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The U.S. economy is dying and we are heading for the next Great Depression.  The talking heads in the mainstream media love to spin the economic numbers around and around and they love to make it sound like the economy is improving, but the truth is that it doesn’t take a genius to see what is happening to the U.S. economic system.  All over the nation many of our greatest cities are being slowly but surely transformed into post-apocalyptic wastelands.  All over the mid-Atlantic, all along the Gulf coast, all throughout the “rust belt” and all over the entire state of California cities that once had incredibly vibrant economies are being turned into rotting, post-industrial hellholes. In many U.S. cities, the “real” rate of unemployment is over 30 percent. There are some communities that will start depressing you almost the moment that you drive into them. It is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of those communities.  If you live in one of those American hellholes you know what I am talking about.  Sadly, it is not just a few cities that are becoming hellholes.  This is happening in the east, in the west, in the north and in the south.  America is literally being transformed right in front of our eyes.

If you still live in an area of the United States that is prosperous, do not mock the cities that you are about to read about.  The cold, hard reality of the matter is that economic decline and economic despair are spreading rapidly and they will come to your area soon enough.  Right now we are still talking about “American hellholes”, but if the long-term economic trends that are destroying this nation are not turned around eventually we will just be talking about one gigantic “American hellhole”.  In the end, no area of the country will completely escape the economic hell that is coming.

Let’s take a closer look at what is currently happening in some of the worst areas of the country….

Detroit, Michigan

In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 70 schools are being permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas.

During the boom days of the 1950s, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of approximately 2 million people, but today the current population is less than half that.  The city of Detroit, once a shining example of middle class America, is now a rotting cesspool of economic decline and it actually saw its population decline by 25 percent during the decade that recently ended.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit lost a resident every 22 minutes between the years of 2000 and 2010.

So why are people leaving Detroit so rapidly?

There simply are no jobs.

At the height of the economic downturn, the mayor of Detroit admitted that while the “official” unemployment rate in Detroit was about 27 percent, the “real” unemployment rate in his city was actually somewhere around 50 percent.

Since there are not enough jobs, that also means that not enough tax money is coming in.  Detroit is essentially insolvent at this point.

Detroit officials are trying to implement some austerity measures in a desperate attempt to get city finances under control.

For example, the state of Michigan recently granted approval to a plan that would shut down nearly half of the public schools in Detroit.  Under the plan, 70 schools will be closed and 72 will continue operating.

It has been estimated that the remaining public schools will have class sizes of up to 60 students.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing also wants to cut off 20 percent of the entire city from police and trash services in order to save money.

Essentially that would mean abandoning 20 percent of the city of Detroit to the gangs and to the homeless.

The mayor of Detroit has also discussed a plan in which authorities would bulldoze one-fourth of the city in order to save money on services.

So with all of this going on, is Detroit a pleasant place to live at this point?

No way.

Today, Detroit is considered to be the third most violent city in the United States.

In fact, crime has gotten so bad and the citizens are so frustrated by the lack of police assistance that they have resorted to forming their own organizations to fight back.  One group, known as “Detroit 300″, was formed after a 90-year-old woman on Detroit’s northwest side was brutally raped in August.

If you want to see what the future of America looks like, just take a few hours and go driving through Detroit some time.  But please only do this during the day.  Do not do this at night.  Detroit is not a safe place anymore, and you cannot count on the police to help you in a timely manner.

Detroit was once one of the greatest cities in the world.

But today it is an absolute hellhole.

Camden, New Jersey

So is there any place in America that is worse than Detroit?

Well, many would nominate Camden, New Jersey.

Many years ago, Camden was actually thriving and prosperous.  But today the city of Camden is known as “the second most dangerous city in America”.

In a recent article entitled “City of Ruins“, Chris Hedges did an amazing job of documenting the horrific decline of Camden.  Hedges estimates that the real rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 to 40 percent, and he makes it sound like nobody in their right mind would want to live there now….

Camden is where those discarded as human refuse are dumped, along with the physical refuse of postindustrial America. A sprawling sewage treatment plant on forty acres of riverfront land processes 58 million gallons of wastewater a day for Camden County. The stench of sewage lingers in the streets. There is a huge trash-burning plant that releases noxious clouds, a prison, a massive cement plant and mountains of scrap metal feeding into a giant shredder. The city is scarred with several thousand decaying abandoned row houses; the skeletal remains of windowless brick factories and gutted gas stations; overgrown vacant lots filled with garbage and old tires; neglected, weed-filled cemeteries; and boarded-up store fronts.

Gangs have stepped into the gaping void left by industry.  In Camden today, drugs and prostitution are two of the only viable businesses left – especially for those who cannot find employment anywhere else.  The following is how Hedges describes the current state of affairs….

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The drug trade is one of the city’s few thriving businesses. A weapon, police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

But before we all start judging Camden for being such a horrible place to live, it is important to realize that this is happening in communities from coast to coast.  All over the United States industries are leaving and deep social decay is setting in.

Even the criminals in Camden are struggling.  Things have gotten so bad in Camden, New Jersey that not even the drug dealers are spending their money anymore.

So where are the police?

Unfortunately, there is very little money for police.  Authorities in Camden recently decided to lay off half of the city police force.

So now the gangs and the drug dealers have more room to operate.

Sadly, this is not just happening in Camden.  It is happening all over New Jersey.

Of 315 municipalities the New Jersey State Police union recently surveyed, more than half indicated that they were planning to lay off police officers.

So why doesn’t the state government step in and help out?

Well, the state of New Jersey is in such bad shape that they still are facing a $10 billion budget deficit for this year even after cutting a billion dollars from the education budget and laying off thousands of teachers.

New Jersey also has $46 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $65 billion in unfunded health care liabilities.  Nobody is quite sure how New Jersey is even going to come close to meeting those obligations.

Meanwhile, cities like Camden are rotting a little bit more every single day.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans had a struggling economy even before Hurricane Katrina struck back in 2005.  But that event changed everything.  It is now almost 6 years later and virtually the entire region is still a disaster zone.

New Orleans permanently lost 29% of its population after Hurricane Katrina.  There are many areas of New Orleans that still look as if they have just been bombed.

21.5 percent of all houses in New Orleans, Louisiana are currently standing vacant.  Many of those homes will never be inhabited again.

What made things even worse for New Orleans (and for residents all along the Gulf coast) was the horrific BP oil spill last year.  The mainstream news does not talk about the oil spill much anymore, but those living in the area have to deal with the effects every single day.

Some of the industries in the Gulf region were really starting to recover from Hurricane Katrina but the BP oil spill put a stop to that.

Before the oil spill, Louisiana produced more fish and seafood than anywhere in the United States except for Alaska.  But now the seafood industry has been absolutely devastated.  It has been estimated that the cost of the BP oil spill to the fishing industry in Louisiana alone could top 3 billion dollars.

Some local shrimpers in the region are projecting that it will be about seven years before they can set to sea again.

New Orleans keeps trying to bounce back from all of these disasters, but times are tough down there.

Today, New Orleans is the 13th most violent city in America.  That is actually an improvement.  Before Katrina New Orleans had even more violent crime.

The truth is that other areas along the Gulf coast are doing a lot worse than New Orleans is doing.  A ton of big corporate money has flowed into New Orleans.  Officials are trying to clean up the city and make it a huge tourist destination once again.

But in the surrounding areas things are not looking so bright.  There are areas along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle of Florida that are some of the most depressing places in the nation.

It is almost as if there are hundreds of thousands of people that time forgot.  In some rural areas along the Gulf coast the poverty is absolutely mind blowing.  There are very few jobs and there is very little hope.  Meanwhile, large numbers of people in the region continue to get sick from the toxic dispersants used to clean up the oil spill.

Let us hope that we don’t see another major disaster in the Gulf of Mexico any time soon.  As it is, it is going to take decades for that region to fully recover.  There are a lot of really good people that live down there, and they deserve our prayers.

Vallejo, California (And Virtually The Rest Of The State Of California)

Almost the entire state of California is an economic disaster zone. Austerity measures are being implemented in city after city as tax revenues have nosedived.

The following is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article that describes the brutal austerity that has been implemented in Vallejo, California….

Vallejo is still in bankruptcy. The police force has shrunk from 153 officers to 92. Calls for any but the most serious crimes go unanswered. Residents who complain about prostitutes or vandals are told to fill out a form. Three of the city’s firehouses were closed. Last summer, a fire ravaged a house in one of the city’s better neighborhoods; one of the firetrucks came from another town, 15 miles away. Is this America’s future?

Sadly, that is what the future of America is going to look like.  Public services are being slashed all over the nation due to budget crunches.

Unless there is a major jobs recovery, the situation in California is going to continue to degenerate.  The truth is that the state of California needs millions and millions of new jobs just to get back to “normal”.  For example, near the end of last year it was reported that 24.3 percent of the residents of El Centro, California were unemployed.  Not only that, as of the end of last year the number of people unemployed in the state of California was approximately equivalent to the entire populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

Businesses are closing in California at an astounding pace.  At one point last year it was reported that in the area around Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open.

As a result of all of this, home prices in many areas of California have completely fallen off a cliff.  For example, the average home in Merced, California has declined in value by 63 percent over the past four years.

California also had more foreclosure filings that any other U.S. state in 2010.  The 546,669 total foreclosure filings during the year means that over 4 percent of all the housing units in the state of California received a foreclosure filing at some point during 2010.

Sadly, things don’t look like they are going to turn around in California any time soon.  Forbes recently compiled a list entitled “Cities Where The Economy May Get Worse“.

Six of the top seven spots were held by cities in California.

California is becoming a very frightening place.  When you combine high unemployment with unchecked illegal immigration what you get is rampant poverty.

20 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid of one form or another.

In particular, the number of children that are considered to be in need of public assistance is truly scary.

Incredibly, 60 percent of all the students attending California public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.

Poverty and illegal immigration have also caused a tremendous health care crisis in the state.  The hordes of illegal aliens taking advantage of “free” medical care at hospital emergency rooms have caused dozens of hospitals across the state of California to completely shut down.  As a result, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

The bozos in Sacramento keep passing hundreds of new laws in an attempt to “fix” the state, but the truth is that for the poorest residents of the state all of those new laws don’t make a shred of difference.

The following is how Victor Davis Hansen describes what he saw during his recent tour of the “forgotten areas of central California”….

Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World . There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business – rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections – but apparently none of that applies out here.

Hansen also says that he observed that people in these areas are doing whatever they can to get by….

At crossroads, peddlers in a counter-California economy sell almost anything. Here is what I noticed at an intersection on the west side last week: shovels, rakes, hoes, gas pumps, lawnmowers, edgers, blowers, jackets, gloves, and caps. The merchandise was all new. I doubt whether in high-tax California sales taxes or income taxes were paid on any of these stop-and-go transactions.

In two supermarkets 50 miles apart, I was the only one in line who did not pay with a social-service plastic card (gone are the days when “food stamps” were embarrassing bulky coupons).

Are you frightened yet?

You know what they say – “as goes California, so goes the nation”.

What is happening in California now is eventually going to come to your area.

Right now California is also having a huge problem with gangs.  Gang violence in America is getting totally out of control.  According to authorities, there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the country, and those gangs are responsible for up to 80% of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year.

But instead of ramping up to fight crime and fight illegal immigration, police forces all over California are being cut back.

For example, because of extreme budget cuts and police layoffs, Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts has announced that there are a number of crimes that his department simply will no longer respond to due to a lack of resources.  The following is a partial list of the crimes that police officers in Oakland will no longer be responding to….

  • burglary
  • theft
  • embezzlement
  • grand theft
  • grand theft: dog
  • identity theft
  • false information to peace officer
  • required to register as sex or arson offender
  • dump waste or offensive matter
  • loud music
  • possess forged notes
  • pass fictitious check
  • obtain money by false voucher
  • fraudulent use of access cards
  • stolen license plate
  • embezzlement by an employee
  • extortion
  • attempted extortion
  • false personification of other
  • injure telephone/power line
  • interfere with power line
  • unauthorized cable tv connection
  • vandalism

Not that Oakland wasn’t already a mess before all this, but now how long do you think it will be before total chaos and anarchy reigns on the streets of Oakland?

Today, Oakland is considered the 5th most violent city in the United States.

Will it soon become the most violent?

But Oakland is not the only major California city that is facing these kinds of issues.

Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

Already the police force in Stockton has been stripped down to almost nothing.

A while back, the Stockton Police Department dropped this bombshell….

“We absolutely do not have any narcotics officers, narcotics sergeants working any kind of investigative narcotics type cases at this point in time.”

Do you think drug dealers will be flocking to Stockton after they hear that?

California was once the envy of the world.

Now it is becoming one gigantic hellhole.

During one recent 23 year period, the state of California built 23 prisons but just one university.

So is there any hope for California?

No, unfortunately there is not.

In another article, I wrote about some of the reasons why millions of people have been leaving California for good….

Meanwhile, the standard of living in California is going right into the toilet.  Housing values are plummeting.  Unemployment has risen above 20 percent in many areas of the state.  Crime and gang activity is on the rise even as police budgets are being hacked to the bone.  The health care system is an absolute disaster.  At this point California has the fewest emergency rooms per million people out of all 50 states.   While all of this has been going on, the state legislature in Sacramento has been very busy passing hundreds of new laws that are mostly about promoting one radical agenda or another.  The state government has become so radically anti-business that it is a wonder that any businesses have remained in the state.  It seems like the moving vans never stop as an endless parade of businesses and families leave California as quickly as they can.

But this is not just a “California thing”.  The truth is that what is happening in California, in Detroit, in Camden and in hundreds of other communities is also going to happen where you live.

The U.S. economy is slowly dying. Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year.  That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in U.S. history.

People are getting desperate.  There are ten percent fewer middle class jobs than there were a decade ago and the competition for good jobs has become insane.  More than 44 million Americans are now on food stamps and that number grows every single month.  Millions more American families fall into poverty every single year.

It is time to face the truth about what is happening to America.  Our economy is not growing and becoming stronger.  Rather, the cold, hard reality of the matter is that our economy is very sick and it is dying.  The seemingly boundless prosperity that we have enjoyed for decade after decade is coming to an end.  Our communities are being transformed into absolute hellholes.

Those that are telling you that the U.S. economy will soon be better than ever are lying to you.  The U.S. economy is going to go down and it is going to go down hard.

You better get ready.

  • Just me

    What happened to Detroit??
    UNIONS happened to Detroit,

    Their high labor and benifit packages priced them right out of a job, it opened the door for foreign markets. Behind every city that is on the skids, you’ll find a union behind it, The CSEA is killing NYS.

  • buck

    Scary as hell! Anyone that thinks this country is not in for a hell hole is indication of major brain damage of the denial factor. Yes, get ready, your support helps those in the preparedness business in the interim and then it happens.

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    For decades, many Americans have been investing their wealth in other countries to get a better return on investment or a less expensive product. It is time for Americans to get in touch with reality.

    When I lived in Northern California, a wealthy investor made the mistake of driving his Ferrari through a former middle class neighborhood. Someone threw a cement block through his windshield and killed his passenger. Welcome to the future of America.

