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10 Signs That The American People Are Angrier Than Ever And Record Setting Government Transfer Payments Are Not Pacifying Them

Right now, about the only things that the American people can agree on is that they are angry and that they do not like the direction that this country is headed.  Of course a lot of this is being caused by the economy.  Unemployment is rampant, millions of families have been kicked out of their homes and our country is drowning in debt.  But the economy is not the only cause of what is happening.  There is a growing restlessness in America today.  An increasing number of people feel very empty and very frustrated.  We still have a very high standard of living compared to the rest of the world, and yet there is this growing sense that our country is right on the verge of something really bad.  The very fabric of our society is coming apart at the seams and the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear.  You can almost feel the fear in the air.

One thing that the federal government has tried to do to keep everything under control is to shovel giant piles of money into the pockets of the American people.  Today, government transfer payments as a percentage of GDP are far higher than they have ever been before in all of U.S. history.  If you doubt this, just check out this chart.  But even with the federal government showering crazy amounts of money on people, anger and frustration in this country continue to grow to unprecedented levels.

This year the American people will be getting back more money from the government than they are paying to the government in taxes.  That is not anywhere close to sustainable, but what would this country look like if welfare payments and government benefits were cut back substantially?

That is a scary thing to think about.

This country is rapidly changing, and not for the better.

The following are 10 signs that the American people are angrier than ever….

#1 According to a brand new Fox News poll, 76 percent of all Americans are “dissatisfied with how things are going in the country”.  At the beginning of this year, that number was only at 61 percent.

#2 Violence in our streets continues to rise and sadly police officers are increasingly becoming targets.  The number of law enforcement officials that have been killed in the United States has increased by 17 percent this year so far.

#3 Some of the crimes that we have seen recently have been absolutely shocking.  Not even elementary schools are safe anymore.  In the New York City area recently, one mother was killed when she tried to shield children from gunfire that erupted just outside of an elementary school.  The following is an excerpt from a Washington Post article about this incident….

Someone with a gun opened fire on a street as students were let out of school Friday afternoon, killing one parent who had tried to shield children from harm and injuring an 11-year-old girl and another parent, police and school officials said.

#4 As the economy crumbles, thieves are becoming bolder and more desperate.  In Indiana, one desperate thief recently ripped off a car dealership by using a crane to lift up a 2008 Jeep Wrangler and load it on to a trailer.

#5 Nothing is too big for thieves to steal these days.  In the San Francisco area, thieves recently took off with a copper bell that weighs 2.7 tons.

#6 Some thieves have become so bold that they will literally steal thousands of animals at a time from ranchers.  All over the United States, livestock is being stolen from ranchers in unprecedented numbers.  The following is from a recent Associated Press article….

While the brazenness may be unusual, the theft isn’t. High beef prices have made cattle attractive as a quick score for people struggling in the sluggish economy, and other livestock are being taken too. Six thousand lambs were stolen from a feedlot in Texas, and nearly 1,000 hogs have been stolen in recent weeks from farms in Iowa and Minnesota. The thefts add up to millions of dollars in losses for U.S. ranches.

Authorities say today’s thieves are sophisticated compared to the horseback bandits of the rugged Old West. They pull up livestock trailers in the middle of the night and know how to coax the animals inside. Investigators suspect it’s then a quick trip across state lines to sell the animals at auction barns.

#7 Another form of crime that is absolutely skyrocketing is identity theft.  Do you know if your identity is safe?  The following comes from a recent article in The Palm Beach Post….

In the first half of this year, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 20,000 complaints from Floridians whose identities had been stolen — nearly as many as in all of 2010. More than half of those reporting their Social Security numbers or other personal information had been ripped off and used to commit fraud or theft were in South Florida, with heavy concentrations in parts of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.

“That kind of increase is really shocking,” said Vance Luce, deputy special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in South Florida, which investigates identity theft and financial crimes. “The fact that it’s on the upturn doesn’t surprise me at all, but that’s pretty alarming.”

#8 Instead of becoming incredibly angry and frustrated, some Americans are simply giving in to depression.  We still have one of the highest standards of living in the entire world, and yet a staggering number of Americans are incredibly depressed.  According to a recent article by Anthony Gucciardi, more than one out of every ten Americans is currently on antidepressants.

#9 Other Americans are freely giving in to all of the anger that is building up inside of them.  The reality is that a lot of Americans are so frustrated right now that even the silliest things will set them off.  For example, one man down in Georgia recently firebombed a Taco Bell because they did not put enough meat in his Chalupa.

#10 But of course one of the clearest signs of rising anger and frustration in America is the Occupy Wall Street movement.  These protests are a precursor to the mass economic riots that are coming to this nation.

Unfortunately, the authorities are not just going to sit by and watch these protests happen.  In fact, they are already clamping down hard in many areas of the nation.  For example, police in Oakland recently used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the Occupy protest in that city.  When police opened fire, the streets of Oakland literally became a war zone for a few minutes.  You can see shocking videos of the violence here, here and here.

In case you were wondering, rubber bullets are serious business.  You can see pictures of what it looks like after you get hit with a rubber bullet right here.

Sadly, all of this is just a preview of coming attractions.  The economy is going to get a lot worse in the years ahead and all of the craziness and all of the violence is just going to intensify.

It is not going to be a great time to be living in highly congested urban areas.

For dozens more examples of how our society is beginning to crumble all around us, just check out the following articles….

