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37 Facts That Show How Cruel This Economy Has Been To Millions Of Desperate American Families

Have you ever laid in bed awake at night with a knot in your stomach because you didn't know how your family was possibly going to make it through the next month financially?  Have you ever felt the desperation of not being able to provide the basic necessities for your family even though you tried as hard as you could?  All over America tonight, there are millions of desperate families that are being ripped apart by this economy.  There aren't nearly enough jobs, and millions of Americans that actually do have jobs aren't making enough to even provide the basics for their families.  When you have tried everything that you can think of and nothing works, it can be absolutely soul crushing.  Today, one of my regular readers explained that he was not going to be online for a while because his power had been turned off.  He has been out of work for quite a while, and eventually the money runs out.  Have you ever been there?  If you have ever experienced that moment, you know that it stays with you for the rest of your life.  If you are single that is bad enough, but when you have to look into the eyes of your children and explain to them why there won't be any dinner tonight or why they have to move into a homeless shelter it can feel like someone has driven a stake into your heart.  In this article you will find a lot of very shocking economic statistics.  But please remember that behind each statistic are the tragic stories of millions of desperately hurting American families.

Over the past decade, things have steadily gotten worse for American families no matter what our politicians have tried.  Poverty and government dependence continue to rise.  The cost of living continues to go up and incomes continue to go down.  It is truly frightening to think about what this country is going to look like if current trends continue.

The following are 37 facts that show how cruel this economy has been to millions of desperate American families...

1. One recent survey discovered that 40 percent of all Americans have $500 or less in savings.

2. A different recent survey found that 28 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny saved for emergencies.

3. In the United States today, there are close to 10 million households that do not have a single bank account.  That number has increased by about a million since 2009.

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

5. The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by about 6 million over the past four years.

6. Median household income has fallen for four years in a row.  Overall, it has declined by more than $4000 over the past four years.

7. 62 percent of middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.

8. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 85 percent of middle class Americans say that it is more difficult to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.

9. In the United States today, 77 percent of all Americans are living to paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time.

10. In the United States today, more than 41 percent of all working age Americans are not working.

11. Since January 2009, the "labor force" in the United States has increased by 827,000, but "those not in the labor force" has increased by 8,208,000.  This is how they have gotten the unemployment numbers to "come down".

12. Sadly, 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

13. Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the federal poverty level.

14. Right now, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.

15. At this point, less than 25 percent of all jobs in the United States are "good jobs", and that number continues to shrink.

16. There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

17. According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.

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

19. In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

20. Health insurance premiums rose faster than the overall rate of inflation in 2011 and that is happening once again in 2012.  In fact, it has been happening for a very long time.

21. According to one recent survey, approximately 10 percent of all employers in the United States plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now.

22. Back in 1983, the bottom 95 percent of all income earners had 62 cents of debt for every dollar that they earned.  By 2007, that figure had soared to $1.48.

23. Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

24. Total consumer debt in the United States has risen by 1700 percent since 1971.

25. Recently it was announced that total student loan debt in the United States has passed the one trillion dollar mark.

26. According to one recent survey, approximately one-third of all Americans are not paying their bills on time at this point.

27. Right now, approximately 25 million American adults are living at home with their parents.

28. The percentage of Americans that find that they are able to retire when they reach retirement age continues to decline.  According to one new survey, 70 percent of middle class Americans plan to work during retirement and 30 percent plan to work until they are at least 80 years old.

29. The U.S. economy lost more than 220,000 small businesses during the recent recession.

30. In 2010, the number of jobs created at new businesses in the United States was less than half of what it was back in the year 2000.

31. Back in 2007, 19.2 percent of all American families had a net worth of zero or less than zero.  By 2010, that figure had soared to 32.5 percent.

32. Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.

33. In the United States today, somewhere around 100 million Americans are considered to be either "poor" or "near poor".

34. In October 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, 46.7 million Americans are on food stamps.

35. Approximately one-fourth of all children in the United States are enrolled in the food stamp program.

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

37. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government.  Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.

What makes all of this even more frightening is that many homeless shelters and food banks around the nation are so overloaded at this point that they are already over capacity.  Just consider this example...

When Janice Coe, a homeless advocate in Loudoun County, learned through her prayer group that a young woman was sleeping in the New Carrollton Metro station with a toddler and a 2-month-old, she sprang into action.

Coe contacted the young woman and arranged for her to take the train to Virginia, where she put the little family up in a Comfort Suites hotel. Then Coe began calling shelters to see who could take them.

Despite several phone calls, she came up empty. Coe was shocked to learn that many of the local shelters that cater to families were full, including Good Shepherd Alliance, where Coe was once director of social services.

“I don’t know why nobody will take this girl in,” Coe said. “The baby still had a hospital bracelet on her wrist.”

Keep in mind that Loudoun Country is smack dab in the middle of one of the wealthiest areas of Virginia.

So if things are that bad in the wealthy areas, exactly how bad are things getting in many of the poorer areas?

Unfortunately, things continue to get worse for this economy.  DuPont has just announced plans to eliminate 1,500 jobs.  There are more major layoff announcements almost every single day.  So how bad will things get when our crumbling economic system finally collapses?  When kind of chaos will be unleashed all over the nation when millions upon millions of Americans finally lose all hope?

In the introduction to this article, I mentioned that one of my regular readers has had his lights turned off.  The following is how he described his situation...

No gas, no water, no electricity at my house. Couldn’t pay the bills. I’m broke. Desperately searching for any means of income, or at least enough cash to get the juice (electricity) restored.

Typing this missive in a dark house using the battery on my laptop. Feels like I’m camping out at home. Hope to get this situation fixed tomorrow… somehow. Needless to say, I *…. hate this.

I was ready for this, but it is still a major league inconvenience. For those of you who DO have power, etc. – and are not ready… oh brother. You need to get ready. Seriously, you do. Because what I’m going through is just an inconvenience. It may someday be a normal occurence. Ugh. (expletives deleted)

Hopefully a way can be found to get his situation turned around, but the truth is that there are tens of millions of other similar stories out there in America today.

What about you?  What are things like in your neck of the woods?  Please feel free to share your thoughts below...

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  • Anna44

    Four years ago- I started putting food away knowing the prices would be going up. My friends teased me constantly- telling everyone “she thinks the world is going to end!”. They got a lot of laughs at my expense. Two years ago, my husband lost his job from government cuts to the military and he was forced out. That food supply has saved us. It’s lasted 2 years and I’ve only had to buy meat & cleaning supplies. Now- it’s running low- but my garden is helping in a big way. You know those so-called friends still tease & dismiss me and don’t even realize my world did end two years ago. At least I was prepared- and have become accustomed to the daily struggle & setbacks. When hard times hit THEM- I won’t laugh – but I’m not going to help either because I won’t be in a position to help. All of my resources will have been used up at that time and they didn’t think to offer assistance when we really needed it. I don’t even feel bad for them anymore. Any strength left on my end- must go to pushing my own family forward and not trying to drag their unbelieving behinds out of the fantasy world they chose to live in.

