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30 stats to show to anyone that does not believe the middle class is being destroyed

Abandoned House - Photo by Flickr User baldeaglebluffThe 30 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.  Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a staggering pace.  Yes, the stock market has soared to unprecedented heights this year and there are a few isolated areas of the country that are doing rather well for the moment.  But overall, the long-term trends that are eviscerating the middle class just continue to accelerate.  Over the past decade or so, the percentage of Americans that are working has gone way down, the quality of our jobs has plummeted dramatically and the wealth of the typical American household has fallen precipitously.  Meanwhile, we have watched median household income decline for five years in a row, we have watched the rate of homeownership in this country decline for eight years in a row and dependence on the government is at an all-time high.  Being a part of the middle class in the United States at this point can be compared to playing a game of musical chairs.  We can all see chairs being removed from the game, and we are all desperate to continue to have a chair every time the music stops playing.  The next time the music stops, will it be your chair that gets removed?

And in this economy, you don't even have to lose your job to fall out of the middle class.  Our paychecks are remaining very stable while the cost of almost everything that we spend money on consistently (food, gas, health insurance, etc.) is going up rapidly.  Bloomberg calls this "the no-raises recovery"...

Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion have done almost nothing to boost paychecks for typical American workers while the rich have gotten richer.

Meager improvements since 2009 have barely kept up with a similarly tepid pace of inflation, raising the real value of compensation per hour by only 0.5 percent. That marks the weakest growth since World War II, with increases averaging 9.2 percent at a similar point in past expansions, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by Bloomberg.

There are so many families out there that are struggling right now.  So many husbands and wives find themselves constantly fighting with one another about money, and they don't even understand that what is happening to them is the result of long-term economic trends that are the result of decades of incredibly foolish decisions.  Without middle class jobs, we cannot have a middle class.  And those are precisely the jobs that have been destroyed during the Clinton, Bush and Obama years.  Without enough good jobs to go around, we have seen the middle class steadily shrink and the ranks of the poor grow rapidly.

The following are 30 stats to show to anyone that does not believe the middle class is being destroyed...

1. In 2007, the average household in the top 5 percent had 16.5 times as much wealth as the average household overall.  But now the average household in the top 5 percent has 24 times as much wealth as the average household overall.

2. According to a study recently discussed in the New York Times, the "typical American household" is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.

3. One out of every seven Americans rely on food banks at this point.

4. One out of every four military families needs help putting enough food on the table.

5. 79 percent of the people that use food banks purchase "inexpensive, unhealthy food just to have enough to feed their families".

6. One out of every three adults in the United States has an unpaid debt that is "in collections".

7. Only 48 percent of all Americans can immediately come up with $400 in emergency cash without borrowing it or selling something.

8. The price of food continues to rise much faster than the paychecks of most middle class families.  For example, the average price of ground beef has just hit a brand new all-time record high of $3.884 a pound.

9. According to one recent study, 40 percent of all households in the United States are experiencing financial stress right now.

10. The overall homeownership rate has fallen to the lowest level since 1995.

11. The homeownership rate for Americans under the age of 35 is at an all-time low.

12. According to one recent survey, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now.

13. The average age of vehicles on America’s roads has hit an all-time high of 11.4 years.

14. Last year, one out of every four auto loans in the United States was made to someone with subprime credit.

15. Amazingly, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.

16. One recent study found that 47 percent of unemployed Americans have “completely given up” looking for a job.

17. 36 percent of Americans do not have a single penny saved for retirement.

18. According to one survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

19. More than half of all working Americans make less than $30,000 a year in wages.

20. Only four of the twenty fastest growing occupations in America require a Bachelor’s degree or better.

21.  In America today, one out of every ten jobs is filled by a temp agency.

22. Due to a lack of decent jobs, half of all college graduates are still relying on their parents financially when they are two years out of school.

23. Median household income in the United States is about 7 percent lower than it was in the year 2000 after adjusting for inflation.

24. Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

25. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.

26. According to one study, there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.

27. 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.

28. If the middle class was actually thriving, we wouldn’t have more than a million public school children that are homeless.

29. If you can believe it, Americans received more than 2 trillion dollars in benefits from the federal government last year alone.

30. In terms of median wealth per adult, the United States is now in just 19th place in the world.

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  • jakartaman

    It all comes down to jobs – not hamberger flipping jobs but real meaningful jobs. It is amazing to me that we still have our heads above water. When the dam will burst – who knows – what will be the straw – who knows. Maybe this is one of the reasons Obama is sitting on his hands especially as the world burns – afraid to make the mistake that will burst all the bubbles.

    • Mike Smithy

      Trust me on this one. When President Zero’s handlers decide to pull the plug, he will do their bidding. They will call the catalyst a black swan event, but you can bet it was calculated and premeditated. When it happens, it will be “checkmate” for the middle class.

  • Mike Smithy

    In the new normal, bad news is good news. Stawks will continue their bullish trajectory, until they don’t. I’ve given up on trying to make sense of it.

    • Tim

      I agree, Mike. It’s impossible to make sense of anything. Forget everything you learned in ECON 101 because that’s not how things work anymore.

      • apeiron

        All the years of government ‘intervention’ have distorted markets beyond recognition. The stock markets have been jacked up on a sugar high from the QE-ternal policies.

  • Bill

    Some say the collapse will be slow, some say it will be sudden. I say these stats say it has started. Now we have social unrest to test military response for the big one. The imposter’s failed leadership is proof he does not want to fix anything. We ARE doomed.

    • Priszilla

      The Republicans oppose anything he does.

      What do you expect?

      • Bill

        Playing golf minutes after a news conference concerning an American’s murder is an insult to this country and shows he doesn’t have a clue what leadership is. By the way, many dems are tired of his behavior also.

      • III

        “The Republicans oppose anything he does.”

        That would be great if they did.

      • Mr. Hunter

        Which is what exactly? What credible economic policy has even been proposed?

        None.

        • Priszilla

          Why do you shout for the government tovfix the economy. Don’t you have entrepreneurs, businesses, companies?

          • Mr. Hunter

            I don’t, but you did, saying the Rs had blocked everything Zero tried.

            Frankly I don’t trust dems or repubs to run a lemonade stand.

      • afchief

        Our country is imploding around us; our world is full of disaster, hot spots, pots boiling over, and nobody in our government seems to care. The US is at an extremely critical and dangerous time. And the president goes on vacation or he is either fund-raising or community organizing. Does he KNOW how to lead or govern???

        A civilian airliner is shot down. Russian troops are poised to go into Ukraine. ISIS terrorists are taking over Iraq. Ebola? Thousands of Hispanic children are being dumped across our border. Convicted criminal illegal aliens are set free to kill again. Our only friend in the middle east, Israel, is criticized unmercifully by our own government for defending itself. Iran is closer to building the bomb. Our IRS plays politics. Our VA complex is a bureaucratic train wreck. We trade 5 high level terrorist for a deserter. A general officer is murdered. The CIA spies on citizens and Senators. Rioting and looting are rampant in Missouri. A foreign policy is NONEXISTENT. Christians are persecuted and murdered. And our pResident GOES ON VACATION. Truly the inmates are running the Asylum!!!

