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55 Interesting Facts About The U.S. Economy In 2012

How is the U.S. economy doing in 2012?  Unfortunately, it is not doing nearly as well as the mainstream media would have you believe.  Yes, things have stabilized for the moment but this bubble of false hope will not last for long.  The long-term trends that are ripping our economy and our financial system to shreds continue unabated.  When you step back and look at the broader picture, it is hard to deny that we are in really bad shape and that things are rapidly getting worse.  Later on in this article you will find a list of interesting facts that show the true state of the U.S. economy.  Hopefully many of you will find this list to be a useful tool that you can share with your family and friends.  Each day the foundations of our economy crumble a little bit more, and we need to wake up as many Americans as we can to what is really going on while there is still time.  We have accumulated way too much debt, we consume far more wealth than we produce, millions of our jobs are being shipped overseas, our big cities are decaying, family budgets are being squeezed more than ever, poverty is rampant and we have raised several generations of Americans that expect the government to fix all of their problems.  The U.S. economy is at a crossroads, and the decisions that the American people make in 2012 are going to be incredibly important.

The statistics listed below are presented without much commentary.  They pretty much speak for themselves.

After reading this list, it will be hard for anyone to argue that we are on the right track.

The following are 55 interesting facts about the U.S. economy in 2012….

#1 As you read this, there are more than 6 million mortgages in the United States that are overdue.

#2 In January, U.S. home prices were the lowest that they have been in more than a decade.

#3 In Florida right now, some drivers are paying nearly 6 dollars for a gallon of gas.

#4 On average, you could buy about 10 gallons of gas for an hour of work back in the mid-90s.  Today, the average hour of work will get you less than 6 gallons of gas.

#5 Sadly, 43 percent of all American families spend more than they earn each year.

#6 According to Gallup, the unemployment rate was at 8.3% in mid-January but rose to 9.0% in mid-February.

#7 The percentage of working age Americans that have jobs is not increasing.  The employment to population ratio has stayed very steady (hovering between 58% and 59%) since the beginning of 2010.

#8 If you gathered together all of the workers that are “officially” unemployed in the United States into one nation, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the entire world.

#9 When Barack Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.

#10 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high.

#11 According to Reuters, approximately 23.7 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now.

#12 There are about 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment.  That is an all-time record high.

#13 According to CareerBuilder, only 23 percent of American companies plan to hire more employees in 2012.

#14 Back in the year 2000, about 20 percent of all jobs in America were manufacturing jobs.  Today, about 5 percent of all jobs in America are manufacturing jobs.

#15 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

#16 Amazingly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.

#17 According to author Paul Osterman, about 20 percent of all U.S. adults are currently working jobs that pay poverty-level wages.

#18 During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent.

#19 An all-time record 49.9 million Americans do not have any health insurance at all at this point, and the percentage of Americans covered by employer-based health plans has fallen for 11 years in a row.

#20 According to the New York Times, approximately 100 million Americans are either living in poverty or in “the fretful zone just above it”.

#21 In the United States today, corporate profits are at an all-time high.  The percentage of Americans that are living in “extreme poverty” is also at an all-time high according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

#22 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

#23 The poorest 50 percent of all Americans now collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#24 The number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.

#25 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

#26 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.

#27 As the economy has slowed down, so has the number of marriages.  According to a Pew Research Center analysis, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.

#28 In 1984, the median net worth of households led by someone 65 or older was 10 times larger than the median net worth of households led by someone 35 or younger.  Today, the median net worth of households led by someone 65 or older is 47 times larger than the median net worth of households led by someone 35 or younger.

#29 If you can believe it, 37 percent of all U.S. households that are led by someone under the age of 35 have a net worth of zero or less than zero.

#30 After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#31 According to the Student Loan Debt Clock, total student loan debt in the United States will surpass the 1 trillion dollar mark at some point in 2012.  If you went out right now and starting spending one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.

#32 Today, 46% of all Americans carry a credit card balance from month to month.

#33 Incredibly, one out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.

#34 The average interest rate on a credit card that is carrying a balance is now up to 13.10 percent.

#35 Of the U.S. households that do have credit card debt, the average amount of credit card debt is an astounding $15,799.

#36 Overall, Americans are carrying a grand total of $798 billion in credit card debt.  If you were alive when Jesus was born and you spent a million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent $798 billion by now.

#37 It may be hard to believe, but the truth is that consumer debt in America has increased by a whopping 1700% since 1971.

#38 At this point, about 70 percent of all auto purchases in the United States involve an auto loan.

#39 In the United States today, 45 percent of all auto loans are made to subprime borrowers.

#40 Mortgage debt as a percentage of GDP has more than tripled since 1955.

#41 According to a recent study conducted by the BlackRock Investment Institute, the ratio of household debt to personal income in the United States is now 154 percent.

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

#43 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850.  Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1700 an ounce.

#44 The number of Americans that are not paying federal incomes taxes is at an all-time high.

#45 A staggering 48.5% of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits.  Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.

#46 The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

#47 During 2012, the U.S. government must roll over nearly 3 trillion dollars of old debt.

#48 The U.S. debt to GDP ratio has now reached 101 percent.

#49 At the moment, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of $15,419,800,222,325.15.

#50 The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

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

#52 If the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to pay off the national debt.

#53 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.

#54 Right now, the U.S. national debt is increasing by about 150 million dollars every single hour.

#55 Spending by the federal government accounted for about 2 percent of GDP back in 1800.  It accounted for 23.8 percent in 2011, and according to former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, it will account for 36.8 percent of GDP by 2040.

Bad news, eh?

But it isn’t just our economy that is decaying.

