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From Good Jobs To Bad Jobs To No Jobs – The Tragic Downfall Of The American Worker

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There was a time in America when virtually anyone that wanted a job could go out and get one and the United States boasted the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world.  Sadly, those days are long gone.  Back in 1969, 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job.  But now there are millions of Americans in their prime working years that cannot find a job.  Millions of others are working low wage jobs or part-time jobs because that is all they can get.  The other day I went to a large retail store and I got into a conversation with the lady who was checking me out.  She said that she had worked professional jobs all her life, and that she had taken this job to tide her over as she searched for a new job, but now she had been there for two years with no end in sight.  I felt really bad for her, because she was obviously a sharp lady with a lot of skills.  But this is the new reality.  Good paying manufacturing and professional jobs are being replaced by low paying service jobs.  We are transitioning from an economy with plenty of good jobs to an economy with plenty of bad jobs.  The next stage in our transition will be to an economy where it seems like there are no jobs for anyone.  We are witnessing the tragic downfall of the American worker, and it is heartbreaking.

Many of our politicians insist that things are getting better for American workers, but that is simply not true.  Just look at the chart below.  Back at the start of 2008, the percentage of working age Americans with a job was sitting at about 63 percent.  Since then it has fallen below 59 percent and it has stayed there for over 3 years.  After every other recession in the post-World War II era the employment-population ratio has always bounced back.  That has not happened this time…

If this number was going to recover, it would have done so by now.  We are rapidly approaching the next major economic crisis and the percentage of working age Americans with a job is going to go even lower.

And our politicians are certainly not helping matters.  Many of the things that they have done are actually going to accelerate the loss of good jobs.  For example, as one small business owner recently pointed out, Obamacare is going to force businesses all over the United States to minimize the number of full-time workers they are using and replace them with part-time workers…

Here is what I am doing for the rest of the year — working with every manager in my company so that as of January 1, 2013, none of our employees are working more than 28 hours a week.   I think most readers know the reason — we have got to get our company under 50 full time employees or else I am facing a bill from Obamacare in 2014 that will be several times larger than my annual profit.  I love my workers.  They make me a success.  But most of my competitors are small businesses that are exempt from the Obamacare hammer.  To compete, I must make sure my company is exempt as well.  This means that our 400+ full time employees will have to be less than 50 in 2013, so that when the Feds look at me at the start of 2014, I am exempt.  We will have more employees working fewer hours, with more training costs, but the Obamacare bill looks like about $800,000 a year for us, at least, and I am pretty sure the cost of more training will be less than that.

This will be unpopular but tolerable to most of my employees.  The vast majority of them are retired and our company is merely an excuse to stay busy, work outdoors, and get a little extra money.

But this is going to be an ENORMOUS change in the rest of the service sector.  I have talked to a lot of owners of restaurants and restaurant chains, and the 40-hour work week is a thing of the past in that business.  One of my employees said that in Hawaii, it was all the hotel employees could talk about.   Many chains are working on mutli-team systems where two teams of people working part-time replace the former group of full-time employees.  2013 is going to see a lot of people (who are not paid very well to begin with) getting their hours and pay cut by 25%.  At the same time that they are required, likely for the first time since many are relatively young, to purchase health insurance.

How could we be so foolish?

Unfortunately, this is not something new.  Our economy has been replacing good jobs with bad jobs for quite some time.  If you can believe it, 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

Will nearly all of us eventually be working in fast food restaurants or stocking shelves at retail giants like Wal-Mart?

Amazingly, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.

No wonder our middle class is being absolutely destroyed.

At this point, wages as a percentage of GDP are at an all-time low in America.  As millions more good jobs are shipped out of the country, the competition for the remaining jobs will become incredibly fierce and that number will get even lower.

Many Americans that actually do have jobs right now find that they simply don’t make enough to take care of themselves and their families.  They are called “the working poor”, and their ranks are growing steadily.  Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the federal poverty level.

American households are getting poorer at a time when prices continue to rise.  Median household income in America has declined for four years in a row.  Overall, it has fallen by over $4000 during that time span.

But have the prices in the stores declined?

Of course not.

No wonder middle class families are feeling more financial stress than ever before.  A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 85 percent of middle class Americans say that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.

The transition from good jobs to bad jobs in our economy has been taking place for a very long time, and it is not going to be reversed overnight.  Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.  There are less tickets to the middle class than there used to be, but neither political party seems interested in stopping the flow of good jobs out of the country.

If we keep doing the same things that we have been doing, we will continue to get the same results.

When I was young, I was told that there would always be “good jobs” available for anyone that got a good education and that worked hard.

What a crock of baloney that turned out to be.

According to a paper that was recently released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all jobs in the United States qualify as “good jobs” at this point.