        Also, does anyone ever wonder where the poverty stricken families of Hispanic children got the $10,000 to $15,000 to pay for taking their children to the USA? Or how it got coordinated all at the same time? I’ll give you 3 guesses!!!

        • Priszilla

          Russia or Ukraine are not the business of the us. Iraq – let the UN handle this.
          And well. If you like a state with no government influence here you are. The government stays out of your life. Deal with it.
          Grow the economy, build your community, fix your house, clean your street, play with your children.

      • L O

        you idiots, this is both Dems and repubs doing this.. take that stupid nose ring out and stop being led around by it

      • cschuz

        When would be the time to pull the plug on failed policy, Priszilla?

        • Priszilla

          What failed policy. In politics and economy it takes years to see results.

      • DallasMMS

        Idiot… the dems and GOP are all in on it. Don’t be confused your party is just as guilty. Government is the problem…

        • Priszilla

          It’s still a long way to a class less society and the abolishment of states, governments and borders, along with armies, wars and the military industrial complex.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Reminds me of that classic Robert Frost poem, “Fire and Ice”…

  • Priszilla

    Do you still believe the myth of the mass media that there is or ever was a middle class?

    There are two main classes in capitalism – the proletariat and the bourgeoisy. The working class and the capital-owning parasites.

    • Bill

      I see capitalism as having two parts:
      1. The bad is “corporate capitalism” when it becomes monopolistic.
      2. The good is “entrepreneurial capitalism” that thrives and builds a strong country when #1 is held in check by a real representative government.

      • Priszilla

        Just like socialism has two parts:
        1. Everybody has a job, free education and health insurance.
        2. The country is under embargo by the capitalists and as a result you can’t buy the things you want to buy. And most basic things have to be invented again.

        • wnddll

          The Six Paradoxes of Communism:
          1. Everyone has a job, but no one actually does any work.

          2. No one actually does any work, but production targets are always
          reached.

          3. Production targets are always reached, but the shops are always empty.

          4. The shops are always empty, but everyone has all they need.

          5. Everyone has all they need, but no one is happy.

          6. No one is happy, but they always vote the Communists back in.

          • Priszilla

            oh well, we worked quite a lot in socialism. there was so much to do to build our country.

    • Orange Jean

      I’m not sure that you, living in England, would know one way or another if there is or ever was a middle class in the US. I’ve seen that quite a bit (in comments made by Brits about the US on BBC, for example).

      I don’t pretend to be an expert in British politics, don’t “get” how anyone would still support royalty… and think they understand what goes on here. Do you count them as part of the “capital-owning parasites”? Perhaps you are resentful because of that???

      Because I certainly think we have had a middle class, as well as a lower class, a working class, and upper class in the US (although we pretend to be a “classless” society – which confuses things).

      • Priszilla

        Communism is a classless society. You are not there yet.

  • Traci

    I think Michael hit it right on a few weeks ago, NAFTA is the main source of so many middle class job losses. I remember when it was approved 20 years ago and I thought, “are they crazy??” How could this possibly have a good outcome down the road. The food insecurity that my neighbors suffer ways upon me. We put up a greenhouse and have berry bushes and fruit trees. 70% of our diet comes from what we produce. We have an abundant harvest that we share with the local food bank. I think it is really important that people really begin to explore self-sufficiency

    • Mike Smithy

      I remember when Ross Perot was running as an Independent in the 1992 presidential election. Central to his platform were the economic hazards of the USA pursuing NAFTA. Although he was eccentric in many regards, he knew NAFTA was economic suicide for the USA.

      • Sandbagger

        I remember Ross, too. I was a young 20-something then.

        The media smeared him as an “isolationist” because of his convictions against NAFTA. Daily on the news, they made those who would ask themselves, “Is it a good idea to have factories dismantled and shipped to Mexico?”feel like they were racist pigs who fed at the trough to the detriment of the poorer nation.

        Of course, Ross’ chance at President was doomed because of that. I’m just surprised someone as apparently well-versed in business didn’t realize it was a waste to spend his own money on a campaign that was rigged by the elite.

        • Richard

          “Presidents” are Selected not Elected. Been that way for quite a few decades here in “The land of the Free”. Yeah, right. Americans won’t wakeup till they can reach out and touch the barbed wire. By then, it might just be a little late in the day.

        • Hammerstrike

          Those who count the votes…

      • Joe Kleinkamp

        He was screwed after his running mate, Admiral Stockdale, gave a speech that made him look like he was a few beers short of a 12 pack. Ross for boss stickers were all over the place where I worked. We all knew NAFTA was bad for U.S workers. Turns out we were right.

        • Mike Smithy

          Yes. I have the upmost respect for Admiral Stockdale’s service. He was a terrific leader when he was in his prime. However, in 1992, it was evident to everyone that he was suffering from onset Alzheimer’s and appeared dazed and confused when debating Gore. It was a sad sight indeed.

          • peace angel

            YEAH, that was crazy.

      • apeiron

        I voted for Uncle Ross because I could see he was right about the ‘giant sucking sound’…got Bill Clinton because the ‘producer’ vote got split. I’m tempted a lot to vote my convictions but have learned to ALWAYS- ALWAYS- ALWAYS vote AGAINST the Democrat…whoever’s most likely to defeat the Democrat. I like a lot of the stands the 3rd parties take but voting for them is just electing the Democrat.

        • bobbobbob

          got denta lins?
          every mobster hit man finger bender in ITALY does.HAHAHAHAHA

        • Airedale

          I voted for Ross also. He told us that the debt would kill us one day, back when it was still manageable.

        • Gay Veteran

          Democrats and Republicans are 2 sides of the same coin

          • afchief

            For once I agree with you. The Tea Party is who needs our votes in 14 and 16.

          • Gay Veteran

            and most of the Tea party republicans become regular republicans once they get to DC

      • CharlesH

        Remember that admonition from Ross Perot: “If NAFTA is passed there will be a great sucking sound of jobs out of the United States”. Prophetic?

      • peace angel

        I KNOW. I worked on his campaign.

        TOO bad he was soo goofy and ineffective in his delivery. THOSE CHARTS still make me giggle. He came off as a mental patient. BUT he was super smart and KNEW way more than he was willing to put out there. THESE people kill anyone who challenges them. Obama has droned 3500 people and the Clintons killed at least a hundred of their friends and business associates and tried to kill some of the mistresses.

        BUT having said that the shadow gov. has been in charge for 214 years and THEY do not ever put anyone into office who is NOT down with the creation of the NWO. EVER

  • Tim

    “7. Only 48 percent of all Americans can immediately come up with $400 in emergency cash without borrowing it or selling something.”

    Now that is a shocking statistic. I started working 25 years ago at the age of 14, and there has never been a time in those 25 years that I couldn’t come up $400. You have to save some of what you earn, even if it’s just a few dollars per paycheck.

    • apeiron

      Shocked me too Tim…people are living by a much slimmer margin than I’d suspected if close to half of us can’t come up with a lousy $400.00 cash at most any time.