    • GodsMessenger

      A Christian lady living in the late 1800′s& early 1900′s saw all of this coming. She said,

      “The time is fast coming when the controlling power of the labor unions will be very oppressive. Again and again the Lord has instructed that our people are to take their families away from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of enemies.”—Letter 5, 1904. {Country Living pg.9, Ellen G. White}

      “The trades unions will be one of the agencies that will bring upon this earth a time of trouble such as has not been since the world began.”—Letter 200, 1903.
      The work of the people of God is to prepare for the events of the future, which will soon come upon them with blinding force. In the world gigantic monopolies will be formed. Men will bind themselves together in unions that will wrap them in the folds of the enemy. A few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines of business. Trades unions will be formed, and those who refuse to join these unions will be marked men.—Letter 26, 1903. {Country Living pg. 10.3, Ellen G. White}

      “The trades unions and confederacies of the world are a snare. Keep out of them, and away from them, brethren. Have nothing to do with them. Because of these unions and confederacies, it will soon be very difficult for our institutions (businesses) to carry on their work in the cities. My warning is: Keep out of the cities…. Educate our people to get out of the cities into the country, where they can obtain a small piece of land, and make a home for themselves and their children….” {Country Living pg.10, Ellen G. White}

      “…erelong there will be such strife and confusion in the cities, that those who wish to leave them will not be able. We must be preparing for these issues. April 6, 1903. {Country Living 11, Ellen G. White}

      “Get out of the cities as soon as possible, and purchase a little piece of land, where you can have a garden…” {Country Living pg.17, Ellen G. White}

      …These are just a few quotes from this author. Her letters were compiled and put in a book called Country Living. The dates on these letters date back to the late 1800′s & early 1900′s. This statements are ringing true for us today! Get out of the cities! Get into the country rural areas where you can grow your own food!!!

      • Jonathan

        Too bad she was dead wrong about everything else. A rather poor ploy to promote your religion.

      • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

        And I thought EG White (who IS RIGHT about the Sabbath, BTW….still I’m not about to become a Seventh Day Adventist) was a compassionate person…back in her day, labor unions were vital, so I can’t understand why she hates them. She wanted workers to be exploited and liked child labor in coal mines at the age of 6? Really?

        • GodsMessenger

          President Obama by an executive order has given power to labor unions that havn’t been available to them for many years and in this article he says the labor unions are not part of the problems but part of the solution. (Who can like anything that comes out of his mouth lately).
          Obama said…”Mr. Obama said his goal was to reverse Bush administration labor policies and “level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests.”…He (Obama) added: “I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem — to me, it’s part of the solution.”[Obama]”

          Read more: Obama reversing Bush on unions – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/31/obama-moves-to-reverse-bush-labor-union-policies/#ixzz2BPcki1tM
          Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

          The Pope said….”WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI released his third encyclical — “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”) — he stressed that the voice of workers must be heard as heads of state, industry moguls, labor union leaders and environmentalists develop long-term solutions for the ailing global economy.”…”The pope’s encyclical — released in early July — re-emphasizes the Catholic Church’s continuing support of workers associations going back to Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical, “Rerum Novarum,” in 1891, but it also challenges labor union leaders to adapt to a growing global economy to remain relevant.
          …According to John Carr, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the pope’s encyclical says a healthy economy depends on workers who earn a sustainable wage, receive reliable health benefits and have a safe environment in which to perform their jobs….”Pope Benedict, like earlier popes, thinks labor unions are a big part of the solution,” Carr told Catholic News Service.

          …I dont believe anything that comes out of the Popes mouth either. But whenever you have the Pope and the President agreeing on issues that are leading to the financial economic colapse,New World Order & time of trouble we will have problems. Ellen G. White predicted these exact fulfillments over a century ago.

      • notaneoliberal

        Labor unions haven’t had a thing to do with it. In fact. it has been the destruction of organised labor that has helped lower the standard of living in the US. I would recommend you read “The White Lie” by Walter Rea. http://walterrea.com/

        • GodsMessenger

          Walter Rea was a disgruntled Adventist. He was a former SDA who got his little 15 mins of fame. His book was proven false years ago.

          …It is a fact that the Labor Unions have been on the rise as the economic crisis worsens.

          Many see what is taking place in Detroit, Wisconsin, Chicago and many other places and do not always understand its relationship in world affairs. But what happens in Egypt & Greece can have a direct relationship to what happens in america and vice versa. This is why as a people we must understand world affairs.

          Well, the question may be asked how is what is happening in america directly related to what is happening in Cairo, Egypt that has led to an overthrow of the old regime or government. What does this have to do with the New World Order? Let me let you read a few paragraphs from the news reporters and then show you its place in the events to come:

          “CHICAGO (WBBM) — Hundreds of men and women in support of public sector union employees gathered for a second day at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago for a peaceful protest of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strip unionized state employees of most of their collective bargaining rights.

          “It was one of several protests nationwide in a show of solidarity with union workers in Wisconsin, where the governor is pushing strict anti-union legislation.

          “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has threatened to layoff thousands next week if lawmakers do not vote to strip public sector union employees of most of their collective bargaining rights. Wisconsin Senate Democrats have fled the state to prevent a vote on that proposal.

          “Protestors at the Thompson Center said that getting rid of collective bargaining rights is getting rid of free speech and will ruin the middle class.

          “Big business and Republicans equal the death of the middle class. Wake up America, don’t drink the tea,” Adam Fielder, a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, said. “This is about everyone, non-union, union. If our wages decrease, everyone’s wages decrease.”

          Those protests in Wisconsin are very important that link directly to what is going on in Egypt & Greece. Infact one protester made it clear with his protest sign which read, “This Is Our Tahrir Square.” (that is the place in Egypt which was the center of protest that toppled the old regime).

          Dont miss these important clues & red flags!!!

      • David

        Hi,

        I would like to make a few points in reference to EG White’s quotes that you have posted here.
        One; what does the Bible say about oppressed labor and oppression of the working people in general? I believe the gist of what the Bible says is that the ultra wealthy who have taken advantage of the workers will have to be held accountable.

        Two, what would Mrs. White or anyone think about the oppressive practices of Chinese labor camps? OR about 12 year old girls working more than 8 hours a day for a proverbial (actually closer to literal) nickel and a cup of rice? This is what labor unions were created for. To stop the gross mistreatment of workers from the hands of the owner class.

        Third, I am with you all the way on moving to the country and getting out of the cities. I am with you on looking for the 2nd return of Christ soon.

        Do we want to show the world an explanation / personal belief about why our economy is in the dumps by presenting these quotes of EG White?

        As a friend of mine who is not a Christian has elucidated; the reason we don’t have jobs is because they’ve been outsourced to wage slave nations like China.

        Perhaps it could be that the very first outsourcers did so to avoid paying union wages. But that does not fix the problem of outsourcing.

        Again, I hope and pray for our personel lives to rely more upon the Lord because we know these times are coming no matter what the reason.

    • the ragged trousered philanthropist

      Anna,
      Like you I’ve been preparing for 3 or 4 years and I am also writing a diary and survival guide as well.
      Just like you too, my friends think I’m a doom-monger and a bit crazy, BUT the more I’ve researched and written the more it CONVINCES me otherwise.
      Watch Michael Ruppert’s “Collapse” and you will see that when the bear attacks the campsite YOU are faster than the slowest camper.
      Just like you I know it’s not going to get any easier, but we have bought time and gained knowledge and experience.
      We are ALL going to have to adjust to live in a completely different world and the likes of us who have made some provisions will adjust easier.
      Ruppert also mentions his search for the hundredth monkey. You must try and find like minded individuals and re-inforce ties with them.
      Napoleon said “Alway reinforce a victory – Never reinforce a defeat”.
      So concentrate on your successes and rejoice in them and you will get more and more. Disregard your failures and you will find you get less and less. I have found this to be a maxim. Give it a go! JB the RTP

    • armel

      Here’s one to lighten the mood…we just drove through a truck stop in Alabama….my husband went in to use the bathroom and came back out to the truck, pulled out his iPhone and said “You gotta see THIS!!”

      I thought OH NO! what could he have possibly taken a photo of in a mens room bathroom stall that I would want to see?!

      Apparently, someone had carved into the metal above the paper toilet seat liner box the following: “Obama Hats”

      You know it’s bad when even the South Birmingham crowd turns on the guy!!!

