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Losing Faith (In The U.S. Economy)

Are the American people losing faith in the U.S. economy?  The statistics that you are about to read might surprise you.  Not everyone believes that the U.S. economy is dying (there are still millions out there that will swallow anything that the mainstream media tells them), but the reality is that there is a growing chunk of the population that has completely lost faith in our leaders and in our economic system.  A brand new Gallup poll has found that the number of Americans that believe that we are in a "depression" is actually larger than the number of Americans that believe that the economy is "growing".  That is absolutely shocking because according to official government figures, the U.S. economy is growing right now and virtually nobody in the mainstream media or the government has used the term "depression" to describe the economic downturn that we went through recently.  In fact, according to Gallup a total of 55% of the American people believe that we are either in a recession or a depression right now.  This is clear evidence that the American people are losing faith in U.S. government economic statistics and instead they are basing their opinions on what they see in their own communities.  Despite the pablum about an "economic recovery" constantly being spewed by Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama, faith in our economic system continues to decline.  The truth is that the American people are not stupid.  They can see what is happening to the economy.

Back when I was a teenager, one day I walked over to the local McDonald's and filled out an application and was immediately hired.

But that is not how it works today.

Recently, McDonald's made headlines when they held a National Hiring Day.  Some commentators pointed to that event as evidence that the economy was recovering.

Well, you know what?  McDonald's ended up receiving approximately one million applications.

So how many of those people did McDonald's hire?

They hired about 62,000 people.

That means that somewhere around 938,000 eager job applicants were turned away.

Just think about that.

Only about 6.2 percent of those that applied for a job at McDonald's were accepted.

As Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider recently pointed out, that means that Harvard now has a higher acceptance rate than McDonald's does.

Harvard accepts about 7% of those that apply to go to school there.

Who ever thought we would see the day when a higher percentage of applicants get accepted into Harvard than get hired at McDonald's?

Sadly, the number of jobs continues to shrink.  The competition for good jobs has become absolutely crazy.

Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year.  That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in all of U.S. history.

So why is this happening?  Well, there are a lot of reasons, but as I have written about previously, the fact that millions of our jobs are being shipped overseas is a huge factor.

Without good jobs, an increasing number of Americans are being forced to turn to government assistance in order to survive.

Today, more than 44 million Americans are on food stamps.  In addition, government transfer payments now make up 18 percent of all personal income in the United States.

That is frightening.

Things have gotten so bad that now even Wal-Mart is warning that their customers are running out of money.

A large percentage of Wal-Mart customers are just surviving month to month and Wal-Mart has been noticing a huge drop off in sales towards the end of the month when their customers run out of cash.  The following is what the CEO of Wal-Mart had to say about this phenomenon recently....

"Purchases are really dropping off by the end of the month even more than last year."

People are starting to get desperate.  When economic times get tough, crime tends to increase.  Sadly, as a report in USA Today recently noted, thefts of gasoline are increasing all over the nation.

We never had this kind of a problem back when a gallon of gas only was about a dollar a gallon.

Do you remember those days?

They weren't that long ago.

Now it takes some people over a hundred dollars to fill up their gas tanks.

Our leaders keep promising that they know what is happening and that they are going to fix things, but most Americans are not buying it.  Many Americans are completely losing faith in the system altogether.

Our economic decline has been one of the things that has fueled the growth of the prepper movement.  Millions of Americans have decided that they want to start becoming independent of the system.  One recent article described what some residents of Colorado are doing to prepare, but the truth is that this phenomenon is happening all over the nation....

A Black Forest resident has erected a geodesic dome on her 5-acre spread to grow vegetables, keeps horses for emergency transportation, in case she can't get gasoline for her car, and plans to acquire chickens and goats as food sources.

A husband and wife who have a cabin on 100 acres of secluded land in Park County have weaned their property from the electric grid, acquired a three-year food supply and taken other measures to become self-sufficient.

Of course the mainstream media loves to portray preppers as "crazies", but as the U.S. economy continues to die it would be a bit crazy not to prepare.

No job is completely safe today.  Millions of Americans that assumed that their "good jobs" would always be there have had their lives shattered over the past couple of years.

There is nothing wrong with trying to become more self-sufficient.

Everyone should be thinking about either starting up a business or developing alternative sources of income.  Yes, it can be exhausting to work on a side business during evening and weekends, but the time for loafing is over.  Those that are going to make it through the times ahead are those that are going to be willing to work really hard.

People need to start thinking about becoming less dependent on "the system" however they can.  One way to insulate yourself against rising food prices is to learn how to grow your own food.

Even if you only have a very small amount of room you can still grow your own food.  For example, there is one family that is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.

Just because we have lost some of the basic skills that previous generations possessed doesn't mean that we can't get them back.  Back during World War II, "victory gardens" enabled Americans to grow 40 percent of all the vegetables that they needed.  Those gardens greatly contributed to the war effort and helped Americans get through some very difficult times.

