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As this latest Black Friday clearly demonstrated, Americans are literally willing to trample one another to get the best deals on cheap foreign-made plastic crap.  Meanwhile, as thousands of factories and millions of jobs continue to get shipped overseas, the United States is rapidly turning into a post-industrial wasteland.  Once great manufacturing cities such as Camden, New Jersey have become crime-ridden, gang-infested hellholes.  In some U.S. cities, the “real” unemployment rate is around 30 or 40 percent.  The American people desperately need jobs, but the American people are also showing no signs that they plan to give up their addiction to cheap foreign goods.  Our politicians keep insisting that the American people just need “more education” and “more skills” in order to compete, but they don’t ever seem to explain how more education and more skills are going to make new jobs pop into existence out of thin air.  The truth is that the American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Nightmare and there is not much hope that any of this is going to turn around any time soon.

The video posted below is a compilation of video footage from this past Black Friday.  It is absolutely shocking to see what average Americans will do to each other just to save a little bit of money on cheap foreign-made goods….

Very few of the Americans in the video posted above probably even realize that this behavior is destroying our economy a little bit more every day.

Proponents of outsourcing point to all the cheap goods filling our stores as a good thing, but they never tell us about all the good paying American jobs that have been lost.

Sacrificing our industrial base for cheap foreign-made plastic crap is kind of like throwing  your furniture into the fire to keep your house warm.  We are literally participating in our own economic destruction.

This is a long-term problem that we are facing.  The United States has been running trade deficits for over three decades.  Big corporations like Ford Motor Company are making record profits by shipping our jobs out of the country.

But without good paying jobs, the U.S. middle class simply is not going to survive.

If anyone can explain how the U.S. middle class is going to continue to exist without good jobs then please let the rest of us know.

Just look at what is already happening in city after city across the United States.

In a new article entitled “City of Ruins“, Chris Hedges does an amazing job of documenting the horrific decline of the city of Camden, New Jersey.  Hedges estimates that the real rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 to 40 percent, and he makes it sound like nobody in their right mind would want to live there now….

Camden is where those discarded as human refuse are dumped, along with the physical refuse of postindustrial America. A sprawling sewage treatment plant on forty acres of riverfront land processes 58 million gallons of wastewater a day for Camden County. The stench of sewage lingers in the streets. There is a huge trash-burning plant that releases noxious clouds, a prison, a massive cement plant and mountains of scrap metal feeding into a giant shredder. The city is scarred with several thousand decaying abandoned row houses; the skeletal remains of windowless brick factories and gutted gas stations; overgrown vacant lots filled with garbage and old tires; neglected, weed-filled cemeteries; and boarded-up store fronts.

Gangs have stepped into the gaping void left by industry.  In Camden today, drugs and prostitution are two of the only viable businesses left – especially for those who cannot find employment anywhere else.  The following is how Hedges describes the current state of affairs….

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The drug trade is one of the city’s few thriving businesses. A weapon, police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

But before we all start judging Camden for being such a horrible place to live, it is important to realize that this is happening in communities from coast to coast.  All over the United States industries are leaving and deep social decay is setting in.

If your community is still in good shape right now, be thankful, because what is happening in Camden is going to be happening everywhere soon.

So can anything be done to reverse all this?  Well, yes, but right now most of our politicians are standing idly by and are refusing to even speak up about these issues.

Some time ago, CNN ran a series entitled “Exporting America” that looked into the phenomenon of big corporations outsourcing jobs that used to go to Americans. The following are the U.S. companies that CNN confirmed were sending jobs overseas….

