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They Are Systematically Destroying Our Independence And Making Us All Serfs Of The State

Shackled prisoner - Photo by LuftluzerThe percentage of Americans that are economically independent has dropped to a stunningly low level.  In order to be economically independent, you have got to be able to take care of yourself without any assistance from anyone else.  Unless you are independently wealthy, that means that you either have your own business or you have a full-time job.  Unfortunately, as you will see below, the percentage of Americans that are self-employed is at an all-time record low and the percentage of Americans with a full-time job has declined to a level not seen in about 30 years.  As a result, more Americans than ever find themselves forced to turn to the government for assistance.  When you add it all up, about half of all Americans get money from the government each month these days.  And yes, there will always be poor people that cannot take care of themselves that need help, but when you have more than half of the population dependent on the government that is a major problem.  You see, the truth is that our independence is systematically being taken away from us and we are steadily being made serfs of the state.  And once you become a serf of the state, it is very hard to resist anything the government is doing in a meaningful way.  After all, the money that you are getting from the government is enabling you to survive.  In essence, your allegiance has been at least partially purchased and you may not even realize it.

Of course this is not how the United States was supposed to operate.  We were never intended to be a collectivist nation.  Rather, we were intended to be a country where liberty and freedom thrived and where most people would be able to independently take care of themselves.

Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be economically independent in America today.  One reason for this is that the environment for small businesses in this country is the most toxic that it has ever been before.  The federal government, our state governments and even our local governments are constantly coming up with new ways to oppress small business.

And just this week we learned that the IRS is specifically targeting small business owners and sending them threatening letters.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Despite all of the trouble that the IRS is currently in, they are still choosing to specifically go after small businesses with both barrels.  As a recent Forbes article explained, the IRS plans to send threatening letters to 20,000 small businesses all over the country...

The tax agency is doing some targeting of its own, fingering at least 20,000 small businesses. And that number will grow. The scrutiny on this group and in this way is a little frightening. Small business people across America are receiving IRS notices. More will be coming. The IRS gathers data from many third parties—including credit card companies—to see if you picked up every nickel of income.

This is absolutely disgusting, but it is just another example of how small business is being eradicated in the United States.  As I mentioned in a previous article, the percentage of Americans that are self-employed has dropped to a record low...

Self-Employed As A Share Of Non-Farm Employment

Well, at least we can achieve economic independence by getting a full-time job, right?

Sadly, that is becoming increasingly difficult to do as well.

The chart below was created by Chartist Friend from Pittsburgh, and it shows that the percentage of working age Americans with a full-time job dropped sharply to 47 percent during the last recession and it has stayed about that level ever since.  The yellow line is the line in the chart which demonstrates this...

FULLTIME-EMP-POP-RATIO

As you can see, we briefly touched that level in the 1970s and again briefly in the 1980s, but it is important to remember that the percentage of women that chose to seek employment was much lower back then.  When you take that into account, the current level of full-time employment in this country looks even worse.

The quality of jobs in this country has been steadily falling for quite some time, and we are rapidly transitioning to an economy where part-time employment will be much more prominent.

But you can't support a family or be economically independent on a part-time income.  In fact, most of those that try to make it on a part-time income find that they must turn to the government for help.

And right now, a higher percentage of Americans are economically dependent on the government than ever before.  The following is from a recent article by Charles Hugh-Smith...

Why? Because half of us are getting a direct check, benefit or payment from the state. Over 61 million people get a check from Social Security, over 50 million draw Medicare benefits, another 50 million get Medicaid benefits, 47 million receive SNAP food stamp benefits, 22 million people work directly for the state on all levels, millions more work for government contractors that are effectively proxies of the state, millions more receive Federally funded extended unemployment, retirement checks, Section 8 housing benefits, and so on.

Orwell underestimated the power of complicity. Once a citizen receives a direct payment from the state, the state has purchased their complicity, for no matter how much that citizen may complain privately about the state, he or she will never risk the payment/benefit by resisting the state in a politically meaningful way.

Once you get a check from the state, you begin loving your servitude. The collusion of the state and its central bank is truly a thing of authoritarian beauty: the central bank (the Federal Reserve) creates money out of thin air and buys government bonds with the new money. The state can thus borrow unlimited sums at low rates of interest, and continue to send tens of millions of individual payments out to buy the passivity and complicity of its citizens.

So what is the solution?

Of course the solution would be for our economy to produce more small businesses and more full-time jobs so that more people could achieve economic independence.

Sadly, right now our system is steadily killing full-time jobs and small businesses, and there does not appear to be any hope for a major turnaround any time soon.

At this point, the number of Americans that are financially dependent on the government is absolutely staggering, and it gets worse with each passing year.  Just consider the following statistics which come from one of my previous articles entitled "21 Facts About Rising Government Dependence In America That Will Blow Your Mind"...

1. Back in 1960, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 10 percent.  In the year 2000, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 21 percent.  Today, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages is approximately 35 percent.

2. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that gets direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

3. Overall, more than 70 percent of all federal spending goes to “dependence-creating programs”.

4. According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  Sadly, that figure does not even include Social Security or Medicare.

5. Today, the federal government runs about 80 different “means-tested welfare programs”, and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.

6. The number of Americans on Social Security disability now exceeds the entire population of the state of Virginia.

7. If the number of Americans on Social Security disability were gathered into a separate state, it would be the 8th largest state in the country.

8. In 1968, there were 51 full-time workers for every American on disability.  Today, there are just 13 full-time workers for every American on disability.

9. Right now, there are approximately 56 million Americans collecting Social Security benefits.  By 2035, that number is projected to soar to an astounding 91 million.

10. Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.

11. The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

12. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

13. Today, the number of Americans on food stamps exceeds the entire population of the nation of Spain.

14. According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

15. According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

16. Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.  It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

17. As I wrote about recently, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

18. At this point, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  That comes to approximately $328,404 for every single household in the United States.

19. Back in 1990, the federal government accounted for just 32 percent of all health care spending in America.  It is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in the United States very soon.

20. The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

21. When you total it all up, American households are now receiving more money directly from the federal government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

Once again, there is certainly nothing wrong with helping the poor, and there will always be people that need a helping hand.

