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Free House In Yakima, WashingtonWould you like to buy a house for one dollar?  If someone came up to you on the street and asked you that question, you would probably respond by saying that it sounds too good to be true.  But this is actually happening in economically-depressed cities all over America.  Of course there are a number of reasons why you might want to think twice before buying any of these homes, and I will get into those reasons in just a little bit.  First, however, it is worth noting that many of the cities where these “free houses” are available were once some of the most prosperous cities in the entire country.  In fact, the city of Detroit once had the highest per capita income in the entire nation.  But as millions of good jobs have been shipped overseas, these once prosperous communities have degenerated into rotting, decaying hellholes.  Now homes that once housed thriving middle class families cannot even be given away.  This is happening all over America, and what we are witnessing right now is only just the beginning.

The photo that I have posted below was sent to me by a reader just the other day.  It is a photo of a house in Yakima, Washington that is apparently being given away for free.  At one time it was probably quite a lovely home, but now nobody seems to want it…

Free Home In Yakima, Washington

This piqued my curiosity, so I started doing some research and I discovered that homes all over the nation are being sold off for a dollar or less.  The following are just a few examples…

-Buffalo, New York: “The Urban Homestead Program that is offered by the City of Buffalo enables qualified buyers to purchase a home that has been deemed ‘homestead eligible’ for $1.00 and there are plenty of properties left. There are three main requirements when purchasing a homestead property; the owner must fix all code violations within 18 months, have immediate access to at least $5000, and live there for at least three years. You also have to cover the closing costs of the purchase.”

-Gary, Indiana: “Officials say that a third of the houses in Gary are unoccupied, hollowed dwellings spread across a city that, like other former industrial powerhouses, has lost more than half its population in the last half-century.

While some of those homes will be demolished, Gary is exploring a more affordable way to lift its haggard tax base and reduce the excess of empty structures: sell them for $1.”

-South Bend, Indiana: “How could you refuse this offer? The city of South Bend, Indiana wants to give this handsome circa-1851 Italianate farmhouse away to anyone willing to properly restore it. Aside from the boarded up windows (the boards are painted to look like real windows), the place is in pretty good shape, with a completely restored exterior, new roof, and all new HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. All you’ll need to do is restore the gutted (but clean as can be) interior.”

-Detroit, Michigan: “Now that the motor city has effectively run out of gas and declared bankruptcy, some rather eye-popping deals are presenting themselves to first time home buyers who appreciate the challenge of a fixer-upper.

Hundreds of Detroit homes currently listed on Zillow have asking prices below $5,000, with at least one seller so desperate as to offer his house for just $1, ABC News reported.”

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And guess who is selling more “one dollar homes” than anyone else?

If you guessed “the federal government” you would be correct.

Right now, the federal government is selling foreclosed homes to low income families all over the country for just one dollar

HUD’s Dollar Homes initiative helps local governments to foster housing opportunities for low to moderate income families and address specific community needs by offering them the opportunity to purchase qualified HUD-owned homes for $1 each.

Dollar Homes are single-family homes that are acquired by the Federal Housing Administration (which is part of HUD) as a result of foreclosure actions. Single-family properties are made available through the program whenever FHA is unable to sell the homes for six months.

By selling vacant homes for $1 after six months on the market, HUD makes it possible for communities to fix up the homes and put them to good use at a considerable savings.

Before you get too excited, there are a whole bunch of reasons why you wouldn’t want to actually buy any of these one dollar homes.

First of all, most of them have been totally trashed.  Just to get them up to livable condition would take thousands of dollars in most cases.  Many of them are full of asbestos, and severe wiring and plumbing issues are quite common.

Secondly, you assume all of the liability for a home when you buy it.  So if a homeless person stumbles in and injures himself, you could be liable for his injuries.

Thirdly, many of these homes are in very high crime neighborhoods.  In some of these areas, people will literally rip up and carry away anything that is not bolted down.

Fourthly, property taxes are very high in many of these cities.  Local governments are desperate to get people into these homes so that they can get the taxes flowing again.  In many cases, what you would pay in taxes for a year is more than the true value of the home itself.

So, like I said, these homes are not the “great deal” that they may appear to be at first glance.

But that is not really the issue.

The real question is this: What is causing our communities to decay so dramatically?

And of course a big part of the answer is that the middle class in America is dying.

According to Time Magazine, one new report has discovered that nearly half the country is constantly living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity”…

But as evidenced by a report out Thursday from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, nearly half of Americans are living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity,” that makes it “difficult to look beyond immediate needs and plan for a more secure future.”

That same report also found that 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

We are a nation that is losing our independence and sinking into poverty.

Right now, 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program, and the U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

Millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas, the control freak bureaucrats that are running things are absolutely killing “the little guy”, and poverty in the United States is exploding at a frightening pace.

Things are “changing” in this country, and not for the better.

One way that the death of the middle class is manifesting itself is in the death of shopping malls all over America.  The following is an excerpt from a recent Business Insider article

All across America, once-vibrant shopping malls are boarded up and decaying.

Traffic-driving anchors like Sears and JCPenney are shutting down stores, and mall owners are having a hard time finding retailers large enough to replace them. With a fresh wave of closures on the horizon, the problem is set to accelerate, according to retail and real estate analysts.

According to that same article, one prominent retail analyst believes that we could see up to 50 percent of the shopping malls in America close within 20 years…

Within 15 to 20 years, retail consultant Howard Davidowitz expects as many as half of America’s shopping malls to fail. He predicts that only upscale shopping centers with anchors like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus will survive.

And did you catch that last part?  Only the shopping malls in wealthy areas will survive because the wealthy will be the only ones with enough money to support them.

For much more on this phenomenon, please see my previous article entitled “What Recovery? Sears And J.C. Penney Are DYING“.

At this point, things have already gotten so bad that now even Wal-Mart is having trouble.  In fact, Wal-Mart is blaming the recent slowdown in sales on cuts to the federal food stamp program

Wal-Mart announced today that cuts in a federal food stamp program as well as record cold temperatures hurt its fourth quarter profits.

After previously reporting “relatively flat” sales for the quarter, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. now says that sales for its namesake store and its Sam’s Club locations would be “slightly negative” for the November-January quarter, according to Agence France-Presse.

Wal-Mart’s Chief Financial Officer, Charles Holley, blamed the revised forecast on deeper-than-expected cuts to the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the extreme cold weather occurring in the past month.

This is how far the middle class in America has fallen.  So many people are now on food stamps that even a slight reduction in benefits has a huge impact on the largest retailer in the entire country.

And actually, many rural communities could end up losing their Wal-Mart stores in the years ahead as the economy continues to deteriorate.  In a recent CNBC article entitled “Time to close Wal-Mart stores? Analysts think so“, it was suggested that Wal-Mart should close about 100 “underperforming” supercenters in rural locations around the nation.

We are rapidly becoming “two Americas”.  In the “good America”, the wealthy will still have plenty of retail stores to choose from within easy driving distance from their million dollar homes.

In the “bad America”, which will include most of us, our shopping malls will be closing down and the rotting, decaying homes of our neighbors will be sold off for next to nothing.

So which America do you live in?  Please feel free to share what is going on in your neck of the woods by posting a comment below…

  • americalsgt

    Reading Charlie LeDuff’s book Detroit. It is beyond words what has happened there. If you have the time it’s worth the read.

    • Overwatch

      I will absolutely check it out. Is it true that Detroit’s municipal retires will only be paid 18percent of their pensions? By the way, thank you for your service.