In a previous article, I detailed the three criteria that they used to define what a “good job” is….

#1 The job must pay at least $18.50 an hour.  According to the authors, that is the equivalent of the median hourly pay for American workers back in 1979 after you adjust for inflation.

#2 The job must provide access to employer-sponsored health insurance, and the employer must pay at least some portion of the cost of that insurance.

#3 The job must provide access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

More than 75 percent of all jobs in the U.S. today are not “good jobs”, and things are not looking promising for the future.

No wonder so many families are barely surviving these days.  Right now, approximately 77 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time.  That is a dreadful number.

But if you still do have a job, you should consider yourself to be fortunate.

There are millions upon millions of Americans out there without any job at all.

Did you know that 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed during 2011?

Hordes of fresh college graduates are entering the marketplace each year only to find that the good jobs that they were promised simply are not there.

And now it looks like things are getting even worse.  This week Citigroup announced that it plans to eliminate 11,000 jobs in an attempt to reduce costs.  But Citigroup is far from alone.  We have seen dozens of major layoff announcements since the election.  If you doubt this, just see this article and this article.

It is time to wake up and admit that our economy is in an advanced state of decline, that we need to quit shipping our jobs out of the country, and that what we are doing now is clearly not working.

If we are “the greatest economy on earth”, then why are approximately 48 percent of all Americans either considered to be “low income” or are living in poverty?

We need to return to the principles that our Founding Fathers founded this country on or else things are going to get a lot worse and people are going to get very, very angry.

Our politicians have been pitting different groups of people against one another and many of them have been blaming the wealthy for all of our problems.  Never before in my lifetime have I seen so much anger directed toward those that have money.  This anger is even being expressed in ways that you would not normally expect.  For example, the California Federation of Teachers recently produced a video that portrays wealthy people peeing on poor people.  That shocked me.

Eventually, all of this anger is going to lead to violence if we are not careful.  When the next major wave of the economic crisis strikes and unemployment gets significantly worse, I fear for what might happen.  I believe that it is very possible that we may see mobs of struggling people storm into wealthy neighborhoods and play “Robin Hood” with their possessions.

Instead of hating one another, we need to return to the principles that once made our economy so great.  Those principles would enable everyone to prosper.

Unfortunately, this country continues to turn away from those principles and hate and anger continue to grow.

If we continue down this path, the end result is going to be a complete and total nightmare.

It is possible to turn this economy around.  But we can’t do the same things that we have been doing.  We have to start making better decisions.

  • mleblanc138

    In my opinion, we as a nation need to go back to hard skills instead of soft skills. I will admit that when I was young, I thought I would grow up and work 9-5 in an office just like “everyone else.” Well, when your car has a problem or breaks down, are you going to call some paper pusher to come fix it? Of course not. Now consider that tons and tons of people have cars, and that at some point all of them require at least some kind of work and being or learning to be an Auto Mechanic starts to look pretty good. Unfortunately, no one field, such as Auto Repair is going to be able to absorb millions and millions of unemployed and underemployed. But it’s high time that we stop thinking of those that work with their hands as “stupid,” “lesser,” or “uneducated.”

    Small scale farming or gardening would be another very useful hard skill for a lot of this nation to learn. That is, assuming the government doesn’t make it illegal or hammer down on it with “code violations” and other such nonsense. And to think that 70 years ago during WWII, the government actually encouraged this nation to plant victory gardens.

    • Hambone

      More importantly, I think we need to be teaching these things to our kids. My wife and I are trying to do just that. We also home-school, which does make it easier.

      And even a small garden and a few chickens go a long way. If you haven’t done it, you might want think about it.

      • mleblanc138

        I was homeschooled grades 1-12 and did not fall for the college trap right after high school. I’m still only 23 and don’t have a house, so I won’t be able to have a garden or a few chickens, despite how much It makes sense. My only chance at a small garden is if that Topsy Turvy planter I heard about on TV actually works.

        • Ralfine

          Did you finish an apprenticeship?

          • mleblanc138

            I have no formal post secondary education. I have in the past year or so, learned a ton about our economy from this site and other sites though. In spite of my no post secondary education, I’m still doing as good as or better than 1 out of every 4 American workers, and of course with no student debt.

          • Ralfine

            Well, when I was 23 I had finished an appprenticeship, highschool and the army and the first year of university. The army got me a bit of money. And it helped a lot of course, that in communist countries education was free, and students got actuallly paid their living expenses.

            On the other hand, engineers didn’t get paid as much as workers. Anybody who studied did it just for the interest in it, and the cleaner hands.

