Americans are becoming really desperate.  For example, a recent Mother Jones article detailed how large numbers of formerly middle class Americans are now actually growing marijuana in an effort to make ends meet.

As things continue to get worse, people will become even more desperate.  There are millions of people out there that find themselves unable to pay the mortgage and put food on the table for their families.  When people hit rock bottom, they often find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that they would do.

Meanwhile, the big Wall Street banks just keep getting larger and more powerful.  We have allowed the "too big to fail" banks to become much bigger than they have ever been before.  The total assets of the six largest U.S. banks increased by 39 percent between September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2011.

Wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated at the very top even as the overall economic pie in America continues to get smaller.

As our economic problems become worse, more Americans than ever are trying to find ways to "escape".

For example, according to one new government report one out of every six adults in America is a binge drinker.

Other Americans "tune out" by watching endless hours of television, by playing endless hours of video games or by indulging in endless hours of other forms of entertainment.

There are even some Americans that are giving up completely.  For example, one elderly man actually robbed a bank just so that he could get arrested and be taken to prison where he would get free health care.

But as I have written about previously, now is not the time to give up.  Instead, now is the time to prepare for the great challenges that are ahead.

Almost every generation in history has been faced with great challenges and great hardships at some point.

Yes, there will be some incredibly hard times ahead, but that also means that there will be a need for some great heroes.

Just because the U.S. economy is falling apart does not mean that life is over.

We are living during one of the most exciting times in all of human history.  Instead of cowering in fear, let us embrace these times and focus on becoming the people that we were created to be.

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  • McKinley Morganfield

    “We are living during one of the most exciting times in all of human history.”

    Indeed, this will be a very interesting year as we watch the debt bubble pop.

  • Mark

    Another quality article. Thank you.

    • jack nichols

      I second that

  • Jason

    The attention span def has a link between that and GMO food/florinated water..
    Its darker than we think..

    They dont want us to think.

    • Lennie Pike

      Feel either.

      All that’s needed to prove to anyone that what you said is true, is to live for two months in a country where the food is the way God created it – Obviously He and not Monsanto etc. knows what our bodies and minds should eat. In two months, the hormones, msg, aspartame, won’t be controlling you.

      After two months, anyone will realize that they are much much more aware and alive – you will feel like you did when you were a little kid -there will be no flat-lining and blind allegiance to anything or anyone like Americans have been conditioned to be.

      I don’t know if the purpose of our poisoned food is to make a quicker buck, or to condition Americans to be zombies – why couldn’t it be both?

      • Jason

        Exactly, they wouldnt pass up a missed opportunity to make a buck. When thats what this game is all about..

        You can tell a zombie population to wake up when theyve been being put to sleep walk mode since birth. You can wake a few but notice all the fight videos are at a mc donalds or taco bell..

        And people think when we abuse an animal raise it in a cage all its life and chuck it into the cart to be slaughtered, that those animals abused energys are not proliferating the bowels of your stomach. The same strees and depression hormones released in the animal get released into you.

        So someone wants to fight the next day, usually youd walk away, instead you go virgina tech from years of food abuse.. That is why most people here are so tick tick boom all the time..

      • Kevin

        Great points Lennie. I beginning to believe that we are victims of slow kill. But I can’t figure out how the globalists plan to thrive in a world as polluted as they are making it.

  • M. Hapney

    Still one of the finest videos put on YouTube to explain what is happening and why nothing is being done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D71aiYq7jeM&feature=related

    • http://YAHOO RICHARD

      GREAT VIDIEO HAPNEY.

    • Kathy Smith

      Awesome video some rear food for thought

      • Kathy Smith

        i meant real

  • http://HomelessMovie.org How to Be Homeless in America

    This reminds of a story about an alcoholic named Harry sitting on his usual bar stool. One day someone asked one of his bar buddies why they didn’t try to help him get sober.

    “It wouldn’t do any good” said his friend. “Harry’s liver is shot and the rest of him isn’t much better. He only has a year of two left to live regardless of what happens now. A few year’s ago they could have done something, but now it’s just too late. He may as well enjoy what time he has left.”

    Harry is our economy.

    Figure out how to get buy without him.

  • knightowl77

    It is time to reap what we have sewn….

    I believe the collapse is inevitable. I hope that it happens sooner rather than later. I am about 70% ready and hope to be as ready as I can be by May or June. Though we may not have that much time….
    War with Iran is a possibility
    More unrest in the Middle East may spread
    The EU may dissolve with multiple bank failures
    The new leader of N Korea may want to prove himself as a capable military commander
    Pandemic?
    Natural disaster
    Or some yet unseen/unknown Black Swan type event…
    Any one of these could trigger the beginning of the financial meltdown…

    • Rancher

      Knight,

      I agree with you. The up coming economic forecasted crash correction can and more than likely will be triggered early by some other occurrence happening first to collapse the house of cards.

      I am glad to see you almost set up to ride out the storm. Sure hope you have a more remote location and others to watch your back while you sleep ;-)

      • US Airborne

        in Idaho.

    • madbuilder

      anyone familiar with this preparation plan? i am slightly suspicious and would like some feedback
      thanks
      http://madbuilder.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/the-contact/

      • Nobody

        I read it.

        What plan? There wasn’t one mentioned.

    • D

      The only countries left in 2011 without a Central Bank are Iran, North Korea, and Cuba. In 2000 the list included Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya but subsequent invasions by the U.S. and NATO eliminated those “problems”. Iran is next.

  • dmitry

    Michael:

    thank you so much with this encouraging words –

    “We are living during one of the most exciting times in all of human history. Instead of cowering in fear, let us embrace these times and focus on becoming the people that we were created to be”

    always,

    dmitry

  • newton

    I really feel this article was well done & researched. But most of all; I applaud the way you give people a choice.

    Never, ever give up ! And this time around; we all have had the opportunity to get our house in order.

    There will always be opportunity in the USA

    ALLWAYS !

    Question is – will you be in a position to take advantage of said opportunities ? Or flat broke busted because you just had to have the Caddy Escalade like your neighbors and now your broke and the car is worth 100 bucks.

    Choices !

    • Paul

      Right.

      As I wrote below, last year I paid about £1,000 for public transport. No parking fees, no insurance, no garage fee, no insurance, no car tax, no MOT.

      • Orange Jean

        So, I assume you are living in England or some such place where that’s an option. MOST of the US does not have available public transportation, so that is not an option. Yes, our big cities have it, for the most part (except poor quality in some places, like LA and other Southern CA – it would take hours to get where you can drive in a much shorter time).

        Much of that is because a lot of this country is not densely populated (nor should it be, in a lot of places in the US the low density places don’t have enough water to sustain a high density population.

        Also in cities here the public transit isn’t all that cheap (Boston, if I remember correctly, a month’s bus and subway pass was around $200).

        Of course, if the SHTF big time, a lot of public transportation would suffer the same fate as the individual car/truck… no gas! Or no electricity, to pump the gas!!