  • VegasBob

    Michael, you left off a lot of other hellholes – Las Vegas, Miami and Baltimore for starters. These cities are turning into hellholes too, but all the nice new construction and redevelopment masks what is really happening.

    In many cities the economy doesn’t look that bad, but that’s because nobody talks about the termites eating away at the economic foundations of the country.

    Last year I got off the I-5 freeway to get gas in Stockton, CA at night, and I actually prayed that I would get out of that town alive. Fortunately, the local gangbangers hanging out at the gas station decided I was not a person of interest.

    Economic decay is not a new phenomenon. I went to college north of Philadelphia in 1970. Even in 1970, one could see hundreds of abandoned factory buildings on the way into or out of the city when riding on the SEPTA commuter trains.

    With only a few exceptions, this entire country is turning into a gigantic hellhole.

  • Mario

    Wow, after reading this what is left?
    I believe God’s judgment has started on the U.S. They want to do it their way without God. You know what they say, you reap what you sow. The harvest has come in and it is pretty bitter. The only solotion is to go to our knees and seek God’s forgiveness short of that it will only get bitter.
    God help us all.

  • Johnson

    With all the people who are unemployed, I continue to wonder why there is NOT EVEN A HINT of civil unrest!

    Everyone just seems to be sitting back watching the rich live their expensive lives.

    I just don’t understand it. Is there something in the water?

  • Frank

    This is why I don’t waste too much time with rifles. I have some and a lot of bullets, but over time they’ll just run out. What I spend a lot of time on is shotgun shells. I can make them myself with mostly basic supplies. You can even make your own gunpowder, although it helps to have some coaching (I do). I have a log cabin up in the woods, with a water source. Not too far from a small town where I know people and have friends. Its a LONG way from any major city. I have enough MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) for five years, in mostly cold storage. I grow most of what I need. I hunt, fish, and cook very well. Our heating source is from a Natural Gas well on our property. My cousins all have military training and two were in Iraq and Afghanistan. We belong to a loose knit group of people (not an official militia) that will band together when the time comes. We don’t want trouble but won’t back away from it when it comes. Ready to die for what we believe in!

  • Frank

    How about you? Ha! I already know what you (don’t) believe in. The Church will be persecuted first in America. THEN its your turn. If God judges his own people that harshly, what will he do to you?

  • hopey changey

    Get your Weimar wheelbarrow ready and load it full of Zimbabwe wallpaper (fiat currency).

  • Jerry

    Sweet!

    I can’t wait!

  • http://www.CustomizeResume.com hemen parekh

    A Full Blown Crisis ?

    World Bank president Robert Zoellick warns that the world is one shock away from a full-blown crisis.

    Here are my guesses re: where that one shock may come from :

    > European Invasion [ Libya ]

    > Ethnic Massacres [ Africa ]

    > Population Explosion [ India ]

    > Regimes Overthrow [ Middle East ]

    > Nuclear Nemesis [ Japan ]

    > Economic Collapse [ PIGS ]

    > Overheated Economy [ China ]

    > Melting Snows [ Poles ]

    > Terror Exports [ Pakistan ]

    > Food Shortages [ Developing Countries ]

    > Global Warming [ Worldwide ]

    Feel free to add your own.

    There is no doubt that in 2011, a “ Black Swan “ event is around the corner !

    With regards

    hemen parekh

  • Michael

    Life’s a bitch, and then you die.

  • Nick

    How to fix California: Back during the great depression, Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work. Harry Truman deported over two million illegal aliens after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans. In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexicans. The program was called Operation Wetback. It was done so WWII and Korean veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them! Now if they could deport the illegal aliens back then, they could sure do it today.

    • Dee

      You need to accept the fact that Mexicans are Natives from this continent and that the white people who get so enraged at their being here (as I suspect you are one of them) are at best the descendants of illegal immigrants who came from Europe in order to kill as many natives as they could, establish slavery for hundreds of years, and steal half a continent (about half of which belonged to Mexico). This is FACT!

      Be glad the “illegals” you whine about don’t move in with the intention to gift you chicken pox infected blankets, steal land, and enslave hundreds of thousand of people like your bretheren did and only take menial jobs which you and your partners in whine would never deign to work. Maybe you should be an example and “self-deport” to the continent you are a Native to: Europe.

      Basically your people have been squatting, murdering, pillaging, and enslaving in OUR land for centuries so quit complaining and read a history book every once in a while. You are not the good guys by any strech of the immagination and if anything, you are getting a bit of deferred karma.

      P.S. I like how all these bigots blame the disenfranchised “brown people” for all their problems and conveniently ingnore all the white bankers, wall street thieves, investors, and corporations that fleeced the nation out of trillions of dollars. To them, regardless of how similar you are to them in color, you are a slave and a sheep.

  • http://www.infowars.com Frank

    i hate that they don’t post more articles daily. Keep up the good work, i post all your articles on facebook.

    • Michael

      Thank you Frank – that is actually a huge help.

      I will try to get back to a regular posting schedule for the rest of the week.

      Michael

  • michelle

    I guess we shouldn’t have let them send all our jobs to third world countries where they work for a couple of dollars a day..

    Duh…

    silver pushing fifty dollars

  • http://www.no2foreclosures.info DaVid

    “The U.S. economy is dying and we are heading for the next Great Depression.”

    From what you have delineated above, I’d say the U.S. is already in Great Depression 2. Has been since Oct. 2008.

    The only solution, other than what the ruling class wants which is a global war to “reset” the financial and economic collapse of the U.S., is to start growing (1) clean, renewable energy and (2) organic food including alternative and natural medicine in local communities, as was done 100 years ago.

    This will create the jobs and set aside the feelings of hopelessness and depression that the people in these decimated places are experiencing. Remember the infrastructure, although falling apart in places like Detroit, is still there. What’s missing is the practical vision of what can be done when people work together in local communities.

    No vision, no hope. No hope, no way to survive GD2.

    http://www.LiquidEnergyOasis.com

  • bul2taco

    I truly do not know what to say but God please help us all!

  • Mark

    Sad, but I now think we may never fix the problems. Just to many differing opinions. Every American now has their own unique opinion about everything and everyone is always right. No longer are the packs of folks that had common goals roaming our streets. For god sake we do not even have the power or unity to even get our president to show his credentials, how are we going to solve the problems from the examples above.

  • jose puta

    Stop your fear mongering, instead why don’t you offer some vial solutions, its easy to look at something and have a negative outlook. The places that you mention have been hell holes for decades, this news is nothing new. In all countries and societies there will be poor areas, regardless of how prosperous a country is. That is a fact of life, the MSM sells itself on hyping the economy and you sell water filters, gold, organic seeds and so on. Get it? I do.

  • http://www.tellusyourjoke.com Harold Crews

    Looks like the United States is being assimilated into Mexico and the worse parts at that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/safearmsreview SafearmsReview

    Yea its getting pretty bad – so glad I don’t live in the cities mentioned but I don’t see any quick fix to our republic (or what is left of it). I did a video talking about the elements of the perfect storm & this is another element… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvkFBrN2xa8

    Of course the problems in Japan (worse than Chernobyl now), the massive debt, rising food prices (coffee that was $6 is now $10, wheat, corn, soy are all up double digit #s over last year) unemployment & soon to be runaway inflation (BTW silver almost hit $50 an ounce). Yea its gonna get ugly & our govt does not have a clue. The sad thing is its so bad that there is no quick fix – we will see more unemployment, more welfare, more debt & state bankruptcies, etc.

    If you haven’t gotten emergency water, food, guns, ammo, shelter, etc its time to get it TODAY! Skip work & get supplies while you can. Transfer some wealth into precious metals, buy quality stuff & get out of the doomed $. Personally we don’t keep any extra money in the bank because I think there will be bank runs this year.

    Now maybe I am a bit paranoid? Maybe it will just be a repeat of the mid 70’s thru the mid 80’s with high prices & higher inflation & everything will go back to normal? I hope so but too much is happening that says otherwise.

    Take care & thanks for posting.

    Steve

  • The Great Society

    The Great Society didn’t turn it did it. Can’t we pass more laws and legislate our way back to prosperity but cannot hurt a mollusk in a ditch so no building there. Can’t we do the hope ‘n’ change two step and tell ourselves how great things are? We can do it, yes we can. Just keep telling yourself about a magic recovery and you might start to believe it.

  • William

    And all the choice we have to right the ship of state is the failed Obummer, or a lunatic Republican??? I used to think America was dying. Wrong, she is already dead.

  • William Moseid

    A nation without God, is like a ship without a sail.

    With all that is happening in this nation from the White House down to the Dog Catcher, is it possible that God is still trying to get our attention?

    When the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independance and the Constitution, they asserted that we receive our rights from God.

    Now, there are some in America that say “There is no God”.

    If that’s true, then from whom do we receive our rights?

  • TruckerMark

    I am a product of Detroit’s northwest suburbs and the Cleveland, OH area, where together I lived almost 2/3rds of my 54 years. As a 30-year semi driver, I am intimately familiar with large areas of the industrial Midwest, the Northeast, and even much of central and southern California, and everything in-between. I am also college-educated, in Urban Planning and Economics. What has happened to not just Detroit, but to virtually every city in the southern half of Lower Michigan and northern Ohio is mind-boggling. When I was 18, it was quite common to head over to a car plant and get hired immediately into a middle-class job. At one time I had dozens of friends from school working at car plants, dozens more in other large factories, dozens more in major grocery warehousing and distribution, and me, I was a semi driver delivering to all of those places. Between 1979, when I started driving semis, and now, I must have seen 10s of thousands of factories across just the southern Great Lakes region close their doors. Some of them were small, and some of them employed 10,000 workers or more.

    The former Packard plant from your photo closed in 1957, and at one time it employed 12,000 workers, and my roommate in 1982 in Birmingham, MI had been laid-off from the old Dodge Main plant in Hamtramck, which once employed over 20,000 workers, which closed in 1981. In 1970 just Chrysler had over 40 plants in the Detroit-area, and now there are just 11 left open. The Willow Run plant, which at one time turned-out a brand-new B-29 bomber every 40 minutes, and employed 50,000 workers, is long dead too, as is the tank plant north of town too. Even fairly new car plants like Novi Assembly are closed, Pontiac’s ultra-modern robotic car assembly plant too. In Cleveland 100 or more huge old plants stand empty, car plants, steel mills, and machine tool builders, in Akron dozens of rubber plants are long gone, Sharon, Warren, and Youngstown have all lost huge numbers of industrial jobs, Canton and Massillon too, where the NFL started, have been reduced to mere shells of their former selves. Along with the plant closings have gone the hopes and dreams of many thousands of retail operators, restaurant owners, and thousands of other small businesses too. Hundreds of entire major shopping malls stand vacant, as seas of potholes consume local roads. The city of Hamtramck, MI a Detroit suburb of 40,000 people, is bankrupt and has had to layoff all but two employees, one of whom works part-time. The traffic lights are shut-off and stop signs now appear at those intersections instead, as the city can’t even pay its power bill. I could go on & on & on for days but I don’t have the time.

    I haven’t driven a semi in almost 2 years as my eyesight has begun giving out early. My last 10 years in the industry was spent delivering fresh and frozen meat on a regular multi-stop route through the Chicago-area and throughout southern Michigan. Between 2001 and 2009, my boss lost 14 of 19 major weekly customers in Michigan to bankruptcy, including three major grocery chains, plus numerous less-frequent customers. The Detroit News reported before Christmas of 2007 a 29% unemployment rate within the city limits of Detroit, with an estimated 44% of the total adult population not working, and another news story reported a 1 in 200 chance of selling a house across the entire metropolitan area, which still has 4 million people total. Since 2003, home prices within the city limits of Detroit have fallen by 90%, and today there are thousands of houses in move-in condition on the market there for $5K to $10K. The suburbs are not immune either.

    Just a couple of nights ago I spent some time looking at lakefront real estate west of Pontiac, MI, the neighborhood that I grew-up in, on Realtor.com. You want a nice Summer place, a former first residence, in a subdivision with a community beach and a place to dock your ski or sailboat, on an inland lake of 200 to 1500 acres of water, there are dozens available in quality neighborhoods for $50K to $100K, including many homes that were worth $300K-$500K or more just 10 years ago. All of the homes that I looked at were within an hour drive of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, with good access to all services. I saw many lakefront properties there for $100K and up too. And if you think that’s bad, you should look at some of Michigan’s rural vacation property!!!

    I was also looking in our mountains west of Denver, where I have lived now 20 of the last 29 years, and lesser condos near some of our mountain resorts are now selling at firesale prices too. There are recently remodeled 1-BR condos for sale at the Inn at Silvercreek, full price, $29K, and studios are only $20K. Silvercreek/Sol Vista is a smaller ski resort with its own golf course and 1000 feet of vertical drop on two base to summit lifts, that is within 15 miles of Winter Park Resort as well as fairly close to the large lakes south of Rocky Mountain National Park too, which would be a fairly desirable both Summer and Winter destination. Even in Summit County, with Breckenridge, Copper Mtn, and Keystone, just 90 minutes west of Denver, 2nd home prices are down precipitously. Nederland, CO, 30 minutes west of Boulder, the home of Eldora Ski Resort, has seen 2nd home prices fall by 40%, even though the values of some of suburban Denver’s more desirable first-home neighborhoods are only down by 15%. If the Denver-area, with its highly diversified economy, can’t sell readily accessible mountain resort real estate, it doesn’t look too good anywhere.

    I sure am glad that my house is almost paid for, and that I have enough fixed and retirement income coming in to retire middle class, though our Dollar keeps sinking like the setting sun, in fact silver was up to $49 per ounce this morning, more than 500% of its value just 54 months ago. I am just amazed really, at what a huge loss has occurred since I left high school in 1975, all optimistic for my future. If we were able to create 2 million new jobs per year it would take 50 years to get back what we have lost here since 2001. About the only way out of this mess that I can see for America would be a semi-socialist, protectionist economic and social policy and cutting off most imports, which will cause World War III with our disenfranchised rich. Otherwise we are just going to end-up with an ever-smaller elite class dominating what’s left of our natural and economic resources while they walk all over an ever-larger underclass which becomes more desperate with every passing day, much like what is going on in Nigeria today. Perhaps a quick study of the lives of our coal miners of 100 or more years ago will give the uninitiated a good view of our future if we don’t take radical action to protect ourselves and what is left of our way of life soon. Why can’t the 80% majority at the bottom stand-up for itself and say that enough is enough???

  • Mr Carpenter

    I’m ready. A friend of mine said over the weekend that if Obummer gets re-elected, he’s going to seriously think about leaving the U.S.

    Well, I responded that in reality it is no better anywhere else.

    There are pockets here and there in places which might be temporarily better, but the fact of the matter is that this is the story for the entire world.

    Looking at Isiah 24 it gives us a clue:

    24:1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants– 2 it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and plundered. The LORD has spoken this word. 4 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. 5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statues and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Thefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore the earth’s inhabitants are burned up , and very few are left.

    V. 10 The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred.

    V. 12 The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces. 13 So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or when th egleanings are left after the grape harvest.