  • It’sallover

    I live in the America where there is no hope left until major political upheaval ends the ruling-class.

    • Francine

      It’s not only the ruling class
      The people who influence the rulers, eg. the banksters, need to be dealt with, too.

  • Overwatch

    In my area of Southeastern Ma., there are hundreds of closed textile and manufacturing mills. As each industry is usurped, the neighborhoods around these abandoned behemoths crumble. Our society is doomed as long as tptb are allowed to continue their predation.

  • James

    Things are becoming just as bad in the suburbs. Restaurants and stores are closing everywhere. It is very sad how far our nation has fallen when Gentlemen Clubs are making a ton of money. The men who go there want to escape reality in this increasingly scary country. Federal Workers and wall streeters are the only ones who are doing well. Everyone else for the most part is screwed.

    • Killer Virus

      I will never understand the nudie bar thing with guys. I love naked women as much as the next, but not some skeezer leaving slug trail on my lap. Plus getting aroused with other dudes around is just , for lack of a better word, gay.

    • golddust34

      Well not the majority of Federal workers. Depends how high up the food chain you are. The majority are just scrapping by, and once retired the pension stinks.

  • Rodster

    This is the reason why you are seeing riots and turmoil around the world popping up. The people realize they have been duped by the ruling class and left destitute.

    The scary part is that as bad as the global economy is now, it hasn’t collapsed. When it does and people don’t have a job and can’t buy food, look out, it’s going to get ugly fast.

    • peace angel

      IT will take the whole thing falling down to get the attention of the Ostrich Nation.

      IF only a small percentage of US citizens had a CLUE what is going on under their noses our streets would be filled with protesters as well.

      The baby boomers did lots of protesting and bothered and called out government all the time. We picketed lots of worthy causes on the WHITE HOUSE lawn. BUT the kids of the baby boomers NO nothing about government and nothing about economics and they think socialism is a good thing.

      THEY think God is dead and we all came from apes. THEY have no clue what marxism or communism is or that they are already living under one of them.

      America will NOT wake up in time to fix this. THE baby boomers are tired and the entitlement generation waits for someone else to do everything for them.

      • Douglas M. Green

        The baby boomer generations lived well beyond their means through credit and the spoiled rotten kids these days will be shocked when they wake up and realize they will have to live below their means. We can’t continue spending future generations’ money because we ar at or near the end of the road the can has been kicked down.

        • piccadillybabe

          Most of the baby boomers did not even come close to matching the standard of living of their parents even with 2 people supporting the household. In the early 50s even factory workers had nice little tidy homes, a car, enough food and money to pay bills and that was only with dad working.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            Yup! And we worked for 50 years only to see our income drained off to rich gramma and grandad as well as Mom and Dad for SS and medicare,along with all the other welfare programs for rich and poor including the Pentagon ,last but not least!
            On top of that we have a fractional reserve banking system that exists on compound interest ie usury. Everybody is gettin screwed and the boomers are getting the worst of it cause we are running out of time!

        • nana

          The living on credit was a planned response to keep demand artificially stable in the wake of lower income and employment opportunities of the late 20th Century.

        • Hu-dat SuckerFor’lush

          Probably a wise and true statement, but not what caused the world economic meltdown, at all…

      • j6j6321

        The “baby boomers” are responsible for this mess.

        • Hu-dat SuckerFor’lush

          If they were bankers…

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      • k

        Here we go again with the ‘socialism is responsible for everything’ nonsense.

        Extreme implementation of capitalism and extreme implementation of socialism in some sectors did this.

        • dumbass

          Says the guy with the degree is social economic policy

          • k

            Try to think deeper, and you will realize it yourself.

          • k

            you will realize that, socialism and capitalism are only a means to an end. And when they are overdone, it screws up the entire system.

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          Socialism and capitalism are ism’s invented by the banksters. Capitalism=private monopoly,communism =state monopoly. Thesis-Capitalism,Anti-Thesis Communism,Synthesis=Fascism!
          We are supposed to be free enterprise with a Constitutional Republic!

      • kk

        Some people blindly believe that socialsim the root cause, while some people blindly believe capitalism is the root cause.

        Its how and and where, the yare implemented, that causes these things.

      • nana

        I think you need some remedial reading on several civil topics. The systems you mentioned are the antithesis of the concentration we are seeing.

      • Hu-dat SuckerFor’lush

        We “NO” nothing? You mean KNOW? It’s true, the greatest achievement EVER in reform was the “civil rights” movement, ultimately achieved by the “Freedom Riders” of a certain generation. Also true of those who protested the fake/staged Vietnam war. But these are the same people who have kids in fake wars today! (How did that happen? Still don’t get it!) Their revolutionary greatness came when they were YOUNGER.
        Most of the people in this Occupy Wall Street generation understand,more than you it seems, about where this world economic crash came from, they just need to remember to actually occupy the street, (and likely be jailed en masse) instead of the park.

  • squashpants

    We have been waiting for the other shoe to drop for so long, and that shoe has remained stubbornly elevated for so long, that we are at a point that we think the possibility of a major catastrophic economic event is roughly 50-50. I now think it is more likely that it will be a slow, low-impact ride down, to where a large portion of the American population will be struggling, hand-to-mouth in their existence rather than looking desperately for a grocery store with something on the shelves. It seems that things in general happen in a slow descent rather than an abrupt drop. So I am much less thoughtful that there will be a huge Economic Collapse at this point than I was a year or two ago. Nevertheless we continue to prepare for the probability that the worst could happen. We just are less concerned that we will have to call upon that preparation. Personally, I would rather not have to adjust to a life without electricity. Who would?

    • FirstGarden

      I hope you’re right about collapse not being imminent. But it’s only a matter of time before we reach the point of un-sustainability. I believe that’s when everyone knows the game is up, the charade is over, when our politicians and economist-hirelings stop pretending, and stop putting happy faces on everything while we quickly spiral down. I don’t see how we can sustain this fiscal insanity in high places. No one wants to feel the pain now, so we’ll continue to ignore the cancer until it overwhelms us.

      • squashpants

        Thanks for the response, FG. One never knows what is going to happen, but I no longer am having a kneejerk intuition of a bad fall. Time will tell whether my take is realistic or not. I will continue to get ready for the worst because I am not convinced that it can’t happen. But basically what I am seeing that leads me to steer away from a catastrophic event is the fact that the financial institutions seem to have the means, the time, and the opportunity to take actions to keep things on some kind of even keel. I just do not see any evidence that they are panicking or losing control. I just don’t see it.

        Yet.

  • K

    The problem with these houses are usually they are located in high tax areas or high crime areas. Is the house really cheap, after you paid fifty grand to bring it up to standards, and then find out the taxes are over 5 grand a year. And if it is a high crime area, they city usually has too many zoning rules. For example you can not put up a 9 foot wall around the whole property.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      I was wondering if there would be anything that precludes you from bulldozing the house and making it vacant property.
      You could get it reassessed and pay almost nothing for undeveloped land.

    • K

      Malcolm I would assume you can not do that. In most places you even have to occupy the house for a certain amount of time. No this a way to get the house, back on the tax roles. In Yakima they even have large tracts of land for a dollar. Why do I suspect that land has something rather nasty polluting it?

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Duh, the occupy part of that contract does seem to eliminate the ability to demolish it. :)
        The story does say a lot of the Detroit houses have asbestos in them…

  • Tim

    Regarding that picture of the house in Yakima, WA, for many years the National Security Agency (NSA) ran an eavesdropping program at its facility near Yakima, WA. Those operations were part of the Echelon program–a global surveillance network that NSA operated in conjunction with intelligence agencies in other countries. There were media reports in 2013 that the facility near Yakima would be closing. I’m sure that is a factor in the state of the economy in Yakima.