  • Washington

    Dow Chemical Earnings Leak, Management Announces 2,400 Layoffs, Blames Economy Ernest Scheyder, Reuters | Oct. 24, 2012

    http://www.businessinsider.com/dow-chemical-earnings-2012-10

  • bobinsherwood

    The movie to which you are referring may be ‘Rollover’ with Jane Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, and Hume Cronyn. These stories/present predicament are all just a re-telling of the ‘Ant and the Grasshopper’. Grasshoppers are ‘Party all the time’ redistribution-suckers. Now the (Kondratieff)Winter is coming again and the Ants are organized, well-stocked, armed, and warm. Sucks to be a Grasshopper.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com chris1

    10% Flat tax for all(individuals and corporations). No exceptions , no exemptions.3 lines on a post card.
    Study Bulgaria , its booming.
    Slowly cut ALL govt. spending by 5% over the next 10 years.Close at least half the foreign military bases, tariffs of 10% on all imported goods, FOR A START……

    • Gay Veteran

      the flat tax would be grossly unfair to the middle class and working poor who must spend most of their money just to survive

      • SD

        Wrong as usual Ghey. Most lower middle class individuals/families fall in the 15% range currently. How will a 10% flat rate be “grossly unfair” if their tax burden is lowered 5%??

        • Gay Veteran

          and what of people too poor to pay the 15% range???

      • My Generation

        Why is that anyone elses problem? I am willing to pay 10% if EVERYBODY does.

    • Taxman

      As a tax preparer, I can tell you that many middle income folks are in the 15-25% tax bracket of taxable income. Many six-figured incomes are somehow only in the 15% bracket. Nearly ALL low income families have no taxable income and the rest of low income pay little or no taxes with many receiving credits in great amounts!!! Income tax is not a problem for low income families… it’s all the OTHER taxes that are an excessive burden.

      Due to low income, I had no taxable income to pay income taxes… and yet nearly 30% of my income was lost to other taxes!!!! This includes other withholding taxes(social security and medicare taxes), sales taxes, excise taxes, and other tax fees (vehicle fees, license fees, utility fees, etc.)all of which have gotten totally out of hand!!!

      The 10% flat tax across the board should be MORE than sufficient to cover ALL taxes currently held from all income. But it is shameful that if you earn enough, you can be exempt from other withholding taxes!!!

      Low income families would indeed suffer from such a flat tax system… it would add another 10% to the already burdening taxes I now pay. But I see no reason that low income and impoverished families should have to pay ANY such income withholding taxes.

      • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

        Really? Fact is is ALL Americans, even the one percent, paid 100 percent of their incomes to taxes, the national debt would still never be paid off.

  • Mondobeyondo

    I’m back, albeit on a short term basis.
    Hopefully by Friday, I’ll get the power restored. Will try to get a loan or something. But I do have my gas and water restored, and as Meat Loaf would sing, “Two out of three ain’t bad!”

    Michael, I haven’t had a chance to read the email you sent me, but will do so as soon as I can.

    Some people I’d like to thank:
    - My next door neighbor Bob, for allowing me to charge my laptop
    - Jesus Christ, for helping me get through this Personal Crisis
    - Everyone on this blog who has sent me messages of concern.

    It’s going to be another dark night. Not stormy. Just dark.

    • Michael

      At least you have gas and water. That is good. But once the sun goes down I am sure things are not pleasant.

      Hopefully we can chat soon. I want to bounce some ideas around.

      Michael

      • Mondobeyondo

        Thank you Michael.

        Mondo

      • Mondobeyondo

        Will check my Yahoo emails after I log off ofo here.
        Thanks Michael!
        Mondo

      • the ragged trousered philanthropist

        I’ve just replied to Anna44′s post and have then come to yours.

        WELCOME to the post oil world Mondobeyondo before you know it most of us will be your predicament (if we’re still here at all)and will have to become accustomed to worse privations,
        You are a pioneer, America was “built” by pioneers.
        Try and see the positives (victories).
        You are a trailblazer and are ahead of the general game, learn from what you are experiencing and learn to adapt. (Seems like you have and are anyway, but nil desperandum)
        Most of us will be in your situation sooner rather than later and will also have to adapt or die.

        It would be good if we could be alerted when our posts are answered so a dialogue could be started, what do you think?

      • jayjay

        When our electricity failed one evening, my husband said he just knew from the main highway looking into our little culdesac that the only hoouse lit with lanterns was ours.
        I even went to all sides of my house with my headlamp(must have one for hands free)and lit up all sides of my yard!!!!:-)
        I have candles, 3 lanterns, headlamps, lots of matches and lots of lantern oil.Heck, you can make a lantern with shoelaces, lantern oil, and a pint canning jar.
        11 gallons of coleman fuel for cooking too.
        Bring It!!

        • Paul

          Why do you need lanterns around the yard at night? Just leave it dark. Have flood lights with motion sensors instead. Use the new ones with LED, that use a fraction of the power of a halogen lamp.

    • OLdFART

      Americans don’t realize how long a night actually is because they have never spent a whole night without electricity.

      • My Generation

        Some of us have. My parents did not pay their bills when I was young (80s really were hard) so I know what it is like to have no electric and have to heat water by fire for a month, sometimes more since we lived in a house for 5 months before the gas was ever turned on due to being broken lines. Not all of us are spoiled.

    • J.J.C.

      God bless you Mondo.

      Many of us have been there I know its scary. You are in our prayers.

  • Mondobeyondo

    [Windows is now loading updates]

    Oh please… nooooo! Not now!

    I need to conserve power! Uggghhhh.

    Hope to be back online tomorrow, if not then, surely by Friday or Saturday.

    • DownWithLibs

      That’s the Mondo we all know and love. Hang in there buddy and keep up the humor. It really does help! ;-)

    • Paul

      You can switch the updates to manual, didn’t you know?

      I just switched to linux. Loads faster, shuts down faster, saves energy.

  • Mondobeyondo

    “We were meant to live for so much more
    But we lost ourselves”**

    That pretty much sums up America in 2012.
    ———————-
    ** Switchfoot, “Meant to Live”

    (I used to play that song when I was performing in my church’s youth group rock band 8 years ago. If you are a guitarist, and if you know string bends well, it is not a hard song to play. But it is in “drop D” – tune the top E string down to D. Easy-cheesy. Piece of cake.

    P.S. It sure is nice to have hot water!!

    • Michael

      Is your power back on Mondo?

      Michael

      • Mondobeyondo

        No, it is not.

        8:16 right now. If I can make it until the next 12 hours (Sunrise! Woo-hoo!!!), I should be good.

        Mondo

        • Mondobeyondo

          Aaaagghhhhh!
          What am I going to do with all this spoiled food??

    • RainyDay

      Praying for you in Arizona Mondo. Keep confessing the word…I say Psalm 91 before bed and when I wake up. It’s powerful. I pray that God blesses you and that your financial situation improves and that God will send people to help u. I was without money to pay the gas bill and the cupboard was almost empty…I asked an aqaintance if she knew of anyone that would need their house cleaned and she said her elderly mother would…so I drive over to her house and her mom hands me an envelope and said she didn’t need help cleaning…so I went back to the car and opened the envelope and there was $140 in it. I cried and thanked God and drive immediately over to where this lady worked and told her thank you over and over. I’m praying God will send angels like this to all people in need. God bless you.

      • My Generation

        Awe, you made me cry! That was so sweet. I love it when God does things like this. It gives me strength. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lazy Ike

    57% of the children in the USA are living in poverty. This means that impoverished mothers are having most of the children. Is there any wonder that the schools are unable to educate these children and that our country is turning into an apathetic and ignorant society that relies on late night comedy shows for its news. This explains why Americans voted a war criminal back into office in 2004. The Europeans couldn’t believe what had happened to this country.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Your namesake is probably key to why you believe such tripe.

      • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

        Spoken like a true neocon.

    • SD

      Where are you getting your figures from, the Obama administration? If you weren’t “lazy”, you could search and find the US child poverty rate is around 24%.
      BTW, who cares what Europe thinks of the US? Since you seem to be stuck in 2004, let me give you a news flash: Greece and the EU are on life support. Europe has ceased to be relevant, even Obama realizes the focus is shifting to the pacific/asia.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Battery is nearly drained.
    Bye for now!
    Mondo

  • http://radicalforfreedom.blogspot.com James Foy

    You can’t talk about the economy and whose fault it is without talking about the TAX CODE. That is THE RULE BOOK. Without mentioning how taxes are assessed, you are quite simply “blowing smoke”.

