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Are You Better Off? 40 Statistics That Will Absolutely Shock You

Are you better off today than you were four years ago?  This is a question that comes up nearly every election.  This year the Romney campaign has even created a Twitter hashtag for it: #AreYouBetterOff.  The Democrats are making lots of speeches claiming that we are better off, and the Republicans are making lots of speeches claiming that we are not.  So are most Americans actually better off than they were four years ago?  Of course not.  One recent poll found that only 20 percent of Americans believe that they are better off financially than they were four years ago.  But the same thing was true four years ago as well.  Our economy has been in decline and the middle class has been shrinking for a very long time.  The Democrats want to put all of the blame on the Republicans for this, and the Republicans want to put all of the blame on the Democrats for this.  A recent CNN headline defiantly declared the following: “Decline of middle class not Obama’s fault“, and this is the kind of thing we are going to hear day after day until the election in November.  But obviously something has gone fundamentally wrong with our economy.  So who should we blame?

Sadly, you hear very little on the mainstream news networks or the talk radio shows about the institution that has the most power over our economy.  The Federal Reserve has far more power over our financial system than anyone else does, but the media and both political parties tell us that the Federal Reserve is “above politics” and that their “independence” must never be questioned.

Unfortunately, most Americans have gone along with that.

But the truth is that the debt-based financial system that the Federal Reserve is at the core of is absolutely central to our economic problems.  If you do not understand this, please see this article: “10 Things That Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve“.

The Federal Reserve has done more to mess up our economy than anyone else has.

So shouldn’t they be held accountable?

That is a very good question.

Have you ever wondered why financial markets move so dramatically whenever Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gives a speech?

The same thing does not happen when Barack Obama gives a speech.

That is because the financial markets know who holds the real power in our financial system.

But during this election season the American people are told to put all of their attention on the “red team” and the “blue team”.  We are told that the two major political parties are philosophical opposites and that they want to take the United States is two completely different directions.

The “true believers” on the blue team are completely and totally convinced that Barack Obama will be able to rescue the economy and save America.

The “true believers” on the red team are completely and totally convinced that Mitt Romney will be able to rescue the economy and save America.

Once upon a time I was one of those political activists.  I was fully convinced that America could be turned around if we could just get enough Republicans into office.

But then I noticed that nothing really seemed to change no matter who was in power.  I became disillusioned as I realized that Republicans were doing things pretty much the exact same way that Democrats were doing them when they got into power.

Yes, there are some minor differences between the two parties on taxes and regulations.

If we elect one guy over the other our economy might decline at a slightly different pace.

But in the end both political parties are taking us to the exact same place.

Down the toilet.

I wish that wasn’t true.

But we need to be honest with ourselves….

-Both parties fully support the Federal Reserve.

-Both parties supported the nomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term as the head of the Federal Reserve.

-Both parties endlessly push the job-killing “free trade” agenda of the global elite.

-Both parties see nothing wrong with running absolutely enormous trade deficits with the rest of the world.

-Both parties supported TARP.

-Both parties supported the “economic stimulus” packages.

-Both parties supported the auto industry bailouts.

-Both parties have run up massive amounts of federal debt when in power.

-Both parties have greatly expanded the size of the federal government when in power.

-Both parties are full of control freaks and both parties have added more layers of ridiculous regulations to our already overburdened society when in power.

-Neither party supports getting rid of the income tax or the IRS.

-Neither party has any intention of doing anything to prevent the coming derivatives crisis that could bring down the entire global financial system.

-Both parties are absolutely showered with cash from the big Wall Street banks.

-Both parties think that the TSA is doing a great job.

-Both parties supported the NDAA and the renewal of the Patriot Act.

-Both parties have greatly expanded the unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens by government agencies.

-Both parties are extremely soft on illegal immigration.

-Both parties have treated military veterans horribly.

-Both parties are absolutely packed with corrupt politicians that are living the high life at your expense.

-Neither party plans to balance the federal budget in 2013 if their candidate wins the election.

-Neither party has a plan that will fix our deeply broken health care system.

-Neither party has any plans to shut down the Federal Reserve.  In fact, both parties see absolutely nothing wrong with our current system.

Of course this list could go on indefinitely, but hopefully you get the point.

But I can understand those that are deeply frustrated with Barack Obama and that desperately want to avoid another four years of his policies.

I also believe that Barack Obama has been the worst president in U.S. history and that he and his entire cabinet should immediately resign in disgrace.

However, the Republican party foolishly chose to nominate the Republican candidate that was most like Barack Obama to run against him.

That was an enormous mistake.

No matter what the talk radio shows are telling you, the truth is that this country will continue on pretty much the same path no matter who wins the election.

I know that statement is going to make a lot of people angry.  But it is the sad reality of what we are facing.

Even if you focus on just the economy, the truth is that Mitt Romney’s “five point plan” is almost exactly the same thing that Barack Obama has been saying.

Many Americans believe that since Mitt Romney made lots of money on Wall Street conducting leveraged buyouts of vulnerable corporations that he understands how to fix our economy.

Sadly, that is not the truth.

I have listened to many Romney speeches about the economy and I keep waiting for some pearls of wisdom, but I have found that he is just as clueless about the economy as our other recent presidents have been.

Look, I know that there are a lot of people out there that have good hearts that want to have someone that they can believe in.

They want to believe that things can get better.

They want to have hope.

And I don’t blame them for that.

I just think that it is time to pull our heads out of the sand and realize that things are not going to be getting any better.

A political savior on a white horse is not going to come riding in to save the day.

So by this point in the article a whole lot of Democrats and a whole lot of Republicans are very upset with me.

But I am not against you.  There is way too much hate in our society today.  Even if we disagree with someone else we can still love them.

I just think that it is very important that we understand that there is not going to be a solution to our problems on the national level and that our economy is headed for collapse no matter who gets elected.

The total amount of debt in the United States has risen from less than 2 trillion dollars to nearly 55 trillion dollars over the past 40 years, and there is nothing that Barack Obama or Mitt Romney can do to prevent the “correction” that is coming.

So are Americans better off than they were four years ago?

Of course not.

But things will soon get a whole lot worse no matter how the election turns out.

The following are 40 statistics that will absolutely shock you….

#1 During the time Barack Obama has been in the White House, median household income has fallen by 7.3 percent.

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

#3 According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of American families dropped “from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010“.

#4 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were “middle income” back in 1971.  Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are “middle income”.

#5 Back in 1970, middle income Americans brought home 62 percent of all income in the United States.  In 2010, middle income Americans only brought home 45 percent of all income.

#6 The unemployment rate in the United States has been above 8 percent for 42 straight months.

#7 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percent for 35 months in a row.

#8 In June, the number of Americans added to the food stamp rolls was nearly three times larger than the number of jobs added to the U.S. economy.

#9 Approximately 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.

#10 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of long-term unemployed Americans has risen from 2.7 million to 5.2 million.

#11 Today, the average duration of unemployment in the United States is about three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.

#12 According to a report that has just been released by the National Employment Law Project, 58 percent of the jobs that have been created since the end of the recession have been low paying jobs.

#13 According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all of the jobs in the United States are “good jobs”.

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

#15 The average pay for self-employed Americans fell by $3,721 between 2006 and 2010.

#16 According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.  During 2010 it got even worse.  That year, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.

#17 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.

#18 While Barack Obama has been president the velocity of money has plunged to a post-World War II low.

#19 According to one recent survey, 85 percent of middle class Americans say that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today compared with 10 years ago.

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

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

#22 Over the past decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages have in the United States.

#23 Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president.

#24 As I wrote about yesterday, back in 1980 less than 10 percent of U.S. GDP was spent on health care but now about 18 percent of U.S. GDP goes toward health care.

#25 In a previous article, I noted that 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.

#26 Family budgets in America are being stretched to the breaking point.  Today, 77 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.

#27 While Barack Obama has been president, U.S. home values have fallen by another 11 percent.

#28 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.

#29 The United States was once ranked #1 in the world in GDP per capita.  Today we have slipped to #11.

#30 Since Barack Obama became president, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by 6.4 million.

#31 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in the year 2000 to 31.9 million when Barack Obama entered the White House to 46.7 million today.

#32 Approximately one-fourth of all U.S. children are enrolled in the food stamp program at this point.

#33 It is being projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.

#34 It is estimated that child homelessness in the United States has risen by 33 percent since 2007.

#35 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#36 As I wrote about the other day, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#37 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

#38 The number of Americans receiving federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

#39 At this point, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

#40 Amazingly, more than half of all Americans are now at least partially financially dependent on the government.

So are you better off than you used to be or worse off?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….

  • http://www.conservativemormonmom.blogspot.com E B

    These reasons are precisely what gave rise to the Tea Party, because while the GOP leadership (the political-lifers, anyway) are part of the problem, conservatism is the solution. Works every time it’s tried. Which is rarely, but still, it works. I’m glad to see of those things listed as flaws with both parties that Mitt Romney stands firmly against more than a few of them, and doesn’t he plan to replace Bernanke and audit the Fed? I’ve heard rumors, it’s hard to know.

    • Eisenkreutz

      Romney said Bernanke has done a good job and he will not audit the fed.

    • Save the Republic

      Romney’s a phoney that will say anything to get in. He would tell you one thing, and if confronted half an hour later, tell you the exact opposite. Total lack of character to not boldly stand by your position on a topic. Actually, I think he doesn’t even have a position of his own. His position is the position of whoever he is talking to at the moment. Him and his wife look like they could be “visitors” from the V tv miniseries.

      Oh, and O’bummer sucks too. Don’t waste your vote by voting Dem or Repub (more of the same). Vote independent for real change.

    • pete

      Replace Bernanke? {erhaps. Audit the Fed? Not gonna happen. Nobody is gonna get in there with a bunker buster.

    • Jodi

      I think Romney said the other day that he wants to replace Bernanke but he’s also on record for saying Bernanke is doing a good job. So, who knows, he’s most likely saying he wants to replace Bernanke just to get elected.

    • Zedge Hero

      Romney did say again a second time that he would not reappoint Ben Bernake, but the replacements he has in mind are similiar in most policies, great article on the Silver bear which publishes Michaels great articles on there all the time talks about the Romeny Fed chair choices.

      http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/09.12/frontrunners.html

      But you can vote for the white guy that works for goldman sachs or the black guy that works for goldman sachs. The demon or the devil. Or can you tell the main stream media and the rest of the world that your not going to just thow your vote to the pits of hell and are going to vote for an intellegent woman.

      http://www.jillstein.org/

      Jill Stein 2012

      I voted for hope and change and was also a big Ron Paul supporter these last 2 years, but the corporations and banks have shut us out. The tea party and the occupy movements were both marginalized to maintain the brainwash. Another great article from the bear is the 10 signs that you are awake.

      http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/09.12/awake.html

      Once your unplugged from the matrix, there is no turning back and thats why I am turning to a woman to clean this mess up- no pun intended. I don’t trust men in power anymore, even Ron Paul has soured my mouth after Barrack did so too.

      I am a middle aged white male who is begging for any female leadership to save us.

      If you can explain to me how men and their ego’s and pocketbooks have not created this mess then I would love to hear it. The sad part is we think those same men can fix it. It’s like asking Hitler to head up the public relations in post WWII Germany for the Jewish population. Insane at best.

      • GSOB

        Zero Hedge, I mean Zedge Hero –

        ” thats why I am turning to a woman to clean this mess up- no pun intended. I don’t trust men in power anymore, even Ron Paul has soured my mouth after Barrack did so too.”

        You got great expectations! Please understand though, we are all slaves to sin and the only one that can break that enslavement to our sin nature is God. Apart from that intervention of the Spirit regenerating a person to a faith in Christ Jesus – who is a God Man(both God and man) there is not hope for any of us, male or female.

    • dianec

      I agree with you EB, but unfortunately, what tea party people that are getting in is still such a small minority, and the Rinos, just ignore them. Hopefully, it will help, but I also feel like this government is so totally out of control, nothing is going to help. Even if we do have an economic collapse, the gov with still be there trying to run the show. Sad.

      • Gay Veteran

        the tea party who got in were promptly co-opted by the Republicans

        even Karl Denninger (one of the founders of the tea party movement) sees that

  • Susan Thompson

    I have read many of your posts and recently read the article on preparedness. I have a couple of questions. My parents and I live in a mobile home. They are senior citizens. our roof has incurred damage that will be expensive to repair.
    Additionally, my Mom has become the beneficiary of money from one of her parent’s estates. There is a house involved which is to be split among the surviving children. My mom is considering buying the others out. The house has .9 acres of land and is located in a small town where the neighbors know each other.
    I work but would not be leaving the general area. Worse case scenario, I would be driving 30 minutes if we decided to move into the house. I want a safe place for my family. Does this move seem like a wise move to you. We would incur no monthly house payments after buying the others out and would have the space to garden whereas now we live in a more suburban area and are making payments. Additionally, we have no room to grow anything.
    Thank you!

    • Michael

      Susan:

      It sounds quite promising, but without being there to see everything I am extremely hesitant to give you any specific advice.

      When my wife and I moved we took our time and studied everything from all angles. In the end, we are very happy with the decision that we made.

      So don’t be afraid to take your time and to talk it over with people that you love and trust.

      Michael

    • Prepared Pastor

      I agree with Michael about giving specific advice, so will only mention that general speaking free and clear rural real estate will be less risky than keeping her inheritance in the bank.

    • salvadordaly

      I would bank on the extra land alone to pull the strings on this deal. The future will be what you produce, instead of what you consume. If you can produce more on that .9 acres of land than where you are now? No brainer in my opinion. If most people would stop and look at the big picture, if you can not produce what you need (or consume) than you are going to be in trouble! People need to focus on more self reliance, not just running to the grocery store to pick up a few items. “Those items will not be available”. Learn to live without relying on anyone else and you will be soo far ahead! Learn now while there is time.

    • sharonsj

      A paid-for house with land is what we all need. Just make sure it also has accessible water.

      I foresee plenty of difficulties ahead and although the price of gas will remain high, so will the cost of everything else. Growing your own food is one way to make sure you are still eating–and what you are eating won’t kill you.

    • GSOB

      Michael, if you don’t mind,…

      Do it Susan Thompson. Buy the house! Great oppurtunity to get on the super prepping mode with a house to fortify yourself and family into – make your stand!

      You’ll enjoy that 30 minute drive.

  • Timothy

    Dear Michael- Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your articles and I must admit during any normal work day I look forward to reading your latest writings. It keeps me in touch with reality and I take your advice to heart. Keep up the good work!!

    • Michael

      Timothy:

      Thank you for those heartfelt words. On this article I expect some negative feedback from “true believers” in our major political parties, so it was good to start out with a very nice positive comment.

      Michael

      • K

        Sorry Michael, I found nothing shocking in the article. Both parties are totally corrupt, and I will have nothing to do with either one. You should see the backflips and summersaults the NRA is doing, to try to support Mitt, with a straight face. As far as I am concerned. Neither deserve my support, and neither will get it.

      • SmallerGovNow

        Nailed it again with this one today Michael…

      • Gay Veteran

        great article

        as Gerald Celente says, don’t vote for the lesser of two evils, boycott the election

  • grul

    But everyone is better off! The only exception is the unpeople who don’t exist.

  • Mark

    I have decided who to vote for! I will vote for both Gary Johnson and Barack Owebamma. You may be wondering how I am able to vote for two people at the same time. Simple, by voting for Gary according to people in the Mitt Romney camp is a vote for Owebamma.

    I am voting for Owebamma because he has an impressive track record.

    He is the only president to rack up deficit in excess of $1 trillion dollars annually. With 61% deficit finance by the Federal Reserve, which Owebamma supports, it won’t be long before gold and silver shoots to the stratosphere and I will be able to pay my mortgage off quicker with the inflated money from the fed!!!