  • j

    Where is a good place to buy a house at an affordable price? Something that is not too good to be true. Just a good community in a better than decent area?

    • Jim Davis

      Probably not in any American urban area.

  • old Man

    Once the Opressed minorities move in the neighbor hood slowly fades.. The Graffitti and gang games start then the Police wont even enter it. then the government owns it with taxpayers cash.

  • Uh-huh

    part of the “problem” with the stores maintaining their retail space is the advent of on-line purchasing…so how do they “fix” that? Will we eventually become ONLY on-line purchasers? That will seriously mess us up even more as it would be so easy for the gubmint to establish controls on your purchasing habits.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      The only reason I’d disagree would be – would you buy any clothes you don’t try on first? Women sure as hell aren’t going to. and then there’s the groceries.
      I’d bet that most likely stores will become “showrooms” where you may be able to see examples and they’ll have very limited inventories and you pay an extra premium to buy what the store has on hand.

  • DJohn1

    I want to see them enforce the zoning laws in Detroit. Now that might be entertaining. Let us start with the worst neighborhoods first. Better do it in the daytime though and have a police escort. Though getting someone to escort you might be a very bad idea. It will draw attention.
    The dollar house idea is to get someone to claim ownership so they can collect real estate taxes.
    What the banks sometimes do is write off the loss. So they do not claim ownership of the foreclosure. Technically the original owner could probably live there for a couple of years before he was closed down. Or at least until the state takes over the place.

    I suspect the Chinese will move into Detroit and take over the place. Dollar properties won’t phase them a bit. They will move 20 people into a 3 bedroom house and rent them all a place to stay.
    That also is against the zoning codes. Try enforcing law in a lawless city.
    Detroit was destroyed by a couple of really bad ideas. Designing cars to fall apart as the payments are done. Detroit has the worst record of repairs in the world. It is because it takes a sophisticated engineering process to make a part fail as the car is payed off. And our engineers were really good at cars that fall apart.

    Open market competition from abroad was the silliest idea as it was not accompanied by a change in the rules governing Detroit working together to make better cars. Sherman Anti-Trust only applies to this country. So the competition can follow whatever rules they have abroad. So Honda, Toyota, Nissan can get together and develop whatever they want in their country then ship it here. They did and at a much better price than the local brands could do.
    Someone in government was really asleep when they allowed that to happen.
    We are paying for mistakes made over the last 50 years. It will probably take 50 years to pay off the debt if we decide to do so, It is more likely we will default on the debt and the people here and abroad that these people owe money to.
    The mindset is to kill people’s pensions that they have worked most of a lifetime to earn. So Detroit defaults on that debt too.
    I don’t believe we can get to them with violence. If that were possible, there are a number of terminal cancer patients out there that can get all their medical care for free, as they will be in jail for doing in the people that cheated them out of there pensions. These people are all ready enjoying life somewhere other than Detroit. Probably with the pension money they couldn’t find.
    I have stated before that I think a lot of the laws and regulations we seem to be living by are illlegal.

    They are illegal because they are too complicated for any one person to even read them all. Much less understand them. When only a lawyer can understand the rules, then everyone is in trouble.
    It is time to go through our entire legal system and toss out most of the legal regulations and laws and free up the people in the process.
    I think we should make zoning illegal in the United States. If we could do that then a whole lot of things would change in a big hurry.
    Any law that is done for your own good should be tossed out the window as well. It is up to individuals to determine what is good for them.
    That includes laws that say you have to have a seat belt on. Or laws that create 5-10,000 dollars worth of equipment on a car for it to be legal to sell it here.
    There are whole areas of our economy that depend on laws that favor one group of professionals or another. We need to go through those laws and disenfranchise the laws that force people to hire someone to do nothing but file the proper paperwork in a court of law. That includes inheritance laws, workman’s comp laws that cheat people, and numerous other examples that have evolved to support these professionals.
    We need to disenfranchise the income tax as a way of supporting the government. We need something with no paperwork on the part of the average person to pay any taxes. And it has to be fair to everyone. Lots of luck with that one.
    The middle class has fallen because the people in professional Congress mode failed to protect the people they are representing. Instead they sold the lot of us right down the river. And they continue to do so with new laws such as ObamaCare.
    They know they can get away with this because no one would recall them or impeach them from office for doing so.
    They have stacked the deck so no one but their class of people can get elected in modern America.
    I think they are about to see just how wrong that last paragraph actually is.

  • jaxon64

    I do not enter these neighborhoods during broad daylight–even if my job required it. So if you essentially couldn’t pay me to visit there in daylight, what makes them think I’d want to stay overnight, let alone invest money and then pay taxes to do it?

  • Jim Davis

    No way do I want any part of any property in Detroit or any other such hell hole. I am not paying one dime more of taxes to the people that ruined America’s cities than I have to.

    • Mike Smithy

      Detroit reminds me of Mogadishu. If Hollywood ever decided to make a sequel to Blackhawk Down, Detroit would make a perfect backdrop.

  • davidmpark

    A theory:

    We will be come more nomadic as a nation.

    A while back a friend of mine, a retired Colonel who mines for placer gold, asked me to build some equipment and a trailer/cabin/refinery combination for him. It’s going to be a masterpiece when finished.

    I think that’s the way many folks will try and get around the property and other kinds of taxes is to become mobile. We could see family doctors and dentists out of RV’s. More technical professions to uproot and no longer have shops; probably to work out of vans and trucks, all the way up to 18-Wheelers. Many professions already have vehicles like that; but I think they’ll transition to having those vehicles as the primary office. Possibly with living quarters attached or with a caravan towed behind.

    This is possible. Solar cells, gas generators, and anaerobic digestors are to the point where they can power such vehicles and workshops – we’re building such a system onto the Colonel’s trailer.

    The only issues are the water supply and possible agriculture. Water can be found or collected, but a steady supply would be nice. Gardening in containers is possible; just not plentiful. And raising quails could solve some of the problem.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Given the depletion of the Oglala aquifer, maybe we’re all getting the majority of our water from the grocery store in the future…

      • davidmpark

        There is a way to get water from condensation. The science is out on how much power would make it cost effective (looking for it), and some companies do sell devices that pull water out of the air.

        Problem is the time it takes to get a gallon.

        Build a rain collection system. Go online to Utah’s Water Rights page – you can get up to 2,500 gallon right for free.

    • g13man

      but u still need an address to register that trailer / RV and an address for ur license .

      At least u can park over-night at the wal-mart , purchase required

  • Northern conservative

    Wake up and look at the governments in these areas and ask yourself how the poor always vote! Socialist thinking is taking over where liberty and self-sustaining thought used to be. People are voting themselves into a lot of these messes, then moving away and voting the same way wherever they move!! Hello! Don’t bring liberalism to my town, we dont want anything to do with it!

    • jaded

      Conservatism does not work, either.

      • Vlad Lenin

        What doesn’t work is government meddling. People can’t seem to figure out that the political spectrum is a circle, not a line. Left and right wings meet at the bottom in the form of tyranny. Freedom’s at the top. Right now our politicians and government are so bad, we’re just rolling around the bottom of that circle.

        • Rodster

          That’s why we should shun central planning and why the framers were against central planning.

          When you have CP, it enables a Govt to grow and meddle into peoples lives and it finally controls and enslaves them like a boiling frog.

          Who would have thought in 50 years we would have the NSA, FISA and drones with the sole purpose of figuring out which Americans were against the STATE.

