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Many Of You Will Not Believe Some Of The Things Americans Are Doing Just To Survive

You might not want to read this article if you have a weak stomach.  Most Americans have absolutely no idea what is going on in the dark corners of America, and when people find out the truth it can come as quite a shock.  Many of you will not believe some of the things Americans are doing just to survive.  Some families are living in sewers and drain tunnels, some families are living in tents, some families are living in their cars, some families will make ketchup soup for dinner tonight and some families are even eating rats.  Some homeless shelters in America are so overloaded that they are actually sending people out to live in the woods.  As you read this, there are close to 50 million Americans that are living below the poverty line, and that number rises a little bit more every single day.  America was once known as the greatest nation on earth, but now there is decay and economic despair almost everywhere you look.  Yes, money certainly cannot buy happiness, but the lack of it sure can bring a lot of pain.  As the economy continues to decline, the suffering that we see all around us is going to get a lot worse, and that is a very frightening thing to think about.

The following is a half hour documentary produced by the BBC entitled "Poor America".  Trust me, this is a must watch.  Your heart will break as you hear some American children talk about what they have to do for food....

Wasn't that video absolutely mind blowing?

Those of us that still live comfortably are often completely unaware of what life is like out on the streets of America at this point.

There are millions upon millions of Americans that have lost all hope and that are living on the very edge of life and death.

And more join the ranks of the hopeless with each passing day.  This upcoming weekend approximately 80,000 people in the state of Michigan will lose their unemployment benefits.

So what are those people going to do after that?

They have already been unable to find work month after month.  Their savings are most certainly gone.  Now the only money they had coming in is going to be eliminated.

Yes, I have written many times about how the U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt and cannot afford to be giving out so much money.  My point here is to show the other side of the equation.  There are millions upon millions of Americans that are barely hanging on and there are no jobs for them.  The suffering that those families are going through is very real.

Millions of other families are trying to get by on the incomes they pull in from part-time jobs.  According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans that are working part-time jobs but that would like full-time jobs is now higher than it has been at any other time in the last two years.  The number of the "working poor" just continues to increase, but most Americans don't have much sympathy for them because they "have jobs".

Well, when you are making 8 bucks an hour it can be incredibly tough to make it from month to month.

Just look at how much it costs to buy the basic things that we need.

Without gasoline, most of us would not even be able to get to our jobs.  The price of gasoline has increased 83 percent since Barack Obama first took office, and it is poised to soar even higher.  Right now, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is $3.51.  Never before has the average price of gas gone above $3.50 so early in the year.  Many believe that we could set a new all-time record this summer.

But last year was bad enough.  In 2011, the average American family spent over $4,000 on gasoline.

So when you are making just a few hundred dollars per week, it can be a massive struggle just to put gas in your car and food on the table.

The article that I wrote the other day about the decline of Detroit really struck a nerve.  All over America, people can see similar things happening to their own neighborhoods.  People are scared and they want some answers.

Well, the truth is that we should have never allowed tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of our national wealth to be shipped out of the country.

Just check out this stunning photo which compares the decline of Detroit to the rise of Shanghai, China.

Do you think that it is just a coincidence that Detroit is falling apart and that cities in China look sparkly and new?

No, the truth is that it is a natural consequence of our foolish economic policies.

There are hundreds of communities all over the country where third world conditions are setting in.  For example, the following is how one blogger describes what life is like in a decaying suburb of Phoenix called Maryvale....

Crime and gangs are widespread. Most houses have either fallen into disrepair, or been remade with outside walls sporting spikes and ironwork. Many of the front lawns are now just dirt (or worse, gravel), the pools green and lethal. 

Now we stand on the precipice of another major global financial crisis.  Economic conditions in America are going to become significantly worse.  The politicians in Washington D.C. may make sure that the boys and girls on Wall Street are always taken care of, but there will be no bailouts for the large numbers of Americans that are about to lose their jobs and their homes.

If you want an idea of what is coming, just look at what is happening in Greece.  25 percent of the businesses have shut down, one-third of all money has been pulled out of Greek bank accounts and unemployment and poverty are absolutely rampant.

For years, a lot of prominent voices out there were screaming and yelling about the dangers posed by our soaring trade deficits and our soaring budget deficits.

But the American people did not listen.  They just kept sending the same politicians back to Washington D.C. over and over.

As a result, soon millions of those same Americans will find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that they would do just to survive.