  • jo6pac

    Yep, I’ve rent the same house out in the country in Central Valley of Calif for thirty yrs. My landlord has left the rent low for all of that time. If rented a 1 bedroom apt in town it would be double my rent. I do grow a lot of my own food and have a small greenhouse for winter time crops. I do have SS, small pension, and some saving that’s just enough to get by. That’s better than most people in the New Amerika. Sad but the 1% would love to get their hands on what little we all have.

  • Priszilla

    You should make more children to get more customers in the future, and more soldiers and unemployed.
    When there is more demand of oil the price will rise, which is good for the stock market.
    Same for the housing market. More demand increases house prices which is good for the banks and property owners.

    Never mind that more people will drive down wages and nobody will be able to afford his own house.

    • Ian

      Or that there is a finite amount of resources on earth for everyone (7 billion and growing). That’s why I believe Jesus is coming soon. We are reaching a tipping point.

      • wnddll

        I think the real ‘tipping point’ will be the loss of ‘the land of the free.’ When the ‘hope of the world’ (the US) falls the only hope left will be in Jesus. There’s nowhere left to go. The whole world is turning into a cesspool.

    • Peter

      Sorry but you sound like a Keynesian…
      “More demand and the prices will go up.”
      You can never fix anything with money printing/spending.The price of oil is fixed by a cartel. We live in a world where over 90 percent is owned by the one percent.Increasing immigration bringing in more poor people will not fix things either. In most cases it costs us even more, trying to assimilate them. The answer is not more spending but true capitalism, and much less or even no government intervention.Money based on a sound system, not a fiat, debt system. Only under such a system can we bring back the wealth to the poor and middle class. With increased competition and wealth, the 1 percent would no longer exist.

      • Priszilla

        You can’t introduce any system you like. If you don’t believe me, look at Russia. Lenin tried to introduce communism, but soon after he was forced to go back to capitalism, or the “New Economic Policy” as he called it. In China, Deng Xiao Ping introduced capitalism as, like M/E pointed out, capitalism is necessary. You can’t bypass it.

        Even when capitalism moves to imperialism and monopol-capitalism. That’s just a part of the process. Like puberty.
        Teenagers can be horrible, but that’s just part of development.

        So, if you want change, you have to use what you have and BE the competition. Not just wait until someone introduces that new better system.

        How about this:
        “No profit doesn’t mean the organisation has to produce losses. It only means that no profit leaves the company as dividends.”

  • Firstgarden

    We suffereth not such brigands in high places in Olympus.

  • TheSkeptic

    Speaking of the depletion of the middle class, read this article.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-your-boss-will-run-your-life-in-a-few-years-165905475.html

  • Richard

    “29. If you can believe it, Americans received more than 2 trillion dollars in benefits from the federal government last year alone.”
    I actually can’t believe it. So therefore, how many Americans received more than $2 trillion, please?

    • OzSteamer

      They’re called “Wall St Banks, and they stole (legally, from the US Treasury & Federal Reserve System) well over $2 trillion, both as individual banks and also “collectively”.

      • Richard

        …but only if I can believe it, right?

    • QEenofthedamned

      1.252 trillion of those “entitlements” were for SS and Medicare, BOTH of which workers paid in their whole working life for as a form of insurance. And both put together are not even as much as CORPORATE welfare granted in the form of subsidies and bloated government contracts, as well as tax evasion.
      Corporate tax rates too high? Just don’t pay them right? Like them, or don’t, you still have to pay. Start a political debate about the tax rates but not paying should not be an option. Last year corporations paid an effective tax rate of 12%, this year far lower as profits are at record (mostly from firing people and reincorporating overseas where they hold trillions in cash)
      Also, try taking that 2 trillion out of the consumer economy, sit back and watch as 50% of all small businesses close and every mall in the country closes. Oh, and don’t forget to screw your disabled vets because the right wing in this country is just immoral and unburdened by conscience to simply dump them on the streets as well.
      Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor. Six trillion handed to the banksters since 2008; one trillion in taxpayer funds from the federal government, 5 trillion in QE from the Fed, just so that the banks can afford to go on operating while not selling repossessed homes at a loss.

  • 2Gary2

    Three major jumps in poverty and, at the same time increases in wealth in the top 0.1% in the last 40 years:

    1. After Reagan tax cuts in 1982-84

    2. After Bush tax cuts in 2001-2003

    3. During Great Recession of 2008-2009

    Look at the big picture folks, everything else is propaganda….

    Tax the rich HARD and spread the wealth.

    • pokerchip

      Evidently, for you, ignorance is bliss.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Not taxes, tariffs! It’s these trade treaties that have gutted this country. As I write, Obama is negotiating another one in secret, the TIPP. Read up on it. Last nail in the coffin. Bring the boys and the jobs home!!

      • Joe Kleinkamp

        Exactly, tariffs. Let them call us protectionist all they want. We have been giving away the farm since NAFTA. Along with tariffs we should end tax breaks to corporations for capital investment. Chances are the corporation’s savings will be used to invest in foreign made equipment, plant construction and offshore jobs or just go toward plain old CEO bonuses. How about tax credits for hiring here in the U.S. instead?

        • XSANDIEGOCA

          We have evolved into a society where the 1% lead lives that make the Gilded Age small potatoes. The bottom 50% essentially pay no taxes. The Middle Class is being crushed. Wait till those Obama Care premiums start biting! This place is going to look like Sao Paolo in very short order. Unfortunately, both parties are just two sides of the same coin. Something needs to be done and soon!

          • Joe Kleinkamp

            Yes and besides the premiums wait until the insured becomes a patient and gets his bill only to find out he’s responsible for thousands in deductibles. Make no mistake, many clueless ACA fans will be blindsided by that discovery.

      • pulltheweeds

        The trans pacific partnership will put a hydro fracking site in everyones back yard.
        Lord have mercy on all of us.

    • Malfador

      Spread the wealth? How much money are you willing to send me? Fell free to go to work and send me say half of your paycheck. Doesn’t sound fair when it has to come from you does it?

    • bobbobbob

      thankn you jesus

  • Richard

    “25. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.”
    Why is it hard to believe?

  • Mike Smithy

    Well stated. You have outstanding insight.

  • Phil from Germany

    7, Thats a shocker. I dont think that $400 is a huge amount of money, but for far too many it is. I wonder what the percentage is for say $1000

  • Bruce

    NAFTA gutted our manufacturing base. Politicians are responsible for this. They are the ONLY ones who have benefited outside of the corporations.

    • laura m.

      When jobs started leaving the country several decades back, we quit voting period, knowing politicians who never had to work for a living, were bought off to play the corp. game. As for food banks and SNAP for low income military and other crappy jobs: No one needs to have four kids on low income. Now days it’s savvy not to have a family because America has a zero future and kids are expensive. Women need to work, not spend half their pay on day care. With the country down the crapper not a good time to breed.

      • hanoverboxer

        Reasonably intelligent people have figured that out. That’s why its mostly the Third World dummies who are doing the breeding in ‘Murica.

        • laura m.

          Agree w/you, but (hubby ret. Army) military couples of all races seem to breed like mice. One lived near me . Some had four, five kids and use SNAP, free school lunches. Friend worked in the commissary, said SNAP is used by enlisted couples w/kids much like the 60′s 70′s 80;s but people of low IQ need to be taught how babies get here and get fixed or adopt one child already born, and not be on the dole.

  • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

    What make me laugh are the people who believe recovery will be back like pre 2008 when our entire industry have been shift to China. Take france by example they built Peugeot, Citroën, Renault,…. None of these cars are build in France
    Do they really belive that one day the industry will come back and create millions of jobs like that? Every day more and more jobs are destroyed, there is no way to get back like before. they only thing you can do is BRACE, BRACE, BRACE!

    • apeiron

      I’ve begun telling people to ‘enjoy the decline…brace for impact’.

    • grumpyhillbilly

      Your average college graduate doesn’t want industry back. In their propaganda filled minds they see it as degrading, and see it as a source of pollution. Those are your “leaders”. Try suggesting they are racists for wanting Asians to live in pollution, and watch their head explodes.

      • dontblamemeborn1981

        You probably have that right about college graduates, though as a college graduate myself, I favor getting rid of as many restrictions on manufacturing as possible to get those jobs back.

        Don’t forget that college has been taken over by professors who mostly hate America for a variety of reasons, even in a subject like foreign language (I majored and minored here). When I was in college, the Spanish department organized a protest more than once every other year against the continued operation of the School for the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, outside Columbus. Their ax to grind was that this school trained death squads in Central America. If these professors hated America so much, why couldn’t they just leave? Also, what does a protest have to do with vocational training? Nobody uses Spanish to picket on any job.

        On top of that, sociology is full of hatred of America as society is always at fault for someone’s situation and never the individual.

        Many millennials actually regret going to college, but unfortunately jobs will only consider applicants with a four-year degree, often not even bothering to assess whether the major or minor are even relevant to the job description. Some job search engines only pick out words on a résumé to see if a job works. This is not real analysis of the résumé and I could probably put some ridiculous word on my résumé and get ridiculous job offers in my inbox.

        • Priszilla

          German manufacturers also complain about the many restrictions, but still Germany exports more than China.

          And this with little natural resources except lignite and salt.

        • Gay Veteran

          “…Their ax to grind was that this school trained death squads in Central America. If these professors hated America so much, why couldn’t they just leave?….”

          you ever think they love their country but hate the CRIMINALS running it?

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    They used to tell me I was building a dream
    And so I followed the mob
    When there was earth to plow or guns to bear
    I was always there, right on the job

    They used to tell me I was building a dream
    With peace and glory ahead
    Why should I be standing in line
    Just waiting for bread?

    Once I built a railroad, I made it run
    Made it race against time
    Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
    Brother, can you spare a dime?

    Once I built a tower up to the sun
    Brick and rivet and lime
    Once I built a tower, now it’s done
    Brother, can you spare a dime?

    Once in khaki suits, gee, we looked swell
    Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum
    Half a million boots went slogging through Hell
    And I was the kid with the drum

    Say, don’t you remember? They called me ‘Al’
    It was ‘Al’ all the time
    Why don’t you remember? I’m your pal
    Say buddy, can you spare a dime?

    Once in khaki suits, ah, gee, we looked swell
    Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum
    Half a million boots went slogging through Hell
    And I was the kid with the drum

    Oh, say, don’t you remember? They called me ‘Al’
    It was ‘Al’ all the time
    Say, don’t you remember? I’m your pal
    Buddy, can you spare a dime?

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    The road back will be long and hard. Sadly, the establishment which has reaped so mightily as America has declined will fight it every step of the way. This I know, the first step back must be taken in this next election. If the GOP (and I am no fan) can not recover the Senate under these circumstances truly the fault lies not in the stars but within us. This election is being downplayed by the MSM because they sense a tectonic shift, the natives are restless. Very restless and very angry. Should we fail, then it’s Game Over IMHO. Obama will drop all restraint and rule by executive decree. You ain’t see nothing yet!! Hillary, a deeply flawed candidate, will be dragged across the transom by her supporters and we shall enter a new dark age.

    • DerpDerp

      If you really think the GOP will save his nation, you’re as clueless as Obama worshipers. The GOP has proven, time and again, that they are not a conservative party. They are just as guilty of borrowing and spending as the democrats. They’re just the other side of the same political pendulum that swings back and forth, hypnotizing the uneducated masses.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        You are correct but they are all we got.

      • formermarine

        Exactly neither party represent the middle class. They the corrupt politician have an agenda, and you are not included! History reveals this from long ago. It is disgusting to me, I can see the writing on the wall! Many do not desire to accept the truth that is right in front of us! The three branches of government are broken, they are corrupt. I does not matter how you, even the electronic voting machines are fixed! The major news media are full of propaganda. To believe that something will get better thru time is pure ignorance to historical facts!

    • Hammerstrike

      The road back is the kind of road the Red Army had to take in 43-45, all the way to the enemy capital.

  • Selaretus

    The collapse will drag on and on, until the idiot sheeple ‘investors’ realize those fat ‘portfolios’ are a lie, non-existant Fed ‘wealth effect’, worthless toliet paper. When that happens, the SHTF.

    • http://www.competitivefutures.com nixonmonica

      Yes and with the heavy rotation into stocks (equities) and out of other asset classes thanks to central planning monetary policy people are more vested in stocks in their portfolios that is typical. Can you say wipe out when this FED juiced pump party concludes? All one has to do is look at the P/E ratios, etc. You know, a little thing like BASIC fundamentals…

      • Mike Smithy

        Many years ago, I worked at a beef processing center (slaughterhouse). When the trucks delivered the cattle, they were forced into pens and then they would prodded into the chutes. I can see similarities pursuant to how TPTB are using the same process by limiting investor options and into risky equities. Just like cattle, most investors have no idea what awaits them upon reaching the end of the chute.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    NAFTA (No American Factories Taking Applications) was every bit the disaster that Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and Patrick Buchanan said it would be. But no matter how much Third World misery and despair globalists cause, they are always determined to make things even worse. So NAFTA was followed by CAFTA. Companies that moved to México but decided that Mexican minimum-wage workers were overpaid left México for countries with even worse poverty: Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. I always laugh my head off when I hear about some idiot globalist who went down to Guatemala City to check on a call center and was shocked that he had to pay The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax (wife got kidnapped for ransom by thugs, or carjackers and home invaders terrorized him). What in the hell did he think? But knowing globalists, their response to a carjacking in la Ciudad de Guatemala would be to move to Haiti because Haitian minimum-wage workers are even cheaper. So, Mr. Globalist, have fun in Cité Soleil.

    “Voulez-vous aller a Cité Soleil avec moi ce soir?”

    No, Mr. Free Trade Globalist, I’ll pass on Cité Soleil, thank you. Being kidnapped, tortured and beaten bloody by slum-dwelling thugs who are hungry and desperate is not my idea of a good time.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Be sure to check out the latest Trade Deal Horror Story, TIPP.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        XSandiegoca: Horror is the operative word. I remember Al Gore claiming that “free trade” and NAFTA would make the BRA more like Sweden. Wrong, Al. Try Guatemala or Bolivia.

    • Priszilla

      Much of the textile industry has left China because of rising wages.