          • Eric Quintero

            I worked on UAVs in the Marine Corps. I was on an airbase in Afghanistan. The CIA has high altitude weather balloons that are invisible to the naked eye and can zoom down to look at your cell phone.

            I wouldnt be surprised in the least if they’ve already employed this technology here.

            Im sure Im on a watch list at this point. Now, Im just wondering…

            Defend the Constitution or bail out and move to Chile before its too late. Hmmmmm. It would be nice to take some rage out on some point targets, but then again, living is also nice.

          • Bill

            I think you speak for many, many people. Thank you for saying how I feel.

    • peace angel

      We don’t elect these people—– they are incumbents because their parties put all the money behind the incumbents and run off all the others in BOTH parties.

      And neither party runs anything. IT is all run by the Bilderberg families and BOTH parties have puppeted for them for 130 years now.

      Bush Sr. and Jr. brought Agenda 21 and Rex 84 and HAARP and NAFTA and COMMON CORE and Zero Tolerance in schools and the New World Order to the US.

      Yes, the liberals are the nastier party BUT no one is IN DC these days unless they are puppets for the NWO. BUSH sr. can be seen in a youtube compilation telling Congress 22 different times that the US had to legislate the NWO and they have from both parties.

      • Joe Kleinkamp

        In evidence that your assessment is correct I’d point to the emphasis corporate media has placed upon reporting Christie’s “bridgegate” scandal. Whether he’s responsible or not they will use as much air time and ink as necessary to discredit him because he’s not an insider who plays ball with the PTB. Contrast the ubiquitous bridgegate media coverage to the sparse (other than FOX) coverage of Obama’s IRS selective slow walking of conservative non profit status, Benghazi, keep your coverage / doctor lies etc.

    • nana

      How is no economic regulation, no effective upper income tax rate, no economic development program, woefully inadequate wellfare system socialism?

    • Gay Veteran

      gee, no jobs gets you poverty (courtesy of multinational corporations)

  • Chuck

    We need a Hitler to bring this country back. Lol

    • nekksys

      Hitler? No, but I get the general idea. We need an economic collapse and the ensuing revolt to set everything right.

    • Vlad Lenin

      What do you think Obama’s plan is?

  • Mondobeyondo

    “There is no need for any American to be homeless in our country! Even the poorest Americans can buy a house for under ten dollars!”

    Thanks, President Obama!* Thanks for making us all feel better.

    * Obama did NOT say that.

  • Mondobeyondo

    America is changing, and not for the better.

    Like so many third world countries, we are rapidly becoming a society of ultra-rich people who live comfortably in their gated subdivisions and swimming pools – and a majority underclass, depressed, unmotivated, defeated with no further desire in life other than to grab that next bottle of Two Buck Chuck at the liquor store.

    It’s not sad. It’s beyond sad, it’s tragic.

  • Kim

    CONGRATULATIONS SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!

    • Mondobeyondo

      Yaayyyy! Seahawks rock!!!!

      In the end, does it really matter? I mean – who won Super Bowl VI? Do you remember? Neither do I (although it might have been the Pittsburgh Steelers..??)

      • jaxon64

        I’m pretty sure it was the cowboys beating the dolphins…the only reason I remember was because SB VII was the year the dolphins finished the only perfect/undefeated season…a year after losing the super bowl VI

  • Anon

    I lived in Detroit most of my life and worked in the city for 35 years and for the city for 25 years and it is incomprehensible how bad it has become. The workforce ” non participation rate is at about 50 %. It would require 200.000 jobs to bring it to 0. A university study pegged the level of functional illiteracy at 50% as well. Many residents are actually paying more in property tax annually than their homes are worth. The city inspectors have contributed to the problem beyond belief. When someone is trying to sell a house worth 3000 dollars and the inspector orders them to make 20,000 dollars in repairs abandoning the house or selling it as is for $1 becomes their only option. When Detroit’s last mayor showed his ignorance by deciding that he was going to bill the last owner for the demolition costs people who had legally sold the home 20 years ago were getting bills for as much as $5000. The incompetent city government didn’t even know who owned them. I was not a police officer but dealt with them frequently when I worked for the city. They all said that on over half of all their routine traffic stops The driver did not have a valid license and of course no insurance and usually an invalid plate. They had unofficial orders to let them go because they didn’t have the cell space. You could only get a ticket if you complied with the law and had a valid drivers license. It is normal for both parties to flee an accident including the one not at fault either because they had no license, were intoxicated or had a warrant for their arrest or all of the above. The number of fires is unbelievable. On some nights 25 or 30 buildings will burn and then be left standing as burned out hulks for years. Whole blocks that used to have a hundred home may have only 3 or 4 left. Felonies are frequently not even reported to the police frequently because residents have concluded that it’s a waste of time. The number of vacant buildings in Detroit has been pegged as high as 100,000. Perhaps 70,000 residential and another 30,000 commercial but no one knows for sure. It has been likened to the city of Cleveland being vacant inside the city of Detroit. What do you do with “Cleveland ” when it’s abandoned? Tear it down and bury it? In who’s backyard? Burn it? Contaminated soil from EPA sites that had to be removed was actually being used to fill basements of demolished homes. When all of this was going on Detroit had the most expensive city council in the entire country. Still the same size as it was when Detroit had nearly 2 million residents. Each one getting $120,000/yr. salaries, city provided Crown Victorias, city gas and credit cards with 9 to 10 full time assistants out of their $550,000 office budgets. One went to prison when among other criminal acts it was discovered that 1 of his full time paid assistants with full paid medical and retirement was a full time student…IN NEW YORK! Detroit has been in a continuous downward spiral for 40 years , much of it self induced.

    • jaded

      Sounds absolutely terrible. Growing up in an environment like that it’s hard to have faith in anything.

      I wish you all the best.

    • Wayne Pacific

      I was in Detroit in 1994 and saw first hand the burning homes. It is an unspoken race war against whites tolerated by a worhtless black “leadership”. But everyone is afraid to say so.

    • Hu-dat SuckerFor’lush

      Here in AZ, there’s always space! They just throw people in an outdoor camp- a tent city. With inedible food and plenty of vending machines… owned by [the brother of] the Sheriff of course. Good thing they had room in prison for the councilperson. Rampant corruption and inadequate jail space seems like a perfect place for CCA to run its scam and add to USA’s prison industrial complex…

  • Norman Hoppenbauer

    it began with nafta and it hasent stopped.i fully agree with gerald celente riots are coming, and thats what the government wants …more control

    • Michael Payne

      @normanhoppenbauer:disqus

      Well, if NAFTA wasn’t enough, just wait for the Trans-Pacific-Partnership.

      Total enslavement for sure.

      And yet, most americans are too lazy to protest against the terrorists in Washington, DC.

  • Pedro

    I lived and studied in the United States for several years during the late 80’s. Then I returned to my country, Portugal, where I still live.When I read this chronicles it’s scary to see the path the U.S. is taking. But even more scary is to acknowledge that all the things you are talking about are happening here in Portugal. Exactly the same… Looks like all over the world the problems are very similar. And that is very bad news. The system is broken and no one know how to fix it. I don’t even know if it can be fixed. Society as we used to know it it’s gone and will never come back the way it was. Civilization (or what we thing it is) is disappearing very fast. Riots are happening everywhere and getting worse every moment.People are stock piling guns, ammo, food, survival gear, because they know that something very bad is about to happen. When? We don’t know, but we know that it’s going to be soon, very soon. One big spark it’s all it takes to set the world on fire. I wish the best to my American friends and to that country that I love so much. God blesses us all.

