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Forsaken And Forgotten

America is becoming a very cold place.  If you don’t have money, you don’t really matter much in our society.  The ads on television aren’t for you – they are directed at people that actually have good jobs and that can afford to buy the nice little “extras” in life.  The politicians aren’t really interested in you either – they figure that they can buy your vote with all of the money that they are getting from the wealthy people.  When you don’t have money, even friends and relatives start to distance themselves from you.  Perhaps they are afraid that you will ask them for money or perhaps they are afraid that your “failure” will start to rub off on them.  When people know that you are struggling for money, the barriers immediately go up.  In the United States today, there are tens of millions of people that have been forsaken and forgotten.  They mostly stay at home (if they still have a home), and for most of them quiet desperation has become a way of life.  You won’t ever read much about them or see them appear much on television because nobody really cares too much about them.  As far as society is concerned, there are just way too many of them and they are a problem that “the government” should be able to handle anyway.  Sadly, the truth is that many communities all across America want absolutely nothing to do with those that can’t take care of themselves.  All over the country cities are passing laws making it illegal to feed the homeless, and in other instances cities are actually making it illegal to be homeless.  Unfortunately, this problem is not going away.  In fact, the number of Americans living in poverty increases with each passing day.  So where do we go from here?

These days, a lot of formerly middle class Americans are down on their luck and can’t even afford to buy enough food.  The following is from a recent Yahoo article….

Cheryl Preston knows that others are worse off. But she’s still hungry.

As grocery prices creep higher and her income sags, rationing her family’s food is a daily task. The 54-year-old mother of three and grandmother of three in Roanoke, Va., says there are days she skips meals so her husband and son can eat. If they notice, she says, she’ll let them think she’s fasting. She waters down the milk and juice to make it last longer. She visits food pantries, but it’s not enough.

Have you ever had to skip meals because you simply could not afford to buy enough food?

Have you ever wondered how you were going to make it to the next paycheck?

When you look into the eyes of your hungry children and you realize that your best efforts have not been good enough to provide what they need it can be absolutely soul crushing.

And when you have lost everything it quickly becomes apparent that most people in society simply do not care about you.

About a third of the country is already on some form of welfare.  Another family falling out of the middle class and into poverty is not going to cause anyone to sit up and take notice.

The middle class in America is being absolutely shredded.  In a recent article I wrote entitled “84 Statistics That Prove That The Decline Of The Middle Class Is Real And That It Is Getting Worse” I detailed this very clearly.  But most Americans don’t think about this very much because they are just focused on what is going on in their own little worlds.  If they still have their jobs and if their family and friends are still doing okay then they are likely to believe that everything is just fine.

But everything is not fine.

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were “middle income” back in 1971.

Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are “middle income”.

There aren’t enough good jobs in this country and there never will be enough good jobs ever again.

Those that are just entering the job market understand very clearly that there are not enough good jobs.

Of the recent college graduates that have been fortunate enough to actually get a job, about half of them have taken jobs that do not even require a college degree.

But at least if you have a job, even if it is really crappy, you still matter in this economy.

Many of those that are not working at all have been completely forsaken and forgotten.

Over the past year, approximately 1.3 million Americans have seen their extended unemployment benefits end.  Most of them are considered to have “dropped out of the labor force” even though they aren’t working, they don’t have any income coming in and they are very desperate.  They are told to go “get a job” in an economy that does not produce enough jobs for everyone.  The music stopped playing and they were left without a seat and nobody really cares too much.

But if you live in the good areas of New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle this article might seem like complete nonsense to you.  After all, corporate profits are at an all-time high and the stores and malls where you live are packed with people.  Everyone around you is driving new cars, wearing designer clothes and using the latest tech gadgets.

But it is not like that everywhere in America.

There are two Americas today.  One is swimming in money and is seemingly more prosperous than ever.

The other America is a complete and total economic nightmare.

Just check out the percentage of blighted properties in some of America’s most run down cities….

Baltimore: 14 percent

Cleveland: 19 percent

Youngstown, Ohio: 21 percent

New Orleans: 21 percent

Detroit: 24 percent

Flint, Michigan: 27 percent

But those that are paying millions of dollars for dinky little apartments in New York City may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Well, in the forgotten areas of America “despair” is what people experience on a good day.  Unemployment and government dependence are a way of life, and alcohol and drugs are used to dull the pain.  The following is from a recent article by Chris Hedges.  It describes what life is like in the little town of Gary, West Virginia….

Joe and I are sitting in the Tug River Health Clinic in Gary with a registered nurse who does not want her name used. The clinic handles federal and state black lung applications. It runs a program for those addicted to prescription pills. It also handles what in the local vernacular is known as “the crazy check” — payments obtained for mental illness from Medicaid or SSI — a vital source of income for those whose five years of welfare payments have run out. Doctors willing to diagnose a patient as mentally ill are important to economic survival.

“They come in and want to be diagnosed as soon as they can for the crazy check,” the nurse says. “They will insist to us they are crazy. They will tell us, ‘I know I’m not right.’ People here are very resigned. They will avoid working by being diagnosed as crazy.”

The reliance on government checks, and a vast array of painkillers and opiates, has turned towns like Gary into modern opium dens. The painkillers OxyContin, fentanyl — 80 times stronger than morphine — Lortab, as well as a wide variety of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, are widely abused. Many top off their daily cocktail of painkillers at night with sleeping pills and muscle relaxants. And for fun, addicts, especially the young, hold “pharm parties,” in which they combine their pills in a bowl, scoop out handfuls of medication, swallow them, and wait to feel the result.

There are hundreds of small towns all over America today just like Gary that have been forsaken by society.  Most people in those towns are just “existing” and gave up all hope of a better life long ago.

Some of these stories are being told in a new documentary film called “American Winter”.  You can view the trailer for the film right here.  It is a very powerful 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

Sadly, the truth is that there really does not need to be so much suffering in America.

Did you know that Americans waste 165 billion dollars worth of food each year?

That could sure feed a lot of hungry people.

And the overwhelming greed that we see in society today is absolutely astounding.

For example, Yahoo recently profiled a hoarder who packed her home with $500,000 worth of “stuff” that she could not resist buying….

There are shoe closets, and then there are shoe rooms. Monte, a retired teacher in her fifties, had scattered $20,000 worth of footwear throughout six rooms in her home. Some were organized by color, but most lay in mountainous piles of clutter in her 4,000 square foot home outside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Over a period of 10 years, she’d spent over $500,000 on clothing, accessories and home furnishings, all of which lay strewn across her kitchen, entryway and bedrooms, tags intact.

But far worse are the “Rich Kids of Instagram“.  It has apparently become trendy for wealthy kids to take pictures of themselves enjoying their outrageous wealth.  It truly is disgusting.

Meanwhile, most American families are really struggling to get by.  In fact, 77 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time.

And jobless claims are rising again.  We are on the verge of another major economic crisis and that means that millions more Americans are going to lose their jobs and their homes.

If you think that things are bad now, just wait, because things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and help those that are hurting.  When things are the darkest, that is when heroes are needed the most.

  • Marco

    “Don’t be afraid to reach out and help those that are hurting. When things are the darkest, that is when heroes are needed the most.”

    Well said Michael.

    I wasn’t aware of that “rich kids of instagram”. It’s not a sin to be rich, but the kids could learn a little humility. I attribute that to parenting (or lack of it). As Luke 14:11 says:

    “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

    Either way, there’s a reckoning coming – for all of us.

    • Eisenkreutz

      Pride comes before a fall.

      • thiscreepingmalaise

        but through humility comes wisdom.

      • mike Beale

        If so, Obama’s in big trouble.

      • Louise in MO

        Actually the scripture reads “A haughty spirit comes before a fall; pride comes before destruction.”

        Either way it’s not great for the greedy.

    • http://www.thehomeforsurvival.com Survivor Mike

      Marco – agree that the parenting has become lax. It seems that many don’t realize they are not “entitled” to everything. Disturbing.

    • Selaretus

      I’m tired of hearing the: ‘it’s not a sin to be rich’ line. It is typically used by good ‘Christian’ folks who preach the sick obscene ‘health and wealth’ gospel. Christ said that ‘it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into Heaven’. (forget your watered down lame interpretations of this; He meant EXACTLY what he said;)It IS a sin to be rich while others around you suffer. God is not mocked. The wealthy will account for what they did, or did not do, with thier wealth. ‘In as much as you did it unto the least of these my brethern, you did it unto Me’

      • TX4Life

        The question is, “What defines rich?”. The answer is different for everyone.

      • Gary2

        I have been saying tax the rich and spread the wealth. I am simply trying to save the rich MF souls.

    • sunbelt57

      Matt 25:35-40 “For I was hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” there is not only great reward in Heaven for helping the poor in the spirit of Christian compassion, there is also great power and protection here for the true saints. The words of Jesus don’t seem to make sense when read at face value, but try to realize how hard it was to convey the truth to the people of that time and read between the lines and meditate on it and you will understand how it works in words beyond description.

  • James

    Michael,

    I noticed that you cited that the middle class make up 51% of americans. I took a sociology class that in the spring of 2011 that said the middle class actually only makes up 44% of the American public. Also someone sent me this article that says the middle class is shrinking because more people are moving up. Here is the article http://www.cnbc.com/id/48754974

    • Eisenkreutz

      Hey kid,
      If 80% of college professors are socialists, common sense tells you that 80% of the literature is partisan garbage and anyone who studies out of those textbooks only is a brainwashed hack who can never be a real scholar. Think about it.

      • Gay Veteran

        please provide evidence that 80% of college professors are socialists

    • Alasha

      can someone say propaganda? mmmm

    • Danielle

      Also, how can the middle class be moving up when most college graduates cannot find jobs in their fields nowadays?

  • Newton

    100 million on some form of govt assistance

    Unemployment gaining

    And new home sales , applications and completions are up ??

    Florida states that it’s down to a 6 month supply ???

    now, I ain,t exactly a neuro physicist , but somehow it ain,t exactly adding up.

    • Alasha

      can someone say funny math? reports, figures and numbers are being “adjusted”. i heard one ceo say – they took a 2 million dollar and put it as a 2 million profit. really. whatever protections or preventive measures to stop the fraud on the books from happening did not occur. gulp. me: i don’t believe anything said and 1/2 of what i see.

      • Gary2

        can someone say funny math?

        “Funny Math” There somebody now said funny math per your question.

        • Alasha

          lol…. me want Cookie!!!

    • Alasha

      can someone say funny math? reports, figures and numbers are being “adjusted”. i heard one ceo say – they took a 2 million dollar loss and put it as a 2 million profit. really. whatever protections or preventive measures to stop the fraud on the books from happening did not occur. gulp. me: i don’t believe anything said and 1/2 of what i see.

    • TX4Life

      No kidding. Me thinks somebody is stretching the truth.

    • TFox

      I read somewhere (maybe on this site) that the number for new houses is misleading, because a lot of the older homes are in such bad shape after being abandoned, that people are just deciding to build new instead. So, while the new numbers are up, the other numbers are bleak.

  • Highlander

    I live in a place that always seems to have a problem with people with no money. Its been that way through good and bad times. It is mostly the overflow from the big cities, seems a small backwards county is easy for them to scam in. On the flip side of that is the number of people who have TWO jobs out here. We have no “middleclass” jobs, farming doesn’t pay like that for most and there isn’t a whole lot else out side of working for one of the prisons in the area. A family member has a job that keeps them in contact with the ones without money and with few exceptions, everyone of them find any reason to NOT hold a job. They live in squalor and watch TV for most of the day, get thier government check and drink and drugs till its gone and then cry poor mouth. I know there are a lot of good folk out there struggling to make the next meal, but those are the ones that will make it, thet do not have the spirit of poverty. The missus and I were talking about that today, no matter how cash poor we were, the kids had clean clothes and we always put food on the table.

    Cruachan!

    • DaytoDay

      “We have no “middleclass” jobs, farming doesn’t pay like that for most and there isn’t a whole lot else out side of working for one of the prisons in the area. A family member has a job that keeps them in contact with the ones without money and with few exceptions, everyone of them find any reason to NOT hold a job.”

      Bingo!

      Highlander do you know why that is? Because people understand that they have no future and so, why go work a minimum-wage job (If that’s all there is) When you can collect the same amount for FREE…

      I hope people start understand the mentality… Is it wrong? Depends on who you ask… If the government is going to pay you to sit at home then most likely you’re going to embrace it with open arms… It’s like, how many people do you think, would instantly quit their job on the spot if somebody gave them a million dollars cash? I would say A LOT of people… So, how is this any different?

      All I’m saying is, I see where people are coming from, because we’re not talking about 50-100k jobs that can support a family, that people are just “too lazy” to work, rather we are talking about 10-20k jobs, that do little more than put food in your mouth…

      So, for a lot of people, sitting home and collecting a check, beats working 12hrs a day for the same amount of money…

      But none of this is the real issue… The real issue is, why are there so many crummy jobs?

      Because I would guarantee, that all of the “Welfare queens” would gladly get off their ass and work a 50k job if given the chance.

      But the thing is, a lot of people just don’t see the point, working long hard hours for little to no pay… And that’s the sad reality…

      • Louise in MO

        To “Day to Day”

        It depends on the “character” of the person. I was on my own with two sons for about five years. I often worked afull time job and a part time job to provide for my children. NO child support.

        Wouldn’t even think of asking for assistance…didn’t want to take my sons down that road. We always had food and a decent place to live. They played little league baseball and football. Always looked as nice as their school friends. However, this happened at a different time in this country’s economy.

        My 25 year old granddaughter works two part time jobs to make it. We help her by paying her car insurance. BUT to her the $75 a month she spends on her iPhone is a “necessity,” along with the other tech items she has, etc. etc.

        We do have friends who have lost their house, two jobs and moved twice for a new job only to find out it was only temporary. They have not asked for one unemployment check. They are in their late fifties. I admire their spunk. We never considered forsaking or forgetting them!

        I hope your statistics are wrong, Michael.

    • davidmpark

      “The spirit of poverty”!? Never thought that could exist. Good observation.

    • Optimistic Pessimist

      Well said – good for you – if only all parents cared or prepared to go to the lengths that you have for your children, we would have a better, happier and more grateful society.

      I have been trying to work for myself for the last 1.5 years and live on half of what I used to because I realised where I was wasting money. I have a greater appreciation of the little things in life.

      Roof over my head, bed to sleep in, food on the table, cut the luxuries, easier way of life.

      OP

    • John S

      The two job phenomenon is very real. Of the 2.5 million jobs Obama claims to have created, I’ve read that 80% are part-time, near minimum-wage. (I have two of these “jobs.”) And I can’t imagine facing the future without at least two jobs any more than I would drive a car with one wheel removed. Incidently, two months ago both jobs added up to 40 hours a week; today they total 30 hours. Both employers have seen a decrease in sales.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    Superman where are you now? We are enroute to bartertown {Mad max beyond thunderdome}and hope to see you there.

    • zed

      you will get only hitler….

    • Optimistic Pessimist

      Superman here! I am working as fast as I can to save the world and make it a better place.

      Hehe

      OP

  • mark

    I do feel for many of these people that want to work and take care of their own needs. At the same time the drug users are doing this to themselves. If you smoke, you are doung this to yourself. If you drink you are doing this to yourself. I saw in the late 1990’s many get off of welfare and get on social security disability. The people that make that choice subject themselves to poverty for the rest of their lives.

    • Eric

      “The people that make that choice subject themselves to poverty for the rest of their lives.”

      Asking the government to be the welfare pusher-man makes life miserable for everyone.

    • Kevin2

      mark

      You think they just hand that out?

      With rare exception those people are disabled.

