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America The Fallen: 24 Signs That Our Once Proud Cities Are Turning Into Poverty-Stricken Hellholes

Hellholes - Photo by LyzadangerWhat is happening to you America?  Once upon a time, the United States was a place where free enterprise thrived and the greatest cities that the world had ever seen sprouted up from coast to coast.  Good jobs were plentiful and a manufacturing boom helped fuel the rise of the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the planet.  Cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Baltimore were all teeming with economic activity and the rest of the globe looked on our economic miracle with a mixture of wonder and envy.  But now look at us.  Our once proud cities are being transformed into poverty-stricken hellholes.  Did you know that the city of Detroit once actually had the highest per-capita income in the United States?  Looking at Detroit today, it is hard to imagine that it was once one of the most prosperous cities in the world.  In fact, as you will read about later in this article, tourists now travel to Detroit from all over the globe just to see the ruins of Detroit.  Sadly, the exact same thing that is happening to Detroit is happening to cities all over America.  Detroit is just ahead of the curve.  We are in the midst of a long-term economic collapse that is eating away at us like cancer, and things are going to get a lot worse than this.  So if you still live in a prosperous area of the country, don't laugh at what is happening to others.  What is happening to them will be coming to your area soon enough.

The following are 24 signs that our once proud cities are turning into poverty-stricken hellholes...

#1 According to the New York Times, there are now approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.

#2 At this point, approximately one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

#3 Back during the housing bubble, an acre of land in downtown Phoenix, Arizona sold for about $90 a square foot.  Today, an acre in downtown Phoenix sells for about $9 a square foot.

#4 The city of Chicago is so strapped for cash that it is planning to close 54 public schools.  It is being estimated that Chicago schools will run a budget deficit of about a billion dollars in 2013.

#5 The city of Baltimore is already facing unfunded liabilities of more than 3.2 billion dollars, but the city government continues to pile up more debt as if it was going out of style.

#6 Today, the murder rate in East St. Louis is 17 times higher than the national average.

#7 According to USA Today, the "share of jobs located in or near a downtown declined in 91 of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas" between 2000 and 2010.

#8 Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

#9 There are more than 85,000 streetlights in Detroit, but thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the lights that more than half of them are not working.

#10 The unemployment rate in El Centro, California is 24.2 percent, and the unemployment rate in Yuma, Arizona is an astounding 25.6 percent.

#11 It has been estimated that there are more than 1,000 homeless people living in the massive network of flood tunnels under the city of Las Vegas.

#12 Violent crime in the city of Oakland increased by 23 percent during 2012.

#13 If you can believe it, more than 11,000 homes, cars and businesses were burglarized in Oakland during 2012.  That breaks down to approximately 33 burglaries a day.

#14 As I have written about previously, there are only about 200 police officers assigned to Chicago's Gang Enforcement Unit to handle the estimated 100,000 gang members living in the city.

#15 The number of murders in Chicago last year was roughly equivalent to the number of murders in the entire country of Japan during 2012.

#16 The murder rate in Flint, Michigan is higher than the murder rate in Baghdad.

#17 If New Orleans was considered to be a separate nation, it would have the 2nd highest murder rate on the entire planet.

#18 According to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center,  Mexican drug cartels were actively operating in 50 different U.S. cities in 2006.  By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1,286.

#19 Back in 2007, the number of New York City residents on food stamps was about 1 million.  It is now being projected that the number of New York City residents on food stamps will pass the 2 million mark this summer.

#20 The number of homeless people sleeping in the homeless shelters of New York City has increased by a whopping 19 percent over the past year.

#21 As I noted yesterday, approximately one out of every three children in the United States currently lives in a home without a father.

#22 In Miami, 45 percent of the children are living in poverty.

#23 In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of the children are living in poverty.

#24 According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

As I mentioned at the top of this article, the decline of the city of Detroit has become so famous that it has actually become a tourist attraction.  The following is a short excerpt from an article in the New York Times...

But in Detroit, the tours go on, in an unofficial capacity. One afternoon at the ruins of the 3.5-million-square-foot Packard Plant, I ran into a family from Paris. The daughter said she read about the building in Lonely Planet; her father had a camcorder hanging around his neck. Another time, while conducting my own tour for a guest, a group of German college students drove up. When queried as to the appeal of Detroit, one of them gleefully exclaimed, “I came to see the end of the world!”

