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You Know That Your City Has Become A Hellhole When….

All across America there are cities and towns that were once prosperous and beautiful that are being transformed into absolute hellholes.  The scars left by the long-term economic decline of the United States are getting deeper and more gruesome.  The tax base in many areas of the nation has been absolutely devastated as millions of jobs have left this country.  Hundreds of cities are drowning in debt and are desperately trying to survive.  Last year, city government revenues in the United States fell by another 2.3 percent.  That was the fifth year in a row that we have seen a decline.  Meanwhile, costs associated with health care, pensions and virtually everything else continue to explode.  So what are cities doing to make ends meet?  Well, one big trend that we are now witnessing is that many U.S. cities have been getting rid of huge numbers of employees.  If you can believe it, 72 percent of all U.S. cities are laying workers off this year.  Social services and essential infrastructure programs are also being savagely cut back in many areas of the country.  The cold, hard truth is that most of our cities are flat broke and things are going to get even worse in the years ahead.

So how do you know if your own city has become a hellhole?

Well, a few potential “red flags” are posted below….

You know that your city has become a hellhole when most of the street lights get repossessed because of unpaid electric bills.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when it announces that it will no longer prosecute domestic violence cases in order to save money.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when it simply stops sending out pension checks to retired workers.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when it rips up asphalt roads and replaces them with gravel because gravel is cheaper to maintain.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when it eliminates the entire public bus system.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when nearly half of all the people living there can’t read.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when one out of every ten homes sells for under $10,000.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when you can literally buy a house for one dollar.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when you have hundreds of people living in the tunnels underneath your streets.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when three of your past five mayors have been sent to prison for corruption.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when nearly half of the public schools in the city get shut down because of a lack of money.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when you have dozens of young people rampaging in the streets that are thirsty for revenge and that are armed with bats, pipes and guns.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when it is considered to be one of the 10 most dangerous cities in the world.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when thieves defecate in the back seat after they have broken into your car and taken your things.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when prostitution and drug dealing are two of the only viable businesses that remain in the city.

You know that your city has become a hellhole when the police chief announces that the police department will no longer respond to calls about burglary and identity theft due to very deep budget cuts.

Many of the examples above may seem humorous at first glance, but the truth is that they reveal just how deeply tragic our economic decline really is.

This is one of the reasons why I write about our trade deficit over and over and over.  Every single month, tens of billions of dollars more wealth goes out of the United States than enters it.  Every single month, we are getting poorer as a nation.  Every single month, we lose more jobs and businesses.

Any politician that tells you that he or she can solve our economic problems without fundamentally addressing our horrific trade imbalance is lying to you.  That means that there are a whole lot of liars in both political parties.

If the number of good jobs continues to decline, the plight of the average American family is going to continue to get worse.  Home sales will continue to hover around record lows.  The American people will continue to become increasingly frustrated with the economy.

The signs of decline are all around us.

Quit listening to the politicians and just open up your eyes and look.

So do any of you have any additional signs that a city has become a hellhole to add to the list above?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below….

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  • Lennie Pike

    You know your city has become a hellhole when you go to the local bank for a loan and they tell you you’re out of luck because they can make more money with less risk by lending it to the Federal Reserve instead.

    • Gary2

      I think we need a public option in banking like we do in healthcare!

      • Blueskies

        Gary, isn’t that called a credit union?

  • http://www.liquidenergyoasis.com DaVid

    “The scars left by the long-term economic decline of the United States are getting deeper and more gruesome. The tax base in many areas of the nation has been absolutely devastated as millions of jobs have left this country.”

    While this fact is obvious, it does bring up an interesting question: How did the U.S. manage to function and thrive before the introduction of the income tax in 1913?

    • Pete

      Import duties and sales taxes.Before 1913 the federal government was very small ,and social welfare programs did not exist,so income tax was not necessary to fund the operation of the government.

    • sharonsj

      What makes you think the country functioned before 1913? We had railroad magnates and robber barons and complete lawlessness in many territories. The elites back then also found every way to avoid responsibilities. So Congress had no choice but to find ways to fund the functioning of government.

    • 007

      It didn’t spend money like drunken sailors. It did not try to micro-manage everyones life. It got all it’s money from tariffs on foreign goods.

      Wow, maybe they should try these ideas again.

      • Highspeed

        You shouldn’t insult drunken sailors like that. They usually quit spending and drinking when they run out of $$$$.

  • Robin Densford

    You know your city is a Hell Hole when it has to close the city’s Health Department http://www.kcbd.com/story/15130716/state-says-lubbock-health-department-grants-not-cut to save money.

  • mark

    Local governments have wasted money on high wages and pensions for a long time. Here in southern Oregon it seems like most private jobs are min. wage. How can government employees earn high wages when the people that are taxed to pay them make so little. This does not work. The local governments are laying off instead of droping wages and pensions and keeping more employed. The bosses that run the show will not give up their high wages.

    • Ben Dover

      Local governments may be laying off, but they are incredibly bloated to begin with.

    • JackieR

      You see private jobs go overseas but not govt jobs.
      A big imbalance.

    • sharonsj

      Instead of bitching about the middle-class life that everybody but you seems to have, ask yourself why you aren’t blaming the real perpetrators of our problems? When 400 hedge fund managers earn the same as 150 million workers, this country is seriously fucked up. And instead of asking billionaires to pay more, corrupt politicians are firing middle-class workers and sending more people into poverty.

  • mondobeyondo

    Oh well. *sigh*
    Omaha, Nebraska is starting to look like paradise.

    Oops, I may have spoke too soon…..

    Anyway – if a thief really wants to steal my old jalopy (and I don’t know why they would – the interior upholstery is held together with duct tape, and the radiator fan belt has been replaced with a pair of pantyhose – an old trick, if you don’t know) – they are more than welcome. I’m being sarcastic of course, but seriously, I’m not too far off the mark. That car really is a wreck.

    If you do steal my vehicle though, please be courteous and don’t defecate on the back seat.

  • mondobeyondo

    Wow! A house for a dollar! Cool!
    Can I get an apartment for 30 cents?

    • Chuzzle

      I’ll buy a house for a dollar, rent it out for $.30 per month and after 3 months its all gravy!

      • callmecordelia1

        LOL. Why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for the laugh, Chuzzle.

  • r.bitting

    Quit listening to the politicians… They are’nt listening period. No politician, no matter how good he or she may be, will save this country from whats about to happen. The cure has to begin within the four walls of every house in America. It begins with turning back to God and his teachings. We have to once again become a nation characterized by righteousness and a people who demonstrate love for our neighbor. A people who hate evil and love the good. We have to return to the solid foundation of Christianity that this nation was founded on. It won’t happen because the people no longer believe. They have swallowed the lie that they are the captain of their own ship. It’s Romans Ch. 1 being played out right before our eyes. I have mentioned this before, but this is a must see. It’s titled ” WHEN GOD ABANDONS A NATION ” by John Macarthur, and it can be found at his website ” Grace to You “. If this does’nt wake you up to what we’re faced with, nothing will. Most here that read your articles are just waiting for 2012, hoping things will change… don’t worry, they will… I promise you.

    • Confusedtration

      r.bitting, that’s about the most intelligent comment that I’ve read. Sure there’s been greed, lust and evil since the beginning of time but it doesn’t seem to have been glorified and such worship of idols, people and material things. Thanks for posting. I’m going to check out “When God Abandons a Nation” soon.

    • HerrLT

      r.bitting,

      I always enjoy your posts. You are certainly a light my friend. As a fellow believer, I’m glad others see this from a uniquely spiritual viewpoint as well.

  • KyTim89

    Hey Michael, would it be possible for you to make an article that details how the federal, state and local governments can save money? How the tax system can be fixed and everything else be made better?

    • Michael

      I will have to start rattling that idea around in my brain.

      But the short answer for the current tax system is that it is beyond fixing and needs to be thrown out and replaced with something else.

      Michael

      • liberranter

        The most ideal “something else” would be no taxes at all.

    • Paul

      You can look around a bit. Hong Kong, for example had too much money last year, so they paid each citizen around $600 and in addition each tax payer the same amount. They are not necessarily the same – 60% of the citizens don’t pay any tax. The income tax is max 15%, and there is no VAT.

      Public transport in Hong Kong is not owned by the government. But it is one of the World’s best.
      Every citizen has the right to free health care. Just need to pay $10 for A&E so that you don’t go there if it isn’t urgent.

      They don’t pay for defense. Just for police, customs, and ICAC (Independent Commission against Corruption).
      Employers of illegal immigrants face 2 years in prison.

      One important issue to think about:
      Ammunition, fuel and explosives for the army, airforce and navy: Where does the money come from? Where does it go?
      Do people want to change it?

  • mondobeyondo

    “The police are not here to prevent disorder.
    “The police are here to preserve disorder.”

    Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
    August 1968

  • Jase

    Well I live in one of the continually listed 10 worst cities in America. It was bad enough before 2008, but now?

    Feels like 1/3 of downtown is deserted. The streets have potholes that can pop your tires or bust up the suspension. Fire, police and paramedics have been cut. You get propositioned by hookers when coming out of stores at mid day, while her pimp looks at you from across the street in a tinted out BMW or Mercedes.

    Any jobs are located 1+ hours away and those are hard to land, but there are just about zero opportunities locally. I have around a 3.5 hour round trip commute, but I’m just happy to be employed.