There are a lot of preppers out there that are totally out of debt, that own their own land, that are entirely off the electrical grid and that grow most of their own food.  Many Americans would look at such people as "crazies" but those preppers will be in a much better position than most people when the economy totally collapses.

Don't wait until it is too late to prepare.  Millions of Americans are completely losing faith in our economic system.  People are smart.  They can see that we are living in the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world.  They can see that the guts of our economic infrastructure are being ripped out and shredded.  They can see that the number of people living in poverty continues to increase year after year.  They can see the the number of good jobs continues to decrease year after year.

When you see a horrible storm coming the rational thing to do is to prepare.  Just think about all of those tornadoes that ravaged the southeast U.S. the other day.  Most of the people directly in the path of those tornadoes did whatever they could to survive when they realized the twisters were about to hit.

Well, a horrific economic storm is coming.  Every American will be affected by this economic storm at least to some extent.  We all need to prepare while we still can.

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

    ” The truth is that the American people are not stupid. ”

    Why do Americans keep voting for criminals, fools, democrats or republicans?

    • Michael

      Gutter Economist:

      Good point

      I think I should have phrased that sentence a bit differently

  • Tank

    Six Principles of Global Manipulation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fF3TQ0lJnU

  • Just Me

    take away all the social programs and figure out what we’d have.
    NO HEAP, extended unemployment,welfare,foodstamps,SSI,, SS is called a social program, but people do pay into it.
    but if all those programs were taken away, there would be riots in the streets, no one would be safe to walk the streets alone,they aren’t now in some places, food pantries would be robbed if they were even still open. One person would have to stay in their home at all times to deter robbers, they probably will be home anyway if gas keeps going up.

    planting a garden is helpful during the summer months, but if the family don’t have the $600 to $1000. to spend on a pressure canner, Jars, lids ect, they’ll starve in the winter.A couple freezers would help providing they don’t lose power.

    there’s more to prepping than raising a garden,When we had the victory gardens in WW2, most everyone had the following items plus a root celler, minus the chain saw though, we had a couple 2 man saws and a buck saw, here are some extra costs that I never see mentioned. Pressure canner,jars lids, plus extra lids,could run up to $1200.A decent grain mill can cost $500.tools including a chain saw,$600. A good sewing kit and some extra cloth, now would also be a good time to buy some extra work shoes, not Chinese sneakers.

    the people were a lot different during the last depression and WW2,I know people who live up the road a couple miles from me and i don’t even want them on my property now, and much less if times get real tough. there were a few unions back then, but nothing like today, there were no public employee or teachers unions with tax payer funded pensions.I know many state,county workers and retires state,county workers and retired teachers and none get the picture, they think that their ck will be deposited in their account no matter what happends.They still have to go up to the local convient store to get a coffee in the morning and brag about their golden parachute. Those people are going to be hurt the most as states are getting ready to file bankruptcy. there are so many things that people are overlooking. food and water is a great start, but look at the big picture, what’s coming down the road is not going to be over for probably decades.

  • http://BrophyWorld.com BrophyWorld

    Count me as one of the folks who consider the country to be in a depression. And, I reckon it is permanent because the debt is enormous and the politicians have no desire to cut it back, and the voters have no desire to toss the Republicrat rascals from office.

    Voting in ballot boxes has worked badly, so voting with your feet is the only option.

    Imagine living with a responsible government like Hong Kong, in a Mediterranean climate like California. Unfortunately, no such Utopia exists, but Chile offers a combination of pleasant climate and fewer government burdens than many others. If you’re ready to shed the debt your government has imposed upon you, it is a good destination to consider:
    http://brophyworld.com/move-to-santiago-chile/

  • Paul

    Walking burns fat but no oil.

    Wear wool, turn down the heater.

    Elephants and rhinos are vegetarians, too.

    In Philippine slums, the dogs only get kitchen scraps, no dog food from the super market.

    Philippine children from the slums go to school every day – in white, freshly washed and pressed shirts.

  • William

    America will NOT recover its former status unless the citizenry finds the TRUTH about how we got to this point. If you do not know WHO is tasked by the US Constitution to create money, you can not appreciate how we got into this mess. Unless you do not recognize WHY the loss of manufacturing jobs happened, you will not understand. Unless you recognize that the Republicans want to gut Social Security and Medicare so the top marginal tax bracket can be changed from 35% to 25%, you can not see the problem. 99% of the members of the US Congress MUST be defeated in the next election. You get what you vote for. STOP watching the boob tube. Find a topic that you have an interest in regarding the collapse of America, and READ about it. You have the resources here at your fingertips on the internet to find the truth……from ther blackmailing of Wilson to sign the legislation creating the Federal Reserve to the LIES used to push America not only into the illegal and unnecessary war of choice in Iraq, but also WWI. If you do not know the names of Sverdlov, or Radek, or Kamenev, or Kerensky, or Yagoda or Kaganovich, you can not find the truth about what is happening to America. An easy, but expensive place to start, is Lina’s UNDER THE SIGN OF THE SCORPION. Visit Informating Clearing House on the net. ZeroHedge.com is another good site to learn how the funny money we call dollars has wrecked America.