-”Lawless America: 20 Examples Of Desperate People Doing Desperate Things

-”Chaos On The Streets Of America

-”40 Signs That America Is Rotting From The Inside Out

-”20 Signs That The Fabric Of American Society Is Coming Apart At The Seams

So why doesn’t the government just step in and fix things?

Well, it is because we are drowning in debt.

Collectively, the 50 U.S. states are trillions of dollars in debt at this point.

The U.S. government is so far in debt that it is hard to even put it into perspective.  It is hard for the human mind to even conceive of how much money 15 trillion dollars is.

We basically used up all of our financial ammunition creating a false level of prosperity over the last 30 years.  Now we are too broke to fix our problems.

Decades of really, really bad decisions are starting to catch up with us, and things are going to get progressively worse from here on out.

If you and your family do not have a plan for the tumultuous years ahead, you might want to start coming up with one.

The Beginning Of The End - The New Novel About The Future Of America By Michael T. Snyder
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  • Armel

    Great article, as always. I just wanted to post something helpful…it’s a book I just ordered off of Amazon for about $12, and it’s really a good start for people who need some guidance in the ‘planning’ that we should probably all be doing right now. It’s called Mini Farming: Self-sufficiency on 1/4 Acre, by Brett L. Markham. It’s a big, paperback book and dirt cheap for the information it provides. In a nutshell, it’s how to start gardening and putting back, even if you don’t have a lot of land to work with. For example, this guy gives you tips on how to grow 100 lbs of carrots on a about a 4 x 8 foot square area. For anyone who wants to start their journey on the road to self-sufficiency, it’s at least a start, and it’s fairly cheap. I probably should have posted this comment on the Preparedness article that was here the other day, but I’ve just now got through reading the majority of it. I hope someone else can find it as useful as I know my family will. Good luck to all and God bless during this hard time in our once-great country.

  • Richard in Dallas

    Howard Ruff has had the right idea for at least 30 years.
    1. Have a lot of storable food,
    2. Have one bag of junk silver coins for each member of your family,
    3. Get out of the dollar. Put your investment money into hard assets; anything that cannot be created by a printing press. See number 2.
    4. I would add to his list a firearm and know how to use it and be prepared to use it.
    5. Have a safe place away from where riots would be held, if possible.

    Google Howard Ruff for his website for more information.

  • Ken

    Taco Bell uses meat?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Michael T. Snyder writes: “We still have a very high standard of living compared to the rest of the world, and yet, there is this growing sense that our country is right on the verge of something really bad.” Yes, that is EXACTLY how many of us feel: that we are on the verge of something really bad. I think Gerald Celente is exactly right when he says that this country is going into what he calls “The Greatest Depression,” meaning an economic meltdown that will be even worse than The Great Depression of the 1930s. God knows, I hope I’m wrong, but I think we could easily be looking at 50% unemployment or higher in the future. All the bailouts, stimulus, etc. of the last three years doesn’t erase the fact that The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) is in a severe depression—not a recession, but a depression. This depression is going to deepen considerably, and as terrible as the last three years have been, things are going to get much, much worse in the BRA. With The Greatest Depression will come a considerable amount of violence, crime and unrest. It is going to be absolute hell.

    “I heard that clown running for president, Herman Cain, the pizza cat, saying that Occupy Wall Street is anti-capitalist. No, he got it wrong. It’s anti-capitalist to bail out banks. It’s anti-capitalist to bail out too-big-to-fails.—Gerald Celente

    “The people are taking to the streets. Why? Because a bunch of money junkies at the top—greedy pigs—want everything and don’t want to give the people anything.”—Gerald Celente

    “I’m all for Ron Paul: let’s end these wars, bring back the troops and rebuild America.” —Gerald Celente

    “There are so many people now who don’t have a job. There are so many people who are afraid of losing their jobs. There are so many people who wonder, ‘How are we going to pay the mortgage this month. How are we going to pay the rent this month?’ There are so many people who have already lost their homes and, frankly, they’re living in their cars. That’s the America that we have seen today, that’s been created by Wall Street.”—Alan Grayson

    When I was growing up, much of the USA (back when it was still the USA) did, in fact, have a very high standard of living compared to much of the world. I live in a very blue-collar, working class Irish/Italian/Polish/German area of Philadelphia, and the folks around here lived like royalty compared to most people in Third World countries. But now that the American middle class is being torn to shreds while the robber barons are getting richer and richer, we are looking more and more like a Third World banana republic. When this country rejected free-market capitalism in favor of corporatism/fascism, it was clear that USA had become the BRA. And if you think the BRA is a Third World hellhole now, just wait—the worst is yet to come. The suffering of 2008-2011 is only the tip of the iceberg.

    God help the rotting, decaying, collapsing Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA). We’re in real trouble.

  • Gary2

    We still have a very high standard of living compared to the rest of the world,

    Michael-while this is true it means nothing.

    You and many many posters to this site need to learn the difference between absolute and relative poverty. There is a huge difference.

    Your statement above is an example of absolute poverty and really has no germane meaning.

    Relative poverty is me saying tax the rich as they have rigged the economy and stolen our wealth. Or the OWS movement talking about gross wealth and income inequality.

    Relative poverty is comparing things with in the USA such as standard of living, where as absolute is comparing things between countries and is much less meaning full when discussing poverty in the USA.

    This is especially evident when people say the poor have central air or flat screen TV”s. Most people in the USA have these things so saying this is meaningless and very disingenuous.

    In summery in order to compare “apples to apples” you have to think relative poverty.

