Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores

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Once upon a time, the people of the United States constructed beautiful, shiny cities from coast to coast that were the envy of the entire globe. We had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen and life was quite good in America.  But now all of our prosperity is coming crashing down and many of our formerly great cities are turning into open, festering sores.  Unfortunately, we are drowning in so much debt that we can barely even slow down the shocking decline of our cities.  Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities and millions of good jobs have been shipped out of the United States.  As our economic infrastructure has been ripped out right in front of our eyes, an atmosphere of unemployment, poverty and despair has descended on many of our major cities like a soaking wet blanket.  Today, many of our cities that once were considered to be some of the greatest in the world have been transformed into rotting, post-apocalyptic hellholes.  When you visit many of these cities and look into the sunken eyes of the residents, you almost get the feeling that something has sucked all of the hope and all of the life right out of them.  For a while, large numbers of Americans still believed that the right politician would bring them “hope” and “change”, but now crushing despair is giving way to absolute desperation for millions of people.  Desperate people do desperate things, and as our major cities continue to decay they are going to become very dangerous places to be.


Even in some of our most “prosperous cities” there are areas that closely resemble third world conditions.  For example, in San Francisco there is an area known as “Hunter’s Point” that is a complete and utter nightmare.  In Hunter’s Point, more than half of the population lives in poverty and more than half of all children live in a home where there is no father present.  The following is what one reporter found on a visit to Hunter’s Point….

Abernathy and I cut through the complex, tromping over an expanse of dirt and concrete toward the northeast end of the development, where a row of apartments looked down from a grassy hill. We paused next to a vacant, boarded-over unit to take in the scene: A stream of ****, piss, tampons, and toilet paper spewed from a dark hole in the sidewalk, poured down the hill, and formed a sort of **** lagoon next to the street. Weeds, about six inches tall, were growing in the little lagoon.

Raw ****, obviously, is not cool. Beyond the fact that it smells and looks nasty, fecal matter provides a haven for dangerous bacteria, most notably E. coli, a virulent pathogen that can sicken and even kill humans, especially infants. In the so-called developing world, according to the World Health Organization, water tainted by feces is a major killer, a prime cause of severe diarrhea, which takes the lives of an estimated 1.8 million people annually.

But in general, San Francisco is doing better than the rest of California is.  Down the coast, Los Angeles continues to come apart at the seams.  Approximately 40 arson fires were started in Los Angeles in just the last three days alone.  That is the highest number of arson fires that Los Angeles has seen since the 1992 riots.

Unfortunately, as economic conditions worsen, we are going to see a lot more arson all over the nation.

Once upon a time, people all over the country wanted to move to California.  But today, millions of people have been pouring out of the state as it continues its shocking decline.  If you can believe it, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California increased by a whopping 30 percent between 2007 and 2010.

That isn’t just a decline, that is a free fall.

But it isn’t like there are too many areas of the country that are doing that much better.  All over the country, our major cities are becoming open, festering sores and child poverty is absolutely exploding.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

Speaking of Detroit, it is almost unbelievable what has happened to “the motor city”….

*An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

*If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

*Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit graduate from high school at this point.

Today, Detroit has become a very frightening place to live.  100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear for their own personal safety.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were “scared for their lives“….

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

Right now, Detroit is a city that is being torn apart by thieves and vandals.  Buildings are being literally dismantled as people scramble to find things to sell to keep themselves afloat.  The following is from a recent article in the Detroit News about this crisis….

The war to keep the lights on in Detroit is a serious one. Thieves, antiquated equipment and a lack of funding have made it impossible for city officials to catch up to the problem.

City officials estimate 15-20 percent of the 88,000 lights in the Motor City are not working, and they acknowledge that figure could be as high as 50 percent in some neighborhoods.

But it is not just Detroit that is having a major problem keeping the lights on.  Over in Highland Park, Michigan the majority of the street lights have been repossessed because the city was not keeping up with the electricity bill.

All over the country, cities are going dark and fixtures are being torn out of homes and businesses as thieves search for something to sell.  As one of my readers shared recently, there are some parts of California that are literally being transformed into hellholes by hordes of desperate people….