      • mark

        I would say that many that are considered disabled could find work in some field in the past when the unemployment rate was low. As a landlrd since 1981, I have had many people living in units that were on disablity. I can recall one fellow named Sheldon that was a drunk. He refered to his disablity check as his pension. I asked him what he did to earn his pension. He said that he had been to state prison 3 times and so he had earned his pension. His girlfriend was also on disablity as she had fallen down a flight of stairs when she was high on drugs and booze. Between the two they they spent their checks on drugs and beer instead of their rent. I have many stories I could relate from being a landlord for 31 years. I have a sister on disablity that could work if she had a change of attitude. Why we even pay this to her is beyond me as her husband rakes in 7,500 a month as a retired government employee. Their assets add up to around a million, but the rules are what they are. I guess I could add that they are socialists and are left of Obama. Heck, I am considered to be disabled and could sign up for the free cash like the tens of thousands that have done so as of late, but we choose to take care of ourselves and not expect the taxpayers to add to our earnings each month. I know of more people that claim that they are disabled and could work if they wanted to. I even recall a fellow rear ended my truck around 1986. He was working as a carpenter and his truck was loaded with tools from work. He was being paid as a disabled fireman. He was not very happy after my laywer was done with him. I recall a guy wanted to rent a house from me that had been in a motorcycle wreck and was disabled collecting money. He used his settlement to buy homes to flip and he bragged about how much he was raking in. He sat in a chair and talked all about his investments for hours, but he claimed that he couldn’t work because after sitting twenty minutes he hurt too much. I have seen a lot of fraud in this system. I guess that we just happen to come across all of those rare exceptions as a landlord. We could tell you some great stories about people on Section 8 housing over the years. Here is a real good one. A fellow named Calvin was in a unit in a complex we bought. He was strong as a ox. He had been given every chance as far as I could tell. He had a 4 years of college paid for from being a football star. He went to a college that was known for great parties and was tossed out after 3 and 1/2 years. He came home and lived with his mother who was on sec 8. When she died he got to continue too use her sec 8 voucher. His lights and gas were included in his rent and his share was only $60 a month and the government paid the rest. He collected general welfare of $100 a month and food stamps. He spent nights playing midnight basketball. Remember that program that Bill Clinton started. He couldn’t work since he was to tired after worhing out all night. I even tried to hire him as the guy was all muscle to do some labor for me, but he did not have time to work. Well even with all of his paid benifits he couldn’t see to pay his 60 dollar share of the rent. I must add that it took a long time for the Marshal to serve him with eviction papers. After three months of trying to serve him it turns out he was in the county jail. The taxpayers paid for most of his rent and paid to keep him in jail at the same time. I suppose about half of the American population thinks that the other half owes them a living. Until people regain that good old can do it attitude in this country again that made this the best country in the world we are doomed.

    • bob

      so let me get this straight…. I had a decent job, making descent money for a 25 year old… I had an extreme psychotic episode, which resulted in me being diagnosed ‘mentaly ill.’ my insurance sucked ass, so I herd about medicare flipping the costs to help pay for my medicine. needless to say, 5 years later, Im stuck in this shithole that ssi is. cant get off of it without paying them back. regaurdless if its a law or not, who hires the mentaly ill. I had to quit my job in order to keep the medicare and see my psychiatrist, or run the risk of over payment. I went from making around 35k a year to living off of 800 dollars a month…. and Im a parasite?? people like you with all you self rightousness make me sick… how is your life is so fuckin perfect, that you get to look down and judge other people have it worse then you?? have you ever considered what the root cause of their drug and alcohol use can be? you are exactly what is wrong with this world… its fucked up thinkin and talk like this, that just shows there is no widespread compation for anyone who isnt themselves…

      • mark

        Like I said, if you take that route of ssi, you are stuck in a life of poverty. I have known many that have chosen to stay on ssi as the amount of pay they could earn including benifits is less than what the government will give them. I am sorry that you are sick and I did not refer to you as a parasite. Those are your words. My point is that as a nation we do not have the cash to give all those that want benifits. The whole system is going to collaspe and then the truly needy will be left without. Please tell me why taxpayers should pay thousands of dollars so that you can have someone to talk too about your problems. Your family should help you and then a private charity might step in to help you. Our system of government was never meant to be a welfare state. Oh and you might keep the cuss words to yourself as I would not treat you in such a way.

        • HecatesMoon

          Mark, the system is a wreck. I know all about the pariah that feed off of everyone else because they CAN. BUT clearly, people are not charitable. If they were, there would be no need for a system to help people who genuinely DO need help.
          I would never want to see the nets that help those genuinely in need removed despite those that leech. It would be cruel to those who are true.
          What do I take? Medical care to pay for a psychiatrist. You are far removed from compassion and empathy or any kind of understanding if you think I accept medical aid just so I can have someone to talk to. :/
          As far as relying on family, not everyone has that kind of family. Not everyone has a family they can run to that is soft and loving and close-knit. Not everyone has a family that can take care of them.
          I rely on my spouse- there is no one else that could take care of me. But what would it mean if he were not there?
          While I do not receive a check, I am very well aware that it would save me if something happened to him so I can certainly understand why someone would receive a check even with a spouse that has an income.
          Yes, our system is bad, but it is the only system we have, and it is necessary as there are not enough people with big enough hearts to care for those in need.

          • mark

            Maybe the phychiatrist could donate his or her time to Bob. We do not have the funds to spend for all of the people that have mental problems. The system is already overloaded with physical health problems without adding in mental health. Care from a phychiatrist is very expensive. We are going to be hard pressed to supply food to the needy as the economy continues to decline. Will you demand that the taxpayers continue to pay for your mental health care when you could feed many people for the cost of one session with your phychiatrist. I have compassion for the many that will be left hungry if we do not put our funds where they will do the most for the many in need.

  • JR

    We are in very difficult times. For those of you who are Christians out there, this is the time for us to step up to the plate. We need to speak the truth, and act in love to the “invisible people” whom God has made and loves. I preach to myself first of all here.

    • zed

      FFFFFFFFF……YOU……..TAKE YOUR SOCIALIST EVIL TO HELL WHERE YOU BELONG….

      • christian-patriot

        Zed.. u suk man. Jesus helped the poor and shamed the greedy pharisees. Why should 99% of us work as damn slaves so the 1% can satanically gloat over how they own it all?? The 1% is the socialism (ruling party), not the masses who slave for nothing. A Christian attitude is to help our brother.. if u wanna write off Christ as socialism then u can burn in hell dude. Matthew 25.. read it punk.

    • Kris

      Yes, I agree.

      Also, if you find yourself homeless or without food, go to your nearest church. They will either help you or tell you where to go.

      It’s funny…people tried so hard to take God out of everything….but now they’re going to need Him.

    • Optimistic Pessimist

      Amen to that

      OP

    • Gay Veteran

      “…For those of you who are Christians out there, this is the time for us to step up to the plate. We need to speak the truth, and act in love to the “invisible people” whom God has made and loves….”

      step up to the place? well I wonder how many tens of $MILLIONS you “Christians” are spending just this year to opposed LEGAL marriage equality for Gays

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        You already have it. Be a man and go grab yerself a woman. oops, you meant something that isn’t marriage.

        • Gay Veteran

          ignored the point, as usual: how many tens of $MILLIONS you “Christians” are spending just this year to opposed LEGAL marriage equality for Gays

  • ken

    In November 2008, just before thanksgiving day, the garage where I had made a good living repairing automobiles for nineteen years, was struck by a sudden downturn in our business. This decline has continued unabated for four years. We are a first line, high end repair facility and are located near two military installations. I have just finished a work week that earned me less than five hours commission pay. Every day now I see newly homeless people wandering the streets with a thousand yard stare on their faces. Not a drug induced look, but rather a look of utter disbelief that our country has just written them off as valueless. I do not know how long my “job” will continue or how I will keep from losing my home as well. If the pictures from th

    • ken

      the rich kids do not tell you that as a moral nation we are probably beyond help, I do not know what will. Find a small church, develop real friendships with like minded believers, and prepare for the worst. It is indeed coming.

  • Suzy Shultz

    I recently returned from a visit to Las Vegas. You cross the street from our ultra luxurious hotel and the disparity was mind boggling: so many people begging for money and walking around with all of their possessions, yet back at the hotel life went on. I have seen things recently in suburban Chicago, like a man who holds up a sign at the red light on my drive home, or the people at the gas station searching through the garbage for empty cans, that made me wonder just how bad things are out there and how desperate people have become. Yet you don’t see it on the news and people just look the other way and ignore it. How much longer can these problems be ignored? Thanks for reminding us that we need to show compassion and count our blessings.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The disparity between the rich/well off and the dirt poor is indeed shocking in Las Vegas. I haven’t been to Vegas since the middle of last year, but yeah… it’s sad what some people are going through, right in the shadows of the tall hotel/casino resorts and bright neon lights. Many homeless people in Vegas live in drainage tunnels right underneath the Strip.

      You don’t see that side of Las Vegas on the “Miss Universe” pageant, or on “America’s Got Talent”. But it’s there. There are people living that life every single day, who have nowhere else to go or turn to other than an underground culvert. A bit crowded and smelly perhaps, but the rent is free! Until the LV Metro cops “evict” you!

      Cirque du Soleil and David Copperfield are cool… Now, let’s see the glitz and glamour of a spray painted wall of a drainage tunnel for a change.

  • Washington

    56 of our Founders put their name to a document declaring that their cause was liberty. 236 years later, our cause is the same. If you wish to pledge—as they did—to defend economic liberty, take a moment to watch Free Market America’s newest video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6h9IJ15rdQ

  • md

    As a retired ER doc, I volunteer in a clinic for people with no insurance. We also take no medicaid, medicare or disability (since it is illegal for us to see them unless we are part of the system.) These are people who know they have to work and want to get back to work asap. We help to minimize the costs, tests, referrals, and are able to put some common sense back into medicine. It is very refreshing to care for this group of people…. helps me remember why I did this 30 some years ago

    • mike Beale

      Thank you MD. We need more people like you.

    • Louise in MO

      To MD

      God bless you doc!

    • Pat

      You are a good person.

  • Rancher

    Michael,

    You seem to neglect the many many years of previous living years long ago with his money? Bars on the weekend? Gambling? Wasting money and not saving? Living for the moment and not investing?

    Come on tell the resat of the story. Their waste and fruitless lives blowing pay check after pay check and not saving and living well below their income levels for 30 years before now. Americans do not save but the sure can…spend.

    I only look at things from my view. We sacrificed when it was not cool to sacrifice. Others spent and parties and lived high on the hog while we drove 15-20 years old rigs, ate decent healthy food but never ever got…fat. We saved and did without to invest to have a nest egg now. Funny they others have nothing now but memories of the high life.

    Sorry Michael guilt trips will not make us give away what we saved for by sacrificing for 30-40 years. My rig is 18 years old and in cherry condition. It was paid for in full with cash the day I bought it from money saved…not financed. We are debt free and well stocked for tough times ahead because we threw ourselves under the bus for many years before the bus came along now to run over the past high rollers.

    Sow and reap. If you did not wisely sow in your early life I guess you do not have anything to reap now…that is other than the memories or the wild and outrageous times of thy youth.

    Let us get real here and please let us get honest. Times are tough but mostly tough fro folks who blew it for most all their lives.

    • Gay Veteran

      so everyone who is poor got their by squandering their money in good times?

      wow

    • sad days

      Rancher-
      The Lord Giveth, and the Lord taketh away. I would be careful with your prideful attitude and lack of empathy for others…. especially the poor. If you think you cannot become one, think again.

  • igotadose

    I’m all in favor of reaching out; first thing to reach out with, is birth control. The quickest path to poverty, is to breed too often. If you can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em.

    If you’re reading this blog and are concerned for the coming hard times, don’t inflict them on children. It *won’t* be better for them. Michael’s proven that with his research and postings for years now. It’s not. getting. better.

    And, I’m not advocating for abortion here. Contraception and family planning. And not having children outside a marriage between a man and a woman.

    Having kids, just feeds the oppressors. Don’t do it.

    • Gay Veteran

      unfortunately many who oppose abortion also oppose birth control

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Please cite proof.

        The truth is that women won the right over reproductive choice with birth control DECADES ago. Nowadays you’re just trying to legalize and legitimize eugenics and murder any way you can. The left never changes.

        • Gay Veteran

          ever hear of the Catholic Church which opposes abortion AND birth control?!?!?!?

          “The truth is that women won the right over reproductive choice with birth control DECADES ago.”

          The right-wing opposed it then, and they oppose it now. We are probably one supreme court justice away from birth control being banned by the states

    • Chestertonian

      You are mistaken, igotadose. You under-estimate the power of God and of holiness. Our church does not believe in contraception and we have many families with over 10 children. My wife and I have six, four of whom are adopted. There is much less desperation in our church than in society at large. First, there is almost no divorce; two parents working together do a lot to avoid poverty. Second, there is little drug abuse or drunkenness, although light alcohol consumption does occur; sober, dedicated people do better at working efficiently and being resourceful. Third, the children are raised strictly with deep faith; older children and teenagers make a significant contribution to family survival when they have discipline and loving parental supervision. Fourth, I believe that God does give graces to those who dedicate their lives to him. To advocate the cessation of reproduction is tantamount to despair. Don’t fall into it. Oh, and this is a traditional Catholic church. Many of the young people become monks, nuns, or priests and don’t reproduce. But their prayers and work also hold the community together.

      • Gay Veteran

        eyeroll, thanks for trying to make that choice for others

      • Gay Veteran

        “To advocate the cessation of reproduction is tantamount to despair”

        what planet do you live on??? people choose to limit the size of their families for many reasons, and we don’t need some men in skirts trying to tell families how many children to have

  • K

    Michael thank you. That may be the finest article, I have ever read. JR, God bless you. To those that show Mercy, mercy will be shown.

  • Gary2

    Michael–Now I know that is a picture of you, a current one to! You look like Hulk Hogan with your bandana….

  • Gary2

    The solution is simple: with the richest 400 having more wealth and income than the bottom 155 million we need to tax the rich hard and spread the wealth. I would not even tax the rich I would simply take their money and redistribute it to those in need. The resulting consumer demand would end this depression.

    And yet the average low information conservative wants to vote for mittens who wants to further cut taxes on the rich. The absolute stupidity of the average conservative is mind boggeling.

    • Eisenkreutz

      DID YOU EVER STOP TO ASK WHAT IS DRIVING THE WEALTH EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY YOU JACKASS?

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “. I would not even tax the rich I would simply take their money and redistribute it to those in need. The resulting consumer demand would end this depression.”

      Consumer demand for what genius? You just took everything the rich had, so there’s no jobs and no products. So, demand for what?

    • CourtJester

      Every time I read a post from you or people like you, I thank moderators for allowing you to speak.

      I am an individual who genuinely believes there is good in people. Reading you and others like you reinforces the fact its not true. For every prep step I take I run into someone like you and I realize if society ever does disintegrate you and your ilk will be there to attempt to take what I have rightfully earned and obtained.

      Molon Labe

      That’s not a threat. That’s a promise.

    • Alex

      Juvenile, illogical, naive, and statist. Is that you Barry?

      Using the latest statistics from the IRS, in 2004 there were 2.7 million adults with a net worth above $1.5 million. If the government were to seize all the wealth above the $1.5 million threshold, Washington would realize a one-time windfall of $4.0 Trillion — and no one would again attempt to accumulate wealth. Assuming it was applied to the national debt (unlikely with the Left in charge as they would spend it) the national debt would only be reduced from$14.5 Trillion to $10.0 Trillion. But who cares about the debt anyway?

      Class warfare rhetoric is just that, rhetoric. It is meant for the consumption of those gullible enough to support the ascendancy of the Socialist/Marxists into positions of power.

    • DocDiesel

      Welcome to the Communist Party…

    • Larry1356

      While we are at it, let’s kill and eat them too. That way we will be doubly sure they won’t ever again be the focus of our envy. But why limit this to the richest 400. If we see something that someone has that we need, why can’t we just take it. While we are at it, if I think your old lady looks better than mine, why can’t I just help myself to her too?

    • GaryToo

      Conservative & Liberal Roots at a bar!

      Note: I am 60% Liberal + 40% conservative and I have NO problem laughing at my Liberal TraitsJ

      Jeff gave this to me; he is totally Conservative. Also neither of us knows who wrote this…

      Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer & would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in winter.

      The 2 most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into 2 distinct subgroups: Liberals & Conservatives.

      Once beer was discovered it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early ancestors were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That’s how villages were formed.

      Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as “the Conservative Movement.”

      Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the Conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q’s and doing the sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some of these liberal men evolved into women.

      The rest became known as ‘girliemen.’ Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy and group hugs and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

      Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on Earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.

      Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French foods are standard liberal fare.

      Another interesting revolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t “fair” to make the pitcher also bat.

      Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

      Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to “govern” the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.

      They crept in after the Wild West was tame and created a business of trying to get MORE for nothing.