    • Michael Payne

      Riots in Portugal?

      Funny, the media isn’t reporting THAT.

      Can you please confirm it?

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Pedro: I visited Portugal several years ago, and one night in Lisboa, I hung out with a Brazilian couple who had moved to Lisboa from São Paolo because the crime in São Paolo was so bad. They were very well off financially, and they were sick to death of living with the constant fear of their kids being kidnapped. But ironically, things could also become dangerous for them in Lisboa if economic conditions in parts of the EU continue to deteriorate.

    • nana

      The people that run the planet see this as the natural order of things. The “winners” are fine and don’t need the demand of the “losers” to prop things up. They dont recognize civil society and do not recognize it’s organic nature and fuel for the system.

    • piccadillybabe

      At least your country has decriminalized cannabis for recreational use. That shows that there is some semblence of democracy which the US no longer has. The voice of the people means nothing in America.

  • Citizen X19

    One dollar houses seem pretty cool. It’s too bad the people that live in those neighborhoods will kill you for less than a dollar.

  • Michael Payne

    That’s funny.

    The prices in the San Francisco bay area are SKY-rocketing.

    Investors over there are very, very happy. :-)

  • Frank Bell

    It is sad to see that the soviet communists were unable to bring our country down, but instead capitalists like Buffett and Gates and Dimon have finally reached that goal.

    So sad… Our fellow countrymen are worse than soviet communists.

    • Vlad Lenin

      Don’t call these aholes capitalists… their oligarchs.

    • FirstGarden

      Why Comrade, Vodka keeps us warm in Winter.

  • Bubba Johnson

    My parents always proclaimed that things are not what they used to be. At 56 and retired those same words are constantly coming from my lips. Should be quite an ending should I live another 30 years.

  • peace angel

    Because Wal-Mart has shut down most of the mom and pop shops nationwide over the past three decades, NOW they are shutting the Wal-Mart’s down???

    Perfect, now that most of the nation is broke or almost broke and no one can afford to replace the Wal-Mart’s with mom and pop shops, the rural towns will be without food, ammo, 911 services, doctors and more.

    The plan always was to run everyone into the cities and bus them to the camps. PERFECT

    • Francine

      That’s what happened in Cambodia.

    • FirstGarden

      Walmart has been long known to do this:
      Selling goods below what the mom & pops can buy them for, shutting them down, THEN raising prices. And, in the end, if it doesn’t pan out for Walmart, they up and leave.

      As for some master plan orchestrating everyone’s move to Big Metro, I think you might be giving the NWO planners too much credit. They’re not that smart. In this case, I think it’s just plain greed — good capitalist principle taken too far until it’s not good anymore.

      Of course, money matters.
      The problem is not that money matters.
      The problem is when money is ALL that matters.

      • Eric Quintero

        “As for some master plan orchestrating everyone’s move to Big Metro, I think you might be giving the NWO planners too much credit. ”

        This is the plan.

        Read “Brave New World.” Its the blueprint. The book is becoming more and more real every single day.

        The Gov has already killed off many rural towns. The culling of rural America has already begun.
        Highway exits to small towns in the west are being cut off in the name of “Wild Life Conservation.”

        A super highway going from Mexico to Canada has already been proposed. They want everyone on the Grid. They’re trying to build a “utopia” like in Tron.

        • FirstGarden

          I read Brave New World back in the early 70s. What a great book!

    • Mike Smithy

      That’s the reason why you should have started hoarding guns, ammo, food and water over the past few years. If you have the means to do so, buy some farmable acreage with a well and/or pond. No matter what, stay out of the cities, they will prove to be deathtraps.

  • ecowatch12

    Here is an important point not yet mentioned about collapse. Notice that the economic decay is happening all around the world. Therefore, where will (or where can) people go (migrate) to maintain a standard of living?
    Most will remain stuck where they are (as their economic status continues to fall) and ultimately a trigger point will be reached and the riots will begin.

    • jonno

      There is NO economic decay in Australia. Your government is telling you things are bad everywhere to justify their position and make you feel better. The Australian economy is booming, we sit on the greatest trove of mineral wealth in the world and have kept our air and oceans clean. And things are getting better in Asia too. I was in the Philippines recently and their economy is improving every day. Your leaders are lying to you and with Americans having had little interest in geography over the years you have limited concept of what is beyond your borders. Get out and move to Oceania, it’s where the future is.

      • Mike Smithy

        I am very familiar with Oceania as I lived in Guam for many years. My job required me to travel throughout the region to such places as the Philippines, Saipan, FSM, Indonesia, New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. I met some very nice people in the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. However, Australia is a very expensive place to visit. For example, a McDonald’s Happy Meal is nearly $10.00 and they have the nerve to charge you 25 cents for a packet of ketchup. My wife’s family still lives in the Philippines and the level of poverty and government corruption is exceedingly bad.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    Buy a house for a dollar in Detroit and you can afford to vacation in Somalia.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Trust me, Detroit is better.

  • Waiting for the Godot

    On one hand- we have homeless people and
    on another – people-less homes !
    Something isn’t right.
    But what would be right?
    And how do we go about it?
    Time to act?

  • SMASH

    MICHAEL YOU NEED TO DO AN ARTICLE ON RURAL AMERICAN PROPANE PRICE GOUGING SOME PLACES 7 DOLLARS A GALLON!!!!

  • FirstGarden

    I’ve been watching all this since the 80s. I’ve read several books on the topic (about the coming depression, and so forth), and they were all, by & large, right. They were just off on their timing. (Most of them expected the BIG ONE in the 90s.)

    Our beloved America, with its deep pockets, voodoo economics, accounting tricks and money-printing machines, is finally running out of rabbits to pull from hats.

    I’m hoping to relocate to low-price housing in the mountains before it all comes down.

  • Jimbo Jones

    One dollar is too expensive when you take in to account the dangers a white person faces by living in an all black area.

  • felicityva

    The quality of a home that you can buy for $1 will be equal to the quality of neighbors as well.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Well said!

    • Shmemley

      and the quality of the local government

  • FirstGarden

    “When it all comes down, I hope it doesn’t land on you.”
    – Hoyt Axton

  • James Vaughan

    Almost the entire “wealth” of the elite ruling class is in “negotiable instruments”, stocks, bonds, derivatives, commodities. In a general economic collapse, which you yourself have predicted (correctly, to my mind) almost all of that “wealth” will be Gone with the Wind! Gone to 10 cents on the dollar, if that much. The wealthy themselves may have to spend up whatever they have left in buying physical protection for themselves, if there is a collapse of law and order (and this is by no means an impossible thing). So, the idea that the wealthy will “live forever in luxury and glory” may not be so certain as some may think!

    • Eric Quintero

      This isnt the first engineered collapse.

      The wealthy know the game better than you or I. They’ve been building underground bunkers since the 80s.

      Historically when economic times get weird, the rich take their wealth “underground;” meaning that they dump it into PHYSICAL assets. Rare art, expensive cars, jewelry, gold, silver etc.

      They’re doing pretty much the same thing we’re doing except they dont really need to buy guns and ammo. Their hired guards can worry about that.

  • FirstGarden

    Under Martial Law..

    Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders
    have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative
    liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative
    Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of
    emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action
    for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers
    in every aspect of the nation.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Good idea, but who’s gonna pay for the materials for restoration?

  • FirstGarden

    DEPOPULATE the entire world by 90%??

    Okay U.N., you go first.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    When Immigration Reform is passed and HALF of Mexico moves up here, where do you think they will live?