  • Josh

    My family (father, two younger sisters and myself) have been preparing. We have been making our own ammunition for the last 7 months. Casting and filling our own bullets. Not only will bullets be a big trading commodity but for defense. When your sack of GOLD is sitting on the table, you will be wishing that was a sack of food or a gun to shoot the man steeling your food. Buying guns (From big ones to small 22′ rifles for small game). We just ordered a 1 acre of seeds for different climates. We have begun buying used jars from Goodwill and such and filling them with dried beans, rice, and grains. The time WILL come. Our nation cant keep consuming and debt spending at this rate. Shit will hit the fan in no time at all…Prepare prepare and prepare

  • ScoutMotto

    Good article. Prepper here.

    Those who can should get out of debt as fast as possible. Pay off the house if possible, get the car in top working order, get some storeable food, store water, get armed, beef up home security, and get soemthing to barter with. Time is short.

  • Jeffery

    I believe many have gave up on this economy. Nothing will change if we just say recovery.
    Go gogle/yahoo Search: Layoffs 2011

  • Patriot One

    Your right, most of the people I know have lost faith in the economic system. I also have friends that have no clue what is really happening.

    We all know the markets are being manipulated, but it takes a lot more then QE2 to move the markets almost 3000 points in 6 months. Is the market now being driven by emotion? If so how long can it last? Personally I can not account for the markets being up almost 3000 points, maybe I’m just stupid.

    If you can account for it please let me know.

  • karen

    I’m changing the subject just a little I live in the South, we were VERY lucky in being missed by the tornadoes, I am a southern person born and rasied I have never in my lifetime seen the complete devestation that the tornadoes have done. NEVER!!! and it is not over, the cost of lives and property will be devestating, think the economy is bad now, wait until tornado season is over with, the cost will surpass Japan.

  • Kevin

    What was the statement that defined recession verses depression?

    A recession is when your neighbor looses their job. A depression is when you loose your job.

    The bottom line is that we been in this increasingly downward spiral for three plus decades and it was only augmentation with increasing debt that masked the symptoms of industrial evisceration. Eventually the rubber meets the road. Say hello to road and rubber.

    I think if the money (and de-facto purchasing power) created by debt was removed the US standard of living would drop by as much as 50%. That is the good news. The bad news is a 50% drop in the US standard of living is insufficient to significantly increase manufacturing employment when you compete in a globalized labor market.

  • flubadub

    The loss of US manufacturing jobs to low paid foreign labor is well documented. Something that doesn’t seem to get as much attention is the loss of jobs to technology. Look at this video and consider the lost jobs, incomes and income tax revenue.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-626949535860239942

    These robots can work around the clock and each one can replace a couple of workers per shift. Not only do they pay no taxes but they don’t buy houses, or otherwise put any earnings back into the economy. When companies are given tax breaks for investmets in capital equipment this is the type of equipment they’re buying. This is the way trickle down economics works in the twenty first century.

  • http://freefood2gocoop.com Free Food 2Go

    It can be overwhelming to start a plan to have adequate food, water and protection, and to get off the grid.

    It helps me to list the things that I need to do in order of priority. What needs to be done right now? What needs to be done in the next 3 months? And what needs to be done in the next year?

    Then go to work to cover the basics of food, water and protection right now.

    David
    Free Food 2 Go

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com David

    Politicians can say we’re in a recovery and ‘spin’ the numbers… but the prices at the grocery store and gas pump speaks much louder, and people know that inflation is eating away their income.

    David
    Get Long Term Food Storage to save money and be prepared.

  • http://theeconomiccollapse JackieR

    Also in preparing one should plant fruit trees. My whole back yard has about 10 fruit trees. When some die I immediately plant a new one. The trees are near the fense and the garden in the middle. I always give xtra to my neighbors. I am always encouraging them to plant a garden. I see them in a panic where they are so caught up into their fear of having a job tomorrow that their priority is just making it another day. They dont have any energy to think of gardening or put out more money to plant fruit trees.

  • new normal

    folks that apply at mickey d are basically volunteers,factor in that’s it’s part time your costs,taxes,gas, lunch,more taxes,inflation, still more taxes, etc. you’re barely breaking even.if there was some skillset involved it might be worth it butlets face it, at this stage of the game you’re working for free

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    “Prepping” is the only sane response to what is happening now. It’s also the smart thing to do at ANY time.

    In this era of Frankenfoods — mostly unlabeled — growing your own food is essential, not just for economic survival, but for health. [see Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution regarding meat additives for just one example] I’m working on doubling my garden to bring it up to about 4000 square feet (about 1/10th an acre), which will provide exercise, fresh air and sunshine, and an abundance of food, if all goes well.

    However, for the poorest (and I count myself in that group right now), it’s almost impossible to save money, pay off the mortgage, cache supplies, buy a solar system, etc.