    It’s not all bad. We have a yard and the neighborhood is fairly well maintained and there are almost no empty homes. We have a garden and backyard and this seasons vegetables were pretty good.

    Our home is fairly secured with alarms, sensors, reinforcements and we have a small supply of emergency goods and gear. We’re also trained and ready to defend ourselves.

    I’m scared and saddened by what is going on in our country and the world in general.

    It used to be if stocks bombed, bonds were ok or real estate was good. If the US big caps stunk you could go mid cap, small companies or you could invest in Asia, Europe, the mid east or elsewhere.

    Never have I seen every sector and just about every country in such a sad state of affairs. People who are 65+ who worked their entire lives and had a pension, 401K, real estate holdings, savings, medical insurance and who should be enjoying the golden years saw every single area hit and instead of leaving their grand kids and family a little wealth, they are worried about outliving their money as their entire net worth dropped over 50%.

    It really is just crazy.

    • Michael

      Great comment Jase.

      Michael

    • mondobeyondo

      Oh dear. I’m sorry things have gotten so bad at Martha’s Vineyard.

      **hilarious giggles!!**

      • mondobeyondo

        Seriously though..I’m also sad. I never thought things would get this bad in this country.

        I hope it changes for the better, and soon.
        I weep for our children.

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      Hi Jase,

      It looks like you’re done a great job of adjusting to the challenges, and being prepared.

      As you point out, there’s no safe place to put your money.

      The stock market is rigged, real estate values are still dropping, bonds are now risky, and every country has a fiat currency that will fail when the Dollar fails.

      The only place to protect your money is precious metals. As the value of the Dollar drops, gold and silver will rise.

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      • Joel

        Well, using comments of others to sell “silver crap” will not help the US people – outside the seller… maybe.
        After all, if, as it is continuing to go in the world, food shortage hit badly the country (and it is on its way too), I would prefer buy tomatoes in can, canned tuna and sardines, dry cookies, big bag of flour, rice and wheat grain, milk powder, etc.
        Those things will be worth the whole gold in the world in case of food shortage. I don’t no any sane person which will sell is food to anyone even for 10 tons of the most beautiful gold and silver. (to my knowledge silver and gold is not really famous as a soup or a breakfast… it makes heavy stomach) :o)

        • http://whybuysilvernow.com Why Buy Silver

          Hey Joel, I don’t promote ‘silver crap’, just recommend that people buy silver bullion.

          I agree that people need to stock up on food, water, etc., and that’s more important than silver or gold.

          But there’s a lot of people who still have money in IRA’s, 401k’s, etc… and when the fiat currency fails, their paper will be worthless. So precious metals provide a way to protect your wealth.

          And as fiat currencies fail, precious metal values will rise, so you can leverage this to be able to buy more supplies in the future.

    • Paul

      Well, it’s a free country.

      Just imagine you had to live in China – there wouldn’t be the need to defend and secure your home – you wouldn’t even be able to buy a gun.

      I lived there 5 years and never felt threatened in the big city or outside the big city, neither at day time nor at night time.

      If you don’t know where you are, grab a taxi, pay, get a receipt.

      It’s a different planet over there.

  • JR

    Make me want to go out and start mindlessly chanting “Yes we can,” so that everything gets solved. Better, I think I will chant “Yes, we have no bananas.” Probably more effective.

    OBAMA WHITE HOUSE: A DIV. OF GOLDMAN SACHS

  • Gary2

    The higher a country’s income inequality, the higher its infant mortality rates, obesity rates, homicide rates, illiteracy rates, mental illness rates, teenage births, incarceration rates, drug addiction rates, social immobility and lower life expectancy. In other words, the bigger the gap between a nation’s rich and poor populations, the greater dysfunction in that nation’s society.

    It may come as no surprise to some that America has the highest income inequality among the entire rich world. It was developed largely in the last 30 years, exacerbated by tax policies that benefited the rich at the expense of the poor. It became increasingly difficult for Americans to get ahead, get insured, get educated and get a job, all of which helps with getting respect. Consequently, the bulk of America’s economic growth over the last 30 years has gone to the top one-100th of 1%, who make $27m annually per household, leaving 90% of American households to subsist on roughly $30,000 a year.

    Name a rich country and our inequality rates beat them by a long shot — though it’s hardly something to brag about. We also have the highest rates of homicide, infant mortality, teenage births, drug addiction, mental illness, incarceration, social immobility and illiteracy. Name the social ill and we excel at it.

    This is no longer acceptable

    We are the 99%

    • Mal R.

      Correlation isnt causation. You may wanna check your philosophy that destroys the moral fabric of everything it touches to find causation, cuz it sure isn’t capitalism.

      “Name a rich country and our inequality rates beat them by a long shot.” Yep, and we’re also WEALTHIER BY FAR than every one of them – including our poor people.

      Anyone that reads what this Gary idiot says needs to go do 10 minutes of research on what is considered poor overseas to what is considered poor here. The poor overseas are starving and dont have clean water. The poor in this country tend to be overweight and 90+% have televisions, refrigeration, water and DVD players.

      You’re seriously dumber than a bag of hammers you *****************************.

      • Gary2

        You need to google absolute vs. relative poverty.

    • Mal R.

      Antoher thing EVERY country that implements what this ********************** recommends (communism) have another thing in common.

      They MURDER very large numbers of their own
      citizens. Alot of the time into the MILLIONS.

      • Gary2

        we murder 45,000 each year because of our capitalism for profit health care system with their real life death panels.

        We need and will get single payer.

      • Gary2

        This is why capitalism is a failure:

        Income inequality is an inherent result of Capitalism­. Capitalism is a winner take all economic system. Much like high stakes poker, eventually one person has all of the poker chips (dollars) and the game is over. The only thing that makes Capitalism function at all is government interventi­on. Without government re-distrib­ution of the wealth created by capitalism the game would have been over a long time ago.

        The more laissez-fa­ire the capitalist system is the sooner all of the chips end up in the hand of the one winner. Government re-distrib­ution of the wealth created by capitalism is the only way to keep capitalism alive. We have moved away from that strategy over the past 30 years and the money has accumulate­d in the hands of fewer and fewer people stagnating our economy.

      • Gary2

        Capitalism works, so long as it’s regulated. Call the model in Scandinavian countries socialism, if you must, but that’s really a regulated capitalism.

      • Paul

        Krupp sold cannons to Germany and England, while IBM delivered machines to Nazi Germany and Americans sat on the Governing Board of IG Farben that delivered poisonous gas to the gas chambers.

        Just think about the Indians in North and South America; they were exterminated long before anybody could spell communism – either in the name of Church or Money or Freedom.

    • Blueskies

      Gary, what countries are you comparing the U.S. to? In the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium assisted suicide-including infanticide and euthanasia is a legal option for some of the things you’ve listed. Also, how do their social services compare to ours ? When I look at your list, I see a lot of circumstances that have resulted from poor choices. The U.S. is good at spreading the wealth to fund many programs that cater to the issues you’ve listed. Do you think throwing money at a problem reduces it or do the problems grow bigger? The U.S. spends more money “saving” people and enabling their bad choices and behaviors better than any other country in the world.

    • bobbobbobbob

      amerika = the chickens r coming home to roost! u have nothing too look foward to but being owned by china rulesu — the rebuplicanterrorists always vote to keep china in power over u thats why every thing in bobs furniture is made in china rulesu everything in raymore and flanagan is made in mr china and u have done it with your giving those whitetrashceoos tax credits compliments of rebuplicanterrorists

  • American

    The Only Solution To Save America:

    The WHOLE point of the US False-flag Ops (9/11, Oklahoma City, World Trade Center Bombing, etc) is to ELIMINATE the basis for upholding the Constitution and the imposition of complete Dictatorship! as they reduce Americans to menial slaves and supplicants.

    THIS IS THEIR GOAL!

    They will NOT undo any of the damage they have so far gotten away with.

    They will NOT cease to increase their attempts at MORE suppression.

    They will NOT back down in their attempts to institute the protocols of the NWO,.. or as
    I call it, the NSO (New Slave Order).

    The Federal Gov’t, the military, police and courts have been far to radicalized already to stop their decent into total tyranny.

    There is only one solution for our WHOLLY corrupt, broken, bloated and diseased gov’t:

    ABOLISH THE US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ALL ITS TREASONOUS AGENCIES TO THE LAST!

    If anyone wishes to actually save and restore this country, there is only one long term solution:

    1) Get Rid Of The Corruption: Abolish our Treasonous US Federal Government and ALL its criminal agencies to the last. Let NOT a vestige of its former self remain to infect its replacement.

    2) The Fed: Abolish, Charge, Try & Convict the Traitors of The Fed, ALL of them.

    3) New Government: Institute new guards for our future security based on the framework provided by our Founding Fathers,… The US Consitution.

    4) Memorialize Our Folley: Fence off and burn down Washington DC. LEAVE IT… as a shattered ruins to remind ALL future generations to NEVER, EVER allow the Federal Gov’t to become a Criminal, Despotic, Treasonous or Imperialest Agency Of Destruction again.

    5) United Nations: Get rid of the UN, bulldoze that site to the ground, and build our new US Captial on the FORMER site of the UN, in NY, and resotre it as the Cultural and Financial center of the world.