But what we have in America today is far beyond that.  What we have in America today is a situation where economic independence is being systematically eradicated and the government is increasingly being expected to provide our daily bread and to take care of all of us from the cradle to the grave.

And once you are dependent on the system, at least part of you is going to become resistant to anyone or anything that threatens to bring meaningful change to the system because your survival depends on the system.

Or could I be wrong about this?

What do you think?

Please feel free to share your opinion by posting a comment below...

 

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  • free mony

    why bother working, i can sleep in till noon, watch tv all day and know big gov’s payin my rent, keepin the fridge stocked, payin my utilites, and yes i loves me my barry phone, barry’s my bff

    • Graham

      When will America be paying a $1 Trillion per annnum in loan interest to the Federal Reserve?

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I assume you are joking?

      Michael

    • Gregory

      what happens when austerity kicks in?

      • Rodster

        Riots chaos and violence !

  • Rodster

    It just goes to show how the Government destroys wealth. The crazy part is that this is all being done on purpose. Why? Because they keep overloading the system with handouts, encouraging illegal immigrant’s to take part in govt programs while decimating themlabor force. Then you add Obamacare and poof there goes your economy.

    So in the end this recipe can only lead to a full blown collapse.

    • markthetruth

      We are going back in time, as it will be a Master and a Slave Country . Only the slaves will be of all races.

      the end…

    • GSOB

      or a takeover.

      • Rodster

        Yeah it’s no doubt a takeover and probably move the remnants of the collapse to a one world govt along with a one world financial system. This has been the view for some time as it’s been espoused and on record by many leaders in power today.

    • Ralfine

      The government is paid by the super rich to keep the population in check. One good way is to make the population fight each other.

    • lois752

      like Jesus replied I cant believe that anybody can make $5673 in four weeks on the computer. have you read this website w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Jodi

    And we have idiots like that surfer dude who lives off of food stamps. Party on dude!

  • markthetruth

    Meanwhile

    A sudden influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico requesting asylum is overwhelming immigration agents in San Diego, forcing agencies to rent
    hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.

    Fox news.

    Also Bloomberg is a control Freak and now with

    Bloomberg blasts ruling against NYPD’s stop-and frisks. It Gives them the right to frisk anyone , then they want to put a camera on all the police officers to record everything more monitoring what the heck is going on . I hope the judges Decision Sticks or else where Doomed !!!

    the end…

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Great point Mondo.

      Michael

      • Sack man

        Mondo? Hmmmmmm

        • Mondobeyondo

          Sack man? Hmmmm x 2

    • MeMadMax

      I’ve been to NYC before and I was astounded to see a cop on every corner of the block downtown… That’s alot of friskin’ goin on ^.^

      • Ralfine

        I have seen less police in China.

  • Graham

    Yet another “tipped arrow” straight into the heart of America’s politico power system, which has gone completely bonkers.

    If somebody told me that virus infested computers were running the show, I would believe you.

    The reality of course is the “computers” are the human brains of those who have clearly become a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

  • Tim

    Charles Hugh-Smith rightly identified what is enabling all this: the fact that we have a central bank that can create unlimited amounts of money. And what’s scary is that the Federal Reserve is now in a situation that it really has no way out of. If they continue to create money we will eventually have crippling inflation. If the Fed stops or scales back the money creation we’ll almost certainly have deflation. We saw how the financial markets responded when Bernanke hinted that the Fed would taper, and I think Bernanke was frightened by it. Remember, the Great Depression of the 1930s was a period of signification deflation, and Bernanke vowed many years ago to never let it happen again.

    • Tim

      I meant “significant.” I need to slow down.

      • markthetruth

        What you just did is what is happening because everything ans everyone has to be Faster and Faster so that one input error can cause devastation as it flows throw the computers and become input error is becomes 1000% worse and worst is it causes deaths.

        the end…

  • K

    In the Fascist States of America, it is all about control. When the Government controls whether Grandma gets her medicine, or if little Billie gets to eat tomorrow. That is a pretty high level of control. True Republics, neither seek, nor desire such control of their citizens. The only logical reason they seek so much control. Is they are about to do some things, the grand majority of people will not approve of. Object to what they do, no more food stamps, no more medicare. How quickly the majority will become compliant, in exchange for the return of their food and medicine. This is a power no Government should have. Especially a Government that has turned its’ back, on the people who elected them.

    • Rodster

      If the Depression was so bad why do they call it Great? :)

      • markthetruth

        Because it used as a ” Adjective ”

        the end…

      • davidmpark

        Because FDR was a showman! Great Depression sounds better on a poster and resume, as opposed to “I’m FDR; I was president for 3 terms and completely #$%&ed up people’s lives via progressive economics and boastful eugenics, but I have a million dollar smile!”

        • Gay Veteran

          FDR saved capitalism from itself. Lucky we didn’t get Huey Long instead.

          • davidmpark

            Saved capitalism… from itself. By using keyesian economics and socialism, both anti-capitalist poison; used to save capitalism… by killing it.

            uh-huh.

          • Gay Veteran

            guess you didn’t learn about the banking and stock reforms

          • davidmpark

            No, I read the original documents. It’s called homework. :)

          • Gay Veteran

            riiight, you read the Banking Act of 1933 (Glass-Steagall)

          • GSOB

            I thought I heard it all.

          • Gay Veteran

            oh, someone else who didn’t learn about the banking and stock reforms

      • K

        Thanks for the smile Rodster, some days I really need one.

      • RealityBetraysUs

        Great as in all -encompassing colossal, huge, all pervasive, all controlling, unlimited in scope (great has multiple definitions) not as to relating to quality or value or goodness. From wikipedia:If we use this method, then the Great Depression of the
        1930′s can be seen as two separate events: an incredibly severe depression
        lasting from August 1929 to March 1933, where real GDP declined by almost 33
        percent; a period of recovery; then another less severe depression of 1937-38.
        The United States hasn’t had anything even close to a depression in the
        post-war period. The worst recession in the last 60 years was from November
        1973 to March 1975, where real GDP fell by 4.9 percent.

      • ERIC BLAIR

        ”GREAT” also means ”LARGE” you snotty ignorant moron.

      • Yasha7

        “Great” can mean “very large”, “enormous”, “grande”, “super-sized”.

