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The Bitter, Crushing Poverty Of Appalachia Is A Preview Of What Is Coming To The Rest Of The Country

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Appalachia - Photo from the Appalachian Regional CommissionWhat do you say to people that have completely lost all hope that things will ever get any better?  The mountains of Appalachia stretch all the way from southern New York to northern Mississippi, and nestled within those mountains are dozens upon dozens of little towns that are so impoverished that they look like they have been through a war.  Thanks to Barack Obama’s relentless assault on the coal industry and the ongoing collapse of our industrial infrastructure, Appalachia has lost millions of good paying jobs over the past several decades.  Today, more than 40 percent of the population is living in poverty in some areas of eastern Kentucky, and addiction to “hillbilly heroin” (Oxycontin) is absolutely out of control throughout the region.  Yes, poverty is on the rise all over America, but it has especially been cruel to those that make the mountains of Appalachia their home.

An article that was published in the Guardian on Thursday profiled the deeply impoverished town of Beattyville in eastern Kentucky.  Life is very hard in Beattyville today, and it seems to be getting harder all the time…

The town’s poverty rate is 44% above the national average. Half of its families live below the poverty line. That includes three-quarters of those with children, with the attendant consequences. More than one-third of teenagers drop out of high school or leave without graduating. Just 5% of residents have college degrees.

Surrounding communities are little better. Beattyville is the capital of Lee County, named after the commander of the Confederate army of Northern Virginia in the civil war, General Robert E Lee.

Five of the 10 poorest counties in the US run in a line through eastern Kentucky and they include Lee County. Life expectancy in the county is among the worst in the US, which is not unconnected to the fact that more than half the population is obese. Men lived an average of just 68.3 years in 2013, a little more than eight years short of the national average. Women lived 76.4 years on average, about five years short of national life expectancy.

Because life can be so bitter in little towns like Beattyville, many have chosen to turn to alcohol and drugs in an attempt to escape reality.  The following description of what life is like in the region today comes from Kevin D. Williamson

Thinking about the future here and its bleak prospects is not much fun at all, so instead of too much black-minded introspection you have the pills and the dope, the morning beers, the endless scratch-off lotto cards, healing meetings up on the hill, the federally funded ritual of trading cases of food-stamp Pepsi for packs of Kentucky’s Best cigarettes and good old hard currency, tall piles of gas-station nachos, the occasional blast of meth, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, petty crime, the draw, the recreational making and surgical unmaking of teenaged mothers, and death: Life expectancies are short — the typical man here dies well over a decade earlier than does a man in Fairfax County, Va. — and they are getting shorter, women’s life expectancy having declined by nearly 1.1 percent from 1987 to 2007.

Many of you that are reading this article know exactly what Williamson is talking about, because you are living in one of those communities.  It can be absolutely soul crushing to look into the hollow eyes of those that have long since given up on life day after day.  There are some communities in America where you can feel the bitterness the moment that you drive into them.  It is almost as if all of the life has been sucked out of the entire town.  If you have ever experienced this, you know what I mean.

If there is hope, most people can endure just about anything.  But when there is no hope, that is when deep depression sets in.  And for many of those living in Appalachia, hope has long since departed.  Just consider the words of long-time Beattyville resident Ed Courier

“It’s bad. I don’t think rural America has a future,” said Courier. “The advantage rural areas had in the past of cheap labour is gone. We used to have a lot of little factories in this area but they’ve gone to Mexico or China. In rural areas housing is cheap but everything else costs more. Utility rates are higher. Food and transport are higher. Management doesn’t want to live in rural areas. Education is horrible here. This is a third-world county. My kids grew up here until they were eight or nine, then they went to school in Louisville [a 145-mile drive away]. I wouldn’t send them to school here.”

Sadly, what has already happened in Appalachia is slowly happening to the rest of the country as well.  There is a chronic lack of good jobs, poverty is exploding, and more Americans than ever are giving into depression.

As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, people are starting to become more desperate.  In many large cities, crime rates are already up by double digit percentages in 2015, and the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear.  For example, down in Tampa it is being reported that there is an epidemic of house squatting going on right now…

Crooks find empty houses all over Tampa Bay and make themselves at home. And now, 8 On Your Side uncovered training manuals on the internet. They teach how to get away with squatting.

The handbooks are brazen. A pamphlet for sale on Amazon for $61.20. An entry on Wiki-How entices tells squatters how to “take a whole house from someone if you’re willing to take the risk.”

It points out the best areas to squat and even advises to spruce up the home to throw off suspicious neighbors.

And a tragic incident that just happened in Indianapolis really touched my heart.  The following comes from ABC News

A family in Indianapolis was torn apart when Amanda Blackburn, 28, died after being shot in the head by a mystery gunman.

Her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, returned to their home from the gym Tuesday and found his home broken into and his wife on the ground, officials said.

She died Wednesday, 12 weeks pregnant.

The couple, who have a child, appeared to be madly in love, posting YouTube videos on the way to a “romantic getaway” in Chicago and Amanda even offering marriage advice: “You can lead your wife best, by just being a really, really good Godly example to her.”

Please pray for Pastor Davey.

I can’t even imagine the pain that he must be going through right now.

Meanwhile, there are more signs that this new economic downturn that we are experiencing is about to get even worse…

-Four large U.S. energy companies with combined debt of 4.8 billion dollars have been warned that they are all on the verge of totally collapsing and falling into bankruptcy.

-Unfortunately for all energy companies, the price of oil is not likely to go up significantly any time soon.  The amount of oil being stored offshore has approximately doubled from earlier this year, and more supertankers full of unsold oil are joining the party almost every day

While the crude oil tanker backlog in Houston reaches an almost unprecedented 39 (with combined capacity of 28.4 million barrels), as The FT reports that from China to the Gulf of Mexico, the growing flotilla of stationary supertankers is evidence that the oil price crash may still have further to run, as more than 100m barrels of crude oil and heavy fuels are being held on ships at sea (as the year-long supply glut fills up available storage on land).

-The amount of goods being shipped by rail, freight and air inside the United States continues to decline.  For the month of October, the Cass Shipping Index was down 5.3 percent on a year over year basis.

-And it also looks like a new housing crisis is beginning to emerge.  From September to October, the number of newly initiated foreclosures in the United States rose by 12 percent.

-Of course the elite understand what is happening, and they are working hard to get prepared.  According to Bloomberg, global central banks are buying up gold “at a near-record pace”…

Central banks and other institutions boosted gold purchases to the second-highest level on record in the quarter to September as countries including China and Russia sought to diversify their foreign-exchange reserves.

Net purchases were 175 metric tons, nearing the record 179.5 tons in the same quarter a year earlier, and up from 127.9 tons in the preceding three-month period, the World Gold Council said in a report on Thursday. Still, over the first nine months central banks’ net purchases dropped 6.7 percent to 425.8 tons, according to the council.

When you add these items to the list that I shared with you yesterday, a very disturbing picture begins to develop.

We are clearly heading into an extremely difficult economic period, and that means that the suffering in Appalachia and elsewhere in America is about to get even worse.

  • Mike Smithy

    “Appalachian Lives Matter”

    • Jazz

      All lives matter!

      • Watchman

        Says the troll who only cares about “new highs”.

        • Jazz

          I care about people and creating a better world

      • Mike Smithy

        Dats Rayciss.

  • HeyAHuman

    I live in the heart of Appalachia, and I can say that things seem fine, on the surface at least. There are plenty of business outlets in grown food and livestock, tree services, civil engineering, mechanics, etc…. not to mention service jobs abound, as this city is a tourist magnet. There still are issues, though. There’s government red tape and corruption, as well as corporations infringing on locals and the environment. However, this area is still about as desirable as America gets these days, in my opinion.

    • Liberty First

      The corruption in this country is beyond imagination, at least compared to what it was 30 years ago. Sure, we have always seen pockets. But it seems to be the norm these days. Pisses me off to no end. Disgusting to see.

    • autofixer

      You obviously don’t live in southern W.V.

      • HeyAHuman

        Western NC.

  • SunnyFlaSnotress

    An old friend of mine moved to Appalachia in Va 10 years ago, and she spoke very well of it.. how the ladies were gussying themselves up for beauty pageants etc.

    • Watchman

      Is this the same friend as your imaginary “boyfriend” Sunny?

    • Guest

      Judging from your avatar, I’d say you never won any beauty pageants.

      • Watchman

        Right on Guest. Trolls don’t win any beauty pageants especially vampire trolls that look like that.

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        God made ugly people

        • Orac4Prez

          No, God made people. What you do with your life and how you end up, is up to you.

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Ugly people are people too

          • df NJ

            You only criticize and hate in other people what you do not like about yourself.

    • Orac4Prez

      SO your friend went to hide in the shadows, to escape from you. I’m surprised that a vampire finds no stress living in Sunny Florida. I guess you love the crocodiles with their great incisors too!

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        Lol.. nah.. she got married and moved far away.. i just googled her and for what it’s worth, she’s in NM now

        • Orac4Prez

          Unrequited love? I suppose you are waiting for your glittering beau to appear.

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Unrequitted love? Nah it wasn’t that way :)

  • El mico

    The legalization of Marijuana, the ease with which one can obtain prescription drugs and the good supply of illegal drugs is how the population, who should have revolted by now, is kept under control.
    Time to wake up.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Mmmm no, Americans are kept under control by television.
      Weed is only legal in a few places and only recently. If they wanted to use it to keep people under control, it would’ve never been outlawed.

