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The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate Is At A 35 Year Low

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Lazy PersonThe percentage of Americans that are participating in the labor force is the lowest that it has been in 35 years.  During the 70s, 80s and 90s, the labor force participation rate consistently rose as large numbers of women entered the workforce.  It peaked at 67.3 percent in early 2000, and just before the last recession it was sitting at about 66 percent.  Since the start of the last recession, the labor force participation rate has not stopped falling and it is now at a 35 year low.  In September, 11,255,000 Americans were considered to be “unemployed”, and an astounding 90,609,000 Americans were considered to be “not in the labor force”.  The number of Americans “not in the labor force” has increased by more than 10 million since Barack Obama entered the White House.  When you add the number of unemployed Americans to the number of Americans “not in the labor force”, you come up with a grand total of more than 101 million working age Americans that do not have a job.

The Obama administration and the mainstream media continue to insist that we are in the midst of an “economic recovery”, but that is a total joke.  Does the chart posted below look like a recovery to you?…

Labor Force Participation Rate

Americans are leaving the labor force in droves.  If the labor force participation rate was at the same level that it was when Obama first became president, the official unemployment rate would be up around 10 percent and everyone would be wondering when the “economic depression” would finally end.

It is funny how our perceptions of reality are so greatly shaped by what our televisions tell us to think.

Below I have posted a chart of the “inactivity rate” of U.S. men in the 25 to 54-year-old age group.  As you can see, the percentage of men in their prime working years that are not employed and not considered to be unemployed either has been rising steadily…

Inactivity Rate Men

We have millions upon millions of men just sitting around and doing essentially nothing.  Not that women are doing so much better.  In fact, the labor force participation rate for women is at a 24 year low.

Some people may be tempted to think that all of this is happening because more Americans are choosing to stay home and raise children.  But that is not the case at all.  In fact, in a previous article I showed that the marriage rate in the U.S. is at an all-time low and the birth rate for young women in this country is also at an all-time low.

People are not staying home because of family obligations.  Rather, people are staying home because there aren’t enough jobs available.

And when Americans that are actually employed do lose their jobs, it is taking them a very, very long time to find another one.  Just check out the following chart…

Average Duration Of Unemployment 2013

Once again, I must ask – does that look like a “recovery” to you?

Obama can say the word “recovery” as much as he would like, but that does not make it a reality.

So is anyone out there actually doing well?

Yes, as I have talked about frequently, some pockets of the country are doing quite nicely.  In fact, government workers (think Washington D.C.) and finance workers (Wall Street, etc.) are tied for the lowest rates of unemployment in the nation (3.9 percent).

But for almost everyone else, things are very hard right now and poverty continues to grow.

Just today, I came across a recent study that discovered that nearly half of all public students in the United States come from low income homes.

That is an incredible number.

But this is just the beginning of our problems.  Our debt continues to grow by leaps and bounds and our big banks are engaging in extraordinarily reckless behavior.  As Richard Russell recently discussed, it is only a matter of time before this entire house of cards comes tumbling down…

In this whole process, debt has been created to an extent never seen before in history.  So far, the debt has been managed with super-low interest rates and borrowing.  But the compounding process goes on, and the debt mountain continues to grow.  So, to be brief, I see the theme of today as the “haves” doing whatever they have to — to remain in power.


The dangers in the background for the haves are the possibilities that (1) interest rates will begin to advance, and (2) inflation will rise and be so visible that even the common man will recognize it, and begin to protest, or even revolt and (3) the whole debt structure will rise so high that it will topple over of its own weight and take down the entire world economy with it.

So as bad as things are today, the truth is that they are far, far better than what is eventually coming.

If you want to get a glimpse of the future of the U.S. economy, just check out what has happened to Greece

Greeks are on average almost 40 percent poorer than they were in 2008, data indicated, laying bare the impact of a brutal recession and austerity measures the government may be forced to extend into next year.

Gross disposable incomes fell 29.5 percent between the second quarters of 2008 and 2013, statistics service ELSTAT said on Tuesday. Adding in cumulative consumer price inflation over the same period takes the decline close to 40 percent.