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  • Nick

    Don’t get so down Michael.

    Perhaps you should read F it by John Parkin?

    I have an AK and don’t care that much anymore, so I sleep good at night. It’s all a racket – it’s just business.

  • Willing to eat rat meat

    They eat field mice and rats in Vietnam. I am sure it tastes just like chicken. If you can eat a squirrel, you can eat a rat. Not a sewer rat, of course.. lol But a field rat should be a nice, tasty meal. The Koreans ate rat meat during the 50s war. If you are fussy, this, uh, could be a problem.

  • Brian Rodderick

    Who do we owe this money too?? Who do we pay this money too?? and if we do owe this money to some other people and those people are quite prepared to watch the world die uf hunger then why are we investing any money at all with these monsters???

    Tell the money lenders to pluck off!

  • wide awake

    Well, what a lot of differing opinions here, the main pointy seems to be you all think you’re ***********, yes you are unless you start teaching your children how to sew, grow and throw… take them out of the school system now, cook proper food for them, prepare them like you weren’t prepared by your parents. IF this mess does get sorted (big if) they wont need the education you’ve given them, if it does, they will and never forget who will look after you when you’re old? That’s right, yoru children and the children of others, somehow I don;t look forward to being force fed an ipod whilst watching taped episodes of American Idol, I hear there’s not many calories in a bad apple ;)

  • mondobeyondo

    Having cat stew for dinner tonight. Going to add a little soy sauce, to give it an Asian flavor, since it’s a Siamese cat.

    Yes, that is a joke. Please don’t take that seriously.
    I would never, ever do that. I love animals.

    • Gary3

      I hear dog is tastier. A man’s got to eat. If it’s me or Fido, nice knowing you Fido..

      • Peter Andrews

        You are obviously a thoroughly unpleasant person.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com chris1

    Problem is , we innovate and the corps outsource it.
    The old rules don’t apply.
    Fair trade is not free trade.
    Im a RP supporter. but afraid all candidates
    fall down on trade/jobs

  • Mike

    why eat rats when there are Ducks and Geese there are so meny you cant even walk in the park unless you want ******* on your shoes I say eat the ************ Ducks and Geese then next is the Politicians open pit style and a good sauce then next the peolpe that hate the poor you see we will never run out of them to eat there are meny of them. the poor just have to change there eating habits.
    you people picking on children that are without food some thing is not wright with you and I served in the Military to protect you .
    .

    • BenjiK

      It is illegal and punishable by law for starving people to eat ducks, geese, fish and most wild game without the proper license, permits, stamps, etc… Not too mention the regulated seasons, bag limits, size limits, gender limits, zone regulations, mandatory registration laws, etc…

      AND WE WONDER WHY PEOPLE ARE EATING RATS??!!

  • Old Man

    Greece is suffering big time. But does anyone has great sympathy for the Greeks? Very few. Because they brought it upon themselves.

    American is suffering big time. That is, according to the high standard Americans are used to. That high standard include big fat SUV for everybody, eating out in fancy restaurants every other night, 50% obesity and 50 pills per week, limitless debt, buy every gadget ever produced, a life soaked in TV, Facebook, smart phones, violent video games and daily trips to the shopping malls. A society who think 75% consumption is a Constitutional right.

    The Greeks have more and bigger gods than every other culture. While Americans firmly believe their country was create by none other than God. Both think they are indestructible. Can get away with anything.

    Well then, enjoy the next decade together. In the Costa Concordia.

    • denny

      I suggest you read a little more about what happened to Greece and when you do you’ll find the name of Goldman Sucks very prominent in their demise. In fact, wherever nations and states are having difficulties GS always seems to be looming in the background, just out of our vision. Strange that all of the people taking over the reins of troubled nations have or have had ties to Goldman Sucks. Obviously, you’re still blaming the victims and it’s also obvious that you haven’t understood yet that the elites WANT IT ALL AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET IT.