3Com
3M

A
Aalfs Manufacturing
Aavid Thermal Technologies
ABC-NACO
Accenture
Access Electronics
Accuride Corporation
Accuride International
Adaptec
ADC
Adobe Systems
Advanced Energy Industries
Aetna
Affiliated Computer Services
AFS Technologies
A.G. Edwards
Agere Systems
Agilent Technologies
AIG
Alamo Rent A Car
Albany International Corp.
Albertson’s
Alcoa
Alcoa Fujikura
Allen Systems Group
Alliance Semiconductor
Allstate
Alpha Thought Global
Altria Group
Amazon.com
AMD
Americ Disc
American Dawn
American Express
American Greetings
American Household
American Management Systems
American Standard
American Uniform Company
AMETEK
AMI DODUCO
Amloid Corporation
Amphenol Corporation
Analog Devices
Anchor Glass Container
ANDA Networks
Anderson Electrical Products
Andrew Corporation
Anheuser-Busch
Angelica Corporation
Ansell Health Care
Ansell Protective Products
Anvil Knitwear
AOL
A.O. Smith
Apple
Applied Materials
Ark-Les Corporation
Arlee Home Fashions
Art Leather Manufacturing
Artex International
ArvinMeritor
Asco Power Technologies
Ashland
AstenJohnson
Asyst Technologies
Atchison Products, Inc.
A.T. Cross Company
AT&T
AT&T Wireless
A.T. Kearney
Augusta Sportswear
Authentic Fitness Corporation
Automatic Data Processing
Avanade
Avanex
Avaya
Avery Dennison
Azima Healthcare Services
Axiohm Transaction Solutions

B
Bank of America
Bank of New York
Bank One
Bard Access Systems
Barnes Group
Barth & Dreyfuss of California
Bassett Furniture
Bassler Electric Company
BBi Enterprises L.P.
Beacon Blankets
BearingPoint
Bear Stearns
BEA Systems
Bechtel
Becton Dickinson
BellSouth
Bentley Systems
Berdon LLP
Berne Apparel
Bernhardt Furniture
Best Buy
Bestt Liebco Corporation
Beverly Enterprises
Birdair, Inc.
BISSELL
Black & Decker
Blauer Manufacturing
Blue Cast Denim
Bobs Candies
Borden Chemical
Bourns
Bose Corporation
Bowater
BMC Software
Boeing
Braden Manufacturing
Briggs Industries
Brady Corporation
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol Tank & Welding Co.
Brocade
Brooks Automation
Brown Wooten Mills Inc.
Buck Forkardt, Inc.
Bumble Bee
Burle Industries
Burlington House Home Fashions
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway

C
Cadence Design Systems
Camfil Farr
Candle Corporation
Cains Pickles
Capital One
Cardinal Brands
Carrier
Carter’s
Caterpillar
C-COR.net
C&D Technologies
Cellpoint Systems
Cendant
Centis, Inc.
Cerner Corporation
Charles Schwab
ChevronTexaco
The Cherry Corporation
CIBER
Ciena
Cigna
Circuit City
Cirrus Logic
Cisco Systems
Citigroup
Clear Pine Mouldings
Clorox
CNA
Coastcast Corp.
Coca-Cola
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Collins & Aikman
Collis, Inc.
Columbia House
Comcast Holdings
Comdial Corporation
Computer Associates
Computer Horizons
Computer Sciences Corporation
CompuServe
Concise Fabricators
Conectl Corporation
Conseco
Consolidated Metro
Continental Airlines
Convergys
Cooper Crouse-Hinds
Cooper Tire & Rubber
Cooper Tools
Cooper Wiring Devices
Copperweld
Cordis Corporation
Corning
Corning Cable Systems
Corning Frequency Control
Countrywide Financial
COVAD Communications
Covansys
Creo Americas
Cross Creek Apparel
Crouzet Corporation
Crown Holdings
CSX
Cummins
Cutler-Hammer
Cypress Semiconductor

D
Dana Corporation
Daniel Woodhead
Davis Wire Corp.
Daws Manufacturing
Dayton Superior
DeCrane Aircraft
Delco Remy
Dell Computer
DeLong Sportswear
Delphi
Delta Air Lines
Delta Apparel
Direct TV
Discover
DJ Orthopedics
Document Sciences Corporation
Dometic Corp.
Donaldson Company
Douglas Furniture of California
Dow Chemical
Dresser
Dun & Bradstreet
DuPont