For much more on the shocking decline of one of America's greatest cities, please see my previous article entitled "Bankrupt, Decaying And Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City Of Detroit That Will Shock You".

So are there any areas of the country that are still thriving?

Well, yes, there are a few.  In particular, those areas that are sitting on top of energy resources tend to be doing quite well for now.

One example is Texas.  In recent years people have been absolutely flocking to the state.  There are lots of energy jobs, the cost of living is low and there is no state income tax.

But overall, things are really tough out there.  Over the past decade America has lost millions of good jobs to offshoring, advancements in technology and a declining economy.

Last year, the United States had a trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than half a trillion dollars.  Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than 8 trillion dollars since 1975.

All of that money could have gone to U.S. businesses and U.S. workers.  In turn, taxes would have been paid on all of that income which could have helped keep our cities great.

But instead, our politicians have stood idly by as we have lost tens of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.  If you can believe it, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities have closed down permanently in the United States since 2001.

We have allowed our economic infrastructure to be absolutely gutted, and so we should not be surprised that our once proud cities are turning into poverty-stricken hellholes.

And this is just the beginning.  The next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching, and when it strikes unemployment in this country will eventually rise to a level that is more than double what it is now.

When that happens, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near our rotting, decaying cities.

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  • AS55423

    And yet people still think everything is ok this will pass.It’s truly frightening the amount of people live in a state of Normalcy bias.

    • Rodster

      That’s because the media government complex has worked ever so hard to dumb down the population and all they care about is Football, American Idol and the latest Hollywood gossip.

      What’s that famous saying? “Let them eat CAKE !”

      • Das

        How did I get to this site? I was working on my 2013 nfl draft picks

    • MeMadMax

      It hasn’t affected them personally.
      The power is still on, water is flowing, iphones(cellphones) still work, internet still works, gas is still bearable, food prices are still bearable… until one or all(power) of these services stop or are severely handicapped, they will continue to go bah bah sheeple…

    • Leo

      You’re all very good at pointing fingers. Less talking – More doing. Otherwise, you’re no better than anyone else.

      • Rodster

        The system is on life support and it’s too corrupt and rigged to save. Nothing we say or do will have an impact on the Politicians who have created this mess.

        When individuals have tried to do the right thing, the Govt went against the will of the People i.e. “Obamacare and Gun Control”.

        I’d prefer the entire system to collapse so we can start over.

        • AS55423

          And collapse it will it’s going to end horrible for a lot of people.Not saying I’m going to get through it but I have been prepping for over 4 years now. One thing is for sure the collapse is here but’s it’s a slow collapse and some point it will be a tsunami.I refuse to be a victim if people want to live in their Normalcy bias that’s their choice.

      • AS55423

        Try again ?

  • anonymous

    Its only going to get worse…
    Thems some ballsy tourists tho…
    Detroit is the LAST place is visit, and I’m only 40 minutes out…
    Probably time to leave, before Detroit visits me…

    • Mondobeyondo

      “Detroit: So much better than Mogadishu.”
      (the preceding announcement paid for by the Detroit Office of Tourism)

      • El Pollo de Oro

        “Come to Camden, New Jersey…..where we’re so safe that we have even lower crime rates than Johannesburg” (the preceding announcement paid for by the Camden Office of Tourism).

  • Jack

    I am disgusted that real estate investment companies in the UK are touting Detroit as a great place to invest.

    • cannuck21

      If you can provide a link to support this I’ll gladly raise some noise in the UK. But remember that sadly, scams exist in every country – preying on the old, weak and vulnerable more often than the greedy.

  • harveygamblng

    Don’t worry, the President is all over this. His priorities are to deport German Christian home-schoolers, to ban guns and turn illegal immigrants into citizens. He also wants to raise taxes and increase regulations. In order to punish citizens for being against increased taxes he plans to shut down the few useful government services, like air traffic controllers, but keep all the useless stuff fully funded. Also, he still has almost 4 years to create more Detroits.

    • Skilaki

      Imagine the damage done with all the illegals granted amnesty.

      • JustanOguy

        Lots of strings attached to that “Amnesty”. I suggest you read the proposed bill before commenting.

        • Steve

          I did and there are lots of exemptions, exceptions and discretionary options.

          Suggest you read it.

