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Getting Worse: 40 Undeniable Pieces Of Evidence That Show That America Is In Decline

Is America in decline?  That is a very provocative question.  I have found that most people that hate the United States are very eager to agree that America is in decline, while a lot of those that love the United States are very hesitant to admit that America is in decline.  Well, I am proud to be an American, but I cannot lie and tell you that America is doing just fine.  The pieces of evidence compiled below are undeniable.  Our economy is deathly ill and is rapidly getting worse.  We were handed the keys to the greatest economic machine in the history of the world and we have wrecked it.  But until we are willing to look in the mirror and admit how bad things have gotten, we won’t be ready for the solutions that are necessary.  The truth is that there are things that we can do to reverse the decline.  It does not have to be permanent.  We have gotten away from the things that made America great, and we need to admit that we are on the wrong path and start fixing this country.  But if we choose to continue down the road that we are currently on, it will lead us into the darkest chapters in American history.

The following are 40 undeniable pieces of evidence that show that America is in decline….

#1 Back in 1985, 11 million vehicles were sold in America.  In 2009, only 5.4 million vehicles were sold in America.

#2 In 1990, the median age of a vehicle in the United States was just 6.5 years.  Today, the median age of a vehicle in the United States is approximately 10 years.

#3 The average price of a gallon of gasoline in 2011 has been $3.50.  That is a new all-time record.  The previous record was $3.24 in 2008.

#4 The average American household will have spent an astounding $4,155 on gasoline by the time the year is over.

#5 The number of children in the United States without a permanent home has increased by 38 percent since 2007.

#6 A decade ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult.  By 2010, the United States had fallen to seventh.

#7 The U.S. tax code is now more than 50,000 pages longer than it used to be.

#8 American 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all advanced nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#9 The United States once had the highest proportion of young adults with post-secondary degrees in the world.  Today, the U.S. has fallen to 12th.

#10 After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#11 The student loan default rate has nearly doubled since 2005.

#12 Our economy is not producing nearly enough jobs for our college graduates.  The percentage of mail carriers with a college degree is now 4 times higher than it was back in 1970.

#13 Our infrastructure was once the envy of the world.  Today, U.S. infrastructure is ranked 23rd.

#14 Since December 2007, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation.

#15 Since the year 2000, incomes for U.S. households led by someone between the ages of 25 and 34 have fallen by about 12 percent after you adjust for inflation.

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

#17 In all, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

#18 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#19 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry was actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#20 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent.

#21 The television manufacturing industry began in the United States.  So how many televisions are manufactured in the United States today?  According to Princeton University economist Alan S. Blinder, the grand total is zero.

#22 The U.S. trade deficit with China in 2010 was 27 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#23 The Economic Policy Institute says that since 2001 America has lost approximately 2.8 million jobs due to our trade deficit with China alone.

#24 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#25 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.

#26 The size of the economy in India is projected to surpass the size of the U.S. economy by the year 2050.

#27 One prominent economist believes that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#28 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#29 Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty.  Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#30 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans dropped into poverty.  That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#31 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.7% of all Americans are living in “extreme poverty”, and that is the highest level that has ever been recorded before.

#32 The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010.  In the UK and in France the child poverty rate is well under 10 percent.

#33 As I wrote about the other day, since 2007 the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.

#34 A staggering 48.5% of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits.  Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.

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

#36 Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by a staggering 178 percent.

#37 Today, the “too big to fail” banks are larger than ever.  The total assets of the six largest U.S. banks increased by 39 percent between September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2011.

#38 Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the U.S. dollar has lost over 95 percent of its purchasing power.

#39 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

#40 The U.S. national debt is now nearly 15 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

Sadly, most Americans are not fired up about turning this country around.  Way too many of them realize that things are getting worse, but they have “checked out” and are just going through the motions of life.

A perfect example is posted below.  In this video, a FedEx delivery guy just chucks a computer monitor over somebody’s fence….

Can you believe he did that?

The sad thing is that the guy was actually home at the time and all the FedEx employee needed to do was ring the bell.

This is the kind of attitude that is killing America.

We all need to start caring again.  We all need to start taking pride in what we do.  We all need to start working hard again.  We all need to make sure that we are living with a sense of personal integrity.

When a nation simply does not care anymore, even a con man can become president.

During a recent 60 Minutes interview, Barack Obama said that only 3 presidents in U.S. history accomplished more than he did during the first two years of his presidency….

“The issue here is not going be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do.”

He had to be joking, right?

Sadly, he was not joking.

But it is not just Barack Obama.  The truth is that both political parties are absolutely littered with con men, charlatans and corrupt politicians.

It is going to be up to the American people to get educated about how bad things have really gotten, to start demanding solutions, and to start voting much better people into positions of authority.

If dramatic changes are not made, our economy will continue to get worse and the decline of America will continue to accelerate.

We cannot stay on this road my friends.

It is only going to lead to a total nightmare.

Please share this information as widely as possible, and please try to wake up as many of your fellow Americans as you can while there is still time.

  • steve

    The Senate just cut off unemployment extensions tonight!

    This January people will not have any income!
    Back in the 1930’s people used to kidnap rich people, they where dead broke1

    Nowdays they just “shoot and take”. Do the 1%’ers think they will be that much better off?

    • Colin

      Steve,

      That was the House that cut off unemployment extensions. The Senate passed the bill last Friday.

      The House is under the direction of the Tea Party Republicans who blame the poor for the country’s malaise. They are attempting to set a precedent where entitlements are means tested, and, if successful, only the deepest of the poor will get aid.

      If there is no progress, the economy will suffer as well. The prevailing thought among some is that some of the Republicans view a recovering economy as a bad thing because this helps President Obama, a man they are set on removing from office.

      • Highspeedloafer

        Thats pure rubbish Colin.

        Ya, like the supposed tax cut the MS media keeps touting as a Repub failure. It’s not a “tax cut” it’s robbing the SS Trust and having homeowners who refi of purchase in the future have a 30 year tax blend in with their payments to pay for it. This is absurd! A true tax cut would be from the Fed Tax not the FICA/SS Tax that is supposed to go to one’s retirement. What a joke this country is becoming, playing with words to convince those that have not against those that used to have against those that will never have against those that used to have. What a bunch of BS. We are in deep trouble my friends and have been for a long time. You need to get your democratic heads out of those donkeys butts.

    • Gary2

      One of the better posters EL Pollo calls this the desperate people doing desperate things tax. He explains it better than I can. Maybe he can summarize this for us again?

    • Steve

      Most of the 1%ers are public government employees with everything guarenteed forever.

      • sharonsj

        The 1% are the super rich, the banksters, the hedge fund managers, and the Walton family. They are not public employees–which include school teachers and postmen. Last time I looked, most teachers were paid crap and the post office was being screwed into bankruptcy by Congressional rules. Why don’t you read some books before you spout the Republican line?

        • Gary2

          sharonsj-republicans can’t read!

    • http://YAHOO RICHARD

      IF STEVE IS RIGHT ABOUT THEM CUTTING OFF UNEMPLOYMENT INS. IT WON’T BE LONG BEFORE THE S.H.T.F.

  • http://stephan.sugarmotor.org Stephan Wehner

    I think the keyword is “structural deficit.”

    Good luck!

  • Robert

    Concerning #2, vehicles are both more expensive and last longer than they use to.

  • Imaplaneiac

    The FedEx guy possibly had ” training ” with the US Postal Dis-Service? I long ago gave up my magazine subscriptions; as the careless buffons at the Postal Dis-Service ROUTINELY mishandled and multilated my ” mags “! My findings have been that they can’t properly handle ANY mail larger than small envelopes / letters! Or perhaps he was a ( airport )” Ramp Rat ” who learned how to mishandle cargo and mutilate passenger’s baggage! For the past several years, I’ve had and have to micro-manage nearly EVERY business transaction; due to incompetent and or careless employees who couldn’t care less about the quality of their product or ” service “!? RARELY do I encounter competent and professional business employees! And just yesterday, I spoke with a lady who works at my local China ( formerly Home ) Depot who told me that three out of four young people who apply for employment at that store quit within a month! Some don’t even make it through initial company indoctrination / training! She told me that they have little or no ambition or motivation! BTW, Michael, I gave her your two web addresses – as well as Debtwall.org and inflation.us – after I had alerted her to the REAL and perilous status of Amerika! Finally, she told me that when she ordered company uniforms ( for her use ) she found that they were made overseas! Can’t recall if she told me … Vietnam or Malaysia.

    • Michael

      Thank you for spreading the word to one more person. :)

      There have been so many people that have helped spread the word about this site. I am so thankful for that. It only takes a few moments to share these articles by email, on Facebook or on Twitter, but it is a huge help.

      Thank you to all of you!

      Michael

    • Gary2

      who couldn’t care less about the quality of their product or ” service

      What do you expect when companies care so little about their employees that they pay poverty wages all the while telling them how important they are to the companies success. Do you really think someone would care ? the rot starts at the top.

      I think I need to go drop a job creator in the toilet.