As you can see from the charts posted above, our economy has never even come close to getting back to the level that we were at before the last financial crisis.

And now the next wave of the economic collapse is approaching.

Right now, Spain has an unemployment rate that is above 26 percent and Greece has an unemployment rate that is above 27 percent.

We will eventually be heading up toward those levels.

As millions of good paying jobs continue to be shipped overseas, and as technology continues to eliminate millions of our jobs, the unemployment situation in this country will continue to grow even worse.

And whenever the next great financial crisis inevitably strikes, that will greatly accelerate our employment problems.

If you can move toward becoming more independent of the “system”, now would be a good time to do so.  The job that you have today may not be there next month or next year.

We are moving into the greatest period of economic instability in U.S. history.

Get ready for it while you still can.

  • Rodster

    Don’t you just love how the “Presstitutes” keep referring to the situation in Greece as just a recession? It just goes to show how figures lie and liars figure.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is very true. 🙂


    • chilller

      There are criteria for declaring a fairly benign recession but nothing, not a single piece of data to announce we’re in a depression…from the powerz that be anyway…

      • Rodster

        If you believe their cooked book data then yes we are in a recovery. If on the other hand you think a little and investigate the data you would come to the conclusion this is NOT or has ever been a RECESSION.

        If 90 million Americans sounds like economic expansion to you then please stand up and applaud your president along with the Presstitutes for a job well done.

  • Tim

    I saw a young man this afternoon on Main Street in town holding a sign that read “Family in Need.”

  • LowDog

    Michael, what is the best number currently available as to the Full Time Employment Labor Participation Rate?

    • James

      The full time employment for working age Americans is 47%. Breitbart recently had an article about that.

  • Jimbo

    I don’t get how the vast majority of people still can’t see what is going on? “Recovery” in the US,UK and Europe is based on nothing but headline numbers and increasing debt. GDP growth, Unemployment % and inflation figures are taken as the measure of economic success but even in the MSM you can find the truth by reading the text below the headline.

    Are people really that dumb that they just read the headlines only?

    • Libsare Ajoke

      yes, millions of Gary’s out there

    • chilller

      A friend of mine loves to play golf but hates getting into the sand trap. Whenever I ask him about what he thinks of our collapsing economy…he freely admits he enjoys being in the sand trap with his head buried as deep as he can get it. Many, like my friend, don’t want to know what’s coming and live in the past in denial. I can’t blame him, at the same time I don’t want to see him and his family get blind sided. As much as he doesn’t want to hear it…I keep hammering on him. He says he wouldn’t want to live in a world like that and would contemplate suicide instead. When asked if his wife and daughters felt the same way and that they would need him more than ever when the collapse does occur….well, he’s SLOWLY coming around.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Chiller: I know a guy here in Philly who has heard my views on the economy and says to me, “If things get even half as bad as you and Gerald Celente, Alex Jones and Paul Craig Roberts think they will, I’d rather be dead. Life wouldn’t be worth living.” My response to him: hey, I sure hope I’m wrong about all this.

        • kathy k

          I get that response alot also

  • condaggitt

    I beg to differ the Legal participation rate is low…but most everyone i know has some sort of CASH work on the side and some that’s their only income

  • El Pollo de Oro

    John Williams of Shadow Statistics is an excellent source of info when it comes to the real unemployment rate for The Banana Republic of America. The federal government’s bogus unemployment figures are a joke because they ignore big chunks of the BRA population. Taking those people into account, Signore Williams came up with 23.3% unemployment for the BRA for September. And when this mess inevitably deepens (how could it not?), that 23.3% will more than double.