    V. 17 Terror and pit and snare awit you O people of the earth, 18 Woever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake.
    19 The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken.
    20 The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls — never to rise again. 21 In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavesn above and the kings on the earth below. 22 They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days. 23 The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously.

    Does this seem a little (or a LOT) like life on earth right now?

    Pay particular attention to V. 5 as to who is RESPONSIBLE for these actions and WHAT their ERROR has been. The look into a mirror, drop to your knees and have an honest conversation of repentance with Jesus Christ.

    Verse 6 give a crystal clear idea of what is going to happen at the end of the last days, which we have been in for some 2011 (or 2014) years (realizing that the originator or our calendar was out by “about” 3 years).

    V. 18b 19 and 20 give us a clue as to the many increasing earthquakes (both in intensity and in number), as well as a clue about the increasingly bizarre weather.

    V. 21 and 22 give us a clue as to what the enemies of God will have to endure, both on earth and above the earth (i.e. demons).

  • morpheus

    What makes me even more angry, is what the American people are doing about it, nothing. We are like children. We sit there and let it happen. Then the problems become our problems, and by that time it’s too late.

    Memo to America: Stop waiting for Democrats and Republicans to save you.

    “WAKE UP America!” – JOIN THE REVOLUTION
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    We don’t have to live like this anymore. “Spread the News”

  • WS

    Of course we can blame Comrade Obama and his Central Committee of socialist wingnuts for destroying free market propserity with their forced wealth redistribution Holocaust!

    Nah, I’m screwing with you. It would be nice if there really were someone to blame; that way we could at least alleviate of frustration by punishing them. We’re on the wrong side of history, that’s all. An overcomplex society on the brink of effacement. My only advice would be, don’t have children.

  • sharonsj

    Perhaps I’m the first and only one to comment because the others were too depressed to write….

    We are witnessing the impoverishment of the entire country. 400 hedge fund managers earned the same amount as 40 million workers. Corporate CEOs earn 500 times what their ordinary employee is paid. Anyone who says there isn’t class warfare has their head up their rear.

    And if you want to know why our politicians don’t do anything, it’s because they need corporations to pay for campaign financing (not to mention the high-paying jobs waiting for them at the companies they’re supposed to be regulating).

  • Howard T. Lewis III

    Who is looting the markets? Same group who is minding the store. Look and see. Also take note as to who sited, built, and nanaged the Fukushima plant until the inevitable because of its strategic location. Of course it was strategic, pinhead. They had years to decide to place the world’s largest fission thermonuclear plant in the center of the most dangerous tsunami zone in the world, right on the beach, facing the ocean. And the OSS and MI-6 knew the prevailing wind patterns since before WWII. TEPCO is an English language anagram, not Japanese. It should have been a clue. Clueless = has no clues.

    Hey military, did you make it to Prince Willyam’s wedding? Oh, you weren’t invited. Imagine that.
    Will you people please wake up? I can’t hear you!!! You better get smart.

  • Howard T. Lewis III

    I must say the perps of 9-11, the GOM disaster at Maconda, and the Fukushima mess surely are well ensconced. The head of the octopus, Mr.Alan Zabrosky. Who could it be?

  • Adolf Hitler

    Yes! I love this time! and when everyone that is left alive, I will come and offer you security and order.

  • Paul

    There is always hope.
    If it gets worse we can still send in the International Police force that is now trying to police Afghanistan.
    Or some millions of Chinese police officers.
    The US can pay with farm land.

  • The Unicorn

    In some areas the crime rate has gone down.It takes cooperation from,city,state,local police,and neighborhood leaders.
    the record 2,589 violent crimes recorded in 1997 according to the IPD West District (This would average out to 1 out of 2.5 people being a victim of a violent offense)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haughville,_Indianapolis

  • Benjamin

    Now I know where to commit all my Grand Theft Dog.

  • mondobeyondo

    Coming soon to Fargo, North Dakota… and Columbus, Ohio… Nashville, Tennessee… Denver, Colorado…

  • flubadub

    The vicious circle of urban decline continues. It’s more apparent in those cities written about here but it’s evident in all formerly prosperous metropolitan areas. As businesses leave taking jobs and tax revenue along with them taxes are raised while displaced workers put a greater demand on social programs. This leads to further tax increases spurring still further exodus until what remains are too many idled people placing too great a demand on underfunded municipal resources and creating the inevitable Detroit, Camden or New Orleans conditions.
    Jobs are never coming back folks. If a Democrat has a good idea to correct or improve things a Republican will quickly argue against it. If the Republican puts a good idea forward the Democrat will be quick to denounce it. Both parties are complicit in our financial demise by succumbing to the pressures of the greedy globalists who continually feed us the outright lie that we will benefit from free trade agreements. It’s almost enough to make you wish for a benevolent dictator to straighten things out until you remember that’s how Hitler came to power and we all know how that one turned out.
    So everyone says get ready for the bad times ahead. Plans of food storage, home gardens, guns and so forth will help a small percentage of people through a short period. Most will just live their miserable lives out in poverty. How is an apartment dweller or even a suburban homeowner supposed to grow an adequate supply of food to sustain his family? “OK kids pass this can of tuna around and keep your eye on the Topsy Turvy hanging outside the window. In a month or two we’ll have a tomato!” Pathetic.
    When I woke up today silver was trading up $3 at over $49/oz. Look at this chart:

    http://www.kitco.com/charts/popup/ag3650nyb.html

    Anyone who reads Michael Snyder’s well researched articles is already aware that, as a country, we are in deep financial trouble. But signs and warnings are coming faster and in greater numbers all the time. The chart above pretty well describes the growing lack of faith in the US dollar. Looks like hard assets are the only protection against our weakening fiat currency. Too bad most of us won’t be able to make that trade in time.

  • Piglet

    I have little sympathy for most of the laid-off cops in Camden, as that police department is notoriously corrupt. You can read about it here:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w192.html

  • http://thenorthernsurvivalist.com TheNorthernSurvivalist

    You can say, well it’s not bad in my neck of the woods, but those who leave those areas in search of work are coming to your rich neighborhood to compete for those few jobs.

    In fact, here in east Oregon, there are very few jobs, seasonal employment, and very few, if any, jobs for outsiders.Everybody knows somebody on some form of social welfare, and so am I, but class warfare is not going on because most are living on crap budgets.

    Drive through some small towns and like half the businesses are shut down, or reduced hours for lack of business.

    And the rich in places like Portland and Seattle, think there is no problem at all except those damn poor people who should get a job.

  • sonnyboy

    Lyndon Johnson started the decline of modern America with his support of government programs that paid people not to work and his insistence on fighting The Vietnam War which in its final analysis accomplished nothing. Our leaders since then have either done nothing to change these types of policies or have made them worse. The average person in this country means nothing to the rich corporations and bankers. The Constitution is routinely ignored, and for all intensive purposes doesn’t exist anymore. Our politicians are bought and paid for by domestic and foreign lobbyists. Is there a sensible way to end all of this and bring this country back to its senses. Here are some suggestions.

    1) The United States Treasury must be instructed to issue a check for $14,000,000,000,000.00 (14 trillion) to whomever the national debt is owed to, be it the Fed or the banksters who hold our debt.
    2) The Constitution that we now have is not being followed. The USA, like any other organization, needs to re-write its bl-laws from time to time. The time to come up with a new Constitution is now. Many of the powers that have been centralized since The Civil War need to be returned to the states.
    3) Abortion on demand and homosexual marriage are signs of a decadent society and must be eliminated. As the family goes, so goes the nation.

  • Otown Right Guy

    Common thread among the hell holes? All of them are run by LEFTIST DEMOCRATS that pushed unions, socialism and multiculturalism! People like Gary2 and ImpeachRonPaul need to acknowledge this fact. What more evidence do you need of the failure of socialist policies? The Republicans are as bad as Democrats at the national level, but at the local level it is the Democrat Marxists and poverty pimps who have destroyed our cities.

  • Anon

    Better get rid of that gold-plated trillion dollar military. Its only real purpose, besides en-riching your corporate elites and terrorizing the world of course, is to remove resources so they cannot be used by the civilian economy. Once you understand the real purpose of the US military is to ensure you can never afford public health care, clean energy systems, a proper rail system, quality education, then everything in this articule will make perfect sense.

  • Richard

    Your writing has improved enormously. Congratulations!

    • Michael

      Thanks – I think…..

  • Golden Child

    The sad part about it is that cities like Baltimore look like war-torn places in the Third World even during good economic times. America has been a third world country for decades and decades. The mainstream American media won’t tell you that half of San Francisco is places like Hunter’s Point, Portrero Hill, The Tenderloin and Sunnydale. Hunter’s Point in SF has the highest infant mortality rate on the West Coast, some of the worst projects in the country and SF has a higher murder rate for Blacks than Oakland. Baltimore and DC are also statistically more deadly than Iraq. DC also has a higher AIDS rate than places in West Africa.

    http://www.sanfranciscohomicide.com/Stories/SanFranciscoMoreDeadly.htm

    http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/5/29/132706.shtml

    http://21stcenturyurbansolutions.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/a-history-of-bayview-hunters-point-part-2-crime-contamination-and-crisis/

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-17-DC-AIDS_N.htm

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    This article is hogwash. I live in California and I do not see “millions of people” leaving the state and businesses fleeing to other states. As a matter of fact, lets take a quick look at what the 2010 Census tells us:

    Data for California show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Los Angeles, 3,792,621; San Diego, 1,307,402; San Jose, 945,942; San Francisco, 805,235; and Fresno, 494,665. Los Angeles grew by 2.6 percent since the 2000 Census. San Diego grew by 6.9 percent, San Jose grew by 5.7 percent, San Francisco grew by 3.7 percent, and Fresno grew by 15.7 percent.

    Far from people fleeing, our State grew over the past decade.

    This kind of reporting isn’t helping solve our problems.

    • Michael

      Nickelthrower:

      They also keep figures for those that have left the state and for those that have entered.

      Most of your population growth is due to legal and illegal immigration.

  • 007

    These are not hell holes. They are gleaming examples of the finished work of democrat socialistic policies. These places mentioned have been governed and controlled by the democratic party and unions for decades. They just suck the life out of everything they govern. Well, you voted for them. You made your bed, so lay in it. Sweet dreams. Hope you are not murdered.

  • 007

    Great Article.

  • 007

    Wow.. I wonder why all those businesses left these once triving cities. Could it be crushing taxes, corrupt democrat governments, over regulation, blood sucking unions. Gary please notice there are no more rich to tax there. They got the hell out of dodge along time ago. Took their jobs with them.

  • John Morris

    This is a likely scenario, but not written in stone. With the recent moves to demolish collective bargaining for labor unions, businesses CAN be brought back to life. Industry can become prominant here once again. The key ingredient that you deftly leave out is the nation turning back to Christ. If you pay attention to hard times in our nation, and in others, look at the spiritual state of the nation at the time. The US economy almost tanked several times in the past. The recoveries all came during a revival that swept the nation with many turning back to Christ.

    People can ignore that, as you have done; but it will never change the facts. If this nation puts aside the diversity aganda, and the moral relativity beliefs the state of the nation will change as well. You will see economic turn around when people wake up and turn back to Jesus as both Lord and Savior. The idea that there are many paths has to be disgarded again. If the majority of Americans, who claim to be Christian truly turn to Him again, then the signs you look to are worthless garbage.

    You speak of none of these measures being complete. You are correct. The only consistant indicator is strong Christian growth. If you look at when the US took over Great Britain as the leading economic power, you find that the UK was turning away from God, and at the same time a revival was going on in the US. We do not have all those statistics you rely on for economies in the past, but we do have records of their alliegance to Christ. That is consistant throughout history. The acceptance of homosexuality coincides with the fall of a civilization. You’re examining the symptoms of the real problem, and because they are just symptoms, none of them are substancial, or very accurate. Believe what you want, if this country doesn’t turn back to God and the idea of the melting pot rather than multiculturalism and diversity, then we will fall, if we turn back to God, your statistics are worthless. You cannot measure spiritual components. They defy measurement as faith is in the unseen. Sure, a lot of you are laughing at this, snug in your relativistic world view; but the end is not certain as you declair.

  • Athalon

    One thing that is hurting more than most and is a domino roll – OIL .
    We need to use our products we have here at home.
    We have more oil , Coal , and natural gas for a few centuries without going outside our borders.Let evolution bring new product to mesh with what we use. There would be no terrorism if they we not getting money from middle eastern countries as pay offs to not start a take over of the large oil Cartel states.
    Oil is causing high food prices , , driving is becoming difficult for many. Companies will not be able to afford to transport food . That will cause shortages.
    The country is being strangled by the administration policies , and lack of common sense.
    Our founding documents let us reform America if necessary. Socialism does not work , it never has anywhere , any time.
    We need a new strong informed leadership , not a 40K electric car.
    Everyone was paid off in the last election with TARP ,Stimulus , and we find our money debased by QE1 & QE2.
    We can not let up on our needs that are at our feet.
    The rest of the world uses petrochemical products , until they can marry in others to their societies.
    America Say NO !

  • Paul

    North Korea has one overriding principle:
    ARMY FIRST

    As long as there is still enough tax money to spend on grenades and bullets, the economy can’t be THAT bad.

  • Paul

    Seriously, did you elect your government or did you just trust in God that the right one gets elected?

    Do you need to wait for someone else to fix “it”? Can’t you do something by yourselves?

    All my plants at home are herbs. They smell nice, are cheap to handle and find their way into food, and some are used as medicine.
    And the tomatos from the balcony – they are delicious.

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best…but the hope is getting thinner after 2 years of broken promises. Its harder to say When the Collapse started…was it 9/11? or July ’08? One thing for sure it is underway already. My Question that is of more immediate concern is When will it End?

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. For details, visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/job1/

  • http://BXL Bart

    i so enjoy reading these, lol, almericans gettings e piece of what they’ve been exporting for ages, MISERY

  • Kevin

    Just me

    You said, “What happened to Detroit?? UNIONS happened to Detroit”.

    Explain to me why the non union low wage US textile industry fled to the third world?

    US minimum wage is too much for industry to pay when 50 cent/hr labor can be had overseas w/o tariffs.

    Personally I’m happy the Us unionized labor made a good living before the great evisceration of industry in the developed world. At least the children of those union workers may inherit some of the blessings of what once America.

  • flubadub

    TruckerMark,
    I wish you could take your excellent description of America’s industrial demise to the floor of Congress and read in front of all the bickering obstructionists in DC. That was one of the best written comments I’ve ever seen here and should appear as an editorial in every major newspaper. Thanks for taking the time. I am also a product of that generation and remember well the opportunities that existed for anyone with even a high school diploma in those days. Just within a reasonable commute to where I grew up we had US Steel, 3M, General Motors Fisher Body, Nabisco, The Budd Co., Strick Trailer and others providing thousands of jobs that enabled you to provide a decent living for your family. There were also plenty of part time jobs to keep high school students busy enough to avoid the pratfalls of idle youth and afford the 28 cent/ gallon gas for their used cars. Most of it is gone now and I don’t blame the Mexicans or the Chinese for stealing it. I blame the greed of the globalists and their flunkies, the phony free trade advocates in office, who’ve spent the last twenty years giving it all away.