    In the “prepping community”, there seems to be a segment that’s interested in a lot of “GEAR” and buying their way into security; personally, I think it’s not a good economic choice to buy food that is meant to last 20 years in storage.

    I wish there were other ways I could prep, but I don’t think you can grow solar panels and batteries just yet.

    We who prepare mostly ignore the ones who need to label folks who are concerned about the future with a derisive term. People seem to need to label what they don’t understand and what they fear, it makes them feel better about themselves and their (non)choices.

  • Ryan

    I don’t know about anyone else but I’m moving to a tropical country where I can live off the land year round…think about it it frosts in alabama, georgia, misissippi and louisiana. The soil in florida will not sustain garden crops. California is fine as long as you have a municipal water supply which you won’t have when america collapses. Hawaii is ultra- expensive to buy land. There is so much social tension and crime in this country you can feel it in the air… imagine what it will be like when a collapse occured. Just like the puritians escaping tyranny from england, so I will escape big brother. Get out while you still can…there is not but about a year left if that. Internationalliving.com, escapeartist.com also see escapefromamerica.com and independentlivingnews.com .

  • mondobeyondo

    My first job was at a Burger King in 1982. I walked in, asked for an application, and got an interview on the spot. My soon-to-be boss asked if I had issues with transportation. I said my high school schedule might conflict with my work hours. Boom! I was hired!

    Today in 2011, I show up at whatever interview I’m lucky to get, with resume, portfolio, the whole nine yards.

    The response? Zero, zip, nada, nein, nyet.

    At times, I’m tempted to just fake it and tell them my last job was as a banker on Wall Street. Ha!

  • Mama G

    Your articles are becoming more informative each day. Sometimes I don’t want to hear what you have to say but I know it is the truth – and people need to hear it.

    My girls are digging a garden as we speak. They are going to call it a Victory Garden. If it actually produces (we can’t get much to grow in our yard) then we will call it the Double Victory Garden. It sure will be nice to be able to can some tomatoes this summer. Our grocery budget seems to be going up each time we go to the store. I know there will come a point that we will not be getting everything on our grocery list. People do it everyday, I know. That doesn’t make it easier.

    • Michael

      Thank you Mama G – I appreciate the compliment

  • Kevin

    Flubadub

    Good post. As a side note one of the chief founders of the UAW Walter Reuther was touring a Ford manufacturing plant in the 1970s after he retired. One of the Ford offspring that I think was the CEO at the time pointed to some robots on the assembly line and said to Walter, “Walt those robots won’t go on strike”, Walter replied, “They will not buy any cars either”.

  • Kevin

    It might have been 1970 just before Walter Reuther died. It was in a book about him.

  • David N

    It is sad to say the whole world is in total chaos and this crisis will result in series of social disorder and civil war across the globe. As for America, It will be like a atomic bomb ready to explode that no one has seen before. God save us all!

  • RMann

    It’s great to be off the grid, and have plenty put back right now. But, the question I always ponder is the one I pondered when Y2K was the big issue. Many then put food back, and were doing the same things mentioned in the artical. My question was and is, how do you keep all the hundreds or thousands who did not prepair, from coming in and taking what you have? No one can be on guard 24/7 against intruders. The craziness of serveral million people not having food, water, gas, and all the other things were are use to, is beyond what most can’t picture in their minds. It is also some thing to think about if your are 50+. The older you are, the more likely you will not survive very long.

  • tyler

    Man think of all those people who couldn’t get a job at mcdonalds. They are probably feeling worthless.

  • 005

    This story hit home, I had made the choice to attend a computer tech-school, and it was costly mistake. The part mentioning McDonalds being more exclusive than Harvard is funny and sad. Kinda feel like yelling “Who is John Galt?”

  • http://www.theglobalfczone.com/Global-Inflation-Crisis-1.html Roth E. Barrons

    Hello,

    One of the more fascinating components of the global financial crisis is the difference in perspective of those who are seeing crisis and those who are either seeing calm, foreseeing recovery, or not seeing anything.

    Recently I was speaking with a man who has been a financial advisor for decades.

    I was asking him about his thoughts on the growth of the precious metals and the prospect of global inflation crisis and his response was interesting.

    He did not comment on global inflation crisis and said he could see the precious metals easily dropping by fifty percent at any moment.

    This is interesting because I am continuously researching the GFC and particularly global inflation crisis, and this experienced financial advisor has a perspective on the GFC that is significantly contrary to that which my research would suggest.

    Regarding the wavering faith in US finance, here is a free three-part report that adds to this subject, based on my research – http://www.theglobalfczone.com/United-States-1.html

    On behalf of The Global FC Zone,

    Crisis to Profit.

    Roth

  • Peter E

    Even SUPERMAN is renouncing his American Citizenship! Things must be getting really bad. What does that say for mere mortals…

    http://www.news.com.au/weird-true-freaky/superman-renounces-us-citizenship-to-do-more-good/story-e6frflri-1226046676311

    Obviously the comic writers know something!