        • davidmpark

          If you have ANY space that gets a minimum of 6 hours direct sunlight (or can add grow lights), a few buckets, a good water supply, soil and fertilizer, and some seeds – then you can have a garden anywhere! We have used windows with 1X8 cheap lumber shelves and grew a lot of salads and herbs. We still have our salad tree made from a 28″ plastic pot, a 1X6, and some stainless steel wire mesh. We grow beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes vertical and the beets, lettuce, spinach, and what not is down below.

          Use your creativity! As long as it fulfills the requirements above you can grow anything anywhere.

        • Ralfine

          In England people grow cannabis inside terraced houses. There are books out there that describe how to do that. OK, the retail price is a bit higher than herbs or veggies, but it is technically possible.

          But if you have a cheap light source like the sun, then you can dispense with the expensive lighting system.

          With a bit of time and tinkering and ingenuity you can grow stuff in the tiniest places.

          A friend of mine grows edible flowers on her rooftop, and sells the flowers to hotels and fancy restaurants to add to their fancy cocktails and desserts.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    I have also posted a new article about Detroit that many of you will enjoy…


  • In future, there will be only two jobs. One with Computer Skills and another Security. Our entire existence is moving towards Skynet, cyborg, tech thingy. If you do not have either of the skills, you will be terminated.

    Learn some computer skills or be in the military. These are the only choices left for humanity. I know both jobs sucks. If you research enough on work. All jobs are really digging your own grave. Thats the highest truth one must know.

    • MeMadMax

      Even now people with computer skills are slowly being phased out… I’m in the IT world as of right now… I’m into the hardware segment but it’s dang hard as everything is being sub contracted out… Companies are hiring other companies to remote manage their IT department, and whenever something breaks they temp hire someone to install the new hardware and it is reconfigured by the remote guys…. This pretty much throws out dedicated IT departments and in house help desk support. So, unless you are a programmer or artsy type web site guy, ur screwed…

      • Hambone

        Same here… I write software. My opportunities shrink daily, as companies look to outsource our jobs, especially to India and China. It’s funny, I recently learned that Indian companies who we outsource to actually outsource a lot of their work to China! Double-outsourcing. We may pay $17/hour to get the work done, and they’ll hire a company in China who does it for $5/hour.

        It’s hard to compete with companies that will do the work for $15/hour with no benefits and a workforce that can scale up or down on a moment’s notice.

  • People are slowly becoming obsolete.

    • Masterlock2020

      In the not-too-distant future, yes, people will be “obsolete”. But I can guarantee you the people in China are not having a a hard time finding jobs. That’s what happens when you enact laws that favor “free” trade. It’s called “factor price equalization.”

  • MeMadMax

    I remember even back in the late 90’s I could walk into ANY business and walk out an employee, ready to work the next day(or if I was really motivated, worked on the first day)…. Now, I have to trick some computer into picking my resume, take a phone interview, and if I was lucky enough to make it this far, get one of a series of face to face interviews… All for a 6 month contract temp job >_> If that… sometimes I would get a 3 day job… yes… 3 day sub contractor…. just to install a router… They won’t hire me full time… costs too much…

    • Ralfine

      In the UK you need to supply a full CV and three referrees to apply for a temp job for 2 hours.

    • Hambone

      This is so true… the automation of resume screening based on “keyword searches” has made getting that first face-to-face very difficult. I have been on both ends, the hiring and the seeking. It’s horrible that we’ve removed the human element from this, and we’ve compounded that error by inserting this useless layer of Human Resources “professionals” to determine which resumes we can see.

      Also, on the hiring end, in 2007 or so, hiring a temp was as easy as having the budget and picking a person. Now, it goes through the same process as hiring a perm. Our company leadership is learning from our government.

      So, to add bad news to bad news, for the people actually trying to hire, it’s just as bad.

    • The country just rejected the opportunity to elect a President who would create jobs and fix the economy. Instead, they elected a Food Stamp President. Now everyone has to live with that decision. If you think it’s bad now, wait until next year. If you are wondering who to blame, look in the mirror.

      • Jack Meoff

        You are 100% correct. Patriot statesman, Dr. Ron Paul, would have turned this around. Too late now.

        • Masterlock2020

          Yeah, too late indeed. It’s our own fault.

      • marvin nubwaxer

        i think that’s part of what the article is about–jobs, jobs, jobs=low pay, few benefits, no security. we rejected serving the rich as our “job” and voted for the person whose policies always support the poor and middle class.

        go away and do your prez bashing somewhere else.

        • Masterlock2020

          What ignorance.

        • juliathemechanic

          You think that dismantling industry, creating racial unrest, promoting religious intolerance, increasing government red tape and otherwise promoting full corporatism and fascism help the poor and middle class? Jeez. go back and read the Communist Manifesto and Das Capital. The point of Socialism is Communism. Communism is impossible for a Capitalist society without a fascist transition period. We’re in that fascist transition point. And who are you to tell anyone that their opinion is unwelcome on a public forum? Pretty close minded.