  • Cyrus

    Speechless.

  • DaytoDay

    Yea, I really believe things are getting worse.

    One of the biggest indications for me, is how many people are rising against college. I mean, for years, college was painted as the “Gateway” into a middle class life. Now, I am seeing more and more people speak out against college, of course their are those who still find it useful and valuable, however, I find more and more people think that college is a waste of money and a scam…

    So, no, I do not have high hopes for 2012, by 2013, an average college degree will cost 30k a year, and I think 50k a year for college is the red mark. because, who is going to go 6 figures into debt, to make 25-40k a year??? At interest rates set so high, your student loan debt is virtually un-payable…While assuming you will even find a “Decent” paying job to begin with…

    In the end, a college degree is slightly more lucrative than minimum-wage, when you take into account the gigantic student loan payments plus interest.

    In my opinion, a college degree would only be worth it financially, if you were to make 70-100k and with the rising cost of college tuition and the continue decline of the economy, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that paying in 100k and getting back 30k is not a good investment…

    And so, if we get to the point to where, a college degree has become a universal joke, due to cost, then I don’t see the economy lasting much longer.

    Thanks Michael, Good Post!

  • Rancher

    I bet that is an import car in the picture ;-)

    Hey I am in total disagreement on your opinion those who hate America see it failing and those that love it see it doing well BS. I do not like folks speaking for others let alone me. Michael…I try to be a realist not a kool aid drinker. From my perch we are in deep chit regardless of what name you want to put on this Country. Call us XYXXC Country. We are still screwed.

    Those that keep preaching we are doing well and are a country destined to be the greatest… well they need better drugs is all I can say. We could be but not the way we are going now.

    I see a major divide forming within this nation. I could care less about the world at large… Your point that 15 year old’s rank below half in the world is fine but… I refuse to be put into the same class or bus with lousy druggies, drop outs, gang bangers and other low life’s who ruin their lives in such a wealthy country full of education, heath and promise. They deserve what they get and are sadly creating a whole other class of humans within this nation.

    You know the folks with baggie pants half way down their butt checks, metal piercing over and their bodies, tattoos (body art) covering them, strange hair, some expensive cell phone thing in hand and ears with electronics plugged in and otherwise ugly people … one can not help but foresee such low scores in math and so on.

    This growing entitlement mental illness population is no more my fault than me and others not going that route is their fault or their responsibility.

    I will and do agree with many of your perspectives and forecasts I do differ in not lingering in all the what ifs you even admit will go nowhere. Rather I focus my life and perfect workable answers and plans with results to weather said up coming mass failures and social unrest. I have little faith in a man made self correction here even though I hope for it. I do believe we will go through some real backwards times and many will perish. I have no idea what will emerge as there are always way more issues hidden out there none of us ever realized.

    I do not wish this country to fail or crumble. I rather like my glass or two of evening wine and the warm wood stove’s dancing flame light across the log walls here. We put in a honest days work out here on our spread and would like to see the peace and calm stay in place. But remember we are realists here so we also know better… I also will defend myself from wealth redistribution from those wanting what is ours to somehow become theirs. Get a haircut, a shower and education and job. Pull out the metal and bleach out the tattoos and put a belt on those dumb sissy girl pants. Earn it for yourself like we did. We were both dirt poor at 19 and we alone changed that.

    God Bless the honest hard work man and woman in this country. The rest can go take a long hike on a short pier…. What is left will once agian make the nation great.

  • http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/judiths-struggle/18659148 Buzzy Watts

    And the homeowning middle-class quality people keep on shopping. I promise, when the lights go out for the last time, the phony high-end shops will keep selling to them, writing down their credit card numbers in desperate hope that the credit card machine will start working again and they can keep the charade for a while longer!

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

    *** Breaking News from Wall Street ***

    Dow 13,000 here we come.
    We finally have serious progress on the European debt crisis.
    Consumers are back.
    Positive signs in the jobs market.
    The double dip is dead
    Window dressing is here.
    Inflation is falling.
    The Treasury rally is over.
    Private equity tsunami ahead.
    It’s an election year.
    You are running out of time to get yourself positioned to profit.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    This article pretty much sums it up,everything from attitude to not caring. I Will never give up but at the same time the two headed monster has grown to big to kill.The way it looks now
    we will continue down the road we are on no off
    ramps no side streets, just one direction and we all know where that is going to lead us.

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

    US politicians and multinational corporations are working together to implement the following plan:

    (1) Different parts of the world would be assigned different roles of industry and commerce in a unified global system.

    (2) The continued pre-eminence of the United States and the relative independence and self-sufficiency of the United States would have to be changed.

    (3) Our system would have to be curtailed in order to give other countries a chance to build their industries, because otherwise they would not be able to compete against the United States.

    THE DECLINE OF AMERICA IS BY DESIGN

    US multinational corporations truly believe that a “New World Order” with them in charge instead of sovereign governments will be the answer to the problem of world instability. And therefore they must do away with quaint things like unions, a healthy middle class, and, ultimately, democracy.

  • Gary2

    Mike-I meant to post this here under this article, however, it is fitting anywhere.

    I am giving facts that capitalism is failing. I don’t want any crony capitalism BS as capitalism will ALWAYS become crony in short order as this is one of the inherent flaws in capitalism.

    Looks like the more socialism leaning countries are beating the pants off of us. Take that conservatives. You are wrong-more socialism is the answer, gorilla capitalism is the problem. The following are FACTS something the right is unfamiliar with.

    A recent piece in the New York Times summarizes our condition well: “In a Bertelsmann Foundation study on social justice released this fall, the United States came in dead last among the rich countries, with only Greece, Chile, Mexico and Turkey faring worse. Whether in poverty prevention, child poverty, income inequality or health ratings, the United States ranked below countries like Spain and South Korea, not to mention Japan, Germany or France. ..

  • Gary2

    As long as there are any republicans or conservatives who have any power this country will be in decline. Conservatism and progress are not compatible.

  • Gary2

    Most of the above can be solved by addressing the gross wealth and income inequality in this country. Consider the following:

    The 400 richest Americans, whose total wealth exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 150 million Americans put together, pay an average of 17 percent.

    Lets put to rest the silly BS about the rich paying most of the taxes. Everyone who can think knows this is fox news BS.

  • Another steve

    Integrity, Caring, Pride and Hard Work ?

    I’ve worked for 35 years in this economy, bringing this very attitude with me to work every day. What is my reward? Being bent over
    and **************** by Management, CEOs, Business Owners, Politicians .. (read-the Rich)
    I do still bring these attitudes to work every day, but it’s wearing very thin my fellow Americans.
    I’ve watched Owners of vibrant, exciting, growing businesses suck the life ($$$$$) out of them to live extravagant lifestyles on their employees backs.
    On a side note – The worst I’ve ever been treated in the workplace is by my fellow countrymen. The best ? Japanese, by far.
    We have a very serious problem at either end of our economic spectrum. The rich seem to revel and lust in abusing the 99%, while the ‘poor’ wish to vote themselves largess from the government to the point where we’ve reached a tipping point under this Administration.
    Voting won’t work folks; too many hogs at the gubbamint trough. If we wish to keep our Constitutional Republic then voting must be restricted to those who have skin in the game, that’s landowners .. not hogs.

  • Ben Dover

    This guy should be fired as soon as he returns to the FEDEX DC. It was obvious what was in the box. I suspect a replacement could be easily found.

    People like this FEDEX guy have the same attitude regardless of the job or pay. I am sick of hearing “They don’t pay me enough to care”. These people wouldn’t care no matter what you paid them. It’s not just the lower or top socio-economic class who feel entitled.

    re:education Here I somewhat sympathize with the public schools in that they keep hearing demands to raise educational standards. As soon as they do, parents start crying that they are being too hard on students. Often the attitude of parents concerning raising standards is: “I said raise standards, but I didn’t mean on MY kid!”

  • Dennis

    Well Michael, you seem like a conscientious patriot. But the people who run America are not patriots. They are not going to take the actions that would bring back manufacturing jobs or improve education, or house poor families. They have theirs and they want more. If you or I or our friends or relatives don’t have ours, that’s our problem.

    And for us, who would be willing to give a little, perhaps even sacrifice a little, for our countrymen, where do we start? It seems to me one starting point is to end all the wars, including the war on drugs. Then, acknowledge there really are limits to growth – the pie isn’t going to keep getting bigger and, at least for a few more years, the number of people on the planet who’d like a piece of pie will keep on growing. On the other hand, predictions about the glorious economic futures of india and China are unlikely to happen. Limits to growth, climate damage, and peak energy will see to that.

  • T

    It’s sick knowing there are thousands of people flying around on their own jets, kicking families out of their homes and getting huge bonuses and sending their money over seas to avoid taxes. I’d be surprised if any of them even donated to charity. What makes it sick is there are millions of families living in cars and going hungry every night in this country. Brushing their teeth in gas stations. Something needs to be done and fast. We can start with electing people with compassion and a heart, Elizabeth Warren comes to mind. The tea party has been had and got sold out to the 1 percent. You neo-cons are heartless hypocrites who live in a bubble that is no where near reality. Go start another war somewhere and rebuild a nation while ours crumbles into dust.