    Romney is not all that impressive. He will do the same things as Owebamma but six months later.

    Seriously, am I better off now than four years ago? You betchya!!! With good people such as Micheal who research and dig what things are happening with economy and around the world and presented on the internet I am better prepared now than four years ago.

    Mark

    • sharonsj

      I went to a number of websites to check your claim that Obama racked up $1 trillion dollars in deficit annually–and couldn’t find any corroboration! Maybe you’d like to tell us where you got those numbers? And please don’t send me to any conservative think tanks because I don’t trust them. I want numbers from an independent or academic source.

      I’m not voting third party because I don’t want another Republican in charge. And why would I vote for Romney? He’s a vulture capitalist and the majority of jobs he created are in China.

      • jaxon64

        Sharon, surely even a devout syncophant can do some simple math…5.3 trillion divided by 3.25 years comes out to well over a trillion dollars of extra deficit spending per year…..surely you haven’t forgotten the blackmail tactics of “increas and approve a few hundred billion more in spending fo0r the next few months or we will shut the government down?’

        and of course those repubs who are always preaching spending cuts and fiscal reponsibility quickly cave in and approve the spending of monies in addition to the 1.2 trillion that the 2011 “budget” was already adding to the deficit. Sharon, when you finally wake up and acknowledge that your team sucks just as much if not more than the other team, then you can join those of us who believe that we need to be reunited and fix this thing–end the fed and end the 2 headed serpent known as the R vs D.

      • John W.

        You really are dense. He came in with the debt around ten trillion and it is now sixteen trillon. You have a hard time with the truth as you constantly obfuscate facts. Sure you are not the nitwit DWS?

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog stu johnson

    I am better off now than I was 4 years ago. That has nothing at all to do with who is potus. I was working a lot and applied for a job, and after a few months got hired. It is the best job I’ve ever had. To believe in one party over the other is to be in the matrix. Its all a big lie. Its a smoke screen for the truth that we are slaves for the empire and there ain’t much we can do about it, except make some preps for our own selves and don’t attract to much attention. They really don’t care for us slaves, no matter what they say. The matrix is a giant joke on us all.

  • mark

    I understand that Romney will not be able to fix our spending problems. Even Paul Ryan’s budgit plan does not balance the budgit for many years if ever. Ryan’s plan is called radical for even trying. Do you think that those recieving benifits want a smaller check from Uncle Sam. lol What I do hope is that some regulations will be tossed out. I would hope as I have said before that Romney would not label those that prepare by storing food as bad guys. He has advised people in the past in his Church positions to get prepared for any disaster. I would suggest that very few leaders have advised people to be prepared. The culture that he comes from has been advised to store at least a years supply of food, clothing, fuel where permited ( out in the country ) and cash. The culture he comes from advised people to grow gardens and plant fruit trees on thier property. These are some of the same things that many including Michael advises to do. Mitt Romney might even be a prepper. I do not think that Mitt Romney would throw away all the years of giving or listening to the advice of being prepared and I would hope he would have his own food storage. This is a huge difference between Romney and Obama and when a collaspe does happen, one party will take your food storage by force and another party will praise you for being willing to help out your neighbor. That means a lot to me!

  • markthetruth

    Michael… are we on the same globe as the media….

    I believe everything you post and the facts are the fact. But what is so crazy the worse things get one of these euro announcements like from Draghi today and all the economist become more bullish telling everyone euro is creating a true fix. I just can’t believe how much they want to create the greatest illusions of all times…

    the end

  • Patrick

    I review numerous alternative media channels each day to keep up to speed with reality (ie: RT on youtube, alex jones, fabian4life. I place more credibility on your comments than any other source I review! Thanks for being so straight forward and clear on everything!

    • Michael

      Thank you Patrick. I thought this article may upset a lot of people, but most comments have been quite supportive.

      Michael

  • http://survivalrealestate.com TJ Jackson

    This is a great article. The only choice we have in November is whether we want to spend the upcoming economic collapse with an avowed marxist or a clueless republicrat. I still think that I would choose Groucho over the black Stalin.

    • Magdalena7

      I chose, Jesus.

  • Varian Wrynn

    #35 should be removed as Medicaid was created in 1965 (The Social Security Amendments of 1965, Pub.L. 89-97, 79 Stat. 286, enacted July 30, 1965) so of course there were few beneficiaries.

    Now then . . . over the last two years I got nice pay raises 3% each year. Oh wait – my federal income tax increased 125% of my raise both years. So each year, my job gives me a 1% pay cut even though they give me more money. Yes, I have the pay stubs in a spreadsheet to prove what I say. Am I better off? Oh, hell no!

    ~V

  • Phillip Sherwood

    Michael, don’t worry about “true believers”. They are either watching the conventions or are on the government or party payroll. Most people know what’s up. Mitt Romney is the most unpopular nominee within his own party since John Kerry. The question is should anybody bother to vote since the result is the same.

    Clyde

  • Prepared Pastor

    We can just as accurately say that neither party is responsible for our current situation as attribute blame to both parties. Each are reaping the seeds of entitlement planted by the Social Security Act of 1935. A plan hatched from desperation which paid those who lived past their expected lifespan to leave the workforce so younger workers (whose contributions funded the original retirees and provided a benefit for the blind) could have their jobs.

    Once Americans got a taste of the opium of entitlement the program was expanded to provide benefits for all disabilities through Title X then authorized joint funding with the states for unemployment compensation under Title III and Aid to Families with Dependent Children under Title IV. Medicare was added in 1965.

    The Nation’s thirst for social justice was still not quenched so many of these programs were clipped off and transplanted into their own soil like a start from a raspberry bush only to spread and grow into a tangled mess of thorns.

    In economics, unlike nature, the parasite can grow so large that it kills the host because the parasites ability to exercise control over the host through the electoral process keeps it from reaching equilibrium.

    That is what is at risk here and if you believe that the host cannot be saved and that both parties will allow the parasite to consume the host at the same rate, the only issue you are voting on is who will make the appointment during the next term to the Supreme Court which like it or not interprets our Constitution (their own web site says so).

    It matters not whether this is a conspiracy plot from long ago because we went along with it. Those who are lamenting that we only have two viable candidates from which to choose be reminded that it did not start out that way. Like a basketball tournament we went through several rounds of eliminations to arrive at the championship game. We The People elect our leaders and we get the leadership we deserve.

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
    – Author Unknown, but often erroneously attributed to Tytler

  • Nickelthrower

    This will be the first election that I will not participate in. I refuse to legitimize these criminals by “selecting” them to represent me. I just refuse.

    • AJ

      I agree, if I dont expect improvement from either of those there is no point in voting. Its goinna be a mess no matter what.

  • Really?

    Am I better Off than I was 4 years ago?
    Well fiscally no I am not as I’m sure a lot of us are not.
    Spiritually , mentally , prepared for the big IF yes I am better off.
    As for the blue and red teams let me pose this observation,
    They control our daily lives in ways we don’t even see, does anyone really think that by voting that your vote counts or is even tallied for that matter. If they control societies money and laws do you really think they are going to let the people decide who is the next puppet.
    I highly doubt it , it’s an illusion to give you the feeling that your a part of the structure and by placing your vote you make the difference ( projectile vomit) we don’t get to decide anything.
    The puppet has already been PICKED .
    When their is an event that causes civil unrest in America we will all see just how much clout we have with our leaders ….let’s see FEMA camps,Marshall law, then reality will set in that we were nothing but debt slaves in a prison without walls . Why don’t they have a none of the above on the ballot, we have become so complacent and go to the polls and vote for change that never happens, why because your vote doesn’t count. Why is it the politician that may actually be for the people never gets hardly any of the vote…..it’s a scam just like healthcare, the government, federal reserve, and on and on.
    You have these two dominant parties that are in reality one entity one cannot survive without the other get rid of one and you have ruined their agenda . That will never happen without the people TAKING their country back. I’m not a doomsdayer it’s just reality and logic why we can’t as a whole wrap our heads around this and come together as brothers and sisters and create a better world for ourselves is beyond me. When I even try to talk to the ones close to me most of them think I’m off my rocker and I just don’t understand ……didn’t you watch Fox News or Bill O’reilly . Everyone knows something’s not right but fail to really recognize it. Frustrated and disappointed in this America.
    Yeah, I’m better off in some ways and not in others.

    • Bill

      Really?

      You won’t see “none of the above” on the ballot but you can write it on there. I understand exactly how you feel and I think there are millions that feel the same way. I have already decided to vote this way this year but I’m planning on using “not good enough” as my write in candidate. The point in doing this is that if a million people signed an affidavit after the election of having done so after the election results showed less—- well you get the point.

      Michael,so many of us feel the same way about things and want to make a difference. Is this a way to get the ball rolling? Will you help us start a blog for those interested in voting this way?

      • Michael

        You want me to start another site? I am out of time as it is. :)

        Michael

    • TtT Engine

      Really is right. It pains me to think it is not how many come out to vote on Nov. 6th, but who counts the votes. Savage has told us that some off-shore Spanish Co. owned by Goeoge Soros will be counting the presidential votes. If this is true and the Republicans allow this without the Koch brothers tabulating on the other side, then you can definately conclude that the fix is in. You can also conclude that us ramaining schlebs, yeah us working class stiil dragging our A out of bed every morning, working and paying these oppressive taxes are really indentured servants that are allowed to go home eat dinner, pay our bills, go on this web-cite, says our prayers and go out the next morning to get financially raped all over again by the liberal tyrants calling the shots throughout society. How in God’s Creation could any sitting president get re-elected with the completely broken/dismantled Rolex watch this PPP has left us ? Christi Fidelis !

  • Sofia

    You are right on target Michael. Personally I enjoy the debates on this forum and look forward to the bashing that will ensue. It will be interesting and informative to read the comments as it is for all your articles. This is my favorite website by far. I read it almost every day.

    • Michael

      Sofia:

      Thank you for saying that.

      And a lot of times the comments are even more interesting than my articles are. I am so thankful for the great group of people that frequently post comments on the site.

      Michael

  • http://theeconomiccollapse tray200

    the democrats and republicans are two cheeks on the same @ss and the american people are right in the middle getting screwed, the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can change things

    • HelenChicago

      If you’re implying that Americans are ******, I agree. Remember, these Democrats and Republicans were voted into office fair and square (mostly) by the American electorate. And over 50% of that same electorate gets money from the government in one form or another. Once the providers get well and truly pissed with the takers, there could well be hell to pay. Personally, I’m going to withdraw somewhat from the system, making sure I’m just below the minimum income that requires one to pay federal income tax. To hell with the takers, even if that’s some of you reading this.

  • Major

    Statistic #41: Since Barack Obama allowed TSA to grope & body scan people, tourism & flying has declined dramatically in the USA.

    Statistic #42: Since Barack Obama became president, cities across the country has merged/cut city services (fire department, police department, trash services & etc..) to its citizens while charging higher taxes & declared bankruptcy.

    Statistic #43: Since Barack Obama bailed out General Motors (GM), they expanded their operations in China & let Detroit rot like Rome ruins.

    • Michael

      Very good points.

      Michael

      • Major

        Thank you ! I think it is very sad to see what is happening to once a great country. I remember before 2009 how easy it was to fly or take the train out of my city. Since the TSA have been groping people and sending them through body scanners, international tourism has been down. I never seen so many domestic tourism comercials in my life.

        Detroit has gotten really worse in the past four years. Besides the downtown area, midtown area and uptown area (New Center Area, the city has been rapidly falling apart. I am seriously thinking anout leaving the state. I would have thought with GM’s bailout Detroit would make a comeback but thats not the case. There is people in the city that wish that they could get some of that bailout money for their businesses. The people here still have not gave up on Barack no matter how much you tell them about the harmful legislation he is passing that is destroying the city.

  • SD Mule

    Wow! Reading the comments section here explains everything. The average person will not give up their (programmed) beliefs regardless of the mounting evidence to the contrary. TRULY AMAZING!!

  • paul

    Whom to blame? You can only blame yourself.
    1. You were born in the wrong family.
    2. You were born in the wrong country.
    3. You elected the wrong people.
    4. You went to the wrong schools.
    5. You chose the wrong jobs.

    You see, if your ancestors had robbed more Mayans of their gold, you’d be much better off.

    Have a look at those guys with a million dollar income through “their hard work”. 52 weeks x 60 hours and a hourly wage of $320 will bring you there too.

  • Gary2

    Finally Michael you admit conservatives basically suck! I have only been trying to tell you this like forever.

    • Rodster

      He said your side sucks too, doofus. :P

  • paul

    So, with neither dems or reps having any plan, would you vote for communists instead?

    • Bill

      Paul,

      Please read my suggestion above.

      Thanks,
      Bill

  • SKEPTIC JKF

    True words in this article brother. The train has left the tracks and it matters not a lick who is holding the throttle. Ignore the lies and get ready for the s to hit the f.

  • k

    The question is who will make us worse off than we already are??

    Micheal, could you do an article on this. No one has ever done an article on this theme.

  • Tracy Burke

    I see the people everyday now that are not better off. I see more and more homeless people and people’s lives just completely out of control. I have seen a lot of businesses shut down. I have someone in my family who just lost their job. I just spoke to someone yesterday who had worked at the same place for the last 29 years and has been out of work for the last 3 months. He said it was never like it is now. I didn’t bring it up with him and he told me I am not better off now than I was four years ago. He said I am not working anymore. He also said it doesn’t matter if it’s Romney or Obama it is not going to get better. I think there are a lot of people out there that realize this and then there are those that still think it’s normal politics democrats vs. republicans and they are going to magically take care of the problems just because they say they will. I still have trouble convincing even family that it is not just George Bush’s fault for the mess we are in, but in addition to what happened during his adminstration that is a combination of many factors, many that are on this list that have been happening for several years that have led us to this. I think we are going to hear this forever that it was all entirely George Bush’s fault and the Democrats have different policies that will make everything better even though Clinton still put us in more debt they stand behind him too.

    Since it is obvious we cannot change what will happen, how do we go forward after an economic collapse? How do we break out of it without being led again completely in the wrong direction by the wrong people again, especially when we have so many that believe that we have a President that will fix things? How do we break away from this? I had someone tell me just last week that when people are eating out of garbage cans, that is when people will wake up to what is happening. Really? Well today for the first time in my life I saw someone going from garbage can to garbage can eating food thrown out. The sadest thing I have seen, so it has come to that and there are people that still think that Obama or Romney will fix this. I am not better off and I even still have a job. Gas has gone up, food has gone up, my electricity has gone up, my health insurance has gone up, my pay has gone down. Gas and electricity costs will go up even more, since Obama did another executive order last week for “green energy” with carbon emission taces companies it will force on companies. As Obama put it “energy costs will necessarily sky rocket under his plan” The transformation of this country is happening right before our eyes. What can we do to change that even after it collapses? The country is so divided. How will we ever have the ability for honest people that have the right ideas to lead us in the right direction again?

    • GSOB

      Tracy Burke

      Cry out to God for mercy, He might save you.

  • Save the Republic

    Just shows that Romney is no real leader. Instead of looking toward the future and explaining how he is going to make it better, he looks back to a time when people were better off, even though he can claim no credit to making people better off then. My bet says that in 4 years people will be saying they are worse off with him than now with O’bummer. Of course, we’ll be worse off with O’bummer in 4 years too.

    If you’re so great Romney, sign a legal contract stipulating that the average American will be better off in 4 years or you will give all of your wealth to the taxpayers. If you’re such a great businessman, you should have no problem turning things around (unless you’re phoney, of course). Unfortunately, he is like all other CEO’s in this country…perform well and get paid well, fail and get a golden parachute that makes you even wealthier, even though you’re a failure.