  • Colin

    There was an article this year about the rising cost of college education, and projected an estimated cost for the year 2034. The figures are stunning. For the parents who have young children, these prices have them frightened.

    The article –

    http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/01/09/010912-news-college-costs-1-5/

    These rising costs of living is one reason I think that saving for retirement is a frustrating exercise in futility. No matter how much you save, it will never be enough.

    • Greg

      Saving for retirement may “never be enough” but it will put you far ahead of those who do not save anything.

      • Colin

        I am not opposed to saving for retirement. I see myself as being realistic to the reality that the money one puts aside for retirement has a limit and may run out before death occurs.

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    The crisis will be over after the Iran war.

    • Paul

      Which one?

      The third, the fourth, the twentyseventh?

      How much money will the government need to borrow for that war and how will it be able to pay all that money back?

      The government’s income will need to come from a tax payer. And that tax payer will need to have money in the first place.

      If you don’t tax the rich, you need to import many more poor people you can tax.

  • Loll

    One word: Adapt. What’s the alternative? Curl up and die?

    • Rancher

      Adapt and over come. With over whelming firepower.

    • mondobeyondo

      Sure! Why not! Just sit in a corner and cry out, “Why me, Lord? Why me?

      Some dude named Moses did something similar, and look what happened to him.

  • Rodster
    • Orange Jean

      SAD certainly… but oddly enough, my grandfather on my dad’s side suffered that fate (was kicked out of his house at age 5, because of alcoholic parents!). That was in Poland, 19th century. He survive, obviously or I wouldn’t be here.

      One thing important, which we in the US seem to have forgotten… do NOT coddle your kids! Teach them how to survive, and if something should happen to you, they have a much better chance of making it.

  • i’vegivenup

    Prepare for the worst and hope that you don’t end up living in the streets fighting for food, water, etc. God bless us all….

  • mondobeyondo

    This is not the first time this nation has ever faced crisis. Not by a long shot. It’s just that it is now our turn.

    How will we rank up when all is said and done? Do we have the bravery of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams? Will we have the courage of the Civil War generation? The optimism and moral strength of the “Greatest Generation” that endured the Great Depression and World War II?

    Or will we curl up into a ball and whimper like a scared puppy? “Oh, it’s so hard, I can’t take it anymore, life is hopeless, waaahhhh!” Well, has there ever been a time on Earth when life was easy?

    We are facing challenges that no previous generation in American history has faced. Now, it’s our generation’s turn. We can make a difference. Todd Beamer (one of the passengers on United 93), famously said, “Let’s roll”. I say, let’s rock.

    • Tapper P.

      You actually believe that ‘let’s roll’ nonsense lol – too funny.

      No, there will be NO recovery once the US collapses. No more inflated standard of living, no more twittering twits.

      We are a failing empire lashing out for resources, staging false reasons for our illegal, immoral invasions and aggressions.

      There will be no overcoming what is on the horizon. Your children will be slaves, the USA as it was will not exist any longer.

      No need to sugar coat it or make us out to be false heroes. We are the billy club for the banking elite euro families and will be discarded when there is no more use for us.

      • Rancher

        Does anyone now wonder why the option of leaving the USA someday might suddenly look more appealing. I know some of you say there is no where as good as here. OK. But I am not talking about now. I am talking about then.

        Then it could well be so bad here that leaving is better than staying. Sad but not at all impossible to happen. However you will need lots of money as the other countries will not want poor illegals from here over there.

        • BenjiK

          I don’t think it will be very easy for ANYONE to travel internationally in the near future. In 2009, with the initiation of the “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative”, American citizens now need a passport, or an equivalent, just to travel in Canada and Mexico, once laws like these are passed, they never get anymore lax, just more strict.

    • Nobody

      I say start converting all your current assets into beans, bullets & band aids, while learning how to provide your own self-sustaining access to food, water, shelter, and energy.

      The old world of NFL, NASCAR and Disneyland are not coming back, due to 7 billion of us, resource depletion, and a debt based currency system that has hit its expiration date. The days of the good old 20th century are over. Screw “Let’s Roll,” or “Let’s Rock.” How about “Start planting.”

  • http://YAHOO RICHARD

    GREAT ARTICAL MICHAEL EVERY THING SPOT ON. LIKED THE PICTURE IN THE END, WAS THAT A CAN I SAW AT THE END OF THE ROAD?

  • Nella Rogers

    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.ss9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

    Proverbs 3:5-10

    • justamom

      Thanks for the reminders, Nella. God bless!

    • Sunday

      Nella, you are the only one that Ive read so far that is wise and understands.

      I will add this verse.

      The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

      Proverbs 21:31

  • Gary2

    Hi Michael-do you get the pictures for some of your posts from interfacelift.com? I know I have seen these pictures before.

  • Gary2

    I heard these on some British radio show except he had 30 instead of 24. Maybe he was quoting our dear Michael?

  • Adam

    Hey Gary2 – can you help me with my portfolio since you are so smart. Oh yeah, I forgot you don’t have anything. HAHA loser!

    • justamom

      Dear Adam,
      Please drop the personal attacks—they are out of place here. Attack the idea or opinion, if need be but not the person. Thanks!

      • gary2

        In my experience people call other people names when they can not debate facts. As most on the right live in a fact free world they call people names a lot. Look at the AM hate radio machine.

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse Buzz

    Illegal aliens are the root cause of much of the economic problems the country is experiencing and common sense tells you they greatly exacerbate the drug trade occuring in the U.S. Stick your head in the sand and ignore it if you choice, but that is an undeniable fact. As a result of their presence pay rates are held down and social safty net cost are astronomically out of control,and with generous unemployment benefits no one is willing to take a lesser job even temporarily. In addition our schools are dumbed down to satisfy the PC social justice crowd and teachers have been equally dumbed down with weak to pitiful credentials, but allowed to draw a paycheck and receive a pension compliments of SEIU. Without a strong disciplined education system actually teaching, not baby sitting, along with secured borders, this country will cease to be a functioning sovereign nation.If entitlements are not greatly deminished and welfare required to become workfare, and immoral illegitimate births eliminated, by force if necessary, we have no future, period. Barack Hussein Obama intends to insure that outcome if he is not removed from office. Merit must become the basis for determining who is allowed to hold positions in business and in government, and morals and ethics must become our guiding principles along with the rule of law, otherwise, let it sink.

    • Tapper P.

      Illegals are just one of a hundred smokescreens; scapegoats. You have a lot more in common with the poor illegal Mexican than you do with the Trillionaire euro bankers that are really running the show. If you want to focus on something that will make a difference focus on their pride and joy the Federal Reserve central bank.

      Leave Pedro out of it. Illegals are WAY down the list of concerns or reasons why this country is done.

      • http://endzone.fortunecity.com/ Craig

        I agree with Buzz, and I disagree with Tapper P. Illegals are a huge reason that our unemployment is so high. American companies and businesses now actually prefer to hire foreigners rather than people who were born and raised in America. The business elites running this country have sold out the middle class by opening the floodgates of immigration.