  • retired

    ain’t buying it…when i was young, i roofed houses; hard work under the Louisiana sun…didn’t like it, but it paid the bills….if there is no jobs in vegas, hell, leave. i live in the little town in the deep south where i was born. you can get a job here; hell, you can get two jobs here. live in an rv if you have to; a used one. wash cars; wash houses; cut lawns, rake leaves; work for cash. we cut lots of timber here. grab a chain saw; you can make a living. you won’t drink a lot of jack daniels, but you can make a living

    • Maggie

      Please tell me which town has some jobs. I teach sociology, and I am very concerned about my college students who may not be able to find work when they are finished with their degrees. Many people still think that a college degree is going to get them a good job…

  • Bruce

    it was never a good idea to send millions of jobs to china..but congress gave themselves big bonuses along with the banks and slave owners…how many people really believed we were going to have high tech …don’t worry, obama will take your guns then bring you to a nice labor camp…

  • nepenthean

    I used to work in Maryvale within as a medical imaging tech. That place is ************. The people there are absolutely filthy. 90% of the patients were welfare recipients popping out kid after kid whose dirty diapers they threw in our parking lot.

    People openly urinate on the medical buildings. What will happen when US austerity begins?

    We had illegal immigrants EVERYDAY. Did you know US citizens pay for their food, clothes, ALL medical care, dentistry, and their monthly stipend? Did you know they do NOT get summarily deported? Did you know WE pay for their legal counsel to remain in the US.

    Sweet dreams, America.

  • http://none elaine from mi

    How sad that video is.I wish I could find them and feed them, give them my bed to rest teir weary heads.
    There won’t BE any jobs either, because that ‘mystery
    man ” in the white house wants the 15-20 thousand, or
    is it million illigal aliens here taking our jobs.
    My beautiful daughters in las vegas and phoenix have
    been trying to find jobs for 5 years. It saddens me so. our president does not give a hoot if we american
    citizens dont have a job. All he cares about is catering to people from foreign countries who steal us blind, from food stamps, Doctors, free births, educ
    ation, stealing our cars, trucks, everything in our yards, knocking people off their bikes and taking off with them. So what, “mystery man says,THEY will get me elected to another term. If he does get elected it will be 100% fraudulent, as was 2008 with ACORN criminal activities helping him, dead people,prisoner’s the list is enormous. So what he says,I make the rules here. Yeah, sure he does, he’s using a fake social security number of a man who died in the 1800′s, he’s used to date, up to 25 different S.S. numbers. No employer could hire him, because his social s. # and birth certificate do not match. He has had 2 court dates , one in May, 2010 with 17 illigal things, and one in georgia last month. How many people know that ? He & his attorney didn’t even show for that. They are in contempt, but he and the shadow gvernmt so powerful, he thinks he’s above the law.
    I heard our mystery man say the illigals don’t have to have voter I.D. , its too much trouble for them, He surely knows the mexican government gives I.D. to them before they cross the border to use in banks, ect…..Keep in mind folks, before you go feel sorry for the mystery criminal, the bills he’s passed, and still doing so, has been to destroy the freedoms we’ve had as Americans. Thats his goal. he’s told his friends in college, that we’re doing things wrong, the way we run our country, and intended tio change it. You won’t recognize america in 2 years people. Wake up and smell the coffee, it will soon be too late.The worst is yet to come. and==You wont like communism,and certianly not sharia law, They are inbred, the reason for their abuse to girls and womwn…….You’RE NOT GOING TO LIKE IT =========BUT IT”LL BE TOO LATE.

    001

  • John

    I don’t live much better than most of the people, by choice. I could easily afford a more affluent lifestyle, but I’d rather have savings than luxuries. So I drive a fifteen year old car, think before I buy anything, and have an $600 a month apartment furnished with items that I picked up at garage sales and several pieces that I scavenged out of abandoned apartments 20 years ago when I managed apartment buildings for a living in college.

    These people are not poor. They don’t know what poor is. Nobody in this country does.

    • Ann

      Amen to that John… My parents had 7 children and back in the day while my dad was in the hospital we had to eat rice and lima beans and biscuits EVERYDAY!!! Yet we were not poor because we had shelter and a little food.

  • John

    Oh the poor kids who have to live in hotels. I know a guy who lives in an old camper. This is in Florida. He doesn’t have heat or air conditioning. I don’t hear him complaining. He goes to work every day and puts his money away. He’s saving to buy something better.

  • Lisa wilson

    Hi! I believe the video is a good picture of whats happening. I have met so many people who have lost there homes & jobs in the last 3 years. These people are not getting welfare. I several who had 3-4,500 sq. feet homes & helped others now own nothing. They live in 8×32 trailers they could find. These are not your govt. takers. These were the backbone of the country. Have some compassion. The children in the videos parents were living in tents & it said they did not qualify for assistance. You can’t get assistance when you don’t have an address or children to support & even then not much in some areas of the country. I know people who do take every advantage of govt. assistance, but these ARE NOT the same people.If you have any money for retirement pull it out & buy food , cause it isn’t going to be worth the monthly statements before long.I so long to be in the country again. I grew up on the farm& desire to be there, but don’t have the money to buy any land.God bless&think ahead.