    6) 9/11: Arrest, Try, Convict and *************** all the Traitors within, and outside our Treasonous Gov’t that carried out 9/11, including those that failed to hold those accountable afterwards, and those that helped coverup the crimes of the Traitors that planned, organized, communicated and executed any portion of the Greatest Crime In Human History.

    7) Shadow Government: Arrest, Charge, Try and Convict all the pyschopaths from the CFR, Tri-lateral Commission, IMF and all the other external agencies that have committed Crimes Against Humanity that are far in excess of anything that even Hitler did.

    Let statues of these morally bankrupt bags of filth be erected. Burned, pitted, with contorted faces and hunched over, be placed at the gates to the shattered and desolate remnents of Washington DC, forever proclaiming their family names for all the world to see,… as TRAITORS.

    If we do anythng less,… than by definition we HAVE DONE LESS, which is guaranteed to be insufficient to bring about the magnitude of changes needed to restore our country.
    People will not like the notion of such strong measures, but failure to recognize our peril, and the need for corrective actions of this magnitude is to sign our own epitaph.

    Only COMPLETE and SWEEPING eradication of the disease called The US Federal Government and Washington DC can cleanse the American body of this infection and allow the broad chest of Freedom & Liberty to breath deeply once again.

    I Quote the greatest expression of Freedom ever written:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ABOLISH IT, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

    “Accordingly, all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, IT IS THEIR DUTY, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.”

    Thomas Jefferson – Declaration Of Independence – Beginning Portions Of 2nd Paragraph – Empahsis Added.

    We have LONG passed the point of “abuses and usurpations” as the Treasonous US Federal Gov’t is now determined to reducing ALL Americans to living under its “absolute Despotism”.

    Are Despotism and Tyranny the gift that Americans wish to leave to their posterity?

    I know that I don’t.

    JD – US Marines – Fighting to save America,… again.

  • JasonD

    Wake up and smell the Alpo!

  • Ian

    hmmm…. and yet i know of no one unemployed.

    • Highspeed

      where do you live, on a deserted island?
      You aren’t telling the truth.

      • Ian

        No, i really dont know of anyone who is unemployed. Nor do i know of anyone who is struggling. Of course, i have travelled to many third world countries and have seen first hand what true poverty looks like, so maybe my thinking is a little skewed.

  • mondobeyondo

    Your city, if it is in the USA, is already a hellhole.
    If you are smart, you already know it.
    If your are dumb, well..um…

    “Fort Wayne, Indiana! America’s Heartland!! Our Country Is Coming Back!” Yup, and Ethiopia continues looking forward.

    Oh yeah. Indiana. Lots of awful, bad jokes I could make about that, concerning Deanna and so forth. But I won’t go there. It’s a beautiful state. You’re welcome.

    Sorry, not buying what you’re selling.
    There’s certainly some beautiful women in Fort Wayne, Indiana. But…. still not buying it.

    By the way, lots of hotties in Phoenix, Arizona too, if that’s your style.

  • Mainuh1

    Home invasions and bank/store robberies are on the rise here (Maine) mostly for drug money.

  • mondobeyondo

    Deanna is a beautiful name.
    Stop wrecking it!
    Why don’t you attack Susan or Beth or some

    thing?

  • David M

    I was complaining about the trade imbalance 10 years ago. Even with a fiat currency, if we had a neutral amount of money coming and going, things would be vastly better.

    Anyhow, stock up on hand tools from pawn shops.

    If you have a small yard, you need to coop some hens for eggs and rabbits in hutches. Buns can pretty much stay in the cage all their life.

    Containers of all sorts for veggies. Better water and pest management.

    And 55 Gallon blue food grade barrels at every gutter for water.

    If you are blessed with a pool, you need to shunt all the roof water to that.

    A surprising amount of food can be produced in a small area.

    Best of luck.

  • Scoob

    Thank god cities, counties and states can’t print money = I’d rather see them shut down what they can’t pay for, and live within their means, rather than digging themselves into a hole. By the same token, too bad .gov can just keep printing more money, instead of neing forced to live within their means. With the coming inflation, that $1 dollar house in Detroit is soon gonna be $1.50…

  • Electrikoolaid

    It is somewhat surprising to me that the public seems to think we need a bloated government to live? How did people survive in Colonial times then?

    • Andy

      Slaves.

  • A.S.

    The story about that town is Michigan removing the street lights is beyond belief, but when I read about that store owner being extortioned (is this a word) by a police officer, who is paid to protect and serve [the citizen with tax payer money], it made see that all of us are on our own.

  • Kevin2

    In the best of times I did not like big cities. Generally the “good” people are impolite and downright rude. When the middle class got a buck in their pocket they fled in the 1950s for good reason.

  • nuf

    DSA – The Deconstructed States of America.

  • Forester

    The answer, of course, is to return to morality, and to base welfare on true disability, not obesity brought on by being allergic to work, and illegitimate children brought on to abuse so the parent can draw more welfare, swap them among applicants to bolster their numbers of dependents. Then, we need to throw oil exploration wide open, pass a law that no petroleum product not produced in the US will be sold in the US. Then, pass a law that all products made in foreign countries will have a local sales tax of 50% of the posted retail price. That will bolster the job force, the local tax income, and the squeezing out of companies moving to foreign countries for cheap labor.

  • http://www.bikingundertheinfluence.com Drunken Cyclist

    You know your city is a hellhole when the people care more about some stupid ************ football team than their own freedom. When the people would gladly pay $3,000 for a season ticket while they let their family go hungry!

    #PittsburghSucks

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    The big banks have sold us out.
    Democrats and Republicans have sold us out.
    No one is defending our interests.
    Our future is going up in flames.

    It’s time for us to stand up and defend ourselves.

    Trillions of dollars in fraudulent activity by the big banks on Wall Street caused our current economic crisis. Paid off politicians from both parties, along with secret deals made by the Federal Reserve, gave trillions of taxpayer dollars and subsidies to the very people who caused our crisis. After taking our tax dollars, they had the audacity to give themselves all-time recording-breaking bonuses and consolidate wealth in unprecedented fashion within the economic top 0.01% of the population.

    While a record number of Americans are currently living in poverty and on food stamps; while millions of American families have been foreclosed upon; while health care, food and gas costs are skyrocketing; while over 200 million Americans are living paycheck to paycheck struggling to make ends meet, the super-wealthy have never had it better. We now have the most severe inequality of wealth in American history. The depravity of the Robber Barons has been outdone.

    As their current policies prove, economic central planners have become so arrogant and tyrannical in their shortsighted greed. They think we are an ignorant and apathetic population that they can continue to exploit without fear of rebellion.

    We are finally declaring that we have had enough. We will not remain passive while global banking interests destroy our future. We know the systemic causes of our current crisis and we are going to strike at the root.

  • Gary2

    It was like an alien invasion. In fact, it was an alien invasion. Thousands of regular people — the kind without homes in the Hamptons, yachts or private planes — marching past some of the country’s most privileged addresses.

    Today’s “Millionaire’s March,” dedicated to the radical idea of asking the rich to pay their fair share of taxes during a time of economic hardship.

    Their plan was simple: Expose the actors who work to produce and maintain gross inequality and demand real economic change. No more. No less.

    The 99% are waking up. The rich need to be concerned, very concerned. There is power in numbers and there are WAY more of us then them. Time to take our country back from these 1% who have stolen our wealth.

    Parts of this article were cut/paste from various news sites.

    • Mal R.

      “dedicated to the radical idea of asking the rich to pay their fair share of taxes ”

      Gary, what percentage of overall taxes do the top 1% pay?

      “Time to take our country back from these 1% who have stolen our wealth.”

      Who stole your wealth Gary and why isn’t your messiah prosecuting them? Gimme the names. The only thing that stole from you is the idiotic philosophy of communism YOU CHOSE.

      • Gary2

        the rich have never had such low taxes and at the same time received (stolen ) so much wealth.

        This is not my opinion but a verifiable fact.

        Who said anything about communism?

        I simply want an economy that works for the 99% as well as it currently works for the one percent.

        You can call it whatever you want.

      • Gary2

        Gary, what percentage of overall taxes do the top 1% pay?

        What percentage of overall wealth do the top 1% have?

  • A.S.

    The story about ripping out asphalt roads and replacing it with gravel roads seem illogical. Doesn’t someone need to be paid to dig it out? Doesn’t someone need to be paid to remove the debris? Doesn’t someone need to be paid to put in the new road? Doesn’t the new material cost at least something? Say you save $10,000 per year.

    But what is not in the equation is the loss in tourism. What do I mean? If I drive on a road that I think is inferior, that will be last time I go on it. And if that is the only road that goes through the town, I won’t stop in that town for gas, food, sleeping, shopping, etc. I will go out of my way, even if it takes a little more time and mileage (gas), just to be on a good road. This is not just me; many people will do this. I love a comfortable ride and so do others.

    So, say the loss in tourism or people stopping by is $20,000? That would mean the town will lose that money plus the city council will lose tax revenue. Wow, they are now in the negative again! They were so smart in changing the roads!

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    I’m originally from Rhode Island, that place is one of the Hellholes that you are talking about.

    5 years ago house price looked like they had no roof, today the list of foreclosures is seemingly endless.

    Glad I live in a place where none of that stuff matters, nearest town (pop 250) is 50 miles from here.