  • AC

    This decline is the inevitable result of ‘conservative’ policies – free trade, the destruction of public schools, open-door immigration, ad nauseum.

    • Mal R.

      Uhhh, are you dumb or under the influence of something? Everything you listed are libtard policies or bipartisan AT BEST.

      • sharonsj

        Free trade is something you pretty much hear from conservatives and bankers. The religious right wants public schools destroyed and replaced by religious instruction (hence vouchers). And there’s a lot of liberals who do not want open door immigration and want the borders protected. But I agree the destruction of the middle class has been bi-partisan.

      • Gary2

        Ok mal-just keep parroting fox news, it makes you seem so smart, NOT!

      • Gary2

        Mal you are mal adjusted!

    • Gary2

      conservative policies are the scourge of this nation,

  • McKinley Morganfield

    We are indeed caught between a rock and a hard place. Borrow from the future to pay for yesterday or tough it out and take the hit are the only available options. Either way a 25+% decline in GDP is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Personally, I prefer to take the hit now instead of later because the longer we borrow to keep kicking the can down the road, the deeper the abyss when we reach the end of the road.

    BTW, its not a dem or repub, left or right, or black or white thing….. its reality. Prep today and prep tomorrow. Whatever you do, prepare as best as you are able.

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    It can take an empire hundreds of years to fall. Also, many of the items in this “top 40″ list are there because the U.S.A. has funneled its resources into its military. We may not have high speed internet like Korea or Japan (they have internet speeds 40X faster than we have) but, damn it, we can park an aircraft carrier off of your coast and threaten all your civilians.

    We many have some of the dumbest kids in the world but our military will make sure that we can get the smart kids from other countries. After all, that is how Rome did it. When they needed teachers and scientists, they just invaded the place that had those people and then enslaved them.

    Yup, we may be in decline but our military can still extract wealth from other nations. As long as they can continue to do that we’ll be AOK.

  • http://www.economic-undertow.com/ steve from virginia

    The icon of ‘progress’ the automobile is the problem.

    It’s use is not remunerative times 250 million in the USA, 1 billion around the world. Its infrastructure is not remunerative, nothing outside its original sale provides value but destroys it instead.

    The world’s wasting economy is designed around $30 per barrel crude oil, the current price is three times that: + $100/bbl. Add the cost of auto-infrastructure, contrived ‘destinations’ and externalities these costs cannot be supported out of cash flow but must be borrowed. Since the economic peak in 1998, the added debt burden is breaking not just to companies and individuals but to entire nations … not least the US.

    Another problem: with collapse of credit and the declining market price for crude oil, it costs more to bring replacement crude to market than the (cash) economy can afford to pay. The next step is shortages as in China. These shortages will be permanent.

    The problem is at the end of everyone’s driveway, a set of choices is posed: to drive a car or have a decent life, to drive a car or get an education, to drive a car or tend to the sick and elderly. To drive a car or live in a house.

    Choices getting more existential: drive a car or die in a war, drive a car or have something to eat. Where does it stop?

  • mondobeyondo

    Clearly, our present course as a nation is unsustainable. Or, as my dad would say, “You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken poop”.

    We are no longer the optimistic nation of 50 years ago. Resting on our laurels, and our past glories, we continue to chant “We’re Number 1!!”

    It’s true, we’ve had difficult times in the past. Our parents and grandparents went through a Depression in the 1930’s which would make today’s difficulties laughable. But we also had an industrial base and economy that was the envy of the world. When push came to shove, when people were going hungry in the Great Plains of the U.S., and Hitler was marching across Europe, that generation stepped up to the plate. Strike one. Strike two. And then, smack – a grand slam home run! We won WWII, and we won the peace that followed.

    Can we do it again? I don’t know.
    But you know? That generation in the 30’s didn’t know either. But they did it. So can we, if we have the faith, conviction and effort.

    “Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never.” – Winston S. Churchill

  • michelle

    #38 – I think it’s lost more than 98% – a movie used to cost a dime – now it’s ten bucks!

    • michelle

      I meant 95%!!

    • Gary2

      Movies are free-bit torrent. People regularly use a quality cam to record new movies at the theaters and put them on the net. Even many of the people running the projectors do this.

  • TSgt Ciz

    Gee Steve, It sounds like you’ve almost gotten it right.
    Parts that is right: The Senate is cutting off unemployment extensions and Pay Roll tax relief.

    Parts you got wrong: They did not do it tonight. They sent a 2 month extension that Pay Roll companies (the people who have to deduct the taxes…) said they could not implement, *AND* that businesses said was useless to them to try and plan against. So the CONGRESS (which had previously passed and sent a bill to the Senate for a 1 YEAR extension) struck it down and resent their bill with the 1 YEAR extension in it.

    Part that I’m not sure if you got it right or wrong: The 1% have NOTHING at all to do with this *BUT* if you think the 1% are the uber-rich slimy ass Democrats who are trying like hell to cover Oblamer’s butt, well then you actually got it right. (but I kinda doubt that)

    See, filthy rich Sen Reid and the other filthy rich Democrat Senators want the unemployment numbers to drop so Oblamer and they can claim the economy is getting better. If the unemployment extensions stop in Feb, then the unemployed who are at the end of their extensions will no longer be counted as unemployed. They will no longer be counted under the U3 category.

    Get it yet?

  • Scott Lindsay

    I cannot believe after reading the forty reasons the country is screwd you post a video blaming a worker for the problems that have caused great ruin for this country, how dare you! LOOK MAN you want to blame for the screw ups start from the fraudsters down to the lying of mainstream media.Yes the ones paid millions and sent are jobs to a communist country that does not practise decsent wages or living conditions but thats ok because my American idiot that moved the business just made a larger sum of money.Then there is the fraud throughout the system from the bankers.wall street and the sleezy politicians both parties that steal from the tax payers and all you can do is show a worker probably behind in time to get the parcels out as fast as he can or loose the only job out there, but at least he is earning his wage not stealing it.

    • Senator Ozmo

      I think the video is to show how the sheeple are just in a numb state and just don’t care. If you think the lack of care for doing a good job is not a problem, that in itself is a problem. I know My grandparents took more pride in thier work than I currently take in mine. While I am working on this it is a problem nation wide and this attitude of “I don’t care about anything” is like a parasite killing the nation. When do people start caring again?

      Ozmo

      • Gary2

        When do people start caring again?

        When employers start caring enough to pay living wages.

        That was a easy question to answer!

        If you care so little about me that you exploit me for poverty wages that I have to accept because all scum bag business pay shit then F you why should I care. It all starts at the top.

        A fish rots from the head down.

        When I worked in retail years ago they spent so much on loss prevention to make sure employees did not steal that they could have paid better wages and not had to worry so much about employee theft.

        I am pretty sure they got robbed buy the employees, however, the CEO was making millio0ns while he kept cutting workers wages so what do they expect.

        The LP cop wanna bees were a joke!

    • Gary2

      I find many on the right are quick to go after programs that benefit the poor and at the same time gloss over all the corporate welfare which is millions of times bigger than any program for the poor. Michael regularly highlights poverty programs as wasteful while almost completely ignoring the elephant in the room called corporate welfare. These mother f will cut WIC and yet not let medicare negotiate drug prices with big RX.

      Michael-look back at your posts and see how many times you go after the poor vs. corporate welfare which is a WAY bigger problem.

      Once all the corporate welfare is gone then we can look at cutting programs like food stamps etc.

  • jd

    The WWII Generation = America’s Greatest Generation
    Baby Boomers = America’s Worst Generation

    • Gary2

      why do you think the greatest generation would raise the worst generation? I am neither.

    • Old Man

      WW2 – greatest generation?

      Who created the Great Depression of the 1930’s? The WW2 generation! We now call them greatest because they won WW2. Had they lost, ….

      Just saying.

  • Nick

    I suggest you all watch Michael Ruppert’s 2009 documentary COLLAPSE. He can come across as somewhat paranoid and conspiratorial, but his analysis of peak oil is spot on.

    The planet simply no longer has the resources to support the kind of economic growth we would need to overcome these debts. Not only are we using up finite resources like oil, we also use the planet’s renewable resources much faster than the planet can replenish them. Additionally, we pollute the planet faster than the planet can absorb and recycle the pollution. The planet’s response to that is climate change.

    Oil prices spiked from 2007-2008, bringing the economy to its knees. It just couldn’t keep going. The Keynesian bubble couldn’t keep building.

    China and India will not surpass the US economy because the planet simply doesn’t have the real/raw resources to bring their massive populations up to anything near the standard of living Americans take [took] for granted.

    The planet is incredibly over-populated. All problems on this planet really come down to over-population.

    http://www.paulchefurka.ca/Population.html

    It doesn’t matter who’s in the White House. Our civilizations have become far, far too collectivist and given us an unsustainable population. This is a pattern throughout history, though. Civilizations and empires rise up, overuse their resources, collapse, and start over.