  • John

    This kind of cry baby woe is me crap does no one any good. It’s just an
    incitement to whine, and dither, and give up. It’s full of inaccuracies.
    The manufacturing sector did not collapse, it was gutted. This isn’t the
    work of Obama, it’s been accomplished over thirty years.

    I see the guys providing medical and dental services to the poor and I think
    that’s the way it should be. We should all be doing that. WE need to help
    these people, but they should be helping themselves too. I see the tent
    cities and think that’s good. They’re trying to figure out ways to get by.

    Look, they WANT you helpless and dependent. They want you to be accept the
    mental status of the incompetent victim who needs the government to rescue
    you. Look, the last thing you want is to be dependent on the government. You
    don’t want to rely on them, you cannot trust them. Trust yourself. Get used
    to the habit of depending on yourself, and forget about scumbag politicians
    and the government. And if you have money, help people who need it. Don’t make
    them crawl for government scum. Give them the self respect that comes from
    accepting help from a human being. The fact that you will do something for them
    will restore their hope and their prospects better than any worthless manipulative
    government program.

  • Chrism

    I would like to address what I personally believe are two fundamental misunderstandings related to Global Outsourcing and Corporate Taxes. It’s easy to make it black and white and blame companies for outsourcing when you don’t actually own a company.

    I own a company that offers a service online. We compete with other companies that offer the same service who are based all over the world. Our pricing is about mid-tier and to compete and succeed in this market I have had to do the following three things, 1) Work out of a home office which translates to low overhead 2) Hire people overseas to handle most of the programming, data entry tasks, etc 3) Provide free trials for potential clients. The only time I can hire someone in the US is on a 1099 part time basis. As I see it there are five main deterrence’s to hiring a full time employee in the US – Liability, Taxes, Gov regulation, Insurance costs, higher wages.

    When I hire someone overseas I don’t have to deal with any of that. I think it could be tempting to look at this situation from the outside and say that I am being unamerican and just need to deal with it and hire employees that live here. But this is the hard reality that I face as a business owner. I can’t! I can’t magically make all of those dollars appear in my account to allow me to hire US based employees. My costs would be increased not 2 fold but literally 10 fold! I wouldn’t have the slightest chance at competing in this market. I cant speak for others but in my situation it has 0 to do with greed and everything to do with survival. I’m basically stuck in a place of having to adapt to a broken system.

    In regard to Corporate taxes. I hear people saying all of these corporations aren’t paying taxes, they are so greedy, etc etc.. Maybe it is true in some cases but let me explain just some basics on biz/personal tax. My company makes $100. Technically my company doesn’t pay any taxes on that $100. But I need the money for my own living expenses so I have to draw that $100 into my personal account. As soon as I do that then I am heavily taxed on that $100. Even though the company didn’t pay the tax on that $100 I did as soon as I took it out for personal income tax. Some people are saying that the corporation should be taxed too, double taxation. So, here is how that would work. My company makes $100. The government takes let’s say 35% of that off the top so now I have $65. I pay that $65 to myself and the government takes 35% of that for personal income tax. So now I have $30. So, in that environment I make $100 and the government takes $70. Being an entrepreneur in this country is already a bit stifling at times, if it gets to that point no one will want to start a business here. Big fan of this site but see these two issues as recurring themes here and just wanted to provide an additional perspective.

    • gary2

      How many of your “businesses expenses” do you deduct that are not really business expenses.

      The last part of your post is false regarding the taxes you say you would have to pay.

      You need to be taxed! quit complaining and pay your fair share

      • Gary2islame

        Gary2, pull your head out of your @55. Climb out of your moms basement and see the reality of your pathetic life.

  • igotadose

    Nothing new here. Can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em. Got as far as the first 10 minutes of the video; why doesn’t Mom get a job, and cut her kids hair? And, why is Dad so much older than Mom? Why is mr. Tiler smoking while living in the storm drain?

    Live below your means. Do the math. If you’re worried about an impending economic collapse, don’t create children to live through it.