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • Donald Wilson

    You think it sucks now just wait 12/18 months I am sure it will be a lot worse. Start preparing. Good luck

  • JackieR

    Still haven’t heard of any layoffs here, or they just don’t publish them.

  • http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/ George Forfa

    When a police dept. hunts human beings like animals and a municipal court judge sats in open court that the only thing that impresses her is money, that city is a Hellhole.

    http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/the-spirit-of-dr-moreau/

    http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/the-island-of-uncle-sam/

  • Greg G.

    Just posted on Fox News

    City of Harrisburg, Pa., authorized filing for a rare municipal bankruptcy late Tuesday.

    Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital that previously defaulted on its debt, cited a “continued erosion of its finances,” in the resolution approving the filing

  • mondobeyondo

    Grab your ruby slippers, put them on, click the heels three times, and repeat after me:

    “There’s no place like America…..There’s no place like America…..”

    And you’d be right, no matter your political persuasion. There IS no place like America. Land of opportunity, or a budding police state hiding under the blanket of “democracy”? Maybe both, if you’re a cop.

    • Tim

      I must say you’re very creative, Mondo. :-)

  • Dr. Chicago

    Apt article as Harrisburg decides to declare bankruptcy.

    There are no good solutions.
    – many cities have sold off infrastructure
    – many cities have reduced pay and benefits
    – many cities have reduced services
    – many cities are now reducing headcount and will continue to do so
    – next will be default on pensions, debt and current payments
    – after that will be a reduction of core services (police, ambulance and fire)
    – only after that will they dare default on their precious bond (to preserve their ratings and bankster friends)
    – after that the politicians will be strung up

    In my town, they ran out of money to shovel snow and salt in 2010. As soon as we had a new fiscal year, the shovelling crews were out wasting money on dustings. We can’t afford garbage service and the damn politicians are still planting flowers (which were decided in prior budgets and provides jobs). It is plain silly.

  • Patriot One

    You know your city is a hellhole when they lay off 48 police officers.

    You know your city is a hellhole when they call a flash mob with 11 people shot an unsanctioned party.

    You know your city is a hellhole when they shoot 4 more the next day.

    Jacksonville, Fl.

    • liberranter

      You know your city is a hellhole when they lay off 48 police officers.

      Actually, that’s the first healthy move toward making your city something other than a hellhole. Cops, after all, being nothing but a state-sanctioned gang, are responsible for as much, if not more crime than they “solve” or “prevent.”

  • knightowl77

    You know you live in a hellhole when the city you live in is 56% foreign born. When you have the highest percentage of your population on some form of government assistance in your state.
    Your city may also be a hellhole when the population density is north of 25,000 people per square mile. Or when more than 47 different languages are spoken within your school district…
    Glendale, CA

    We moved…

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    With city revenues decreasing, resulting in services decreasing… people need to become more independent.

    It’s come to the point where we need to move back to an agrarian society, where people live in small towns and on farms, so that they can grow their own food, raise animals for food, support small businesses, etc..

    This would reduce our dependence on government to provide services for us, and allow people to survive during the coming economic collapse.

    http://moneycrisisgameplan.com

  • http://thetruthfulone.com David

    Wait until the economy collapses, and food and water are not readily available…

    THEN all major cities will become hellholes and be much more dangerous, due to rioting, stealing, etc…

    You better put together a game plan now, so that you know how to defend yourself, because the economy is going to crash soon.

    The Urban Survival Guide shows you how to survive during a crisis, and protect yourself and your family.

    http://thetruthfulone.com/urban-survival-guide/

  • mondobeyondo

    As my dear old grandma would say..

    “There is a reason why they called it the Great Depression”.

    We are not heading for a happy place, folks.

  • 007

    When…your local newspaper reads…city schools surrender charter….man rapes mother….principal killed in knife fight in school…Shelby County declared highest municipal poverty center in country….

    When your tourism bureau has a slogan ‘Come visit Memphis, there were fewer murders here last year.’

    I’m an attorney with my practice here in Memphis so it may be hard to move. But I am eventually going to have to move somewhere. Memphis is becoming a war zone.

  • Rocky

    Tax the Rich! I hadn’t seen that yet, so I figured I’d get it out of the way.

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives

    You know that your city has become a hellhole when someone gets shot to death less than 100 yards from a police station, home invasions are a regular occurrence, a large unassimilated refugee population festers, and mad arsonist(s) are burning down buildings left and right…

    Manchester, NH

  • El Pollo de Oro

    You know your city has become a hellhole when some off-duty cops try to rob a small bank in one of the slums and the local drug lords are the ones who prevent the bank robbery (that really did happen in one of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro).

    • liberranter

      Something similar has probably also happened here in Amerika on several occasions. Of course given the unconditional deference the bought-and-paid-for statist media show toward “law enforcement,” you’d never see such stories reported.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      You know your city has become a hellhole when violent teenage flash mobs assault senior citizens in the downtown business district in the middle of the afternoon just for the fun of it (that would be Philadelphia, where I live). Hey, I love Philly, but this flash mob insanity has to stop.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    You know your city has become a hellhole when the garbage doesn’t get picked up and becomes ten feet high thanks to the local mobsters (that would be Napoli, Italia, home of la Camorra).

    You know your city has become a hellhole when drug cartels behead people in broad daylight (that would be Ciudad Juarez).

  • http://www,Back2theLand.com Old Timer

    While Uncle Sam is prepping with Mt. House,upgrading the bunkers, building massive re-education detainment centers… and the list goes on…What are you doing except grumbeling?

    The Handwriting is on the wall and we are headed further in the pit of dispair on a world wide basis, not just in Hometown America. From a historical standpoint when this has happened many times in the past, there was always lawlessness, deprivations, social collaspe and of course war.

    When the going gets tough-the tough get going! You have two feet- start walking. Get out of Urban Hell Holes.You can afford a computer-link up with someone in a safe place. Start walking.HoBo your way.
    Old Timer- Back2theLand.com

  • Mal R.

    You know your city is a hellhole when Progressive liberal policies have ruled it for decades.

    Google the highest poverty stricken cities and you’ll see…

  • Scott

    “You know that your city has become a hellhole when nearly half of all the people living there can’t read.”

    Hellhole indeed. Or Sanctuary City for illegal aliens (Los Angeles, San Francisco, et al). Or both.

  • Lennie Pike

    I claim the great honor of causing Gary2 to stray from his one and only broken record rant against the rich and instead blame the ones who should have been first in line to blame – bankers.

    The rich should be blamed only if they have become rich immorally – but it would be necessary to be able to define rich beforehand. Good luck – compared to 95% of the world’s population, all Americans are rich.

    • Gary2

      The honor is yours and everyone’s who kept correcting me.

    • Stanislav Mishin

      Hardly 95%. Most Japanese, British, Irish, French, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Austrians, Swiss, Canadians, Tiawanese, Singaporeans, S.Koreans, Chilians, Israelies, Spanish and Italians live at or above the US average, when one compares actual Purchasing Power Parity.

      Using neutral PPP, even us Russians are very quickly catching up, with a 6.3% unemployment rate, salaries ranging on average between $800-$1,500/month (at a low 13% flat tax), while the US is sinking and fast.

  • Lennie Pike

    That and a lot worse happens just about every day in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Ken

    … in many times and places you are asked for a “favor”, usually cash, for some “emergency” that always takes place tomorrow.

  • VegasBob

    You know your city is a hellhole when the police will execute people on any flimsy pretext, knowing that the coroner’s inquest will whitewash, justify and exonerate the killer cops every single time.

    Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!

    • liberranter

      … and just about any other other randomly selected city in Amerika.

      • Chris

        Certainly includes Miami

    • VegasDan

      I 2nd that assertion, Bob. Only only cops that are worse are the pigs in Henderson. What a *******************!

  • http://Economiccollapse Already Gone

    Having Grown Up In Minnesota And Have Lived Here
    All My Life I Have Driven Over Hundreds Of Miles
    OF Gravel Roads,And There Is nothing Wrong With Them,They Are Cheap To Maintain As All It Takes Is A RoadGrader To Grade Them And If Properly Done Are As Smooth As A Paved Highway.And We Need To Remember That Our ForeFathers Drove On Them Also. The Only Way This Problem Will Be Solved Is By A Complete BreakDown Of Society. ALL People Are Seeing Now Is The Tip Of The IceBerg Melting,As The Melting Continues And The Crazy Bastards Start To Come Out Of The WoodWork And The Nasty Stuff Starts People Are Going To Wish They Had Listened When People Were
    Trying To Warn Them. And I Would Not Count On The Cops To Protect You Because There Families
    Will Be There Only Concern. Yes,Pray To God But
    Also The Time For Complaining And Bitching And Finger Pointing Has To Stop,Because Everybody Knows That Is Not Going To Solve This Mess.What Is Needed Is Individuals With Calm,Cool Minds
    That Are Willing To Accept The Fact It Is Over
    And Are Willing To Start To Lay Out The GroundWork And Will Not Allow The Same Mistakes
    That Have Ruined This Country To Happen Over.
    This Is The Only Way,Society Has To Be Rebuilt From The Ground Up, Our Parents And GrandParents
    Did It, Why Cant’t We?

    • offgrid7

      Dead on it AlreadyGone. The Law of Attraction is coming home to roost.