We are witnessing a tremendous amount of social decay as well.  As I wrote about the other day, America is rapidly decomposing right in front of our eyes.

When the water level of a river drops far enough, it will reveal rocks that have been hidden from view for a very long time.  Well, a similar thing is happening in America right now.  For decades, our debt-fueled prosperity has masked a lot of the social decay that has been going on.

But now that our prosperity is evaporating, a lot of frightening stuff is being revealed.

Unfortunately, another major financial crisis is rapidly approaching and economic conditions in the United States are going to get a lot worse.

So what is our country going to look like when that happens?

That is a very good question.

  • John The Liberal Thinker

    Hey Gary! I too am a liberal, and proud of it. But your own intelligence leaves much to be desired. Making the statement that you are trying to crush conservatism is nothing less than defeating your own argument that us liberals are so high and mighty as to never assume to shove our world-view down another’s throat. Stupid, intolerant liberals like you make the rest of us free-thinking and tolerant liberals look bad. Try a different pair of shoes because the ones you are currently wearing make you seem much taller than you really are. Also, please try thinking a little more critically for yourself. Hang out with real free-thinking liberals more, and do less crowd following. Just some friendly advice.

    • gary2

      I want to crush conservatism because their policies hurt so many people. You can not neogiate with a concerous tumor you simply need to cut it out.

    • gary2

      Look I appreciate the advice, however, I am not all talk and little action. (like Obama) I actually do the leg work to take folks to the polls (and they are not voting conservative), participate in protests and actually try to change things and not just talk about changing things. I knock on so many doors my knuckles are red and I am not the only one who does this. Have some passion! I am not some ivy league liberal who sips latte at starbucks while complaining about the horrors of conservatism.

      I have no time for liberals who just talk.

  • Lilia

    This is my response to the communist puke that calls himself Gary2.
    The reason I called you communist puke is because when I hear communist rhetoric I recognize it. I recognize the rhetoric I heard for 30 years of my life in Soviet Union before I came to US at the beginning of the century. It is breaking my heart to see that communist plague is so widespread in America since the communists infested your colleges in the 60s, because that is how they avoided being sent to Vietnam. Every time I listen to a democrat it feels like déjà vu all over again for me – I feel like I am back in USSR.
    You, liberal idiot, call conservatives stupid? But they are the ones who have college degrees, are creative and industrious. Their hard work made them rich. Apparently you are too stupid to understand that. You are saying that your ideas will make all people prosperous – HOW? Your ideas didn’t work in USSR, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Eastern Germany, Hungary, Mongolia, North Korea, China, and Cuba. They also failed in Panama, Honduras, Guatemala… They are failing in Venezuela. Don’t you know that everybody was poor there? There was not enough food, clothing, products, and freedom. Do you know who had all that stuff? – our dear leaders – the very ones that screamed very loudly that they were for the working class.
    Here is a lesson for you, liar – The louder someone screams he/she is for the working class, should be trusted the least. As soon as communists (the ultimate liberals) understood that they are not able to create a prosperous economy, they made sure they secured the public trough for themselves – they had all the guns – kind of, like the current White House occupants. People are out of jobs, losing their homes – the country is on fire – and our dear president is partying and golfing nonstop, campaigning nonstop on taxpayers’ money, spending millions of our money on vacations; his wife is buying expensive clothing, vodka, and massages, while people can’t afford milk and bread. I am disgusted by this administration just like I was disgusted by the soviet pigs.
    Here is a vivid example of “working class support” lie. During Katrina many people ended up on ruffs calling for help, and a lot of them were black. One of their congressmen used National Guard to tow personal stuff from his flooded home, while people he “served” needed National Guard’s help more than him. Well, guess who was that congressman? – William J. Jefferson – democrat, and black – he didn’t give a damn about his poor fellow citizens, even about those who were the same color as he. I suspect he was transferring the cash from his freezer in Louisiana to the freezer in Washington DC, where later he was caught with 90000$, and now he is where he belongs – in jail. 70% of the congressmen in the book “Throw them all out” by Peter Schweizer that talks about insider trading in congress are democrats. So, don’t lie through your teeth that democrats like poor people more than money. Wake up idiot, or better said liar, because you are also for your own pocket, and don’t give a damn about anybody else in this world.
    Liberal degenerates like you are not only stupid; they are also dangerous to humanity. You, liberals, are the most uncompromising beings on earth, and boy oh boy, the soviets proved it. They didn’t just shut everybody up who was against their idea, they killed by millions. Every country I enumerated above, where the liberal communist lunacy attempted to be implemented, committed despicable atrocities against their most productive part of the population. And let me tell you, it started with the very rich, and ended with families of 8-10 people that had a cow, a horse, a plow, some goats, and all worked their butts off on their piece of land – THESE kind of families were called rich, sent to Siberia and mercilessly destroyed by communist spawn like you.
    Honest capitalism is quite fine. What is unforgivably wrong is crony capitalism in bed with corrupt politicians in both parties. You must be a complete idiot to accuse only the financial institutions in causing the meltdown, but forget about the rotten government. You wrote that financial institutions are under regulated. How do you like the government regulation that forced banks to give loans to people that couldn’t pay back? One word – moron. The cronies and the corrupt are destroying our lives.
    Why don’t you turn you attention to the crony billionaires like Soros and Buffet, millionaires, liberal Hollywood stars – these phonies that supposedly worry about the poor. Maybe they should show personal example and give up their billions and millions to the poor. How dare they keep their money when so many people are suffering in their own country and around the world? How do you like this liberal rhetoric, you, red moron? I know that in your deranged mind it’s ok for liberals to have money but anyone else. If you stuff you phony faces like the soviet criminals it’s all right, while hardworking people are supporting parasites like you. Soros now days is a frequent guest in the White House; this criminal SOB is writing our energy policies and takes advantage of them. He is the reason my young family woke up one day in the 90s with only 4 rubles in our account instead of 4000 rubles. He crashed currencies in many countries; put his cronies in different levels of government there, and went in and purchased for nothing assets and property enriching his liberal criminal pocket. Soros and this kind of people in Obama’s administration are robbing and destroying this country right in front of our eyes. In my personal view Soros must be tried in the international court for his criminal economic activities.
    You say conservatives are stupid. Let me tell you that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder. The Canadian research is such a fraud. You should be embarrassed even to quote it – but you have a liberal mental disorder; what else can be said.
    If communist Obama gets a second term he will be eating lobster and you will be eating gruel, if you are lucky. Let me tell you, social justice (socialism, communism (by the way to your knowledge communism has never been built, because their economy that produced insufficient crappy products couldn’t satisfy the communist motto “from everybody according to their abilities, to everybody according to their needs”; the stage that USSR was in when it collapsed was called by the degenerate communists “developed socialism”, and the motto was “from everybody according to their abilities, to everybody according to their work” which also was BS, because they couldn’t implement it too)) will not “kill” you; it will make your life very, very miserable. And hardworking, creative, and smart conservative people that have their guns will survive, unlike parasites like you. And I hope they will not help degenerates like you, because you must crawl under your communist stone and perish like a cockroach – let mother earth get rid of you.
    Let me also tell you what kind of work ethic your social justice creates. In USSR many workers stole – yeah, that was the work ethic that wonderful socialism created. People were starving, couldn’t buy decent clothes, cars, refrigerators …. nothing. They stole products to barter them at the flea markets so they could feed their families – that is the reality that communists created for us. “Little people stole little things, big people stole big things.” Simple workers stole food, bolts, and nuts. The ones in charge of soviet plants and institutions stole money, and were at the distributing trough of goods that rarely got to the stores to the proletariat that was told that it was “in charge” of the country. You can see a good example of social justice work ethic coming our way here, if the unions are not put in their proper place. Chrysler autoworkers smoke pot and drink on their lunch breaks. Then they go and continue to build the cars that the rest of us have to drive our families in. And you can’t fire them.
    Liberals, you are demented and dangerous. You don’t know and don’t want to learn what your ideas can do to people, societies, and countries. Conservatives, fight this corrupt ideology. Communism and Nazism (National Socialism) come from the same cesspool – the cesspool of social justice that brought to the world nothing but tragedy.