      • juliathemechanic

        Really? I didn’t vote for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate. Did you?

    • outtaworktoolong

      I feel for you. I just got laid off from such a job. It paid a whopping $11 an hour too

  • Olaf

    Micheal, great article!! It’s good to know that at least the minority of Americans can clearly see what’s happening!

    This is the funny thing about it all. With all this disparity of wealth & income happening; those who are at the bottom of the income strata start to demand distribution of wealth. Whether its government handout, tax cuts, etc. Although they should have a fair chance at making wealth for themselves, and be subservient on others. And this is where the blame game starts!! Then some clever politician comes up with some idiotic theory like….Trickle Down Economics!! And the masses buy it, even when it’s proven that it’s a flawed theory.

    But the thing is, these people don’t demand equality of INTELLIGENCE first. The ones that are more intelligent than the average man is aware of the art of “exploitation”, and so much more. Now it doesn’t exactly mean that smart people are inherit-ally better than others, but they dam well understand the game. Look, this is how elitism starts. Elitism (the ruling class, etc) has always been around throughout history. And know they’re getting really cocky, talking about a “New World Order” right in people’s faces on TV. Dam, they’re like mafia now! And it seems there will always be people wanting to be dominated
    by the elites, Democrats & Republican; it’s what modern day politics is about, right?

    The “opportunists” at the top are accumulating way too much wealth, look at some data and you’ll know. They manipulate interest rates, do tax evasions, laundering DRUG money through financial markets, put a spin on things through public relations, control various sources of media & push false info, create false pre-texts for war, lobby the congress like it’s nothing, create some industrial complex like the military one, or college, and it goes on.

    But in the end, what’s a Shepard (elite) without his sheep (the masses)?! The majority of people are getting fooled very easily, but it’s mainly their fault. This has to be constantly remembered, because the others are all around and they are befooling you in such subtle manners. And now the others have more power than ever. Through advertisement, through radio, through newspapers, through television, the others
    are manipulating the gullible. AND In America, the whole market depends on how you can befool the customer, how you can create an idea in the minds of others. Geez, it’s like people are getting HYPNOTIZED nowadays. rofl

    BTW, what do you guys think of the new “Big Brother” America? It’s already here, and some NSA whistleblower said the NSA is taking their job seriously. Man, I’m gonna have to leave this country in a few years 🙁

  • 2Gary2

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth. Time for the rich to buy peace. The 6 walmart heirs now have a combined wealth of over 100 billion but we tax payers are subsidizing them by having all their employees on food stamps and medicaid. WTF?

    • Ralfine

      You elect your lawmakers. You have nobody to blame but yourself.

      The majority of Americans are not interested at alll in Change and don’t vote in the first place. Of the rest, 90% vote for the status quo – either Democrats or Republicans. The Democrats spending more money for wars to spread “Democracy” all over the world, and the Republicans reducing the tax for those profiteering from defense contracts.

    • Hambone

      While I notionally disagree that taxing the wealthy more is the end-all (they are taxed more heavily than anyone else in this country already), your comment about Wally World does resonate with me.

      I was talking to a lady the other day who used to run a family farm and a farmer’s market, and she left it about four years ago to get her degree and try something else. She said the primary catalyst was the new Wally World they built. I live in semi-rural Northern Indiana, and this is the first Wally within an hour’s drive in the area. She said people who came to her market would comment that they can get the same flowers/produce/whatever, at Wally for half the price.

      There is no doubt that Wally Worlds and their ilk are destroying family businesses. Those everyday low prices have a price of their own that most people, unfortunately, do not see.

      I am a conservative. I believe in the free market. I never shop at Wally World. I am seeing a growing number of people who feel the same as I do. I hope that number increases before it’s too late.

  • 2Gary2

    The conservatives want to focus on welfare for the poor when in reality it is corporate welfare and welfare for the rich that is the bigger problem.

  • 2Gary2

    Why is it OK to have single payer for the big banks but not for the average persons healthcare?
    Tax the wealthy to keep us healthy.

    Oh and Michael–the scum bag companies like papa johns are tanking due to the founders comments about obamacare. Papa johns pizza is crap anyway.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      2Gary2: Crap it is. I refuse to eat Papa John’s, Domino’s or any of the other corporate garbage that passes for “pizza.” I’d much rather support small businesses and spend my money at some of the great mom-and-pop pizzerias we have here in Philly. In the words of Gerald Celente, “break the chains that are keeping us chained.”

  • mainstreeteconomist

    The tragic downfall of the American worker is an engineered event.

    (1) Destroy the American Middle Class.
    (2) Bankrupt the US Government.
    (3) Concentrate global wealth in the bank accounts of multinational corporations.
    (4) Bail out and take over the US Government.
    (5) Finish implementing the New World Order.

