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Tent Cities, Homelessness And Soul-Crushing Despair: The Legacy Of Decades Of Government Debt And Mismanagement Of The Economy

For decades, our politicians have been deeply addicted to government debt, they have stood idly by as millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas and they have passed countless business-crushing regulations and they never thought that it would catch up with us.  Well, it has.  America has been living in the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world, and now that bubble is starting to pop.  There has never been such an extended period of unemployment in the United States since the Great Depression, and millions of Americans are losing their homes.  Homelessness is skyrocketing, tent cities are popping up everywhere and countless numbers of American families are experiencing the soul-crushing despair that comes from desperately trying to hang on for month after month after month.

Now, because of the horrific hole that our politicians have dug for us, we are faced with some heartbreaking choices.  For example, right now the U.S. Congress is deciding whether or not to extend long-term unemployment benefits for the nation’s jobless.

Extending those benefits through the end of February would add another $12.5 billion to the U.S. national debt.  But not doing it would cut off the only lifeline that many Americans have just in time for the holidays.

The extension of jobless benefits that was passed last summer expires on December 1st.  If these long-term benefits are not renewed, approximately 2 million unemployed Americans will lose their checks.

But what can the U.S. Congress do?  Just keep going into endless amounts of debt?  As I have written about previously, the United States is never going to see another balanced budget ever again under the current system.  The U.S. government is flat out broke.  Somehow our politicians desperately need to find a way for the federal budget to stop hemorrhaging red ink.

There is no more “extra money” to spend.  The U.S. government has piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world and we are headed for a complete and total economic disaster because of it.

But what are we going to do?  Are we going to let millions of Americans starve in the streets?

It’s not just the rapidly rising number of homeless Americans that is the problem.  Millions of Americans are not going to be able to heat their homes this winter.  Millions of others are going to have to choose between buying medicine and buying food because they will not be able to afford both.

How would you like to be at a point where you could not go to the doctor because you knew that you could not pay the deductible?

How would you like to be at a point where you had to decide whether to buy diabetes medicine or to buy macaroni and cheese to feed your family?

More than 42 million Americans are now on food stamps, and that number keeps going up month after month after month.

Just think about that.

42 million Americans would not be able to eat if the U.S. government did not give them handouts.

The safety net is getting awfully crowded.

If you really want to see some soul-crushing desperation, go check out the flood tunnels under the city of Las Vegas.  But do not do this alone – it is very dangerous down there.  Today, there are hordes of “tunnel people” who call those dark tunnels home.  Nobody knows for sure how many people are down there (some people say that it is well into the thousands), but everyone agrees that the number is rapidly growing.

But in many major U.S. cities there are no flood tunnels to go to.  Instead, in many areas of the United States huge tent cities have sprouted.  The following is a video news report from the BBC about the tent cities that are popping up all over America….

But it is not just “drug addicts” and the “mentally ill” that are going to these tent cities.  One anonymous unemployed woman identified only as “Kaynonymous” is a highly educated professional who figures that she will end up in a tent city soon….

“I’m a 99er too. 53, female, single and once on track with an IT career. No one in their right mind would consider me for an IT position after being gone from the field for over 2 years. I have officially been a 99er since May 2010. In Aug. 2010 all of my savings and retirement funds were finally depleted–not only can I no longer make my mortgage payment, I can no longer afford utilities either. I’m just not sure that the 99ers ever had a voice outside of union organizers and even with them it was too little too late. Guess I’ll be seeing ya’ll in the soup kitchens and tent cities. I do still have my tent…”

So we should just extend the long-term unemployment benefits, right?  Well, according to a recent poll commissioned by the National Employment Law Project, 73 percent of Americans want Congress to continue paying out extended unemployment benefits.

But it is not just that simple.

America is broke.

The entire financial system is dying.

The U.S. government desperately needs to stop spending so much money.

But how can we turn our backs on people who are desperately hurting?

There are millions of Americans that have just about reached the end of their ropes.  For example, one 43-year-old woman named Jacqueline recently expressed some of the extreme frustration that she is experiencing on her blog….

I am one of the 6 million poor, unemployed middle-aged Americans struggling without any safety net or income other than food stamps. I have resorted to salvaging scrap metal just to survive while keeping up an increasingly hopeless job search. On May 4th, 2010 just three weeks before my 43rd birthday ago I got slapped with a diagnosis of very early stage glaucoma when I had a six year long overdue optical exam for badly needed new glasses. Without treatment — including ophthalmologist’s glaucoma monitoring exams — I will end up blind and permanently disabled. It’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of when.

As a society, we will be judged by how we treat those who are the most vulnerable.  It can seem easy to bash those who have lost everything, but someday you might end up in that position.  In the following video, police in St. Petersburg, Florida are seen using box cutters to slice up the tents that the homeless were sleeping in….

Hopefully you were deeply disturbed by that video.

We have gotten ourselves into a giant mess, and things are only going to get worse.

Unfortunately, some extremely painful decisions are going to have to be made.

The truth is that we are so deeply in debt that the U.S. government just cannot be spending any extra money right now.

However, we also cannot turn our backs on millions of American families that are going to lose their homes and go hungry if we do not help them.

So what do we do?

What hurting Americans need most of all are not handouts – what they really need are good jobs.

But good jobs are being shipped overseas at a breathtaking pace.  The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.  The greatest economic machine in the history of the world is literally having its guts ripped out, and most of you kept voting in jokers who supported all of this deindustrialization.

For decades, our politicians kept telling us how wonderful globalization would be for America.  We didn’t listen when Ross Perot warned us about “the great sucking sound” that these “free trade” agreements would bring about.

Well, look how all of that turned out.  In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollars for the entire year.  In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.

In case you can’t figure it out, that means that 28 billion dollars of our national wealth was transferred to China in just one month.

This is happening month after month after month.

And yet Barack Obama continues to get up and tell us how wonderful globalism is.  During his recent trip to India, Barack Obama made the following statement….

“This will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete. There is going to be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalization as a threat and those who accept we live in a open integrated world, which has challenges and opportunities.”

Yes, globalization is a threat.  We should have never merged our economy with the economy of China where workers make less than a tenth of what an American worker makes.

Jobs are flooding out of the U.S. and they are flooding into places like India and China where labor is far, far cheaper.

But without good jobs, how in the world are average Americans going to pay the bills?

The answer is that an increasing number of them are not.  1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 – a 32 percent increase over 2008.

Incomes are going down.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States fell from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009.

Things are getting worse instead of getting better.

And things are going to continue to get worse because the U.S. government goes into more debt every single month, most state and local governments go into more debt every single month, and thanks to America’s exploding trade deficit, tens of billions of our national wealth gets transferred out of the United States every single month.

The U.S. economy is dying.  There are going to be even more tent cities and even more hungry Americans.  The scale of the economic nightmare that we are facing in the years ahead is going to be unimaginable.

So if you get to enjoy a warm dinner and you get to sleep in a warm bed tonight, please consider yourself to be very fortunate.  Someday soon you also may find those things cruelly stripped away from you.

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

    Every problem has one or more solutions. If the US government really wanted to restore prosperity, they would support American industries that create wealth (agriculture, manufacturing, and mining / energy).

    At the present time, however, the US government is doing everything they possibly can to destroy these wealth creating industries in America.

  • anonymous

    If this happened in Australia, Brazil, Argentina, China, India etc, people would be rioting in the streets by now !

  • Maria

    Even if we are able to turn this thing around today, I will never forget these last two years.

    Our family is very fortunate…my husband still has a good paying job. I don’t know for how long. The company keeps downsizing. My husband is one of the guys whose job it is to lay people off. He tells me how awful it is…to see grown men cry…good men…who have families…futures…and now horrible fears.

    It is gut wrenching to see this happening to strangers…it is life altering when it is someone you know…soul crushing when it’s you.

    I keep hoping that this economy will turn around, but I fear that it is going to get much worse. I am trying to prepare for both.

    The world is almost devoid of good counsel…what is a person to do?

    The answer, for me, I found in Proverbs 31.

  • http://www.homeloanpresident.com Mark Lieberman

    If I were one of those homeless people in St. Petersburg, I would send The St. Petersburg Police a BILL for destroying personal property! They could have just sent them on their way. Why did they have to slash their tents? It’s the only thing these people have in this world. I was poor growing up in New York City, but none of my teachers in school ever told me that being poor was a crime. I guess from now on, will all have to teach our children that being poor really is a crime in 2010.