    I am quite surprised more people don’t seem to know and understand this.

    poverty: Poverty is the condition of people who lack adequate income and wealth.

    absolute poverty: People are absolutely impoverished if the minimum amounts of food, clothing and shelter necessary for survival absorb all of their income, and they live a razor’s edge existence.

    relative poverty: People are relatively impoverished if the customary (average) standard of living in their society requires more spending than the income they have available. This standard changes as a society becomes more prosperous. For example, the standard of living average Americans experienced in 1900 was below the poverty threshold (guideline) estimated by the US Department of Health and Human services in 2000.

    http://www.unc.edu/depts/econ/byrns_web/Economicae/Essays/Poverty_RelAbs.htm

    • Guido

      Relative to what, Gary? Are you going to compare the bottom of the so-called 99% to the top of the so-called 1%? The problem with “relative” #s is you can slide that scale however you like to get what you want. Hell, if you want to play THAT game, I AM POOR! Compare me to Warren Buffet and I’m absolutely destitute! Compare me to Obama and I’m a poster child for all that’s unfair with America. How many Air Force Ones do I get? None? ANARCHY! Get real, Gary, that “relative” numbers thing is a joke.

      Here’s an excerpt from Heritage.org using fedgov #s on poverty. You can read it, and see all the great graphs and charts at: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2004/01/understanding-poverty-in-america
      ——//————
      Poverty is an important and emotional issue. Last year, the Census Bureau released its annual report on poverty in the United States declaring that there were nearly 35 million poor persons living in this country in 2002, a small increase from the preceding year. To understand poverty in America, it is important to look behind these numbers to look at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor.

      For most Americans, the word “poverty” suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. But only a small number of the 35 million persons classified as “poor” by the Census Bureau fit that description. While real material hardship certainly does occur, it is limited in scope and severity. Most of America’s “poor” live in material conditions that would be judged as comfortable or well off just a few generations ago. Today, the expenditures per person of the lowest income one fifth (or quintile) of households equal those of the median American household in the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation.1

      The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau, taken from various government reports:

      * Forty six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three bedroom house with one and a half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
      * Seventy six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
      * Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two thirds have more than two rooms per person.
      * The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
      * Nearly threequarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.
      * Ninety seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
      * Seventy eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
      * Seventy three percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.

      As a group, America’s poor are far from being chronically undernourished. The average consumption of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle class children and, in most cases, is well above recommended norms. Poor children actually consume more meat than do higher income children and have average protein intakes 100 percent above recommended levels. Most poor children today are, in fact, super nourished and grow up to be, on average, one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier that the GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II.

      While the poor are generally well nourished, some poor families do experience hunger, meaning a temporary discomfort due to food shortages. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13 percent of poor families and 2.6 percent of poor children experience hunger at some point during the year. In most cases, their hunger is short term. Eight ynine percent of the poor report their families have “enough” food to eat, while only 2 percent say they “often” do not have enough to eat.

      Overall, the typical American defined as poor by the government has a car, air conditioning, a refrigerator, a stove, a clothes washer and dryer, and a microwave. He has two color televisions, cable or satellite TV reception, a VCR or DVD player, and a stereo. He is able to obtain medical care. His home is in good repair and is not overcrowded. By his own report, his family is not hungry and he had sufficient funds in the past year to meet his family’s essential needs. While this individual’s life is not opulent, it is equally far from the popular images of dire poverty conveyed by the press, liberal activists, and politicians.

      Of course, the living conditions of the average poor American should not be taken as representing all the poor. There is actually a wide range in living conditions among the poor. For example, over a quarter of poor households have cell phones and telephone answering machines, but, at the other extreme, approximately one tenth have no phone at all. While the majority of poor households do not experience significant material problems, roughly a third do experience at least one problem such as overcrowding, temporary hunger, or difficulty getting medical care.

      The best news is that remaining poverty can readily be reduced further, particularly among children. There are two main reasons that American children are poor: Their parents don’t work much, and fathers are absent from the home.

      In good economic times or bad, the typical poor family with children is supported by only 800 hours of work during a year: That amounts to 16 hours of work per week. If work in each family were raised to 2,000 hours per year the equivalent of one adult working 40 hours per week throughout the year nearly 75 percent of poor children would be lifted out of official poverty.

      Father absence is another major cause of child poverty. Nearly two thirds of poor children reside in single parent homes; each year, an additional 1.3 million children are born out of wedlock. If poor mothers married the fathers of their children, almost three quarters would immediately be lifted out of poverty.

      While work and marriage are steady ladders out of poverty, the welfare system perversely remains hostile to both. Major programs such as food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid continue to reward idleness and penalize marriage. If welfare could be turned around to encourage work and marriage, remaining poverty would drop quickly.
      What Is Poverty?

      For most Americans, the word “poverty” suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. For example, the “Poverty Pulse” poll taken by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in 2002 asked the general public the question: “How would you describe being poor in the U.S.?” The overwhelming majority of responses focused on homelessness, hunger or not being able to eat properly, and not being able to meet basic needs. 2

      But if poverty means lacking nutritious food, adequate warm housing, and clothing for a family, relatively few of the 35 million people identified as being “in poverty” by the Census Bureau could be characterized as poor.3 While material hardship does exist in the United States, it is quite restricted in scope and severity. The average “poor” person, as defined by the government, has a living standard far higher than the public imagines.
      ——-//———-

      I’m sure you’ll disagree with both the source and the #s, although they pull them from the fedgov’s own stats. I don’t think you can deny that marriage is the best anti-poverty program around, yet the fedgov has undermined marriage for decades.

