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Do Not Make Fun Of Those That Have Fallen Out Of The Middle Class – You Could Be Next

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Frustrated - Photo by BlechhhyThere are millions of American families that once lived very comfortable middle class lifestyles that have lost it all.  When you are unemployed and you can’t find a decent job, it can crush your soul.  Every day you can see the disappointment or the disapproval in the eyes of your family and friends, and it can be really easy to want to give up completely.  And then there are always those that choose to actively vocalize their disdain for those that are down on their luck.  But telling people “to get a job” or shaming them for being on welfare isn’t going to solve anything in an economy where there simply are not enough jobs for everyone.  Only a small minority of welfare recipients are actually trying to abuse the system.  Most people just want to work hard and take care of their families.  Unfortunately, that is much harder to do than it was before the last financial crisis.

At this point, our economy has stabilized at a much lower level than it was at before.  For example, 32 million Americans were on food stamps when Barack Obama took office, and subsequently that number shot up to about 47 million.  Fortunately, that number has been relatively stable for the last couple of years, but there has been no recovery.  This can be seen in lots of other economic statistics as well.

If we were going to have an “economic recovery”, it should have happened by now.

Unfortunately, it has not materialized, and now the next downturn is coming.

Since I run a website called “The Economic Collapse”, a lot of people seem to assume that I actually want an economic collapse to happen.  But that is not the truth at all.  I love this country, and just like most other people I really enjoy life in modern America.  I wish that the party could go on forever.  But I know that it cannot.

And every day I hear from people that are deeply suffering in this economy.  Anyone that has a heart that hears of such suffering would want things to get better.  Why would anyone want to see even more pain?

But I know that more pain is coming.

In the years ahead, a tremendous amount of love and compassion are going to be needed.  When people lose their jobs, their entire lives can be turned upside down.  Just consider the case of one formerly middle class woman named Abby Henson

Last winter I ran into a friend pushing his two youngest children in a stroller. When I asked how he was doing, he told me he’d recently lost his job. I walked away thinking, “Thank God that’s not us.” Fast-forward seven months and now we’re the family people walk away from with a sigh of relief.

One day this summer, my husband came home early from work with the news he’d lost his job. Since then, we’ve gone through all the stages of grief, with a few additions of our own. I’ve gone into what I’ve dubbed “Mama Bear mode,” wanting to do everything with my husband and our two small children, maybe because I just don’t want to face anyone alone. “How are you doing?” is a hard question to answer in the rush of school pickup. So I keep my mate and cubs close, or we hibernate at home, trying to avoid scrutiny.

Sadly, this kind of thing has happened to millions of families.  Those that doubt this just need to look at the survey numbers.

Back in 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”.

In 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans still consider themselves to be “middle class”.

This next story that I want to share with you is from a reader named Joe.  Please look past the lack of punctuation, and consider what he is saying.  This is a man that has had his heart broken…

im not sure whats worse. never having a career and family or losing them both. i know that when i got the honor of handing 20 years of hard work to the chinese it plunged me in to despair and a horrible spin. 3 years later and a college degree and ive lost my home and my family over it. and all i got was, you could have, you should have. so its all my fault that someone elses greed caused all this. by the way the corporate CEO that did this makes 7 million bucks a year. she caused 2 divorces. a dozen early forced retirements, countless career losses and multiple wrecked families. im lucky i still have my RV which is home now. i used to have a nice 4 bedroom house with all the middle class trimmings. now i consider myself lucky to have a job where i barely make the space rent and no hope of recovering my former career or my family. i had it all and lost it so i dont know whats worse having or never having it at all and pining for it. either way it hurts knowing that no one wants you after you fall apart youre just a hot potato. all i know is that im lost with no hope with a clean 30 year work history thats now moot. in retrospect i wish i had stayed in the saddle and kept riding my motorcycle till i was no more.

And it is not just older Americans that are suffering in this economy.

Many young people that worked incredibly hard through school and that did everything “right” now find the door to the middle class completely shut.  The following is testimony from a recent college graduate that is incredibly sad…

I’m a college graduate. I live at home. I am on food stamps. I graduated about two years ago and the only work I’ve been able to get is sign waving. Temp agencies are all so flooded with applicants they are almost useless. I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes, filled out dozens of applications, and nothing ever happens. Everyone acts like it’s YOUR fault. That used to be hurtful, but now I’m past caring, because I realize what life holds for me: nothing. I will never have a family or career. I will never own a home or even live on my own again. I will never be able to have a social life again. I will never be financially independent, like I was for a brief period of time at an age younger than most because I worked so hard for it. And all of it was for this nothing. A lifetime of hard work, completely wasted. I wish I had just partied and screwed around my whole life – the outcome probably would have been better.

The despair that our young adults are feeling right now shows up very clearly in the survey numbers.

Back in 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”.

In 2014, 49 percent of them do.

That is an astounding shift in just six years.

Anyone that believes that the U.S. economy is “just fine” is crazy.

When you lose everything, it can plunge you into a spiral of depression and desperation that can be incredibly difficult to break free from.

Some people get tempted to give up completely, but that is never a good answer.

I hope that some people will take hope from a comment that a reader named Paul left on one of my recent articles

Due to a lack of job security and all the bad economic news I have lapsed into a clinical depression. I have been susceptible to anxiety and depression in the past. However, I did not have to deal with a bout of depression for about 5 years. I am writing this as a wakeup call to other people who may be feeling what I am feeling right now. I am extremely angry about the rampant corruption, laziness, hubris, and ignorance that is permeating through society today. I have shifted between anger, apathy, and sadness. However, I have family that I must protect. One of my purposes in life is to give people hope. Also, below is a list of actions I took to combat my depression.

· Take up a new hobby. Dancing helped me.
· Take stock of how your life impacts others.
· Prepare for harder times ahead. This is extremely empowering.
· Engage in acts of kindness. I found a twenty dollar bill on the floor at a store. Instead of keeping it I gave it to lost and found at customer service. I also removed a sharp piece of wood from the middle of a residential street.
· I remember the saying “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem” Feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness are transitory. If you have thoughts about taking your life please get help.
· Typing this has made me feel better.

I will continue to fight my depression. I am in a dark place right now. However, I am searching for the light.

Please pray for Paul and others just like him as they struggle with their pain.

The truth is that there is always hope.

If you are reading this and you are hurting, I want you to know that almost everyone hits a very deep low at some point.  But if you keep fighting, there is always a way for things to be turned around.

Personally, God took the broken pieces of my life and turned them into a beautiful thing, and He can do the same for you.

So never, ever, ever give up.

Yes, very challenging economic times are coming.

But our lives should not be defined by our material possessions anyway.

Personally, I am very glad to be alive during this time of human history.  When times are the darkest, that is when light is needed the most.  And times of great crisis also often bring great opportunity as well.

The years ahead are going to present an awesome opportunity to make a difference in this world.

Don’t miss out.

  • Priszilla

    when you have money to spend just think a while where it goes, to the lower class, the middle class or the upper class.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    I don’t know of anyone with money in a savings account. Always amazed when someone like my podiatrist or veterinarian admit to having to take a second mortgage. They are the ones who should be ahead. Our economic meltdown is going to be such a heartbreaking affair. Its gotta happen, but I’m dreading it.

  • Tim

    I came across something on television this evening. It was a program about poverty in Moldova–a country in eastern Europe. Moldova is situated between Romania and Ukraine. The images on the TV were heartbreaking. It looked worse than what you’d see in Appalachia.

    As bad as things are here in the U.S., we still have it pretty good. I think the wisest thing those who are still middle class can do is to minimize their expenses and live as frugally as possible. That way, when the next downturn hits it won’t be as painful to adjust. Our standard of living is going to drop drastically.

  • Tractor

    I guess we could all move to North Dakota and be truck drivers uh???

    • Tim

      I recently read that there are 20,000 jobs available in Williston, ND. However, there’s no housing, and rent there is the highest in the nation. Some people are living in their cars.

      • Priszilla

        Probably better to have a job and live in your car than having no job and live in your car?

        • Tim

          You obviously don’t know what winter is like in South Dakota. It’s brutally cold.

          • Priszilla

            Yes, if it gets less than 10 below zero in my face, I can’t sleep. But the guys in the arctic sleep in tents. So there must be a way?

    • SpunkyBunks

      My brother works out there as a land surveyor. The only shopping, Wal-Mart, is a 2-3 hr drive away! That’s where everybody goes on their only day off, Sunday. And he says most of the shelves are empty and the prices are 3 times or more to what he was paying back home in Las Vegas.

      Fast food places are only open a few hours a day because they can’t find anyone willing to work for $16-$18/hr! You can also rent a dump of room for $1000/month in a shared living situation. You will pay up the butt if you bring your wife/kids. They pay $3000+/month for their living space.

      It’s brutal living, but my brother says its better than being unemployed back in Vegas.

  • coffeedrinker

    I am giving up coffee drinking (espresso drinks) because the quality of the drinks and the quality of the service provided at places like Starbucks is very poor. This was my last luxury in life.
    I still have a middle class status but I see more and more businesses just trying to get you to turn over your dollars for inferior products and services.
    The structure of commerce is falling apart rapidly.

    • dan

      Starbucks might be having financial difficulties as well they are going to start selling beer and wine

      • coffeedrinker

        I use to have a bottle of beer or a glass of wine with a restaurant meal (occasionally). But even here I have cut way back because often the beer served in the bottles is not fresh (it is stale) or the wine sold at restaurants is too cheap in quality to be worthwhile to have with a meal.
        It does say somewhere in the bible that we should eat drink and be merry.
        As you can see I will not be helping Starbucks with their beer-wine selling scheme.

    • dontcallmeafool

      I see this too. Customer service these days really does seem non existent unless you are dealing with a non-corporate entity. What few dollars I have to spend – I don’t want them going to corporate America any more, I’d much rather they went to help out someone self employed and struggling.

      • Mike Smithy

        Over the past 20 years, I have noticed how agonizingly slow the cashiers are at most retail stores. Whether it’s Walmart, Target, K-Mart or the local grocery store, it”s as if they are having a competition for the world’s slowest cashier.

        • Hammerstrike

          That tells you how much they are being paid.

        • Jean Bush

          Most of them are immigrants, illegal or otherwise. They refuse to learn enough English to be efficient.

    • ConcernedAmerican

      Perhaps the service is poor because people are miserable? They are spending all of their time at a place they don’t want to be, doing work that they don’t enjoy, for wages they can’t afford necessities on, and paying $3 + per gallon of gas to go somewhere they don’t want to go. Are people starting to realize that the working class are servants to the decadent wealthy? Are people getting tired of breaking their back to make someone else wealthy? Are people tired of being $1 + trillion in debt for education? Are people noticing that some other countries get 3 months paid vacation annually while many Americans cannot afford to miss one day of work? Are people starting to link the demands of working long hours and then going to school for hours to the high divorce rate in America? Are Americans getting tired of being called lazy even after working so hard? After working all day, people want to be able to afford rent in a safe neighborhood, clothes, food, water, electric, etc. I think there are a lot of factors linked to bad service. People get tired of working and not being paid a living wage. Remember the coal miners and Blair Mountain.

      • El mico

        While I agree with your post, do you realize you have about the cheapest fuel in the world? Here in oz we pay by the liter but convert that to gallons and we pay between $5 to $6. You might have to downsize your vehicles. And where is this magical place that has 3 months annual leave? I want to check it out.

        • Priszilla

          In UK the litre is £1.30.

          I really don’t know what the Americans are moaning about.

          And now, with self sufficiency in oil they should all be hopping happily around..

          They could cover all their deserts with photovoltaics and use the power generated to power maglevs from left to right, top to bottom, and creating hundred of thousands of jobs building and maintaining and operating all their infrastructure.

          Why are they waiting for their government to make everything happen? Can’t they do anything by themselves anymore?

          If the government is in the way, replace it! The whole of Eastern Europe replaced their governments!

          • jaxon64

            The Americans moan because our country is about 8x the size of England and most of us must travel 30 to 50 miles each way to work–some travel over 100 miles round trip and I’m not talking about couriers or delivery people– we may use 2 tanks of fuel ( 20 to 30 gallons per week) just to arrive at our jobs.
            America is spread out–many of the jobs are in the cities but the safe housing and better schools are in the suburbs. We are almost forced into a position of having to spend 5 to 10 hours per week traveling to jobs, added fuel costs and wear and tear on cars plus insurances—
            ——-maybe it is us Americans who should be asking, “Why would anyone in Europe complain about fuel costs when they barely use any compared to what Americans have to use just to live and participate in gainful employment?
            PS: Michael–and to other readers, a nice way to get some work done in my large yard, some minor carpentry and landscape work done …and also help another who may be down on their luck and need a few hundred bucks is to post a flier at church for $400 cash if someone can spend a week cleaning out flower beds, spreading mulch, running a tiller on my veggie gardens etc…so much yard work after this brutal winter–limbs, sticks, chainsawing, axing firewood to re-stock…and no time to do it ( and no sons)..

          • Donal

            You seem to be forgetting how big London is, and how many people that work there, also live in the suburbs. Just look at the price of these train tickets per week. Guaranteed it’s more than you pay in fuel.

          • jaxon64

            If you are paying more than the $70 a week that I pay in fuel ( and another $70 for my wife = $140 total per week) then I really do feel sorry for you–I hope your lot improves–but don’t be calling us yanks whiners or moaners. The logistics here require lots of money just so that we CAN work…

          • Mr. Hunter

            I bet they are — train tickets ARE EXPENSIVE there. AND their salaries are lower, and taxes higher. I don’t know how they do it.

          • Priszilla

            If there is so much space in America, wouldn’t it make sense to build your house near were your job is?

            And for travelling 100 miles, wouldn’t it be better to take a train? It’s much faster and you’d spend more time with your family?

