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Madness: 39 Things That Are Driving Ordinary Americans Absolutely Crazy

Have you noticed that almost everyone seems really angry these days?  Frustration with the government and with most of the other major institutions in our society seems to grow by the day.  According to a brand new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 80 percent of Americans say that they are either dissatisfied or angry with the government.  Americans are deeply divided about what the solutions to our problems are, but what almost everyone can agree on is that our problems are getting worse.  Watching all of the madness that is going on in Washington D.C. and in our state capitals is almost enough to drive anyone absolutely crazy.  Our nation is drowning in an ocean of debt, jobs are being shipped overseas at an alarming rate, thousands of stores are closing, poverty is exploding, greed has become a national pastime and corruption is seemingly everywhere.  The American people are incredibly frustrated because the vast majority of our "leaders" appear to be too incompetent or too corrupt to deal with our problems.

If you visit just about any website on the Internet that deals with politics or the economy and spend some time reading the comments that people leave you will quickly see how angry people are becoming.  A lot of times people have no other outlets for the intense frustration that they are feeling and so they just let it all come out online.  Yes, Americans have always complained about the government, but the madness that we are seeing today is really unprecedented in modern U.S. history.  Something has fundamentally changed.

The U.S. government and most of our other major societal institutions are rapidly losing the faith of the American people.  But society cannot function without trust.

So what is going to happen once all of the trust is gone?

The following are 39 things that are driving ordinary Americans absolutely crazy right now....

#1 According to Newsweek, close to one out of every five American men between the ages of 25 and 54 does not have a job at the moment.  So why is the "greatest economy on earth" unable to provide jobs for nearly 20 percent of the men that are in their prime working years?

#2 Last year, over a million homes were repossessed by financial institutions.  This year a similar number of repossessions is expected.  Sometimes these evictions are absolutely heartbreaking.  Just check out the following excerpt from a recent Newsweek article....

To understand American anger, that roiling storm sometimes dubbed our national “mood,” spend a day with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Since 2006 the unlikely lawman—a tea drinker who listens to Bobby Kennedy speeches on his way to work—has overseen all foreclosures and evictions in the Chicago area, one of the hardest hit nationwide. The process does not always go well. One evictee shot himself in the head, remained conscious, and calmly tried to raise the pistol again as deputies battered the front door.

#3 Companies like Netflix and Chipotle are significantly raising prices.  Meanwhile, Ben Bernanke claims that there is hardly any inflation.  He must not go grocery shopping much.

#4 The government keeps telling us that the economy is improving, and yet more stores keep closing.  The Gap has announced that up to 200 stores will be closed over the next two years.  Perkins has announced that they will be closing 58 restaurants.  Borders has announced that they will be shutting down their remaining 399 stores and that 10,700 employees will lose their jobs.  Yes, the economy is really buzzing right now.

#5 Government services all over the nation are being cut back.  An atmosphere of austerity has descended on the entire country.  For example, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says that we may soon have to say goodbye to Saturday mail delivery.

#6 Many broke public school systems are now charging parents lots of money for things that used to be free.  The Wall Street Journal says that one family in Ohio has to shell out over $4,000 a year for basic school activities....

Budget shortfalls have prompted Medina Senior High to impose fees on students who enroll in many academic classes and extracurricular activities. The Dombis had to pay to register their children for basic courses such as Spanish I and Earth Sciences, to get them into graded electives such as band, and to allow them to run cross-country and track. The family's total tab for a year of public education: $4,446.50.

#7 The Federal Reserve gets to give out tens of billions of dollars of nearly interest-free loans to their bankster friends while tens of millions of American families desperately try to survive an economic downturn that was caused by those same banksters.

#8 We have gotten ourselves into a position where we are in so much debt to China that we have to constantly be concerned about how they feel about our financial status.  Earlier this week, one top Chinese official urged the U.S. government to do something to boost confidence in the U.S. dollar and in U.S. government debt....

"We hope the U.S. government will take responsible policies and measures to boost global financial market confidence and respect and protect the interests of investors."

#9 The national debt continues to spiral out of control and our politicians seem unwilling to do anything serious about it.  If you combine all sources of income, it is estimated that LeBron James makes about 42 million dollars a year.  If he continued to make money at that rate, it would take him 23,809 years to make a trillion dollars.  Yet our politicians see no problem with running trillion dollar deficits year after year.

#10 Unless our politicians do something dramatic, the federal government is headed straight toward financial hell.  It is being projected that the U.S. national debt will hit 344% of GDP by the year 2050 if we continue on our current course.

#11 It is not just the federal government that is broke.  Right now, there are a lot of state and local governments that are teetering on the brink of financial disaster.  Moody's has announced that it will be reviewing, and possibly downgrading, the credit ratings of Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.  The city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is such a financial mess that nobody really has any idea how to fix their problems.

#12 All over the United States, highways, water treatment plants, libraries, parking meters, airports and power plants are being sold off (much of the time to foreigners) in order to plug short-term holes in state and local budgets.

#13 The combination of federal government spending, state government spending and local government spending now accounts for a larger share of U.S. GDP than at any other time in our history.

#14 Police all over America have been shutting down lemonade stands run by little children.  At least one police chief in Wisconsin was good enough to apologize when it happened in his area.  It is too bad that there aren't more police out there that have a little common sense.

#15 The U.S. housing crash shows no signs of abating.  Real estate construction is absolutely dead.  In fact, right now we are on track for the lowest number of total housing completions that the U.S. government has ever recorded in a single year.

#16 In June, sales of previously-owned homes in the United States declined to a seven month low.  Without good jobs, the American people cannot afford to buy homes.  Many of those that do have good incomes are being turned down by mortgage lenders.

#17 The supply of existing homes for sale continues to go up.  That means that it is going to get even harder for average Americans to sell their homes.

#18 The value of U.S. homes has fallen by a total of approximately 6.6 trillion dollars since the peak of the housing market.

#19 It isn't just banks that are kicking people out of their homes.  All over the country, homeowners' associations are aggressively using their powers to boot American families out on to the streets.

#20 Instead of being used by families, all over the country thousands of foreclosed homes are rapidly filling up with mold.

#21 Really bizarre thefts are being reported all over the United States right now.  For example, it was just reported that some crooks in Pennsylvania ripped up and hauled away about 100,000 pounds of train track.

#22 Authorities continue to insist that violent crime is going down, and yet the number of police officers killed by gunfire is on pace to easily set another all-time record for the second year in a row.

#23 One recent study found that approximately 47 percent of all meat and poultry in the United States "is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Staph".

#24 The health insurance companies keep jacking up rates on all of us, and yet they also continue to report record breaking profits.

#25 The Obama administration is now using "mystery shoppers" to spy on doctors.  The following is from a report in the New York Times....

Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

#26 Corruption appears to be rampant on every level of American society today.  For example, one NYU professor recently discovered that 20 percent of his students were blatantly cheating on assignments.

#27 Thanks to insane tax loopholes, a substantial percentage of the billions of dollars of income that hedge fund managers make is only taxed at a maximum rate of 15 percent.  Meanwhile, middle class American families are being absolutely hammered with taxes.

#28 The "too big to fail" banks now control 77 percent of all of the banking assets in the country.

#29 In 2010, the United States had the worst current account balance in the world.  The U.S. had a current account balance of negative 561 billion dollars for 2010.  No other nation had a negative current account balance that even exceeded 70 billion dollars.  The amount of wealth leaving our country and being transferred to the rest of the world is absolutely mind blowing.

#30 One recent poll found that 72 percent of Americans believe that we are involved in too many wars.  But the Obama administration seems to think that we should be "the police of the world" and they just keep getting the U.S. military involved in more conflicts.

#31 Startling revelations are starting to come out about a scandal so big that it could shake up Washington D.C. for years to come.  Apparently, ATF agents were ordered to get thousands of guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels and they were also apparently ordered not to follow those guns to see where they ended up.

#32 The top 5 percent of all income earners in America account for almost as much consumer spending as the bottom 80 percent of all income earners.