    • mark

      I fail to see where he was a failure in Bain. He started the company from scratch and had to bring in clients money to invest. It looks like he made great returns for his clients and his partners. That does not look like a CEO of a publicly owned company listed on the stock exchange. He built it with his partners and they owned the company. He was smart enough to make a lot of money for himself, his partners and his clients. That is part of the American dream and why people start small business. Romney started a small that grew huge from great investments. I would say that he did a whole lot better in business that anyone that posts on this blog. I would not call his results a failure or a golden parachute. You might not like his ideas for the country, but don’t make stupid statements that he was a failure in business.

      • Save the Republic

        I wouldn’t call selling out your countrymen’s jobs to another country for 10 cents on the dollar being successful or being a genius of a businessman. I call it being a traitor.

  • the ragged trousered philanthropist

    I never miss your blog and although I’m English and live in the UK I find that with just a little imagination it is possible to translate everything you write to what’s happening here too. (and then some)
    Unfortunately, despite extensive searching I cannot find similar articles by British bloggers.
    God Bless America at least a part of your population seems to be able to see what’s happening and have the courage to do the kind of work you do.
    The more I think about the Anglo/American relationship the more I wonder which is the tail and which is the dog, (and continue to wonder).
    However I’d like to put on record my prediction from 4000 miles away about the upcoming presidential election.

    “OWEBARMY” WILL WIN!

    TPTB have already gaurenteed it by allowing Romney to be the Republican nominee.
    Our political system here in the UK, just like yours is polarised left/right, red/blue, labour/conservative and just like you we have a comedian as leader of the “opposition”.
    I’ll warrent not one in a hundred Americans know who David Milliband is any more than one in a hundred Brits know who Mitt Romney is.
    We have Mr Bean, you have Bob Hope.
    We were casually watching TV the other evening when Romney’s address at the Republican Convention happened to be on.
    My wife who is one of the 99 did not realise it was the convention and asked me “who is that man?”. When I told her who he was she burst out laughing. She’d thought he was a second rate stand up comedian trying to milk an audience (a pretty good appraisal I’d say).
    He’s (Romney) been chosen to fail just as Milliband (Mr Bean) has here in the UK.
    Keep up the good work Micheal as Micheal Ruppert says you WILL find the hundredth monkey if you do.

    • Islandgirl

      I think Obama will win too. They act like it will be a tough fight, but in the end somehow he will get another four years. I haven’t seen it yet, but there is a movie out right now here in the U.S. called 2016 that shows what we will be like after four more years of Obama. I like watching Nigel Farage from the U.K. speak. Many of his speeches are on YouTube. I thnink he may have a website, but not sure if it’s like this one. Nigel Farage speaks the truth and isn’t afraid of offending anyone. I wish we had more people like him.

      • the ragged trousered philanthropist

        Thanks for your response. Naturally I’m well aware of Nigel Farage and George Galloway too. Both these two are anti establishment politicians a bit like Dennis John Kucinich or Ron Paul I suppose. I know of no one who writes a blog like this in the UK.

  • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

    My wife and I can definitely say we are better off than we were four years ago. This has nothing to do with who is in office at any level (state, federal) but rather can be attributed to God’s blessings, plenty of hard work and lots of sacrifice all combined with our personal drive to succeed.

    I too believe both parties are more similar than many would like to suggest, and regardless of who is in office my wife and I will continue on with our lifestyle preparing for uncertain (and troublesome) times which lie ahead.

    A government which can give you everything, can also take away everything.

    • Magdalena7

      Our hope can only be in Jesus Christ & He is returning soon. We can never depend on man. If O wins, he will usher in anti-christ. If R wins, things may be stalled for awhile. Focus on God & His Word.

      • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

        Well the Anti-christ will not be revealed until after the rapture of the church. So I’m not really worried about him (or her).

        :)

  • Maria

    That is the common issue in Europe as well.
    We cannot find a party to represent us.
    According to Paul Craig Roberts:”When a people have no political party that represents them, they are doomed to tyranny.
    And to war.”
    The rising of the far-right parties is the Consequences of inadequate policies.
    That is happening today we are ruled by inadequate politicians all around the world.

  • http://www.theoildrum.com From Lille (France)

    From a foreign point of view, Obama looks bad on immigration but acceptable on social issues. On the other hand, Romney would be terrible on both.

  • Brandon

    The numbers don’t add up. It’s a wrap no matter who is elected. Ron Paul is the only one who has some sense and there is no way he can cut through all of the bs of the two party system backed by the Federal Reserve and IMF.

  • http://www.survive2balive.com GA

    I am in the “not better off” category. No wage increase in 4 years, more expensive healthcare coverage, and cost of living skyrocketing. I have even started a small side business to try to bring in some extra revenue to purchase preps. My voter’s registration card says “no party affiliation” because like you Michael, I woke up several years ago to the realization that no R or D can fix or have the will to fix the problems we face. I enlisted in the Marine Corps under Reagan and believed the Republican Party was best for our republic and as I have become older and wiser I know that niether party has any of our best interests in mind. It is imperative that we prepare for the coming pain because we are too far along in the collapse process to ever go back to the good old days. Visit us at http://www.survive2balive.com for some preparedness basics. Continue to educate yourself by visiting sites like Michael’s that provide an objective presentation of facts minus political slant. Prepare yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to ease the coming pain as much as possible.

  • William

    WAKE UP, America. The two main political parties have NO solutions to any of the terrible problems facing America…..not the failed and phoney Obummer, and not Mutt Romney. The issues of the national debt, and the annual deficits have NO solutions. We can not “grow” our way out; we can not “cut” spending as a way out; we can not “tax” our way out. Only a catastrophic and nightmarish bursting of this huge debt bubble will work. Of course, the problem with that is that it will unleash very harsh conditions for even those who are trying to prepare right now. Those who ignore this issue with ZERO preparations will suffer greatly, IF they survive. BE SURE to vote for your IDIOT in the US Congress……..they did it to us.

  • Bill

    The only difference I can see between the two Parties is that as the our government becomes the fascist-totalitarian state that it’s becoming, the Republicans will include an aggressive social agenda that will include restrictions on sexual and religious freedom, while the Democrats will include an aggressive economic agenda that will include the confiscation of private property for the “greater good”.

    However, I see these distinctions as purely academic because when you’re fighting off hungry thieves who want to take your food supply four years from now, are you going it even care what Party they supported in 2012?

  • Trialboy

    The only real question is whether the Republicans will make things worse. With Obama we know what he inherited, the worst downturn in the last 60 years. There was only so much he could do no matter how you. complain and distort the statistics. The Bush policies took Clinton’s surpluses and turned them into massive deficits. Two wars and insane spending increased the debt and wrecked the economy. This is what Obama was handed when he arrived. The Republicans now want to return to Bush’s policies AGAIN! The reason that Obama still is running against Bush is that there will be no change from these unsuccessful policies if Romney wins. We cannot afford to go back. Like it or not Obama is the only reasonable choice.

    • Gay Veteran

      Clinton signed into law the deregualation of the financial sector which laid the foundation for our current economic collapse

      and Clinton fully supported “free trade” that shipped Ameican jobs overseas

      and BOTH parties supported it

      I tired of people arguing that their two-bit freak (Obama) is better than the other two-bit freak (Romney)

    • Islandgirl

      Bush did create a lot of problems, but he was not handed a silver platter when he took over either as much as they want us to believe that Clinton’s record was so great. You need to read this article: http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

      Obama is responsible for much of what is happening as well. He is no different than Bush as much as they want everyone to belive. One thing that is different is Obama is just doing it at a faster pace. Obama is basically a puppet for the global elite…that’s all it is. He is not really in control. He does what he is told. They are not going to fix anything. This is exactly what they want to happen. As a result, I agree with Michael that Obama will be the worst President in history. He was not elected out of the blue either. He was chosen for a reason. I believe that Obama is the choice of destruction of this country and Romney will just delay it more, but it will be much of the same outcome later on.

    • The Claymobile.

      Just keep drinking the Obama Kool-Aid!!!

  • bobnoxy

    This post is about as close to pure nonsense as any I’ve seen in a while. Before you start labeling me as you seem so eager to do with anyone who disagrees with you, I didn’t vote for Obama last time, and I won’t this time either.

    That said, how can you look at what he inherited and blame him for it? Was he responsible for the deficits and rising debt, which objective analysis blames mostly on the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003? Where was Obama then?

    How about two trillion dollar, losing wars? Where was he when those decisions were made?

    How about the housing bubble and the fraud on Wall Street through the middle of the last decade? What decisions did he make that helped that criminal behavior roll along unchecked?

    Bush signed the first trillion dollar deficit into law. He doubled the debt when on his first day on the job, Greenspan was worried about CBO estimates that the national debt would be paid off by 2010.

    As for all those people on federal assistance, who attacked the unions and their collective bargaining rights, which led to higher wages and benefits?

    Who led the charge to higher profits by outsourcing jobs to China and Mexico? Do you think those decisions had anything at all to do with lower wages and rising poverty today?

    Your blind bias against Obama is irrational. You blame him for 30 years of screw ups, from Reagan to Bush, responsible for 84% of the debt on the books when Obama took office. But that’s okay?

    As for the deficits today, right wingnuts keep pointing out that Obama hasn’t had a budget passed since he got in. So who’s really responsible for all the spending and deficits?

    Could Congress, with ”the power of the purse”, be at all responsible, and the Republican controlled House be blameless, or could you use a civics refresher. Yes, Democrats in Congress are equally at fault. But laying it all on the one guy there for only the past three years is beyond logical.

    As a liberal, I’m disappointed in him for a lot too. But the economic stuff you pin on him had many, many fathers, who you seem to absolve of all accountability and blame. I can’t figure out why, aide from sheer bias.

    Replacing him with a liar who will rely on many Bush administration advisers already on his team seems a recipe for the final collapse of this country.

    This piece will die a quiet death, as it truly deserves.

    • Gay Veteran

      in a way Obama is indeed worse than Bush because he gave the bipartisan seal of approval to all Bush did in regards to empire abroad and the national security & surveillance state at home

    • jaxon64

      glug…glug..glug…you are a perfect example of why it will all crash. It is still a Your guy vs the other guy mentality in your world….
      michael, some people will never understand…

  • Major

    Hey Michael,
    I got an article for you about Detroit. The Detroit Fire Department (DFD) wants tourists to pay to be firefighters for a day since so many journalists document the lives of the DFD. Meanwhile, emergency services are being slashed & emergency workers are being layed off acrossed the city. When questioned about it by Charlie LeDuff, the city council said that idea is on the books.
    Tourists as firefighters!!

    Article: http://wap.myfoxdetroit.com/w/main/story/72526393/

    Video: rtsp://video.newsoverwireless.com/wjbk/wv8/WJBK-4709131.3gp

  • Frank J

    Reagan introduced supply side economics 30+ years ago. With his popularity in the lemming party, it began the ‘move to the right’ political wave. Unfortunately, this included both parties. Of course, the corporate media now controlled by only 6 huge names perpetuated it with lies and corporate agenda, leading to an under-informed public. Bottom line, the MIDDLE CLASS is not better off, but the gap between the average American and the incredibly well-off top 2% is huge. The very rich are doing just fine. Putting the puppet Romney and the tea-bagger Ryan in power will lead to an economic collapse and enormous depression.
    We are voting for 2-3 seats on the Supreme Court, and its up to us if we want to maintain what is left of our democracy or a truly fascist corporate oligarchy.

    • Witness the End

      It’s funny, but Reagan got the idea of supply side economics from what JFK did with success. And why so much hate for Ryan? Is it because he wants to balance the budget and you fear he will throw granny over the cliff OR that he proposes to balance the budget in 40 years, which of course will never survive the next spending frenzy.

      It doesn’t come down to R or D failing us. It comes down to all US citizens relying on the government and not themselves! All these social programs we all demand and cannot give up will bankrupt us as a nation. It’s a third rail for a reason. The people will not give it up. Our political parties are not responsible for the cliff. We are lemmings being lead by greed, dependancy, laziness and fear, NOT political parties.

      If the Founding Fathers could come back and run this country, our much desired third rail would destroy then. We all have our sacred cows.

      • Gay Veteran

        the Federal debt started exploding under Saint Ronnie

  • the ragged trousered philanthropist

    NB
    Should have written Mitt Hopeless (not Bob Hope)or David Millibean (not Mr Bean). Whatever I’m sure my message is clear.

  • RICH99

    Its funny how some sites are actually talking about improvements and the market soaring which brings me to my FINAL conclusion , we are being duped into thinking of doom when really doom in no closer than it was in 2005

  • Syrin

    So in other words, 40 reasons why all is in accordance with the liberal plans of wealth destruction and oppression. Too bad we couldn’t have seen these policies being implemented elsewhere or previously to get an idea of what might happen. Oh WAIT! We DID, and they have FAILED EVERYWHERE, EVERY TIME!!!!!

    Seriously, the libs like to pretend they are intellectually superior, but they are too damn dumb to look at BASIC, I mean BASIC cause and effect data, historical data and make the PROPER decision. Their desire to punish success, which in and of itself is PATHOLOGICAL, overwhelms their ability to reason at a level that an amoeba would be able to.

    For example, let’s examine what our Fuhrer said when he was told that EVERY TIME the capital gains tax went UP, tax revenue went DOWN, and the inverse is true. See, BASIC facts, and historic analysis. Our Fuhrer, Obamugabe said, “I don’t don’t care, it’s about fairness”. PATHOLOGICAL NEED TO PUNISH SUCCESS! THIS is what you libs choose to base policy decisions on ?!?!?! Greed and jealousy ?!?!? How’s that working for ya? Tell us GARY, why is it that EVERY TIME taxes were LOWERED be it under Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, in Ireland, Iceland, India, Australia, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, tax revenue went UP ?!?!? It’s BASIC econ 101, something you have to fail TWICE to be a liberal.

    • Gay Veteran

      ah yes, like communism, conservatism cannot fail it can only be failed

  • TtT Engine

    Financial strength starts with moral fidelity. Until we stop killing the unborn at the rate of 3-4,000 per day and corrupting the sanctity of life and marriage we will continue to descend into the deep dark financial abyss. I will vote for Mr. Rogers, excuse me , I mean Mitt Romney. Atleast with him, we get a truly educated man, who truly lives and believes in our Judaio-Christian founding principles. Your list of points concur with the wise one, Michael Savage, who has been stating for more than a decade, we end up with diet coke or diet pepsi. From a moral standpoint, Mitt Romney is quite different and a huge step up from our current Planned Parenthood President. Let’s come clean, the U.S.A., should bein a full “12 step” bankruptcy restructuring. It’s NOT happending. Could you ever imagine the debt to equity ratio the U.S. is carrying and continuing to increase spending ? A bankruptcy court would throw you out to the destruction of your creditors ! This government can’t even freeze spending, when we should be DRASTICALLY reducing the size of government. This is financial irresponsibility of the highest order. The sad truth is, the conservative voices in the wilderness are sounding more and more like a faint wisper. Like Al Michaels said in 1980, “Do you believe in miracles ?”, WE GOING TO NEED A BIG ONE !!Christi Fidelis !!!

    • bobnoxy

      Darwin disproved the Bible. Tell it to the congregation. It has no place in politics, or economics. Separation of church and state, and logic, science and rational thought.

      • Michael

        Oh really?

        And exactly how did Darwin disprove the Bible?

        Michael

        • bobnoxy

          Evolution vs. creation. The rest of the science field followed on with things like carbon dating, and that the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth.