  • Mondobeyondo

    America’s future appears to be shaping up to be a combination of Appalachian poverty, Detroit and Chicago style violence, Ugandan style corruption at the highest levels of government, and Zimbabwe style hyperinflation. If you want to think of it like this, at least the Appalachian people have the advantage (?) of being somewhat used to poverty over several generations. They will be able to cope with it better than the rest of us. If the rest of America starts losing hope…. well, I fear for the future.

    • Jazz

      Yes it will be a long and slow decay. Poverty, war, disease, and civil unrest. It’s just a matter of time. So many are focused on the stock market, but what the Fed has done to create this mess is the real tragedy!

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        It’s FUNNY to see how pessimistic and fearful Michael’s christians are. I would think that faith in god would give you people more confidence, but instead I see a bunch of cringing scaredy cats. I guess I find comfort in my atheism.

        • Richard O. Mann

          Question is, how many are Christian, and how many are not? And even some Christians fear what they see coming on this earth in the near future. I hate to see it happen because there will be no escape. I guess atheist can face death head on, no matter what, since they believe that there is nothing after death. Better hope you are right. Cause, one day, no matter what, you will die.

        • none

          Thank god we are building housing for all those illegals entering this country.
          If they had to live there, the illegals would have started a mass migration back to their own countries.

          • jsmith

            I appreciate your sarcasm which reminds me of moi! Bu true, the illegals want to live here in sunny California where the streets are paved with yellow gold bricks.
            I went to Costco this Friday and I felt I was in another country, and when I saw the young white guy who checks your receipt against what one buys, I asked him how he felt to be a minority now. He laughed.

          • Andrayes

            Good! Go back to Europe where his immigrant ancestors came from if he wants to be the majority.

          • sunshine

            Guess someone’s never heard of the Solutreans and Azgens, the original white inhabitants of N. America. that were genocided by the American Indians!

          • William Burke

            Are you one of those Nouveaux Flat Earthers? Serious question.

          • sunshine

            Nope.

          • William Burke

            Cheer up, friend! Your gloomy outlook can be changed by a year of National Service to some nice Jihadhi immigrant families… I mean angry young Jihadis of similar disposition to your own. They can demand you recite some verses from the Koran, and chop off your head when you can’t!

            Things will be looking up, trust me.

          • anon

            The whites are toast. They had a nice run but it is over. Most of the world is some shade of brown so there must be a good reason for it. Whites can’t even tolerate sunlight, how crazy is that?

        • Paul Patriot

          Pessimistic? Yes. Fearful? Not at all. The Bible tells us exactly what is coming and what to expect, and the future for those who are in Christ. I really can’t understand why do many “Christians” are fearful. Concerned? Of course, but we are right on track with Biblical prophecy.

          Now, how you find comfort as an atheist is beyond me. If the Bible is true, I pray you seek the Lord Jesus Christ while there is still time to do so.

          He that has the Son has life, he that does not have the Son, does not have life.

          Unless a man be born again, he will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Rather, he will end up in hell)

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Mondobeyondo fears.
            I’m a woman. By your statement, I’m exempt 😀

          • William Burke

            In your mind you’re a woman, maybe.

          • B Wiser

            maybe you should shut up and do something about the Christian genocide? Oh, wait “God will take care of it all. It is all part of the plan”….

        • oneParty

          Why is it funny to you? Are you just inherently evil?

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Oh and Tampa’s real estate has been doing quite well. If it isn’t selling, it is likely very dilapidated, stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire, or in a bad hood.

        • B Wiser

          ah, thanks for the anti-Christian crack. “I find my comfort in my atheism”-spoken like a smug little bitch…

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            aw, did I hurt the sweet lil “christian’s” feelings? tough excrement!

          • B Wiser

            actually no. At a time however where there is a “Christian Genocide” occurring for a sanctimonious piece of garbage like you to make snide remarks-why don’t you go visit a Mosque and talk some smack? Because you are a hateful pussy….Be proud. You are an atheist…(and a scumbag)

          • William Burke

            Go play with the rest of the scum, sonny.

          • Elizabeth

            GO AWAY

          • William Burke

            I hope you don’t believe you’re hiding how gay you actually are…

        • CASTIEL

          an optimistic atheist….lol…..you find confort that when you die you will be buried like a dog all ends for you because you believe you dont have a soul….so you believe you are equal to a animal?…..and that all things you havent done in your life all those oppurtunities will end when you die? if you live in misery after death nothing better exists …..just a coffin? what confort is that?

        • durango

          Jesus never promised comfort for His followers. And how is your atheism supposed to solve our economic and social problems? What advantage is it over the Christian world view?

        • Elizabeth

          go away

        • William Burke

          Leave it to an atheist to find jolity in the misery of others of different views.

          So tell me – an agnostic – how you are so sure there’s no god. I’m interested in how you got so stinkin’ smart.

        • anon

          An atheist is basically not even fully human, more like a reptile or a snail.

        • PPTA

          Afraid? Hardly. Tear off my shirt, but I am still here. Tear out my heart, and my body will die, but I will be alive someplace else. Am I concerned and fearful of what is coming? You bet. I am concerned about people who do not believe, who will be consumed.Ask your self, where do you stand? Is your beliefs based on opinions? or scriptural facts? I s your faith based on the Son Of God? Or a false God? There is only One Son of God, Jesus Christ. There is only his father and h is the way to his father. If you do not believe that, will I be the one who gets hurt? Will I be the one who is cast into the lake of Fire? Nope, won’t affect me at at all. Only you. Will that make me sad? Yes it will because of had the power to change that by accepting Jesus for your Savior,and didn’t. But tat is not my fault. That is not Gods fault either. He gave you opportunities all our life. your turned them down all on your own. No one can accept them for you, no one can turn them down for you. Scoff all you at.Doesn’t change anything.When your standing in the rain, you can yell and scream, claim it isn’t raining, interpit any way you want. But you still get wet.

      • B Wiser

        oh, yea it’s the feds fault not the commie racist in the white house, or the climate change wealth redistributionists…..Let me guess-“government is the only hope we have”…LOL

        • William Burke

          THEY’RE BOTH FEDS, Lem!

    • CharlesH

      I agree completely with you. Those that have lived through really tough times will have it a bit easier (mentally at least) as we go forward. You gain a certain amount of internal strength during tough times – your survival instincts kick in. Being from somewhat hard times myself and being forward thinking – and through websites like this one – I have taken some precautions for my own future. I pray I’ll have to use none of what I’ve accumulated – much like I don’t want to use my car or home owners insurance either but at least it’s there…just in case. I have grave concerns for so many millions of Americans who have never wanted for anything. I’m heartsick thinking about the children and what will become of them. We just do the best we can and always…always pray for His comfort and guidance.

    • newpapyrus

      Sometimes you get what you deserve!

      If you sit around believing the right wing radio propaganda that the wealthy know what’s best for us then be prepared to suffer the fate that many others have suffered under the oppression of aristocrats in the past.

      But we live in a Democratic Republic overwhelmingly dominated by voters who are not wealthy. So its pretty simple to go out and vote for our own interest every couple of years– without the need for any mass protest or even any union participation.

      We could raise the incomes of the poorest by simply passing laws to raise the minimum wage. Many cities are already doing that!

      We could totally eliminate unemployment in the US by passing Federal or State laws mandating a 32 hour work week.

      We could increase the income and the quality of life for all workers in the US by simply passing laws that mandate up to six weeks of paid vacation if you’ve worked at least six years for a particular company (one week of paid vacation for every year that you’ve worked for a particular company).

      So its really up to the overwhelming majority of us within this government of the people, by the people, and for the people– to decide what kind of quality of life we want in the richest country on Earth!

      Marcel

      • jaxon64

        You made me laugh so hard that I almost spit my coffee across my desktop……
        You still believe we are a govt “of the people, by the people and for the people”–how about, “none of the above.’
        You think that doubling the minimum wage will make it so the poor can afford things and businesses won’t raise prices to match their rising labor costs..
        You think by cutting my hours down by 20% and making me unable to pay my bills is “fair” and an answer to unemployment..
        Typical liberal short-sightedness…Equal misery and suffering for all!!

        • newpapyrus

          Actually, increasing the purchasing power of the American worker grows the economy.

          Currently, many people who are underpaid by their employers are compensated by the– tax payers– through programs like Food Stamps. More than 50% of fast food workers get Food Stamps.

          Why should the tax payers have to compensate employees that are being underpaid by their employers. Instead of asking for Food Stamps, employees should go to the polls and demand a higher minimum wage!

          Marcel

        • Oliver

          This is the most intelligent comment right here boys and girls, and trannys!!!!

        • Lorungee

          Yes you may be experiencing financial hardship, but…..just make sure you pay that healthcare premium without fail.

      • Gay Veteran

        wow, just wow. the price of labor cannot go up when we have too much labor (courtesy in part of illegal immigration).

        try to understand something from above:

        “…We used to have a lot of little factories in this area but they’ve gone to Mexico or China….”

        that is the fundamental problem, your “solutions” would just make the situation even worse

        • newpapyrus

          A 32 hour week actually causes a labor shortage. So a company has to make up for the loss of 8 hours of labor from each employee by hiring more labor.