    The US tax code favors businesses. Businesses are tax collectors. If you don’t understand this, here are a couple examples:
    1. Businesses pay employee taxes every pay period, providing a steady stream of revenue for the government–at the expense of employees.
    2. Businesses collect sales taxes from customers and pay those to the government. Many other businesses (resellers) do not pay those sales taxes.
    3. Businesses write-off the other taxes they pay as expenses.
    4. After businesses collect all this other money for the government and provide services that the government can’t provide at a lower cost, they are rewarded with a lower tax structure.

    So, if taxes are raised on these businesses, who pays for it? The customers. Rich consumers, buy everything they can through their businesses. That’s how they keep their money. Poor people get some of the money collected (about 10%–90% goes to government employees, government infrastructure, and reserve). The middle class w/o businesses pays for both the wealthy, and the poor. All increases in taxes help destroy the middle class.
    More government equals more oligarchy. Without addressing the fundamental premises of the tax system, rather than just rates, you can only destroy the middle class.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Stuck listening to NPR (National Public Radio) on my battery powered flashlight, in a house that’s as dark as night indoors.

    It is always good to be prepared.
    I was never a Boy Scout. But, boy am I glad to have paid attention to their motto.

    If you are prepping – pay heed.

    I. Wlll. Be. Back.

    Mondo

    • ScoutMotto

      I have lived by that motto off and on since the 70s, but more so lately.

  • Mondobeyondo

    “Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger:’

    I;m not dead yet,
    Bring it on, baby.

  • Jim

    I grew up in the 50′s. We lived in a uninsulated old home with a wood stove downstairs. On the cold winter nights, sleeping with your sister to keep warm was wonderful. We did not have a lap top nor anything else to plug in. The can house was full from the summer garden and dad had harvested the chickens and rabbits from the coops in the back yard.
    Millions of Americans will have to learn survival as a way of life as we did decades ago.

    • Walter

      Lots of municipalities have restrictions on chicken coops now. Same thing with gardens in certain parts of the yard. I guess wood burning stoves are regulated in some places . . . but that might be a good thing. If everyone in a major city had to heat by wood don’t think that would be very efficient and the particulates would be a health hazard.

      Back when the country did more public works, like the TVA, or the Big Creek project in California, they showed there need not be any problem creating ample energy in this country. Even though those projects still unduly benefited capitalists they were much better for the public than the current energy system.

      We need more socialized public power projects and more individual liberty re growing and processing food from local sources.

  • Connie

    I have gone through this situation. I was facing homelessness and to live with that everyday is something that i can not explain… It seems once you lose your job, friends, family everyone turns against you. I would hear things like well if you would just get a job, I was and still am trying.. The longer you are without work the more people look down on you, its almost as if you have a disease or something and need put out of your misery..I served in the military, i have worked hard all my life and to suddenly find it impossible to find work is something that well, honestly tears you down. I owe taxes, that i admit.. I was faithfully paying them on a payment plan until i lost my 60,000 a year job.. I found work making 8.75 an hour and had to drive 35 minutes to and from work.. I could not afford the huge payments on taxes that i had been paying so I tried to make arrangements for lower payments, but was denied several times…I was barely making enough to pay my household bills and what little i had left went into the gas tank to get back and forth to work. Then the state started garnishing my checks the whole thing! They did this on several different occasions and each time i would find myself without money to put gas into the car to go to work, I called them several times begging them to allow me to make smaller payments, finally they agreed, and I was to begin a smaller payment plan the next month, I worked some overtime hoping to be able to catch up on my household payments and make the extra money to make that payment to state, and low and behold they garnished me again…the whole check and when i called they said it was because the paperwork had not got turned in in time to prevent the garnishment..so i asked if i would be given until the next month to make the payment and they said no it was due the next week..well needless to say i could not pay it, i had no money to go to work it was a nightmare. Then the other day i read an article the government wants to put you on a no fly list and no work list if you owe taxes….omg! what can we do? I have already felt that these tax leins on me have been a major contributer to the fact that i can not get work..and now the government wants to pass a bill making sure if we owe taxes we cant get work..how do we pay them then, makes no sense to me…
    My Dad gave me his fifth wheel trailer to live in and I tell you I thank the Father above for that… My life has completly changed. I read these articles that say to invest in gold and silver for the coming economic collapse, well in my opinion, those metals and trinkets will do nothing for you…Where you need to invest is in your neighbors and your family, doing all you can to develope a close bond with them. helping them when they are in need no matter what that need may be, weather its a plate of food or some type of labor project they are working on. That is where your real payback is, people are what is worth investing in…If I had not learned this when I did I would still be living in a state of desperation, but now I feel good.. I have absolutely nothing fancy, but I have fantastic neighbors, and a wonderful family…and I wake up everyday happy to be where i am… I have had no money whatsoever for several months at a time, but i have managed to live.. My sister brings me things at times like toilet paper and trash bags, and i will tell you i have a different appreciation for things. One would have to be faced with this situation to understand, but that gift of toilet paper made me cry..I was so happy to have it…I have learned that an act of kindness can do more to mend the heart and mind then a big fancy car..When i had lost my big payday job and recieved my first check at 8.75 i almost got sick…now two years later my sister gave me ten dollars the other day and she appologised she did not have a little more, omg! That ten dollars made me feel rich! They want us to blame each other for the economy, to blame race, to blame immigrants, to blame the rich, to blame those on foodstamps and i admit i do get foodstamps and thank god for that everyday as well.. This economy is imploding by design, this redistribution of wealth plan whoever is in charge wants for the world…And i fear that eventually we will see riots, we will see race aginst race, the rich against the poor, and we will fight each other instead of tackling the problem at the root…. This is my fear…I can live in poverty that is fine with me, but to think they might actually beat us and get us to turn against each other that is one thing that is going to be hard for me to handle…

    • K

      Connie you have learned much, of what is really important. That and your ability to adapt, will be a great help to you. If this is your first winter, in the fifth wheel. Have a plan to block off parts of it with old blankets, or something similar. If it is anything like a travel trailer, I spent most of a winter in. Keeping the whole thing warm, will not be easy. Just be careful, not to block off spaces that have water tanks, or water lines in them. Bet you can guess why.

    • Suzy Wong

      Connie,
      You are very adaptable so I think you’ll make it thru. One thing, you sound young enough, strong enough, etc. to head up to North Dakota or to Louisiana to work in the oil fields there. GOOD money!!! It won’t be forever, but short term you can make some serious cash. Watch out for the guys, they’re all animals. Get a job, a place to stay (not that easy, a trailer is best), a shotgun for self-defense, some allies, and make that cash!

    • RainyDay

      Connie! My mom is going through a similiar situation! My dad owes the IRS for back taxes and it’s not a small amount…he divorced her and his family for that matter, almost 2 years ago in Feb. The judge was awful and stuck my mom with half the taxes even though she gave my dad her inheritance from her parents to help him pay back taxes…anyway she isn’t able to work because of her health and if she does the state will garnish her wages too for back taxes. How can people pay their taxes if the stupid government makes it impossible for you to get a paycheck!!!!!! Tell me where in our constitution does it say we have to pay taxes?!! Its illegal and the IRS is a government run mafia. You are right about appreciating the small things. Interesting fact…in Russia, toilet paper was such rarity until the last couple decades. Prayers go out for u and your situation.