    • gary2

      lilla you proved my point perfectly- if you do not understand something call it communism. Typical of low information people.

      No one is advocating communism and its hard to believe you don’t get this.

      We need to moderate capitalism with a big dose of socialism. capitalism may be good at generating wealth but it is horrible at distributing it. We need to be more like Norway etc.

      I have never said I want communism and I do not want it.

      I do get that your world view is colored by your past. Understandable. Not everyone who advocates a broader prosperity for the most people wants communism.

      I normally would bnot dignify your nonsencical post with a repsonse but due to your past experience with the USSR I wanted to point out the error of your thinking. Let me repeat for the conservatives who don’t get things the first time. No one I know or associatye with has EVER said they wanted communism, never, and I know some real liberal folks that make me look moderate.

      • GI Joe

        Did you even bother to read the post you are criticizing? That was from EXPERIENCE, not a made up fairy tail. What does it take to open your eyes????

        • whonose

          I think his eyes are open. I think the problem is his head is up his ass. His attempt at deflection was lame, Lila obviously understands what’s happening much better than he and ripped him a new one. In true liberal fashion, he tries to make it appear that she knows nothing and he knows all, he is the enlightened one. Sounds like obama.

          • anon

            I agree with gary2. Capitalism with a dose of socialism or even vice versa is much better than either one individually. This is a common academic vs practicality contention. Academics build theories – they are useful, but not in themselves. They need to be extended, and evolved.

            Also, I dont find gary2’s comments to be communist at all.

            The right answer is a right mix of multiple political theories – views differ as to what should be applied in which situation, but then that’s economics – and the Unpredictable – the future.

            Going off on a tangent, it is never right sacrifice stability for growth, and that is what the highly capitalistic American economy is doing. If only America could maintain more stability and reduce volatiliy (and by volatiliy, I mean the extent of bull and bear markets – the prosperous times and the recessions), life would be much simpler and better.

  • Imm

    I can’t believe that you think that an idealogy can predict the intelligence level of a human guys must have some really good drugs

  • John The Liberal Thinker

    In the upper echelons of human understanding, it is well known that smart and intelligent are two very different thing.

  • Just Me

    I don’t care what what side of politics your in bed with, Libs or Conservs. I’m on neither, they are all the same, greedy, lying, arrogant, pompus, self serving. Wake up people and smell “it”. It doesn’t matter whose in charge anymore and it probably never did. Your a fool to think otherwise. Seriously people, take the blinders off, get the forest and trees sorted out and get ready. Tunnel vision never works for anyone.