          And the shortage of labor increases hourly wages. Its called supply and demand:-)

          Marcel

          • B Wiser

            oh, yes and all workers are widgets one replaceable with another. So if I have people who are competent and I force companies to hire the incompetent this is an economic win in your world? Marcel have you ever taken an economics class? Have you ever run a business or anything? On your planet is there gravity?

          • newpapyrus

            Forcing companies to compete for the best workers is a good thing.

            Marcel

          • Gay Veteran

            actually we’re getting shorter hours with “Obamacare”.
            how’s that working out for higher wages, eh

          • newpapyrus

            Obamacare was originally a Republican idea to force Americans into the arms of the private health insurance companies.

            The premium based system is unsustainable expensive and inherently inflationary because it completely divorces the consumer from the cost of health services while allowing private hospitals and clinics to game the system to their advantage.

            Marcel

          • Lorungee

            It doesn’t matter. Just pay your premium. That’s all that matters.

          • Gay Veteran

            simple solution, apply anti-monopoly laws to every aspect of “health care”.
            Karl Denniger has shown that a cash only system would drop prices by up to 80%

          • Lorungee

            Don’t forget to get “covered”, and pay your healthcare insurance premium.

          • Gay Veteran

            watch out for those multi-$1000 deductibles!

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        LMAO! Your comprehension of economics is, to say the least, …. well, to put it mildly, you’re a buffoon. If you were even close to right, France would be the wealthiest country on the planet. It ain’t.
        If passing laws fixes poverty, then why don’t you just advocate outlawing poverty?

        • newpapyrus

          Actually, you’re a buffoon:-)

          Germany has six week vacations and higher wages on average than US workers– and they’re the strongest economy in Europe.

          Germans work 1300 hours per year on average, French nearly 1500 hours per year, Japanese more than 1700 hours per year, and the US, nearly 1800 hours per year, Russians, nearly 2000 hours per year, Greeks, more than 2000 hours per year, and Mexicans, more than 2200 hours per year.

          Clearly, working a lot of hours for little pay doesn’t make your economy rich.

          Marcel

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Actually, no I’m fairly certain it’s you. This country is suffering under PROGRESSIVE economics and has been for about a century. This slow motion collapse that’s going on all around us is leftism.. Yea, so suck on that. It WONT get better with more of the garbage you clowns advocate.

          • newpapyrus

            So you’d like to go back to the good ole days of six day work weeks and 12 hour work days for less pay! That’s great economics:-)

            Marcel

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            So you’d like to continue with centrally planned economies and the poverty of a plutocracy you were just whining to me about. 0_o
            IOW, UTTER FREAKING FAILURE.
            You really are an imbecile and in reality, it’s none of your damned business how long someone is willing to work.

          • B Wiser

            every nation you mentioned has bankrupted itself with debt. So Greece is in the problems they are in becaues people work too hard? LOL and let me guess-in your world climate change is responsible for terrorism not subhumans and the death cult of Islam.

          • newpapyrus

            Yeah. The US Federal government and the American people don’t have any debt:-)

            Marcel

      • Mike Smithy

        Let me guess; you are a victim of the public education system.

        • newpapyrus

          Let me guess, you still long for the good ole days in America of child labor and 12 hour work days and six day work weeks. I have to admit, such working conditions do bring a tear to my eye:-)

          Marcel

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Let me guess, you fantasize that Americans don’t work more than 5 day weeks and that the work day is actually 8 hours. And then there was the reality. Hell I don’t work retail and I routinely work more than 40. It’s called ‘the demands of the job’.

          • newpapyrus

            Civilization is still relatively new to our species. Biologically, we are the descendants of hunter-gathers (for the last 2.6 million years) who probably, on average, had to work for their sustenance about 16 hours a week.

            The 40 hour work week is on its way towards extinction just as the six
            day 12 hour a day work week gradually became extinct in the US more than
            a century ago.

            Working fewer hours means more time for you to advance your education and, of course, more time actually raising your children.

            Marcel

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Mandating fewer working hours means more people in poverty and more fascism. Dolt.

      • B Wiser

        “right wing propaganda” -do you mean like “we are not at war with Islam” or “climate change is a bigger threat than terrorism”…No poor people are the visionaries and leaders of society genius. If we only would elect more illiterate, poor illegal immigrants than we would have good policies. Only the government can save us-and we know this because there is a racist, feckless commie piece of garbage doing his best to weaken and impoverish our nation while emboldening the murderous scum of Islam

        • newpapyrus

          The destruction of ISIS is primarily a NATO responsibility with, help from the Kurds and other regional Islamic entities.

          NATO could defeat ISIS easily. Winning the peace and the propaganda war against Islamic terrorist, however, is a bit more difficult.

          And again, capitalism within the framework of a democratic republic has made America the richest and most powerful nation on Earth!

          Marcel

      • B Wiser

        uh, Marcel you are an economic illiterate and obviously to be this clueless extremely lazy or possibly stupid. “We could end poverty by raising the minimum wage”-why not make the minimum wage $100K? I mean then everybody would have money right? What you would do -is have minority unemployment continue to go up (why would anybody hire a 17 year old black kid with no experience when they can hire a 65 year old guy for the same money who will show up to work? They won’t). You would increase unemployment, and inflict the maximum damage on minorities and destroy businesses.

        Do you really believe you can legislate prosperity? About your 32 hours bs-

        Obama is already doing this with the Unaffordable Care act….France has laws like this and double digit unemployment.

        Marcel what were you saying again ? Are you drunk, ignorant or just stupid?

        • newpapyrus

          Your dreams of a right wing plutocracy would impoverish the nation.

          Capitalism within the framework of a democratic republic has made America the richest and most powerful nation on Earth!

          Marcel

    • Walter White.

      • Jazz

        Heisenberg to you

    • Lorungee

      No problem….just raise taxes up….again. Need roads repaired ? No problem…just make fees and taxes HIGHER….again. This is the problem in MI. Here you have a totally corrupt and greedy political class, itching to claw back every dollar. Need roads fixed ? Raise vehicle registration fees to astronomical levels. Raise the “gas tax” again, but say it will take some time to get the repairs started. So 5 years later, people will scream “we need to fix the roads” Need roads fixed ? Let’s raise fees and taxes….again. But it will take some time before we can start the repairs. Ad Infinitum.

  • krinks

    People in the heart of rural Pa are lucky to drive 30 miles for a job at Walmart. Sad. They vote for this though. Someone is voting Democrat who attacks prosperity as an invading virus.
    Income in the hands of the bottom 90% was at its peak during the Reagan years and the Bush Jr years. For the bottom rungs to prosper everyone must prosper.

    • df NJ

      It doesn’t matter who gets elected. Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. If you think otherwise you are deluding yourself. The problems with our country are not rocket science. The lobbyists force the politicians to pass laws creating cartels and monopolies in exchange for campaign financing. Corporations rule. Money talks, everything you post is meaningless BS.

      • victor

        True, politicians, they both have their hand out, and it’s not to give to their neighbor, but to fill their own pockets.

      • krinks

        Check again. The percentage of wealth in the hands of the bottom 90% was at its peak in recent years during the Reagan years and the Bush Jr years.

        • Gay Veteran

          For the bottom 90%, share of U.S. household wealth peaked in about 1988 (36%) and has declined since then (currently about 22%).
          For the top 1%, it started rising under Reagan (7%) and is now about 25%

          • krinks

            Peaked during the evil Reagan years as I said. The downward trend stopped and reversed under Bush Jr as I said. The only thing Liberals and Democrats share equally is high taxes and poverty.

          • Gay Veteran

            Not quite. It continues falling for the bottom 90% during republican George H.W. Bush’s term, increased SLIGHTLY during George the Stoopid first term and then started falling again in his second term.

            All the while the top 1% kept rising until a SLIGHT decrease during George the Stoopid first term and then started rising again in his second term

          • krinks

            You’re free to have your own opinion but not your own facts.

          • Gay Veteran

            same to you. got my info from Charles Hugh Smith:
            The Class War Has Already Started
            November 14, 2015

          • krinks

            Search ‘total income graph bottom 90%’ . Peaked during the Reagan years and the Bush Jr years as I said. Brain dead Liberals play games with numbers to get around admitting that in order for the bottom 90% to prosper everyone must prosper. All raising your boss’ taxes will get you is laid off.

            Besides if Gov’t could mandate prosperity for all East Germany or Cuba would be a shining example for all to see.

          • Gay Veteran

            gee, who is prospering when the banksters prosper???
            the top 1% (actually the top 0.1%) have made out like robber barrons since they now OWN the government.

            would tax increases solve this? NO, because the parasites will have their political puppets create loopholes.
            First step is to break up the Big Banks and jail some banksters, then move on to the near monopolies in “health care” and to other parts of the economy where mega-corporations have been created.

    • Gay Veteran

      income inequality started rising under Reagan

  • Jazz

    Yes things are slowly getting worse. We need to turn back to God. He is the only way to true freedom!

    • Watchman

      I didn’t know your “God” was money after all that’s all you seem to care about Zazz.

      • Jazz

        My God is Jesus

        • Jazz

          This is a blog about the economy and markets so I normally keep it focused on that aspect of my life but Jesus is most important!

