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30 Reasons Why 2011 Is Going To Be Another Crappy Year For America’s Middle Class

Do you think that 2011 will be a good year for America’s middle class?  Well, you might not be so optimistic after you read the 30 statistics posted below.  The truth is that 2011 is going to be another crappy year for America’s middle class, and there is not a whole lot that you or I can do about it.  Sadly, what we are facing as a nation is not just a short-term economic downturn.  Rather, there are some very serious long-term economic trends that are absolutely ripping apart the U.S. middle class.  For example, did you know that even though our population has been growing at a brisk pace we have lost about ten percent of our middle class jobs over the past decade?  The vast majority of jobs that have been created have been low paying service jobs.  We now have hordes of highly educated young people that are waiting tables and that are welcoming customers to Wal-Mart.  Without good paying jobs there is no middle class, but today American corporations are actually creating more jobs overseas than they are inside the United States.  This has helped pad the profits of the big corporate fatcats, but it has been devastating for middle class communities across the United States.  Every time a factory gets closed down in America and gets set up in some other country instead, it means that the U.S. middle class is shrinking just a little bit more.  The new “global economy” has been good for the bottom line of the largest U.S. corporations, it has been great for countries like China and India, but it is absolutely wiping out the U.S. middle class.

If you still have a good paying middle class job you should be very thankful.  The total number of those jobs is rapidly decreasing.  Millions of those that have lost their jobs over the last several years have been forced to take lower paying jobs or even part-time jobs in an attempt to fill the void.  Millions of others have not been able to find a job at all.

Meanwhile, the price of everything is going up.  Have you been to the supermarket lately?  The price of food is going up substantially.  Many analysts are already talking about $5 a gallon gasoline in 2010.  Utility bills are going through the roof.  Health care premiums are soaring.  Many state and local governments are seriously hiking up taxes and fees.

Tens of millions of American families are going to be forced to make what they do have stretch even farther in 2011.  But for many American families the breaking point has already been reached.  An all-time record number of Americans is on food stamps.  An all-time record number of Americans is living below the poverty line.  Personal bankruptcies and mortgage defaults continue to hover around record levels.

The U.S. economy is shaking like a leaf, and the people that are feeling it the most are the hard working American families that just want to make an honest living, pay the mortgage and feed their families.

Unfortunately, 2011 isn’t going to be any easier for those families.  As a nation we continue to pursue the exact same economic policies that have allowed these horrible long-term economic trends to develop.  Things are not going to change until our country starts moving in a fundamentally different direction.

The following are 30 reasons why 2011 is going to be another crappy year for America’s middle class….

#1 We are bleeding middle class jobs at a pace that is staggering.  Since the year 2000, the United States has lost 10% of its middle class jobs.  In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

#2 In particular, the United States is absolutely hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs.  Back in 1970, 25 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

#3 The decline of manufacturing in America has only accelerated over the past decade.  The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#4 Deindustrialization is creating ghost towns in some areas of the United States.  Even some of America’s biggest cities are now only a shadow of what they used to be.  Since 1950, the population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has declined by more than 50 percent.  In Dayton, Ohio 18.9 percent of all houses now stand empty.

#5 We have literally seen tens of thousands of American factories close down permanently over the past decade.  Since 2001, over 42,000 U.S. factories have closed down for good.

#6 U.S. companies now create more jobs overseas than they do in the United States.  Over the past year, American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas but less than a million jobs here at home.

#7 When Americans lose their jobs these days they typically end up having to take new jobs that do not pay as much.  According to one recent study, the majority of unemployed Americans that have been able to find new jobs during this economic downturn have been forced to accept a cut in pay.

#8 The overwhelming majority of the jobs that the U.S. economy is creating now are low paying jobs.  In fact, more than 40% of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.

#9 The number of long-term unemployed continues to skyrocket in this country.  As 2007 began, there were just over 1 million Americans that had been unemployed for half a year or longer.  Today, there are over 6 million Americans that have been unemployed for half a year or longer.

#10 For those who are out of work, the wait can be excruciating.  It now takes the average unemployed American over 33 weeks to find a job.