  • Lilia

    Sir, you are obviously mentally challenged. You are unable to comprehend that I don’t need to be informed by you or your liberal colleges to understand liberalism – I LIVED THE LIFE YOU ARE PROPAGANDIZING; I felt the results of liberalism on my own skin. You nincompoop, don’t know anything about real life.
    If the mother of learning is repetition, then let’s repeat it for you. LIBERALISM has many ugly names and forms: liberalism, progressivism, socialism, National Socialism (Nazism), Fabian socialism, Marxism, Leninism, fascism, and finally the last but not least communism. They all are basically synonyms; they have the same evil root. Regardless of the term you use, you bring the same results to humanity – suffering, misery, destruction of economy and people’s souls. When I hear what liberals say here in US, it is exactly identical (word to word) to what communists told me all my life in USSR. Greece was not lead by communists, but the results of the liberal governing are exactly the same as in Soviet Union. It doesn’t matter what form of liberalism you try and in what dosage, you always end up in the same place – poverty.
    Don’t you see what your ideology does to people? It destroys our ability and responsibility to take care of ourselves. It trains us to be helpless like chicks waiting for the government to drop regurgitated food in our beaks. People are trained not to take care of their retirement. In US many people count on social security as the only retirement income. The Greeks were promised retirement at 50 years old. Who did they think was able to support them for many years while they would take sun baths on their beautiful beaches? Look at them now. They are pathetically weak: suicide rate went up – they are killing themselves. They got brain damaged by liberal ideas – after all, you can’t live liberally on someone else’s back. In your midget mind you think you can build perfect liberalism. Former eastern socialist countries and current western socialist countries of the European Union are live proof – Liberalism can’t be built in any shape or form. It bankrupts countries and destroys the humanity of its citizens: it destroys people’s morality, pride, creativity, civility, decency…………………
    Do you know what else is characteristic in a society built by liberals? Charity and volunteers are absent. People are forced to live in such conditions where they are busy just surviving, fighting for their basic needs. Forget about having high morals, compassion, and basic civility. Because, you see, when government grabs and controls everything, it becomes collective – things belong to everybody or better said to nobody. And when it’s nobody’s, it is treated accordingly – people become mere animals with everything that surrounds them except their own belongings. Here is an excellent example from the socialist (liberal) Soviet Union; take note – not communist, but socialist, because, I remind, the deranged communists (the ultimate liberals) that lead the country could NOT build communism – it is an Utopia, and never can be built. As soon as you stepped out of any apartment it was a different world – a nasty, dirty world with almost no lights and bad smells. The staircases and elevators in the apartment buildings were trashed just like the government housing in US. People defecated and urinated in the elevators and staircases that would be used in the next minute by their own neighbors or other human beings. Wait a minute, where did I hear about defecating lately – yeah, the occupy Wall Street liberals – defecation, rape, murder, child abandonment – and this is the liberal cream of the society. This is the face of liberalism you are advocating. I feel sorry and angry into what people were transformed in the block of former socialist (liberal) countries and are being transformed currently in the socialist (liberal) European Union.
    Take also note that there was not one arrest at the conservative gatherings – none. Isn’t it strange that “stupid” conservatives at their meetings don’t destroy things, don’t defecate on police cars, don’t rape, don’t kill other people, and don’t abandon their children?
    Let me post these rhetorical questions. How does anybody in US vote for democrats? How do black people vote for them? How does anybody believe any word that comes out of democrats’ mouths? I am still learning about US history, and some things are appalling. Democratic Party is the party of the former slave drivers. Democrats created Ku Klux Klan; democrats lynched black people in the south; democrats kept in its party and senate Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd until he kicked the bucket in 2010 at age 92. Margaret Sanger propelled abortion movement as “Negro Project” – a way to get rid of black population and other unwanted layers of society. She spoke in front of democratic Ku Klux Klan women’s groups. If I remember correctly the number, 16 million black babies exterminated through abortion; poverty in black communities is worse than ever, and black people still vote democrat – it’s a mystery. Every time horrible things happened to US citizens it was a democrat in charge of the country. At the beginning of the 20th century segregation in government was implemented by democratic (progressive, deranged liberal) President Woodrow Wilson who said that you can catch diseases from black people. He also imprisoned American citizens of German decent during World War I (for just playing Mozart in public.) Another democratic president Franklin Roosevelt imprisoned American citizens of German, Italian and Japanese decent during World War II. This liberal lunatic envied Stalin for his power over the soviet economy. (Here is another little dirty secret about the soviet SOCIALIST economy – the unhinged soviet liberals (communists) built their first soviet economic accomplishments on the blood of political prisoners. Millions died building their first hydro-electric power plants and cutting down trees in Siberia. And by the way, the rest of the working class was also basically enslaved. At the dawn of the soviet hell communists changed their minds for a while and implemented a NEP (new economical politics) that allowed the capitalist economical principals work (like China is doing now.) People started working and producing like before the dreaded revolution and gain wealth again. But it was shut down quickly, because liberals can’t stand people becoming wealthy – everybody has to be equally poor. Communist morons would meet every five years for their “five year plan (pyatiletka) congress” and bitch about low productivity in USSR. Yeah, they couldn’t figure out why the enslaved working class can’t and doesn’t want to be productive. Apparently miserable salaries and communist mottos (like “workers of the world unite”, or “glory to the communist party”) thrown at them didn’t do the trick.) On the other side Republicans freed the slaves. Martin Luther King was a Republican. How do you even associate with the name of the Democratic Party? There is only one answer – liberalism is a mental disorder.
    Don’t bother to answer. I am quite busy, unlike you. I just got infuriated at you, demented liberal, when accidentally read the comments to the article, which I usually don’t do. I have had enough of liberal propaganda in my life. Take your own advice, and go INFORM yourself. Or, better, go and live in socialist (liberal) European Union or former socialist (liberal) block countries, and learn the results of liberalism first hand. Liberals, one more advice: if the professor in the White House that mingled with other Marxist professors at American universities, as he wrote in his book, is elected for a second term, start learning how to can food and mend socks and underwear. You won’t have the luxury to just throw away the old ones and buy new. You will be wearing your clothes until they look like a colander – another “pleasant” liberal reality. Liberals, don’t destroy your country. Go away, go somewhere (maybe to North Korea), and perish in the dust of history.