        • Bluestocking

          Unfortunately, that’s not all there is to it — especially given the fact that the companies primarily employ undocumented workers because they cost less and are more vulnerable (which means they’re also easier to exploit).

          For one thing, the number of manufacturing jobs in this country has been steadily shrinking because companies realized they could have these jobs performed in other countries for less money.

          Secondly, technological advancement has inevitably meant that human workers are being replaced by machines. People who used to work in agriculture and manufacturing were gradually displaced by machines and moved into the service sector because they had to go somewhere, and this is a big part of the reason why so many people in this country work in the service industry now. Unfortunately, when technology is advancing faster than new jobs are being created for the people being displaced — and doubly so when more and more companies are deciding to increase profits at the expense of their employees any way they can — what do you get? You got it…increasing unemployment and underemployment. To make matters worse, signs are beginning to emerge which seem to suggest that the service sector is reaching a saturation point at which it can no longer generate enough new jobs in order to absorb all the people being displaced — but there are few if any other places for them to go. Special skills and education are often required in order to get a job in many of the industries which are still growing (such as health care) while other industries that require special skills and education are either reaching saturation or experiencing cuts. Gaining more education is also becoming incredibly expensive and no longer promises a significant benefit in terms of job prospects.

          Finally, service jobs often don’t require much in the way of special skills or higher education. This increases the pool of possible employees, which potentially means that companies can offer lower wages and fewer benefits. This only increases when there are large numbers of displaced workers (such as there are now)

    • karl

      NO, GREED and lack of community is the root cause… no greed would equal fair wages and a true sense of community would mean that I would not hire outsiders based on their willingness to work for less; I would think about what outsourcing would mean to the community as a whole and make decisions based on what is best for all, not just me.

  • Ralphieboy

    Concur that we need to wholeheartedly embrace these times, and view the looming collapse as a precursor to a renaissance – a time during which we can relearn independence, self and community sustainability, and return to local self governance by and for the people. Doubtless the hardships will be rough, and many will not endure. But strong character is forged in the fires of distress, and we will be a better people for it.

    I don’t see the USA collapsing permanently like ancient Rome . There are yet many of us who have grown strong in our lives having already been through the grinder. We maintain our faith in God, we hold our values dear, and we press on with steely resolve to make us a great nation once again. Many of us have also long been preparing. That is why I believe that after the much needed re-boot, we can have hope in a better tommorrow for our children.

    • BenjiK

      Very well stated.

    • Tapper P.

      “All Empires Fail, but not ours. It will last forever.”

      Sorry the USA is toast. A completely dumbed down apathetic populace has got the government it deserves. There will be a North American Union, but at the point our standard of living will be at par with Mexico.

      Gone will be all the inflated debt high on the hog living standards.

      Get over it. We are like Bernie in Weekend at Bernies at this point. A financial corpse with the illusion of life as finances are just transferred back and forth.

  • mark

    We are erecting a 30 by 36 foot green house this month. The raised beds are built with concrete road dividers and we rocked the pathways in between. This will extend our growing season. I would suggest that you try to do something each month to prepare for hard times. Start small and you will be in a better shape each month. You should learn how to grow food, work with your neighbors and set up a plan.

    • carl

      You better guard your garden 24/7. and I mean with might.

  • Mohanned Abdelhameed

    Great article brother i hope we as a people can usher in a great age in striving for the best for each other. Peace is the key for the whole world we all have a right to live on this earth and must respect one another to have any kind of success! Nobody gets any where in life without some kind of help, we must prepare and hope for the very best for everyone one trait mankind has always had is surviving. I know we can do it we must be the light when everything else is dark.

  • bobinsherwood

    I wonder what the consensus response would be if incomes in China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc…rose to match US incomes? With HDTVs, cell phones, computers, clothes, sneakers, and EVERYTHING else costing 200-300% or more than what we pay for them now people would SH**! NO ONE would care if food, shelter, and healthcare were free if they could not afford their toys. Either our incomes have to fall to make the cost of US production attractive or foreign incomes have to rise so that they can also enjoy the fruits of their labors or a combination of the two. Get used to it cause it ain’t going away.

    • Lennie Pike

      Not if what Americans consume is produced in the U.S..

      Prohibitive tariffs on all imports need to be law and 100% enforced.

      Those workers in foreign countries will remain slave labor otherwise!!! – Along with the American citizen.

      Also any person not born in the U.S. (unless the spouse of an American), or anyone born in the U.S. to parents in the U.S. illegally, and all foreigners in the U.S. working under a work visa, need to be deported.

      • Bluestocking

        You *do* realize, I trust, that the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution states anyone born within the United States is automatically entitled to citizenship? That means the Fourteenth Amendment would need to be repealed in order to prohibit the child of undocumented workers born in this country from qualifying as a citizen. Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, simply repealing part of the amendment is not an option — you would need to repeal all of it. At best, since the Fourteenth Amendment actually contains some very important protections (such as the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause), you would need to repeal the Fourteenth Amendment and then propose a new amendment that includes all of the same language apart from the Citizenship Clause.

        And no…nullification is not the answer. If the states are going to decide that they are no longer obligated to abide by any federal laws they don’t like (up to and including the Constitution), then we no longer have a nation — that’s all there is to it. Any state that refuses to abide by the laws of the federal government either needs to make an effort to change the laws in question or it should secede — there’s really no other viable option.

  • bobcat

    Millions have lost jobs in the past 4 years. Many more were displaced in the earlier “recessions” and didn’t find jobs that paid anywhere near what they had made. The relentless outsourcing of jobs during the past 2 decades has hollowed out the US. Little remains but low paying jobs.

    And yet, with every announcement of layoffs or hiring, mean spirited ignoramuses rail against those less fortunate than themselves. Many of them are only a few paychecks from destitution. I suppose it’s true that beggars don’t envy millionaires. They envy other beggars with better shoes.

  • Richard

    “Just because the U.S. economy is falling apart does not mean that life is over.

    We are living during one of the most exciting times in all of human history. Instead of cowering in fear, let us embrace these times and focus on becoming the people that we were created to be.”

    Convenient that you write that at the very end, isn’t it? So we don’t actually get to know what we have to do to “focus on becoming the people that we were meant to be”.

    Just another of your puff pieces where you pretend to be so upset about the condition of the world but where your compassion ends at the moment where you decide everything’s really gonna be OK.

    let me tell you why I read your stuff: to obtain the statistical information. that’s it. the rest of the hideous emotionalism that you display is the price I have to pay.

    • Brandon

      I concur.

  • mondobeyondo

    Long, long ago, (okay, 1963), there was a movie called “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” **

    It’s a pretty funny film. If you’ve never seen it, I suggest you check it out.

    ** TRIVIA ALERT!!! This movie was first shown in theaters on November 7th, 1963. Two weeks and one day before JFK’s assassination.

    • mondobeyondo

      Forgot to add the punch line to my post. Ooops!