  • http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com TheRevolutionIsYOU

    “No, the truth is that it is a natural consequence of our foolish economic policies.”

    WRONG.

    The problem is the system it self. This is just the way capitalism works. Capitalism like any other ideology like socialism, communism etc. is based on exploitation. An upper class (call it whatever you want) exploits the lower class, usually people with poor education.

    Until you understand that, nothing can change.

    Please watch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w
    to UNDERSTAND what I mean.

  • Emily

    I would share this article, but it terribly distorts the truth about the Republicans and their views on the issue. It is so sickeningly partisan that ultimately, it will not help what is not a partisan problem in America.

    Drop the partisan crap! This is not a partisan issue!

    • Gary2

      It is the republicans who caused this mess.

      • JustanOGuy

        Sure thing… send more money in to Washington D.C.

        The Republicans may have started the mess but the Dems compounded it after taking over Congres in 2006.

  • sm1ofakind

    That guy with the hernia was told to go the ER, but the ER would only tell him to see his doctor. Unless he was septic right then when we went in, they wouldn’t do anything for him. He is absolutely right in saying that they’re going to send him a bill. And what a bill it will be…an astronomical charge (minimum $1500) for an ER doctor to tell you to see you’re family doctor.

  • Jon

    Another excellent documentary of despair is the BBC documentary: Requiem of Detroit

    ishttp://rutube.ru/tracks/3971045.html

  • Jon
  • John Doh

    The only rats here are the ones in our government!

  • mondobeyondo

    Once again, back by ever-popular demand…
    The Tsar Bomba video, a metaphor of America’s future:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PbZnZy1qr8&feature=related

    And this is a visual illustration of what our U.S. government entitlement programs will be like in 2020:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3QT1MFYcmo&feature=related

    (I’m watching “Saturday Night Live” in between being online right now, so my creative juices are flowing….)

    • mondobeyondo

      Okay, the song on the second video mentioned is not the best…..
      Personally, if I had posted that YouTube video (I did not), I would have picked “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, as my first choice.

      Second choice: “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor”, by Drowning Pool.

      Third choice: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the Mary Poppins soundtrack.

  • cw

    Why are we sending BILLIONS to other countries and letting our own people starve ? You tell me…Please! Something is wrong in this country!

  • Marie

    The point is this is all a result of the Spiritual Decline of America. We have removed God, The Creator, and His Commandments from everything and we now reap what we sow.
    My heart is heavy for the people in this article that have been reduced to this heartbreak. There is no bailout for them because they are not “too big to fail” as the banks or corporations.

  • America_is_dead

    Every time I see stuff like this about what is going on in the USA I thank God that I live in Canada. Our two countries are similar in a lot of ways but even the poorest in Canada have free medical care, access to good schools for their kids, and food and shelter. Meanwhile the Americans have been so brainwashed by the “pull up your own bootstraps” ideology that they persist in supporting truly awful politicians who give tax breaks and corporate welfare to the 1% while most Americans go down the drain. The greed of wealthy Americans is absolutely shameful.

    • Gary2

      Amen you are 100% correct. There was a study out of Canada showing conservatives to not be as smart as the average non conservative. It simply proved what most people already know.

  • Deanna

    Doesn’t any one see what is wrong with people? In this video one woman is complaining she can not afford a hair cut for her son.
    I cut my 3 kids hair. They have never had a “paid” hair cut. I cut mine own. Use a mirror and cut a way. I am ok with that, you do what you got to do.
    The ones living in a hotel. I looked at the background and saw all kinds of cooking gadgets and other electronics I can’t afford. But we do set money aside to pay our mortgage.
    And people lined up for free health care, talking on cell phones! I pay for health insurance, I don’t pay for a cell phone.
    People have their priorities mixed up.
    People still want it ALL.
    I don’t even have TV servie. I bought a USED vehicle I paid cash for.
    I garden and can and freeze food for the winter and raise livestock to eat. I work hard.
    I don’t have much but I do have a house and health insurance. That is what Ron Paul was talking about. Why should I pay for the lady that has no health insurance but she has a cell phone, TV service and electric mixers and so forth. I don’t have those. How about she pays those for me first?
    People are screwed up and they are not going to make it thru another depression!