  • Gary2

    just because you label democrats/liberals communists does not mean they are communists.

    I am sorry for your experiences in the past, however, I nor anyone I know ever advocated communism.

    We must have a language barrier if you are not getting this.

  • spinner

    Seriously most of you people scare me… letting political idealogy define a person.. if you spent the same amount of energy trying to improve life as you do trying to destroy the other parties you wouldnt be in this mess… seems to em most of you are just internet trolls

  • http://None,thankfully! Jim Brown

    The comments are interesting, and we live in America, freedom of speech, etc… Admittedly, I fast forwarded, or scrolled down, after reading several of the comments. After all is said and done, common sense will prevail!

    Magnanimously submitted….

  • frog

    this is what you get when to many foreigners own companies and vote.

  • BobinTX

    I look at #36, and think… imagine if barry had taken his failed stimulus, which was about the same amount, and instead of using it as a slush fund for all his rich cronies, he could have paid off the credit card debt of every American.

    “#36 Overall, Americans are carrying a grand total of $798 billion in credit card debt. If you were alive when Jesus was born and you spent a million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent $798 billion by now.”

  • Curiosity Good For The Cat

    From what I was told recently, the prophetic news seems to correspond in some form to the police reports in local neighborhoods. Due to the bad economy, crime is up and God is the only one that can give people some peace of mind, according to some Bible scholors. Don’t you agree? As a metaphor: The puzzle seems to come together in 3D!

  • Curiosity Good For The Cat

    One piece of good news is that president Obama is making plans to “jumpstart” our economy but some are saying “Yeah Right” to this proposal. The democrats are quite enthusiastic about Obama’s campaign but the republicans are saying that “he is talking politics in his own right” which is a rather subtle but somewhat facetious way of criticizing the veracity of his words. The real motif is within the person but let the charade play out until the mood gets somber. That way, reality will bite. The old southern limerick, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings” and that principle is being applied today.

  • Do Your Crying In Spanish Or French, Good Call!

    So much talk on moving to a foreign country to escape the mayhem of this bad economy may be a cartoon commercial if you will but dealing with issues on the surface is the most prudent because the emotions are the epitomy of our personal wellbeing. We are entering into a timeperiod where circumstances will test our fortitude and patience. According to some, few will make it through the dark tunnel, so to speak. We are already in an ARMAGEDDON: The Economy. The most stable recipient takes one step at a time because conditions vary in scope. Predicting the future will make us crazy anyway, so let life be a mystery until death do us part!

  • Special Report Update

    Islamabad, Pakistan (A Special NewsCore Update Report) — Pakistani authorities have started legal proceedings against the widows of former al- Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for allegedly entering Pakistan illegally and alleged forgery, Pakistan’s interior minister told reporters Thursday.

  • Special Report Update

    (NewsCore Updated Report) — Authorities continued their search Saturday for a suspect who allegedly shot a female officer, stabbed a judge and fled a Washington state courthouse.
    Undersheriff Rick Scott said the man gave his name as Michael Thomas when the officer approached him shortly after noon Friday inside the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano.
    “He attacked her with a sharp-edged instrument,” Scott said. “The judge rushed to the aid of the officer and actually struck the suspect physically, knocking him off of the deputy.” The suspect cut Superior Court Judge David Edwards in the neck.
    Deputy Polly Davin attempted to draw her weapon, but the suspect knocked her to the floor and took her weapon, officials said.
    The suspect fired twice, hitting the deputy once in the shoulder. Seattle affiliate KING said the man left the courthouse with the handgun.

  • A WUSA9 News Special Update Report

    WASHINGTON (WUSA) — DC police and fire crews are investigating suspicious letter incidents in the city.
    One incident is at the Amadon-Bowen School in the 400 block of I Street SW, the same place where there was a suspicious letter on Thursday.
    Police are also working a suspicious letter incident at the Fifth District Police Headquarters in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road and just recently,
    a pipebomb was found by some curious onlooker but fortunately, she knew how to diffuse the bomb before it went off. DC police and fire crews were called in
    to investigate but no suspects at this time.

  • Gaithersburg Md. Gazette Newspapers

    Maryland Community News
    Published: Friday, March 9, 2012
    Officer injured, suspect in critical condition after police shooting by Aaron Kraut
    Staff Writer
    A Montgomery County police officer was injured and a male suspect is in critical condition after police exchanged gunfire with the man early Friday morning near the 8100 block of Eastern Avenue, just inside Washington D.C., police said.
    At 12:39 a.m., police responded to multiple calls of gun shots in the area. When officers first arrived on the scene, they heard gunshots and soon encountered an armed male on the north side of Eastern Avenue, police said. Police shot the suspect, who was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he is in critical condition, police said.

  • A Special 9News Report

    This article from 9News tells you that the schools are being trashed by crime. Read article below!
    FORT MEADE, Md. (WUSA) — Police say four teens have been charged after reportedly assaulting a student at Meade High School.
    The teens, ranging in age from 16 to 19 years old, face a slew of charges for the Feb. 29 incident.
    A student reported that he was assaulted in a school hallway between classes. A school resource officer learned that the student was assaulted in the hallway when few people were there. The student was struck, and he had his coat and cell phone stolen.
    His parents took him to the hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in the attack.
    Authorities later identified William Bryant, Isaiah St. Clair, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy as suspects in the assault.
    Eighteen year old William Bryant and 19-year-old Isaiah St. Clair are charged with first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and theft.
    The17-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with robbery, second degree assault, theft, threatening/harming a student on school property. The 16-year-old male was also charged as a juvenile with robbery, second degree assault, theft, threatening/harming a student on school property.