  • duckhunter

    Anyone here read “Atlas Shrugged”? Ayn Rand saw this coming years ago. It won’t end well unless we stop government socialists, regulation, and redistribution of wealth. Stop the class warfare. If you destroy the rich, you destroy capitalism and America.

  • http://huh? John Roberts

    I just want to know, where are the WHITE gangs? We know where the bad behavour comes from, minorities. Political correctness, ain’t it wonderful? That is why the countries of those races are in such bad shape and now they’ve brought it to us.

  • itsjustme

    I live in northern NJ in a suburb a very short ride from NYC.

    Our region was hit very hard — we once had a very prosperous and booming industrial area; mixed use with many warehouses and commercial buildings, hirise and lowrise.

    The majority of companies that were in those buildings are gone. Long vacant; the signage is left and nobody is inside them.

    One large commerical building with 15 floors now is home to 2 tenants: a law firm and a Korean shipping company.

    IT’s very sad what’s happened out here.

    The only “companies” moving into these buildings are small change tenants that that are usually Chinese or Middle Eastern; you’ll see them subletting out 2 or 3 offices in these buildings and they operate out of those offices. They’re mostly importers of apparel or soft goods.

    My guess is that they are there on very short term leases.

    This will benefit our local and state economy not. These groups usually send the money home.

    If this is the shape of things to come, we can hang it up right now. No viable companies are moving into our area; if anything new is being built it is retail and service industry garbage, like crummy fast food chain restaurants. No livable wage jobs are entering our local economy.

  • http://boomerscaboose.blogspot.com/ boomerscaboose

    I took the “red pill” some time ago and it’s obvious that most of the posters here did as well back whenever it was that we realized that the MSM was pulling our legs in numerous directions other than toward the path of truth.

    What sort of irks me though is when I hear such terms as “doom and gloomers” and “fear mongering” coming from who are most often pollyannas who just have to believe, for their own comfy paradigms, in the big fat government and all it’s suicidal entitlement programs.

    When it’s thrown out during a statement from a realist that, hey the sky is falling, they’ll say we need to offer a solution and stop being so negative.

    Problem is, for us little folk, mere observers really like ants on a window ledge, the current mess and coming disaster isn’t something I can actually do anything about to help the bigger picture (what, hold a sign and vote I guess) but I can get myself and my family more self reliant as we’ve done over the past three years.

    Kicking around to see what other hopefully like minded folk are thinking from around the country at this site: http://www.survivalistboards.com I saw a post starting with a poll asking people if they considered themselves a “prepper” or a “RAIDER”. The raider self label ended up being something like 36% of those who took the poll.

    Way I see it, of those who identified themselves as “preppers” a good many likely had full bellies at the time of the poll. Katrina showed how people react three days after the food runs out.

    So call other’s fear mongerers if it makes your inaction decision more comfortable to yourselves all you pollyannas but my motivation for getting the word out is that I’d like to see more people in the “prepper” category and not in the “raider” category and I fear way too many people will be in the “victim” category.

  • Bob

    Nick

    “Now if they could deport the illegal aliens back then, they could sure do it today.”

    I wish we could do that today

  • itsjustme

    Adding more…

    And remember: a dead local economy with no companies and no workforce has a horrible trickle down effect.

    Local restaurants will suffer: that’s the end of the lunch crowd.

    Local stores will suffer: employees usually stop in during lunch or before and after work to buy items they need.

    Who will be hit the hardest? Mom and pop businesses — they will be the first to feel the effects of loss of local companies/businesses/employees.

    So where is there to work if you’re a degreed professional or somebody with a high school education only — and you want to be paid a bit more than the shitty salaries offered in retail and restaurants? WHere is there TO WORK?

  • rst

    CA is no worse than any other State. And those who want to place the decline of America on unions or Obama or Democrats, need to buy a clue. What is deciding your fate right now is the nuclear power industry, the banking cartels, multi-national corporations, and the military industrial complex. Obama and the Democrats (and GOP) take their orders from these groups. Stop falling for talk radio’s R vs L nonsense. We need to come together. Our survival is at stake.

  • Nick

    Ford drives home biggest first-quarter profit in 13 years

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/26/ford-biggest-profit-13-years

  • JonJAndersonJr

    The problems in these areas can easily be fixed by force removing wealth from the rich and investing into these communities. People will have to step down either by volunteer or by force so that community members may have a chance of being the “Fat Cat”.

    • Denise

      You are an idiot.

  • Stevo

    Bring on the Mad Max world! This is nobody’s fault. It’s just the natural order of things. All you pussies, get over your finger pointing and accept reality. Empires expand and then they collapse. This is what happens every single time. It can not be avoided. This is the collapse stage of American empire. Acknowledge it, make peace with it, and figure out how to make your way in the Mad Max world. It can actually be quite fun. You just have to think like a criminal and be cunning. And please, get over blaming the democrats or the republicans, or the lack of religious adherance. It’s ridiculous. This is just the natural process. It can be fun if you let go of your unrealistic ideals and your rigid ideology and just go with the flow. Trust me, people have lived through FAR worse without so much damn whining!

    • Big Bear

      We have adopted a comfortable lifestyle based on unsustainable debt (credit). Once this system falls apart, people will be forced to do with less. The more isolated you are from major population centers, the better.

      Registered hunters in MI, WI, and OH would constitute the world’s 4th largest army if they all banded together. It will be survival of the fittest. Not sure about Mad Max, but I think the big cities and the Mexican border will be killzones, certainly.

  • Jay

    Did you hear about the guy that went to his doctor and his doctor told him he had cancer and 6 months to live?

    So the guy moved to Detroit to make it seem longer.

  • comnenus

    Except the ‘millions of people’ who came to CA came from south of the border and west of the ocean.

    It’s like the growth of white cells in a leukemia. Large in numbers, completely useless and harmful.

    >Nickelthrower

    This article is hogwash. I live in California and I do not see “millions of people” leaving the state and businesses fleeing to other states.

    Far from people fleeing, our State grew over the past decade.

    This kind of reporting isn’t helping solve our problems.

  • Jonny

    When we all can get past this societal adolescent stage of blaming each other for the mess our society is in and acknowledge that we all created the problem, then we all can work together to fix it.

  • Gary2

    IKEA pays its factory workers in Sweden a minimum $19 an hour. In Virginia, IKEA workers doing the same exact work start at $8. IKEA looks on the United States, local union organizer Bill Street matter-of-factly observed earlier this month, “the way that most people in the U.S. look at Mexico.”

    Bill Street matter-of-factly observed earlier this month, “the way that most people in the U.S. look at Mexico.”

    Thanks for the race to the bottom you right wing dolts! I pick socialist Sweden at $19 per hour than capitalist USA at $8 per hour. You fools are ruining this country. How can so many people be so dumb as to be conservative?

    No I do not want to move to Sweden. I want this country to be more like Sweden. Progress is so slow when we have to have republicans holding back progress.

    • Big Bear

      Your mistake is being a party hack. Both political parties are hopelessly corrupt, rotted from years of abuse. They are draining the assets of those who still believe their lies enough to bother with taxes. Soon their promises will prove to empty. Planning on that government pension, Medicare, SSI? It’s not going to happen. Soon, they’ll raid the pensions and anything else they will get their hands on. People will retaliate. It will get really ugly.

      Put faith in a limited local government. When the system falls apart, it will be those who depended on it most who will be hurt the most. Best to just start taking care of yourself and ignore the failure that is the current two-party system.

  • Jmac

    Hey Comnenus, I mean cancer cell, when did your family imigrate to America? Or should I say, when did you and your cancer cell bretherin invade our healthy organism? Ha ha ha ha!!!

  • Jmac

    Sweden is more competitive than the US and people are much happier as found in a global happiness survey.

    Forbes aghast Sweden tops US in most competitive economy ranking.

    In a blog post published on Thursday, Forbes expressed shock that Sweden had vaulted ahead of the US in the World Economic Forum’s ranking of the most competitive economies in the world. Sweden rose to second place behind Switzerland, which topped the rankings for the second year in a row. The US, which led the survey two years ago, fell to fourth behind Singapore.

    Wow, the two leaders in business competitiveness are Sweden and Switzerland. They both have socialized health care. No!!!

  • Becki

    To Johnson: You asked if there was something in the water? YES, its called flouride. Hitler used it in water in the concentration camps to keep people passive. There is ur answer and flouride is also a known neurotoxin yet we are told its good for our teeth!!! Cheers and drink up, remember u need 6-8 glasses of the toxin per day. it cannot be filtered out either. Read the back of ur toothpaste, IF SWALLOWED called poison control why? thought it was GOOD for us. Funny, people go to the dentist and actually PAY for flouride treatments and they say to NOT swallow it, just spit it out- does anyone then THINK to ask Mr. dentist why we cannot swallow it yet we can when in our water?????

  • Kate

    The “gangs” are probably being enabled to grow so that they can reap their havoc and disorder while the state continues to set up “checkpoints” against the american public. The government is not your friend.

    • Big Bear

      Gangs and criminals benefit the paper-shufflers in the social services and court sector. These lawyers make $300 an hour. They don’t want to solve the problem, just keep it going. Revolving-door justice system.

      Thankfully, when the system collapses, it will be these paper-shufflers who will be least able to cope. Many will perish.

  • Kevin

    Gary2

    You said, “Thanks for the race to the bottom you right wing dolts!”

    Who did you have in mind? Maybe Kennedy, Kerry, Edwards and Biden? All of them voted for China Free Trade. 80% of US Senate Democrats voted for China Free Trade along with 83% of US Senate Republicans. Big difference.

    Short of Dennis Kersenich (spelling) on the left and Ron Paul on the right damn near all of the left and right supported the various free trade agreements.

  • itsjustme

    How do we fix this mess?

    How do we bring back all the jobs?

    The only thing I can suggest to get the job wheel rolling again: perhaps we cannot bring back the jobs that are gone — but we can revitalize industries.

    I suggest employee owned companies. THey need not be big; we can start out small.

    Buy local materials and produce items that can be sold locally or even nationally.

    Commercial bakeries, breweries, wineries, manufacturing and apparel to name a few.

    I don’t suggest retraining for other fields. Just about every other field is dead: we sold out our IT jobs, we visaed out all of our allied health jobs and teaching is deader than the cakewalk. We’ve laid off many teachers and support staff during the past year.

  • Lumi

    I like your blog and enjoy reading it. But if things are so bad why do the stock markets keep rising? I mean corporate profits are growning, here is the latest, highest earnings in 3 years:

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/26/markets/markets_newyork/index.htm?hpt=T1

  • Diana

    “A growing population is a king’s glory; a dwindling nation is his doom.” Proverbs 14:28

    We abandoned love for the least in society – such as children and the elderly – and pursued our love for money and success. (Overlooking human rights in China in order to grant “Most Favored Nation” status is an apt example.)

    We didn’t have babies and those we had were put into daycares where they weren’t loved. Our parents were put into homes where they were being abused. We gave up love for “success” and look what it got us.

    There are college educated people who gave up family to pursue their “dreams” and now they have very little to show for it. No job, nothing except a dying, lawless nation with no one to support them in the future except illegal aliens.

    It’s very sad. It won’t change until we repent. Churches can even move to the inner cities with their “renewal” projects but they will fail also until they return to Jesus and his Word. No amount of social justice can renovate the world without turning to the source of all blessings–Jesus.

  • SevenThunders

    The destruction of the US has been planned long in advance. How is it a bunch of oil executives were able to tell Lindsey Williams years in advance that oil would rise to $200 a barrel, that the Middle East would go into a period of civil unrest, two years before it’s now happening.

    The end game is a world currency, a world government and third world status for this once great nation. The end of the oil shocks will result in WWIII and loss of most of our freedoms.

    Yes we need to turn to Jesus as some have said, but we may be facing fiery judgment before that happens. Oddly the great nuclear cleansing may be exactly what we need to clear out urban blight and restore a remnant to their spiritual senses.

  • Jasper

    BURN BABY BURN 12/21/12

  • ND

    I makes me sick to read this about some of our cities but we did it to ourselves. Many on here bring up the subject of jobs taken overseas are dead on. It makes perfect sense the cities and our people would be at the short end of the stick.

    All this goes on while tax dollars bail out the greedy bank crooks and support frigin overseas wars. Lets not forget the high and mighty oil companies who have everyone by the throat!

    We have war right here, in this country, in the cities, suburbs (it doesn’t matter)…it’s people against people. This has escalated the last 10-20 years and so has the hate between neighbors. Anyone recall the phase>>>United we stand…Divided we fall? No truer words have been spoken. Talk about the demise of cities and countries, that is how it starts…and boy have we and the politicians started it!

    Someone mentioned there are no white gangs, I beg to differ. Many smaller cities are loaded with gang problems (white included) in the Mid-west (it’s all over the nightly news and A&E if you haven’t seen them). There is also another well known notorious white gang…White Supremacist (& how about the Skin Heads), who make me ashamed I’m white. Just as many other “colored” gangs, make their peers
    disgusted. They all flourish on the hate and crime in our society.

    We ignore our home problems, we rather stock our nose (and money) in Afghanistan…Iraq…and now Libya.

    Lets use our money to bring back our great nation and jobs. Give it to schools and watch the money is spent right and kids learn. Bring back discipline in schools (and in the home where it is badly needed). I remember what it was like as a kid, it’s not that long ago. If my parents didn’t jump on my ass (and I’m not talking a beating here) when I did wrong, I wouldn’t have written this letter.

    -One in a million(s) and not to proud to be an American after reading this.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/american-hellholes Colorado Bob

    I think we need to invade another country soon to show them that their civil liberties are being violated. We need to show them the freedom that we all enjoy. Wake up America, our civil liberties are being stripped away on a daily basis. Capitalism does not exist in this country anymore because the weak companies like the JP Morgue and the Goldman Sack that wasted away your retirements are rewarded time and time again by the Federal Reserve and our Treasury.

    The border between the United States and Mexico is not protected because the New World Order controls everything from the unwinnable wars that our troops are involved in, to the internet kill switch, to the United Nations stripping us of our Second Amendment Rights to bear arms. This is all planned out by people like Geithner and Bernanke by the way who are Bilderberg members. My advice, get plenty of food, water, gold/silver, guns and ammo. You are going to need all of these very soon

  • Frank Jones

    Do not worry….diversity and multiculturalism will save us !

    Those brlliant third world people will make America stronger because “Diversity is our strenght”…..right?

  • http://www.catholicthinker.net/ PaulF

    Jay, that was fricking hilarious!!

  • http://www.catholicthinker.net/ PaulF

    But, seriously, yeah – what did we expect? What did we expect a city like Detriot to become when we “opened the border” to “free trade” with nations that were bound to take not only the business but the means of production? Yes, it’s the globalists. (As much distaste as I have for public unions, and their politician-thug enablers, come on – this is about “globalization” more than anything else.)

  • Bill

    @Gary2 – You are a frickin idiot. You really think becoming a socialists country will help America become better? I’m amazed at the stupidity of the left.

  • Bob

    “i so enjoy reading these, lol, almericans gettings e piece of what they’ve been exporting for ages, MISERY”

    First of all, imho, karma is a bitch, and if you take pleasure in other people’s suffering, it may well come back to bite you squarely in the @$$.