          • JustanOguy

            F them all… I’m moving to Argentina anyways. Don’t really give a hoot when the country is BK anyways and when the checks in the mail end… the chaos will start.

            I really don’t feel like dealing with idiots who have no clue about humanity in a country where the N’ers and low life immigrants with no education feel they are entitled to equal opportunities / incomes such as me with a Masters Degree when they don’t even have a GED.

            Nazis had it right. Moving to Argentina to join them. Lol!

          • Das

            La Estancia De Cafayate. That’s. where my plans take me. With a little luck anyway.

    • JustanOguy

      Won’t be long until there is a backlash if he actually pursued all of this…

      Fact of the matter is though… President O has been pretty much non-existent since re-election.

      Second term so far has been an absolute failure. The clueless that elected him are back to watching Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.

      • Saq

        Do you really think Romney would have made a difference? This is a controlled demolition of our economy and or country. No matter who is in office, the agenda stays the same.

        • JustanOguy

          Just commenting on the topics that harveygamblng brought up which Romney would not be endorsing.

          Both parties are controlled by the elitists / banksters in my book. They just waste taxpayer dollars in different ways.

    • Jodi

      ObAllah is really good at downplaying radical anti-American Islamism too. That’s priority too!

  • Rodster

    As Gerald Celente said recently we are already in the midst of the Greatest Depression and it’s happening all around the world. So the collapse has already begun and will continue until there is nothing left.

    You can thank Progressives for taking us down this road by piling on more debt and expanding govt to the point that there is no more money to fix the problem even if you took every last penny from all the wealthy.

    • Gay Veteran

      I don’t recall George W. Bush being labeled as a “progressive”.
      Wake up! Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin.

      • Rodster

        They’re all Progressives. It’s Diet Coke vs Diet Pepsi.

        • natan

          same poison.

          • Natan

            different labels…

        • MeMadMax

          My mom said diet drinks can stunt your growth.

          • Rodster

            Too late for Gary Coleman :P

      • americalsgt

        Was that a typo fellow vet? Didn’t you mean same con?

  • chris

    Answer: Corrupt and lying politicians have sold your country out to pursue a very long tern agenda:

    ‘What is at stake is not one small country, it is a big IDEA, a new world order’ G H W Bush 1991

  • mattyboy

    Things have not been looking good for awhile now.

  • Alasha

    Can’t Breath. Can’t think.

  • K

    Two things have destroyed the big cities. 1. Manufacturing went overseas, and destroyed the decent paying jobs. 2. The war on drugs. Michael is right to call them drug gangs. Most gangs get 90% of their profits in the drug trade. We are just too stupid in this Country. We make the same mistake twice, in less than a Century. First prohibition, made a lot of bad people rich and powerful.Second war on drugs, made a lot of bad people rich and powerful. Tell me what is the difference, between Zetas, and AL Capone. We had guts back then and repealed prohibition. Just gutless wonders in D.C. nowadays.

    • northernconservative

      Manufacturing is bound to go elsewhere in this country. Businesses are penalized and regulated and taxed to death. Plus, has anybody you know Ever gotten a job from a poor guy? People need to be a heck of alot smarter about where their wages come from and quit attempting running to the government as an answer for everything. News flash people, the government produces NOTHING.

      • K

        Really, seems Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others are having no trouble manufacturing in this Country.

        • MeMadMax

          They don’t have to deal with the labor union tax. And VW is laying off people at their chattanooga plant.

          • K

            Layoffs are common in the auto industry. If the American managers in many industries. Had not been petty dictators. They would not have ended up with unions either. In the coal and steel industries, they ended up with unions only after they killed people. Abusive management always precedes unions.

          • DiscouragedOne

            Learn the lesson of Twinkies.

        • DiscouragedOne

          Yeah, down south where it is less regulated and less taxed.

    • Hammerstrike

      Let them sniff and inject themselves all they want ´till they kick their bucket! Heck yeah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.white.77 Patrick White

    I live in Yuma Arizona, Listed on # 10… what more can i say.

  • HS

    That’s no accident. Watch the original version of Escape from New York and you’ve got the idea. Baltimore has actually seen it’s first population rise in 50 years, which can likely be attributed to higher welfare rates.

  • Jodi

    The new normal is here to stay.