  • Hamberger

    You have to do what you have to do -_-

  • gospelcorgi

    Thanks so much for this article, I will definitely watch the video. I live in suburban Maryland, which in many ways, I feel, has been insulated from the brunt of the recession. There are so many people eating out at chain restaurants still, like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others, stores such as Best Buy are still packed, and while a few stores have closed, others have opened and are thriving, while other stores are continuing to prepare to open their doors and construction of roads goes on as normal, if not at a faster pace. It causes one to ask the question, “Recession? What recession?” Come to my part of my Maryland, and it would have never crossed your mind that a recession ever happened, save for the rising gas and food prices. This article is such a stark contrast to what I see in front of me, but I *believe* it. Times are going to get worse. That’s why Americans must turn to the Bible and seek God and repent for their sins and turn to him before it’s too late.

    • Michelle

      It is the same here in south central Kentucky gospelcorgi. We have employers practically begging on TV and radio for employees. This is a nice area, low cost of living, etc. Restaurants are full, as are grocery stores, malls etc. Road construction going on everywhere. New buildings, houses etc. It is very disconcerting to read this stuff and live in an area that is just the opposite.

  • Woody

    I quit watching after 5 seconds when the commentator said that America “is the richest nation on earth.” With such a bold-faced lie to start the video, the veracity of the entire production is suspect.

  • Ambrodel

    My father runs a retail fish market and he says he’s shocked at the number of people on food assistance come in and buy king crab legs and other very expensive items.

    True poverty is a travesty, but the current welfare state is a farce. The people in these videos struggle yet lots of other abuse the system shamelessly. A few bad apples as they say….

  • http://economyincrisis.org WASP

    Millions of adult Americans live in other people’s homes with no prospect for work, many of them with medical problems.

  • Steve Withers

    I wouldn’t blame the price of gas on any single leader except perhaps Ronald Reagan. He wound back Jimmy Carter’s energy efficiency programmes that would have laid the ground work for the end of the era of cheap oil. We’re there now. No leader is going to change that now. Time is up.

    America needs more and better public transport. Soon, millions of people will not be able to afford to drive to work. They will need some other way to get there. This has been coming for decades and politicians and the public have been in collective denial about it. That isn’t going to be an option anymore.

  • BFH

    I was a police officer for 18 years back when they were the good guys. I always played by the rules and treated people fairly. I saw the way things were getting and got the hell out. I bought a tow truck and ran a towing service for 6 years until fuel prices and contractual issues made it unprofitable for me. I was losing money on most calls and sold out and figured I would just go to work for the other man. I am educated and healthy but because I am 57 no one wanted to hire me. I was not eligible for unemployment because I was self employed. My wife is disabled and gets about 700 per month. We get 240 dollars per month is food stamps. After many months and hundreds of applications I found a part time job for a transportation company. I was ecstatic. The job required sometimes multiple trips during my 12 hour on call shift (no wages for being on call) to the office to get the van and make the trip. I was paid 13.4 cents per mile. That averages less than minimum wage. The office was 17 miles away and my vehicle gets 18 miles to the gallon. At today’s fuel prices once again I lose money on most calls. I can not even overcome the loss of the food stamps. What the hell am I to do? Healthy, educated, excellent drivers history, clear criminal history, and can pass a drug test any and every day. There are no decent paying jobs out there folks. The employers know they can financially rape us (and most do) because so many are looking for work. The only people who do not understand this problem are those who presently have jobs that pay well. They do not understand us who are over the barrel. They will though when they become unemployed themselves. Pray for me and my family please.

  • greg

    In Australia for anyone who cannot afford it is the Medical Benefits System. You dont get your choice of doctors but if you have some life threatening illness, you can still get treated. The problem is the time it takes to get treatment but even if you are filthy rich, your specialist can bump you down the list if a worse emergency hit the table for that doctor. In the system, though, it is a little like sky diving. You pull the chute cable and hope for the best. Most times it comes through. My 74 year old father in law was diagnosed with heart problems so bad that he needed a pacemaker with defibrillator installed in his chest which is a very expensive unit. He got it and it was on the public purse. We also have the Pharmaceutical Benefits Fund where if your drugs are on their list and let us say would normally cost anyone $100s or $1000s a month to just SURVIVE or die without them, the fund pays most of it and you may be hit with $70 a month or even less.

    Those two things are, from what I understand, Obama wanted but I doubt that everything he wanted would get through. I note that our pharmaceutical benefits are under attack here by the pharmaceutical companies so why not there in USA?