    • Kat

      No worries Connie. My husband and kids lived in a 5th wheel for 8 years. For a time, we had no power or water. We lived off of batteries and hauled water in 5 gallon jugs. The first winter, we had 2 feet of snow and couldn’t get off the property for several days. It was cold and miserable and scary. One winter the heater went out and we had to go for nearly a week with no heat while the part was shipped. We had many, many adventures during those years, but we made it and you will too. I don’t look back on those times and think “how awful.” I look back and see how faithful God was to get us through. We know we can make it though tough times and we can now encourage others to “hang in there.” The valley is only for a season and things will get better, maybe not right away but God is watching over you and He will provide for your needs. When you feel fear, just stand still and pray for God’s will in the situation. He hears you! Blessings to you and your family.

  • Andre

    It’s incredibly sad that such a mighty nation has come to this. It’s truly by the grace of God that I am taken care of in the little 3d world country that I live in…

  • Vicky

    Food pantries in our area are begging for more donations, as are the animal welfare people. My husband is still employed….I’m not, so it’s tight. I offered part of my garden to the food pantry which, very politely, told me they would prefer canned ravioli and peanut butter and jelly as their clients really didn’t know how to process raw foods. We go to Sam’s Club about twice a month and buy cases of soups, stews, chili, macaroni and cheese, etc. to donate, and I hope it helps. I offered to give a class on raw vegetables and canning, but have to give my fingerprint (!!!) and have a complete background check to interact. The background check is fine, but I’m not willing to submit a fingerprint, so guess that’s off.

    • RainyDay

      Same here! Food pantries in our area have empty shelves. It’s really sad.

  • OLdFART

    America hasn’t even gotten to the bad part. umerkins will think they have died and gone to hell.

  • Louise in MO

    Many churches have funds available for people who have had their utilities shut off. Check out the churches in your area. I know a single woman who found such help. You do not have to be a member of the church in most cases. However, usually these funds do go to their members first.

    The Salvation Army can sometimes help and if their funds ae deleted, they can often times give you help in finding assistance.

  • http://twitter.com/frank1569 frank1569

    Another angle:

    When our version of Modern Capitalism began, most Americans had nothing. No electricity, no appliances, etc. Literally nothing. The goal was a ‘chicken in every pot,’ ‘a car in every driveway,’ robots and ‘others’ doing the hard labor so We The People could enjoy ‘the easy life.’ And, since the vast majority had nothing, the ‘experts’ believed perpetual consumption was more than just a fantasy.

    Well, it’s not. For the first time in our history, the vast majority has food, clothing, shelter, and tons of crap. We’re obese, both physically and materialistically. We couldn’t consume more even if we wanted to, and more and more of us are sick of consuming for the sake of consuming. Meanwhile, robots and ‘others’ do most of the hard labor 25 million jobless Americans used to do, freeing them up to enjoy ‘the easy life’… without money or purpose.

    Modern Capitalism succeeded and, hence, the Age of Over-Consumption and the never-ending greed-pursuit of more more more is ending. And we best figure out what the New American Way of Life is gonna be soon before we all start killing each other.

    • Walter

      The obesity is not a sign of wealth and good fortune. They are obese because they’ve been fattened up like cows on crap. It’s sugar and Frankenstein wheat designed to make them sick and make their masters rich.

      Same thing with the extra consumer crap. The only reason it’s readily available to America’s poor is because it makes some people rich. We have lots of consumer crap but not much of real value.

  • Gary2

    GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces

    Hypocritical scum nothing new here

  • lee

    i’m hearing reports in Houston of more people being attacked and murdered by people that real intent is to steal from them and if they happen to kill them, then that seems to be just part of stealing.

    IMO, the social decay of 50 years of putting whatever government decides is best over what a two parent family would decide is best or what reading the bible would tell you or going to church reguularly is showing up in these robberies and murders.

    The USA has been whistling past the graveyard for years believing there would be no consequences for leaving the principles that founded it and I know people that think that this is just a tough economic stretch and that the US will return to normal eventually. I think when the real collapse hits, a lot of people are going to see just how bad the societal decay of the people has become. We’ll see if they can turn it back.

    • Sunshine

      Yes, it’s indeed getting bad around Houston. Did you see where the security guard was making his rounds in The Woodlands when he came upon a man laying on the ground? He asked the man if he needed help and the man said he needed his inhaler. While the security guard tried to help, another man with an assualt rifle came out of the bushes. The man on the ground also got up with a gun and they proceeded to beat the security guard severely. They took his vehicle and crashed it through a gun store window front, stealing guns and taking off. It is awful when we have to think twice about helping others but you BETTER THINK TWICE these days if you don’t know the individual. Never forget the Tim Merka “Good Samaritan” murder case here in Texas in 1978. Regard for human life has only gotten worse.

      • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

        Lived in Houston latter part of 1975, near the Medical Center (off of Fannin and Braeswood), and I think that might be around the time things might have started getting bad. Couldn’t believe men there were the way they were. Result? I had to go back to Long Island! At least there you KNEW the men were just looking for one thing. When I realized southerners were the same I couldn’t handle it.

  • DownWithLibs

    Michael, What is up with this disturbing trend of children killing children? America is in a very bad way.

  • Rodster

    “Foreclosed family watches helplessly as craigslist crowds strip house bare”

    http://www.11alive.com/news/article/261774/40/Foreclosed-family-watches-helplessly-as-Craigs-List-crowds-strip-house-bare

    • Michael

      Frightening stuff.

      Michael

    • Wally Gator

      Wow! Do not and I repeat do not ever post anything of value on Craigslist. If you are hurting for money and need to see Jewelery or something do it at a store or pawn shop. Here in San Diego crimes have been reported where people advertise diamond rings and such only to have a group of people show up and steal the item and even take more things. Also never ever let anyone in the house, my friend had two men come up dressed in work clothes and they said they were from the city water department and they needed to check things out. They asked the lady to go outside where the main water valve was and turn it off and stay there until they ask her to turn it on again. They went around the house unwatched stealing stuff like a laptop, jewelery, etc. all in 10 minutes and gone.

      • Paul

        Learned our lesson last year. After moving to England from China we weren’t used yet to the cheating culture here.
        Someone from the gas company asked to check the meter. He did and two days later I got a letter thanking me for switching the supplier.
        I raised hell and had them switching back. Since then we don’t even open the door for the postman. If it’s important they can leave a message.

    • http://lnx-bsp.net/ Tel

      Don’t steal. The government hates competition.

      • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

        At least you could post that Ron Paul thought of this one before you did! He’s got a sign on his Congress office desk.

  • Washington
  • Wally Gator

    I see quite a few comments about God. I am a God fearing man myself but let me bring up this scripture: Psalm 9:17 – The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.

    Have we not as a country and in large part as the nations of this world forgotten God? God was booed at the DNC. I think we are in serious trouble and if the end comes before we can comment again may God bless all of you and your families.

  • Going to get worse

    Looks like more bad news on the horizon.
    How long can we hold out..Days, weeks?

    Ford cuts 1400 jobs at UK plants
    Financial Times – ‎3 minutes ago‎
    Ford Motor announced on Thursday that it will close two of its UK manufacturing operations and cut 1,400 jobs, as the US carmaker seeks to stem its widening losses in Europe

    Colgate to Cut 6 Percent of Jobs in Restructuring Program
    Bloomberg – ‎7 hours ago‎
    Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL), the world’s largest toothpaste maker, will cut its global workforce by 6 percent, or about 2,300 jobs, in a four-year restructuring program aimed at cutting costs amid slowing economies.

