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Rich vs Poor: 14 Funny Statistics And 14 Not So Funny Statistics About This “Economic Recovery”

Today there are two very different Americas.  In one America, the stock market is soaring, huge bonuses are taken for granted, the good times are rolling and people are spending money as if they will be able to "live the dream" for the rest of their lives.  In the other America, the one where most of the rest of us live, unemployment is rampant, a million families were kicked out of their homes last year and hordes of American families are drowning in debt.  The gap between the rich and the poor is bigger today than it ever has been before.  In fact, this article is not so much about "rich vs poor" as it is about "the rich vs the rest of us".  Barack Obama and Ben Bernanke keep touting an "economic recovery", but the truth is that the only ones that seem to be benefiting from this recovery are those at the very top of the economic food chain.

Below you will find 14 funny statistics about this economic recovery and 14 not so funny statistics about this economic recovery.  Actually, if you find yourself deeply struggling in this economy you will probably not find any of the statistics funny.  In fact, you will probably find most of them infuriating.  After all, there are very few people that actually enjoy hearing about how well the rich are doing when they are barely able to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.

In any event, the 28 statistics below show the stark contrast between the "two Americas" that share this nation today.  Many liberals will likely try to use these statistics as an example of why we should tax the rich.  But handing more money to the government is not going to magically create more jobs for the poor.  What the American people desperately need are good jobs, and many liberals don't seem to understand that.  Many conservatives will likely try to use these statistics as evidence that "capitalism" is working.  But the truth is that what we have in the United States today is not capitalism.  Rather, it is more aptly described as "corporatism", because money and power is increasingly becoming concentrated in the hands of gigantic corporations that individuals and small businesses simply cannot compete with.  The truth is that when wealth is concentrated at the very top it does not "trickle down" to the rest of us.  In the old days the wealthy at least were forced to hire the rest of us to run their factories and their businesses, but with the advent of globalism that isn't even true anymore.  Now they can just move their factories and businesses overseas to places where they can legally pay slave labor wages to their employees.

Very large concentrations of money and power are almost always bad for the prosperity of average citizens.  Our founding fathers never intended for our central government to have so much power and they never intended for giant corporations to have so much power.  But we have abandoned the principles of our founding fathers.

When large concentrations of power (whether governmental or corporate) are allowed to flourish, it almost becomes inevitable that the gap between the rich and the poor will grow.  We are seeing this happen all over the world today.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that any of this is going to change any time soon.  In the United States, both the federal government and multinational corporations are constantly attempting to grab even more power.  It has gotten to the point where individual Americans really don't have much power left at all.

In any event, hopefully you will find the following statistics informative or at least entertaining.  The wealthy are most definitely enjoying an "economic recovery" while most of the rest of us are still really struggling....

Funny - Who said that the titans of Wall Street couldn't look hot?  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelifts for men jumped 14 percent last year.

Not Funny - According to the U.S. Labor Department, unemployment actually increased in 351 of the 372 largest U.S. cities during the month of January.

Funny - The average bonus for a worker on Wall Street in 2010 was only $128,530.  It appears that more Wall Street bailouts may be needed.

Not Funny - During this most recent economic downturn, employee compensation in the United States has been the lowest that it has been relative to gross domestic product in over 50 years.

Funny - According to DataQuick Information Systems, the sale of million dollars homes rose an average of 18.6 percent in the top 20 major metro areas in the U.S. in 2010.  But is spending a million dollars on one house really worth it?  After all, over the past several years there have been times when you could buy a house in some bad areas of Detroit for just one dollar.

Not Funny - In 2010, for the first time ever more than a million U.S. families lost their homes to foreclosure, and that number is expected to go even higher in 2011.

Funny - According to Moody's Analytics, the wealthiest 5% of households in the United States now account for approximately 37% of all consumer spending.  Most of the rest of us don't have much discretionary income to spend these days, but at least we have Justin Bieber, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars to keep us entertained.

Not Funny - According to Gallup, the U.S. unemployment rate in mid-March was 10.2%, which was virtually unchanged from the 10.3% figure that it was sitting at exactly one year ago.

Funny - According to the Wall Street Journal, sales of private jumbo jets to the ultra-wealthy are absolutely soaring....

Sales of private jumbo jets are so strong that Airbus and Boeing now have special sales forces devoted to potentates and the hyper-rich.