#33 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.  But instead of being treated with kindness, many communities are treating the growing ranks of the poor as "outcasts" or criminals.

#34 Despite the promises of our politicians, globalism is absolutely shredding the American economy.  According to Forbes, the United States has been losing an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

#35 There are no signs that our rampant unemployment problem is going to end any time soon.  In fact, right now it takes the average unemployed worker about 40 weeks to find a new job.

#36 The vast majority of U.S. consumers are tapped out at this point.  Just consider the following quote from the New York Times....

The auto industry is on pace to sell 28 percent fewer new vehicles this year than it did 10 years ago — and 10 years ago was 2001, when the country was in recession. Sales of ovens and stoves are on pace to be at their lowest level since 1992. Home sales over the past year have fallen back to their lowest point since the crisis began.

#37 Right now in Congress there is a proposal to change the way that inflation is calculated.  According to The Senior Citizens League, this change would cause the average retiree to lose out on $18,000 in Social Security benefits over a 25 year period.

#38 Our tax system is fundamentally unjust.  Just look at the example of General Electric.  G.E. is a favorite of the Obama administration and somehow they get away with not paying taxes year after year. Just check out what the New York Times claims G.E. got away with in 2010....

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

#39 The TSA continues to abuse U.S. travelers in some of the most bizarre ways imaginable.  For example, one 95-year-old grandmother in a wheelchair that is dying from cancer was asked to remove her adult diaper so that TSA "officials" could feel her up properly.  In what kind of a society does this type of thing go on?

No wonder the American people are losing faith.  It is hard to keep believing when you see rampant corruption and decay everywhere you look.

But mostly, the American people want to be able to take care of their families.

The American people are not going to start feeling better about things until there are plenty of good jobs to go around.  If people cannot pay their mortgages and provide for their families then they are not going to be content no matter what our politicians tell them.

Unfortunately, the "new normal" is going to be a lot different from what the "old normal" was.  The United States is a declining power.  Every month our nation is bleeding more jobs, more factories and more wealth.  Every month our debt problems on the federal, state and local levels get even worse.  We have been living far beyond our means for decades, and we are rapidly getting to the point where that simply will not be possible anymore.

The long-term trends that have gotten us to this point have taken decades to develop.  There is no "quick fix" that some politician is going to bring in that is going to create some kind of miracle.

We are now starting to pay the price for decades of bad decisions.  As the consequences of our decisions become more apparent, the American people are going to get angrier and angrier.

Unless something very dramatic happens, we are heading for a very ugly chapter in American history.

Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

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  • Ben Dover

    Part of USA’s problem IS the fact that people have been drawing SS for 25 years. None of us have paid anywhere near enough into the system to take from SS that long.

    I am not bashing old people (we will all be there soon enough), but it is what it is.

    “Means testing” will only further encourage people to deal outside the system wherever possible.

    The Greeks do not want their party to end (who does?), but will be forced to acknowledge that they NEVER produced enough to live as they have been since joining the Euro.

    • Mark

      One part of the social security problem is the cost of living raises. Pensions in the private world do not have this budgit busting benifit. All pensions from public employees stay the same and not go up.

      • liberranter

        And cost-of-living raises wouldn’t be an issue if the currency on which the whole system rests wasn’t inflation-plagued fiat money.

      • Michael V

        Yes, but SS and pensions, if your lucky enough to have one or both, are supposed to supplement our income, not to provide us with a constant cost of living increase. Each of us are responsible to store money away through savings and investments for our own future and hopefully leave something for our own children. Lets stop the mindset that its a company’s or the government’s responsibility to take care of us. Pensions and SS may go away or be greatly reduced. Their nice to have, but if one is counting on them, please be warned, they may be in a rude awaking in the future.

      • tara

        It is NOT true that pensions of public sector employees have no COLA component. They DO get cost of living adjustments.

    • Jean C

      When I applied for Social Security I asked whoever I was speaking with if I could take the amounts that I contributed, my employers throughout the years contributed, apply an interest rate of (say) 5% and figure out how much over the years the total amount would be. That would be the amount that I felt I deserved to have repaid to me. Extremely logical I thought. They thought otherwise. I was told that I couldn’t do that and when I asked “Why?” I was told “Federal regulations…..” Go figure….. I was just trying to be fair. but NO…..”Federal regulations” won’t allow you to be “fair”.

  • startover

    The list of things driving americans mad is a result of people falling away from God and worshiping money instead. Most of the items listed by michael the writer are a direct result of negligence by those who are in charge, and who have become concerned about making more money, instead of being thankful for what they have, and doing a good job. Now you can see that things are going to get much worse.
    You can see why the creator has at times destroyed mankind and started over. Can you blame him?

    • NostraDennis

      Amen to that, startover.

    • Charles

      I agree. Basically 2 words- ‘moral decay’ describe why we are where we are. Most of the population is involved in some kind of self abuse of some sort. They’re so distracted that they’re just whistling past the graveyard. Hard to mobilize a nation of sheep headed to slaughter.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/10-signs-that-the-american-people-are-starting-to-freak-out-about-the-condition-of-the-economy US Marine

    AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM A US MARINE TO ALL AMERICANS:

    My Fellow Americans,

    Our political leaders have failed us, and our gov’t has betrayed us.

    America IS in its final stages of collapse, and their is NO way to prevent it. It is an absolute mathematical certainty.

    The next step is ANOTHER false-Flag operation by the CIA here in the US. The CIA, FBI, NSA, DOD, and other Federal Agencies, will use nuclear and Biological agents.

    This will be the excuse for the Federal Government to decalre Maritial Law and disolve the pesky Constitution, allowing complete siezure of the US by the TSA (Treasonous Sadistic Assholes)

    • Erik

      I hear ya bro.

      What a lot of people don’t know is that a lot of the things being prepared for the American people were first tested on the Iraqis.

      My platoon used to use the HIIDES (human identification) system to finger print and retina scan random Iraqis, which would go into a large database. I can’t believe we did this. It was very dehumanizing.

      Fortunately, I have found peace and forgiveness in Christ, left the army, and now try to educate people about the travesty that is Iraq, and the ultimate plans of the NWO.

      • http://economiccollapse pmiller

        would love to know what it was like for you in Iraq and the travesty…. Did you encounter DU??

        • Erik

          @pmiller

          The DU is in most of the armor piercing ammunition, especially the M1 Abrams and the Bradleys.

          I don’t think I had to much exposure, except being around it when in the vehicles. 1/3 of the Iraqi babies born out in Fallujah and Ramadi are deformed, from the battles that took place in 2004-06, where this ammo was used with great frequency, as many of you know.

          • Guido

            I took over my own rad detector and I spoke to the folks at KI4U.com before I went. Their lab folks have decades of experience. They told me there was nothing to be concerned with regarding DU. They did inform me that Iraq has slightly higher natural background radiation, but that there should be nothing to be concerned with there. My detector never gave me any indications of anything I should be concerned with. I spent some time crawling around their blown-up vehicles, but I never got so much as a click from them. I also had an old film dosimeter kit which never showed any real danger. I’m not saying I would eat the stuff, but I think the DU threat may have been over-sensationalized, since anything remotely connected to radiation naturally scares the pants off right-thinking people.

            My buddies in Baghdad were telling me they have a high number of deformed kids there, but that incest is also widespread.

      • Guido

        Hey, Erik
        You’re right about that! I saw the meat gazer in Iraq in 2008? Now they’re in every airport. We did biometrics on Iraqis, now we do it on visitors and immigrants. We developed drones and microwave guns for use in Iraq, now we use them or prepare to use them on ourselves.

        • Erik

          Yup, good old Baghdad, I know it well. You hit on it though. My intent is not to red herring this blog from the coming econ. collapse, only to point out that wars and the military are often used as test grounds for social and moral policy, before they are released upon the American public.

          The things that NWO has planned for us, if we let them, is very scary. Most won’t know what hit them.

    • A.S.

      I can see many things they can do:

      1. Unleash the biological viruses, germs, bacteria, etc., from Plum Island (right off of the coast of Long Island)…this will murder about 75-100 million in the NorthEast.