#11 Millions of Americans have become extremely depressed as they have discovered that they simply cannot find any work at all.  In August 2009, only 10 percent of the unemployed had been out of work for 2 years or longer.  Today that number is up to 35 percent.

#12 Meanwhile, the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to grow.  According to one recent report, the wealthiest one percent of all U.S. households have an average of approximately $14 million in assets, while the average U.S. household has assets that total about $62,000.

#13 In fact, those at the very top of the income scale seem to be doing better than ever.  Between 1950 and 1989, the top 1% usually earned around 7 or 8 percent of all national income.  Today that figure is getting very close to 20 percent.

#14 Some of the income inequality statistics are almost too outrageous to believe.  For example, the top 20 percent of U.S. working families take home approximately 47 percent of all income and earn about 10 times the amount that low-income working families bring in.

#15 Sadly, most American families are now living week to week.  According to a survey released very close to the end of 2010, 55 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck.

#16 The U.S. real estate market continues to stagnate.  During the third quarter of 2010, 67 percent of all mortgages in Nevada were “underwater”, 49 percent of all mortgages in Arizona were “underwater” and 46 percent of all mortgages in Florida were “underwater”.  So what happens if home prices go down even more?

#17 For millions upon millions of middle class families, their number one financial asset is their house.  Unfortunately, many analysts are now projecting that U.S. housing prices will fall much lower than they are now.  For example, Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital says that home prices in the United States are going to decline at least 20 percent and possibly even more.

#18 But even though home prices have declined significantly, the truth is that they are still too high for most American families.  Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.

#19 Most American families have found that their economic situations have significantly deteriorated over the last several years.  In fact, 55 percent of the U.S. labor force has “suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or have become involuntary part-time workers” since December 2007.

#20 As tens of millions of Americans barely scrape by, saving for retirement has become an afterthought.  Today, 36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.

#21 The truth is that incomes all across America are going down.  In 2009, total wages, median wages, and average wages all declined in the United States.

#22 So is anyone doing better?  Well, one group is.  In 2009, the only group that saw their household incomes increase was those making $180,000 or more.

#23 Most Americans are scratching and clawing and doing whatever they can to make a living these days.  Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

#24 Millions of Americans have been forced to take part-time jobs because that is all that they could get.  The number of Americans working part-time jobs “for economic reasons” is now the highest it has been in at least five decades.

#25 Some of the people that have been hit the hardest by all this have been children.  According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 - the highest rate in 20 years.

#26 If all of the above was not bad enough, now we are not even living as long.  According to one recent report, the United States has dropped to 49th place in the world in overall life expectancy.

#27 The sad truth is that our country is in decline and it is getting poorer.  Ten years ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult.  In 2010, the United States has fallen to seventh.

#28 Our young people are supposed to be the hope of the future, but most of them are up to their eyeballs in student loan debt.  Americans now owe more than $875 billion on student loans, which is more than the total amount that Americans owe on their credit cards.

#29 Life is getting harder and harder for those on the low end of the income scale.  The bottom 40 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

#30 On top of everything else, the price of oil is skyrocketing again.  John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, believes that American consumers could be shelling out 5 dollars for a gallon of gas by 2012.  If that actually happens, it is going to absolutely devastate millions of middle class American families.

So are you depressed yet?

Well, don’t be.  There is a whole lot more to life than just money.

Times are hard and they are going to get harder, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t thrive in the middle of all this.  Hopefully we can all take this as a wake up call.  We all need to work harder, become less wasteful, become more independent and stop living as if the good times are going to last forever.

So what do you think 2011 is going to hold for the U.S. economy?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

  • Devan

    At one time our country sat in the blessings. We lent money to other countries, because we were a Christian nation. We have abandoned God, and now we are reaping the curses that are listed out in Leviticus 26

    http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/0326.htm

    I would highly suggest listening to Joseph Dumond who explains in several interviews what is coming to this nation in the next 7 years.

    http://www.torah2thenations.com/radio-show/joseph-dumond-disscuses-end-time-prophecy-of-patrarichs/

    http://www.december212012.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4431

    Leviticus 26 explains both the curses and the blessings. This can apply to both a person and a nation. Check out the list of curses, and see for yourself how we once were blessed, overfilled with great blessings to where we are now.