    Under the New World Order, the US population will become smaller.

    (1) The US government will become smaller and employ fewer workers.
    (2) The US industrial base will become smaller and employ fewer workers.
    (3) Useless Eaters will no longer be supported by food stamps, medicare, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.

    • Ralfine

      Yes, of course. The maker created this world and he keeps engineering it.

      But he is also there to give you hope.
      So don’t worry. It is all as he wants it to be.

      And never question things as they are. If you are poor, it is your karma or fate.

      Accept your life and your death and don’t bother the wealthy.

    • outtaworktoolong

      Anybody who doesn’t believe the Middle Class is being systemically destroyed is a fool

  • TN Volunteer

    I hurt for the 22-30 year old college graduates. A good education no longer guarantees a good job. Today one must be a smart entrepreneur or at least land a service related part-time job. In that part-time (non-retail) job prove yourself first; acquaint the hiring manager/small business owner of your other multiple talents; and propose to him/her ways your other skill levels might truly benefit the company financially.

  • richard


    • Ralfine

      These companies wouldn’t make the profit if you wouldn’t buy their products.

      But – how often do you check where your shopping was produced?

      I try to reduce Made in China, if I have the choice. Coconut Milk I prefer from the Philippines, for example. Meat, fruits and veggies should be locally produced.

      This also brings me closer to seasonal food. I rediscovered root veggies this way.

      Swedes might be tough to cut, but when coooked they are delicious and soft.

      Most of our furniture is repaired of what other people have thrown away, or bought from charities.

      • Hambone

        I don’t buy products made in China either, but it sure is difficult to find them.

        • Mark

          Sometimes you have to go to a different source to find items made in the USA. I bought my daughter a 6 qt dutch oven on line last week as a gift. I looked at Macy’s and they had two brands in stock, both made in China. I bought one made by Lodge, made in the USA and it cost less that the ones made in China. I had it shipped to her house a few states away and the shipping was free of charge.The quality of the Lodge brand is better than the ones made in China. We have had the same model of dutch oven for many years and it has held up well.

          • Ralfine

            Why not buy a dutch oven made in Holland?

        • Ralfine

          I got us that laptop some years ago. It was the last of its kind in the shop and it was a shop model, used and a bit dirty.

          Windows Vista. But we use it only for Internet and ripping dvds to memory sticks to watch on tv. We don’t like the cables. They are a tripping hazard.

          So, when Windows 8 came out it was a sign to finally upgrade, as the laptop was becoming slower and more buggy.

          Now it runs on Ubuntu. That also solves the problem of the pirated software – no need.

          Next step: backup the desktop and trash it.

      • richard


        • Ralfine

          In Coventry a new shop just opened, that only sells products made in Coventry. It’s just handmade stuff but it’s an interesting idea.

          The factory where I did my appprenticeship had a factory outlet, where you could buy stuff directly without having to involve a trader.

          Now you find “factory outlets” in some fancy shopping mall, where half the product price is actually shop rent.

      • juliathemechanic

        Swedes tend to be athletic and hard to catch, even if they are yummy. Easier just to buy their meatballs.

  • Ralfine

    Maybe the American Worker should spend less energy defending the fat cats and more energy fighting for his own rights?

  • Ralfine

    The USA have more prisoners than any other country in the world – 1/4 of the world’s prisoners are imprisoned in the US.

    And since private prisons became profitable, the number of prisoners has risen.

    Private prisons spend millions to ensure prisons remain full.

    Want to have a job as a slave – go to prison.
    Want to have a job getting killed – join the navy.
    Want to have a job getting disfigured – test some medicine.

    But be careful. Instead of getting to prison you might get shot or tasered by a trigger happy policeman, and end up in a coma; if you are lucky.

  • chilller

    You really need to get rid of the Victoria Secret ads Michael. I find them annoying…they are working full time…

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse


      Those ads are not specific ads that I am running. They are just what the Google algorithim thinks that you want to see. One of the reasons I use Google is because they are the most “family friendly” ad network, but of course they are not perfect either.

      Most of the time Google will bring up ads on this site that have to do with economic stuff, financial stuff or emergency food, but no algorithim is going to be perfect.


    • El Pollo de Oro

      If Michael T. Snyder’s sites can make some money from advertising in this desperately miserable economy, more power to him.

    • 2Gary2

      use firefox with ad block plus and you will NEVER see an ad again on the net

  • Jodi

    Like I said recently in one of your articles, I just accepted a job for 30 hours a week. They told me in my interview that they would like me to go full-time eventually but they are waiting to see what Obamacare is going to do. Small businesses are truly worried. It’s sad!

