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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.

  • 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?

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  • 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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