      2. Cause another hurricane (100 mph+) in the Gulf of Mexico…this will murder about 50 million in the South-SouthEast.

      3. Cause the New Madrid fault to explode…this will murder about 50 million in the Midwest.

      4. Cause more tornadoes and all the rivers to flood way more than ever seen…this will murder about 25 million in the Great Plains and lower Midwest.

      5. Cause the San Andreas fault to explode and create a 10.0 earthquake…this will murder about 75-100 million in the West-SouthWest.

      I guess that is all the major areas, minus Salt Lake City and Denver (but I am sure they will be affected by one of the above).

      If my numbers are accurate, then that will murder off about 95-99% of the U.S. population. And the elitists will have the whole U.S. to themselves.

      If anyone disagrees with me, please by all means, comment below my comment. But we all know anyone of them is a high probability to purposely cause in order to enforce Martial Law across the whole U.S., all under FEMA, with
      “Father Obama” as King of the U.S.

    • Syrin

      Is this just your speculation or have you actually seen/heard of specifics that some concrete plan is in the works?

    • liberranter

      God bless you, brother, for being one the “good guys” in the legions today.

    • Robert

      I have making the prediction about nationwide martial law for several years, and I was beginning to think I was the only one who could see it coming! I have lost many friends over this. How many of think Obama will willingly give up the White House in January 2013? Or even allow the 2012 elections to take place if its clear he is going to loose? That gives you a timeframe to work with.

      I am a retired Naval Officer, and my recommendation is that if you can possibly do it, get out of Dodge! …not just out of the cities, out of the country. …and do it soon, because King Obama will eventually move to prevent the exodus.

      I’m not saying that life will be easy living in another country, but when this breaks, life in the US will be hell on earth for those who survive the initial crisis. Can you imagine living in a country in absolute anarchy, where anyone and everyone you see is probably armed? Restoring order will be no better, as it will take a strong military that shows NO mercy.

      Good luck to you all.

      • A.S.

        You are missing something, Robert…

        Obama was selected and his election was insured by the Bilberbergs. If they want him in for a second term, he will not lose.

        The election will go as planned as though it is a free election, but we all know what the result may be: another term for Obama. What, Ron Paul or Rick Perry has a chance of winning? Come on, if you believe that, then you are already fooled by the Bilderbergs.

    • Brandy

      WOW!! that was well put and true to the last letter……

  • Paul

    10 years ago I wondered “what would it take to wake the American people out their FOX/CNN slumber”. Now I think its too late. Waiting around for a nice, painless election doesn’t really cut it, as you’ve all found out.

  • http://freedomrebels.com.uk Enoch

    This is a simple yes of not answer.

    The answers to our dillemma regarding gorvernment tyranny can be remedies by something called “Lawfull Reballion”!?

    One question… One Subject…

    Thanks,

    Enoch

    • Highspeed

      Yes, Absolutely! This is what it will take. But, I am afraid there aren’t many willing to be martyrs. Most Americans have grown too soft to put up much of a battle.

  • http://freedomrebels.com.uk Enoch

    My apalogies for the typos!

  • McKinley Morganfield

    “We are now starting to pay the price for decades of bad decisions. As the consequences of our decisions become more apparent, the American people are going to get angrier and angrier.”

    All the American people have to do is look in the mirror. We have to admit it is we the people who have aided and abetted in the destruction of our society before we are ready to reverse course by electing responsible leaders to positions of authority. Feeling angry? Scream and shout, rant and rage at your own reflection.

    “Unless something very dramatic happens, we are heading for a very ugly chapter in American history.”

    Something dramatic is looming on the horizon and it will be ugly.

    THE SECOND COMING

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    – William Butler Yeats

    This will not be the second coming envisioned by fundamentalists. It will be the collapse into the next dark age.

  • gardener1

    @US Marine

    Thanks for your post.

    It is more valuable than you know.

    Your message is being heard.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    But don’t despair entirely, jobseekers, for if you’re among the millions of long-term unemployed Americans who’ve been searching in vain for work, I have a hot tip for you: They’re hiring in Wisconsin!

    There is one little catch, though. You have to be a Wisconsin jailbird to get one of these dandy jobs. But that’s no hill for a climber — I’m sure America has plenty of out-of-work folks who’re enterprising enough to move to the Badger State, steal a six pack from a 7-Eleven, go to jail and — voila! — become eligible. I should mention, however, that you won’t get paid for these jobs.So there you have it — the right-wing’s idea of a good jobs program for America. When Walker ran for governor last year, he promised to create 250,000 new jobs, and now he’s delivering. To apply, go directly to jail!

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      steal a six pack from a 7-Eleven??/I DONT KNOW IF THEY ARE SELLING BEER YET!BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN!!

      • josh

        wrong state

    • Gary2

      Walker is an uneducated drop out fool who answers to the Kock brothers. We will win the senate recalls and stop anything Walker does until we can recall him. The first Dem already won.

  • Prophet

    God has a reason for allowing the economic collapse. Perhaps the Lord wants to teach us the importance of families and the dangers of the love of money. People who build upon the Rock will not be shaken as calamities come.

    • Tim

      God can’t move mountains, but he sure can tear down a few towers.

  • Maria

    With all of the problems in the world today, it seems that the whole of humanity is in turmoil. People are facing the grim reality of the rotten situation that has quietly developed while most of us were contentedly engaged in our distracted lives…too busy to take care. Now we are all gradually being forced to live with the results of our apathy. Ignorance may lesson our guilt, but few are innocent.

    There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who accept responsibility for their actions and those who don’t. Just like the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus. One mocked Jesus. The other, with great humility, accepted responsibility for his own actions and the resulting punishment.

    I have been reading my Bible more, because I find it helpful to alleviate the fear of my growing concerns. I have also been praying that God would save us from this terrible economic pain. But I am starting to realize that it is something we must go through as a result of humanity’s moral decay. We must go through this time to learn our lesson and the mistakes that brought us here. Without punishment for sin there is no justice.

    I know that nothing can stop the hardship we are facing, but now I am praying that God will help us to endure it and as a result get back on the path to Him.

  • Just Take Your Soma/Viagra/SSRI’s

    39 Things left out the fact that there is not yet additional traffic lanes on the interstates for the 18 Wheeler Big Rigs Trucks.

    We need additional lanes for the Big Rig Trucks!!!

    Also, something positive–there has not been a Major Domestic Airline Disaster or Crash in years!!!! Which is something Positive and Hopeful!!!

    • josh

      “We need additional lanes for the Big Rig Trucks!!!”

      how about finding a solution to take the big rigs off the road… since we cant maintain the roads we already have.. and in the next few years we will be riding the peak oil wave down to the bottom… yes more lanes is what we need… how American of you to come up with a worthless solution on how to dig america deeper in a hole.

      • Brandy

        lmao….

      • neos1

        Everything should be shipped by rail. Just imagine how much fuel and accidents could be saved. Trucks could deliver around the cities. Trains are much better than semis.
        i’ve had semis fly past me on the freeway and I was doing 75.

  • r.bitting

    In the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy Ch. 28, God gives a long list of blessings that will follow, if the people follow his plan, but then he gives an even longer list of curses that will befall the people if they disobey his commands. If you read through that list of curses you will see a whole lot of scary similarities, such as ” you will no longer be the lender, but you will become the borrower ” and confusion within the ranks of the leadership, as well as being overtaken by the alien, and the breakup of the family, and beig surrounded by enemies on every side. These are just a few. I encourage everyone to read this chapter and the ask yourself ” is this not happening to us right now?…

    • A.S.

      You misinterpreted whom it was talking about…
      Those verses all apply to Jews, living in Israel.

      Instead read just one verse: “I will Bless those that bless you, and Curse those that curse you.” That means, stand by Torah (Bible) observing Jews unconditionally; stand by Israel unconditionally. If you do that, then you and your family’s safety will be ensured when America crumbles.

  • http://anticarpolicestate.blogspot.com SmokeDogg

    “#22 Authorities continue to insist that violent crime is going down, and yet the number of police officers killed by gunfire is on pace to easily set another all-time record for the second year in a row.”