    The only thing that makes this time different is that it’s the entire world in a state of collapse and human beings have the power to completely obliterate themselves with nuclear weapons.

    World War III is not out of the question. When nations get desperate, they go to war. When people get desperate, they take to the streets with violence.

    Perhaps the Mayans were onto something. Perhaps a new world will be born soon.

  • http://www.barkforum.com Robert Ellington III

    You are right on the money, but this is only the tip of the iceburg. Combine all of the above problems with extreme overpopulation, massive and rapid climate change, fuel shortages, and failing crops and we have the “perfect storm” for TOTAL collapse. It’s game over in the next 20 years or less!

  • Otown Right Guy

    #24 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.
    This goes to what I have been saying. The Economic Collapse is not a future event. It is something that has been going on for decades and is still unfolding. The decline of real wages and increased taxation at all government levels has been a big part of the problem. It used to be that a working man could support his family and have a decent life. Then later, by the 70s or 80s, he needed his wife to get a job too – just to maintain the same standard of living! Now the jobs are largely gone except for even lower paying service jobs. That standard of living was not lost but stolen! It has been transferred millions of times over into the pockets of the Manhattan money changing traitors! They are the enemy, not Iran, Syria, North Korea or even Al Qaeda!

    • Gary2

      amen-I have heard that we are experiencing a downward class migration. Middle class are now working poor (that’s my story) The upper middle are now middle, the poor are homeless etc. only the rich stay rich as they rig the game with help from the gov in their favor.

      Now to prove what you said both me and my wife are now working full time just to make what I used to make by myself working full time as recent as 2006.

      And people wonder why we have OWS.

  • Nostradamus

    Of course America is in decline. But what’s the root cause?

    The root cause is culture of a country. The rest follows. You know, lousy education, entitlement, easy money, flip for a living, instant gratification, war for profit, more greed is better, imperial hubris, … Everybody participated. It does take a big cultural corruption to mess up an advanced country of 320 million in a short time.

    Things flipped and blew, big time. This decline is nothing more than adjustment to the real reality.

    Adjustment is going on. When will it end? It ends when a ‘solution’ arrives. But who will create this ‘solution’? Nobody, certainly nobody of the era who created the problem in the first place. That’s why no solution is in sight, or will be for at least a few more years.

    The solution will automatically arrive when the young generation, those who did not participate in creating the horrific cultural corruption, grows up and take charge of things. They will create a new culture.

    I only hope the new culture will be better. But you never know. History is certain about that!

    • Gary2

      Of course America is in decline. But what’s the root cause?

      Again a easy question-conservative republican policies have funneled wealth to the top 1%.

  • luis

    Ignorance in the U.S.A by FEDEX there some hella stupid people in th U.S.A this crap is Killing america when people change is going to be to late last time this FEDEX guy can to my house and my little dog was barnking at him an he try to kick my dog My dog is the size of a shoe i was like then this guy is pussy trying to kick a puppies kick a pitbull or a bulldog if there trying to attack but a small dog u pussy as FEDAX CUN

  • shypuffadder

    People have begun to pay attention and they were shocked to see how our own representatives treated us. Congress can laugh and pretend that it was the other side’s fault, but the price for their buffoonery this time is going to be a lot higher. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them will be totally shocked to find that their own seats are in jeopardy.

    Now that we are beginning to see that our own government is turning the screws on us, we will demand better and begin to clean the poop and the poop eaters out of the Capitol. This is why government has become so concerned with home grown terrorists.

  • http://www.1913intel.com Matt

    In a democracy the people elect who they deserve. So it’s the fault of the people if they have lousy representatives.

    To fix our problems the people have to change. That means a lot more pain. Our current pain level is about a 2 or 3. It will go to 10 before things get better.

    • Anthony

      We don’t live in a democracy. We live in a representative republic that is run by aristocratic parasites.

  • ross

    Very true Steve. Where do the 1%ers think there going to live & their quality of life if it all breaks down?

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Waiting like jackals to sneak up and trick you
    Wolves in sheeps clothing, slow death in consoling
    Lurking in shadows, they pounce least expected
    When you come to, they’ll have gone right through you

    Tricksters, jilters play their game
    Sleight-of-handers, all the same!!!!

  • William

    All empires eventually fall, from the Roman emipre, to the Austro-Hungarian empire to the British empire to the Soviet empire, and now to the American empire. However, there are two points in history that mark the acceleration of the decline of America. The first came in the early 1980s with the Regan tax cuts, which generated the first of non-wartime HUGE annual deficits. The second came with the Smirking Chimp and war criminal Bush driving America into the ditch. The Shrubber DESTROYED America. Two tax cuts the nation could not afford, and two unfunded wars put the end to America. But, the worst part of the rule of the Chimp is that freedoms and rights that have defined America since the 1780s have been sacrificed on the alter of of a huge and ever expanding military and federal government, both of which are totally out of control. Yet, even today, there are many who still support what the Chimp Bush did, which was based on a HUGE pile of LIES. Instead of government being the servant of the people, government has become the oppressor. Your vote is meaningless, as the very same powers that put the Chimp back in the White House in 2004 with MASSIVE voter fraud in Ohio still is in control of Congress and the failed Obummer.

    • knightowl77

      Definition of “Clueless”

      See Above….

      • Gary2

        yep your name is right above “clueless” so I have to agree with you. admitting your wrong is the first step in recovery.

        I believe that conservatives can rehab and you have taken the first step in admitting you are clueless.

        Congrats!

  • Tim

    There is no excuse for what that FedEx employee did. I would imagine that he has been fired.

    • Gary2

      thats not as bad as the pizza employees putting snot of peoples food a couple of years ago!

  • Forrestcat

    Amusing that $3.50 per gallon is considered a burden, you can imagine in asia, if you igmore the exchange the exchange rate ,people are paying the equivalent of $10 per gallon for countries in Thailand and Indonesia, but then they have jobs so they do not mind.

    The only solutions to your debacle is kill free trade..we asians are laughing our heads off that you guys export 50 000 cars to South Korea while South Korea export 2 million cars to the US in your bilateral free trade agreement.

    Meanshilw asian countries like Maalysia, Thailand are imposing tariffs on key imports to protect their industrial base and having FTAs means we export more to the US…even the McDonalds chains in Asia source locally beef and all due to fearof Maerican beef and the Muslims in Asia do not trust the beef in US to be halal, the only thing McD import from the Us are the freedom fries!!!

    so we in Asia are waiting for our Satan,apolitician to kill free trade, close up American borders to imports and start rebuilding your industrial base…but we do t see that coming as your republicans and democrats run into folish wars againts Islam on behalf of Israel and Jesus…Osama is loterally smiling under the oxean as he knows he has bled the Great Satan to death…now you are dancing with the real Presidet Netanyahu into a war with Iran …..which will be the killing blow to the American hegemony.

  • Brian

    Love your site, read it daily!

    However, when you do these comparisons, it would be interesting to show just how much of these deteriorations have occurred in the last year, or how they have increased in the last year — that would make the arguments stronger as to the current direction we are headed.

    Just a thought — Brian

    • Michael

      Brian:

      Thanks for reading the site and that is a good suggestion.

      In this current article I was shooting for more of a long-term view. In other articles I have talked about how things have fallen apart in the shorter-term time periods such as the Obama administration.

      Michael

  • Brian

    Continued — we all know things have deteriorated over a 30 year span.

    Not a criticism — just a suggestion.

    Brian

  • M

    “If dramatic changes are not made, our economy will continue to get worse and the decline of America will continue to accelerate.”

    There is no will, only talk. All said and done, neither the “government” nor the people have the will to truly change things. The politicians will continue to say what gets them elected, then do what’s in THEIR best interest. And “the people” will, in large part, continue to clamour for “change” without understanding what it really means. “We need cuts in spending!” “Wait, but don’t cut this…or that.” To right-this-ship financially would require cuts so Draconian, they are almost guaranteed not to happen. Imagine for a moment that 45 million people were to have their food stamps cut-off. We’re already seeing unrest throughout the country. “Movements”. “Flash-mobs”. “Tent cities”. What do you think things will look like when the printing press has to stop, and the entitlements have to stop. And they WILL have to stop. But as long as it continues, each day we get a little deeper, and the more horrible the outcome. Couple this with the “FedEx story”, and where we seem to be on a personal level. In short…G-d help us.

    Merry Christmas

    • DaytoDay

      I completely agree.

  • Syrin

    Steve, are two years of unemployment benefits not enough? Want to make it a decade? Seen the actual studies? People don’t even TRY to look for jobs on average until 6 weeks before their “benefits” are set to expire. care to incentivize sloth and dependency more? I’m SURE that ANY employer would like nothing more than to hire someone who has done NOTHING but let any skill they might nave atrophy for 2-10 years. Great idea. Gov’t dependency is what got us into this mess and this leviathan of a gov;t that increasingly views its citizens as the enemy and is now giving police it’s military weapons to be used against us, that can now detain us without ANY rights or protections. The solution? MORE dependency! Wow, just wow. Ever heard of pioneer spirit? It didn’t involve sitting outside of the state welfare agancy waiting for the office to open (from 9-12 two days a week with employees making $50,000 with $50,000 worth of benefits).