    • jacknichols

      Fractional reserve banking and trade with foreign governments without tarriffs. Unless these policies are changed we will continue to collapse.

  • HerrLT

    Truth be told nowhere is going to be much better on earth than here in the States. The situation is rapidly deteriorating, yes. But humanity is in the midst of a great transition in history – research the population bubble and future water shortages (as Michael has covered) and these problems suddenly look benign. The country has passed the point of no return socially and economically. Look no further for the case for a great winnowing of the West than our very own Gary2. If ever there was a case for lost hope it is reading his posts. People in this country are so entrenched in the Left-Right continuum that even in the face of obvious disaster, the old mindset prevails.

    So sit back, have an iced tea, feel the crisp breeze of the morning, enjoy the time there is left and cast all cares to Christ. God bless!

    • HeartofShadows

      Its the end of the world and I feel fine comes to mind.

    • Archie1954

      Well I certainly can see the US and Mexico suffering from the financial and economic doldrums but the third country making up North America seems pretty darn well off right now. It encompasses a larger area of land than the US even including Alaska and it holds approximately 10% of the world’s fresh water and only has 0.5% of the world’s population. It is self sufficient in energy production and has a greater than 95% literacy rate. It’s people are well educated and skilled. It’s cities are clean, safe, well cared for and economic powerhouses. It doesn’t dwell on war, either against recreational drugs or foreign nations. It has a democratic government that is supported by the people. It really has everything going for it and is the ultimate destination for those tired of constantly fighting against unbeatable odds. Good place to visit and better place to live.

      • realitycheck

        Sorry to burst the Canadian bubble but Canada is losing its sovreignity even as we write. Have a look at the “Under Occupation” videos on youtube and check out the one on the North American Union.

        Canadian leaders and politicians are selling you out right at this moment and Canadians cannot vote or have any other say on this issue. George Bush and co already decided that Canada will be part of the NWO North American Union.

        As with the other developments in what were once great countries with sovreignty intact (Australia is currently being set up for Europen style massive floods of 95 percent Muslim boat people who once they get the good life free from the hard work of the dirty kuffirs segregate themselves from all Australian life except when the infidel Aussies are good enough to give them unbelievably big amounts of welfare including spending money for their minors and phone subsidies), Canada as you know it is on its way out.

        Oh and the crime rate is very high in parts of Vancouver and other big cities. Let’s not talk about all the prostitutes who have been murdered or have disappeared in Vancouver or the growing population of illegals in all Canadian cities. Canada has ghettoes too.

    • http://www.mat-rodina.blogspot.com Stanislav Mishin

      Sorry, Russia’s population has been growing (the white Christian population) for 3 years. Standards of living are increasing, unemployement is at 6.3% (about 4% if you’re a specialist of any kind) and specialists are being imported all the time (engineers, scientists, top managers and even British farmers).

      Closed markets with high tariffs, low taxes and business friendly government makes this a reality. Also no massive debt and dirt cheap energy…more water then we’ll ever need too.

  • http://www.maxkeiser.com/ Anon

    You know your city has become a hell-hole, when Detroit, MI starts looking like a good place to move to…

  • prosperity for all

    Oh brings to mind one of my favorite quotes:

    I like to see a man proud of the place he lives.
    I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him.
    Abe Lincoln.

  • Gil

    Many public services are stopped or are underfunded while corrupt politicians are in jail? It sounds like things are getting better according to Libertarians.

  • Andrew

    Hey this is the first time I’ve left a comment, but I would like to give some knowledge out there if it is not already known. Check out the name of Stanley Meyer. He made a fuel cell which powered the old air cooled VW. Also, check around for electric drive motors out of old forklifts to convert your car to electric. (I’m currently working on one, and a recharging system so one gets high mpc -miles per charge-). One may want to look into “The Fueless Heater” by Creative Science. Go to 4shared.com and type in that quote to download the plans for free. Winter is almost here so that why I added that.

  • Drew from Oz

    I am sorry folks, but you need to step up and buy American- it’s consumers who voted with their pocketbooks and their demand for good returns on their 401k investments that forced manufacturing overseas.

    • Highspeed

      When I read your post I laughed. I thought, Half my money goes for foreign fuel, and the other half for food, grown everywhere. I don’t buy Thats sad indeed.

  • Paul

    Well, the Public Transport of Hong Kong is among the best in the world and none of it is owned by the state.

    The owners have to have their price rises approved by the parlament, that’s all.

  • Xenophon

    The nation will break into various regional power groupings. This will be the genesis of our renewal. The sooner the central power of this nation is dissolved, the sooner local areas can regain control over the corrupt elements. We will be poorer, but better off in the long run. Remember: we can’t do anything until the coils of corruption coming from D.C. are thrown off.

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse BobK

    HerrLT is right. The world is in a remarkable transition. Humanism, the doctrine that man is the measure of all things, is rapidly collapsing. ‘Babylon’ is falling apart and we are finally realizing that we are neither wise enough nor good enough to suppose we can go forward without God. The End Times does not mean the end of the world, as many have presumed, but it is most definitely “the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)!” The replacement world will be awesome, but hold on – it’s going to be a very bumpy ride, to say the least!!

  • SamColt
  • Lennie Pike

    In Rio de Janeiro and the rest of Brazil, the economy is booming and everyone could be benefiting from it but they can not because they are not prepared to.

    Many decades of hyper-inflation, no chance at bettering their lives, and the worst scum bag “leaders” possible and other reasons (one very big one that I better not mention) has left a huge percentage of the population uneducated and with no work ethic or ethics of any other kind. It’s like keeping a dog chained up all day long and then freeing him – he won’t go anywhere.

    In Brazil there still is no education system for the majority and it’s every man for himself. There is very little trust or co-operation to achieve anything good among those that have been affected by that history.

    Several months ago, the Rio de Janeiro Police violently fought the striking Rio de Janeiro Fire Department, arrested every Fireman in the Department and then used a stadium to jail them.

    Five or six years ago, a huge fire fight consisting of thousands of participants took place on Copacabana Beach right after Carnaval between several drug cartel armies and the Authorities. Somehow it did not get reported in the U.S..

    All this with a good economy, but with a culture that has gone through what Americans are beginning to go through now. Once the damage is done, it’s hard to reverse it.

  • http://anti-gnostic.blogspot.com The Anti-Gnostic

    Eight hundred and thirty nine words in a column about urban collapse and no mention of race. The New York Times tips its hat to you, sir.

  • LibertyMike

    That the state or some other political sub-division is no longer prosecuting “domestic violence” cases or is no longer funding a “bus system” or is closing half of its public schools, is not cause for alarm.

    What is cause for alarm is the feeble minded acceptance of statism which is reflected in the yardstick employed to measure the hellholes. The prosecution of so called domestic violence cases is not the sin qua non of civilization the loss of which should be regarded as an indicator or sign or reflection of collapse. Rather, the prosecution of domestic violence cases and the arguments advanced in favor thereof are reflective of economic, intellectual and spiritual rot and decay. The same applies to public transportation and public education.

    First, in order to support such things as the prosecution of domestic violence cases, public education and public transportation, armed goons must be employed by the state and their employ is financed by theft. Like it or not, the state is an armed gang which has demonstrated its willingness and ability to committ mass murder, thieve and lie.

    Thus, in order to finance their schemes, the statists must FORCE spectacular misallocations of resources. No person in his right mind would willingly fund communist boondoggles like kpublic education; thus, the money must be confiscated, by force through the mechanisms of fines, incarceration or even death. All of the people who work for the IRS, state departments of revenue and city tax departments are parasites who do not make or produce any good or service upon a voluntary, consensual basis,

    The prosecution of domestic violence cases is yet another example of tyranny flexing its muscles through the spectre of the false flag. Civilization is not, nor has it been, threatened by the existence of so-called domestic violence. However, in order to convince people otherwise, statists and their useful idiots who want to impose their way upon everyone else at everyone else’s expense, yell and scream that something must be done lest another woman be battered or killed.

    Those who oppose the proseuction of domestic violence cases are villified; even those who question the wisdom of revising the rules of evidence to create special clases of victims against whom inquiry and impeachment are not permitted, are assailed as evil and anti-women.

    No person has a right to be safe from domestic violence unless one is talking about the state and its hilariously haberdashered storm troopers. No person has a right to public transportation unless one is taling about the right of each and every individual to travel, unmolested by some piece of filth employed by the state. No person has a right to public education unless one is talking about the right of one to educate herself or her children free of government interference.

    It is moral rot to accept the proposition that the very existence of civilization depends upon public education, public transportation and the prosecution of domestic violence cases. The evidence would appear to suggest the opposite.

  • http://lewrockwell.com nurbsoldier

    I thought this was a great article. However, I became annoyed when I saw that this was all attributed to trade imbalances.

    Does America have what is known as a ‘trade imbalance’? Yes.

    But the so called ‘trade imbalance’ is simply another symptom, not a cause of these other problems.

    The real cause of all this is central planning and central banking.

    Just because you had the sniffles while having chickenpox would not mean that you had a cold or that the runny nose causes the red spots on your body.

  • http://WRH RJ OGuillory

    Thrift Store America

    You can see it in the real estate. You can feel the retreat from prosperity and purpose. You can sense the poverty and the loss of an entire generation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… and you can see the, “beginning of the end”, for the America of our childhood conditioning.