    • Ralfine

      30 hours is fine. Add to that 4 hours each day for travelling to and from work, and you’ll be happy to see your kids each day instead of just every other week. With the expected unpaid overtime to help the boss pay off his new 6000 sqft mansion you’ll probably do 40-60 hours a week anyway.

  • Syrin

    GOOD !!!

    The American zombie idiots voted for MORE OF THIS !!! ENJOY IT MORONS !!!

    • sharonsj

      Where were you when the Republicans said deficits don’t matter? Where were you when Bush promoted two wars and a drug program with money borrowed from China? I bet you were too busy blaming the “socialist” to notice….

  • …and that is why, we the bankers running the City of London and the Federal Reserve, the power behind the NWO and the Illuminati, are asking you, the filthy wogs out there, to help us by decreasing your surplus population.

  • Washington76

    Government costs to much and taxes to much, and spends to much, and needs to be immediately cut down in SIZE!!!

    Americans Are The Most Spied On People In World History More Spying On Citizens than in Stasi East Germany Global Research, December 05, 2012

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Michael T. Snyder’s prediction that “we may see mobs of struggling people storm into wealthy neighborhoods and play ‘Robin Hood’ with their possessions” is spot on. That’s what I’ve been saying all along. That’s what Gerald Celente, Alex Jones, Paul Craig Roberts and Chris Hedges have been saying: when people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it. I’ve been saying all along that as the gap between the haves and have-nots goes from bad to worse in The Banana Republic of America (formerly Les Etas Unis) and the country slides deeper and deeper into the Third World abyss, you’re going to see an explosion of Third World crime in the BRA. Desperate people do desperate things, and the affluent in the BRA will need 24/7 armed bodyguard protection in the BRA just as the affluent need 24/7 armed bodyguard protection in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Colombia and other high-crime countries. But even armed bodyguards don’t guarantee your safety in a banana republic. There’s so much poverty, so much corruption, so much desperation and so much lawlessness in those countries that armed bodyguards (like cops) often get paid off by the kidnappers, carjackers
    and violent home invaders.

    Here’s how The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax (DPDDTT) typically goes down:

    1. A Colombian businessman in an affluent area of North Bogotá (the upscale part of town) makes seven figures and hires armed bodyguards to protect his family from kidnappers, carjackers, and violent home invaders.

    2. Desperately poor people in the shantytown slums of South Bogotá (the not-so-upscale part of town) get sick of their miserable, hopeless lot in life and become professional kidnappers. They kidnap the businessman’s wife, demand a huge ransom and cut
    off one of her fingers to show they mean business.

    3. The businessman won’t call the cops because he fears the cops might be working with the thugs who kidnapped his wife (he might be right). Businessman pays the ransom.

    4. Wife comes home minus a finger, assuming the kidnappers don’t kill her.

    “A lot of times, prosperity makes people very, very lackadaisical. They wear like it is a protective cloak, when really, it brings the
    wolves.”—Alex Jones

    “When people get hungry and desperate, things get ugly. And I’ll tell you where it’s really going to get ugly: crime is going to go to levels we’ve never seen before.” —Gerald Celente

    “Ross Perot was right, and it’s time to end this free trade insanity.”—Thom Hartmann

    Third World horrors are what the BRA signed on for when it stupidly ignored the warnings of Ross Perot and embraced the nightmare of globalism. God help The Banana Republic of America, land of the corrupt and home of the desperate.

    • Ralfine

      I believe that cause for the trouble for the businessman was not free trade, but the fact that he didn’t pay his workers enough.

      If you take care of your workers, they will take care of the business.

      It’s just as easy as that.

      And yes, they spread the word, and when you are looking for more employees they recommend the company to their friends and family. And happy workers are more likely to be friendly and helpful to customers.

      When the boss is greedy, they tell eeveryone to stay away. And they will look the other way, when the boss’ car breaks down on the highway.
      And at work their only thought is on how and where to find another job, how to get the most out of this company without getting caught, etc.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        One thing that’s really sick is when some of these companies will leave the BRA and move to Mexico to take advantage of the cheap labor, then decide that minimum-wage workers in Mexico are too costly and leave Mexico for Guatemala because the minimum wage in Guatemala is even lower (Guatemala’s minimum wage is equivalent to about $2 an hour). But the fatcats who take advantage of the terrible working conditions in those countries often get a rude awakening when they get kidnapped at gunpoint and realize how bitterly the DPDDTT collectors hate them. I have no sympathy whatsoever for American fatcat CEOs who move to a banana republic like Guatemala and end up paying the DPDDTT; they should have thought of that before stabbing American workers in the back.

  • haselcheck

    Don’t worry….Public Service Jobs and their Pensions will bring up the average wage rate….