          • df NJ

            And Jesus told you helping the poor is the most important aspect of your life. But all you do is idol worship Jesus above all else.

          • Jazz

            I do not serve money. I serve God. I also realize that money has power and should be respected as it helps feed and clothe the poor, does help print bibles, does fund mission trips, does help run His ministries and help spread His word. Money used to be my god but now I serve the true God.

          • df NJ

            Are you proud that you serve God? Maybe hidden in your pride you occasionally snap back and commit outrageous acts of evil as your ego erupts because it can no longer be contained. You can’t have a Lord without slaves.

          • Jazz

            I am proud to serve God and glad He is the judge of my heart.

          • df NJ

            With that level of pride in your piety you sound like when you ego erupts you commit some really bad acts of evil. It’s funny how people who are the most concerned about morality turn out to be the ones who are the most immoral.

          • victor

            So true.
            When we allow His Spirit to live in us, it changes our perspective. We start to see how it should really be.

          • ONE WHO KNOWS

            I AM IS THE LORD THY GOD.

          • df NJ

            Money is evil.

          • victor

            It can be the root of evil, depends on one’s heart.
            A hammer can be a useful tool, to build a house, but if I want to hit you in the head with it, it’s more of a weapon and not a tool.

          • df NJ

            Religion is a useful tool. But sometimes religion can be the root of all evil. Evil always exists where you least expect it!

          • victor

            I believe in a personal relationship with God, as it was meant to be from the beginning, with Adam.
            I believe in Jesus Christ.
            Don’t know if you think he didn’t exist, or who He is to you.
            But I do know God desires for us to know His love for us in a deeper and more personal way.
            That’s a choice we can accept, and experience, or reject and not experience.

          • ONE WHO KNOWS

            Seems to me you’re referring to INTENTIONS or REASONS. Not the THING in and of itself. A Hammer or Money has no power. You give objects power by using your MIND.

          • MEP325

            The LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Read the text. Money itself is just a medium for exchange. There’s nothing inherently evil about paper currency and precious metals.

          • ONE WHO KNOWS

            MONEY is an illusion. A man-made concept. Money is not real. There is NOTHING in NATURE called MONEY. Money is a head-game/mindset.

          • Jazz

            The love of money is evil. Money is neither evil nor good. Those who are greedy and love money are evil.

          • victor

            Would like to get in touch with you, are you on FB?
            Like the man who’s eyes Jesus opened, He opened ours, and our hearts to His love and kingdom.
            Like the song goes, “I praise the Lord, I saw the light,”

          • alan

            Being about to eat and feed my family is the most important thing in my life. Nothing else really matter after that.

          • Gary

            Judge much?

          • ONE WHO KNOWS

            His name wasn’t Jesus. The letter “J” hadn’t been created during the time that THE SON OF GOD walked the face of the earth.

          • smooze

            The entire English language hadn’t been created yet much less the letter J…Look up all the different variations of the name Jesus, he wasn’t called any of those either with the exception of Hebrew, Yeshu. The Bible says to call on his name, and in the English language Yeshu just happens to be translated as Jesus.

          • victor

            I agree…

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            I’d rather have money than god.

          • sunshine

            You shall reap your just rewards then. Good luck with that :)

        • Mike Smithy

          Where in the bible does Jesus say that he is God? Where in the bible do the apostles suggest that Jesus is God?

          • Jazz

            Jesus told man that He was the way, the truth, and the life and that noone goes to the Father but through Him. He claimed to be the Messiah and the Son of God. He even said, “I AM.” and that man will see Him seated at the right hand of God. He also stated “I and the Father are one.” The bible is full of proof that God is of three parts – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Son and thus God.

          • df NJ

            The bible is not “proof”. Jesus is a false idol. There is only one all-powerful all-loving God and that God is God. You are an idol worshiper of Jesus and lose site of God. Jesus is not the only way. I believe our all- powerful all-loving God allows everyone to enter the gates of heaven to experience eternal bliss regardless of our earthly sins. If you think otherwise it just shows your faith in God is not as strong as mine!

          • Jazz

            I disagree. I believe the bible is the Word of God and clearly identifies who is God and who enters the Kindom of Heaven. It is through Jesus alone. You won’t change my mind on the subject and I won’t change yours. Let’s agree to disagree.

          • df NJ

            The difference is in my way of thinking everyone is saved. In your way of thinking unless someone thinks exactly the way you do they will suffer eternal damnation. I think our one omnipotent God is much bigger than your narrow point of view.

          • victor

            Do you believe there’s a devil?
            Angels, and fallen angels? Evil spirits?
            Just wonder if they exit to you?

          • df NJ

            They don’t exit to me. I’ve seen people commit evil acts and behave without morality. I’ve seen people with no empathy for others. I’ve seen people incapable of caring for others. But I’ve never seen any horned demons or flying angels floating about. How about you?

          • victor

            I agree with your thoughts on people. There’s good and bad.
            I’ve never seen the demons or angels, but believe they exist.
            I believe their are evil spirits, I believe in a supernatural realm.
            I think we would agree on that, because we agree we believe there’s a God. I believe He is the Creator of man, and we are made in His image.
            I know some on this blog don’t.

          • df NJ

            I respect your beliefs but I have a brain. And my brain tells me if man were created in “His image” then we would have omnipotent powers just like God. Not having omnipotent powers from the get-go makes it kind of hard to judge someone for not living up to divine expectations. Which is why I’ve concluded that our omnipotent God does not judge us but only loves us. And it is actually God who treats us as actually being divine. We are the ones who are full of hate and never stop judging each other. It’s only when we stop judging other people that we are close to God.

          • awb22

            That’s a nice sentiment, but that and $2.49 will get you a cup of latte at the local bean press. The only standard for truth is the revealed word and will of God, as given to us in the holy scripture. Your conclusions based on your life experiences are exactly the same problem you’re complaining about. There has to be a frame of reference outside of ourselves for us to know anything absolutely, and that’s what we have in the bible, literally the greatest gift ever given to mankind. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of scripture, hallelujah. Have a nice life, bro. I’ve been reading through this discussion, and while I doubt what I say will have any effect on you, maybe it will help someone else.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…The only standard for truth is the revealed word and will of God….”
            divine revelation is what god reveals to a person, when that person tells it to another person then it is no longer divine revelation.

          • awb22

            hog wash.

          • Gay Veteran

            the truth hurts

          • awb22

            define truth.

          • Gay Veteran

            take a philosophy class

          • awb22

            To learn the wisdom of the world? No thanks!

          • Rod Bedard

            Friend….your way of thinking isn’t what the Bible says. Since you deny the Bible why not write your own. You and Oprah can share the attitude that there are many ways to Heaven.

          • victor

            Everyone? Hitler?
            Where does your proof come from?
            Just curious.
            I agree God is all loving, but He is Holy, and hates sin. He will not allow sin in His presence.
            He is a righteous and just God.

          • df NJ

            My proof comes from my faith in an omnipotent loving God. God would have to be omnipotent to forgive and love Hitler.

          • victor

            So you don’t believe man has a sin problem?

          • df NJ

            I believe people judge each other. God is pure love.

          • victor

            so you don’t believe there’s such a thing as sin?

          • df NJ

            God’s love is so pure it cannot be tarnished by the existence of sin.

          • victor

            It was good talking to you.
            I guess God loves politicians as well,
            just not their crookedness. lol

          • df NJ

            “If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin.” Katherine Harris

            Katherine Harris is one of our country’s greatest politicians. 100 years from now people will still be talking about what she represents and her political career.

          • NorthernBud

            God can’t be tarnished by the mere presence of sin.

            So what makes you think he’ll let a bunch of sinful humans into his presence?

            You said it yourself. Now you just need to realize, Jesus is the cleanser you need.

          • Rod Bedard

            I’m sorry but you sound like someone who doesn’t read the Bible. Your views on God and Jesus and salvation are twisted.

          • nojack

            That incorrect twisted belief will get you a one way fare to Eternity in HELL. You had better wise up and repent!

          • Ricardo

            In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. John 1:1,2.14.

        • victor

          Nice to know you are a believer.

        • afchief

          Amen Bro!

    • df NJ

      God is pro-choice. Based on human experiment there is not amount of evil God will not tolerate in order to preserve our free will. Hell on Earth has nothing to do with God. Man totally and completely responsible for all our own miseries.

      • Jazz

        Yes God gives us free will but blesses those who follow and obey His word. Killing millions of unborn babies, turning our back on Israel and supporting its enemy in Iran, calling same sex relationships “marriage” and taking God out of the courtroom, schools, and public buildings are NOT ways to bring about His blessings. We lose His favor when we abandon His ways.

        • df NJ

          How do you know what God thinks? It seems to me to be the height of human hubris to pretend to speak for our almighty God. Pretending to speak for God may be man’s greatest possible sin. Are you a sinner?

          • victor

            We all are…

          • df NJ

            I agree, too many people are pretending to speak for the Almighty.

          • awb22

            We don’t have to pretend. We have his word and it speaks for itself. Too many people simply refuse to believe it when they hear it. They’re called skeptics.

          • afchief

            Read His word.

          • ONE WHO KNOWS

            In the beginning was a SOUND. And the SOUND was OM. It wasn’t a WORD, just SOUND

          • afchief

            Romans 1:18-28 (NASB) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth [a]in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident [b]within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not [c]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and [d]crawling creatures.