    “Our dollar is going down rapidly as we
    speak.”—Ron Paul

    “We are going to go into worse conditions than what we saw in 2008.”—Gerald Celente

    “Egypt offers a window into the coming dystopia. The wars of survival will mark the final stage of human habitation of the planet. And if you want to know what they will look like, visit any city morgue in Cairo.”—Chris Hedges

    “Our country’s vital signs are tanking—not just from the monetary area, but from a liberty standpoint as well. We are going down the
    path that other failed governments and institutions have gone down historically, and I don’t see it turning around.”—The Patriot Nurse

    “When you offshore so many middle class, high-productivity, high-value-added jobs, you are essentially giving away your own gross domestic product. You’re giving away your tax base, and you are also giving away the consumer economy because people no longer have the incomes to support a consumption-driven economy. At the same time, you are launching all these multi-trillion-dollar wars and have no way to finance them.”—Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

    Welcome to the fall of the Roman Empire, a.k.a. The Banana Republic of America.

    • Rodster

      Yeah just looking at John Williams he doesn’t have to say a word and he looks like a numbers guy.

      But little by little TPTB are showing their true colors and the LIES are so BLATANT that even a liberal Progressive like Jon Stewart is calling them out on it.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Rodster: I love it when the presstitutes describe John Williams (or Gerald Celente or Paul Craig Roberts) as an “alarmist” because he dares to point out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ figures are bogus. The presstitutes grow resentful when someone is doing the type of research they should be doing. Of course, these are the same presstitutes who describe the economic situation in Spain as a “recession.” My response: when you have youth unemployment (ages 18-24) over 55% like Spain does, that is no recession. It’s a full-blown depression.

        • Rodster

          Yeah it’s absolutely shameful and it’s why unless you are a Gov’t progressive guy like Gary2 or Ralfine you need to realize that all the MSM is feeding you is PROCESSED NEWS, no matter what part of the world you live in.

          Governments know what’s heading our way which has the potential to take out the world’s economy. If they actually did their JOB and told the TRUTH you would probably see people from around the world revolt against the criminal Elite which are a minority but control the wealth and power of the world.

          That’s why I can’t stress enough how TPTB force you into their grid so as to control the serfs and maintain their grip on power.

          • Colin

            Unfortunately, for us as a species, that does seem to be the predictament we keep faling into. Eventually, it will end, but by then, there might not be any humans in existence.

  • Byron

    No offense Michael, but you sound like a Luddite every time I see you talk about how technology supposedly takes away jobs.

    Technology increases our standard of living and productive capacity. I always liked what Milton Friedman had to say about technology and its relationship with labor:

    The story goes that Milton Friedman was once taken to see a massive government project somewhere in Asia. Thousands of workers using shovels were building a canal. Friedman was puzzled. Why weren’t there any excavators or any mechanized earth-moving equipment? A government official explained that using shovels created more jobs. Friedman’s response: “Then why not use spoons instead of shovels?”

    It’s the government that takes away jobs due to burdensome regulations and bureaucracy. Not technology. Technology may *replace* certain jobs, but you don’t see the jobs that come in to replace the old ones that were obsoleted by technology.

    • Jimbo

      I read what Michael says about technology as a statement of fact rather than an opinion that technology is a bad thing.

      Technology does remove workers from the workplace but as you rightly say, the gains from technology often lead to new jobs and new prosperity.

      It is ultimately possible however that all human work will become redundant due to technology and it is how that is managed that is a real issue for the future. Do we all share the gains or do we become so redundant that our very existence is no longer required (unless you are in the 1%)?

      • no what i mean vern?

        Well said, but you DO realize that the 1% do not mind one iota reducing the pop. of the us to, say, 1.7 million or so? Half or more as serfs, I means….jes sayin’………..

  • K

    Let’s just face it. The math does not lie, we have reached a point of no return. If you have not left the cities. I hope you have at least figured a quick way out, when the time comes.

    • no what i mean vern?

      u sayin’ we have to look out fo da blacks??? …whatchu talkin’ bout willis????

      • K

        Desperate unprepared people come in all colors. They have no particular gender, no particular religious belief. The one thing they have in common, is they like burying their heads in the sand. The heavier the population density, the more of them you will have to deal with. In the cities the numbers will be overwhelming.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          K: I’ve often said that when the you-know-what hits the fan and hits it hard, methheads in small towns out west who are poor, freaked out of their minds and desperate as hell are not people I want as neighbors. In the big cities, the misery and poverty will be more concentrated because you have a much higher population density. The problem with big cities: population density. The problem with small towns and remote areas: someone who can help you in an emergency (like when you’re being terrorized by thugs and methheads) is miles away. So, bottom line: wherever you live in the BRA, the 2nd Amendment is going to be very useful in the dark days that lie ahead.