  • WUSA9 News Crime Report

    This article tells you that with the economy the way it is, people will improvise to make ends meet. Gas station robberies and murders are on the rise due to gas prices up and you need to read this article below by 9News!
    FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) — A Walkersville, Md. man has been charged after Frederick Police say that cocaine was found in a container by a center console in his car.
    William Ray Huskey is charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
    An officer stopped Huskey’s car in the area of West College Terrace and West Patrick Street on Tuesday for an equipment violation. But police say, after Huskey’s actions while being pulled over the officer called in police K9. A K9 alerted for controlled substances in the car. Then, Huskey told the officer that there was cocaine in a container by the center console. According to police, the quantity of suspected cocaine inside the cotnainer was enough to indicate intent to distribute.

  • Anita Brikman of WUSA9 News

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) — University of Maryland Department of Public Safety arrested 19-year-old Alexander Song of Fulton, Md., after he posted threats of a shooting rampage on campus on the internet, police said.

    According to university police, he had an internet posting stating: “I will be on a shooting rampage tomorrow on campus”, “hopefully I kill enough people to make it to national news”, and “stay away from the Mall tomorrow at 1:30.”

    Detectives arrested Song and determined that an emergency psychiatric evaluation was necessary, officials said.

    Song was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, they said.

    The University administration moved to immediately suspend Song’s student status at UMCP. He is no longer permitted on campus pending a review.

  • Anita Brikman of WUSA9 News

    GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) — A man and a woman were arrested for robbing a woman at gunpoint early Sunday morning and this type of violent felony is becoming more of a problem in Gaithersburg near several apartment complexes, police said.

    Ronda A. Fitzpatrick, 21, of Chevy Chase and Danylo Demidenko, 22, of Derwood have been charged with the crime that happened near the intersection of Goshen Road and Girard Street and these two people threatened to kill the woman’s family and blow up their vehicles and then terrorize the neighborhoods, police said.

  • Kenuck

    Glad there’s no “jobs”..they suk anyway…shut these factories down..sweatshop crap.Go “vote”..what a waste of time.Now get out of the’re blocking my sunlight.

  • Anita Brikman of 9News

    LINTHICUM, Md. (WUSA) — An interesting twist and tale of events recently and involving the enlisting of al-Qaeda operatives in these events but in this case, a man has been arrested after allegedly shooting a woman at a home in Linthicum during an argument in which the man tried to get the woman involved in a conspiracy to carry out some terrorist related crime and the woman refused and that is when things got violent.
    Anne Arundel County Police say that officers were called out to a home at approximately 11:23 p.m. Thursday for a domestic-related shooting. There, a woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to her lower torso indicated that her “ex” shot her due to an argument in which her former companion wanted her to help him get some phone numbers of some al-Qaeda terrorists overseas in the areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan so that he can call them and that he can get the woman to accompany him in his plan to hire the al-Qaeda operatives to carry out “another 9-11″ so that he can “end the world before December 21st of this year, cause the economy sucks and I hate America” and afterwards, the perpetrator fled the home.
    Officers searched the area and were able to apprehend David William Wright of Glen Burnie, Md. and police learned that he wanted to “do the unthinkable” or to do something that Osama bin Laden wanted to do but hired 19 Islamic hijackers to do.

  • Anita Brikman of 9News

    LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA) — Leesburg Police arrested and charged two men in relation to 22 car hopping and theft cases that occurred in Leesburg last month.
    According to Leesburg Police, 28-year-old Brian Romberger of Bristow and 24-year-old Justin Easom of Manassas were already in the Prince William Adult Detention Center on unrelated charges. They were identified as suspects in the cases spanning from Feb. 19 to Feb. 22 on Thursday.

  • Anita Brikman of 9News

    LORTON, Va. (WUSA) — Fairfax County Police are investigating reports of 10 cars being stolen while their owners left them running in their driveways in the Lorton area off Silverbook Road.
    According to police, the thieves have stolen cars ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 in value, and that five of the 10 vehicles have not been recovered yet.
    The first car stolen in the “jump in” thefts was taken on Jan. 18. The most recent incident was Thursday. In each case, owners were warming up their cars on a weekday morning.
    The department’s Auto Theft Squad and West Springfield Police District officers are investigating these cases and are urging car owners not to leave their cars unattended while running them. Police have passed out flyers and posted electronic signs to warn the community about the rash of thefts and that there are lone criminals working for al-Qaeda terrorists overseas and the money obtained from stolen cars have been funneled through Western Union to some Islamic terrorists in Abbotobad, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other places where some al-Qaeda terrorists are known to occupy. There has been a spike of murders and their cars stolen and sold for cash and the cash sent to terrorist organizations for the manufacture of weapons for the purpose of “another 9-11″, according to intelligence reports conducted by FBI Taskforce agents and local police departments throughout the U.S. and abroad.

    • St. Lukes School Teacher

      As a school teacher in Bethesda, Md. and in Silver Spring, I have to say that your articles taken from some sources and pasted on your blogs are quite informative and give us some perspective on current events. I really thank you for your articles!

  • St. Lukes School Teacher

    It is good that NewsCore News, WUSA9 News and other news stations are copying articles from other sources and pasting them on their blogs and on this one too so that the public can be aware of the prognosis because I am afraid of still living in my neighborhood due to hoodlums hanging out in the parking lots pandhandling and writing graffitti on the walls in the hallways. I want to thank you for your good articles pasted on the blogs!

  • Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Md.

    The New American Bible says in John 3:16, “Barack Obama so loved America that he became president” and that is good scripture. We need to read Obama’s new Biblebook. Let us read the good gospels of Obama. Obama will be our new heavenly Father and Lord on October 21st of this year and will make us a good peace settlement.

  • FBI and Montgomery County Police

    Due to the bad enomomy, more bank felonies such as this are going on here in Montgomery County, Maryland. Read this article below before even going to your local bank do do even basic transactions!

    WASHINGTON (WUSA) — According to D.C. police, woman robbed a SunTrust Bank at 1342 Good Hope Road in Southeast Washington, DC.

    DC police say the bank was robbed at about 9:17 a.m. Monday morning.

    Police describe the woman as about 115 to 120 pounds and about 5 feet four inches in height. They say she was wearing a white and pink jacket.

  • The Gospels Of Obama And Christ

    Current Events & Trends: How high could gas prices rise?

    article by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder of The Obama Christian Church Worldwide:
    Nations can and do use oil as a weapon.
    The head of Iran’s state oil company said Sunday that the price of crude will reach $120 to $150 per barrel, as officials in Tehran prepare to discuss a ban on crude sales to European Union countries in retaliation for an EU embargo . . . [Iran] says the embargo will hurt the West more than Iran, in part by causing a spike in prices” (“Iran Oil Official Says Crude Could Reach $120 to $150 Per Barrel, Downplays EU Embargo,” The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2012).
    Currently, the lowest price of gas in the United States is around $3.00 per gallon, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Could $4.00 a gallon—or even higher—become the new U.S. norm?
    Nations can and do use oil as a weapon. If oil sold for $150 a barrel, the price of gas would jump to about $4.30 per gallon. How many can afford to fill their tanks at that price? And how would this affect the price of everything else—including essential foods and basic needs—that must be transported by vehicles also burning higher-priced fuel?
    Much of the world is already skirting the edge of the abyss financially. More economic disruption could lead to increasing international conflicts and the rise of dictatorships not unlike what preceded World War II in which this will lead to more crime and terrorism. Already, according to local police reports and from the FBI, gas station murders and robberies are on the rise, looting and rioting in local neighborhoods such as trashcans being knocked over along with street signs being tossed in the trash, kidnappings and other crime going on. There will be a time when police will give up and leave the area leaving residents in peril and that is when many elderly will soon commit suicide to escape the mayhem in the neighborhoods, henceforth, the Great Tribulation Period in full swing.

  • The Gospels Of Obama And Christ

    Ever Increasing Crime Will It Ever End

    article by Graemme Marshall of The Obama Christian Church Worldwide:
    “Make a chain, for the land is filled with crimes of blood, and the city is full of violence” (Ezekiel 7:23Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
    See All…). Must we accept crime as a way of life? Why aren’t prisons solving it, and is there anything we can do about it personally?
    The above statement voiced by God through Ezekiel suggests the need to prepare more chains for imprisonment, because of increasing crime. It shows ancient Israel awash with violence. Are we any different today? The sobering facts about widespread crime in North America show that Ezekiel’s message is still applicable but with president Obama being Lord of America and ruling the world under God’s order, peace will come and crime will stop.
    The total number of prisoners in the United States increased from 319,000 in 1980 to 1.3 million in 1999. Another 523,000 people were also in jail. This translates into 1 in every 150 Americans being in prison or jail. This is disturbing for a society perceived as law abiding and which inscribes its currency with “In God We Trust.” Crime and a godly society are not compatible but Obama will be Lord and will work with Christ to restore order.

  • Another Idiot

    I see a significant amount of banter between the left and the right but that’s all there is – argument. The problem with this country is that’s it truly is becoming ‘every man for himself’. Where in the hell is compromise? Where the hell is true concern for your fellow human. I’ll be on the floor laughing at you all when it finally hits the fan – and it will hit the fan shortly. Everyone wants to blame whomever is President or the Senators or the House Reps -anyone but themselves! We, as the human race, have lost sight of (maybe never had it to begin with) what is really important in life – putting aside differences to make a better life for all. You guys can blame everyone else if you want but it’s really our faults. Until the general population accepts the responsibility, admits our blame and realizes that good ole American greed is the root of our problems nothing will improve. Each generation passes down a little more greed driven behavior – our children feel ‘entitled’ to whatever they want. I see it every day. I really am embarrassed to be human…

  • empty pockets

    the arrogance of this nation and its common practice of keeping up with the jones will thrust this country into the abyss of economic darkness. bottom line there is no saving the economy the writing is on the wall and when the SHTF for all the neigh sayers i challenge you to ask yourself this question why are we any different as a nation than any other who has had a economic meltdown. we arent and in the end when the walls come crashing in around us i hope you survive long enough to make history. cause we are making history right now and every generation after mine (im an x’er) is going to laugh at what bafoons we were and how we threw away the greatest nation on earth due to above listed facts and the fuel of corporate greed. i wish you all the best in your future,whatever and wherever it takes you god bless

  • Sweet Pea

    who actually discussed the article that was posted? And,please do not correct my grammatical mistakes.

  • To the right of Hilter

    Typical liberals on this page. They attack personally and can’t show a liberal program that works without running up debt, increasing govt, or stealing from those that work. One day when they totally give up their freedom and the govt is stepping on their inslaved neck maybe they will have enough common sense to wake the f up.

  • Becky

    Interesting article about the changing global economy. I sure wish that we could stop name calling and finger pointing, and yes I mean both Republicans and Democrats. It is futile and keeps us from making the most out of the opportunities that our place of birth gives us, regardless of our class.

