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This Economy Is Ripping The Dignity Of Millions Of Unemployed Americans To Shreds

If you can still put a roof over your head and food on the table for your family, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate.  There are millions of Americans out there right now that are really, really suffering.  The cold, hard reality of it is that there aren't even close to enough jobs out there for everyone right now.  It is almost as if we are all caught in a really bizarre game of musical chairs where the losers get stripped of their tickets to the middle class.  What this horrible economy is doing to the dignity of millions of middle class Americans is incredibly saddening.  There are a lot of very highly educated and very hard working Americans who cannot seem to get jobs no matter what they do and now find themselves doing whatever they can just to survive.  It can be really hard to keep your dignity when you played by all the rules and you worked as hard as you could all your life and now you find yourself a half step away from being homeless.  Those of us who are still doing okay should never look down on those who are struggling in this economy, because the truth is that any of us could be next.   

If you really want to read some horror stories about what long-term unemployment is doing to some people in America, you should go spend an hour or two over at Unemployed-Friends some time.  It is a great forum with a lot of great resources for the unemployed, but it also contains dozens and dozens and dozens of heartbreaking stories from middle class Americans who have had their lives shattered by this economic downturn.      

The following is a typical story on Unemployed-Friends.  It is from a 48 year old Air Force veteran who has lost everything and is now sleeping in his vehicle.  It turns out that Scott48's job was shipped off to India and now he has been out of work for over two years....

"I am a 48 year old USAF Vet. I got my house in 1996 with the help of the VA. In 2009 the company I worked for went out of buisness(gone to India) I then became a 99er. I notified Wells Fargo that I lost my job and they said they would work with me, the next mortgage statement I got they conveniently increased my mortgage! With what I got from UE was enough for the house but I had to cut out the luxury of food, gas, utillities, insurance, entertainment and alcohol. That was it for me, so the forecloser ball was in motion. I had to give my dog to my cousin so he would get fed, I took everything I owened to the auction( execpt tools, clothes, pictures, tech manuals and my Saxophone) and sold it. I went to a half-way house the VA recomended for a week and it was joke, so my cousin said I could stay with her. After 4 months she diecided that I wasnt looking hard enough and kicked me out, and Ive applied for everything except selling myself. This summer I was staying in an abandoned house due to forecloser and the real estate company has now put it on the market, and I am now on the street sleeping in my vehicle or a friend here and there. Keeping clean is going to be a challenge cuz the Flying J truck stops charge $10 for a shower, rip-off. What a country!"

The truth is that this economy is driving many Americans to the brink of desperation.  Even recent college graduates are becoming desperate enough to actually consider suicide.  The following story is from an Unemployed-Friends user known as 08pacollegegrad....

"I could just take any job like working at fast food places, but I hear people who try can't even get hired there. I went to Wendy's for lunch the other day and I thought of picking up an application...but the slot where they keep the applications was completely empty. That should say it all. Plus, I feel like if I take just any job...I will be set back further and never be able to gain experience in my chosen fields.

I follow up on job applications, but employers ignore me for the most part when I try to contact them. I sent five follow up e-mails last week and got no responses. I contacted an employer expressing my interest in working for them, but all they gave me is the link to their online application system that I have never gotten a job from.

I am thinking of applying for more internships (I have already done two), but I don't want employers to think why I am applying for an internship when I should have had a full fledged job by now.

I have almost killed myself over my situaion and am taking anti-depressants right now. I see a psychiatrist every 4-6 weeks, but I still have days where I feel so empty. I am sick of sitting at home searching for jobs and praying for a response that never comes."

Many Americans spend day after day after day looking for a job that never comes.  The sense of hopelessness that can build after doing this for a few years is almost indescribable.  The following is another incredibly sad story from an Unemployed-Friends user known as feuxdejoie....

"I lost my job in June 2008, my husband was working but sentenced to prison for 4 years, for DUI, no accidents or injuries. I had been using my unemployment to pay bills but my last check came June 12, 2010. I'm alone and scared. The city that I live in has the highest unemployment in the State, Illinois. Our children are grown and I sit alone all day searching for jobs. My husband can only call once a month because of the outrageous rates for telephone calls. I'm at the end of my rope and don't know where to turn if they don't pass a tier V for unemployment or open up some jobs.
I turned 50 in April and had worked all of my life, starting at age 14 with a work permit! My employer stated to me that they needed someone bilingual and terminated me even after I told them that I would take classes to learn.  I signed up for college and began classes in January then unemployment told me that I wasn't elgible for unemployment while attending school."

There are millions of Americans who believe that their lives are over because they can't get decent jobs.  When you lose your job, your home, your car, your health insurance and then finally your unemployment insurance runs out, it is easy to lose all hope as an Unemployed-Friends user named Ember has done....

"so i feel pretty much hopeless. been unemployed since July 2008. in over two years i haven't even been called for an interview. tired of looking and applying for jobs outside of my field that require experience i don't have. it's all for naught. i have two bachelor of science degrees. my BS degrees, cuz that's what they're worth. since losing my job i've gotten divorced. lost my house. lost my health insurance. totalled my car and sustained chronic back pain. and moved in with my mom. and did i mention, when all this started i was a new mom, just back from maternity leave? so (now) i'm raising a toddler on my own, with no income. my unemployment insurance ran out a few weeks ago. i don't even know what to do now. i just want to disappear. i'm tired of trying. i'm tired of being a burden on everyone. if i didn't have the responsibility to take care of my child i wouldn't be around anymore."

This final example is from an Unemployed-Friends user identified as Faith1028.  Be warned that this one will shake you to your core if you have any sensitivity at all.  As you read this, keep in mind that this kind of thing is literally happening to millions of Americans these days.... 

"HI, y'all! This is my story. I'm from Chicago.

I lost my job 11.06.09 - I did my best to remain positive & confident that I would get a job by the end of November.

December 2009 - Still no job. I'm getting food stamps (LINK card) & Unemployment Benefits. Not much money at all, but I'm surviving. Thanks to all this stress, my stomach has been burning and/or been painful daily for all December. I puked my guts out on the 26th.

January 2010 - My stomach is still hurting every day. I had to close out my savings account. I haven't told my slumlord or my fellow tenants that I lost my job; I go on pretending I'm still going to work everyday. Unfortunately on the 26th, I got my eviction notice. I called the office to ask why. The response was "I don't know." I became hysterical. I've no job, no money, no family/friends to help. (I have many *relatives*, but no *family*.) I truly believed my only alternative was suicide. I wanted to say good-bye to my brother (my only sibling), but we haven't spoken to each other for over 4 years; I no longer have his address/phone number. I found him on Facebook. I didn't bring up my situation because I felt he wouldn't care. We exchanged a few messages and that was it. I haven't heard from him since. Good riddance.