Here, in the California desert, many vacant houses are being taken over. Fixtures are being ripped out and sold as scrap. Trench latrines are being dug in backyards and water is being pilfered from neighboring pools and hoses. While most of these folks are simply trying to keep a roof over their heads (while they keep their heads down), many are also setting up meth labs and in-door marijuana grows.

I can see the eventual day when the total breakdown of the economy and our society will drive thousands from the cities. A lot of those will be looking for ‘opportunities’.

As sad as it is, if you’re not one of the most unfortunate, it’s time to prepare a defense for your goods, family and self. You are going to be viewed as wealthy, no matter how poor you feel, by someone with nothing left to lose.

Do not rely on police or government authorities. We all saw how that went in New Orleans. Be ready as an individual family unit.

In Fresno, California the theft of copper wire from street lights has become a major crisis.  At this point, the loss of copper wire and the cost of repairing street lights is costing Fresno about $50,000 a month.  So far, approximately 2,500 street lights have been stripped of their wiring.

Over on the east coast, there are some cities that have lost so much industry that many young people feel as though there are not many viable options left other than selling drugs or selling their bodies.

In an extraordinary article entitled “City of Ruins“, Chris Hedges did an amazing job of documenting the nightmarish decline of Camden, New Jersey.  Today, it is estimated that the actual rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 or 40 percent.  For most young people in Camden, there are very few legitimate opportunities for a better life at this point.  The following is a brief excerpt from “City of Ruins”….

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.

If the area where you live has not gotten that bad yet, you should be thankful.  But the reality is that these economic conditions are spreading and they will get to where you live soon enough.

Disease is also becoming a huge problem in many of our major cities.  The combination of poverty and moral decay has created some very frightening conditions in many areas of the country.

This is even happening in some of our most prosperous cities.  For example, the rate of HIV infection in Washington D.C. is actually higher than it is in West Africa according to the director of the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration….

“Our rates are higher than West Africa,” said Shannon Hader, the administration’s director, who used to spearhead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work in Zimbabwe. “They’re on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya.”

Up in Canada, they have come up with some very “unusual” methods for preventing the spread of health problems.  For example, in Vancouver, British Columbia authorities are actually handing out free crack pipes to addicts in an attempt to slow down the spread of diseases.  But there is a limit – only one free crack pipe per day is allowed.

Crazy stuff.

What is happening to this world?

But perhaps we should all be thankful to at least have some place to lay our heads at night.  Today, there are more than 700,000 homeless people in America, and that number has grown by about 20 percent since 2007.

After the next major financial crisis, that number is going to go even higher.

The truth is that the economy is in much worse shape than most people think, and the poor in America are rapidly getting poorer.

As Gerald Celente has said many times, when the poor lose everything that they have they tend to lose it.

Desperate people do desperate things, and we are already starting to see signs of this all over the nation.  For example, you can watch one homeowner defend his home against four armed invaders right here.

So what are our leaders doing to fix this?

Well, unfortunately there is not a whole lot they can do.

Our federal government is absolutely drowning in debt.  During the first three years of Barack Obama, the U.S. government accumulated more debt than it did from the inauguration of George Washington to the inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country.

For example, did you know that the Obama administration gave a $529 million loan to a U.S. electric car company so that they could manufacture electric cars in Finland?

Talk about stupid.

Is it any wonder that there is such a lack of confidence in the government at this point?

According to one recent survey, 77% of all Americans now believe that there is a leadership crisis in America.

Our economy is dying and formerly great cities all over America are being turned into open, festering sores.  This country is in so much trouble that it is hard to find words that can adequately describe it.

2012 is going to represent a huge turning point for this country.  If we do not get enough Americans to wake up now, we might not get another chance.

If you love America, please make this a year when you take more action than ever before.

Working together, we can make a huge difference.

  • Gary2

    Michael-I have seen that house falling apart picture before. It would be great to see it before it fell into such disrepair.

    • Michael

      Yes, I think that once must have been a very beautiful home.



        Asside from new legislation or new court decisions, are you simply recycling the same blog posts but perhaps changing the titles? We are seeing pretty much the same articles here.



        I doubt even Lily and Herman Munster or the Addams family would have bought/buy that house, previous or current condition not-withstanding.

    • mondobeyondo

      Yes – and for $6,000 it can be all yours!!

    • D

      Those old Victorian homes are amazing. It’s sad to see so many of them hitting the dust – I’ve noticed that a lot in my area as well within the last 3 years.