Not Funny - There are now over 6.4 million Americans that have given up looking for work completely.  That number has increased by about 30 percent since the economic downturn began.

Funny - Porsche recently reported that sales increased by 29 percent during 2010.  Even Porsche jokes are coming back into style....

Question: Why did the blonde try and steal a police car?

Answer: She saw “911” on the back and thought it was a Porsche.

Not Funny - Approximately half of all American workers make $25,000 a year or less.

Funny - Cadillac recently reported that sales increased by 36 percent during 2010.

Not Funny - According to the U.S. Energy Department, the average U.S. household will spend approximately $700 more on gasoline in 2011 than it did during 2010.

Funny - Rolls-Royce recently reported that sales increased by 171 percent during 2010.

Not Funny - According to a new study by America's Research Group, approximately 75 percent of all Americans are doing less shopping because of rising gasoline prices.

Funny - According to the New York Post, Barack Obama enjoyed a total of 10 separate vacations that stretched over a total of 90 vacation days during the years of 2009 and 2010.  Apparently Barack Obama was not talking about himself when he told the American people the following....

"If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation."

Not Funny - When 2007 began, 26 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, an all-time record 44 million Americans are on food stamps.

Funny - Ralph Lauren reported a 24 percent increase in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010.  It is good to know that preppies are thriving in this economy.

Not Funny - The Ivex Packaging Paper plant in Joliet, Illinois is shutting down for good after 97 years in business.  79 good jobs will be lost.  Meanwhile, China has become the number one producer of paper products in the entire world.

Funny - Luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. recently announced that their profits increased by 29 percent in the 4th quarter of 2010.  All of the men that did not buy their women jewelry during the holidays are trying to keep this particular news item from getting passed around.

Not Funny - Average household debt in the United States has now reached a level of 136% of average household income.

Funny - In 2009, only 18,288 vehicles with a price tag of $100,000 or more were sold in the United States.  In 2010, 32,144 such vehicles were sold.  It appears that "showing off for chicks" is now very much back in style.

Not Funny - The U.S. economy now has 10 percent fewer "middle class jobs" than it did just ten years ago.

Funny - Porsche has announced that they will soon be taking orders for their first hybrid sports car, the 918 Spyder.  The price tag on one of these puppies will only be $845,000.

Not Funny - The average CEO now makes approximately 185 times more money than the average American worker.

Funny - Barack Obama recently played only his 61st round of golf since moving into the White House.  Many are now concerned that Obama is simply not getting enough free time.

Not Funny - According to one recent study, 21 percent of all children in the United States were living below the poverty line during 2010.

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  • dandiar1

    Good old America,In God We Trust…

  • The Sojourner

    Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. (James 5:1)

    The rich may be living it up at the moment, but serious punishment and correction is in store for them. And very soon!!!

  • michelle

    Funny: The price of silver is up over 100% in the last two years.

    Not Funny: Most Americans missed out on cheap silver.

  • http://personalmedicalinsurance4u.com Personal Medical Insurance

    It is very important that we not let the ruling elite drive a wedge between Americans. Using the term “working man” is one way of doing it. I love capitalism and the opportunity to succeed…and also the fear of failing. I am afraid however, that America is lost and I am one of the most optimistic people around!!!!

  • http://moneyedpoliticians.net Jack Lohman

    Yea, but there is absolutely zero reason why taxpayers should be subsidizing any income over $1 million a year, as they do now when the corporations write off salaries.

    Jack Lohman
    http://MoneyedPoliticians.net

  • Rob

    Funny…BUT NOT funny

  • doug

    Haha I only get enough money to eat..yeahhhhhh

  • JailBanksters

    Maybe Obama should get some lessons from Tiger Woods on how to score better. All Nero had was a Fiddle.

  • impeachRonPaul

    And republicans added one trillion to the debt giving tax breaks to millionaires. Most rich now pay only 15% while the middle class is at 25-30%

  • http://www.zenithminds.com Anthony

    people need to read more!

  • mondobeyondo

    Funny AND not funny:

    President Obama at next year’s State of the Union address: “My fellow Americans, volunteer to donate your unused vacation time and sick leave! You are not using it, so donate it to ME! Let me be clear! Make no mistake (both phrases (C) Barack Obama), I shall put your unused vacation time to good use. Among those of you still employed in America (hee hee..giggle), your collective unused vacation time and sick leave will add approximately 17,352 days to my annual vacation time, and it will be PRODUCTIVE!! I shall be visiting my family in Indonesia and Hawaii, golfing in Argentina, and negotiating business deals in Ethiopia…”

  • http://economiccollapse Jackie R

    When you look at all the jobs going overseas, it makes you wonder what kind of agreement was made between China and US. Did China agree to buy up US treasures in exchange for factories going there to help their people get jobs?
    Just something to think about.