    Really? misery is all we export?

    I assume that you do not live in this country, Bart. Without the United States, you would not be typing what you just typed – we invented it, remember?

    You might want to keep that in mind the next time you make such comments.

  • emma

    anyone see the market today?

    1400 On The S&P Coming? http://bit.ly/gOBvRc

  • Rednano74

    The reason CA built so many prisons is because they jail over 100K illegal immigrants at a cost of $3.5 billion to the tax payers. Liberal CA refuses to deport the millions of illegals draining the system. Why? My theory is that the workers at the prisona are unionized. What better way to keep the Democrat money laundering scheme going uh?

    Detroit had a very high taxation rate. The unions who donate 90% of the money to… wait for it… Democrats had this coming. To support a party that put expensive regulation burdens on businesses, constantly expanding environmental regulations and then triple that with the highest corporate tax rate in the world – what did you expect would happen? A magical utopia shining on a hill? Businesses are in business to make a profit. Once Democrats get that through their self loathing brains, maybe we can get a portion of the manufacturing back in America.

    But then again, some of us think that at least auditing the FED (secret members who print money out of thin air devaluing the dollar) and abolishing the IRS would solve the root of so many problems economically. It’s the welfare and entitlement state stupid.

  • anonymous

    complaints complaints. People in 3rd world countries would sell their organs just to live in these US “hellholes”

    you’re all simply spoiled brats

  • Nick

    Jobs will return! Factories will return!

    When there are no Unions, no taxes for the companies, and the average wage is $8 per 12-hour day, with no benefits and no insurance!

    This is called competition and productivity!

  • http://none Dave

    I live in Bay City Michigan, 90 miles north of Detroit and I read your article on the current state of US hellholes as I’ll put it. One thing that you didn’t mention that stands out to me, being a resident of Michigan, is the effect this has on the surrounding areas, towns and smaller cities that have been struggling way before the big cities started to. Bay City has always been a hell hole, Saginaw, Flint, Lansing are all the same. Michigan is not and never was a place, in my life time(41 years so far) that you could ever just go out after high school and get a decent paying job and now after college is included. The last one out of Michigan won’t have to turn out the lights because there are already burned out.

  • itsjustme

    @Diana said:

    “We didn’t have babies and those we had were put into daycares where they weren’t loved. Our parents were put into homes where they were being abused. We gave up love for “success” and look what it got us.”

    @Diana: I think you have this a bit confused with the preposterous “having it all” syndrome, perpetrated by Helen Gurley Brown.

    It’s impossible to “have it all.” But unfortunately, BOTH parents have to work to make ends meet, unless you are fortunate to have a spouse that has a fabulously high salary AND a secure job.

    Daycare and they’re not loved???

    Uh, wow….

    How misconstrued is that — the day of the one paycheck family that can support a wife and at least 1 child went out with the love-in and the be-in.

  • Gary2

    Bill-yes. Reread my post and others where socialist Sweden is beating capitalist USA hands down. Sorry if facts keep getting in your way regarding socialism in Sweden beating us in the USA.

  • Gary2

    In both surveys, 72 percent of respondents favored raising taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year. Both polls showed some doubt about deep cuts in military spending, but suggested that after the wealthy are asked to contribute their fair share, the defense budget would be the next place to look.

    Yes the rich will be TAXED HARD and its about damn time.

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/out_of_touch_again_20110426/?ln

  • Rod

    The reason why America is headed for economic oblivion is because of Crony Capitalism. Capitalism is inherently evil and incompetent. It is built into the system. That’s just the way it is. The day the U.S. sdopts a more humane system of government that ISN’T Capitalism, is the day of the beginning of a new America.

  • anonymous

    ok im not even from america but in my honest opinion you all need to realize its time to stand up for your rights do not budge.

    do they really have enough prisons to hold all of you and if they do, do you think those prison guards/military/police will side with the government on locking up billions of people? or will they go hey why are we enslaving the population you know well they will say they are terrorists or something of the sort.

    but with billions of average seeming americans being labeled this way and put into prison. the army will soon be on our side ponder these points I have made because there is no rioting fighting neccessary we all need to say we are becoming self sustaining and we are not leaving here…..

    Knowledge?
    not really trying to say anything just giving certain people some information to think about [not too long I hope] and then make the choice to act.

    what is stopping you right now? FEAR let go of this and theyll have nothing to control you with
    no this coountry is not going to get back to how rich it was before But do we really need so much money? do we really need this much stuff?

    The rest is up to you each and every one of you.

    thank you for your time and reading this^
    I urge you to “openly” think about what im saying and that is all.

  • http://averyheavystone.blogspot.com/ Marcel

    You know why this is all happening ?

    (Here is an excerpt from what someone in Spain sent me this morning)

    ‘Shortly also I will begin more serious judgment on the Western nations. I will bring them to nothing; I will turn them upside down; I will grind them to powder. They will not know what has hit them. It will seem as if there is nothing left of what once I worked in those nations; Especially that Superpower. I will bring it to weakness; she will no longer be super, but a pity of the nations.’

    http://www.lancelambert.org/prophetic.php/message/6/Sunday-17th-April-2011-Jerusalem

  • Steve

    Where are the WHITE gangs?

    They are in the NSA, the Bilderberg Group, Wall Street, the CIA and Goldman Sachs. That gang is why your 401(K) will disappear, your dollar bills will be toilet paper and you may end up in a FEMA camp. I’d rather face a Blood, a Crip or a Latin King any day.

  • David

    America is over the richest have already left the most educated are leaving at a clip of 1 million per year now .What will be left are the blind deaf and dumb and the criminals will rape what’s left

  • itsjustme

    Illegal aliens?

    Ask yourself why they are not being deported. If anybody’s got the answer, hollaback here in this thread.;)

    They come here with no trade, no skills and no profession and they are not pro education.

    I can’t figure out how so many of them are able to pay the outrageous rents in this area — a modest 2 bedroom apartment will go for $1500 a pop (and utilities and a spot in a driveway usually are not included in the bargain)

    You usually need an outrageous salary to keep up with the COL in this area. How are they affording the COL? Don’t tell me that each and every one of them have a subsidized apartment.

    • http://economiccollapse Granny

      They are let in and get to stay because the US Chamber of Commerce wants it so. Also the Marxists want it this way. It’s cheap labor to offset the decline in buying power of the dollar and future political power for the commies. The cost of the illegals is passed on to the taxpayers not the employers. There is no way out of this other than total collapse and start over. But what rises from the ashes won’t be pretty.

  • Bob

    JMAC

    “when did you and your cancer cell bretherin invade our healthy organism?”

    Big difference between legal and illegal immigration. You might want to come here to Arizona to find out what it is.

    “Sweden is more competitive than the US and people are much happier as found in a global happiness survey.”

    Well, as we all know, when you need to have a country play the role of world’s military policeman, you instantly think to call on – Sweden!

    • Rabbit

      Bob, there is one utterly ridiculous thing you said and which unfortunately tends to point towards the reason the USA has collapsed so badly. In short because of idiots like you, useful idiots who just repeat placebos without a clue really about reality.

      Nobody NEEDS anybody to play “World’s Military Policeman.” The whole notion of a Global Polioceman is a falsehood invented by militarists from the USA. The USA has in fact been a serial abuser of the world’s peace and its laws. By being an unmitigated military disaster, ongoing and destroying nations and mass murdering millions as you go whilst the Military Industrial Complex leads you round with falsehoods about beng an”Exceptional Poeple” or a “Global Policeman”, you have lost your nation. Suck eggs.

  • Bob

    I beg your patience, folks. This reply will be a long one.

    anonymous

    “complaints complaints. People in 3rd world countries would sell their organs just to live in these US “hellholes”
    you’re all simply spoiled brats”

    I find it ironic that you complain, about us complaining.
    It also would not be a bad idea, IMHO, if you took off your mask and named yourself. People might take you a bit more seriously that way.

    As for third-world countries, and the citizens living therein who would gladly live in our hellholes:

    Consider, if you will, the following analogy:
    A lifeboat is designed to have a certain capacity. If it is badly overloaded, it will sink.

    This country, right now, is badly overloaded with those who cannot find jobs (I include myself in this group), those who will not find jobs (dope pushers who sell poison to our children, criminals in general), and illegal immigrants who come here breaking our law the second they set foot in this country, and continuing to break our law every day they remain.

    If America were to become a third-world country (sink like an overloaded lifeboat, as I believe is happening right now), not only does it take 5 % of the world and throw it into desperate poverty, but ask yourself this question…

    Who would take our place?

    The U.K.? much Too weak
    China? I most sincerely doubt it
    Russia? uhhh….no
    India? NOt gonna happen
    The EU? Sinking themselves

    So far as I can see, there is no one who can do what we did (and are doing).

    I will be so bold as to say, with all of our historical faults (slavery, Jim Crow, the Gilded Age, classism, among others)
    we are still the best hope for the world. By far.

    There is a little bit of being spoiled brats, certainly. We were born as strong-minded offshoots of an already well-advanced U.K. It is true that We love our leisure here in this country.

    We must use this strong-minded outlook, and solve our problems, before we sink.

    • John Smith

      I beg your pardon, but there are plenty of countries in the world whose citizens still enjoy a reasonable standard of living – would not dream of living in US.

      • DanielMountain

        I moved from the US to The Netherlands and couldn’t be happier with my standard of living and health insurance. And I left my car in California without buying a new one because the transportation system here covers the whole country.

  • Charles Grey

    Decay has also become apparent in my neighorhood as well. There is a former bowling center that has been closed since 2006, a small independent conveneience store empty since about 2007, and other empty sections.

  • BadBarb

    Since when is $250K a year rich? They pay about half their income in taxes. (enough to support the poor) If the government used our taxes wisely there should be plenty of money to help the less fortunate. People in that income level receive zero help when sending their children to college but they pay enough in taxes to send a poor child to college for free. So they pay for several children to go to school and college. By the time they pay for everything they barely have enough to retire. People in that income range generally have extremely stressful jobs, work hard all their life, and usually have made it on their own account without help from anyone. Go for the people who have had a blessed life. Ones who have had help from rich parents. Or how about the ones making millions or billions a year. And how about jailing those who have stolen from the American people and send the illegal immigrant back home.

    • Cougar Draven

      I wasn’t sure which crazy person to reply to, but you take the cake, at least for me.

      Let’s compare the life of someone who makes $250,000 a year to a life like mine, where the household makes slightly less than $20,000 per year. (And yet, we’re above the official “poverty line”. Who knew.) We’ll call the more affluent of the two person A, whereas the poorer shall be person B. Okay?

      You say that person A will get no help sending children to college, while paying to send other kids to college. Person B will get maybe enough money to subsidize around 30% of the costs of a four-year university for themself, and none for a child, while /also/ paying significantly to send other children to college.

      You say that person A pays enough that when all is said and done, they barely have enough to retire. Well, person B will never retire. Ever. Or if they do, they won’t have enough to make ends meet.

      You say that person A has an extremely stressful job, works hard all their life, and have made it on their own account, without help from anyone. Person B also has a stressful job (arguably more stressful), putting in at least as many hours as person A, but for much less pay, and zero job security, will work harder all his life, and everything they have will be entirely their own. However, unlike person A, they will never afford a house. They will never be able to afford to send their children to college. They will never be able to retire. Their life is hard, and there will never be a relief. No annual vacation, no bonuses, no salaried position allowing for missed days every once in a while without missed pay.

      And in an emergency, person A will likely be able to cover it, and things may be less than prosperous for a month. Person B may not be able to cover the cost of a child’s illness, or even a flat tire.

      I agree that those who make millions and more a year should face higher tax sanctions, and yes, I think it should be for the “crime” of being wealthy. However, I disagree with you when I say that those who make $200,000 or more a year should not be spared. They can afford to give a little more, and spend a little less.

  • Auntiegrav

    John Roberts said, “I just want to know, where are the WHITE gangs?”

    Look around. They’re called “corporations”, “churches” and “government”. Sure, they dress ‘em up, teach everyone to dance, but as long as they control the ‘product’ (money=food/life), then everyone is begging to join them for a little crack and a weekend off. Even the minorities are lining up to join the white gangs. White gang members don’t buy cars and dress them up with chrome, they buy COUNTRIES and Politicians and dress them up with roads and bridges, but the result is the same: they exploit the people below them in order to steal from the future for a little gratification right now. Forests, oceans, mountains are no obstacle to the white gangs: they take anything and everything and deal it out at a controlled rate to people who are too dumb and addicted to stop buying.

  • Jmac

    So let me get this straight….

    Some guy leaves a comment on your website in which he is calling every human being that lives south of the US southern border a cancer cell and you guys are like, “Hey that’s cool. I like it. Approved”.

    And then some other guy leaves a comment where he points out the rigidity and innability of conservatives to actually consider real data and facts and you guys actually censor the comment.

    I point out that Sweden has socialized medicine, is more globally competetive and its people are more happy than people in the US and you guys sensor that?

    I’ve got to say, that is ********* pathetic.

    What the ******** has happened to common sense?

    You pick a hateful, bigoted, racist comment as good and censor a joke about people being idoelogically rigid and unwilling to look at the truth?

    That is *********** amazing and so incredibly asinine I almost can’t comprehend it.

    I do find it kind of funny though in a sad kind of way.

    Amazing, simply amazing…

  • Disgusted American

    Go back and find Trucker Mark’s entry on this thread. It’s one of the best I’ve read.

  • Randome-11

    Here is the thing, economy is getting worst in Sweden too, corrupt governement is f### up the country.

  • Revolt

    Send our troops home…. and use half the military budget to stabalize our infrustructure

  • Drake

    I’ve lived and worked in all the cities mentioned and the same thing always strands true

    When in Detroit,NJ or New Orleans,there isn’t anything that really is unique or very new.

  • Jay

    PaulF, Thanks. That one about getting cancer and moving to Detroit to make the last 6 months of life seem longer has got a few miles on it but it still seems to roll pretty good.

    I was against all the Free Trade agreements too, and so were the founding fathers. In fact they warned about becoming entangled again in the wars of Europe. Global government has never worked, starting with the tower of Babel. Seems like every generation has to re-learn these lessons for themselves just like having an illegal alien for a president. I’m sorry, but a real American doesn’t refer to the constitution as quote unquote “Silliness” while hiding his birth certificate and then telling everyone that we need to get these circus barkers behind us so we can get on with the business of the queen, who just happens to be the largest real-estate holder on the planet. And then producing a false birth certificate to make up for it. Which leads to yet another can of worms. Why on earth would Americans and the media make such a big deal of this high dollar clown show wedding in England with a bunch of inbred, sex pervert monarchs that the founding fathers would have shot on sight in order to defend our freedoms. The founders shed their blood on the battlefield and had their families murdered at the hands of this very same monarchy as I understand history. What? Does the average American love slavery to the crown? Americans already pay their federal taxes to the IRS Bank of England and its 12 federal reserve branches residing in the U.S. That’s how the English pay for expensive weddings like this and socialized medicine. Yep, America pays for it just like we did in the days of the the 13 colonies. Isn’t that enough? And the Unions are just agents of that same British Federal government that runs Washington DC. George Washington would turn over in his grave and grown with pain at the current mentality of America, or lack thereof.