          • K

            It is according to how remote. During the winter, without the snowplows. My place is just about unreachable, in about one good snowstorm.

          • ducrider900

            I see the show “The Walking Dead” as very realistic preparation for the days ahead…just replace the “walkers” with the unprepared…I also think that is why there is a current fascination with “zombies” in this country today…even the head-buriers sense there is something to this…

    • Scared Economist

      Witness what happened at those Walmarts when the masses thought the pickins’ were for free. Imagine that thousands of times over if there is an economic disaster. Economists have warned stores shelves would be empty within 3 days if there is a disruption in the distribution of goods–I disagree— try 3 hours.
      If benefit checks and EBT cards are cut off the ensuing riots will look similar to the hoards of zombies rampaging in that movie “World War Z”.

      • Airedale

        The zombies have been feeding on the living for decades. It’s called The Welfare State. Gary likes to feed the zombies.

        • sharonsj

          And what do you call the corporations sucking at the government teat? Instead of going after Gary, when will you be going after ExxonMobil for not paying any federal income tax?

          • ConcernedAmerican

            Keep the 99% fighting with one another so the 1% can get away with anything they want to.

  • Jim Davis

    If interest rates rise rapidly it will trigger a string of foreclosures and bankruptcies that will make 2008 look like the good old days. The QE-to-infinity policies are subject to the law of diminishing returns, and the Fed has only so many fingers to plug the dike.

    And by dike I don’t mean Janet Yellen. …Rim-shot!… Thanks for coming folks! Try the veal!

    • Jimbo

      One of the key objectives of QE is to hold down interest rates but the benchmark 10 year treasury rate has increased by 100 basis points in the last year. QE holds down rates in the short term but it has diminishing returns. To keep rates low, QE will have to be increased but increasing QE will signal to the world that the easing policy is permanent.
      Once this fact (that all of us already know) becomes mainstream, the dollar will be dumped en masse.

      Game over.

      My guess is that this will happen within six months.

      • Rodster

        Marc Faber believes the Fed will eventually need to PUMP $1 Trillion per MONTH into the system to try and keep it from collapsing.

        • Jimbo

          Like alcohol, the more you drink, the less effective it becomes, the more you drink, the less effective it becomes, the more you dri……………

          • no what i mean vern?

            Look, Bitchezzz, this great big pustule of an ekeCON-omy is getting ready to pop. Better put your safety goggles and vinyl aprons on, so as to avoid the spray…jes sayin’/

        • jaxon64

          Now that sounds EXACTLY like the weimar republic situation…..
          PS: wish there was an italics button instead of using caps to exemplify a word you are putting emphasis on. If they can make a computer system to handle trillions of dollars in healthcare records and costs for millions of Americans, then you think they’d have come up with a keyboard with buttons for bold and italics…just saying..

          • Hambone

            Totally off topic, but HTML tags appear to work, so if you want italics, bold or whatever, it is possible.

          • Rene Girrard

            testing 123 testing 123

            BBS codes don’t work though? Like [img] site [/img]

        • condaggitt

          and NOT a DIME for ME to eat or to pay for repairs cause my engine light is on

    • RarefiedSnotress

      Rising interest rates are a thing of beauty to those with money like me. Really, too many people cut the line and got houses they shouldn’t have.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        RarefiedSnotress: Low interest rates have been a curse for the BRA. They have been brutal for self-employed small business owners like myself who have SEP IRAs, and they artificially inflate the value of homes (which is why you have so many underwater mortgages). There is no way you can have a healthy economy with interest rates next to zero.

  • 2Gary2

    Conservatives serve their rich masters. Conservatives are sickening. They will crash and burn. I love it 🙂

    Acknowledging that the government shutdown was coming to an end, an
    emotional Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the Senate floor today to make
    an impassioned speech, telling his colleagues, “The dream of keeping
    poor people from seeing a doctor must never die.”