    • FirstGarden

      In your living room.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Not as far fetched as you may think.

        • FirstGarden

          You know, XSanDiego, I’ve worked around a lot of Mexicans, learned most of my Spanish from them, and there’s good & bad in any culture. I have absolutely zero against the Mexicans. You see, it’s the g o v t that offers tax incentives to corporations, for targeted hiring. (In the name of “Affirmative Action”, which is really Affirmative Reverse Discrimination”. I know, because here in LA county, it’s an absolute fact. There’s not a white face to be seen hardly anywhere in the visible job market — retail, the streets, utilities, hospitals, courthouses; and regardless to neighborhood, demographics or pay scale. There’s definitely been a giant bottle of White-Out applied here. I know, cuz I haven’t been able to land anything solid employment in 3 1/2 years. It’s not cuz of the Hispanics, Asians, etc. They’re just people, a lot like you & me, who go to work, punch a time clock & go home, probably stopping at the liquor store for beer on the way. Again, it’s all about the g o v t building huge voting blocks to stay in power, position, money..

          • FirstGarden

            P.S. – having said that, I do believe in the rule of law, or at least what it once was.

            It used to be, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore”

            to

            “Toto, Kansas isn’t HERE anymore.”

          • XSANDIEGOCA

            You are not paranoid. The government controls who is hired and especially who is fired. Getting into the elite schools is a complete government game. How much you get paid is very much the government’s business. Who lives and who dies is what Obamacare and the Death Panels are all about. I am going to retire soon and am glad of it. I strongly urge you to consider self employment of some kind. Buy a pick up and deliver stuff. Be a limo driver. Think outside the box. I lived in Europe for years and the natives have all manner of survival strategies to get around the Socialist State. My secretary was a weekend hooker! True story. We are all being driven onto the government plantation bit by bit. A very sad denouement to a great nation.

    • FirstGarden

      Sounds like another great way to build a huge voting block.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        I see your list of Executive Orders. Here is what I see. Connected “Investors” will buy up these homes for a song. Then they will rent them out via Section 8 to the New Arrivals and score huge!

        • FirstGarden

          Ha, I didn’t think of that one.
          Well, ya never know. They are capable of coming up with all sorts of things. After what I’ve seen in my short lifetime, I’m ready to believe just about anything, short of outright conspiracy theories.
          Given all the urinating on our constitution we’ve seen, thus far, it’s not hard to foresee Christians, Jews, or basically anyone of conscience, deemed as enemies of state, if they don’t go along with groupthink or P.C.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    The handwriting is on the Wall. The Ruling Class has grown weary of the Constitution and an educated population that understands what is in it. The Ruling Class wants a “Do Over”. Pass Immigration Reform and bring in the replacements, people who are used to working 7 days a week and doing what they are told for peanuts. More to the point, the new arrivals will not be obsessed with abstract concepts like Rights! As for the rest of us, we shall be placated with Welfare or killed off at the earliest opportunity via Obama Care. We could turn America around tomorrow if we decided to become Energy Independent with 10 years. I tell you we would be breaking into prisons to get the labor we would need. We won’t though because the Ruling Elites want everyone under their thumb. There is no other excuse for what we are seeing in this country.

  • Mike Smithy

    Zerohedge Rocks!

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I went to the HUD web site just out of curiosity. My advice is keep your power dry. The Dow went down 326 points today. That’s hardly a 1929 type drop but keep an eye out the Web (Not just this site) has been abuzz that something is about to hit. I’m still thinking Summer , Fall of this year but before 2016 at the latest. There is a disturbance in the force.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Bingo!

  • Ubwart

    The real reason, or at least a primary reason, for the collapse of American cities like Detroit is because of the people who live in Detroit. The city is 83% black. Anywhere there are a lot of blacks crime and disfunction follow. A hundred years ago Detroit was something like 98% white. Blacks came for jobs in the auto industry and the fools gave them jobs because they would take lower wages. They also produced a terrible product and the American auto industry has been forced to decentralize in order to get workers who can do the job.

    • Gay Veteran

      racist bilge

      • Cathy Pool

        Gay Veteran, you’re in denial. Figures, with a name like Gay.

        • Gay Veteran

          yawn

  • Mark Caldwell

    The debt fueled facade, and the normalization of ‘papering’ over budget shortfalls is not sustainable. Counties, cities, states; and nations that ‘lead’ the world are in debt up to their top hats.

    The IMF, WTO, World Bank, FED, Bank for International Settlements have been passing around memos on a series of prospective currency resets. It is a convoluted and controversial concept but what is important is not that it is being entertained but why it is, it’s twofold, a product of failed global collectivism but also the kleptocratic oligarchy and the political malfeasance that surrounds it. And…yet another crisis to be used for the continuing vertical integration of power, into the very hands of those who guided us along our current path.

    Regarding my country, the United States. It is no coincidence that we are shrinking away from the world. That we are pulling out, drawing down, laying off, outsourcing, etc, etc. The United States will cease to be a superpower. In a few short years ahead, all of the business traffic in hotels and conference centers in our largest metropolises will be foreigners. Americans will be fewer and farther between. We will have less ships on the ocean, less involvement in space, on and on.

    The question is whether other developed nations will suffer with us at the same rate and whether it will balance out? Whether there will be a global lowering of expectations because of the integrated fiat debt based global monetary systems and fractional reserve central banking?

    I believe there will be some type of reset, and the U.S. will continue to diminish in it’s role in the world. And global organizations such as the United Nations will become more prominent, by the very same hands who have guided us along our current path…

  • GSOB

    A market correction is coming.

    • Mark Caldwell

      A delusion of humanity correction is coming.

      • Joj

        An erection lasting four hours or more is coming!

        • FirstGarden

          A nightmare is coming.

  • http://www.economic-undertow.com/ steve_from_virginia

    Nowhere is it written that the US middle class is perpetual.

    Americans have had a great cocaine party for the last 100 years. We’ve had fun … but we’ve also burned through most of our inexpensive fuel supplies, both in the US and elsewhere. What do we have to show for it? Some ugly buildings, some used cars and toxic waste.

    Enter reality: fuel has become scarce and too expensive to waste. At the same time, we cannot think of any other uses for it. We’re really stuck. People have forgotten about the ‘old ways’ of doing things that did not require massive fuel subsidies … or massive credit subsidies, either. We don’t want to re-learn because these old ways = very hard work. They are also only successful if there are far fewer humans, cars and cattle. To follow with the analogy, we are out of cocaine and there are a lot more folks looking for it.

    The solution is to quit looking, forget the party, and to stop trying to get it started again. It’s time to start dealing with the situation like adults. We need to jettison what we don’t need, right now that includes useless malls, excess houses and non-remunerative cars. That’s the starting point. We need also to learn how to entertain ourselves without the cocaine, to fill the time between birth and death.

    Most of all we need to cut our numbers and the mechanical demands that cannot possibly be met. We need to take command of what is becoming a desperate condition. The alternative is for our numbers to be cut and our machines rendered bankrupt by force of events. That’s what’s happening right now, across America and around the world.

    • Eric Quintero

      We should turn our indoor malls into community centers and skate parks :)

      This eliminates two problems: Kids stop smoking weed at skate parks and Old people have something to watch as they stroll around: Synergy.

  • Darrin Itshaboidino Larkins

    I lived in the test city for this mess we are going through right now (East St. Louis, IL) and let me tell you, it gets worse. I now live in Houston, TX and the things I see coming out of East St. Right now is unreal. It started with the jobs leaving then the people leaving. Only thing left now is the corruption from the local government and drugs, crime, and strip joints. Get ready AMERICA, its coming and it can’t be stopped unless we start NOW and work together.