  • Concerned Reader

    History is not going to judge this country very kindly because of all the things currently going on with the economy. I can not say any more because I am too upset.

  • Tiacarolann

    We need to immediately re-enact glass-stegall.. Separate deposit banking from speculator banksters! We need to stop funding both sides of every war and stop ‘nation building’ while we are losing states to drug cartels!
    We need to demand resignation of obower and his appointees czars etc. Arrest Harry Reid for voter fraud.. And first and foremost get on our knees and beg God to forgive USA for crimes against humanity! The last righteous war we fought was against hitler BUT only after Prescott Bush et al made money selling him gas for death camps!!
    Islam needs to be exported back to Mecca, NO mosque in America ! Every mosque is a seat of govt and courthouse!! We have city hall county courts state and fed govt!! NO sharia LAW!! Islam is a totalitarian form of government totally opposite US constitution!!

  • VegasBob

    While it is true that the hopelessness and despair in today’s America are a legacy of government mismanagement, it is also true that the hopelessness and despair are a legacy of failed Republican ‘trickle-down’ economics.

    Under the Republicans, America gave the wealthy everything they wanted – low taxes and freedom from real competition (in the name of ‘free markets’ of course). The theory was that if we gave the rich what they wanted, it would somehow ‘trickle down’ to the masses.

    Why is it so hard for people to understand that the wealthy are basically predators? When society gives them everything they want, nothing ‘trickles down’ because the wealthy simply shut off the faucet.

  • Richard W

    This has happened because we are corrupted from top to bottom. We lie, cheat and steal. Our work ethic is gone. The feeling is that if you are not cheating, you’re not trying, is everywhere. Only suckers are honest. The Government lies to us all day and night, about everything, and we lie right back to them. Citizenship has been degraded to the point that it is practically a liability.

    This is where we are now. I hate it.

  • mark

    Now the scumbags are floating the idea of a NATIONAL SALES TAX to continue funding their incompetence!

  • http://www.logosfera.ro/ Logosfera

    I’m sorry to see this blog is fear-mongoring at any cost. Partially is understandable because that’s the theme of the blog. But arguments are stretched out. For example you “workers make less than a tenth of what an American worker makes”. What you make is meaningless by itself. Purchase power is what you must take into consideration. There are countries (not 3rd world countries) where 700$ a month would allow you to rent 1 bedroom appartment, pay utilities, internet, food and going out a few times a month. I’m living in such a country.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean US is not in a bad shape but truth is better than blowing things out of proportion.

  • Buy American

    Americans need to wake up NOW! We need to understand that things will never be the same again. A minimum wage job and living in a trailer will be the new middle class and one will be fortunate to have this. Start preparing now to live like this or you will not be able to cope when your wages begin to look like Chinese wages. Practice setting and keeping a budget that is way below your means. This means no recreation, McDonalds, Cable TV or Pizza. Put this money aside so you can buy a trailer or a camper if needed.

    When I saw the inevitable approaching my family, with no job and no unemployment benefits, I was thankful to have saved a few thousand which got us down to South America where I now have a stable job. My lifestyle is probably much below that of most poor people in America but we have a home and food and are not expecting to ever have to live in a tent or shelter. So start now, preparing for the worst, without any money, you won’t have any options!

  • Johnson

    As you say, we are in deep doo-doo and sacrifices have to be made.

    How do you expect Congress and Obama to fund an extension of the original TEMPORARY tax breaks, including the break for the wealthy making over $250K, which Obama the wimp will almost certainly agree to?

  • Save the Republic

    They ought to give the St Petersburg police an across the board $10k/yr pay cut, and use the money to help the poor. By the looks of the video, they look very smug and self-righteous as they attack their suffering fellow man. They deserve to feel some pain, as well as all government employees, whose salaries and benefits seem to only continue to increase, all while the rest of the people are losing all hope for the future, from stagnant wages and higher expenses at best, to losing everything at worst. This country needs to cut government spending on all the b.s., all the earmarks and all the payoffs. St. Pete’s police should have gotten together and looked for ways to help these people in a peaceful and proactive way, even if it was through voluntary action. This country is sending aid to Haiti for people living in tents, yet our government attacks its own people.

  • JustanOguy

    Stop buying crap manufactured in a foreign country!

  • alice

    It cost less to continue giving minimum unemployment benefits to the 2 millions Americans,,,,,,, than it is to keep 2 millions government jobs, with high salaries, health benefits, retirement that produce nothing, except to show up for “WORK”……. AUSTERITY NOW!!!!!

  • Suetonious

    Hopefully, the American people will begin to realize that this has all been by design. This is no “mistake”. This is not the result of “stupidity” or “incompetence” on the part of the true masters of our national destiny. Believing that crap makes a person one of the useful dupes that keeps spinning in circles as the Masters of Economic Destruction maintain their economic demolition activities.

    Some brutal facts that Americans were just too fat and happy to notice until a few short years ago:

    – Your government does not work for you and has not in your lifetime. It works for the banksters who themselves report to even nastier European banking families who’ve been porking the western world for several hundred years.

    – America served its purpose in installing a corporatocracy around the world. This established the foundation necessary for the Illuminati megacorporates to move on in and dominate a country’s activities. During this gestation time (think of the movie “Alien”), the PTB made America prosperous and mighty in order to carry out that task.

    – The above task is done, and now…Americans are a hindrance to their plans to establish a global governing body to control the wealth and activities of the entire world. Americans are considered too vehemently nationalistic and demanding of individual rights, to acquiesce to their plans for a Brave New World Order. Thus, you are now being actively – and I mean – ACTIVELY destroyed.

    – If you understand the above, you might have a chance to fight back. If not – you will be caught in their endless “action-reaction-fascist solution” cycles to end up exactly where they want you – broken, destitute, angry and impotent.

    – The PTB are now looking to screw over Asia. As long as you think China is the enemy, you play right into the hands of the insidious viper/vampire Rothschild moneygrubbers.

    – You ain’t gonna hear anything like this on the sheepstream media, so if you wait for this to be verified by the bought-and-paid for MSM scum, yer gonna be dead or out of the way before it dawns on you.

    Unpleasant facts, yeah – but it’s long past time where the delusionally trusting and/or complacently stupid have the luxury of dismissing things that don’t strike them as pleasant.

    In short, yer s— sandwiches are up, and you either storm the kitchen en masse – or get ready to hold your nose and take some big whopping bites.

  • V.R.Sonti

    42 million are on foodstamps, 56 million have no healthcare, 25% of all mortgages are under water – and America votes Republican. This is because America is a good Christian country where Wealth is taken to mean God’s blessings. This is the real reason why the democrats have no answer to these problems: most people are pios Christins. The poor are somehow immoral people.

  • William

    You KNOW that this is going to end very badly for those who are not wealthy. You can see this in the current ideas from the chairmen of the debt/deficit commission as well as the separate effort by Rivlin and a former US Senator. Both sets of ideas call for too much on the “cut” side and not enough on the “revenue” side. Yes, folks, we will borrow billions of dollars from the Chinese to give war planes to Israel, but those who rely on a meager income of Social Security will find their COLAS gone and their Medicare costs UP sharply. If one can not put Americans FIRST, they should GET OUT OF AMERICA. Tell your Congressman or Senator that, and watch him or her squirm and voice meaningless phrases like democracy in the MidEast and Israel is an ally. Both are LIES.

  • http://brunolem.wordpress.com Brunolem

    Regarding unemployment benefits, once again Americans should wake up and realize that THEY pay the salaries of the Iraqi and Afghani armies and police! For that, their government can find money!

    Having said that, American citizens are largely responsible of what is happening to them. Blaming the government is easy, but who vote for the same criminal-politicians, again and again.

    Harry Reid’s re-election is epitomizing this total lack of civic responsibility.

    I couldn’t agree more on globalization. What this dumb senator, wildly talking about global warming, should have said is:

    “Globalization is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American citizens”

    That would have made him a hero in the History books, instead of an idiot…

    Otherwise, your choice of word is perfect: American and Chinese economies have been MERGED!

    There is no competition. Chinese are working for American companies, with American technology and know-how, to enrich American executives.