    Mass Layoffs Have Spiked In The Last Two Months
    Business Insider-39 minutes ago
    In precisely the kind of news president Obama does not want heading into the election, Ford (F), Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), and …

    ‘Significant layoffs’ for Chemi-Con
    Jefferson Post-14 hours ago
    Longtime Ashe County manufacturing company United Chemi-Con announced to its employees today that there will be “significant layoffs” in …

    Turbine going through layoffs today
    Joystiq-38 minutes ago
    The Boston Globe is reporting that Turbine has laid off an unspecified number of employees today due to restructuring. It’s unclear how many of the 400-person …

    Nearly 160 LAPD jobs could be cut in City Hall plan, chief says
    Los Angeles Times-24 minutes ago
    While department officials would seek to work on “any and all possible solutions and outcomes,” a final decision on the layoffs will be made by Dec. 14, Beck

    Boomers Postponing Retirement Due to Financial Insecurity, Says …
    Senior Housing News-3 hours ago
    Job loss has been a major problem for many Americans given the economic recession, and for boomers aged 50 to 64, holding onto jobs has proven more …

    America’s middle class: An endangered species?
    TucsonSentinel.com-14 hours ago
    The relatively shallow 1991 recession cost 32 months; 2001 took four years. …. Homi Kharas, an expert in the global middle class at the Brookings Institution.

    barely enough time or space to post all the significant news that a severe downturn is coming to all of us.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Halloween came a week early this year, huh?

      Are ya scared yet….??

  • Rodster

    “Man robs Church’s Chicken with samurai sword”

    http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/crime/man-robs-churches-chicken-with-samurai-sword

    • Mondobeyondo

      I can’t help but think of that samurai character that John Belushi played, in the early days of “Saturday Night Live”, when you mentioned that. Back in the late 1970′s, when it was actually good.

      SNL is pretty much a bore right now. It was decent 4 years ago, when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were on the show. Tina went on to star in the TV sitcom “30 Rock”. Don’t know who Amy’s doing now.

      Sorry. That should be “what”. Don’t know WHAT Amy’s doing now. Yeah. WHAT.

      (in all honesty, I think Amy Poehler is a great actress. I apologize if that joke was at the expense of her integrity.)

      • Rodster

        LOL, I was thinking the same thing when I made that post. :)

      • DownWithLibs

        I think she is on Parks & Rec. I think.

  • grandpa

    soon youll be seeing roach coaches plugged in behind funeral homes in the morning

  • Paul

    Look, but all this isn’t new. I got a book more than 20 years ago describing the USA just like that – with a lot disturbing pictures as well.

  • Mondobeyondo

    What a difficult and challenging week it’s been. But, one pawned guitar later, in addition to some begging and pleading from the local utility company, things are finally looking better. My electricity has been restored :)

    I do miss my guitar, but I have another one (Epiphone Les Paul) One day, when I do find work, I will save up enough money to buy another Fender Strat. One major revelation: It’s extremely hard to play an electric guitar when you don’t have electricity.

    I’m back.

    Mondo

    • Michael

      It is good to have you back.

      But we still need to find some work for you.

      What kind of work would you like to do?

      Michael

      • CatNap

        Whoa…

        It was Mondo?

        Love you, Mondo!

        My 5-year-old son recently spent some of his allowance on a metronome! LoL

        From what I’ve seen of your posts, you’re very talented and personable. I love to look for your replies to this site. :)

        I’m praying for you!

      • Mondobeyondo

        Whatever is available…

        I’m a typesetter by trade (which is basically a glorified typist) but I do know some things about printing, CMYK and RGB colors, etc. More on the computer/tech side of things, than the mechanical end (as in mixing the inks, running the presses for printing, etc.)

        Thanks for any assistance you can provide. It is definitely, absolutely appreciated!!!

        • Michael

          Mondo:

          There was someone from Phoenix who posted a comment earlier who wanted you to get in contact with him. That might be a promising lead.

          Also, email me back when you get a chance.

          Michael

          • Mondobeyondo

            Okay, thanks! Will check that out.

      • the ragged trousered philanthropist

        Seems, that like you, Mondo’s a full time blogger.

        • Mondobeyondo

          Tends to happen when you are unemployed for an extended period of time. You become a full time blogger.

          I do keep myself busy though. I tend to hang out here, as well as jobing dot com, monster dot com, jobs listings on Craigslist (guess I’m not qualified to be a nanny…) – Google, to check where the latest job fairs are in my area… I think you get the idea. After that, I’m going to pop in the 1980 movie “Airplane!” later this afternoon. It keeps my spirits up.

          And don’t call me Shirley.

    • DownWithLibs

      Good to hear!!!! And don’t be too proud to accept help in any way. You paid into it, so let it return to you when you need it. Just don’t make a career of letting society support you. That’s when it chafes. That statement is directed at everyone. Let your taxes return to you if you need a hand up…there is no shame in it. This will be a very rough ride on the way down. Sadly, I feel like it is beyond repair. Here’s hoping to get a Pres. candidate that will at least slow the bleeding instead of continuing to saw through the arteries!!!

    • Mr. Moistpockets

      Mondo, your guitar pawning incident reminds me of the Bon Jovi song “Living On A Prayer” where the hero of the story has to hock his guitar so he and his young wife can survive. I used to mock him and think ” Huh! That’ll be the day when my vintage ’76 Gibson Explorer sits in a pawn shop”…but in the last three years I have stopped mocking those lyrics…and that scares me!

      BTW yer better off with the Epiphone!

  • Mondobeyondo

    Refrigerator inventory check time!!

    - Meat: Pretty much have to toss that out.
    - Veggies: See above sentence.
    - Eggs: Ditto. Don’t want salmonella poisoning. I can only imagine what tunaella poisoning is like.

    That’s all for now. I have some e-mails and Facebleech posts to catch up on.

    • Mondobeyondo

      I’m going to contact the folks at ASCAP, to see if I can get any royalties for writing “Happy Birthday”.

      (“Happy Birthday” is a public domain song. That means – if you play it on the radio, your favorite radio station won’t have to pay royalty fees to the artist and the recording company. That’s not the case with a song by Katy Perry for example, or Adele, the lady who sings “Rolling In the Deep”…

      I haven’t lost my sense of humor. Not going to, either… no matter how bad things get.

      “Always look on the bright side of life.” – Monty Python, “The Life of Brian” – I think. Not sure about that.)

      Still recovering. Will post more later and/or tomorrow.

  • CatNap

    Today I read the “open enrollment” for COBRA.

    No way can we afford that in addition to our monthly expenses, so we will have to find an alternative.

    This is the beginning of the descent into the hole, right?

    Michael, for the man you’re referring to…I’m going to pray for him tonight. It’s the best I can do.

  • Mondobeyondo

    “You can’t play the blues, unless you’ve lived the blues first”

    I don’t know who said that (B.B. King? Son House? Robert Johnson?)
    But it’s very true. You can learn the chords. Most every guitar player does that.

    The difference is, not everyone has the FEELING.
    Led Zeppelin played some awesome blues songs. So did Eric Clapton.
    BUT – they never felt the pain. Both were (are) very talented songwriters. But— they never FELT it. They played the music, they played the chords. But that’s it. So did Jimi Hendrix, before he joined the 101′st Airborne in 1961 or maybe it was 1962. Can’t remember. Sorry!

    B.B. King lived it. In order to feel it, you have to first live it. That’s why he is such a great blues guitarist. The last great one, in my opinion.

    I mean — playing a D minor chord sounds different, depending on your life experience. It’s hard to explain. But I’ll try. You put your pinkie finger on the bottom E string, your ring finger on the B string… oh, forget it. Can I find a bottle of Bacardi rum around here? No?? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    As I just said, it’s hard to explain.
    Play a chord when you’re down to your last $1.53.
    Can you buy a Mini Micro Mac, or any other McBurger for $1.53? No, you can’t.
    Now play it when you have $1,448,220.73, or something like that. (Is that your annual salary, Rod Stewart?) No? Oh, I forgot, that’s your DAILY salary!!)**
    It’s different.
    The first example in the above paragraph, is what is going to make you.
    The second sentence is what is going to break you – if you allow it to do so.
    —————-
    “The thrill is gone… Oh Lord, the thrill is gone….