      I was going to say, that there aren’t enough “mads” to add to that movie title these days.

      But it’s okay. I screw up every now and then.. hee hee!

      I’ll just close by saying.. um… squirrels are really cute.

      • http://TheEconomicCollapse Azgram

        Mondo, You ALWAYS make me smile!!

  • http://n/a jgouig

    Well, just stop at #9, with jobs going overseas. Yeah, so…? It’s Capitalism, Free Enterprise–the American Way. What would you do, impose a fascist sort of control over commerce and production? Hey, free economy! And the guy with the most expensive car wins. You are supposed to respect and admire these business people for being smart and making a profit! Wouldn’t you do the same thing if you were in their position? Sure you would. American Way = $. Now it’s come back to bite us, because Life is about more than money.

    • http://endzone.fortunecity.com/ Craig

      Wrong. The type of capitalism you just described has never been the American way. Trade was tightly regulated throughout our history. Not until all restraint was thrown off a few decades ago did things explode out of whack. We exported our jobs to China and imported their junk–not for the sake of the middle class but so that the guys at the top could get rich and richer. The government has become the friend of the profiteers of capitalism–not the workers. Capitalism was controlled in the 20th century by the USG to keep the greed of the people at the top from exploding. Now the government is on the side of the people at the top.

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives

    Michael,

    Regarding this topic and so many related topics on your blog, I’m curious what you take is on Zeitgeist: Moving Forward. Of particular interest is the financial part starting around 42:11 and running well into the 1:20:00 range and the peak petroleum part starting at 2:23:43.

    I assume you’ve already seen it. Someone who runs (or reads) an economic collapse blog simply cannot skip this documentary…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

    • Michael

      I have to tell you – I am not a fan of the Zeitgeist movement at all.

      Michael

      • Toomanyfakeconservatives

        That’s fine, I meant to confine my question strictly the financial part (running from roughly 42:11 to 1:20:00) and the peak oil part (at 2:23:43). Surely you appreciate the truths in those specific parts of the movie, no?

        • Michael

          I think that the Zeitgeist films mix in a little bit of truth with a whole lot of things that are not true.

          Michael

      • NorCalPrepper

        Michael,
        I’m curious as to why you’re not a fan. Do you mind sharing the highlights of your opinion?
        Thanks!
        NCP

        • Michael

          Some things I am a fan of, and other things I am not a fan of.

          If sources tend to tell the truth most of the time I tend to like them.

          Michael

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    MOST AMERICANS WONT LIKE THIS!!BUT 99 REASONS AMERICA IS BABYLON!!1. Babylon would be the youngest and greatest of the end time nations (Jer 50:12).

    2. Babylon would the QUEEN AMONG THE NATIONS (Isa 47:5,7; Rev 18:7).

    3. Babylon would be the most powerful nation in the world (Isa 47, Jer 50, 51, Rev 18).

    4. Babylon would be the HAMMER OF THE WHOLE EARTH (Jer 50:23; Rev 18:23).

    5. Babylon is called a lady, and has the symbol of the Lady (Isa 47:7-9).

    6. Babylon would be the praise of the WHOLE EARTH (Jer 51:41).

    7. Babylon is center of world trade (Jer 51:44; Rev 17:18; 18:19).

    8. Babylon would grow to be the richest nation in the world (Rev 18:3, 7, 19, 23).

    9. All nations that traded with Babylon would grow rich (Rev 18:3).

    10. The merchants of Babylon were the GREAT MEN OF THE EARTH (Rev 18:23).

    11. Babylon is a huge nation, with lands, cities, and great wealth (implied throughout).

    12. Babylon is nation “peeled”, or timbered, a land of open fields (Isa 18:2).

    13. Babylon is land quartered by mighty rivers (Isa 18:2).

    14. Babylon is a land that is measured out, and populated throughout (Isa 18:2).

    15. Babylon destroys her own land, with pollution and waste (Isa 14:20, 18:2, 7).

    16. Babylon is a land rich in mineral wealth (Jer 51:13).

    17. Babylon is a the leading agricultural nation of the world (Jer 50, 51; Rev 18).

    18. Babylon is the leading exporting nation in the world (Jer 51:13; Rev 18).

    19. Babylon is the leading importing nation of the entire world.(Jer 50, 51; Rev 18).

    20. Babylon is a nation filled with warehouses and granaries (Jer 50:26).

    21. Babylon is the leading INDUSTRIAL NATION OF THE WORLD (Isa 13, 47, Jer 50, 51; Rev 18).

    22. Babylon is noted for her horses (Jer 50:37).

    23. Babylon is noted for her cattle, sheep and other livestock (Jer 50:26, 27; Rev 18:13).

    24. Babylon is noted for her fine flour and mill operations (Rev 18:13).

    25. Babylon is a nation of farmers and harvests huge crops (Jer 50:16, 26, 27).

    26. Babylon is a huge exporter of MUSIC (Rev 18:22).

    27. Babylon’s musicians are known around the world (Rev 18:22)

    28. Babylon has a huge aviation program (Isa 14:13-14; Jer 51:53; Hab 1:6-10).

    29. Babylon’s skies are filled with the whisper of aircraft wings (Isa 18:1; Jer 51:53).

    30. Babylon has a huge space industry, has “mounted up to the heavens” (Jer 51:53).

    31. Babylon fortifies her skies with a huge military aviation program (Jer 51:53).

    32. Babylon is portrayed as a leading in high tech weapons and abilities (Jer 51:53; Hab 1:6-10; implied throughout).

    33. Babylon is a nation filled with warm water seaports (Rev 18:17-19).

    34. Babylon is a coastal nation and sits upon MANY WATERS (Jer 51:13).

    35. Babylon trades with all who have ships in the sea year round (Rev 18:17-18).

    36. Babylon is nation filled with a “mingled” people (Jer 50:37).

    37. Babylon is a SINGULAR NATION founded upon OUT OF MANY, ONE (Isa 13, 47, Jer 50, 51, Hab 1).

    38. Babylon is a REPUBLIC or a DEMOCRACY, it is ruled by many counsels (Isa 47:13).

    39. Babylon’s governmental system breaks down (Isa 47:13).

    40. Babylon is bogged down with deliberations and cannot govern properly (Isa 47:13).

    41. Babylon’s leaders use astrology, seers and mystics for guidance (Isa 47:13; Rev 18:2).

    42. Babylon labored in the occult from her very inception (Isa 47:12).

    43. Babylon falls to the occult just before her end by nuclear fire (Rev 18:2)

    44. Babylon was born as a CHRISTIAN NATION (Jer 50:12).

    45. Babylon turns upon its heritage and destroys it all in the end (Jer 50:11).

    46. Babylon’s Christian leaders lead their flock astray in prophecy and salvation (Jer 50:6; implied Rev 18:2).

    47. Babylon’s Christian leaders are “strangers” in the Lord Houses of Worship (Jer 51:51).

    48. The people of Babylon are deep into astrology and spiritism (Isa 47:12; Rev 18:2).

    49. Babylon becomes the home of all antichrist religions in the world (Rev 18:2).

    50. Babylon is a nation of religious confusion (Isa 47:12-13).

    51. Babylon turns upon its own people and imprisons and slays them by millions (Jer 50:7,33; 51:35; 39; Dan 7:25; Rev 13:7; 17:6; 18:24).