    Education: What a JOKE! We spend more per student than any nation on the planet and not only do we get nothing in return, we actually get LESS than nothing as our students are brainwashed by state progagnda that produces the Gary’s of the world who have no earthly clue about the basics of an economy, liberty, critical thinking etc. It’s no surprise that education quality went down, and costs went uo the year the Dept of Uneducation was created.

    • Gary2

      en the actual studies? People don’t even TRY to look for jobs on average until 6 weeks before their “benefits” are set to expire.

      This is false-the studies I have seen say people are looking for jobs but there are no good paying jobs out there. If there are 5-6 people for every job opening what the heck do you expect?

      The problem with you conservatives is that you do not live in reality.

  • Charlie

    Good piece! Well, not “good” news, but well put together. I agree with your last statements but I think we’re going to have to take the long route back to those values. I wish we had a magic button but things are simply to ********* up now. Personally, I think Ron Paul is our best shot at turning things back around, but even then, it will be a long, hard haul.

  • Syrin

    Wow, trade deficit. Shocking. Wish Ross Perot had told us that Clinton’s policies would send jobs over seas. Oh wait, HE DID! Remember that “giant sucking sound” he mentioned that would be jobs being sucked overseas? Yeah, really hard to predict. At least we expanded gov’t more, and all the wonder it did for us.

    We’ve lost manufacturing? Wow, I’m stunned. We have the highest corporate taxes on the planet, the most litiginous society on the planet, the most regulated economy on the planet, one of the least educated and lazy work forces on the planet, and a gov’t that expands daily and pays regulators $100,000 per year to make sure businesses can’t expand grow or be profitable.

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! WOOHOO! Gov’t wages war on the economy and business, demonizes the successful, 85+% of which came from the middle and lower classes. Well there you go. Trickle up poverty. Tyranny in action. Loss of rights and freedoms, ALL trademarks of liberals, be they liberal nazicrats or RINO’s.

  • REED RICHARDS

    A SOCIETY IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE CITIZENS IT PRODUCES:

    Fed-ex people throwing expensive purchaes whereever? Adults in teaching and coaching preying on teenagers for sick sexual perversions? Politicians spreading democracy by murdering staggering numbers of people at high rates of speed? Bankers stealing everything not nailed down? Ah! An empire in decline. I love it when empires decline. And considering the low hanging fruit called the amerikan citizen, this empire has run its course and needs to completely collapse.

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse Dave in OK

    Indications of a nation loosing its freedoms: A generation back my mother-in-law ran an elder care home from her house. There were some safety rules at the time, but nothing that could not be financially done. Her son lost his 100 employee landscape contracting firm in the great recession, so he wanted to take a cue from his mother and start an elder care home from a large house he bought. He is founding out now that this is not his mother’s era. The laws in place now for an elder care home are boarding on the absurd. My mother-in-law says that if such rules existed in her day, she probably would not have gone into it and have created work for 4 employees and herself. When are politicians going to realize that you create jobs by less government interference not more!

  • Charles

    We may be buying less cars but they cetainly build them better than they did in 1985. Even the domestic ones. Yet to be fair, I think this is offset by the fact a new vehicle costs 2-3 times more than what it did in 1985. I bought Ranger brand new for $7000 in 1991. Try finding anything close to this now. Just 20 years ago you could have bought a Geo Metro for like 6 grand? Compare that to what a Fiat or smart car run for these days.

    • DaytoDay

      Dave

      I agree, that was a really great point. The price of common commodities (Food, clothes, cars, etc…) are very good indications of the state of one’s economy (U.S). It’s the same with gasoline. In 1997, a gallon of gas 70-90 cents (Depending on the area) and now, compare that to $3.50 a gallon we pay today… That’s over a 400% increase!!! And so how can people not see the path that we’re headed on?

  • http://www.boltonlegal.com Andrew Bolton

    What your wrote in the few sentences just below the Fedex vido, IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO SURVIVE AND TURN ITSELF AROUND! To all who feel the same way, GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Scott

    Michael,

    I’m a daily visitor to your blog and read most of the comments as well. I appreciate all of your work and efforts.
    Your exactly right about both parties being full of con men, charlatans and corrupt politicians.
    I believe a series of videos I’ve come across would be of interest to you. They will explain in great detail why our representatives choose not to represent us and instead vote in favor for their donors interest.
    To view go to http://www.icaucus.org At the top find the “resources” tab then “media” and finnaly “articles”
    They are a series of videos 10-15 minutes long. Please take the time to watch 3 or 4 of them, if I’m wrong, at worst I wasted maybe an hour of your time. However, I think you’ll find the information very powerfull.
    What I like most about them is all they did was follow the money and connect the dots. The crooks who claim to be our representatives can’t run from their own money trail.
    I’m doing this to help you, not promote the site. Please feel free to not post this and just check it out for yourself.

    • Michael

      Scott:

      The website does not seem to come up for me.

      Michael

      • Scott

        Michael,

        I’m not sure why as it works for me even when clicking on the link within my post.
        Thanks for trying and thanks for all you do,

  • rck

    enraged mobs

  • Winston Smith

    Interesting, though you bring out many facts and stats, not one word about God, nor his Law that we continue to violate……your statement: “It is going to be up to the American people to get educated about how bad things have really gotten, to start demanding solutions, and to start voting much better people into positions of authority”

    Says nothing about prayer, repentance, nothing-just that man can and will be able to do things on their own…true, action needs to couple with prayer,etc…not one nor the other alone, but telling…..man centered is what got us into this mess…..

    • http://wrh bewildered

      sorry which god was yours? ive tried praying and repenting and god still lets little children die in foreign countries that god fearing americans bomb. when you grow up and are able to recognise that all religion is superstition, then, as a race, we can move forward to ensure that bombs dont exist, let alone get dropped. religion should be about love and compassion. not gold and power.

      • mountainman

        Actually, one could make a point that americans are bombing foreigners exactly because they’ve turned away from God.

        One could also point out that Evolution has at its roots a Godless “Survival of the fittist” where the strong defeat the weak right out of existence. Therefore, our bombing of Foreign lands might in fact be not due to “Religious Superstition” but the result of a Godless Evolutionary movement.

    • Sunday

      Wish there was a like button

    • Daniel

      The Jews wrote the Bible, why not bring that up with them?

    • Gary2

      Dude seriously, if you want to follow a shuckster’s moral lessons derived from the tribal skirmishes among certain Jordan river valley nomads thousands of years ago more power to you, however, back in the real world us grown ups will do more than pray.

      If praying worked I would be rich so it obviously means nothing..

    • http://www.northwestautoglassaz.com Mateo truth

      Couldn’t of said it better. No dought the problem is that for about 60 years God has been slowly but surely pushed out by demonic forces behind the curtain. Untill we repent and turn back to the creator God, america will fall like every other super power in history. Hold on to Jeshua it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

      • Marc

        Dude, have you heard of the Dark Ages? That time after the fall of the Roman Empire? You know, the Romans? The guys who managed to bring the rule of law, engineering, and organization to the barbarian hordes of a disunited Europe? They had a book in the Bible dedicated to them? Oh, THOSE Romans. Yeah, the Dark Ages were a period of decline, superstition, a return to pagan rituals and general lawlessness and thuggery that led to the feudal states where only the Kings and his lords had rights. The time when only the ultra rich had any say in the lives of the common man. The time when science fell to superstition, when women and heretics were burned for disagreeing with the church. Yeah, hey, let’s get back on that God wagon because it has ALWAYS been the better way to conduct ourselves. Fearful children hiding under the covers, terrified that the giant invisible non-existent man in the sky will send them to hell for asking questions and using the brain we developed over a million years of evolution.

        • Baron Rothschild

          Dude. You’re ignorant. You’ve been brainwashed by your inadequate public school education in America through patsy unionized teachers who spoon feed the most contrived history ever imagined.

    • Ak907

      Religion is the part of the problem that helped set this country on the path its on

  • rck

    this is true ,,,,maybe a collapse would be the best thing that ever happened,, because everybody is going along with the oky dook…………

  • Hangemhi

    The idea that the dollar has lost 95% of it’s value is misleading. We all have better living standards today than in 1913, so did we lose value, or gain value? As long as wage inflation keeps up with cost inflation we don’t lose anything. Of course in the past decade wages have not kept up, especially for the middle and lower classes.

    • Kevin2

      “We all have better living standards today than in 1913,”

      The standard of living was better in 1913 then 1813 too. Technology increased the standard of living as if should. A fine suit cost $20 in gold in 1913 (one ounce) and now cost $1600 US dollars.

      “As long as wage inflation keeps up with cost inflation we don’t lose anything.”