          • JulietteofOhio

            Unless you live on the east coast (God forbid!) there is no passenger train grid. Europe is set up for train travel, we are not.

          • Priszilla

            Well, maybe time to set something up and create jobs?

            In Japan and China whole citiers were founded in the last years around new train stations.

            The Shin Kansen (Shin = New) had a new station named Shin Yokohama, which is now a big place with lots of businesses and residential houses.

            In South China they built train stsations for their new high speed lines. And on top and around the station shopping malls developed, and on top of the shopping malls residential units.

            For businesses it also makes sense to build where the resources are. And if you mostly need human resources…

            I understand you need to keep compatibility with legacy systems, But even people who insist on using DOS are able to change.

          • Desertmer

            Well I will get right on that! Thanks I had no idea – your brilliant suggestion is staggeringly easy from my middle class perch. I will just go to the next congress and tell them to get right on the stick….. I thought Brits were smarter than we colonists. Apparently I was mistaken- smh.

          • Priszilla

            Well, next election you could ask those who want to get elected what they have done in the past and recent past.
            What they had promised before their last electgion and what they have delivered.

            It’s your right.

            And it is your right to elect those who fit your bill better.

            If this is your country, then do something about it. Don’t just moan.

          • Mondobeyondo

            In many parts of America, especially in the west and southwest, distances are huge, and these towns and cities were built around automobile transportation. Rail service is limited or nonexistent. You either drive – or fly, or bicycle, or walk. Maybe hitchhike…

          • jaxon64

            you must not have read my post very well…Nobody “builds a house” in the city. It is either giant corps building offices worth billions, high-rise luxury condos in some sections, or old slums full of drugs and crime–there is nowhere to build.
            Also-like I said–it is not safe to live in the city with the crime,violence, vandalism, graffitti, drugs and substandard schools. The nearest city to me is Washington DC and I challenge you to come to the states and walk around in a DC neighborhood after dark.
            We live in the suburbs because that is where some safety and decent neighborhoods still are–yet the jobs are still inside the beltway- ( I hate repeating myself)

          • Priszilla

            It is similar with London.

            Yet, I found a job far outside of London with better living standard and less living costs.
            I didn’t apply for a job in London for exactly the reasons you mentioned – costs and time needed for commuting. I prefer time with my family.

            So, for people who have no job for years (like me) it might be worth considering to move somewhere else.

            I found my first job after university at the other end of the world.

          • Gay Veteran

            depends on which neighborhood. I live in Baltimore and have no problems walking at night in my neighborhood.

          • tfb

            Gosh that’s cute.

          • Mr. Hunter

            Typically, close to jobs is too expensive of a place to live. Also, folks tend to lose jobs due to downsizing every three years, and moves are expensive.

            Cities with rail service tend to hare trains that go to city centers, yet most jobs are on outer ring roads. Imagine if most jobs in London, UK were on the M25….

            This isn’t a whine, merely an explanation. Few people want to live far from jobs it’s just that few live near them.

          • Priszilla

            if jobs were on the m25, people would live in middlesex and only the queen would live in the city.

          • Mr. Hunter

            My point is more that public transit mostly doesn’t go to such areas here — it’s city center-centric (if that makes sense !)

          • Priszilla

            Well, yes. But that isn’t a technical problem.

            And anything that isn’t a technical problem, like building a stepladder to the moon, can be solved.

            In the Internet the data packet doesn’t need to know in advance which way to go. It goes the way that presents itself.

            With goods and people you could do the same, within reason.

            You have a smartphone.
            And the smartphone tells you which way to go.
            Get off this station, take bus number x which will arrive in precisely 2 minutes, and go three stations where Mr. Smith will arrive at 7:15 to pick you up and bring you to your place of work, because he just works in the same office building.

            Like any network it needs a number of participants to work properly, and the more people participate the better iot works.

            It’s the same with highways and railways.

            One car alone won’t bring you far without roads and gas stations. And nobody will build a network of gas stations if nobody has a car.

            Right now some phones allow payment from phone to phone. Perfect for car sharing. And you could even use bitcoins or Rupiah, whatever the other partner accepts.

            Just in this sector there are possibilities and opportunities.

            And the same goes for parcels. You put your availability into the network, and then you pick up a parcel and transport it from 42nd Street to Hamburger Road. And for these 4.5 Miles you get paid a certain amount.

            The biggest enemy will be Homeland security because then everything will be harder to track.

          • Mr. Hunter

            The discussion was “why don’t people take trains to work?” I am simply trying to explain that it isn’t always feasible. That’s all.

          • karungguni talirafia

            i get whatyou mean. England is smaller with transport options aplenty. I used to live in Bradford (northwest) and commute to london in intercity train back in the 90s.

          • Desertmer

            Trains stop running during rain snow ans sometimes wind. We have had moremthanour share here in most parts of the US. Also train fareis often MORE expensive than gas for a small car. And when you keeplosing jobs and have to travel further and further for each new one no one can afford to constantly be buying and trying to sell homes – which keep declining in price. Have you so little grasp of the US but you are commenting on this topic with so much authority and smugness?

          • Priszilla

            They have trains in Siberia. And in China. And in most of Europe, where it is also cold in Winter, and they have snow.

            Trains can run in Winter and in Rain. It is not a technical issue, it is more a managerial issue, and a shareholder issue.

            Don’t blame trains, blame shareholders who suck out every last penny or cent of a company leaving it with no capital to run a normal business.

            A harsh winter is not easy, I have done some ice clearing at 25 below zero in my youth. But we didn’t shut down.

            We had a few cases, where we had so much snow that people had to be carried to the hospital with tanks, and the army delivered hot food. But, the high tech US army or National Guard should be able to setup emergency services in an emergency?

            You pay them anyway, whether they play card in the barracks or remove snow from the highways and railways.

          • Jean Bush

            Priszilla seems to have all the answers. Let her go build the railway network. Or maybe she could move to Siberia.

          • Desertmer

            Lol!!

          • Priszilla

            Do I have too many questions for you?

          • Priszilla

            It is your country. It is up to you to change things or keep moaning about it.

            Or emigrate.

            Millions of people emigrate from the Middle East and Africa to find a better life elsewhere.

          • Desertmer

            Mind your own country dearie – you have enough problems of your own. Now go off and play little missy- let the grown ups talk.

          • Jean Bush

            What do you do if you lose that job? Carry your house on your back until you find another? If you do?
            There are far too many areas where public transportation is non existant. We still have the cheapest gas in the world but that doesn’t help if you travel 50 miles each way. Your gas expense could take up a third of your paycheck.

          • Priszilla

            Sell the house? Rent a room near your work?
            Get an efficient car?

            Got a new job recently. Rented a room. Went home last weekend. 250 miles return. Used 10 litres diesel.

            From my room to work I walk.

            When the work is permanent, we move here and find another job for my boyfriend.

          • Jean Bush

            He has my deepest sympathies.

          • annas

            I don’t know where this person lives but there are no trains between small or middle size towns. The only commercial transportation is subways and only in very large cities. Riding subways can also be dangerous.

          • Priszilla

            There are trains between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, for example. And further on to Manchester. And to the South going to Bournemouth. No subway in either of these small towns.

            America had railways, too. In the past. They were sacrificed for cars and highways and airplanes.

            China is building a highspeed train network.

            20 years ago the only reliable transport between Hong Kong and Canton was the bus or taxi.The train went three times a day and took 3 hours, nonstop. Now they have a highspeed train going every 10 minutes, taking an hour for the 120km, including 3 stops..

            Danger?
            In UK the police do not have guns. But I have seen a little police woman with a German Shepherd at the train station. I haven’t seen any crime or disorderly behaviour yet in this town.
            Everybody seems very relaxed, and busy, minding his own business.

          • Mr. Hunter

            England is the size of New York. Wyoming is larger than the whole UK.

          • Hammerstrike

            Isn´t Britain going to be in really biog troubles when SHTF, even more than North America?

            Escape From New York, Absolom 2022…

          • Gay Veteran

            we’re not self sufficient in oil

          • peace angel

            Your government signed AGENDA 21 agreeing to create a one world order by becoming the EU and by doing so they are the first of only seven nations that will exist when the order is complete. The NAU is the next plan and all borders between Canada and South America will be flung open just like all the borders in the EU will be flung open at the same time.

            IF you think your gov. is not part of this world takeover you need to do some real research. Start with bilderberg dot org.

            Agenda 21 is the plan to kill off 90% of the world population and to imprison in concentration camps any who remain other than the bilderberg group and that is what you are so proud of.

            Eastern Europe has replaced their gov. with a one world order.

            America is an ostrich nation of lazies and dependents and super consumers and deserve what is coming, but your future is NO different.

          • Priszilla

            Did you read Agenda 21?

      • Drud

        Totally agree. People are miserable without realizing it and certainly without realizing the underlying causes. Our society (all societies really) is held together by faith, not religious faith, but faith in the system, faith in liberty, faith in a level playing field, faith that grocery store shelves will always be stocked, faith the gas stations will always have fuel, in general, faith that a brighter future lies ahead. All of this is eroding and has been for decades, but at such a slow rate that very few have noticed. More and more people are waking up and this may continue to be a gradual thing, but the possibility is there, with a higher and higher probability, of it happening suddenly. Dmitry Orlov has written extensively on the process of collapse and says it happens in 5 stages: 1) financial markets collapse, 2 ) commercial collapse (businesses close because there is no money coming in), 3) governmental collapse (government services begin to disappear, because no tax revenue is coming in), 4) social collapse (people stay in their homes and basically stop interacting socially with one another) and 5) cultural collapse (basically this is a state of war of all vs all, law of the jungle). Now, when the USSR collapsed ~25 years ago, they were able to stop it at stage 3. Will the US be able to do the same? Anyway, my point is this: while Orlov’s scenario is the most likely, there are a couple things that could lead directly to stage 4: total grid failure or widespread pandemic (also probably a few others that aren’t nearly as likely). Ultimately, we are in completely uncharted waters.

  • JulietteofOhio

    Interestingly, the young voted for Obama and still continue to vote a liberal ticket. Suicidal or terminally ignorant? I was fascinated with the outlook of our tax preparation guy who asked us, seriously, how much my husband and I, both well over retirement age, had saved for retirement (zero) and told us we needed at least $500,000 and possibly more since we’re in good health for our age. He knows we were both out of work for almost a decade during a cyclic crash in the industry in which we work. We told him we might be able to scrape up $2,000 and he, without batting an eye, said nearly everyone he talked to is in that position. He admitted, honestly I thought, that even if we had any money, he couldn’t advise us where to invest it since he considers nothing to be safe any longer. We’re going to continue to work as long as our minds and bodies allow us, then what? maybe die in the living room, assuming we still have one. My heart goes out to the people about whom you wrote. Our youngest son is in the same position and I really don’t see much of a future for him, and he deserves one. We lucked out by being good in a niche position, but still had to go through Chapter 13 and numerous indignities. Everything is paid back, which is why we have no savings, and we are the wrong age to ever be back in middle class. Keep your head up and know you’re as good as anyone. Every time I read another fawning article about Obama, I want to yell really loudly and yank the author into our life or my son’s life. Treason runs deeply in many areas.

    • blackhawk56

      As sane a statement as i have read in a long time. I say to you, Amen, Amen, Amen!!!!

    • Roger Smith

      Having your health at this period of human history is going to pay dividends far greater than sitting on even a million dollars. For people who have saved a pile, what the FED can’t inflate away, the IRS will flat out steal. In the next couple years, prepare to hear endless stories of people with fat pensions, 401Ks and IRAs that just get absolutely clobbered. Property taxes so high that even those with paid off mortgages are forced into forclosure…..just to pay the taxes.
      The masses are going to flounder. In my opinion, the absolute most important things to be working on is your skills and the integrity of your family. This probably goes without saying for most of the folks on this site but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it one more time.

    • jox

      The crisis started with Bush. I know you like a lot to blame everithing on Obama, but that’s simply not logical.

      • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

        No, it started with Clinton when he said everybody must live the American dream(must own a house, a back yard, 2 cars in the garage, and a pet peeing around). You, people of America have never learned to save your dollars, instead you bought gadgets, tv.

        • Mike Smithy

          Actually, this mess started with the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. As a nation, we handed over our sovereignty to the bankster shills. One of the best books that I have ever read is “The Creature from Jekyl Island”. The book chronicles the unholy alliance between government and the banks.

          • Drud

            If there were indeed one true starting point it would indeed be the secret meeting on Jekyll Island in 1910, during which plans were laid by 7 men to rob from everyone else. Unfortunately, they succeeded.

          • Priszilla

            Actually, it started with the creation of a bank in the 15th century somewhere which is now Italy.

            And just look at Italy now.

      • not me

        NO! The problem started with Regan and continued to compound and will continue as long as our so called elected officials are owned!

      • joey

        the crisis started with lincoln……

      • JulietteofOhio

        Oh, wow! Another “Bush started it” child, naive and confrontational. I think “it” started with Lyndon Johnson and Bush did his share to destroy what he could during his term. However, even considering the sorry state of American education, you must admit that Obama has made most of our problems infinitely worse.

      • Hammerstrike

        Blame Buuuuush! Bush stole my denture!

      • smallergovnow

        Red Team Blue Team Nebbish…

  • K

    The saddest thing I notice, is it slowly gets worse every passing year. In the beginning of the downturn. The first thing I noticed was how full all the travel trailer parks were. People had lost their houses, and were living in what they used to take vacations in. So at first, it was not that bad. You would see a lot of fairly high end RVs, and some good size air stream trailers. But as the years passed the RVs disappeared, as well as the larger air streams. Now it is the very basic RVs, and the smaller travel trailers. As well as a fair number of fifth wheels. The other day, someone had come in, with an old style camper. Yes one of those, that fit in the bed of a pick-up truck. It also used to be unusual, to see someone living in their car. It is not so unusual now. Every time I see this sort of thing I remember. There but by the grace of God go I. And then I see if I can help in any way.