    52. Babylon sets of detention centers for Jews and Christians and rounds them up for extermination (Jer 50:7, 33; 51:35, 49; Rev 17:6; 18:24).

    53. Babylon has a mother nation that remains in existence from her birth to death (Jer 50: 12).

    54. The mother of Babylon has the symbol of the LION (Dan7:4; Eze 38:13; Jer 51:38; Psalms 17:12).

    55. The mother of Babylon will rule over her daughter her entire life (Dan 7:4; Jer 50:12).

    56. The mother of Babylon will be a state of major decline as the end nears (Jer 50:12).

    57. Babylon is considered to be a lion’s whelp (Eze 38:13; Jer 51:38).

    58. Babylon will have the symbol of the EAGLE and builds her nest in the stars (Dan 7:4 EAGLE WINGS; Isa 14:13-14; Jer 51:53).

    59. Babylon turns totally antichrist and is the leading antichrist power at the end (Rev 18:2; Isa 14:4-6).

    60. THE KING OF BABYLON is called LUCIFER, the ANTICHRIST (Isa 14:4-6).

    61. The King of Babylon will rule from THE GREAT CITY BABYLON (Isa 14:4-6; Rev 17: 18).

    62. A world government entity will rise up to rule the world from BABYLON THE CITY (Isa 14; Hab 2, Rev 13, 17, 18).

    63. This world entity will be a diverse entity, different than all other ruling bodies of the world (Dan 7:7, 23).

    64. This entity will be a TREATY POWER ENTITY (Dan 7:7, 23 DIVERSE).

    65. This entity will rise up and use the military power of Babylon the nation to RULE THE WORLD (Isa 14:4-6; Hab 1 & 2, Rev 13, 17).

    66. Babylon is a huge producer and exporter of automobiles (Jer 50:37; Rev 18:13).

    67. Babylon is a nation of CRAFTSMEN, experts in their trade (Jer 50, 51, Rev 18:22).

    68. Babylon is noted for her jewelry of gold and silver (Rev 18:22).

    69. Babylon is a huge importer and exporter of spices (Rev 18:13).

    70. Babylon is a huge exporter of fine marble products (Rev 18:22).

    71. Babylon is noted for her iron and steel production (Rev 18:12).

    72. Babylon has huge corporations that have bases around the world (Rev 18:23, implied throughout)

    73. Babylon is a nation of higher education and learning (Isa 47:10, implied throughout).

    74. Babylon is a nation with a GREAT VOICE in world affairs (Jer 51:55)

    75. Babylon is a VIRGIN NATION, untouched by major war (Isa 47:1).

    76. Babylon has a vast military machine (Jer 50:36; 51:30; Hab 1 & 2, Rev 13:4).

    77. Babylon will be instrumental in the setting up of Israel in the Middle East, and is the home of God’s people (Jer 50:47; 51:45).

    78. Babylon will have a major enemy to her north (Jer 50:3, 9, 41).

    79. Babylon’s enemy will lie on the opposite side of the world, over the poles (Isa 13:5)

    80. The enemy of Babylon will be a FEDERAL OF NATIONS (Jer 50:9).

    81. The enemy of Babylon will be largely Moslem in make-up (Jer 50:17; Rev 17:16; Psalms 83:5-12).

    82. The enemy of Babylon will have nuclear missiles capable of reaching Babylon (Jer 50:9, 14,; Rev 18:8, 18).

    83. The enemy of Babylon will be noted for her cruelty (Isa 13, 14, Jer 50, 51, Rev 17, 18).

    84. The enemy of Babylon will also have a huge aviation military machine (Jer 50:9, 14, Rev 18:8, 18 implied throughout).

    85. The enemy of Babylon will come into Babylon unnoticed (Isa 47:11, Jer 50:24; 51:2, 14).

    86. Babylon will be filled with her enemies brought in under the guise of peace (Dan 11:21).

    87. Babylon will have all of her borders cut off, and there will be no way of

    escape (Jer 50:28; 51:32).

    88. Babylon will be destroyed by nuclear fire (Implied throughout)

    89. Babylon is land vast land with huge cities, towns and villages throughout (Implied throughout).

    90. Babylon will have been a huge missionary nation for Jesus Christ (Jer 50:11; 51:7).

    91. Babylon would be a home to multitudes of Jews who leave (Jer 50:4-6, 8; 51:6, 45)

    92. The people of Babylon would not know their true identity (Jer 50:6, implied throughout).

    93. The people of Babylon would think they are God’s elect and eternal (Isa 47:7-8, Rev 18:7).

    94. The people of Babylon would enjoy the highest standard of living in the world (Rev 18:7).

    95. The people of Babylon would grow mad upon their idols (Jer 50:2, 38; Hab 2:18).

    96. The people of Babylon would go into deep sins of all kinds (Rev 18:5).

    97. The nation Babylon dwells carelessly before the Lord (Isa 47:8).

    98. Babylon becomes proud, haughty, and does not consider her end (Isa 47:7-8).

    99. Babylon deals in the occult, in sorceries and drugs (Isa 47:9, 12; Rev 18:23)

    • gary2

      I don’t know but I hear the water is pretty warm in the tigress and euphartes this time of year.

    • mondobeyondo

      I have to admit, that’s pretty good evidence that America is a modern day Babylon.

      All empires eventually fade and die. There are no exceptions. Babylon, Greece, Rome, Holland, Portugal, France, England, and now America. Nazi Germany gave imperialism a shot in the 1930s and 40′s – thankfully, they didn’t succeed.

      It’s a well-worn path. The causes for their declines generally tend to be the same: The empire overextends itself militarily, the empire overspends its wealth and resources and goes bankrupt, the people become apathetic (in America’s case, fat, dumb and happy. Literally!) The citizens are told by their leaders that things have never been better, that their nation is still happily walking down the Yellow Brick Road as the government goes bankrupt. And after a few hundred years or so… down she goes!

      Don’t kid yourselves. The United States of America is an empire. The biggest empire in world history.

      • gary2

        Blame it on the neplelim sang to the tune of blame it on the alcohol by jamie fox.

        It said so in the lost gospel of judas.

  • William

    There is little hope. The US government does NOT operate in the interests of its citizens. The US government is captive to a select group of foreigners and the super rich. These criminals BUY the US Congress continually, or threaten them, reminding them of the recent assassination of the Iranian scientist. YOU, American citizen, mean NOTHING to the members of the US Congress. If you think attacking Iran is a good idea for starting WWIII, then YOU join the military.

    • mondobeyondo

      Of COURSE we must attack Iran! They need freedom and democracy there! We can offer the Iranian people hope! And change, too! Their government is working on building a nuke bomb. We must stop them!