  • Jedi

    Gary2 should be commended for coming on to this far right sight. He is bashed for expressing views that do not square with most of the vistitors to this site. However, it is healthy to listen with an open mind to different viewpoints. Both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for the social,economic, and environmental issue we are facing.

    Michael, it would be interesting to see you do an article summarizing how the economy was severely damaged during Bush’s 8 years as president. Bashing Detroit in article after article is not constructive in my opinion.

    Another idea is to write about the Chinese real estate bubble and its potential effects on the economy worldwide.

    The OWS movement should be commended as well. Based on Michael’s previous article Americans spend on average 28 hours a week watching T.V. This statistic confirms that America is an entertainment induced coma. OWS goal is to awake America from its coma by raising awareness that our environment and economy are being destroyed by both the government and corporations.

    Global warming is occurring thanks to corporations polluting our environment. According to the U.S drought monitor, modern weather records have been kept for 118 years. 9 out of the past 10 hottest years on in the modern era have ocurred after the year 2000. Median househould earnings continue to plummet while corporate profits reach record levels.

    Our government is dysfunctional. Both Republicans and Democrats bicker, go on vacations to Hawaii, and play the blame game for political purposes.

    People forget that Bush destroyed the economy. During Bush’s reign of terror the number of Americans on food stamps rose from 17 million to 32 million.
    Ten of thousands of manufacturing factories closed as well.
    $5 Trillion dolalrs was added to the national debt from 2000-2008.

    Bush launched the Iraq war on false pretenses. 4500 of our brave men and women died during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The direct and indirect cost of the Iraq war are estimated to have run between $2 and $4 Trillion dollars.
    So Obama should not shoulder all the blame for the mess America is in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

      you are clearly an obama testicle licker

      • Hammerstrike

        You implie he has at least one!

    • Rodster

      Gary2 shouldn’t be commended, He’s a tool and a fool and the poster child for pissed off losers. If Gary2 had his way there would be no expression of free speech. Only his opinions would count and every article on this site would be converted to “Tax the Greedy to Feed the needy”.

      His idea of the free market is to eliminate the private sector (because you know businesses who make money are evil) and have everyone employed by the US Govt.

      He’s a broken record and his Keynesian ideas are what got us here in the first place.

      • Das

        Roadster your post always make me smile. Gary 2 is a tool and is just another person looking for a hand out. He will never understand that people are not born will the the right to wealth. It is earned. I am the least wealthiest person on my street, yet I never once thought I was owed what others have.

        • Rodster

          I’m self employed and last year I broke even after paying my bills. This year I made $800 dollars and not one time did it cross my mind that I would feel the urge to take or steal something I did not earn from someone who did.

          I grew up in a different generation when HS teachers were not politically correct and admonished you, “not to become a parasite to society”

    • Days

      I liked you post, but you lost me on global warming. Don’t worry about the 118 years of weather records when the earth is billions of years old. Please don’t tell you one of those people who think its only 6000 years old

      • Jedi

        Days,
        No the Earth is 4.5 Billion years old. Even if you take global warming out of the equation, humanity faces serious environmental headwinds. By 2030, it is projected 2.7 billion people will face severe water shortages.

    • MeMadMax

      You must be gary2 using a different account….

    • Jeremy

      Good Zod that is pathetic. “Yeah duuude, the evil corporations”…puff…pass….give.

      And commend Gary2? Now I have heard it all! Gary gets bashed because he is an idiot.

    • Hammerstrike

      Blame Bush, he stole mah denture!

  • markthetruth

    #25 Obama care to be the #1 cause of Deaths in the U.S.

    the end…

  • Mondobeyondo

    America is falling apart because it has rejected God. It’s that simple.
    People ask, “Where was God during the Sandy Hook massacre? Didn’t He care?”
    He does care. The problem is, we’ve kicked Him out of our schools…

    • markthetruth

      Some people are born with challenges, while others don’t face many until later in life. The point is, we all have challenges, and we all must
      understand that no matter how great, how numerous, or how big our challenges are, God hasn’t allowed you to face them for nothing. Its for Reasons

      To grow us in wisdom.

      To show us we need Him.

      To draw others to Him.

      the end…

      • Tex May

        Show me where God has ever cared. Ever!

        • sking

          When he sent his son to die for you sins

          • Boo-urns

            How did a guy who lived 2000 years before I was born die for my sins? Puh-lease. The biggest, most successful, longest-lasting cult in human history.