      I think even you have lamented the fact that once you start to get out of poverty, the free money is cut off. While that sounds wrong on the surface, there must be a point where the free money DOES shut off, perhaps that level needs to be changed or the means of weaning the poor off other people’s money adjusted. At some point the training wheels have to come off…

      (Personally, since there is no legal basis for the fedgov to administer anti-poverty programs, I think it should be the states running it. 50 sovereign solutions might find at least 1 plan that works for their people, rather than the DC 1-size-fits-all approach.)

      • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

        Guido,

        Great point, true poverty is rare in America. Too many people who claim to be poor have a lot of stuff/junk.

      • Gary2

        Heritage is right wing trash. pretty soon you will quote fox news. Here is the deal-I have a dictionary definition, y9ou have a political explanation.

        Let me repeat-heritage has as much creditability as fox news which is to say none at all.

        • Guido

          Sure, attack the source, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/07/What-is-Poverty. Heritage was only using the facts issued by the feds. You seem to believe in the fedgov as the source of all good things, so why not accept their facts?

          I’ve known some folks in my time who count as poor. They didn’t have a lot of money coming in from working, but they did know how to grift the gov’t for money and, in one case when they were in a minor fender-bender, they were quick to claim all sorts of pain and suffering. They also had AC, TV, game consoles, lots of alcohol, and other stuff. The welfare and gov’t support money doesn’t hurt.

          Relative poverty comparisons are silly, as I stated before, because you can compare me to the Warren Buffet and decide I’m poor. I think comparisons between true 3rd world poverty and what America calls poverty are worthwhile, since many people considered poor today, are, in fact, living better than a majority of the world’s population. If you have a house, appliances, food, water, heat, and the luxuries of AC, Cable, cell phones, game consoles, and so on-I don’t think you’re really that poor. When gov’t starts issuing cell phones to poor people as public assistance, I don’t think we have a real firm grasp of what poverty really is. You may not have everything you want, nor the opportunities of others, but you’re not exactly starving and scraping for the bare necessities.

          I won’t claim that folks don’t have it hard. I know folks with hardluck stories. But my dad lived through the depression and his stories make a lot of folks complaining these days look pretty selfish.

          There’s a great article on Americanthinker, Among The Tax Takers I’m going to add below. It is very educational and funny in a tragic way.
          ——//————-
          I worked for the IRS and survived. I learned about taxpayers, but the really interesting part of it was learning about tax-takers.

          We all have this vague notion of people who don’t pay taxes but receive money from Uncle Sam in what euphemistically is called a tax refund. That’s what I had, a vague notion, until I was forced to close my business in 2010. I took a seasonal job with the Internal Revenue Service to get some household cash flow going. We “Timmy Geithner warriors” were appalled by what we learned.

          We generally knew that 47 percent of our population pays no income taxes whatsoever. However, we didn’t know, and I suspect that very few of you know, how much of your tax money is actually given to non-taxpayers — in a lump sum, to do with as they please. Over lunch we joked that half the tattoo parlors in America would go under without Uncle Sam’s largesse. Only later I learned that was closer to the truth than a joke.

          Like most anti-poverty programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit when enacted in 1975 was supposed to be temporary. It was visualized as a tool to lift the working poor out of poverty. It was quickly made permanent and has been modified numerous times over the ensuing 36 years. In 2004, 20 million families received $36 billion. The flower children assume that was $36 billion spent on food, shelter, and health care. We who live in the real world know it was spent on big-screen television sets, 22-inch chrome wheels, and colorful tattoos.

          It was widely noted last week that those living below the poverty level in the U.S. tend to own cars, TVs, computers, cells phones, enjoy air-conditioning, and own video game consoles. The free money these folks receive from you and me is not counted for poverty level calculations.

          In addition, the feds estimate that between 22 and 30 percent of taxpayers claiming EITC do not actually qualify so we spend an additional $8 billion to $10 billion trying to straighten that out.

          I can’t talk specifics about my time at the IRS, but here are some generalities. Those claiming EITC also qualify for other so-called refundable credits (how can something be refundable when nothing is paid in the first place?). The typical 1040 would show an income of between $12,000 to $18,000 for the year. It was usually accompanied by one W-2 with the income earned almost always by a female. With other refundable credits listed, a “refund” would be claimed of between $6,000 and $9,000.

          And these people believe that is their money; they have a right to it. I fielded a telephone query from a woman who didn’t even say hello, but blurted, “I haven’t got my taxes.” For an instant I thought she meant that she didn’t have enough money to pay her taxes, but I quickly realized she was talking about her “refund.” We newbies learned that those who pay taxes have a general fear of calling the IRS and tend to be nice on the telephone, while those who don’t pay any taxes believe they are entitled and are not always pleasant to deal with. We also learned these aren’t the brightest people on the planet with many signing their refund over to a tax-preparer and then claiming they didn’t know they had done that. (The “instant refund” scam perpetrated by many storefront tax-preparers is a whole other story.)

          I mentioned the tattoo joke above. It turned out to be the truth in the only anecdotal story I heard during my stint at the IRS. A golfing buddy said his girlfriend’s daughter claims EITC among other things and received a U.S. government check for $6,000. She used the money to take her toddler daughter and the child’s ne’er-do-well father to the Monterey Bay Aquarium — a couple hundred bucks — and spent the remainder for a giant tattoo on her back. I’m so glad I could help.