February 2010 - Someone found a family that I can stay with for only $250/month! My own room! They turned out to be aquaintances of mine. Vegetarian, too! At least I have a place to stay. I'd rather live alone, but, hey, I'm desperate! -- And I'm not too crazy about the bedbugs. OW!

June/July 2010 - Thanks to daily/nightly use of citrine crystals since 30 May, I have no more stomach problems!
Thanks to weekly use of a natural (green!) pesticide from PlusNaturalEnzymes.com, I no longer have a problem with bedbugs! However...
Mid-June, my Unemployment Benefits ran out. Of course, I'm still looking for a job! What am I supposed to do - put a gun to someone's head and force them to hire me? As of this date, I have $12 left to my name; $0 in my chequeing account. I recently reapplied for and am now receiving food stamps. Before I got my food stamps back, I've eaten whatever (Vegetarian!) food I can get, even stuff I'm allergic to. As a result, I've become sick: cold-like symptoms, pain in lower intestines...and a rash over my arms, legs, & neck. Oh, does it itch! At least my food allergies are not life-threatening.
Needless to say, my depression has gotten worse.

I am really trying hard to remain positive -- and alive.
But why? Is it really all worth it?

I haven't paid July's rent, and the people I'm staying with are getting very *impatient*; I fear I'll be evicted again! The money is coming! It's not my bloody fault!

Someone on Twitter sent me a link to this site. I know I'm not the only one suffering; some folks have already committed suicide. I don't want to die, but I don't want to be homeless, either. I am so bloody scared.
Just give me money that my tax dollars paid for!
--Or better yet: GIVE ME A BLASTED JOB!!"

The really sad thing is that there are countless other stories just like these being posted all over the Internet all the time.

People are hurting.

People are losing hope.

So how did we get here?

Well, it turns out that the "haves" have figured out that they really don't need the "have nots" after all.  Incredible advances in technology have increasingly enabled employers to replace humans with machines and computers.  In addition, as we have detailed previously, millions upon millions of middle class American jobs are being shipped off to China and to dozens of third world nations where workers are more than happy to work for less than a tenth of what an American worker would make.

All of those jobs that have been lost to technology and that have been sent overseas are not going to come back.  The hordes of long-term unemployed that we are seeing now is just the beginning.  It is going to get a lot worse.

So the next time you hear a hard luck story from an unemployed American, don't look down on that person.

You might be next.

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  • Big Al

    I’m not a religious person, at least not an organized religion person (Organized religion, for the most part, is another scam – there are exceptions, Mormon, for example). Our problem here in the US is not financial, though those who write here are certainly suffering financially. Our problem is spiritual. We have been told over and over how we are a “nation of laws.” Whose laws? Man’s laws. And why have we been told that? Because by enforcing man’s laws we need a lot of lawyers. But really what we need is a nation which follows God’s laws. Of course, God is a concept that has been trashed: we are all supposedly too savvy and modern to believe in God. The only way we can get rid of the ache being described in this article is by having a society based on adherence to God’s laws, not man’s. How, you ask? Well, charity. And I don’t mean just giveaways. I mean really caring about the others who live around you. The others who collectively make your world. If we really cared about others, we simply would not let them suffer so. More importantly, we would not make decisions – those of us in executive positions – which are guaranteed to inflict suffering on others. I am an executive. I try to do that, as best I can. I have a rule when I hire. I never hire a person if I can’t clearly see enough work on the table to keep that [erson busy for at least two years. I can’t see further than two years out, or I would make it more. But I want to avoid the pain of having to let someone go for lack of work. This causes some pain in the workers, in a strange way. Before I can commit to a new hire, I will need to work the others harder to make up for the missing worker until I hire him/her in to fill the gap. But it’s a lesser pain to work everyone (including myself) harder than ruin someone’s life by hiring and then firing because of lack of work. So some of you will scream, oh that’s Utopian! What about all the chiselers? That’s the other part of God’s law. We are all supposed to care for each other, but all who can are supposed to work in some way, to contribute in some way. That way we who hire will not need to worry about being taken advantage of. And it’s not Utopian. It can be done. It’s all based on how we view ourselves as a people. We have a new rule here in the US and it’s not good. If it’s legal then it’s ok. There is even a name for this: “Legal Minimalism”. This makes granny dumping ok, because last I checked, you are not financially responsible for your granny. At least not according to man’s law. But how about God’s law? To dump your granny is an abomination. Yet it is quite legal. You owe her nothing – according to the law. I know I am rambling and many of you have urgent need. There is not much I can do alone, as a single person, except say that reading about your suffering deeply disturbs me. I am personally not in financial ruin right now (though I have my own suffering, for sure). But I don’t want to live in a world where those around me suffer needlessly. So we need to do something about this pronto. we need to construct a world where success is not a zero-sum game. A world where one person’s success does not dictate another’s failure. But to do that we are going to need to change the values which drive the country.

  • Ihavedonethat

    I live on the steets for a long time.this guy has a car how luck.but you have to make your own job do anything,go back to school thar money for that,you have not hit bottom yet!

  • SummerRain

    Americans have lost their dignity, but Americans will quickly find ways to regain it. Either boot out the politicians or take a stand as they did in the American Revolution & fight for their children’s future.

    There’s a new book out about Americans who are fed up with Imperial govt./tyranny & take a stand. It’s about common Americans, like all of us here, as freedom fighters & it could be our hometown soon. Great read!!
    http://www.booksbyoliver.com

  • Joe in NY

    Ey Joe the ‘clerk’ …noone ‘stole’ this land, our ancestors conquered it by warfare, same way every other people in history gained their turf.

    Americans owe no one an ‘apology’ or any other restitution for colonizing this land, we paid for it with our blood. Personally speaking, I’ll ‘apologize’ to anyone who gets in my grill and asks for one due to the actions of my fore-bearers (good, bad or indifferent) with my fist!

    As for ‘working cheap to compete with the Chinese’, you obviously aren’t bright enough (or maybe simply a provocative troll?)to understand why the US is in economic dire straits. ‘Our’ internationalist elite cares as much for the well being and future of this country as it does about what it ate last week and even less about it’s citizens.

    The US these days has the best political leadership money can buy, so in reality it has none.

    Know that there are millions of us out here who are still financially solvent despite the best efforts of this warped elite and it’s puppet government. Our thoughts and sympathy are with our unfortunate countrymen who have been ruined by this deliberate take down of our way of life, not with the likes of you and know we will have our day of vengeance upon those responsible.

    What comes around, goes around doesn’t it? :)

    Continue to whine and serve your master SLAVE, enjoy the scraps he begrudgingly tosses on the floor for you to eat while you still can. Call it ‘false pride’ that folks like myself still possess the self respect handed down to us by our ancestors, who wouldn’t have spit on the likes of you if you were on fire.

    Ta-ta, get back to work boy.