        • Elaine Perkins

          He died for you, me and for all those who will accept and believe him, you nitwit. Has anyone else died for you?
          You are one of those who soon will be crying, begging and pleading for JESUS CHRIST to save you, but he will say, sorry, too late.

          • Extropico

            Your evil eternal threat of damnation if I don’t join your earthly cult is just so darn tempting!

          • Dipa Nugraha

            Did Jesus intend to do so? Was he sent to do so? Are you reading NT?

    • Boo-urns

      Sounds just like Westboro BS to me…

      • Hammerstrike

        WBC are the ones who get the bible right.

    • Hank Kingsley

      I reject your fantasy friend. Religion was made up by the elites to pacify the masses.

    • Alan

      WOW!! You people crack me up! This has NOTHING to do with God, or if he cares!! This is ALL about a people that has lived beyond their means for far too long and it is catching up. However, if “God” were to turn his back on children, whatever the cause, that wouldn’t be a God that deserves worshiping. Point blank.

  • markthetruth

    WHY Don’t we call it as it is ” GANGS are TERRORIST ”

    the end…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.neideffer Bryan Neideffer

    this is what happens when a nations forsakes God. read deuteronomy 28 it is the same for us as it was the Isrealites of old. we heading fast for the book of revelation, 2 Timothy chapter 3 is our time now….please read your Bibles and I wish people could see the magnitude of the things coming!!! I REALLY DO!! there is a way to escape what is coming, it is through the ark of Jesus Christ..who shed his blood on calvaries cross for YOU!!! It’s simple realize your a sinner which we all are for all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, for there is no good thing that dwells within me, Isaiah says our works are like filthy rags….so Repent therefore ( have a change of mind about your sin ) turn to the Jesus Christ who said I am the way the truth and the life….Jesus said come to me all you who are heavy laden and burden and i shall give you rest for your souls for my yolk is light and my and not burdensome, through the profit ezekiel God said I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh and i will put my spirit in you to move you to follow my statutes and decrees……Paul said that if you confess with you mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead you will be saved!!!! For it is with your mouth you confess and are saved and with your heart you believe and are justified…God loves you!!! more than you can imagine turn to him today..and let him heal your heart.

    • Das

      You don’t really believe that B.S. do you?

      • Tex May

        Sadly, he probably does. And so many others as well. We’d be so much better off if people worked a bit harder at creating Heaven here on Earth!

        • WM

          The Bible that you mock, promises that man will never be able to create heaven on earth, it’s because we live in a fallen world.

          • Hammerstrike

            Hahahah, what a slacker mentality!

      • Rodster

        LOL !

        I’m certainly NOT anti-religion but the Bible thumping comments are always worth a chuckle when expressed literally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-White/1114633868 Justin White

    Politicians aren’t supposed to control private industry in a capitalist society. They can’t be blamed for off shoring. You can blame the emphasis on profits over people. I also believe that those 56,000 abandoned manufacturing facilities should be forcefully seized by their former employees, and reopened.

    • StarResident

      You would have been right at home in Starnesville.

  • Bobby

    What is truly amazing is that people still support that idiotic and incompetent fool in the WH

    • Boo-urns

      And the one before him, and the one before him, and the one before him… it’s nigh time for a revolution.

  • cpgone

    Love ya Micheal , but give us a break about Detroit.

    Ive seen at least 10 articles you have shared about it.

    Detroit should just be bulldozed and forgotten.I don’t see much need for it
    Maybe work on a easy share button like ZH ,instead?

    Other parts of Michigan are holding on.Had a nurse i work with claim she had a high paying job waiting upstate Mich

  • cpgone

    I mean I get it about Detroit.Balance it by other car plants in NC,AL, TX,etc, Why people stay in Detroit?
    Most have no skills or options. Many Pols. knew the Nazis were coming and stayed.They couldn’t leave their crap. It cant easily be explained.

    The USA is set up to fail. Allow any religion to come in and vote in their pundits.!? Let corps. buy politicians!?
    (out source, tax breaks , etc)

    Let the dependent class vote in those who can print and give them stuff!? Let the Military industrial complex to spend half the taxes and run it into the ground !?

    Its more or less hopelessly headed to collapse.
    Possible break up into 5 or so regions.