    Lost in the All-American, time-honored barrage of local moving sales, rummage & yard sales, and the sad but admirable explosion of Thrift and Second-Hand Stores, you can witness the decay of the legend and myth,…the stories told to us in our youth of what America was supposed to be,…and to be about.

    The signs are clear on a local level; uncounted closed down businesses, thousands, if not millions of houses that are boarded up to avoid uninhabited damage. Even in the homes that are abandoned, but not boarded up, you can feel the desperation of The American Dream? You know you are broke when you can’t afford to board up a foreclosed home…?

    I am certainly no college degreed economist, and most of what I’ve learned is through my international experiences, but it seems to me that when the number of Thrift Stores coming online outnumbers the number of new Starbucks and McDonald’s,…the country may have a bit of a problem?

    The truly frightening signals are those which smolder out of the burn-pit of our corrupt, unethical government leadership; unmanageable debt, increased police abuses, dead and assaulted members of the “public”, a citizenry grown weary of cow-towing to political, government and “law enforcement” systems that are fraying badly at their ethical edges… and have little or no respect for our Constitutional protections and political limits.

    If not for the deadly oil and chemical dispersant wafting over our southern coasts, the radioactive waste misting those of us along the West Coast and the purposeful flooding of the Midwest, perhaps the Citizens of the country may have the time to pay attention to our upcoming political circus, commonly referred to as elections. But really…how many Citizens really still believe in the American Elective process? How many still hold on to that myth of one-man-one-vote, especially when you can push the right button on the voting machine and stand there watching as the vote changes for an opponent? How many Americans still believe in the process?

    Not many I’d bet.

    How long are we as a people going to sit and be told what do, told what is right, and spoken down to as though mere children? How long can an entire population of a country sit and be lectured to, “how we shouldn’t worry our feeble-little heads”… with the “complex workings of the government”?

    How many more years of kidnapping and torture are we going to allow our government to perform? Will my grandchildren someday read a book, just as we now gaze at the stories and photos of the Holocaust? Will my great-grandchildren someday look down upon a similar book, and wonder why Great-Grand-Dad didn’t do a thing to stop the government from torturing and killing its Citizens… and others? How will we explain such behavior being accepted with no probable cause, no trial, no verdict…just turn them into dead people because “The Government” says they should be?

    Are we that far gone, that we will just continue to accept this? Are we waiting for someone on a white horse and lone-ranger music in the background before we stand up and say, “No more”?

    I can understand, given the ethical manner in which government has been managed in my lifetime, I can understand why some would still be willing to accept or believe the proclamations of our morally supreme Leaders?

    After all, look how up front they have been with us over the years…JFK, RFK, MLK, Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Mena-Arkansas, The Clinton Criminal Class, Panama, Iraq I & II, Afghanistan, The Foreclosure Swindle, 911…and so on, and so on and so on? I can understand why “we the people” would find no need to examine these illegal, immoral and unethical activities, or why such behavior keeps occurring in “The Shining City on the Hill”? In fact, the light from D.C. is so corporately Bright… one wonders how it could continue to be so infested. Who knows…perhaps the Bankers will loan us enough money to hire exterminators?

    Unfortunately, you can also see the growing desperation in the hard-scrabble part of America…the “Appalachia Sliver” of the American conscience, where the words poverty and poor take on a whole new meaning. The sad part is, we are not alone in our ever-growing Appalachia Experience, and after a recent ten-day trip across half the country, we were witness to the ever-expanding condition known officially as a “Recession”,…or in certain parts of the country,…you’ll even get to experience another “Great Depression”,…you know, something to help you bond with your indigent Grandmother, as you compare who had it “worse”.

    But as a retired, twenty-year veteran employee of The Federal Government, including over two-decades as a “federally protected whistle-blower” (as humorous as that is), I know of the nature of our government leadership, and in my opinion, Webster’s Dictionary is going to need a new definition of the word “corrupt” by the time our country falls apart.

    Or, until we realize that we still have the power and unified strength to wrestle the mechanics of government… back from these “Continuity of Government” traitors.

    As a first step, I would recommend the following:

    – A National Constitutional Convention – designed to re-invigorate the original founding concepts, rights and status of American Citizens, while amending The Constitution for a 21st century America and its social realities. Additionally, the NCC will be empowered to impeach every member of the standing US Government, and will remove them from office. And by Impeach and Remove, I mean all of them. Every standing member of Congress, The Senate, The President and Vice President, and especially the Supreme Court which voted to allow and approve kidnapping and torture. All of them, gone.

    – National Grand Jury – impaneled for whatever period of time is necessary to investigate and prosecute all members of government known to have violated their oaths of office, as well as committing treason, larceny and murder on an international scale, with no statute of limitations. NGJ-Citizen Investigators should be required to open up all of the American Government Archives across our entire history, and we as a people should be told the truth with regard to historic criminal activities.

    – Additionally, the NGJ will be empowered to dismantle (through force if necessary) the CIA, the FBI, all “Continuity of Government” plans, operations and operatives, including the US Department of Justice, the EPA, The DoD and every other liberty-sucking parasite that still exists within our compromised government. (These entities can all be reconstructed at a later date, under more limited and ethical standards, if necessary)

    – Freeze & Seize Financial Assets- Freeze and seize all financial assets of any member of government for the last forty years. All of them…seize all of their assets, and create a legal process or method for the “innocent” to get their assets returned to them (perhaps with interest). However, for the vast majority of traitorous souls who have been abusing their positions and the citizens for well over forty years…make them prove that the fortune is legally, ethically theirs; make them prove it didn’t come from decades of corrupt acts. Make them show that their ill-gotten millions in self-worth did not come from abusing their oaths or position.

    – If not, just like we ordinary citizens who have tolerated our cars being impounded, our property seized and the other elements of the current two-tiered justice system, let the thieves and killers of the last forty years fight to stay out of prison, the death-chamber, or the poor house… just like the rest of us.

    Regards,
    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  • Trudy

    As far as prosecuting domestic violence goes, I’m on the other side. We should all be treated equally under the law–so why should there be special rules for domestic? Who even defines it–my husband would be domestic, but your ex? No, call it assault. Goes for hate crimes, too.

  • http://community.mises.org/silver/ Silver

    Here’s a detailed commentary on the 16 points. Short version: this isn’t collapse, it’s change. And its a good thing.

    http://community.mises.org/silver/2011/10/13/comments-on-you-know-that-your-city-has-become-a-hellhole-when%E2%80%A6/

    or

    http://bit.ly/pa5eTe

  • LM

    You know your city is a hellhole when your child’s elementary school teachers cannot speak or write proper English or (true story) even enough English to understand you when you are trying to communicate with them about your child.

    Miami, FL

  • jay

    OK, Schadenfreude does have it’s place in today’s volatile environment. I will be 60 years of age tomorrow and have a few words to express. Due to fate or design I lost my 70k Railroad job almost two years ago. After a stint at Substitute Teaching I found myself out of work last Summer. Off to the Temp agencies I went.
    No longer patient enough for the XBox Gen and their abstraction mixed with distractions, I looked for Heavy or light manufacturing spots…Worked at a Potato Chip factory and a Plastics company until I approached the 90 mark. No secret, you lay off before the 90 day spot and you (employer) pay no benefits….Back to resume distribution I went. I do have a B.A. in management, a legacy of supervisory and material handling expertise. My town lost 3 heavy hitters over the last decade, GM, Beloit Corp, Warner Electric and more…So TIF financed interests have put up foundationless buildings that offer nothing to the City I live in. The jobs pay $8 an hour and come no where near the Heavy Metal and Engineering salaries of old in our community. We have become a bedroom community, Nurses have work (all the indigent boomers), cops and firemen too. If you don’t have a CDL career, you must commute to larger towns 15 to 70 miles away…should we talk Gas now ?
    Anyhoo, I drive 32 miles one way to do Telemarketing for a tiny wage plus commissions…their current marketing ploy…trying to persuade folks to resurrect their landlines and rely less on their cell phones….maybe I should just walk away, head south and plant some seeds….for thought, not.

  • Charlie

    Notice that the places with the crime issues are places where guns are illegal. The only government anybody needs is a pistol in their pocket.

    • Joe

      Charlie,

      Bravo! It’s about time some one pointed this out!

  • Charlie

    I do believe that government is not the solution to all our problems, but that it is the cause of all our problems. I also think that the only way somebody can live somewhat free and peacefully is to be far, far away from any government agent, i.e. policeman or politician. If it takes 2 to 3 hours, or preferably longer, for the “authorities” to be able to reach your home then you are living mostly free.

  • Old Man

    But but I’ve been told for decades that America is not only the greatest and best country in the world, it is beyond the best man can ever construct in all history. Because it is a country blessed by God himself, divine, supremely superior and able to get away with anything.

    Now I understand why the rich and powerful did what they did – they know they will get away with it. And they did! But the people also allowed this to happen. They too believed they will get away with it. But they are not. So it must be God is on the side of the rich, powerful, immoral and criminal.

    • r.bitting

      It must be that you have created God in your own image, thus making yourself god.

      • Old Man

        It appears you do not enjoy my sarcasm.

        But it is true that man has created all kinds of gods in their own image. Gods are such useful marketing tools.