          • Witness the End

            I never heard a college professor explain the theory of evolution with any semblance of logic. Has anyone ever witnessed evolution in progress? I didn’t think so. And the dates they set for evolutionary theory… talk to a mathematician about the probability of evolution creating humans. You’d have to multiply the timeline of human evolution, 10,000,000 by 100,000,000 to remotely satisfy probability.
            Don’t even get me started on the accuracy of carbon dating. It’s a joke.
            Modern day theories will be laughed at a hundred years from now, just as we laugh at scientific theory of 50 years ago.

      • Witness the End

        That’s funny and ignorant! Darwin didn’t even set out to disprove the Bible! By the way, Darwinism is still just a Theory.

        • bobnoxy

          Gravity is just a theory too, but I don’t see you jumping out of any windows. And if evolution is wrong, how come Obama is black and you are white?

          A lot of scientific breakthroughs came by accident. That doesn’t make them less valid.

      • WhatIsThePointAnymore?

        And this is exactly one of the reasons why we have what we have now.
        You are a twit.

      • A.S.

        Even one of the “discoverers” of DNA, Crick, later rebutted evolution (at least on Earth) because even he knew the possibility of even all the needed amino acids to form a simple, one-celled bacteria, was on the order of 1 out ot 10 to the power of 39,950. That is 1 followed by 39,950 zeros. And this is just for a single-celled bacteria. The chances of a human being evolving is much, much less (1 out of of 10 to the power of 1.25 trillion). You can get this information from a book called “Permission to Believe.”

        So what did this Crick, a scientist who holds at least one PhD, started saying? He now believes is on the forefront of the “space-faring alien-seeding theory.” That is right, a person who’s IQ, education, career, accomplishments, etc., is something 99% of the world population will never attain, now believes in absolute imaginations. He actually believes an alien race, in a galaxy far, far away, was dying off through a disease they had no cure for, so they started seeding other galaxies to continue the existence of their race.

        There are so many questions that need to be asked instead of blindly believing fantasy. But two are quite apparent:
        1. Where did this alien race come from? That is, where did the very first alien come from?
        2. How could such a genius, the discoverer of DNA, a PhD, etc., come up with such an insane story and still be considered normal? Maybe the scientific community should rescind his PhD and Noble Prize to start?

        These are the type of people we are dealing with: when they start to admit the math doesn’t add up, they make up crazy stories, which there is 0 proof for.

        • Gay Veteran

          A.S., you can see evolution in real time by obvserving bacteria elove resistance to antibiotics

          • Who wants to Know?

            That is a mutation. If there’s such thing as evolution, then why are there still monkeys?

    • Gay Veteran

      there is no freedom if you do not control your body, forcing women to have babies is slavery

      • The Claymobile.

        When did bringing precious newborn babies into the world become “slavery”? Gay Veteran, aren’t you glad your mother didn’t have that attitude when she was pregnant with you?!

        • Gay Veteran

          forcing someone to do something they do NOT want to do is not freedom

      • GSOB

        Gay Veteran,

        killing unborn babies is murder and loss of freedom.

        • Gay Veteran

          oh? how many unwanted babies have you adopted? None? they you have no moral authority to speak on the subject because you have assumed none of the risk, you are merely an authoritarian trying to control others

      • Who wants to Know?

        Yes. Women need to control their bodies by not opening their legs, if they do not want children. It’s that simple. 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  • Liam

    I live (and have studied International Relations & Law) outside the US. Our top model was the checks and balances of the USA costitution and we hoped that our country would adopt this model when we went democratic. It didn’t quite do that and since 1994 we have had an effective Communist One Party State ie South Africa. Our country’s president has joined our coubtry to the Socialists International, a body of Communist states across the world.
    My point is this: the USA government, since the murder of JFK, has become Socialist at a breakneck speed, which, in the narrower sense, makes it no different to the Fascist, Socialist ANC goverment of South Africa.
    So, where do you think you are heading…? Run for the hills, citizens of the once great American Republic. I’m just as orry for you as I am for my people in my country.

  • Rodster
    • Michael

      You always post timely links Rodster. :)

      Michael

  • VilePig

    Every four years we go through this charade. The American people, having learned and remembered nothing from their previous experiences, pin their hopes and dreams on lying politicians to turn things around.

    I’m reminded of the cartoon strip “Peanuts,” how Lucy offers to let Charlie Brown kick the football, how she always pulls it at the last second, and how he flies through the air, landing on his back and feeling like an idiot for believing her yet again. In the aftermath of this and every election, we are the ones who will be staring at the sky, having been fooled once again into believing there are any real differences between our pre-selected presidential options.

    Most of us have heard the line, “If voting made any difference, it would be illegal.” That’s not a joke. Years ago people fought for the right to vote, but did you think that would be the end of it, that those at the top would be content with the situation and say, “Well, those peasants have got us now. I guess there’s nothing more we can do”? We’ve moved beyond that point so that now voting makes no difference because both parties are completely owned by special interests.

    There’s a line in the film “Shooter” in which Senator Charles F. Meachum, played by Ned Beatty, states, “There are no sides. There’s no Sunnis and Shiites. There’s no Democrats and Republicans. There’s only HAVES and HAVE-NOTS.”

    Listen to those words of wisdom. Elections are just entertainment and diversion from reality for the Have-Nots.

    Here’s another quote, this time from Jeff Berwick: “Many are awakening to the fact that there will be no political solution for the sad state of affairs in the US. Voting is just the slave’s suggestion box and many are finally realizing that it does not matter for which of the two political parties in the US you vote. They both do nothing but increase the size of government and its control over your life. As Gary Lloyd said, ‘When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.'”

    • k

      true

    • Really?

      Exactly!

  • http://greenfuelbooster.com stmess

    At the top of the food chain is all good business. At the bottom, all of us, we all got played, smoked-screened, lied, B.S’d, advertised to, enslaved, divided, made to fight each other, entertained, drugged, sold junk food, forced with high interest rates, etc.

    Personally, I have been better off because I saw things coming and made critical decisions with my family. It might crash any time now and I am hoping the decisions I made will hold up during the coming lean years.

  • Colin

    Yeah, both parties are eerily similar but I’ll still take the capitalist over the communist at this time. Yes, I said communist. Wealth re-distribution or “spreading the wealth/paying your fair share” is a communist ideal and is rhetoric consistent with Soviet principles. Romney it is!

    • k

      Both rom and bam are crony capitalists.Thats what it is. Their policies reflect that.

      • Colin

        What is your point……? I will vote regardless of what most of you knuckleheads say about “boycotting” the election (even if it is a Spanish holding company who counts the votes). I’m not a high school student and I am well aware of your statement as it has been reported ad nauseum over the past 3.5 years. Get over it! I think that “Bam’s” ideology is far more damning at this point and Romney at least knows how to run a business and balance a budget. One shouldn’t apologize for being rich and there is no nobility in claiming poverty. Your argument is hollow and you should still vote against Obama in November.

        My previous statement speaks for itself. Not since FDR of the 1930’s has a president spoke with this kind of language.

        Bottom line is that Obama hates you more than Romney does.

  • robert johnson

    Michael:
    You summarized the issues so well with this article!!! Both parties are totally corrupted by money and influence. A good shorthand way of remembering what’s going on is “Washington is owned by Wall Street”. That’s all one needs to remember to understand the nature of the problem.
    Keep up the good work!!!! RJ

  • Brent

    Where are the leaders? Today eveyone is more concerned about putting the other guy down than saying how or what they plan on doing to resolve the situation!

    I thought it was supposed to be a government for the people and a government of the people? It looks like we just have a bunch of beaurocrats employed and trying to stay employed – maybe they are just uncertain about the future and are just trying to keep their familes fed?

    The problem with being a true leader in today’s world is that anyone who stands out very quickly gets cut down by the press as being too radical. Actually the way to solve the economis woes is to let the system self adjust – isn’t that what capitalism is? Effectively we have socialism…

  • http://thelawsonpost.com/ KL

    Not to mention the reason news from the labor department today. BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected in August.
    http://thelawsonpost.com/breaking-news-u-s-economy-adds-fewer-jobs-than-expected-in-august/

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse Darwood

    Michael, are you familiar Buddey Roemer? He seemed to really have a pretty good handle on the problems but was never allowed in the debates. I dont think anyone who really wants to tackle the real issues can get past the big money elites. You touched on how talk radio will not deal with the federal reserve, (at least most wont), nor will they discuss free trade. I have tried to get some traction on this issue on a local conservative station here in Oklahoma and I seem to get nowhere. I appreciate people like yourself, and a few others who will deal with these issues. Strangely there is a deafening silence in most of the media. Keep up the good work.

  • BUMPALLOF U

    Michael, it seems like you have almost redeemed yourself after the bias article you wrote yesterday. Even though I am a Obama supporter, I believe both parties are to blame for EVERYTHING that is going on. No one party is better than the other.

  • Alvin

    SOOOOO it boils down to do I want to drive fast off the cliff and get the pain over quickly by voting for the Muslim or drive slower and have more time to worry before driving off the cliff by voting for the Mormon.

    • BUMPALLOF U

      you’re a total and complete idiot

      • Alvin

        After reading your reply and your comment above, YOU ARE TOTALLY CLUELESS ABOUT THE REAL WORLD. YOU MUST BE GETTING FREE GOVERNMENT MONEY.

  • Matt T

    Spot on Michael – thanks !

  • Matt T

    Solution is so simple: get back to following the Constitution and make 1 more amendment: the Fed Govt cannot ever run a deficit and if it does every one in it is immediately fired and new elections held immediately.

  • James Wood

    I see this kind of thinking all over now. Whether you are right about any specific fact the picture everywhere is bleak.

    So! How do you propose to fight?

    • Bill

      Please use your “right” to “write” in.

  • Michael

    If you go back in history over the last 10 years, tax revenue has been relatively stable compared to expenses. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. When they cut taxes, they borrowed way too much. Given a certain amount of debt, you have to stick to a budget with Congress NEVER does. They just keep raising the debt cap. There is so much fraud and inefficiency and over allocation of dollars in the form of subsidies. Corporations and the private sector should get NO loopholes or subsidies. Let the free market allocate resources and investment.

    The government is the people and should work for the people. The govt is not a babysitter for everyone. We have to get out the pork and start making business decisions. We (the people) went into a lot of debt and now we have to pay the piper or print it and destroy the currency. You can’t have it both ways. There will be many losers (but everyone should hurt including the big corporations and banks). There is no way more taxes can pay off the debt. We have to stop the bleeding first then we can talk about raising taxes to ONLY pay off the debt. Or better yet run a surplus and pay it off with excess without raising taxes. We are all responsible for the debt because we elected an idiot Congress all these years. We have to take responsibility and not blame it on each other. We have to stop spending in fear of terrorists and failed banks. We need more business sense in govt which means less govt!

    The govt extracts from the private sector. If we spend more in govt, then more is required in taxes or debt. Both get paid from private sector earnings! Debt is a claim on our future taxes. If you and I have to pay more taxes, then the govt gets bigger and the private sector has less for savings, investment and consumption. But the govt is us! I would rather give my money to private sector entrepreneurs who create real jobs. The govt and Fed do NOT create jobs. That’s all rhetoric. The private sector is partly getting hammered right now because of the size of govt (see stats in article above). If all of us were govt employees then who would pay our salaries? There would be no one in the private sector to pay taxes. The system breaks down.

    I make more money than most people. I also pay 46% of my salary and bonus in federal, state, city, medicare, social security and other taxes. There are many wealthy people who pay FULL tax rates and they pay a majority of the country’s taxes. Enough is enough. It’s a spending problem, not a tax rate problem plain and simple. I’ll pay another 5% toward debt repayment but that wont solve the problem. The politicians will just spend it. The system is corrupt and inefficient. I want accountability for the spending first before we raise taxes. The Bush tax cuts were ok in hindsight in that they show how out of control the budget is. Fix the expenses first and get us break even and then we can talk about raising taxes for education and other things that matter. Cut the pork, military, bail outs (seriously, we bailed out GM with taxpayer money and it didn’t work – look at the stock price) and long term pensions first. Someone has to hurt. No getting around it. But it’s not fair that the govt can be a bloated hog but private sector companies cannot. If Apple operated like our govt it would go out of business. Our govt is a disgrace. GM should be out of business. The govt has no credibility and has not earned the right to raise taxes. Why is it a mess? Congress spends 70% of their time raising money for their campaigns. All the candidates are bought.

    I’m not a republican or a democrat (I purposely spell them with lower case letters because they do not deserve caps). They are both authoritarian powers trying to increase their power (note they keep other parties out and the debt gets bigger under both parties). I’m a libertarian. Give us our freedom and liberty. Get govt out of the way. We need someone like Ron Paul who is willing to address the real issues. No candidate is perfect and it is impossible for all of us to agree on who the President should be. We need to be open minded and settle on someone like Ron Paul who would make bold changes and fix the bloated mess called the federal government.

  • LuBo54

    I really liked what Mark said. I live in a rural area and I am able to plant a garden, can my own food, and live in a small house that will be sufficient when that time comes. I have faith in our heavenly Father and give him the glory for his blessing us with so much. When we rely on Him and read and are guided by his wisdom, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, we will be able to help not only our neighbors but those who did not believe or has the ability because of job loss or already on the Obama poverty rolls. Without God, without hope, without perserverance, without individual charity, we will be ancient Rome. I supported Ron Paul but with Romney at least I believe he will get down on his knees and pray for our free land America so please all who listen pray for Romney/Ryan to keep our American dream and future.

  • Michael

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  • Washington

    Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama First Debate Preview

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vWVdOTFs8M

    Are Romney and Obama the same on most issues? Try, ALL ISSUES!

    Comparing side by side the words and political stances of Republican and Democratic presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Includes topics like universal health care, gun rights, energy, NDAA, the Patriot Act, Iran, sanctions, economic stimulus. bank and auto bailouts, civil rights, TARP, the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, campaign donations, and more.

    • Michael

      Someone did a lot of work putting that video together.

      Michael

  • Bonnie

    To Susan Thompson:
    While part of me says “what an opportunity; go for it!”, one factor you have to think about is that commute. What if the price of gas suddenly skyrockets (which it could) and it becomes not worth it to drive to work? So I say Go For It, only on the assumption that you could still make it work without keeping that particular job. But if you don’t have a way to make a living closer to the house, you should really deliberate on this.

    • David Hammond

      I predict that gas prices will skyrocket due to QE3 coming this week or very soon, which will only devalue the dollar even more.

    • http://thelawsonpost.com KL

      Bonnie you have some really good points.. I say go for it as well for the most part. Hey did you hear Libertarian Gary Johnson talking about the pending economic collapse and U.S. intervention in the Middle East. He’s just another of many who making the case like Mike. You can watch it by clicking this link. http://thelawsonpost.com/gary-johnson-on-looming-economic-collapse/

  • Roger Smith

    Let’s be clear…to audit the FED is to end the FED. Once people see whats going on inside that magic box of deception, there will be a serious reconciliation. That is why we will N E V E R be allowed to see what’s going on in there. The global slavery machine is dependent upon things going “according to plan” inside that very special building on Constitution Avenue.

    • Vas

      We audited the FED in 2011. Nobody read the report. No major news network reported the report. Nobody cares about because no media outlet is telling the American public to care about it. The populace will be squeezed until collapse. And then we’re all screwed. I have my AR-15…do you have yours?

  • Bonnie

    Whoops, I should have posted my comment as a Reply to Susan Thompson. Noticed that afterward.

  • bob

    It doesn’t matter who gets in. America is done for as are all the other countries in the world. All of this is leading to the one world order, religion, currency and the rule of the anti-christ. If you are not saved, you might want to get saved and soon.

    • Magdalena7

      Amen, brother.

    • GSOB

      bob

      What do you mean buy ‘get saved’?

      • felicity

        GSOB…it means to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and turn your life over to Him.