    • dooder

      My son does termite treaments and lawn sprays and was out making his rounds one day. He said he seen a family of 5 living in a shed behind someones house. Yes its getting worse.

  • Wakulla Prepper

    If the predictions of very hard times are coming are correct, and great civil strife awaits, I ask the readers do you see yourselves as becoming freedom fighters. As a prepper I’ve made provisions for weathering this storm, but I fear the storm could become a war against our civil rights by the numerous government “law enforcement” groups. Is the logical progression of prepping to become radicalized in thought, and then action?

    • Kel

      yes, I have more fear of my govt during difficult times than my neighbor… although I know desperation causes all kinds of situations to fear from neighbors and strangers… still i fear my govt much more.

    • Charlotte

      The thought has definitely crossed my mind. We here in America have lived such safe and cushy lives for so long that few really believe another war on our soild could happen – we falsely believe that only occurs in other countries or in other time periods. There’s no reason a devestating civil war couldn’t happen here, though, and with the way things are going, it’s a real possibility. A prolonged and severe economic depression would likely cause our already polarized, fragmented, and crime-ridden society to destabilize. It wouldn’t take much to tip a lot of people over the edge.

  • libsfellatetheobamacock

    is that a picture of gary?

  • bug

    Sorry but I have little sympathy for these guys and their sob stories.

    Getting a job is not hard, these folks have no excuse for being out of work as long as they have been.

    I have been fired several times in my life yet I have never been unemployed for more than ten days.

    These people that spend years looking for the perfect job have unrealistic expectations. I delivered pizza for five years after being fired from a much higher paying job out in the oil fields. During those five years I was able to pay off my house and even get married.

    Not too long ago I was arrested which caused me to get fired from the pizza job as well. That did not cause everything to come crashing down in my life however.

    A few days later I got myself a job serving fast food. Yes I was making minimum wage, my wife was making less than a hundred dollars a week, but never once during this time did I ever worry about losing it all. We simply live with what we can afford.

    That was less than a year ago and now I have an incredible job in the trucking industry making nearly a thousand a week.

    You just got to be flexible, if your preferred job is unobtainable after a week of searching, take whatever you can get.

    • Charlotte

      I’m glad things worked out for you, but not everyone is so lucky. I got a degree in elementary education at a time when there was such a severe shortage for teachers that local school districts were trying to lure them from other states. Getting a teaching job was a piece of cake before the recession, but I graduated in 2009 when there were literally 100 people applying for every open position anywhere in the state. It was so bad I was beginning to consider relocating, though the situation was similar in most other parts of the US at the time. It ultimately took me almost a year to get just a part-time teacher assistant job, $600 a month with no benefits. I beat out 96 other people to get it and I only landed it because I was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, which in good times was a credential that would have placed me at the very top of the pile for an actual teaching job. On top of that, my district had a hiring freeze for nearly all positions for about two years. In addition to applying for every teacher, teacher assistant, nanny, babysitter, and daycare position I could possibly find within two hours of my house, I also applied to every retail opening and odd job I could find. I was literally willing to do anything. Times were so tough even McDonalds was so flooded with applicants I couldn’t get hired there! In the end, I ultimately became a stay-at-home mom not too long after finally getting my teacher assistant job, but if I had stayed just 3 more months I would have been laid off with everyone else I had been hired with. I would have been right back at square one. It is so easy for those who’ve never had to actually search for a job to accuse the unemployed of being lazy, but it’s just not true. You can apply for every position under the sun, but if you’re having to beat out 100 other people for each one, the odds are stacked against you. It’s not an issue of being too picky about what job you’ll accept – it’s the fact that there are no jobs to be had.

    • Oldphartbsa

      I’m 54 and have been canned many times over the years, particularly in the 80’s. Back then I was probably one of the better salesmen in the southern US. Did a weekly premium route for insurance…the year I made the President’s club, with over $1 million in life insurance l did so well my manager took over my route.
      Went into Asst. Manager for a Hardee’s position…worked there for two years then went back to sales.
      Sold wholesale pizza products…grew weekly sales from $500 to $5000 a week within two years, was recognized as the company’s national sales leader for 15 consecutive months. Did so well my manager took my job.
      Found another peddling pre-packed sandwiches to convenience stores. Started talking to bowling alleys, bars and other places that within a month I was the National Sales Leader. I insisted that I would be present for the birth of my second son. I get canned.
      Stepped back to think about it…and decided I was done with Sales and wanted to have some stability by working ‘inside with air conditioning’. Lied my way into a temp position, taught myself how to use a computer (this was still back in the 80′), then to program, then to analyze. Saved a temp employer $5 million and still wound up canned.
      Since then I got my college degrees and became a bean counter. And I read more stuff from so many sources that most of my friends can’t even believe it. I do it every night. One friend, a high ranking Army imaging officer, said that I’m the most informed person he knows.
      With that crap said. The 80’s were a devastating pit of despair for employment, poverty finance, and hope. Yeah, gas was $0.75 a gallon, but my hourly pay equivalent was something like $2.00 an hour.
      Zero Hedge has a ‘wink-wink-nudge-nudge’ running joke regarding “This time it’s different.”
      For our economy and employment, these days…”This time it’s definitely phuckin’ different!”. I really feel sorry for the youngsters coming out of college with hopes and dreams…you have no hope, and your dream is really a nightmare.

  • RICHARD

    Something bias, knowing but can’t see it

  • Orange Jean

    Excellent and thought provoking article Michael. Thank you!

  • davidmpark

    Scriptures speak better than I ever could:

    Psalms 10:2
    “The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.”

    Proverbs 28:27
    “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”

    Proverbs 14:31
    “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.”

    Proverbs 22:16
    “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.”

    Ecclesiastes 5:8
    “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.”

    Malachi 3:5
    “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.”

    Malachi 3:8-10
    “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

    Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

    Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

    Alma 34:28-29
    “And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need—I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.

    Therefore, if ye do not remember to be charitable, ye are as dross, which the refiners do cast out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of men.”

    D&C 56:17-18
    “Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men’s goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands!

    But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.”

    Mosiah 4:26
    “And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.

    And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.”

    And remember, those who give to the poor and afflicted lends to the Lord; and the Lord repays all debts He owes. :)

    • Matty

      Brilliant davidmpark!

      No matter how bad you are feeling, reading scriptures like that just makes me so relieved inside!

      • davidmpark

        Thanks Matty! Hope you get that defense job.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Michael T. Snyder’s advice to “not make fun of those that have fallen out of the middle class” is good advice. Karma can be a real bitch, and in a Third World hellhole like The Banana Republic of America, making fun of those who are suffering is never a good idea. First, you could be next, as Michael says. The middle class person can easily become the neo-poor in a collapsing empire. Second, when people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it (Gerald Celente). And when they’re both desperate and angry, you really don’t want to meet them in a dark alley. Just ask anyone who has ever had the “pleasure” of being kidnapped at gunpoint by thugs when they wandered into a not-so-nice part of Salvador, Bahia.

    “Once you have no weapons, you are essentially defenseless and worthless.”—Maine Prepper

    “I’m not sure that the American middle class exists anymore.”—Jesse “The Body” Ventura

    “This is unprecedented in world history where so many major countries are printing all this paper money backed by nothing. This Ponzi scheme is going to have to end at some point.”—Gerald Celente

    “You have approximately 80% of the American population facing poverty and joblessness. 80%. Not 20%, not 35%, 80%. You see, that is terminal to a culture.”—Jeff Rense

    Preppers are not prepping just for s****s and giggles. They’re smart enough to realize that things can get really nasty in a global economic depression. The anti-2nd Amendment crowd like to call preppers “gun nuts,” but there’s nothing nutty about being ready to defend yourself when the poor, the hungry and the desperate are on the warpath.

    • chilller

      My brother once made fun of me when he asked how much my wife and I were making. When I told him he laughed and said he paid more in taxes than we made in a year. I didn’t speak to him for over 5 years. Now he and his wife are out of work, I make more than he ever has and my wife is getting her RN in 2 months. The thought never occurred to me rub his nose in it the way he did mine…just the difference between us. So it doesn’t matter who you are, even to family. What matters is what you are to yourself and others. I help my family and friends in a heartbeat when needed and am a firm believer in God and that wheel of karma….as is my brother now.

      • TX4Life

        I have a couple of family members who always used us as the example of “what not to do” also and pointed at our low earnings. Now they are stressed out at how hard they run on the hamster wheel and how little they get in return for it. Interestingly, they aren’t nearly as smug any more. They are struggling more than they ever thought they would.

        • chilller

          If ghosts aren’t real…how come so many people have them come back to haunt them?

          • Hammerstrike

            They are real. -)

        • Hammerstrike

          Heh, the whole thing have just begun, imagine how little they´ll get when SHTF.

          Dunno exactly how much the decline will be, it will probably be even greater than in the former Soviet-Union for the US while England turns into Absolom 2022.

      • guguciao

        My brother thought it was a good idea to talk down to me after he got his degree in Anthropology. Last I heard, he is living with Mom, while my import / export business is doing better than ever (I am self-taught by the way, just reading books and info online).

        • chilller

          Good for you! A friend who was an automotive votech student in high school taught himself how to administer Oracle databases. The teachers who used to tell him he wouldn’t amount to much would now choke on his near $200,000 yearly income.

    • Mike Smithy

      Great post.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Mike: Gracias, tío!

    • Stephen Sullivan

      I actually live in Salvador,Bahia.(I’m an American expat) Believe it or not i think even the U.S. has potential to be WORSE than Brazil if the U.S.continues on the path it’s on.Brazil is no stranger to economic hard times,inflation and a collapse of their currency(the Cruzeiro)however could Americans deal with and adjust to similar situations??I think not.American culture doesn’t have the solidarity other countries like Brazil has.In Brazil when times get hard everyone eats “feijão” beans out of the same pot,when things get hard in America people kick you while you’re down and tell you to just “get a job”!

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Stephen: You make an excellent point. Here in The Banana Republic of America, a lot of people love to kick the crap out of the neo-poor and blame the victims. You hear that type of thing all the time: “well, if you’d gotten your MBA from Harvard or Yale instead of Temple or Columbia, you wouldn’t be going hungry.” What’s going to happen when poverty and desperation becomes even more widespread in the BRA?

        A few years ago in Lisboa, Portugal, I met a well-to-do Brazilian businessman who had moved from São Paulo to Lisboa to escape The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax. He was fearful of his wife or kids being kidnapped in São Paulo , and I told him that if he visits the BRA in the future, be very careful. The BRA’s decline will not be pleasant.

  • davidmpark

    Again, Mike; thank you.

    This is very touching and well written.

    Thank you.

  • Ecrow22

    In my opinion people need to get back to local communities. I believe that these harsh economic times are a good opportunity for people to become less dependent upon the dollar. The core reason why we are in this mess is because people keep playing by the corrupted system’s rules and are trying to get somewhere by doing that. It is not going to work! I get into arguments with my family all the time because of my views. People seriously need to become educated on how to be independent of this whole “dollar” system. The dollar is nothing more than an idea. A promissory note. A piece of paper with no real value. I see our dollars no differently than I do monopoly money. So what if it has numbers on it? All I am saying is the reason why so many people are hurting is because they are playing in a system that is designed now to make them hurt. The GOD that our gov. trusts in is GOLD-OIL-DRUGS. In-dependency is the key to removing these economic burdens. That and people lived outside their means for the past few decades. If two young people didn’t have kids then why not live in a camper? It’s easy to heat, power, etc. you don’t need a 3 bedroom house unless you have kids or handicapped family members. I think a 3 to 4 person family should be able to live comfortably in 800 or so square feet. Not 1600 square feet!

    • Jason David Holmes

      I’ve been fighting my with family too about some stuff, mostly with my Dad. My parents just refuse to accept certain things and discuss things rationally sometimes.

  • dontcallmeafool

    I really like the author’s positive spin on the chance to be a light in the world during the changes that are soon coming. It’s so hard to find anything positive these days and I am glad to read this here – Thank You. I feel so often like I have no hope. I am a gay 47 year old man with a college degree living at home as I have not been able to find work since being let go from last my last job in October 2011. Unemployment was nice while it lasted and I have so much experience I thought I’d find something somewhere. No dice. What works against me too is that I have two arrests and one misdemeanor on my record from when I was young and stupid in the late 1980’s…..good luck getting past background checks these days with that. On the one hand I feel like I am done – washed up with no future and no hope. On the other hand I am learning more about herbal medicine and am growing food on my folk’s lot and am at least adding value to their lives by running all their errands for them and trying to make their lives easier. If there is going to be any income for me, it is going to be via self employment. I find this very intimidating but its time I move beyond that and at least try. And I hope I’m not hated here for admitting being gay but I felt empowered to do so in a way by the author posting the comments of the recent college graduate that I can so relate to even though it’s been over 20 years since I graduated. Thanks for listening to me and for letting me post. I hope it’s not an issue.

    • willkes

      Gay is what you are, no shame in that. I don’t think anyone here is going to hate you, I’m new here, but have been reading here for a long time, they seem like nice people. What’s really good is that you are trying and you keep trying. Things will eventually work out for you, in the meantime self employment is a great idea. I bet it is intimidating, but like with everything else in life that’s new, I’ll bet you will eventually find your stride. Who knows, maybe self employment will be what you were looking for all along. Life is strange like that.

      • dontcallmeafool

        Thanks for the words of encouragement! Like many out there could say, it’s nice to hear a few kind words these days. Thanks again.

        • willkes

          You’re welcome. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice. but I get it, sometimes (especially on the internet) people are less than courteous, to say the least. I choose to ignore them. OR You know, sometimes I get right down in the gutter with them, when I get mad. I’m never proud of myself when I do that, and I try hard not to be so easily provoked, but some days are better than others. But call me names and it’s on !!