    (B.B. King, “The Thrill is Gone”) – do a Youtube search if you wanna hear it.
    ************
    I’m quite certain that is not Rod Stewart’s daily salary.
    But still… I would not mind having what he earns daily
    At least he can buy some eggs. I’d love to have am omelette tomorrow morning.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Have I felt it?
      I don’t know.
      I only know – these times sure do suck.

  • Frank

    If you come near my cache of food it will be over for you. I saved and put up food before this all happened. YOU didn’t plan for it.
    Go starve, its not my responsibility. I can only feed myself. Stay away.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Offline for a day or two]
    I’m doing my best.
    If I’m not online in the next two days
    Realize that a few things (something between
    three and seventeen) has happened,

    I will be back online and posting regularly

  • Mondobeyondo

    What do you do when the power goes out for three days?

    I can’t speak for everyone of course – every individual circumstance is different. As for me – I played the Beach Boys CD “Pet Sounds” (1966)* at least 4 times on Tuesday evening. The CD player was still working, even though everything else was shut off. (AA batteries are your best friends, in a time of crisis. Preppers, stock up on AA batteries if you can. Be advised though, they can rust/corrode on a long term storage basis.)

    I highly recommend listening to the entire CD, but my favorite track is:
    “God Only Knows” ***
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMyS78o5YI

    ———————
    * “Pet Sounds” was highly influential in 1966. It was the inspiration for the Beatles to write/record their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. But I’m sure most Beatles fans already know this.

    ** This song was the inspiration for Paul McCartney to write/record the Beatles song “Here, There and Everywhere”, which is on the Beatles album “Revolver”.

  • Seb

    Here is my story.

    I’ll be 30 by the end of november, i’m belgian and currently living in brussels. I studied law at university and worked over the last 5 years in real estate in brussels then France. This spring my girlfriend and i decided to sell our company in the south of France since all competitors around where either going bankrupt or shutting down … this shows how things are doing bad in european real estate markets. We were to move in a tropical island where my gf had found a job and where the crisis might not have striken yet. I was to stay a little longer in europe to sell our company and stuffs. 2 months later when i was about to take my job there she broke up with me (our life’s been crapy for financial reasons no matter how hard we were working for the last 3 years, i was worried and didn’t take care of her). Since the island was too little, i had to refuse the job offer and decided to hit back brussels where my family and friends where living and where i’ve always had the opportunity to find a job within a week in the past … BUT things have changed. I’ve been looking for a job for 4 full months now. Companies fire people all around me, noone hiring and when someone is there are hundreds of candidates. I’m being told i’m “overqualified” all the time and that i won’t stay in the job if they give it to me, can’t find a single job even if i’m not looking for anything interesting nor good wages ! I’m taking tons of test for positions at the state but they’re just slow as hell (still in recrutment process for jobs i applied 3 months ago !)

    This is getting real desperating, don’t know how much longer i’ll be able to manage this awfull situation.

  • Kimberly O’Neal

    My husband lost his job of 20+ years to cut backs roughly 3 years ago, 8 months later his health declined of which I attribute to the depression he went through at not being able to find employment. I went back into the work force, or I should say tried… I’m a nursing assistant by trade but no nursing homes are hiring because the families are pulling their loved ones out because they cannot afford to keep them there, hospitals are not hiring because what jobs there are in my field go to nurses awaiting a nursing job and I’m sure my age (53) plays a role in it too. The closest hospital to us just announced it will be closing it’s doors on the 31 because despite it’s tries it cannot afford to remain open under Obamacare.

    We have in the last couple years armed ourselves with a gun, started a garden and now do serious couponing to stock pile for emergencies which seem more and more each day are coming. We have dropped from a life lived on 65,000 – 75,000 a year to living on under 23,000 a year. We have made cut backs in every area of life and hope for the best.

    We go to bed at night worried about tommorow, next week and next year .. you feel anxious all the time and panic attacks come more frequently with each passing day. I love the Lord with all my heart and I know He is in control, but am just human and one cannot stop the feelings that wash over them.

    I have children and grandchildren and am scared to death what faces them in the coiming years. We all lived in within miles of each other until my children lost their jobs and could find nothing here in Mobile, Al. so they moved to Texas and have found at least some work… something is better than nothing you know. We are hundreds of miles apart now and rarely get to see them as gas is also so very high. I have a grand daughter I have never met because we cannot afford the trip and neither can they.

    I know some of this seems petty, but it is a story of how drasticlly my life has changed but I thank God for giving us the know how to prepare in advance and at least try to survie, God willing we wont loose our home, it’s falling apart around us because we can’t afford repairs but is ours and the only saving grace is it is paid for….. but I know that can still be taken if I become ill because there is no money for insurance….. sorry I rambled but I think you get the idea of how this country has gone, the promise of hope and change? The only change is that all hope for a bright future and decent retirement are gone and no one can see any end in sight, Obama is succeeding in bring us down and I hope he and his croneys are happy because America is not!

  • http://greenfuelbooster.com stmess

    whoever controls the system (state apparatus) will be the class that will be better off. If a few controls it, few will get rich. If more people control it, more people will get rich.

  • Randome-11

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-real-housewives-of-wall-street-look-whos-cashing-in-on-the-bailout-20110411?print=true

    The solution is to not only to have tax cuts for the wealthy but actually pay them to be wealthy.

    Also, don´t forget to blame the (private) Unions and pension plans.

    • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

      And the Middle Class and the Working Class and the rest of the 99 percent. Yes, blame 99 percent because the banksters aren’t rich enough. And while you’re at it, blame the sane folks for the rule of psychopaths. I am NOT being facisious here!

  • Jonathan

    Many post here about God and what he is alleged to have done for them.

    I do not give God credit for anything, since there is no evidence at all that he’s doing anything or ever has. What I do see however, is people, who are trying their hardest to get by and some that are helping others. But God isn’t even in the picture. I do not understand why people give blame or credit to God, since it doesn’t make any sense. God isn’t paying our bills, working at our jobs, helping our neighbors or leaving anonymous donations, people are.

    I also think it is terribly irresponsible for people to give credit to God (or to give blame). Our problems are our own. They are people problems, not “God problems”. Whatever is going right, or whatever is going wrong, is what people are doing to each other. God isn’t even in the picture, yet millions of people cannot see that.

    We are responsible for the world we make, whether it be bad or good. Bad people do bad things, good people struggle with that, but it’s not God’s fault, nor God’s responsibility, it’s ours. We can make the world better, more tolerable, and more livable if WE try, asking God to do this is rather ridiculous, since he’s never there.

    Many people seem to take great comfort in giving God credit, but then they utterly fail to give the credit where it is due (to the PEOPLE that helped them). It’s all very strange and does not make any sense, it defies logic and common sense.

    Then, when things go bad, they cry out to God, and some even blame God. Again, this makes no sense at all. God isn’t doing any of this evil, it is PEOPLE again who are doing evil to each other. And God doesn’t rescue any of the people either, if there is help or a rescue or anything good to come out of a bad situation, it is always at the hands of either themselves or other PEOPLE. Yet God once again, gets the credit.

    Use some common sense people. I know you believe in your Bible’s, but quite frankly you don’t know your Christian history very well. It was and always will be PEOPLE that are helping PEOPLE. The Bible emphasizes given praise to God, but you do need to put this into historical perspective, the authors of the Bible were many, none were as well educated as we are today (including Paul / Saul) and they were ALL superstitious to a fault. The Bible has gone on to spawn over 2000 Christian denominations, each claiming the “truth”, with hundreds of millions since slaughtered in “defense” of their “beliefs”. The justification was always “God” (and still is).

    Get a clue. As in wake up and accept reality. Our world is made up of what is REAL. Not some mystical, magical Sky God who is “saving” anyone (or helping anyone). You may still believe in the invisible, unprovable, mystical and mysterious, but by doing so you are abdicating your personal responsibility for what is going on in your life. You prefer to lay this all at the feet of “God”, both the good and the bad, which gives you an escape clause, ie., “the fine print” that say’s “it’s not your fault, your just being tested”. This is escapism and childish behavior. Put away childish things and grow up, what is going on in your life (every single bit of it) is your responsibility and none other.