      Household appliances once were made in Japan. Then they moved to Taiwan. From there to China. Now their suppliers move to Vietnam.

      Textile industry went to Burma and Albania 20 years ago.

      • Orange Jean

        I’m surprised at your comment about the textile industry. I sew but I have never seen fabrics from either Burma or Albania. In the US the largest retail fabric store (Joanne’s … which I think has very poor quality fabric for the most part) almost all the fabric comes from China. I have to go way out of my way these days to find good fabric from any place other than China, including fabric made in the US (I now shop for fabric almost exclusively online).

        Yes, I do understand that home sewers do not make up the bulk of textile purchases… but even so … if Burma and Albania has cornered the market, why would we never see fabric here from those places?

        • Priszilla

          Not fabric, clothing.

          • Orange Jean

            Thanks for the clarification on what you meant… maybe it’s one of those English as spoken in England vs. American English things. In the US, the textile industry refers not to manufacturing fabrics, not clothing.

            I grew up about 1 mile from Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI … which was the first textile mill in America. Historically, the textile industry in the US was a very important manufacturing sector in New England. Around the time of the Civil War the textile industry moved south (to be closer to the source for cotton), a lot of mills in New England closed. Later the industry moved out of the US.

          • Priszilla

            well, historically the textile industry was very big in manchester. and then went overseas into the colonies.

  • QEenofthedamned

    “…the average price of ground beef has just hit a brand new all-time record high of $3.884 a pound.”
    Where? I will move there. Slaveway here just hiked their price from $5.99 to $6.99 per pound. (Southern Oregon)
    My best estimate of food prices is that they are up by more than 40% in two years time, but beef and eggs are up more than 100%, and fresh produce at least 80%.
    The one that really kills me is last week I had an e-mail from Avista informing me they requested a natural gas price increase of 10.9% (11%) even though as we all know nat gas on the spot markets has dropped by more than half in the last few years.
    Car insurance popped 28% this spring and some insurers more than doubled. AllState’s esurance quoted me $969 and I almost went for it till I realized that was a six month quote, more than double the State Farm rate I was so annoyed with for going up that much. Clean driving record and 56 years old by the way.
    I remember inflation back in the seventies/eighties which was bad enough for Nixon to set wage and price controls, and Volker to impose a 18.87%% prime rate (1981), and take my word for it this is a lot worse. The modern answer to the inflation problem is the Argentine model, deny that is any inflation!

    • JulietteofOhio

      I’d move there, too. Ground Beef is $3.99 a pound “on sale”, here and that’s for the lowest grade. Imagine it’s cheaper at Wal- Mart, but I don’t buy meat there. We have a large garden and are busily canning and freezing what we grew in this productive year. I can’t afford lemons or limes, and lettuce season is over so we’re back to bagged lettuce which is $1.50 above last years prices. I understand the drought in California, although Nancy the Pig has exempted her area from water restrictions. I’m going to buy a miniature lemon tree and hope for the best. There’s no way to preserve lettuce, so it may have to become a seasonal treat. I have lots and lots of corn, but the food bank prefers canned or dry goods to local produce. They’re good people, so I assume they have a valid reason. The items most in demand there are the name brands of canned ravioli and Spaghetti-Os. I’m thinking of cooking the corn first, then taking it down there so it won’t require any work or skill or eat it.

      • Jean Bush

        Actually, canned and dry goods have an extensive shelf life and are easier to stock and distribute. Plus, many poor have no access to cooking facilities. The Catholic food bank in my neighborhood serves hot cooked food in the back along with the non perishables. Perhaps one of them could use your fresh produce.

      • Orange Jean

        I’ve heard it’s possible to grow lettuce indoors using grow lights. Haven’t tried it myself, but might be worth trying. Where I live it’s way too hot in summer to grow lettuce… but I do get in a spring and fall crop.

        Your willingness to donate to the food bank is admirable; unfortunately, I suspect they have or cite health laws that will prohibit them from accepting fresh food, cooked or not.

    • peace angel

      THIS is because the FEDS killed off the beef producers decades ago. THEY now own it all and can charge whatever they want to. YOU ain’t seen nothing yet.

      Cargill who are part of the NWO CABAL own the beef industry today and control the prices.

      OTHER CABAL members own the food supplies and have made laws prohibiting mom and pop fruit and vege stands and Obama has sent SWAT teams all over the country to imprison and shut them down.

      THEY own 90% of the worlds media and managed 20 years ago to infiltrate a marxist/communist version of education into our schools. THE baby boomers wanted to be best friends with their kids and did not teach them about GOD, patriotism, volunteering, caring, communicating, ambition or hard work.

      AND everyone is responsible for sleeping through this NAZI takeover of this once great and FREE nation. TODAY, America is OVER.

      • Peace angel is a fraud

        You are delusional…get off the drugs…I see tons of mom and pop fruit and veggie stands.

        • peace angel

          AS YOU HIDE BEHIND a FAKE screen name and call me a fraud. REALLY????

          FYI—-THE majority of the daily commenters here ALREADY have read hundreds of comments I have posted and NONE of them would agree with you who has no screen name.

          I have communicated with Michael by email for two years and have commented on this blog for the same two years and everyone who is here daily KNOWS me including Michael.

          AND they KNOW I am no fraud and that my forty years of experience has born much fruit.

          ALL of them also know that at 62 I do not do drugs of any kind and I fight against the RX companies on a regular basis. I speak with doctors on a regular basis about all the poisons that the FEDS are and have been putting into all our RX, food, soil and waterways for decades.

          OF COURSE Obama has not sent SWAT teams to every single fruit and vege stand in the US FOOL. I live in South Carolina and we have them everywhere.

          What I spoke of are the ones he did raid. SO, I know your generation has no clue how to do research, so do this.

          GO to Google and type into the search box “fruit and vege stands” raided by SWAT teams. YOU will find ones that have been raided.

          ALSO KNOW that Obama now has 10,000 cyber warriors who DAILY take down videos and pictures and articles on his illegal deeds.

          IF you go to the underground compilation news site set up for whistle blowers and insiders of the gov. and the military to blow whistles about the takeover of the US and the world you CAN find the truth AND you will find lots of articles or videos that have already been taken down by his puppets. GO to before it’s news and get some truth from insiders.

          DON”T care about what I say, but do go find the truth. IT is all over the place. I have forty years of it and I am very credible and you are just a troll saying I am a fraud because you have seen fruit and vege stands. RIDICULOUS and makes you the fraud or a gov. paid troll, but they are usually all on the same script every day and cut and paste what obama tells them to say.

  • QEenofthedamned

    #31

    Half the wealth on this planet is owned by just 85 people. Ninety eight percent of the wealth on Earth is owned by just 3,200 people.

    You might not like socialism or communism, but the opposite is so much worse that a blend of economics including those is in our future and it simply does not matter what your opinion of that fact is. Crony capitalism ala America in the 21st century is so evil it will soon fail by it’s own weight and/or by violent revolt, and you can’t stop the VAST majority no matter how many episodes of Doomsday Preppers you watch.