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    Demographics are destiny, Detroit is a typical African city.

    • Hammerstrike

      Demographics? Remember what uncle Adolf did!

  • http://www.mycbn.com/ FaithDefender

    Nice!

  • JustanOguy

    And Vegas is now doing pretty darn well all things considering.

    (AKA — #11 is bunk material from 2010.)

    Let me know when you want to come out here Michael and I’d be glad to show you around Las Vegas so you see first hand of what it’s really like and not reporting on old material.

    On me so you stop bagging on the city of Las Vegas with old information. Some really good things going on nowadays.

    Cheers!

  • Steve

    Lets just cut to the chase…the point the author painfully avoided. ALL of the places he named are full of Blacks…err…excuse me African Americans. The majority of the problem and crime is the Black Community. The authors GROSS NEGLECT in not linking his date to the Uniformed Crime Reports (UCR’s) show me he is being politically correct.

    Every single one of these stricken cities he speaks of has a large Black community that is OVERLY responsible and representative of the crime in these areas to include the run down projects, slums, drug use, racially motivated crime, etc.

    And the irony of all this is the War on Poverty (Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson / out right grab for Black votes by the Democrats) did nothing to to solve the poverty but only destroyed Social Security because that is where the Democrats took the money from to fund the War on Poverty. Hello here…every here of 1964???

    Blacks have received what they voted for. If you don’t like what I said then go argue with the UCR’s submitted by every law enforcement agency to the FBI and then remember I am tired of the race card being pulled when those mentioned above are confronted with facts.

    • http://twitter.com/PrinceXhadi Bryan Richard

      I’m black and I completely agree…can’t argue with the facts, can’t disprove truths. My people have been torn apart by the Democratic party from the slave owners of the 1800′s and the birth of the KKK in the 1900′s…now I’m dealing with trying to get them to open their eyes to see the truth about the man they worship like he’s the messiah….but my attempts are in vain.

    • JustanOguy

      And illegal immigrants..

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.white.77 Patrick White

      #10 The unemployment rate in El Centro, California is 24.2 percent, and the unemployment rate in Yuma, Arizona is an astounding 25.6 percent.

      Sorry bro, No Blacks live in Yuma, I think they make up 6% of the Pop… And I live here I should know… Its the Regulations, Destroyed Housing Market.. not blacks…

      • DiscouragedOne

        But in most of the cities mentioned, it is true. That is why you can see the difference between cities here where I live, but much of the black population has fled cities like Detroit and Flint, and who can blame them?

  • Jack Hoff

    Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Your Beating A Dead Horse. This must be article #100 this year on Detroit. Keep Your day job.

  • http://twitter.com/JailBanksters JailBanksters

    Yikes, glad I don’t live there.

    Suddenly, living in Russia is startin’ to look pretty good by comparison. And the DJIA has just reached the highest closing value ever, while actually making less Industrial Products and selling less Industrial Products, how does that work.The next thing your going to tell me is the Stock Markets are totally fake and 100% manipulated.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Ok, I won’t tell you…seems like you already figured it out anyway.

  • Boo-urns

    Cue the Bible-thumpers in 3… 2… 1…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Bobway/100003625481471 Jim Bobway

      And Gawd Said… Let there be Zealots and fanatics ad hock!!! And there was… And it sucketh mightely!!!

  • Jodi

    A little off topic but I just wanted to point out. I’m sure most people who read these articles are aware yesterday the AP had there Twitter account hacked. It mentioned there was two explosions at The White House & Obama was injured. From what I understand, when that happened the markets started to tank. Michael is right, at any moment a major event like a terrorist attack or a horrific earthquake could plunge us into a deep depression. Are markets are very unstable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andras.farago.948 Faragó András

    The next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching,

    tell me when? sp is always higher, no sign of that collapse. nowhere. are an anti american?

  • condaggitt

    and they all seem to have a Black problem….that’s where all the energy needs to go and fix it once and for all.

  • Justin Staley

    What happened to America? What has happened is that we all wanted to be payed top wages, yet buy everything at sub-par prices. I see it all the time, people screaming buy american yet doing all of their shopping at Walmart for cheap Chinese junk. Even where I worked as a defense contractor building some of the navies top warships, when it was time to buy a new dry dock, they went to China and bought it because it was cheaper. Companies can not afford to compete whith cheap subsidized merchandise from places like China and Pakastan.