    • Drud

      One of the best things ideas I’ve ever heard is from Wayne Dyer: “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” It is very difficult to do sometimes, but you must try to just ignore your circumstances and be happy, thrilled even, to simply be exactly where and who you are. Ignore all the day-to-day hardships and just feel good. You may just be shocked at how quickly your circumstances change when you do this.

      • dontcallmeafool

        Definitely worth a try! Thanks.

    • Hammerstrike

      Let it be a new beginning.

  • blackmidget33

    this is the future your elected leaders have chosen for you, but not the oligarch elite, they will continue to prosper along with the hollywood elite who will keep us poor slobs entertained,as we slip deeper into the mire., and they contribute generously to the politicial class. it’s all for the greater good though, now we all are equal and poor together. just keep quiet,suck up and watch tv like a good citizen. we’re lucky just to be alive don’t ya know?

  • kebaugm

    The Republicans are counting on these people not voting. If we had a leader like HST he would get these people out to vote with a strong message.

    • willkes

      I’m a republican, and that’s not exactly true, although, personally, I do think there will be less dems voting. I also think that is typical for midterms. That aside, people are really really mad, about Obamacare among other things, the economy, foreign affairs, and a host of issues personal to each person. I’m curious as to what a strong message could be, that would get more people to vote ?

      • TX4Life

        The strong message needs to be a detailed plan for improving the life of the average working person and those who really want to work. Republicans need to get corporations to agree to bring back good paying jobs they’ve outsourced. And they need to point out repeatedly how illegal immigration is damaging the lives of the average worker.

    • guest

      That they’re not voting is symptomatic of the fact that HST wouldn’t even recognize the Democratic party of today.

    • Oldphartbsa

      Who is HST?

    • Tom_F

      Right, keep on voting! Our political leaders will take care of us!/sarc

  • AS55423

    “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” -George Bernard Shaw

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      I’m sorta scratching my head why anyone would quote that monster.

      GBS also happened to advocate for making people justify their existence every few years and using the State to murder those that couldn’t.

      He also happened to have advocated for a ‘humane gas’ that would kill those people.

      Later on, that gas would come to be known as Zyclon B.

  • ConcernedAmerican

    Excellent article, and wise words.

  • Mondobeyondo

    The one thing that you should never do is give up completely. As long as you have breath, you have hope.

  • anon

    Last year the head of the state of Pennsylvania’s welfare agency estimated that for the average welfare family to come out ahead of their current welfare benefits the head of that household would have to find a $40,000/year job. That’s about $20/hour for a 40 hour week. I’ll leave it to the individual to decide whether refusing to give those benefits up in order to take an $11 or $12 per hour job let alone a minimum wage job is abusing the system but if you had 1 or 2 kids to feed and clothe would it even be an option. The irony is that the person who is working for $11 or $12 per hour or minimum wage is paying taxes ( income tax, excise tax, sales tax, etc.) to support the equivalent of a $40,000/year job for the welfare recipient who literally can’t afford to work. How long can this last?

  • Mondobeyondo

    A question about customer service and the decline of it, and stuff such as:
    Why do you suppose this is so?
    After all, it is the customer that makes the company, right?
    So – why cook the goose that is laying your golden eggs? !

  • Mondobeyondo

    I once asked a wise man, “Why is life so hard? ” -and the wise man replied, “Because life is not easy”. Oh gosh, we’re all in trouble

  • Guy

    Why are there no civil unrest and riots in the streets? How long can you live like this?

    • tf

      The riots will begin when the austerity measures begin (like in Greece). Once the GOV finds that they cannot borrow money from others any longer (like China & Japan), they will have to draw down how much free money they can give away. Then, you will see riots, and all other kinds of human depravity.

      America has been living on credit cards (even our government). When our government gets to the point (and it will happen) that nobody wants to lend us money any more, it will have no choice than to steal money from its own citizens. They are already doing it via inflation (covertly), but as things worsen, they will have to do it in a more overt manner (like stealing retirements and 401’s).

      America and Americans are going to learn that DEBT DESTROYS It’s ALWAYS bad to live above your means. You ALWAYS have to pay the piper in the end. When nations and citizens live above their means with easy credit, they find out eventually, that debt is like an addiction to drugs, it’s hard to wean yourself off of it.

      • TX4Life

        “The riots will begin when the austerity measures begin (like in Greece).”
        It’s already happening to our military and military retirees. They just have too much honor and civility among them to riot and the current administration in Washington is banking on that.

        • tf

          You are right about that – good point!

        • Gay Veteran

          “…It’s already happening to our military and military retirees….”
          many of whom live quite well

          • TX4Life

            You prove the point that wealth is subjective to opinion. You sound just like Republicans who point out all the extras welfare recipients have in their homes. At least the military works for what little they receive.

          • Gay Veteran

            when you serve the empire don’t be surprised when you get scr*wed

    • Tom_F

      Who riots? Minorities in the ’60s and ’80s, who could get away with looting, rioting, and random violence; they haven’t improved their lot in U.S. life by getting a free public education, or getting and keeping a job that is designed to be entry-level and a stepping stone (nobody is supposed to be a janitor or housemaid for 30 years while failing to learn standard English). Overseas in Europe, Greece, and the Middle East, it is Muslims. They don’t have a stake in those societies as they stand, and like the US rioting minorities of the ’60s and ’80s they are not destroying their own neighborhoods.

  • YH

    Heaven forbid you’re a motivated enterprising individual who starts a business and employs people. Obama comes along and tells you that you didn’t do that and tries to tax you out of existence. I guess the government wants to be the only game in town.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    Nothing is more enjoyable than making fun of people who are inferior to you.

  • EconomyTrap

    Those in need here are better supported, taken care of, and safer HERE in AMERICA than any other place in the world. If I had to be a bum, America would be the place to be. We are all so use to a higher standards of living and we do not know what it’s like outside our country walls. Its arrogance at its best. I’m sorry Americans have to drive older cars, give up luxury’s of starbucks, “sacrifice” those planned vacations to Disneyland, possibly have to cut their cable bill, and god forbid have to give up their “smart” devices (and that’s the worst, because I mean, like, who’s going to be able to follow these peoples lives on facebook, pinterest, tumblr, now?) Meanwhile, we are still the most obese country in the world, and can still walk straight into an emergency room and get healthcare at any hour of the day. What a F*in joke!!!
    You all don’t understand about QE, bond buying, easing interest rates, etc. Actually let’s call it for what it really is, simply, “printing money.” That’s the FEDs tool (printing money), that’s all they know to do. The FED my say they’ll taper, but they can’t, and as soon as the economy starts to show signs that it cannot handle the “needle” of injected money, Yellen would do what the FED does best, print even more money. Inflation is in their favor, its in the governments favor, and it helps the globalists control the populace.
    FINALLY, WE HAVE TO HAVE DEBT OR THE SYSTEM BREAKS. Imagine I’m the FED and your a bank for a moment…If we have 10 jelly beans total in circulation, and they are all deposited at your bank. I tell you that fractional reserves says you can lend 20 out to others for the 10 you have. So you do, and charge interest to those who borrowed the 20, and are expecting to yield 25 back to you at the end of the day. How does the other 15 get into circulation? THE ANSWER, IT CAN’T UNLESS MORE DEBT AND MONEY IS CREATED BY THE FED. The debt will never be paid down, and never go away. It’s all a big scam, and the only thing keeping the dollar worth something is only the perceptions of humans minds.

    • EconomyTrap

      typo…”and as soon as the economy starts to show signs that is cannot handle anything else but the “needle” of injected money,…”

    • joe sixpack

      Well said.

  • tf

    No doubt about the truth of the title of this article. With what our corrupt government is doing, it will ENSURE that more people drop out of the middle class. And, the sad thing is, it didn’t have to be that way.

  • Bill Legato

    If you jest pray to gawd, everthang will work out. Praise the lard!

    • americalsgt

      Bill – making fun of those who pray to God is really unnecessary. I pray to the God that I believe helps me when I’m weak yet I don’t feel the need to mock those who don’t believe in a deity.

      • wk

        I think we need to pray for him lol

      • Jason David Holmes

        Well said.

  • k

    i dont understand why familyand friends ‘disapprove’ when a person loses their job. Most people in todays dire economic times, are not losing their jobs because they ‘screwed up’. It is because of macro economic situations. So the family and friends ‘disapproving’ is wrong on their part.

  • voltaic

    While spineless Democrats have their share of the blame of a poor economy, the GOP seems hellbent on making sure the ranks of the former middle class swell. How else can you explain the rabid right’s actions:

    GOP has abandoned it’s trickle down economics policy since it was an utter failure, they are now employing the feed the rich, starve the poor economic policy so they can go right to work doing what they do best.

    And if you ever hear GOP talk about “the children” they are usually referring to wealthy children because they ignore poor and middle class children: 2.3 million children live with long-term unemployed parents. “Throughout 2013, an average of 2.3 million children — or about 3.3% of all kids in the U.S. — lived with a parent who had been seeking work for at least half a year, according to new figures from the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. That’s up from about 754,000 in 2007.”

    With last month’s expiration of emergency federal jobless benefits, only regular state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are available to qualifying workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. As a result, the maximum number of weeks of benefits fell to 26.

    Oh, and the saliva generating screaming point of the GOP that states unemployment benefits make the unemployed less likely to find a job is bunk:

    “the number of Americans unemployed six months or longer surprisingly increased by 203,000 to 3.8 million in February.” That’s shoots a hole through the right’s theory that unemployment benefits contribute to unemployment.

    Oh, and 200,000 veterans were also left out in the cold by the GOP not extending unemployment benefits. Vets fight needless GOP wars and GOP cuts them down when they get home.-

    Not extending unemployment benefits will cost the country’s middle class 310,000 jobs according to EPI and others.

    GOP remarks about those needing help have a name, they are called dog whistle politics. And being inarticulate is a GOP method to get the base riled up and pointing fingers.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s race, or calling on all unemployed moochers who need to be drug tested to receive paid-into benefits. It doesn’t matter if it’s calling food stamp recipients ‘takers’ as Mitt Romney opined. While trying to cut veteran’s benefits, Ryan said that it was “reform.”

    Yet when it comes to corporate welfare, it’s considered giving money to the ‘job creators’ even though the GOP gives these ‘job creators’ tax breaks to outsource jobs. When it comes to giving big oil billions in subsidies, GOP calls it ‘lowering gas prices’ even though there is no proof that’s the case.

    The GOP “pays about $20 billion in cash annually to farmers and farmland owners that primarily benefit corporate agriculture as well as several of the House Republicans who voted for cuts to the food stamp program.” Corporations are currently holding two trillion in profits offshore to avoid paying US taxes and the GOP supports that theft.

    It’s easy to read between the GOP racial and socioeconomic lines. If you receive help from the government as an individual you are a parasite, but if corporations receive government assistance, tax breaks and favored treatment they are considered free market contributors, regardless of the reality.

    Democrats are spineless but GOP is ruthless.

    • Mike Smithy

      I mostly disagree with your arguement. One of President Zero’s best buddies is Jeffery Immelt of GE. How much does GE pay in taxes? Zilch. President Zero’s QE has done nothing but enrich the 1% wile sticking what’s left of the middle class with the bill. Corporate Fascism merges with Socialism under Obama’s watch.

  • Roman Solar

    thanks for kind words. Keep up good work and all the best to all of us.

  • americalsgt

    Noted that some people are chastising those who it was reported were nearing that which used to be retirement age and don’t have $1,000 in savings. I think the number was 37%. I’m sure that some of those people haven’t planned very well, but I wonder how many of them had a retirement fund and lost their jobs in their late 50’s or early 60’s and have been forced to spend what was to be their retirement fund.

    • Hammerstrike

      Those stupid young people should get married, get jobs and contribute to this Great Society, that´s my solution! They are several times poorer in average when back in my days? Suck it up, it is not Nigeria! I deserve to live well, they don´t! Suck it up, yes… so I don´t have to!

  • jakartaman

    Michael,
    Great article and most needed.
    I do pray for our country and my family and friends.
    We need to get back to our roots as a country where family helped family, neighbor helped neighbor.
    I also can not see how we will avoid a massive world economic collapse – just do not know what will be the straw or when.

  • gfmucci

    “… in an economy where there simply are not enough jobs for everyone. ” Really? This sounds like a helpless whining with a socialist expectation that some entity will hand us a productive pursuit in life. Waiting around to be handed a job is not what made America great. Doing work is what made us great. Being productive made us great. An entrepreneurial spirit made us great, not waiting around for a “job for everyone”. Sheesh! Even this web site expects things to be handed out. There is work to be done. We have to move our bodies, sometimes to a different state. It depends on how much effort we feel like making to seek it.

    • alan9074

      I expect our government to not force us to directly compete for good-paying jobs against workers in 3rd-world countries which have no labor rights, no environmental regulations, no rule of law, etc. “Free trade” is killing the American standard of living.

    • Bill Legato

      Yeah, it didn’t take me long to realize that this site is full of whining losers. Most of them are probably on prescription meds, sitting in their rundown trailers praying to jeebus to help them.

      • dixiecop

        The truth being you’re probably the life of the party in your own house trailer community.

      • K

        Think yourself so superior. You mock the living God. You look down on the poor and the weak. Know that one day, by your own words shall you be judged. Turn from your arrogance, before it is forever too late.

        • Guest

          Amen.

    • Tom_F

      @gfmucci, “We” didn’t make “America great.” 1% of the population did, and 94% just show and do their job (or not) and go home and watch TV. The other 5% just cr@p out babies they can’t pay for, drop out of school and are unemployable, and/or are criminals and troublemakers.
      This is a simple truth you are ignoring in the statement you criticize: Today there are fewer jobs, paying lower wages, than there were in the U.S. 10 years ago. People have been displaced, while their families, homes and communities have remained static. But glad you are doing well.