      (never mind that North Korea already has nukes, but that place is a nut case anyway)

    • Tapper P.

      The USA is not a land mass. It is a Corporation. We are the common stock in that corporation. Like any other corporation, profits are the goal. Morality is secondary.

      You are the property of the Redshield Bankers. The Rothschilds. You are a slave.

      Do the research and see how the elite use all sorts of deception to control the masses and script societies. Including religion and all politics. All there to manipulate the masses.

      Most will never see that.

  • http://www.1913intel.com Matt

    “Just because the U.S. economy is falling apart does not mean that life is over.”

    First, life is falling apart, but it’s not because of the economy falling apart. The economy and debt are only symptoms of a bigger problem. It is the thinking of the American people that is the problem.

    What is wrong with American thinking?

    The rise of modern liberalism has had a devastating effect. It has created the NOW generation where no one should have to wait for anything. That means lots of debt.

    Modern liberalism has flipped good and bad. If you are successful then you cheated. If you are unsuccessful then you are a victim. Let’s put the country on the path to collapse by dragging down the successful and subsidizing the unsuccessful which just produces a lot more unsuccessful people.

    The economic collapse you are experiencing today is phase 1 of 2 phases, just like the Great Depression and World War II. This collapse is being heavily suppressed which can only delay the worst of the collapse. And World War III is coming because America has gutted its nuclear arsenal.

    Economic stress in Russia and China has put those regimes at risk. If there is a revolution, then the leaders will probably be killed because of their crimes.

    Both Russia and China are starting to feel like war with America is inevitable. Russia because of the Nato missile defense system, and China because of the American challenge in South China Sea.

    If war is likely anyway, and a possible revolution will mean death to the leaders, then a preemptive nuclear strike on America provides the best outcome. They just need a good excuse, like an attack on Iran or Syria.

    Don’t think war is likely anyway? Well, it’s not what you think that matters. It’s what they think. Both Russia and China are giving us hints. China says, prepare for warfare. Russia says the missile defense system is an existential threat. Russia already threatened a nuclear attack against Nato in the Georgia war if it directly helped Georgia.

    Your life is over, but you don’t know it yet. Move out of the US if you want to survive. Read my story at 1913intel.com

    • Gay Veteran

      hey Matt, you mean the modern liberalism that brought us the 40 hour work week? overtime? pure food and drug act? Clean Water Act? Clean Air Act? Civil Rights Act? Voting Rights Act?

      without modern liberalism we would still have American apartheid

  • http://N/A Zachary Adele

    While this blog propers off of typical doom-and-gloom bullet points, there is legitimacy to this article. And while we could level through various sediments of discussion, adrift into political tangents, and complain, and complain, and complain. Three words are all that are needed.

    Adapt, or die.

    • Bluestocking

      The problem with that argument is that many of the people who are stubbornly refusing to adapt are the same ones who have most of the power in this society — the wealthy and the comfortable, the top-level executives of the corporations, many of the high-ranking people in government, etc. Why are they refusing to adapt? Simple — adapting would mean losing a lot of the power which keeps them at the top of the food chain. By the time many of them realize that they’re going to lose their power in one way or another whether they adapt or not(!), it might very well already be too late to do anything. Unfortunately, when they die, they’ll end up taking most of the rest of the country with them.

  • Syrin

    NOTHING could be as bad as Obamugabe since the metrosexual Teleprompter reader has not only decimated the economy, but he’s also made us into a militarized police state and decimated our rights, representational gov’t and the Constitution. That said, make no mistake. Romney isn’t going to fix ANY of these economic issues either. His number one donor is Goldman-Sachs, the same GS that owns this current administration, the Europena Central bank and is the head of Italy.

    We’re screwed economically. At least Romney won’t use copies of the Consitution as toilet paper like Obamugabe.

  • Paul

    Well, that is quite interesting.

    Last year I spent about £100 on diesel (during vacation) and £1000 on public transport.

  • Paul

    Tell you what.

    The next American president will be a Republican because Americans are too afraid to try something new.

    Want to know a secret?
    If you do the same mistakes again – don’t expect different results.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    As economic conditions go from bad to much, much worse in The Banana Republic of America (the Third World horror movie that used to be Les Etas Unis), some Americans will simply curl up and die. Many others, however, will fight like hell for their survival—and that’s where things are going to get really nasty in the BRA. Millions of desperate Americans who used to be in the middle class and became the neo-poor will decide that they have three options: (1) commit suicide, (2) work for slave wages in a sweatshop, or (3) join the underground Third World economy. Suicide and sweatshops will be unacceptable to many Americans; so they will go with Option 3. And there will be a lot of career opportunities in the BRA’s underground Third World economy: drug trafficker, hit man, professional kidnapper, carjacker, violent home invader. Desperate Americans will feed themselves the way that so many desperate people feed themselves in Third World hellholes: through crime (usually violent crime). Having guns is a very good idea because plenty of folks who are hungry, desperate and just plain pissed off are going to have them and won’t think twice about using them.

    “Wa da da da
    Wa da da da dang
    Listen to me 9 millimeter go bang”—KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions

    Anyone who is still promoting gun control is delusional because guns will always be plentiful on the black market.

    “It’s a plantation economy. The folks out there are working, but they’re working on the plantation.”—Gerald Celente

    “Far too few have much too much, and way too many have much too little.”—Gerald Celente

    “If you want to get into a good entrepreneurial business, guillotines may be in fashion.”—Gerald Celente

    “The jobs that are being created are wonderful jobs. If you get a university degree, maybe you can have a job as a manager at Wal-mart. Or, one of those great hospitality sectors—you know, waiting tables or cleaning rooms in hotels. Those are the kind of jobs that are being created. You cannot live a comfortable middle class life in this country with the kind of jobs that are being created.” —Gerald Celente

    These are incredibly dark times we are living in, and the worst is yet to come. God help The Banana Republic of America (formerly Les Etas Unis).

    • mondobeyondo

      Wonder how many years of college it takes to be a professional hit man.

      Paying off the $60K student loan debt shouldn’t be a problem though. A hit man would have ways and means to accomplish that. (um…. yeah.)

      • El Pollo de Oro

        One of the nice things about being a sicario (hit man) in a Third World country is that you don’t need a college degree. You just have to be a really good shot. Of course, the down side is that Third World hit men who get caught often end up serving very long prison sentences–unless they pay off law enforcement, which is not uncommon in Third World countries.

  • josh

    i sent this article to my dad in hopes that it would pry the shackles off his eye lids, his response… dont care to read any doom and gloom… the doom and gloom that his generation and older are responsible for creating. its called REALITY! no matter how doom and gloomy it is we have live the rest of our lives in the doom and gloom and so will my children and my children’s children. i dont understand how the men of world war 2 came home and produced children like my dad that is unwilling to accept the truth, that this country is f’ed up and unwilling to stop watching tv for a day to maybe go get some extra food and water. would want ruffle the feathers of skewed reality i. e. watching tv and make believe everything will be okay with out doing anything at all.