  • davidmpark

    A lot of regulars and Mike already know what my family is facing and what we had to do just to survive. So, no long tirade about that. I’ve said it enough times.

    Here’s my biggest concern, though. How many of these welfare/poor people are on disability that are not genuinely disabled? High blood pressure, depression from unemployment, poor education, or just cause you don’t want to be self-reliant due to cultural identity and self-apathy is not disabled. My wife’s mind is literally falling apart from a severe TBI. The rest of her conditions are directly attributed to the injury. She is mentally and emotionally a 12 year old. That is disabled.

    And still, you would not believe the level of irritation I get from dealing with the governments on now a weekly basis. Medicaid and Medicare is difficult enough to wrap one’s head around. In Utah, unlike surfer guy in California, I have to submit reviews every 3 months. Then DWS makes changes and throws us into temporary disarray.

    We had a long talk with the people from DSPD (Division of Services for People with Disabilities), and I mean a long talk about the 3 inch deep application that took me 4 weeks to compile. In the interview, they asked my wife to leave the room so I could talk with them about being her caregiver. I gave them an earful about it. They concluded with my part of the interview saying that they have met few people in a situation like ours as most of the applicants are elderly or have adult disabled children; we are the most structured, cleanest, most organized, and happiest home they’ve been to. Now, they’re trying to find the funds and services that would take some of the struggle out of this.

    Seriously everyone. We prepared a long time ago with the basics of life and a lot of reference material found free online. If we didn’t do that, nor had our church and faith in Christ, we would’ve been dead from starvation last year.

    Prepare now! This is probably the last chance to do it – especially if your family ends up like ours.

    • K

      My friend, you have stayed on the narrow path. And have stayed true to your beliefs. I am sure you know in the long run, you will come out on top. The dishonest may seem to prosper, but it is only for a time. As far as the starvation comment. I am glad your church pitched in. Also Salvation Army, and similar groups are a good resource. God Bless you.

      • davidmpark

        Thank you K.

    • davidmpark

      Tonight, our City Councilman invited me to give a speech at city hall to support a repeal of some zoning laws to allow people in hardships to get some small livestock and protect their rights to grow their own food.

      It has some support in the City Council. Pray for us that we can get this small liberty back!

      • K

        Might I make a small suggestion. Always have a fall back plan. I suspect the livestock will be the harder thing to pass. You say livestock to some people they picture manure, and smell. We know it does not have to be that way, they do not. Have your supporters ready, to revert to the right to grow your own food. I suspect that should pass. I shall pray you get both. But 1 step forward, beats no steps forward. Always remember, if they object to the livestock, you will at least hear what their objections are. Those objections can be addressed at a future date, if necessary. May the Lord give you the words you need.

  • davidmpark

    Maybe bread and circuses? Or cabaret?

    • Mudpie

      Seriously, that is what happened in Weimer Germany. The artsy diversion stuff got way out of hand as the Nazis rose to power. Read The Ominous Parallels. Scary, scary, scary stuff.

      • davidmpark

        The bread and circuses aspect would explain the bureaucrats’ and states’ interest in controlling sports. They already got Hollywood pledging allegiance to Obama.

        Okay, now I’m freaking out…

      • RealityBetraysus

        Go look at the new airport in Denver Colorado.. you know the queen of England has bought land in Colorado? What part of “we are living in the last days (from the bible) ” do you not understand? I say get right with God and ” look up for as Christians our redemption from the evil world draws near” Current events are merely sign posts along the way to confirm it.

    • Mondobeyondo

      More like Circus Circus, the famous resort/casino in Las Vegas. (There’s one in Reno, Nevada too.) The government is determined to turn it into Circus Circus Maximus Extraordinarious though.

  • foodprices

    I have seen the numbers about people that are self-employed but I don’t believe those numbers to be accurate. To be honest, I would guess the number of people that are self-employed is at an all time high. I believe that most of those people are doing it off the books due to the oppressive government. I have run into a lot of people who are running side businesses off the books, some of whom have made it their full time gig.

    • davidmpark

      Underground economy… probably the only way to save ourselves in a few years.

    • MeMadMax

      This is prolly what I’ll be doing soon.

  • GSOB

    Now that picture redefines jailbait.

    • Graham

      It’s part of the new temptation program to encourage crime.

  • Illusive Man

    This is all setting the stage for the creation of the North American Union. If anyone has seen the TV show Continuum, go out and watch it. That’s the future we are heading for. Globalist/Corporate control!

    • Ralfine

      Yes.

      The leadership of corporations is not elected. Corporations have more money and more economic power than governments.

      Now, armed services and secret services and justice services are put into the hands of private contractors and removed further from public control and oversight.

      The state is left in place to deal with the detritus.

    • davidmpark

      I remember all that talk of creating a North American Union. Forgot the name the proprietors wanted to call it. Last I heard, the idea was shouted down by the people. I also remember Fm. Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah working toward a US/EU union before he was voted out by the Tea Party and Mike Lee took the seat.

      I have to disagree that’s where were heading. We are now in a civil war; it began a long time ago when we finally balkanized. Not a civil war of state vs state or fed vs city. The war is fought outside of the governments; neighbor vs neighbor, family vs family, parent vs child. This is done on any level possible and with every means necessary. We will still have functioning governments; but they will not be able to suppress the violence much longer as most of the people will be inducted to fight an international war soon against the two Islamist factions and the dictator nations; Russia, China, and the rest of ‘em.

  • Naples

    Meanwhile King Obama is on another lavish vacation.
    No manufacturing jobs means no middle class.
    Enjoy.

    • Ralfine

      Middle class is needed to keep the lower class in check.

      Now you can do this with drugs, guns, facebook and games. The middle class is not needed anymore.
      Just a few serfs in the administration – police, administration clerks.

  • pryman

    I don’t think you need to lump in retirement income as though it’s on the same level as a social program like welfare and food stamps. Although it is money from the government, these are former government employees who did their time and retired fair and square. Some retired because they had the time, and some were forced to retire early because of a medical condition. This isn’t social security, although social security is still something we all paid into. And it’s even further from welfare or foodstamps. More people need to understand this.