  • james chadden




  • We have strayed from self reliance and connecting with the land. The modern life just isn’t cutting it anymore. We all need to (try) and grow our own food and support all our local farmers. Those guys are the salt of the earth! And by all means do some stocking, so you can eat until that garden grows. Squeeze the elites and their system out and put the Lord’s system back in! If we do it (His) way again, He will bless it and make it prosper.

  • Strangewalk

    It’s an all too familiar syndrome. First a poverty stricken labor base whose hope for something better motivates them to strive. When a level of comfort is achieved, then follows drudgery, a feeling that there has to be more, something is missing. After that comes decadence along with envy, and great efforts to get always more and oftentimes something for nothing. It’s always the same, great nations and empires rot from within, and the culprit is always bad leadership. Government has always been the real enemy of the people, and why is this? Because governments are comprised of people, so that the only genuine hope for a lasting solution is theocracy–government by God, or as it’s expressed in scripture, ‘The Kingdom of God’.

  • TruckerMark

    “After every other recession in the post-World War II era the
    employment-population ratio has always bounced back. That has not
    happened this time…If this number was going to recover, it would have done so by now. We are rapidly approaching the next major economic crisis and the percentage of working age Americans with a job is going to go even lower”

    Not true actually. If we consider the 1979-1983 recession as a double-dip recession, much of our manufacturing sector did not substantially recover after the worst of the 1979-80 first portion of that recession ended. In my old hometown of metro-Detroit, we lost several hundred thousand jobs in the auto industry and at its suppliers alone during that recession, plus a civilian economic spinoff factor of 1.5 to 2.0, which means close to one million lost jobs in an urban area then with a metropolitan gross population of 4.5 million.

    Moreover, recovery was very slow, with the unemployment rate locally staying in the double-digits for two years afterward and even in the high single-digit range right through the 1990-91 recession under Bush Sr, which then spiked the unemployment rate into the high double digit range. Full recovery to 1977 standards did not occur until a couple of years into President Clinton’s first term in office.

    Worse yet, similar economic dislocation occurred all across the major cities of the southern Great Lakes region during that time period. Buffalo, Cleveland, and Chicago were all hit hard, as was the steel industry in Pittsburgh and the smaller cities of the Mahoning River Valley too. Here is an amazing statistic for you: In 1970 the city of Youngstown, OH had a population of 170,000, and in 2010 that number had fallen to 66,000. My question is, based on that statistic, when did Youngstown enjoy any economic recovery following the start of the 1979-80 recession? Remember that the other small cities surrounding Youngstown, Canfield, Sharon, Struthers, and Warren are almost as bad-off economically too.

    Take a look at what happened from an economic standpoint to Akron, Canton, Massilon, Toledo, or to a bunch of smaller former manufacturing cities nearby too as they all lost huge numbers of middle-class manufacturing jobs while home prices cratered and life-savings were destroyed. Perhaps study the average human cost in terms of higher crime rates and the incidence of substance abuse, divorce, spousal abuse, and child abuse too. What has happened to the infrastructure necessary to support any kind of manufacturing revival?

    We will eventually get some of our jobs back after world oil reserves are exhausted by 2060-2070, and then if we want anything it will have to be produced locally. Unfortunately, after oil-based fuel prices explode through the roof by 400-800% by 2040, our economy will also crash by as much as 10% annually too, which will play h*ll with our continuing ability to service our national debt. Thankfully by 2040 I’ll be 83 if I’m still around, but the rest of you had better make plans today while times are still good for that monsoon that’s coming, when if you are lucky enough to have a job, don’t expect any more than minimum wage no matter what you know of who you know either!!!

  • mainstreeteconomist

    If you want a job, learn to speak Spanish!

    • Ralfine

      Or Chinese.

      China is looking for any kind of specialist.

      The salary won’t be very high, but you don’t need to buy guns and ammo. Your wife and kids can walk the streets at night and the only danger they will face is that the subway shuts down at 9pm, and they are run over by one of the silent and light-less electric motorbikes on the sidewalk.

      You probably won’t find work as a sociologist either, but with a bit of luck and language skill you might one day head the local office of Wal-Mart in Inner Mongolia.

  • the number I don’t hear anywhere is what employees will have to pay, per employee, to have them insured. I just hear what the fines will be. will the insurance cost more than 2000 dollars a month? it will be interesting to see what happens with this.

  • Jack Meoff

    Read the book “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” (available free online, google it). We are a communist country. The graduated income tax was one of Karl Marx’s 10 planks of communism. The transition is nearly complete. welkom to Amerika, comrade.

    • Ralfine

      Nice to hear a voice from North Korea, Jack.

      Say, you really speak good English. Are you one of the privileged that are allowed to travel the world and black markets?

  • energizedmortal

    a world war, super natural disaster, or alien invasion would fix things overnight

  • And what even worse so many ads on CL want Interns and they expect you to do real work….that violates labor laws but Obewanna doesn’t care……unless you are Illegals then you get free lawyers ..