  • http://serioso777@gmail.com Cheap Elitists

    The government should had gave every natural born US citzen of the age 21 an over 100,000 dollars. The money would have to be spent on goods and services. Would have to be spent in the USA on USA goods and services within 90 days of receipt of the money. No cash can be obtained. It will be a Federal Bank Card to be used just like a credit card. Sounds good to me ! Lets do that ! It would had been less then what has already been spent on B.S !

  • Carla Angelo

    I live in Ogden Utah and everything just seems so normal here. I keep looking for signs of the economic collapse but nothing really pops out. There was road construction all summer and its still going on. Several new business have opened in brand new buildings. Only one grocery store has closed and I attribute that to Walmart moving in a few years back. There are a few more empty houses than usual and of course the building of new homes that used to go on has really slowed down but there are still homes being built, very few though. Its very strange to me that all of this horrible stuff is going on all around the country and nothing seems to be going on here, in my neck of the woods anyway. Maybe it just hasn’t reached us yet.

  • Lennie Pike

    Miami is not an American city.

    • LM

      True, Lennie. But the masses sure like coming here to get Plan Ocho (Section 8), Medicaid and all the other assorted goodies that the gringos provide.

    • Guy

      True, but the best part about Miami is how close to the U.S. it is.

    • Old Man

      But of course. Miami is a Cuban city. While Florida is a Canadian province. Disney World however, is an international special economic zone administered by the UN. Maybe they should extend the Arizona border wall all the way to Florida?

      • Chris

        Miami is NOT a Cuban city. After Carter’s Mariel boatlift it was, but Reagan brought the Central Americans who were followed by the South Americans. Miami is a Latin American city where it is difficult for anglos to get a job, let alone get elected, but where more non-cuban hispanics are getting elected now.

  • Dee

    There is one thing and one thing only that can turn this country off its’ present course of destruction and that is an immediate, national display of repentance toward God and a return to our Christian heritage. Oh how I know that even the mere mention of this drives so many today crazy, but you see, that exactly is the problem. There is nobody who can honestly look at the exact corrolation between the removal of God from our society and the fall of our society and genuinely argue that it is just some extremely strange coincidence. I mean, really.

    In the past 50+ years we have seen the systematic removal of God’s influence from every last vestige of public life. He is not allowed in the schools (to the point where even wearing a cross or reading a bible can get you fired), He is not allowed in the courtrooms (i.e. Judge Roy Moore) and more and more He is not allowed into our homes or lives. Now let’s compare that trend, side by side, to the trend we currently find ourselves in with this once great country and I think it is absurd not to see the corrolation.

    When God is removed from the picture, with Him goes all that comes from Him (truth, morality, justice, respect for right and wrong, etc. etc.) – and let’s not forget His Blessing as well. We have become, for the most part, a Godless nation; therefore, we have become and are acting like a Godless people and this is clearly represented by the actions of our own goverment. I mean really, who is our government, if not a reflection of our people as a whole? Who elected them? Who looked the other way while they plundered and destroyed the incredible blessing and prosperity that our founding fathers fought and died to provide us with? John Adams once proclaimed that our system of government was wholly inadequate for any other than a religious, God fearing people, and we, my friends, have proven him correct.

    You want to fix the problems we are facing? Humble yourselves, swallow your pride, repent of your sins and turn back to the only one who can save us from ourselves – God and His Son Jesus Christ. If enough of us do this, it just may not be too late (read Jonah for proof of that).

    • Joe

      Dee,

      God helps them who help themselves. America is a rags to riches story. Been there, done that as have millions of others.

    • r.bitting

      May God bless you for saying what needs to be said.

  • Tom H

    Everyday, We are reminded of the root cause of our problem when we look in the mirror. The Pogo cartoon was right: “We have found the enemy and it is us”.

    I’m 63 and for the past 20 years or so, a recovering liberal/Democrat when I began to wake up and saw the Democrats as primarily a party of corruption, dependency, Socialism, and Communism. In the history of the world, transitioning to one of these latter forms of government this has always ended tragically.

    Our Founders were the wisest group of men who ever crafted a governing document. Unfortunately, we have ignored what they taught us. Here are a few thoughts on where we went astray:

    1) The Founders recognized that men are flawed and hence wrote a Constitution which built many checks and balances to insure that no faction could get too powerful and that it would be difficult to pass new laws and rescind those no longer working. Now, it is routinely and intentionally ignored. Some legislators don’t even know some of the most basic elements of the Constitution. We have a President, who to all appearances is a Muslim/Islam sympathizer and a Marxist, openly contemptuous of the Constitution.

    2) G. Washington noted correctly that in order for it to work, God would have to be a part of our lives. Our Society has been working overtime to exclude God from every aspect of our lives since about 1900. We’re now reaping the fruits of that exclusion. All that happened since have occurred because of this.

    3) We allowed and demanded that Government provide more and more goodies to we, the electorate. Such demands result in more government control and less freedom. Eventually this deteriorates into tyranny. We are very very close. ( Would the Founders have approved the IRS, the EPA, the Dept of Energy, the Dept of Educ., the TSA? — Not a chance

    4) We refuse to demand austerity from our elected legislators, thus piling on debt is the only possible result. This provides the goodies now which must be paid by all our children in the future, a process which can only result in abysmal failure.

    5) We refuse to elect ethical, honest, and moral legislators; we elect only those that promise us more. The solution is to only elect those who promise us LESS.

    6) We’ve allowed government to ignore our Constitution and bypass it by Executive orders, by thousands of bureaucratic rules. Thus, we now have 60’s radicals in control who have set a up a nightmarish bureaucratic government to achieve control over the electorate. These people are environmental extremists and would choose to save a rare fish over tens of thousands of jobs.

    I see a better future, but only after several years of economic and social pain. We must hit bottom, before beginning a recovery. We are moving into a brave new world that few of us can envision. The solution is and always has been to move back to the Constitution and adhere to it closely. We move also move back closer to our Creator and seek his guidance. Our survival depends on it.

  • Dejong

    The window’s dirty, the mattress stinks
    This ain’t no place to be a man
    I ain’t got no future, I ain’t got no past
    And I don’t think I ever can

    The floor is filthy, the walls are thin
    The wind is howling in my face
    The rats are peeling, I’m losing ground
    Can’t seem to join the human race

    Yeah!
    I’m living in a hell hole
    Don’t want to stay in this hell hole
    Don’t want to die in this hell hole
    Girl get me out of this hell hole

    I rode the jet stream, I hit the top
    I’m eating steak and lobster tails
    The sauna’s drafty – oooh, the pool’s too hot
    The kitchen stinks of boiling snails

    The taxman’s coming, the butler quit
    This ain’t no way to be a man
    I’m going back to where I started
    I’m flashing back into my pan

    Yeah, that’s what I am doing, and why not?
    It’s better in a hell hole
    You know where you stand in a hell hole
    Folks lend a hand in a hell hole
    Girl get me back to my hell hole

  • Tamara Carroll

    You know your city has become a hellhole when the EPA comes in making impossible demands on the small independent water companies such that all but one goes out of business and the one remaining triples your water bill in one month. We have no choice but to let our plants die. Where will our oxygen come from?

  • Maria

    Well,

    I live out in the country. UPS and Fed Ex couldn’t find my residence for two years. Cell phones don’t work out here, so almost everyone has a landline.

    Several weeks ago, somebody got so desperate they tore up all the phone line…for the copper I’m told. Our phone was out for a couple of days while the repairmen worked on the replacement.

    People are getting desperate….

    May God help us. Pray.

  • http://inthisdimension.com alex scipio

    Detroit was the wealthiest, per-capita, major city in America in the 1950s. What happened? LBJ and “Progressive” policy. Now it is the poorest major city in America.

    Detroit is what – demonstrably, undeniably – happens when you have strong unions, strong public-sector unions, high minium wage and “living wage” legislation.

    You can complain, you can argue, but the fact is that Progressivism kills all it touches. Every time. Everywhere.

  • Maria

    For the last couple of summers we have seen people camped out in their cars out here at our rural truck weigh station. There are no buildings on site….just the scale and a utility pole.

    We see more long term “campers” in the woods around our area.

    For the past couple of years, we are seeing more people living in barns, shops and sheds.

    People passing through wouldn’t notice but locals do.

  • http://afistfulofneurons.blogspot.com Cloudbuster

    Several of your items are misleading. The story about conversion of roads to gravel is taking place largely in rural areas, not cities, and several quotes in the story establish that the rural residents are not all terribly upset about it — I live in a rural county with a lot of gravel roads and not only are they easier to maintain, the operate in a way as unending “speed bumps” — reducing traffic on rural residential and agricultural roads. This actually improves the quality of life for residents by reducing the speed, volume and dangerousness of traffic on back roads. The gravel roads get fewer joyriders and teens traveling at high speeds. It’s safer for people, pets and livestock. The through and commercial traffic sticks to the paved roads, which are largely the roads that will get them where they’re going the quickest, anyway.

    In the city that discontinued bus service, the story is about a private company starting up service in the area. Private free enterprise is a GREAT thing and exactly the sort of result you’d hope for in that situation.

    Dollar houses have been available for a very, very long time, even in such prosperous cities as Columbus, Ohio — I had a co-worker back in the 80s by a $1 HUD home and fix it up. It was a great deal for them and for the neighborhood.

    Sorry, a lot of your “hellhole” examples just don’t fly.

  • Follow the illegals

    Millions of illegal immigrant swarming onto the dole roles, raising the crime rates, growing drugs in our national parks, raising the crime rates. What do you expect?