    Michael, when are you going to realize brother that the Police are the Bad Guys?

    The Police are hoodlums when in all reality they should be glorified nannies, if even existent. The ultimate goal is to create a society that has abolished police, because they follow and totally obey without question the tenets of God.

    Why need police when people follow God’s laws?

  • Lennie Pike

    “Hoping for the best” is the only reason for every item on the list.

  • Roger

    Our so called “public servants” in congress and the White House go on and on ignoring the mean truth! Their little jobs are more important than solving a problem. Jefferson said it. A little revolution once in a while may be in order. Well — it’s time! Throw the bastards out!
    Roger

  • Donald Wilson

    As a retired vet I always taught my troops to hope for the best but prepare for the worse. Well folks the worse is just around the corner. Be preared.

  • Too Many Fat Asses In The USA

    2/3 of Americans are overweight. 1/3 are obese. America is in decline, rotting from within. Don’t blame Bush. Or Obama. Or the either political party. Look in the mirror. Personal responsibility is the major social, economic, political, and moral issue of our day. You get the government you allow yourself to be governed by. And you can’t change your life if you keep doing the same thing over and over. Feeding your face, that is. Read what Benjamin Franklin had to say about the subject.

    • josh

      great comment

    • Prepping for the Future

      2/3 of Americans are overweight. 1/3 are obese.
      You sound like another child that failed math you are saying everyone in America is overweight? What do you live in a basement and never get out?

    • xander cross

      @ To Many Fat Asses In The USA. I completely agree with you simply because people who say that they are christian subcummed to gluttony, greed, lust, envy, and pride. They look at reality tv shows, and yes, they do get pregant at a young age as well. But then again, this has been going on through history.

    • ls

      What does it matter to you how fat a person is if they are paying their own way? If I work, pay my taxes to the man, not take any goverment assistance then why do you have a right to dictate what I do and do not put in my mouth? I imagine if the SHTF as this blog indicates then I will eventually get off my rear end to garden and feed myself. You think that only fat people are contributing to the downfall of America? Yea, because so many strippers and pimps are fat. Jerk.

  • Its falling apart in front of eyes

    On AOL news today, headline reads:

    ‘Feds secretly planning for Doomsday”

    AOL a family friendly web provider, with headlines like this is enough to have people running for the sticks.

    If the FEDS are planning so should you;

    Get out of poor neighborhoods while you can.
    If you have a country retreat take the kids and family, and don’t forget friends, bring lots of food and self defense, your gonna need it. Hungry packs of desperate humans will be roaming country sides looking for food, shelter and ammo.

    Yes, they will kill you to survive.

    If you live in a city, plan for an alternative escape, hike, bike what ever it takes, GET OUT.

    It’s going to happen so fast most of us wont aren’t prepared enough to get out alive.

    God help all of us.

  • Cheryl

    I agree with the commenter’s point of worshipping money, the greatest evil of our country. It has enabled Americans to permit government to do whatever it wants just so long as they lead a good quality life with plenty of money and food.

    Many Americans have been corroborating with evil fraudulent wars just as long as they have accessible gas and enjoy a good life. They don’t care whose killed over tortured overseas on a large scale.

  • Cheryl

    College students have certainly been cheating on exams for years unless they are ivy league schools. If you think it’s a sudden phenomena, you’re extremely naive.

    • liberranter

      unless they are ivy league schools

      ***********, Ivy League students are some of the biggest cheaters of all. Think of Edward M. Kennedy and George W. Bush, to name just two prominent examples of dolts with pedigreed sheepskin.

  • bert

    the problem with amerika is simple…IT’S US THE PEOPLE…and it’s only going to get worse…just check out the latest heimatland insecurity video. in the words of frank zappa and the mother’s of invention “it can’t happen here”…really?

  • bert

    by the way the us marine has it nailed and you people will think it’s legit terrorism as you do for the underwear bomber, the shoe bomber, and etc. if those latter 2 were terrorists the so-called bombs in their underwear and shoe wouldn’t have fizzled!! wake up amerika!

  • C

    Economies of scale, American humans cost to much to employ, maintain, house, feed, etc. Face it America is already .. to a point hyperinflated the true costs of employment, and even living in America.

    Good example: I graduated in IT, the nurses who graduated at the same time make twice as much as I do now, while my job is also being outsourced to say India, health care monopolized, and yes, they consolidate like banks, while eating up to 50% of your health care costs in administrative managers sitting around in cushy offices figuring out how to cheapen your health care so as to squeeze more of a profit out of allowing you to see a doctor.

    Instead use robots, better machinery and computers, the internet vs. retail, off shoring, outsourcing, contracting, things like that. Cheapening the product or service at the same time so as to squeeze more of a profit.

    It’s a global economy, you can build up 3-4 middle class families in India just by taking one union job away in America. It’s just consumption is all it really is, and corporations will follow it because that’s what they do, they follow the easy money.

  • Syrin

    So it goes. Liberalism has failed on an international scale. Creating a citizenry dependent upon gov’t scraps leads to an inability to take care of one’s self and family. Those scraps are forcibly removed from others who then must be forced o compensate for the seizure of their property. Half the country has no skin in the game, no work ethic, no education, no marketable skills, thanks again to liberal public education that rewards terrible teachers, lazy students, mediocrity and siphons away vast sums of dollars for no gain. No wonder businesses leave this country. Cheaper more skilled labor over seas without being held at gun point by unions and gov’t officials.

  • Woggo

    Well to Ben Dover I say – Look at the #’s – SS is a tiny part of the nearly 7 trillion to bail out banks. The enemy is the bankers and the socialist pigs masquerading in suits, their cronies and Thomas Jefferson knew it. I just can’t for the life of me figure out how the American people haven’t figured it out yet and peacefully revolted.

    I commend US Marine for being the only one with the correct position on our economy above. The banks own just about every part of our lives and we must channel our anger toward them and not our Constitution.

    US Marine
    July 21st, 2011 at 4:12 am · Reply
    AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM A US MARINE TO ALL AMERICANS:

    My Fellow Americans,

    Our political leaders have failed us, and our gov’t has betrayed us.

    America IS in its final stages of collapse, and their is NO way to prevent it. It is an absolute mathematical certainty.

    The next step is ANOTHER false-Flag operation by the CIA here in the US. The CIA, FBI, NSA, DOD, and other Federal Agencies, will use nuclear and Biological agents.

    This will be the excuse for the Federal Government to decalre Maritial Law and disolve the pesky Constitution, allowing complete siezure of the US by the TSA (Treasonous Sadistic Assholes)

    Lawful rebellion is the only way to get our way as a people and after that comes what I would prefer not to think about.

    • William

      I suspect that more and more Americans are coming to the realization that the attacks of 911, were, in FACT, the work of very high levels of the US government and Israel. Thus, the federal government is, more and more each day, becoming the oppresser of the citizenry. When trust and faith in the federal government erode, WHO can you trust??? If you believe that 100 ton Boeing airliner disappeared into the 16 ft wide hole in the wall of the Pentagon, leaving no debris field from such a large plane, YOU are part of the problem.

      • DownWithLibs

        Hate Israel much…Gary2?

  • Citizen S

    Good article as usual. I work in pre hospital medicine and I can tell u that nowhere is fraud more rampant than “Ambulance Calls”. But on another note. I mostly agree that the American population should in fact be angry, I know I am. But I really think that we all should change our focus on learning how to grow our own fruits and veggies, and learn how to aquire meat and how to preserve both. We should also be learning how to generate @ least a little electricity be it solar or wind. Cause when it comes right down to it…… The last thing you are gonna wanna depend on is our federal government!!! They will still only be out for themselves!!!

  • Security

    You know a city has too many cops on its payroll when they have nothing better to do than shut down kids lemonade stands. No wonder ***********************.

    Interesting that communities are beginning to regard the poor and homeless as outcasts. Sort of like the Gypsies of Europe. I was afraid it would happen like this. The 80% who have retained their jobs will have no compassion for the 20% who are poor and homeless. Won’t be long before the pigs begin harrassing the homeless. Probably has already started.