          President Obama has asked us to embrace “shared sacrifice” to help break the stalemate over the debt impasse while lecturing, “We might as well do it now — pull off the Band-Aid, eat our peas.” Well Mr. President, are you including the above-mentioned 47 percent in your shared sacrifice scenario? Should they pull off the Band-Aid while drinking their $5 energy drink in front of their 60-inch flat-screen TV? I know I would feel much more like brothers fighting the good fight if their hands weren’t in my pockets.

          Earl Wright was employed as a customer service representative in the Accounts Management branch of the Internal Revenue Service’s Fresno, CA Service Center from Jan. 24, 2011 until he was furloughed June 3, 2011. He says it was like returning to the 7th grade.

          Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/among_the_tax-takers.html#ixzz1cgQCQbhs

      • Gary2

        BTW-you make my point exactly with your article-saying that compared to how folks lived in this country in the 1900′s. This is 2011 so you need to compare things to right now.

        I can absolutely assure that the poor do not get nutritious food but processed trash as that is all they can afford. The food pantries have never heard the word fresh. (thank God they are there all the same)

        adequate warm housing-only with government heating assistance.

        Guido-please actually think about how silly your response is. You sound like our goof paul ryan talking about class warfare as he cuts programs for the poor to give the rich more tax cuts. Oh and where did he give that speech? At the scummy right wing heritage you quote.

        Turn off fox and hate AM radio. Think for your self.

        • Guido

          Gary-at what point are you responsible for your choices? If you want healthy food, you can get it. If you can’t afford it, you can grow it. If you can’t grow it, you can go out and find it. (Read Possum Living for a rather extreme example of suburban homesteading.) Urban gardening is nothing new. You can get plants to grow nearly anywhere. And community plots are becoming more and more popular. You can sprout on your kitchen counter with nothing more than a jar and seeds. Hell, if you really want it, you can learn how to find it and harvest it. In Europe, they go in the woods and find fruits and plants. I’ve gone mushroom picking in Eastern Europe and it’s a pleasant passtime for many people-you can find them all over the woods every day. Just learn which ones are the good ones first!

          Yeah, Gary, tell me to think for myself. Just keep chanting your mantras about the greedy, vote for Hope&change, and it will all get better the next 4 years…

      • Gary2

        You are also right about father-less-ness contributing to poverty. I agree that the best anti-poverty is a good job. I said good, not crap low pay walmart.

        • Guido

          I don’t like it when I see you calling certain jobs “crap jobs.” While there are jobs I don’t want and don’t desire, I don’t write them off.

          I spent about 7 months in 2009 unemployed. During that time, I applied for everything from deckhand positions on a sludge-dredging barge on the Cape Fear River to jobs with the DEA on the border.

          I know one guy who, when confronted with the specter of being both broke and homeless, went out and got three so-called crap jobs in one day, worked them, and paired them down to a much better job after a brief period of time. Crap jobs can be pretty rewarding before you get the job you want.

          I don’t know if anyone ever told you this, but you take the crap jobs so you can get experience and contacts and move up to the better jobs. You don’t get to be Manager your first time out and you have no right to expect superstar status if your employer has no idea what you can do and what you’re worth.

          In my time, I’ve done part-time sales, temped in a ghetto university, assembled video store shelves, worked security, tried cold-contact sales, tried to set up my own business and failed, bussed tables, and even did legal research-for-hire.

          I think it also matters what you consider a “crap” job. Mike Row has shown how literally “crap” jobs can make good money. And I think everyone has heard about just how lucrative the trades can be. One of my army buddies is working his way up the ladder as a welder in Alaska and hopes to eventually be out in the oil fields. I think it’s all in what you do with it.

          I’ve worked hard to get to where I am now. I recently picked up a new position and I’m getting adjusted to the new work site. I ate a lot of crap at the old job, dealt with some seriously warped back-stabbing leadership, and worked my rear end off to get the experience and reputation that made this new position possible. This is after I threw my career out of whack and chose to start over as an apprentice in another field. It wasn’t fun, since my old field was pretty lucrative, but I like this one more because it is challenging and interesting.

          I think “crap” jobs lead to better jobs.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Gary2 in Wisconsin: You make an excellent point about absolute poverty vs. relative poverty. I’ve often said that in most developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are three classes of people: the rich, the poor, and the ultra-poor (notice I didn’t say “middle class”). The ultra-poor live in shantytown slums such as the favelas in Rio de Janeiro; the poor, in contrast to the ultra-poor, have running water and electricity, but they’re still struggling badly and often resort to crime as a result of their miserable circumstances. And sadly, that’s where this country is going thanks to the destruction of the American middle class. When you act like a Third World banana republic, you become a Third World banana republic.

    • Dr. Chicago

      Gary -

      You are so single sighted on taxing the rich that you miss the point of the article. I am surprised that you are not an OWS member and even more suprised that you have not taken up arms against the rich. Go Gary Go.

      • Gary2

        I am a OWS member. I have no problem taxing the scum bag rich ************************ hard.

        • MetaCynic

          And who is going to create the good paying jobs whose absence you lament above if the rich are taxed out of existence? The poor? The reality is that a general increase in the standard of living can come only from an increase in productivity. An increase in productivity can only come from better tools and methods of production. Better tools and methods of production can only come out of capital investment. Capital investment comes from savings. And savings are the product of consuming less than one produces.

          So, who is more likely to have the savings to make the investment in better tools and methods of production in order to take the risk to hire workers and produce a good or service that may or may not make a profit- the poor or the “rich”? Furthermore, ask small business owners what stands in the way of this process. The answers will most likely be taxes and regulations. So as in most everything else, including this economic crisis, the government – people with guns – is the problem and not the solution.