    “But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you:

    I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.

    And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

    I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies.

    Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.

    2:

    And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

    I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

    And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

    3:

    THEN, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.

    I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.

    4:

    And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;

    when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you;

    and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

    When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

    5:

    And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

    You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.

    I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars,

    and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols;

    and My soul shall abhor you.

    I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.

    I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.

    I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you;

    your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

    Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall rest; for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it.

    And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee;

    they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues. They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues; and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

    You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

    And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.

  • VegasBob

    There is only one guarantee for the US economy. As long as Bernokio is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, he will keep what’s left of the US middle class under siege, like a heat-seeking missile on a search and destroy mission.

    There is no hope for the USA as long as the madman money-printer Bernokio is in charge of the Federal Reserve.

  • Concerned Reader

    Dear Mike the Administrator:

    Could you write an article about the possibilities of a second civil war due to the bad economy?

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    As a nation we (the Federal Reserve, politicians, and corporate executives) continue to pursue the exact same economic policies that have allowed these horrible long-term economic trends to develop.

    So we (the middle class) should wake up, work harder, become less wasteful, and become more independent?

    Why not demand a change in economic policy?

  • Aurelius 7

    Republicans blah blah… Bush blah blah… Democrats blah blah… Obama blah blah…

    I wonder who the first moron commenter here stuck in the left-vs-right time warp will be. They’re all in the same gang colluding together.

    Get your head out of your a$$ and breathe in some O2. This way you can think clearly and see that you live in an oligarchy with a ruling class pulling your strings and further dividing the country into rightist morons versus leftist morons.

    “You say to yourself: “What can I do?” Nothing, because you don’t live in a participatory Democracy. That’s the absolute truth. You’ve had your fun. You went to the polls in November — and that was your fun. That was what you’re allowed. Every two years you’re allowed to have your fun and think that you have some impact among these thieves and criminals, but you don’t. You change the window dressing. So now you went from Democrats crowing with over-sized hammers to Republicans in pink ties who are crying. But they’re still raping us. You mean nothing to them… You put in Scott Brown and everyone celebrates. Then you wake up and he’s voting with Olympia Snowe.”

    - Michael Savage

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    As I read this I’m reminded of a talk I had with one of my neighbors. She’s divorced in her 60’s and is struggling like everybody else. She has a daughter who has a good job married her husband has a good job and they seem to be totally obvious to what’s happening.
    I see this where I work when mention I’m prepping I get the standard cracks, or people look at me like I have a second head. My great fear is not your stats are wrong but too many people are walking around with thier heads in the clouds.

  • Stray Cat

    What can we expect for 2011? More.

    More….debt.

    More….Gov’t spending.

    More….Downward spiraling of economy.

    More….Devaluing of the dollar.

    More….Police state tactics.

    More….political bulls***

    End game? Collapse; if not this year, soon. Very, very soon. America is finished, people. Politicians are not going to bring it back.
    But at least Gary will be too busy begging for bread to be spouting his crap online.

  • Gary

    I am one of these who had to take a hit in pay and am now underemployed. The solution as I see it is that these low wage crap service wal-mart McDonalds jobs need to be unionized. This way these companies can be forced to pay better wages. These corporations make a ton of money and pay their CEO’S many hundreds of multiples they pay their employees. They can just make less profit.

    These service jobs do not have to be low wage crap jobs. Manufactoring jobs used to be crappy low wage also until employees unionized and were able to force companies to upgrade these jobs into good middle class jobs.

    The wal-marts/mcdonalds can easily double their workers wages and still be profitable. It is greed that they do not pay more. These jobs can not be sent off shore so the companies will have no choice but to make these jobs better and simply make less profit. The wealth needs to be spread around. Corporations NEVER do the right thing unless forced to. Time to force them.

  • Captan Amerika

    Ain’t Amerika great or what!

  • Alexius

    That epilogue was entirely inappropriate.