    • liberranter

      The only reason that pigs are never laid off is because they are too dangerous to their “employers.” To turn an unemployed cop loose on society is akin to letting a rabid dog loose in your neighborhood.

  • -J

    “#5 Government services all over the nation are being cut back. An atmosphere of austerity has descended on the entire country. ”

    This is a very good thing, and long overdue.

  • Mr. G

    I think the things that drive people crazy are really the overall problem, rather than economic specifics. It’s like when Tony Soprano told his shrink his problem was just all the BS and dealing with the idiots. There is a collective insanity that is coming on, and that is also what worries me most. There is no need to worry about bad weather or natural disasters when you are sharing a small planet with SEVEN BILLION human beings. Now, that’s SCARY!

    I think it is high time people started to consider whether all these electronic gizmos and media exposures are good or if they might be causing severe psychological effects. In the past fifteen years in particular, there has been a change in people. I see very few who have proper focus, who are anything but flighty consumers heading to the next purchase. Many take no pride in their work besides their earnings, and they pretty much don’t bother to raise their children. Many of them are just zombies.

    Look at how little moral opposition there is to all the wrongs that go on. This is much different from how it was forty years ago, when the mere fact that something was “wrong” was all it took to move people. Now, they might oppose something for politics or economy, but that’s it. It’s truly scary.

    Mr. G

  • Mike

    Mabye china will nuke us out of our misery.

  • karen

    Fed Preparing For US Default Says Plosser
    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/20/2011 16:21 -0400

    Barack Obama Discount Window Federal Reserve Federal Reserve Bank Reuters Tim Geithner

    That giant whooshing, and humming, sound you hear are all the printers at the basement of Marriner Eccles getting refills and start the warm up process. Because according to the Fed Charles Plosser the Federal Reserve is actively preparing for the possibility that the United States could default. Which can only mean one thing: an immediate paradrop of millions of $100 bricks to every man woman and child in the US since as we all know by know Tim Geithner has repeatedly confirmed the Treasury has absolutely no default plans. None.

    Per Reuters:

    Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Plosser said the Fed has for the past few months been working closely with Treasury, ironing out what to do if the world’s biggest economy runs out of cash on August 2.

    “We are in contingency planning mode,” Plosser told Reuters in an interview at the regional central bank’s headquarters in Philadelphia. “We are all engaged … It’s a very active process.”

    Plosser said his “gut feeling” was that President Barack Obama and Congress will come to an agreement to increase the Treasury’s borrowing authority in time to avert a default on government obligations.

    And in addition to the warming up, the Fed is also engaging in the following:

    The Fed effectively acts as the Treasury’s bank — it clears the government’s checks to everyone from social security recipients to government workers.

    “We are developing processes and procedures by which the Treasury communicates to us what we are going to do,” Plosser said, adding that the task was manageable. “How the Fed is going to go about clearing government checks. Which ones are going to be good? Which ones are not going to be good?”

    “There are a lot of people working on what we would do and how we would do it,” he said.

    Plosser added that there are difficult questions that the Fed itself had to grapple with.

    The Fed lends to banks at the discount window against good collateral. But what happens if U.S. Treasuries no longer fit that bill?

    “Do we treat them as if they didn’t default, in which case we would be saying we are pretending it never happened? Or do we treat them as if they defaulted and don’t lend against them?” Plosser said. “Those are more policy questions.”s at the basement of Marriner Eccles getting refills and start the warm up process.

    We urge the secretary of tax evasion to take a hint or two from his “Treasury Bank” brethren and start contemplating a Plan B since we now stand less than 48 hours away from D-Hour and there is still no consensus.

  • Maria

    Here is the case for not defaulting on the debt and how to possibly alleviate the worst of the collapse repercussions. We are still going to go through an extremely tough time, but avoiding mass starvation might be possible. Webster Tarpley on Alex Jones.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexJonesChannel?blend=1&ob=5#p/u/7/CfdUpx1n25Y

  • Steve

    US Marine is right!!

    False Flag Attack brings in Martial Law. Then the Dollar collapses and the rioters will be “dealt with” (killed or FEMA camps). Makes for an orderly chaos, unlike Greece or Egypt.

  • Bob

    I commend you for mentioning #31, sir. It is indeed a scandal worse than anything else ever thought of in Washington. Over 150 people are dead in Mexico as a direct result of this.

  • Steve

    US Marine is on point:

    False Flag MUST happen first:

    If dollar collapses people will hate Obama BUT if he’s “protecting us from terror” then people will love their Hitler.

  • YHVH

    Speaking of trust:
    When trust is LOW cost is high and speed is slow.
    When trust is HIGH cost is low and speed is fast.
    (quote from author Stephen Covey jr…..on the speed of trust)

  • Sgt shut up

    We were in a bubble so I don’t know why they (media) insist on using housing start figures from a time when people bought and sold new houses like it was a disase. What were the housing start numbers from before the bubble. That would be the real benchmark.

  • bobbobbobbob

    lets get rid of o-care = die in the street

  • Lennie Pike

    Way to go Erik.

  • Lennie Pike

    Woggo:

    I second what you and the U.S. Marine said. Anyone enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp today, is not really a U.S. Marine. If “they” were certain that all presently in the U.S. Marine Corp would do it – all would be wearing sky-blue U.N. berets and helmets, but they know that most of you still think you are fighting for the U.S. Constitution – the side of good and not evil. Wake up and show up in D.C. and on Wall Street. The sheeple won’t do it. I thought you were supposed to be a “Few Good Men”. I will be there to help in the 5 minute battle – if there is one. Against who? A banker wearing suspenders and pinstripes? They will jump at first sight.

  • Christian

    Ben Bernanke cannot see inflation because he can print money “legally”. So for him, if he needs $100,000 for buy a car or to pay his own taxes, he just go and print them.

  • http://Www.no2foreclosures.info DaVid

    The biggest thing that will driven ordinary Americans absolutely crazy is when gas and diesel prices hit $5 a gallon. More so on the latter as the entire just-in-time food supply system will collapse due to truck drivers not willing to drive.

    Grow your own clean fuel and organic food in local family coops: http://www.liquidenergyoasis.com.

  • onerous

    Things are bad, but some of you just seem schizo.

  • HerrLT

    Now listen up America: you work as long as you can, as hard as you can and go out and buy a British Range Rover, GE appliance, and Chinese-made iPhone to get us the heck out of this depression. Make sure to get home in time for the Kardashians on E! to get a sneak peak at Kourtney’s new baby plans and ignore the storm clouds on the horizon!

    I’m in Chicago today and what an amazing herd of sheep you see everywhere! People watching is utterly fascinating – and depressing. I’m not from the sticks but living in a city this size would be a nightmare when things really start to unravel.

    PS: Michael – did you happen to watch Prophets of Doom on HI? If so, do you feel the economic downfall is as perilous in the near-term as the lack of quality water available to our fellow herd?

    • Michael

      I did catch that show on the History Channel a while back. I think a lot of very valid points were made. I think that a lot of these problems are going to overlap and feed into one another.

      Michael

  • Nostradamus

    Quotation from Wikipedia:

    Greenspan made this comment on December 5, 1996:

    [...] Clearly, sustained low inflation implies less uncertainty about the future, and lower risk premiums imply higher prices of stocks and other earning assets. We can see that in the inverse relationship exhibited by price/earnings ratios and the rate of inflation in the past. But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade? [...]
    — “The Challenge of Central Banking in a Democratic Society”, 1996-12-05

    Alan Greenspan asked in 1996, during the emergence of the technological wonder of the Internet, when will IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE take over prudence and common sense.

    Today, we know the answer with certainty. It took over on the same day Greenspan spoke. It took over not only in ‘asset value’ that Greenspan referred to. It took over the entire American culture, the entire political spectrum, the entire government policy and operations, the entire financial and corporate world, the entire private sector, all the way down to the guy who paid $5 million for a rundown bungalow in the middle of rundown New Jersey in 2004, hoping to flip it for a few million more in 2005.