E
Earthlink
Eastman Kodak
Eaton Corporation
Edco, Inc.
Editorial America
eFunds
Edscha
Ehlert Tool Company
Elbeco Inc.
Electroglas
Electronic Data Systems
Electronics for Imaging
Electro Technology
Eli Lilly
Elmer’s Products
E-Loan
EMC
Emerson Electric
Emerson Power Transmission
Emglo Products
Engel Machinery
En Pointe Technologies
Equifax
Ernst & Young
Essilor of America
Ethan Allen
Evenflo
Evergreen Wholesale Florist
Evolving Systems
Evy of California
Expedia
Extrasport
ExxonMobil

F
Fairfield Manufacturing
Fair Isaac
Fansteel Inc.
Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co.
Fasco Industries
Fawn Industries
Fayette Cotton Mill
FCI USA
Fedders Corporation
Federal Mogul
Federated Department Stores
Fellowes
Fender Musical Instruments
Fidelity Investments
Financial Techologies International
Findlay Industries
First American Title Insurance
First Data
First Index
Fisher Hamilton
Flowserve
Fluor
FMC Corporation
Fontaine International
Ford Motor
Foster Wheeler
Franklin Mint
Franklin Templeton
Freeborders
Frito Lay
Fruit of the Loom

G
Garan Manufacturing
Gateway
GE Capital
GE Medical Systems
Gemtron Corporation
General Binding Corporation
General Cable Corp.
General Electric
General Motors
Generation 2 Worldwide
Genesco
Georgia-Pacific
Gerber Childrenswear
GlobespanVirata
Goldman Sachs
Gold Toe Brands
Goodrich
Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Google
Graphic Controls
Greenpoint Mortgage
Greenwood Mills
Grote Industries
Grove U.S. LLC
Guardian Life Insurance
Guilford Mills
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

H
Haggar
Halliburton
Hamilton Beach/Procter-Silex
The Hartford Financial Services Group
Harper-Wyman Company
Hasbro Manufacturing Services
Hawk Corporation
Hawker Power Systems, Inc.
Haworth
Headstrong
HealthAxis
Hedstrom
Hein-Werner Corp.
Helen of Troy
Helsapenn Inc.
Hershey
Hewitt Associates
Hewlett-Packard
Hoffman Enclosures, Inc.
Hoffman/New Yorker
The Holmes Group
Home Depot
Honeywell
HSN
Hubbell Inc.
Humana
Hunter Sadler
Hutchinson Sealing Systems, Inc
HyperTech Solutions

I
IBM
iGate Corporation
Illinois Tool Works
IMI Cornelius
Imperial Home Decor Group
Indiana Knitwear Corp.
IndyMac Bancorp
Infogain
Ingersoll-Rand
Innodata Isogen
Innova Solutions
Insilco Technologies
Intel
InterMetro Industries
International Paper
Interroll Corporation
Intuit
Invacare
Iris Graphics, Inc.
Isola Laminate Systems
Iteris Holdings, Inc.
ITT Educational Services
ITT Industries

J
Jabil Circuit
Jacobs Engineering
Jacuzzi
Jakel, Inc.
JanSport
Jantzen Inc.
JDS Uniphase
Jockey International
John Crane
John Deere
Johns Manville
Johnson Controls
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorgan Chase
J.R. Simplot
Juniper Networks
Justin Brands

K
KANA Software
Kaiser Permanente
Kanbay
Kayby Mills of North Carolina
Keane
Kellogg
Kellwood
KEMET
KEMET Electronics
Kendall Healthcare
Kenexa
Kentucky Apparel
Kerr-McGee Chemical
KeyCorp
Key Industries
Key Safety Systems
Key Tronic Corp.
Kimberly-Clark
KLA-Tencor
Knight Textile Corp.
Kojo Worldwide Corporation
Kraft Foods
K2 Inc.
Kulicke and Soffa Industries
Kwikset