  • DJohn1

    Well, the wealthy have won.
    The entire labor force has lost.
    This labor force rejected the Unions starting about 20 years ago. It still did not happen over night. The people working for the wealthy did this gradually over those 20 years.
    The employers of this labor force have no respect for the common person out there. We are to them a dime a dozen.
    There is always someone else out there willing to take your job. There is a huge labor force of people living below any poverty line we can image in places like Taiwan, South Korea, China and India. Anything that can be done over the internet is done in those places.
    There is too much corruption in high places going on right now. The rule of thumb is anything goes.
    The musical chairs you describe effects everyone.
    The tradition in Washington, D.C. is to sell us all down the slavery river with worse raises if any and enough inflation to kill whatever we do make.
    It used to be that the Republicans were representing the big corporate businesses here. It used be the Democrats supposedly represented the Labor Movement here. Now it is hard to tell the difference between them because in reality they both are feeding from the same election financial pig stye. Labor does not have much of a voice in what is going on.
    By labor I do not mean especially Unions. I refer to anyone trying to make a living out there by working for someone else. And that in a nutshell, is what has been going on for a very long time.
    Automation has decimated a lot of professions out there.
    Just like the assembly line did in the 20s.
    The result is we are in the midst of one of the greatest economic downturns in history. It is in many ways worse than the Great Depression of the 30s.
    Those same pigs now realise that they have literally shot the foundations of the entire economic system of this country. These little rats are now attempting to leave this sinking ship for greener pastures. Only the greener pastures do not exist anywhere.

    • danbax

      I work as a courier. The robotic driving cars are coming soon via Google

  • piccadillybabe

    So in essence their debt is exceeding their profit margin. So why are their CEOs still making millions and getting big bonuses on a yearly basis when it is clear that balance sheets show negative gain?

    • http://www.competitivefutures.com nixonmonica

      Picadillybabe

      Well, because stock buybacks tend to artificially levitate stock prices and exec bonuses are often tied to how high they can pump the stock regardless of how its actually accomplished and what the longer term impacts are going to be.

    • peace angel

      THEY are doing what they have done since the military industrial complex, shadow government took over the country. TRYING to stockpile foreign money and gold before THEY crash the economy and KILL off the US dollar.

  • Priszilla

    “7. Only 48 percent of all Americans can immediately come up with $400 in emergency cash without borrowing it or selling something.”

    Not even on their bank accounts?

  • Priszilla

    “39 percent of respondents reported having a rainy day fund adequate to cover three months of expenses.”

    That’s not many.

    To cover a recession you’d better cover 3 years without having a proper job.

    And when you get a new job you’d better fill up that savings account first before getting that new TV or game console or car.

    And since you probably have to move anyway, you’d better get a cheaper place than before, with less travelling.No need for a car, no need for fuel or insurance.

    • Orange Jean

      With the exception of large cities… there are almost no places in the US where there is adequate public transportation. And almost no place where you can find a job that would be close enough to where you can find a home (especially “cheap”) within walking distance or even biking distance from work.

      The town I grew up in (in New England) was only 14 miles from the nearest city and did have a commuter train that went to Boston. However, they only had a bus go through the main part of town and didn’t ever go through my part of town. Quite a few people would commute to Boston for work, but would have to drive their car to the train station. From where my house was to the train station was 7-8 miles; not everyone is physically able to walk 14+ miles to work every day. There were no bike paths, you could bike into town but quite hazardous.

      So it was OK for an occasional walk or bike ride, but in the heat of summer… or in pouring rain, or in winter with 4′ of snow on the ground and the winds howling… not so much! And I used to walk and ride my bike a lot as a kid… so I know what it’s like trying to do that in the real world. When on occasion I would miss the school bus, I’d have to walk to and back from school, 6 miles from our house.

  • CharlesH

    The decline and eventual fall of the United States has been building up over many years/decades. Anyone 50 years of age has seen the steady decline in all aspects of American life. Now…unfortunately – due to the globalization of the world economies and the advent of “easy money” from the fed – we will see the decline speed up exponentially. I think we see that happening even today.

    • Puresnow

      My parents and grandparents did not pay for TV (cable) and we had one maybe two phones in the house on one line we paid for.
      Paying for cable and cell phones, which fall under basic household necessities now, contributes greatly to the lack of wealth.

  • Jean Bush

    The goal is 1% rich & in control; 99% destitute and enslaved.

  • takemeouttotheballgame

    who cares about the obama supporters, they are grotesque humanoids

  • Dave of OK

    And you start to see what a difference this is making when you visit other countries. Things just work a lot better oversees than they do here. When you come back to our country and see all the inconveniences that we have learned to put up with, you begin to wonder what have they done to our country?

  • deciodantas

    July Construction Employment Increases, But Concerns About Worker Availability Grow

    Nevada has largest 12-month percentage gain, Florida adds largest number of jobs, and New Jersey experiences deepest losses. ington, Va. (Aug. 18, 2014) — Construction firms added jobs in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014 and in 34 states from June to July, according to
    an analysis today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said the employment
    gains are good news, but that the pipeline of skilled craft workers, supervisors and other employees appears to be emptying rapidly.”The overall trend in construction employment has been very
    consistent in 2014, with more than three-fourths of states adding jobs
    each month on a year-over-year basis,” said Ken Simonson, the
    association’s chief economist. “However, growing numbers of contractors
    say they are having trouble finding skilled workers or subcontractors
    that can supply such workers.”

    Nevada experienced the largest percentage increase in construction
    employment between July 2013 and July 2014 (13.4 percent, 7,500
    construction jobs), followed by Delaware (13.3 percent, 2,600 jobs) and
    Florida (11.1 percent, 40,600 jobs). Florida again led all states in the
    number of construction jobs added in the latest 12 months, followed by
    Texas (23,600 jobs, 3.8 percent) and California (22,600 jobs, 3.6
    percent).

    The District of Columbia and 11 states shed construction jobs during
    the past twelve months, with New Jersey again losing the highest
    percentage and total (-6.5 percent, -8,900 jobs). Other states that lost
    a high percentage of jobs include West Virginia (-5.8 percent, -2,000
    jobs), Mississippi (-5.6 percent, -2,900 jobs) and Arizona (-4.8
    percent, -5,900 jobs). Arizona lost the second-highest number of
    construction jobs during the year, followed by Mississippi, then West
    Virginia.

    Delaware had the largest percentage gain (5.7 percent, 1,200 jobs)
    among the 34 states that added construction workers to payrolls between
    June and July. Other states adding large percentages of workers in the
    month included Alabama (4.9 percent, 3,800 jobs), Kentucky (3.4 percent,
    2,200 jobs), New Mexico (3.1 percent, 1,200 jobs), and Virginia (2.6
    percent, 4,700 jobs). Virginia added the most workers during the month,
    followed by Florida (4,400 jobs, 1.1 percent), Texas (4,000 jobs, 0.6
    percent) and Alabama.