  • What is happening to this world?

    So what are our leaders doing to fix this?

    Well, unfortunately there is not a whole lot they can do.

    Our federal government is absolutely drowning in debt.

    Multinational corporations truly believe that a New World Order with them in charge instead of sovereign governments will be the answer to the problem of world instability. And therefore they must do away with quaint things like unions, a healthy middle class, and, ultimately, democracy.

    The US industrial base is too small to support the US government and the US population. The US government has been making up the difference with debt, deficit spending, and larger government to smoke screen the destruction of our industrial base and help the multinational corporations prepare for the New World Order.

    The US government is NOT interested in changing anything.

    Here are 22 steps that could be implemented to reverse the decline of America if we had any leadership in Washington:


    (1) Increase taxes (tariffs) on imports. These taxes need to be increased gradually starting with luxury goods and ending with basic necessities after the US economy improves. These taxes could offset tax cuts for domestic business operations after the deficit is eliminated.

    (2) Increase taxes on offshore operations. When businesses have both domestic and offshore operations, income from offshore operations should be taxed at a higher rate than domestic operations.

    (3) Tax rates of foreign businesses with domestic operations should be higher than tax rates of American businesses with domestic operations. Profits of foreign businesses usually benefit other nations more than the USA.

    (4) Foreign ownership of American industry should be limited to 33 percent.

    (5) Increase taxes on higher income individuals. Many of these individuals do not create jobs.

    (6) Increase the capital gains tax rate on offshore investments to 90 percent.

    (7) End the Bush tax cuts. These have not created jobs in the USA but have increased the national debt.

    (8) Eliminate all tax loopholes (business and individual). A flat tax, sales tax or some combination should be considered.

    (9) Cut spending where unemployment would increase the least. This needs to be done over a long period of time due to the large number of Americans dependent on government spending which does create jobs. Government spending, however, can no longer be based on debt expansion.

    (10) Offshore jobs need to be replaced with domestic jobs. This will only happen if it is more profitable to operate in the USA rather than offshore.

    (11) Public sector (government) jobs need to be replaced with private sector jobs. Most of these new private sector jobs need to be in industries that create wealth (agriculture, construction, energy, manufacturing, and mining). Wealth creating jobs also support additional employment in the service sector (public and private).

    (12) Regulations should be minimized since regulation management jobs do not create wealth. Fewer regulations, however, may not increase total employment since regulation management jobs would be eliminated.


    (1) AFTER the deficit is eliminated, individual taxes and business taxes (domestic operations) could and should be cut.

    (2) Support employee owned businesses. This would minimize excessive executive compensation and outsourcing (hiring non US citizens and offshore operations).

    (3) Eliminate the IRS.

    (4) Pass a balanced budget amendment.

    (5) Pass an amendment to ban borrowing by the federal government.

    (6) Restore the Gold Standard.

    (7) Eliminate the Federal Reserve.

    (8) Replace drug based health care with prevention based health care.

    (9) Create private non-profit health insurance companies.

    (10) Privatize Social Security.

    Gutter Economist 01/01/2012


  • Mike

    I do believe the car has gone over the cliff; I just do not see a good ending. We have lived the good life way to long. Our political system is beyond corrupt.

    To fully bring this country back to where it was long ago, there must be a crash landing, a total collapse. Only then can will rebuild the USA.

    Prepare sheeple, guns, gold and a get-away plan are what will save you.

    • Rae

      You are correct about the “total collapse” of the economy. This will always be the end result of a society driven by debt. How on earth masses of people can still not see the decay is beyond me yet I know such people personally. As for as the country rebuilding to be it’s former self, goodness I pray not. Strive for something BETTER!

  • Kevin

    They should put up a sign going into Camden NJ. They got a 50 year jump on the rest of them.




    Sorry, Mikee. It’s over. There is no hope for amerika. As it should be. Evil and evil people should never prosper as good and good people should never suffer.

    But that simply is not the case here, is it? Wanna kill ever person in the middle east and central asia for blood in exchange for oil? Well, there are a myriad of lobbies for you to latch onto. Wanna outsource every job in existence and then enslave the rest of the population via government transfer payments, welfare, food stamps, disability, etc.,? Well, do we have the job for you! Wanna help the terrorists take away “freedom”? Look no further………….