    The 28 billions August’s deficit maybe a loss for America, but not for all Americans! Guess how much of this deficit ends up in the pockets of Apple, Nike, Wal Mart and others’ executives?

    On paper, there certainly are solutions to get out of this mess, but in reality these solution are not applicable, at least for 2 reasons:

    1. Political and business leaders are responsible of the mess which, to them, is a blessing. Therefore, they are very unlikely to try to change anything.

    2. The rest of the population would never agree on the solutions and how to implement them, something that plays into the leaders’ hands.

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  • nosilverspoon

    god, hitler, islam, proverbs, bush, perot. you americans are ridiculous. yak, yak, yak. you have been sold down the river for decades. just ask anyone from another country. the Pavlov style education system has worked very well indeed. don’t even realize this was all planned. to steal the weath of course. why, one can steal an entire nation when everyone is asleep. i would suggest actually getting off your lazy dumb-ass butts, but your president has aligned your own military against you if one wrong move is made. think it’s called martial law. ever hear of it? the land of the free you say? hogwash. no one has ever been free anywhere. most people around the world actually feel kind of sorry for you. what with the impending enslavement of you and your children. the only thing left to do is either get out, or go back to the land. learn how to take care of yourself. the latter might be impossible do to your negligence on letting senate bill 510 pass [yes it did, in june] that’s about it i guess. the merry shopping season is upon you. no time to worry or plan. just try not to get yourselves tramped to death this year, or at least get some combat training. you all have a happy hyperinflated new year…..

  • The Sojourner

    We will soon officially enter into the “Mad Max” scenario. How many of those people who had their tents ripped to shreds will now find living “extremely” difficult. They will reach the point where going to jail will be a step up in life. I expect to see crimes being committed just so they can be arrested. They’ll get a roof over their heads, free meals, free medical care and free medications. Prison sounds like a vacation when compared to the suffering in the streets.

  • Lennie Pike

    Joe Biden has the solution.

    As a guest on the MSNBC morning show he said America needed to develop the industries and techonology of the future and can no longer rely on those of the past. In the sentence immediately following that, he said that a perfect example was the automobile industry???

    The only example of a “success” they can point to is the GM bailout, so the fact that the automobile industry is NOT!!! a new industry of the future should be ignored because the new GM IPO will be successful.

    This is how born liars and professional liars speak. They can do it in their sleep – it feels natural and to them sounds like truth. The only thing that is important to them is if the person listening accepts it – and these liars have a charismatic presentation which works very well for them.

    He knew that the “bright spot” of the successful GM IPO would create the positive emotion his listener would require and could focus on so that the lie would be overlooked – and that was one very blatant and obvious lie. Joe Biden must be very accomplihed at his trade. They know that the acceptance of what they say is the only thing they have to rely on for their existence, and they are very good at it.

    They know from experience that most people will accept what they say because it will be considered on an emotional level and not judged critically. If a lot of confidence, smiling, and hutspah is used in the presentation, it will work. Look at his immediate superior – a perfect example.

    The most obvious thing about his idiotic statement is that even if America developed industries of the future, the only way those products would be manufactured here would be if the factory wage was around $1 per hour.

    There was a time that just about everything that was consumed in the U.S was grown or made in the U.S. and those days were a lot better than things are now. The small minority of business and government elite greatly profited at the expense of the entire country with globalization, and this complete fu*#ing idiot Joe Biden is one step away from President- not that it will make much difference.

    What are we going to DO and WHEN?

  • flubadub

    Another installment in your prolific and informative blog. If this kind of information was more widely distributed the primarily benevolent American people would be less likely to excoriate those who support the findings of the debt reduction commission headed by Simpson and Bowles. Everyone needs to make some sacrifice if this country is ever to return to the prosperity we enjoyed prior to becoming slaves to debt and trade imbalance. Everyone.

    Regardless of what the politicians and the captains of industry who own them would have you believe; protectionism is good. It’s particularly good for the diminishing middle class. Advocates of keeping jobs here are routinely villainized by those at the top of the food chain who claim that free trade is the solution to our economic problems. With the possible exceptions of Boeing and a few others can anyone point to (formerly) U.S. industries whose employees have seen more benefit than detriment since NAFTA and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization?

    We are led to believe that the major downside to protectionism would involve a trade war. Does anyone seriously think that foreigners are buying American goods for any other reason than that they haven’t figured out how to produce them yet themselves? You can be certain they are not buying from us in an attempt to share their wealth with those good ol’ Americans. They only buy what they need from us. Enforcing trade agreements including punitive actions against violators combined with some tariff reciprocity is the first step toward the so-called fair trade we’ve been indoctrinated to believe exists.
    Unfortunately, both major parties are complicit in offshoring our jobs so voters have little influence.

    If jobs are ever to return to our country we are going to have to step on the toes of a few of our trading partners. We need to think of our fellow Americans like family and tell our foreign friends that “after us you come first”.

  • Ohio Loan Officer

    If you don’t believe there are bread-lines in America come to the back of our church on Tuesday nights. Our Emergency Food Pantry went from serving 40 people a month in 2006 to 580 last month. The lines get longer and longer every week.
    Now I fear I might be in that line soon— the Financial Reform Bill Congress inacted is going to force the banks to cut my income by half. I’m not talking million dollar bonuses either; I’m talking $50,000 a year chopped down to $25,000 by decree of the government.
    I’m rapidly losing hope and trust in America, the Land of the Free.

  • Gary2

    People-this is what happens when we have government by the rich and for the rich. I can’t understand why we don’t tax the hell out of the rich and spread the wealth.

    If the right keeps promoting the lie that tax cuts for the rich create jobs that trickle down to the rest of us then the rich should pay zero taxes and we will be having so many good jobs that we will need to import workers. everyone will be comfortably middle class and all will be good. Corporations should pay zero taxes and we will be in heaven on earth. All corporations would do is pocket the tax savings and still outsource jobs to low wage countries. That is what they do which is why the government needs to make them do the right thing.

    Can you not see the absurdity of this. Tax cuts for the rich and corporations caused the mess we are in. It is mind blowing that I need to keep saying this and more people can’t see the obviousness of this.

  • SomeGuy

    We could easily extend benefits for the suffering by cutting our costs overseas, we give Israel 10 billion a year just for their military alone, their economy is strong and can pay for their own damn military. Not to mention the trillions of dollars that have been wasted on Bush’s two illegal wars. End the drug war, and legalize marijuana to unlock the 100’s of billions of dollars of potential revenue that the hemp industry could create. Another thing we need to do is end the tax cuts for the rich. Corporations have enjoyed the lowest tax rates in recent history, yet they failed to create ONE net job in the last decade (I thought the tax cuts where supposed to CREATE jobs), and have collectively stockpiled a trillion dollars of wealth that goes unused. If they aren’t creating any jobs, then for god’s sake tax them. Reaganomics “trickle down” has completely failed. The only thing trickling down is the rich pissing on the working class.

  • Dennis in MI

    WOW. I have rarely seen such info on the state of the states.
    I have installed a pellet stove, started organic gardening and bought some survival food. My wife and children are absolutely oblivious.
    I’m going to show them the 2 links in the article. They should be viewed by all.The police action shown is the tip of the iceburg. “They” are making laws all the time to regulate the down and out, until they are out of their backyards. Next stop is jail and that is even less cost effective for society.
    When the SHTF, how much lower will the authorities go?

  • http://www.grandmasdepressionmemories.com/ Leigh Kimmel

    That video is just stomach-turning. A perfect example of the criminalization of poverty, punishing the victims for doing what they need to survive.

    We the people need to take back our country from the elites that have stolen it from us and now are so disconnected from the reality of daily life for ordinary joes and janes that they don’t even realize that they’re saying let them eat cake. They only run the country because we the people let them.

  • http://www.themidnightcafe.com MaxPower

    We need to re-find out lost sense of community. It has become glaringly obvious that that government is NOT interested in the suffering of the people and is ONLY interested in the profits of the banks. They are not coming to our rescue, they will not be helping us out, and they are simply don’t care how bad things get for the average citizen. We the people have no choice but to band together and help eachother. Come together or fall apart.

  • lostinmissouri

    Tiacarolann

    I agree with everything you posted.

    America started the down this slope, when we chose to save fish, and kill babies.

    iSlam….spit!