  • mondobeyondo

    Our arrogance will be our downfall.

    We are content to sit on our laurels and bask in past glories. Victorious in World War II. Our people created the greatest middle class in history in the 1950′s. Our space program landed a man on the moon in 1969. Our military is second to none! We are so great! The United States of America is the best nation in the world! No one even comes close! Second place is for losers, because the USA is second to none!

    Umm… yeah.

    Pay closer attention, and you’ll notice that Leviticus 26:19-20 is coming to pass before your eyes. Why was World War II the last major war the U.S. won? Why can’t we defeat a bunch of fanatical nomads in Afghanistan? The most powerful nation on earth, and we are being humiliated by goat herders!

    We have power. But we no longer have pride in that power.

    The entire chapter of Leviticus 26 basically explains our rise and fall. And we WILL collapse and fall, faster than you can believe, because we have not only disobeyed God, we’ve told Him to take a hike. We’d rather worship at the Temple of the Almighty Dollar (aka shopping mall). And God says, “Fine then. I’ll take away all your blessings, the fruits of the earth, and the fruits of your labor. See ya!”

    Be sure to tell your kids and grandkids about the good old days back in 2011. It will be such a fond memory in the future.

  • mondobeyondo

    Unionize McDonald’s? Hee hee!

    What do you suggest, the UFBF?
    (United Federation of Burger Flippers)

    Maybe they can get a minimum wage increase for our esteemed short order cooks, the pride of America. Let’s hope so…

    Are you SURE you don’t want fries with that?!

  • mondobeyondo

    @ A Dodgy Bloke

    No, the vast majority of people have their heads in the sand, or their heads up their azzes.

    They are in denial. And when all is said and done, they’re gonna wish denial was a river in Egypt.

  • viva la revolucion

    Regarding Concerned Reader: I am also curious about when the American people will decide that enough is enough. I don’t like the civil war idea. Who would actually fight in that? I do believe “we the people” should make a revolution. It’s time for us to stand together and demand people be held accountable. I see no other way. We’ve got the numbers. We should take our country back!

  • solo

    dont worry guys everything is gonna be ok ……..right. will still have fun….cmon guys….lightn up…

  • pat

    Aurelius 7- I agree. I wish people would stop and realize that it’s the same team, just different uniforms. Or as the saying goes, “whatsoever things change, whatsoever things remain the same.”

  • Andyb

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure that a mythological creature that “…will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.” has serious psychological problems.

  • David

    The replacement of decent jobs by those of
    Wallyworld, serves two purposes:
    1: It herds kids into the military.
    2: In a world of diminishing resources, it leaves more for the rich, (and their lapdogs in Washington).

  • GarytheInfadel

    Instead of whining or “fearing” people need to pull themselves up and take care of themselves. Don’t believe what the media (and even this article), the schools or government tell you. Take care of YOURSELF, don’t wait for a company or the government to do it.
    Devan needs to stop spreading fear that some vengeful god is “gonna get us”.

  • Steven Cornett

    Re: Gary,

    The problem isn’t the shops paying people too little, or the manufacturers paying too much (as some analysts have said over the decades).

    The problem is that too much of the wealth is kept in the top. But the solution isn’t “spreading the wealth” into the same companies because you’ll still have, as G.K. Chesterton pointed out, too few capitalists instead of too many.

    In other words, the problem is that we don’t understand that wealth comes from production instead of consumption, that usury is a force of destruction and destitution rather than one of long term growth (of anything other than debt). We need to change things to encourage real property ownership, rather than debt slavery and mortgages.

    We need Distributism, not Socialism or Capitalism.

  • No one

    I don’t have to worry about a horrible year for the middle class. I have been reduced to poor. Lost my home, all my money, and my dreams.

    Yes, college was bullshit, military service was bullshit.. it was all bullshit.