  • DownWithLibs

    I’m guessing when the doggy “no-no” hits the fan, it will bring those still flying high down here with the rest of us (I mean, hey, you can’t eat a Mercedes!). Should be an interesting time.

  • Dan McDonald

    Democrats hated trickle down economics when Republicans passed tax cuts. But when the FED creates trickle down economics by creating new money and new debt which goes to the biggest banks and the wealthy first, where were they to demand an end to trickle down economics? As for the Republicans, at least they have Ron Paul.

  • ralph lauden

    bright side, don’t have to worry about payin taxes.just sit home and wait for the ebt check

    • Terry

      What the heck is an ebt check? Does it arrive in the mail? Can you take it to the bank and cash it?

  • http://yahoo GetAGrip

    I am amazed at people’s propensity to take from the “rich”. impeachRonPaul, you don’t have a clue – taxes are legalized theft, and people should get to keep as much of their income as possible. What needs to stop is all the entitlements, all the whiny people with their hands out. If your family or friends want to support you, then let them. Don’t make anyone else do it. Without the entitlements and spending on stupid, wasteful programs, we wouldn’t be in this mess. Keep your grubby mitts out of my pockets.

    • Terry

      Sometimes government steals from the poor and redistributes income upward but I never hear people complain about that.

    • Wake up

      International welfare and free trade are 2 of the biggest things that have us broke, and many less good jobs. If someone that has paid into the system becomes disabled then they should recieve help…It’s the lazy men and women that don’t care or have any morals that I rebuke and dislike…What a bunch of weak people they are!!!

  • arthur krause

    Instant fix..
    15%-20% import duty on any chinese product we can make here.
    Close education department, obamacare, cut military by 1/3.
    Move out of Afganistan, Iraq. Close 50% of overseas bases.
    Restrice use of AF1 to 10 hours a month except in emergency’s.
    Drill in Gulf, anwar and white house lawn.
    Food stamps for actual basic food only-want the good stuff???? GET A JOB!!!!Follow these gimmie types thru the line-watch them get steaks and potatoe chips-all the while with a beam like Lady O..IE fat butt.
    Require actual performance test to be president..
    I am tired of 3 TRILLION for OJT in the white house..
    I don’t care what color the president is… just act like one and get the job done..

  • Pauline Masterton

    So Obama had 90 days of vacation over a period of 2 years. Most people who work 5 days a week and have 2 vacation weeks a year actually get 118 days–almost a month more– of vacation over 2 years time. And he played 61 rounds of golf over that period? That’s about 2-1/2 rounds a month…Half much as most golfers I know usually play.

    • Terry

      If you think someone is doing a poor job, wouldn’t the more vacation they take be better?

      I never complained when Bush went on vacation and I don’t complain when Obama goes on vacation.

  • Lennie Pike

    The 100 million+ new arrivals to the U.S. from overseas (probably more) that are being offered the jobs that should belong to Americans but are not because of the huge savings in labor costs, are also contributing greatly to the increased wealth of the Traitor Elite. Their only allegiance is to money and themselves and they are your rulers.

    Every immigration law that exists is either being disregarded by Federal Government law enforcement under administrations of both parties, or has been re-written by bribing your so called Representatives.

    I remember about 10 years ago, the MSM actually reported that 50% of the employees of the U.S. Immigration Department were under investigation for taking bribes to allow people to enter the U.S.. Of course things have changed since then and there is no way that would ever be reported now.

    I know with out a doubt, through my own racial profiling and census that I take from time to time that over 100 million invaders from other countries are now inside the United States.

    Bribery of Immigration Officials and our Representatives has undoubtedly increased drastically from 10 years ago, but the reason there has been zero immigration law enforcement, has been bring about the One World Government. I love it when these traitors say the immigration system is broken and reform is needed. This type of immigration is being allowed intentionally world wide, except for maybe Mexico, but no one wants to go there anyway.