      • GSOB

        Prayer is conversation with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal. It is a “beseeching the Lord” (Ex. 32:11); “pouring out the soul before the Lord” (1 Sam. 1:15); “praying and crying to heaven” (2 Chr. 32:20); “seeking unto God and making supplication” (Job 8:5); “drawing near to God” (Ps. 73:28); “bowing the knees” (Eph. 3:14).

        Prayer presupposes a belief in the personality of God, his ability and willingness to communicate with us, his personal control of all things, and of all his creatures and all their actions.

        Acceptable prayer must be sincere (Hebrews 10:22), offered with reverence and godly fear, with a humble sense of our own insignificance as creatures and of our own unworthiness as sinners, with earnest importunity, and with unhesitating submission to the divine will.

      • Highspeedloafer

        He is talking about a conversion experience. Do you know Christ?

  • Scott

    Michael, I like alot of what you write so thank you for that! But I really don’t understand how you can say Obama is the worst president ever. If you’re using the arguement that his presidency was the first one to add over 1 trillion a year in deficit spending that is just a structural problem with our government and not really his fault, he just happened to be the president at this time. While I don’t think he has done a good job bringing the change we needed I would still rank him above Bush Jr. And its not really fair to say that while taking office our economy was on the verge of collapse and its still not really recovered and asking if you are better off now as oppposed to then. Me personally I was unemployed when he was elected and have a decent job now. So yes I am better off now, but the future isn’t looking pretty yet. And you are sadly most likely correct about both of the canidates for this election, neither one is really going to fix it.

    • modern patriot

      Scott, I think you should examine the character of obama more carefully. He is one of the most prolific liars that has ever had the nerve to stand in front of the American public and lie right to their faces, proclaiming his duty to be “truthful” the entire time. His history is more than just shady, his associations were with marxists and radical ideologists who fundamentally hate the principles of the USA. You can even go on youtube and watch the video and read the lips of his repulsive wife making the comment “all this for a damn flag” while standing behind obama at a parade somewhere, and he nods in approval. I could go on and on but it makes me physically ill to do so, so I’ll leave the rest up to you. If you truly love this country and what it stand for, then I can guarantee that you’ll change your perspective of barry once you quit listening to the bought and paid for talking heads and take a look for yourself.

  • Washington

    This is what those in the halls of our government want! Unemployed activists and union members stormed into two supermarkets, one in Sevilla and one in Cadiz to fill up trolleys with basic food supplies in order to feed the disadvantaged. This act was organized by the Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores. teleSUR Published on Aug 8, 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kebtviaGMMwfeature=player_embedded#!

  • WhatIsThePointAnymore?

    We am not better off than 4 yrs. ago. I work temp assignments when they come. My husband has a fulltime job with benefits but the pay rate is not high; having health insurance through his job is a huge blessing. I believe that 2013 will be disastrous no matter who is elected. We are in deep trouble in this country. Store food when you can, get right with the Lord, help your family, neighbors and friends if you are able. Be thankful for what you do have.

  • George

    The derivatives market is a gargantuan financial danger. With the repeal of Glass Steagall in 1999, that market really took off. It used to be based on an apparently firm foundation of AAA players (remember AIG) and AAA collateral (remember mortage-backed securities). Today the players are no longer AAA and neither is much of the collateral. A firm like MF Global even used client accounts as collateral, which was then (legally??) seized by other creditors. MF Global is a loud early warning signal that the value of collateral underlying the derivatives market may be suspect.

    Moreover, the derivatives market collateral has been “rehypothecated” so many times that it could be difficult to actually repossess it, if necessary. With rehypothecation, there are multiple ownership claims to the same collateral. Of course, as we know from MF Global, in the event of a run on collateral, the first one to seize the collateral wins. That is the Achilles heel of the derivatives market and what makes it a potential “financial weapon of mass destruction”. Imagine the domino effect in the derivatives market of a series of AIG or MF Global failures because of collateral calls, but no bailout. The derivatives market would collapse in the panic to seize collateral first– with devastating consequences to the real world economy.

    • GSOB

      George,

      And that will lead us to the final war.

  • Colin

    The unemployment figure goes down because more people are dropping out of the labor market, and the labor participation is the lowest in thirty years. Yet, the population of this country is still growing. This is disheartening news. Our ship is springing leaks, and she is going down by the head. I ask myself, how long before the ship sinks, and where will I be when it does? I don’t see myself in the lifeboats. I see myself drowning in the great ocean.

    • Highspeedloafer

      Colin, If I remember correctly, you were waiting to hear about your SS disability yet? I know someone who has been waiting for over 20 months and hasn’t heard anything yet. Hope you are doing ok.

  • stevefraser

    The main difference between the two parties is the Obama/DEMS have our Bill of Rights in their crosshairs, consistent with the Far Left that has taken over the Executive Branch.

    • Gay Veteran

      get a clue, BOTH parties support empire abroad and the national security & surveillance state at home

    • LordRhynn

      And this is a difference how? First of all the President is the head of the Executive Branch, so it’s redundant to say the Dems have taken it over. That’s what happens to cabinets when the name on the head seat changes.

      But the real issue regarding your post is your belief that there is some difference between the party that opened the door for destruction of Constitutional rights with their pen and the party that walked through that door waving a pen of their own 8 years later. Because I don’t see much difference at all.

      All the NDAA does is finish the job the Patriot Act started. Everything in the way of rights dissolution that has come about through Obama executive orders is being done in the name of the Patriot Act that came before it. All this new stuff is doing is expanding the list of reasons why it’s curtains because you fit the profile of a terrorist as defined by the Patriot Act. The drones, censorship and criminalizing of public demonstration (1st Amendment destruction), the indefinite detention and drones again (4th Amendment rights again illegal search and seizure), the removal of firearm rights (2nd Amendment right to bear arms). All brought about by the power to redefine “national threat” as one sees fit.

      The elimination of any need to be a citizen to enjoy rights previously reserved for citizens, as Michael has mentioned, is something neither party has done a thing to quell because opening the borders through NAFTA to foreign workers bolsters profits which in turn serves corporates at the expense of the citizenry. There are at least as many rich elephants as there are rich donkeys.

    • paul

      i believe 9/11 was used by bush as an excuse to create the department of State Security. He just gave it a different name.

  • rooster

    People need to realize that the federal reserve is privately owned and operated. Our government has made legislation making the fed exempt from investigation. This is why you don’t see an audit of the fed and why getting rid of whomever runs the federal reserve will make no difference at all. The time has come to pray, because that is all that will help us now.

  • BUMPALLOF U

    Pro 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. The Ampl.Translation says: The wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up. So all the wicked these evil bankers are involved with is ok with me because the Bible says that their wealth will eventually find it’s way into the hands of the righteous.

    • Paul

      Yep, any minute now….soon…..any minute….(checks watch) Yep…any minute now.

  • BUMPALLOF U

    James 5:1-6
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged

    Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

    • Paula New Zealand

      AMEN
      I am with you obviously in the NEW testament, where it clearly says ‘DO NOT STORE UP ON EARTH’.
      My needs are supplied daily, as I do his will an dwalk in the spirt an din obedience.

  • The Claymobile.

    I agree with everything you said. Michael, do you think it is time for a third party?

    • Michael

      I think it was time for one a long time ago, but it would be incredibly difficult for anyone to challenge the stranglehold the Democrats and the Republicans have on the process.

      Michael

    • Rodster

      I agree with Michael that a legitimate third party was long overdue. The closest we came to one, was back in 1992 with Ross Perot but conservatives especially Rush Limbaugh marginalized him.

      Instead of encouraging it, he made Perot out to be a nut job. So now we have a two party system that can best be described as Diet Coke vs Diet Pepsi.

    • paul

      Try here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States

      You just need to vote for them. Remember, currently only 30% of all Americans participate in democracy. Let the other 70% vote communist and the election will be declared invalid.

  • Kristian

    Most of you americans think you can change the future of america to the better by voting for your favorite president candidate. But they are ALL puppets under the ones who got supreme control!

    Holy Bible – Luke 18:8 – “I tell you, God will help his people quickly! But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find people on earth who believe in him?”

    (Will there by a single man left with a true Christian belief at all?!)

    • GSOB

      Kristian,

      “When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” the answer will be a resounding, “Yes!”

      • GSOB

        Kristian add on,

        regeneration

        This word is only found in Matt. 19:28 and Titus 3:5. This word literally means a “new birth.” The Greek word so rendered (palingenesia) is used by classical writers with reference to the changes produced by the return of spring.

        In Matt. 19:28 the word is equivalent to the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21). In Titus 3:5 it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life (1 John 3:14); becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17); being born again (John 3:5); a renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:2); a resurrection from the dead (Eph. 2:6); a being quickened (2:1, 5).

        This change is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. It originates not with man but with God (John 1:12-13; 1 John 2:29; 5:1, 4).

        As to the nature of the change, it consists in the implanting of a new principle or disposition in the soul; the impartation of spiritual life to those who are by nature “dead in trespasses and sins.”

        The necessity of such a change is emphatically affirmed in Scripture (John 3:3; Rom. 7:18; 8:7-9; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1; 4:21-24).

      • Elainee P.

        JESUS CHRIST is not coming back for a weak Church. You can count on that. There is going to be a world wide revival; millions are going to accept JESUS CHRIST. It is going to happen. I believe this world wide revival is starting right now.

        • Michael

          I believe that a great move of God is coming too.

          During God’s holidays that fall during the next 30 days we should all take some extra time for prayer.

          Michael

          • Sam NZ

            Hate to tell you guys but god isn’t real…

  • Brian Horak

    I like this article, please site your sources for the 40 statistics. I need footnotes for this article to pass on to interested parties….Thanks.

  • Washington
  • Antonio Gonzalez

    Both parties are same. OK.

    But why no other. Because really it’s not democracy.

    • McKinley Morganfield

      “Because really it’s not democracy.”

      Democracy is the rule of the mob and whoever controls the emotions of the mob controls the reins of power. The real problem is that the USA is no longer a republic. There is no rule of law and thus no limit to the power of DC. That is the problem. The contract of the republic was broken long ago. Obama or McCain or Romney? Bush or Kerry or Gore? Bush 1 or Dukakis or Clinton? Reagan or Mondale or Carter. Nixon or Humphrey or McGovern? Every time it is merely the choice between two sides of the same coin.

  • Randome-11

    “A recent CNN headline defiantly declared the following: “Decline of middle class not Obama’s fault”,”

    That is actually true, the current decline of the US middle-class have been going on for circa 40 years.Even in the last 4, Obama was no absolut ruler (thought he is working on that), his presidency certainly wasn´t the wisest but you can´t blame him for it all, the bigger picture must always be pointed out.

    46th anniversary of the 1st Startrek episode, think like a Vulcan. If you have to criticise Obama, then so be it, just make sure it is a true, factual accusation, not something spilled out of context like the chances are you didn´t build that speech, don´t claime your ennemies to be hidden nazis or naked marxists (ugh).

    When difference between the working poor and rich increased, it was justified that still, the poor where still getting richer.
    Then the poor got even poorer but the middle-class was still seeing some growth and the rich more so and it was alright.
    Then, the middle-class grew poorer in turn and some of the rich too.
    Now, the middle-class is headed toward poverty, everyone not increasing their pay past inflation is getting poorer and it is dawning that the real inflation is in fact much higher.

  • silvestris

    Abbott and Costello explain [the Government] Accounting System…

    COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

    ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 9%.

    COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

    ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

    COSTELLO: You just said 9%.

    ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.

    COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.

    ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

    COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.

    ABBOTT: No, that’s 9%…

    COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?

    ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

    COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

    ABBOTT: No, you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

    COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

    ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.

    COSTELLO: What point?

    ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work, can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

    COSTELLO: To whom?

    ABBOTT: The unemployed.

    COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

    ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

    COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment rolls, that would count as less unemployment?

    ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

    COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?

    ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don’t want to read about 16% unemployment, do ya?

    COSTELLO: That would be frightening.

    ABBOTT: Absolutely.

    COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

    ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

    COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

    ABBOTT: Correct.

    COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

    ABBOTT: Bingo.

    COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

    ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an economist.

    COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!

    ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a politician.

    • jamraqui

      EXCELLENT!! ;-D

      • damnr ight

        damnr ight

    • Rodster

      Brilliant ! :)

  • http://www.assheadnation.com Mr. Head

    BUT…BUT…BUT…The speakers from last night have “THE CURE”

    I really wanted to thank the Democratic Party for Inspiring and motivating me with their speakers. I am REALLY REALLY grateful for the EDUCATION I received from the likes of:

    Eva Longoria,
    Mary J. Blige,
    James Taylor,
    Marc Anthony,
    Natalie Portman,
    Kerry Washington,
    Scarlett Johansson

    And Others

    After listening to these GENIUSES I am now qualified for the MENSA SOCIETY. I am really-really disappointed, however, because SNOOKI did not talk. I know that she would have inspired and educated me further…to the point my IQ would exceed 200+ and I would then be able to cure disease, lower the oceans, cool the climate and persuade the world into peace, love and a Woodstock FEVER…worldwide.

    Yep, goes to show all of us that going to college is a waste of time, for you can be a Celebrity Politician and educate the world with no more than a GED. Kinda flies in the face of Obama saying we need good teachers & schools, when botox, boob jobs and liposuction can make you really “relevant”….and I guess REALLY REALLY SMART

    Oh, and the part about BOOING GOD & Jerusalem really informed me & helped me see the light…How inspiring was that!!!!

    ASSHEADS !!!!

  • Steve

    I read more than this website that you may call “alternative news sources”. The facts are not related to emotions but rather hard data that can be accumulated through online sources. What we have happening right in front of our eyes is a total breakdown of accountability on every level.
    People do NOT want to be held responsible and would rather “pass the buck” and hold the government-religious affiliations-to task regarding why we are where we are. It’s the same for EVERY problem we face. Why are these situations compiling? Because we have fallen further and further from the reality we made. Stupid T.V. Stupid hobbies. We do not want to admit it but-we are lost.
    Can anyone use the P.C. for anything other than work or porn? Obviously…not!
    Can anyone use their math skills and draw a conclusive area of the sumation of the difficulties we face with the national deficit and budgetary allowances? No.
    Again, can anyone see that there really and truly is no way for this to go. Because the truth is, some of us are not meant to survive or some may be taken out despite how prepared they were because……………..this is Gods plan. He did not get us here, but the truth is the truth. God will not be mocked, He will not deter the outcome, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And what He has done is saved us from ourselves. How? By allowing us to see our faults, our sins, and no amount of “deeds” or “preparation” is going to stand in the way of the outcome. Why? We are our own worst enemy. All I hear is talk, talk, talk, talk….it’s depressing. All I see is houghtiness, prideful boasting. “Oh, I’m so prepared-we’re so prepared-we’re all so prepared….” really??!!!
    And why can’t people hear or see the error of their ways? They simply do not want to. No one feels remorse. Not really. Why? When your so prepared how can you. And you voted but every decision of yours was the correct one. Everyone else was wrong. Listen, if you ask me, no ones getting out of this. YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM! How can you say you deserve more than your brother? YOU LIVE HERE CORRECT? YOU helped get us here, now you deserve to be spared? Listen, it may not be around the corner but it’s coming. You WILL face your fear, you will either accept Christ and it will cost you your life, or you will accept the nature of your eslavement that will end your enternity in damnation. Remember how your world is ending, because of your love of money, yourselves, and how little you cared for your brothers. NOW YOUR STILL DOING THE SAME THING! So you should live and die by the rule you made your weapon against one another, no. No sir! For all we know the ones that Christ will appear and rescue will be those that NEVER had a chance to hear the gospel in foreign lands. Yes, the babies in Ethiopia, in Europa, in Asia….because they never had the chance. They would be the ones to listen to His words now. We, we are the ones who favor knowledge over love, and money over the common good. I see it. I see it now. It really seems were all in this dream phase and really convincing ourselves that we should remain untouched. Why? My acceptance in this reality leads me to believe when it comes, it will come like a messenger of death for all who can be accountable. That means EVERYBODY. The Bible has spoken that EVERYONE will be held accountable. And only the meek shall inherit the Earth. Why? Think for a moment, God said thou shall not kill, not covet, shall love one another, and all this foreboding coming catastophe has devided us yet again. Pitting those who have against those who have not and I do not believe this will be what God wanted for us to glean from this. I may be wrong but, I may be right. I’m in a bad place but what am I doing? I have to rely on God. And I may survive but I may not. My wife and sons may accept Christ or they may not. They may be saved or they may not. All I can do is rely on the faith He bestows upon me that my will does not errode during these difficulties and…just keep praying. I know everyone wants a “good and cheerful sermon” but, sometimes we need the opposite to wake the HECK UP! I know this is not for everyone but whats the saying—those who have ears-LET THEM HEAR.
    Thank you Michael for this site and the insite of your knowledge. I feel better now that I had to say what I said.
    God be with us all!