  • Eagle021

    Do not let your love grow cold,during these new Dark ages….Death to the New World Order! We are the resistance, you are not alone…Time for you to Stand.

  • South East Asia Guy

    So this is the world’s most powerful nation has become?
    USA is, by numbers, the richest country in the world. Its military budget is the world’s biggest and is bigger than the rest of the world combined. USA also fights in two formal wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and maybe two or three non-formal wars (Libya, Yemen, Pakistan and soon Syria) abroad.
    As a person coming from a third world country, I was amazed to see how lives in USA is not that much different than that in Indonesia.
    One might wonder, where have the money and resources that the USA has taken from these third world countries gone?
    It turns out that the people of USA don’t live that well either. The people that rip resources from the third world countries also rip the people of USA. Maybe we live separated by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but our fate is the same as victims of the elite Vampires.
    We are brothers and sisters under the same oppression.

    • Bobby

      The most intelligent post on this blog. Americans have been getting ripped off by an elite that rips off the rest of the world,FOR IT’S OWN BENEFIT. Henry Paulson and cronies, along with Wall Street control America. Between them, and the leftists that want open borders, we are going to be as good as dead soon, like the author above asserts.

  • Mighty Thor

    There was an interview with Rev. Lindsay Williams on 7 APR 2011 on GoldSeek.com. They have a 2 hour internet radio show that comes out every Saturday. He was a minister on the Alaska pipeline and was supposedly privy to some secrets of the big oil moguls. He has written at least one book and talks about the fact there is more oil in places like the Bakken fields, under the Rocky Mountains and Alaska than the entire Middle East.

    Basically, he lays out their motives and actions and explains what is going to happen. It is going according to their plans so far. The show is 2 hours, if you download the program, he talks for the second hour and lays down a lot. Some of what he’s said has come true. It’s a very interesting listen.

    http://radio.goldseek.com/faber04.07.11.php

  • Denise

    So – how much longer will it be before we can really talk about what’s going on, and Who is Doing What?

    When will things be so BAD that we can actually discuss THE fundamental reason for the Collapse of Civilization – clutch the pearls…the “R” word is waiting in the wings….

    Not much longer, I think.

  • http://theeconomiccollapsingblog Steven

    The greatest culprit in our tumbling down to hellhole status is the Immigration Reform Act of 1965.
    Our governmental and corporate elitists decided that in order to plan for the New World Order, they needed to weaken the fabric of America. They needed to tear apart our unity and sense of national pride.
    The way to do this is to open your doors to second and third world populations and cultures that do not care about America, that remain loyal to their own countries, and lower the collective intelligence, education level,values, and morals of our once great nation.
    Then,to keep the citizenry asleep, you tout how “diversity is are greatest strength, and you do your best to discriminate against the decendents of true Americans while elevating the opportunities for those whose culture is at odds with the former America.
    And although, most of today’s “legal” immigrants are here only do the illegal activities of their families, such as anchor babies and chain migrants, you only debate “illegal immigration”. The rest our here “legally” to continue to degrade our schools, ruin our health care system, increase our crime rates, take away our jobs, and trash our neighborhoods.
    But regardless, most of us still love diversity.

  • Terence

    I’ve always wondered why with unemployment as it is the government permits millions of LEGAL immigrants each year into the US. This comes in regular immigration, Family Reunification aka CHAIN IMMIGRATION, Refugees, H1-B and other alphabet work visas, etc.
    Based upon the Immigration Law in 1965 the government decided they were going to elect a new people, they, in effect, have replaced the founding stock, the Whites.
    Add to that Affirmative Action, which LEGAL immigrants qualify for, government contract set asides, SBA Loans, which have discriminated against White males since 1980, the spectacle of Robert Reich, ex-Clinton fellow, working as Obama’s economic adviser, conspiring with Charles Rangel in the House Ways & Means Committee to ensure that Whites did NOT get Stimulus Program Jobs.
    Or Eric Holder in testimony before the Senate in June 2009 stating that White Christians are not covered by Hate Crime legislation. Then the dropping by US Justice Department of the New Black Panther Party’s intimidation of White voters in Philadelphia.
    Recall the title of the film: No Country for Old Men, well now it is NO COUNTRY FOR WHITES.

  • mickeythepirate

    My wife is a LEGAL alien…she came here to live with me. I pay for everything she needs or wants, not you, so why are you down on Legal aliens? They are not taking your jobs…the contemptable trash in Washington DC and your state capitols who have sold you and your children into slavery for a few pieces of silver are the ones who took your jobs. These scum have committed treason. But you can be PROUD AMERICANS…You (and I) have the best government money can buy…the joke is…you poor unemployed bums are not the highest bidder for their services anymore…HAA HAAA
    The illegal aliens who come here…lets call them what they are…they are the scab labor brought in by the big businesses to undercut your wages. Why should your boss give you a raise…an illegal can do it for less…or we can always send your job to India or China if you complain or are successful with your demands…That is what labor relations means in America today…the bosses just tell you to eat the crap they pour in your mouth, and if you don’t like it, they will get somebody else to do your job for less…and less and less till soon, you dumb bunnies will be working 14 hours a day for a bowl of rice too…If you are unwilling to play their game, they will just take your job and send it to another place where slaves are more greatful to have a bowl of rice…
    Illegal aliens are being used by big business to put more pressure on you to swallow another mouth full of the bitter poverty that the powers that be have in store for you…just accept it, you cannot change the corrupt system…you are now little more than a farm animal to them..
    For my wife and several of her friends who are also foreign physicians, they cannot work here in the USA because the system is rigged so she cannot EVER work here. She graduated from one of the finest medical schools in Europe, and was a working physician for 14 years before coming here. However, to work here, you need a state licence, PLUS you have to work as a slave (residency) for a few more years. Plus you have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to sit down and take their government test(I call that a job tax, since the government forces you to pay them money so you can have their permission (licence) to even support yourself)..you know why??? The American Medical Association does not want competition… My wife and many other foreign doctors would be delighted to be able to work here..taking care of you when you are sick..for a fraction of what you are paying now to the less qualified American doctors you go to. I have seen the quality of the training my wife got in Europe, and that of “American doctors”…trust me, you morons who think you get good health care just bacause you pay a rediculous price for it are not getting even average care by world standards…The phony quacks you go to commonly take kickbacks from the pill makers to sell you drugs..even if they are not the best, or even the ones you need…(but that cost you way too much money)…so guess what my wife is doing… she volunteers her time at a local charity doing work a high school dropout could do…I have seen enough of the stupidity and corrpution here…People are literally dying here in this country from a lack of basic preventative and routine health care, and the system is rigged so many of the best doctors in the world can only stand around and watch the suffering..Literally if my wife saw you dying in the street, she could not legally help you, since she could be sued or arrested for it. Now that sounds like the kind of stupidity you would expect in Libya or some other 3rd world hellhole…
    Screw Amerika…Its really so sad and pathetic to see what the corrupted government and big business have done together to rape this fair land..It was my country once…but now, my country is only a memory, time to leave for greener pastures. Only the stupid rats stay on a sinking ship…or those too terrified to think for themselves…or those who have been brainwashed…or those who have no instinct of self preservation for themselves and their children left alive inside…which are you?

  • Jay

    Southeast Asia Guy,
    Don’t be fooled by large budgets, military or otherwise or by money in general. Earthly riches are very temporary and those who understand finances know that a house of cards built on credit is just an illusion. The whole world has been operating on an illusion of wealth for many years. It’s the only way the elite could get people to work for their causes and prop them up in their banking system. People saw their neighbors driving nice vehicles and living in nice homes and they believed the lie that these people were rich. The truth is that someone went into debt to buy a house that they could never pay for and it was built with slave wages by people who were just above the poverty line, many times by illegal aliens. The illusion of wealth caused someone to work cheap so that someone else could go into debt with fake money that would never be repaid. The numbers can only get so big before the whole world realizes that there is not enough food and the fake money is worthless.

  • Boby

    $700,000,000,000 “defense” budget, way past lunacy. You wonder why? This is what will happen to reckless spenders.

  • http://kingsranch1@dishmail.net King Carl

    ;;; AMERICA HAS BEEN ON THAT { SLIPPERY SLOPE }

    FOR MANY MANY YEARS :: WHEN JIMMY CARTER GAVE AWAY THE PANAMA CANAL ::IN 1973 :: CHINA NOW CONTROLS THE ALANTIC & PACIFIC SIDES OF THE PANAMA CANAL;; WITH NAVAL BASES :: THE GOVERMIENT ie ; DUMMY-C-RATS HELPS AMERICA,S PARASITE, SLACKING ;;; FREE LOADERS ; ie ILLEGALS;; COME TO AMERICA TO OBTAIN VOTES ;ie TO FURTHER MARXISM, COMMUNISM , NOW A PRESIDENT ,,{ THERE IS BONFEIED PROOF } HUSSAINE IS AN ILLEGAL TRAITOR ; To AMERICA :: GOD BLESS AMERICA ::VIVA AMERICA ::

  • Denise

    Steven and Terrence – AMEN.

    Mickythepirate – GREAT attitude! If your wife is a “doctor” – why don’t you go you her county? If America’s so horrid – and it wasn’t always – then go THERE. The illegal invading vermin, and the legal ones a well, are ONLY here to grab what thyew can get. Foriegn doctors are money-grubbing TRASH, with specious degrees. So LEAVE.

  • Kerry

    Detroit, New Orleans, D.C., Oakland, L.A….ALL run by Democrats for many, many years…left Baltimore 10 years ago, also run by Democrats. This is the end result of socialism: dependency on government welfare, destruction of personal responsibility, autonomy, illegal immigration, corruption and fraud and massive waste. Democrats love to grow the size of government via welfare to keep their voter rolls going. Democrats are responsible for the destruction of cities and human beings.

  • I am Sovereign

    KingCarl you’re an idiot. Once Ronny the Great fired the air traffic controllers(a good move, but…) he set the stage for the END GAME. Corporations used the move to reduce common men to slaves.

    So in essence, it didn’t matter what Carter did. Ike had it right, the expansion of the military industrial complex (and the blood sucking corporate criminal class) were the ones to watch.

    All this bull**** about political parties serves to exploit the IDIOTS of America. Dogma is used to divide.

    Witness that Mr. Kenyan (or Thai, or whatever Obama is) has at his faculty the very tool liberals feared: the Patriot act. Barry could arrest you tomorrow “Carl” and you’d vanish unnoticed.

    I am sovereign (as are all on this planet). There are those who want my forced servitude, and use Republicans and Democrats to enslave me. The beauty of our slipping system is EVERYONE CAN LIVE WHERE THEIR BELIEFS ARE REINFORCED THE MOST. Since you hate commies “Carl”, live where that opinion thrives.

    If you want this country to be conservative only, take it over. Otherwise take your stupid political views and shut the **** up. You’re getting in the way, and distracting people. *********************************************

    You’re the reason the world hates America in the first place. I hate commies to, but I especially hate neoconservatives. You will rot in hell for the damage you’ve wrought to the planet.

    • Jimmy

      hell yes! bravo!

  • yeah

    Yeh I have to agree with the MAD MAX scenario. I will be a scrounger for sure. Stocking up on necessities for trade and to help the needy. I realize I can brush my teeth with less than 4 ounces of water. Will need to learn how to cut many corners in the future.

  • John Dillinger

    Wow.
    I live on the Gulf Coast of Alabama.
    I don’t get it. All I see are high rise condos and republican tourists getting drunk in the bars.
    Hardly a Hell Hole pal.

    • DanielMountain

      Doesn’t change the economic direction America still seems to be heading in, sadly.

  • David

    The reality is agenda 21
    where you live now you won’t be living soon

    You will all be stacked and packed into a few big cities the rest of the nation the vast majority will be off limits to the people.
    IF anyone doubts this you will soon fimd that it is the truth

  • Truth

    IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

  • telsa

    I think important issues like NAFTA should be decided by the people, not by a few crooks in Washington. That is one reason our country is screwed up! As for our spoiled population, too many people retire in their 50’s, most people could work until 62 and they would be an asset instead of a liability.

  • SmokeDogg

    I grew up in Camden, and THIS IS THE PLAN THE MASTERS HAVE FOR THE REST OF AMERICA. To those who are religious (god will bring plague to America as he did Camden.)

    You ignored Camden for so long it’s coming to your Clean White Middile American town.

    Middle Americans in suburbs and rural areas leave their doors uncloked at night still. It used to be like that in Camden in the 50s.

    The Big cities all over America will be DETROITS!!

  • Lucius

    I live in California and I and my family are perfectly fine. I agree that the nation and CA are going to hell, but this article is a tad over the top. Plus, it totally leaves out self-sufficient communities and small towns in CA that have tons of clean groundwater and farmland open for the taking. We’ll survive when things get bad enough because we’ll all go off the grid. The cities are what’s doomed here.

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    As bad as some of these cities and states have become, it’s still a better place to live than the majority of other countries.

    Unfortunately, that will change as the Dollar and U.S. economy collapses, so people need to prepare and learn urban survival secrets for surviving terrorist attacks, natural disasters and pandemics!

    The Survive In Place Urban Survival Guide is the best training I’ve found to help you plan and prepare.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/american-hellholes William Murphy

    The men who really run America keep us busy watching American Idol while they steal our American Dream.

  • andrew

    the puppetmastas finally got us.

  • Mattias

    As a Swedish citizen I must comment on the comparison of US against Sweden.

    Our level of education is falling, disorder have taken over many schools.
    We have no military capacity.
    Police do not care or do not solve many crimes directed against common people.
    Organize foreign crime has established them self in both black market and regular market sectors.
    Things worsen all the time.

  • Patrik

    Hi,
    I am from Sweden, and of course we have our share of problems as well. (I travel very frequently to US in my job so I know a bit about US as well)
    To sumarize Swedens situation right now:

    Yes, Swedish economy is doing well, and the reason is mainly that we export more than we import so it is an Ok balance (Our industry has products that the emerging markets like china and Brazil need and cannot make themselves). We have also been helped by the fact that the commodities that we export (iron and wood) has been OK for export.
    The unemplyment rate 8,5% that we have is mainly due to poor matching, ie there is a lot of free jobs for those with the right skills but we have unemployed people who are not skilled or educated for these jobs. (Volvo announced last week that they want to hire 2000 new people)

    Yes, we have a socilised medicine, similar to the UK system. It works fairly well although there might be waiting lists. Doctors salary is 2-3 times a nurse salary which is a much smaller difference than in the US so our doctors does not make as much money as in the US.

    Yes, we have a litte bit of the same trend as in the US with: increased criminal gangs, corrupt politicians, greedy financial elite, but it is at a controlled level from an international point of view. It has to be a continous fight against such things. Our democracy works OK. The elections is mainly around the political debate. Money and sponsored campains plays basically no role in our elections, so noone can buy or sponsor themselves into poswer, it would not be accepted. The influence of money and sponsoring of campains in the US elections is a risk for your democracy. Your demnocracy and constitution has historically been very important to also the rest of the world, so take good care of it.