    Once these foreigners begin voting, which for only 5 votes would be already, due to the historically super-low turn-out or Americans in local elections, you can expect all local government officials (mayors, city councils, and police) to be former illegal aliens. Expect the same on the State and Federal levels. Foreigners will not provide the same niceties to Americans that have been provided to them. They are from societies that are like the jungle where survival and the pursuit of the necessities of life is extremely serious business. Americans are very very soft and have no idea who these people are. I know from experience living in a third world country.

    When the first Good Ole Boy Lynyrd Skynyrd fan (I am one) is pulled over by a Chinese, Mexican, or Indian, Russian (Caucasian) “ex”-illegal alien who speaks English that can’t even be understood, and has no idea and can’t fathom what the Bill of Rights is……….you write the rest of the story.

    Kiss The U.S. Constitution and your Civil Rights goodbye. You do not deserve them. Present-day Americans are the most gullible, ignorant, docile lay-downs in the history of the world.

  • PaulF

    An excellent overview of the evils of corporatism. Again, you sound just like GK Chesterton, and I like it!!

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

    Funny – Investing money outside of the USA to get a Better Return On Investment.

    Not Funny – Turning the USA into a Banana Republic.

  • morpheus

    The merry-go-round can’t go much further. It’s only a matter of time before the rich get their come-up-ins. We are all connected now. We don’t have to sit and take it. We have choice.

    Join us…

    “THE REVOLUTION HAS STARTED”

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

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM

    “Spread the News”

  • http://www.danielrevelationbiblestudies.com Robert Stout

    Another very good article!!! Enjoyed the comment by The Sojourner, you are absolutely right!!! The rich and the super rich are getting their reward right now, but their eternal reward will be stripped from them because they refused to help others that are in need!!! Listen carefully to what Matthew 25:42-46 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth,whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Also, listen to Jesus when he spoke to His disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23,24. God’s righteous judgments is coming, will the rich and the super rich listen before it’s too late!!! And lastly, Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21,24. ” Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” The Scriptures tell the whole truth of the matter!!!

  • Gary2

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth. This is not theft. It is the working persons money that the rich have stolen by pocketing productivity increases.

    Everything that is wrong with this country is the result of conservative republicans and there evil misguided policies of taking from the poor and giving to the rich and all the dumb people who vote for them and against their own self interest because they say they are against gay marriage or against abortion.

    Until the majority of people get a brain cell and off the couch watching stupid sports we are in trouble. There are actually people OI have met that believe what they hear on Rush Bimbo or Faux news.

    END capitalism-it is way too unstable-too many recessions/depressions. We need to be much more like Europe.

  • Aristaeus

    These remarks were released by the US Attorney’s office in the western district of North Carolina:

    “Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.”

    Undermine: to erode the base or foundation of something. to damage or weaken, especially gradually.

    So why isn’t Bernanke in jail?

  • Frank

    These 28 points show 2 things:
    1) Our nation is in the process of financial collapse -AND-
    2) Our nation no longer is engaged in true capitalism, rather in “crony capitalism” where big government favors big businesses & big unions (especially government workers unions) at the expense of a true level playing field and small businesses & non-union workers.

    Those in the favored groups get richer, those in the middle class get poorer and the poor get more government support, which is a disincentive for the average worker to keep on working.

    The whole traditional American system has been perverted & is about to collapse. In the end, even many now rich will get hurt as the system collapses. Unfortunately, some of the ruling elite that helped cause this problem will probably just keep getting richer as we hit bottom.

  • Dunkirk

    Gary2 says: “Everything that is wrong with this country is the result of conservative republicans and there evil misguided policies of taking from the poor and giving to the rich and all the dumb people who vote for them and against their own self interest because they say they are against gay marriage or against abortion.”

    LOL. You haven’t yet recognized the fact that there are no republicans or democrats, and that this mess isn’t about politics? Your partisanship reeks because it reveals you to be just a tool of the very machine you rail against. Take the “red pill” and get back to us.

  • John

    Add to the Not Funny list:

    Despite unemployment in excess of 10%, America continues to import over 1 million legal immigrants a year, including unskilled H-2B workers who are the next best thing to legal slavery for the corporate elite. In addition, we get hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants each year, taking the jobs that Americans are perfectly able to do.

    • carrie

      Americans may be able to do the jobs in agriculture, landscaping, hospitality, and construction that immigrants do (in the South where I live), but we aren’t willing to. Even in the North, the farmers I know rely on migrants from the Caribbean to bring in harvests that Americans used to take two weeks vacation for (to earn their back-to-school or Christmas money). When Alabama wrote tough anti-immigrant laws, its harvests rotted — look for high prices in your markets this winter. Until you’ve done field work, you don’t know what you’re missing.