    Fifteen states and D.C. lost construction jobs between June and July,
    while construction employment was unchanged in Rhode Island. California
    lost the most construction jobs during the month (-6,400 jobs, -1.0
    percent). Other states with large monthly declines in total construction
    employment included New York (-3,500 jobs, -1.1 percent), Georgia
    (-1,500 jobs, -1.0 percent), Nebraska (-1,400 jobs, -3.0 percent) and
    Kansas (-1,100 jobs, -1.8 percent). Nebraska had the highest monthly
    percentage decline, followed by West Virginia (-1.8 percent, -600 jobs)
    and Kansas.

    Association officials said it is encouraging that a large majority of
    states added construction jobs for the year and the month. However,
    they cautioned that construction firms in many parts of the country
    appear to be experiencing varying amounts of labor shortages. They said
    that while worker shortages appear most severe in fast-growing states
    like Colorado and Texas, there is still time for elected officials to
    act on the association’s workforce development suggestions before shortages become more widespread.

    “We are at real risk of going from a situation where firms couldn’t
    hire because there wasn’t enough demand to firms not being able to hire
    because there aren’t enough qualified workers,” said Stephen E.
    Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.

    View the state employment data by rank and state.

    July Construction Employment Increases, But Concerns About Worker Availability Grow

    Above article fm aug 19,

    | Construction Business Owner Magazine

    • hanoverboxer

      And construction work doesn’t pay nearly as well as it once did because of the use of illegal alien labor to drive down wages in that sector!

  • Looneygooney

    You’re a crazy b*%<€.

    • peace angel

      NOPE Just sharing forty years of information. I am INFORMED after four decades of working with DC politicians and underground news sources.

      THE crazy ones are those who are too brainwashed to even think of doing research to find the TRUTH.

      THE LOONEYGOONEYS who are to lazy to do research are the REASON the nation has been overtaken by the shadow gov.

      You will be the reason everyone ends up in the camps. YOU are culpable in the demise of the US and the world.

      JUST because you do not care about the TRUTH and refuse to search for the TRUTH—-America is over.

      • laura m.

        I am sick of my generation (retirees)so few know what’s going on or care to inform others. Too busy with trivial matters. I have studied globalism/elite, agenda 21, etc. This country is down the abyss and ISIS is already here. Politicians are bought and utterly useless. Enjoy what time is left. The worse thing to do would be starting a family when the future is zero to incl slavery.

        • Mike Smithy

          I can relate. I have tried raising these issues with my dad as well as aunts and uncles, but it falls on deaf ears. Either they think I am paranoid or they just don’t care. It is understandable that the younger generations are clueless, but I find that the older generation (retirees) to be callous more often than not.

        • blubal jim

          I agree with you 100%

        • hal

          Have you tried yet to interrupt the Republican vs. Democrat football game to tell the local Boobus Americanus community about Agenda 21 ?
          what a show .

    • Hal

      I didn’t know Angels could have their head up their butt ?

      • peace angel

        Are you talking ABOUT me to a guy named looneygooney??

        REALLY???

        At least I have facts and you have NOTHING.

        • Looneygooney

          You’ve got things all wrong. Definitely not a GUY. But you are still a looney one. Keep trying to spread your same useless repetitive comments. I would think you would have your own blog by now.

          • peace angel

            You know—You are the one everyone here is trying to educate, not me.

            You are the self named looney one and that is not a word anyone would use to describe me.

            My info is far from useless and has informed loads of people on several different sites of the NWO, the Shadow Gov. and the end of America.

            I can reach far more people on other people’s blogs than on my own. Plus, the things I am saying are good reason to take me to a camp and label me a domestic terrorist. Obama signed an executive order labeling anyone as a domestic terrorist who speaks negatively against his admin. We no longer have freedom of speech. Have you seen what happened to Joan Rivers just after she proclaimed Obama is gay and Michelle is a man???

            My comments are not and have NEVER been repetitive. I have decades of info in my head and every comment is free form and never copy or paste.

            SO, again when you have nothing at all to say, TRY LISTENING.

            The people on this site will try to EDUCATE the uninformed in a nice way, but no one here will cater to KNOW nothing trolls.

            Others have told you of some good books to read and I have sent you to the best truth of the day news.

          • Looneygooney

            Did something happen immediately after Joan Rivers made those comments? Because I hardly believe her current hospitalization almost 2 months after the fact is related. She’s 81 years old! She’s bound to die and I am surprised with all her fake synthetic work she’s had done she is still alive.

            As far as the freedom of speech. You are still not in a camp and you are still able to post your beliefs at free will…keep on informing if that’s what you like to do to fill your time. But most of your posts have bits and pieces that make you lose all credibility.

          • peace angel

            ONLY to you looney do I lose credibility. I have been posting on michael’s blog for two years and NO ONE but you has questioned my credibility.

            Obama has droned 3500 people to death and many were women and children and US citizens.

            Hillary didn’t kill Vince Foster the minute he decided not to play house anymore. SHE waited months to kill him and that didn’t change the fact that the FBI found her and her longtime lesbian lover shredding documents in his law office the night of his murder and Joan is 87 not 81.

            You think these people are just picking people off every time they speak out against Obama from the White House lawn???

            It doesn’t work like that.

            You are the ONE again on here who everyone WAS trying to educate and nothing sinks in.

          • Looneygooney

            Once again your credibility is lacking. Joan Rivers is/was 81. Unless if all the sites talking about her death are wrong and she really is 87…you are a lying crach wench….

          • peace angel

            This will likely come as a shock to you—-BUT the news gets things wrong. My best friend told me TMZ was reporting she was 87. There is an enormous difference between lying and being misinformed. I don’t usually read any entertainment news and did not read this myself. IS it really important?

            I am reporting you for continuing to say nasty and rude things. Your energy really sucks and you need anger management among other things. .

          • Looneygooney

            Waaahhhh waaaahhhh

    • cschuz

      Read a book—may I suggest “Creature from Jekyl Island”?

    • Richard

      Read an even better book: Conspiracy of the Six Pointed Star by Texe Marrs. Then one will have the whole picture and the complete package.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    Companies that have announced job cuts in 2014. Microsoft – 18,000, HP more than 11,000.

    Company

    General Electric

    Microsoft

    Nordstrom

    CareFusion

    Hewlett-Packard

    Caterpillar

    GameStop

    Family Dollar

    Juniper Networks

    United Technologies

    Mondelez

    Int’l Paper

    Kellogg

    Best Buy

    Darden

    Nike

    Wal-Mart

    Coca-Cola

    Starwood Hotels

    Bank of Am.

    Int’l Bus. Mach.

    Pepsico

    Target

    Texas Instruments

    Citigroup

    Intel

    ExxonMobil

    Alcoa

    Ford Motor

    JPMorgan Chase

    Lockheed Martin

    Macy’s

    General Motors

    Gap

    PNC

    • Mike Smithy

      But, but, but…CNBC tells us we are in a recovery and inflation is contained, so it must be true.

  • Stan

    This is the story of the frog in the pot of water on the stove…. it can’t feel the heat increasing slowly, but it knows it has to jump at some point, but doesn’t….

    We are constantly being lied to by politicians. We are all getting the shaft with losses of our freedoms, higher taxes, run away inflation, a reduction in our wages and we still are in this pot of water….

    It’s time to JUMP!