  • RightBrain

    Thieves dismantled a public bridge in New Castle PA to sell for scrap. Got $5k for destroying a multimillion dollar bridge.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/10/15/2011-10-15_brothers_charged_with_stealing_pennsylvania_bridge_selling_it_for_5000.html

    • Michael

      That is so sad that people are so destructive like that.

      Michael

  • JTW

    Another one (happening in the city where my parents live):
    – when the city decides to no longer collect garbage, but requires people to deliver it to the landfill themselves (while of course not cutting the collection fees).

  • rosa-rooter

    maybe it’s time to relocate. become illegals ourselves.

  • trum

    I am tired of all the economic negative news. I think the reason the economy sounds bad has less to do with an actual recession than media sensationalism and doomsday pessimism. Everyone was in a panic in 1997 because of the Asian financial crisis, but the sky did not fall. I don’t think the media should lie about a high unemployment rate, but I would like to hear more positive news stories. Just like news reports about Y2K, killer bees, crack babies, Firestone tires, shark attacks, and the Gulf oil spill, people will soon realize any economic downturn is partly due to hype and life will go on.

    http://www.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2009/1/8/did-the-media-cause-the-recession.html

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/1998/int/980706/cover_story.one_year_aft33.html

    I did some research and found that there is plenty of good news out there:

    The recession officially ended in June 2009:

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/20/news/economy/recession_over/?section=money_latest

    The unemployment rate is falling:

    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110402/GPG0101/104020692/U-S-unemployment-rate-falls-2-year-low?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CGPG-News

    The stock market has risen 53% recently and is still cheap:

    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/oct/15/cautious-optimism/?uniontrib

    Apple, SkyWest, Kroger’s, General Mills, CarMax, Walgreen, Dell, Discover, and Nike are just some of the many respected American companies to have declared profits recently:

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/182538.asp?from=blog_last3

    http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2009-11-05-skywest-q3-profit_n.htm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/business/15kroger.html?src=busln

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-22/general-mills-first-quarter-profit-rises-12-on-sales-of-cereals-snacks.html

    http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2010/09/22/1033100?sac=Bus

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/business/29walgreen.html

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-15/dell-reports-profit-that-tops-estimates-on-business-pc-demand.html

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-22/discover-beats-estimates-on-declining-defaults-boosts-payout-shares-gain.html

    http://www.oregonlive.com/playbooks-profits/index.ssf/2011/09/nike_posts_15_first_quarter_pr_1.html

    US housing starts have risen:

    http://blog.al.com/breaking/2009/10/us_housing_starts_rise.html

    Business confidence has grown:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1203965&srvc=rss

    Factory orders have increased:

    http://www.telegram.com/article/20110203/NEWS/110209884/1002/busines

    Consumer confidence has climbed:

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/31/news/economy/consumer_confidence/index.htm?section=money_latest

    Consumer spending is up:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65M2WK20100628?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r5:c0.051546:b35270006:z0

    The US GDP rose 3.1%:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Stocks-rise-on-Oracle-apf-2813128403.html?x=0

    US exports rise:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/business/economy/us-exports-rise-to-record-as-trade-deficit-shrinks.html

    North Dakota has an unemployment rate of 3.7%. South Dakota and Nebraska have unemployment rates of less than 5%. Singapore has an unemployment rate of just 2.2%. Unemployed people who move to these places can find work in agriculture, oil fields, schools, and hospitals. These newcomers will need to buy homes, food, and services creating more jobs. If you don’t have a job, move to an area with a better economy. If you can’t sell your house at the price you want, you shouldn’t have paid so much for it. If you don’t want to move and make trade-offs, I guess that you aren’t that desperate for work.

    http://www.bls.gov/lau/

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703803904576152630710927512.html

    http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/article/id/81609/

    http://www.economist.com/node/18488276?story_id=18488276

    The United States will face a labor SHORTAGE in the next few years as millions of baby boomers retire. There are 76 million baby boomers, but Generation X only has 46 million people.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002185894_boomers21.html

    http://www.argusleader.com/article/20091107/business/911070331/1001/news

    If you really want to stay where you are and haven’t found a job, think of a way to make money from your hobbies. Find a need and fill it. Do you like to cook? Are you good at fixing things? Do you like to paint? Optimists make more money and I strongly believe that if you do what you love, the money will follow. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. If there is a recession, choose not to participate. Just because someone says there is a recession, doesn’t make it true. Just because most people used to believe the world was flat, did that make it true? If you are feeling negative, I highly recommend the book “You Can Have it All”:

    http://www.librarything.com/work/508754

    http://www.entrepreneur.com/management/managementcolumnistscotthalford/article207648.html

    You might also feel less sorry for yourself or the economy if put your life in perspective. How would you like to trade places with someone in North Korea? Would you rather live in Burundi where the GDP per capita income is $300 per YEAR?

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html?countryName=Burundi&countryCode=by&regionCode=af&rank=228

    Even if things are really bad for you and you become homeless, there is a safety net of food banks, shelters, general relief, and food stamps. You could join a commune or a monastery.

    America needs a good pep talk instead of negativity. I really think Obama would be more helpful to the economy by talking about the positive sides instead of pushing expensive stimulus programs. People should live within their means to avoid crashing the economy, but even when overextended, the United States has managed to pay the massive debts of the Depression and WWII.

    http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

    http://reuters.com/article/2011/09/29/idUS412302169920110929

    Americans need to think more like immigrants. Politicians are too afraid to say it, but Americans should stop whining, get up, take responsibility, lower their standards, bite their lips, tough it out, and get busy. Americans should stop buying SUV’s and McMansions they can’t afford and pay off their debts. I have no sympathy for the sheep who went in debt to buy expensive restaurant meals, clothes, vacations, cars, and overpriced homes when times were good instead of saving for a rainy day. Buy LOW and sell HIGH. If people had put their money in the bank instead of wasting it they would still have it. NOW is the time to buy stocks and houses, not when the stock market and real estate prices are hitting record highs. The United States is capitalist not Communist. There is social Darwinism and survival of the fittest here. If Americans want a handout, they should move to Sweden. I have seen refugees from places like Vietnam immigrate to the US with NOTHING and own houses and cars five years later, while some lazy Americans who have lived in public housing and on welfare for GENERATIONS complain about how poor they are. Why can a third world immigrant who doesn’t speak English make more money in five years than some Americans who have lived in the US their entire life?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/09/27/financial/f063017D17.DTL&ao=all

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704895004575395491314812452.html

    The negative thinking about “tough times” and the supposedly “decline of the US” kills me. The USA is by far the richest and most powerful country in the world. Who invented the assembly line, telephones, movies, light bulbs, airplanes, air conditioning, elevators, skyscrapers, television, the atomic bomb, the pill, calculators, microwaves, lasers, the Internet, mobile phones, the space shuttle, and landed on the moon? What country wins the most medals at the Olympics despite having only 5% of the world’s population? If the United States is dying, why do so many people want to immigrate there? If the US economy is so bad, why do so many people flock to buy US treasuries as a safe haven?

    http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/List-of-United-States-inventions

    http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2010/02/14/russian-or-not-russian/

    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/medals

    Maybe I am the last optimist in America, but I think the best years of the United States are ahead of us, not behind us. I would be shocked if the USA won’t be the first country to put a person on Mars, invent mass-produced hydrogen and solar cars, and cure cancer. Americans who worry about the future are ignoring the facts and aren’t doing anyone any favors.

    http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/dt/V142/N24/01-theglass.24v.html

    I have lived through many booms and busts. Every time there is boom, people think good times will last forever. Every time there is a recession, people think it will never end. While I am not blind to the difficulties that may exist in the present economy, I just think people should be more optimistic and look at the good sides. I remember when I was in middle school in the mid 1980’s and had a teacher who asked my classmates whether the USA was on the way to the peak of power, at the peak, or on the way down. I was the only student who said the US hasn’t reached the peak yet. A few years later the Soviet Union collapsed, the Japanese economy crashed, and America was the only superpower.

    I am not sure if there is a recession, but if there is one, I think it will soon be a distant memory.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/opinion/05douthat.html?_r=1

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/04/08/the-comeback-country.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/12/business/consumer-spending-in-rebound.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    ——————————

    Remember: Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

    See the glass as half full, not half empty.

    Anyone who bets against the United States will always lose.

    • Uncle B

      This is my favorite cut and paste!
      “Had the $650 billions+ spent on Iraq, been spent on conventional Solar/Thermal development of South Western U.S.A. – Today, Americans would receive a ROI ( “Return On Investment”) in cheap electricity, in place of horrendous tax rates to service unpayable war debt to China. Americans would be gainfully working, using this renewable, perpetual, eternal, clean, radiation free, radioactive waste free, domestic, electricity source – to compete in world markets with well priced products, and much less foreign oil would have be imported, fewer “Parasite Nations” supported. This is the lost “opportunity cost” for having Saddam’s scrotum on the Bushes mantlepiece? Shiite eh!”
      P.S., (Oil wells do go dry, not really sourced from an eternal pipe up &Allah’s-ass, as some believe – But, the Sun never stops shining, Wind blows forever)

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  • Susie

    Towns in the South have looked like that for years as a result of forced integration and civil rights push of the 1960’s.

  • george

    come on ww 3

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