  • Ralfine

    It’s not the state.

    You are serf of the corporations.
    They need armies of unemployed to put their workers under pressure in regard to payment and benefits.

    They also need the state to keep these unemployed alive and educated s they can easily recruit them when needed.

    They are held like mercenaries. Employed for campaigns, then dismissed. Those who can be repaired are repaired by the state who gets some money from the corporations, the others are left to rot.

  • Ralfine

    The state is the tool of the ruling class, they wield to stay in power.

    So, of course the corporations go after the small businesses.

    Of course they see medicare as avoidable costs. So medicare is unfunded.

    If households are not paid enough by companies, how can they pay taxes?

    Especially when BIG corporation do not pay any tax, but take out tax refunds for unpaid taxes?

    Basically, if you work for someone, you need to make sure he pays for all your expenses, without you needing to ask the state (taxpayer) for assistance.

    If you sell a product or service you need to make sure, your customer pays for your expenses and a margin. And the same is true if you work for someone.
    Why would you work for someone for next too nothing, if he doesn’t pay for your savings going for medical emergencies, pension, education, entertainment, food, accommodation, travel to work, clothing, cleaning, hygiene, medical checkup, vaccination, all your maintenance and repair, etc. etc. ?
    If he needs something to be done, either he pays you to do it, or he does it by himself.

    So either you give me a properly paid job, or you pay me for not raiding your fridge and having a bath in your house.

    Your choice.

    You can also kill all unemployed or let them rot.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    In 2000 years mankind has gone from the bread and circuses of Imperial Rome to the beer and football of Obushma America. That is progress for you

  • Gregory

    We need more femminnists in CEO jobs and have more job security than the rest of us right? Geez, this country is something else. Collectivism at its finest, but making everyone else suffer.

  • Gregory

    Go to any third world country which has no war or ethnic conflict…and you see lots of people selling on the streets without any police interfering with the people. But over here in the USA, try selling on the streets without those hefty fees and licenses. and don’t forget the tax authorities and the whining from the femminnists and entitlement people who force businesses to undergo more strain.

  • Woodsman

    …..Why? Because half of us are getting a direct check, benefit or payment
    from the state. Over 61 million people get a check from Social Security,
    over 50 million draw Medicare benefits, another 50 million get Medicaid
    benefits, 47 million receive SNAP food stamp benefits, 22 million…………..

    While all of these numbers add up to over 1/2 of the estimated 330Millon people in the USA, how many are being counted multiple times to try and prove a point? You can be on social security & medicare at the same time,a long with receiving SNAP.

  • Bruce

    Even with all this evidence and a boat load of statistics and facts some are stupid enough to think that all will be fine. My God will they ever wake up? Bruce

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Nope! The last election clearly demonstrated we are pass the tipping point. Down here in San Diego on the Frontera, the illegals now drive up and claim asylum. The authorities are renting hotel rooms for them. The numbers coming over are imprecise (hundreds, thousands?) but regardless once comprehensive immigration reform and Obamacare come on line, the majority of the masses will be firmly wedded to the state and that will be the end of it. If you want examples of this, look at what happens when you try and modify Social Security or Farm Subsidies. The electoral process no longer cuts it. Sadly, we will have to suffer a collapse before we can rebuild much in the same manner as an addict. Like Rome, we are at the Bread and Circus stage and we all know how that turned out.

  • Bruce

    The ONLY chance we have is to take OUR country back. However, that is only a chance. Who takes over then? Do they do it the right way. Revolution IS coming to this country but in what form and at what cost? How many lives destroyed or taken in the process?
    Look at Egypt for example. Falling apart at the seams and no hope in sight. Same thing being played out in countless other countries as well. The news media paying lip service to the woes of Billions across this globe.
    Statistics probably all true that gleam this site (thanks Michael) however, even so millions turn a deaf ear to screams of reality and warning. There is NO way in hell that we will pull out of this. The ONLY question is “when” will the last straw be placed upn the camels back?
    At this point all we can possibly do is prepare ourselves and warn as many as we can. Make them listen. Push their noses into the pile of excrement called reality. Bruce

    • markthetruth

      Americans are wimps and don’t have the guts, god forbid they have to stand in the street for days or weeks without showering, eating , sleeping and all the luxury’s of there Daily Lives. If it’s Justin Bieber tickets Maybe!

      the end…

  • Bruce

    For those who are disdained by the facts of all that is being given away think about this. Millions would strave, crime would go throgh the roof if it wasn’t so. Sure, without question many play the system but the fact of the matter is many can not find a job. Wake up people there are NO jobs out there for the masses. Even minimum wage jobs are hard to find.
    Pay is being cut and so are hours. Just wait till Obama care is implemented. This will truly be a nation of part timers. I myself will benefit from Obma care however, I still see it for what it is. An economic sledge hammer that will crush the American dream into slush.
    Soon (Janurary2014) you will start seeing a massive change in the pay and hours worked for MOST Americans. Stop being so high and mighty because you do have health insurance and a good job for those things are fleeting. So many are down right hatful because they think they have the bull by the horns. When in relaity they are just one illness or pay check from being a forced reciepient of the system. I can’t tell you the number of people I personally know who are hanging on economically by their fingernails. IT IS COMING ! Bruce

  • Bruce

    One last thing! The solution to many of our problems is available. A NATIONAL or ferderal sales tax. The rich pay more because they spend more. Like wise the poor pay less because they spend less. The IRS could for the most part be abolished. The nation could have a paid for and fair health care system for ALL.
    Only idiots think we should not have taxes or that taxes are bad. They blast taxes then drive down the very road that taxes paid for. Taxes are not bad, we have to have them. It’s the exisiting tax system that is bad not the idea of taxes itself. The reason a national sales tax will never be implemented is because it deleverages the ability for the rich to circumvent the system. After all the rich make the rules. GREED is the ruler of this world, compassion and fairness have been stomped out like a plague. Bruce.

    • thejerkstore

      Oh really, I’m an idiot because I believe taxation is theft? Yeah let’s take a look at all the great infrastructure we have. The 18th, 19th century had roads and bridges without taxation paying for them, Jefferson and Madison were adament about government not providing those services.