    Michael, the collapse is coming. There is no stopping it. And given the sad state of affairs of the citizenry, this is what the masses have asked for. The globalists are the givers of bread and circuses, and it is only a matter of time before the hordes of starving masses begin to kill each other for the scraps………………

    • knightowl77

      The USA has plenty to be ashamed of, and plenty to be proud of…Many bad things were done in our name, some we knew about, some we didn’t….

      Much has been done in the name of the people who didn’t care how things got done as long as they got done…

      What I do not understand is why we are killing people over there for cheap oil when we have plenty here that we would could have without killing anyone?

      • Gay Veteran

        We don’t have plenty of oil. We use about 20% of the world’s oil but only haveabout 2% of the oil reserves. “Drill baby drill” and you will still need massive amounts of imported oil.

        • j.r.

          wrong g-vet, do some actual research, we have so much oil and natural gas in our lands its not even funny, quit drinking the kool-aid

          • fallout11

            Nope, G-vet is right and most petrogeologists will tell you so in a heartbeat. Oil was first discovered in the US in 1857 and the US is the single most petrogeologically explored piece of terrain on the planet. Oil extraction techniques in use here are among the most exhaustive in the world as well, with bottle brush drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and CO2 and water injection techniques all commonplace. Despite all this, US natural gas production peaked 20 years ago and US oil production before that. There are simply no hidden Saudi Arabias under the US, just ever-smaller deposits that are increasingly costly to extract. Old wells are exhausted, the low hanging fruit long since gone. The Bakken and Barnet shale formations are a long running joke within the industry, both are net energy sinks (more energy in than you get out).
            I love it when people who haven’t a clue about a particular field spew talking points for others to parrot.

  • William

    Giving away borrowed BILLIONS of DOLLARS in foreign aid while there is such rampant poverty in America should show you that America is DOOMED. But, this is the government that YOU elect. Be sure to reelect your local US Representatives and US Senators. YOU did it to yourself. And, how about the $800 Billion to $1 TRILLION, all borrowed, that has been wasted on an illegal and immoral war in Iraq that was based on LIES?? You get the government you vote for……

  • Golden Child

    Sadly, much of this is not news at all. The former industrial core of American cities has been rotting since at least the 70’s. Unfortunately, in almost all of these examples, the underclass of impoverished inner city dwelling native born Blacks is the biggest loser in all of these scenarios. Detroit and Baltimore are microcosms of what historically happened in countries like Haiti of a formerly White run nation being inherited by disenfranchised Black people. While Silicon Valley’s money maker is innovative ideas and Washington DC’s money maker is irresponsible federal spending and unethical red tape policy, manufacturing in America has gone the way of the dinosaur. America doesn’t even produce the mass quantity of illegal drugs used in the nation; aside from maybe marijuana in California. Not a gram of the heroin that can be purchased on the rough and tumble streets of Baltimore was home-grown here in the U.S. All of the dope in Baltimore is imported from South America. Crime rates in world class American cities have actually rapidly gone down in the past two decades because wealthy non-producing Whites in DC, NYC, L.A. and San Francisco have reclaimed those mean streets that Blacks were left to die in through gentrification. In fact, the vast majority of Hunter’s Point in SF is being redeveloped with those ancient barracks being torn down forcing the few Blacks left in SF to leave The City. NYC has been among the safest cities for at least 15 years. DC has been reclaimed by wealthy White people and is no longer the “murder capital”. DC lost its Black majority status last year after decades of dominance. However, cities like Detroit, Baltimore and New Orleans are crapholes that will continue to be run-down quasi-third world places full of violence and crime. If trends continue, expect a lot more American cities to resemble Baltimore and Detroit.

    • ME

      One would think that the answer to “racism” in USA would be for blacks to move away from us and show what they can do on their own (fat chance).

      I am sick of hearing excuses like “lack of access” to college, etc.

      Education grants for blacks are all over the place. If they do go to college, all they have to do is show up and they will receive passing grades. Blacks have been carpet bombed with government freebies for decades and they still cry about the same things they did 50 years ago.

      Does anyone know of a neighborhood (or city, or country) where blacks moved in and whites moved out and the area got better?

      Pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps.