  • frank1569

    ‘Our paychecks are remaining very stable…’

    Not exactly:

    ‘While wages have declined across all sectors in the years following the financial crash of 2008, low-paid workers have been hit the hardest, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reported this week.’

    Look – we have chosen to accept a ‘dog-eat-dog’ economic system. Why are we so upset the big, ruthless, insatiable dogs are eating up all the little wimpy ones? This is what we want, right? Winner-take-all ‘free market’ Capitalism? Max profits for shareholders no matter what it takes unrestrained by big government regulations? To the victors go the spoils and the losers are on their own because it’s their fault they can’t compete with super-sized Goliaths who will stop at nothing?

    Can’t spread the wealth or force the insatiably greedy to not be so insatiably greedy or force corporations to open more factories and hire more Americans and pay them a living wage – that would be evil Socialism, or Fascism, or Communism or whatever, and anyone who even dares to suggest our version of Capitalism needs to evolve beyond more more more for me me me is accused of hating business and the country and God.

    300 million Americans and counting. Either we figure out a way to share our finite resources pie, or we continue fighting each other for every nickle while the Big Dogs gorge.

  • peace angel

    Yeah, there were some legit communes and more that were CULTS.

    I lived in Questa, NM a few years ago and they had an annual Sunshine Festival and IT was the real deal and I think the first commune and it was only a mile from my home. It was fun. I hung out with the granddaughter of the guy who started it all day. We ate mushrooms, had bands and it was sooooo fun and such a flashback. We went swimming in the Rio Grande. Crazy

    I don’t KNOW what rock stars you mean, but lots of bands promoted the Illuminati like the Beatles and Stones and TODAY a whole lot of them are in the 200 million dollar club especially Disney stars, rappers and hip hop artists.Disney was a 98 degree Free Mason and his family is all up in the promotion and they are involved in false flags. Check it out.

  • WilliamBilly Shears

    It has been my experience from observation that over 80 Million Americans have exited the country…and they are all being replaced by thousands of illegals that are now entering the U.S.A.

    • peace angel

      What do you mean, “your experience” and where do you get that number?

      I don’t doubt it is accurate, BUT the numbers we get regularly as to HOW many people actually LIVE in the US and the numbers of Illegals is all over the place, from 15 million to 50 million.

      THE numbers of total adults in the US is always going up when in fact tens of thousands of people disappear every year in the US. IF all this is true then how do the numbers keep going up. THEY are NOT deducting those leaving the country and they are NOT adding the illegals.

      I don’t think anyone has an accurate number of how many adults live here at all OR how many Illegals are in the country.

      MOST people in the KNOW did not fill out a census. Some of the blacks and hispanics were being told in school and on TV and everywhere they needed to use their kids as adults and make up names and fill out lots of the censuses SO they could get more federal school money and welfare freebies.

      NO one has accurate numbers on any of it. I don’t even think that anyone KNOWS including the FEDS how many people are here, how many have been taken to the camps, how many are illegal and how many of each race are here. NO ONE knows and no one is keeping national figures on those who disappear believed to be in the FEMA camps.

      When marine Brandon Raub was abducted by the FEDS John Whitehead found that 20,000 people are missing in Virginia alone and are believed to be in the camps where they were taking Raub——- AFTER they CHANGED his mind with Military shrinks and MKULTRA.

      I believe that this has happened to MANY vets or they are being droned or having heart attacks derived from HAARP.

      THE NDAA act of 2012 LABELS all our war vets back to VietNam as “domestic terrorists” and “enemies of the state” and as “psychotic” and WHEN a situation arises on the street between a cop and a war vet—–the worst thing he can say is “I am a vet.”

      IF you put up a screen name or a picture depicting military support or service OUR FEDS put a target on you. IT is really a BIG BROTHER MESS.

      I would love a link showing this 80 million if you have it.

      • WilliamBilly Shears

        I lived out side of America for almost 6 years and this figure was reported out side of the country.

        • peace angel

          Yeah, I have been getting a lot of my news from outside the country for years. IT is far less propagandized and more truthful in many other countries.

          Since the internet opened up, I really get a lot of news from outside sources.

          THE whole world KNOWS that 9/11 was an inside job. Most of the world knows that the US is run by a Shadow government headed by the Rothschilds and thousands of other families all of whom had direct ties to Hitler, like Preston Bush.

          BUT when you speak of these things in the US as I have been doing for forty years, 97% of the people call you a conspiracy NUT.

          Where did you live? Do you plan to get out again before the SHTF??

          • afchief

            Another Alex Jones disciple!

  • not me

    Keep pointing the finger across the isle. Come on people. both parties are corrupt and don’t care about the people. they only care about those who buy their re election.

  • FortuneSeek3rz

    So when you say 48 percent of all Americans? Does that include people under the age of 18?

  • AssHat900

    Maybe those people should get a job or try a little harder and not be so lazy.

  • lies die

    similar story here called “Middle Class Screw Job.” and how the dismantling of the MC is happening on purpose and nobody is doing anything about it. second story down

    http://www.frontlineofdefense.com/warning-signs

  • peace angel

    Yeah, I know about New Zealand and Australia. BOTH nations have long time connections to the SHADOW gov. and to Hitlers handlers, I think the Rothschilds run New Zealand.

    SUCH a shame– but they seem to be much more aware of the fact that they are being taken over than the Ostrich Nation.

    BUT, nations that have been disarmed or were NEVER armed have no recourse. America has that resource BUT the UN is actively going door to door in the US disarming people and also are actively hiring disarmament guards.

    THEY have killed many Americans as in 9/11 trying to get us to turn in our guns and all the other false flag attacks Obama has launched on the nation.

    THE next group of people who will be disarmed are the millions who are on SSRI drugs because the first warning on all those drugs which many have put their kids on is that SUICIDE and HOMICIDE are strong possibilities and Doctors KNOW nothing about these drugs and yet hand them out like children. THEY will finally admit all these mass shooters were on or in withdrawal from SSRI anti-depressant drugs.

    THEY have already taken close to a million vets off the streets who were homeless into the camps. Many LEO officers are on these drugs also and they will go after them. TONS of war vets are on these drugs also for PTSD and of course the VA will out them.

    SIX families own all our media and they own like 90% of the media in the entire world. WE were NEVER in the top 3, but I am sure IF there was a POLL that most Americans believed they were being told the real news for decades going back 60 years when they were NOT.

    America is the most propagandized nation on earth. EVEN in communist nations the people STILL KNOW what is going on under their noses. HERE they do not.

    Just the other day a news station was saying that a poll they did was clearly showing that more than half of Americans DO NOT know their neighbors. I would argue it is far more than that. FAR MORE who do not know their neighbors.

    Thank you for the link. I will go there now. Take care.

  • ray

    I wish me and my wife lived 50 years ago so we could have raised a family better instead we work like slaves if we are lucky to scrape by like dogs.

  • Priszilla

    When talking about classification you talk commonalities and differences.
    Economic classes are divided in their possession of production means. Have and have-nots.

    As the economy is prime in a society and politics second those who own production means rule.

    The have-class rules the have-nots. And they use the state as an instrument to enforce that rule. Those who are in opposition are killed or are legally ruled unfit for election.

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