    **** the bankers, I will never pay them another dime in interest.

  • William

    Re: GaryTheInfidel,

    If I may…. first, the Bible has a lot to say and warn us about what is to come, even warns us about an angry God, yes angry God who will pour wrath upon this unrepentant world. Sorry to sound so negative, not words, but the Words of the Bible. I am sure the people that Noah preached to said the same thing as you, that he was spreading fear that some vengful God was going to flood the world…. they didn’t believe. The prophets of old preached their warnings , but too often the people did not listen. Did you know that the Titanic recieved (5) warnings of the impending icebergs??? But, in their pride and arrogance, they did not listen….we all know what happened.

    When someone tickles your ears with what you want to hear, all is well. But, when someone tells you something negative, we don’t want’t to hear it.

    I agree with you to not rely on government or a company to take care of us. Please do not look at prophetic or negative messages as spreading fear, it is simply to try to get stubborn people to get their heads out of the sand, wake up, and see reality for what it really is.

  • Gary

    I can appreciate peoples faith in God. The only question is-why can’t God fill up my gas tank? Why can’t God show me the money? Its hard to care about some book written thousands of years ago. I know faith means believing with out seeing but seriously God needs to show himself. Kind of like Obamas birth certificate, just show it and put to rest all the controversy. Appear before me and let me put my hands through the nail holes.

  • StillWorking

    I see lots of statistics that reference “below te poverty line”….were exactly is that line? Who determines what exact dollar amount (or whatever) defines poverty? Anyone know?

  • http://www.mortgageresistanceofamerica.com FrankyFreelance

    I agree with concerned reader. I want to know more about the impending civil war.

    The first civil war had a lot to do with African_Americans being integrated into American mainstream society (as a result of abolition).

    My theory is that the Banksters have purposely put Obama in office to help quell the potential race riots which would result from a severe collapse in the economy/society.

    This theory is reinforced as a result of my/our realization that Obama was full of promises that can’t be kept.

    In an effort to not be labeled a racist for making this post, I was going to vote for Obama – however, I was so disturbed by the mass hysteria which accompanied his campaign that I decided to wait to see how he would perform during his first term before possibly voting for him in the second term.

    Now that my predictions have come true I will surely not be voting for Obama’s second term.

    In fact, with the state of things at this point I believe voting would be a mere waste of calories (required to travel to the voting booth).

    Just a thought.

    Join the Resistance!
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  • http://www.mortgageresistanceofamerica.com FrankyFreelance

    p.s. – for all of those on this thread who have taken the religious angle I would say that if we replace the word “God” with the term :

    “Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand”

    then I can groove with that.

    Join the Resistance!
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  • Michael

    We sholl iz in some troubles dis year!

  • http://firesteel.com/ Ron

    Economic terrorists – The Fed, Bank of America, JP Morgan… the list goes on.

    Soon there will be a day of reckoning for these acts of terror against the American People and US Constitution. Indeed, they are already starting to feel the heat (Wikileaks, for example) and will do everything in their power to stop us from finding rooting them out.

    However, as Alex Jones recently stated in a speech, “nothing can stop an idea whose time has come”. That idea is FREEDOM from the STATE.

  • Aiden

    I am 60 years old, working part-time due to the economic downturn. I am very angry with corp-gov for supporting free trade and no tariffs to boost corporate bottom lines while many middle class workers such as myself are finding it more difficult every day just to pay the expenses to get to work. My medical insurance deductible is now $3,000 where I had none before, except a small co-pay. I keep slipping further behind – heating oil and gasoline are over $3.15/gallon.

    There are no full-time jobs in my area (Maine) especially for a 60 year old. I feel sorry for those that have no jobs and never will because our corporations have betrayed the American worker and have become the enemy, along with our crooked politicians that only work to further their own interests and those of their corporate masters at the expense of the rest of us.

  • MXBSwope

    This all started when woodrow willson relinquished power of government the the greedy cooperate poweres of the (private) central bank.. It came to a head and burst like a festering Boil when BILL CLINTON signed NAFTA…

  • Daniel

    Gary and friends,

    Your reaction to this post is to promote unions? We have the highest corp tax in the western world, massive regulation, and companies are fleeing and you think jobs will stay here with the unions? A liberal wish that is as realistic as Obama’s utopian speeches.