      No your a drone, dependent on the state blasting those while receiving the same. Bashing Obama care but then rushing to sign up because you’ll “benefit” from it. I know your type. Faker, Taker never a Maker. Go take your govt paid drugs, wait for your SS check and go back to your stupor induced haze.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…Like wise the poor pay less because they spend less….”
      TOTALLY WRONG, the poor have to spend 100% of their income to survive.

  • RarefiedSnotress

    Oh I agree.
    On the otherhand, I see more opportunity created by computers/technology than ever.
    It’s just so frustrating though when the government keeps favoring banksters, fatted pigs of organizations, and foreigners.

  • seth datta

    They must destroy the economic independence of others’ to be able to control them. This ‘silent war’ is being waged by the upper class of the banking and corporations against the rest of the peoples of the West. Mass immigration and the false two-party dichotomy is part of their deception of ‘democracy’, which is rapidly revealing itself to be a creeping fascist state.

    They target only the leaders’ through COINTELPRO and now they target the public too.
    Now everyone is considered a potential terrorist, which is why we are under ‘investigation’ by the NS@:
    Terrorist = does not like governmental/banker policy,
    and threatens their oligarchy.

    New technologies are deployed against the public with regularity, such as drones and LRAD speakers on police vans, which can cause people to become deaf. They wish to control people through economics AND technology (which does not question what is ‘morally’ right). We must stop them in their tracks or our families and many around the world will suffer.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Just a matter of time before you have to have a Speaker Phone installed in your house so the State and broadcast Amber Alerts or broadcast the daily party line from Dear Leader or just listen in to see what you are up to.

      • Graham

        If you own a Smart TV, you probably have more than enough. Remember it has a camera too.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    I vote. I send in some money to selected candidates but I have come to the conclusion that you have to work the system. Going into business for yourself is very, very difficult given the bureaucratic obstacles and predatory taxes you face not to mention the landmines you have to dodge when you hire someone (ask Paula Deen). I saw this phenomenon in Europe. People work full time jobs to plug into the welfare state but everyone has some kind of off-the-books scam to keep body and soul together. I was frankly told by a Frenchman that if he paid all the taxes he was supposed to pay he would go out of business. Can’t be done. You have to “fiddle”. If you can qualify for Disability, Food Stamps, Section 8… well.. go for it! I wasn’t raised this way. I can actually remember an America where getting welfare was considered shameful but that country, amigo, is gone with the wind. Do the Ruling Elites care? Does Obama enjoying the 1% fat life on Martha’s Vineyard care? He’s got his. We better focus on getting ours and whatever you have to do to get it is…OK.

    • “V”

      sadly this is seen as acceptable by many in our Country. The blemish associated with such activity is also gone. Look at Rick Scott, he of the HCA fraud, now the Governor of Florida. You have some schemes at all levels, rich, poor, ALL are doing it. It does not make it right, but those who do it for survival I will never judge.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Indeed. You can’t get more than 29 hours work here so you must work there and whatever work you get does not pay and ObamaCare looms and, and, and…. the soul of the nation is being hollowed out.

  • SafetyViking

    No, Michael….you’re right.

    The sad part is, I’m sure 50% of those receiving government ‘cheese’ WANT it that way…willing to trade their independence for a monthly stipend. Whether from laziness or a sense of entitlement, who knows?

  • condaggitt

    And Yet everyone Repubs demos are all AGAINST AFFORDABLE HOUSING…….

    You know a mortgage that’s less the 3 times your annual income or rent that is about a weeks paycheck

    Thats what normal middle class crime free housing used to cost…

    • “V”

      I miss those days.

    • john s

      I thought we had an influx of affordable housing lately? Housing prices plummeted. Mtg rates have been at record lows for quite a few years. What exactly are you asking for, and have you really considered the consequences of it?

      • condaggitt

        John here is what my father taught me….There is a right price for a house……add up your monthly cost and can you rent it for 10% more per month…if not its overpriced….it’s that simple…..doesn’t matter if the house is $80K $800K or $8 million, if you have to take money out of your pocket each month to pay the bills, you got screwed.

        And by that measure a lot of housing in America is still 20-40% overpriced…only in ghetto areas are they priced right…but you wouldn’t want to live there.

  • Fusion Enterprise

    They will feed us lies and prompt us to squabble over immigration, healthcare, liberal vs conservative while all the time we are missing the point. The question is where will the pressure point for rebelling occur? Counties are too small. Cities the same. Only States will have the standing to muster a defense against the erosion of our liberty. States Rights will emerge as the rallying cry of the dispossessed. A new Civil War of all states against the Fed. In my book, The Silver Bell, States Rights becomes the focal point as Kentucky stands up and defends a stash of silver backing up a new currency.

    The Posse Comitatus Act of June 18, 1878 (forbidding use of Federal Troops against our citizens) will not stand against the Oligarchy now in power, unless the Governors can seize control of the National Guards and stand tall. That will soon be the issue. Will the Governors stand tall.

    • maddog

      Sorry, won’t happen. I have been attempting to talk with people about solutions. None, not one has been willing to speak out publicly. There are no cahonees left in America.

  • A D

    It is not going to get better only worse, as the Bible states it will. Washington is a reflection of society.

  • frank1569

    Not mentioned is the fact that the vast majority of Big Corporations and the Upper Class also depend on our government for their economic survival, from Big Financial Criminal bailouts (and immunity from prosecution) to free broadcast licenses for Big Media to free oil/gas/mineral leases for Big Energy to Big Farm ‘subsidies’ to the private contractor trillions we’ve spent on our on-going 5 non-war Wars (6, including the War on Drugs,) to free stadiums for wealthy pro team owners to a zillion Upper Class tax ‘loopholes’ most of us have never heard of.

    Just in the past week or so, we learned (again) that Bank of America engaged in massive mortgage fraud, that JPMorgan Chase has been gaming the energy markets, and that Goldman Sachs has been manipulating the commodities market. And we’re upset because poor people are living la vida loca – er, I mean, barely surviving – on the few peanuts our government tosses them every month, as if it’s their fault there are only 3.5 million mostly low wage, future-less job openings and over 20 million desperately in need of work?

    We’re doomed.