      Here ends today’s lesson in world history:

      It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other “true believers.”

      • sunbelt57

        Wasn’t beer first made by the 15th century monks (German?) as a source of food more than alcohol? It probably tasted like Sam Adams. Real thick.

  • Prepared Pastor

    There is no reason anyone should go hungry in America today even if that means moving to a more prosperous area. I work with the poor and there are two free meals available to anyone every day in our small city and at least one of them often has leftovers the poor can take with them. There are plenty of entry level jobs here and even at minimum wage someone can pay the rent working 15 hours a week. A bus pass is thirty-five dollars a month. This hypothetical person would also qualify for free healthcare, food stamps, HEAP utility assistance, a cell phone, and even free childcare under different federal and state programs.

    While I admit things are getting worse, the main problem today is knowledge. I’ve done more than my part even attempting to raise funding for a project called ‘How to Be Homeless in America’ but no one was interested. Even city folks are starting to eat squirrel again which was once very common.

  • Eisenkreutz

    The central banking system was designed for the express purpose of transferring wealth from the middle class to the rich. It all goes back to Russia in 1917. Russia was the last power in Europe which did not have a Rothschild central bank. Why did wall street finance the Bolsheviks? 12 minutes of primetime devoted to LIBOR while completely trivial comments on rape consume weeks of media time? This country is doomed. I cant feel sorry for the starving people because you reap what you sew in life. How people were so stupid to allow a central bank to be created is mind boggling. Think of how much wealthier we would all be without the son-of-a-bitching FED.

    • sunbelt57

      The only time Jesus used violence in the NT is when he threw out the money-changers in the temple. They were converting the currency of the people who came from far away to the currency acceptable to the Jewish religion and making a profit. Sort of what Wall Street and the big banks are doing today.

  • Mondobeyondo

    You’re right. Those television ads aren’t meant for the majority of us.

    Prepare yourselves for the deluge of automobile ads that’s sure to come during the Labor Day weekend. All kinds of deals on all kinds of vehicles! Toyotas, Lexuses, Cadillacs, Fords, Chevrolets, Kias, etc. etc.

    I want to buy one! I really do! But first I have to eat. Can I get a no money down, zero percent interest for 12 months deal for a beef roast or turkey? Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming soon, you know. I could REALLY use a deal like this!

    • GaryToo

      sad but true, but funny…

  • TtT Engine

    It is not too late America. Turn to God, with sincerity and ask the Lord God for His forgiveness, most especially for the grave sin of all the millions of His babies we have aborted. Just say no to drugs, evil and immorality. Live your life in accordance with the Ten Commandments. Love God, your neighbor, love your country and its people with all your might and strength. Offer up each day up in order to bring honor and glory to God. Each day, every breath we take and every morsel of food comes from God, our Creator. Reconsecrate the U.S.A to be the moral vanguards of planet Earth.

    • TtT Engine

      Why the hatchet edit job ? You have a problem with my prayers ? I don’t appreciate you messing with my writing. That was b.s. If you get like the f’n mainstream editor liars, I’m out. Don’t do that again ! Christi Fidelis !!

      • Gay Veteran

        well you got quite the potty mouth Mr. Christi Fidelis

  • Sam

    One of the side effects of our consumption based society is the idea that everything is disposable. This has progressed to the point where people are disposable as well. Some of the dangers of moving away from the principles of individual liberty to a collectivist mentality is the individual loses his worth and dignity relative to the collective in society. We speak of the poor but do not see the true hardship and suffering of an individual. I have been blessed to be able to help some people that are truly suffering. Each time I ask their name and address them by Sir or Ma’am. People no matter their station in life deserve respect and dignity. Everyone has a right to be here as given by our Creator.

    Recently I saw a young man with a sign just asking for food. I brought this young man a sandwich,a peach and some water. As I was walking towards him he was looking to the ground at a discarded container of food someone had tossed away. When I handed him the bag and asked his name his face lit up. He simply stated he was really hungry and God bless you.

    I helped an elderly couple with a few dollars for gas. Their hardship showed in their faces. The man, named Tim hugged me and stroked my hair and kept thanking me for the few dollars I had given him. I told him I did not need his thanks as my reward would be in the next world. His eyes fell and he said to me “I wish I was there”. This broke my heart. Here is a man that has fallen into such desperation. I told him that he had a purpose and that there was a reason he was still here. That God has a plan for him.

    This desperation is something that no government program can solve. It can only be solved by helping those in need with true compassion and dignity. This can only be achieved by returning to the principles upon which our nation was founded. That all men are created equal endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If we do not respect the lives of our fellow man, if we treat others with indifference or worse as disposable objects, then we who have much are the true poor in this nation.

    I

    • Chestertonian

      Sam, I like your approach to the poor. It’s not government, but individual Christians, who can best help the needy and do it with a personal touch. We should be looking out for ways to help those we know AVOID becoming homeless and desperate, with our skills and our moral support and our material help when we can give it. The desperate people all have spiritual challenges and all have a soul that is destined for Heaven, or for Hell. As such, we should be grateful for the chance to help and to guide those who’ve made wrong choices.

    • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

      Best comment on here. thanks Sam.

  • bobinsherwood

    If there was only a way to help those truly in need without being scammed. Last Christmas, many people who had items on layaway but could not afford to pay off the items were surprised by anonymous donors. I have already read/heard that this Christmas there will be scammers who will place things on layaway at multiple stores hoping to get a freebie! The problem with most charities is they help everyone “No Questions Asked”. I get scammed enough by my own family members and just don’t feel the need to outsource.

  • paul

    It’s your choice of lifestyle.

    Every People has the government it deserves.

    • mike Beale

      Oh really? So the people in North Korea deserve their government? What difference is there between the North and South Korean people’s? Are the Korean’s above the 38th parrell more evil or underserving than those beneath the DMZ?
      Your statement is simplistic and accurate only to a degree.

  • http://endzone.weebly.com Craig

    Here’s a few shots of a city on the high side which is Bellevue, WA. This is an affluent burb of Seattle on the east side not far from the Microsoft Campus. They have a radical police force to make sure their town stays the wayt hey like it. This is a popular campaign stop for republican hopefulls. I’ll bet Mitt Romney will make a stop here. Honestly, I’ve never voted democrat, but this is the self-centered side of republicanism. These are all Karl Rove country club type republicans that live here.

    http://www.pbase.com/craig_c/image/116496355/original

    http://www.pbase.com/craig_c/image/65435188/original

    http://www.pbase.com/craig_c/image/65820823/original

    http://www.pbase.com/craig_c/image/65820854/original

    http://www.pbase.com/craig_c/image/65233563/original

    http://www.pbase.com/craig_c/image/65436159/original

    • mike Beale

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Washington state ulta-liberal and progressive? You mean to tell me the Republican’s have an enclave in Seattle? Seem’s hard to believe.

    • Louise in MO

      If the “country club republicans” worked hard, saved and invested then where’s the beef?

      Mitt Romney gives MILLIONS to charities every year!! Democrats go to the poor EVERY election making promises they don’t deliver and then go back to the SAME poor people with more empty promises.

      The last Democrat I voted for was Carter and I’ve never looked back. I quit believing them and realized what the game plan really was.

      I’m where I am today because of my OWN decisions and choices. I don’t look for the government for anything but what they are supposed to do…..provide DEFENSE and support the “general welfare.”

      I don’t remember who said it but I like the following statement….”If the government gives you everuthing then they can take it away at anytime.”

      So, do you want the government to make choices for you? I definitely DO NOT! So enough about the so called “tax the rich and give to the poor.”

      There is a lack of moral character and integrity in this country. There would be NO poor if people looked out for their own. I take care of my own and then some.

      The previous post by “Prepared Pastor” is a great example of how we are to live. So complainers all….get up off your butts, turn off your TV and cell phone and go feed someone…better yet take a bag of groceries to a family in need…that also goes for Gary2!

      • Gay Veteran

        “Mitt Romney gives MILLIONS to charities every year!!”

        how do you know? did he release his tax returns like his father did when running for president?

    • Alex

      Ridiculous, unverifiable hearsay. More than half the people in those photos are democrats. Bellevue is in King county which voted 71% for Obama. Straw man much?

      Envy, class warfare and hatred resides on the left.

      • Gay Veteran

        class warfare??? it’s only class warfare when we fight back against the elites and the banksters

  • Louise in MO

    This is off subject but want to report what I learned just yesterday.

    A Charter cable technician came to our apartment to put in a new cable box because ours wasn’t working. Duriing his time here I mentioned that he was fortunate to have a “good” job.

    His story…..I was a Marine engineer who recently returned from Iraq. My experience helped get me this job. I asked him further about his experiences in Iraq.

    Right off the top he stated “well, for one thing there definitely was evidence of WMD’s all over the country. In other words Bush didn’t lie.”

    “We had interpreters, some of which were double agents.” I asked “what happened when one was discovered?” “The Iraqi non-double agents shot them.” I asked “just like that?” “Just like that” he stated.

    “The majority of the troops were proud to have President G.W.Bush as Commander-in-Chief; not happy at all with Obama.”

    I asked “who will you vote for in November?” “Definitely Romney” he stated.

    Thought people should know what came out of this eye witness account.

    • Gay Veteran

      Louise in MO is still drinking the Kool-Aid

      if there had been WMD in Iraq then the Pentagon would have gotten EVERY reporter in the country there to see them

      “The majority of the troops were proud to have President G.W.Bush as Commander-in-Chief; not happy at all with Obama.”

      well Bush got over 4000 of them killed in Iraq for LIES, with 10 of 1000s wounded (many horribly), not to mention the 100,000s of Iraqis who died because of what we started (a war of aggression against Iraq)

      • NorthernCanuck

        Actually, Gay Veteran, it may be that the Pentagon had good reason for NOT getting every reporter in the country there to see them :).

        It appears that Saddam DID have some “weapons of mass destruction”, but these were cheerfully sold to him by the democracy-loving, peace-protecting UK and US. When they SOLD them they were GOOD weapons of mass destruction, being democracy-loving and peace-protecting. As soon as he OWNED them, they became EVIL weapons of mass destruction, necessitating Iraq’s invasion and his overthrow.

        But they’d rather that we concentrate on the BUYER rather than the SELLERS, so they haven’t been too eager to publicize these particular exports…

        “How Did Iraq Get Its WMD? – We Sold Them To Saddam

        http://www.sundayherald.com/27572

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        You mean like every reporter in the country reported that all of Obama’s mentors are card carrying communists, socialists, radicals and terrorists? You mean that media?

        The thing is that you on the left dont read. It was quie clear from day 1 that there were massive amounts of ‘mix these chemicals and voila, chemical weapons’ ALL OVER IRAQ.

        • Gay Veteran

          oh no Malcolm, when Bush and Cheney said “WMD” they meant NUCLEAR

          remember “don’t let the smoking gun be a mushroom cloud”?

    • Rhynn

      Given the number of troops who supported Ron Paul over either Romney or Obama all the way through the earlier portion of the elections I have to wonder if you’re a plant. No soldiers are going to champion death when life is a choice. And shooting everybody in sight in some foreign country isn’t doing a damned thing about the security issues Americans deal with right here when they step off their own porches. Sending 70 million dollars to Israel for their shiny new imperialist missiles is pathetic when local police forces are putting up billboards on the way out of town saying “if you want to be safe, stop laying off cops”.

      Think about it.

  • Louise in MO

    Forgot to mention that the double agents were “Al Queda” infiltrators. Same as those who recently killed three of our troops in Afghanistan.

    • Gay Veteran

      Right off the top he stated “well, for one thing there definitely was evidence of WMD’s all over the country. In other words Bush didn’t lie.”

      Assuming your story is true, I have the feeling that some veterans suffering from PTSD are willing to believe lies just so they can sleep at night

      if there is a hell then that is where the likes of Bush and Cheney are going

  • ScoutMotto

    “Land Of Confusion”

    I must’ve dreamed a thousand dreams
    Been haunted by a million screams
    But I can hear the marching feet
    They’re moving into the street.

    Now did you read the news today
    They say the danger’s gone away
    But I can see the fire’s still alight
    There burning into the night.

    There’s too many men
    Too many people
    Making too many problems
    And not much love to go round
    Can’t you see
    This is a land of confusion.

    This is the world we live in
    And these are the hands we’re given
    Use them and let’s start trying
    To make it a place worth living in.

    Ooh Superman where are you now
    When everything’s gone wrong somehow
    The men of steel, the men of power
    Are losing control by the hour.

    This is the time
    This is the place
    So we look for the future
    But there’s not much love to go round
    Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

    This is the world we live in
    And these are the hands we’re given
    Use them and let’s start trying
    To make it a place worth living in.

    I remember long ago –
    Ooh when the sun was shining
    Yes and the stars were bright
    All through the night
    And the sound of your laughter
    As I held you tight
    So long ago –

    I won’t be coming home tonight
    My generation will put it right
    We’re not just making promises
    That we know, we’ll never keep.

    Too many men
    There’s too many people
    Making too many problems
    And not much love to go round
    Can’t you see
    This is a land of confusion.

    Now this is the world we live in
    And these are the hands we’re given
    Use them and let’s start trying
    To make it a place worth fighting for.

    This is the world we live in
    And these are the names we’re given
    Stand up and let’s start showing
    Just where our lives are going to.

    • Gary2

      What is the Genisis of this song???

  • k

    I am not a huge fan of welfare spending by the govt, but after reading the stuff about the woman starving to feed her kids and grand kids, i have to admit welfare and unemployment benefits are not always bad.I know it adds to the debt, but its still better than leaving people starving.

    Desperate times need desperate measures!!

    • Alasha

      those benefits r like an electronic soup line. maybe instead we SEE the millions standing on a line like the depression.. it just might make an impact. sigh.

    • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

      But why do folks need welfare from the government? Because Christian and other charities stopped doing what Christ (for one) told them they must do: take care of widows and orphans. Since churches reneged on their responsibility, the govt. stepped in.

  • joe

    Where there is big government there is massive poverty and no one can deny our government is getting bigger, our poor are growing in number and our rights are being rapidly eroding. Just follow the story of the former marine who ended up in a mental institution for comments on a private face book page (see previous article). Compassion can certainly help but nothing will stop the decline of our people and our culture unless we can rein in the government, which, I believe, is virtually impossible.

  • Tom

    I’m sure if you delve closer into the circumstances, there is a lot of bad luck associated with bad decisions by all of these people. The biggest problem with most people in these situations is the lack of positive action. For God’s sake, lose 60 lbs to a normal weight before you cry about no food. Sell the house in which you can’t pay the bills and go live in a single wide for a few k a year. If you can’t FIND a job, MAKE YOUR OWN job.

    Peoples’ biggest problems are right between their own ears, helped along with the bankster psychopaths that are killing this economy. .

    • mike Beale

      I agree Tom. People today seem to lack common sense.

  • pete

    I don’t have enough humanity to feel sorry for EVERYONE. I know there’s a small group of people that didn’t plan well, and another small group that are the victims of circumstances.

    However, a very large group of people didn’t plan at all and continually wait for someone to take care of them and provide for them. THAT group of people could be dropped into a trench with their cigraettes and a scoop of lime and covered up and it would be fine with me.

    We are all free to make whatever choices that we would like as long as they do not adversely effect others. Taking half of what I worked for to “help” people that are self destructive violates my rights.

    A lot of people deserve nothing more than a 45 and scoop of lime.

    • Walter

      I have to agree, and there is nothing more disgusting than these people on welfare smoking and drinking all day and all night. It’s very hard to feel sorry for such scum.

      By the same token, it’s very difficult not to feel utter contempt and hatred for the bankers and money managers who have been destroying America since 1913.

    • Rhynn

      So they all smoke?

      When you inject petty prejudices into your posts they proceed immediately to the nearest bowl and circle it. Along with any thoughts of readers about trying to see value in your point.

      The prevalence of such self righteous arrogance and overblown entitlement in America right now is the problem. It is not merely a problem of the people who do nothing. It is also a problem of the people who seem to think they’re the only ones on the planet doing something.

      In layman’s terms then what I’m telling you is if you are so inclined to hand out .45 rounds to people on the basis of their being the problem rather than the solution, make sure to leave a round in the chamber. For your alone time.

      America for Americans.