    The unions are just illegal collusion which creates unemployment. They benefit the few in the union at the expense of everybody else who now finds barriers to entry in that profession. Show me a union and I’ll show you high overhead, waste, fraud, and corruption. All institutionalized and pushed by politicians that are owned. The same union whose pension benefits will bankrupt every blue state in this country and further mortgage our children’s futures. The same union that drove around NYC with the plows off the ground in “protest”.

    America had become so “rich” on borrowed money that it now thinks its position is deserved. Like the millions of unemployed college kids who think a middle class life is assured or owed to them. We all know progressive policies and big government does not work. Over and over again or well-intentioned progressive countrymen push policies that destroy wealth. True, both sides have perpetuated debt and the marriage of big business with big gov’t. The results should not be a surprise to even the dullest liberal. That is why this country needs a GOP that is conservative, principled, and energized. We can turn this around, but pushing for gov’t is a tried-and-try road to failure.

    Look at the list of the ten cities with the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line. What do all ten have in common? Long-time Democrat Party rule. Now one could say that Democrat Party rule helped to cause this impoverishment – and I do – but what is more germane and less remarked upon is that once these cities were rendered economic basket cases, the Democrat Party became supreme, virtually unchallenged. Ponder this: “The Government breaks your leg, hands you a crutch and then says, “See! Without me you couldn’t walk!” That’s the future coming to you. Do not gloss over the “partisan” differences in an attempt to find “common ground.” You will be selling out millions of your fellow Americans, misguided people who were first deceived into supporting Democrats, then pauperized by Democrats, and finally made utterly dependent on Democrats.

    Finally, political problems are solved through politics. I am constantly amazed at the number of ostensibly sober, mature adults who prefer to kvetch into e-space about how everything sucks, and that everybody is stupid and corrupt (except them, of course). Even worse are those who have devised one-dimensional, reductionist, fixed ideas that will answer all our questions and solve all our problems, as if they had uncovered the economic “philosopher’s stone” that will magically transmute our current travails. Free markets, low taxes, less interference.

  • Gary2

    Daniel-simply Google USA corporate taxes and you can see that most corp pay NO taxes. We may have a high tax rate that none of them really pay. How many huge corporations pay zero income taxes? Most of them. You need to turn off rush pill-head bimbo and think for yourself and not regurgitate rush talking points.

  • http://thenorthernsurvivalist.com TheNorthernSurvivalist

    I grow food, dehydrate food for bug out storage (easy to pack dehydrated food than heavy fresh food), learn to live days without spending money, hunt, fish, gather wild foods, and spread the message of truth. Oh course, most people don’t even care and think austerity could never touch them – dumb sheeple.

    Most people suffer from normalcy bias, Orwellian doublethink, and crime stop. They will starve to death or be part of the cannibal gangs, and will die of malnutrition from eating nothing but human flesh.

  • viva la revolucion

    First – WOW – Daniel: I got nauseous reading your regurgitated fox news spot. I wish I could be around when your people are no longer accepted in politics. You seem to have no idea what’s going on in this country. There are too many people like you that are running this once great nation and totally out of touch with America. Instead of getting defensive and aching to argue that you know best, I propose that you allow yourself to see that you may be mistaken or misinformed. Get out there and see what’s going on in the streets and homes of average America. It’s not Republican vs Democrat. It’s right vs wrong. Btw, you perfectly described yourself in your last paragraph. You obviously don’t realize that. I did get a laugh out of it.

    William and other religious fanatics: Why must you bring religion into politics? Since you did open the door, let me address the things that bother me. I really hope you post a response because I genuinely would like some answers. Perhaps I missed something in my unfortunate 12 years of Catholic education. First question, how can someone preaching the Bible talk about reality? Can you name one story in the Bible that is backed by evidence? Honestly, I want to know if one exists. Next, how is the Titanic like prophecy? People warned the Titanic based on physical evidence. Prophets warn based on “visions”. There’s a world of difference there. That difference is this physical reality you preached about. Prophets and religion do use fear to control you. They have to scare you into faith. Satan, hell, and morbid end times. Sounds like fear tactics to me. When’s the last time a prophet told about a beautiful, peaceful event? This is more directed to DEVAN. We are living in Leviticus? Not one of the things quoted from that book above are currently happening in America. Are you on drugs?! Where does the Bible/prophets mention America? Where do they mention 2011? If you’re so sure of what these prophets and your Bible says, what year will these things happen? Would someone that believes in all this religious stuff PLEASE commit to a time for the wrath of god?! I want to know so you can all move on when it doesn’t happen. We’re living in Leviticus?! There’s a real world with real problems going on people. I think it’s sick and twisted that you seem to welcome this horrible and inhumane wrath of god. Isn’t it terrorism for your god to release plagues and death on the world? Idk, it’s all so absurd and I’m bored.