      • Golden Child

        You sir are incredibly misinformed. There are much more poor White people than Black people in America, period. Most of America is rural backroads and dirt poor White people. The Ozarks is historically the meth capital of America. Meth is the worst drug epidemic to hit the country since crack. Last time I checked, the Ozarks didn’t have the same demographics as Park Heights, Baltimore. Dirt poor White people in Snakebike, Arkansas or Bumblef#ck, West Virginia are no financially or educationally better off than a Black kid in the Acorn Projects in West Oakland.

      • sassy4205

        Here’s an escellent dissertation by Porter Stansberry on why these cities are in total decline…and more:

      • A Dodgy Bloke

        I would suggest looking at an A&E series called The First 48. It deals with Homicide Detectives trying and not always succeeding in solving murders in mainly Miami. Dallas, and Detroit. The cases dealing with Detroit are particularly poignant. Most of the cops are black and they are working crazy hours to solve the murders of blacks and whites most of whom are drug related in a city that is slowly unraveling. It’s very sad example of the thin blue line.
        If you read the English papers you’ll see the UK is having the same issues only this time with white and black kids who are in gangs, drugs, having babies at 14 and are living on the state. The UK is a mirror to what is happing to black people here but only of a much massive scale. The problem is not black it’s not white it’s the Welfare State. What nobody thought of was the unintended consequences of the welfare state, destroyed families, destroyed lives and a dependency class that is ill equipped to deal with the coming storm..

    • DaytoDay

      So you think black people are the problem, that caused all of this? You know, everybody wants to talk about Detroit and Cleveland now, but nobody gave a damn 10 years ago, or 20, or 30… People look at Detroit because now it’s happening to your city… and guess what, nobody really cares. It’s this apathetic culture we live in, brought on by decades of decadent living, thanks to credit.

      I grew up in Kentucky, for as long as I can remember Cleveland has always been considered a dangerous city, but I guess you guys are just now hearing about it?

      I mean, nobody cared about Detroit for 50 years, and now your city is in trouble and you want them to care about you? Get real man.

      There was a time when the majority of “black people” weren’t on wel-fare and food stamps. You never thought it could happen to “white people”… Think again. And now that cities all over the U.S. are crumbling, people are wanting answers, and the truth is, nobody cares, just like didn’t care about Detroit and inner city black kids.

      Like somebody else commented, Detroit just got a 50 year head-start. In the end, all you have is yourself and your family, and anybody who has ever struggled knows that.

    • Xander cross

      Once again, someone who blames black people but somehow, don’t blame white people for their crimes like killing women on islands and killing park rangers in washington state. Oh, you don’t talk about the many murders that has been happening in Washington state, Oregon, nevada, and Texas. Why is that this site attacks poor people (especially black people) but not white people who profit from the chaos?

      • Golden Child

        I wasn’t blaming Black people. I was blaming the conditions in which Black people are forced to live in many places in the United States. I grew up in the ghetto in San Francisco in which I was speaking about and I have a right to speak about it. Most ghetto neighborhoods have an overabundance of liquor stores and easy access to guns. Also, many single mother headed households in ghetto environs are breeding grounds for gangs. Have you ever been to West Virginia? It is one of the Whitest and poorest places in the Unites States. However, Black people, as with most other minorities, are devalued in our White society. This is why many Black people from the ghetto don’t know how to act. A White man who is a felon is more likely to get a job than a Black applicant with a clean record and an ethnic sounding name. Black people in America have it hard and that is an undeniable fact.

        Not to mention the prison industrial complex in America profits greatly from incarcerating Black men for petty drug offenses.

  • HeartofShadows

    Mike I’m really surprised you haven’t reported on the NDAA law yet that President Obummer just signed. If you haven’t heard of it then look it up.

    Gives military the right to arrest anybody without notice, trial or cause.

  • NomNomNom

    But were they really great, or did they only seem great here because the costs were borne abroad and also by the indigenous at home (70% of resources in the US lie on tribal land, and they are interdicted from trading with anyone besides the US government)? I’d rather develop a new way of living and doing business, I don’t want a return to the colonialist model, thx.

  • Remember a place called Goshen in ancient Egypt during the times of Moses? In America a similar “shelter” is provided for refuge of any
    who wish to enter.
    But those who do will be hated by those many who pretend to be Christian, as well as others. Not a pretty scenario, but it will be
    true survival.