  • jakartaman

    Independence economic or any other type independence is at best a very fragile and potentially temporary situation that can and does change with great regularity. Most of the worlds people are not Independent and most do not want to be. In fact a strong case could be made that over 50% of Americans (liberals) want our government to care for them economically and in all other ways.
    It’s not your John Wayne’s Grandpa’s country anymore – sadly.

  • Musivick

    what ! 43% of immigrants in the USA for 20+ years are still on the public welfare dole ?
    a secure job would be divvying out benefits to the eternally needy…you’d never get laid off for lack of work

  • TN Gal

    A little off topic but will hopefully make a point related to our challenges as a country. My Dad had a heart attack last Sunday and now is in the process of dying. No worried he is 95 has lives a great life and is a Christian “going home for his reward”. But this healthcare system is a mess. We have had to research, ask questions be aggressive to insure no mistakes. Not for one minute has he been alone, no east task since I am an only child and I only have one child and no living aunts or uncles. What we have observed is that other families are not here with their dying loved ones. They come for 30 minutes or so then leave. This is the pallative care floor for a large medical center. You see to us it reflects a society so far out of whack we are not even in attendance for loved ones earthly departure. And twice they were about to administer wrong meds, changed his diet accidentally and almost missed his second heart event. Moral decay,government dependency and family breakdown have us in a scary place.

    • Tim

      You’re right about the condition of health care in this country. Sadly, it’s only going to get worse if Obamacare is fully implemented.

    • Mudpie

      Prayers. Imagine what it will be like in 3 years. Let us all make peace with God.

      • Dartan

        Everybody talks about how bad it is, what is messed up, what it was like in the past, and who’s fault it is. Just stop!! When all of a sudden there is no money, every one has to fend for themselves through bartering or services just to survive. This IS going to happen. It is written. Remember Nixon? The hippies gathered and forced his resignation through impeachment threat. WE ARE THE PEOPLE!!! Only now, perhaps, just the survivors.

  • sharonsj

    You can’t have liberty and independence when everything is owned and run by big business, big banks, giant corporations, the military industrial complex, and billionaires. They even write our laws to favor themselves and give themselves taxpayer money–and then they distract stupid Americans by complaining about food stamps.

    Take a look at the comments blaming people who need help (the poor, elderly, the disabled, long-time unemployed, veterans, widows and orphans)–but very few complaints about ExxonMobil, GE, and 63 other major corporations that pay little or no federal income tax.

    • john s

      Exxon Mobile paid approximately $31 Billion each of the past 2 years. Little or no, right? If only our govt taxed and ran them more like Chavez down in Venezula, things would be soooo much better for our people who need help, right?

  • AffinityNetNews

    We The People, were declared “Enemies-Of-The-Corporate-State”, in 1933 and collateralized as “human resource” or “chattel” as indentured economic slaves, to pay-off all war debt and any future loans to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Inc., a private foreign owned criminal banking/military corporate cartel.

    We The People, have no representational or lawful government because, there is no government. Only corporations at the state and federal level.

    Every branch of what we refer to as ‘government” is actually a corporate “commercial department” of WASHINGTON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Inc. a privately owned municipal-corporate nation state copyrighted and registered in Delaware.

    We The People, have no common law organic Constitution ratified in 1789, since the traitorous Act of 1871, and again in 1933, that declared our God-given Rights as Sovereigns null and void, by usurping, altering and hiding our organic constitution behind a false de facto CON-stitution that become a private corporate business charter that now only protects the shareholders of the cartel.

    Vice-Admiralty Roman Law Merchant or Vatican Lex Fori Contract Law known as International Uniform Commercial Code, does NOT recognize your constitutional rights in common law (every court room displaying a gold-fringed occupational banking/military corporate flag).

    Since the Emergency Banking Relief Act of 1933, We The People suffer under occupational Vice-Admiralty military/banking receivership (gold-fringed corporate flag) as bondservants due to the bankruptcy of our Republic, and are literally owned by the Empire of the Crown/City Inc. domiciled at the Financial District of London City, England, for the Vatican Inc. under Pontifex Maximus rulership of the un-holy Roman Empire or the 4th Reich under The Seven Hills of Rome and The Seven Hills of Germanic Teutonic Roman/Knights Templar decree of “Divine Rights of Kings”.

    This is the knowledge that We The People were never to learn. This is the knowledge that can beat them at their own corrupt and treasonous game of blatant fraud, deception and economic enslavement.

    Until We The People break the chains of this global cartel we will forever be controlled by these parasitic swine.

  • ahardworkingamerican

    Social Security??? Are you kidding me!!! I’m sorry, but all of you data collectors tend to continously misrepresent this program. You see when a person pays into a particular Retirement Program for as many years as they have worked; then the reward of using that savings plan is that the payee can now retire and reap the benefits of a “meager” retirement check. Gosh this sounds awfully similar to a 401k or TSP or some other retirement program. I sure wish you” all knowing” , “all seeing” statisticians would get off the “Social Security is gov’t sponsored welfare program”, kick; becuase I am sure many hard working Americans who are nearing retirment age think very differently than all of you “data gatherers”. Those hardworking Americans who contributed would probably tell all of you that they have “paid in” now someone needs to pay them back. Just my two cents!

    • Rick Caird

      OK, I will take you on.

      The “Boomers”, if Social Security pays as promised, will get back about what they put in. Later generations will get back less. The first problem is the government has spent all the SS money already All that remains in the current tax income and some IOU bonds we all hope the general fund can pay back. If the general fund cannot, then SS benefits get reduced by about 25%.

      The second problem you have is your IRA and 401K can be confiscated. It will be simple. The government will just say the are protecting you and will take your savings and give you bonds paying 3%. Then they will spend all that money and hope they can find some new money later to redeem your bonds. But, like SS, there will be no promises.

  • 22yearsfrom03

    When mass dependence is created, then what? How does it tie in with collapse? The people look to the new ‘gods’ for food, medical, ect..? Maybe Admin can do an article just focused on the outcome of all this dependency and what it truly means. Some of us need help with understanding the nitty-gritty of this insane asylum…

  • Ariz.