      The last of the companies that had COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) on their pensions was the UAW. Many people are on a fixed income and they get ate alive by inflation which is a hidden tax or hidden robbery on their income.

      • Baron Rothschild

        You don’t know squat about the standard of living in 1913 or 1813.

    • farang

      In point of fact, the average wage earner makes less, adjusted for inflation, then they did in 1967.

      Define “better” when you allege we have “better living standards” then we did in 1913.

      • Gary2

        lets see-antibiotic, vaccines from polio, no more small pox, indoor plumbing I could go on. I think you get the point that the good old days were not really all that good in many aspects.

  • Jimbo84

    Unemployment benefits are bribery to keep people from rioting in the streets. Good riddance when they run out. Then we’ll have our badly needed revolution. Hopefully there will be dozens of Gabrielle Giffords

    • farang

      Unemployment benefits are paid for by the workers themselves through payroll deductions and their employers matching funds.

      Good riddance to nitwits like you that don’t have a clue what they are yapping about, genius.

    • Gary2

      are you drinking your own bathwater?

    • Zedge Hero

      Now hold on there Jimbo, Gabbrielle from What I have seen might have been one of the few handful of good politicians out there left. For one thing she highlighted the lack of high-paying jobs or necessary infrastructure, rapid growth, and inward migration that threatened the environment during her term. She is also known as a strong proponent of solar energy as well as for her work to secure the U.S.–Mexico border. Giffords was one of 60 lawmakers who voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 before switching to a yes vote after being threatned and terrorized by Hank Paulson. After Hurricane Katrina struck in the late summer of 2005, Giffords spent time as a volunteer in Houston, Texas, in relief efforts for hurricane victims before any election she was in. So did she deserve what happend? Of course not. That Jared loughner fellow is nuts, plain and simple- there are thousands if not millions more individuals that deserved that, but not Ms. Giffords, if anything she is one of the few good ones and even after her incident I would still be proud to have her as my rep. over those other jokes even with her new diability that was truly undeserved. The Banksters and Bailout bitches deserve the bullets, not the few that stand up for what is right.

      On a side thought and a long thought that never ends, how damn cool would it be to have this police state that has been created be used to round up the banksters, ceo’s, Fed chairmans with their associates and so on and have trials for these scums as they rat on each other and then lock em all up on Jekyl island where this monster started in the first place and oh yeah, outlaw central banking forever! WHEEW, I know you would love that Michael. Can’t a man dream for justice, even in this gloomy world?

    • Pat

      You can not advocate or endorse the physical assault / injury / or death to public officials. This sort of rhetoric is off limits.

      I hope this was only to get a rise out of people, but it is simply too inflammatory in any case. We will never be able have a serious debate about the real issues when we are sidetracked with insults that divide and distract us.

  • Dave

    As far as the Fedex guy goes who gives a crap about jobs that pay nothing and go nowhere? If I did a job for someone I think is wealthy I would intentionally screw up their job and over charge them. Steal from the poor and you get paid back in spades. The American monetary system is wholly corrupt and always has been. I will never have any respect for people with money in this country they are thieves and scumbags.

    • Sunday

      Thank you for contributing to the moral decline of civilization.

    • John Parker

      You, Sir, are one truly messed up individual.

    • BenjiK

      Once again, it comes to educating yourself…..

      Fed-Ex “drivers” are actually independent contractors who are by all intensive purposes self employed. On average, after paying operating costs, the Fed-Ex Ground contractor nets between $50,000 to $70,000 annually.

      So much for the “pay nothing and go nowhere” theory. Knowledge is power……..

      • gary2

        wrong-it depends on the route and a lot of the independent contractors hire their own help and pay ***********.

    • Gary2

      I agree with a lot of what you say except that I do a good and honest days work because I have pride in myself. I could give 2 shits about any employers. They will f you in a new york minute and I will do the same to them My loyalty is to me and my family period. (quit for a better pay job)

      I do good work for me.

      I say to employers-show me the money and put your promises of bonus promotions up your ass.

    • nowwthen

      You will never get any respect because you don’t have the most important kind – self respect.

    • Rusty

      Dave, which Occupy movement were you in? Sir, you are the problem and not the solution!

  • Sid Davis

    The black hand of government shows itself in many ways.

  • karen

    Sad part is, more and more Americans are so far away from being “ok” and without future prospects…a lot of them just don’t CARE if it all falls apart. It isn’t for or about them, and they know it. And they aren’t going to get involved in politics, they aren’t reading websites and they don’t give a damn about the gdp, or infrastructures they can’t use, or government benefits they’re denied anyway. Folks outdoors, kids without schools, older folks sick and dying needlessly without care, I don’t think they’ll care. And I can’t blame them. That’s how I see it.

    I’d tell the “illegal” immigrants to leave…but to save THEMSELVES. Don’t be cannon fodder for us. We used you, and its not your fault we were too stupid to realize it. I’m sorry. Reigning in our politicians is NOT what we do well. We’re nothing but pushovers now. Save yourselves. Run.

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives

    Fact #41

    Ohio is tearing down “toxic” homes at an amazing pace. Even 60 minutes gets things right once in a while. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2011/12/19/news-flash-from-60-minutes-cleveland-has-a-foreclosure-problem

    Regarding the FedEx guy and society in general being stressed apart at the seams, I’m gonna recommend the Zeitgeist Moving Forward movie again. The movie addresses the 40 points in this article and other social problems. The movie also leaves no doubt about peak petroleum and maxed-out natural resources on this planet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

    Zeitgeist features a Max Keiser financial fraud interview starting a few minutes after 1:11:15.

    If nothing else get us, the worldwide oil supply will fail long before 2030. Watch Beyond the Peak starting at 2:23:43 of the movie.

  • nowwthen

    “. . .start voting much better people into positions of authority.”

    You can’t vote better people into office as long as the only option on the ballot is the choice between the lesser of two evils. The best people for the job are way too smart to put themselves and their families through the campaign meatgrinder that our 24/7 media has devised for them. Why would any successful competent person put his imperfect but happy life and the lives of those he loves under the public microscope to take the long shot gamble of being elected to public office? Seems the only strategy is to vote out the incumbents. When office holders recognize this becoming a trend they might begin to think;

    a) I’m only going to be here for one term so I might as well work for the good of the country as opposed to ensuring my own reelection.

    b) Maybe if things begin to improve the trend against incumbency will change.

  • Greg the Electrician

    The Jail and Prison systems have enlarged greatly!

  • Greg the Electrician

    Our Blessings are listed in Deuteronomy Ch 28. They are Conditional Upon our Obedience.

    • Sunday

      Like

    • Ak907

      Obey, pay up, and don’t rock the boat!!!

  • Kathy Smith

    Thank you Micheal an awesome wake up America article. I pray everyday for strength & intelligence to continue on the right path. We need to continue to educate Americans with the CORRECT information not main stream media info.

    • Michael

      Kathy:

      Thank you for the kind words.

      And it is so great that you are praying.

      Prayer changes things.

      In my own life there has been answered prayer after answered prayer.

      So definitely keep praying! :)

      Michael

      • Gary2

        Michael-I Cannot Eat Your Prayers–Christian Charity?

  • Darien

    There are no jobs for Americans, 50 million are on the public dole, 30-40 million Americans are un or under employed, yet 3 million immigrants are allowed in here LEGALLY every year.
    Why?

    • United We Stand

      Right, try to understand the logic and reasoning in mass immigration when there aren’t enough living wage jobs in a part time service economy to support those who are already here.
      Perhaps more people will be needed for some future military endeavor?
      Maybe immigrants with no real appreciation of American history are meant to dilute, outnumber and undermine those old-fashioned Americans still “clinging to their religion and guns”? I think the POTUS once said that when he was running for the white house as there was much backlash about the comment. The reason that possible cause for mass immigration came to mind is due to a blog I read in which a person cited history in that the English tried to do away with a certain religion by encouraging mass numbers of immigrant Protestants to dilute and outnumber the prominent numbers of the existing dominant religion.
      Last, the most oft cited reasons for the large immigration numbers are blamed on politics in that the repubs adore those low wage workers and could care less about deliberately lowering the american standard of living through imports of people accustomed to very low wages and will happily supplement their living through taxpayer paid for subsidies. (working poor shooting themselves in the foot as they will never get out of the american poverty cycle that way)
      Finally, others cite the cause of large numbers of immigrants counting on them to vote democratic being led under the presumption that democrats will reward them handsomely through more taxpayer funded subsidized living.
      Afterthought, possibly to have more workers to fund the babyboomers s.s. retirement but that is doubtful since the messages we get on population replacement levels are very conflicting. One tells us there weren’t enough children being born due to women’s lib the other tells us there are too many people.
      Whatever the case is on the mass influx of immigrants ( and this really went full steam ahead during Bush2, foriegners from everywhere were not as common as is today- nowadays who needs to travel to see what a foreign place is like, just ask your neighbor :) I hope that we can all stand united for peace, justice and the American way!