            24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for [e]a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed [f]forever. Amen.

            26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is [g]unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing [h]indecent acts and receiving in [i]their own persons the due penalty of their error.

            28 And just as they did not see fit [j]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

          • Gay Veteran

            good parrot

          • afchief

            Don’t get you “diapers in a twist”

            LOL!

          • Richard O. Mann

            Om. Gads, I use to play with that too. Never got me any where. But, the name of Jesus, God, Saviour, did. An inner peace which goes beyond any I ever experienced while doing meditations, drugs, sex, and I don’t recall what else.
            In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word is Jesus.

          • Richard O. Mann

            Read the Bible. It will tell you what God thinks about sin. And,if you are born again by faith through Christ Jesus, you can speak with the Father, and he will speak to you. The US is finished. All the things mentioned by Jazz are just signs that this country is on the way down and out.

          • Gay Veteran

            the bible is the creation of man

          • Q

            It was written by primitive, desert-dwelling humans over centuries.

            The claims that the bible is the Word of God are blasphemous and those who pretend to believe that ignores many parts of it, making them guilty of either ignorance or hypocrisy.

            They seek to refuse the fact that humans are totally and completely responsible for their own problems, they seek to push that responsability on God and suffers as a result.

          • Gay Veteran

            in their bible “god” orders the death of the Amalek tribe, including all the children and babies (book of Samuel)

          • Richard O. Mann

            Not only the Amalek tribe, but many others. Don’t want to believe the written word, then don’t. Just remember that one day you will die, and you had better be 100 per cent sure of what happens after you leave this earth body.

          • Gay Veteran

            I’m not the one who believes in a god who orders the murder of babies and infants.
            think about it

          • Richard O. Mann

            Well good for you. You just keep hanging on to that. But remember, you are nothing. You are just a human who has no power over anything. One day you will die. Hope you have the correct answer to the question, “after death, what?”

          • Gay Veteran

            you’re a perfect example of why religion exists:
            (1) man fears death
            (2) as a means of social control (obey the king or you’ll go to h ell).

          • jsmith

            Primitives that maybe took a bath every 3 months as opposed to the Egyptians that were of higher caliber, and had the Nile within a few feet.

          • Q

            The bible was written by humans, not God.

          • Richard O. Mann

            Proof? Greater men than you have spend their lives trying to disprove the Bible as being the inspired written Word Of God. None have succeeded.

          • jsmith

            In that I do agree with you. I’m not going to believe in the bible fables written by the tribe.

          • smooze

            Yes, we are all sinners!! All of what Jazz said can be found in the Bible. So when we speak the truth from the Bible we can and do speak for God.

        • Paul F

          Well said, brother. Amen!

        • Rod Bedard

          Very well said!!

        • Priszilla

          Around 1720 a German published a book about the Jews. In that book he claimed that the Jews, when they go to heaven, study and dispute with god. And that god even asks living rabbies for their opinion. He also claimed that jews teach that even god doesn’t know everything, that he makes mistakes, that he sins.
          That book was deemed dangerous by many people.

          • jsmith

            Shhhh! Don’t criticize the tribe lest you be called an anti-something!

        • Gay Veteran

          oh me, so much bilge.
          don’t like abortion? you adopt any unwanted babies?
          turning our back on Israel? and yet they get over 3 $BILLION of OUR tax dollars. you want to support Israel? send YOUR money
          marriage? let’s go back to traditional marriage…….polygamy
          taking god out? is your religion so weak that you need the government to support it?

          • Jazz

            Don’t need my government to change the definition of marriage or legalize murder (abortion) or change the principles my country was founded upon. Thank you very much!

          • Gay Veteran

            oh, you mean like when the Supreme Court overturned laws banning interracial marriage?
            principles like slavery?

          • Jazz

            They were just as wrong to do that’ll they were to change the definition of marriage

          • Gay Veteran

            thank you for showing your true colors

          • sunshine

            God Himself is not in favor of interracial marriage. That can be “hatred” but it’s still truthful. He said “A mamzer (bastard,which meant miscegenated) cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven unto the TENTH generation”. He also appointed the bounds of our habitation, and destroyed the Tower of Babel, when humanity tried to mix, once before.

            This has nothing to do with “superior” or “inferior”, but obedience to God’s holy law. His way is not our way, and “love and tolerance and acceptance” nonsense will lead you to damnation when you disobey Him.

            Just a thought.

      • Q

        These beggars and would-be parasites of his goodness believes that God loves them.
        Reality speaks otherwise, the people who refuse to fix their own problems does not have their problems fixed for them, instead they sink ever deeper.

    • NP1

      yup—right now there seems to be a lot of people doing god’s work for him

  • muldoon55 .

    Thats right Michael.All you ever do is describe the color of the water we are all drowning in but never ever offer any hope for the downtrodden.
    The only real hope is Gods’Kingdom which will eliminate all the causes of human suffering namely human governance. Open your eyes and read the bible, it’s all right there. The removal of all corrupt human rulership, which is really under Satans’ control, will be the only relief mankind can ever hope to experience.
    Quit your never ending fear mongering and point to the real solution and use your blog for good rather than inflaming the masses!

    • ddouglas

      You need to look at the top of the page here and see this isn’t all Michael talks about. The answers are just a button click away.
      He that seeks will find.

  • K

    Yes I can identify with this. I only live about a one hour drive away. In my area of TN, things are a little better. Most are above the poverty line, but just barely. I rode the Santa Train one year. So I saw some really impoverished areas. These are the areas that Doctors without Boarders have yearly free clinics. You thought that sort of thing is just overseas?No, and I have seen people stand in six hour lines, just waiting to be seen. The local food banks are stretched beyond belief. However I would rather be here in a crash, than most other places. These folks are used to doing with very little.

  • Woe Is Me!

    This article starts out with the following question. “What do you say
    to people that have completely lost all hope that things will ever get
    any better?”

    Answer: Start with not reading and believing this blog every day.

    If you think the world is on a path of destruction or if you think things
    are great, your beliefs more than likely will never change.

    People like Jazz takes the conditions the world is in and turns them into income.

    People like Mondobeyondo sees corruption and hyperinflation.

    Who is correct? The answer is both of them.

    If you believe the world is coming to an end, you are correct. If you think tomorrow will only be better, you are also correct.

    If the area you live in is without jobs, move. If the job you are at
    stinks, find another. If you are unhappy with the condition you are in,
    change it.

    Of course it is much easier to get mad at me and continue doing the same thing, live unhappy and hope for a “collapse” to show the whole world how messed up it is.

    Channel the anger you have right now into changing your life for the better.

    Have a nice evening,

    • Jazz

      Thank you for the shout out. I always see the glass as half full and looking for ways to make money in good times and bad. I don’t claim to be right all the time, but I’m flexible enough to change direction when I’m heading the wrong way. :)

    • RTL89

      Your attitude and outlook on this is very admirable. However, what you’re failing to comprehend is that it’s not just as easy as moving from point A to B to find jobs, because eventually point B will also lose its jobs. The economic wildfire spreads. That’s what happens in an inescapable collapse scenario, such as the one we are in now. The reason why so many people have given up hope and let themselves go in so many capacities is because they realize that all the hassle of making arrangements and alterations will only prove to be futile, when it’s much less of a burden to just not care anymore. It’s better than being part of a ratrace that empowers people to feel as if they are superior to other mortal human beings by pushing each others’ heads underwater just so THEY can stay afloat. With that kind of socio-economic toxicity being flung around, it’s no wonder people are depressed. I hate when people say the solution is to “look after yourself”. Stop and think about that for a second. By adopting that notion, we have separated ourselves as distantly from the human condition as we possibly could have. And that’s not something to be proud of.

  • Jim Clark

    10 generations of in-breeding produces these kind of losers.

    • awb22

      You could say that for the human race. Blaming people for their poverty isn’t the whole story. You can think of it like a petri dish. You could say, hey there’s some crap growing in my petri dish, it must be the petri dish’s fault. Or, you could look for the source of the contaminant. Idiot.

  • rant1200 .

    Over population is the cause of ALL of our problems.Until we accept this fact,this really will be our future.Those against contraception,abortion,and eliminating the anchor baby clause in our constitution,have sowed the seeds of our destruction.Too many people.

  • Antonio Ossa

    CAPITALISM HAS RUN IT’S COURSE, TIME TO TRY SOME SOCIALISM!

    • gfmucci

      Unfortunately, we have more socialism in this country now than capitalism. Income redistribution is rampant and oppressive for entrepreneurs and those who thrive on personal initiative; attempting to comply with regulations and taxation consume half of profits; we have more dependent on government doles and government employment than ever. Personal initiative is sapped by socialism, excessive taxation and excessive regulation. And that is what is happening all around. Socialism is the problem. It has mushroomed under both parties over the last two decades – only slightly more slowly under Republicans.

      • df NJ

        Socialism is only half the problem. It doesn’t matter how much you pay in taxes. What does matter is the purchasing power of your take home pay. You can’t talk taxes without talking about corporate monopolies and cartels over charging for products and services. You can’t talk taxes without talking about income inequality. Regulations are meaningless if we have no factories because the Chinese have pegged their Yuan currency to our dollar 6 to 1. This means a CEO gets 6 Chinese workers for every one American worker. No one person can compete with 6 Chinese workers. You want to save this country slap a $1000 tariff on every shipping container coming into this country and use the money to rebuild our roads and bridges.