    Your suffering on the planet is because of what humans are doing, not because of God or some mystical, magical, invisible beings who are playing chess with your lives. Those of you that believe this are unbelievably naive and irresponsible. You may be kind hearted, compassionate, caring and giving, but you’re actually quite clueless to the real world you are living in, and you are ineffectual at changing it in a meaningful way. Like Christians throughout all of history, you are constantly behind the curve of reality, unable to grasp the human forces actually at work.

    Your “comfort” in “knowing God” and giving him the blame / praise is your escape valve from this reality. Perhaps you need it, but so does a child with a teddy bear. One day, they grow up and accept adult responsibilities, putting away their childish things. You need to do the same.

  • BookMDanno

    No President will get us out of this mess because for about 30 yrs the gov’t has been a shill for business (that’s where the money is for campaigns). Businesses want all kinds of breaks…they get them…and wanted a situation where a glut of workers with too few jobs would depress wages (while businesses get breaks for outsourcing overseas). Business leaders had too much short-term vision to wonder, ‘what happens to our company…and our country…. once OTHER businesses ALSO downsize, there are no middle class consumers left, and we’ve inadvertently enriched our adversaries?” I’m a conservative, but recognize neither party has your interest at heart, money in politics has killed the golden goose, and talk of ‘a global economy’ was a smokescreen to benefit Big Business.

  • Washington

    Introduction speech of the NWO, George H. W. Bush from 9/11/90 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxykSvmhvgU

    I am not superstitious or anything like that, but look at the date of this speech. Odd!

  • James Wentz

    One thing I have learned in my years on this planet is that contrary to what many believe, there is such a thing as true evil and it exists today. It has existed a very long time and is extremely organized, interconnected and exceedingly well funded. It has been spoken of in the past, even Woodrow Wilson spoke of it:

    Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.

    Just as people could not have conceived, nor were they cognizant of the true scope of the horrors of World Wars I & II and the Great Depression, so too are most people not prepared for the horrors we will go thru in the next decade or more. The destruction of the US social, education and economic systems has been a long and planned process.

    Our grandfathers would be appalled by the vulgarization, crassness and general stupidity of American society today.
    The USA has been set up over the decades step by step for the coming fall. From Great Society spending, to education policies, to the steady removal of post Great Depression laws separating banking from other financial institutions, etc… We are approaching the abyss and are ready plummet, and it will be a terrible time for everyone but the super-rich elite.

    When it is all said and done, Americans will gladly trade economic freedom for the coming One World Economy that has been preplanned for centuries. Most Americans today don’t live for anything more than the “Bread and Circuses” of sports, beer and whatever soft porn TV programs are popular these days. When the dark days finally arrive, they will be astounded at how changed the world will become. A good example is Hurricane Sandy, most people were unprepared for it. Stores were sold out of water and basic staples in hours after the announcement.

    Look at the number of people who (even if jokingly) made statements about looting afterwards. And times are still relatively good! Hopefully people will start to wake up from the walking stupors they seem to be in today. Times are going to get BAD, and you ain’t seen nothin yet!

  • dav1bg

    Maybe something like this, eliminate income tax and make up the difference with a tax on all imported stuff. Quit penalizing the patriotic who buy american and let the ones causing this problem pay for the unemployment it causes. Also tax products imported by those who have moved their corporate locations out of the USA to avoid taxes. THEN WE CAN SEE THE REAL COST OF BUYING FORIEGN KRAP. Get politicans to grow some b@lls.

  • winston

    These issues will NOT be alleviated under Mitt nor Obummer…..

    • Joilieder

      You are correct and that’s what scares me. I was just thinking of this earlier today. I only answer I can see (and that’s a maybe) is to get rid of all governments – Federal, State, County, Local – and start all over again BUT with the candidates NOT needing any money to run for office. Then keep the salary down comparable to the average American people that work part-time (maybe full-time). I wish that people with the power had the answers, but they don’t and are only interested in their own well-being. But as a Christian, I must turn all of my questions and fears over to God and live my life day-to-day for His glory. It is difficult to do sometimes, but that is my desire and I know God’s also.

  • Washington

    2012 – The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private corporation headed by the former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties. The CPD is a duopoly which allows the major party candidates to draft secret agreements about debate arrangements including moderators, debate format and even participants. The result is a travesty riddled with sterile, non-contentious arguments which consistently exclude alternative voices that Americans want to hear.
    This documentary also reveals the big corporations who “sponsor” the CPD and how third party candidates are purposely excluded. One of these sponsors, Annheiser Busch, is partly owned by Senator John McCain’s wife. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s election as an independent candidate proves that opening up debates can lead to real change – something the entrenched Republican and Democratic Parties don’t want to see.

    Who’s Afraid of an Open Debate? The Truth About the Commission on Presidential Debates (Full Version)

    http://undergrounddocumentaries.com/whos-afraid-of-an-open-debate-the-truth-about-the-commission-on-presidential-debates-full-version/

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  • http://www.omegasupremetv.com omega supreme

    Hi Michael and crowd i just discovered your site and i am impressed first of all let me start with my background i am a mid 30 black man born in Africa that did my middle school in france high school and college in the usa. and now live in canada for the past ten years were i work in finance and own a house.What has happened to the USA is simple you are being turned into a welfare state and stripped of your wealth moral values and health. Obama is a catastrophy to both minorities whites and any one that believe in free markets. Second of all as an African, i know damn well that Obama is not an African American since hes not a descendant of slaves. the Blacks that follow him and are so proud dont understand that they have a lot more in common with any haitian or jamaican that they do with Barrack Obama, i know i am of African orgins and i can relate a lot more to him than to any African American we look the same but our backgrounds are completely different, sort of like Greeks and Italians are a lot closer to each other than to the germans although they are all (whites).i wish luck to you guys back in the USA because you will need it.
    Since the first world was created by the relentless exploitation of the rest of the world. the logical last people left to exploit are westerners. So if you want to know whats the future of Europe and the USA look at AFrica and Latin America or any country looted by the bilderberg gangs and the IMF the blue print is simple step1) easy access to cheap credit 2)austerity measures implemanted because of “Alarming debt level” 3)puppett governement put in place to continue the looting and charge more debts to the said country. 4) repeat steps 1 to 3….God Bless America, you are right Michael, The Obamabots are mindless idiots that were groomed to be just that and as this elections showed us they are now in power with a mendate to dig deep in everybody pockets to help the poors… God help us All…Mark my words the USA will be under the guidance of the IMF before the end of Herr Obama terms.

    • Michael

      Very interesting perspective. I am glad that you have discovered the site and I hope that you will comment more often. :)

      And I want to apologize to everyone for the problems that site has been experiencing lately. For some reason all comments are being sent to the spam folder and I have to dig through and find the legitimate ones. I don’t know why this is happening, but I will keep trying to figure it out.

      Michael

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  • reality check

    Every society has poor people.

    Most Americans are sitting there at their do-nothing jobs, getting big pay checks to do nothing, then come home to:

    Big houses.
    Big televisions.
    Big boobies.

    and relax on a big couch, eat big plates, and grow more obese by the second.

    Not to mention the big vacation for two weeks, twice a year.

    America = Big, fat, lazy, useless people, who are rich for doing nothing.

    • JhoffaX

      Whine a little more, brah.. With feeling this time.

  • andrea289

    Just found your site. Wow I’m totally overwhelm with the info. I’m currently living paycheck to paycheck as a single parent with two kids. I haven’t been on welfare but things got very, very close. I’m downsizing and stretching every penny. I’m biggest debt – student loans. In the last couple of years I’ve really noticed how bad things are getting. My grandma always said learn the old ways you never know when you may need them. I thought about that last night while I was hand washing clothes in the bathtub. Then hanging them to dry.

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