  • CitizenKate

    I agree that the mainstream-media talk about economy recovery is just spin. I don’t think things will actually hit bottom until sometime in June of this year. It will be interesting to see what happens after second-quarter earnings of some of the bigger corporations are published.

  • http://www.battlefield315.com/2011/04/what-liberals-really-think-about-tea.html 007

    I love to watch Bernanke and Obama lie about the economy. Recovery summer! No inflation! Unemployment rate dropping! Economic growth. How do they say it with a straight face. Or are they so entrenched in their Kaynsian/ Socialist theories they actually believe this crap.

    I bought a nice generator today and am restoring my old RV for active service. I hope it holds together as long as possible.

  • Gary2

    until the gross wealth and income inequality is addressed we will not come out of the great republican recession. We need to tax the rich hard and spread the wealth. More and more people agree-TAX THE RICH.

  • The Unicorn

    Its kinda hard to have faith in something that doesn’t exist.(the so called economy)

    On a side note I’ve always been amazed that if someone builds a basement or tornado shelter connected to their home.Then their property taxes go (sky high) up.It seems it would be in the best interest to give a tax break to anyone with such a structure as it saves lives.The property taxes I payed on my unfinished basement/tornado shelter cost more in 10 years then what the structure cost to build.I just can’t figure this one out, unless its pure evil greed?

  • OldPhart

    Roth…
    What year did you graduate sixth grade? Why didn’t you continue into seventh?

    That link you provided is garbage, written by one who has nothing but questions and no coherent answers. Please take some time and educate yourself before suffering further public humiliation.

    I suggest that you, and many others, start looking up http://www.zerohedge.com on a daily basis and start the road to education. Furthermore, start looking at news websites that are not US based.

    The news you/we get from our newspapers, television, and US websites is controlled by your owners. You get all the news they see fit for you to see. Assume everything you hear from US news and government is a lie and you will be well on your way to finding truth.

    Unemployment statistics are a lie, inflation rates are a lie, approval ratings are a lie, credit ratings are a lie…and you are being lied to by every branch of government and media who have common ownership.

    With all that said, 90% who read this will ignore it and tune to Survivor, American Idol, Dancing with Stars or some other bread and circus entertainment venue created to blunt your already limited critical thinking skills.

    Civil War 2.0 will start when the millions of unemployed, no longer getting checks and surviving on only food stamps (if they can still get them while homeless) lose it and start to forage neighborhood by neighborhood. Unless you have some harder means of protection than your neighbor, they’re coming to your house.

    Stock up, lock and load, have basic supplies to keep the mob at bay. They will move on to the easiest targets first.

    Then maintain the vigilance, because right behind the unemployed will be the hoards of government workers. And that is when the real fight begins.

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    This country has been in trouble for a while. Clearly headed in the WRONG direction. The biggest disappointment about this Administration is that they are so much interested in looking good, as opposed to getting results.

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. Visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs1/ for details.

  • Otown Right Guy

    Gutter economist is right. Americans are stupid. Look at our current president and his predecessor. Two idiots. Mass-murdering idiots. Look at Congress. A bunch of craven narcissists. They are a reflection of this country’s people.

  • bobbobbobbob

    remember the poorest english person gets better medical treatment than the richest us person. god blessed america emphasis on blessed

  • Gabrial Singh

    the truth of the matter, is it all falls at the feet of you right wingers. nafta, cafta gave us the shafta, and THAT is YOUR right wing strategy. your articles are becoming more shrill. You right wing idiots broke it, now IT IS YOURS.

  • RJS

    Your comment that the American people are not stupid is not quite accurate. More correctly, the American people are not blind. They can see what is happening in their own communities. However, there are far too many who are stupid. Specifically, the ones who voted for George Bush for two terms and continue to support republicans who make sure that the rich really, I mean really, get richer while everyone else, including the middle class gets screwed.

  • JD

    Micheal thanks for replying on that last article i was feeling kinda down that day. My father says its always darkest before the dawn. I want to believe those words for i feel that perhaps this new reality of America that were all living in HAD to change. It just cant keep going on like this. Im going to be leaving the city soon to join up with my father on his ranch in the central part of mt. We will be well prepared with plenty of food and wild game and wheatfields. I dont give up hope Micheal and thanks for your concern. Its going to be ok. My faith in the Lord sustains me in this time. Somedays are just worse than others. To everyone on this site if you have a warm house and good spouse maybe a little bit of food in your belly thats a good day. Its not about left and right anymore. Its about right and wrong. There are powerful forces at work in the world today we are but leaves in the wind to stop the change the real change that is coming. Its already here. Im used to the new normal. The America that was even in my fathers time is gone. My heart goes out to this years natural disaster victims. I think that its happened too soon to feel the impact economically yet Between the Japan quake and these tornadoes and who knows whats coming next this 9/11 tenth aniversary year its shaping up for the grand finale. I think that a major event is coming that will finally push us off that cliff soon probably summer. Riots on the streets of America. Im going to the country. Best regards my fellow serfs ;)

    • Michael

      JD:

      There are a lot of great people in Montana. Hopefully you will get to know some of them.