  • Seth

    some have said we should cut the $6 billion we give to Israel and send to these unemployed people, they are not chosen by God, go get a job, don’t touch Israel’s help

  • http://www.thiscantbehappening.net Dave Lindorff

    The big problem we have is that Americans have almost no sense of solidarity. For years, during the ’90s and the first decade of this century, in the “good times,” most of us had jobs and money and didn’t give a rat’s ass about the ones who were not able to make it. Now that one in five of us doesn’t have work, many of those who didn’t care about the unemployed or underemployed are finding themselves in the same boat, ignored or dissed by those who still have work.

    Nothing is going to change until we all start to see ourselves as a class–a working class–employed, underemployed, or not employed doesn’t matter, and all exploited and victimized and indentured to the ruling class of bankers and capitalists who run the system.

    Once we see that, we will start to work together to gain control of this system, and we can talk about ending the export of jobs, establishing income support programs that work, they way they have in Germany, for example (a country that has higher wages than the US, manages to give everyone healthcare, yet is the second biggest exporter after China, and is pulling out of the global recession while we flounder and sink).

    At this point, we should be having five million people marching on Washington, and a million camped out on the Mall between the White House and the Capitol building. Why aren’t we all there demanding help for our hungry and unemployed? Why are we seeing Republicans, of all things, gaining in the polls? They want to do away with extended unemployment benefits and blocked passage of the extended benefits bill!

    Dave Lindorff
    http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

  • Dave

    I too became a 99er in 2008 when my department was outsourced to India. I was a highly trained worker and looked for similar work for 2 years while having to give up my apartment and move back in with my mother in my 30′s. Now unemployment’s finally run out and I have had no other choice than to buckle down and get a manual labor job doing construction and installations, which is what I do now.
    I get yelled at and abused by my boss, the work is backbreaking with many 14 hour days. I have no other choice. It is truly grim to the point of sometimes considering suicide as the only option.

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  • Jimmy

    Joe the clerk can talk a lotta crap online but if he said that to me face to face ha would $hit teeth for a week.

  • Elizabeth

    Hard luck stories?
    I am very sorry for you all.
    However!!!!
    When are you going to get off your butts and stop whinging and vote the criminals out of office.
    How many of you voted for Ralph Nader – the man who has fought for years against off shoring and corporate greed.
    From the figures – precious few.
    How many voted for the tweedledee/Tweedledum which pose as separte entities when they are just one corporate party.
    Most of you – yet you were repeatedly warned you were wasting your vote.
    How many of you will actively campaign for an answer to the destruction of the West and the impoverishment of its workers. For instance an end to globalization and protection to protect western jobs?.
    Any of you?.
    How many will support the new movements to secede from federal control and revive the independence of states – complete independence if need be?.
    Any?
    You are getting what you voted for. A fraudulent President by the name of Barry Soetoro and a pack of politicians virtually all in the pockets of the elite.
    Well enjoy – or actually mobilise and do something to save yourselves.

  • TruthSeekerHarrison

    White people did not steal America, they colonized it through immense suffering, you fool. White people had been coming over the land bridge for thousands of years, along with the Indians. The Indians killed them off. We came back after developing a civilization. Stop with this programmed white guilt shit. I am proud of my Ancestors. We all make mistakes. The Indians used to enslave their own people, so did the Africans. The non-whites do not have the moral high ground! Wake up white folk and black folk and red folk, my fellow Americans. You are being taken down by your leaders. This is deliberate, this collapse. http://www.iamthewitness.com. The time is now to wake up. Violence is inevitable, so is real change, not Obamafascist change. I don’t have an answer except that some terrible crap is coming and you need to wake up in order to deal with it. Get your head out of the movies, tv, mags, papers etc. Come to know the invisible realiities. http://www.izunome.org

  • http://keruxreplies.blogspot.com/ Kerux

    ____________

    Joe the Jerk obviously “works” for a government agency of some sort, whose salary is paid for by the private sector. No one works 100 hours for long, so, along with being a jerk, he is also a liar.

  • C. Smith

    The 77 year old man had it right! We must organize a mass strike and bring the entire country to a halt until the congress, judiciary and president resign in mass. The banks that took the bailout are now settling their foreign trade accounts with Chinese currency(according to FT.Com), hastening the demise of the dollar and turning against the very people who bailed them out. The only reason why there are still minimum wage jobs left is because there are a few “working folks” able to buy lunch at Wendy’s or shop at Wal-Mart. But once those people have lost there jobs then the Wal-Mart jobs will be gone. Did you see the report where Wal-Mart has mentioned that their volume is DOWN because fewer people are shopping? The collapse is coming folks and if you wait too long the scoundrels will be buried away in the bunkers before you can strike and throw them out of office.

    We must come together as one if we are to turn our country and this situation around. Worried that striking will cause you to permanently lose your job? Don’t! Because once the criminals in Washington D.C. finish taxing us to death and stealing our social security there will be nothing left. Why do you think they allowed Hollywood to feed you that crap about 2012? “Let’em keep thinking that they have until 2012 and we’ll take everything we can until then.” They know what’s coming and they know its going to arrive well before 12-21-2012.

    Our skies are sprayed with chemtrails, our banks rob us blind and take our homes and businesses, our children are dying in wars that we were lied into, our jobs are off-shored by companies making millions, they don’t want us to grow our own food, we can’t smoke cannabis even though every scientific study done with any integrity shows that it benefits man and does no harm, our healthcare is now taxable, we can’t even collect rainwater anymore, and who goes to jail? The dope dealer trying to sell weed, that used to be legal in the 1920s before the Big Pharmaceuticals figured out that they could make more money by suppressing cannabis and providing designer drugs for money that made more disease and never cured anything, the foul mouth governor who threatens to cut Bank of America off from all state business over a shuttered small business, and all of the low level criminals who don’t have connections to the White House. How many bankers have gone to jail now? Have read about how the administration no longer has the funds to prosecute illegal aliens so they are letting them go free for all crimes except DUI, Family violence but other crimes are wiped away? Have you heard Obama’s man on social security refer to the program as a milk cow with 310 million titts? We’ve paid into it all our lives and now that they’ve borrowed it into the red they don’t want to fund it!

    WAKE UP PEOPLE! START SHARING AND CARING. START TALKING TO ONE ANOTHER AND ORGANIZING A MASS NATIONAL STRIKE! WE HAVE NO OTHER POWER. THEY CONTROL THE MEDIA, THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, THE BANKS, THE MILITARY, THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, THE FOOD SYSTEM. We have no power other than UNPLUGGING FROM THE MATRIX!

    STRIKE! Unplug from the matrix and deny them your personal power to run their schemes.

  • http://Theeconomiccollapse Earl

    Is that Joe the soda jerk or Joe jerk off? Either way the name sure fits.