    • Eric Quintero

      Im an entrepreneur and Im on this site 😛 Its a website about the economy. The economy is doing bad. There really arent enough jobs for everyone. Sorry if the truth hurts.

      I like this website because it informs me where the markets are heading. Where we’re seeing massive declines and where we can expect to see massive growth in the future.

      A real entrepreneur is going to look at the facts whether good or bad and make decisions. The FACT that there arent enough jobs for everyone is really what set me out on this path in the first place.

      Ive been on this site for a while and have never heard Michael speak of anything in the form of handouts being a good thing. Often times the articles denounce them. He actually wrote one just a few days ago about the parasite class. And the Author of this site is an entrepreneur himself. He even wrote a book lol. What better example of entrepreneurship do you expect???

      Silly troll. Your judgement is weak and near sighted 😛

      • gfmucci

        Are you also a promoter of wallowing? Too many of us expect jobs to be handed to us. We are capable of creating them. We don’t have to wait for government or “the economy” to make it super easy for us. Sure, go ahead and make fun of those of us who promote action and optimism. That is another socialist behavior.

  • Vlad Lenin

    It seems to me everyone is pretty comfortable in their positions regardless of the complaints or else they’d be in the streets carrying out some old school regime change. I guess they need to be starving before that will happen.

  • Richard

    “Do Not Make Fun Of those That Have Fallen Out Of The Middle Class…”

    A pretty silly title, Michael, if I may say so. Nobody (as I’m sure you know very well) is making fun of anybody in that condition. That kind of throw-away, frivolous line looks…oh-so-cool… but does nobody any good. It really is beneath you.

    • Tom_F

      @Richard, mocking those who have fallen from middle-class does happen and I (shamefully) have done it myself. It is mostly a ‘defense mechanism’ (i.e. “I am not like those losers, I am a winner!”) and sometimes it is personal (i.e. “I always knew my former neighbor was living beyond his means!”). It is a way for us to take satisfaction in the poor decisions of others (7-year lease on a yellow Hummer, really?) and make sense of ’cause and effect’.

    • Jeremy

      I’ve seen it plenty. It does not have to be open finger-pointing, but snide comments about degrees, being spoiled, they should just pick themselves up by their bootstraps, etc. It is self-serving, and a method people use to insulate themselves from the very real sufferings of others.

      Love and charity is needed in this times, and really in all times.

      After all, who are we to question the suffering of another (without real, personal knowledge)? Why not give that person the benefit of the doubt, stop questioning what they say, and assume what they say it true. This paragraph has little to do with what you said, but it sparked my opinion.

  • Kent Harris

    I had several bouts of being laid off, but God’s provisions He sustained me. My brothers and sisters in Christ continue to go to church and to remain faithful because life isn’t about the worldly life but the heavenly one.

    • TessaC

      I never forgot the pain. I swore to myself back in the hard days I would never forget. Why did I need to learn about compassion like that? I was always compassionate. Why did God need to ‘see’ thru my eyes? My eyes were seeing the same as billions, around the world. Those that shun the downtrodden are still slaves. I was poor, but I was free to think this all out..at so many levels. It prepared me for my next endeavor, I became a researcher after the Twin Towers came down. Now I see, now I understand. I know who, what, where and when. I know who to point my finger at. AND, I know what has to be done to stop the madness. I would not have learned so much without the hard knocks. Yes, God does ‘see’ thru our eyes. We are challenged to end ‘heartlessness’ and manifest vision. Reach out and show kindness wherever you can. Remind them of their worth. The smallest gesture from the heart can save a life, when one is feeling so down and out.

  • kathym2

    I do hope people who mock the unemployed lose their jobs because they will never understand how bad it is right now until they go through it themselves.

  • The Duke

    I must beg to differ on your opinion that most people are not taking advantage of the welfare system. Working in a hospital I see people everyday who fake illness in order to get free money from the government and these people have no desire or inclination to ever get a job or an education. They are leeches, plain & simple, and they make up the majority of those on welfare as far as I can see. I have seen kids as young as 18 getting Social Security checks every month for pretending to be crazy, and they just sit around, smoke pot and play video games all day on your tax dollars.
    I pray every day that the carpet gets pulled out and that all these vermin starve in the streets, as that is what they deserve.

    • Tom_F

      @Duke, your anecdotal example is like saying Police spend their day enforcing the law, therefore to Police most people are criminals.

      If you truly see individuals abusing the system, you are able to document and report those people you come across in your hospital. I hope you are doing so.

      • Eric Quintero

        By today’s standards most people are criminals. There are laws for everything. I read somewhere that Americans on average break at least 6 laws a day.

        The entire system is set up as a giant revenue generating matrix.

        Cops are the real criminals.

        • Tom_F

          @Quintero, get serious, you know what I mean. If you truly believed what you wrote, then next time your car is stolen or your home is broken into or your child is missing, then call your local gang member, drug dealer, carjacker, etc.

          • Eric Quintero

            Wow that actually perfect. Funny you should say that because I live in Chicago and have had my car broken into a few times. The Cops have never recovered ANY of my stuff.

            In one neighborhood I actually made friends with some of the local Latin Kings (who patrol the block better than the police due to rival gang entry) and lo and behold one of them actually stopped my car from being broken into.

            Cops on the other hand have given me a total of $600 in tickets in 2013 for non-crimes/ complete bullsh*t.

            So yes, I am being serious. I really do hate cops. They’re the biggest gang in Chicago. The street gangs understand this, too. Thats why they protect their own. The “authorities” just protect the state and its political interests.

          • Drud

            This thread is a perfect example of the paradigm shift that MUST occur. Like the vast majority, Tom_F prescribes to the notion that “authority” (whatever form it may take) is on our side and doing more harm than good. Sure, we cannot live in anarchy, where all the criminals go free and the weak become the slaves of the strong, but that is not where we are. We are at the point where laws are not put in place to promote the general welfare, but to rob the general public of their liberty and their money. The balance is way out of whack and the only reason the state can exert so much control over our lives is that so many people fail to see how corrupt and self-serving our government has become.

          • Gay Veteran

            agreed

          • Tom_F

            @Quintero, thanks for clarifying that you life in a gang-controlled neighborhood and have an affinity for gang-members while considering yourself above obeying automotive law. Police are not required or expected to “get your stuff” back after a breakin; do you really expect them to expend $1,000s of dollars in manpower to get back $200 of stuff? That police report is part of a pattern which helps police establish resource-use; and if a criminal is caught with your stuff (or any of the other dozens or hundreds of break-ins, you don’t think that was a one-time thing, do you?) then he can be jailed with more counts for more crimes. Yes, Police do protect me, patrolling my neighborhood and a simple visibility makes everyone think twice. Including me, when I think about driving 82 in a 70mph zone. Because paying that kind of traffic fine for something I know is wrong is a “stupid tax”, which should be avoided by everyone at every opportunity.
            Good luck with the Latin Kings, sounds like you have a great group of friends who improve the community.

          • Eric Quintero

            Can you please be any more naive?

            All of Chicago is gang controlled. Period.

            If you dont like that FACT, then thats your problem. However I, on the other hand, am very aware of the nature of my city because I grew up here. I know how to get around and how to talk to people.

            I have developed the skills of diplomacy and am not afraid of the tough guys. I spent sometime in another gang: The United States Marine Corps. So yeah, I do have an affinity for gang culture. I wear my colors, too: Scarlet and Gold :)

            The nature of this reality is one of force. I side with wherever the force is going to protect me and not steal my assets.

            Im merely choosing a lesser of two evils here. I know it might be hard to see that from your white privileged life. But some of us live in the real world.

          • Tom_F

            @Quintero, I concede. My white privileged skin shields me from parking where I shouldn’t park, and getting caught speeding and turning the ticket into a referendum on who is responsible for me and my life. Race card wins, every time! Kudos, Quintero!

          • Eric Quintero

            Sad. I expected a better rebuttal.

            You couldnt even address the real problems.

            I gave you a cop out and you took it. Sad. Sad. Sad.

          • Tom_F

            That’s what ALL white people do!:-)

          • Tom_F

            @Quintero, real talk now. You make claims, and attribute my contrary views to “white privilege.” Where do I go with that? What am I supposed to “rebut”? It is a nonsense statement having nothing to do with my previous posts. There is nothing to address when you claim no difference between street gangs and Police.
            And, just like your experiences in life, you fail to take responsibility. For parking, for speeding, for your neighborhood (you were born in Chicago, left to join the Marines and could travel anywhere in the world, and came back?!?!!) and now your Race Card play that effectively ended a dialogue. All you, Q!

          • Gay Veteran

            well, there’s LITTLE difference between street gangs and Police.

          • Tom_F

            Is there a question in there, somewhere? Or is that just a sophist attempt at some kind of moral equivalence?

          • Gay Veteran

            try googleing police brutality.
            the cops get away with murder, just like the gangs

          • Tom_F

            You watch too many movies and tv shows. Try googling “criminals arrested” and you will see that gang members haven’t been on the side of apprehension and prevention.

          • Gay Veteran

            no I actually read up on the criminal behavior of the police, which are now a militarized force ready to suppress us on behalf of TPTB

          • El Pollo de Oro

            “In America today, police murder with impunity. All the psychopaths have to say is, ‘I thought his wallet was a gun,’ or ‘we had to taser the
            unconscious guy we found lying on the ground, because he wouldn’t obey our
            commands to get up.’”—Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

          • Gay Veteran

            courtesy of El Pollo de Oro:

            “In America today, police murder with impunity. All the psychopaths have to say is, ‘I thought his wallet was a gun,’ or ‘we had to taser the
            unconscious guy we found lying on the ground, because he wouldn’t obey our commands to get up.’”—Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

          • Tom_F

            Ah. It smelled like Alex Jones, but I thought to let you play it out. Thanks for saving me a lot of time and unnecessary research.

          • Gay Veteran

            bringing up Alex Jones? sounds like you can’t rebut the argument

          • Tom_F

            I don’t have to, when Dr. Paul Craig Roberts makes a statement that cannot be true without resulting in criminal charges and convictions. “Read up” with some credible sources, and take a class in statistics because you clearly need the education. Your “little difference” analogy is not based on anything other than a desire to appear intellectual by taking a contrarian viewpoint. Street gangs almost the same as law enforcement? There is no argument.

          • Gay Veteran

            wow, you can shill for the cops all you want.
            Why is it that “good” cops won’t turn in the bad cops? Why is it that civilian review boards are a joke? Why did the L.A. police not receive any criminal penalties after shooting at 2 women when huntind down the ex-policeman who was killing cops?

          • Tom_F

            I know that story, do you really think LAPD intentionally shot those two women driving at 4am through a residential neighborhood in a car matching murder fugitive Christopher Dorner? A murderer with POST training who ambushed his victims, is armed and dangerous and vowed not to be taken alive, who was a BAD COP fired for being a BAD COP?!?!! What do you think Rampart was all about? Good cops turning in BAD COPS. Do you have any grasp how many LEO there are in the U.S., and of those how many engage in criminal behavior? No, you don’t. Let me ask you, how many Gang Members were out putting their lives on the line and engaging in shootouts with Christopher Dorner, James Lee DiMaggio, etc.? You need to learn the difference between an intentional crime and an accident on the job for which they receive training and have 36 hours a week in the line of duty. And bringing up one story is not even close to a proof of the point you try to make. Over 10 million arrests each year, every one a chance to go bad and turn violent. But as Noam Chomsky says, “don’t take my word for it, look it up!” http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/table-43

          • Gay Veteran

            were these cops ever charged with FELONIES???

            “Women delivering newspapers in Torrance shot in manhunt for ex-cop

            Los Angeles Times
            Thu, 07 Feb 2013 09:22 CST

            Two women who were shot by Los Angeles police in Torrance early Thursday during a massive manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer were delivering newspapers, sources said.

            The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said. They were not identified. One was shot in the hand and the other in the back, according to Jesse Escochea, who captured video of the victims being treated.

            It was not immediately known what newspapers the women were delivering. After the shooting, the blue pickup was riddled with bullet holes and what appeared to be newspapers lay in the street alongside.

            Local, state and federal authorities are involved in a massive search for Christoper Jordan Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer….”

          • Gay Veteran

            the primary purpose of the police is to maintain order for TPTB

          • Tom_F

            Agreed because it is an obvious statement (somehow intended to be controversial?) and any normal person is TPTB. None of us want to live in a world where 70mph means 82mph or whatever you want as long as you are passing a truck. Or where you can park anywhere you want whenever you want. There is nothing about “Order” for TPTB that is any better or worse than for normal regular people who respect others, and want a civil society.

          • Charlotte

            If you were doing 82 in a 70 zone, the cop isn’t the one to blame…..

          • bulls on parade

            They rally round the family with a pocket full of shells.
            I agree with you. The ‘police’ are the worst.

    • Wakulla Prepper

      Tom, The duke is right, my wife is a hospital RN of very many years and she sees it too. No need to report it, it is known to all that work in hospitals. Those from south of the border abuse the system worst of all, second only to the morbidly obese. Then you have the doctors that do operations on the insured it seems just to make money for themselves and the hospital (old folks, or those with grim prognosis),
      As for the world view of police, many I know do think most people are criminals.

  • DJohn1

    When I look at the unemployed, I think there but for the Grace of God go I. There is no shame in being unemployed in this world.
    In the 80s, I went back to school while working full time and got a Real Estate License. I was immediately sponsored by a local company. The man running the show taught me a lot.
    He said down rules for me to follow in my part-time sales career:
    1. Things in motion tend to stay in motion. Things at rest tend to stay at rest.
    2. Every action has an immediate reaction.
    3. If you fail 94 times and win 6 times, then that 6 times makes you a success.
    Following those rules while unemployed is important.
    Go out there and seek a job at least 5 days a week. Things in motion . . .
    Don’t do a PITY party. Every action . . .
    Instead make all your actions positive ones. That is hard to do when you fail daily to get a job. But it is necessary.
    Remember the 94/6 rule. Every time you fail to get a job you are one step closer to finding a job.
    Pray. That means getting down in a private place and asking for help. It may or may not come but you are in motion.
    I didn’t stay in Real Estate. I tried it for 5 years and then I found something a little better kind of work. But those years have helped me succeed with the training and lessons that Real Estate Broker/manager taught me.