    Have a nice day!

  • http://www.adelmetallforum.se Herr K

    I’m also from Sweden like some of the previous commenters. I agree about the decline here in Sweden, even though the country as whole is doing well. I sincerely hope it doesn’t get as in the cities mentioned in the article. Frightening but interesting facts anyway…

    • DanielMountain

      It won’t. The idea of a collective responsibility is still stronger in Sweden.
      Americans are reaping what they have sown by valuing money and individualism over valuing each other.

  • john

    This is another reason for secession, as these cities will then be eligible for foreign aid. I bet they all wish they recived as much foreign aid as Israel.

  • Big Bear

    It will keep getting worse until a police state is implemented under Martial Law. At that point, the “culling of the herd” will take place. Military, police, armed civilian militias, will be at war with the huge numbers of former welfare class citizens (the social safety net will have disintegrated). Small town America will pull together, and harsh punishment (vigilante justice) will be meted out on gang-bangers, drug dealers, pedophiles and other miscreants the social service sector now protects for their own self-serving interests.

    As for the cities. They will burn. The southern border will be militarized zone.
    A terror attack (WMD) will occur, and it will be determined the weapon was smuggled in from Mexico. The US military will take on the Cartels at that point. This could be a false flag attack.

    Americans still have tremendous respect for the military. Most of us are sick to death of criminals and bums. Tens of thousands of criminals, illegal aliens, gangsters and the like will simply disappear; victims of an angry armed populace and a police state. In the meantime, lurid violence will ensue.

  • Gabriel

    Look at this and maybe see that this is also applicable in the great US of A.

    Kindly make special reference to following:

    1. Who “disadvantaged” the ‘black’ people of the interior Southern Africa before the (supposed) belligerent ‘white’ settlers moved inland in the mid 19th century..? As certainly, what the ‘settlers’ found was not a hugely advanced infrastructure-, deep mines-, airports-, vast libraries of written works-, grandiose institutions of learning-, etc. No, as little as 170 years ago they found masses of black people (indigenous to the Southern tip of Africa ) living on the fringes of the stone age. Beings in skins, wielding sticks, living primitive dwellings, dragging- and carrying things around, who had not even heard of the wheel yet.

    2. Ethiopia – a country that was NEVER colonised. Today one of the most desolate places on the planet – who “disadvantaged” the people of Ethiopia ..?

    3. Put Zimbabwe and Germany next to each other and please explain the differences. In 1945 Germany was (for all intents and purposes) flattened to ground and torn in half. Fifteen years later, West Germany was described as an “Economic Wonder”. Around the same time as the end of Apartheid , Germany was re-unified. It yanked the (unified) Germany back four centuries in time. Yet, in (around) fifteen years (for the second time a few decades) it built an ‘economic wonder’ – today, fast becoming a global leader in almost every aspect. Reminder: a lineage very strongly associated with… WHITE AFRIKAANS SPEAKING people… One the the ‘flip side’ – Zimbabwe – was handed one of the wealthiest countries in the WORLD (eg a currency that was worth more than the USA Dollar, etc) – what is it today..? Competing with Ethiopia to be the most desolate hell-hole on the planet..? Please explain…

    In parting, I would suggest the following,

    – The term “Previously Disadvantaged’ is as much a fantasy, as is the delusional lunacy that threatens voters with the revenge of the ancestors (a bit like the “rapture” we are all eagerly awaiting, for the 4 017.75th time since 2000 alone…), the same delusional inanity that claims the words “KILL THE BOER” really, actually means – “come over to my mansion for tea and cookies”…

    – You cannot take something from somebody WHO NEVER HAD IT..! In fact, what is it that white people, specifically white men, supposed to “give back” to black people..? Can someone PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE explain to me what it is that white men took from blacks?

    — LAND..? Blacks NEVER owned any land. Any form of formal ownership is a Western concept. The ‘black’ tribes of the mid 19th century haphazardly SETTLED in an ad hoc manner – effectively governed by tribal savagery – iow the most savage ruled the land (a bit like Hillbrow today). They simply ran away until they could not run anymore – not having ANY grasp of the concept of a horizon or for that matter any measure of finite land mass – eg the boundaries – that is the fundamental concept of ownership.

    — MINERALS..? More hallucinations aside – eg ancient gold mines… – a little bit like the Zimbabwe Ruins (the Pyramids, etc) – next to the magnificent structure, the indigenous people build stone-age dwellings out of dirt and sticks (at best emulating the birds). Minerals beneficiation is an entirely Imperialist/Western concept – in fact, in many ways it saw some of the most tangible advances, by WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN MEN – just peruse some of the academic paper at Wits’ Engineering Library.

    — WEALTH..? Money-, Capital- and the pivotal mechanisms of the wealth that allows you to breath, eat, have children, live a rather healthy productive and fulfilling live, but also allowed the cognitive development that leads you to make your daft comments here – it is ALL of Western origins. In fact, the key advancements in modern finance- and economics were made by the… ….DUTCH. Why do you think it is called ‘Wall Street’..? It was initially ‘Wal Straat’ – yes my dear, the Dutch took their cognitive substance there as well… The same Dutch that were the most direct decedents of the people that landed at the Cape in 1650 – in fact, the modern ‘WEALTH system’ was originated by the Dutch and it funded the explorations around the tip of Africa .

    — Perhaps we took their aeroplanes-, their Breitling watches, their Italian Suits, or their German luxury limousines, their ‘Blue Light Brigades’ or perhaps their Space Shuttles..? Mmmm… I just hate the implicit assumption that ‘white’ stole from ‘blacks’…

    • Rhynn

      Refresh my memory if you will.

      Exactly how many “cries for help” were received from Africa as a result of all of this “misery” that was being experienced?

      See that’s the problem with your ilk. Somewhere along the line Western civilization got it into its head that everybody else was just sitting around wallowing in idiocy and subconsciously waiting for White imperialists to sail up and show them what they were too stupid to realize they were supposed to have had all along.

      Get this through your skull. Nobody who can walk everywhere they need to go envies those with an airplane. Nobody who minded their own business and had a local culture in Africa laid awake at night wishing they had a library full of books to tell them what Europeans did with their time, or how to make gunpowder to shoot at others. That way they lived that you find so “demeaning”? They were fine with it from the beginning of civilization onwards. It worked for them, and made them the oldest civilization on the planet. Maybe if the “civilized” Western world spent less time shoving each other into iron maidens, burning each other for Witchcraft, sleeping with family members to keep the royalty in the family, and other such “civilized” pursuits, they’d have done enough understanding of different cultures to avoid having to sail over and shove their own down everyone’s throats at gunpoint.

      GTFO yourself. The portions of the world that define their own worth on who they are and do rather than what they ride around town in and what they’re wearing while they ride have never had any need for the trappings you think you’ve gifted them with. And in the final analysis, the only “gift” the Western world has given that will matter will be the near certainty of violent annihilation and a largely uninhabitable planet. Really. You shouldn’t have.

      • daMystery1

        “…That way they lived that you find so “demeaning”? They were fine with it…” ======================= Not quite – especially, that many of these primitive peoples were cannibals and lived in fear of neighboring tribes raiding for their next meal.

  • hmmm.

    Just drove through Stockton last month. Up on to Lodi next door visiting Grandma-ma. I didn’t see the wheels coming off of the bus!
    CA itself was once the 7th strongest economy in the world! CA itself a few years ago was responsible for 20% of all federal income tax collected. Yup, we got lots of illegals, drugs, junkies, welfare recipeints, stupid cops, bozo legislators and a very corrupt State government. But by golly, we also have Orange County, San Diego, Disneyland, Sea World, the Angels, desperate houswives, In-n-Out burger, Del Taco, Hollywood idiots/celebrities and plenty of sunshine! I live in white bread town, Mission Viejo. I grew up in Lake Forest which was El Toro at the time. Only thing I have noticed is lots more Mexicans standing on street corners looking for day labor work than there used to be. Also more authentic, cheap Mexican restaurants opening up, and a lot more Mexi-mamas walking their babies in their strollers down El Toro Road. Guess who pays for their beans and salsa? The white bread town citizens that’s who silly.

  • http://shaw eric

    If 1 million criminals are causing 80% of the crime, bring in the army and shoot them !!If the stats say in a case like that 10% of the assumed criminals are innocent, such is the price of getting rid of the 90% scumbags….

    • Wednesday

      Amen. Our ancestors understood this. Eliminating the violently unfit with extreme prejudice was necessary to create civilization. We will need to practice it again, if we are to preserve it.

      Most likely, this cull will or will not occur at the community level when the SHTF. I will make my stand at the California-Arizona border as the locusts come shrieking across the plains.

  • Earth Emissary

    Why is the US disintegrating – along with the rest of the world?

    The answer has to do with Natural Law. These laws are impossible to break. This means that no matter how many people wish it were not so, no matter how many laws are enacted against them, and no matter how many vote against them, Natural Laws cannot and will not be broken.

    The Second Natural Law is also known as the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    This means that every action has a consequence that either was not foreseen and/or was not intended. There are no exceptions.

    A case in point are man-made laws against so-called illegal aliens.

    These laws make it difficult if not impossible for some people to find work.

    It makes it difficult if not impossible for companies to find people willing to work for the lowest wage.

    These two things together will result in high unemployment, which means more crime, and also higher prices.

    Higher prices because how many people who are now unemployed are willing to pick lettuce in the hot California sun? It does pay almost $9 an hour. Sound good?

    If you’re not willing to do that, then why not let someone do it who is willing to pick for that price.

    If not, you have three options.

    1. Pay a higher price at the market. You may be willing to do that, but tell that to the poverty-stricken mother who must choose between food and gas, food and childcare, or food and medicine.

    2. Drive the California farmer out of business, and just import lettuce. That won’t lower the price of lettuce – in fact it will probably be even higher – but at least you won’t have ‘illegals’ picking lettuce for you anymore.

    3. Don’t eat lettuce at all – ever again.

    In addition to higher prices, higher unemployment and higher crime, you will also have higher taxes. This is because there are fewer people paying taxes, and more services needed.

    Even if you got rid of social services – and especially if you did – you would need more police and more jails, more fire fighters, ambulances, and more hospitals, and still more taxes.

    In short, we reap what we sow, and while it’s easy and convenient to blame our employment situation on someone else, it all comes down to how we treat each other.

    We’re doing it to ourselves, and this is the natural response of Natural Law.

    We can continue to deny reality, or we can face up to it and start making life better for everyone – including us.

    Peace to the planet.

  • JACK

    Lazy people should get back to work. There are plenty of jobs out there. The Army has been on a hiring spree for the last 10 years at least. New positions become available almost daily. If you think you can’t qualify for the Army, the Marine Corps will take anybody who is gung ho. Just say to recruiter “I want to kill!” After a couple tours of combat in foreign lands, when you come home to Detroit or Camden you will be the king of the hill.

    • DanielMountain

      King of what hill? If there aren’t jobs in Camden there aren’t jobs in Camden.

      • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

        You better watch your mouth Daniel. I am a black belt in Karate and I will beat you off!

  • flatbroke

    What took over 200 years to build up the American empire, takes just thirty years to tear it down. The bigger they are the harder they fall. The end of the fall hasn`t happened yet,its like a train wreck in slow motion,not a random event ,but a deliberate act of treason.

  • Rex

    Okay, in California, the government bozos (BOTH PARTIES) in Sacramento are totally ignoring ILLEGAL ALIENS or even continue to support them.

    GIL CEDILLO is at it again, (trying to give drivers licences) to illegal aliens.

    RICHMOND is strongly considering giving special MUNICIPAL ID CARDS to the (“Undocumented”) aka Illegal aliens, so they can have an “easier way to gain access to services.”

    OAKLAND is close to dispensing these cards and SAN FRANCISCO already has them.

    CA also provides a lot of foreign language material (especially Spanish) and the government and businesses are very eager to provide the Spanish language as well as the media (in all its forms).

    SAN JOSE: Mayor CHUCK REED and the San Jose City Council were going to boybott Arizona (for actually daring to enforce immigration laws).

    Mayor CHUCK REED has called for a “Fiscal Emergency” a couple of times and he went on KLIV RADIO for a (Monday Town Meeting). I called the radio station and asked why he was ignoring the ILLEGAL ALIEN PROBLEM. I got laughed at and dismissed by both the Radio person handling the call and CHUCK REED.

    Now, ILLEGAL ALIENS are NOT the sole reason why CA is in such bad shape. The BANKSTERS played a major role in deliberately causing the Housing Bubble and Derivatives Fiasco.

    VISA WORKERS: The Biz world and CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE constantly call to bring in as many VISA WORKERS as possible and this view is shared across this nation. (These people have NO loyalty to this nation or its legal citizens).

    CARL GUARDINO of the SILICON VALLEY LEADERSHIP GROUP (along with some of his business groupies) have mentioned this many times on KLIV RADIO.

    Q: We have millions of unemployed or underemployed Legal USA citizens, and yet they demand to bring in MORE VISA WORKERS.

    DEINDUSTRIALIZED: We’ve also been seriously deindustrialized in CA and across this nation.

    SOLUTION to Outsourcing, Offshoring and hiring of Visa workers and Illegal aliens: CUT OFF ALL TAX BREAKS to all participating businesses who engage in this behavior. Use TARRIFS! Other nations do this, so should we.

    End the disasterous Trade policies of NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and the WTO.

    Finally, for the either extremely stupid or extremely evil politicians of (BOTH PARTIES): Each time YOU blather about jobs, I hear YOU mention absolutely NOTHING about any of the issues I mentioned!

    Many citizens probably share my view point and are disgusted with how YOU have handled our economy and have done absolutely nothing to fix it and (yet YOU Unredeemable, WORTHLESS CREATURES have no problem giving yourselves raises and receiving taxpayer-provided perks)!

    Q: MEXICAN TRUCKERS NOW ALLOWED TO DRIVE THROUGHOUT THE USA. (This was passed recently). Gee, our politicians are really “concerned” about jobs and Safety, aren’t they? Oh wait, that would be jobs for Mexicans AND…..NAPOLITANO can continue to leave our borders unsecured and our immigration laws remain unenforced while NAPOLITANO continues to look for TERRORISTS in adult-baby diapers and down our pants!

    Q: USA POLITIANS (all levels).

    WHERE’S the loyalty and INTEGRITY of USA POLITICIANS across this nation??!?

    Where are the CIVIL RIGHTS OF LEGAL USA CITIZENS? It’s time to start “representing” USA Citizens and send the ILLEGAL ALIENS packing! Why do they still remain here?

    Reason: It’s because these wicked and treasonous USA politicians refuse to do right by their citizens! That’s why.

  • Rex

    To make the economy even worse, there is AGENDA 21 and the U.N. If there is any industry left, they want that gone. They want to tax the very air you breathe and beware of those SMART METERS-GRIDS. They are for the purpose of CONTROL and RATIONING and nothing else.

    AGENDA 21 also wants most people removed from most of the land in the USA and crammed into certain cities and of course, let’s not forget the Value-Added Tax.