          The bottom 50% of income earners pay almost no income taxes. It’s the top 50% who are fleeced to pay for the wars that are killing dark skinned people abroad. It’s their money, extorted at gunpoint, which funds the security state here at home. It’s their money which paid for the pointless porno scanner cancer boxes at the airports and for tear gas and rubber bullets fired recently at American demonstrators.

          An article on this site describes the rampant surveillance and gathering of information by government agencies at all levels. It describes a “pre-crime” technology which purportedly can identify people who are about to or even likely in the future to commit a “crime.” What if as you so fervently advocate, “the scum bag rich” are taxed “hard”, that tax money is then used to deploy this “pre-crime” technology, and it pinpoints you, Gary2, as one likely to commit a crime. You are whisked away by special “pre-crime” fighters (whose wages are paid for with increased taxes on the “rich”) to disappear in a gulag also built with money taxed away from the “rich.” You should be careful what you wish for!

  • Ben Dover

    THAT will teach them to be stingy with fillings in chulapas!!

  • Ben Dover

    Goin’ off the rails on a crazy train….

  • John Smith

    We thrown God out of government, schools, businesses and court houses. We are getting our rewards.

  • William

    “Transfer payments” is a phrase of Republican spin. Do you mean Social Security payments, for which workers involuntarily had money withheld from their paychecks for 40 odd years??? But, to the point…..yes, Americans are angry. They KNOW that something is very, very wrong here in America. The OWS protests reflect the same unhappiness of the nation being on the WRONG TRACK, and the US Congress totally bought and paid for. There is little hope…..after all, America believed the lies that covered up the truths of 11 Sept 2001. Just ask the Israelis who were arrested, and then released by Mukasey to go back to Israel, where they said they were in NY to document the events.

  • mondobeyondo

    And in a related story…

    Miami Man Threatens to Use Atomic Bomb Against Cockroach Infestation

    MIAMI, Florida (AP) – A 28 year old man threatened to use a nuclear weapon to clear his apartment of a cockroach infestation, authorities say.

    When questioned by police, the man said that he decided to take such extreme measures “because Orkin, Truly Nolen and Terminix didn’t do the job they were supposed to do. There were roaches crawling on my pillow when I tried to sleep. I just couldn’t take it anymore!”

    The suspect was reportedly asked if whether a hand grenade or a can of Raid would suffice, and according to police, his response was, “There were millions of roaches! The whole apartment was filled with them. I wanted them ALL GONE!!”

    The man is currently in police custody, with numerous counts of domestic terrorism pending. Among those are several counts of insecticide (ha!! couldn’t resist!!!), and one count of attempting to destroy the city of Miami. The alleged nuclear device is currently in the custody of the Pentagon.

    (I made that up, of course. It’s not a real story. That should be rather obvious.)

  • http://buildsolarpanelssite.com John Solar

    We are seeing a shift of power to the east as america wanes and is being sunk by debt the east rises flush with cash from all the cheap stuff they’ve been selling us. Hang on to your hats because it’s only just started.

    • Kevin

      John Solar

      Agree 100%. This is not a recession or depression but rather a shift in global power. For this reason the old models do not apply to pull us out of it. Increasing US consumer demand with “easy money” does not increase employment in American manufacturing as it once did because they have eviscerated the industrial base.

  • old soldier

    Great article. Right on “target” on what is happening and what to expect in the future in this country. The frustration part is what scares me. Just hinder a person”s ability to use their vehicle and go when they want (hi gas prices or shortages at the pump), a cell phone (towers go out), and/or ability to buy what and when they want (devalued currency or non acceptance of charge cards). if any or all of that happens, THEN the situation becomes really scary because most people in this country have no contingency plan beyond today. Have to take issue with the comment “alot more needs to happen before the American people will rise.” I think the American people are right on the edge and don’t know it. Take away cell phone access or use for a week and tell them to start using landline communications again and see what happens, for example? I’ve seen 100 refugees up close mob clothing facilities because they felt items weren’t being distributed fast enough.

    • gary2

      alot more needs

      a lot is 2 words not one. This seems to be such a common mistake I guess spell checker must miss it.

      One does not say atree, or aglass but we say a tree or a glass.

      I see senior executives make this error all the time. Can’t quiet figure this out.

      • mondobeyondo

        Quite… not quite.

        The grammar police are writing you a ticket for that one. Hee!!

        • Guido

          Hukd on fonux wirkd fur U!

          The error that kills me the most is when someone confuses plural and possessive, leading to something like, “I just got a case of beer’s!”

    • Armel

      I think you’re right on the money, old soldier. Take away something that modern society deems “important,” like cell phones or downgrade internet access speeds and I concur; that might be the tipping point. Everyone does seem really, really frustrated. Just stand still for a few minutes in a store and watch people…it’s such a different atmosphere from a decade ago.

  • gary2

    Michael-is this a picture of you?

    • Michael

      LOL – no that is definitely not a picture of me. :)

      Michael

      • Gary2

        Are you sure? I did not know you smoked??

        I saw a poor quality video of you for some news story once. Are you really sure this is not you??

        LOL

  • gary2

    Michael-I would like your thoughts on my absolute vs. relative poverty.

    Am I correct or am I looking at this the wrong way?

    It galls me that the right wing say stupid things like “the poor have refrigerators” or that “the poor have flat screen TV or air conditioning so they must not be poor”.

    It seems to me that it is akin to saying the top pay most of the taxes. It is so obviously misleading I can’t believe anyone would fall for it.