    • Eric Quintero

      Sounds like Pensacola. The only thing keeping that town alive is the Navy base there.

  • alan

    A lot of these could have all kinds of hidden expenses, back taxes, repairs way beyond any hope of re-cooping. Then once you buy it who’s to say the county or city will come in and cite you for code violations and condemn it and give you the bill. Be careful, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

  • Brian Harrington

    sounds like the phililippines minus the flipinos
    I was just there want to talk about the ghetto my suck a bucket apartment in LA is way better then the places I saw in the pines I truly feel fro the pepole but at the same time they do nothing to improve the situation or don’t want to make investments into there country but america is next

  • Meatdawg

    What good does it do to buy a 1$ house in a crime-infested city with dwindling or non-existent city services where the cash-starved city will tax you right out of that home! Plus lots of luck finding employment there, and these cities don’t look like very appetizing places for retirement either. BTW, good article as usual. :-)

  • Longbottom

    Reason 5: you assume all back taxes owed when you acquire the property.

    And BTW losing your local Walmart would be a good thing.

  • Kevin Crowley

    Okay, time to be proactive her. I was in sales for many years. This is the skinny. The problem lies not in failure of our currently beleaguered middle class, but in the roots of the American Way. What I mean by that is that there has been a failing of the means to expound on the practical basis of innovation, which was the economic engine for this country for the last several hundred years. What might that be,; you ask? It’s the ability that has been taken away by profit driven, mindless corporate policy, and corporations, to subvert through the USPTO (The Patent and Trademark Organization), the ability, for, yes, the average Joe, to create “in his/her garage ideas that create true jobs and work, and take it to fruition via their ideas and thinking” . We really need a secondary tier of patenting/trademark,copywrite/trade secret dispensation, where-as there is written into law, a “law” that stipulates that the “garage/shade tree mechanic/tinkerer/inventor”, cannot, and will not, be touched by the “corporate agenda”, (nee big pockets, and money grubbing, too stupid corporate twits, that couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag, not to mention change a flat tire on their car). “You” MUST start with the basics! American ingenuity had been the driving force behind anything worldwide (in the last couple hundred years), and it’s badly needed, and now!

  • Kevin Crowley

    This “directive”, is something I learned in sales. It applies acroos the baord, given a few tweaks here and there. “QFABQ” Qualify, Features, Advantages and Benefits”, then Questions….If the “customer still has any questions,…back to the drawing board, and re-qualify them. Works every time, and is applicable to most any sit/rep.

  • AVZ

    Wow… not one word about the Unions that helped destroy those cities?

    • Gay Veteran

      and corporate management had nothing to do with it

  • mystic

    Several things will FIX THIS. (or the lack thereof) First of all, WERE BEING TAXED TO DEATH! Ever since the FED’s implementation in 1913 and the following TAXATION of LABOR this nations been in freefall. Sure it was hidden by the wealth gained by selling goods to WWII participants, creating more jobs and therefor making banks wealthy. But then something utterly stupid occured: They shipped the JOBS OVERSEAS! So now there are a lack of jobs, and we are taxed on the underpaid jobs we have now. Why underpaid? Because of lower sales numbers, due to less available jobs = less spending. Add the TAXATION of LABOR to less jobs = less revenue (you guessed it!) = LESS PAY (inflation adjusted of course)
    IT’S A SPIRALING SH*THOLE WERE BEING SUCKED DOWN INTO!

    And what about “Taxation Without Representation”!? That the people should go generations in debt for the continued success of private corporations? (banks!) They take tax funds and invest it in derivitaves, and other means of market gambling to profit and pay bonuses… IM SORRY? How is this benefiting my child, or their children? THIS IS STOLEN MONEY! TAX ENSLAVEMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND AMERICANS LET IT HAPPEN SITTING DOWN!

    • g13man

      wow , u got it , had to dble check this to see if i had written it .

  • Guest

    so they begin the taxing to the grave process

  • Badger Badgerism

    so they can begin the “taxing to oblivion” process

  • Shamus

    I was raised in California. Very liberal and mixed state (nation) in itself. A melting pot of people all desiring a better life. I was raised on Welfare. (known by other ethnicity as “white trash”) we lived in squander, and I have spent most of my life at sea, blue collar, clawing my way to a decent life/pay. Nothing was given to me, and there are plenty of white poor people running about in the U.S. PLENTY. So if your pushing “The white man keepeth me down” push that lie to someone else, because the man running the nation right now is NOT WHITE.

    • BonusGift

      Read my post again.

    • Paul

      You might have lived in squalor. Squander may be why.

  • piccadillybabe

    The news media talks about the housing recovery but just check out the MLS and you will see many, many foreclosures and auctions for even “new” houses especially in the Southwest, AZ and NV. The houses in those markets are being bought and resold many times over since the beginning of the recession at lower and lower prices.

  • Goldfinger

    I looked into Chile but they have a 7% tax on earnings for health care.

    • http://7thpillar.wordpress.com/ 7th Pillar

      And That’s a problem because….?

  • Bruce Crane

    The old people stuffed it up. The resulting prosperity made their kids lazy.

  • RockyMtn1776

    It took many years to get the Saul Alinski plan into full force but here it is in full color ! Both political parties did this to America and for the same reason. It appears both have the same agenda, just different ways of getting there. IMO the beginning of the end for the America worker was NAFTA, WE have past the point of no return and we have no one to blame except ourselves. WE allowed our elected officials to do this to us.

    • Gay Veteran

      NAFTA was what the multinational corporations wanted

    • g13man

      the begging of the end was the Federal reserve and the tax on u to pay the fed in 1913 by both party’s and they have not repelled it in a 100 years . every soldier should feel shame since they have failed to uphold their duty to protect america from internal threats .

  • Huththi

    good america, thankfully …

  • Wayne Pacific

    The solution is simple – end “free trade”. America thrived with tariffs in place until “free trade” was proposed by Bush Senior and then heartily endorsed by Bill Clinton, both of whom are working for various factions of the international business elite.

  • Italics Mine

    And what became of the people who used to live in those houses?

  • nana

    Chile is a hole with an economy ruined by unregulated trade. All the old industires were destroyed during the Pinochet years. The only new ones were privatized education, worst pollution in the hemisphere, off-season fruit growth and banking–sound familiar? There have been several year-old riots by students to renationalize the education industry.

    • http://7thpillar.wordpress.com/ 7th Pillar

      What planet do you live on?

      Chile is booming thanks to “unregulated trade” and almost no government debt.

      You’re welcome to your “socialist” paradigm, Anarchists will get by without your “assistance at the end of a gun.”

  • Dooley

    The Walmart in the rural area where I live was PACKED today- because, as I was told, it was welfare check day. I didn’t even go in- I instead shopped at 2 regular supermarkets- and ended up getting everything on my list (as opposed to Wallyworld, where they are always out-of-stock on half the things I normally purchase). Cost me a few dollars more, but it was well worth it, to find what I wanted, and to be able to shop faster and not have to endure crowds of cretins and long lines. Goodbye, Walmart…. I will be shopping the supermarkets from now on. Walmart has become unbearable. And before anyone mistakes me for some “rich” dude, I only make $15K-$17K a year; and I do not accept any entitlements!