L
Lancer Partnership
Lander Company
LaCrosse Footwear
Lamb Technicon
Lau Industries
Lands’ End
Lawson Software
Layne Christensen
Leach International
Lear Corporation
Leech Tool & Die Works
Lehman Brothers
Leoni Wiring Systems
Levi Strauss
Leviton Manufacturing Co.
Lexmark International
Lexstar Technologies
Liebert Corporation
Lifescan
Lillian Vernon
Linksys
Linq Industrial Fabrics, Inc.
Lionbridge Technologies
Lionel
Littelfuse
LiveBridge
LNP Engineering Plastics
Lockheed Martin
Longaberger
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Louisville Ladder Group LLC
Lowe’s
Lucent
Lund International
Lyall Alabama

M
Madill Corporation
Magma Design Automation
Magnequench
Magnetek
Maidenform
Mallinckrodt, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company
Manugistics
Marathon Oil
Maritz
Mars
Marshall Fields
Mattel
Master Lock
Materials Processing, Inc.
Maxim Integrated Products
Maxi Switch
Maxxim Medical
Maytag
McDATA Corporation
McKinsey & Company
MeadWestvaco
Mediacopy
Medtronic
Mellon Bank
Mentor Graphics Corp.
Meridian Automotive Systems
Merit Abrasive Products
Merrill Corporation
Merrill Lynch
Metasolv
MetLife
Micro Motion, Inc.
Microsoft
Midcom Inc.
Midwest Electric Products
Milacron
Modern Plastics Technics
Modine Manufacturing
Moen
Money’s Foods Us Inc.
Monona Wire Corp.
Monsanto
Morgan Stanley
Motion Control Industries
Motor Coach Industries International
Motorola
Mrs. Allison’s Cookie Co.
Mulox

N
Nabco
Nabisco
NACCO Industries
National City Corporation
National Electric Carbon Products
National Life
National Semiconductor
NCR Corporation
neoIT
NETGEAR
Network Associates
Newell Rubbermaid
Newell Window Furnishings
New World Pasta
New York Life Insurance
Nice Ball Bearings
Nike
Nordstrom
Northrop Grumman
Northwest Airlines
Nu Gro Technologies
Nu-kote International
NutraMax Products
Nypro Alabama

O
O’Bryan Brothers Inc.
Ocwen Financial
Office Depot
Ogden Manufacturing
Oglevee, Ltd
Ohio Art
Ohmite Manufacturing Co.
Old Forge Lamp & Shade
Omniglow Corporation
ON Semiconductor
Orbitz
Oracle
OshKosh B’Gosh
Otis Elevator
Outsource Partners International
Owens-Brigam Medical Co.
Owens Corning
Oxford Automotive
Oxford Industries

P
Pacific Precision Metals
Pak-Mor Manufacturing
palmOne
Parallax Power Components
Paramount Apparel
Parker-Hannifin
Parsons E&C
Paxar Corporation
Pearson Digital Learning
Peavey Electronics CorporationÊÊ
PeopleSoft
PepsiCo
Pericom Semiconductor
PerkinElmer
PerkinElmer Life Sciences, Inc.
Perot Systems
Pfaltzgraff
Pfizer
Phillips-Van Heusen
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Pitney Bowes
Plaid Clothing Company
Planar Systems
Plexus
Pliant Corporation
PL Industries
Polaroid
Polymer Sealing Solutions
Portal Software
Portex, Inc.
Portola Packaging
Port Townsend Paper Corp.
Power One
Pratt & Whitney
Price Pfister
priceline.com
Pridecraft Enterprises
Prime Tanning
Primus Telecom
Procter & Gamble
Progress Lighting
ProQuest
Providian Financial
Prudential Insurance

Q
Quaker Oats
Quadion Corporation
Quantegy
Quark
Qwest Communications

R
Radio Flyer
Radio Shack
Rainbow Technologies
Rawlings Sporting Goods
Rayovac
Raytheon Aircraft
RCG Information Technology
Red Kap
Regal-Beloit Corporation
Regal Rugs
Respiratory Support Products
Regence Group
R.G. Barry Corp.
Rich Products
River Holding Corp.
Robert Mitchell Co., Inc.
Rockwell Automations
Rockwell Collins
Rogers
Rohm & Haas
Ropak Northwest
RR Donnelley & Sons
Rugged Sportswear
Russell Corporation