    WEATHER MANIPULATION via Chem Trails and H.A.A.R.P. (I think is also part of AGENDA 21) and the recent rash of destructive tornadoes that clobbered the E. USA was NOT an act of nature. (I could be wrong, but I’m very suspicous of this).

    There’s also a plan for an upcoming GLOBAL GOVERNMENT and supposedly, the plan is for NO MIDDLE CLASS and that’s why the USA economy must be destroyed intentionally.

    Many of our politicians are NOT loyal to this nation and belong to or have attended treasonous organizations like the: CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), the Trilateral Commssion, some belong to the Skull-Bones Society, Freemaonry,

  • Lucille Rothstein

    I blame everything on Ronald Reagan and the republicans for putting in place NAFTA. Before they did this I was working in a factory in Mexico making a decent wage. We didn’t need to go anywhere to feed ourselves. We were proud of the fact that we were developing different aerospace parts in conjunction with a German company. Then Ronald Reagen and his people the ones that pull the strings came over and bought off the politicians on this side of the border and then you had this as a result. This I believe has been planned and it is working well for them they envision chaos and of course they have the answer to the problem. They want complete control over all and everything. Nothing but badness ahead for all involved and still we have people with the heads in the sand who do not see what is happening and continue to blame other working people who wanted nothing else than to be left alone to live on their own merit and not look for a handout.

    • Steve De’ak

      Lucille Rothstein wants us to blame Reagan and republicans for NAFTA.

      This is one of the problems afflicting us right now, our inability to recall history.

      Clinton Signed NAFTA into law.

      Anyone who believes NAFTA was a partisan “shaft” isn’t paying attention. The first thing people need to do is learn history, and then like Lucille mentions, pull your head out.

      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1750332/posts

      • ecofeco

        Yes… and no.

        Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation’s legislative or parliamentary branch.

        Before the negotiations were finalized, Bill Clinton came into office in the U.S. and Kim Campbell in Canada, and before the agreement became law, Jean Chrétien had taken office in Canada.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafta

      • Vendetta

        Nafta, signed by Clinton, passed to him by republican congress. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act same thing. The 2 headed hyrda fools so many.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thorne-Kontos/100002208655723 Thorne Kontos

      MORON…Go check to see who signed NAFTA into law…

  • kevin

    You yanks just dont get it do you, the rest of the world is laughing at you, and rubbing their hands together with glee to see you suffering.

    you have been living in a fantasy world, now you are paying the bill.

    HAHAHHHAHA

    Suffer in your jocks.

  • el press

    This has all been planned

    this article merely keeps the planners (Illuminati) updated with reports from street level

    if you aren’t mad yet you will be

    buy a gun … learn to use it.

    the inquisition will begin again and instead of freedom of religion, its just freedom in general.

  • http://www.AerobicHouseCleaning.com Stephen Markovich

    Could this sad story be balanced with good news? Considering in July 6 2011 the jobs created were about 18,000 and NOT the 100,000 expected by many economists, it again shows that the destruction of American economy — and more importantly its JudeoChristian morals and values — is a planned event.

    At what point do Americans arm themselves and take to the streets or to sniping as in Belfast or Brazil or Nazi Germany. Sound conspiracy related. NOT ONE BIT. Think about it.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/young-girls-banned-from-selling-girl-scout-cookies-on-their-own-front-lawn Haalen

    In my community I personally know a hand full of small time millionaires. These people are businessmen who care about their community and employees. I am a union carpenter. My carpenters union didn’t put any of my employers out of business, actually they became very wealthy. I don’t know a single union man who objects to a rich employer.

    Our problem is the Reagan trickle down nonsense. A thousand years ago who were the masters? Were they not the owners of the land, owners of production and owners of the resources? They didn’t want to pay anyone then and they don’t want to pay anyone today. That’s why they moved jobs out of this country. Remember it used to be said: if it’s good for America it’s good for business and if it is good for Americans it’s good for business. This principle has been turned upside down my our masters.

    Over the past one-hundred years Americans created a lot of wealth. I think it was Ted Turner who once said to his United Nations buddies “Americans are the stupidest people; all they want to do is go to the show and have a coke”. While Americans weren’t paying attention, our masters outsourced our jobs. We were tricked into believing we were going to get better jobs. Now they “The Money Masters” are in the process of bleeding off that wealth.

    For the union haters, if America is better off without unions than we should see the evidence to support that somewhere else in the world, like South America, Mexico, Africa, China, etc. Show me. You nonunion guys are hypocrites. When you look for a job do you tell your employer: I don’t want no overtime, no 8 hour day, no 40 hour week, no sick time off, no holidays off. I just want to work from sun up to sun down 7 days a week. I only want minimum wage because the government won’t let me get less. I bet you don’t.

  • Italics Mine

    There shouldn’t be any hellholes in America.
    Something’s gone terribly wrong to have American hellholes.
    unless it’s by choice

  • Drake

    When tax rates on the “rich” were at 50-60% America boomed, because the rich worked hard to BE rich. Now the Repukes have pushed rates down on the “rich” and America is dying.

  • Drake

    When tax rates on the “rich” were at 50-60+% America boomed, because the rich worked hard to BE rich. Now the Repukes have pushed rates down on the “rich” and America is dying. What is with this idea that cutting taxes (giving money to) for RICH people is moral, but giving unemployment (giving money to) to WORKING CLASS people is immoral? Giving RICH people MORE of what they already HAVE (money) is GOOD, but giving POOR people what they DO NOT HAVE (money) is BAD? What COMMUNIST came up with that? Please explain to me why RICH people have to be given MORE so they will have “incentive” to work, but POOR people have to have their wages/money CUT in order to –have incentive to work? LESS then 46% of Americans have jobs!!! LESS then 46%!!!!
    The wealthiest 1% of all Americans now own more than a third of all the wealth in the United States.
    The poorest 50% of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

  • Jason

    Don’t know where to begin other than saying I was born in Sacramento. Good luck Jerry Brown as your legacy, your fathers, Arnolds, and a few others have done well doing the in and out to the people. Good bye Nancy, Diane, and Barbara with the rest of you liberals. Cast your vote by moving! Just rename California to New Michigan.

  • http://get-insurance-quote.net/insurance-quote.php Eugena Ecord

    Good luck trying to get treated at a hospital without having health insurance

  • brad

    Have you been to New Orleans lately mr. author?

  • http://www.greatwavesofchange.org Bruce

    We could never sustain the way we lived in the 20th century. We won’t be able to now. Our boundless prosperity is, indeed, over. And with climate change, food may become very scarce indeed. Check out http://www.greatwavesofchange.org.

  • macman

    I’m not sure what’s more sad. This article (very excellent by the way) or the comments about it. Clearly there are people that still don’t get it. There has been an all out assault on jobs in this country, by the US government. They continually make it harder and harder for businessmen to create successful businesses, which require more employees, which puts everyone back to work. Increasing a businesses tax burden only makes them want to leave or quit. You can only tax people to the point where they won’t take it anymore and then they find a way to revolt. Businesses are the same. Congress has been making laws every day for 200+ years. It’s so restrictive it kills any growth at all.

    No sir, if you want America to turn around, you need jobs, not handouts, which is all that taxing the rich will get you.

  • deegee

    15 manufacturing companies are closing in the US….per day

  • BKR

    Socialism was going to kill the US economy anyway,but Obama accelerated the process. After complete destruction, fools will stop talking about the 1%. The 1% of the population is actually the savior for the other 99%. Destroy the 1%, and you will have destroyed the entire 100%. Go read Ayn Rand. Only her principles can save USA. Not jokers like Obama and Bernanke.

    • Carax

      “Socialism was going to kill the US economy anyway…”

      What socialism? The big bank bailouts, the Wall Street bailouts. That’s socialism for the rich – there is no socialism for the rest, for Main Street. As for Obama – where have you been lately? Obama is pro-Wall Street, Pro Big Banking, that’s where all his friends are. Why anyone thinks he’s a socialist is incredible.

      • Wednesday

        Duh. It’s Cultural Marxism meets Economic Fascism. Has been since at least the mid-60’s.

        If you work for a living, your wealth gets redistributed to the non-working in the name of “Equality” & “Social Justice.”

        If you’re the owning elite, you cartelize industry and capture regulators to destroy competition using the State itself as your weapon.

  • true story

    this is nothing in the late 89’s early 90’s nyc had nearly 2000 homiciodes 1 year!

  • http://www.wusa9.com Victor Murhphy, News Anchor

    Just last night, my wife came in contact with a latino man from Langley Park that asked for some money and produced a knife. The guy said, “I know that your romeo work for 9News and I blow up the station and your home” and I pulled out my cellphone to call police but the latino man got into his car and sped off. I couldn’t get a good enough look at his license plate since it was rather dark. I am glad that we are safe. This is just how trashy the area of Langley Park is due to high crime and graffitti written on even street signs let alone walls of apartment buildings.

  • Wakjob

    Companies ruined or almost ruined by imported Indian labor

    Adaptec – Indian CEO Subramanian Sundaresh fired.
    AIG (signed outsourcing deal in 2007 in Europe with Accenture Indian frauds, collapsed in 2009)
    AirBus (Qantas plane plunged 650 feet injuring passengers when its computer system written by India disengaged the auto-pilot).
    Apple – R&D CLOSED in India in 2006.
    Apple – Indian national and former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta charged with leaking Intel and Apple secrets over the phone.
    Australia’s National Australia Bank (Outsourced jobs to India in 2007, nationwide ATM and account failure in late 2010).
    Bell Labs (Arun Netravalli took over, closed, turned into a shopping mall)
    Boeing Dreamliner ES software (written by HCL, banned by FAA)
    Bristol-Myers-Squibb (Trade Secrets and documents stolen in U.S. by Indian national guest worker)
    Caymas – Startup run by Indian CEO, French director of dev, Chinese tech lead. Closed after 5 years of sucking VC out of America.
    Caterpillar misses earnings a mere 4 months after outsourcing to India, Inc.
    Circuit City – Outsourced all IT to Indian-run IBM and went bankrupt shortly thereafter.
    ComAir crew system run by 100% Indian IT workers caused the 12/25/05 U.S. airport shutdown when they used a short int instead of a long int
    Computer Associates – Former CEO Sanjay Kumar, an Indian national, sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for accounting fraud.
    Deloitte – 2010 – this Indian-packed consulting company is being sued under RICO fraud charges by Marin Country, California for a failed solution.
    Dell – call center (closed in India)
    Delta call centers (closed in India)
    Duke University – Massive scientific fraud by Indian national Dr. Anil Potti discovered in 2012.
    Enron, WorldCom, Qwest, and Tyco all hired large numbers of foreign workers from India before their scandals.
    Fannie Mae – Hired large numbers of Indians, had to be bailed out. Indian logic bomb creator found guilty and sent to prison.
    Goldman Sachs – Kunil Shah, VP & Managing Director – GS had to be bailed out by US taxpayers for $550 BILLION.
    GM – Was booming in 2006, signed $300 million outsourcing deal with Wipro that same year, went bankrupt 3 years later
    HP – Got out of the PC hardware business in 2011 and can’t compete with Apple’s tablets. HP was taken over by Indians and Chinese in 2001. So much for ‘Asian’ talent!
    HSBC ATMs (software taken over by Indians, failed in 2006)
    IBM bill collecting system for Austin, TX failed in 2012 written by Indians at IBM
    Intel Whitefield processor project (cancelled, Indian staff canned)
    Intel – Trade secret stolen by Indian national Biswamohan Pani in 2012.
    JetStar Airways computer failure brings down Christchurch airport on 9/17/11. JetStar is owned by Quantas – which is know to have outsourced to India, Inc.
    Kodak: Outsourced to India in 2006, filed for bankruptcy in Jan, 2012.
    Lehman (Jasjit Bhattal ruined the company. Spectramind software bought by Wipro, ruined, trashed by Indian programmers)
    Medicare – Defrauded by Indian national doctor Arun Sharma & wife in the U.S.
    Microsoft – Employs over 35,000 H-1Bs. Stock used to be $100. Today it’s lucky to be over $25. Not to mention that Vista thing.
    MIPS – Taken over by Indian national Sandeep Vij in 2010, being sold off in 2012.
    MIT Media Lab Asia (canceled)
    MyNines – A startup founded and run by Indian national Apar Kothari went belly up after throwing millions of America’s VC $ down the drain.
    Nomura Securities – (In 2011 “struggling to compete on the world stage”). No wonder because Jasjit Bhattal formerly of failed Lehman ran it. See Lehman above.
    PeopleSoft (Taken over by Indians in 2000, collapsed).
    PepsiCo – Slides from #1 to #3 during Indian CEO Indra Nooyi’ watch.
    Polycom – Former senior executive Sunil Bhalla charged with insider trading.
    Qantas – See AirBus above
    Quark (Alukah Kamar CEO, fired, lost 60% of its customers to Adobe because Indian-written QuarkExpress 6 was a failure)
    Rolls Royce (Sent aircraft engine work to India in 2006, engines delayed for Boeing 787, and failed on at least 2 Quantas planes in 2010, cost Rolls $500m).
    SAP – Same as Deloitte above in 2010.
    Singapore airlines (IT functions taken over in 2009 by TCS, website trashed in August, 2011)
    Skype (Madhu Yarlagadda fired)
    State of Indiana $867 million FAILED IBM project, IBM being sued
    State of Texas failed IBM project.
    Sun Micro (Taken over by Indian and Chinese workers in 2001, collapsed, had to be sold off to Oracle).
    UK’s NHS outsourced numerous jobs including health records to India in mid-2000 resulting in $26 billion over budget.
    Union Bank of California – Cancelled Finacle project run by India’s InfoSys in 2011.
    United – call center (closed in India)
    US Navy F-18 jet crashes into Virginia apartment building on 4/6/12 after outsourcing F-18 work to India’s Tata.
    Victorian Order of Nurses, Canada (Payroll system screwed up by SAP/IBM in mid-2011)
    Virgin Atlantic (software written in India caused cloud IT failure)
    World Bank (Indian fraudsters BANNED for 3 years because they stole data).

    I could post the whole list here but I don’t want to crash any servers.

  • BFlint

    I agree that Democrats have ruined many cities including Camden via stealing taxpayer and lining their own pockets. Gov. Christie cutoff Camden from the endless state funding since it was obvious that the Dems in Camden were not even attempting to restore the tax base and/or fix problems. 70% of Camden needs to be bulldozed and 100% of the politicians in Camden City Hall need to be prosecuted. Philadelphians are allowing to let the city go down by continuing to elect liberal Democrats who promise to fix things but never do anything but steal from the taxpayers.

  • ExplorerSteve

    Dave Bing was a great guard at Syracuse University and the NBA. If he can’t get this job done as mayor of Detroit he can always become La Salle’s Basketball Coach. He would need to recruit a couple of big men immediately.

  • TheHawkinator

    Bing has a better chance of turning Detroit around than resurrecting La Salle basketball.

  • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    These are just examples of the deliberate destruction of the American middle class.

    It isn’t as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.

    Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often “an investigation” is claimed, but soon forgotten.

    

In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers. USA is # 1!

 Does any of that sound like a free country?

    As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, “It’s like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn’t worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn’t worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn’t worth fighting over, either.

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