    Any feed back is appreciated.

    • Michael

      Gary:

      I think you make some good points, but it is also worth remembering how people live on the other side of the world.

      Compared to much of the world, we are living in paradise.

      Michael

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Gary2 in Wisconsin: No, you aren’t looking at it the wrong way. There are different degrees of poverty. Most of the poor in El Salvador live better than the ultra-poor in Haiti, but that doesn’t mean that El Salvador isn’t a poor country (apart from its ultra-rich minority). The fact that most of the poor in El Salvador have refrigerators, running water and stoves doesn’t mean that El Salvador isn’t a Third World country.

  • mondobeyondo

    Yeah, uh huh, uh huh.

    (I learned that from a rap song.)

    “Yeah, uh huh. Uh hun. Yo, yo.)

    (Okay, I know “yo” is the first person singular
    in Spanish grammar)- pero como se sienten ustedes?!

    “Yeah, uh-hun, uh-huh, yo, yo.

    Get more creative. please.

    • mondobeyondo

      Snoop Dogg. 50 Cent, among many examples.
      Take your pick. They’re everywhere.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    You forgot to mention Community Garden thefts. The problem with government handouts is it’s just enough money to survive. TANIF or SSDI are rarely enough for extras if you’re a person with champagne tastes and water a budget it’s very frustrating. Add to that the brain damage of dealing with a bureaucracy that is brain dead on the best of days…well there you are.
    There are people out there who have lost their jobs who will never see employment again. We had an artificial economy that was kept in the air with debt (rising home prices, credit cards, easy credit) now that’s gone and to many people are now up to their eyeballs in hock. The economy is now being held up with government debt and that’s showing signs of cracking. This is going to get worse and I personally don’t think it’s going to get better any ways soon, there is just too much really bad crap globally on the horizon. Many people don’t understand what’s happening those are to people you need to worry about those are the people who scare me.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/nyregion/community-gardens-find-theft-is-a-fact-of-life.html?pagewanted=all

  • Kenw

    Gary
    Move to Cuba, Venezuela or North Korea. You are advocating their state controlled govenment. What kind of poverty do they have?

    • Gary2

      The depth of ignorance-the right always says this. How about Scandinavian countries who are beating the pants off of us in every category?

      You are going to the extreme with your parroted right wing comments.

      again-turn off fox and please please think for your self- you sound as silly as guido.

      That move to Cuba is a tired old right wingnut phrase. I would retort that is you like right wing fascism so much you should move to country X, however, if you live here in the USA you have no need to move.

      The 99% are taking our country back so it works for all and not just the rich.

  • Guido

    Wow. I had not heard about the livestock thievery. I thought they chipped animals now? Perhaps I was wrong to think much of this sense of rising crime was more media hype? Or perhaps our thieves are just more organized. In Rawles’ How to Survive TEOTWAWKI, he theorized we may see criminals become more and more organized in their schemes, such as UPS uniforms and customized delivery trucks. I never would have thought it would really happen, though.

    Here is the link to The 4th Turning, a book that seeks to explain why we are where we are in history, how we got here, and where we may go in the future. The interesting part of this theory is our history is cyclical. I know it’s been mentioned in other postings, but I’m not sure if the link was provided. http://www.fourthturning.com

    • Gary2

      I actually agree with you about the fourth turning. It is an excellent read. I guess the old saying that a broken clock is correct 2x per day is right.

  • mondobeyondo

    Put your faith in Jesus Christ, and you will have eternal life.
    Put your faith in Judas Priest… and you’ve got Another Thing Coming.

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      PUT YOUR FAITH IN JUDAS PRIEST AND YOU HAVE SAD WINGS OF DESTINY!!!WATCH OUT FOR THE GREEN MANALISHI WITH THE TWO PRONGED CROWN!!LOL

    • Macnasty

      or you could be out there breaking the law breaking the law !!!!!!!

  • knightowl77

    I would agree to this extent. Never before have I felt so removed from the clowns in DC. The crap they are passing as legislation and the regulations they are allowing to be written is beyond comprehension.
    No Child Left Behind
    Medicare Rx
    Obamacare
    Dodd-Frank

    Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and killing people with hellfire missiles in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia with no one challenging him. Now McVain is saying we might get involved in Syria????
    Seriously?????? Who the hell made us the policeman of the world?

    I keep listening to the news about what this country is doing and yelling “W-T-F !”

    Seriously, if an earthquake swallowed DC whole, while the president was giving a state of the union address to a joint session of congress, I would probably cheer!!!….This country would be much better off without the morons in DC.

  • Colin

    As we become more like the rest of the world, can we continue to say that we are an exceptional nation?

  • http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/03/multiculturalism-merits-and-debits.html Charles Emerson Winchester

    Are the downfall of the USA cockroaching, er, approaching?

    Obama promised Change.
    You wanted Change.
    You voted for Change.
    And Change you got!
    Like the frogs who desired a King: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Frogs_Who_Desired_a_King
    What’s there to be annoyed about?

    USA – the Uninhabitable Soviets of Amero.
    One Country under Sod.

  • Mr Carpenter

    We have stopped being an exceptional nation when we began to move the one true God out of our national life, by government fiat, and we Christians didn’t fight enough to stop it (and this started about 50 years ago). Then in 1973, we “legalized” the ability to kill the unborn; the creator of the universe LOATHES

    • http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/03/multiculturalism-merits-and-debits.html Charles Emerson Winchester

      “Then in 1973, we “legalized” the ability to kill the unborn; the creator of the universe LOATHES”

      Well, I haven’t seen any stastistics showing that those or the World’s countries with the strictest abortion laws are the most successful, and vice versa.