      A lot of people are heading up the northwest. Perhaps I should do an article about that some time.

      My prayers are with you and with all of the readers.

      Michael

  • The Unicorn

    Its hard to have faith in something that doesn’t exist “The economy”.

    As far as robots taking over heres something to consider the DC-3′s built starting in 1930 without robots has NEVER!! had a structual failure several are still in commercial service.The DC-3 never had an easy life either.The list of aircraft built in part by robots and having structural failures would fill a small library.

  • Gary2

    I love it-TAX THE RICH AND SPREAD THE WEALTH NOW!

    Poll: Liberals, Conservatives Agree: Tax the Rich!

    Liberals and conservatives don’t typically agree on budget priorities, but according to a national survey from Marist, they feel the same way about one thing: Raising taxes on the rich is the way to go.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/04/poll-liberals-conservatives-agree-tax-the-rich/238057/

  • randy

    the american people aren’t stupid??? are you kidding??? obamarama is president, the bushes were presidents, clinton was president, reagan was president…and etc., americans actually think the dems and repubs are different, americans actually think their vote counts, americans actually think social security is constitutional and not socialism…seems like they are pretty stupid to me!

  • http://www.battlefield315.com/2011/04/what-liberals-really-think-about-tea.html 007

    The Federal Reserve is responsible for the oil prices, food inflation, inflation on everything else and the turmoil in the middle east. Bernanke is in Obama’s back pocket and he approves of this all. Get rid of Obama and Bernanke. Stop the nightmare!

  • Charlie

    The world is in a crisis. In america you have free loaders that will murder, plunder, and steal to get what you have. More of them then not. 350 Million people in USA and more illegals coming all the time. How do you think you can protect yourself from that by trying to stand as an island? Being a self sustaining hermit isn’t going to save you. The world is small and you have no where to hide.

    The fact is you have paid for weapons that wealthy and rich will use against you without any direct involvement…. Drones, Laser, Solar, Sound, Reflection weapons that wipe out mass population. Don’t worry about gardens, you will not need.

    As for commits about republicans cauaing crisis, you have to be stupid to assume that. It changed with technology changes. Robots in 70′s moved many from industrial jobs. Robots worked 24/7, cost a small fraction of union labor. Unions made themsleves expendable. The down side no Robot buys the product… those that worked no longer can afford to buy products.

    The high cost of American Union Labor was the beginning and ending of Middle Class America. Unions loved high priced export and low cost imports….. ok as long as they benefitted but the tables were reversed as Corporations and gov gave away America.

  • JD

    Michael first off sorry for misspelling your name I have great respect for your work. I wanted to clear up that I already live in Montana. Helena to be more precise. My problem here is that its not the place i would want to be when the only food comes from stores and i imagine that the deer herds would be decimated in a short while if there was a catastrphoic food shortage. Gary2 would get his wealth distribution wish because everyone will either share or be killed. There are many well armed citzens in Montana. But believe me the pain is being spread around up here too. Everyone is slowly getting pissed about the gas prices. Gas is vital in a huge state like this. We dont have subways or any real affordable public transportation. We drive everywhere. But anyways Michael I would love it if you wrote about the exudous of people coming to states like MT WY ID CO. We are the last bastion of safety in this country. But i think that outsiders wont be welcome in an doomsday event. I had a vision when i was driving down I-15 going south into Idaho. There are literaly 4 passes between Helena & Idaho Falls. What if you were a refugee from some other part of the country and you were suddenly stopped by armed men and the roads were blocked? There is no other way around. You would either be robbed and killed. What im saying is that if you can move to a Rocky Mt state RIGHT NOW by all means do it. Dont expect a ton of jobs here though. Ive build thousands of houses for newly arrived Californians for the past ten years. The ones who were smart and have the money came up here already. They knew that So Cal stinks. So they sold their homes there and bought one for half the price here on a mountain acre. BTW which is now covered in beetle killed pine trees that are a fire danger and are rust colored. Even MT isnt a fairy tale land anymore. Well untill next time you guys keep writing ill keep reading…

  • Fed Up

    Michael,

    Please DO write an article on where people are heading. We are getting ready to move to Colorado, and are investigating the various appropriate areas there. Even though Colorado is sadly becoming a “sanctuary ” state for illegals, there are still remote-ish areas where one can fish, hunt, garden, collect firewood, etc. and yet there is still SUNSHINE most of the year. And the winters are not as bad as Montana and Idaho (where we have lived before in the 80s and 90s)

    Taxes are relatively low in CO and they are doing some intelligent things for job creation and lower government—(excluding their attitude on illegals). Also there is a strong “preppers” group in CO. They respect independent thinkers and self-reliant people—much of their state heritage

    But I, and probably others, would love to hear where people are thinking of moving to get prepared and as far from the craziness as possible.