    • Tapper P.

      “Let those who chose to be ignorant, remain ignorant” – Jordan Maxwell.

      You did your part with your dad. There are people that are lost and will remain lost that will be getting a serious wake up call. Unfortunately, it will be too little too late.

      Most people are going to starve to death within days or weeks when the collapse hits. That’s MOST as in billions of people globally.

      But that is what the elite want and they get what they want; population reduction without asset loss.

  • http://80westmag.blogspot.com David

    Michael;

    I have been reading your site for a while since I last posted. If anything my personal situation has gotten worse, as I have been in and out of the hospital since October. The possibility of employment now seems so far away as to be just a dream. I have just given up any hope of finding a decent job, and I am literally at the end of my resources.
    As bad as my health has been it seems our nation is in worse shape. The trends are now obvious to those who have taken the time to educate themselves about what is happening. The time is rapidly coming where it will be apparently obvious to even the densest among us that we are imploding.
    I can’t help but remember the media coverage from Katrina, and the chaos that broke out as the systems collapsed. Drudge had an article today showing Greek children being abandoned by their parents as the Hellenic economy immolates.
    A whole nation collapsing right in front of us, it is a discomforting sight to even the hardest heart.
    The saddest part of all of this is knowing that there is no one to save us. That there will be people lost, and we cannot do anything about this. I can only take care of me and mine, just as you would take care of you and yours. 236 years of struggle and sacrifice, only to see it thrown away like so much garbage, it breaks the heart.
    I believe that there will be a United States of America, but it won’t look like the country that I was born in. We won’t be free, we won’t be secure, and above all we will no longer be able to determine our fate through the effort of our own labor. It won’t be that shinning city on the hill, but a low rent ghetto, a shanty town…poor, corrupt, and alas, happily ignorant.

    • Michael

      David:

      I am so sorry to hear that things have gotten even worse for you.

      But please keep on fighting. I personally know people that finally found jobs after about two years of searching. I know that it is not easy out there. But please keep hanging in there.

      Sometimes it can help to just focus on getting to the end of each day or each week. That way it is not so overwhelming.

      And don’t be afraid to reach out for help. In this day and age many people are going to have to reach out for whatever help is out there.

      Most of all – I would encourage you to reach out for the Lord Jesus Christ.

      He has never let me down.

      Michael

      • http://80westmag.blogspot.com David

        Michael;

        Thank you for your words of encouragement. Faith can move mountains, even if it is one small stone at a time. You’re right about just taking it one day at a time, and I take each day with my wife and children as a blessing.

        Every day, I see other people suffering in the end stages of their illness. In their pain, I can see how hard life can truly be, and I am thankful for the blessings the universe has sent my way. Times are tough, things are uncertain, but the strongest steel is made in the hottest fire. I shall not falter. I believe that things will work out, and I am trying to make those changes needed to take advantage of opportunity when it knocks.

  • karen

    Did you know face book is a front for the CIA and so is google. All of your social networking places are open to the FBI, CIA ect… They follow it 24/7 they don’t need a program of there own to check-you out, you do that for them, it’s right at there finger tips. People tell on themselves and others you give your life history to them daily, and they have a new program type of software called facial reconition, people set themselves up to anything. There is an old saying by Native Americans, don’t take my picture because you will have mt essence, get mt drift. Your DNA can be duplicated, and yes it has been done. And everything you think you have deleted goes to there search engine

  • liberranter

    Concerning the title of this post, anyone who really believes in a “bright” economic future for Amerika, despite drowning in evidence to the contrary, probably doesn’t have the mental candlepower to comprehend the stats you show here.

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    A POPULATION THIS DUMBED DOWN DOESN’T DESERVE TO HAVE A FUTURE:

    I have been saying this for quite some time now. Amerika has no future, and it never did. Also, one other stat that you can add to the list, is that every bridge has an average age of 40 years although they are only built to last 50 years. So what happened in MN back in 2007 when the bridge simply “fell” you have to think that more of this is coming while the amerikans kill more “ahrabs” and take more oil with rising gasoline prices. Go figure. Amerikans want to “take more oil” from the Middle East even though gas prices continue to rise. One would think that logically amerikans would want to stop taking more oil and simply buy it on the open market at bargain prices.

  • madbuilder

    micheal,
    i really want an opinion on this Republic of Jefferson thing. if you think it is a game or some people really getting thier act together. should i refer them elsewhere? like your blog?

    http://madbuilder.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/thursday-letter/

    • Michael

      I really don’t know what is going on with that.

      Michael

  • Pastor Donald Eskine

    The Economic Is Speaking To Us Listen! & You Will Hear What The Spirit Is Saying!
    JESUS IS COMING

    Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;Titus 2:12-13

  • Old Man

    “Anyone who believes that we can keep doing the same things that we have been doing and yet America will still have a bright economic future is delusional.”

    Ah but they do. 99%. Because they are stuck in the past, and the past has been very good. I’m talking pre-2008 of course. They love to keep doing the same things as in the past. TV and endless gadgets, big SUV, Starbuck coffee daily, huge mansions, and of course traveling to the slums of Mexico just so that they can come home and echo what every president is obliged to say when he signs off on TV: America is the greatest country ever. They love the self-congratulation, the perfect American high-morality, the sights of 15 carrier battle groups kicking asses around the world, the worship of FICO debt score and shopping mall. Life has been good. It is not delusional, but perfectly normal to yearn for the past.

  • http://erectuswalksamongst.us/ S.liced P.rocessed A.lien M.eat

    It’s sad, really. What America has come to.
    In fact, the whole human race is little more
    than a bunch of smart monkeys, running around
    trying to survive, looking out for numero uno.

    All we are worried about now is where we are
    going to get our next gallon of oil, where we’ll
    get our next meal, who’s no dancing with the
    stars (no, no capitals).

    This poor planet, I feel so sorry for it. Huge
    mountains of garbage in our oceans, oil slicks
    everywhere killing the poor fish, the air
    filled with cyanide and sulphuric acid from
    all the belching factory smoke.

    It’s almost a shame that we DID have oil on
    our little blue marble. It has hastened our
    demise. We made one trip to the moon, and
    it’s back to the caves for us. That is, if
    we can survive all the radiation that will be
    unleashed in the next world war. I doubt that
    we will. Some other animal, possibly from the
    insects, will most likely evolve to be the
    next dominant species, after our extinction.

    Each nation consists of grown men with no
    foresight for the future, fighting over the
    few puny resources available on earth. A big
    die-off is in our cards, a few may survive,
    but in probably less that 500 years aliens
    will simply bypass this irradiated glowing
    foul-smelling dust-bowl and wonder what
    happened……..