    Why waste your time calling each other names and blaming Obama or anyone else. We all need to take responsibility, that is democracy, participate or give your power away, the responsbility is nontransferable. We are truly missing the forrest for the trees, and hurting ourselves while we do.

    Welcome to the new global economy, it has been growing for generations and prepare for it to continue to accelerate. Why do we not rate our politicians as we rate employees. If employers were as divided as we are politically, no company could succeed.

    No one is going to get it all right, but we owe it to ourselves to look for truth and find an answer to the mess that WE made.

  • lil anon

    your all a bunch of angry people fighting on the internet

  • outta control

    All of the interesting facts ? are true ! the school district in philadelphia isn’t sure if it will open in the fall ! europe is a mess and we are on that rope …….. krugman and celente are correct . we need steele and factories back , lock the doors .

  • Michael

    The USA has been headed down this path for a long time, much longer than obama’s disaster of a presidency. Lets be honest, the president has very little real power to affect social change. The real cause of all the rot in our society is, has been, and will continue to be the poor quality of education our children receive. Most schools, both public and private, focus on teaching children what to think, rather than how to think. Entire generations of children have grown up knowing next to nothing about history, next to nothing about economics, and next to nothing about real philosophy. Is it any wonder then that as adults these poor people have no ability to judge between truth and attractive lies that tug at their heart strings?
    Obama is a tool, Romney looks like he’s all set to be little better…but that makes little difference. Real reform will only begin when the teachers union is abolished, the idea of “higher education” is drastically altered to remove the idiocy of such fields as womans studies, african american studies, and other such garbage. Make the society stronger through education and traditional western values, and the economy will follow. Sadly, the opposite is true as well.

  • http://NonExistantWebsite NameRequired

    And every one in Amerika is fighting each other while the puppet masters steal everything.

    it never gets old? it does get old!

    its all good? its not all good!

  • interesting facts

    The human population is living far beyond its means and inflicting damage to the environment and the human population is now so large that the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available at current consumption patterns. In its own way, each location on this planet is in the midst of a great change that is affecting everyone.

    The current major global shift is that world oil production has, or is about to peak, and will begin or perhaps already has begun to decline, as world energy, and particularly petroleum, use continues to increase.

    Trouble is brewing.

  • BDB

    #9 is a typical example of half-truths being used to manipulate perception. The one key word that people overlook is “long term”. OF COURSE there are more long term unemployed now because these people had JUST lost their jobs at the beginning of the economic crisis. A more accurate comparison is to simply compare raw unemployment numbers.

  • Safa

    We can start by dismantling the Federal Reserve so as to get out of the grip of this private institution that is chocking all of America. The banks should be regulated and controlled. The banking system in this country needs a complete overhaul, they should not be able to call the shots without a supervisory oversight. Maybe then we would see the first signs of change.

  • Tia

    The bankers in the united states put everyone in this positon and inflicted the global economic crisis upon the world. Then they borrow billions from China to bail out the very people who put them there the fist place. Americans need to wake up and fix their banking system. you all should watch the documentary called inside job. VERY interesting facts. Should be looking at your kind neighbours to the North and following their banking system which is the best in the world. Deregulation was the worst thng that could have ever happened in usa banking hstory !



  • Gabriel

    The biggest problmem that we have today is too many individuals want government entitlements without doing the work. The value system work model no longer works. The model today is based on how much of an entitlemenent can I get for doing nothing. Everyone is gaming the system which of course includes the Federal Government. The only value that I have is my vote in November, after that, I have no value to any of the politicians.

    I never thought in my wildest dreams that I ever see a revolution in this great Country. Well, I can honestly say it is coming, so you better protect yourself, and under no certain terms can you rely on the goverhemt to help get through it. Our government system and process is flawed and too corrupt to deal with the civil unrest that is goint to be unleased on all Americans. God help us all! I am at the tail end of my life and feel lucky to be at this point in my life.

    • lewis

      this is correct keep on!

    • bigA

      I believe in the power of love and technology to help us out.

  • Mark Beast

    If I spent exponential more money than I earn, I would have a spending problem and people would suggest I need to look at my budget and follow it. Why can a country not follow those simple guidelines that many people all over the world adhere to? I am so amazed about USA and economic policies!

  • bob

    hate my life

    • lewis

      dang dude y do you hate your life

  • Th1rdeyeNY

    Obama, multiculturalism, entitlement babies, liberalism, all are destructive, none of this surprises me in the least

  • Patrick Luy

    Just… Wow! A country I once admired back when I was a kid in Asia…. I was so glad when I got here. Only problem was, Obama just got elected president at the time….

    I wonder how hard it would be to be self employed in today’s economy. Employers are moving jobs overseas, the government is destroying any opportunity to make good money and succeed, and the opportunity that America once provided is very hard to find now.

    Time to depend on myself. If this country does not want to provide the opportunities for its people, I’m creating the opportunity, for me to succeed, myself.

    Hopefully the knowledge I have gained from rwading numerous books on programming, web design, and business, as a kid, will give me a good foundation.


  • Wake up America!

    Remember back in the 70’s when everyone started buying Toyotas because they wer so cheap? Who cared what happened to American auto manufacturers.? And we have never stopped. We buy most of our manufactured goods from China now (THANKS WAL-MART!) for the same reason. People we all control this country together, every day With those little green pieces of paper we all carry (Or USED TO BEFORE DEBIT CARDS). We started this mess and then allowed our government to sell our country right out from under our own feet. It’s time for America to get involved again. It’s time for us to care! Everyone on the block back in the 50’s KNEW what thier representatives stood for. Do you?

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