  • markthetruth

    So just because you don’t

    have all this useless “Stuff”

    pay to watch other fools crash their “Stuff”

    put on so much “Stuff” they look like clowns

    pay to watch others wear “Stuff” and hit and throw balls

    have so much “Stuff” their on drug and trying and killing themselves

    have so much “Stuff” they can’t take care of their own family .

    have so much “Stuff” their kids never see them.

    have so much “stuff” your “Stuff” has “Stuff”.

    have so much “Stuff” your above everyone else, and have no morals or heart.

    who’s the failure?

    frankly i don’t need useless “Stuff”

    Success is not “Stuff” it’s just to be a good human being and follow the bible.

    the end.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The constant pursuit of “stuff” just isn’t worth it. Solomon figured that out in the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes.

      It’s fun to watch others buy up diamond rings, BMW’s, big screen TV’s and so forth. You can’t take any of it with you when you die. I don’t mind. I don’t need a mansion here anyway, because as a believer in Christ, Jesus promised me a mansion in heaven. (John 14: 2, 3)

  • Stefan

    A few thoughts, the article starts out with hunger, and Cheryl Preston who, “skips meals so her husband and son can eat. If they notice, she says, she’ll let them think she’s fasting.” What!!!?? Are you kidding me. The first thing that burns in my head is what kind of man would allow that, but the give away was the martyr line “If they notice”. Really Cheryl? Now I want to see the size of your husband and son. There is no excuse for going hungry while your son and husband eat. That’s just phony martyrism.

    Then we come to the story of Gary with it’s drugs and crazy checks. How dear sir, can we possibly say, places like, “Gary have been forsaken by society.”

    Now bear with me on this.

    The kindest thing society can do is forsake places like Gary. It is only thru cutting these places off that they can, suffer thru the withdrawal, and learn to be healthy and self reliant again. Hard medicine for sure, but vital to the US.

    Finally, “When things are the darkest, that is when heroes are needed the most.” Totally agree!! Now reach down deep, because that hero is in all of us. We do not need to be dependent and searching for the hero to pull us out of a predicament. We certainly do need to work together. Most of all, people need to rely on their inner hero’s and cooperatively work with like minded people.

    • Pat

      “The first thing that burns in my head is what kind of man would allow that”

      I thought the same thing. My husband would work himself to death and starve before he let me and my kids go hungry.

  • Zoltanne

    Government regulations and restrictions on charity are creating more intentional poverty in the US. Check this:

    Atlanta Police arrived at this week’s Food Truck Wednesday in Virginia Highland and issued citations to five different trucks for the lack of proper permits.
    http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2012/08/24/police-raid-food-truck-wednesday-in-virginia-highland/?cxntlid=thbz_hm

  • http://earthypoetgrrl.wordpress.com Beth

    I don’t know if you would think this was a “sign of the times”…..I DO, but I am a bit of a picker (as in “American pickers, you know?) for my mad money, and I have to wonder why there are a lot of lookers on Ebay but not a lot of buyers. It used to REALLY not be this way. I just think the disposable income for most folks is really shrinking. Also–Ebay has had a LOT of specials where you can list for free, they of course get their final sale fee. But do any of you think Ebay is feeling the pinch in offering so many free listings?
    “Chance favors a prepared mind”.

  • http://www.booksbyoliver.com GreenLeaf

    You are quoting many statistics that are government generated which isn’t always truthful. In fact, the middle-class (51%) as you quoted is probably less & the unemployment & house foreclosures are definitely higher than what the USG tells us.

    In other words, it’s worse out there than what you are saying. Great article.

  • Karen

    I am not being mean just telling the truth I remember trying to get people at work to donate food to sharing and caring these folks have big bucks no one cared to help they where busy with there own plans or just don’t want to part with any of there money it’s because there safety space had not been envaded yet they all have what they want so why bother with those who are down on there luck it’s all about me myself and I one day soon hard times will hit most and then folks will see the other side of the story.

  • citezens

    Good article Michael.

    This one really hit close to home….. literally. Gary is only bout an hour or so south of my hometown. Driving through that area will give you the impression that a nuclear poverty bomb was dropped!! The only places that offer jobs, and most are minimum wage, are the little hospital in Welch, the old folks home in Gary, and the local conveniece stores. Coal has pretty much left the area leaving only rusted statues of an area that once thrived. People in that area have forgotten where they came from, when I was a boy (that would be quite a while ago lol) everyone in this area seemed to have gardens and a few livestock. Gradually that started diminishing and most of the land has been grown over. Observing my immediate community, it does seem that most are getting back to those ways. We are even swapping around canning supplies between neighbors to help each other out. Then you have area where people find it easier to depend on our government (not capitalized due to lack of respect). People that want to be dependent will only find themselves with even less. I guess the fact that being self sufficient takes work and acting crazy is easier. Being a paramedic truly gives me a chance to see just how people live. Amazingly I sustained a nasty little laceration when I fell through the floor of a home, however, the new flat panel had extra lumber under the stand to make sure it stayed safe…… all because the patient was depressed!! EMS in these areas are nothing more than taxi services anymore blowing more tax dollars away! All I can say is prepare, prepare, prepare. When these people are cut off and can’t get their pain meds and checks they will start migrating to an area near you!! Even little cities like Charleston are starting to get rough!! Our little ‘po dunk’ capitol city had 4 shootings and 5 stabbings last week. Guess we couldn’t stay immune forever!
    Everyone stay safe and be aware of your surroundings!

    • Michael

      I would love to get some pictures from down there some time. I can’t even imagine the things that you see working as a paramedic.

      Michael

    • Alasha

      good points citezens and Godspeed! “Then you have area where people find it easier to depend on our government (not capitalized due to lack of respect).” I do believe this might be a bit harsh – I know of countless examples of good ppl who just simply do not have/know of a way out. Both of my parents were drug addicts when i was born 46 yrs ago. My dearest maternal Grandma had mercy on my soul and raised me – and I and eventually my son whose father i divorced when he was 2 bcuz he was abusive and raised him as single parent “made it” somehow. he finished college and is working. And as a African American male THIS is an accomplishment – the numbers are staggering as to black young unemployment and imprisonment!!!! Thank you Jehovah !! I know of countless others who did not have the love and support of a Grandma – I am thinking of 2 recent circumstances of ppl I met and do not know their individual stories, however i am sure they have one – one woman – single parent – had 2 disabled children and could not speak english in court and just got evicted bcuz she did not have all her back rent. another woman, 26, – single parent – with three precious angel girls entrusted by God to care for – Ps 127:3:Look! Sons are an inheritance from Jehovah; The fruitage of the belly is a reward. – i mean u see the light of life and wonderment their eyes they love their mom and each other so much ages 7, 5, 2. the oldest is disabled and missing her arms – she is smart as a whip though reading and very respectful 2twrds adults – mom works a min wage job and both of these women get government assistance. and as for the question as to why all the kids in the first place – until someone knws what it is like to get pregnant – it is hard to judge. HAVE MERCY ON ALL HUMANITY DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER. AMEN.

  • Donna

    Timely article. Just yesterday, I put together some bags of food to bring to the local survival center, because it’s been a little while since I’ve done so, and because I know people really need the help.

    I stopped by my church to see if there were any food donations awaiting delivery to the shelter: there were approx.2 dozen bags. I was amazed (and happy) to see the very generous donations.

    I am constantly weighing what the appropriate actions are during these tough times. I’ve thought about stockpiling food. That’s ‘preparing’, but not ‘hoarding’? I’m not trying to be critical – I’m only trying to think this thing out.

    I could stockpile food and other things necessary to stave off disaster, but what if a tornado hits? Earthquake? Violence? Last summer, not one, but TWO tornadoes swept through my town, and then the “October Storm”, which left our area without power for 8+ days. I have 2 friends whose homes were completely destroyed.

    Something tells me we are going to see much more of this. I say, help others out as much as you can TODAY, while making basic preparations for tomorrow.

  • lee

    “Don’t be afraid to reach out and help those that are hurting. When things are the darkest, that is when heroes are needed the most.”

    While no hero, that’s where I am now.

    I said in 2008 came again, I’d be ready. Well I’m ready this time(or as ready as I can be).

    And the longer it takes before real collapse, the more I should be able to help others that are not ready.

  • JonQPublicMenace

    The gov’t is now making it a crime to help your fellow man. Feeding the homeless is now a crime! In the city of Tampa they have now outlawed pan handling, except on Sundays. The gov’t is making it illegal in some states to grow a garden! What the hell is happening to us? We are living in the twilight zone. The American people are at a boiling point alright, no jobs and a nanny in your face gov’t… This isn’t going end well.

  • Mr. G

    The cash some people have to blow is what amazes me. I am not one to tell people how to spend “their” money, but when they have so many thousands and thousands to blow on nothing, I have to wonder if they stole it!

    Whoever posted the things about humility – forget it. It makes no difference. I regret greatly that I have acted like a normal, decent person. The best bet is to self-promote and always be right. Many people don’t respect people who act like decent human beings any more. They walk all over you.

    People have been programmed to accept appearances and to not think at all about what is behind them. So, you will do well to play a part and forget about actually being any good.

    Mr. G

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Mathew 16:26

      “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? “

  • JonQPublicMenace

    P.S. Michael your writing is outstanding and I look forward to it each day.

    Thank you for being a beacon of honesty.

    • Michael

      You are welcome.

      The next few weeks I will be taking more days off to spend with family coming to visit, so I hope you all don’t mind. :)

      Michael

      • Alasha

        Awww!! Thanks for the heads and pls do enjoy… it is certainly well deserved..

  • http://back2theland.com Old Timer

    Shoefettish is a disorder. Ask any husband. However the clutter – hoarding- is a sign of depression. I view most all people in the “American Winter” scenerio as depressed and rightly so.

    THe long range downhill economy will get worse and there is no hope no matter who becomes elected in 74 days, the only alternative I see in limited cases is collectivily banding together to share resources. The dream is gone and a new frontier of dire strights is upon us all.

    Interestingly enough was the social workers comment that the money that is suppose to come in, to be disbursed, is not there. Budget restraints could start with members of congress giving up half their salary or useing their own millions to support their work.

    This whole scenero may give some historical insight to the Russian revolution as well as other countries within the past 100 years. This appears to be what the US Government fears at this time.

    I see no hope.

    OT

  • http://www.survive2balive.com GA

    Great eye opening article as usual. Sharing this on FB for certain. For the “haves” it can certainly turn into a personal SHTF moment at any time. If you are not currently living paycheck to paycheck and have some wiggle room in your budget, it might be a good time to direct funds into preparedness. Lose the normalcy bias and wake up as it can happen to anyone. If you are looking for some assistance with your preparedness strategy was can help at www. survive2balive.com educate yourself now. Acquire what you will need to weather the storm and practice with it. Prepare yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.

  • erheault

    It is really too bad we have allowed our nation to get to this point we never seem to learn our lessons so here we go again.

  • ALICE

    I have a bigger problem with people who try to rob people of their money(Legally or illegally), than with people who are just down of their luck. Since when is it illegal to help someone if you can, and you want to? I can read the headlines now: Man/woman arrested and sent to jail for feeding a homeless/invisibles….

  • did a google search I’m an expert

    Throwaway people in the glorious people’s hopetopia?! It is so sad they are going to miss out on the healing of the planet, the receding waters and the ones we have been waiting for.

  • zed

    “American Winter” the trailer you push is a laughable Piece of obozo excrement. fat lazy give me more food and a living. we as a nation so badly need total collapse to cull the weak,stupid,and rid ourselves of this evil,filthy government. this is what unchecked welefare has done to a once strong people.

  • Rancher

    For every un-researched bad luck story someone posts I can produce ten more which if researched will reveal a life long history of bad choices, wasted opportunities, refusal to get with it attitudes, entitlement mental illness disorder traits,ignoring sound advise and wanting to live it up while avoiding thinking, saving and planning for the long term future.

    I have been in the Ministry and around it most of my life and I know for a fact the biggest problem the vast majority of people have is standing in the mirror. Period.

    Personal Accountability is the first step to recovery.

  • David

    What American has become is a disgrace today ! This is a clear and total failure of the government . . . . .¨We the people¨ What does really that mean to us? Perhaps Those ones who put their trust into our politicians, Governments . . . to support our ways of lives . . . . . . But Corporations are the ones who running the whole world my friends and they don´t give a RAT about anyone at all! Just watch this video if you can so you can understand what I am trying to say here.

    This is George Carlin, comedian, speaking an awful lot of truth. America is run by large corporate interests and they seek to keep the population stupid and inept so they can do as they please without opposition. It is not as much about money, as it is about power.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI5EY5kqiBU&feature=share

    This has to do with every problem we are having today, we are forsaken forgotten indeed, not just homeless . . . . .Sadly they are the ones who are suffering the most right now , however, the source of our problem lies within the system. You may laugh and think at the same time while you are watching George Carlin explaining the situation. But to take a grip of reality right now we must realize that our world no longer being controlled by the Governments!

    Thanks for you time

  • The Claymobile.

    Michael, another excellent article! I am part of the America that is struggling.

    • Michael

      I am sorry to hear that. My wife and I are praying for everyone that visits this site. There are so many people out there that are really struggling these days.

      Michael

    • Terrwyn

      Claymobile, one of my pet peeves is the fact that people in trying circumstances can’t be matched up with someone like myself that would be willing to take them grocery shopping. The food pantries and other organizations guard their truly needy clientel with their lives. “Oh we couldn’t reveal that info. I was told one time when I asked to be matched with some elderly person going hungry”. Please people, bury your false pride and let us in on your troubles. We can’t help if we don’t know.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    This has always been true and is worse in most other countries. If you do drugs or alcohol and choose not to work and be productive sooner or later the ******** will hit your fan. Bad choices lead to bad outcomes. DUH!

  • Doctor Blue

    Rich or poor, the crash will be the great equalizer for ONLY the Super Rich and connected will get a free pass to skip this event. Just think one day you will be sitting around a camp fire enjoying rat meat on a stick with a former investment banker. (I guess he was either NOT connected or not well liked) But any event he will be really enjoying his rat meat, JUST LIKE YOU. Prep hard – Prep Fast, Time is Super Short.
    Every Day is a Gift, Use it Wisely.
    PREPARE
    For HELL on EARTH

    • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

      Free pass? NOBODY gets a free pass!

      Bible: You reap what you sow. (this includes the super rich and connected)
      Kharma: what goes around comes around (this includes the super rich and connected)
      Not even “he who has the gold makes the rules” will save the super rich and connected because they can’t take it with them.

    • Walter

      The former investment banker will more likely be dangling from a lamppost!

    • HecatesMoon

      You know…I have never seen a rat…except in pet stores. I have mice around here though. I hope my future investment banker buddy likes mouse….

  • CatNap

    Quoting: “They come in and want to be diagnosed as soon as they can for the crazy check,” the nurse says. “They will insist to us they are crazy. They will tell us, ‘I know I’m not right.’ People here are very resigned. They will avoid working by being diagnosed as crazy.”

    Notice she says they will AVOID working. These are not people who want to work. I think most people assume anyone homeless and on the street holding a sign DOESN’T want to work and is just looking for a handout. It’s hard not to become jaded when you see the same person saying they are “just short $.25 cents to get gas” on the same corner day after day. It’s hard not to become jaded when you hand a woman with a child in her arms $5 for food and later see her ducking into the liquor store.

    Quoting:

    For example, Yahoo recently profiled a hoarder who packed her home with $500,000 worth of “stuff” that she could not resist buying….

    There are shoe closets, and then there are shoe rooms. Monte, a retired teacher in her fifties, had scattered $20,000 worth of footwear throughout six rooms in her home. Some were organized by color, but most lay in mountainous piles of clutter in her 4,000 square foot home outside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Over a period of 10 years, she’d spent over $500,000 on clothing, accessories and home furnishings, all of which lay strewn across her kitchen, entryway and bedrooms, tags intact.

    Now some of these people really do need a “crazy check”. There’s a mental illness in some who hoard like this. Haven’t you seen the show, “Hoarders”?

    As I was reading this, an old saying came to mind: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”
    -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • bojangles

    Hey micheal, regarding one of your previous articles, September is coming up fast. Wonder if the chart you posted about the history of economic decline happening during that month will hold true?

    • Michael

      We shall see.