    Ironically, it also took over the mind of Alan Greenspan himself.

    Irrational voters elected an entire 2-term presidency of G W Bush, who proceeded to run things based on fundamentalist irrational exuberance dogma.

    I humbly suggest that this ‘prophecy’ of Alan Greenspan is equal to best of Nostradamus’s quatrains. It has formed the basis of the fall of the USA as a major world power in early 21th century. Without so much as a single bullet fired. Just like that other irrational exuberance of the communist world, the USSR.

    What will come next? Well, I know for sure what will come next – it will not be a return to the Irrational Exuberance era. History is very clear on this: no fallen empire has ever recovered. No exception. You only get ONE chance to enjoy Irrational Exuberance. But I have to say, the years 1996 – 2008, the year of the amazing Lehman Moment, has been most fun. About $15 trillion dollar worth of unearned fun consumed in 15 years – a trillion dollar per year.

    This $15 trillion dollar must be repaid in one form or another. How long will it take? Alan Greenspan is silent on this. There is no point getting crazy over this. The era of craziness has been spent. Surely one does not want even more?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Gerald Celente has often said that when the bailouts, stimulus, etc. fail to resuscitate this very sick patient known as the American economy, The White Shoe Boys will take us to war. And he’s absolutely right: another war is coming (on top of Iraq and Afghanistan). It won’t save The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) from going into the ultimate depression, but that won’t stop the White Shoe Boys from trying. There can never be enough war to satisfy the bloodlust of those devilish beasts known as neocons. The evil of neocons knows no limits.

    Libertarian/palecoconservative Justin Raimondo, publisher of AntiWar.com, has often pointed out that the Obama Administration is an administration of war hawks; the massive buildup in Afghanistan bears that out. And yet, neocons like Liz Cheney (Dickkk Cheney’s little psycho daughter), Bill Kristol (publisher of that war-mongering rage known as the Weekly Standard) and Jonah Goldberg (the scoundrel at the National Review) are so unhinged that no matter how warlike and imperialistic the Democraps show themselves to be, it isn’t enough to satisfy their neocon bloodlust. But the BRA cannot afford the empire that neocons fantasize about. The federal deficit is at an all-time high, and our pathetic currency is on life support.

    Listen to Ron Paul. Listen to Justin Raimondo. Listen to Gerald Celente and Alex Jones. Listen to Katherine Albrecht, Gary Johnson and Paul Craig Roberts. They realize what’s going on. The Banana Republic of America is a Third World basketcase headed for total collapse, and imperialism will not save the BRA—it will only hasten the country’s demise. God help the Roman Empire when it falls, which is surely will; God help The Banana Republic of America. We’re so screwed.

    • bobbobbobbob

      thank u 4 ur comments

    • El Pollo de Oro

      A clarification: when I say that warmongering imperialism “won’t save The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) from going into the ultimate depression,” I don’t mean to imply that we aren’t already in a depression. The BRA has been in a managed depression since September 2008, but this depression will greatly intensify and become much, much worse. It will go from a managed depression to a total collapse that will make the 1930s look like sunshine and daffodils.

  • POA

    US Marine is correct. There is no avoiding the coming collapse. The American people are more divided today than I have ever been witness to. I have to wonder if the Yankees and the Rebels were as divided?

    What has been driving me insane, even more than the 39 things listed, is that just a few of the folks I know are aware that anything is wrong. Some are upset that their children haven’t found work yet, others are making plans for next years college graduation for the kid. They do not hold any PMs, one couple I know refuse to cook at home and eat every meal out. I don’t believe they have any groceries in the house. I know others that refuse to own any guns because “they’re dangerous.” Amonishing them to prepare for any type of emergency just draws derision. I know that many, if not most, of these people are going to perish very quickly once TSHTF.

    The good Lord is coming but Christians need to realize they are going to be here for a bunch of the bad stuff beforehand. The Rapture doesn’t occur until after the opening of the 6th seal.

    Got guns?

  • Patriot Alice

    How can you all sound so dire/hopeless? Our leaders sound pretty hopeful everything is going to be alright..I prefer to ride their enthusiasm down the road of despair, than to ride that same road in despair from the start….Enjoy the ride down folks, we are headed there anyway, whether you like it or not…..Wee…..Wee….

  • Gumby

    I’d be happier if they’d just make the rich pay the same percentage that I do in taxes. What I’m saying is it’s irrelevant what portion of the whole they pay, If I’m paying 35% and the wealthiest Hedge Fund Manager is paying 5% I’m mad enough to order “French” if you catch my drift.

    • Cat

      Buddy, seeing as that in the federal tax code you have to make over $379,150 per year in taxable income to be paying 35% in income taxes, most people would say that you are the rich. Now count your blessings and quit bitching.

  • DownWithLibs

    I keep trying to plan for my future. The only problem is – I don’t know if I have one.

  • filboy

    In 1900, 60 per cent of the population lived in rural districts, and today that number is just 23 per cent. That meant that only around 20 per cent of Americans even wanted a job, since women by and large weren’t a part of the urban workforce then. Since about 30 million people lived in cities, only about 15 million jobs were required. Of course, the Industrial Revolution was just getting ready to change that in a big way, but the point is that 46 million people worked on farms. Country doctors were mostly concerned with birthing babies and setting bones since modern diseases were just showing themselves in the cities where people were increasingly cut off from the fresh foods they were used to. Obesity was virtually unknown, as were psychological illness, chronic hunger and stress-related afflictions.

    Unfortunately, few people can today conceive of making a living without a formal job. The entire spirit of self-reliance that was once the hallmark of America has virtually vanished. Corporations and Government have so weakened the individualistic spirit of the population that we are helpless before the fallout from the digital revolution having replaced work as we have come to know it. Unfortunately, American Labor took on many of the negative characteristics of the corporations they worked for…the owners addicted to relying on manipulation of the Government … the workers, the lack of competition.

    We have reached thee point where American’s feel entitled to a job, like so many other things, regardless of whether or not they are efficient workers. It has been widely publicized that foreign companies that would like to hire American workers have been almost uniformly disappointed in quality of the average American worker. One poll of these companies found that laziness and an inability to learn new tasks were rampant among US hires.

    My own experience as a supervisor bears this out. I quit hiring under-forty employees because the youngsters couldn’t do their job for more than a few minutes without pulling out their cell phone to talk or do whatever it is they did on facebook. And they all acted like I was being a real jerk for complaining about it. The fact is that myself and another early-sixties fellow got more accomplished than when I had six twenty-somethings. It galls me to hear people bitch about boomers…they should try to actually get work done with a twenty or thirty-something crew.

    The whole tone of Snyder’s laments is that of a big cry-baby. It never seems to occur to him that one really big reason why Government and Corporations are so corrupt is that the average American is so ignorant, they have no idea that they have the ultimate responsibility for monitoring those sectors, and dumping the corrupt politicians and their crooked corporate cronies in the bargain.

    As for the foreclosure problem, hasn’t anyone heard of caveat emptor? I know a large number of people who bought homes over the last ten years, and not one has been booted out of their house. Why? Because they did due diligence and figured out what they could afford and if the realtor or mortgage company was running some kind of scam.

    And, while I’m ranting, I might as well mention people who got married, had several kids, then decided it was too much hassle to be good parents, so they got divorced just let the kids run. I guess that beats the Casey Anthony technique, but not by very much. It’s time for Americans to grow up and quit whining long enough to take some responsibility.

    Americans are amazingly pathetic…glued to the teevee or social media, gorging on sugary fast fried foods, unable to read more than the comic pages, and allergic to conversations about anything but celebrities and brainless “entertainment” vehicles in which they “act” all the while nursing their buzz on a combination of drugs and alcohol, the combination of which is aging them at two or three times the rate if they lived their lives with any shred of mindfulness.

    You spend too much time blaming everybody and everything else, it won’t be long before your pathetic uselessness is endemic.