  • Steve

    To: Joe the JERK,
    You are an ignoramus. I am amazed at the stupidity of your comments. You feel nothing for others but claim the opposite. You are either a foreigner to America or a government hack planting conflict on the web. Either way you have no idea whatsoever concerning the well being of our people or our nation.
    Your stupidity is so vast on so many levels that you defy cognitive reason.
    Perhaps you should move back to whatever third world or socialist country you came from where 100 hours a week is standard fare and live out your miserable existence as a slave.
    Do not kid yourself into believing your pollution influences anyone here or elsewhere, for your pathetic incompetence is relegated to the mentally disturbed and no one else.
    You IDIOT.

    GOT IT!

  • Greg B

    I don’t mean to be unfeeling to those who are down on their luck, but the fact is we all need to suck this up. There will never be any recovery. The jobs are gone permanently. Industrial civilization is collapsing. The only thing keeping oil prices down right now is the economic collapse. If any type of recovery actually happened, oil would spike and smack it down again. We are at peak. It is time to accept that the last few decades were an anomaly.

    What do you do now? You head out to rural America and start asking farmers to share crop, that’s what. Subsistence farming. Peasant living. Feudal arrangements just like they had several centuries ago. It takes a strong person to accept the inevitable, but this is the future. Face facts. Civilizations collapse. If that wasn’t true, we’d be typing on this forum in hieroglyphics. It is simply our time. If you want to live, then you have to change. Drastically. Otherwise, go ahead and jump off the highest bridge you can find and hope your end is pleasant.

    Someone in rural Kansas with 1000+ acres will likely respond to your request to farm a few thousand square feet for no pay and your agreement to help with odd jobs. He’ll teach you how to grow food, and you can lose those 50 lbs. you always wanted. It’ll be hard work, and you’ll barely survive.

    My advice. Get off the internet and get to work. I’m under no illusions my job is secure. The instant I lose it, if I can’t find a new one within 3 months that is what I’m doing. No way am I going to sit around and wait to die.

  • Uncle_Meat

    The problem is that folks have been living from paycheck to paycheck for decades. Living beyond their means on credit with absolutely no savings. That has now ended. We’re supposed to feel sorry for these folks and give them our money? Yes, it’s tragic but when you hang around places like Unemployed-Friends you still hear this attitude of entitlement. This is taking money out of my pocket and all those that still have income. It’s time we went after the bankers and put them in prison. They are to blame and all you Unemployed-Friends liberals that voted for this abortion known as Obama: You made your bed now sleep in it!

  • David

    It is time for a grand change…in diet and behavior. The old paradigm has been flogged to death by the rich and the local wannabees. Everyone with money or say in your life behaves like gods now. These arrogant bastards rub it in for all its worth. Bad attitudes and bad manners, even forthright disrespect bordering or equal to gross disrespect. But, what you’re gonna do? What is the worst that can happen? Forget the fears. Go into it. You can survive in a shelter. You can eat those micro-waved foods if it comes to that. Do that and wait. You don’t know what’s coming…whether it is the NWO with martial law or the Ron Paul Revolution. Stay alive. Eff the family and relatives. They would sell you out anyway for their 30 pieces. New solutions to staying healthy while poor. You don’t need traditional food that kills. Eat raw foods, sprouts (1 lb lentils costs <$1), live off the land (dandelions grow everywhere), see how others who are homeless live, and learn how to (you will see an art in there somewhere)…..learn, learn, learn.

    Don't worry about your image in others eyes. This is all Hollywood. The resistance and pain you feel is part of your de-programming from the capitalistic system that served the elites to bring us to our knees. Their power comes from those in the system….those who would die rather than face a life of nothing. Rather see life from new eyes. Poor or rich has gotta die. You may very well live longer if you live outside of the system and forage on it!

  • Marg

    This is the result of the “I want everything and I want it now” mentality. Live within your means and save your money in case you lose your job, think ahead. I do not feel sorry for people who squandered every last cent they had (and ran up credit-card debt and took on a humongous mortgage) because they got suckered into a lifestyle they wanted but could not afford. Cigarettes and beer also robbed these people of their money and their health.

  • LawnsandGardens

    1. Why have all the jobs gone overseas?
    A Workers are willing to work for less pay and benefits.

    2. Why have all the jobs gone overseas?
    A Employers pay less in taxes and insurance.

    3. Why have all the jobs gone overseas?
    A The government encourages business to outsource.

    4. Why have all the jobs gone overseas?
    A Degreed American workers will not take a job if it does not further their career.

    5. Why have all the jobs gone overseas?
    A American workers demand their rights, foreign workers submit to management and company rights.

    End of reasons.

  • XJ

    I remember when everyone was living the life in 2005. People thought they were millionaires. They’d buy McMansions and pull out money from their homes to buy toys and just pretend like they were successful. My old next door neighbor used to look down on the renters across the street and say mean things about them, now he is the one losing his house and his business is about to shut down. You should never discredit other people. The ones who are doing well now, need to see how lucky and blessed they are. As for the person who works 100 hours a week just to keep up his lifestyle, he is fooling himself and pretending it is going to go on this way forever. How long can you work like that before your body gives out, 5 years, 10 years, 20- Don’t fool yourself!
    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

  • Seek the Truth

    If people want a more prosperous nation they need to stop serving the rats that want endless war between Christians and Muslims in the middle east using the 911 inside job as the launching pad. Every time the rats infest a nation, it starts going down the tubes because they get into top positions and suck its blood with endless promotion of war, endless bank swindling, endless corporate crime etc. No more rats.

  • Donald Woods

    The governments objective is depopulation control of us parasites and useless eaters too below 500 million in this century, see the georgia guidestones.

    There is no gods, devils, heavens or hells in our natural world, only man made fears and superstitions that hardens hearts and enslaves minds within the tyranny of religions which are incompatible with higher education, business and good government. Christianity is a perversion of pure morality that constitutes the anti-christ, said Thomas Jefferson!

    I’m 68 years old, medically retired, caregiver of my alzheimers afflicted wife for the last twenty years, I was once a wealthy businessman with my own company, I’ve had to deal with this corrupt health care system, pay our way, live on a small farm, but we prepared, I knew what was comming, we’re bankrupt now from the doctor bills, but we still got our farm, and our two social security disability checks, respite nurses, I only possess a grade school education, I am an atheist, and total quality management businessman RETIRED and living high on the hawg in the great smoky mountain’s of east tennessee…

    Bottom line, nobody gives you anything, you have to work for it, quit feeling sorry for yourself and get out there like we did and take part time jobs cleaning banks to supplement our social security checks or pick up pop cans, winners never QUIT! and Quitters never WIN!