  • Tom_F

    Depression is insidious, and once it takes hold it is remarkably hard to shake. Someone much smarter than me described it as “anger turned inward, and the inability to see a future.”
    Once in awhile I run into somebody who denies Depression is even a real thing, and considers those people who have it “weak”. They are usually somebody that could use some meds themselves, or have someone close to them that they find embarrassing because of that Depression. Like the people who make fun of the former middle-class, they are employing a defense mechanism.

  • Waco and West Texas

    I come from Waco TX where almost half of the total population in and around the city subsist on less than $22K a year (often much less and below the poverty line) yet the upper classes splurged quoter of a billion on a new sports stadium for Baylor. The homeless population has exploded and the food banks can only cope with the demand. Jobs for young people like my self are scarce due to competition with the boomers (low wage) so many have to stay in college much longer (dependance on student loans).

    As for those small town outside of Waco that suffered from the explosion last year a lot of money is still not getting out to the people who need it.

    • TX4Life

      Ditto for the poor near Texas A&M and the Kyle Field renovation. Expect crime to increase in these areas. God bless the people of West.

  • tayronachan

    There are not enough jobs to go around, but yet, we are going to legalize 11+ million illegals, and give them all a path to citizenship instead of deporting them. How stupid is that? Call your Congressman and let him know how you feel. Demand and supply, if there are too many workers, wages go down, and just sit here and take it.

    • TX4Life

      We need elected officials to get serious about jobs and rebuilding the middle class instead of social issues and healthcare that no one can afford without a job anyway. We cannot continue to ignore the number of illegals in this country and the further damage it is doing to our economy.

      • TessaC

        You’re right..it is just that simple. It really is.

    • FirstGarden

      “.. we are going to legalize 11+ million illegals, and give them all a path to citizenship instead of deporting them. How stupid is that?”

      Here’s the deal. It’s actually really smart, altho very wrong. It’s not the Mexicans that are the problem.. really. They’re people just like you and me, looking to better their lives. Altho I disagree with illegal immigration, the g o v t is actually behind it – that is, a certain party.

      I’m not a democrat-basher. I was born & raised a democrat. I just strongly disagree with their tactics & policies. In this case, the allow (maybe even encourage) illegal immigration. And it’s become a sort of 3rd rail for politicians in general, to be thought as those who “oppose the Hispanics.” What’s at stake here is a HUGE voting block. That’s why illegals are allowed to vote. If you want to dramatically increase your voter base, immigrate it in.

      • Mike Smithy

        The invasion of illegal aliens into the USA is sanctioned by both the Republicarats and the Demicans. They are in it together, but for different reasons. The Republicrats want the cheap labor and the Demicans need illegals to increase their base. So where does this leave the average hard working guy trying to support his family and playing by the rules? If you really want to make a difference for the better, vote Libertarian because the status quo establishments do not have your back.

        • FirstGarden

          I never meant to say the Repubs are angelic. I’m a registered Indie, tho Conservative. And I’m not so sure I wish to be registered at all, if you know what I mean..

          I’m a treehugger too, so i don’t fit the stereotypes well. (As I understand it, most treehuggers are liberal or liberal-leaning.)

          As for Libertarian, there are different kinds, as i understand it. And they have their own set of problems. While they are for small, limited gov’t (and so am I), the GOV is already so monstrously huge.. the goose is cooked. How do you uncook it?

          Some libertarians are also atheistic, so for that reason, alone, I can not be a Libertarian, at least in that sense.

          Libertarians are also sooooooo anti-regulation that they favor the decriminalization of all drugs.

          Finally, even IF there were a growing and prevailing Libertarian party, due to human nature, they would just get lobbied, bribed and bought out like the others. For the greedy, global power mongers, the stakes are just too huge. It would be naive to think otherwise. So, all we have left, in this life, is choosing the lessor of two evils – which are becoming more and more alike.

          Please fine-tune me in your understanding of Libertarianism, as needed.

          • Mike Smithy

            Your concerns are well stated. However, there are atheists of all political persuasions. I am a Christian and the Libertarians that I know are also Christians. In addition, I have always been a fiscal and social Conservative. In all honesty, I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me. Although far from perfect, I feel as if the Libertarian Party is the most equipped to represent the interests and concerns of like minded people who feel that the Republican Party has abandoned them.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…they favor the decriminalization of all drugs…”

            well Prohibition worked so wel

          • FirstGarden

            I saw a documentary on the prohibition, not too long ago. It was pretty fascinating. It’s a little like outlawing guns.. then only the outlaws will have guns.

            Too much regulation is not good. But zero regulations are not good either. Imagine driving a car without laws.

            So the question remains – where do you draw the line? I think weed is still the current prohibition. But that tide is changing too, and also it’s too big a dangling bobble for the bureaucrats as a tax opportunity.

            But hard core stuff like heroin? Cocaine? Meth? Extremely addictive stuff blatantly harms the individual and addicts him to the point where his personality is deranged, and tends powerfully toward crime to support that habit? This is certainly not in the interest of the Common Good. It’s a very serious question worth asking.

          • Gay Veteran

            Portugal decriminalized ALL drugs and saw no increase in drug use

          • FirstGarden

            THE EFFECTS OF DECRIMINALIZATION OF DRUG USE IN PORTUGAL

            The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (BFDPP) is a non-governmental initiative
            dedicated to providing a rigorous independent review of the effectiveness of national and international drug policies. The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme is a member of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). The Consortium aims to promote objective debate on the effectiveness, direction and content of drug policies at national and international level…

            CONCLUSIONS:

            The statistical indicators suggest that since the decriminalization in
            July 2001, the following developments have occurred:

            • Increased use of cannabis.

            • Decreased use of heroin.

            • Increased uptake of treatment.
            .
            • Reduction in drug related deaths

            Decriminalization has enabled earlier intervention and more targeted
            and therapeutic responses to drug users, increased collaboration across
            a network of services and the increased attention to adopting policies
            that work. This is perceived to be reducing the level of current and
            future drug use and harm. Yet, key informants also highlighted that
            impacts were less than expected and that there were concerns over the
            message that decriminalization was sending to new drug users.
            The Portuguese experience cannot provide a definitive guide to the
            effects of decriminalization of drugs, but only indications of the
            results of decriminalization in the specific Portuguese context. It
            is not possible to tell the extent to which changes were caused by
            decriminalization or the wider drug strategy. The extent to which
            difficulties in implementation impeded the impacts from the reform
            remains unclear.
            Decriminalization, particularly the model adopted in Portugal,
            depends upon the existence of a well operating system. Putting a
            decriminalization initiative based on diversion to education and
            treatment programs into practice has been a challenge, due to the
            difficulties in adopting a new reform and in particular the design of
            the chosen model involving the CDTs. As a consequence, the impacts
            have not been as positive as anticipated. The implementation of
            decriminalization has been affected by a lack of strong collaboration,
            of adequate resources, of a good media campaign on the meaning
            of the reform and evidence-based studies and evaluation. Suggested
            improvements, which are already under discussion, include the
            adoption of a more streamlined mechanism for processing drug
            users, increasing collaboration between services and developing the
            message to discourage the uptake of new use.
            Differing views remain over the impacts of the decriminalization.
            The issue of particular contention – the extent to which increases in
            occasional use can be attributed to decriminalization – is not new. It
            was raised as a concern in the evaluation in 2004 and indeed in the
            original Beckley Foundation report (Allen, Trace & Klein 2004). The
            fact that it remains unanswered is of concern because the answer is
            crucial for assessing the impacts of decriminalization.
            Overall, it is clear that the Portuguese decriminalization was an
            innovative experiment. At the time of adoption there was political and
            public support for the reform. There are signs this support is under
            strain. While the adoption of decriminalization has brought definite

          • FirstGarden

            p.s. As a former hippie myself, I have my own firsthand observations with immediate family and friends. If people are at all disposed to steal, they most certainly will, when using highly addictive hard drugs, unless they’re wealthy. (And most addicts aren’t.)

            I’ve known lots of potheads and alcoholics. The vast majority of them do not turn to crime when they are craving it. But with heroin and meth, the majority of them DO turn to crime out of desperation for a fix.

            That’s where I would draw the line. Because then it’s not just hurting them, it’s hurting others. One of my childhood friends is STILL in prison in upstate New York because of stealing to get heroin.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          Mike: You sure hit the nail on the head with that one. I’m a registered Libertarian who speaks fluent Spanish. I have no use for either Democraps or Republi-Cons, and I’m reminded what suckers the Republi-Con base are whenever I watch Spanish-language talk shows and see a self-described “Republican strategist” telling Latino voters, “Vote Republican because Obama is deporting so many illegals. Obama is anti-immigrant.” The sneaky GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy) will rail against illegal immigration on neocon talk radio only to turn around and promote it to Spanish-speaking voters. Yet some folks can’t figure out why I vote for third parties and wouldn’t even spit on the BRA’s two-party system.

        • k

          Very well said.

        • K

          But libertarians also have their own agenda, we just dont know it yet.

      • Hammerstrike

        Can you think how many illegals there would be if the US economy was like it was in 1994 or even 1974?

        • FirstGarden

          I got one for you. If our economy got sooooo bad, and opportunities started blooming bigtime in Mexico, how would they treat undocumented American workers there? Do you think we’d get free medical? Voting rights? Tax free (under the table) income? Welfare? Schooling for our children?? Just saying..

    • Priszilla

      Don’t jail the illegals.

      Jail those who give them a job. Then the illegals will go back by themselves.

      In Hong Kong, if you employ illegal immigrants you face two years in jail. Who’d risk that?

      Better check with your Congressman how many illegals he employs.
      And then replace him. Maybe with a woman with two kids, making ends meet.

  • Cocoabean

    Just one thing: it’s not that “there are no longer enough jobs to go around”. There are plenty of resource industry grunt workers with huge salaries. Logging truck drivers. Fisherman. Longshoremen. Truck mechanics. Oil & gas. Loads of government employees with $60,000/year+pensions+benefits. And the pension recipients of both these groups are not doing so badly, either…
    These overpaid workers, protected from salary competition, are the ones with the brand-new F150 pickups in the driveway, smartphones for every member of the family, $400,000 mortgages, new homes and RVs, quad bikes and Netflix. Things the rest of us only dream about.
    In fact, if your position is guaranteed by government, your company has monopoly access to natural resources or you are protected from labour competition by government, you are doing very well indeed. You didn’t lose your job in “the Great Recession”. You didn’t suffer a salary or living standard cut. You continued spending….”there’s more where that came from!”
    So it’s not that there is a “shortage of jobs”…it’s more like a mal-distribution of earnings and opportunity to compete for work. There is a shortage of STANDARD OF LIVING. And the new rich are not all “banksters”!
    We can thank government manipulation, regulation, and cronyism for THAT.

    • FirstGarden

      I believe you’re correct – in part. Due to multiple developments, i.e. the great sideways trickle overseas (benefiting the wealthy only), there is indeed a job shortage. The competition is unbelievable, even for low wage jobs. I know, because it took me FOUR YEARS to land a very part time, low-paying job.

      However, you are painfully correct when it comes to Royalty and us commoners. They strut to & from work, (when they actually work), and nary give a care about us.

      Just a few weeks ago, I had a coworker who also worked as a chemical engineer for the Fed g o v t. I asked him how many hours a day they worked. He said, about two hours a day.

  • TessaC

    I remember 1989 in Massachusetts, and the years after. The streets were dangerous in Boston. Youth gangs were a problem because all their parents were out working 2-3 jobs just to pay the rent. Women were being killed because the men in their lives had lost all respect for themselves. People avoided the ones who became victims of the economy…Bush, Sr had ceased all federal contracts in high tech, so an exodus to Silicon Valley resulted. I mean in the 100’s of thousands, from east to west, in search of Dot Com jobs, which we all remember, went bust by 2000. I had gone back to school in the 90’s to be apart of the Dot Com. I was single, 2 teen boys and was crushed by illness by the late 90’s. I am a mid-fifties baby bomber, trailing behind the post-war boomers who already got the jobs. So my heart goes out to everyone, those still trying and those that gave up on job security. The system is rigged. Until we get rid of the international banker’s corporate hold on our representatives in Washington, I’m afraid we’ll all keep seeing everyone’s life slip away like this. This year will be an eye opener.

    • FirstGarden

      You’re not really a baby bomber, are you? :-)

      • TessaC

        huh?

        • FirstGarden

          I was laughing at your typo. It’s okay, it’s Friday.. laugh with me. :-)

          • TessaC

            omg…doh!

          • FirstGarden

            lol, we all know you’re not a terrorist. Leave it there, it’s funny. :-}

  • Jason

    Honest advice from someone who has done it. Move to the Middle East.
    For starters, it’s a tax free salary. I bring home 3,000 USD every week. Five years ago I decided to do a one year specialist course, today I am reaping the benefits. Before this, I was bringing home only 500 USD a week.
    The GCC countries are craving expats with the skills they need. So find out what jobs are the highest paid and most sought after, then go and do a course, and apply for the job.
    Also, when the collapse hits, I think you’ll be in a pretty stable country.

  • Kim

    Nothing is sure or reliable in the system (political, economic, et cetera) in which we live.

    This is such a good article. It is so important to cultivate love within ourselves and toward others, gratitude, humility, to take care of our health, and to be prepared.

    One of the hardest things for me to deal with is the tortuous, long-drawn out nature of this system and its many injustices. It’s so hard to cope with injustice, but God sees it -he doesn’t approve of it and he will make it right.