        • Gay Veteran

          American jobs were shipped to China because of near slave labor wages and NO environmental regulations.
          totally agree with tariffs

      • Gay Veteran

        what we have is fascism (the merger of state and corporate powers).

        For the bottom 90%, share of U.S. household wealth peaked in about 1988 (36%) and has declined since then (currently about 22%).
        For the top 1%, it started rising under Reagan (7%) and is now about 25%

    • barry oldwater

      Has not, socialism has, in the form of union jobs, in the form of welfare so people can live a meager existence off the gov, but people like you think they should get more. You consider meager welfare benefits to be part of capitalism but its not its socialism light and you want more of it not realizing when people receive money, food, housing, and healthcare for free they have no desire to work so you start a never ending black hole of a money sucking social prorams and are to stupid to realize it, and then there are the stifling taxes to support it all.

      • df NJ

        In 2008, the bank bailouts cost about 200 years worth of welfare costs. I think there’s a little bit more wrong with our country than union jobs. Income inequality is at all time highs. If we had too much socialism don’t you think income inequality would be at all time lows? If you google “wealth inequality in America” and watch the video. Look at the graph for “dreaded socialism”. The video shows we are as about as far away from socialism as you can get and still have a government currency having any shred of value.

      • Gay Veteran

        union jobs? workers were better off when we had strong unions. The fundamental problem is lack of JOBS.
        and welfare? TPTB use that to keep the peasants from rising up

    • awb22

      Robot?

    • df NJ

      After 30 years of stacking all the courts with judges friendly to corporations has finally taken its toll. There are laws that enslave men and there are laws that set them free. The problems with our country are not rocket science. The lobbyists have forced our politicians to pass legislation creating cartels and monopolies in exchange for campaign financing. And the judges make sure the laws are interpreted in a corporate friendly manner. And now after the Citizen’s United ruling, the Federal Reserve can print huge sums of money to make sure only politicians that strictly support Fed policies are the only ones that get elected. Isn’t funny how in states where the Democrats control the state houses only Democrats win in national elections. And in states were the Republicans control the state houses only Republicans win in national elections.

      “I am a bit biased. I co-chair the campaign effort of George W. Bush.” Katherine Harris, did you know Katherine Harris’s daughter committed suicide in 2013. Sad really.

      Why do we even have elections. It would be much cheaper if we just had a military style right wing dictatorship. Everyone loves the military. Everyone hates Congress. Look at the results of democracy in this country. Not very good unless you are one of the few billionaires. No problem though because I plan to be a billionaire in a year or two.

      • Gay Veteran

        the military is incompetent

    • Mike Smithy

      We’ve been living under various degrees of degrees of Socialism and Fascism for decades. It’s time we return to Capitalism.

  • rat28

    Coal is bad for the environment.. Glad that they are being closed

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      OK. Now, what about the people who have been dispossessed? You are a 40 year old miner and this is all you have known. Furthermore, no one wants to hire you.

    • Won’t help unless you stop China

  • Mark Caldwell

    I was in Lee Co. yesterday. I know several families there and the poverty is suffocating. Sons and daughters that escape to military service or far away states are the greatest successes and a mark of pride.

    This article is right on many points especially the depression. The young people acknowledge the hopelessness but rarely speak of it unless paring it with their rational for using drugs. If not for basic Christian beliefs of hell many young adults would have already acted on their thoughts of suicide.

    With the global turmoil and accelerating economic collapse the jobs will not return to Appalachia. And I tell you this, young people are making plans to become violent looters and scavengers. Remember the MadMax movie? Well, these are the people in those films. When what little they have now is jepaordized, the resulting behavior will hardly be bound by anything at all.

  • df NJ

    Stop hating America. This is the greatest country in the World! It’s all you damn bleeding heart liberals who are trying to destroy this country with your fake stories of hardship.

    • awb22

      Antagonist troll

      • df NJ

        What, I love this site. Michael does a fantastic job with his stories. This site provides incredible insight into the psychology of people. I would argue I am a protagonist troll as much as an antagonist one. What is so bad about being a troll? At lease I don’t make any ad hominem attacks on other posters. Isn’t the definition of a troll someone who makes trite and simple ad hominem attacks on other people trying to make thoughtful posts? It seems to me a troll is someone who doesn’t really discuss anything but makes a simple attacking post of 2 or 3 words.

        • awb22

          /sarc

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    What a splendid time to open the borders and import hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Millions of Mexicans. You want transformation? Take a look. No Hope and No (spare) change.

    • df NJ

      Besides the general population birth rates declining, immigrants spur growth and create jobs. I don’t mind them coming as long as they are paying their fair share of taxes above the table. Germany is actually the only European country experiencing growth because of all the in flux of immigration. Without immigration this country would probably be dying. I think the more workers we have the better. It helps support all the social and military spending we so desperately need. I think the bigger problem with our country that is bleeding us dry is not immigration but the 700+ foreign military bases we have around the world. I would like to see us close half of our foreign military bases and open many more bases along our southern and northern borders. I would rather see a strong defense of our borders. Right now our military is spread out way too thin all around the World. I think our military should be defending this country first.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Defense needs to be cut big time. WWII is over. Immigrants who work and pay taxes are welcome. The rest need to be removed.

        • df NJ

          The contract for the US air base in Rammstein Germany pays for free healthcare for the entire population of Germany.

          • XSANDIEGOCA

            By extension, that covers the “New Arrivals”. Enough. We need our own Marshall Plan!

        • Gay Veteran

          you mean the Pentagon needs to be cut, it has NOTHING to do with defense

      • jaxon64

        “immigrants spur growth and create jobs.”
        BS—the facts show that the majority bring their culture with them, do not assimilate into western ideals and cost more in welfare and social programs BY FAR than they help with any kind of tax base…what a crock…tell it to Europe as they are in the midst of societal collapse……

        • jaxon64

          I was quite prophetic unfortunately–the collapse of Europe accelerates………

      • Gay Veteran

        “… I think the more workers we have the better….”
        then you don’t have a clue about basic economics. too much supply of labor results in lower wages

  • Priszilla

    Mountain top removal mining.
    Like coal? Go to Beijing.

    • df NJ

      China and India are spending billions of dollars on developing thorium based nuclear reactors. Unlike Uranium which is very expensive to mine, thorium is very cheap to mine. Uranium mining is as difficult and as expensive to mine as Platinum. Thorium is as easy and cheap to mine as Lead. Tons of Thorium is found everywhere on earth. It’s also found on the moon which is why NASA plans to use a Thorium based nuclear reactor for its proposed coming moon colony. Both China and India are supposed to have a working Thorium based nuclear reactor by 2020. Germany has the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator which may be turned on this month. Either way, the days of using fossil fuel may come to end much sooner than anyone has predicted.

  • Actually, rural areas may be the safest with the SHTF and the cities erupt in gang/ethnic warfare. I cannot imagine wanting to live in a “diverse” city right now with the tensions being stoked by media and various racial groups.

    • df NJ

      Or, maybe the cities will be the best place to be because people in the cities are good at socialism. Maybe that’s what is happening now and why living in rural areas are so full of poverty.

  • DJohn1

    In a word, “MOVE!”

    A lot of people piss and moan about how bad things are. It is time to do something about it!
    Well, my Dad did something about it. He lived 33 years in England prior to a World War ruining the country. He served 7 years during wartime in the British Navy. He had a good trade that allowed him to move anywhere and immediately go to work in a Union Shop.
    He originally came here for the money. But he liked the people and the country so he stayed. He spent most of the rest of his life here in Ohio with exploring trips to California twice. He got his citizenship after working here about 6 years.
    Yes, he worked through some hard times. Yes, they budgeted and saved money to come here. They often saved bus fare by walking.
    They saved money to get married in 1937. I was born during wartime in a little town 40 miles north of London. It was evacuated during the blitz.
    The thing that really upset my Dad was in 1948 they were still rationing. Everything from food to cigarettes. My Dad smoked back then. When I was about 7, I talked my Dad into giving the cigarettes up. Best decision he ever made. My Uncles in England mostly smoked. All of them died of one kind of cancer or another except one. He died of poor food choices and a heart attack.They were all of them in their 70s when they died.
    My folks lived a full life and were budget conscious the entire time.
    Dad died at 89. My mother at 91. Outside of the War my mother stayed home and raised my brother and I.
    There is a reason these people are poor.
    I think part of it is their home situation. Part of it is what they do for a living. Well what they do for a living is changing rapidly because robots will be doing it in the near future if there is a demand for it at all. Any risky business and mining is risky will be taken over by machines in the near future.
    If I were someone starting, I would look for a trade that pays well that will not be automated in the near future.
    Something that gives me the same freedom my Dad had to choose where I want to work.
    My Real Estate Broker taught me much about things. His favorite saying was things in motion tend to stay in motion and things at rest tend to die. I agree with him 100%.
    During my career, I relearned my trade many times as technology advanced and the trade changed with it. I watched many of my Union brothers that either could not or would not learn the new things. Most retired early.
    In my life, I learned two trades. The one I made a living at provided for my family well. The other was not a good paying trade and it had nothing to do with my ability to do it. What it did teach me was how to sell and how to negotiate. Both of which I used as a Union Steward in my trade.
    I will repeat: “Things in motion tend to stay in motion, things at rest tend to die.”
    Most poverty people are caught. They are caught in a financial trap. It isn’t easy to get out of.
    People are afraid to gamble. There are consequences if you fail. What you really have to do is face reality. Put the positive and negative down in two columns on a piece of paper. Then make your decisions as to what you want out of life.
    We have a bad financial situation all over this country because of stupid decisions made at higher levels such as the Congress and the President of this country.
    Well if it all comes tumbling down . . . and it will . . . then we all have to try new things to make a living. Unfortunately, many will not be able to do so.