      Michael

  • Washington

    From Bug Drones to Disease Assassins, Super Weapons Rule U.S. War Game By David Axe August 24, 2012
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/future-warfare/

  • Kent

    “American Winter” was how can say this, why are the people overweight? It runs in the opposite way for the rest of the world. When people don’t have money for food you would think that they would be thin and not fat. The video does nothing but show the arrogance of Americans.

    ‘Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name.’ Jeremiah 10:25.

    Question – should we be surprise when God is rejected and then we demand to be blessed? We are here as the direct result of disobedience.

    • Gay Veteran

      a lot of poor people are fat because all they can afford is junk food

      • GaryToo

        junk food is not cheap, so alot of people are poor AND fat because all they buy is junk food.

        • Gay Veteran

          you must not live in a big city where there are “food deserts” where poor people have a hard time getting healthy food

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    ” Also someone sent me this article that says the middle class is shrinking because more people are moving up.”
    It’s american way of life. Lie.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Michael T. Snyder sums up the situation perfectly: “There are two Americas today. One is swimming in money and is seemingly more prosperous than ever. The other America is a complete and total economic nightmare.” Yes, that’s the problem in a nutshell. You’ll notice that Michael didn’t mention a “third America”—a middle class America that is neither rich nor poor, but somewhere in the middle economically. And that America is being obliterated. So minus the middle class, what you’re left with is a Third World economy.

    Michael also says, “If you live in the good areas of New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle, this article might seem like complete nonsense to you.” Indeed, there are some clueless Americans who can afford to live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side or in Santa Monica, CA (or Rittenhouse Square here in Philadelphia) and have the attitude of “Poverty? What poverty?” But guess what: in the ritzy, upscale areas of Mexico City, Kingston, Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, Manila, Lima and Sao Paolo, the affluent class has a VERY high standard of living—although they do spend a lot of money on guardaespaldas (bodyguards) in order to avoid paying that pesky Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax (DPDDTT). And it’s only a matter of time until the DPDDTT comes to The Banana Republic of America (formerly Los Estados Unidos).

    “We have sold our souls for this plastic Wal-mart death pit.”—Alex Jones

    “Corporatism is alive and well in this country. We’ve bailed out individuals on Wall Street that made horrific decisions that should have been rewarded for those horrific decisions by having lost all their money. Of course, that didn’t happen, and you and I bailed them out at a cost of a trillion bucks. And they continue to award themselves bonuses at our expense. I’m outraged by that.”—Gary Johnson

    “It is becoming increasingly impossible in America to get a good job without being connected to the system that serves the elites.”—Paul Craig Roberts

    “Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying.”—Chris Hedges

    “We are well on our way to seeing our great country move toward an oligarchic form of government, where virtually all economic and political power rest with a handful of very wealthy families.”—Bernie Sanders

    “In the greatest economic crisis that the United States has faced since the Great Depression, the rich barely lost a nickel. But the poor definitely got poorer. And people in the middle were crushed. If this continues any longer, then we can invite a priest to administer last rites to the American Middle Class.”—Alan Grayson

    “Hey kiddies, keep spending that money in college. Get that degree as an MBA. You too can have a job at Wal-Mart. You too can become a cashier or a clerk.”—Gerald Celente

    “When the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood begins to flow in the streets”—Gerald Celente

    “Los Estados Unidos has become a banana republic.”—Gerald Celente

    Yes, Gerald Celente nails it as usual. That’s exactly what we have become: a banana republic. Welcome to life in a Third World hellhole, and welcome to all the blood, violence, crime, poverty and instability that comes with it.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      If you want an example of how clueless some individuals can be about the state of the economy, here’s an example. I know a city worker up in NYC who makes six figures with a cushy job for the parks department. Life-long Democrap, loves Obama, barely made it through high school, expects to collect a generous pension from the city, takes month-long vacations in Europe at the taxpayers’ expense—and as he sees it, if you can’t make a great living in a healthy economy (ha ha ha!) that is lucky enough to have Obama in charge, it’s because you’re lazy and unmotivated. Yeah, nothing like a guy who has been out of the private sector for over 25 years talking about what a rugged individualist he is and talking smack about people in the private sector. That’s how out of touch some people are.

      So for those who blame the victims, I say that can work both ways. When the clueless have to pay the DPDDTT, let’s play blame the victim. Don’t like getting mugged at gunpoint? Maybe you shouldn’t go out drinking late at night. Don’t like getting kidnapped? Maybe you shouldn’t run around talking about how cushy your city job. Don’t like getting carjacked in broad daylight? Maybe you should have taken the bus.

      The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax is coming to The Banana Republic of America, and when it hits, many clueless people will get an extremely rude awakening.

    • Mac

      Oh and heaven forbid you and some friends start a food coop, the FDA will come shut you down, they, whom ever THEY are, want you down and dependent on Gov hand outs, its called control.
      Its getting hard to beleave that this economic situation isnt contrived by those who need power over others, nothing that happens suprises me anymore and what it comming next will be monsterous

    • Gary2

      Michael–What does the “T” stand for?

  • Reach out claim a blessing

    This article rings true. When I lost my job twice in the past 7 years, I found that relatives are the first to distance themselves. The invites to the summer shore home come to a grinding halt.
    The inclusion to nights out on the town come to a grinding halt. All of a sudden you feel as though your are an orphan. You stare blindly at the TV set, restless and sleepless with racing thoughts at night, you stare at the TV and it’s abundance of commercials and wonder to yourself, who is buying all this stuff?
    Thank god for my loving wife, she never abandoned me or left me without spare cash to run needed errands while i was looking for work. She is my savior on earth.
    I finally found work, a good job, after 6 months of daily non stop searching and I now have a steady paycheck that is actually better then the ones i received in the past.
    Prayer works wonders.
    Relatives now seem to come around more often and invites to summer parties are showing up again. But in all honesty i do not take pleasure in this behavior from people, especially family.
    It’s a shame we live in society that favors the successful and turns it back on the needy. Money isn’t the only thing one needs when unemployed or down and out in a bad situation. They also need company and good fellowship as well.
    Pray for those hurting and see what a surprise visit to the needy can do.
    You don’t have to bring them money, maybe a care-package of food, positive conversation, good laughter, just a small sacrifice, a little something from your heart and soul, just to let them know they are not forgotten.

    • Michael

      Great comment. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. Not having any money can be a soul crushing experience.

      Michael

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “Thank god for my loving wife, she never abandoned me or left me without spare cash to run needed errands ”

      Your comment makes me cringe. Am I misunderstanding or do you two keep your money as mine and hers? THAT’s disgusting. THAT’s a sick marriage, if it’s even one at all.

      • Gay Veteran

        you need to pray and reflect on your hateful comments

        • GaryToo

          ffs gv, its rare to find a woman who does not just use you for money and dissapears if you cant whip out your wallet like clint eastwood in a western.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          No I really dont. A marriage that is ‘mine and yours’ is sick and an abomination that I dont call a marriage. That’s a sexual union, not a marriage.

          Yea, I married a woman that was HEAVILY in debt and she actually tried to hide it from me due to the circumstances of her mother’s marriage to her dad. It took US a few years to pay it off but WE persevered. She was very unsure of how things might play out, but I suspect that’s because we only knew each other for 6 months before we got married. 17 years later we are still going strong.

      • cat

        judge, jury, and sentencer. wow you’ve certainly got an “opinion.” You do not own, or write the rules that others must live by.

    • Mr. Mojo

      So many Americans seem to treat their closest relatives like the enemy. I would trust total strangers more than some of my immediate family members. Very sad, but true.

      If you have one or two people in your life that you can trust and who truly care for you, consider yourself fortunate.

    • Alasha

      awwwwwwwwwwwwww – i am speechless and THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  • Winston

    Unadjusted Govt. figures available at shadowstats.com
    Very different from those disseminated by the presstitute MSM.

  • http://twitter.com/frank1569 frank1569

    Simple math:

    Over 25 million unemployed Americans versus a total of 3.7 million job openings, the vast majority of which offer low wages, no benefits and no future career potential.

    The inevitable result of a dog-eat-dog society is a few fat dogs, and lots of dead and wounded dogs.

  • Old Man

    “Don’t be afraid to reach out and help those that are hurting. When things are the darkest, that is when heroes are needed the most.”
    – ECB Michael

    “…reach out and help those that are hurting? No way! You don’t want America to become a socialist state!”
    – The Donald

  • Golden Child

    This article was right on point. The disparity between rich America and poor America exists in every big city and metro area in the country. Where I live in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the gap between rich and poor is completely astounding. You have Howard and Montgomery counties which are among the top ten richest counties in America in suburban Maryland. Clarksville, Maryland in Howard County is the unofficial richest town on the entire East Coast. Brand new massive McMansions with three car garages and front and back yards that stretch for acres are the norm there.

    However, Baltimore city twelve miles away ranks among the top ten poorest counties in America with a population over 250K. Baltimore is also the statistically second most dangerous big city in America behind Detroit. Most of Baltimore is dangerous and extremely run-down. Entire blocks in Baltimore consist of nothing but boarded up abandominiums. That is not going to change any time soon because there is no reason to gentrify Baltimore like nearby DC which has become a boomtown because of the expansion of the federal government. Much of Baltimore will continue to decay and fester until the housing truly resembles third world locales you see in Haiti, Jamaica, Africa, Latin America and Indonesia. The violent crime rates in Baltimore and every inner city in America are already comparable to places in the third world.

    The backbone of the spectacular affluence in wealthy suburban DC is all because of the highly compensated federal workers. DC produces essentially nothing yet DC is a richer metro area than San Jose and Silicon Valley. At least Silicon Valley is pioneering the digital revolution which continues to change the way people communicate via technology the world over.

  • Ken Nohe

    The president of a large US corporation was telling me last week that it was such a shame that the planes were so full with “poor” people these days. “They should use bicycles!” And these are the people building the future… Good luck, America!

    • Lori F

      what? wow.

  • Big Jim

    I have told many this: PREPARE NOW!

    What I hear most often is that they have no money to prepare. I can understand that.

    What I cannot understand is that these people can buy all kinds of frivolous garbage and not bat an eye on doing so.

    Even desperately poor people can do something. All of the churches in my area, and in all the areas I have ever lived, give away food weekly. Some of these places even give you a hot meal before they load you up with canned food.

    Anyone can make the rounds and grab a few sacks of extra food for FREE and stash it for later.

    I am so sick of people crying about how they can’t afford to prepare.

    All I can say is that I struggled and sacrificed and I will not have too much sympathy for those that refused to listen or those that refused to make any effort whatsoever.

    The people mentioned in this article could be us if a few bad breaks come our way. Those bad breaks are coming whether we want them or not and nothing can stop that on the course we are on.

    You all have to prepare now if you haven’t already done so already. There is no “happily ever after” in this ongoing saga so wake up to reality.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE????We’ve all seen the man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change
    The hair on his face is dirty, dreadlocked and full of mange
    He ask the man for what he could spare with shame in his eyes
    Get a job you fuckin’ slob’s all he replied

    [CHORUS]
    God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to sing the blues
    Then you really might know what it’s like [x4]

    Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom who said he was in love
    He said don’t worry about a thing baby doll I’m the man you’ve been dreamin’ of
    But three months later he said he won’t date her or return her call
    And she sweared god damn if I find that man I’m cuttin’ off his balls
    And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors
    They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore

    God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose
    Then you really might know what it’s like [x4]
    I’ve seen a rich man beg
    I’ve seen a good man sin

    I’ve seen a tough man cry
    I’ve seen a loser win
    And a sad man grin
    I heard an honest man lie
    I’ve seen the good side of bad
    And the down side of up
    And everything between
    I licked the silver spoon
    Drank from the golden cup
    Smoked the finest green
    I stroked the baddest dimes at least a couple of times
    Before I broke their heart
    You know where it ends
    Yo, it usually depends on where you start

    I knew this kid named Max
    He used to get fat stacks out on the corner with drugs
    He liked to hang out late at night
    Liked to get shit faced
    And keep pace with thugs
    Until late one night there was a big gun fight
    Max lost his head
    He pulled out his chrome .45
    Talked some shit
    And wound up dead
    Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of his pain
    You know it crumbles that way
    At least that’s what they say when you play the game

    God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
    ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose
    Then you really might know what it’s like [x3]
    To have to lose…IS THIS THE DEATH OF COMPASSION??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG7NU7L92b0&feature=related

    • Optimistic Pessimist

      I love this song, really makes you think and question how lucky you are in life.

      OP

  • Shanna

    I live in Northern Indiana that really isn’t to far from either Gary or Detroit. I see the decay & poverty in Gary whenever we travel through when visiting family in Wisconson. I always pray that we do not break down there bc Gary is a very scary & smelly (it smells terrible there) place. Detroit I’ve never been & never want to.

    I live in the heart of RV country here & we were one of the hardest hit areas during the recession. Well it must be improving here in our area bc I’ve been seeing ppl buying new cars, motorcycles, remodeling homes & etc…. But I see ppl doing the same thing now as before the last recession. Their attitude has not changed & they think everything is fine. They have not learned any lessons from a few yrs ago.

    But on the flip side I help at a food pantry once a month & our numbers are going up. The age of ppl we see mostly is the elderly. The number of them that are showing up each month is increasing. Several tell us that we are the only thing that keeps them from starving before the end of the month & their next check. It breaks my heart to hear these things.

    My own mother-in-law pays $600 a month for her meds & that is out of a $749 check she receives monthly. How is someone suppose to survive on that I ask?? Her husband pays for everything else & trust me he does not get much money monthly. My husband & I help them out money wise whenever we can. I also bring them food from the pantry that I help. I’m a huge couponer so we also provide her & her husband with toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, shampoo etc.. so they do not have to buy if out of what little money they have left.

    My family & I we are taking our money & paying off debt, building up an emergency fund, stocking up on food & water. My husband opened his own remodeling company a year ago this August (we took a huge leap of faith & God has blessed us ever since) & we’ve been super busy. Ppl are remodeling & adding on like crazy. So while the getting is good we’re going to make the most of that money.

    I just hope & pray ppl wake up & do the same thing!!!

  • NorthernCanuck

    If THIS happens we’ll all be sent back to the 1850’s in a flash! It makes you wonder if the ‘black swan’ that arrives is something already known to and expected by the elite, who are preparing against it while withholding advance warning to the masses to avoid precipitous panic and loss of control…?

    “Government Adviser In Fight To ‘Aave Earth’ Against Devastating Solar Storms Expected To Knock Out National Grid In 2013

    * National Grid and GPS expected to go down if burst from sun hits our planet
    * Sun will reach peak of 11-year solar storm cycle next year, and magnetic storms could knock out most of Earth’s electrical items
    * A big storm in 1859 knocked out early telegraph systems – but world is much more dependent on electricity now

  • Greg Farnworth

    Michael. I really appreciate your site and the insightful ways your discuss our challenges as a nation. However, your point that “there will never be enough good jobs again” is simply wrong. If we as a people once again embrace personal responsibility and demand such from our leadership, our country is blessed with the natural resources, tremendous farmland, the “can do” mind frame and technological expertise to save the ship. Today, ours is a crisis of leadership.

  • Jerry Parker

    I live in Québec, of the Dominion of Canada. However, I am from the UniTIGHTASStates of AmeriKKKakapeepee, though I have passed the larger part of my life in Canada. I am secure financially, if anyone but a billionaire can be so these days anywhere. I worry about my half-brother, though, who still resides in AmeriKKKakapeepee. He retired earlier than 65 and lives comfortably off a pension of a major industrial giant that still operates within the U. S. of A. But with all of the pension plans that U.S. industries are reneging on, I wonder if he will make it to his death having that pension. Or will the company relocate in Mexico, China, or Korea, leaving its workers and pensioners stranded? He is fooled by the neo-cons and mostly unaware of how desparate things are in AmeriKKKakapeepee these days. He is a fervent neo-evangelical sectary, his religion awash in right wing politics, even though, as a retired factory labourer he could be very vulnerable. I am so, so glad that I relocated relatively early in my working life to Canada. It is the best decision that ever I made, considering the imperilled status of American workers.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Please explain how America is the KKK whatever bull crap you typed if we just elected a black man to be the most powerful man on Earth and lead the country.

      I’m sorry, the unsustainable pensions are the product of leftist unions and yea, they are being renegged upon because they are (Say it with me poopy pants) u.n.s.u.s.t.a.i.n.a.b.l.e.