    For me it comes down to this – if the patient WISHES to survive then they should be helped, not drained of money and hope. If the patient is someone who caused their own problems due to being a drug addict or something of the sort and needs help then sure, make them sign a document explicitly explaining this one time help as long as they dont go back on the drugs, alcohol or whatever and if they go back, they are on their own. If they dont, they learned their lesson and may become a good part of society again.

    Our enemies are NOT our sick and elderly like the 2011/2012 Australian govt are pointing at to our public. Our enemies are those who wish to make us live in their ways or die. So stop attacking ourselves, help those who need it and those who caused it to themselves ONCE only and defend against those who are truly our enemies because one day, if you live long enough, you WILL be old and/or sick. You WILL be the target at which you sneer now, when that day comes. Think and act NOW for tomorrow!

    Greg.

  • http://obbop.wordpress.com/ Obbop

    Wasn’t that video absolutely mind blowing?

    I sympathize greatly with the down-and-out but may I suggest that when interviewing “poor folks” that you select the poor unable to afford to feed a pet dog?

  • robert

    i raised four children alone
    and no one gives a *************

    wake up
    infowars com henrymakow com

    the rich ***************** in this world
    have FIVE THOUSAND TIMES
    MORE THAN THEY NEED

    the boats bought buy millionaires
    alone

    is HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR

    for a toy they use a half dozen times

    a ************* YEAR

  • Circus Circus

    Here is the MATRIX decoded for you:
    Our American life is nothing but a CIRCUS on a daily basis.
    Just like in a circus:
    We have puppets and the elite pulling the strings from behind.
    We have clowns in Congress.
    We love colors…everything is color coded.
    Its all smoke and mirrors and heavy on financial acrobats.
    World loves to come to America precisely because we have a circus show going on 24/7 and we all want to come in and have a seat (home). Some of us go on to become performers (who fool around in their acts and fool us at the same time).
    We are all doing silly. stupid funny things to entertain and make others smile…even to the point of behaving like animals. Just like animals we see at a circus.
    Its one big Circus and its out of control..:)
    You know what happens when u have an out of control circus?
    Get ready to get mauled by the animals.

  • Susie Survivor

    I appreciate your concern & spotlight on the conditions of the poor. However, I also believe that you are a bit misguided if you really believe that President Obama is the cause, and quite naive if you think that this is anything new. Gas prices had skyrocketed in just months after Bush was elected (well before 9/11), and nearly tripled during his terms…In Obama’s term the actually went down a little, but have been fluctuating, & are rising yet again…They have never gone back down to what they were before Bush took office. As far as poverty goes, I’m glad someone’s watching (at least a little bit). FYI…I grew up in a white upper-income community in Upstate, NY, many of my friends/acquaintances were children of wealthy-even millionaires (more than a few of which ended up at some time or another on welfare). When I married a man from another country, & moved to another state in the American SW, I was shocked at the level of poverty, cruel ambivalence, & prejudice that I saw. It was heartbreaking (especially with my own memories of mounds of presents that would take nearly an entire day to unwrap) to see children exuberant just to find a few pine boughs in someone’s trash-because it would be their first Christmas tree. Heartbreaking, whenever it rained, to see water from faucets so brown, & thick, it had to be boiled before drinking, and bathing in it was a joke. Heartbreaking to have to shake out your clothes, and bed linens, repeatedly, and carry your food with you-which otherwise could be instantly crawling in cock roaches… Living in “projects” that bred violence & despair-yet were the only alternative for many hard-working folks. Folks who often had to walk or bike (if they weren’t yet stolen) miles to work & back-for peanuts-peanuts that could barely pay for the basic bills, let alone lift anyone- above or out of there. I could tell you horror stories that I witnessed first-hand…Stories off hard-working folks with no medical help available…Of the Uninsured being turned away from hospitals-even women in labor-who delivered their babies alone on a hospital floor; folks losing limbs, losing babies, & doc’s preforming surgeries/D & C’s without anesthesia-because they had no insurance to pay…This was not a third world country-This was America…It was America in the 80′s & 90′s, & It’s still America today. It certainly was not President Obama’s fault-He actually worked to help fight it…But it’s a shame on America, and it’s “all of our shame”…It’s nothing new…but it is increasing because we haven’t changed…We haven’t changed our thinking…We haven’t stopped listening to the lies of the wealthy & the rich…Lies that tell us the poor are poor because of their own doing…Lies that accuse the poor, the sick, the injured, the disabled of being just lazy-the homeless being just worthless drug-addicts & alcoholics…We’ve all heard (& some even believed)the lies & the stories of so many welfare recipients living “high off the hog”…& we continue to buy into the belief of “trickle-down” economics, of the proud Military Industrial Complex, Of the Wall-Street “fat-cats”, the bankers-money lenders, of the pharmaceutical/medical supply/insurance giants, the industrial rapists of our lands, the polluters of our waters, our air, our food, & our bodies…we believe them because they have the money…they have the power, the influence…the media-TV broadcast time, the publications…they own it all…and we all want it too…The so-called American dream…so we all continue to believe them. Yet, as long as we continue to vote for them, as long as we continue to believe their illusions, repeat their lies, & propagate their greed, their lusts, their whoredoms, & care more for their filthy lucre than for our neighbor/ourselves…then we only have ourselves to blame in the end. What goes around comes around…The ripple effects us all… They tout the “Red, White, & Blue”…but it is not their blood which is shed…it is not their limbs which turn black & blue-It is ours…It is our children’s…Shame on them-Shame on us all…