    His eyes welling up with tears, Sen. Cruz said,
    “I embarked on this crusade with a simple goal: to keep affordable
    health care out of the reach of ordinary, hard-working Americans. And
    while this battle was lost, that dream—that precious, cherished
    dream—will live on.”

    • Rodster

      They are two sides of the same coin but your too stupid to figure it out so we just let you look silly.

      • 2Gary2

        Ok Hoss

        • pqibex

          As long as they can watch honey boo boo reruns and drink a 18pack a day who gives a chit about the rest of the world..I am unemployed for the first time in 42 years of steady work.and all that is out there is partime work at 7.85 P/H no bennies..
          got my guns gold and a getaway plan..bring it on

          • Rhonda

            you’ll be killed when all of your junk falls on you out of the messy closet…..

    • Libsare Ajoke

      and now for the big gary2 fembot comeback, “OK HOSS”.

      • 2Gary2

        I do not know how to respond to such low information rubbish that is spewed by you and many others.

        • Rodster

          You respond by not issuing a canned MSNBC/Debbie Wasserman Shultz response. Instead you dole out dribble that’s best served for a preschooler who has everyone doing the thinking for them.

        • Libsare Ajoke

          you respond by admitting you are a liberal piece of human excrement

    • Libsare Ajoke

      take 2 obama testicles and see us in the morning

      • 2Gary2

        ok hoss.

        • Libsare Ajoke

          ok fembot

    • Gene Baugh BBA

      Give credit where it is due. Borowitz is a hoot isn’t he?

      • 2Gary2

        this post is so true that even if it was satire it is true.

  • 2Gary2

    Time to end corporate welfare and make these capitalist pigs pay their fair share.

    many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer-funded safety net programs to make ends meet.”

    The cost of providing this public assistance: nearly $7 billion a year.

    Meanwhile, adds the National Employment Law Project in Super-Sizing Public Costs,
    America’s seven largest fast food empires — McDonald’s, Burger King,
    Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sonic, Domino’s, and Yum! Brands (Pizza Hut,
    KFC, Taco Bell) — last year tallied $7.4 billion in profits.

    The seven CEOs who orchestrated this impressive bottom line together collected $52.7 million in 2012 executive compensation.

    Fast food execs, in effect, have essentially built a business that pivots on public subsidies. These execs don’t pay their workers a living wage. They rely instead on taxpayers to carry the load. And they rely on a myth — that fast food operates as a low-margin, low-profit industry — to hide what’s going on.

    • Libsare Ajoke

      LMAO at liberal pieces of garbage

    • rat28

      To solve unemployment ,all US corporations that outsource and import heavily must be taxed at least 90% of their profit. Like any American citizen who are taxed on their overseas income..all US corporation that invest abroad and hide their cash in offshore accounts must also pay their taxes. I hope Obama govt will vastly expand IRS to go after all these Corporate tax cheat.

    • davidmpark

      Love those whoppers!

    • Chris Lehman

      Right on Gary2! That’s something which conservatives just ignore. They want MORE tax cuts for the super-wealthy, when there are TRILLIONS of dollars of dead money sitting within the coffers of the largest companies; yet they want more.

      Meanwhile, the conservatives ignore the findings that most of the people on food stamps and government assistance ARE WORKING! This ultimately means that those of us who pay taxes are subsidizing the profits of those super-corporations with OUR money–that is corporate welfare!

      We need to increase the minimum wage high enough that people can get off of government assistance. Everyone will save money because taxes can then be lowered: we will no longer be subsidizing the corporations with our tax dollars, and far fewer people will need government handouts.
      We then need to peg the minimum wage to the inflation rate: this effectively stifles inflation.
      And in the end, we all come out winners (except for the elite in the transnational corporations, haha).

      • ConcernedAmerican

        Good points.

  • davidmpark

    Well, this is what people wanted, right?

    This is what a minority of actual voters wanted, what the silent majority were passive about, and what the crazies had euphoria fits over.