  • Nohaters

    You are right on track! We need JOBS not hand-outs. I worked in the private sector for years in the healthcare industry. In 2005 my entire department 60+ employees lost our jobs. A texas based company took our jobs; but here’s the rub, their entire staff was in India!!! Yes…because of the internet, Indians took our jobs. I wrote my state senator. His reply was…”we only keep track of out sourcing and your job was outforcing and we don’t track that!” So really…can you imagine how many jobs are really being shipped overseas; I bet it’s way more than you all think.

  • http://youtube.com/bonnieember Bonnie Ember

    I am appalled at Congress.
    No extension of unemployment benefits for Americans for Christmas?

    Can people put up tents on your front lawn that are going to lose their homes?
    Many are saying, that there is going to be blood on the streets here, soon.

    Please write to your Congressman or Woman, & tell them to extend the unemployment benefits.

    NO PEOPLE LIVING IN SEWERS, TENT CITIES, IN AMERICA.
    LAND OF THE FREE.

    These Tent Cities, Sewer Dwellers, TV spots are being shown all over the world on T.V.

    Shame on you, U.S. Congress.

  • http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/ Something Wicked This Way Comes

    The measure of all societies isn’t how they treat the rich and elite, but how they treat their poor.

  • Digital Gravy

    One sentence stood out while I read this article (The truth is that we are so deeply in debt that the U.S. government just cannot be spending any extra money right now.) REALLY!
    We have plenty of money for 3 wars, 700 military bases, several large too fat to fail banks, that shitty little country, presidential libraries, 10’s of thousands of 100,000 dollar per year retirement pensions for retiring political hacks…. I could go on but why bore you with more details. So when you read (The truth is that we are so deeply in debt that the U.S. government just cannot be spending any extra money right now.) You might want to consider taking this article (whoever wrote it) and shoving it where the moon don’t shine!

  • zack

    We currently rely on the grossly incompetent government to handle “charity” by extracting the resources from “someone else”. Instead, we should empower community members to decide to forgo yet another LCD TV, and instead donate to privately funded and effective organizations. Let’s start by cutting corporate welfare and useless wars, get the deficit under control, and then cut everyone’s taxes.

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  • gale

    If you place a wallet or purse,with 500.00 cash in it, and walk away. You look around and find it gone, who do you blame the most? The thief that took it or you for tuning your back. Blame your self. My point is, we the people allowed this to happen by trusting our politicians to watch our backs and they along with the rich/elite robbed us blind, so our lesson learned is to educate our selves and others about how the game is really played in the world,not the country,but the (World). Poor and Middle class,of all races must come together. This evil strategy, divide and conquer on the masses of people must end. Knowledge gives you power and self freedom. Why do you think the wicked tried to keep the slaves from reading and writing? If you guess (Contol). You are right. We got a lot of work to get our country back and Yes We Can by using the right strategy as the rich and elite do. Skip over the politcians,and find out the names of the people who run the world and remain in the dark. bring them and their evil deeds in to the light so they can’t hide. Go to (YOU TUBE) or google in END GAMES…. Its about 2 or more hours Watch it all. Don’t you dare let FEAR stop you from watching, then tell others that can handle the truth and not freak out to watch. The one thing we got that rich and elite don’t have is GOD on our side. The Meek Shall inherit The Earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please watch END GAMES

  • Steve

    I see there are those who blame either the democrats or republicans. Well, it was BOTH. But more important, it was US – ALL OF US. For being too stupid to see the corruption of our whole political system. For being too stupid to see that the banks and corporations became the “constituents” while we became meaningless. For allowing the destruction of the greatest economic machine in the history of the world to happen right before our eyes, while we all watched and did nothing. Yes, we have no one to blame but OURSELVES!

  • Theo

    Revelation Chapter 18

    1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

    2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

    3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

    4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

    5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

    6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

    7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

    8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her.

    9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

    10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

    11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

    12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

    13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

    14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

    15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

    16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

    17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

    18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What [city is] like unto this great city!

    19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

    20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

    21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

    22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft [he be], shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

    23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

    24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

  • mondobeyondo

    American citizens elect politicians (representatives of the people…supposedly) to run the financial affairs of the country.
    However, it is apparent to anyone not watching “Dancing with the Stars”, that our politicians don’t give a hoot about their constituents. They are out to serve themselves, and their masters. (Hint: Their masters are not the U.S. public.)

    It’s all Robbing Hood. Steal from the needy and give to the greedy.

  • http://www.tandartsinrotterdam.nl Tandarts Rotterdam

    Haven’t seen any tent cities in holland. Maybe we just take better care of the poor here… Middleclass that is where people get ripped by the government now. Families with 3 children that are left homeless because the can’t pay there mortgage anymore.

  • schwartzer

    All of the above comments reflect how stupid people in the USA are. Try ending the central bank-The Federal Reserve- created by the Rothchild shills in 1913 and you idiots will resolve your problems.

  • Jeremiah

    I may be off-base, but I see three choices:

    A – Congress extends unemployment benefits forever or until things get better (which I don’t think they will)

    B – People continue to migrate to tent cities and under bridges as they lose their connection with society

    C – We, the remaining working people actually take them into our homes and support them; possibly forever, since there are not enough jobs to go around.

    Is there an option D? I can’t see one. Options B will likely lead to ugliness as the people rebel. Option C is not something we in the U.S. are used to – have been raised with; living many people to a home and barely eeking by as we try to pay rent/mortgage, utilities and food for many people.

  • missionun accomplished

    I have an idea for Americans: Since you economy is screwed, go to Iraq and steal their oil. They have LOTS of oil, and with this you can become rich again whilst sitting on your asses. Just fake a terrorist attack, spin some story about Al-Qaeda to get public support, then invade, and steal their oil!!! Oh wait, you already tried that and it cost you more than you got out…

  • Philip M.

    For decades, our politicians have been deeply addicted to government debt, they have stood idly by as millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas and they have passed countless business-crushing regulations and they never thought that it would catch up with us. Well, it has.

    Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream:
    http://amzn.to/ak8G27

    I agree with her opinion!

  • http://morongobillsbackporch.blogspot.com Morongobill

    You know one day a few of those Florida police officers may end up in a tent city themselves, if things keep spiraling downward.

  • anon

    So how many of you out there voted for an ‘unknown’ in the last election?

    How many voted Libertarian or tea party or anything besides the established two parties.

    How many voted for an incumbent because they ‘promised’ to support your job,pension,health care fund,benefits,welfare,unemployment…etc?

    How many of your marched in Protest? Or even sent letters,faxes,e-mails to your representatives.

    How many are willing to forgo flying to boycott the TSA goons (even if it means not visiting the grandchildren)?

    How many have withdrawn their funds and refuse to do business with JP Morgan,BOA and Citi Bank?

    How many have ditched the Stock & bond markets bought Gold or Silver coins instead?

    How many have stopped buying at Walmart and instead make an effort to buy US made, bought from local shops?

    I hear alot of whining (“oh…I’m a victim”)

    Alright …how many are willing to get off their butt and do something about it?

    Nevermind .. far easier to get some Buffalo wings to cram into your fat body and watch dancing with the stars. Tomorrow your gov check is due. Your sorry-ass life goes on.

    Until … one day,suddenly …. it doesn’t.

  • seven

    These soulless cretins who put people out of their makeshift homes, under the guise of it being their job, will feel the sting when their time comes. I’m surprised more of them haven’t received a face full of shot; well, it’s early days. I like how they say “even a highly educated professional”; lol, yeah, could happen to anyone, not just the regular citizens who are hard done by.
    The sh!tbags in the gubbermint enjoy the angst and discord; and as far as that goes – what goes around…

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

    Jeremiah: Option D
    http://www.planorperish.com/?page_id=2619

    Don’t worry about tent cities. FEMA has completed enough refugee centers to take care of millions of Americans. Adolf Hitler also had similar centers.

  • Tatiana Covington

    I have been here before, say around 1932. In Germany.

  • E. Coot

    The rich and the government will never help the poor. Their goal is to exploit them. It will take the armed masses marching on Washington and any other federal site. They will face the same opposition like in Selma, AL and Kent State. Tanks and machine guns like the old Soviet Union. Freedom can be gained only by the brave and courageous. These qualities are sadly missing in our spoon fed society.