    Waiting takes tremendous faith and endurance, but knowing there is hope and light at the end of this long dark tunnel makes it all worth it. Chin up everyone! :-))))

    • Tim

      Well said.

  • Ron Paul 2008 and 2012!

    The truth is that there is always hope? Hope and Change?

  • 2Gary2

    These same folks who are hurt will keep voting republican which is against their interest. Just look at walker-#35 in job creation who has ruined WI yet these low info doltish people vote for him. Hard to fix stupid.

    • Killer Virus

      Looks like 2gay2 took time out of polishing his bronze nude life-size Obimbo statue to post some drivel.

    • Hammerstrike

      What use is it to taxe the rich when it all goes in the pocket of the richer?

  • Michael

    quote from your article.

    But telling people “to get a job” or shaming them for being on welfare isn’t going to solve anything in an economy where there simply are not enough jobs for everyone. Only a small minority of welfare recipients are actually trying to abuse the system.

    All I have to say is you are very wrong I work in the cable industry in the stateline of Rockford IL area, up to Beloit Wisconsin, areas hit hard by the last recession and were not very good even before the recession, all I can tell you is people here, are all on government programs some lifers, and they tell there next generation how to abuse the system, I do not know who you are working for by saying this comment, but if you would like to go and work with me and go into some of these neighborhoods and see these problems for yourself, then you quote would be a little different, people here love disability, the extension to unemployment, cash assistance, free cell phones, as a matter of fact they have tents up in Beloit Wisconsin giving away free cell phones, they are usually in or near bad areas on major streets though so people can see them, and there is always people there, in these commentates alot of these people try to work for cash, so they can get there government assistance and make cash, from what I have seen your quote is well off, I have worked in more then one run down town and it all the same story, the people in the community love these programs, retirement for life, never have to get a job sleep in, and when they get there cash assistance some of them go out and by narcotics, or you have some families who are illegal they get food stamps housing and or cash assistance, then they have all these nice cars and tvs, because they do not have to pay for a house, or food, and they get free hospital visits, so they have alot of nice things on a small budget because the government pays for all these thing, I would ask that you edit your quote, your eyes are outside looking in, not inside these neighborhoods and seeing the problems as they are, but reading about them.

  • Brother Rob

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your website for a few months now and I thank the living God for you.It is obvious to me that you aren’t all about gloom and doom and you aren’t afraid to get the Truth out to people,because you love them.And it is also apparent that you have the confidence in your reporting that you have because you know the truth and the truth has made you free and he has revealed to you some prophecy.I thank you sir and I pray that God will continue to bless you with the Truth.

  • pulltheweeds

    The Falcon cannot hear the falconer ;

  • Priszilla

    Well, but this isn’t exactly news?

    I heard about this, “this is capitalism” when I was in school 30-40 years ago.

    We all want this. We want to be “free”. We rather die “free” than live in tyranny.

    Right?

  • wk

    You think Chicago is bad try 3 hrs south in Danville il, the crime is bad and a lot residents are from Chicago, I heard in the seventies it was even called little Chicago.

  • Bubba Johnson

    The secret to happiness and success is never get into debt and always save some of your money. Of course you will not earn any interest on it but what the heck.

  • death

    Thanks for using my testimony in your blog post, Michael…it was almost surreal reading it in there. It took me a while to realize it was something I had written about a month ago. I’d just like to mention that I actually got a temporary position, however I was the only white person there and did not feel welcome at all. I’ve decided that not working is the way to go, because I can get free Obamacare, an Obama phone, food stamps, and maybe some day section 8 housing if I’m lucky. lol I hate all of that but if you can’t beat em, join em.

    • death2

      Oh and the temp position involved removing staples. That’s all, min wage to remove staples from documents 8 hours a day, with only 30 mins for lunch.

  • wk

    We need to get rid of welfare and have workfare . You don’t work you don’t eat.

    • Putin n tame

      You mean slavery?

      • libsfellatetheobamacock

        he means effort must be expended to obtain sustenance . do you want those who produce to be slaves of those who don’t?

        • K

          for effort to be extended, there has to be jobs. And jobs cant be created out of thin air, when most of them have been outsourced.

          • wk

            Think of it this way, you know how we have prisoner do things like pick up trash along roads and make license plates, we can come up with jobs community service if nothing else.

          • K

            Even if we come up with them, it will affect the existing jobs that do that. And yet will still not be enough to absorb all the jobless.

  • voice of conscience

    As much as I feel sorry for anyone who has fallen on hard times, I also know with how much arrogance those holding a job can act haughty. It would behoof the general population to remember what builds a community. It is the self employed craftsmen and artisans, those with true skills and applied knowledge. Today, most western and modern societies have become saturated with big cry babies waiting for someone to offer them a job – but ever fewer numbers in those who are willing to venture, to risk. Unless, of course, a multi- million or billion deal might becon in the near future, thanks to venture capital firms investing in industries that hardly anyone needs for everyday living – you all know them.
    Beyond that – if the US weren’t so busy in meddling in everyone’s affairs – i.e. Mrs. Nuland bragging about buying Ukraine’s alegiance for only $5 billion, and many more such instances, not to mention all the actual wars, military bases, etc. there would be so much more money to actually invest in infrastructure, the people’s education, new industries, etc. You reap what you sow – in the end it always hits home.

  • wk

    Why won’t they let me post anything negative about the article. Mike is bias

  • dontcallmeafool

    Thanks for the advice. I will check this site you mention out and see what I think of it. I have been told before I might want to think about giving writing a try – I can write well when I am motivated to. Definitely worth a look/see. Thanks again and a great day to you.

  • Matty

    Is starting here in Australia also.

    We have nowhere near the population of the U.S.A (22 million in Aus to 317 million in the states or whatever the exact figures are) so it hasn’t hit us that badly yet, but it is unfolding.

    I was laid off in May last year and 3 days later my first child, my daughter was born.

    I have been very diligent in searching for employment, with awesome qualifications and experience, but after various interview and phone interviews, didn’t land the job.

    Next step to support my family?

    Theres plenty of jobs in the defence force which I am in the process of applying for.

    Do I really want to go this way…….. no but the uncertainty and frustration and just being plain broke is killing me and draining me of enthusiasm and ambition.

    If God does not want me to go in this direction, then I know that He will intervene, my life is in His hands and I know that He has something better for me, I just gotta be patient, at the end of the day, we are clothed, fed, sheltered, safe, healthy and comfortable.

    We about to go through even worse times ladies and gentlemen, I hope that we are all with Christ, because that is the only way that I have survived so far!

    God bless you all

    • libsfellatetheobamacock

      how about becoming an aborigine, they are a protected class, no?

      • K

        So you are not only upset about americans on welfare, but you have an issue with australian aborigines too.

        • libsfellatetheobamacock

          aborigines taste great with a little salt and pepper. I am upset about the 50% increase in food stamp recipients in the last 5 years and the large increase in disability recipients. are we a nation of injured victims now?

          • K

            So be upset with the conditions that led to the increase in food stamps. Not the people who got s****d because of those conditions and had to go on food stamps.

        • K

          also not me

    • Orange Jean

      Good luck to you! I have a bit of first hand knowledge of what it’s like being unemployed when your first child is about to be born, as I was in the same boat (albeit 40 yrs ago).

      As to joining the military, I happen to be a civilian working for the US Navy; I work for the medical side, as an epidemiologist. Although I don’t know how things work in the military in Australia… if I were in your situation, knowing what I know now… I would inquire about whether you would be able to join up and get work related either to medicine or IT, if you have what it takes to do either. Or perhaps go into being a chaplain of some sort.

      In particular… in the US DOD, those who go the medical route can end up with very good careers… anything ranging from medical tech support or medics/EMT to nursing, psychologists, lab work and even doctors. If you hesitate to join because you are mainly of a peace loving nature, at least you will know the work you do is of a healing nature. And here at lest they pay to get training too… maybe Australia’s defense force does the same.

      I know people who were smart but couldn’t afford to go to medical school, but by joining the service were able to. Mind you, these people have a very hard jobs… seeing people blown up or otherwise smashed to smithereens and having to work trying to fix them… but they are also skills that can carry over very well into civilian life, and even if the world goes to hell in a hand basket… there will always be a need for people with that knowledge and skills.

      GOOD luck and let us know what you end up doing.

      • Charlotte

        I know several people who joined the military in a medical capacity, and it was a great way to launch a career in medicine. I hope Matty gives serious thought to your advice, assuming the Australian military has programs like that.

      • Matty

        Hi Orange Jean, thanks for taking the time to reply.

        If I do join the defence force, it will not be in infantry or anything of the sort, having a metal fabrication/ welding inspection/ engineering background and qualifications, my first preference is with the air force as an aircraft structural technician, then in the army as a metalsmith.

        I can go back in the trade in civilian life, but I am sick of the lack of quality workmanship that I have encountered, I am a perfectionist! I have other applications pending, but I am becoming rather impatient, recruiters take way too long to reply, even if they do!

        I have an application for an entry level draftsman pending, ideally what I want, 5 mins from where I live, office position, all the perks, will start off on low wages compared on what I am used to but I will come home to my wife and daughter everyday.

        But in a way, it has been a blessing in disguise being laid off, because I have got to spend so much time with my baby daughter, I haven’t missed any of her development!

        Sounds like you have had an interesting career, congratulations on what you have achieved, anyone in the medical profession is in high demand so I’m sure that your job security is assured!

        Will keep you posted 😉

        • Orange Jean

          Life is like that… sometimes the things that seem like they are a curse turn out to be a blessing in disguise. You just have to do the best with what opportunities open up, be persistent, and don’t give up. I’m glad to hear you had the good sense to use this time to bond with your new daughter, as it will likely help you both (as well as your relationship with your wife) well into the future.

          Having a good relationship with the father is the best way to insure a girl with look for a good relationship with a man when she grows up. That has got to be more important than any job, although yes you need to find a way to support your family.

          But it’s my feeling that girls who are neglected by their father’s are the one’s who crave attention from any man who comes along, and may not learn to respect themselves. Sometimes a very hard lesson.

    • Tim

      I hope you find something soon, Matty.

      • Matty

        Thanks Tim,

        Im know God has it sorted!

        Have a good day and God bless you.

  • Brother Tim

    My heart goes out to all those who have been hit hard in this recession and I pray for those who still have a good paying job because they don’t know when how long they will keep their job. We are truly living in pivotal point of our life. This are constantly changing for the worst. I must say I am so surprise when I see people living in cars or motels or tents. GOD wants us to turn to HIM and not this man maid system that is ruled by Satan. This is what the bible have to say on the matter Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. He wants us to call on Him, He is just waiting. This Satan banking system I don’t call it central banks no more because they are so evil. I know Satan is using them to control this evil world. All I can say draw closer to GOD and His son Jesus and they will keep you strong and give you hope

  • Mondobeyondo

    For those of you who are looking to get out of the depression you are in (and there are many of you out there) – “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield is what did it for me.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Thought I’d try to get here before the Cashew Gallery gets to chime in.
    America is not Europe. The entire continent of Europe is the size of the continental U.S.

  • Mondobeyondo

    The moment you stop thinking of people as the latest unemployment statistics, and begin to think of them as men, women and children who are hurting – that is when your heart will change. Assuming you even have a heart to begin with.

    • libsfellatetheobamacock

      democrats want this this level of dependency, guess that would make them heartless

      • Anon

        Democrats and Republicans work for the same group of elite Oligarchs. Democrats and Republicans are the same party disguised as two separate parties and the purpose is to divide the people. If you cannot see that by now, open your eyes. This is not a democrat or republican issue. It is a moral, ethical and survival issue. If the people of the US would come together instead of fighting across party lines we as the American people might have a chance. Just like if the Native American tribes had all banded together perhaps they could have fought off the settlers. Divide and conquer.

  • chilller

    If there ever was a guy who needed prayed for…he’s it.

  • Peter

    Hello guys, i read this blog for a year or two. I am from CE Europe, from Slovakia, not a far from Ukraine. I am young, just 28yo. Economic “collapse” is something what my country gone through. Unemployment was always around 15%, sometimes more (more than 20%, sometimes less), when i finished college (mechanial engineering), it was year 2009… What i don`t understand how can people send a hundred or more CVs and hope for best. It simply does not work this way. If i would just send CVs i would be unemployed forever. Imagine a HR worker who receives a 500 applications each day… All my jobs i had, i got by asking. Asking my family, my friends, friends of friends etc. What you don`t understand is, that you need a family, friends, real friends and faith; in god, jesus, budha, einstein, universe, destiny, whatsoever to get through hard times.

    Your country has become a national-socialist country, in such a country you need to know people around you in order to be well. Hope for best, prepare for worst. If you don`t like how the thing works, don`t wait that it will change itself, change yourself and then it will change (100 monkeys principle).

    good luck

    • Jeremy

      You are correct. Asking others is how I got my jobs, and am now in a better position today than two years ago.

    • Hammerstrike

      Nope.

      National-Socialist Germany recovered swiftly from its economioc collapse and could even afford to re-arme in a big way while ukraine had 6000 combat-ready soldiers, a much better system than the current one.

  • therooster

    Networking in the homes business sense is an open door that offers opportunity in everything from soup to nuts. There are no barriers there …. but maybe people like their barriers.

  • K

    One of the main problems is ‘outsourcing’. When a lot of jobs are outsourced….there wont be enough jobs left for people and those people will have no choice but to fall back on welfare. when their savings run out.

    • K

      This K is not me.

      • K

        This K is me.

        • sonofseawolf

          K
          K
          K

          • K

            These K’s are for everybody else.

          • sonofseawolf

            Kk

          • K

            Those too.

    • Anonymous

      Supply and Demand. It doesn’t help that the USA is bringing in more and more workers through immigration. We have more workers than we have jobs.