    Who.protects.the.gov.thats.your.evil.right.there,

  • jf

    The entire system is going to crash, no system can survive by consuming more than it produces for any significant time, as a scientist and engineer I am 100% positive this will happen, it is thermodynamics, and there is no stronger force in nature.
    I worked for a biotech company that went bankrupt. I absolutely called it, people got upset with me and called me negative, etc. before it happened, but the numbers are the numbers, and the company went belly up and people freaked out, they had armed security guards, people were crying, especially the women, and comments like “how will I pay my rent” were flying……I will never forget it. Imagine when this happens to America and other countries living on the credit card, there will be no place to run.
    All the issues anoying Americans, and all the politics are related to the coming bankruptcy and collapse.
    The wars were to control oil prices.
    Illegal immigration was supposed to add aother rung to the pyramid scheme.
    All of the NSA stuff is to head off a revolution, and stop the public from threatening the government.
    Bank bailouts, low interest rates, housing boom and bust, going after guns.
    And last but not least a fall guy…….Obama, a nobody with no experience to take the heat, and he will.
    Obama Biden……..Osama Bin Laden, remove a few letters.
    Look, I am no tea party dude, or conservative or dem or rep., I’m an engineer and scientist, I have three degrees, I’m old, and have been all over the world……prepare, take my word for it.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The U.S. federal debt ($16.7 trillion! YIKES!!) – is now approximately 104% of the US GDP. We don’t have much longer to go….It will fall apart soon enough.

      And stop giving out/predicting dates as to when it will happen. October 6, 2016, give or take 2 years. How does that suit you?

      • SontauranEmpire

        More than 16.9 now. Plus our unfunded liability is 125 trillion. There is literally no way to kill this except to cut all funding except the 1/2 the military and the state parks. They would also have to cut taxes to prevent tanking the economy, and it would still take 12-15 years to hit black. Odds anyone?

        usdebtclock dot org

  • RealityBetraysUs

    Dependence on the government is a direct result of that giant sucking sound(Ross Perot warned us!) that started in the 80′s and gradually continued until almost all the jobs have left this country for places like China, India, Mexico etc…So if it is impossible to find jobs in this country then it is no wonder that gov. is stuck with almost half the population living on foodstamps and is gov. dependent! They created the problem by allowing “globalization to destroy our local economy”, the only way to fix it is to repeal and revoke Nafta and all the globalization trade laws. isolate the American economy and tell Foreign countries the only way they will ever sell anything again in the USA is to create jobs here for Americans, like the Toyota car plant in Tenn.and Miss. Tax all imports and make local made USA products cheaper for Americans to buy. Create wealth in the USA again by rebuilding manufacturing in the USA! Otherwise we will become a 3rd world country, and our wealth will continue to hemorage to outside foreign countries. Gloabalization does not work and will bankrupt the USA if it is allowed to continue!

    • chris

      Not only does it not work the people who desired it and were cheerleaders for it knew what the end results would be, in my opinion. There is virtually no chance of reversing this short of some sort of revolution whereby you would have to sweep way all your Globalist politicians (most of them then) and deal with the FED at the same time because you can bet which side the Fed will support. In the USA you could in theory totally isolate yourself and survive on your own natural resources. This is exactly what Globalisation doesn’t want. It doesn’t want nations to be able to ever leave the web. The UK imports around 50% of its food and has a population 30 million over the level that the available land could just about minimally support.

  • maddog

    The collapse is already well under way. Until 2 days ago I believed if people were informed it could be turned around and the US would come back. I now know there is no hope in repairing the damage. It is not that people don’t know (and they don’t) its they don’t care. If Joe 6 pack has his beer, joint and “obama phone” then the universe is in sync and all is well. All one can do now is get shrugged. Hay John, wait up.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”–Gerald Celente

    Yes, they certainly do. Some lose it by rioting, which is what we have seen in Greece and Spain. Others lose it by resorting to crime, following the Caracas/Guatemala City/Ciudad Juarez model and collecting The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax. When a CEO is bound and gagged in the trunk of a car in the slums of Caracas or Guatemala City and is being held for ransom, that’s the DPDDTT in action.

    In The Banana Republic of America (formerly Los Estados Unidos), Republi-Cons and Democraps have different ways of serving their corporatist bankster masters. The Democraps are fearful that the hungry peasants will storm the bastille; so they give them bread crumbs in the hope that the peasants won’t harm their Goldman Sachs buddies. But the Republi-Cons want the peasants to go hungry and riot so that they can have the pleasure of watching the police state shooting them dead in the streets. Either way, the BRA will only slide deeper into the abyss of Third World misery.

    There will be no happy ending for the collapsing, rotting, decaying Banana Republic of America, only widespread misery and rivers of blood flowing through the pothole-ridden streets.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The truly scary part will be when almost nobody has anything, the entire population is desperate, and everyone takes it out on the few who actually have something, when they don’t have time to take it out on each other.. That’s when the gated apartments and security guards will be to your advantage. Throw in rampant illegal and prescription drug and alcohol abuse, domestic situations, etc into the mix – and my friend, you’ve got yourself a Nightmare.

      As Janis Joplin said, “When you have nothing left, you have nothing left to lose”. Sorry Cinderella fans, but there’s no happy ending to this debacle.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Mondobeyondo: you just described a lot of Latin American and Caribbean countries perfectly. Big chunks of the population are dirt poor, and the well-to-do minority live in gated communities that look like Beverly Hills except that the signs are all in Spanish (or Portuguese in Brazil) and there is a lot more barbed wire. Caracas is probably the most extreme example. That city is Número Uno for the DPDDTT.

        As for las drogas….the other day, I was waiting on a bus stop in Mt. Airy (a nice section of Philly) and chatted with a dude who worked in Mt. Airy but lived the ‘hood. The dude was about 60 and commented on how badly crack had ravaged a lot of black neighborhoods in Philly. He was shocked when I told him that in the shantytown slums of Buenos Aires (called “villas miserias”), there is a drug called paco: a smokable form of cocaine that is even worse than crack. He was shocked to hear that paco could be worse than crack. I said, “The financial crash in Argentina caused a lot of misery in that country, and people who feel hopeless do a lot of desperate things. Some turn to violent crime and become full-time kidnappers and carjackers, others self-medicate.”

  • Mondobeyondo

    If you are one of those “New World Order” or “Illuminati” theorists (realists?!?!) – this is all part of the plan.