    • Julia

      I’m 36 and I resent what you say. If it weren’t for our baby boomer parents believing they were entitled to everything THEIR parents did without from the depression era, baby boomers might have taught our generation to resist this materialistic culture in which we find ourselves. But, the truth is, we’ve all been duped. Now those who are waking up have a chance to make it right. Instead of complaining, teach those 20-and 30-somethings who just don’t know and you might find many who are open to learning better ways. After all, it was your generation who embraced “Roseanne,” “Murphey Brown” and a host of other “wholesome” shows, accepted that “doctors know best” and found nothing wrong with using pesticides on our food. Please do something positive while you still have time.

      • Jen

        Didn’t you catch his remark about telling the kids not to text or talk on their phones, only to get an attitude? As a teacher, I can tell you, lots of kids are never told “no” in their homes these days, and they get angry about it. Since you’re on this site, I bet you were, and you just don’t know how bad it is now.

      • Poz

        Julia, your post offends me. The majority of the people of the Baby Boomer generation who haven’t reached retirement age and weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouths actually WANT to work to pay their bills.

        We don’t have an entitlement attitude because they were raised with the American Dream being “work for what you want, and get it”.

        BTW, you obviously never watched the “Rosanne” show because it was a sitcom about a working class, blue collar family.

    • Otown Right Guy

      I agree with a lot of what you say. But don’t blame Michael for reporting the facts. Most of what is happening in this country today is beyond the control of the average person who has zero representation at the federal level and about the same at the state and local levels of government.

      Also, did you ever think it was your own poor hiring practices that were to blame? I work with plenty of smart, independent, hard-working, non-lazy Americans in their 20s and 30s. And I have also worked with do-nothing, union-mentality, lazy, whining bums (like Gary2 the loser socialist that posts here) in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

      • Charles

        Naw.. I rarely if ever see anyone from the under 40 crowd that’s worth 2 cents. I buy everything, pay my bills, get my mail and anything else I can think of online b/c I don’t want to deal with them. When I work out, I go to places I know they are their wacky, spoiled kids won’t be. They’re too busy on the cell to even notice their kid is about to get hit by a car or is acting rudely. Personally, I prefer the former to the latter.

      • godsofold

        “Most of what is happening in this country today is beyond the control of the average person who has zero representation at the federal level and about the same at the state and local levels of government.” Part of his point being, stop whining about who’s not doing for YOU and start doing for your damn selves. Stop being dependent on everyone else and take charge of your own life.

        Keep going Filboy, you’re doing a fine job.

        Semper Fi

    • Gorage

      You are right. Most young adults can’t focus on work for more than a few minutes.

      What a pathetic generation of spoiled brats. Their lack of motivation is the reason America is going down the tubes.

      • Jen

        Their parents are the cause. If you discipline children at school, count on a parent visiting your administrator and the two of them talking to you about it. It’s not like it used to be.

        The fad is “positive discipline.” That means rewards — sometimes BEFORE they do the work, to get them to DO it — but no negative consequences allowed.

        Another trend is to have one easy assignment say a worksheet, and as soon as they finish, rather than keeping them busy with more work (as I do, and I’ve PAID for it from administrators), you’re supposed to let them sit and socialize for the rest of the period.

    • sharonsj

      The main reason kids today suck is that now both parents have to work just to live and no one is around to be a parent.

      It’s not like when you and I were growing up, when a father could earn enough to support a family and a mom could stay home with the kids and teach them how to behave.

      And I blame the religious conservatives (I know, I’m not supposed to single out one group, but I can’t help it). These are the people who always scream about the sanctity of the family but make sure that every law favors big business. If you give the rich great tax havens and loopholes, and let them screw their workers with “right to work” laws (which means the right to work for less money and no benefits), then one person can no longer earn enough money to support a family.

      • 4libertarian

        All of this is caused by “Religious Conservatives”? Now that’s iteresting. The biggest sh*t hole in the country is California. That state is as far from religiously conservative as one can be. Comment?

        • Rhinehart Fox

          Gee 4libertarian. How come nobody replied? Maybe because there is no counter to your point? As a political libertarian, religious conservative, I am amazed at how hostile liberals cannot distinguish between free market economics and big corp capitalism (which is much more akin to fascism). But as you pointed out so well, all the places where liberalism rules are total sh*t holes. Hmm, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia…. Conservative Christians have sure made a mess of things.

    • Conquistador

      Filboy,excellent observations!Keep up the good work.
      Just remember,of all the Third World countries there are,America will be # 1.

      • neos1

        NoObama was on TV today talking about getting jobs for all unemployed Americans. Yeah how? By the usual giving tax breaks and subsidities to big billion dollar corporations? all they then do is hire 2 or 3 people part time, only to lay them off 3 to 6 months later and then give their CEO a 50 million dollar bonus! No factories will open up In the USA with NAFTA and the WTO around. The Klintons got the USA into that in the 1990′s. in fact, they paid companies to relocate to Mexico and South America, all the while they layed off millions of factory workers.
        Office jobs are disappearing too. With these cheap 800 phone lines, companies can go to some third world country and hire people to answer the phone for 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour. Why hire Americans and have to pay them $15 to $20 dollars an hour? Why with all that extra money they can save, they can give their CEO and board of directors a $50 million dollar bonus!
        And haven’t you seen on TV, that big billion dollar insurance companies can save millions by outsource to India or Pakistan doctors. You stand in front of a video camera and the “doctor” there tells you whats wrong with you. So the insurance companies don’t have to pay for American doctors.
        So what jobs are left then? Fast food, motel, retail store, janitor.
        Forget about getting some cushy city or state job. They are now going broke paying pensions and health care to their retirees. They will in the future only rarely hire for probably part time work. I read one of the foreign auto companies opened a plant and only hired part time so they didn’t have to pay any pensions or health care. People work 20 hours a week at 8 or 9 dollars an hour!
        have you seen the riots in London? How soon before that hits cities like East St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and others? Do you think you could escape when it happens? The gangs will stop your car, rob you, beat the hell out of you for fun and let you watch as they rape your wife and your daughter.
        I say why should companies like Exxon make 300 billion-nationalize all oil and gasoline companies in America now and use the profits to pay off the national debt. And stop giving these billion dollar oil companies tax breaks and stop giving them subsities. It’s the poor and middle class that pay all the taxes! Look at GE, they made 12 billion in proit and payed no income taxes! Plus they just closed up another plant and moved it to China.

    • Diana

      Wow! You had me, then you lost me. Incidentally, I’m a mid-20′s female supervisor who prefers not to hire from the over-40 crowd, though naturally I do so as my generation celebrates and embraces diversity. Still, the older folks are typically way too slow, irreversibly headstrong, and just generally inflexible, especially when it comes to learning new tasks or changing up routines whatsoever. My generation has been trained to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible; this includes trying new methods and using new tools, even if corners are cut here and there. If you’re not particularly innovative, you’re not going to inspire the younger generation to listen to you. Ever. Simply have them acknowledge that phones and facebook can too easily distract from what they’re being paid to do; try establishing priorities and goals therein, then encourage them to complete their professional tasks the best way possible. If I catch them off-task, I like to remind them, “You won’t be able to pay that iPhone bill without your dayjob, kiddo!”

    • Enzo Manzini

      The Anti-Oedipal Psychology is, not incidentally, a type of passionate, self-justifying victim psychology that expresses itself, entirely without grasping the contradiction, in fierce and inveterate “scapegoating.” Whereas “the function of the father was built on engaging reality and keeping it at distance from the family, so that the mother’s love could operate safely within the family,” modern men might well, in Schwartz’s analysis, “have succeeded in that attempt, all too well.” The involvement of an entire paternal generation in its work and its creation of the greatest affluence and ease ever to have existed on the face of the earth in the 1950s and 60s resulted in “the idea that there is an independent reality that needs to be engaged [losing] its conviction.”

      We can see this sociological shift in the prolongation of adolescence, in the fascination of devices and toys over people who are chronologically adult while psychologically still children, and in the massive contemporary loss of understanding about the function of institutions.
      http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4689

  • liberranter

    #24 The health insurance companies keep jacking up rates on all of us, and yet they also continue to report record breaking profits.

    … while at the same time reducing the quality and quantity of care that they pay for on patients’ behalf.