  • goldminer

    I was in Reno NV a few weeks ago. Had a room on the top of one of the big Casios. My wife and were sipping some wine and looking at all the poverty below. A room with a view really gives you the big picture. Malls were empty. As in all stores closed. In malls where there were open stores there were few cars in the parlikg lot, and it was around 6:00 pm. Those cars were around grocery stores. The malls that were empty were vandalised. You could see that all the Heat and AC units were torn apart to get the scrap metal out of them. Gang Grafitti all over the roofs. Reno is my home town. Driving down the street things dont seem too bad. But in with a room with a view my eyes were opened wide. Seiing my home town in such a state really made me realise how bad things truely are. Open your eyes people! Things are not as good as they seem………….

    • ian

      that’s because it’s not tourist season in reno, durrhh.

      • goldminer

        Plenty of shepple in the casinos throwin their money away. But no people spending money in the malls.. Maby you should re read my post! it has nothing to do with touurist season. More to do with how crappy the economy is in Reno.. It used to be a thriving economy. Now empty stores and malls everywhere.

    • http://www.facebook.com/upchuck.liberals UpChuck Liberals

      If you’d gone to Cabbala’s or Scheel’s you’d have found a lot of bodies, mostly buying guns and ammo. Something that the Communists in Kaliforniastan want to stop.

  • ian

    everywhere I go in America seems upscale. Everyone seems well off and wealthy. the economy is not collapsing, and to think it is with all the ridiculous wealth in this country is appalling and shows lack of gratitude. I come to this site to learn how not to turn into a loser ‘sky is falling’ whiner.

    • http://www.facebook.com/upchuck.liberals UpChuck Liberals

      You sure don’t get out much do you? The ‘ridiculous wealth’ in this country for the most part was earned by hard work and upward mobility. That upward mobility is being squashed by the Leftists and Elites. They don’t like competition.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        UpChuck Liberals: No, Ian doesn’t get out much. He lives in a gentrified yuppie cocoon in Colorado, and you can’t measure a country’s economic health by focusing exclusively on San Francisco, Manhattan’s Upper West Side and other places populated by “limousine liberals.”

    • Jeremy

      Wow man, in the immortal words of Al Gore, you “are super awesome”.

      “Excelsior!”

    • JustanOguy

      Take away the credit cards / credit and see what happens… Lol.

  • ian

    really??? Denver has voted for ‘demoncrats’ and is doing smashingly well. As is San Francisco. Bye bye to your argument.

    • afchief

      Those cities are not full of minorities…

  • Washington76

    The food supply crisis that we face as a nation, is the official policy of the Obama administration, and is only one of several existential and unresolved threats we face in the future. Published on Sep 14, 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fup9UrHV50g

  • crazy betty

    liberals. they’re nothing but destroyers.

    • Boo-urns

      And the vast majority of Republicans, who call themselves “conservatives” but are anything but, are destroyers as well. I don’t understand how anyone can support any of these morons, regardless of party. Our so-called leaders are out for themselves and their cronies, plain and simple, no exceptions. It’s time to throw them ALL out and start over.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Cities run by Democraps often go to one of two extremes: you either get the ultra-gentrified places where there’s a Starbucks on every corner and yuppies shop at Whole Paycheck (Seattle, NYC, Boston, San Francisco), or you get run-down places like Detroit and Camden.

    • krinks

      Funny you should call it Whole Paycheck. I shopped there once and since then have not figured out who could eat at those prices.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Krinks: Many of the people who shop at Whole Paycheck are the stereotypical “limousine Democrats” who love to run around telling you how “progressive” they are but are totally out of touch with how Americans are living in the real world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikki.pilgrim.5 Nikki Pilgrim

    I know you probably wont believe this, but I’m going to tell you anyway the US is going down in a little over a year, and them the rapture is going to happen a little after that around four months after. I know no one can know the day nor the hour and, that isn’t the day or the hour. Why would God let me in on these little pieces of information you ask, well honestly I don’t know. I do try to live as the Bible says, its not easy in this world. Sometimes its down right impossible. I just keep trying and doing the best I can. Maybe God finally got sick of me asking. To quot my father “the world has broke my heart”.

  • http://khanneasunztu.wordpress.com/ KhanneaSuntzu

    who cares about Murrca.