    Make everyone dependent on the government. Six words that can change your life, and not for the better. Because once the government has total control, you will have no say in how to buy, sell and own your property, or your family’s welfare, or how many turnips and beets you can eat.

    Who will be responsible for your employment? The government will be. Who will be responsible for your health? The government will be. (Obamacare? Arrrgh, run away, fast as you can!!). Who will care for your infants, tweens, teens? Your food (i.e. your daily bread)? Why, the government of course!

    Womb to tomb, cradle to grave, the government will take good care of you – if you’re lucky. Cuba can’t. North Vietnam definitely can’t. They just let people starve to death. More likely than not, the government couldn’t care less about you, as you’re Brick #143862 in a pile of 316 million bricks.

    If this sounds like communism to you… well, it is.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Check out this interview that Ray Gano did with John Price. I think many of you will find this to be extremely interesting…

    http://www.prophezine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=827:pz-radios-in-depth-series-john-price-author-of-the-end-of-america&catid=41:top-headlines

    Michael

  • MomOf3Boys

    ewwww

    • Washington76

      When you are hungry I could see you change your thoughts. Do not judge a book by its cover, and I will speculate that the same premiss can apply here when you are hungry.

      • MomOf3Boys

        oh come on. Did you not look at the picture? I believe one comment even compared it to Alpo LOL… it just looks disgusting. No one is talking about starving, not even the article that you are referring to. But if I was starving, I’d eat anything. Don’t be so judgmental of my one-word comment!

        • Washington76

          My apologies if I came across
          judgmental. I did not intend my comment to come across like that. ; )

          • MomOf3Boys

            :)

  • tfb

    Aright, haven’t read the article yet, but who else saw the first picture and immediately had to make sure they hadn’t clicked the wrong link?

  • Gay Veteran

    This country now exists for the benefit of big corporations and Wall Street banks. Everything the government does is for their benefit. Big box stores destroyed the small businesses.

  • jakartaman

    Michael,
    First, thanks for all you do
    Second, where do you get all your data
    Third, you write faster than I read

  • Randall Neal

    Cloward and Piven theory, overwhelm the system so it will crash and then create…

  • 007

    In the end people tend to vote for whatever puts dinner on their table. This is a shame when those same socialist policies will eventually destroy the economy and those who rely on them.

    The Democrats are not even buying these pitiful people’s votes. It’s more like they are simply renting them cheap.

    As these government hand out checks purchase less and less, eventually these same sad people will riot as they feel their survival threatened.

    When this happens it will truly be the end.

  • piratemarshal

    I fit this as one unable to find any meaningful jobs in my city, live on basically nothing, and feel like burden to my family while I march on trying to have a life at 30 with what little I have left. It is oddly comforting knowing I am not the only one out there like me by a longshot struggling to fit into a paradigm increasingly closed to me. A financial exile, effectively jobless. I was born into this prison like everyone else my age. Only now we are seeing the lie of the American Dream, and that college degree is only paper worth about one wipe.

    I have gotten involved heavily in Bitcoin however, which i consider a silver stake to be driven into the heart of the FED. This is how I will get my wealth back. I have established a local group in my city to begin moving over to a new economy free of government control, and am putting what little wealth i have left into certain investments. There are no other options for people like me but to actively change our society and economy from the ground up.

    So, bring it on FED, I’ll see you in Hell.

  • DJohn1

    If you read Karl Marx then you will see what is happening to our country and many other countries as well. I have not read the entire thing just condensed versions from other people.
    There are a lot of deliberate things going on.
    The draft takes all the perfect physical people of male gender and sends them off to be killed. Inactive right now, the draft is still there.
    We deliberately encourage defective people to survive and grow into a larger group.
    Don’t get me wrong, I am one of those defective people. I have lazy eye which makes me virtually blind on one side.
    I managed to join the Air Force and serve my time in the military. I am literally 4-F!
    The relationship between hard work and money is fairly vague. You don’t have to work hard to succeed. Working intelligently is much more effective. I would rather sell a product everyone wants at 1 cent profit than work for a living. That is just one example. Sales makes or breaks people financially. That deserves respect but that is not what we are taught in school. We are taught to be nice little assembly line workers. Only the assembly line is gone.

    This country is run by corporations. That is why half the jobs are gone!
    Computers and automation have revolutionized the need for a work force. The person putting a bolt on an assembly line is gone.
    Even the skilled trades are moving to places like India and the work sent back over the internet.
    At a fraction of the cost of labor here.
    IRS is simply the tool of corporations as it is currently written. That is why they go after the weak and vulnerable. Don’t see that changing anywhere soon.
    Every foundation of finance in this country is disappearing. You cannot tax a population of workers who are unemployed. But that is exactly what is happening. The government does not withhold taxes from unemployment. Come tax time these people do not have the money to pay.
    Government thugs go after these people and take what little they have. They are guilty of working for a living.
    This all grows the welfare state.
    The next thing to be taken is all the pensions we all worked an entire lifetime to have. Social Security is one step away from not sending out those direct deposits.
    When all that happens, all HELL will break lose.
    If you think all those homosexuals with AIDS and terminal were a problem, wait until the government won’t pay the pensions on all those old people. We are all terminal in one way or another. I know very few people that are over 105 years of age. For every ten years over the age of 70 your chances of living are reduced by 50%. Any elementary insurance company will tell you that.
    Incompetent management is the problem. The solution is to run it right.

    • chris

      I tell me that in the near future there won’t be any pensions and you will be given a choice to either try and carry on working until you die or accept state backed euthanasia. It will be like a concentration camp. We’re getting there.

  • Orwellian States

    Riots here would be different – folks are armed until Pres Fubar goes house to house.

  • 3%

    starve them economicly. take the economy under ground, use the barter system

  • KPandya

    As per my understanding this has to be like this only. Despite QE-Infi, Dollar is strengthening. why? Because this time the money is not coming to the market through the conventional routes of banking system. The US government has taken back door entry through hiring more people and undertaking lot of public welfare programs to influx money in to the economy. This strategy fulfills both, the objective of FED’s monetary policy of keeping unemployment rate under control and the fiscal policy of the US government.

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