  • 911 Patriot

    This is ALL BY DESIGN,they (the ruling class) want to bring us to our knees so we agree to and take anything they offer for a scrap of food and a roof over our head). Yes, it is partially our fault for wanting ever cheaper goods and services. Now the goods manufacture went somewhere else and will not come back until those “cheap workers” (in China, India etc.)go onto the barricades and demand higher pay. Who knows when! And the services? We imported those that had nothing and they are doing the jobs they got because Americans did not want them. They will not give those back voluntarily either! Plus they have their own lobby now and the feckless politicians of both parties on their side to make their status permanent; so they in turn put those politicians in power forever! But the ruling class (politicians with almost unlimited terms and constituents that vote them back into power; large corporations that have figured out that they can play the masses in all countries against one another; Hollywood/entertainment who are and will be leaches forever and lets not forget the complicit elitist media).
    So I don’t know how WE THE PEOPLE can make up for our mistakes and take this country back. Get rid of ALL politicians (both parties), large corporate hierarchies and the dumming down from Hollywood/ Entertainment and leftist Media!. IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT FOR “WE THE PEOPLE” THAN FULL FLEDGED REVOLUTION?? I don’t think so….

  • Julian

    To Joe the clerk, you need to get off you damn high horse. Working 100 hours a week? You must have 3 jobs and no life. I have a family. I have not found work in almost 2 years. Yeah, we are on Public Assistance. But that is not preventing me from going out and finding work, and not in a crap job. I pushed a mop around a warehouse. I’ve stocked shelves. And the latter one was part-time. Even the minimum wage jobs are not hiring. And if they are, it’s part time.

    Joe, you have my pity. Because you have fallen into the same trap the ultra-rich are in. Love of money.

    You truly deserve the asbestos cork award.

  • Kevin

    I’ll be setting off fireworks and dancing on the lawn when Joe The Clerk loses his job….and you KNOW he will

  • rachel

    All this crap about jobs. Jobs are for the lazy and irresponsible. No wonder those who played by the rules lost, because there never were any rules. Being your own boss and running ones own business is the only matter in America for concern. The walmarts, coscos, sams supermart et al are the reason for this garbage and the stinking multitudes of “i just want to show up and get a paycheck” crowd.
    Unemployment is a red herring, smoke and mirrors, a heaping steaming bucket of BS. People should be screaming to have their own businesses….. again…… not begging for a stupid JOB.

  • bell

    Whats a hard worker other than a good slave?
    Whats educated and qualified other than brainwashed and indoctrinated?

    The intellectual university elite super smarts are only just now finding that those pieces of paper on the wall guaranteed them nothing but something to burn in the fire or wipe their butt with for 2010.

    All the rubbish ive heard over the years from smart ass little blips who constantly declare their worth to the world because they just spend over a hundred grand to qualify for a good job.

    Doesnt anyone other than me see the fatal flaw in this thinking?

  • http://www.brianjameslowe.com Brian

    THERES WORK IN IOWA! HAVE HOPE!! COME TO THE CORN STATE!

    Also, If you’re an under 30, you can apply for a current working holiday visa in Canada which is being supplied and work up there, to which the economy is doing great :-)

    Stay strong America! We need to do everything we can!!!

  • card

    I just don’t believe it. Listening to this shit, people whinging about jobs moving to China and no jobs to be found? I thought America was the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    Listen up, you feckless Americans have been taking the cool aid for far too long. You have supped with the devil, believing what the oligarchs have been telling you since Ronnie Raygun, while they have mopped up even bigger portions of the pie. My son was on a visit to NYC and the elderly bus guide, who in any civilised country would be comfortably retired, was boasting about what a great country the US is, saying “In this country, anyone can be a million ayeh” Maybe he was just doing it for the pleasure, while his chauffeur driven Caddy followed along behind. The oligarchs now own the US and they own the government. It is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet. And yet you guys just bemoan your fate????

    I think time was when government was afraid of the people, now the people are afraid of the government. And there is no sign of the people joining together to take on the two party war party. The party, the RepugroCrats, represents Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, the Israel Lobby, and the Global Corporations. You have the best government money can buy. And now your Supreme Court relieves any restraint on Corporate financing of elections? If it wasn’t so absurd and malevolent, it would be funny. And meanwhile you guys just sit there and moan? Earlier generations would have been taking their muskets and pikes our of the thatch. Y’know, old George Carlin had it pitch perfect, as you can see in this clip;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

    Morning in America? If so, it’s time to wake up!!! But personally, I don’t think there’s a chance of that happening. Too many have too deeply drunk of the myths, legends and shibboleths of US hypocracy and imperial madness. Too many believe in the American Dream, or perhaps more properly, the American fantasy. Too much materialism, and too little sense of community, where everyone is my brother and sister, and where a wrong done to them, is a wrong done to me. As Pastor Niemoeller said in Nazi Germany,

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

    And for all you crazy US Cristians out there who are filled with hatred, remember what Crist said,
    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
    As a child I learned that the 10 commandments could be reduced to two, Love God, and Love your Neighbour. And your neighbour, in this tiny world, is every other human being. bacause we are all part of the whole, in the family of God, and are each therefore part of the Godhead.

    Peace and Love,

    Card – Tir na n’Og

  • Paul

    Increasing numbers of posters in forums like this invoking the classic American “God will save us” routine. Well guess what? You’re in for the biggest reality check of your lives. You have to do it yourselves. Others have tried, the Russians, the Romanians, the Philipinos etc, it can be done as long as the opportunists don’t hijack it after the real work is over (see Russians).

  • lostgeneration

    I have lost my home, life savings, and my family is split because of jobs. I have worked everyday of my adult life, am college+ educated and a vet.

    I have lost faith with it all to include the American people. We just lay down why we are screwed over by the banking institutions.

    Too big too fail means you are too little to succeed.

    For my generation it is over.

  • http://don'tknow eric

    Welcome to the real world.The west is in for an eye opener. Easy times are over, welcome to the depression.We knew it was coming, we got lots of warnings. We could have saved and prepared for it.Now you will have to live the way your great- grandparents did in the last depression.My folks went through it in England and Scotland, and passed on to me what being thrifty is. I could not believe the waste that went on on North America when we got here from Europe. The extravagence, the throw away society. Easy living.Now we will get in step with the rest of the world. We are still far better off than 3/4 of mankind, even in a depression. We will just have to get used to hard times, like others around the world live every day.

  • Dan Ditchdigger

    Joe is a funny guy. Over 10 million people have lost there jobs and he thinks Wal Mart, McDonalds, etc. has 10 million job openings despite falling sales and closing stores. hahahaha.

    Are people actually this misinformed?

  • Dan Ditchdigger

    Be on the look out for issue which divide (immigration, Race relations, religious to dominate the headlines as the economy gets worse.

    The goal is to get you fighting among yourselves so they can crack down. Face it folks, high paying jobs are gone, 70% of the economy is consumer spending.

    You are living in a slow motion implosion. Sooner or later it’s going to take us all down.

    Now the choice is will you get buried in the rubble or prepare to clean out those responsible and take control over your own destiny.

    No one is coming to save you from either faction of the big government party.

    Will your anger and rage be focused on those who are responsible or your neighbors? Your enemy wears a $5000 suit.

  • philip inuhoff

    You’re next Joe, you ****…

  • Tomy

    Joe the Clerk.