    The time for preparations is over. Now is the time to learn the basics: gold panning, urban hunting and trapping, and make-do-and-mend. Snag what foods, clothing, fuels, medicines, and what not that you can. And if possible, learn to grow, build, or renew what you use. It is possible to grow your own foods in a small space, to hunt in the suburbs, and to create your own renewable fuel.

    “We will see the day when we shall live on what we produce ourselves.” Marion G. Romney, 1976

    • davidmpark

      Correction: there is a way out! $120 trillion in raw materials locked up. We need about $18 trillion. INDUSTRY! SCIENCE! TECHNOLOGY! Open up half and let’s get some work done!

  • RarefiedSnotress

    Oh God, Michael and his man-love statistics yet again. Gag.
    At least he’s made some mention of women this time.

    • jakartaman

      60% of women still today believe Obama is doing a good job.
      Repeal women’s suffrage – They are a big part of the problem

      • RarefiedSnotress

        clone your own, on your own island nation while you’re at it.

  • Libsare Ajoke

    gary dream of lickingtheobamacock

  • markthetruth

    Apple is now selling Air !!! Not even Air is free anymore !

    the end…

    • Nic

      Yes world of consumerism and 0 production.
      How long will you sustain this lifestyle? 10 years, 20 years? I bet it will crash in 2014 when USA will default.

    • ConcernedAmerican

      How will unemployed people buy their air? I don’t think they thought it through very well.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Face it… before too much longer most human beings will be obsolete.

  • Nic

    People are more interested to finance their new Apple craps and Watch Netflix. One day people will wake up with no electricity, no heat, no fuel… Everything will be very pensive when super Inflation wil strike all of us.

    USA and Europe are doom to fail.

  • Georgiaboy61

    “Who is John Galt?”

    • JoeD

      Some creepy celibate turd who settled to be dirty thirds with Dagny Taggert? Whole lotta circle jerks in Galt’s Gulch…

  • Smokeman

    Do not worry, The Patient Affordable Care Act will save us all.

  • Bill

    Anyone notice the dollar index is very close to a one year low? And the 10 year continues to get pounded back down !!

  • SafetyViking

    100 million? A third of the country? Where do you come up with this?! I don’t know ANY unemployed people and I have a wide social net & a huge family. What’s the purpose of this mad disinformation anyway?

    Things tend to unfold as they should. Fear profits a man nothing…

    • Vanessa Bauer

      Michael is a misognist, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic turd. He is trying to blame women because he is bitter he doesn’t have a wife. Men are pathetic. Why did God make these losers anyways? I work for $87,821.18 last year after tax deductions and I live in the state of California. You men should quit whining and learn to treat us women right and quit staring at our cleavage and butts when you perverts stare at us you losers with a no good peenis, you American and Canadian men are just like oppressing Muslim men.If I want to wear a g-string thong and flaunt it while working in an office or at school, I have every right to show my assets. But you men love to stare rape us. You men are incarnations of the Devil.

      • ConcernedAmerican

        Wow! $87, 000 per year! Congrats! Where can the rest of us find these jobs?

      • ian

        87,000 dollars a year? i lived in california at 30,000 dollars a year. And men are biologically programmed to notice womens body parts. Sorry hun. You lose on that argument. You can’t change natural biology.

      • ian

        and another thing Vanessa…..if we are the incarnation of the devil, then you are the spawn… wouldn’t have been born without the help of a mans sperm. Sorry to burst your bubble.

      • Iknowwar

        I wonder who paid this troll to spam the site.

  • MAL3313

    The notion that these people are unemployed is wrong. As I’ve noted before many are unemployable. They are being written right out of the economic indicators as though they no longer exist. Many are functionally illiterate. I mentioned in a previous comment that Detroit’s Emergency Manager recently caused a stir when he said in reference to city employees ” These people with their 8th grade educations still think they’re entitled to a %20/hr. job with a defined benefit pension”. When he said this he had at last count already paid out $62,000,000 to $1000/hr. ( yes you read that right, $1000/hr. ). bankruptcy lawyers and financial consultants who are picking Detroit’s carcass clean. So far his first success was brokering an agreement with the banks he’s asking the Judge to approve that will ensure they are paid about 80 cents on the dollar to buy out of the failed interest swap derivatives the now jailed former mayor signed while telling other creditors they will be lucky to see 10 cents on the dollar. And he’s arranged to BORROW the money on behalf of the BANKRUPT city to pay them. There is nothing to indicate that this trend is going to change any time soon and this can only go from bad to worse.