    • Vicki Brady

      Very poignant Susie. May I post your reply on my FB page?

  • Rachael

    Don’t people really understand? This is not a democratic/republican issue? Poverty in America has been there for a long, long time. Yet it has grown progressively worse in recent years, both under Republican and Democratic leaderships. Why, it was under a Republican leadership who first made it possible for companies to move their businesses abroad, and they did by the thousands! That was over 25 years ago! But the fact remains, that all parties since have not tried to change that! Dems as well as Reps.!! So now, in the last few years, after the crash, poverty has taken a jump with so many more unemployed and underemployed, with so little if any income. So let’s quit playing the name blame game and act like we have a few more brains than our leadership! Admit there’s a big problem and than ask ourselves, “what can ‘I’ do to help”. Where’s the Christians, the so called churches out there? Jesus commands we as individuals are supposed to feed the hungry, clothe the naked … Yet we sit, asleep, turning our head and blaming others. How ashamed I am to have another country look at the Christian faith and say, “I don’t want to be Christian…look at how they treat other people, worse than the Taliban. So, we ARE the infidels after all!

    • monotheist

      that’s because jesus is fake sir. Jesus is a cop out not to follow the 600+ rules of God dummy.

  • M jones

    Jesus said, “the poor he have with you always.”

    • JulianBashir

      That does not in any way justify poverty. Why you quote Jesus is to what end? The truth of the matter is that Jesus was saying that it is OUR fault, OUR responsibility, as humans, for what happens to our brothers, which includes the poor.

      If we did not spend trillions of dollars every year worldwide just on armaments, imagine what that money could be used for in helping the poor, with food, sanitation, irrigation, education for a better life, etc..

      WE squander the resources God gave us. That’s why Jesus said there will always be poor among us…He knew the human heart and it’s greed.

    • monotheist

      Jesus is a lie

  • mike

    Its over ladies, you destroyed this country In 40 years. You can not build anything, and your to thick to know that’s the only thing that creates wealth. Your a Joke !

  • dmdm

    why is everyone blaming each other as Americans we will survive
    If we had the support of the blamers and NO-DOERS
    WE CAN FIX THIS
    OUR PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THE STREETS
    TAKE A REAL LOOK AROUND YOURSELF
    DO SOMETHING

  • GDD

    Why America gives a single penny to foreign nations while their people are starving is beyond me.

  • Youalldeservedeath

    I blame all the scientist and engineer nerds for everything. When society crumbles if you even look like a geek your heads getting bashed in with a sledgehammer then God can sort you out.

  • segh

    Fellow Americans..If you want to stand up to powerful, corporations and obnoxious, wealthy, power elites, that (think) they can buy the American Government with their wealth, I’ll tell you how you can stop them. Before you vote , decide for your self the political party that spent the most money on their candidates, and do not vote for any politician in that party. Take away their power. Do not vote for that political party. Only the wealthy have the power to buy the politicians. Politicians pass the laws that control your life in America. Money is power, but you can still vote to stop them. As a citizen, you can have the last laugh. You might be helping to keep your self out of poverty, and retain the few freedoms you have left. One of those freedoms is to vote!! If you think the corporations and the power elites have your best interest in their plans for the future of America, vote for their candidates. Its your vote~!

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