    You are one hateful, judgemental jerkoff.
    How do you know that these people are lazy or even bought an iPod?

    I hope your mother comes out from under the porch and bites your goddamn ankle, the day after your boss fires your sorry ass and gives your job to an illegal.

    Punkass punk.

  • Ivan.New Zealand.

    More good news…any country that tortures prisoners deserves all it gets.

  • http://theVenusProject.com Fancy

    The jobs are not coming back. Nor is the Chinese taking all of them. Have you ever heard of technological unemployment. robotics. Machines taking more and more jobs.

    I don’t care how many times you yell at someone to find work if there is none then there is none. people can’t pay others to mow the lawn if they are not working either.

    When all the earth is polluted and we can’t grow any more food what are we going to eat. Can’t eat money.

    I advocate something called a resource based economy to replace this system which is dying. We are moving out of stage 0 of society to stage one and this is what happens when we do. Greed is rampant and in any political system the money goes to the top and people will do anything for money. Money in this society = survival.

    But real survival is the human race cooperating working together. Otherwise we get the mess we have now in this money based economy.

    It will take a high responsibitly of a person to live in such a society and it is not Utopia because man is in it and nothing man does is perfect. Nor it is any other -ism. Money always goes to the top and they always have armies. The VP has neither. Nor much government.

  • Michael F

    I too have been laid off over two years. I have turned more resumes and applications than I care to try and count. I am still looking for a job. They are not out there. So if someone thinks they can even take a 6.00 an hour job here in Ann Arbor Mi I challenge you to do it. Otherwise shut up.
    One of the problems with this town is it is a sanctuary city which means immigrants get special treatment. Esp, Illegals. And that contributes to the high unemployment.
    If anyone had a set of balls in our Gov. 20 million jobs could be opened up right now. Just do your damn job and deport all illegals. I am sure we could find the money easily.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Haven’t we been here before? I remember a time of a country with a wrecked currency, lots of homeless, disabled vets begging in the streets, the economy falling apart for most, and general social malaise.

    That was all true of Germany during the Weimar Republic.

  • tmccann

    Joe

    Free Trade was a weapon of the British. It was frequently used by the British East India Company in alliance with the English banks. It allowed people outside the nation practicing (targeted by) free trade to totally reduce that nation to poverty.

    Free trade would often seem to offer great initial prosperity. Then an economic downturn engineered by foreign traders and banks would result in catastrophic economic collapse. This would result in foreign nationals and foreign banks owning huge pieces of the targeted country. The locals were often reduced to grinding poverty.

    The United States chose a different path. It was called Fair Trade. Basically, through tariffs and other protections, we protected our farmers, fisherman, and industry. The Europeans were astonished that we were achieving great prosperity without using free trade. Bismark in his diaries marveled how well we doing. Fair Trade was also called the American Method.

    Oddly enough it was the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, that was the champion of Fair Trade. NO TRUE CONSERVATIVE BELIEVES IN FREE TRADE. Globalist Fascists masquerading as conservatives promote this “free trade”. We are now seeing the typical result of foreign banks and foreign nationals, in collaboration with moral, financial, and intellectual sellouts that are homegrown, destroying our country in the name of a theory, that being Free Trade.

    Terry

  • Gail Andrews

    This is so difficult to read. I quit Limbaugh when he advocated strongly years ago for NAFTA. Common sense told me if there’s a buck somewhere besides the US of A–companies will flock there.

    Can we find folks who would allow a camper-trailer in their yards to house those who are living in the street? If the tenant can’t pay something for utilities, perhaps he/she could do yard work/housework/pickup cans, gardening-anything? IDONNO! There has to be answers.

    Build on this idea.

  • Gail Andrews

    ….another thought There are way to many rules and unelected rule makers. Perhaps some who have the education can visit legislators, write letters to editors, speak at functions…..

    In my humble opinion the country we all love has been bogged down with many unnecessary regulations. Licenses for everything. Redundant education to renew a license. Tests for unrelated materials to even qualify for a license.

    Then, there are the unions. Is it really necessary to have unions for public employees? These are better paid than most on the outside doing similar jobs, especially when one looks at the benefit package. I truly dislike the “teachers” union! Why is it necessary?

    Comon…you can think of more. All need to work on this one.

  • Rex

    Okay folks, collectively, we could all could go after your politicians (regardless of party), the Prez, the Dept of Labor (of whom HILDA SOLIS is a MAJOR Illegal Alien Supporter), as well as the Chambers of
    Commerce, Rotary Clubs and Commonwealths and economists across this nation demand that these things be done:

    1. End: NAFTA (N. American Free Trade Agreement), CAFTA, GATT (General
    Agreement on Trade-Tarrifs) and the WTO (World Trade Organization).——-We need to be Self Sufficent again, NOT dangerously
    dependent on other nations———also: WHOSE ECONOMY ARE WE HELPING WHEN
    WE BUY-MADE IN: China, Taiwan, Mexico, India, Vietnam, Honduras, etc, etc.—-Does anyone get the picture here?

    2. Demand an end to Tax Breaks of ALL corporations who: Offshore, Outsource
    and hire all manner of VISA WORKERS and ILLEGAL ALIENS and send the Visa Workers and Illegal Aliens home!

    3. Demand that employers use E-VERIFY.

    4. Demand a moratorium on the immigration rates in this nation. This needs to slow down considerably (regardless of national origin)–How do we already have so many UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED LEGAL CITIZENS yet continue the
    business world to still invite more immigrants in?

    5. End the FEDERAL RESERVE (it’s time remove that noose around our necks) and punish the BANKSTERS for ripping off our nation. They should be in jail with MADOFF and certainly, they should have NEVER RECEIVED THOSE BONUSES. AND….What’s so special about our BANKSTERS that they cannot be brought to
    justice?

  • Meep

    I don’t judge these ppl at all. Been there and done that and it was difficult. I lived on the street in Arizona for 9 months but could have lasted longer because I found out how to get by. What I found though is you have to look at life differently and you really have to swallow your pride. I went door to door looking for work and found it. Painted, mowed, rocked yards, tore off roofs, picked up dog poop, fixed cars, cleaned houses, scrapped metal, and whatever it took. It was depressing and hard but I learned a lot. One thing is never give up your vehicle OR if you do have a vehicle then trade it for a beater in good shape and try to get as much money out of it as you can. A vehicle is your base. A truck is better than a car because you can haul stuff in a truck like recyclables and such. Also, dumpsters are a treasure trove. Food, scrap , and clothes are easily attainable. There really is a light at the end of the tunnel but you need to believe it. Just think of how many ppl are worse off than you and get it in perspective. Those miners in Chile will be in that hole for at least four months. I’ll bet that they wish they could be in your shoes. Also watch uplifting movies if you can. “Pursuit of Happiness” with Will Smith is a true story and pretty much says it all. BTW, I now have more money than I ever thought I would ever have so “Never give up , Never surrender”. I had my dark thoughts too but glad I stuck around to see what happened next.