S
S1 Corporation
S & B Engineers and Constructors
Sabre
Safeway
SAIC
Sallie Mae
Samsonite
Samuel-Whittar, Inc.
Sanford
Sanmina-SCI
Sapient
Sara Lee
Saturn Electronics & Engineering
SBC Communications
Schumacher Electric
Scientific Atlanta
Seal Glove Manufacturing
Seco Manufacturing Co.
SEI Investments
Sequa Corporation
Seton Company
Sheldahl Inc.
Shipping Systems, Inc.
Siebel Systems
Sierra Atlantic
Sights Denim Systems, Inc.
Signal Transformer
Signet Armorlite, Inc
Sikorsky
Silicon Graphics
Simula Automotive SafetyÊ
SITEL
Skyworks Solutions
SMC Networks
SML Labels
SNC Manufacturing CompanyÊ
SoftBrands
Sola Optical USA
Solectron
Sonoco Products Co.
Southwire Company
Sovereign Bancorp
Spectrum Control
Spicer Driveshaft Manufacturing
Springs Industries
Springs Window Fashions
Sprint
Sprint PCS
SPX Corporation
Square D
Standard Textile Co.
Stanley Furniture
Stanley Works
Stant Manufacturing
Starkist Seafood
State Farm Insurance
State Street
Steelcase
StorageTek
StrategicPoint Investment Advisors
Strattec Security Corp.
STS Apparel Corporation
Summitville Tiles
Sun Microsystems
Sunrise Medical
SunTrust Banks
Superior Uniform Group
Supra Telecom
Sure Fit
SurePrep
The Sutherland Group
Sweetheart Cup Co.
Swift Denim
Sykes Enterprises
Symbol Technologies
Synopsys
Synygy

T
Takata Retraint Systems
Target
Teccor Electronics
Techalloy Company, Inc.
Technotrim
Tecumseh
Tee Jays Manufacturing
Telcordia
Telect
Teleflex
TeleTech
Telex Communications
Tellabs
Tenneco Automotive
Teradyne
Texaco Exploration and Production
Texas Instruments
Textron
Thermal Industries
Therm-O-Disc, Inc.
Thomas & Betts
Thomasville Furniture
Thomas Saginaw Ball Screw Co.
Three G’s Manufacturing Co.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Time Warner
Tingley Rubber Corp.
The Timken Company
The Toro Company
Tomlinson Industries
Tower Automotive
Toys “R” Us
Trailmobile Trailer
Trans-Apparel Group
TransPro, Inc.
Trans Union
Travelocity
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Trend Technologies
TriMas Corp.
Trinity Industries
Triquint Semiconductor
TriVision Partners
Tropical Sportswear
TRW Automotive
Tumbleweed Communications
Tupperware
Tyco Electronics
Tyco International

U
UCAR Carbon Company
Underwriters Laboratories
UniFirst Corporation
Union Pacific Railroad
Unison Industries
Unisys
United Airlines
UnitedHealth Group Inc.
United Online
United Plastics Group
United States Ceramic Tile
United Technologies
Universal Lighting Technologies
USAA

V
Valence Technology
Valeo Climate Control
VA Software
Velvac
Vertiflex Products
Veritas
Verizon
VF Corporation
Viasystems
Vishay
Visteon
VITAL Sourcing

W
Wabash Alloys, L.L.C.
Wabash Technologies
Wachovia Bank
Walgreens
Walls Industries
Warnaco
Washington Group International
Washington Mutual
WebEx
WellChoice
Wellman Thermal Systems
Walls Industries
Werner Co.
West Corporation
Weavexx
Weiser Lock
West Point Stevens
Weyerhaeuser
Whirlpool
White Rodgers
Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company
Winpak Films
Wolverine World Wide
Woodstock Wire Works
WorldCom
World Kitchen
Wyeth
Wyman-Gordon Forgings

X
Xerox
Xpectra Incorporated
Xpitax

Y
Yahoo!
Yarway Corporation
York International

Z
Zenith
ZettaWorks

That was a really long list, but hopefully it got the message across.