  • Jay

    Seems like just a few years ago women were touting this thing called feminism. I heard things like, “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle” and “If we can send one man to the moon, why can’t we send all of them?” When I was in college, most of the girls were on their way to a career of some kind and didn’t have any use for a man except maybe for special ocaissions. I guess they must have gotten all those good careers they wanted because being a man, I never could find one that really paid very well. The women must have gotten all of the really good ones. Seemed like they wanted to have their cake and eat it too. They didn’t care too much for having children either. Just wanted rights and careers and a high dollar education from some university that teaches em to hate men. Well, that’s what they got, for a little while anyway.

  • Chuck

    Food banks all across the nation are at dangerously low stocks.. when we all prepare for our friends and realations coming over next Thursday, and go shopping for Thanksgiving dinner items this week, remember to buy a few things to drop off at your local food pantries. You can be sure someone will be very grateful for those items.

  • http://lewrockwell.com OtownRightGuy

    We are going to continue to hemorrhage jobs until we are a third world economy. I don’t see any SHTF events coming. Just more of the same until there is a 0.1% elite and the rest of us.

  • frdmringstrue

    America gives billions in foreign aid every year, why is this when we have so many homeless in this country???

  • Juliette of Ohio

    Your CAPTCHA Code sucks. I’ve typed the same letter three times and it keeps saying it can’t read it. Is there something I’m saying that you don’t want to have posted?

    For OneGuy: While I’m not and have never been a Bush fan, these are no longer his wars. They are OBAMA’S wars. He’s chosen to keep them going despite yet another campaign lie saying he would pull out after the election. This president is a lying rat bastard just like all the others.

    We have taken in eight homeless people; three adults and five children. The fact that they are our kids doesn’t negate the dreadful financial drain and the frayed tempers from trying to fit that many people into a small house. My spouse works in the petroleum industry which is currently stable although we don’t know for how long. I figure peak oil will hit about the time he is 80 and don’t imagine there will be a pension or social security by then. WE will be totally out of savings in two years, so any cruise or luxury travel or a golf game will be out of the question. My husband is still working because he is healthy, very, very good at his job and too old to get another job offer. They pay him about half of what they would have to pay a new, younger person, so he makes perfect economic sense for them. I have been unemployed for over ten years and, as an old lady, will never have meaningful work again. I help by gardening, canning, sewing, raising chickens, making my own soap and cooking on a wood stove which we bought six years ago when we saw the handwriting on the wall. All of this depends on S510 which may allow the government to confiscate our garden, orchard, farm animals and alternate heating supply. They may have to shoot me first, but doubt that would stop them. What’s one old lady more or less? I do feel like our rat bastard president will push us into revolution which I think is our only chance to take back our country, and I’m not a bloodthirsty person. Congress is complicit in what is occurring and they sit back and enjoy the turnoil while pulling in thousands or millions of dollars in payment for selling their souls. Soon, we will have an additional five homnelss persons, two of our children and their children. There is no room left in the house, but we’ll find a way. How many homeless can you take in? Turn to total Trade Protection, impeach Obama and Congress and lets try to pull ourselves out of the quicksand. I don’t think the government will care if it kills me but if it saves my kids, I win. Talk to others, find some like-minded sympathizers and wait. Obama’s ego won’t let you rest for long. Ban “Free Trade”, Ban the Fed and Ban Obama and take back your soul. It’s the only way! Good Luck!

  • antipsychopath

    It was planned.

    It is working VERY WELL for those in charge. Thank you very much.

  • punkindoodle

    Can’t wait til the police fall behind in their mortgages. . . loose their homes. . . exhaust their unemployment. . . live in tents. . .

  • Barry

    We hate minorities and worship billionaires with tax cuts….and we wonder where all of our jobs and money have gone….wake up America!!

  • Jerry

    Good comments all. I would point out our complicity in all this – all of us who had the wherewithall to take advantage of the bubbles over the last thirty years, even in a small way, secretly hoped we would get away with it long enough to bug out when it came crashing down. It was thirty years of ¨I don´t give a damn anymore about the health of my neighborhood, my city, my country; I´m quietly carving out a private niche of wealth, taking advantage of some loophole or special treatment; looking out for others and promoting the overall health of the society where I live is very sixties and socialist. My Jesus is not like that at all; he´s about rooting out the rot, ripping up the tents.¨ 30 years of this, a whole generation. Therefore the smug smiles. Therefore the millions who think torture is good. For now. The cop or the soldier or internet warrior who delights in inflicting pain, misery, and death is just as vulnerable to ending up on the other end of the abuse. It´s the callous abuse that is the rot of this nation. When do we hear words like peace, compassion, patience, forgiveness, healing on the radio, tv, even in the churches, in the schools? I for one am sick of living in Ayn Rand´s utopia. It´s lonely, vicious, ugly, and there´s no art, no quiet time, just getting up every day looking for our violence-abuse ¨fix¨, on tv, internet, in our airports. And we need an enemy, every day, upon whom to unleash our rage. It doesn´t matter whom, the poor, the muslims, the homos, the mexicans, every day a new enemy. It´s not much different from a porn addiction – every day a new face, a new abuse.

  • Lennie Pike

    Theo,

    I agree, the U.S.A. is the Babylon described in Revelation Ch. 18.

    Free Enterprise is the only moral and viable economic system but the majority of Americans have ignored God’s advice: “Man does not live by bread alone” which has contributed to the country being inhabited by “demons of every type” – as written in Revelation.

    Chapter 18 perfectly describes the U.S.A. as it is today. Chapter 17 speaks of the great prostitute clothed in purple and scarlet. Many years ago, the shade of color of the background of the stars of the American flag would have been considered purple and not blue. White is not a color so it goes unmentioned.

    Things are probably not going to get any better in the United States and the day will arrive as stated in verse 8.

    To suggest to Americans to leave the U.S. would greatly anger and sadden them because they still remember and love what it used to be and to a certain degree still is. These are the people who keep holding onto the torch and who are responsible for America still having a sliver remaining of what it used to be and hope that someday those days will return. According to the Bible they will not. Things will only get worse and we can see that they are and have been for a long time now. With all the crap being fed to the younger generations by public schools, and the corporate driven popular culture what chance do they have? Both parents being forced to work by the Federal Reserve was also part of the plan. This program of theirs is nothing new and is a big reason things have gotten to the point they are now.

    Maybe now is not the time that is spoken of in Revelation and things will get better and stay better for centuries, I am not the one that knows.

    Many people would say that the people are not to blame but that the controllers of the currency, the elite, and their agent politicians are to blame, but the people sat by and did nothing because most were enjoying a high standard of living. Many years ago, when Americans had not yet become so materialistic and hypnotized with it, and most had a better understanding of finance, economics and morality, they would have risen up and quickly put an end to the activities of the destroyers of America.

    I know from experience that it is not as hard as most Americans would think to begin living in another country regardless of your financial condition, and these days your standard of living will probably go up in another country. Your enjoyment of life probably will also when you get far away from the demons of every type that inhabit the U.S. Just eating healthy hormone and chemical free food will do wonders and drastically change how you feel resulting in a greater feeling of being alive. Having fewer luxuries and conveniences and having to either do without or to use your imagination to find some other way gives a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment – part of what makes one feel alive.

    Taking an exploratory trip might be a good idea. Learning a new language is not as important or difficult as one might think and you will know your neighbors and make a lot of friends, something that is getting harder by the minute to do here.

  • Sherman

    I am not sure where the police think the homeless people will go after slashing their tents. Their action was non productive! So what happened next to the Tent People? I am deeply disturbed and saddened by this. Anyone of us could be the Tent People.

  • sword face

    All this crying for the bums. Which one of you has taken them into your house to live? Which one wouldn’t call the cops if they were in their yards? How many of these bums are life-time tramps and are as happy as pigs in slop to live that way?

    When I was living rough, I counted it a mercy to have a rug to crawl under on a dirty floor.
    One meal a day was all I expected. I don’t remember any of you passing it out, I had to find it on my own.

    Now I’m out of that because of hard work. Forget all this baloney about helping the homeless. If you offered most of’em a job, they’d run like scared rabbits.

  • http://www.nds-gear.com R4

    While I agree there is a whole host of problems at work here, I don’t accept that it’s all the government’s fault. A welfare state is only created when people actually buy the ‘welfare state of mind’ and on this point (which I think is one of the strongest) it takes both the government and the individual, equally to blame, to create this mess.