    KEEP YOUR RELIGION OUT OF THE POLICIES OF MY COUNTRY!

  • Daniel

    Gary, That is your reply? Google corporate taxes? A rush dig? Talking points? You push socialism and unions and then lecture me to “think for myself”. Pathetic. I’ll look past your insults this time.

    Huge corporations are in bed with gov’t, but that is how ‘planners’, socialists, statists, one-worlders, etc like it. That is not capitalism, and it certainly is not free markets. People like yourself that feel if only they had the power, they could create heaven on earth. The statists utopian intensions always ends in misery, and often with tyranny.

    Let me ask the readers an open question here: would you start a business now? With laws being made willy-nilly, with healthcare overhead, with an administration that is making it up as we go along, with the free printing of money and the manipulations of ‘planners’ in Washington that use coercive policies for their desired ‘ends’. Would you stick your neck out and hire an “under employed” Gary?

  • Gary

    Yes, the top 25% pay 86% of taxes, but they also hold over 95% of the wealth in this country. See the problem? If they hold 95% of the wealth, then, logically, they should be paying 95% of the taxes. But they pay less.

    The reason why the wealthy pay a higher total percentage of taxes now than in 1999 is because they have been getting richer while the poor have been getting poorer. The actual tax RATES on the rich have gone down, most recently thanks to Bush. The top income tax rate was at its highest – 92% – in 1951-52. After that, it fell to 91%, and stayed that way until 1963. Then it was gradually cut to 70%, and remained there throughout the 1970s. Under Reagan, it was 50%. Under Clinton it was 39.6%, and then Bush cut it to 35%.

    And you wonder why we have such a big deficit! We’ve been cutting taxes on the rich for decades.

  • mondobeyondo

    To those who claim we’re not “living in the age of Leviticus”… wake up and smell the ammonia.

    It may have been written for ancient Israel centuries ago, but it applies to America today. God’s laws do not change, any more than the laws of physics and gravity change. What goes up, must come down. And those who disobey God and mock Him, will suffer the consequences.

  • mondobeyondo

    Okay, you want a specific date the “end of times”?

    How about August 18, 2011?

    That’s the day when the sun will rise, and then set, several hours later. That much I can tell you with certainty.

    But no human being knows any specific date when TSHTF. That’s like going to bed on September 10th, 2001, thinking tomorrow will be just another dull boring day.

  • viva la revolucion

    KWell at least the religion is out of the conversation now…lol. And let me address Daniel’s rediculous question. Based only on these posts, I would hire Gary over you, Daniel. Gary seems more educated and in tune to the world around him. He was smart enough to include information to support his point. Daniel, you sound just like the other guy above and just like the propaganda machine on TV. “Socialist, statist, willy-nilly, one-worlders.” Do you sleep with fox news on? Do you sell Amway too? Listen to motivation CDs in your car? I’m not Democrat or Republican, but I’m pretty sure you’re Republican. You want to condemn the current administration for the economy? Your people got us here! I hate both parties, but damn man, open your eyes and turn the TV off. The Bush administration ruined our country. I’ll take less of that leadership and more of the ones trying new things. I’m starting to hear We Are The World in my head so I’m moving on. I leave you with this. Big business runs this country. Whether or not you’re a jackass or an elephant they own you. Nothing will get accomplished in this country to better the lives of the average citizen until that’s fixed. Revolution my friends. It’s our country. It’s our money. It’s time our voices are heard. I’m Viva La Revolucion and I approve this message. Paid for with Columbian drug money, Afghanistan drug money, money from dealing illegal arms, and money embezzled by men who already have insane amounts of money

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    I don’t see how you can stimuli US economy already in a fragile recovery mode and cut investment spending by US government without rising the deficit? I think Mr. Obama with Timothy Geithner did the right thing with the tools they got in their at that time and one of them is not to lower income tax for higher revenues 250 K and more.