  • JD

    To fed up good luck to you brother. i hope you and your family can find a safe place when the time comes. I feel so grateful for my family ranch. One thing about MT though not everyone can live here. I was born in CO raised in WY and moved to MT in 96. The rockies are the last best place although the winters can be cruel. Speaking of which Michael a man froze to death in his car this past winter. He tried to live in his car in January with a heater plugged into his cigarette lighter. Didnt work out too well for the poor soul. I have no ill will to my fellow man but its hard to trust desperate people. I fear that if even if i went out to the sticks that a horde of people from Great Falls pop. 80000 would raid the countyside in mass. No God or Govt. can stop a hungry man. Except if that day ever arrives when i have to choose between my own survival and a horde of hungry people i would hope i would have enough to feed them all rather that having to kill them to save myself. I never thought in a million years that this could be a possible scenerio. I feel sick and sad in my heart but if you dont think the worst cant happen stop being a pollyanna and WAKE THE F**K UP. I get tired of saying that to people so the asleep ones i envy because ingorance is bliss unless you live in your car.

  • Craig

    This country was not built on “free trade” as the International Banker controlled Media would have you believe, but upon TARIFFS.

    The U.S. is the largest single market in the world. If a country or a corporation wants to sell its foreign produced products here, it should have to PAY for the PRIVILEGE. TARIFFS capture the corporation’s FOREIGN PROFIT for OUR use. If that corporation doesn’t want to pay the TARIFF, then it has the option to build a factory here and hire AMERICANS. AMERICANS want to enjoy the economic benefits of a technological society, and not suffer the poverty of an INTERNATIONAL BANKER CONTROLLED SLAVE LABOR ECONOMY.

    As AMERICANS, we have a RIGHT to control our economic destiny. TARIFFS are the only way to GET CONTROL of America’s economic fortune. History has shown TARIFFS AND NON-TARIFF BARRIERS work remarkably quickly — Japan and China are two recent examples of the effectiveness of this method to rapidly power up economies.

    The International Bankers hate tariffs, as it cuts into their profits and wrecks their plans for international serfdom. Their Corporate Controlled Media will wail and cry doom at the mention of the word TARIFF.

    SHOUT THE SOLUTION FAR AND WIDE! TARIFFS now! DEFEAT THE FREE-”TRAITORS” !!!

  • Morpheus

    You can fool some of the people but not all of us. As far as a depression, we are not there yet but it’s coming. Most people should be down because there are no real answers or new thinking coming out of government. As mater of fact, our government is at war with itself. That’s not very encouraging.

    We shouldn’t give up. America has one last option left us, the “Nuclear Option”

    “JOIN THE REVOLUTION“
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolu­tion2.osix­s.org )

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    We don’t have to live like this anymore.
    “Spread the News”

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “When the money stops flowing down to Main Street, the blood starts flowing on the streets.”—Gerald Celente

    “We are in deep tyranny……deep, deep, deep.”–Alex Jones

    “If the middle class crumbles, we become a Third World nation—a nation of extremes: the rich, and everyone else.”—Arianna Huffington

    “The merger of state and corporate power is called fascism, and fascism has come to America.”–Gerald Celente

    • GT66

      ““If the middle class crumbles, we become a Third World nation—a nation of extremes: the rich, and everyone else.”—Arianna Huffington”

      Feminism is one of the major forces behind the destruction of the middle class and guess who’s adamant feminist? She’s not making a casual observation she stating a goal.

  • the Beast

    Purchasing a bicycle is always a good option. I was commuting 20 miles per day and not having much trouble with it. And there is another benefit with the improvement of my health.
    Thank God for inventing the bicycle.

  • http://educatorssite.com/?p=558 educator

    On the IMF website they are saying the next President will reside over the fall of the U.S.

    Mechelle Bachmann is saying on Fox that we can’t wait 20 years to balance the budget, and that we need to improve Paul Ryan’s budget plan…Politicians need to get serious now.

    I have my expertise, but economics is not one of them. However the attached video brought it home for me. To our political leaders, the Federal Reserve is like having unlimited access to Mom and Dads Credit Card, and we, the taxpayer, hold the debt (not the Fed…they profit from it which is an incentive to issue more credit.)

    Thus the Fed has more power over them then we ever thought of having. Now I understand how many of our politicians become a millionaires, and why they do not listen to us. The only way we will ever balance the budget, and get control of our government is to reign in the Fed.

  • Fed Up

    We are planning on moving to Colorado. As “JD” said in another discussion, “the Rockies are the last best place.”

    Colorado already has lots of preppers, organized in various areas and they meetup as a group a few times a year.
    CO has low taxes, hardly any gun laws, and a history of independent thinking and self-reliance. If you live at lower elevations the weather is perfect four seasons, with LOTS of sunshine, no natural disasters (except forest fires), and NO BUGS. Water can be an issue, but there are lots of creeks, rivers, and good wells if you look for them.

    There’s plenty of wildlife, fishing, and firewood. Except for the ski and resort areas, housing and land prices are very affordable.