  • Joe Mama

    Start deporting all the illegals and shut off the flow from the rest of the third world, and there would be plenty jobs, oil, food, ect.

  • lili

    It is a sad state of affairs but do remember 70 percent of world citizens have always lived in a state of desperation. Mike Rivero (whatreallyhappened.com)says:

    Unfortunately, the economic policies of this government are exacerbating the problem.

    We need to:

    1. Abolish the Federal Reserve, and have the government issue its own money, as originally intended by the Founding Fathers.

    2. Slash taxes and spending (primarily on these illegal and immoral wars without end.)

    3. Create incentives for companies to bring back our manufacturing base.

    He is correct.Hating other cultures will not help you. While you’re hating your neighbor the government is reaching right into your pocket. You’re at rallies to get “them” out while the government is on the floor changing laws left and right. PAY ATTENTION. Keep your eyes where they should be-on the government alone.

    America is falling due to racial and social divide and conquer. It is working.

    You think Arizona is such a trendsetter? Notice they haven’t abolished a single contract with those that don’t support them? They still take money from every state that abhors their behavior. You say good it means the other states are stupid to keep giving Arizona money.

    It says to me Arizona just figured out a way to make every state give them more cash-which has yet to go to a single created job. With the cash they get and the illegals gone where are all of the new jobs? But wow look at the perks the politicians get. Sweet.

  • David

    Yeah MEEP! Thats the idea I wanted to convey(see comment 8/27 4.32 pm). Get rid of all kinds of druthers and hang-ups to face the future. If you try to predict it, you would probably opt for suicide. Go naked into all your futures and let it be what it will be. Take care of now. If you cannot use Constitutional prerogatives, let the BS continue. We all die……., even the elites whose manipulations brought us to this. I curse them and their descendants daily. Those axxeholes who have fitted into niches need to see that it is their usefulness to the Elites, not personal greatness or hard work, that causes them to live salubriously even now! Now we know the American Dream was a fictitious cover for the diabolical conquest of America. Now we know for sure!

  • End_of_Tunnel

    It’s too late. (God’s hand writes straight in crooked lines). We are living the end result of something put into motion long ago before grandparents were born. It won’t be long now. Never was in ‘our’ hands – but in hands of the ‘elite’. All clockwork – and on ‘their’ schedule. It will be gone to ‘naught’ in an hour. Don’t knock yourself out – very evident how hard Americans have worked -even shared – if only to keep up with the ‘Jones’. Few ‘lazy slobs’ in America – didn’t get 37 hr workweek -or 4 wk or ‘months’ off such as in Europe they boasted about. Propaganda’s powerful – but 3,000 miles across – a land of one ‘speaking’ language & real estate to be proud of – Well! Speaks for itself. Alas, the ‘civilizzzed’ world is completely in chaos- magnitude caused by ‘elite’ -but all predictable. Secret to look at the bottle 1/2 full – not 1/2 empty – taught by grandmothers of ‘prohibition’ era ’20s. Loss of job, money, roof, food – and the good ol days. Nothing is forever – everything is ‘on loan’. ‘The evil ones’ will pay the ultimate price. What to do now is ‘reach out’ and help a ‘brother. Live by the rules of decency- this is ‘when the going gets tough – the tough ‘get going’. Does ‘stuff’ make you – or do you make the ‘stuff’. Master – or mastered. We’re in the trenches – wherever you are -there you are – be your best self. Sleeping well is a reward money can’t buy. If not, make amends. The reward is Eternity. The chaff will be winnowed out.

  • lucille

    Start a business. Thats what I did back in the early 80′s when things went down hill. I prospered since then I have made a very comfortable life for myself. I have the best of everything and I don’t lack for anything. I thank God everyday for everything that I have. God gave me the body and brain to be somebody that can sustain themselves without the need of government or anyone else. Not everyone can do this, I know that, but if you have fingers and Internet access and the knowledge to realize where you are and what your circumstances are in this one and only life that you have then you should do all you can to stay alive and prosper. Start by not sitting at home all day looking for work. Sitting at home does nothing for you. I was lucky in the beginning I didn’t have a home. I also slept in my car and I used it to move around and make the deals and offers that began my business that became my livelihood. Don’t sit at home. If you think that filling out applications is not working then consider going on commission. What do you have to lose. You don’t have anything anyway. The best that can happen is that someone will take you on your offer and you will gain. Go sell something. Go NOW! This is the only life that you have. Remember that no one cares about you as much as yourself. No one will do anything until you force it on them. People won’t budge until you confront them and people wont buy from you until you ask them to. So go do it!

  • Johnny Dell

    Lucille put it so well.
    That is one of the best responses here.
    Economic interaction is unstoppable.
    You can’t stop trade or commerce.
    All the establishment does is try to manipulate it and control it.
    Small business hires 90% of all Americans!
    Small business is the backbone of this country, not Walmart.
    They’ve fooled us all into begging them for jobs and the government for welfare.
    We don’t need any of them to buy, work and trade.
    What we need is a healty and thriving black market economy independent of all their
    business-stopping laws and requirements.

  • End_of_Tunnel

    Yes, it is time to come to the ‘senses’. We have 5 (most of us). But – this is not ‘every man for himself’. No. Every century of mankind -things went sour. Things have usually been bad for the ‘little guys’ since the beginning- history repeats itself. However – back when people could round up a few dollars doing their ‘thing’ like selling pencils etc -but now – with the laws & the internet – everything is being recorded. They have even put ‘bartering’ on the income tax info. So – to live morally and lawfully have become separate issues (not necessarily one or the other). Dignity is achieved by overcoming that which is difficult by maintaining morals. They can take away that which is tangible – however – the riches lie in that which we can share – that is priceless. No one is ‘safe’. Anyone who is ‘comfortable’ will soon not be. We are all a link in a chain – no man is an island. To sell – means someone else has to afford to buy it. But we can be imaginative, invent, please, smile, sing, reach out -we can share without a price tag – and information is valuable. There is no such thing as a ‘college education gets you somewhere’. It does get you a huge student loan and does not guarantee a job. I know people with Master degrees slinging burgers right now. The future is ‘now’ – tomorrow may not come. Time to ‘dust yourself off’, take stock of what you do have, count the blessings. If you sleep in a car, thank God for the car. If you sleep in a homeless shelter, thank God for the homeless shelter. This is not a matter of ‘crying in one’s beer’. Look forward – not back (as in Lot’s wife). Get a grip. If God wanted you gone – you’d be gone – so there is still a reason for you to be here. There are ‘NO Jobs’. That was corporate America – corporate America is gone – over-seas – they sold out. The Gates foundation just bought into the Monsanto who makes the ‘terminator’ seed. Thanks Gates for the computer. It’s not just the little guy on the ‘countdown’ – but the ones who think they’re safe – on the other team. The time has come to ‘get together’ – just as before. There are communities called ‘intentional communities’ being formed all across America – of many styles and flavors (so to speak). This may be a huge answer for the current homeless. When the time comes – it is not ‘who’ you are -but ‘what’ you are – that will count.