    • Ak907

      thats because they will do the jobs that the entitled generation will not do

  • farang

    “#39 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.”

    And when Ronald Reagan took office (and quadrupled our FICA payroll deductions), he ran up more debt than all the presidents before him…and turned the US from the largest Creditor nation into the largest Debtor nation in eight short years. But wait, it gets better: his successor, George Herbert walker Bush ran up more debt (including Reagan!) than all the presidents before him. Then, after 6 years in office and “creative accounting”, Clinton actually paid down the debt and had a balanced budget in 1999 and 2000…but wait!

    When his successor, George Walker Bush was appointed by the USSC in 2000 to occupy the White House, HE ran up more debt than all the presidents before him! Which is why you did not include that *little item* in your #39 point.

    So, that puts a better perspective into the abominable debt Obama has run up….and it will only get worse, until the dollar completely collapses…give it two more years.

  • Cinderella Man

    How long we have our freedom remains to be seen…This month while we were shopping or Tebowing CONgress is busy destroying our Constitution and our civil liberties. SOPA and PIPA and the NDAA are new govermental hydra heads that must be destroyed. I think that all the members that voted for these acts need to be called out for what they are TRAITORS!!! I dont know if any of you remember that old 80’s movie The Running Man with Arnold in it but in that future Americans watch reality show programs where they execute prisoners and ordinary people on live tv. In that movie they had an underground resistance movement that would hack the tv signals to tell people the truth about the government and the media corporations that were lying to the people. Its funny, but now im starting to think that we might have to be like the resistance that has to work in secret with hidden meeting places so we dont get caught by the neo-gestapo shock troops waiting to take us to FEMA camps. If you wrote a story about what is happening now in USA 2012 20 years ago people would laugh and say “Wow thats a good story, but it would never happen here, not in America.” But the joke would be on them. Plot: Setting America 2012, A devastating economic collapse has left the US in a stagnant decline, where people are sleeping in cars, homeless shelters are overfilled, while millions of new homes lie vacant, Wall Street bankers openly steal millions and sometimes billions of dollars, and remain free, while people charged with petty thefts and DUIs go to jail and have no bonds, protests break out and are quickly stifled by an authortarian police state, websites are shut down as the internet becomes government controlled, MSM outlets relay repeating news stories that have little to do with real events, and are more focused on propaganda and nonsense, a president takes several mulimillion dollar vacations at taxpayer expense, while elderly americans and families cannot afford skyrocketing heating costs, the congress is hopelessly deadlocked on passing any kind of legislation that can benefit average Americans, but easily pass legislation benefitting the wealthy and usurping the Constitution, FEMA concentration camps are prepared and manned waiting for political dissedents, Underground bases and cities are built for rich elites and politicians, many world dictators and terrorist leaders are killed in a years span, devastating natural disasters are abundant and are occuring more frequently, and a man-made supervirus awaits in a lab, waiting to be released on an unwitting public. Whew! did I miss anything? What about a hero? Maybe a small glimmer of hope. Jesus? maybe. Ron Paul? hopefully. I would like the next chapter to read “At America’s darkest hour, the people defied the odds, and ignored the experts and elected a man of charater and convictions to the office of the Presidency, and said man restored the Constitution, ended the endless wars, brought justice to the people by arresting the evil men and women resposible for years of death and debt upon this nation.” Now I like that ending. Will it happen? I hope to God it can be so. If you told that story above to people 30 years ago, would they believe you?

  • Tony N

    Dear Mr. President Obama Please Tear away from those Environmentalists for this One time , the Free markets Need you and Harry Reid’s Democrats !!!

    The Dow Jones Industrial Averages are STUCK waiting for You Mr. President to take the Lead and chart a Course for a Direction that can give the Markets some Hope for the New Year , and you can be a Scrooge or a Claus that Saints are made OF !!

    This market is Poised to Grow back 1 trillion in market Value RIGHT NOW and that will generate all the money needed to Fund your extension of the Payroll tax cuts and the unemployment benefits , 401 K will rise , and your Campaign will benefit too because people will be happy with you that you took the Lead Sir !!!!!

    Take a Look at the Chart, http://finance.yahoo.com/charts , they show you that since the Start of 4 months ago when the need for a Leader in tax policy that would come down to this time the markets has been flat lining , that tells you its been waiting for YOU sir …… And so has the European Union and we need the Spark that can fire up that Slogan of hope , we have enough Change we Need More Hope Sir , Please . Tell harry Reid to Work it out with the Republicans on the 1 year plan that includes the pipeline and we can all debate the ideology of Life and sustainability after , Ok Please ????

    THE SHOCKING TRUTH OF THE PENDING EU COLLAPSE!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPcWHBPYOSU

  • Tony N

    We need growth and expansion in Grain production and Yields , or there will not be a Equity expansion , its Obviously the truth as these 2 charts show you this to be the case !!!!!
    The world markets are telling us this by there unsustainable growth patterns over the last 12-14 years , compare these charts, http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/historical/djia1900.html , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wheat_yields_in_developing_countries_1951-2004.png , the stagnant growth in equity and supply in grain is obvious , and you cannot have sustainable growth in any durable goods unless the bread basket is growing with it . See ” UP TO ” 1998 all cylinders of growth were advancing together as the futures traders could see world food supplies advancing at unlimited growth projections because plant breeding was producing increased yielding grains .

    CORN RESERVES: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the nation’s corn reserve is at its lowest level in more than 15 years
    http://www.whotv.com/news/who-story-corn-reserve-problems-020911,0,577364.story
    So we need to consider and debate these solutions to our economic supply shortage issues that are coming our way NOW before we wait to long and Shortages turn into Famine that brings Government reactions similar to the bring of the 20th Century European / Asian Atrocities !!!
    Welcome to Fodder Solutions, http://www.foddersolutions.org/home , and take a look at this , http://www.verticalfarm.com

    The reduction in Prices on Commodities food related is because of the lack of Direction in Growth , and Debt issuance growth will never ignite Inflation because people Know the Governments in the world will not allow a International Inflation spike to ignite Food riots . This Means we need to find Growth or the Markets will be dumped into a International Collective and all hell will break Loose .

  • Charles

    Columnist Walter Williams reckons its a myth that most of the jobs lost to manufacturing are due to China.

    China Trade: Myths vs. Reality
    by Walter E. Williams

    “Republicans and Democrats, liberals as well as conservatives, have bought into anti-Chinese trade demagoguery. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that tariffs against China are a “key part of our ‘Make It in America’ agenda.”

    During his 2010 campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called his tea party-backed Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, “a foreign worker’s best friend.” In a recent news conference, President Barack Obama gave his support to the anti-China campaign, declaring that China “has been very aggressive in gaming the trading system to its advantage,” adding that “we can and should take action against countries that are keeping their currencies undervalued … (and) that, above all, means China.”

    • Gary2

      walter williams-guest host for rush=no creditability

    • Kevin2

      “Columnist Walter Williams reckons its a myth that most of the jobs lost to manufacturing are due to China.”

      I reckon it’s not a myth and Walter is no greater expert than I. I have personal observation. Factory closes here paying an “American” wage. Factory opens in China making the same item paying 1/40th of that wage.

      It’s not about currency manipulation. Hell no one does that more or better then the USA. It’s about labor compensation both direct and indirect. China has for all purposes no OSHA, EPA (State and Federal) or labor laws of substance. Any labor unrest will be handled by the government in a manner that promotes future business.

      Ray Charles can see it.

  • chessking

    i don’t know why #s 1,2, and 21 are there

    as for 21, there are many arguements for abolishing television http://www.amazon.com/Arguments-Elimination-Television-Jerry-Mander/dp/0688082742

  • Steve Mawson

    Jesus will return and he will banish to the darkness all the evil doers, the bankers, the greedy politicians, the crooked cops, those criminals guilty of their crimes, all perverted child molestors…and leave the world sunny and shiny and happy and in harmony where black likes white and jew loves christian and muslim and babmi runs feely across the fields fearless of hunters and guns and clouds will rain coins and children can play barefoot without fear….

    yeah right, you bible thumpers just keep a-prayin and workin them rosary beads – for all the good that superstition will do anyone.

    • Gary2

      don’t forget about the beast with 7 horns rising for the lake of fire to smote the people of earth with the number of the best…

      It must be true some old starving delusional guy named john said it was true from his island home on patmous thousands of years ago.

      • r.bitting

        Gary2, Do not put the Lord your God to the test. I strongly suggest you reconsider mocking God.

    • Disciple

      Give up on the world-system. As you can see from all the evidence given its failing all around us. Faith in Jesus Christ alone is what gets me through these hard times. I don’t need a rosary. I just need Jesus. Are you worried? Afraid? Angry? Talk to Him about it. He understands and will give you peace.

      The economic system is failing, what happens after is what people fear. War, unrest, then dictatorship. No one wants these things. But I assure you, the love of Jesus Christ will sustain you through your darkest hour.