  • US Patriot

    Here’s what we can do… Take all the BILLIONS of US dollars we’re sending Israel and take care of America…FIRST

  • Bruce

    It is funny reading the comments the solutions are out there read the book Resurrection of a Nation John Walker. We have enough oil for 150 years here in America. If we get the Eco Nazi out of the way we can get gas down to .60 cents a gallon and created 5 million jobs. Then we put the loggers and saw mill back to work. Ban all Eco Nazi lawsuits for 50 years. This will create millions of more jobs. But until the American people wake up to the facts and stop supporting the corrupt greedy Environmentalist that are killing jobs we don’t have a chance. Just look up Delta Smelt a fake endangered species that spike unemployment to 42% in the area. If you are green you are part of the problem.

  • ewkeane

    Option D is to move into the wilds, and learn to live in nature. Teepee and bow and arrow, anyone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322&v=app_2373072738 AgreeToDisagree

    America needs to learn some socialist/utopian values. OK start with land distribution.

    If every American was given 10 hectares of land (from all those UNUSED RESERVES of wilderness that US has) to feed himself and his family by, there would be no homeless or hungry, or burden on the social system.

    Does America not belong to all it’s citizens? So that wealth and land all belongs to everyone does it not? Well give them a leg to stand on something to develop and feed themselves off by! So what is there is no electricity or tap water? Dig an outhouse and start collecting rain or settling near bodies of water! Don’t tell me Americans starve so pitifully – give them their birthright – distribute the arable land – what a STUPID government!

    If university degree holders were qualified to act as a college in imparting of skills to the next generation at 1 certificate level lower (Phds can grant Masters can grant Bachelors, Degree holders can grant Diplomas, Diploma holders grant Certificates *with* Universities only required when Phds are to be issued, the educational costs would not be so high that most people become uneducated or have no option to education.) The monopoly and profiteering of institutions is legendary and even Phd degree holders are made to feel they can’t impart knowledge. Well they indeed can and totally FOC.

    Want to see a surgeon by experience? Look back back 3-5 centuries where the apprentice system was all they had, and each ‘Doctor Phd’ could churn out up to 10-100 grads at ZERO cost as compared to Universityies which would have charged by virtue of being middlemen and granting of Patronage via a system of certifications/accreditations which mostly even degraded since 2-5 decades ago.

    Try my site as well for more ideas and observations on the state of the world and man’s soul and the invasive technology we think doesn’t exist.

    The wealth and lands of the world belong to all mankind, just remember that and apply it and run against any parliamentarians/political-candidates who think otherwise.

    Oh but also remember, to not overpopulate, 2.1 children is the maximum size of a family. Be responsible! Try the below site for some sustainable ideas :

    http://www.greenglobeideas.com/

    What is money? Forget money. Barter with REAL produce and goods that the land provides free!

  • http://moneyedpoliticians.net Jack E Lohman

    >>> “I can’t understand why we don’t tax the hell out of the rich and spread the wealth.”

    Because the rich fund the elections and the poor do not. Only public funding of campaigns will turn this around.

    Campaign bribes are THE #1 ISSUE in the US. Jobs are outsourced to countries with 1/10th the wages, CEOs pocket the profits and give the politicians a piece of the booty (in campaign contributions) for making it all happen. Only public funding of campaigns will turn this around too.

    Jack Lohman …
    http://MoneyedPoliticians.net

  • meggafish

    It is the wars and a certain greedy group that have taken over all aspects of our gov’t and industry. Chertoff makes $350,000,000 on the body scanner deal. Paulson, Geithner, Summers,Bernacke, Rubin, et al rip the country off for trillions to save the banks that they’re connected to and the money vanishes again. This group controls congress and who gets elected. They’ve co-opted all regulators, they’ve forced us into two stupid wars and the expansion of the military to a point where almost all our money is spent on death and destruction. coincidentally the military uses almost the same amount of fuel that we import.

    Rangel gets a slap on the wrist. Maxine Waters case doesn’t proceed. Sen. Ensign bribes his mistress and now prepares for the next election. We bribe Israel with billions of dollars to get a 90 day moratorium on illegal settlements. Israel has nuclear weapons and Iran can’t build a reactor.

    Why do we support Israel? Is it morally right, or “patriotic”? No it is because they’ve bought our whole country. I won’t mention the “dancing Israelis” 9-11 suspicions, who started the off-shoring of jobs, Michael Pollard, Madoff, Boesky, Milken and the hundreds of other crimes that emanate from this cabal. look around, someone has drained our life force and blood. We are a shell of a nation with a police state at every turn peopled with battle hardened ex soldiers, now in blue uniforms who look at the citizen as an enemy. The media control is solid. NPR talks about trivial things, the big media about celebrities. The wars will continue, hyper-inflation will strip the last pieces of clothing from the middle-class, social security will be looted, we’ll still be the only western nation without universal
    health care. The rich fund the tea party and Fox beats that drum. We’ve fallen from the cliff, but haven’t hit the bottom.

  • ZOO

    The filth that make up the Washington two-party oligarchy have been throwing away zillions by playing two-card footsy with Mexico. They pour taxpayer dollars into a pretense of border security – but intentionally leave loopholes to make sure a sufficient number of Mexicans get in. Obama and Napolitaco are currently dismissing cases awaiting deportation. Mexicans and Mexico are eating this country alive in costs that are 100% unneccesary. If illegal immigration enforcement became top prority and every resource was seriously directed at it – the Mexicans would be leaving the U.S. in droves. Billions would be saved in social service programs being swallowed up by the “good” Mexicans, and individual state budgets would start leaning toward black. It is going to take a full scale knock down drag out shoot-em up revolution to end the filth’s use of taxpayer dollars in the never ending quest for cheap labor and cheap votes.

  • Bonnie

    I wonder if the Police that tore up the tents the homeless lived in all went to a bar afterward and then home where they kicked the dog and punched their wives?
    Nice jobs they have.

  • Brian Foley

    There is nothing unusual about this collapse, nor is it confined to America, it is global, and no one is resisting our economic oppressors. As far back as the South Sea Bubble economic collapse of the British Empire these globalist policies have afflicted us. People never learn the same globalist free-market policies were in place in the run up to the 1929 economic collapse. In 1980 the people all wanted the resurrection of free-market policies and they got Voodoo Economics of Reaganomics. Whilst the pig out lasted people wanted more, and now with the inevitable collapse people now rue it. The whole world from China to India and Ireland have accepted these policies, we are all Sheep, I got no sympathy with the SHEEPlE.

  • William

    Oh yes and I might add, to those in the LE community who are reading this and similiar blogs whether you agree or disagree with the opinions presented, another question must be asked: When are YOU going to refuse to follow these asinine and immoral orders? Is your chief gonna pepper spray you and force you to do these disgusting things? I know, “We’re just enforcing policy.” So said the Nazi’s. I personally don’t understand how a cop can stand by and watch this stuff without any remorse unless they think it will never happen to them. Well, you might want to ask those officers in Port St. Lucie FL who were laid off recently. How soon till local gov’ts collapse and they find themselves living in a tent? I can guarantee when their tent starts getting sliced up, sympathy will be in short supply. Oh and isn’t it ironic that the cops used box cutters? Gee, now who exactly are the TERRORISTS?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    There will be some major growth industries in The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) in the future. Among them: carjacker, kidnapper, drug trafficker, home invader, mugger and armed robber. Desperate people do desperate things, and there is going to be a whole lot of desperation in the BRA when things go from bad to worse and millions of formerly middle class Americans are fearful of going hungry, becoming homeless or doing without heat in the winter. Americans who are cold, hungry and just plain desperate will resort to violent crimes, and the rich won’t be able to leave the house without an armed bodyguard—unless, of course, they want to be kidnapped. The BRA already has high rates of violent crime compared to Western Europe; so imagine how much more dangerous the former USA will become when an already terrible economy becomes much worse. As Gerald Celente is fond of saying, “When people have lost everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.” And the fact that The White Shoe Boys and neo-feudalist robber barons are indifferent to the suffering of so many Americans will pour gasoline on the flames of unrest.

    Che dio ci aiuti. Welcome to life in a violent, decaying Third World hellhole called The Banana Republic of America. If you have a gun, be sure to keep it loaded and keep it hidden in a safe, secure place; you’re going to need it.