  • David

    I grew up way poorer than anyone I know now. As a child I was happy, even when hungry. I learned things that others didn’t know. I could do things that other couldn’t do. Poverty isn’t as bad as it is made out to be. Most of the happiest times of my life were when I was my poorest. No kidding!

    I have to agree with you Lucille!!!

    Make your future!

    I saw the impending collapse back in 2004. By 2005 I had set myself up in a position to have choices. By the end of 2005 my good paying job ended. I never even considered applying for another job or UE. I knew that another job would only lead to my financial ruin. I had to do something on my own. I had two years of very hard times. I struggled when other spent frivolously. I have several endeavors that provide me cash flow, when one slows another is there. I accept no defeat, and I’m always looking for something new.

    I have to be very thankful for my abilities. I give to others in need and I am very sympathetic to others not as fortunate as me. But ultimately everyone will have to be able to provide for themselves.

    That is a REALITY.

    As Lucille said: “GO NOW” you really can do it. Figure out something that people need and figure out how to do it well. Then do it like no other, make it your thing. Look people in the eye, they aren’t any better than you. Speak up, be heard, and stand out. Need is the ultimate motivator, utilize that to your benefit. Go further, try harder; these are the things that made America great in the first place, before mega-opolopy. No machine can offer this nor can anybody in China or India or elsewhere.

    You have all the power.

    Don’t get discouraged when things get impossible; right after is when it gets good. The worse that can happen is that you have to try again. That is ok; you get to try again and again if necessary. The only way you can fail is to stop trying. You might be surprised how many people will assist you when they see you trying your hardest.

    Suicide, something that I considered many years ago, never enters my mind any more. I threw off the covenants of state, church and media and now my mind is mine. The thought of suicide never even comes to me anymore. It is those MtrFkr’s that are telling you lies; that you are not good enough, that you can’t do for yourself.

    Think for yourself…Free yourself.

    “Do It NOW!”

    Oh, Ivan.New Zealand, your country is also in severe decline and will soon be in worse shape than ours. It too was built on injustices of the past. But it lacks one thing that only the USA has; TRUE AMERICAN SPIRIT!
    You are wrong to confuse the American government with the American people. It is the American people who are speaking here.

    So… Hate not, and Fear not.

  • jonak

    this is now happening toAmericans….n u will not be alone….it will happen globally……China , India are both bubbles…..the world economy and its growth had been fueled by cheap money for the last 40 years…….when credit contracts….it will collapse badly…..most effected will be jobless middle class……we will not see the level of spending and growth seen in the last decade..or perhaps sometime after a few decades….forget jobs……its all about SURVIVAL now

  • XJ

    Joe the clerk needs to work 100 hours a week at minimum wage to support his lifestyle – probably has a truck, boat, toy hauler, quads and goes to the river every weekend. Most likely, still trying to live a spoiled lifestyle. He doesn’t need to put anyone down because even that minimum wage job could be gone tomorrow.

  • Fred Basset

    Plenty of jobs, get off your ass and don’t be so damn afraid to relocate!

    • b

      Why don’t you try uprooting after 30+ years and your children rooted in the community as well as taking care of your elder parents.

  • http://LIONSAFARI.CO.UK SILVIA

    SEARCHING FOR JOB IS NOT THE BEST SOLUTION!
    why? 1. you may loose it soon anyway and 2. the usa government is quickly implementing new laws so that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer so whatever you will earn may not be enough for your expenses anyway.
    THE SOLUTION: somehow you must find a piece of land and start growing your own vegetable and have something to eat. even some 500 square meters of land are enough to feed a small family! within few years American cities will be a hard place to live – violence, hunger, epidemics, gang ruling… get away somehow until it is easier!

  • Henry

    Nice article, but technology isn’t the reason why this happened. (Go read “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt).

    If someone gets the blame for this, it’s undoubtedly the Federal Reserve.

  • End_of_Tunnel

    The mantra is ‘divide and conquer’. Quite a prize to be gotten from the ‘lambs’ -sacrificial lambs. Divide & conquer.(Catacombs calling) Okay – so what to do? Yes, American ingenuity is the answer – such as ‘thinking out of the box’. Another thing is ‘there is comfort in numbers’. Relocate. Connect with others like-minded -the time is coming when much ‘comfort’ needs to be shared -everyone will have lost much (around the world – even stuck-on-itself Europe). Make yourself a ‘small package’ of the basics -technology etc while still obtainable. No one is safe. They took the waterways a couple of years ago-next is the land. Prophecy was ‘there would come a time when people would be enchained -without chains -because of all the laws’. Still areas where people live in the countryside and need help. While the internet is still going (not for long) good thing to get information down on hardcopy of where to go. Make those connections now. (Go find your tribe) -Not a time to ‘cry in the beer’. Grab your ‘dignity’ together. Make preparations for personal comfort sortof better than the ‘Go Bag’ they were advertising on tv in NYC area after towers went down. This is for ‘real’ -(can’t ya feel it)- and when the time comes (pretty soon) – not a good time to be stuck in the city under mrmarshalls law. HOwever -if you are a Christian you know that much better times are ahead – the earth doesn’t end (discovery channel?) – it simply will change for the better.

  • Kriegpipes

    The path that the world economy is on is a slippery slope. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Quality of life is not going to be suddenly evenly distributed, without a bloody war, or (hopefully) a more peaceful, economic revolution.

    There’s a lot of land out there, and even if the government/big business owns it all, they cannot police it all. Hopefully, enough Americans realize that working 100 hours a week for soon-to-be worthless American dollars only perpetuates the cycle. ‘They’ are only as rich as ‘we’ make them! Degrees, money, and employment status do not matter when the bombs drop!

    My only concern is that Americans don’t have the properly-developed survival instinct required to build your own house, farm your own food, evade the authorites, and establish a new economy. I fear that many are ‘brainwashed’ to the point that they would consider suicide as a better option than this.

    If you have means, consider yourself lucky. If you have greater means, help a fellow human out: give him a place to stay, or feed him. If you are without means, good luck, hang in there soon, change is on the way. If you are feeling invigorated, get yourself to a rural area, squat in a house, grow/catch your own food, and live the easy life! PS – collect your bottle caps, because I am proposing that they become the new currency of ‘Inner North America’ :)

  • Tom

    Lost your job? Thank a tea bagger. They demand employers pay healthcare and make employers foot the bill. They want to go to the doctor of their choice even if it runs the company out of business. When we tried to get what every other country has, they screamed at town hall meetings. Now we lost our jobs. Tea baggers have destooyed this country. They do not want to pay tax but want to get everything for free. Tea Baggers are trash.

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