    Don’t you think us older people would work for free or low pay for a few weeks just to get a recent job on the resume…sure we all would….then the next employer cant discriminate based on long term unemployment

  • We were told this would happen LONG before. Ross Perot, at least, was right and he wasn’t the only one. Our fearless leaders ignored EVERYTHING and did what they wanted. That process hasn’t stopped. A genuine governance housecleaning is in order and re-investment in our own economy and manufacturing capacity necessary. There isn’t much time left to change our ways.

  • Captainorin

    The total collapse of the U.S. Economic system is to far down the road to stop. The Fed is spending billions in 2012 & 2013 to buy securities at $45 billion a month. In 2012 they spend $600 billion to shore up the economy. It doesn’t work…… Japan has been in a free fall for 15 years and they have tried to buy their way out and it doesn’t work. The real reason is more than half of all spending is on wasted military equipment.Greedy defense contractors who have encouraged or made the U.S. Government go to war so they can sell their war supply goods. By 2020 there will by no U.S.A. as we now know it. Hey look at the bright side, there will not be any more fat people walking around.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    people have jobs because they can do the jobs machine won’t do.

  • outtaworktoolong

    It’s a bald faced LIE that corporations claim they cannot find “skilled” workers. I am 48 and have a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, a B.Sc. in Computer Science, and a B.Sc. in Economics. In my mid 20’s, I had no problem finding exceptional jobs, paying a bit over $100 K a year. So I got a house and two cars and have no debt, which is a damn good thing. In the past 6 years I have been downsized from my great job, to a job paying $48K a year, to a job paying $21 K a year, to now working part time for $11 an hour – and I JUST got my layoff notice and severance! I would never tell a high school graduate to go into debt to get a degree that will NOT get them a job. We are screwed

    • Joe.I.T

      Thank You for saying this.
      I’m in I.T. and while I still have work, I still see the middle-aged men scrounging for work as they are BEING REPLACED BY 25-YEAR OLDS FROM GUESS WHAT COUNTRY..
      and the Business Leaders say THEY NEED MORE H1-B’s …who is kidding who?!!?

  • F it

    Why did I read this, now I feel like I’m in an even more helpless state. College, “good job”, laid off… I lost my job at the end of 2008. I’ve had 3 low-paying temporary part-time jobs since. I’ve had under a dozen interviews, but nothing came of them. Home Depot didn’t even call me.
    I refer to the “Employment” section of the newspaper as the suicide section, because every time I look over it I feel like pushing a slug into my brain.
    If this is only the beginning, I honestly won’t make it. I have considered robbing drug dealers. Sad…

  • Brian

    I haven’t been able to find stable work since 2009.

    I’m living in my dad’s 10’x’5 dining room. I can build and repair computers, edit photo/video/graphics, I’ve worked in restaurants, offices, and a metal fabrication shop, have a clean criminal background and driving record, but can’t even get a call back from McDonald’s. I’ve got an entire video series on my YouTube channel about it (Network126). I was also interviewed on RT News back in 2011 (“Unemployed 99er speaks out”).

    I get so jaded and depressed.

  • Burnerjack

    All wealthy people and all political leaders from dictator to president all have ONE thing in common: The wellspring of ALL their wealth and power is YOU. Just think for one minute what would happen if all over the globe, for one day, NOBODY, ANYWHERE bought ANYTHING. No fuel, no food, no clothing. NOTHING. What would happen after three days? Sure there would be a pent up demand, etc. but the shock wave to the system would be incredible! Couple that with a “sick out”. Financial chaos ensues. The most fearful event would not be the financial fallout but the sudden awakening of the Masses. This is the most feared event of all.

  • Ames Tiedeman

    Until we decide to produce what we consume the situation will remain bleak. Look at the period 1946 to 1970. Some years we had the real unemployment rate as low as 2.1%

  • juliathemechanic

    Barack Obama, the Marxist wunderkind has managed to destroy the economy and correspondingly, the job market of of one of the most incredible economic powerhouses on the planet. His handlers must be so proud.

  • juliathemechanic

    So you think that Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, George Soros, Barack Obama and most congressmen and senators are sociopaths and idiots? Well. I’m in full agreement. Most people with money who are not politicians and criminals have actually worked hard to succeed and rarely have time to rest on their laurels. Unlike Maria Gabriela Chavez, daughter of Hugo, who was just named the richest woman in Venezuela. With wealth totaling 4.2 billion and a political appointment as a U.N. ambassador, she might easily be correlated to her American counter-part, Chelsea Clinton, who has been appointed to every job she’s ever held. She is worth only $15 million at this point, but give her time – Socialism is a wonderful way for corrupticrats to get filthy rich.

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