  • greengo

    The USA is doomed to be a larger clone of Argentina. They were destroyed by design as we will be. The new world order cannot tolerate countries that have prosperity, safety, and liberty. My tiny Colorado town now has long range military sniper rifles in it’s swat team. Why does it need sniper rifles, and for that matter a swat team? The average Chinese policeman carries no gun. The average US policeman now has a military assault rifle in his car, a shotgun, side arms, chemical mace, tazers….Does Communist China now have more prosperity, safety, and liberty than we do? I think the answer is yes for the first two. I think soon they will lead in all three.

    • Kevin2

      Arming LLEOs like Rangers is one thing. Getting them to shoot their neighbor is another especially in small town USA. Big cities, different story.

  • Piglet

    “…with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln…”

    All three presided over massive wars that produced huge bloodletting. Lincoln’s war killed more Americans than all of our other wars combined. Is Obama giving us a hint of what he has in mind to even top these three past presidents?

  • Wilbur

    Most of the people we know–and our family–continue to keep up middle class appearances while slowly going broke. Even though I am not religious at all, I have been following this site because the accumulation of statistics here is more than compelling. And these statistics are heartbreaking. This site portends and portrays a worldwide change that must unbearably bleak for someone who is young and taking this all in. I really do think that the party is over and the “Baby Boomers” will be the last generation to make it almost to old age in a reasonably stable world.

    We are seeing just the beginning of the hangover: The end of simple civility which is the bottom line basis for an enlightened society of any sort, the end of reasonably priced/available natural resources, unimaginable complexity and intransigence of cultural differences and conflicts, a clear trend of climate change for whatever reason (it seems that every new study revises projections and estimates accelerating the rate of adverse effect). Each and every person and group seems to have a favorite villain and each is on another’s list. The huge reset that is coming will result in generations of misery and danger for common people in every part of the world.

  • Golden Child

    Is America really in decline? In many places, America actually looks a lot better than 20-30 years ago. I was in New York City the other day. It was completely dead. The streets were NOT crawling with muggers, homeless people and gang bangers. It looked like this from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn all the way to Midtown Manhattan from a pedestrian’s perspective. Twenty years ago, NYC was a filthy dangerous place littered with bums, drug dealers and murderers. Today, NYC is the safest big city in America. NYC is far from alone here. Crime has drastically went down in almost all of America’s big cities from L.A. to San Francisco to DC. DC had over 400 murders in 1991. In the past few years, DC has had the lowest crime rates recorded since the 60’s. Does that spell pandemonium and the end of the world to you? The only sizable American cities that are just as bad as the 80’s and 90’s are places like Baltimore and Oakland. Even those cities aren’t as bad as they used to be.

    I agree that America is probably headed for some rough times. But lets be honest. These same types of articles claiming that America is headed for eminent decline have been written in 1991, 1981 and 1971. The biggest news story of today was people clobbering each other and literally tearing down doors in malls across the nation to buy $180 Air Jordan sneakers that get re-released every year during Christmas. Millions of “ghetto” Americans are clamoring to spend $180 on slave-labor made Nikes? Doesn’t seem like Americans have it too bad to me. I’ll believe America is really in the toilet when I literally see Washington DC set on fire.

  • JustanOguy

    These videos sum it all up… Just imagining what is going to happen when the checks stop coming in the mail and these people go hungry should make everybody shudder…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqwg1KE2-xQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYs4tjuIAlw

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

    Damn… they can run fast. Better get back in the Gym.

  • MySJT

    As Napoleon Hill said years ago, “You get what you think about most of the time.” The continual focus on whats wrong and declining in America has gotten us more of the same. If you want to see deterioration and decline, you will.

    I choose to see extraordinarily common people doing extraordinarily amazing things. Starting their own home businesses, doing things to change the world. I know of literally thousands of people, from all walks of life and all ages, who got focused and said, “I’m changing my thoughts, because THAT will change my reality.”

    I know many people who are working to make life better for themselves and their families instead of wanting Socialism and Social Justice via Robin Hood to show up.

    If you want to make a difference pick your head up, look up, not down. Believe that what you want, wants you. Start making the changes in your personal life you would like to see in the world.

    Choosing to feel terrible or terrific is just that — A CHOICE — that has little to do with the reality around you. If you want your life to change, you have to change your life. Opportunity is EVERYWHERE… step out and take advantage of it.

    A corporate job isn’t the answer. Entitlements are BS. Why is anyone “entitled” to anything…. just because you breathe? Stop believing the Government or Society owes **any of us** anything.

    Corporate and government greed have been going on since the beginning of cities as we know them. So What. It won’t change. Want to remain a “victim”? How’s that workin’ for ya? Change the things you can…like create the life you want and find ways to get it. Hard work never hurt anyone. If you can’t get the job you want, attract something different.

    Yep, this is a sucky pep talk. But know what? It works. I’ve seen it my life and literally 100s of people around me. If you look for answers, you find them.

  • http://causapatet.blogspot.com/ Curt

    I can see that when TSHTF, there will be a target rich environment.

  • DB200

    Michael,

    Again a good post. Here another Fedex video as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wpkbYL7wFA&feature=related

    And there are many more videos of delivery employees throwing and kicking boxes like 3 year old kids.

    Maybe this behaviour is invoked by their management (who probably would have outsourced delivery to China if they could figure out how to do it).

    There is a saying that says: “the fish smells from the head.” That means that if something is bad, it is because its leaders are bad.

  • Motorman

    Dmitri Orlov noted the similarities between the collapse in the USSR and present collapse in the USA. First financial, then economic, then political. Hope that cultural and social collapse remain in the early stages.
    And yet, great opportunity remains in the US.
    Houses at less than rent. Cheap cars, interstate highways, inland waterways,fertile soil, borders without hostile armies, relatively reasonable rule of law. And, the best kept secret in the news, small business and self employment opportunity. The warfare/welfare corporate state, the kleptocratic politicians and their toadies in academia won’t mention small business as a dynamic force. And no wonder. Small business is the abode of freemen, the Jefferson yeoman farmer and merchant. Freemen are the natural enemy of corrupt, failing empires. Freemen produce. Freemen can’t be kept down. They can’t be easily starved into submission. Their votes can’t be bought by thieves and liars.
    Freemnen are everywhere.

    Join us

  • Francisco Canales

    Our United States is run by corrupt politicians that sell out to the multinational corporations and the especial interest. Our duty as Americans is to get ourselves well inform about the politicians voting record on issues that affected our country and the freedom and economic welfare of Americans, also their vote that an effect demise our Constitution and the rule of law. Help us to cleanse congress and the senate from this culture of corruption and throw out all the corrupt politicians out of Washington. and replace all of them by stamen that care about American and the future of the American families, our values and our God given rights to liberty and our freedom to self determination, lest stop the take over of our country by corporatism and re-claim our capitalism system and free enterprise, we must never confuse free enterprise with free trade is globalization and it is not good for our country the USA nor the world. Be part of the solution, vote for Ron Paul and clean up Washington cesspool of corrupt politicians. Do not let money place in our country corrupt politicians that will represent the corporations and especial interest and demise our country. Work with passion and let the people know that our last chance to take our country back is in 2012 – Freedom or the demise of this United States and our economic slavery for generations to come. We must decide it is our choice; our freedom or our slavery.

  • jim nickerson

    It is all too easy to see the end. We have been in decline for years now. Of course this generation cannot see or don’t want to see how it is all going to end. Immorality running wild, no respect for each other, porn, our minds in the gutter, sex everywhere in advertisement, corruption everywhere, killing, raping. The more the population grows, the more perverted the human becomes. Greed is the word of the day. Anyone with an ounce of sense can see it coming. The Bible says the end time will show signs if we are smart enough to figure it out. We have grown ourselves and will fall into hell simply because of our retrobate minds not careing and then we fall totally into the darkest pit of all, hell…that is the future of this planet..it is easy to see.

  • jim nickerson

    The Bible lays it all out plain and simple as to the future of mankind. Now, problem is many people do not believe in the Bible. The reason is, they just do not read it or comprehend what it is saying. Many people mis-interpret much of what the Bible really says. I have read it several times and don’t really understand all of it, but the inspiration for hope for mankind is in there. Otherwise why do have anything. Where there is a creator, there is substance. Believe it or not is everyone’s choice…I would rather believe and be right than not to believe and be wrong….and just what is wrong with that?? Of course athiests are given a will same as Christians…everything starts in the mind, so believe it or not, it is no skin off my ass what anyone else believes or wants to believe.

  • Paul

    If the vehicles get older, maybe their quality got better and they last longer?
    Or maybe their drivers got better and had less accidents?

  • Charles

    Before I start, I’m only 14. But I gave to agree with this article. The U.S. economy is rapidly getting worse… I believe it is due to the lack of proper education. As I’ve studied my fellow peers in class, about 75% of them go through Summer School more than once. I for one go through an advanced education program with about nine other classmates. Once the people my age are in charge, this country will probably become worse than ever. If a 14 year old speaks more sense than 50% of the people in government, what’s next for this dying country?

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