  • http://twitter.com/lalthasap lalthasap

    “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions…” John 14: 1

  • http://twitter.com/lalthasap lalthasap

    O Allah

  • Bigg Donn

    This is what happens when useless parasites breed themselves into a voting majority….

    • Jeremy

      As Oliver Wendell Holmes said “three generations of imbeciles is enough.”

  • Paul

    Which all serves to explain why you need to resist the gun grabbers by any means necessary. America is beyond nice philosophical solutions. Self protection is where its at now, whether from your corrupt Law “enforcement” or from the third world garbage that has found its way in through the cracks.

  • Colin

    There was a committee hearing on the crisis of the long term unemployed. One senator was there. Three came later after a tweeter picture was released showing an empty room. The four were Democrats. Not one Republican showed up.

  • Landon

    Most urban centers tend to lean democratic, both those that are thriving and those that are floundering. Correlation is not causation…

  • quo primum

    I wonder which state will be first to declare bankruptcy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.gallotti Daniel Gallotti

    Israel money was not affecte by the sequester.
    Wake up America! Jews OWN this country

  • Pat Fields

    WE … ALL … KNOW … what’s happened. Colluding at every level, since the late 1800′s America’s governing administrations have been descending into collectivist Feudalism. The first major doses of poison were crammed down our gullets by Wilson (sandwiched between Ruse-a-veldts). Consequently, the degradation of our bodies economic and politic, in ever greater degrees, hasn’t yet abated and won’t until the Maw implodes of its own grotesque mass.

  • Saq

    The article is correct about Detroit becoming a tourist attraction. I will be there in a couple of weeks. I just have to see it for myself. a terminally ill amerika. Within the next 2 decades (or less) what happened to Detroit, will be most of our once great nation.

  • Ed

    I wouldn’t describe our politicians as “idle.” The country was not exported to China without Washington’s participation

  • tacoma

    Do I need to point out that presidents of the USA does not have any power, nor responsibility on the economy? So why blame them? Did you learn the following in high school civic lessons:
    1) US presidents are elected to run only the federal government. The federal government run defense & security, collect taxes, administer various welfare services, run certain basic research, certain national infrastructure and set national standards. That’s it. It does nothing on everything else, and certainly has little to do with the private economy.
    2) As to economic policy and monetary policy, interest rates, certain banking regulations – that’s the domain of the Federal Reserve. By law, the president cannot touch the Fed.
    3) It is Congress that has vast power on the economy – both government and private sector. It is Congress that holds all powers on finances, taxation, spending, trade, immigration, industry and controlling every aspect of the nation by its power to pass laws. And Congress does pass laws on anything and everything.
    4) Finally, 80% of the US economy is private – controlled by the millions who run the private sector, produced and consumed by 300 hundred million people. They do this outside of direct government control – as long as its lawful. They are the one who make and break the economy.

  • ogrrre

    “…our politicians have stood idly by as we have lost tens of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.”
    This is an untrue statement. The politicians have NOT been standing idly by, they have been actively driving those jobs overseas through confiscatory taxes and strangling, sometimes contradictory, regulations. They have been aided and abetted by the labor unions who have priced themselves out of the market. If businesses wish to stay in business, they have to locate in a place where they can make a profit. Businesses are in business to make money for their investors, not to provide jobs to anyone.

  • ccccurly

    Remember in November. Vote LIbertarian if you care anbout this country. And work hard to create a good example fpr pthes and increase this countrires gnp- which will create jobs.

  • ReadMe

    May I suggest that one read M. Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans… 1945″ In it, Mayer writes of the progression of normalcy. Most citizens do not recognize the degeneracy of their time inside their State. They live in it and, as a matter of course, accept it as normal, in part, because it events happen so very gradually and in different realms of social and political life. And one never wants to be called out as a Cassandra–what one is often accused of today: a conspiracy theorist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.potok.3 Mark Potok

    Notice the cities with the worst problems are largely filled with worthless welfare “Sons of Obama?!?”

  • crooked at

    The irony, only oil rich states are still holding on..
    doesn’t that speak enough about who’s the crook..

  • ziggy2003

    It’s not only the liberals it is also the conservatives who are willing to bend over and spread their cheeks to appease their foreign allies.

  • Its mee

    All of these cities were run by unions and democratic.

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