  • Shanna

    I live only 1 hr from South Bend, In & I agree why would you want that $1 house from there??? South Bend is rapidly becoming another Chicago, Detroit or Gary with the murder rate. Granted there are still a lot of nice areas thanks to Notre Dame but there is hardly a wk that goes by without a murder or two. And while I don’t mean for this to sound prejudice but it’s the black population that is for the most part doing the killing. How do I know this? Because of the local news stations reporting that’s how. They’re killing each other. Gangs are bad in South Bend.
    Gary is about 1 1/2 hrs from me & during Christmas my family & I with our church group went there to hand out food pkgs (which they were very grateful for) & I do not agree with the assessment of 1/3 of the homes are vacant. It’s more like 50% or more. We went all over Gary delivering food & there was not one & I’ll repeat that not one neighborhood that did not have multiple homes abandoned, burned out or trees on them. One neighborhood that was quite large had 2 count them 2 homes left that ppl were still living there & they were elderly and let me tell you a lot of the homes that ppl were living in well not good!!!
    Detriot is also another city that is not to far from me but I’ve never been there & I will never set foot in it either. My daughter’s friend who was there last yr attending a funeral (and the only way he would go was with a gun on him) for a relative that was murdered (yes gang related) he sent that billboard pic to her of what the police put up. Come here at your own risk. No thx I’m staying away!!!
    Now the area I live in is doing great. My husbands business (remodeling of homes) has been going gang busters for 3 1/2 yrs now, that’s when we opened up our business. The other construction companies can’t keep up with demand either since there’s so much business. Booked out months in advanced like my husband. Stores are doing well, the malls are busy banks giving out loans, new home construction are up (my husbands former boss just signed 3 very lg & very expensive homes to build) & the RV factories are booming. We have friends that work in one & they just told me last wk that they’re ramping up production. Can’t keep up with orders.
    I’m grateful for it and of course hope it con’t!!!

  • Callie Amberly Mann

    I live in the “bad america” where I’m working 40+ hours a week but my income still does not meat my outflow. You may be saying to your self “You just need to cut back”. If I cut back any more we will not have the basics. That doesn’t even include phone, internet and cable. My kids think we are living in the dark ages because they have no cable. But they will survive. However, it is hell on me because I can’t even provide the small luxuries for my kids.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…According to that same article, one prominent retail analyst believes that we could see up to 50 percent of the shopping malls in America close within 20 years…”
    when the owners of those malls go bankrupt then all that debt (counted as assets by the holders) will vanish!

  • Gay Veteran

    bilge

  • Slomo Bagelbaum

    Keep focus!

    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.
    The jews.

    • Cathy Pool

      People are afraid to say that, just like in the gospels, Jesus had to move around alot for ‘fear of the jews’ will people ever wake up? They have such a choke hold on evangelical ‘christians’ in america and have had for decades. I was brought into evangelical BS as a teenager and at the age of 56 said screw it and became a Catholic. Most of my dad’s family is evangelical tongue talkers who suck up to the jews. It’s disgraceful, I have hard feelings for them because it is because of them that our nation is shot. Their foolishness revolts me, They truly believe backing the jews is the only reason our country hasn’t been destroyed. Will people ever wake up out of the jew induced slumber?

  • none

    GOOD NEWS MICHAEL:
    I just found a job for all those unemployed people!
    They could go into the city’s and buy (((ONE dollar))) homes.
    Then remove the wiring, pluming and other valuable things. Like stained glass windows(something like in a church).
    Sell all those things, and make a few buck in a short amount of time.

  • John Henry

    In 1906 the truth was revealed by Upton Sinclare in “The Jungle” PLEASE take the time to read it, the scales will fall from your eyes.

  • David Mowers

    So the government is buying bonds bailing out rich investors every month right?

    …but not buying one dollar homes, fixing them up and putting homeless people in them. ’cause in ‘merica we only care about the wealthy and their asset valuations.

  • Dewey Olsen

    The Struggle within America—Isaiah Saw It All!
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Many regard Isaiah’s prophecy as a sealed book. Who does it address, only people in the past? A key to this mystery exists in the linear and synchronous structures that govern the book of Isaiah. These enable us to read it as a prophecy about the past but also as a prediction of the future. The book of Isaiah, in other words, serves a twofold purpose. Without taking anything away from what happened in the past, it uses the past as an allegory of the future. In that case, persons and nations of Isaiah’s day typify ones who perform similar roles at the end of the world. The names of past persons and nations function as codenames for their endtime counterparts.

    The importance of understanding Isaiah’s message increases daily as world events line up like planets for the fulfillment of his prophecy. Under the codename “Egypt”—the great superpower of Isaiah’s day—America is predicted to suffer spiritual decline, political ineptitude, economic collapse, internal anarchy, and invasion by a foreign military world power from the North—a latter-day “Assyria.” On the other hand, a community of covenanters in “Egypt” will turn back to Jehovah,
    who will send them a savior and deliver them. In the end, at the commencement of the millennial age, America will again become “my people”—a covenant people of God (Isaiah 19).

    5. 20. 2010

  • Dewey Olsen

    The book of Isaiah—Blueprint of Our Time
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    What sets the book of Isaiah apart from all other prophetic writings is its all-inclusiveness in depicting an End-Time scenario. More complete in its portrayal of that time than even apocalyptic writings such as Daniel and Revelation, it spells out a great confluence of events to which humanity may look forward. Using Israel’s ancient history as an allegory of the end of the world, it predicts the future by drawing on events of the past. Only a prophet–poet with extraordinary literary skills could have predicted “the end” based on the world’s beginnings (Isaiah 46:10). Only a visionary who saw both time periods could have crafted such a prophetic masterpiece.

    While the book of Isaiah’s apocalyptic message accords with Jewish tradition, and while literary structures provide proof of its twofold applicability—Isaiah’s day and the end of the world—it still requires a leap of faith to believe that this is indeed a handbook for our time. For one thing, it may mean discarding much or all of what we have been taught. Isaiah foresees this confusion when he speaks of the deaf “hearing” and the blind “seeing” the words of his book. Only then will “they who erred in spirit gain understanding and they who murmured accept instruction” (Isaiah 29:18, 24). Fortunately, not all of God’s people fall in that category (Isaiah 66:2, 5).

    10. 12. 2011

  • Dewey Olsen

    nd-Time “Egypt”—A Superpower in Decline
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Isaiah’s use of types of ancient world powers that foreshadow End-Time ones extends to the great superpower Egypt. As with all nations and persons who appear in the book of Isaiah, their true identity emerges when we observe how Isaiah characterizes them, not when we apply historical or archaeological data, though at times that may help. In searching the world today for a nation that matches Isaiah’s description of “Egypt,” the sole candidate is America. That connection is further strengthened by the fact that God’s people anciently dwelt in Egypt, that Joseph ruled Egypt, and that the birthright tribe of Ephraim sprang from Joseph and Asenath, an Egyptian woman.

    Isaiah’s “Egypt,” however, is a superpower in decline: “The ministers of Zoan have been foolish, the officials of Noph deluded; the heads of state have led Egypt astray. Jehovah has permeated them with a spirit of confusion; they have misled Egypt in all that it does, causing it to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit. . . . Manufacturers of combed linen and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed. The textile workers will know despair, and all who work for wages suffer distress. . . . I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians; they will fight brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor, city against city and state against state” (Isaiah 19:2, 9–10, 13–14).

    11. 16. 2011

  • http://www.cashforyourhomeaz.com/ Scott Roes

    It is very said to hear that this is condition of houses and one can buy house even for one dollor or lessor amount it is impact of bad global economy, every time capitalist wins and socialist fails because he thinks for all and not for one. Position is worse in light of global recession.

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