The United States, once the greatest industrial power on earth, is rapidly becoming a post-industrial nation.

As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing.  The last time that less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

Meanwhile, our trade deficit continues to soar.  Every single month, tens of billions of dollars more goes out of the United States than comes into it.  We are literally being drained of our national wealth.

In the video posted below, Daniel R. Amerman, CFA, describes some of the horrific dangers that our absolutely massive trade imbalance is causing….

But most Americans could care less about these issues.  They just want someone to “fix” things so they are the way they used to be, and they want to be able to continue to get great deals on cheap plastic crap down at the local Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately, the obscene lifestyles that we have all been living are not even close to sustainable.  All of this consumerism is going to come crashing down one way or another.  Most Americans seem to think that somehow this great bubble of debt can just keep expanding forever, but that is just not possible.

America is in such deep economic trouble that it is hard to even put it into words.  Most Americans will not even understand this until the whole thing comes rudely crashing to the ground.

By then it will be far too late.

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

    re: Chris Hedges – uh, Chris,

    Camden was a shithole in 1970 (except for the eastside). Where have you been? I lived at 552 Erie Street. Crime. Crime was the reason. Rundels, RCA, Knox Gelatin, has Campbell’s Soup left?, the docks. The Mummers would parade down Erie Street on the 4th of July parade. Crime brought all that to an end. It was dangerous to get paid and then travel alone to bank, bus stop, home.

    The people of Camden lost control of their neighborhoods, crime shyrocketed, industry left, end of story. Urban renewal was no help, either. Entire city blocks of homes were razed.

    40 years ago Camden police officers refused to patrol alone. Pyne Point High School was a place of horrific violence for the 20 or so caucasian students forced to attend. Those who could lied about their addresses so they could go to (Woodrow Wilson?). On welfare check day the postal workers ran a gauntlet of shrieking and oftentimes violent women demanding they’s money.

    Crime drove industry out of Camden long before anyone dreamed of moving off-shore.

    Camden is proof the Welfare State does not work. One could point at Camden and cruelly remark Our Future.

  • zack

    I’ve got some bad news. The US will continue to export jobs until our country can compete with low-wage workers overseas. The only way we can become competitive again is to cut government spending, set a consistent across-the-board tariff and then cut government regulations to encourage capital investment. Since our government is controlled by corporate looters and moochers, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. Visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/ for details.

  • yuryur

    The author of this article, and generally anyone associated with this website, is an ignorant subintellectual propagandist.

  • yuryur

    Awaiting moderation? Looks like you cretins have fashioned your own lost, fascist society.

  • ezMaverick

    What product are Made in USA these days? Is there a list of a pure USA corporations?

  • de Malfosse

    re: yuryur;

    Don’t know ’bout that but I will say Chris Hedges is trying to create an impression that is flat out not true.

    As I said, I lived there and Camden was disintergrating 40 years ago.

  • mondobeyondo

    Hmmm. An American company or corporation which makes products in America, for Americans?

    *thinking…*

    * still thinking *

  • mondobeyondo

    Consider as the sweet smell of sewage drifts through your nostrils, that cities such as Camden and Detroit used to be the pride of American manufacturing and ingenuity.

    Sad beyond words.

  • Dave

    Very good article. The trend will continue. China and Russia have ditched the dollar (and it did not even make mainstream news in the US). We are headed toward one world government with extreme regulation and loss of freedom for all (Look at SB 510 the food “safety” act). This makes me weep as my kids will not be given the gift of freedom that I was so lucky to have growing up.