  • davidmpark

    Just heard that all of the locked up natural resources in the United States is estimated at $120 trillion. What we need to pay off the debt is $18 trillion. Open it up to cover the debt and then some by creating jobs for citizens. Audit the Fed and place the dollar back under the treasury dept. Scale back welfare to those who truly need it (less than 1% of the population – there’s people getting it for being alcoholics, for goodness sake). The folks who truly need it having detrimental intellectual disabilities or related conditions, severe acquired brain injury (ABI), severe physical disabilities, and moderate to severe autism. And those unemployed and lazy can right now get an apprenticeship and immediately get a good paying job and their dignity back.

    Just need to replace most of the elected leaders with guys that will go Calvin Coolidge on this. We need to show that the US is serious about stabilizing ourselves, God willing.

    • MAL3313

      We should but we won’t. And your idea about settling our debt with U.S. assets and real estate instead of increasingly precarious dollars has already been proposed…. In China!

      • davidmpark

        We don’t settle the debt with land and assets – we produce with both domestically, earn the money, stop the printing, and settle our debt with the dollar under control of the treasury – not the Fed. We can then work on finding ways to stabilize the dollar further.

        We can do it if the majority really wants to. Look what happened with the last amnesty push, or the last gun grab push, or the attacks on Christianity – the citizens pushed back and won every time. It can be done.

  • Honest one

    Greece and Spain just need to change the way they “count” unemployment…..just as we have…..BOOM! Problem solved……8 percent…..and everyone lives happily ever after….

    • ConcernedAmerican

      “Cook the books”

  • kathy k

    Unfortunately way to many people are listening to MSM. As there (msm) lies begin to unfold people will become increasingly desperate. As most of us here & on the other good information blogs know convincing the sheeple is almost impossible. I pray all of u bloggers are ready & safe I think its about to get real UGLY. God be with us.

  • DJohn1

    There are solutions out there. All of them involve reducing the number of hours a person works to be considered full time.
    We have to protect the jobs we have. We have to make the corporations pay taxes on any job that goes overseas. I suggest twice the amount they would pay to keep a job here. Try getting that past a congress bought and payed for by big wealthy corporations!
    What we need and what we get are two different things. Reality is the corporations own the government and have for a very long time.
    Reality check. The government is supported by the vast number of working people out there. The congress seems to have forgotten who really pays them their salaries and benefits. When you do away with the people that pay your salaries the result is going to be a disaster!
    The only other option is to pay them with counterfeit money and that is going on big time.

  • Kent Harris

    This past Sunday 6 people became Christians at First Redeemer where I go and 2 people at North Point Community Church that. night. I prayed that God would give them strength for the days ahead. The days ahead will be of trials and tribulations for ehich wr have never seen before.

    • Chris Lehman

      For strength, don’t look to the sky; instead, look within yourself.

    • GSOB

      Did these 6 decide as a group or one at a time or all at the same time?

      • Kent Harris

        Two were scheduled and four were immediately baptized as soon as they made a public profession of faith. They were all unrelated.

        • GSOB

          Where is First Redeemer?

  • Hammerstrike

    How low was it in 1978?

    What is better, average middle-class in 2013 or average poor in 1978? )

  • davidmpark

    Figured it’s not his own research work. Just copy, edit, and paste from others.

  • piccadillybabe

    The birth rate is down due to vaccines/GMO and many states are now making IVF illegal so many in this generation will not be able to have their own children. Adoption is also becoming almost impossible. Russia does not want us adopting their children and they have a worse economy than ours. The social landscape is really changing in this country. Hard to believe 90 million people are just sitting around idle these days.