  • victorbenabraham

    Yes, the US economy is going dow the tubes. But the cause is psychological. It is a question of self belief or self confidence. Just like a person will destroy his or her self confidence if focuses on short comings and wil become paralized unable to accomplish anything, no matter how hard he or she needs to, in the same manner a nation, a people will sink if it starts to focus on all its shortcomings.

    This is precisely what the US has been doing to itself for the last 50 years or so. For whatever reason the US has given birth o a series of hiperarticuate, hiperintelligent, hipercritical, hkperpersistant hipersuccessful hiper social critics who gave destroyed America’s self confidence.
    Relentlessly they have persuaded a majority of Americans that almost everything American was flawed

  • victorbenabraham

    Yes, the US economy is going dow the tubes. But the cause is psychological. It is a question of self belief or self confidence. Just like a person will destroy his or her self confidence if focuses on short comings and wil become paralized unable to accomplish anything, no matter how hard he or she needs to, in the same manner a nation, a people will sink if it starts to focus on all its shortcomings.

    This is precisely what the US has been doing to itself for the last 50 years or so. For whatever reason the US has given birth o a series of hiperarticuate, hiperintelligent, hipercritical, hkperpersistant hipersuccessful hiper social critics who gave destroyed America’s self confidence.
    Relentlessly they have persuaded a majority of Americans that almost everything in real everyday America was flawed. Once they succeeded destroying a set of values they went after another one. Each “success” was anither hole in Americans belief in themselves.

    They went after the family, the role of men and women, religion, politicians, industry leaders, corporations, sexua values and customs, the working class (Archie Bunker then and the Simpsons now). They convinced the kids that the parents were deeply wrong.

    They did all this by turning the exception into the rule. If a few corporation polluted, even if it was due to ignorance, they wiukd write a series of books that perduaded the public all corporatons are intentional polluters and all executives unprincipled greedy bastards. The pattern was repeated with any subject with books, movies, comedy, tv shows and on and on.

    They have been so wildly successfull that the majority of Americans no longer feel proud of their country. It is irrational and unfair that one
    Of the best countries to live in the World, the country that twice prevented the from losing freedom under Nazism and Communism feels so low about itself.

    The hipercritics probably have good intentions, they want to improve America focusing on her flaws. Unfortunately it does not work that way, if you focus on flaws, even if they are the
    Exception but preset them as the rule you will discredit the whole thing. No socia group, team, club, church, temple, synagogue, police firce, school, etc., will survive if some of its brightest members invest their best efforts building up any flaw as if the whole thing was flawed.

    The hipercritics praise America in the abstract, they speak of the American Constitution, the Founding Fathers, Freedom and so in praising terms but write nothing to help the average American feel good aboou America; nohing good about family, men, industry, political system and so on.

    One of the worse effects is that many people do not believe in the future so they focus on making a quick buck now. This is what brought us the real estate buble and business, banks and corporations focused on the next quarter profits, unwilling to think in terms of the long term. Is is short term “MBA” thinking that made General Motors unable to compete with Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, Nissan and BMW.

    One result has been many bright Americaporn kids do no really want to be engineers or industria scientists or leaders in industral companies, they go into Law, Medicine, Money management, University teaching and research or in the Media. Unfortuntately those professions while necessary do not create jobs for the masses, only manufacturing does that, only manufacturing can create high value products and services that can be exported all over the World and that can prevent that high value products from other countries eiminate good American jobs. I need not add that with weak manufacturing there is no way to have security.

    What needs to be done: run out of the American discourse the hipercritics, write books to discredit them, shout at them on the street, out argue them at conferences, make comedy and movies to discredit and ridicule them until they are thoroughly marginaliz
    ed. The average American regardless of religion or race needs to be activey involved. If we do not turn America’s self image around America is doomed, our children are doomed, freedom and d
    emocracy are doomed here and arund the World.

    In a way America now reminds me of Germany during the Weimar Republic; lots of creative people, lots of bright scientists (many Nobel Prizes), lots of artists, psychologists, designers and so on yet the country was an economic mess. We all know
    what arose from the mess. I do not want to be a victim of the perverse effectiveness of the hipercritics, lets run them out of the public discourse before it is too late.

    Victor

  • Koichi Ito

    The downfall of U.S. Dollar is real!! The best cure for your asset is to buy gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullions or coins to fight inflation or hyperinflation! Soon U.S. Dollar will fall fast agast Austalian Dollar and Canadian Dollar, as well as Euro!

  • Zombie Prez

    Higher education through the public university system is nothing but a scam to enslave the American people and make debt slaves out of them for the rest of their lives.
    If housing was a bubble, then higher education is a bubble much, much greater than the housing bubble itself.
    So get ready for another crash!

  • GT66

    “Everyone should be thinking about either starting up a business or developing alternative sources of income.”

    Riiiigghhht… Because since the government destroyed the economy, and saddled us with insurmountable debt, a second, third or fourth income is just the indentured serfdom tax ticket they need! I suggest the opposite… sit on your hands, collect entitlements until this government is broken enough to accept radical change.

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