  • Jim

    Of course many of the displaced and desperate will not be content to live on what government programs provide. Turning to crime to improve their financial situation will seem like a good plan to some. I was fortunate enough to have a skill that enabled me to make a decent living working in a few large factories. Over the years I crossed paths with a few thousand other employees. Now and then I’d find myself wondering what some of these guys (including the guy in the mirror) would be doing to survive if it wasn’t for the good paying job that allowed them to enjoy a decent standard of living. Desperate people have their own ideas of what wealth redistribution and entitlement should look like. To paraphrase what the ghost told Scrooge, “Ignorance and want beware them both.”

  • libsfellatetheobamacock

    Crimea river

  • libsfellatetheobamacock

    I realize this can’t be gary as the individual doesn’t have his finger up his nose

  • piccadillybabe

    Many people work at the colleges and universities in America. From the sounds of it on local and national news, budget cuts and demographics will hurt this sector of our society in the next year. Due to lower high school graduate rates and also lower enrollment rates at these institutions, they are going to be cutting programs and also jobs to the tune of millions of $$. Many who retire will also not be replaced. Hospitals will also be cutting more and more out of their budgets due to ACA.
    It’s true what you say how some are so insensitive about others who have lost employment and are struggling. I have seen and witnessed it first hand. You would not want to wish that on your worst enemy, but It just makes you want to see them stumble along the way so that they could see the reality of the situation and at least acknowledge it. Many of the charity organizations like food pantries are also being shut down due to huge grocery store chains not liking the competition. So, anywhere you slice it, be it bread or butter, more and more are feeling the pinch.

    • Charlotte

      My old university cut three degree programs last year and laid off dozens of professors, and my state’s university system is planning to jettison entire institutions from the system to save money. The higher education bubble is just beginning to burst.

      • K

        Part of this is also due to some degrees themselves become obsolete.

      • K

        ‘becoming’

      • piccadillybabe

        It ceases to amaze me though that with all the budget cuts, the presidents, top directors and CEOs with their 6 and 7 digit salaries go unscathed. The least they could do would volunteer to take a drop in pay to even out the playing field a little. Nope, they are totally above pay cuts. The whole university could be emptied out but the top echeleon will remain to close the doors, file for bankruptcy, hope for a merger and end up with a “golden parachute” to the tune of multiple millions $$$$.

        • Anonymous

          Please consider watching the DVD “Inequality For All.” It shows how CEO salaries have risen while other wages have not. I rented it from a local video store and thought it was worth the watch.

          • piccadillybabe

            Are there any video stores left? None in my area.

  • sonofseawolf

    hi Michael and ec bloggers,
    To many problems to fix now.
    protect yourself at all times 14/5

  • ad

    You know what’s the worst? When you hear your family talking about you because you can’t find a job, like it’s your fault. It breaks your heart. Happened to me just right now.

    • k

      True…I echoed similar feelings through my comment below.

    • anon

      It happened to me too. My mother was talking about me behind my back, saying i just didn’t want to work and it got back around to me through the grape vine. Needless to say we are not on good terms because of this. It’s a stab in the back when you are feeling the lowest because you can’t find work. A stab from those that are supposed to love you the most.

  • americalsgt

    The stress of being laid off in your late 50’s early 60’s is as good as a heart attack.

  • Mike Smithy

    Interesting read. However, I find it bizarre that NASA is opining about such things. It’s the equivalent of the Secret Service conducting a study on the problems with agriculture.

  • Shiv

    Why don’t Americans live more frugally when they do have a job? Why is it essential to live in mansions? I read that the median family net worth is under $ 80,000!

  • SpunkyBunks

    McDonalds in high-traffic European spots have touch screens by the entrances. You touch the picture icons to pick out what you want, swipe your credit card, and pick up your food at the counter when they call out your number. In America, cell phone apps are being made to do the same thing.

    Once they get robots to make all the food, no employees will be necessary. Other than the trash collectors and the bathroom cleaners!

    Welcome to the future, the land of the Haves and Have-Nots.

  • Gay Veteran

    very true!

    now can all who voted for Bush once or twice, agree that you righteously blew it… EPIC FAIL?

  • Captain Beefheart

    Ha! Afraid to face people because your unemployed? Who cares what they think. Most are brainwashed into thinking you must have a full time job, get with a woman who always gets pregnant. Go into debt over a home then work somewhere until you are of no need anymore and are thrown away like an old menstral rag. Not me jack.

  • The beginning of the end started in 1978 it is 95% complete

  • nekksys

    Two words: Modern. Homestead.

    That is precisely what I have created and continue to work on as this impending collapse edges ever-closer. It prevents what Paul fell in to after losing his job (and some measure of his dignity I would presume). I guarantees my family and I will at least be able to eat in the aftermath. I’ve yet to dig a well or set up livestock areas but I’m getting there. I takes effort to get this all done, especially doing the majority by myself. It also takes time, of which, I don’t always have the luxury. Even so, this “project” serves to keep hope high in the face of assured calamity.

    So, Paul, if you happen to be reading this; I do feel for you. You’re right to keep busy but also plan ahead. There is much you can do to keep your head up. Start a big garden if you have room for one. If you have no space, talk to others in your community and ask if they would be willing to allow you to garden a small section of their land. You may find yourself tending small plots on 6 adjacent lots but it beat going hungry! You could also try your hand at snaring if you have a large enough woodland nearby. The meat may not always taste like you would want it to taste but, again, it’s better than an empty stomach. Having primitive living skills can prove to be a terrific life-saver when needed.

    There’s another extremely important step as well: stay connected to other folks. We are at our best when we are connected to a group. Find others in your area to connect with who may be in the same boat. Lift each other up as much and as often as possible. Do group outings to collect discarded aluminum cans, scrap metals and glass. Scrapping may not bring in much money but it’s something to help get the stuff you can’t make or find. Picking and selling wild fruits in the summer can be very lucrative. A small group can clean out a blackberry patch in short order.

    Don’t be bashful about dumpster diving either. Nothing wrong with re-purposing someone’s trash. That torn up hoodie in the garbage? Cut strips or squares and make a blanket from a bunch of them. Old stained towel? Instant socks! Don’t let yourself become fixated on having something pre-made. And don’t sell yourself short on your own resourcefulness! Look at something broken and figure out a new way of using it!! You can do this!

    Should we cross paths, brother (same goes for anyone else who reads this); I’ll be there to give you a hand and help you stand taller. I’ll even teach you what I know about primitive living just to help you that much more because:

    “No one stands so tall as one who stands on the shoulders of giants.”

    I’m no giant but, together, we can all become giants and stand up tall in the face of what is coming.

  • Swata

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    spells from drstanleyspelltemple@hotmail.com because my man was acting
    like he didn’t want to be with me anymore and spending less time with me
    before we broke up and i ask Dr. Stanley to cast a love spell on him to
    make him love me again and come back to me which he did and in the next
    24hours after the spell was cast my man came to my house to beg for
    forgiveness and ask me to accept him back. Thank you Dr. for your
    help…Sherrie

  • Priszilla

    You have 40 years researching Agenda 21, which was set up 20 years ago?

    from wikipedia:
    Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development.[1] It is a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.

    Well, without plants and animals there won’t be any human life, unless you make your food and air in factories.

    • peace angel

      Priscilla

      I have already told you that AGENDA 21 is a 130 year old plan to takeover the world beginning in the US, which is why it was brought here 130 years ago. You have no more knowledge on the subject so you are resorting to hate filled ramblings. I don’t have time for that. I am a very busy girl and come here to educate not argue.

      Although I don’t get my news from WIKI you can see a very detailed amount of info IF you are not on a page written by a DC plant.

      IF you google Agenda 21 you will get millions of pages of info BUT will have to wade through a million pages of gov. propaganda before you find the truth. AGAIN I send you to bilderberg dot org if you want the truth.

      For Four decades I have developed my news sources and they do not come from WIKI, BUT if you check out the Bilderberg families and search for a very complete history of this takeover you can find that and get a very different and much longer story than the one the government provided that you read. Starting with the two NAZIS along with the Illuminati who brought it here, it gives up some of the families who have become this marxist faction today.

      IF you only read the executive orders passed by the past 7 presidents in the US you will see the legislating of the NWO and agenda 21.

      IF you have access to the laws passed in those nations you believe are FREE nations you will find the same Marxist laws have been passed there also. My research has been worldwide for the entire four decades I have researched it and will never include WIKI.

      I have no idea what you are talking about 30 years from now. It makes no sense with regard to the fact that in my country laws have been passed by the NDAA act of 2011 that make every single citizen a “domestic terrorist” and there will be no civilization in the US to eat cattle. Beef won’t be on the menu in the red zones and you and yours are headed down the same path. WAKE UP and stop using the internet for anger mgmt. You don’t know the facts on this issue and refuse to do any research to find them.

      • Priszilla

        Yeah. Whatever.

        Ramble, Ramble, Ramble.

        I think you forgot the Protocols of Zion ?

        And the Ufos in the Basement of the Himalaya, or was that Antarctica? Neuschwabenland? Area 51?

        But I think, a tincture of dead sea salt will help.

  • Jean Bush

    Well, you are definately a light for everyone with your dedicated and informative site, Michael.
    The deliberate destruction of our economy is part of the NWO agenda; once they have us on our knees, we will “gratefully” accept any dictatorship they impose just as long as we can get back on our feet.
    Don’t fall for it if you can help it. More dark days are coming.

  • karungguni talirafia

    I was shocked with the truth and amazed with the courage demonstrated here. I am malaysian. We view american people as fat wallet, patriotic junks as what we watched on TV, 70% of it. We also view US as, Jewish controlled warmongerwho never stop bullying other countries. Never came across honest, suffering american until I stumbled this site. Hope you all the best.

  • Adam Martin

    49%? That sounds like a powder keg ready to explode. Unemployed, poor, and shackled with debt. Probably makes a lot of people angry. Young people usually think they are invincible. They might do something to spark a real class conscious movement. Hopefully, not another OWS. Maybe, they won’t think it’s a time to relieve Woodstock when they reconvene.

  • Lars Lonte

    EIR News http://www.larouchepac.com Michael C. Rupperts daily Peak Oil Blog http://www.fromthewilderness.co Peak Oil and 9.11. American Free Press http://www.americanfreepress.net

  • Deborah Wilson

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  • Paulinthedesert

    If I didn’t have God in my life, I’d surely be dead by now.

  • Dewey Olsen

    The Struggle within America—Isaiah Saw It All!
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Many regard Isaiah’s prophecy as a sealed book. Who does it address, only people in the past? A key to this mystery exists in the linear and synchronous structures that govern the book of Isaiah. These enable us to read it as a prophecy about the past but also as a prediction of the future. The book of Isaiah, in other words, serves a twofold purpose. Without taking anything away from what happened in the past, it uses the past as an allegory of the future. In that case, persons and nations of Isaiah’s day typify ones who perform similar roles at the end of the world. The names of past persons and nations function as codenames for their endtime counterparts.

    The importance of understanding Isaiah’s message increases daily as world events line up like planets for the fulfillment of his prophecy. Under the codename “Egypt”—the great superpower of Isaiah’s day—America is predicted to suffer spiritual decline, political ineptitude, economic collapse, internal anarchy, and invasion by a foreign military world power from the North—a latter-day “Assyria.” On the other hand, a community of covenanters in “Egypt” will turn back to Jehovah,
    who will send them a savior and deliver them. In the end, at the commencement of the millennial age, America will again become “my people”—a covenant people of God (Isaiah 19).

    5. 20. 2010

  • Dewey Olsen

    The book of Isaiah—Blueprint of Our Time
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    What sets the book of Isaiah apart from all other prophetic writings is its all-inclusiveness in depicting an End-Time scenario. More complete in its portrayal of that time than even apocalyptic writings such as Daniel and Revelation, it spells out a great confluence of events to which humanity may look forward. Using Israel’s ancient history as an allegory of the end of the world, it predicts the future by drawing on events of the past. Only a prophet–poet with extraordinary literary skills could have predicted “the end” based on the world’s beginnings (Isaiah 46:10). Only a visionary who saw both time periods could have crafted such a prophetic masterpiece.

    While the book of Isaiah’s apocalyptic message accords with Jewish tradition, and while literary structures provide proof of its twofold applicability—Isaiah’s day and the end of the world—it still requires a leap of faith to believe that this is indeed a handbook for our time. For one thing, it may mean discarding much or all of what we have been taught. Isaiah foresees this confusion when he speaks of the deaf “hearing” and the blind “seeing” the words of his book. Only then will “they who erred in spirit gain understanding and they who murmured accept instruction” (Isaiah 29:18, 24). Fortunately, not all of God’s people fall in that category (Isaiah 66:2, 5).

    10. 12. 2011

  • Dewey Olsen

    End-Time “Egypt”—A Superpower in Decline
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Isaiah’s use of types of ancient world powers that foreshadow End-Time ones extends to the great superpower Egypt. As with all nations and persons who appear in the book of Isaiah, their true identity emerges when we observe how Isaiah characterizes them, not when we apply historical or archaeological data, though at times that may help. In searching the world today for a nation that matches Isaiah’s description of “Egypt,” the sole candidate is America. That connection is further strengthened by the fact that God’s people anciently dwelt in Egypt, that Joseph ruled Egypt, and that the birthright tribe of Ephraim sprang from Joseph and Asenath, an Egyptian woman.

    Isaiah’s “Egypt,” however, is a superpower in decline: “The ministers of Zoan have been foolish, the officials of Noph deluded; the heads of state have led Egypt astray. Jehovah has permeated them with a spirit of confusion; they have misled Egypt in all that it does, causing it to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit. . . . Manufacturers of combed linen and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed. The textile workers will know despair, and all who work for wages suffer distress. . . . I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians; they will fight brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor, city against city and state against state” (Isaiah 19:2, 9–10, 13–14).

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