      • Gay Veteran

        yeah Malcolm, we debt slaves should work for the corporations until we die on the job

        “free trade” has destroyed this country, all for the benefit of the top 0.1%

        • orange

          Don’t worry, Malcolm will change his tune soon enough when he loses his job to a foreigner that will do it for pennies. Of course, his superior attitude probably hasn’t made him many friends so I doubt he’ll have much help or sympathy from anyone, which is fitting. If you don’t give it, don’t expect it in return…but I’m sure that little lesson is lost on him.

  • NorthernCanuck

    America’s Descent Into Poverty

    by Paul Craig Roberts,
    paulcraigroberts.org,
    August 24, 2012.

    The United States has collapsed economically, socially, politically, legally, constitutionally, and environmentally. The country that exists today is not even a shell of the country into which I was born. In this article I will deal with America’s economic collapse. In subsequent articles, i will deal with other aspects of American collapse.

    Economically, America has descended into poverty. As Peter Edelman says, “Low-wage work is pandemic.” Today in “freedom and democracy” America, “the world’s only superpower,” one fourth of the work force is employed in jobs that pay less than $22,000, the poverty line for a family of four. Some of these lowly-paid persons are young college graduates, burdened by education loans, who share housing with three or four others in the same desperate situation. Other of these persons are single parents only one medical problem or lost job away from homelessness.

    Others might be Ph.D.s teaching at universities as adjunct professors for $10,000 per year or less. Education is still touted as the way out of poverty, but increasingly is a path into poverty or into enlistments into the military services.

    Edelman, who studies these issues, reports that 20.5 million Americans have incomes less than $9,500 per year, which is half of the poverty definition for a family of three.

    There are six million Americans whose only income is food stamps. That means that there are six million Americans who live on the streets or under bridges or in the homes of relatives or friends. Hard-hearted Republicans continue to rail at welfare, but Edelman says, “basically welfare is gone.”

    In my opinion as an economist, the official poverty line is long out of date. The prospect of three people living on $19,000 per year is farfetched. Considering the prices of rent, electricity, water, bread and fast food, one person cannot live in the US on $6,333.33 per year. In Thailand, perhaps, until the dollar collapses, it might be done, but not in the US.

    As Dan Ariely (Duke University) and Mike Norton (Harvard University) have shown empirically, 40% of the US population, the 40% less well off, own 0.3%, that is, three-tenths of one percent, of America’s personal wealth. Who owns the other 99.7%? The top 20% have 84% of the country’s wealth. Those Americans in the third and fourth quintiles–essentially America’s middle class–have only 15.7% of the nation’s wealth. Such an unequal distribution of income is unprecedented in the economically developed world.

    In my day, confronted with such disparity in the distribution of income and wealth, a disparity that obviously poses a dramatic problem for economic policy, political stability, and the macro management of the economy, Democrats would have demanded corrections, and Republicans would have reluctantly agreed.

    But not today. Both political parties whore for money.

    The Republicans believe that the suffering of poor Americans is not helping the rich enough. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are committed to abolishing every program that addresses needs of what Republicans deride as “useless eaters.”

    The “useless eaters” are the working poor and the former middle class whose jobs were offshored so that corporate executives could receive multi-millions of dollars in performance pay compensation and their shareholders could make millions of dollars on capital gains. While a handful of executives enjoy yachts and Playboy playmates, tens of millions of Americans barely get by.

    In political propaganda, the “useless eaters” are not merely a burden on society and the rich. They are leeches who force honest taxpayers to pay for their many hours of comfortable leisure enjoying life, watching sports events, and fishing in trout streams, while they push around their belongings in grocery baskets or sell their bodies for the next MacDonald burger.

    The concentration of wealth and power in the US today is far beyond anything my graduate economic professors could image in the 1960s. At four of the world’s best universities that I attended, the opinion was that competition in the free market would prevent great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth. As I was to learn, this belief was based on an ideology, not on reality.

    Congress, acting on this erroneous belief in free market perfection, deregulated the US economy in order to create a free market. The immediate consequence was resort to every previous illegal action to monopolize, to commit financial and other fraud, to destroy the productive basis of American consumer incomes, and to redirect income and wealth to the one percent.

    The “democratic” Clinton administration, like the Bush and Obama administrations, was suborned by free market ideology. The Clinton sell-outs to Big Money essentially abolished Aid to Families with Dependent Children. But this sell-out of struggling Americans was not enough to satisfy the Republican Party. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to cut or abolish every program that cushions poverty-stricken Americans from starvation and homelessness.

    Republicans claim that the only reason Americans are in need is because the government uses taxpayers’ money to subsidize Americans who are unwilling to work. As Republicans see it, while we hard-workers sacrifice our leisure and time with our families, the welfare rabble enjoy the leisure that our tax dollars provide them.

    This cock-eyed belief, on top of corporate CEOs maximizing their incomes by offshoring the middle class jobs of millions of Americans, has left Americans in poverty and cities, counties, states, and the federal government without a tax base, resulting in bankruptcies at the state and local level and massive budget deficits at the federal level that threaten the value of the dollar and its role as reserve currency.

    The economic destruction of America benefitted the mega-rich with multi-billions of dollars with which to enjoy life and its high-priced accompaniments wherever the mega-rich wish. Meanwhile, away from the French Rivera, Homeland Security is collecting sufficient ammunition to keep dispossessed Americans under control.”

    About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.

    • Mondobeyondo

      I’ve never earned more than $27,000/year in my entire working life.
      And now that I’m unemployed (38 months and counting…) my total income for this year so far has been $0.00.
      My savings has been my lifeline so far (if you are working – save. Save. Save. SAVE!!! Even if it’s only $15.00 a week. Put it in a savings account. Mutual fund. CD’s. Anything!!)

    • Gay Veteran

      great article by Paul Craig Roberts

  • NorthernCanuck

    (Note: I added bolding, not in the original article, to several paragraphs below)

    Customer Deposits Are Property of the Bank: Close Your Account NOW

    by Susanne Posel, Contributor,
    Activist Post,
    Friday, August 24, 2012.

    In June of 2012, Eric Bloom, former chief executive, and Charles Mosely, head trader of Sentinel Management Group (SMG) were indicted for stealing $500 million in customer secured funds. Both Mosely and Bloom were accused of “exposing” customer segregated funds “to a portfolio of highly risky derivatives.”

    These customer funds were used to “back up personal investments” which were part of “collateral for a loan from Bank of New York Mellon” (BNYM). This loan derived from stolen customer monies was “used to purchase millions of dollars worth of high-risk, illiquid securities, including collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, for a trading portfolio that benefited Sentinel’s officers, including Mosley, Bloom and certain Bloom family members.”

    Fast forward to August 9th of 2012, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (CCA) rules that BNYM can be moved to first in line of creditors over the customers that had their funds stolen by SMG.

    When a banking customer deposits their money into their bank account, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SPIC) are in place to protect the customer from fraud or theft. The ruling from the CCA means that these regulatory systems will not insure customer funds, investments, or depositors and retirees who hold accounts in banks. In fact, the banking institution is now legally allowed to use those customer funds deposited as collateral, payment on debts for loans made, or free use on the stock market to purchase investments as the bank sees fit.

    Fred Grede, SMG trustee, explained that brokers are no longer required to keep customer money separate from their own. “It does not bode well for the protection of customer funds.”

    Since the ruling gives banks the right to co-mingle customer funds with their own, no crime can be committed for the use of customer deposited monies.

    According to Walker Todd, former lawyer for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Cleveland:

    Basically, there is a new 7th Circuit opinion saying that there is no reason to impose a constructive trust on a lender’s takings of customers’ funds from client commodity firms that were used (inappropriately) to secure the firms’ borrowings, as long as the lender can say that it did not know WITH CERTAINTY that customers’ funds were being repledged. Negligence and misappropriation (vs. knowing criminal intent) are now a sufficient excuse for letting the lender keep the money and go to the head of the line for distributions in bankruptcies of the client commodity firms.

    When a customer deposits money into a bank, the bank essentially issues a promise to have those funds available when the customer returns to withdraw the deposited amount. When the same customer withdraws funds from their account (whether checking or savings) the customer assumes that the bank has enough funds to cover their withdrawal; including the presumption that their monies are separate from the bank’s assets.

    Now, those funds are up for grabs by the bank at their discretion without explanation to the customer – nor is the bank obligated to recoup the customer should they “lose” those funds due to bad loans, bankruptcy or stock market loss.

    In Texas, Pamela Cobb, manager of Bank of America (BoA), stole an estimated $2 million from customer funds for personal use. Cobb had been taking customer segregated funds since 2002.

    Customers have complained of fraudulent charges placed on their accounts that BoA cannot explain. When the customer brings these charges to the in-house fraud department, they are given the run-around until they acquiesce.

    Other customers have had their private possessions stolen right out of their safe deposit box held at BoA. The safe deposit box was drilled into and the contents shipped to the BoA corporate holding center in South Carolina.

    In 1992 to 2003, Citibank called their theft of customer funds “account sweeping” wherein they stole more than $14 million from customers nationally. Using computerized credit card processes to remove positive and negative balances from customers, the scheme included double payments or funds paid out on returned purchases that were then attributed back to the customer.

    At Chase bank, an anonymous employee opened an account under a customer name (targeting an Alzheimer’s sufferer), complete with a personal debit card. An estimated $300 per day was withdrawn on the fraudulent account. When family representing the victim alerted Chase, they brushed them off with an internal investigation claim – even as the family sought legal action.

    Banking fraud against the elderly has risen of late, since banks realize they can steal massive amounts of cash from their aging customers with little to no repercussions.

    The recent ruling on SMG has given the banking industry the legal backing they have been lacking when stealing from their customers.

    Our financial institutions have been planning for a financial collapse wherein the US government will not offer assistance. The resolution plans required by the Federal Reserve Bank, described schemes to have the major domestic banks remain afloat by selling off assets, finding alternative sources of funding, reducing risky measures that make a quick buck. These strategies were to be perfected with “no assumption of extraordinary support from the public sector.”

    The mega-banks, through Wall Street, are also acquiring firearms, ammunition and control over private mercenary corporations like DynCorp and “Blackwater” as authorized by the Department of Defense (DoD) directive 3025.18.

    DynCorp is a military-based private mercenary contractor that provides (among other services) intelligence training and support, international security, contingency plans and operations. Ninety-six percent of their funding is based on annual revenues from the US federal government. The international branch of DynCorp has operated as a “police force” even assisting local law enforcement during Hurricane Katrina.

    Named as investors for the amassing of gun and ammunition manufacturers are Citibank, BoA, Barclays and Deutsche Bank who are pouring money into Cerebus and Veritas Equity who have taken over private corporations involved in the controlling riot situations.

    The Federal Reserve Bank, one of the heads of banking cartels, has their own police force which operates as a protective security for the Fed against the American public. As part of the Federal Reserve Act signed in 1913, the designation of a Federal Law Enforcement – special police officers that are exclusively regulated by authority of the Fed (whether in uniform or plain clothes. These specialized police officers (who train with Special Response Teams) can work in tandem with local law enforcement or US federal agencies. These officers are heavily armed with semi-automatic pistols, sub machine guns and assault rifles as well as body armor.

    Recently, when withdrawing cash from an ATM, the daily allotted amount has decreased with some banks, thereby forcing the customer to go into the branch and extract the difference with a teller. At this point, according to anonymous informants, the customer is taken into a backroom to be questioned as to why they want the cash, what they are purchasing with the cash, why they are not choosing to use a debit card or another form of digital trade to make the purchase. These questions are not only intrusive, they are illegal.

    Some anonymous sources have said that banking representatives who conduct the integrations are directed to keep a record of customer responses on an online application that will be sent to the FBI in conjunction with PATRIOT Act mandates on tracking banking activity.

    Customer funds are no longer secure, no longer backed by the FDIC or other insurance corporations, and banks are legally allowed to co-mingled customer money with other funds of the bank. The only safe place for your money is with you.

    Now is the time to close your bank account.

    (Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism. Our alternative news site is dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporately funded mainstream media. You can find us on our Facebook page.)

    • Gay Veteran

      “Recently, when withdrawing cash from an ATM, the daily allotted amount has decreased with some banks, thereby forcing the customer to go into the branch and extract the difference with a teller. At this point, according to anonymous informants, the customer is taken into a backroom to be questioned as to why they want the cash, what they are purchasing with the cash, why they are not choosing to use a debit card or another form of digital trade to make the purchase. These questions are not only intrusive, they are illegal.”

      they tired that with Gerald Celente, he told them it was none of their damn business

  • Kevin2

    Unfortunately there are too many that have the same attitude as King Louie’s wife with, “Let them eat cake”.

  • Greg Luze

    If you are starving in the United States and you aren’t a kid, and you aren’t genuinely mentally retarded, ie. downs syndrome, then you are an unmotivated slob. This country reeks of opportunity.. Help wanted signs are all over the place. Problem is most of them actually require you to work. Most skills jobs require you to continue learning, ie. reading books every night and not watching TV. There is no living on your intellectual fat anymore. Those days are behind us and those of you who settled for what you learned in government run schools have a pretty bare cupboard anyway. Give up your cell phones, cable TV, and work. You live in a high cost of living area and jobs are scarce.. then move. And while you’re at it don’t vote for that Socialist bastard you put in the White House 4 years ago. He will continue to make things worse.

    • Kevin2

      Minimum wage jobs are hiring. Jobs that give you the ability to have a comfortable home are far and few.

      I would agree with you before the great industrial evisceration arrived. Your looking back in time.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Ummmm… you’ve got to start somewhere, and most people start at the bottom. McDonalds, janitorial work, manning the cash register at JC Penney or Sears, etc.

      Don’t know if you’ve ever moved before, but moving requires a considerable amount of money and time. Sure, you can just take the family, the chihuahua, a few belongings, pack them in the Honda Accord, and head down the interstate. Be sure to leave a note for the next door neighbor that you’ll be in Ohio in a couple of days, with phone numbers and other contact info.

      If that’s your predicament, you are very lucky. Most people have furniture, a house to sell, etc. The furniture – you can either sell it, put it into storage (more $$), leave it on the sidewalk for the gangbangers to steal, or stuff it into the trunk of said Honda Accord. Not exactly a piece of cake to go through.

    • Lori F

      What planet are you on? I will give you the benefit of the doubt and acertain that you do not reside in an area hard hit by the recession. In Northwest Georgia; Bartow County was hard hit. EVERY SINGLE BANK in the county went under and was bought out by the big 5 banks. Every single one. Driving down any given state or county highway reveals strip malls with empty stores and “now available” or “rent lowered” in the vacant windows. No “help wanted” signs.
      You touched on the real problem. No living on intellectual fat anymore. High Schoolers graduate with NO REAL SKILLs. Our education system was busy teaching political correctness instead of skills. “No child left behind” just dumbed down all of them. People today from all walks of life were trained to depend on a system that was virtual slavery instead of true independance. Now people have no earthly clue how to survive or provide for themselves or their family. American ingenuity is gone.
      People will wake up eventually. They are not unmotivated, they are asleep.

    • Gay Veteran

      there aren’t enough jobs, even the minimum wage ones, so stop spreading lies

    • RealityBetraysUs

      In reply to Greg Luze who thinks there are jobs out there. I live in Calif. now I have moved to Oregon and Texas and looked for jobs in both states, moving does not “magically create jobs.”I was told by Target in Dallas Tx look why should we hire you when you got 25 yrs exp. in aerospace electronics, we would rather hire the dumb high-school kid with no education and experience for min wage because we know he will be there 5 yrs later.There are millions of educated qualified ex-middle class workers in this country who can not get jobs because they are over qualified over educated and even if they are willing to work for min wage employers will not let them do so. So don’t give me this crap about jobs that exist and land of opportunity, I never heard so much crap in my life. I am a high tech worker and I have had 3 perfectly good jobs “evaporate” mostly because employers do not want to pay qualified American workers a “livable wage”. They would rather see those jobs exported to places where they do not have to pay those livable wages to Americans and instead pay slave labor rates just like Apple computer charging 3 times the price for their products, but only paying a small percentage to slave labor plants in China like Foxcon. These rich corporate bastards make me want to puke! I am sure Steve jobs is burning in Hell right now. (Mostly because he was not a born again christian, but he arrogantly refused to build any computer plants in the USA when he could have chose to do so, but opted for slave labor from China instead.The day will come when this country falls apart and it will be due to these selfish corporate interests that put their need for profit ahead of their own countries need for jobs. May he reap what he has sown, and may Apple go the way of the Dinosaur.