    Making sure that business and consumers has credit facility to invest and produce and for consumers to buy those products is certainly the way to go. So the lowest prime rate
    for US Central bank is vital to stimulate the economy until inflation is out of control.
    Cutting US government investment spending will jeopardize the already fragile economy and worsen US economy.

    http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/

  • Steven

    To Steven Cornett:

    We need true Capitalism, not Socialism or Corporatism.

    There… I fixed your statement.

    Distributism is just tyranny and Socialism under another disguise. You can either use force in the economy (socialism) or not.

  • Daniel

    Gary, You pay taxes on what your earn, not what you own. Of course, as a socialist, you advocate taking away people’s property – a big step toward tyranny. Big business is only possible with the help of gov’t. It is the corporatism that now exists and why our way of life is eroding. Take away big gov’t, and the muck of quasi-socialist policies, and free-markets becomes possible.

    To Viva Rev: if you want to debate politics or economics, I am happy to. Your posts are purely emotional and don’t hold water. Enjoy your rant. It certainly won’t help our nation.

  • Muddigrl

    Look, you can all argue over who is right or wrong, why the government is screwing us and how we should start a war to take back our rights… But!! is it gonna solve anything when tomorrow you have to wake up and go to the same crap job that has cut your hours and doesnt pay you crap?? so instead of arguing with eachother why not come up with some ideas on how we can help eathother survive in these wicked times that our government has put us in?? We need to get back to what matters and that is the human race! we have to find away to feed our children and family to keep a roof over our heads and to weather the storm I don’t think its gonna ever get better to the point of where we were 10 years ago so I’m not waiting to wake up one day and the friggin economy to be blissful.. but I know that by finding ways to buckel up now and pinch every penny, stock up on items when on sale and save save save its gonna help my family. don’t get me wrong I agree with what alot of you are saying and believe me my husband and I have stock piles weapons and camping gear we have a truck and a trailer so if the crap hits the fan we can pull out at the drop of a dime. I know alot of people are buying land and becoming self sufficient I want to be one of those people they are the smart who will survive. And yes I am guilty of over buying for my kids and be wasteful in the past but I have learned not to eat out and to stop going to 7-eleven everyday for a soda… I’m trying to do my part we relocated to Colorado from Arizona 8 months ago and my husband had to take a 3 dollar an hour pay cut so we are on a very tight rope I would say we are 1 paycheck away from being homeless like most people. Good luck to you all and I really enjoy these articles

  • Muddigrl

    And I am totally for what William said!!!! The Lord has shown himself to me I have had no medical insurance for years because we can’t afford it but God has taken care of my health and my kids health, he always makes sure we have food on our table even if its peanut butter n jelly we have never gone hungry Thank you Jesus…..

  • P. Ayres

    Nice to see reality finally in print. The truth is it’s almost to late. “Fedcorp” America has sold us out. The only real power we have left is to refuse to buy foreign products. Yes, an I agree about the good times being gone for good. A great time of struggle is indeed at hand. I don’t think calling on Jesus is gonna make much of a difference either. What will make a huge difference is Americans taking responsibility for the way they drive,credit card expenditures,and the purchase of any item not strictly needed for the basic operation of their homes. Next, buy only American produced products and foods: this will encourage investment back into our farms and livestock. Next thing of importance; save as much money as you can. Purchase your food by bulk. Cut your resource usage as much as possible. Live lean an stop wasting your money. We can rebuild our economy, get the attention of “Fedcorp of America” by following these practices. If we refuse to buy it they won’t import it, we will get our jobs and lively hoods back. Stand tough Americans, we’re down but far from beaten!