  • Mr Carpenter

    We have stopped being an exceptional nation when we began to move the one true God out of our national life, by government fiat, and we Christians didn’t fight enough to stop it (and this started about 50 years ago). Then in 1973, we “legalized” the ability to kill the unborn; the creator of the universe LOATHES the murder of innocent life.

    I’ve read prophesy that BO is the last (44th) “President” and we are on the 2nd to “last” pope right now, per other prophesy.

    I urge everyone to reconsider their “lives” here on earth – which are but a moment and a dream – nothing in comparison to the true reality which is to come. Consider where you will spend eternity.

    Find a true Bible based church (difficult as that may be nowadays) and start learning by reading the Bible and listening to real scripture taught at a Christian sanctuary.

    Though in these late days, scripture tells us that most people will not listen; many who pretend to listen will go to “churches” which only tell their “itching ears” what they want to hear; i.e. these many false-churches who teach an incorrect gospel – and teach apostacy.

    We humans are getting exactly what we deserve by the lives we’ve lived. The only way out of the situation is to be part of the family of God, through faith given by the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Christ. If you ask for this faith, it will be provided for you, but it is just the beginning of your walk. Save yourselves!

    This momentary pain on earth is but a passing thing soon to be gone for all eternity – and time will end soon. VERY soon.

  • Noneya

    We have a food pantry of sorts at our church and people only want the processed foods. They don’t want the oats and rice and beans and things I could bring in and give away. I know these things are cheaper, but this food, much of which is organic, would be free to them and people don’t want to eat that way. It’s a shame, cause this food is wonderful and full of nutrition, and FREE. Go figure.

  • http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/03/multiculturalism-merits-and-debits.html Charles Emerson Winchester

    This is quite interesting:

    From http://www.conspiracypenpal.com/columns/state1.htm (February 17th, 2008):

    “There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.”
    — Ludwig von Mises, Human Action (1949)”

    “The morons who seized control of America after killing JFK have botched everything so badly that there is no way back not involving extensive pain and deprivation, at a minimum. And they certainly will not cede the power they have stolen from us peacefully. More likely: bloodshed and death far in excess of that seen during America’s first Civil War… per capita!”

    “Though I foresee a last-ditch effort to discredit Obama and thereby get the guy inaugurated whom our self-chosen masters really want – McCain – I predict that Barack Obama will be the next American President.”

    “Because America quite obviously is finished, it simply no longer matters who gets elected President.”

  • http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/otep/smashthecontrolmachine.html SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Two pigs wearing suits
    Brought the news
    That I’m wanted by the bank

    They say the rent is due
    Caesar’s onto you
    So you better remember your place

    Then they outsourced my job
    And gave a raise to my boss

    Bailed out the banks
    But billed me for the loss

    They say we must submit
    And be one with the Machine

    Because the Kingdom of Fear
    Needs compliance to succeed

    So waterboard the kids for fun
    It’s all the rage

    And play born-again American
    Resistance is the game

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Work, buy, consume, die

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Happy little slaves for minimum wage

    (The revolution will be monetized
    And streamed live via renegade WiFi)

    The clinic said I’m sick
    Toxic….. and impure

    But there isn’t any cure
    For the poor or uninsured

    So we live our digital lives
    On multiple screens

    And we forget that
    The blood of the workers
    Grease the machines

    In the Psalm of the Fiends
    Love …… discriminates

    While the fat cats feed the rats
    Their daily dose of cake

    So waterboard the kids for fun
    It’s all the rage

    And play born-again American
    Resistance is the game

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Work, buy, consume, die

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Happy little slaves for minimum wage

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Work, buy, consume, die

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Haters, betrayers, liars, and thieves

    (America)

    She sold her soul
    For designer clothes

    For the perfect lips
    And the perfect nose

    The winner in the end
    Always owns the most

    Reality tv told her so!

    (Mammonites)

    Money changer!
    Greedy bankers!

    This is the Peoples House!

    My minister has a sinister plan
    To save my soul with a credit card scam

    Exploitation is contagious
    For the selfish & self-inflated

    Start a war, use the poor,
    Watch our profits soar & soar

    We’ve become a nation of wolves
    Ruled by sheep

    Owned by swine
    Overfed & put to sleep

    And while the media’s elite
    Decrees what to think

    I am wide awake
    On the edge
    And on the brink

    So when Atlas shrugs
    And The Fountainhead bleeds
    And when Walstreet Apostles
    Preach a gospel of greed

    I’ll renounce the fame of this gluttonous age
    And be a Born-again American
    Resistance is to blame!

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Work, buy, consume, die

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    Haters, betrayers, liars, and theives

    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
    A nation of wolves – ruled by sheep!

    Exploitation is contagious
    Exploitation is contagious
    Exploitation is contagious
    Exploitation…………

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_7jaX8CsY

    NOW YOU KNOW WHERE THE NAME COMES FROM!!!

  • Rafael

    Solution? Elect Ron Paul and other constitutionalists to get our economy back on track and to give our society the liberty and freedom they crave.

  • observer

    Really good article and I completely agree. I’ve been around for a number of years and I’ve never seen a level of anger in this country as we have today. Fortunately, I don’t have that many more years on this earth. I feel for the younger generation who are going to have to live in this world. I know there are some bright young people out there with a vision for the future. They have a chance of changing things for the better if they keep their focus on doing what’s right for the American people and not just for power and control.

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