  • ScotinOz

    Its truly heartbreaking to watch family after family slide into poverty all sponsored by those in power who’s only task was to look after its citizens and implement laws that support economic prosperity.

    Somewhere down the line those in the 1% decided its much better policy to keep people under the heel of their boot than it is to see them become prosperous and aware.

    There has never been a greater class divide than now, and when you add in the whole social media and constant exposure you get to truly see how those at the top love to show everyone else how “great” they are and what they spend their wealth on.. Whilst there are kids who wont get 3 squares per day we can take comfort that airhead bimbos like Kim Kardashian spend 100k on a toilet.

    I dearly hope that at some point something snaps somewhere and there is a French style revolution and we have a “Let them eat Cake” moment where the masses turn. Across the globe right now the word is austerity people are being forced to suffer because of the misdeeds of the few.

    Federal agencies managed to force Lance Armstrong to give up his fight to clear his name but they cant even make a case against any of the banks or CEOs who profited from the crash despite all the evidence showing blatant fraud/theft/perjury and many more white collar crimes. Its truly sickening to see how laws apply to the masses but not to those at the top, rob a convenience store do 8-10 rob a pension fund of 2billion get a bonus.

    I have started to retreat from the world to some degree as its becoming more and more difficult to interact with people who just dont get it. Its nice to have a medium like these blogs to air your views and I wish more people would wake up to whats going on.

    • GaryToo

      scot in oz, im in oz too in the west where there is full employment and almost everyone has a new luxury car, 4wd, i fully agree its so hard to chat with people without trying to bring up the truth of what is on the horizon, what is really important. “oh, people have always survived…your confidence is down right now… etc. ” I also feel like not bothering to talk to anyone.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Forsaken And Forgotten? We all end up this way. 99.9999+% of us are nameless a century after we die.

  • David Bennett

    Dear Friends, Consider this difficult time is not the first great depression but if you are in the depths of it the pain is incredible. Personally, I have experienced job loss, financial difficulties etc.

    I believe if you will seek the Lord HE will provide for you. Are you willing to seek his face. Dont be deceived by the people who ask you for money on TV. God is wanting our hearts not our money. We are in a day of judgement that can be side-stepped if we seek the Lord. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will be saved (delivered).
    Please pray for our elderly and our families with children. May the Lord lift them up. Love you.

  • NorthernCanuck

    “Risking Nuclear Armageddon

    By Stephen Lendman
    8-25-12

    Irresponsible leaders risk the unthinkable. Media scoundrels cheerlead mindlessly. So do neocon think tanks. Ordinary people are more concerned about mundane trivia than survival.

    Nero didn’t fiddle while Rome burned. The violin wasn’t invented for another 1,500 years. Today’s officials go where earlier ones wouldn’t dare. They risk regional or global disaster. War on Syria and/or Iran may ignite more than leaders bargain for.

    Imagine blowing up the world to control it. Imagine forces able to stop it staying sidelined. Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine it before it’s too late to matter.

  • Washington

    RFID chips, tiny tracking devices the size of a grain of dust, can be used to secretly identify you and the things you’re carrying–right through your clothes, wallet, backpack, or purse. Have you already taken one home with you? For information about CASPIAN’s opposition to RFID, see our new web site: 
    http://www.nocards.org/

  • Chestertonian

    Frugality will have to be relearned by Americans. Those who embrace frugality and self-sacrifice will be more likely to survive, and to be able to help their children and other family members.
    Here’s an example from the world of auto repair, which I know well, being an ASE-certified master tech. Most Americans like automatic transmissions because they’d rather not have to use a clutch and shift gears manually. Millions are actually unable to do so, having never learned to drive a “stick.” In the past four years, since I opened my own shop, I have seen many cars with failed automatic transmissions which their owners could not afford to repair. I have seen zero manual transmissions which failed, although I have replaced some clutches. These wonderful luxuries, automatic transmissions, which save Americans from having to learn to use a clutch, are a snare which deprives many people of transportation when they break. It can easily cost $2000-4000 to overhaul or replace an automatic transmission. So, as the economy gets worse, we can expect many people who have automatic transmissions to lose access to personal motorized transport; far fewer of those using manual transmissions will be so deprived.
    The same comment can be made, but to a less serious degree, for those with air conditioning (an optional luxury), power windows, power seats, power moonroofs, remote starters, car alarm systems, and many other options that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to live without. I earn money by fixing cars with these and other electronic options, but my personal car has none of those
    It’s the same story as other economic woes: we’ve been living beyond our means and have gotten used to too many comforts. Now we’ll have to do even without necessities.

    • Kevin2

      Much of what you say is true however as technology and productivity increase so should the standard of living. If the standard of living does not increase then the increased wealth creation is being diverted elsewhere.

      Regarding automatic transmissions with the exception of a 1996 Chrysler van (which was well known for bad transmissions) I have not experienced any transmission problems in the last 37 years. I ran a few of the vehicles past 150K. They were all Chevy, Ford and Chrysler cars or trucks.

  • wbill

    for craig. I just googled bellevue,wa elections according to the website I found the county votes 65.9% democrat, so I wouldnt think that carl rove exerts an inordinate amount if influence there

  • Michael

    I worked and paid taxes for 40 years, so that others could loaf on my dime.
    My pension was stolen by the Huckster Profiteers.
    The last one, took FICA and Medicare out of my check but didn’t pay IRS…
    Now I’m too old, but not retirement age, in the gray zone. Nobody will hire me, and I’ve got too many medical issues to be hired.
    I used to be an engineer and top systems guy, now I’m “over qualified” for jobs I’m immanently qualified for, I said I would even take starting wage… no dice… too old. They’re simply not allowed to say that.
    So I invented a new kind of coil, and electric engine… engine not motor, that can convert a gas engine to electric. That is ignored too… 10 to 1000 times more powerful / amp, than a standard 100 year old electric motor, and nobodies interested?

    We’re not just lost, we’re infected with the stupid disease.
    So ***** it, I’ll just collect food stamps and tell you bastards that tell me to “go get a job”, to go ******* yourselves, like I said, I paid my ‘fair share’ for 40 years. I’ll not work at McDonalds, when my back can’t take standing all day, for minimum wage, when I can sit on my ass and let YOU help fund my development work…

  • Kate

    What many people do not grasp is that when the “welfare queens”, and the “crazy money” no longer is offered(which will be very soon)then… they get desperate. Things are going to get hairy! Help your fellow man if you see someone hungry, get them something to eat. It really is as simple as an act of kindness folks. Love your neighbor as yourself.

  • NorthernCanuck

    Detroit – the future of many American cities?

    “No place like home: One hundred crumbling houses that capture the downfall of Detroit”

    By Daily Mail Reporter,
    Daily Mail, London,
    26 August 2012.

    An amazing collection of photographs has captured the utter devastation of Detroit — the once bustling American city that now sits largely derelict.

    Perplexed at the state of his hometown, photographer Kevin Bauman began taking pictures of the scores of abandoned homes littering the city in the mid 1990’s.

    His incredible series ‘100 Abandoned Houses’ poignantly documents the depressing downfall of the Michigan capital, where entire neighbourhoods, even wealthy ones, have been left to fall into ruin…”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193717/Haunting-photographs-crumbling-houses-litter-Detroits-dilapidated-neighbourhoods-capture-downfall-great-American-city.html#ixzz24eg0YewV

  • NorthernCanuck

    The new investors – soon to become the new masters…?

    “China Eagerly Buying Up American Assets

    Chinese firms see bargains in the U.S., as well as opportunities for technological gain and expanded reach.

    By David Pierson and Don Lee,
    Los Angeles Times,
    August 24, 2012.

    BEIJING — Facing a sharp economic slowdown at home, Chinese companies are plowing money into U.S. assets at a record pace, making huge bids for American energy, aviation, entertainment and other businesses.

    The increase in investment, already at least $8 billion this year, comes despite lingering American anxieties about potential breaches of national security and loss of technology to the powerful Asian competitor…”
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-china-us-investing-20120825,0,5368343,full.story

    • orange

      If you think the current masters are bad, you’re in for a rude awakening when the Chinese take over! There’s not a more vicious, cruel, cold race on the planet…just ask the Africans and Peruvians about it. If they take over, we’re done.

      • sunbelt57

        There are at the moment 100’s of thousands of Chinese troops massing across the southern border according to some reports.

        • Sane

          You’re insane if you don’t realise that the only country with troops amassed on other countries borders is the US. You’re poor because your government spent all your money killing dark people in foreign lands with oil for your V8 gas guzzlers instead of using the obvious engineering abilities of your country to develop renewable solutions.

  • NorthernCanuck

    “If you Like NAFTA, You’ll Love TPP

    By Rudy Avizius,
    opednews.com

    We, the transnational corporations and the ruling elites, are on the verge of a wonderful new dawn that will bring us immense power and untold wealth.

    We have been secretly negotiating a new agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the United States Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam and are nearing completing the final details of this agreement. We have had 600 of our best corporate lobbyists providing input and have successfully excluded Congress, our own corporate media, and the general public from the negotiations. Once implemented, this agreement will hard code corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supercede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. This agreement will grant new corporate privileges and rights, while limiting governments and protective regulations. This agreement will far exceed anything we have been able to achieve with NAFTA, CAFTA, or any other free trade agreement.

    The details contained in this agreement will result in total corporate global governance . In this new system the role of elected governments will be to serve as subservient agents for our interests. The institutions under governments such as the armies, police, and courts will also serve our interests, while being financed by the taxpayers of that country. The status of the member states will be locked-in, similar to countries once they are inside the Eurozone.

    In the past, we had to deal with environmental regulations, financial regulations, worker safety regulations and other issues have always brought down the profits that we worked so hard to earn and are rightfully ours. Once this agreement passes, these regulations will actually have the potential of increasing our wealth. Some of the provisions in this agreement include the establishment of corporate controlled tribunals to be administered by 3 attorneys with no conflict of interest limitations. These 3 attorney tribunals, which will be controlled by us, will have the power to order sovereign governments to use taxpayer money to pay us and our agents for any environmental or regulatory costs that our transnational corporations expended to meet local standards. We can literally expect to have long term taxpayer revenue streams that will flow into our coffers. At the very least, many existing laws would need to be rewritten and no new regulatory laws could be passed.

    With this wonderful new agreement, governments that tried to pass regulations such as limits on the financial industry using risky bets such as derivatives would have the burden of proof to defend such regulations in a tribunal system controlled by us, and staffed by our lawyers and judges. The judges in these tribunals could order the government to use taxpayers’ money to pay damages should one of our transnational corporations prevail in one of these “private courts”. In the past, we have received over $350 million of taxpayer money under the NAFTA style deals, because of zoning laws, toxic bans, timber rules and other regulations. It is our expectation that this figure will be dwarfed by future payments. This TPP agreement is like NAFTA on steroids. These tribunals setup by this TPP agreement will have binding corporate guarantees with both trade and cash sanctions. These cash sanctions would also effectively transfer taxpayer money to transnational corporate coffers. Can you imagine how much money we will have flowing into our pockets as we challenge regulations within our own private court system forcing governments to pay for our lost profits or to eliminate them? This agreement will essentially strip governments of their sovereignty and make them answerable to our tribunals.

    The result of these corporate tribunals will be to setup a race to the bottom, where if one country chooses not to regulate something, then the corporations would be able to sue the other nations inside of the TPP to have taxpayers cover their losses for any such regulations. These other countries would be vulnerable to corporate led lawsuits to be decided in the corporate tribunals. In order to protect our interests , we could potentially have the ability to utilize the publicly funded militaries of some states to wage war on other “less compliant” states.

    So how could such an extreme agreement that literally gives corporations and us ruling elites everything we could possibly want have been negotiated with little or no resistance? The answer is that the ONLY way this agreement could ever pass is if everything is done in secret, continues to remain secret, and the details never see the light of day…”

    Read complete article at: http://www.opednews.com/articles/If-you-Like-NAFTA-You-ll-by-Rudy-Avizius-120824-750.html

  • Evie

    The increase in welfare and disability is because jobs available are only 10 hours a week and require lifting 50 lbs. People on ss or disability can work these jobs in addition to their checks. Figure it out, how would you pay your bills, transportation costs, food. You eould have to be mentally ill to take such a job.

  • NorthernCanuck

    “Homeland Security Prepares for Civil War

    Its Clear Our Military Is No Longer The Nation’s Only Standing Army When It Comes To Killing Power

    by Jack Swint-Publisher,
    West Virginia News,
    http://WVNewsOnline.com,
    opednews.com

    Over the past 2 weeks, everyone from the mainstream media to bloggers and conspiracy theorists have questioned the government’s mass purchasing of ammunition for federal agencies like the National Weather Service and even the Social Security Administration. Combined, both agencies ordered over 210,000 rounds. This ammunition is mostly made up of “hollow point” bullets, which are designed strictly for maximum damage to the human body and have been outlawed for use in warfare since 1969.

    On the surface, these purchases alone are scary enough and raise questions as to why these unlikely agencies need any amounts of ammo, especially bullets that have been outlawed. The National Weather Service claims they have 63 officers who “enforce the nation’s ocean and fishing laws to ensure a level playing field for fishermen and to protect marine species like whales, dolphins and turtles.” If you divide 46,000 rounds by the 63 agents they employ, that’s 730 bullets per agent, or, in other words, 63 crack shots and a lot of dead fisherman.

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has given no specific response to questions regarding their purchase of 174,00 rounds. They said their “agents’ need them. But, keep this in mind: the SSA only deals with US Citizens in America. The SSA has never been involved with anything outside of this country for any reason. And what do they need with armed agents? All SSA offices employ private contracted security for their offices.

    • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

      Hey NC! Dude! I’m a going have to take off a week just to read your comments! Thanks! Your posts are great!

  • greg

    I do not know what to say after reading this. I am 48 now and never thought I would have to see an article like this. Iremember dating a rich girl in school, when it became apparent that I would never be a member of her strata, she one day walked by me like I was not there. I guess that is where we are now. What was that quote? ”I tremble for my country when I remember that our God is a just God.””

  • Lone Muslim

    For all those trying to put the blame on those in the inner cities and on drugs and alcohol. Its not a plethora of people just making wrong decisions “and getting what they deserve”. When your school system is the worst in the world, your local government is corrupt, you have drugs and guns delivered to your doorstep sometimes literally(how quickly it seems weve forgotten the cia and la) and every opportunity for positive development is blocked then your choices become slim. Now Im not justifying drugs or povery but what I am saying is that it is way more complicated then simply “lazy people waiting for handouts” these so called lazy people were the workforce behind the industrial revolution and the civil rights movements just look at cities like detroit, baltimore, chicago, these use to be middle class well to do stable communities what happened to those people no they didnt all move out their still there … it seems we lack any gratitude towards those who did their best for this country just to have the later generations call them “good for nothings” but of course youd have to leave your comfortable suburban white neighborhood and actually talk to people in these situations to find out what im saying… but you wont you will continue to blame them and live in a delusional world where if you were in their position you would do it differently….. yea right

  • Really?

    Yeah , the powers that be always stretch the truth. Real unemployment figures go thru 6 measures, U1 thru U6, …….U1 is the figure we see on the nightly news , U6 is the most accurate even using guestamations,
    US unemployment is at 49% after you subtract retired and underage.
    Sorry forget the link …….. Yeesh!!!

  • Shelly

    Hey, here in Atlanta a 73 year old man was attacked in a Kroger parking lot by an Assistant Manager,for passing out food.

    htt://www.ajc.com.news/kroger-manager-fired-after-1505809.html

    • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

      That’s because there is a corporate agreement with the Powers Who Wish They Could Be (But, THEY WILL NOT SUCCEED!
      to stop at anything short of compassion. It’s part of The New World (Dis) Order’s quota, the not knowings but I’m still employed (FOR NOW, Blush) policy, crush dissent, through
      The Question? Who are THEY to tell US how to behave?
      Answer is THEY ARE NOT! TPTB DO NOT TELL US HOW TO LIVE OR WHAT TO DO!!!
      Their VIEWS matter NOT!
      And when an INNOCENT points out the stuck point—-
      TPTB FIRE the Person!!! Yeah, sure that’s a way to handle it! EVeryone should realize at this point that TPTB don’t care about form, decorum, respectability, legal agreements, and you can take me at my word.
      TPTB lie. TPTB cheat. TPTB don’t care if you or I live or die.
      Time to Size up the ENEMY!
      AND THEN COLLECTIVELY CRUSH THEM!!!