  • Jonesy

    Very funny how you make a distinction between “Capitalism” and “Corporatism”. Very funny. As in “Bad Capitalism” vs. “Good Capitalism”. Truth of the matter is, Capitalism is whatever makes the rich richer. In this historical stage it is what you call “Corporatism”. But it is Capitalism all the same.

  • John

    Why so sad folks? You got everything you wanted.

    You didn’t want to be like the ww2 generation, working all the time and saving your money.What a bunch of Squares Man!

    You didn’t want nasty polluting factories.Yucky!

    You wanted cheap clothes.

    You wanted cheap oil.

    You wanted big cars. vroom,vroom!

    So what’s the price tag for all the crap you wanted? I’d say about 70 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities should cover it.

    All this talk about how speculators are driving up prices. Oil,stocks,commodities.

    You know who the biggest speculators are? Care to pull the knife out of somebodies back and take a stab at it?

    It’s us folks! You buy an SUV after gas prices went up? What the hell were you thinkin? You move 30 miles away from work so little JR can get a shitty education and now your paying out the ass for gas! What is wrong with you people?

    You start 2 wars in the middle east and now, after eight years and how many people killed you think MAYBE IT WASN”T A GOOD IDEA! REALLY?!?

    Are we bored with the war? Is that it? I mean we really gave them hell didn’t we? We really kicked there ass! Be proud assholes, you got rid of the problem, you sure did. We as a country deserve our fate, and don’t give me any of that hocus pocus GOD or ALLAH crap! I was in Iraq in ’04

  • http://dollarcollapse rick

    we are stomping out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. just sayin.

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    It seems we’re under attack on all fronts. The economy, our culture, borders, ever expanding govt control of freakin’ everything. Until we solve the problem with income and wealth inequality nothing will change.

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. For details, visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/

  • Sam

    Peak oil will fix this problem over time. Every economy will become a local economy again. The globalists will have to return the factories to the USA.

  • liberranter

    But the truth is that what we have in the United States today is not capitalism. Rather, it is more aptly described as “corporatism”, because money and power is increasingly becoming concentrated in the hands of gigantic corporations that individuals and small businesses simply cannot compete with.

    Thank you! This cannot be repeated often enough. I, for one, have about had enough of people conflating the terms “capitalism” and “[state-]corporatism.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0YTY5TWtmU Matt

    Ron Paul. . .r-EVOL-ution
    One of the few who saw this coming
    Peter Schif and Gerald Celente also warned us.
    See what they have to say now!
    Capitalism and free markets do not give us a boom-bust economy,
    The “federal” reserve gives us pump and dump.
    Peter Schiff was right…

  • Mark

    I think John on March 24th has got it straight on!! You got what you wanted!!

  • JOHN DAVID STUTZ

    THE WAR ON POVERTY’S OVER !…..THE RICH WON !

    Dont worry !….bee hap pee
    Romney Reagan will free trade us outta this mess ?….stay tooned !

  • Liam McDiarmid

    “impeach Ron Paul” is oblivious to the cancer of socialism which has destroyed America. Like all cancerous, blood sucking, asinine systems, it is failing miserably. Grotesque government waste is unproductive and is, essentially, tax slavery as the productive workers support the lazy or public sector workers who extort their million dollar packages out of the taxpayer.. But like all lies, it is unraveling. When your country uses 30% of all tax dollars just to pay the interest on the debt, it is almost over…

  • Typical Libtard Devastation

    Gary.. This is not the Communist Party website. People here actually believe in WORKING for a living instead of mooching off everyone else. Capitalism creates jobs. Communism–which, in case you haven’t noticed, FAILED, only destroys jobs and any chance of bettering your life. Communism/socialism just makes everyone poor, which is exactly what is happening. After you steal from the rich, then you are left alone to starve with all the other poor people. Not a very intelligent approach..

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    Sorry to crash your pity party, but you yahoos need to get of your duffs and make something of yourselves.

    You sound like a bunch of Libtards with this class warfare baloney.

  • C Sharp

    Sorry expresso “logic” — the class warfare you refer to is being waged by the rich and the corporate powers upon the middle class and poor. You’ve got it backwards, my friend.