    • carl

      I can just hear this song now “The gods were angry at me for loving you”

    • Bluestocking

      Frankly, SPAM, when I consider everything I’ve read and learned just within the past ten years — bailouts, overfishing, ignorance, nationalism, superficiality, Peak Oil, soaring costs, climate change, fiat currency, financial instability, decreasing civility, economic “hit men”, increasing economic inequality, the erosion of civil liberties, the decline of the phytoplankton, the destruction of the middle class, the extinction of 90% of our food crops, the blatant indifference of our elected officials — I’m firmly convinced that the human race’s chances of surviving the 21st Century are very low, and they seem to be getting worse all the time. It actually makes me grateful for the fact that I don’t have children. I wouldn’t want to bring a child into the world right now, knowing what most likely lies ahead and what they would have to go through. I really rather envy my parents…they lived through America’s golden age and are nearing the end of their lives. If they’re still here when the collapse comes, at least they can rest in the knowledge that it will only be a short while.

  • ScoutMotto

    Back in the 70s when I was a kid and smoking was politically accepted, my sister would send me to the store to pick up a pack of Salem 100s. She put $0.43 in my hand, and sent me on my way. State by state, they now cost anywhere from $5.00-$10.00. 43 cents in the 70s (Texas), to more than 20 times that amount. The Federal Reserve note and its companion coinage have nose-dived in value since then.

  • Afi K. James

    Ron Paul is your last hope, vote for him in 2012.

  • SamColt
  • Steve

    Take it from a disillusioned baby boomer. The young people of the world today can expect to realize only three things from the Ownership Class in the next 40 years of their lives: 1)You will be an exploited worker, 2) You will be an involuntarily unemployed drifter, and 3) You will be a rejectee of the professional guilds (i.e. law, medicine, engineering, etc.). The Ownership Class will have ALL of the money and you will have none no matter how well educated or well trained you are.

    • mondobeyondo

      You will also rack up thousands upon thousands of dollars in student loan debt, and you will spend the rest of your life paying it off. Welcome to the “real world”.

  • Andrew Bulles

    I warned my children that I “MAY” drop out of society when they are OLD ENOUGH to take care of themselves… meaning in college or have graduated. I’ve been a GOOD EARNER as Tony Soprano would say for a long time — tax paying law abiding citizen. But, that doesn’t mean that I’ve been a sheep… I’ve understood this collapse was coming for a long time and that I was going to get reamed by it. I’ve prepared and am now considering withholding paying the income tax to hoard more wealth for my family. I SIMPLY CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE EVERYONE ELSE’S ENABLER ANYMORE! GOING OFF GRID AND DROPPING OUT ala’ ATLAS SHRUGGED.

  • Ancient Pollyanna

    #22.5 The Bush Administration starts two wars, leaving them off the budget and raids the Treasury on the way out the door.

  • Barbara

    Hey… GREAT article. NOT!! You present lots of negative… get worried, get scared, life is bleak, everyone is getting screwed by big business and the rich are getting richer, everyone is getting sicker, weaker… the dollar is weaker, everyone is getting hungrier…. and HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! What kind of message are you trying to send??? Hope?? where is it?? You present problems…. HOW ABOUT SOME IDEAS ON WHAT EVERYONE CAN DO TO MAKE IT BETTER???!! We hear bad news and depressing statistics every minute of every day… If you can’t come up with some solutions just stop your BEEFING!!! I’m sick of hearing it!!! Try filling an article with some positive things everyone can start doing…. POSITIVE things we can actually EMBRACE. POSITIVE.

  • http://deadwaters greg chamberlain

    I’m probably the very first “boomer”, conceived just a few days after Japan’s surrender (Dad was home on hardship leave from the Army in Okinawa at the time), so I guess I’ve seen most all of it. My only advice…get out of debt, save your sheckles, build your food storage, and bet some kind of survival job going (something that people need no matter what). I’d also suggest getting the tools to put people to work in hard times…saws and axes for cutting wood, water purification systems, butchering, farming, etc. LET’ SEE HOW MANY OF YOU FOLKS CAN TAKE GOOD ADVICE !!!

  • http://FOXFIRE DEADWATERS

    right on dude!!

  • http://FOXFIRE DEADWATERS

    get your food storage, get out of debt, start a survival job (one that people always need, even if it’s just sharpening knives/axes, ) get tools to put others to work cutting wood (hand powered saws and axes) purifying water for others, gardening, or any other hard times job. Green houses will be in demand if you have seeds. books on how to do stuff your g-grandparents did. LET’S SEE HOW MANY OF YOU CAN TAKE GOOD ADVICE ABOUT STUFF LIKE THIS FROM ONE OF THE VERY FIRST BOOMERS THAT’S STUDIED THIS STUFF FOR SEVERAL DECADES !!! I’d also advise you all to stop griping about the politics, and get busy saving your selves, cause from history from WW2, it’s doesn’t seem to matter whose in the power, your still going to be real sorry if you don’t do something immediately.

    • Tapper P.

      Deadwaters – best advice. You have YOURSELF to depend on ONLY. Take action NOW and prepare. False hope and delusional ignorance will get you nowhere but slow death/starvation.

      Understand what the Normalcy Bias is and you will know why the 98% simply cannot cope with what is coming.

  • roy

    WE SHOULD ALL REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS AND THEIR PIONEER DAYS…..WE SHOULD SPEND TIME TO FOUND OUT HOW THEY GOT BY WITHOUT WALMART AND GAS ETC…GARDENS ORGANIC NO PLOW GARDENS, FARM RAISED MEAT, CANNING FOOD, MAKING SOAP, MAKING CLOTHES, GRINDING GRAIN FOR FLOUR…SWAPPING WITH NEIGHBORS ETC…WE MUST…

  • ken e ken

    That’s right, store food, seeds, fuel, firewood and something of value to barter with. Silver is a good bet, gold is kind of hard (expensive) for most folks. I am not too sure about cash as when the economy really collapses, the US treasury will print money and lots of it, devalue the dollar and yours will be worth very little in relative terms. Be prepared to protect your family and your belongings fiercely. Hide very well things of value. It is hard to beleive, but the “reset” will come, maybe in 1, or 5 or 10 years. Our societies cannot continue on our current path. I beleive it will take many many years after that to get anywhere close to the lifestyles we have become used to. What other possible outcome could there be? Superman comes down from the sky or somewhere and saves us ALL? The wise will prepare, mentally and in every way possible. Good Luck to all. it is all too easy to just wait and expect our governments to help us in a crisis like that, they will not. (they will not be able to.)

  • Sally

    Why can’t you people be a little more optimistic? America has gone through bad times before and came out of it. We can surely do it again. Instead of sitting around writing articles about how bad it is, why don’t you do something that will actually help fix the situation? Oh yeah, that’s right. It’s much easier to piss and moan and point fingers than getting out and helping.

  • http://www.golfgadgetsstore.com/ Golf Gadgets

    I’m sure someone could come up with the same number of stats to show the now improving economy. Unemployment down, auto makers selling again, gold down, golf courses full.

  • k thomp

    wait a minute didnt reagan and bush increase the debt to trillions and this guy increase to survive. or do we want to just buy japanese cars thus adding to the japanese economy because we dont want to manufacture anymore

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