      BOYCOTT ANYTIME YOU SEE FASCISM OR TYRANNY!

      • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

        If it takes ten hundred of us –
        WE MUST PUSH BACK!!!

        • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

          And continue to DE-CRY! DE-CRY the inequities among US! Share your experiences so that we are all WISE to the New World (DIS) Order’s GAME! No matter your occupation, creed or income! The world is depending upon the information. The World’s people die for a lack of information! Time to call the New World (Dis) Order on THEIR GAMe!
          GET THE WORD OUT!!!
          SPREAD THE WORD!! WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES!! COLLECTIVELY!
          SPEAK THE TRUTH! AND CRUSH THE NEW WORLD (DIS) ORDER IN THEIR TRACKS!

  • Leon

    I would be interested in your opinion regarding USA natural gas deposits and oil deposits(possibly much larger than Saudi Arabia) , North Dakota & Texas already have very low unemployment and as more LNG (liqified natural gas) is produced in the next 2 yr, we will have an energy boom with huge exports and foreign countries wanting to open up factories in the US because of cheap energy, however I do feel the next 2 years will be some of the worst the US has ever had

  • Really?

    Yes it’s true that some people are lazy,without drive and determination.
    Some people are victims of circumstance. Some work their whole lives paycheck to paycheck, some are born with the silver spoon and have not a clue about drive, determination or hard work. Some have made poor choices with drugs,alcohol, gambling. Whatever your place in life may be, it’s all our fault for letting the government/central banks impose tax death on us and strip our rights and liberties from us.
    Seems with each passing day that while talk and getting our thoughts and feelings heard/watched (lol), we have come to a tipping point in which yelling and screaming about our injustices are felled upon deaf ears. TRUTH ,actions speak louder than words ,pen might have been mightier than the sword at one time but I don’t think so anymore.
    It’s a shame that we all are stuck on this rock together and can’t seem to find a happy medium to where all human life is valued over all else.
    Another World War will more than likely be the outcome of course that’s what the elitists want , reduced population so we underlings don’t usurp all of their precious resources ,God forbid that those with all the power and money do without. I remember a movie with Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy called Trading Places wouldn’t it be wonderful to see that happen on a large scale that way we could all experience the other side of life, to have everything one day and wonder how your gonna eat the next or have nothing one day and want for nothing the next. If we could all get a taste of both sides we might actually come to understand each other better. Pipe dream of course but just a thought.

  • Jane B

    Sad but true article. But let’s remember…the US is not like Greece YET. Stll time to take the medicine ( less spending and SLIGHTLY more taxes and come out in one piece over time.

  • Lori F

    Saw a fellow on the side of the road this past weekend with CARDBOARD for SHOES! I live in San Antonio and so far have not seen too many of the effects of the Great Recession. Recently I have been noticing more and more homeless and beggars. I always stop and give, it breaks my heart so I stopped to give the fellow with the cardboard shoes some money. He looked pleadingly at me and asked “Is there somewhere close I can sit down? I dont see anywhere near here I can just sit down for a minute…” Sad, so sad. If I hadnt had my 9 year old with me I would have given him a ride.
    When I relayed this story to my husband he scoffed and said “He’s probably crazy…” So, in other words only mentally capable people diserve help?? Not only is it getting worse, people are inventing reasons to not help.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The idea of compassion in this day and age, is sadly becoming as old-fashioned as chivalry (holding the door open for a lady), fedora hats, and gloves and nylons on Sunday morning. This is NOT a good trend! We need to help each other now more than ever!

  • http://www.survive2balive.com GA

    Michael, I just had my first experience with government alert messages on the cell phone during TS Isaac. I was not aware this initiative was this far along…check out the article at http://www.survive2balive.com
    People should be aware of this.

    • Michael

      GA:

      Big Brother creeps into our lives a little bit more with each passing day.

      Michael

  • DownWithLibs

    As far as Intagram goes, isn’t it their PARENTS MONEY!!! Yuk it up now. Unless they plan to subsidize their kids for the rest of their lives, the party will likely be over soon.

  • Sue

    Very little of what is happening is new. It’s just new to the (former)comfortable classes and the young who simply haven’t been old enough to understand until lately.

    America has been a cold and terrifying place for the down and out for a hell of a long time. During my days of crisis in the 1970-80s I literally had nowhere to turn because people refused then as now to notice people who were not doing fine. If I quietly pointed out something going wrong I was called a paranoid or an America hater or a loser so I just stopped trying.

    I was not dumb enough to ask the state for help even back then because I was afraid to lose my son. So I had a lot of months with one small meal on my minimum wage minus taxes salary and did without a lot of other things as well. My $300 car looked like it came from a junkyard, my apartment was in the bad part of town, our clothes were carefully chosen from yard sales or made at home.

    I am amazed when I hear that poor people can’t afford to buy disposable nappies for baby (or worse, that they buy them anyway) or cable tv or package food or whatever kind of crap they think they have to have.

    I am totally amazed by this helpless dependence on expensive things no one needs and even more amazed that when I tried to tell struggling people how I got by on almost nothing with no help from any of my effen rich relatives or even a tiny raise at my bank job (been watching how those operate ever since) and so on I was sneered at and called cheap. Yes, I lived cheaply but i was not cheap. I managed and survived and can do it again any time and anywhere.

    I haven’t lived in the US for the last 25 years. There is no future in a country of people who refuse to read the handwriting on the wall or do what needs to be done WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE DONE—not now, but when the troubles began, a long time ago, with their full consent and cooperation.

    I feel sorry for every young person who doesn’t know how to live like great-grandpa, and I feel contempt for the jerks I knew who were too busy playing gotta be me and gotta look rich to take the time to look ahead at the trainwreck about to appear on their horizon. I am also sorry the perps are not usually the ones suffering.

  • Cathy

    There are lazy, deadbeat scammers out there who find every way they can to game the system, and they share the info among themselves. This is nothing new and has been going on forever.

    This is not what we are talking about when we reference the newly poor or especially the working poor in America. THIS is a new problem, when people who have worked hard and contributed their lives to bettering society, suddenly find themselves stripped of resources and unable to recoup them in the usual ways. I can tell you from first hand experience that there are few to NO safety nets for these people, no options given to sit home collecting a check (what check?? from where??). If you have no children at home, you DO NOT qualify for ANY kind of cash assistance. End of story. THERE IS NO WELFARE. I do not know why this myth is so persistent. Utility assistance is highly temporary and on a first-come, first-serve basis only; food stamps are meager to begin with, and will be further drastically cut or even cancelled if you manage to find any kind of income. God help you if you are over 40 years old and your career goes to India or the Philippines, because all those “Help Wanted” signs some seem to see (they are rare here, I can tell you), are offering low wage jobs with insanely health-threatening working hours and conditions, and those jobs are offered strictly to young adults. Scarcely anyone will hire older adults no matter how healthy and able. If someone is willing to hire, prepare to compete with 400 to 500 other local adults for the single position. Good luck with that.

    In this kind of situation, I don’t care HOW much you managed to scrimp and save over the years, you are going to lose it to skyrocketing utility, gas, and tax bills very quickly. NO ONE will offer to pay these for you. I am sorry for what the more fortunate seem to think, but they are simply wrong – there is no way to live without a living wage job. Even a minimum wage job will lose you ALL assistance of all kinds. Try paying even a modest rent or mortgage, electric, water, sewer and telephone bill – the bare essentials – on a minimum wage income. Forget satellite TV, internet connection, food, cell phone, car insurance, car repair, gas prices, property taxes, yearly car registration fees, etc. – THERE IS NO WAY. That is why no one wants to know the working poor. It’s a devastating situation that affects not only you but everyone around you. It doesn’t matter that you spent your entire life working full time and honing your skill and experience – once that upper tier job is ripped out of your hands and tossed overseas to slave labor, indeed the entire career industry you’ve served diligently for decades – you are now POOR – and you can do nothing to save this situation, you can only scramble for your life to try and stay off the street doing whatever you can just to be able to eat once a day so you can think straight enough to keep brainstorming.

    The people who are jobless and still surviving well are doing it with DISABILITY payments, deserved or not. They also do it by having more and more children who DO qualify for assistance. Those who chose to retain their integrity, worked full time their entire lives, never asked for any help or freebies, saved what they could, and worked to improve their situations over a lifetime – THEY are the ones being trampled underfoot now. THEY are the ones who did everything right and STILL got dumped off the economic pier with a couple of cement shoes on for good measure by the Ivy League bean counters and pathologically feral globalist wolves and vultures.

    So what the heck happened? We are the stupid and careless ones who put our faith in the societal belief that if you worked hard, sacrificed, saved, and planned, you could not go wrong? I am sorry, sir, but we believed you and took these ethics seriously, and worked our tails off doing our part to keep the economy humming along – and now you will tell us that we were STUPID for it?

    Well maybe we were. I have relatives who got smarter 15 years ago and applied for their crazy checks when the getting was good. Some of them would have a new baby every time their youngest started school, so they could keep those benefits flowing. Those things disgusted me then, and they still disgust me. There’s one thing I can’t deny though – they are doing just fine in this economic downturn.

    It is the people who believed the American dream and WORKED for it, pulling their own weight, who are now being punished and impoverished in this nightmare landscape. There is no help available for them, not even short term. Believe me, I KNOW. So stop with the nonsense about the fat welfare lifestyle – THERE ISN’T ANY. It is not an option, does not exist, there is no safety net that will pay your doubled property taxes every year, or your doubled electric bill every month, or put gas in your car so you can even go to work to earn a minimum wage that will not pay your rent and utilities as it is, and will also lose you any chance to retain any food or other paltry assistance you were required to bow and scrape and utterly humiliate yourself to obtain in the first place.

    We are out here DROWNING and yes, dying, for LACK of safety nets that we should not even need in the first place. WE don’t want to steal anybody else’s wealth, why the heck do you think we worked our tails off our whole lives? We were working for our OWN benefit, but depraved and parasitical anti-human economic mobsters have reached into OUR pockets and divested us of EVERYTHING we have worked for – then turn around and blame US for letting it happen, call us stupid and lazy, lacking foresight and initiative BECAUSE IT NEVER OCCURRED TO US TO BE THIEVES AND CHARLATANS LIKE THEY ARE in preparing for a decent life of our own.

    What we really did not properly foresee was the utter depravity of some strata of the human family. That is not news to the depraved of course – they counted on that to enrich themselves dramatically. Freed of the bonds of regulation and devoid of scruples, they have quickly laid waste to our once-promising futures. That we did not see it coming is rather to our credit, I think, for whatever that is worth. Most of us could never conceive of being that selfish, cold-hearted and just plain sniveling evil toward our fellow humans in pursuit of wealth and power. Most of us would count the cost of human suffering too great to consider in such a pursuit, more is the woe to us – but there is nothing new under the sun, is there? Just like there are always those strata of irresponsible poor scammers, there are also always those strata of conniving elite who are far more dangerous to our freedoms, far more parasitical, far more welfare-prone and far more – dare we say it? – LAZY than your average garbage collector. Smart, maybe – but having turned their intelligence to self-gratifying theft and fraud, it’s hardly a quality the hard-working admire.

    There is only one solution as I see it, and that is for people of ALL strata who recognize the worth of genuine work and mutual economic benefit to pack together in any way they can, begin to pool their resources in creative ways, and brainstorm together about how to both survive and prosper by their own efforts. Most of us are still at the point where we’re just sitting up and shaking the stars out of our heads after the first globalist KO punch in the face, but we’ll recover. These wounds are going to sting for a while, that’s all. Non-parasitical humans have always been the solid foundation of every society and we are simply not that easy to permanently marginalize. We’ll be back, but it will be with no thanks to those who currently cheerlead for vulgarity, or have their blunt noses buried in the trough of ill-gotten gains already. There are better ways to do this, and we will find them.

    • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

      ‘There are lazy, deadbeat scammers out there who find every way they can to game the system, and they share the info among themselves. This is nothing new and has been going on forever…”
      UM, NO, IT MEANS THAT THEIR NUMBERS HAVE EXCEEDED THE REGULAR HONEST JOE’S NUMBERS.
      THAT MEANS THEY OUT NUMBER US UNTIL WE WAKE UP AND BAND TOGETHER!
      THAT MEANS THERE ARE MORE LIARS, CHEATS AND DEADBEATS GAMING THE SYSTEM THAT THERE ARE HONEST PEOPLE ABLE TO KEEP THEM IN CHECK!
      SO WE HAVE, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES A SYSTEM THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL, NO ONE CAN COUNT ON BEING HONEST SYSTEM, THAT NO ONE CAN POLICE! THAT BEING SAID, HOW ‘BOUT YOU GO AND BUY SOMETHING RIGHT NOW! GOOD LUCK IN KEEPING IT IN THE FUTURE!!

    • J67856

      Our only problems exist with the rich. Corporations, media, and politicians are all from the same cloth. They sleep together. They live together. And we need to end their life in a literal way. Crush corporations. Crush politicians. And best of all, completely crush the media. If they have no buildings to function in, they can’t function at all. Right? It’s not hard when the power of MANY do the crushing. Stop focusing on your own personal existence and start forming massive groups. Then see what power really is.

  • karen

    You know, maybe the saddest thing is that this was all predictable. All of it. In fact, it seems the only unpredictable thing left is how to individually deal with the future. On that, I feel clueless.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Latest Tropical Blob Isaac update:

    Looks like it’s gonna smack New Orleans, just like its big sister Katrina did 7 years ago to the day.

    The mainsteam, whoops, mainSTREAM media is drooling at the mouth, with sugarplum dreams of Katie Couric broadcasting live underwater from the bottom of Lake Pontchartain.

    Sorry, not buying it. Not taking the shiny bait. You’ve run into a smart bass here. Been through a couple of those bass fishing tournaments you humans have, and I haven’t been caught yet. Try the trout or catfish. They might just go for it.

    Okay, back on topic! But I’m going to try to still stay relevant here *sigh*

    Why did over 1,000 people die during Katrina in 2005?
    It didn’t HAVE to happen.
    Government incompetence? Lack of public transportation?
    No school buses for evacuees?
    Maybe. Don’t know. I don’t live in NOLA, and therefore I can’t criticize or condemn the mayor and governor of that city/state. I also can’t give a real comparison to other places or politicians, other than those here in Arizona, where I live. But it seems to me that what happened (is happening…??) in Louisiana is like an extreme debacle of government, rising up to the highest levels.

    Will they learn in the days ahead?
    Well…. if they are the average elected government Homo sapiens.. NO.

    (finally, as an aside: I visited NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) some 23 years ago. Loved the French Quarter. Even the German cockroaches (although none of them spoke German! Ha!!)

  • blah

    the name of the “rich kids of instagram” should have been called rich JAP’s and kikes of instagram

  • The Awakened

    For all of those part-time ‘christians’ who are somewhat fortunate, read Lazarus and the Rich Man. It’ll give a better perspective of how you should treat your fellow unfortunate man.

  • Thehyena

    I’ve figured out how to Rid myself of this crushing poverty and bills I can’t afford. Suicide. Yay

  • J67856

    This is what I have been talking about for the longest time. I come from a family where many have struggled their whole life. But I have two brothers who managed to do well for themselves. And the better off they are, the more they have forgotten their own parents. Our mother and father have grown old and are barely making it. All the while, my brothers have material junk sitting around their homes collecting dust that could easily pay my parent’s house payment. Money stinks. And the more you have, the more YOU stink. It believe in this strongly.

    There are indeed towns that think the whole world is like what they see every day. But the reality is that someone somewhere is suffering just so YOU can be well off. Its unethical to prosper financially. Because someone has to suffer for it. The ones who should be suffering are the ones who are causing the suffering. And that wont happen unless we storm their homes and businesses and drag them out in to the streets.

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