  • http://MyYahoo.com Annette Shirey

    Obama taking Vacations, Funny, if it were true, not so funny, Bush and other president took More: http://factcheck.org/2010/01/president-obamas-vacation-days/

  • Sam

    To Espresso….class warfare, That is exactly what the Republicans have been doing for decades…worse, Socialism for the Rich !

    No one likes taxes, but you have to actually pay for blunders like Iraq, at over $ 10K per US person, that’s right, $ 40K per average family ! So those who can afford it should pay, because the GOP has screwed the rest of us. Read former GOP big shot Kevin Phillips for the truth of it.

  • hello

    First, get Obama out of office, elect someone who actually has some common sense or doesn’t have his head up his ass. Second, get rid of all of the retards in congress and the senate and replace them with people in the middle class who actually give a damn and are dealing with the economic crisis first hand! Then stop paying professional athletes, actors and actresses so much money. Believe me, no one, I mean NO ONE is worth that kind of money. Stop taxing the lower or even the middle class completely and tax the upper class to make up for it! The upper class is only worried about making money for themselves and could care less about ANYONE else! I could go on and on and on with how terrible the world has become, but my fingers are getting tired.

  • Chris

    So start looking for a job (or start a job) that caters to the wealthy. Private jets need mechanics, so do high end cars. High end cars and jewelery need to be sold.

    When I got laid off (this last time) I scratched by my own witts instead of collecting unemployment. Do what you are good at. If illegal aliens can make a living and thrive cutting rich peoples lawns so can the average joe American. Eventually if you are good at it, you can expand and get a lawn of your own to be cut. I was below the poverty line (and still am), but I have saved up to make a jump into an investmernt to use my talents for myself.

    I have never understood class envy. There are opportunities everywhere. If people would put in as much effort into entrepreneurship as they do with there other hobbies, people would be much better off.

  • M

    Please do kick the military out I will take a long long vacation on the taxpayers dime.

    2 years on unemployment/food stamps
    4 years on the GI bill /food stamps /VA compensation
    4 years PHD coursework VA retraining / food stamps / VA compensation

    I may end up being the smartest guy stocking shelves , but it will be all good cause I will have really enjoyed my TEN YEAR vacation.

  • jim

    there are many issues to be sddressed a few years ago corprate greed and over seases sweat shops were reported and looked down on.nowit is looked at as good buisness?that is an entire issue in it”s self.our goverment along side and in bed with buisness that are going and are abroad are killing the american people”that would be working class you and me”.athletes politacians ceoare taking our way of life our principles and the good things that we stand for.when are we going to stand up?when the laws are made to take our weapons is when we will be like the people of the middle east. we will be able to throw rocks at our military get shot in the streets and labled as a terrist.when will we stand up?????????????????

  • Old German

    We in Europe are still looking with envy to you guys across the Atlantic.

    We do have real socialism over here and we have the real sheoples, most believe the MSM lies and only few see what is coming.

    Plus we have a bunch of lazy guys and uncontrolled immigration from the middle east and eastern europe that do not contibute much positive to the developement of our economy.

    If things get worse your huge agricultural potential can feed the whole continent. Things look worse here.

    With very few percentage of the population prepping and a dangerous ethnical mix, thing can very fast get pretty nasty for the Germans.

    Plus, if we would dare to fight back, we are immiiately the ugly Nazis.

    You guys are allowed to show pratriotism, Germans cannot do that.

    Wish us luck!

  • mr. poorman

    All the greed is what’s going to take down this country. The money is going to the rich and not circulating back to the rest of us. The rich is going to suffer in the end. Socialism is coming!!!
    Think about it when they have sucked us dry all they have left to suck dry is themselves that’s when the politicians will tax them so that they stay rich. So the only people that will be rich are the politicians. And to all the rich people that are reading this you guy’s f@#$ your self’s welcome to socialism. And don’t blame it on the poor in the end its all your fault. Well the good thing is we won’t have anything made from china any more no one will be able to buy their stuff. So there country will crash to.

  • xiou

    it is funny, you people have put the world in to poverty and that was kool. we chinese have suffered poverty for decades now its our turn to have fun. being white doesnot make you superior humans! watch “confessions of a economic hitman” and you’ll know why you were so rich and the rest of the world was so poor. wat goes around comes around. all men equal! US isnt collapsing the earth is balancing its self. us=bully corporation vs rest of the world=innocent people, ur dirty game back fired

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

      gui fun lo, xa niu twa lo

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