    • df NJ

      It may take 30 years to walk to Cincinnati but eventually the mountain folk will get there.

      • DJohn1

        Actually some of them are quite skilled in keeping ancient automobiles running.
        I have a few of those vehicles and know people that can keep them running.

  • df NJ

    Why is this a story? Who cares about poverty? Do we care?

    Here’s the latest Republican policy proposals. Time to get rid of ALL the social spending:

    “Members of the House Freedom Caucus are preparing a “Contract With America II” that would call for House votes in the first 100 days of 2016 on replacing Obamacare, overhauling entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and repealing the estate tax.

    An early draft of the plan obtained by Bloomberg News also calls for legislation to slash government regulations by 20 percent, cut corporate tax rates and expand offshore oil drilling. Efforts are still under way to finalize contents of the “contract,” which lawmakers say they hope will become the basis of House Republicans’ 2016 agenda.”

  • blad

    America is gone, finished. The communists have destroyed it. We are now just like Europe in a slow death spiral.

    • df NJ

      I always thought in a communist state there would be income equality. Right now we have the greatest level of income inequality in our nation’s history. It seems to me we are about as far away from communism as you can get and still have a government currency having any shred of value.

      • blad

        Communism speaks about equality but does not deliver. Look at ANY communist country. Peoples this Peoples that but the only people with cash are the leaders. Just like here…….

  • People’sArmy

    the article is to long does not hold interest and lacks pitchers , your not helping the heron hillbillies your harming them and most likely by design . another buttsucker lib putting out more propaganda in order to justify a mass movement of depopulation of that region of the country so the elite can run nude in it wilding it with there seed!

    • df NJ

      Somewhere I read most of the billionaires and ultra rich are homosexual pedophiles. They are members of secret societies participating in satanism and homoerotic rituals. The elite already have their “wilding” habits regardless of the number of hillbillies on heroin.

      It seems to me Republicans are just as bad as Democrats in regards to “buttsucker” government policies that destroy middle and lower class wealth and opportunity in this country.

  • Lazarovic

    Wow, I wish people would stop voting Republican. If they did, we might be able to save ourselves, and we’d quit hemorrhaging good paying jobs.

    • df NJ

      I think Democrats are just as bad as Republicans. The problem is a Democrat from Texas is further to the right than a Republican from New Jersey. Hillary Clinton is more like a 1970’s Nixon era Republican. Bernie Sanders is more like a real Democrat.

      Why do you think having good paying jobs is important? Most people currently elected in government are more concerned about cultural issues like gay marriage and planned parenthood.

      • Gay Veteran

        “…Most people currently elected in government are more concerned about cultural issues like gay marriage and planned parenthood.”

        They really don’t care about those issues. Instead they use those issues to keep people divided, and to get people to think that we actually have a choice when we vote.
        democrat=republican

    • grumpyhillbilly

      Obama’s big donors are the big banks and Sicon Valley. Both sectors want mass immigration and free trade.

      • Gay Veteran

        yep
        and democrats=republicans

    • Gay Veteran

      uh, you do know that it was democrat Slick Willie that got NAFTA passed?

  • JustBill

    I manage a community economic development program for a
    corporation. I travel to cities, towns and villages to work with groups and individuals with the singular goal of increasing community sustainability. After 3.5 years in this role I’ve learned that poverty is more complex that I originally thought, my understanding is expanding as I continue working in my current role.

    I know that rural America doesn’t have a monopoly on poverty
    and hopelessness; it’s just easier to see in a smaller geographic area. We have people, families and communities within our cities with similar negative outlooks. This can lead to self-destructive drug and alcohol consumption, then people engage in criminal activities to generate money to pay for the drugs and alcohol.

    Poverty is also interpreted differently among our diverse
    groups. Some differences I see in mindsets between people experiencing rural poverty and people experiencing poverty in our cities is rural residents see this as a problem based in economics and the inner-city see it as institutional racism.

    Every country has poverty, every state, city, town and
    village have groups of people struggling financially. Each group has a general perception of why they are struggling, but I have not met one individual that thought it their fault. Not their fault for lack of
    action, not their fault for being drug and alcohol dependent.

    I’ve experienced that within our communities, those
    experiencing poverty can be divided into two groups; those that reach for a hand-up and those reaching for a handout.
    I support the hand-up group, I work with them to organize, plan and
    execute projects to improve life in their community.

    Many of the people I work with begin to understand that they
    live in an area where it will always be difficult to earn a good living, so
    they realize that they need to move or attempt come up with a business idea. Tourism is a common low entry cost
    type of business many attempt.

    People are financially poor everywhere, poverty is both psychological
    and physical with hopelessness as a main state of mind.

    • df NJ

      At least people selling drugs have the entrepreneurial spirit we are trying so hard to cultivate in this country. Selling drugs is hard work and requires creative problem solving skills. If it were not for government regulations against drug dealers would be more successful in business.

      • JustBill

        Oh my.

  • Jason

    What these economically depressed areas with unhealthy populations need sorely are complete smoking bans, indoors and out. That has proven successful here in California with some locales charging up to $500 penalties for infesting the outside air with second hand smoke. Bring in harsh enough smoking bans and the entire area’s life span will improve as will their economies.

    • CT

      No, they are adults. They can smoke if they want to. California has way bigger problems to address than fining a person $500 for smoking a cigarette.

      • Jason

        In cities like San Francisco, the economy is strong and the citizens healthy, most of it due to strict outdoor smoking bans with $500 fines for smoking just about anywhere, indoors or out. It has been the biggest boon ever for that city and turned it into a city that is leading the world into a bright new future. If impoverished areas of the country wish to strengthen their health and economy, then taking San Franciso’s leadership as example, they would do well to implement the bans, as soon as possible.

        • grumpyhillbilly

          Ah…isn’t there a big industry out there known as technology? Just imagine if the government hit the techies with tariffs and privacy laws, or liberalized the copyrights laws to nothing. Wouldn’t be pretty.

        • Philosopher2

          LOL. Except that in San Fran the homeless population has exploded. Along with open defecation, similar to that practiced in India and Liberia. Which is why hotels in San Fran (and NYC) have folks go out every morning and hose down the sidewalk. It can’t take away the smell of urine. That remains.

    • Orange Jean

      Funny, but I remember parts of CA (San Diego County, especially the back country) where meth and heroin have become a real problem… despite the problems of smoking, I’m not inclined to think of tobacco as such a bad alternative in comparison.

    • Gay Veteran

      people were smoking in the 1950s and the economy was great.
      and I love how little dictators like you want to dictate how people live.
      and second hand smoke outdoors? ROFLOL

  • CT

    I thought Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty was supposed to remedy that.

    • Edward Kirby

      I remember reading about JFK campaigning in WV and railing against the awful poverty there.

      • CT

        Yes, I believe he was the last President to really care about we the people and America.

        • df NJ

          Government is about protecting American interests abroad with a robust military. People need to take care of themselves. Israel is may more strategically important than Appalachia in-breds.

          • grumpyhillbilly

            And this is why I no longer vote. The dems are for the nanny state, and the amen republicans care more about Israel than Americans or there fellow Christians in the Middle East. ISIL must be doing the Lord’s work in preparing for your beloved rapture. Now wouldn’t it be a kick if modern Israel wasn’t a godly sanction homeland for the Jews? That is what the dear Jewish neighbors of my childhood use to say.

  • PolarBear

    No one cares because most of Appalachia’s population is white…

    • CT

      Could be.

      • df NJ

        Hardly. Correlation does not prove causation. Urban areas have more minorities but also have a culture that embraces socialism more than rural areas.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    Appalachia has always been poor, and there is still boats of coal leaving Baltimore for China. We just can’t burn it despite high grade coal be relatively clean burning. And who knew we breathe a different atmosphere than the Chinese. Must be Common Core geography.

    • Gay Veteran

      have you seen the air in China?!?!?
      the result of NO environmental regulations

      • df NJ

        When I was in Beijing the air pollution was insanely bad.

  • Richard O. Mann

    Suicide rates are another factor to watch. When the numbers of men and women committing suicide begin to rise, you know then that many have reached the end of their ropes, and see no hope at all. Those who are using drugs as a way to numb themselves to the pain, are just committing a slow suicide. Drug usage is also going up and up. Since the beginning of the 21st century, drug usage across the board has been on the rise. Nearly all parts of the US are seeing a rise in the use of really hard drugs such as meth and heroin. But, usually when all hope is lost, then suicide is the next step.

    • HeyAHuman

      Very true. Overdoses and suicides in general have been on the rise here in Western NC. One of my best friends lost his girlfriend to an opiate overdose. It seems to hit close to home more often these days… not just something I hear about on TV.