  • Arizona

    HAHA, YOUR friends AT “DHS” are going around to every reserve food warehouse in america,AND LOADING UP ALL THE FOOD,and then taking it to the landfills AND BURNING IT,can all you say “FAMINE” learn what the word means,cause its what YOU’VE done to the rest of the world…and NOW its about to happen to YOU…………………

  • Vanessa Bauer

    This article is misogynist. Women have a right to work and pursue careers. Blaming the women’s right movement is akin to spewing blasphemmy to God. The men deserve to rot in hell for oppressing women for thousands of years. Betty Friedan is correct when she says in the Fem_inist mystique that housewives are similar to concentration camp inmates of Socialist Germany.

    The economy and the world is right for women. We have a woman in the Federal Reserve who will bring this country from the ashes that Obama caused with his pro-Muslim blasphemy. Women are getting more income and they are getting bigger bums and D-sizes than the skinny oppressed housewives of 1900s. Women have more freedom and we are not judged if we hadsex with many men or women. We as women are not judged if we wear a g-string underneath our leggings because God gave us that right to be free from the patriarchal society.

    The economy should collapse for men. The world needs less men and more gentlemen. The Middle East Islamic states should be invaded with humanitarian forces so America can promote democracy and free the Muslim women from the unsightly niqab and hijab. WTF do Muslim women cover up like suicide terrorists?

    • daniel1154

      This was on the verge of being clever, but it couldn’t quite get there.

    • GSOB

      It’s a fallen man’s world we live in, caused by Eve being deceived by the Serpent to disobey our Adam and the Creator.

      Adam knew what he was doing, thus not deceived, rather disobedient to God, when followed her suggestion and did eat that which was forbidden.

      Eve’s results for you there, the mother that keeps on giving the same advice today.

  • 2Gary2

    Low Wages in Fast Food Cost Taxpayers $166 Million in Wisconsin

    Workers are forced to utilize safety-net programs to supplement small paychecks

    to the state Department of Health Services list of companies with employees and
    their dependents enrolled in BadgerCare during the first quarter of 2013, McDonald’s
    franchisees ranked #2, with 1,061 BadgerCare enrollees. Topping the list of
    employers with BadgerCare enrollees is Walmart, with 2,942 individuals.

    Make these corporations pay their fair share. They are wildly profitable and can pay.

    Tax therm for the cost to taxpayers.

    • ConcernedAmerican

      Very important point.

  • ConcernedAmerican

    “101 million working age Americans”

    That is about 1/3 of the American population, right? So, I wonder what the true unemployment rate is?

    Some people want jobs but there are few jobs available. The jobs that are available sometimes don’t pay enough to justify taking the job. By the time a worker sits down and adds the costs of work (gasoline to get back and forth, medical, wear and tear on a vehicle/mileage, etc.) sometimes it is cheaper not to work. There are no incentives or tax breaks for hiring men.

    Many movies show America as a third world country. Perhaps, Hollywood has inside information? Look how many things that have been shown in the movies now exist in reality.

    Of course birth rates are low; who can afford to have children? Children are a luxury in a world where one can not find a job, one can not afford college for themselves, and some wonder how they will even clothe or feed themselves. Where are Americans supposed to go? Where can we find good jobs? I would like to know the numbers on how many Americans have had to become multi-generational homes due to financial reasons.

  • GSOB

    “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say,
    “See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk”.

    – Harry Browne

  • Hammerstrike

    You are right about avoiding social medias, no information on them are private.

  • GSOB

    ‘We must get rid of hundreds of federal programs, but we can’t remove them one at a time, because each program has beneficiaries and supporters who will fight us. We can overcome their resistance only by combining all the spending cuts into a single package that includes the largest tax cut in American history — the total repeal of the federal income tax. That way most people can see that they’ll save far more in taxes than they lose in subsidies.’

  • GSOB

    ‘By reducing the federal government to its Constitutional functions, we can do away with all direct taxes — the income, estate, gift, capital gains, and Social Security taxes — financing national defense and the federal judiciary with the level of tariffs and excise taxes being collected already. Harry Browne made this offer to every American:

    Would you give up all your favorite federal programs — such things as farm subsidies, student loans, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and any other programs — in order to be free of the income tax forever?’

  • GSOB

    I got my eye on you pup.

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