  • V.R.Sonti

    For Maria -2nd from Top:

    The BEST quotation from the Book Of Proverbs is not in Chap 31; but in Chap 22. Particularly 22.16. (Quote)

    Prov 22:16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich– both come to poverty.

    This is exactly what our Good Christian Republican Leadership is doing> Cutting services to the Poor and Giving Tax relief to the top 1% !

  • http://www.pakalertpress.com/ Falesteeni

    I saw all this coming DECADES ago. there’s nothing to see here go back to your TV SETS with 300 channels and stay ENTERTAINED!

  • jamesmmm

    solutions (option D):
    1) celebrate with American Beer and wine
    2) buy American, especially big ticket items
    3) save the world AFTER we save ourselves
    4) Be ready to give it all away

  • Bruce

    Some things are so damn simple to understand it defies description. Just how in the hell can ANY manufacturing business compete with $1 an hour wage? WHY would they pay 15-25 per hour or even 7.25 when they can get it built for pennies on the dollar? Unless and Until we pass very strong tariff laws requiring LARGE taxes on overseas produced items YOU will NOT see any degree of resurgence in American manufacturing.Period.

  • YouHaveEyesButCantSee

    Yes, let’s blame ourselves first. Then, if you are looking to blame the government, then don’t just look to blame the Reps or the Dems, blame them all! And yes, the U.S. is in deep doo-doo of a debt. True, there are a lot of dollars floating around (because The Fed prints them at will) but the banks have them all – not the government. But, not to worry, it’s all fiat money – worthless. So what are we to do? Pray…. and pray hard! If you don’t know how, then you better learn. Fast!

  • Mike

    Turn to God

  • antipsychopath

    America’s land, most of the UNUSED RESERVES of wilderness is owned by China. The National Parks are owned by China. Check into it. Wake up and smell the coffee!

  • antipsychopath

    Dear William,
    The box cutters the police used to slice the tents were made in communist china.
    The tents were also made in communist china.

  • V.R.Sonti

    BRUCE -November 21 5:04 am

    Yes,Sir. It is so simple and straightforward that none can see it: we are steaming straight into the Bottomless Pit – and we think it’s Progress. Our wages have been virtually FLAT since 1972 while ‘capital’ in the hands of the Managers have been rising steadly. (Census Bureau data.) Once upopn a time our problem was leading the world; while today it is all about competing with the BRIC nations! What a Fall, my countrymen!

    When the Tea_Party comes to power in ’12, we will have the SAME wages as in China. And as the assets of the US are sold off to China et.al. you will find the prediction of the late Akio Morita (SONY’s Founder,)come to pass. In 1984(an ominous date,) he said: “Europe will be the Boutique of the Far East, and America its Agricultural Hinterland.” And, when Ronald Reagan quit office, the Japanese gave him $3 Million as a parting gift: he was the best President Japan ever had! That is the essence of Patriotism, GOP style.

    The GOP does not conceal its Plans for the Future: just read the WALL STREET JOURNAL!

  • V.R.Sonti

    Pardon me for posting again; but the thing is so incredible that I feel I must justify the charge that Ronald reagan recieved a welcome Parting Gift from Japan!

    Reagan in Japan

    The New York Times; May 10, 1989

    Japan Bids Welcome (in 7 Figures) to Reagan

    By STEVEN R. WEISMAN, Special to The New York Times

    TOKYO, May 9— Upset about recent strains in relations with the United States,
    Japan is making lavish plans to welcome former President Ronald Reagan to Tokyo
    later this year for 10 days of speeches, ceremonies and visits with business and
    political leaders.

    But plans for Mr. Reagan’s visit have also been clouded by the turbulent and
    uncertain Japanese political situation here and by reports that a bidding war
    had erupted over the right to serve as the former President’s official sponsor.

    One person involved in the arrangements said the bidding had broken into the
    millions of dollars.

    The size of the final bid was unclear, as was the size of Mr. Reagan’s final
    negotiated fee
    . But Charles Z. Wick, former director of the United States
    Information Agency and a longtime Reagan associate, said Mr. Reagan would
    receive ”an attractive honorarium.”

    And so on: please visit the page. This is Patriotism, GOP Style.

  • V.R.Sonti

    Please Click on the words “Reagan in Japan” in the above post to go to the NY Times Article.
    The whole thing is so BLATANT – SONY appears to be a big contributor!!! God Bless Japan!

  • Philip M.

    > For decades, our politicians have been deeply addicted to government
    > debt, they have stood idly by as millions of our jobs have been
    > shipped overseas and they have passed countless business-crushing
    > regulations and they never thought that it would catch up with us.

    Maybe we should re-start buying American products? Apple or Dell instead of Acer and Lenovo! GM and Ford instead of Honda or Toyota! We can’t have it both ways. Can we? And we should lower taxes, get rid of red tape and get the economy going again.

    As a Democrat I would vote for Bill Clinton again (obviously there term limits which prevent it from happening) or Hillary Clinton, but Obama won’t get my vote in 2010! Obama hasn’t stop these wars! Our kids are still dying overs in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Green Revolution he promised never happened. Bill Clinton created the dot com boom, Obama only created red tape: Obama Care, FinReg.

    http://www.hedgethebets.com/latest/2010/08/deflation-inflation-and-permanently-high-unemployment-2/

    FinReg or the Frank-Dodd bill only achieved that many Americans can’t take advantage of the lowest interest rates to refinance their homes.

    http://www.realpropertycheck.com/latest/2010/11/escaping-the-hamp-trap-federal-judge-grants-a-restraining-order-to-stop-a-foreclosure/

  • http://iafn.blogspot.com iafn

    Wages are low in India because India is poor.

    The same was true for China 20 years ago, but the Chinese wages of the present are artificially manipulated to be that way via currency manipulation and other tricks.

    India does not currency pegging and such, and the US-India trade is both small and relatively balanced. India is a balanced and fair-minded trading partner of the US, while China isn’t.

    If Americans don’t distinguish between the nature of these two developing countries and the differences between their behavior (internally as well as externally), China will continue to eat the US (and increasingly the entire world) for lunch and totally sap American economy, in addition to putting American sovereignty in jeopardy on the account of massive dollar holdings it is accumulating by the virtue of the whopping trade surpluses with the US year and year (over $250 billion per year).

    See here for trade data through 2009: http://iafn.blogspot.com

  • BC

    AgreeToDisagree – Your full of crap!

  • http://www.maccompanies.com Bob

    I am amazed at the purveyors of hope because they obviously have no idea why we are where we are. If you go back to Ross Perot he warned about what has actually happened, happening. The only thing of value America had was it’s industry and job’s to trade for the financing of the socialist welfare big bank run government and unions. It is still happening and our trade deficit is going up again as we send our printed worthless money to foreign lands to try to take them over. We are close to having nothing they want to trade their goods with us for. They will try to buy our natural resources, but so far we have not let them. They are buying the homes taken back by the criminal banks. Now we are on QE 2 while at the same time they cut off extended unemployment, and millions are going to have to join the tent cities and resort to crimes just to be able to eat. We are a country of very ignorant selfish people who will pay a terrible price for being that way.

  • antipsychopath

    Dear Philip M. and rest of “Buy America Fans”: I am unemployed. I have a B.Sc. and a Masters degree. Last winter, 2009, I needed a new winter coat. I was determined to buy a US made coat with my meager savings. I couldn’t find a US made coat. I could find one (1) Canadian made coat at an upscale store for $900. Since then I have proudly worn my moth-eaten US made coat that I bought when coats were made in the US.

  • MydogisbetterthanJay

    BooHoo.. Jay can’t get a woman or a job.. it’s a women’s fault. He and Bernanke need to share a hankie and have a scapegoat pitifest.. Bernanke says everything is China’s fault.

  • flubadub

    Summertime done come and gone my oh my.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6vVd_JnCcc&feature=related

  • mondobeyondo

    People who have an iPod, an iPad, an iPhone, two Droid cell phones, 40 inch HDTV, an XBox, Playstation, and two laptops. Yes, you, the person parked on the sofa watching the American Music Awards, eating Cheetos and sending a text or tweet every 14 seconds about how cute Justin Bieber is, or how talented Taylor Swift is.

    And these people wonder why they can’t afford to feed themselves or their children. What a paradox.

    Hey, gotta keep up with the Joneses!!