    • GSOB

      Steve,

      Take it easy. Your will won’t erode.
      Liked your so called sermon, as you call it. Just chop your thoughts to 4 scentence paragraphs – max, and you’ll attract more readers of your blog.

      God has already decreed this will happen.
      By His word, He will bring about another catalclysmic change.

      that is….
      2 Peter 3:7
      But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

      Lets use our time living according to our hope as best we can, despite our body of sin still with us.

    • Whirlaway

      Very true and good reply Steve.

  • chow

    I read all your blogs and understand everything your pointing out is true but you’re not suggesting any solutions especially with the election. You’re saying you don’t like O but R is just as bad…so what exactly are you saying? Remain with what we have since the consequence of the other is the same? I know you’re not suggesting anything vote for who you want.

    As for the congress I believe it’s been held more by the Democrats over the last 50 years, I believe the Republicans only held it for 8 years over that time. Since the congress makes the legislation thus the blame goes more to the Democrats, don’t you think? Except recently when O has been giving executive decisions bypassing congress.

    • Gay Veteran

      “Since the congress makes the legislation thus the blame goes more to the Democrats, don’t you think? Except recently when O has been giving executive decisions bypassing congress.”

      WHERE have you been? did Republican presidents veto all the spending bills and the bills reducing our rights? BOTH parties are complicit!!!

      • chow

        I’m really glad a Republican president veto spending bills. Do you realized that we are now in $16 trillion debt not counting unfunded liabilities. All you commies want to do is to borrow and spend for your pensions and entitlements to be paid off by taxpayers.

        As for bills reducing your right…you must mean “GAY RIGHTS” to marry? Marriage is a religious ceremony and to us Christians it’s between man and a woman. What you gay people want is justification of your behavior and to force everyone to accept by destroying our religious belief; thus, if we’re all sinners in the eyes of God your sin is justified.

        BTW, your name “Gay Veteran”, why did you name yourself that? To announced that you’re proud to be a queer and you’ve infiltrated the military and you’ve force them to accept your behavior? I tell you what I’m not just a veteran I’m also a veteran of foreign war and proud of it. And when I signed my enlistment there was a clause that I wasn’t a homosexual. I say that because back then homos were not allowed.

        • Gay Veteran

          guess you don’t recognize sarcasm, WHEN did a Republican president veto spending bills. Do you realized that we are now in $16 trillion debt not counting u???

          “All you commies want to do is to borrow and spend for your pensions and entitlements to be paid off by taxpayers.”

          you sound like a teabagger, “keep government out of my Medicare”

          “As for bills reducing your right…you must mean “GAY RIGHTS” to marry?”

          I meant the rights of ALL of us.

          “Marriage is a religious ceremony and to us Christians it’s between man and a woman.”

          Marriage CAN be a religious ceremony, OR it could be a CIVIL proceeding. And there are plenty of Christians who accept CIVIL marriage equality for Gays, and in fact there are Christian churches more than willing to have relisious marriage ceremonies of us.

          “What you gay people want is justification of your behavior and to force everyone to accept by destroying our religious belief”

          No, we want equality under the law. Destroying your religious belief? HOW?

          “BTW, your name “Gay Veteran”, why did you name yourself that? To announced that you’re proud to be a queer and you’ve infiltrated the military and you’ve force them to accept your behavior? I tell you what I’m not just a veteran I’m also a veteran of foreign war and proud of it. And when I signed my enlistment there was a clause that I wasn’t a homosexual. I say that because back then homos were not allowed.”

          Interesting that a so-called Christian would use an epithet like queer.

          And welcome to the 21st century, I know that upsets you SOOOOOOOOOOO much

      • Paul

        Both Parties are equally inside the Corporation. Same now for all “democracies” around the world. The President may change but the plot continues unabated.

    • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

      Chow it’s quite funny how often people mention “solutions.” Check out one of my recent posts about solutions (or the lack thereof):

      http://www.prepper-resources.com/its-too-late-for-solutions/

      Michael is right on point, he truly gets it and really lays out his arguments well. If you are arguing Repub vs Dem you are already behind the power curve. Wake up man, the parties are more alike than anyone could ever imagine. As long as they have the masses arguing over the latest topics bestowed on them by the MSM…they will be free to pursue their real objectives without much push back.

      Cheers.

      PJ

      Prepper-Resources.com

  • chow

    Scott, why would you rank O above Bush Jr? What has he done that made your life more miserable than it is now? Would you blame the war in Iraq and Afghanistan? Because we’re still in Afghanistan and money was spent in Libya and still being spent in Afghanistan, Pakistan and ME countries. would you say the deficit? The average deficit under Bush Jr was $450 billion/year except in Oct 2008 where it went to $1.2 trillion because of the TARP ($787 billion added) but it’s for the 2009 budget which was spent under O. Deficit since O took over has been $1.5 trillion/year. Are you saying job layoffs? Yes, there were 750,000 jobs lost in Oct. 2008 and November and December 0f 2008 but the of 790,000 jobs were lost in March of 2009 and succeeding months were equally high and still on going until now.

    So don’t you just tell the truth that you are a Democrat and can’t survive without your handout that your party can promise more.

    • Scott

      Chow. Well I’m not really a democrat. I did vote for Obama in ’08 but that was because I could clearly see the other choice was worse. And yes I blame the wars in Iraq and others on Bush. Granted I did actually think Obama was going to get us out of it(I’m young and naive oops). Honestly if I were still registered to vote I would vote for Ron Paul because I think he’s about the only on in congress who gets it. My point about the deficit was Obama HAD to raise the deficit with huge fiscal stimulus because our economy was just absolutly horrible. But I’m doing better now not because I was on welfare or anything, I’ve never been on welfare of any kind. I have a job now because I moved out of a bad location, and took a job I had skills in and knew the people who I work with. Obama did NOT help out at all, except that stimulus check we all got back in ’09 I think. By using our current Keynesian Economy model we had to get a huge rise in government spending when the economy collapses. Unfortunatly we never seem to be able to run a surplus like we are supposed to when we have good years. Its just easier to keep on spending in congress. And thats the problem with our economy, the fed can only create more debt and at some point we are going to pay for that.
      P.S. I find it hard to believe that Obama or Bush would actually be the worst president ever. I can’t remember the others but I think back in the late 1800’s and earlier 1900’s we had a few that were also hated.

    • Gay Veteran

      “Are you saying job layoffs? Yes, there were 750,000 jobs lost in Oct. 2008 and November and December 0f 2008 but the of 790,000 jobs were lost in March of 2009 and succeeding months were equally high and still on going until now.”

      prove it

  • http://intellectualconversation.wordpress.com intel con

    Yeah but as far as your dates go the president inheits the first fiscal year as they are set the year prior like all annual budgets. so i dont know if that will affect your numbers but….ultimately we are in less of a hole than we would have been and the republicans are the party of NO. they admit their only job is to obstruct the president. that is sinister. that is unamerican.

    • The Claymobile.

      The Republicans in the House have sent bill after bill after bill to the Senate to get the economy going again and people back to work and Harry Reid refuses to even have a debate on these bills much less a vote. Now who is the party of NO? The Democrats!!!

  • Nathanael

    I’m confused. Since when are economics the only measure for “better”?
    I don’t disagree with any of your points here. But I feel it is exceptionally narrow, shallow, and terse to only measure our “success” by monetary measures. There is so much more to who we are as a nation than just our money. I understand economics is important but conscience and equality, rapport and education, society and culture, they are all as important, if not greater than economics.

  • Michael-in-CA

    There are a lot of good comments here. I would tend to agree most with Scott (9/7 @ 10:47). Neither Obama nor Bush Jr. caused our economic situation alone. Congress and both major political parties are responsible more so. The Federal Reserve was a monumental mistake from its inception. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are picking away at our Constitutional Rights. They seem to think they know what is best for everyone when they are mostly fools. Most just have big egos and don’t want to have real jobs. Living off the tax payers is the easy way. There are a few that see elected office as a way to help their fellow citizens — but only if they actually work for the common good of all, and follow the Constitute. Few do. The only way I see that we can even begin to fix things is by eliminating lobbyists, and by having totally publicly funded elections, with specified budgets for each type of office.

  • chow

    So intel con, why are the succeeding years the budget deficit is $1.5 trillion/year when TARP is already spent? Where’s the money being spent? Again, I said Bush’s last year deficit included TARP so I’m placing the blame squarely on Bush for the first fiscal year of Oweblama. and if you’re talking about jobs? where are the jobs after 4 years even if you say the first year is Bush’s fault? What happen to the stimulus that Owebama spent to create jobs? Why do you support Oweblama if he couldn’t solve the problem caused by the last administration? If you were working for me and you couldn’t do what I want you to do in 2 years shall I keep you?

    • paul

      2 years is a very short time if you work with people and organisations.

      Usually problems you create will start showing after 2 years in a company. They can only be solved by people staying longer than 2 years. If you promote someone because he did exceptionally good work in the first year, he did it most likely with borrowing from the future – hiding current issues and creating long-term problems.

      It’s like paying the mortgage by credit card.

  • chow

    You know intel con, everything is like a bouncing ball…the first bounce is always higher than the next until eventually it just rolls in the floor. Job losses are the same in the first month job loss is high but eventually deteriorate to almost no losses because if the losses are the same month over month from the start we’ll all be unemployed by now. But job losses is supposed to be negated by jobs created over time and it is not happening even now 4 years going when people filing unemployment is higher than number gained.

    • paul

      You probably need customers who have money in order to buy goods and services, so these companies can pay wages and salaries.

      Let’s assume, $100 are sales to customers. Then $20 go into profit, and $80 into wages and salary. The profit is used to buy gold and state treasuries. And is unavailable for further business. Only the $80 can go into the next round of sales.

      That’s the way in a closed system. Let’s further assume that with evermore globalization the business on earth gets closer to become a closed system.

  • chow

    Icon man, I can’t help but to be angry and reply to your ignorance…

    “republicans are the party of NO. they admit their only job is to obstruct the president. that is sinister. that is unamerican.”

    I’m glad they’re the party of NO. Of course NO to more spending, NO to higher taxes, NO to illegal amnesty, NO to Obama care, NO to bailouts, NO to appointment of so many communist czars, etc, etc.

    So to go against the president is UNAMERICAN? What are you a communist? Of course decent is patriotic isn’t that what HILLARY said during Bush admin? BTW, decent is the way the founding father established the government with 3 branches for check and balances. Read up on the constitution and US history before you post ignorantly it’s shows your a DEMOCRAT.

    • Gay Veteran

      “I’m glad they’re the party of NO. Of course NO to more spending, NO to higher taxes, NO to illegal amnesty, NO to Obama care, NO to bailouts, NO to appointment of so many communist czars, etc, etc.”

      unless it’s more spending for the Pentagon
      cut taxes for the mega-rich while leaving the middle class and working poor in the dirt
      yes to continued obscene insurance company, hospital and pharmaceutical company profits (and no, I do not support Obama’s gift to these companies)
      czars? you mean like the one Bush appointed?
      etc, etc

  • http://www.surviving12-21-2012.blogspot.com Doctor Blue

    It don’t matter who gets in Romney or Obama were still ALL screwed.
    You can NOT print that much money without some repercussions.
    You can NOT owe that much money with out some kind of fall comming.
    We can NOT survive the collapse of the Eurozone and that’s coming.
    You can NOT afford to bail out the “to big to fail” banks & businesses – again… Once was too much!!!
    You can NOT continue to borrow 40 cents on every dollar you spend.
    You can NOT keep shipping your jobs off overseas and expect any kind of a middle class.
    YOU now owe $222 Trillion Dollars for all entitlements and that bill keeps going up every year as more and more Baby Boomers retire and draw retirement, disability, Medicare, Medicade and don’t forget the drug prescription program too.
    When tax time rolls around in 2013 our Government will have a LOT LESS money than it expects and that will cause our credit rating to drop to near Junk Bond status and cause our interest on our debt to soar.
    Germany votes Sept. 12th as to weather the Eurozone can print trillions of Euros and buy all the bad debt from Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland and several others. IF Germany votes this down it GAME OVER and Germany will pull out of the Eurozone and that crashes and then the whole of Europe crashes and it spreads to China, Russia, South America and North America. IF that happens we all are screwed and SOON!
    You can NOT expect our Government to save you. (it can’t save itself).
    You have NO chance in Hell of surviving the coming ecenomic Apocalypse – unscathed. (You will loose EVERYTHING). (unless your a big shot banker)
    You can NOT bail out your top 9 “to big to fail” banks when their derivatives start popping to the tune of $200 Trillion dollars.
    Hope you like rat on a stick, sitting by a camp fire night after night to keep warm down by the river. I’ll see you there Brother, save my spot!

    • The Claymobile.

      Good post, Doctor Blue!

    • chow

      I understand everything you wrote and I agree with you but when you said “It don’t matter who gets in Romney or Obama were still ALL screwed.”. What do you suggest, don’t vote or stay with Obama?

      I for one believe what you said is correct…there’s no way out, sooner or later we’re doomed. But I also believe that with Romney we may have some reprieve before the doom to make preparations. But with Obama I would think it will be immediate. If you think there’s no time difference then why don’t we just organized now and over throw the gov’t.. After all isn’t that what the constitution said that the people have rights to over throw the gov’t when the gov’t is no longer to to their satisfaction?

      • Gay Veteran

        as if there is any difference between Mitt “Wall Street” Romney and Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama

  • Mondobeyondo

    Neither candidate seems to think we might actually be WORSE off four years from now. All we’re hearing are vague phrases and statements and promises. “Forward!” “A better America!”, etc.

    I know it’s only American to be optimistic about the future, but at some point we are going to hit a brick wall of reality. The national debt is $16 trillion. Obama says if he’s re-elected, he will reduce the debt. (To what? $15,900,000,000?) Don’t know what Romney will do – he doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.

    The jobs report is dismal. The rate dropped to 9.1 percent, but only 96,000 new jobs were created in August. That’s not enough jobs.

    Four years from now, we may be talking about how good things were in 2012.

    • chow

      “Obama says if he’s re-elected, he will reduce the debt. (To what? $15,900,000,000?) Don’t know what Romney will do – he doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.”

      Where’d you hear this from??? If this is what he said, I have a beach front property in Yuma I want to sell. The arithmetic does not add up. We have a revenue of $2.2 trillion/year and spending of $3.7 trillion/year with the deficit of $1.5 trillion. You’re saying that Obama will cut spending by $1.6 trillion/year?? How is he going to cut this much? Did he tell you? The Obama care coming up with more expenses and even if you take all the income of the rich, it still wont be enough to pay for the expenditure if it remains the same.