    Yuyur – Good name calling but would love to see you present some facts or something other than just dribble

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I think you guys have a tendency to over dramatize a situation, and miss some really good points. That said the situation in the US and World Wide is pretty dire, you can make a point with out over dramatizing Hell Holes like Camden NJ, Camden’s death wasn’t murder it was suicide. New Jersey is one of the most poorly run, corrupt states in the Union. There are many things destroying the United States in General and Industrial North East in particular, what destroyed Camden is a microcosm of what’s killing America. It’s it like a cancer of corruption, selfishness, stupity, Greed, and just not giving a crap because I can move.

  • Gary

    tax the rich and spread the wealth. Tax the corporations and also spread the wealth. The solution is as simply as that.

  • http://distributistparty.bravehost.com/ Chris Campbell

    Try Distributism, it works in the few instances where someone actually has the guts to work it!

    Zack, your recommendations-same old, same old, does not work. The problems will NOT be fixed with GOP talking points (cut govt spending, tax breaks, hate unions, stop regulations-who needs safety anyway, millions of Mexicans,etc dont!)

    Gary, no, not a simple solution at all-tax big box corporations, spread the wealth by spreading the property, productive property..Taiwan did equitablly! Did not resort to theft….

  • Stray Cat

    We’re screwed. End of story. “HEY! WILL THE LAST PERSON LEFT EMPLOYED IN AMERICA PLEASE TURN OUT THE LIGHTS?”

  • El Pollo de Oro

    I live in Philadelphia, and I’ve passed through “lovely” Camden many times on my way to Cherry Hill. I always got a laugh when someone from Newark or Patterson would say, “We have our problems, but at least we aren’t Camden”–sort of like someone who just caught a stray bullet in Colonia Libertad in Tijuana saying, “At least TJ is safer than Ciudad Juarez.” For that matter, the North Pole is warmer than the South Pole.

    When I was growing up (before the USA became a Third World basketcase called The Banana Republic of America), Camden symbolized the American underclass. It was the land of have-nots in a country where there was a lot more upward mobility and much more of a middle class than you have now. In 2010, the have-nots are becoming the majority, and it’s all downhill from here for the BRA.

    You’re absolutely right, Stray Cat. We’re screwed.

  • Jo fuller

    I have to agree with de Malfosse (although the racist undertones are lame) and El Pollo–and Dodgy Bloke, you are right on! I am a Philly native, and passed through Camden often, horrified by the poverty, crime, decay– even while Campbell Soup et al hadn’t yet fled. Born in the 60′s, my recollection is Camden was doomed long ago. There are many more poignant examples that illustrate the recent combined effects of outsourcing, entitlement & modern technology — Detroit; Gary, IN; N. Philadelphia; farming communities, etc. But a few factors I did not see here– exec compensation; outsized tax forgiveness for devastating corporate incompetence (by the same overpaid B-school bozos mentioned above); Wall Street; and the sense of entitlement instilled in every poor slob in America by celeb culture. Nothing will improve until the American Bastille Day where the people wake up, and C-level/ boardroom perps are sent to real prisons w/ violent criminals, rather than to country club lockups like Allenwood. But the masses are increasingly dumb & violent (as seen in the video), fueled by cheap food, reality TV and landfill from China. I am no NRA whore, but get your guns, as you may need them sooner than later!

  • richard

    As long as we have Gary’s kind! we are finished as we know!

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    I think a lot of companies underestimate how important the staff is when it comes to storage facilities. At least that’s just what I’ve been noticing

  • Simon Tayan

    Don, appreciate the effortless cool you exposed to our lives. Opt for God and strut along the Soul Train Line with the angels.

  • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    I predict that, within 50 years, the USA will split into multiple mutually antagonistic countries. As least one will be a totalitarian theocracy. Another will be a fascist dictatorship and one will be a socialist economy modeled upon Sweden or Finland.

    The really scary part is all will probably have nuclear weapons. The theocracy, at minimum, will have no reservations about using “god’s holy fire” to impose their will upon the others.

    So long America, it was nice to know ye.

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