  • robroy

    what shall we do?

  • bobster

    Buying American is easier said than done. For example, virtually no electronic products are built in the US anymore.

    The assertion that industries were moved offshore because we did not buy American made goods is specious. Seldom was the consumer presented with a choice of domestic or foreign made items. The decision was made in corporate boardrooms behind closed doors, the substitution was made and the consumer was presented only with the choice to buy the foreign made item or do without.

    Big Box retailers themselves were the prime movers behind the outsourcing.

  • Jimmy Carter

    If you are unable to see how the whole system is being manipulated by globalist elites whose sole goal is to create a global economy (and world) run by them, and how the two party system in America has long ago been hijacked, and how the people who come to power in the American Government are the real traitors, than you are blind. How’s that Obama “Hope and Change” thing working for us?

  • Fred

    America has a lot of problems with some of them already being mentioned in previous posts. The decline of America will continue unfortunately.

  • Stephen

    Read: “The Crow’s Nest-How to be Homeless in America” on Smashwords.com

  • http://obbop.wordpress.com/ Obbop

    “There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

  • Herm

    Easy solution: give all those homeless people one-way bus tickets to San Francisco where they’ll be welcomed with OPEN ARMS!

  • http://WBDM Joe in JT

    Have you ever had a thought that is so simple yet true? Well here is mine. The reason America is going downhill financially is because of the “television set”. Yes that’s right the TV. During the last 50 years or so poor people from around the world would look at their TV and see how Americans lived. They would see Americans living in a nice house with two cars, a wife and kids, and always playing golf. Soon all the poor people of the world wanted to live like Americans. Now that they are trying, there is just so much opulance to go around, and we are going towards living like 3rd world countries.

  • comnenus

    There will be a Singularity. The well-learned, the very wealthy and the well connected will evolve to a new species which is no longer homo sapiens.

    The rest are simply doomed, like the Neanderthals 50,000 years ago.

  • Craig

    America is paying for its stinking sins of greed and murder(abortions), unfortunately the irony is that the people who end up suffering the most, it seems, are the innocent. This is probably what we the people need to wake us up anyway, when we band together with a grassroots upswelling that no tyrant can resist. Put Uncle Sam on a strict diet, trim that fatass down!
    That video of the cops cutting the tents was disgusting, I hope they had a humane shelter to place those people?

  • IwouldabortCraigabove

    Do you remember the days when we were taught how Communism doesn’t work?
    I guess that’s why we’re trying to tell China how to run their booming economy.
    I have taken in someone who would have likely ended up homeless. I wonder what Craig has done for the unfortunate other than mouth off at other people. And what about those people who are currently starving around the world.. to hell with them. We have to sink our resources into the unwanted, unformed, and nonalive. Send your unwanted fetuses to Craig and make him give birth to them.

  • Edith

    If anyone has enough to live for a while, like 400 or 500 USD a month, find the name Jeffrey K. Silverman on Internet, google it, and make contact via a portal for his professional CV and background.

    If you can get to Tbilisi Georgia, then there is a spare room – hot and cold running water.

    He can put up one or two people, he knows what it is to be down and out. It is best to have an open return ticket or try to cash in some frequent flier points. It beats living under a bridge in a former free country of the USA.

  • h5mind

    It’s easy to blame Wall Street greed and political corruption for much of our ills, but those are only part of the puzzle. I suggest that the big, smelly gorilla wreaking havoc on the world stage is COMPOUND INTEREST. Did you know that 20-40% of everything you buy in the store is comprised of interest on debt? Even the dollar itself is an interest-bearing note, not money. That’s why they’re called ‘Federal Reserve NOTES’.

    Americans paid almost one trillion in taxes last year, 100% of which went toward paying nothing but the interest on all dollars in circulation. To really piss you off, consider that 95% of dollars are never even printed– they only exist on servers at the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury.

    You may rightly ask why the US government pays interest on its own money, and interest on its own debt, when it can simply create any amount of interest-free money out of thin air (if they don’t want to waste the paper and ink). Heck, this is exactly what Bernanke is doing right now with his QEII tricks, only HE charges interest on his Monopoly money.

    The answer is BLACKMAIL. There are 535 congressman in DC who basically do the bidding of more than 42,000 registered lobbyists. They most certainly do not work for you or your family. 165 years of debt interest, and 100 years of Fed dollar interest has reduced our wealth to smoky dust. The US is toast– stick a fork in it.

  • el_incr

    It’s time for local churches to step up and begin helping the poor. Put an end to your damnable building programs, your expanded parking lots, seeker sensitive outreach programs and your new pews and sound systems. Start serving dinners and opening your doors on these cold nights to those who have no where to go. Collect clothes and necessary items for every day existence.

    Mathew 25
    For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

  • http://bit.ly/9GeqDW Truthseeker

    Just try to read following book: “The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century”, Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall (Editors)

    I believe this is a GREAT BOOK to help one understand the world’s affairs & problems from the holistic view, not only the current ones but perhaps of the last one or two centuries!

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Preface Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall

    PART I THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

    Chapter 1 The Global Economic Crisis: An Overview Michel Chossudovsky
    Chapter 2 Death of the American Empire Tanya Cariina Hsu
    Chapter 3 Financial Implosion and Economic Stagnation John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff
    Chapter 4 Depression: The Crisis of Capitalism James Petras
    Chapter 5 Globalization and Neoliberalism: Is there an Alternative to Plundering the Earth? Claudia von Werlhof
    Chapter 6 The Economy’s Search for a “New Normal” Shamus Cooke

    PART II GLOBAL POVERTY

    Chapter 7 Global Poverty and the Economic Crisis Michel Chossudovsky
    Chapter 8 Poverty and Social Inequality Peter Phillips

    PART III WAR, NATIONAL SECURITY AND WORLD GOVERNMENT

    Chapter 9 War and the Economic Crisis Michel Chossudovsky
    Chapter 10 The “Dollar Glut” Finances America’s Global Military Build-Up Michael Hudson
    Chapter 11 Martial Law, the Financial Bailout and War Peter Dale Scott
    Chapter 12 Pentagon and Intelligence Black Budget Operations Tom Burghardt
    Chapter 13 The Economic Crisis “Threatens National Security” in America Bill Van Auken
    Chapter 14 The Political Economy of World Government Andrew Gavin Marshall

    PART IV THE GLOBAL MONETARY SYSTEM

    Chapter 15 Central Banking: Managing the Global Political Economy Andrew Gavin Marshall
    Chapter 16 The Towers of Basel: Secretive Plan to Create a Global Central Bank Ellen Brown
    Chapter 17 The Financial New World Order: Towards A Global Currency Andrew Gavin Marshall
    Chapter 18 Democratizing the Monetary System Richard C. Cook

    PART V THE SHADOW BANKING SYSTEM

    Chapter 19 Wall Street’s Ponzi Scheme Ellen Brown,
    Chapter 20 Securitization: The Biggest Rip-off Ever Mike Whitney

    TO READ THE PREFACE CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/bEg6kN

    MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/amCGF7

    Btw, try to search for “Eustace Mullins” too. He’s the author of many books, among others: “Who Owns the TV Networks?”; “The Secrets of the Federal Reserve” and many others!

    “The monopoly of money, or the restriction of its circulation, is merely a variation of this simple form of monopoly. That is all. The stupid fall into the trap. Wars are provoked in succession, deliberately, by the great usurers, in order to create debts, to create scarcity, so that they can extort the interest on these debts, so that they can raise the price of money (i.e., the price of the various monetary units controlled by, or in the possession of, the same autocrats), altering the prices of the various monetary units when it suits them, raising and lowering the prices of the various foodstuffs when it suits them, completely indifferent to the human victim, to the accumulated treasures of civilization, to the cultural heritage.” — Ezra Pound

  • http://obbop.wordpress.com/ obbop

    The USA has been in the throes of class warfare since its inception. Ignore the rhetoric and purposeful indoctrination designed to convinced We, the People that as things are is correct and proper. The Founders purposefully created a federal government intended to be owned and operated by an elite class.

    One caveat; the Founders expected the elites to abide by a sense of honor that would extend the good beyond the small minority of elites. Over time, that honor was cast aside and the lust for evermore wealth and power took control within the USA.

    I wonder what will be the spark igniting the much-needed Revolutionary War Two?

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