      I hate to says this but you sir are a gullible idiot. He promised the same last election but instead increased spending by $5.7 trillion deficit in 3.5 years while Bush had deficit of $4.7 in 8 years. And now he’s telling you the same thing and you believe?

  • Mondobeyondo

    Oh, I get it now. Obama wants a $300 million jobs bill passed, so “we can hire more teachers! More construction workers! More scientists and…”

    Oops, turned off the TV! Sorry about that!
    News flash: This country’s broke! Where are we going to get $300 million?
    By raising taxes? SURE! Why not?
    Who’s to say much of that cash isn’t going into some lobbyist’s pocket?

  • GSOB

    Evolution……
    hummmmmm

    huuuummmmmmmmm

    hhhummmmmmmmmmmmmm

    From goo to you by way of the zoo

    • Paul

      That’s a great, great line, no matter where you sit on the belief train.

  • Theresa

    AMEN!

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    Vote for Will Havtowate He is no different than Romney and Obummer

  • gwynmarilyn

    My Mother inform me her Dr. took her hand and told her he could no longer help her, with treatment because she 83, which is not for another year. And that it a Medicare rule. The only thing left would emergency operation. If the knot in the intesten blocks any thing.

    And I read Paul Ryan plan that fail to pass threw to the Senate. It would cut Medicaid and food stamps and other social programs. The cuts are already being try and if Republic win there will be lot more. So I believe most of us who have little are better off now. Then we will be in the next four years no matter who win.

    No matter what they claim if we go to war the only place they will cut is from those program. And SS no matter what they promise it all that left. To steal from those who paid into.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    ARE YOU BETTER OFF AFTER 4 YEARS??THE SUB PRIME CAR INDUSTRY IS BETTER OFF!!!Two thirds of all car sales are for used cars, so the fact that 37% of all new cars are being sold to subprime borrowers is exacerbated by the ridiculous lending practices for used cars. The fine folks at Zero Hedge have provided the outrageous data and a chart that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what awaits the American taxpayer – another bailout. Zero Hedge has already revealed the GM fake recovery by detailing their channel stuffing over the last two years. Now they’ve dug up more dirt on why car sales are surging. What could possibly go wrong providing loans for more than the value of the asset to people with a history of not paying their debts?

    Subprime borrowers received 56.46% of loans on used cars in the quarter, up from 52.70% a year earlier.
    The average loan-to-value on new cars was 109.55%
    The average used car loan-to-value ratio rose to 126.62%
    77% of Subprime Auto Loans are for a period greater than five years
    It’s amazing how many cars you can sell when you aren’t worried about getting paid. This is the beauty of a fiat currency, a printing press, and a taxpayer available to pick up the tab after the drunken party gets out of hand. The chart below provides the details of our superhighway to disaster. The percentage of used car loans to prime borrowers is now at an all-time low, while the percentage of loans to subprime borrowers is near all-time highs reached just prior to the 2008 crash. When lenders cared about being paid back in the early 2000′s, they rarely made loans longer than five years. Today, more than 77% of all subprime used car loans are longer than five years and average FICO scores are now well below 600. Just to clarify – if your FICO score is below 600 – YOU ARE A PIECE OF SHIT IN THE THREE CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY’S EYES!!!!THAT ABOUT 25 PERCENT OF AMERICANS!!!!!

    When you start to connect the dots, things that didn’t seem to make sense begin to crystallize. This is all part of the master plan concocted by Bernanke, Geithner, Obama and the Wall Street Shysters. The auto section of my local paper now makes sense. Offers of 7 year financing at 0% interest and monthly lease offers of $150 to $200 for brand new cars now are understandable. The newer model BMWs, Cadillac Escalades, Volvos, and Jaguars I see parked in front of the low income luxury gated townhome community in West Philadelphia now makes sense. A pizza delivery guy driving a new Lexus is now explainable.

    The master plan is fairly simple. The Federal Reserve lends money to the Wall Street banks for 0% interest. These banks then turn around and provide credit card debt at 13% interest, new & used car loans to prime borrowers at 5% interest, and new & used car loans to subprime borrowers at 16%. When you can borrow for free, you can take a chance that a significant number of your borrowers will default. Essentially, Ben Bernanke is screwing the prudent savers and senior citizens by paying them 0.15% on their savings in order to subsidize the bankers that destroyed the country so they can make auto loans to the same people who took out the zero percent down interest only no doc mortgage loans in 2005. In addition, Wall Street knows the Bernanke Put is still in place. If and when these subprime loans explode in their faces again, Bennie, Timmy and Obamaney will come to the rescue with your tax dollars. Its heads you lose, tails you lose, again.
    The top 20 auto lenders control half the market. And look at the leader of the pack. Our friends at Ally Bank are the market share leader. You remember Ally Bank – they conveniently changed their name from GMAC (also known as Ditech – biggest subprime mortgage lender) after losing billions and being bailed out by you. They still owe you $11 billion and are 85% owned by the U.S. Treasury. No conflict of interest there. You have the biggest auto lender on earth controlled by the Obama administration. Do you think they have an incentive to make as many loans as humanly possible to help Obama create the illusion of an auto recovery? The only downside is for the American taxpayer when we have to eat billions more in Ally/GMAC losses. This insolvent excuse for a lending institution has been extremely aggressive in the subprime auto lending market and has forced the other wannabes – Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, Capital One and Bank of America – to lower their lending standards. Does this scenario ring a bell?

    We’ve become a subprime auto nation, addicted to easy debt, living lives of hope, delusion and minimum monthly payments. Storylines about economic recovery, fraudulent government statistics showing lower unemployment, feel good propaganda from the corporate mainstream media, and a return to easy money debt fueled spending does not constitute a real recovery. Until the bad debt is purged from the system and saving takes precedence over spending, the country will stagger and ultimately fall under the weight of its immense debt. We are lost in a blizzard of lies. This subprime fueled engine of recovery will propel the country into the same canyon of reality we entered in 2008. The crack up boom approaches.ARE YOU BETTER OFF ON A BURNING PLATFORM???HELL NO!!!CARS SELL BUT WHO’S BUYING???NOT ME!!!! http://www.mtv.com/videos/megadeth/114842/peace-sells.jhtml What do you mean, “I don’t believe in God?”
    I talk to him every day
    What do you mean, “I don’t support your system?”
    I go to court when I have to

    And what do you mean, “I can’t get to work on time?”
    I got nothing better to do
    What do you mean, “I don’t pay my bills?”
    Why do you think I’m broke?

    If there’s a new way
    I’ll be the first in line!!BUT IT BETTER WORK THIS TIME!!

    What do you mean, “I hurt your feelings?”
    I didn’t know you had any feelings
    What do you mean, “I’m not kind?”JUST NOT YOUR KIND!!

    What do you mean, “I couldn’t be the President
    United States of America?”
    Tell me something
    It’s still “‘We the people, right?”
    Sing louder

    If there’s a new way
    I’ll be the first in line

    Can you put a price on peace?
    Peace, peace sells
    Peace, peace sells
    Sing with me

    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?

    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?

    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?

    No, peace sells
    Peace sells!!!!THIS WAS BEFORE DAVE MUSTANG WAS A CHRISTIAN ???WTH!!PS MY MERCEDES IS A 1984 RUNNING ON FRYER OIL AND ITS A FRYBRID AND ITS PAID OFF.TIME FOR A WVO RUN!!WASTE VEGTABLE OIL!!600 GALLONS AND COUNTING.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    SUBPRIME AUTO NATION!!!!http://www.theburningplatform.com/

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    SOUNDS LIKE A BURNING PLATFORM!!!!http://www.theburningplatform.com/ARE YOU BETTER OFF IN YOUR TENT???Funny, I didn’t hear about this during either campaign; tent cities. They’re everywhere, but don’t fit into the talking points and platform of either candidate. Seems the 2.7 million people in the last bullshit BLS jobs report that “left the workforce”, the ones that didn’t sign up for the gold standard of entitlement programs (disability), may be living in a tent. Obama says the economy is recovering. This looks more like a classical depression for me. Thank goodness for entitlements and SNAP.

    Top ten tent cities in the U.S.:
    Camp Quixote, Olympia, Washington State
    Camp Take Notice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Dignity Village, Portland, Oregon
    New Jack City and Little Tijuana, Fresno, California
    Nickelsville, located in Seattle
    River Haven,[5] Ventura County, California
    Safe Ground, Sacramento, California
    Temporary Homeless Service Area (THSA), Ontario, California
    Tent City, Lakewood, New Jersey
    Tent City, Avenue A and 13th Street, Lubbock, Texas
    Tent City, New Jersey forest
    Tent City, banks of the American River, Sacramento, California
    Tent City 3, Seattle
    Tent City 4, eastern King County outside of Seattle
    The Point, where the Gunnison River and Colorado River meet
    The Village of Hope and Community of Hope, Fresno, California
    Transition Park, Camden, New Jersey

  • Maria
  • Ray

    Really Bible Thumpers, you need to stop it, you are driving away more people that anything else.

  • gayle

    it’s going to take a miracle of God to expose all the corruption in Washington. I know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will get rid of all this corruption with God’s help.

  • Tom

    I agree with the American Empire theory, so I post a question for a peer conversation. I have been thinking about a way that would be of a great benefit to not only us Americans, but also our debt collectors. I am curious if it is possible to handle this issue of our foreign debt by the same way that the British Empire handled theirs. One possible way I believe would be to dismantle our military might in areas where we owe substantial debt to for a price of absolving our debt and interest to that nation. We could in theory continue this procedure with all countries inwhich we are indebted to. Yes we would be eliminating our empire, but we could absolve at least a portion of our our debt. Also, there is the savings from having not to pay for all of those bases. Imagine what great things we could use that much needed funds for (like everything). The greatest obstacle that stands in our way is our lack of knowledge of this great problem. It is not just societal, economical, or militaristic problem, but a problem which entails everything. If you need an example of this, here is a fantastic comparison model and it is available on google, but you need to look for scholar journals that have been peer reviewed. The topic to type in is Roman and American empire comparisons and downturns. Then research what an empire is and how one fails. What you will find is a clearer mind and a more critical thought process with a greater understanding of the circumstances surrounding our problem.

  • janice

    Can anyone explain how an economic collapse will directly affect a 
    worker  or retiree with a mortgage, car payment, small savings and misc living expenses.  Will the banks call in mortgages,  car loans & credit card balances?   Will paychecks, pension, social security stop coming?  Will city services disappear?  Will everyone  lose their jobs.   Pls give a scenario  of some  immediate, long term problems we will face.   Other than prepping  are there other things  people should be doing?   Tks.

  • Washington

    Reality Check: DNC Runs Over Delegates With Scripted Platform Vote

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmaE2Aez_XY&feature=plcp

  • Truthanazia

    I think I am doing personally a lot better than I was six years ago, even though my monthly income is still about two hundred dollars. Not bad for a college graduate and an A student is it?

    During the last six years, I received as a gift a nice car, a new furnace, and I have some food stored away to eat when what we are all waiting for finally arrives.

    I went through a whole winter without heat and I almost froze to death, that is I suffered daily for months.

    I have no friends, and most people are jealous of me.

    In my poor situation, I am able to give a lot of food to people now who are in need, instead of waiting to help them when there is no food to buy.

    I also have a dog and I have the Lord Jesus Christ, and a good education, and I have a lot of books in my house.

    I am ready, but I am afraid that many will not be ready, and that is when I am going to hide out for awhile.

  • Gay Veteran

    read and weep! the latest from Paul Craig Roberts:

    Spinning Bad Financial News Into Good

    “Friday’s payroll jobs report says that 96,000 new jobs were created in August and that the unemployment rate (U.3) fell from 8.3% to 8.1%. As 96,000 new jobs are not enough to keep up with population growth, the decline in the U.3 unemployment rate was caused by 368,000 discouraged job seekers giving up on finding employment and dropping out of the work force as measured by U.3. Discouraged workers are not included in the U.3 measure of unemployment, which makes the measure useless. The only purpose of U.3 is to keep bad news out of the news. the U.3 unemployment rate only measures those who have not been discouraged by the inability to find a job and are still actively seeking employment.

    The government produces another unemployment measure, U.6, which includes people who have been discouraged by the inability to find a job and have been out of the work force for less than a year. This measure of unemployment is 14.7%, a number that would get attention if reported.

    When the long-term (more than one year) discouraged workers are included, the US unemployment rate is about 22%. In other words, the real US rate of unemployment is almost three times higher than the reported–headline rate–of 8.1%.

    What is the purpose of reporting an unemployment rate that is about one-third the real unemployment rate? The only answer is deception through Happy News.

    Let’s have a look at those 96,000 jobs. What kind of high-tech, high-income super jobs is “the world’s only superpower, the indispensable nation, the world’s greatest economy and capitalist heaven” creating? The answer is lowly paid third world jobs, which is why there is not and cannot be an economic recovery. All the good jobs have been moved offshore in order to maximize the incomes of the rich.

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 28,300 of the 96,000 jobs or 29% are waitresses and bartenders. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm

    Health care and social services, primarily ambulatory health care services and home health care services, provided 21,700 jobs or 22.6% of the jobs.

    So, 52% of the new jobs created by the American superpower are lowly paid waitresses, bartenders, practical nurses, and hospital orderlies.

    Highly paid manufacturing jobs declined by 15,000. The incomes lost by these jobs most likely exceed the income gains from the waitresses, bartenders, and hospital orderlies jobs.

    Where did the other 46,000 jobs come from?

    Formerly, in hard times government employment would expand, but, despite Republican propaganda, not today in today’s mean times. Government (federal, state and local) lost 7,000 jobs.

    Professional and business services gained 28,000 jobs, primarily in computer systems design and related services (mainly Indians on H-1B work visas) and management and technical consulting services (mainly former corporate professional employees who now eke out a living by consulting, without pension or health benefits, with their former employers; in other words, they are working the same for less).

    These three categories account for 81% of the new jobs.

    Where are the remainder?

    A few thousand jobs in finance and insurance, jobs that absorb consumer incomes but produce no product. Telephone, cable, water, electricity, and heating produced 8,800 jobs. Transportation and warehousing to store unsold goods produced 5,700 jobs. Retail trade, primarily food and beverage stores (alcohol), produced 6,100 jobs.

    And there you have it. The “powerful American economy” is an economy that cannot produce its own clothes and shoes, or the manufactured products, including high technology products, that it consumes, or its own energy, all of which it imports by issuing more debt.

    The “great hegemonic American economy” is on the verge of total collapse, because the only way it can pay for the imports that sustain it is by issuing more debt and printing more money. Once the debt and money creation undermine the dollar as world reserve currency, the US will become overnight a third world country, much to the relief of the rest of the world….”

  • Washington

    The Convention is where delegates are meant to cast votes for the nominee, yet the Tampa Bay Times Forum was already plastered with embedded Romney banners, and additional ‘Mitt’ signs for people to hold were also smuggled in to make it appear that many are behind him. All Ron Paul material was promptly confiscated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B39W91O-rUg&feature=watch-vrec

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com Randy Rolloff

    Well, what do we do folks? As a Christian of course I’ll be praying. How about less frivolous spending. Stop building: Bike trails, dog parks, and light rail that need our tax subsidies to survive might be a start. Drill for the oil we’re sitting on to bring down gas prices. Cut back on EPA regulations concerning drilling, refining, ect. Get rid of the extra principals, counselors, and extra non-producing jobs that run up the price of education! All government positions have to work 20 years to earn a pension like the rest of the working class. With term limits. No special interest or lobbying payouts to government employees. Their salary should be ALL they make. A flat tax rate with no loopholes. That would be a good start. God Bless America! ( we need it)

  • Washington

    So, what if Paul Ryan was delving into the federal budget when he was still in high school? I didn’t peek at a federal budget until I was out of college. Yet there is no way I would have cast the votes in Congress that Ryan has through the years. Ryan voted for TARP, the auto bailouts, No Child Left Behind, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the Bush stimulus, the Patriot Act, and military adventurism abroad. No policymaker is perfect, but no one with a real Conservative bone in their body could have supported these policies.