    • df NJ

      The numbers have risen. Just google any site that tracks suicide numbers. It’s out of control.

  • Orange Jean

    I would like to point out a few things you missed Michael. Having been dirt poor for years (at one time, my lowest… I was living on $95 a month, raising my son at the time… rural Maine)… some of the kindest people, the most thoughtful and caring people I’ve ever known had very little money. They include people who I still consider good friends more than 30 years later.

    This is in contrast to most of the people I currently work with, who have good educations and good paying jobs, and most are completely awful, selfish people.

    Money isn’t everything!

    • df NJ

      The educated Europeans I work with are very caring. The educated Americans I’ve worked with in the past are just as you described. The Ayn Rand Republicans rule this country and they just don’t give a $%^& about Appalachia’s poverty. Poverty continues to increase and Republicans just don’t care.

      • Philosopher2

        What makes you think that Ayn Rand republicans rule this country? You sound clueless. But it is always easier to blame someone else.

  • mtntrek3

    Obama may have some claim to the demise of the coal industry through EPA reg’s, but the main culprit is OPEC flooding the market with oil and it’s byproducts. It’s even hurting them now. A glut of oil and natural gas. More and more power plants switching over to natural gas instead of coal. All geared towards the hopeful demise of the working class by the elite. As we look around, sadly it’s working. We need (starting with me) to keep our faith in God. According to the Bible that’s all we will have left soon, but in reality that’s all we need. This world is no one’s home, we’re all just passing through. Temporal. Please pray for me as I pray for all believers in Christ.

    • df NJ

      God seems to be pro-choice because based on human experiments there is no amount of evil God will not tolerate in order to preserve our free-will. I think God pretty much ignore’s almost all of our prayers and lets everything play out on its own. He’s probably too busy making sure gravity continues to work properly than think about anything else. Gravity has a long reach and the Universe is a pretty big place!

      • mtntrek3

        Often times I’ve felt God has ignored my prayers when I and my family were not doing very well. I’ve even been outright mad at God at times in my life….several times. Yet, after what seemed like an eternity of time in differing kinds of suffering, He in His timing eased suffering and gave me and my family renewed hope. It’s often hard to keep our faith in God through difficult times. I got mad and even questioned what the heck God was doing. He will keep us though these times and always forgives us when we ask, and even sometimes in the middle of trials when we may get mad at God he is still forgiving us. He’s a great and wonderful God. :-) He’s greater than our sins, he’s overcome the world. Yes, the universe is infinite so far as we know, just like God and his power to create all of it. It’s an amazing and interesting creation. Take care, God Bless you. :-) Chris

    • Steve Bergin

      I pray that God strikes them down before our eyes and we punish them appropriately!

      • mtntrek3

        Sadly, the ones such as the members of OPEC call many of the shots in the world. The elite rule overall in this world. Unless they discontinue their greedy ways they will reap what they’ve sown in this world or the next.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…We used to have a lot of little factories in this area but they’ve gone to Mexico or China….”

    that’s all you need to know on why the American economy is collapsing.
    who started it? “liberal” democrat Slick Willie

    • df NJ

      Technically, NAFTA signed by Slick Willie was introduced into the House by Republicans. Just saying. And Republicans had plenty of time to set the world right between 2001 and 2006 when they controlled all three branches of government. You would think they would have outlawed abortion during that time frame with a Constitutional amendment or at least a bill.

      • Gay Veteran

        democrats=republicans

        “…You would think they would have outlawed abortion during that time frame with a Constitutional amendment or at least a bill.”

        NO, they need that issue to pretend that they’re different from the democrats

  • df NJ

    “the economy that serves the 10-20% Upper Class” You want to know what is funny? If you only knew just how wrong your 10-20% number is you would be stunned. Google and watch the video “wealth inequality in America”. The difference between perception and reality is breathtaking!

  • df NJ

    Google and watch the video “wealth inequality in America”. The difference between perception and reality is breathtaking! In the last 50 years we’ve had a 600% increase in productivity yet middle class wages have declined. As some point, millions of people will start rioting. I’m just amazed we have not see more rioting. Maybe it’s happening but the corporate media is just not reporting it.

  • newpapyrus

    Actually it does. In the most productive countries per capita, people tend to work fewer hours for higher pay. In the least productive countries, people tend to work more hours for less pay.

    I think you’ve been listening to too much Rush:-)

    Marcel

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Let me guess, you listened to some stupid a$$ leftard that told you socialists are more productive than Americans.
      The idiot will now point either to the HIGHLY feudal portion of China’s manufacturing system that was invented NOT AT ALL by them, stolen entirely from the US, or to Europe where the State mandates who and what, steals a great deal of their income, and invents nothing, like he has a point.

      • newpapyrus

        Capitalism within the framework of a democratic republic is superior to any right wing plutocracy.

        Rule by the rich is simply a bad idea. Just look at Mexico over the past 100 years.

        Marcel

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Please cite where I’ve ever advocated right wing plutocracy or having rich overlords. My entire comment history is wide open.
          I frequently advocate a Constitutional amendment denying every entity from giving a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g to any politician they do not poses the legal right to vote for. IOW, No corporation would EVER be able to give anything to a pol.
          Back in reality, this is very much so a left wing plutocracy. You’re gonna have to get past left wingers constant droning about MOAR REGULATION (that puts these two brands of psychopaths in bed with each other in case you missed it – and clearly you don’t understand that) before you get anywhere close to right wing. I’m sorry, you seem to be heavily encumbered with left wing indoctrination and chronic low-info. Have a good one.

    • NP1

      So on that basis, having a job that employs me for 1 hour a week and pays £1000 a week (along with everybody else of course) will make the nation prosperous?
      The nations you speak of have an existing industrial infrastructure that allows them the ”freewheel” for a few years.
      Just like riding a bike, you can take your feet off the pedals and freewheel downhill and take it ‘easy’. Unfortunately you have to start pedalling again or fall into the ditch
      France is a case in point, working I think 36 hours—and is already an economic basket case.
      Their working system will crash soon and workers will hit economic reality.
      You are confusing money with energy. Ultimately we all have to work to live, hydrocarbon fuel has allowed us to ignore that for a while

      • newpapyrus

        There are already many employers in America that hire people to work a lot fewer hours per week than 40– mostly as a legal means of avoiding paying their employees full health insurance.

        But what employer do you know of actually hire a people to do one hour of work per week???

        Private businesses hire people in order for them to do specific jobs in order to sustain their businesses– not because they love people:-)

        Marcel

  • Mondobeyondo

    *off topic*

    Citoyens de Paris et de la France, nous les americains sont avec vous en cette heure de tragedie.

  • John Doe

    Lots of inbreeding in they erea as well.

  • B Wiser

    Maybe if we stopped voting for communists and racists the racism and economic destruction would cease? Maybe if we didn’t import human garbage with our open borders policies we might have a better economy? Maybe if we close the EPA, dept of labor and dept of agriculture which now has a big mission to educate our military on sensitivity training and we started acting like adults, and elected adults who would stop the dementia and nonsense of “climate change” which now democrats say is primarily responsible for “refugees” and maybe if we had some honest conversations about how the guy in the white house has been working with his commie/racist cabal to destroy our nation this stuff wouldn’t seem so mysterious or dire….You want to see feckless idiocy-look at today’s university campuses…

  • Bill

    If the economy is going into the tank why are the NFL and college stadiums full for football?

    • HeyAHuman

      During the Great Depression, movie theaters and live entertainment was booming. That’s not the best indicator.

      • Bill

        Why isn’t it? The football stadiums are filled. Can’t be too many people hurting yet?

  • John Doe

    Very scientific!

  • Sandbagger

    Anybody seen that commercial with Martin Sheen about Appalachia? He’s on tv asking for donations. I wonder just how much of the funds taken in actually go to help the people there.

  • sunshine

    Interestingly enough, you can get almost pure heroin in my very small Appalachian hometown, which is almost impossible in many major cities. Now, how does such great quality heroin end up there….unless it’s purposely being sent there? Hmm, it’s almost like there’s a war on white people in this nation!

    Also, Appalachia will do just fine. It is near immune to this kind of stuff because it’s so poor. Reminds me of a Russian talking about the collapse of the USSR and he said “It wasn’t hard for us because we already had nothing. You in the US will suffer because you are used to everything.” It’s not like that in Appalachia, and people still do for themselves. I know a few places with no indoor toilets, people who have only wood heat, grow their own food, get meat from hunting, and live off the land for the most part. Many are still alive that remember the Depression and can instruct those who didn’t live it, how to deal with it.

    As for Fairfax County VA…lived there. It’s an awful place and while you may make more money, everything costs at LEAST twice what it would in Appalachia. It’s stressful, noisy, full of hostile and dangerous foreigners, constant traffic and crime, I’d rather be in Appalachia because nothing at all in Northern VA is worth the sheer soul crushing misery of living in that place. NOTHING.

  • Well, according to Republicans all they have to do is go to Walmart, buy some boot and start tugging on the laces….

  • anon

    We are witnessing the decline of eurocentric culture which is a good thing. Europeans have caused most of the world’s suffering during the last thousand years and it will be great when that culture vanishes. The corruption and excess are causing it to implode.

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