    #26 Corruption appears to be rampant on every level of American society today.  For example, one NYU professor recently discovered that 20 percent of his students were blatantly cheating on assignments.

    When you’re a functionally illiterate “graduate” of the publik skool sistum and too stupid to attend college in the first place, what else is to be expected? The sad (and funny) thing is that the cheaters are probably stealing “knowledge” from fellow students just as stupid and illiterate as they are.

    #31 Startling revelations are starting to come out about a scandal so big that it could shake up Washington D.C. for years to come.  Apparently, ATF agents were ordered to get thousands of guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels and they were also apparently ordered not to follow those guns to see where they ended up.

    Oh, PLEASE. If anyone really finds this to be incredible, they’ve been living in an underwater cave on another planet for the last decade, or they’re the kind of person who believes in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Social Security trust fund.

    We are now starting to pay the price for decades of bad decisions.  As the consequences of our decisions become more apparent, the American people are going to get angrier and angrier.

    They have no one but themselves to blame. Of course accountability and introspection are to Amoricons what PhDs are to the mentally retarded – impossibilities.

  • http://jnds Fred

    You know, I dont see how all of this commenting on this website has gone unnoticed by the government. Has anyone ever heard of sedition? I’m not disagreeing with any of you, I’m just sayin’. Maybe I don’t quite understand the full legality of sedition, so if I’m wrong feel free to enlighten me. But i don’t think all of this rebellious speech can possibly be doing any of you guys any good. I would at least try to be indirect. Please comment on my post.

    • DownWithLibs

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but I was starting to feel like an island – the only one who “got it”. This helps you to know that you are not alone. And if the Gov. is going to round us up for concentration camps, they will anyway despite what we know or have to say about them. The game is up. They don’t work in the shadows anymore.

    • Elizabeth Dilling

      You are correct to be concerned about Sedition. Many lives were destroyed during the 1940s by these lengthy trials. One judge died during a trial and victims were finally freed. Much of the current ramblings should be curtailed in the interests of safety.

      • bandanamaniac

        you must be kidding!!!! the “right” to speak out against Tyrrany cannot be infringed apon! if it can then we are ALL slaves or graves. “Death before dishonor” “give me liberty or give me death”<–ring any bells??? that is one of this countrys problems…sheeple afraid to stand as one against the wolf. didn't you learn anything from the movie "a bugs life"???

    • McKinley Morganfield

      If you want to know about sedition read up on what happened during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. Here’s a short introduction:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedition_Act_of_1918

  • mondobeyondo

    Unfortunately, I don’t see any hope whatsoever under the present economic and social system. And even if by some miracle, the country does a 180 degree turn and begins taking the first steps to get this Mess straightened out, it may be too late.

    We have a $14.5 trillion debt. The ONLY way that will vanish, is if it were written off or forgiven. And that’s just for starters. Apologies to The Who, but no. The kids aren’t alright. They’re worse than ever. Teen pregnancies increasing. Kids graduating high school while barely able to do simple math. And on and on…

    The only hope this country has is turning back towards God. We MUST turn back to God, and to the principles laid down by our Founding Fathers, or this nation is toast. Back when I turned from being a rock and roller to a holy roller (giggle), I would say, “Put your trust in Jesus Christ, and you’ll have eternal life. Put your trust in Judas Priest, and you’ve got Another Thing Coming”.

  • mondobeyondo

    What else do you expect, from a society that picks its leaders like contestants on American Idol? Sad, but true.

    In our modern television and Internet age, Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have stood a chance. The beard has to go. And get rid of that bow tie and top hat. Way too elegant. People wear flip flops in the White House now. No need to look like Fred Astaire. Our Presidents should be handsome, like say, Johnny Depp.

    And that stuff about “better angels of our nature”… too religious. And Mr. Lincoln should play golf more often. Yes, there’s a war going on, but really! Get out of the White House and play a few rounds!

    • liberranter

      In our modern television and Internet age, Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have stood a chance.

      Which is a GOOD thing, considering that “Honest” {bulls***!) Abe” was Amerika’s first dictator, the one who set the precedent for the militarized police state in which we now live.

      Would that the Internet had existed in 1860. The truth about Bankster’s Boy Abe would very likely have been exposed in time to prevent this deceitful fraud from descending to the presidency and might also have prevented the bloody and unnecessary War to Prevent Southern Independence.

  • Paul

    The US government is afraid of 95year olds in diapers.

    Next, everybody reporting such cases shall be prohibited to avoid exposing vulnerabilities to the enemy.

    Anyone making a laughing stock of the security agencies and the National Security of the US of A shall be put in jail for life. LOL

    All kind of dictators and henchmen from Ceausescu to Stalin and Berija are laughing in their graves.

  • http://bayden.net Alexander Bayden

    If you are angry about the government, stop voting for the Republicans and Democrats. They seem to implement pretty much the same policies and just fight each other for the show. Vote for someone else. Even if your candidate does not win, it sends a message to mainstream politicians to listen to you.

    • mondobeyondo

      I wish I could convince my fellow Americans that there really are other choices besides Republicans and Democrats. Unfortunately, the response I get is “he/she will never win, doesn’t have a chance. It’s a wasted vote”.

      And voting for a Republican or Democrat isn’t a wasted vote?

      • cocoatrader

        It isn’t just a Republican or Democrat problem. We could vote ALL of them out of office and bring in new honest representatives, but nothing would change because we have millions of bureaucrats that we didn’t hire, don’t want and can’t fire. They pass thousands of regulations that affect our lives in every way.

  • Bill O’Reallyevil

    Just a thought, but maybe a separation of Corporations and State is needed. Then again, we can barely keep Church and State separate.

  • http://www.jobz.pk shaani

    there are many jobs in Pakistan that are permanent sector jobs and private sector jobs.
    peoples love to search jobs on the internet and get suitable job of their dreams.

  • Pauly

    Charge the parents for school sports.

  • David

    We are brainwashed by television. Got to have some bling bling to impress everyone. The news does not tell just the facts anymore. The TV channels favor a particular party and always show the opposite party in a bad light. That’s not news, that’s brainwashing. Everyone know that the stock market is now controlled by big corporations and stocks are propped up. I don’t know too many non-business people that say they want to buy stocks now anyway. The old generation and the new generation are both brainwashed by television. Although the old do have some knowledge of knowing how to get by with less when the big economic collapse does come. No orderly bread lines and looking for part-time meanial jobs like what people did in the last stock market crash. The new want-it-now generation will riot in the streets and look to see what they can steal.

  • donald walters

    Over forty years ago, I founded the first of what are now eight cooperative communities: in America, Italy, and India. About a thousand people live in them as permanent residents. Thousands more visit them regularly from all over the world. Cooperative communities are THE ONE GREAT SOLUTION to the present economic challenges.

    Buy land out in the country with a few friends of similar mind. Grow your own food. Build your own, simple, homes. Live simply. COMMUNITIES WORK!!! Please, just try this idea—all of you who hold high ideals.

  • wcgraybill

    thanks to george bush and cheany the two oil crooks, sent our jobs overseas

    • RJ

      You are ********* idiot know nothing. What an uniformed piece of shit

  • Kelby

    The little children will be the only ones to get any sympathy from me when TSHTF.

  • Paul

    Percentage of content law is needed more each day. If you sell it here, you MUST make some percentage of it here (perhaps 20% or so). Employers would be FORCED to hire under these conditions because they would not want to lose market share in the US.

  • http://huffingtonpostvideo.blogspot.com Charles banks

    We are witnessing the beginning of a collapse that will make the great depression look like a Christmas party. This thing is global and there is no way out.

    Governments and central banks know this which is why they are secretly buying all the gold they can get.

    It’s a race to see who can devalue their currency the fastest. Look at the Swiss pegging their currency to the euro last week. shocker!

    There are no safe havens left except for silver and gold. I highly suggest people start preparing for this mess that’s coming because it won’t be pretty.

    Here’s a great video that helped me understand the severity of the upcoming events

    http://youtu.be/baFZtIfPs74

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