    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/paul-ryan-biggovernment-conservative

    Ryan is the face of the ESTABLISHMENT, and should be considered as such! Wake up folks, and put down your pom poms!

  • David Hammond

    Michael – can you do an article on quantitative easing and explain to us how that harms the United States?

    • Michael

      I will start thinking about that. I would say if Bernanke announces a new round of QE next week then I will definitely be writing about it.

      Michael

  • CatNap

    American’s love their sports.

    That’s why you have two “teams”.

    Irony: Both are owned by the same owner.

    Joke is on those who root for their fave to win.

    Michael is right. The attention needs to be focused on the Federal Reserve as the cause for our woes. As long as the majority are caught up in the “game” of Red vs. Blue, we will all be worse off in the future!

    This will be the first time since I was 18-I’m 46-that I won’t vote. What’s the point.

    My husband is still caught between the truth and the lie. On one hand, he sees what has transpired over his 48 years and acknowledges neither “side” has helped one iota. On the other, he is “programmed” as another poster so aptly put it. It’s like a compulsion to vote, or something!

    We are not better off-inflation takes away our wealth faster than we can increase it.

    I fear for our son’s future. :(

  • Louise in MO

    Michael, this is a first for me ….I disagree with some of your statements beginning with “both parties etc.” Some are true, but you have not mentioned those that are hugely different. The Federal Reserve is not the only issue facing this country.

    MOST Americans are more worried about how to pay the rent and buy food for their families. MOST Americans want a decent job. MOST Americans want government to get out of their way. ETC. ETC. Are we to believe that we need to “storm” the Federal Reserve en mass and throw the bums out, and just how would you do that?

    If I was a first time reader to this site, I would give up and not even bother to vote! If this article was somehow meant to suppress the vote on both sides, you will have succeeded!

    You were preaching to the choir and the congregation went home feeling worse than they did when they came to the service. Reminds me of “hell fire and damnation” preachers.

    • Michael

      Louise:

      Nobody is going to agree with me 100% of the time and that is okay. :)

      Michael

  • slip

    Hi Michael been reading here for a while.
    Find it very interesting.
    I am 52 and live in Canada.I remember returning from Florida in 1983 my wife was
    driving I said wake me up in one hour we will
    be at the boarder watch for the little sign
    Bridge to Canada.Well she missed woke me up.
    I said get off at the next exit and we will turn around.Well it turned out that there was no on ramp going back.
    With what we seen of a least that part of Detroit back in the 80s there is no news here.
    It was a scary place then.
    No one fixed in 30 odd years and life goes on.
    I do agree things are not getting any better but things have been bad for a long
    time for some folks.
    Also even 20% real unemployment means 80%
    employed. glass 80% full I guess.

  • Do It Yourself

    Actually much better off than 5 years ago, but that is because I Actively made changes. Paid off 15 thousand in Debt. Owe noone a dime. lost 70 lbs, by quitting McDonalds and going Organic. Reading about Healthy foods, Letting my Doctor know I want food as my Medicines, not pills.
    Dropped my Triglicerides from 325 to 87.
    THE SYSTEM isnt about helping you, you need to help yourself.

  • paul

    In the past it was usually necessary to have slaves, or cheap labour for runaway economic activity. If you don’t count in snow ball or pyramid scams.
    Economic activity that can be sustained over a long time without state intervention and tax payers money is rare and does never come with huge profits.

    So, whenever business says they hate the state, they lie. Business needs the state as guarantor of big profit.

    Communists don’t need the state. They can handle everything within the commune. That’s why they are hated so much by big business. When the state goes their profit goes, too.

  • Highspeedloafer

    Am I better off? NO!!!

  • Orange Jean

    Michael,
    That “October Surprise” you all are always talking about… any chance this could be it?

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/09/06/if-us-port-workers-strike-billions-dollars-will-be-at-stake/

    Sounds to me like that could have a HUGE impact, but I first heard about this possible huge east coast port strike in a little local paper, when I searched on it mostly I was hearing about it in industry specific website (like some news site for people working on cranes).

    ~Jean

    • Michael

      Jean:

      I had not even heard about that yet.

      And yes – that could be quite a big deal potentially.

      Michael

  • Hayden

    The problem can’t be solved because most people are oblivious to who is really causing the problems.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Whaddya know? Not one single mention of Ron Paul during either convention, in the mainstream press.

    Well, you wouldn’t expect it from the DNC. But even the RNC didn’t acknowledge his existence. Clint Eastwood’s empty chair got more attention.

    Yeah, Bill Clinton hit it out of the park, Obama’s acceptance speech was a snoozer, Michelle’s speech was good, Castro’s speech (the San Antonio mayor, not the former Cuban dictator) was very good. But no shout out for Ron Paul?

    You do know Paul is still in the race, right? Yes, he has an iceberg’s chance in hell of winning, but he’s a viable alternative between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

  • Old Man

    Am I better off?

    Yes. A resounding Yes, I am better off. Way better off.

    That’s because I’m an expat. I saw things will combine to blow things up big time in a decade, a decade ago. I saw the forces at played unstoppable. So I saved myself and family.

    Is the severe downsizing of the middle class Obama’s fault?

    No. Obama is not responsible for creating the condition, and the subsequent collapse of the middle class. But he, if re-elected, must play a vital policy role in arresting the collapse. That means he must reverse the culture and policies of the 3 parties responsible.

    Who are responsible for the middle class collapse then? Three, in order of responsibility:

    1) The middle class themselves
    2) GW Bush administration
    3) Greenspan Fed and Congress of the past 2 decades

    • Guest

      So, you’re an Expat (to those who don’t know, that means he packed his bags and left the country- permanently.. some of us have a different name for people like this…)
      But back to you, Expat.. since you’re hot IN country how the hell is is you think you know so much about what’s happened in your absence? Been listening to the foreign media (who are as liberal as our own)?
      You aparently aren’t paying much attention to what IS happening. And even then, you didn’t have the balls to stick around and help get things back in order.
      Just one question: Hiding in Canada like the draft dodgers of earlier?

      • Old Man

        I expated after full retirement. After 40 years of good old fashion hard work and contributed to some of the biggest, most important projects, product design and build.

        So I well deserve a break and hold my head high choosing to live anywhere in the world, funded 100% myself. But one of the key reasons is the election of GW Bush. I knew he will flush the country down the toilet. And he did. This is a fact millions in America still deny – such is the degree of brainwashing. This has nothing to do the political ideology (I voted each party equal in my lifetime). It has everything to do with a stupid president packed solid with hubris. A true American Nero. The damages those in charge in his era did are largely irreversible. The existence of this blog, and so many similar blogs, is devastating confirmation of the historic damage and decline all done in one decade of recklessness.

        As to you, I suggest you flush your mind clean of ‘exceptionism’ ideology and be very afraid.

        • http://comcast.net David

          Smart move, Old Man. These people deriding you are the kinds of ostriches that pick a non-issue and beat it to death in the hope “things will get better”. This country has not long to go before it’s over. All empires quickly meet their end when they try to police the planet and become the ruler of the world.

    • Bull#$%#

      Wow! Old Man must be living in a bunker listening to Rush and CNN! How dare you blame the middle class. The ones to blame are the elite behind our presidents, the FED, big pharma, big agri, wall street, congress who gets showered with money from big corporations and banks, ect. If it wasn’t for the central banks creating infinite money and credit out of thin air and telling people to shoot for the “American Dream” (which you have to be asleep for right now), the country wouldn’t be in a gigantic, political and financial debt hole. If it wasn’t for the middle class (no separatism intended) creating businesses then there wouldn’t be any JOBS, then there would NOT be any productivity to make us the wealthiest nation on earth. What’s devastating is to see people like you who run and still believe in the illusion of left and right when we truly need people to see past that and fall back into the reality that both sides destroy the constitution and take our freedoms. Big government = less freedom, more control, more dependency on them, devalue our currency with the Fed, less wealth for the people, less transparency, more propaganda, more lies, more wars, more spending on programs that suck the energy and wealth out of our country. Your dear ole buddy Obama is just another puppet like Bush was and the people behind both of them have made everything worse. Please just do some research and try to flush your mind of the false propaganda brainwashed lies that are stuck in your head. If it wasn’t for the middle class propping up this great nation for all this time you wouldn’t be able to “choose” to live anywhere in the world 100% funded yourself, you ungrateful marxist. The only recklessness is the ignorance you spew onto people and sites that actually believe in freedom. Oh, and I think you may want to live in China, you will most likely receive a very good welcome there!

  • Sad American

    I think we have spent more than enough time on searching out who to blame. When are we going to start doing something about the problem…each of us. Blame doesn’t create change. Working together would make a dramatic difference.

    • Silence DoGood

      Amen.

    • Don Duncan

      Sad American: We can’t fix the problem until we identify it. Since the U.S. has been going downhill for many decades (40 years?) the cause of our decline must be systemic. You imply we have a “glass of spilled milk” and should just roll up our sleeves and wipe it up. You are in the majority and that is part of the problem: superficial thinking, i.e., no critical thinking.

      The critical analysis needed has been done by economic professors, businesspeople, and political theorists. It can be found on the net if the public researches. They won’t. They will wait until it gets so bad that a popular uprising based on fear and violence erupts. Then they will follow the strongest leader. He will destroy what is left of America. Democracy will not work without an informed public. Information will not be gained with gov’t school (public school) indoctrination. No critical thinking skills were taught. Just obedience. Blind obedience.

      If you want to survive, face that fact. That is our problem.

      • http://comcast.net David

        (50 years)

  • Sue Stangl

    I notice this started getting messy about 1965, about the time we kicked God out of America and put Him in the box we call the church. America used to lend money too other nations. We used to be rich in love for others. We used to speak like the lamb, but now most speak like the dragon. The words of Christians in the past were compasionate now they are full of hate and condemnation. “then lawlessness shall increase and the love of many shall wax cold” these are the words of Jesus about the last days. But God said this would happen. As usual people don’t believe God. They want to pick and choose what to believe. But because you don’t believe something, it does not make it untrue. This is what God said: If we walk in the ways of God, this is what He will do: “The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I comand you today, and are careful to observe them.” Deuteronomy 28:12,13 But this is what will happen if you reject God and His ways: “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.” Deuteronomy 28:43, 44. You can keep reading down and it gets real clear of what God will do. And it matches perfectly with what is going on today. For the person who says, ‘this was written for the Jews’, God’s word is written to all, His word never changes, and this is proven through the things of today that are going on. This is not just a government problem, this is a Christian problem. We have been instructed how to live, and just like the Israelites we have chose to ignore the instructions of God, we are reaping what we have sown!

  • Matt P, RN

    Better off than I was four years ago?? I have to say “Hell No” ! It isn’t because of what any of the Democrats or Republicans did – It was the Catholics!! How? 4 years ago, I worked as a nurse at the Catholic hospital (Penrose) here in Colorado Springs. Came down with a bad gall bladder. The hospital’s surgeon botched the operation and I was in a septic coma for a month. Left the hospital pretty well crippled for life. The good Catholics FIRED me a month later because “I could no longer do the work”….. Burned up a good part of our retirement over these last four years. So, no, I am NOT “Better off than I was four years ago”…

  • JustPlainAmerican

    I have watched the politcal process and the politicians themselves get more and more extravagant, entitled, and indifferent to their electorates’ needs or wishes. And now you tell me that the two dominant parties are basically reacting in the same methods to the burgeoning debt, the overwhelming despair and anger of the public……so let’s get them out of there.

    There is no earthly reason for “career” politicians. Or “politial dynasties.” Strict restrictions should be made regarding the length of service, nepotism, and qualifications of candidates. Why allow family members to “establish residence” in various states in order to qualify for elections?

    If candidates KNOW that they will only be serving two terms maximum, that no relatives will be allowed to enter politics if they are elected…..what would that do to our political process? If they KNOW that they will not receive full pension and benefits for life after serving only a four-year term, but will take their chances like the rest of us after their jobs are done, wouldn’t that assure us that the people running for office are wanting to serve their country and not just line their pockets or bask in the limelight of power?

    I am truly a wide-eyed wishful optimist, but I think it can and should be done at a very grassroots level. Ron Paul has been ignored because he hasn’t followed established political policies. He may have been an answer……with a huge and unpredictable groundswell, he may still be. But remember, we’re not going to be pleased with HIM either because there is NO easy answer and no fast solution. You don’t erase decades of indifference and decadence in one four-year term.

    I only know that I grew up feeling so fortunate that I was born in America. I loved pledging allegiance to the flag every morning in school, saying the Lord’s Prayer. Knowing somewhere within my child’s heart that America was wonderful and free and part of God’s plan for all people on earth. Millions of immigrants would echo that sentiment. Until lately……

  • Larry Macey

    soap box, ballot box,cartridge box ,pine box

  • Trailoftears

    This one of the first times I’ve read an article about the failure of our economic system and not preaching the virtues of Obama or Romney being able to save America and our coming downfall, yes I said it Americas downfall. We as country have accumulated Debt, No savings, Max our credit cards, Bought homes we couldn’t afford, taken out equity loan on those same homes and bought Fancy Cars, Boats, Vacations, swimming pools like the bill would never come due, and it did! Only a few people were thinking with a level head. And is one of them, when the Bank said you qualify for a $450 thousand dollar loan my brain “Yea Right!” I bought at $160 with 50% down. I learned long ago “NEVER GIVE SOMEONE YOUR LAST DOLLAR” and Always have a 3 to 6 month rainy day fund. So you see the U.S Government and the America people mirror each other “They’re Both Broke” and as for the so called 1%’ers which I am not. I learned a lot from them
    1. Always have a rainy day fund 3 to 6 months.
    2. Never buy something you can’t afford to pay for.
    3. Always own Gold and Silver.
    4. Never listen to the News Mainstream or Cable “Ratings is number#1)
    5. And never leave the future of your family in the hands of the U.S. Government, State or City!!

  • MickeyG

    Fiat currency is the root of all our problems. If real money, gold and silver, where needed to fund anything from war to cheap credit, we would have none of them. The ability to create money has enslaved us all. Until this is fixed, get used to being a slave to those who control the printing presses.

  • Ed_B

    “The ability to create money has enslaved us all.”

    Close, Mickey, very very close. Creating money isn’t really the problem, though. It is creating debt that is the problem. When the Fed creates money it automatically attaches debt to that money. This debt must be paid. Printing the currency allows the Fed to collect HUGE sums of interest from everyone working in the US. Over time, this debt earns the Fed (and the banks that own it) trillions of dollars that we all must pay. It was not an accident or a coincidence that the Fed and the US income tax arrived in the same year, 1913. An income tax is necessary if the huge sums in interest are to be paid. Oh, and we must always trust the Fed, don’t question or audit them, and pay no attention to the Fed Chairman standing behind the curtain, pulling all those levers. He IS The Great Oz!

  • http://fubarandgrill.org Mark E. Smith

    The election boycott movement is gathering steam.

    Those who are not better off can find out why by reading Consent to Tyranny: Voting in the USA for free here:

    http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1431

    Those who are better off can get it for their Kindles on amazon.com for 99-cents here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Consent-Tyranny-Voting-USA-ebook/dp/B0095OHZ9G

    Casting a ballot that doesn’t have to be counted and is completely unverifiable, for candidates who, once in office, cannot be held accountable, is the equivalent of declaring yourself incompetent and designating guardians to manage your affairs for you.

    Don’t vote! Boycott 2012.

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