    • n4U

      Gary, where is this place of shelter for Americans?

  • T.M.

    “For example, the rate of HIV infection in Washington D.C. is actually higher than it is in West Africa according to the director of the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration….”

    That doesn’t surprise me at all. I used to work in that filthy city. I frequently saw prostitutes on New York Avenue looking to turn a trick as I was driving to work in the morning. Heck, I even saw them on the way home in broad daylight. I used to think to myself that a man would have to be insane to ever use the services of one of those disgusting human beings.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Great blog post Mike. I ‘m afraid this is going to get much worse watch the Municipal Bond Market. Some of the more sober 2012 predictors are predicting a bankruptcy of a dozen to a half dozen cities and municipalities. It’ll get worse in 2013 and 2014 instead of cutting services many cities have went to the Bond Market to raise cash. If there is a major melt down somewhere (Europe, a major shooting war in the Middle East sending gas to the moon) these may be the triggers detonating a number of things from a Bond Market Melt down, to major bank failures.
    My advice is get out of debt, get storable food, start a garden, and get armed and get training. I’m still holding to my 2014 year when things fall into a back hole, the above article is a small example of numerous bombs that are lurking out there, you better be far away before they go off.

  • Cinderella Man

    I just got done checking out an article by Diane Sweet on Crooks and Liars (link from INFOWARS) Here is an exerpt: Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes. It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over. This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate and secure housing. In addition approximately 3.5 million people in the US are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.” Wow I don’t know where Diane got her figures from, but theres a hellva lot more than 700,000 homeless people walking the streets of Amerika. Homelessness, poverty and despair are starting to take effect on our cities. The cities are a reflection of ourselves. When a neighborhood becomes empty, our spirits become empty as well. This homelessness is becoming a full blown epidemic on our country. It saddens me to see our country decay like this. Our politicians are corrupt, our citizenry treats each other like crap, and our families are broken up. America is really struggling right now. Lady Liberty has two black eyes and a fractured skull, and I dont know how much longer we can keep fighting. I pray to God Ron Paul wins in Iowa. I dont think he can magically fix all our problems like bring jobs back and repair our decayed cities, but this country is sick and on life support and we need the doctor. Dr. Ron Paul that is.

  • mondobeyondo

    Camden and Detroit sound a lot like America’s versions of Calcutta.

    “Magnificent desolation” were the first words Buzz Aldrin said when he stepped foot on the moon. That’s what many of our eastern rust belt cities are becoming. Magnificent, crime infested, rat infested, violent desolation. These cities are probably already beyond saving.

    It’s only a matter of time before Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Omaha, etc. etc. all begin to resemble Camden.

  • Bonnie

    Actually, we couldn’t hv continued the way we were, any longer. We had used up the resources of the Planet, already. And that’s what the wars are all about, anyway. To steal everybody else’s resources, it never was about “freedom.”

    The Industrial Revolution was the wrong way to go.

    So, we, in the West have polluted just about everything, now. Unfortunately, we’re NOW going to go back to PRE-industrialization days!

    eVEN INThe

  • Bonnie

    Actually, we couldn’t hv continued the way we were, any longer. We had used up the resources of the Planet, already. And that’s what the wars are all about, anyway. To steal everybody else’s resources, it never was about “freedom.”

    The Industrial Revolution was the wrong way to go.

    So, we, in the West have polluted just about everything, now. Unfortunately, we’re NOW going to go back to PRE-industrialization days!

    Even in Red China, the machines are stopping. Everything will now have to be made by hand. There will be no more paper pushers, in the very near future.

    The good thing is that there is alternate level of society that already does manual work, and may teach us, if they’re willing. There’re hobbyists too, that weave, herbalists, woodworking, pottery, metal smiths, brickmakers, roof thatchers, papermaking, etc. And military veterans that can help us, healers, midwives, 4-H workers, home schoolers, etc.

    God help us!

  • Xander cross

    Also, I still don’t see no comments about the Penn state coach who raped boys and made millions of it. Why is that? You complain about black people being at stores and buying air jordans, but you don’t sat nothing when tea party members line in front of target buying over one thousand dollars worth of Christmas paper and buying four I pads at once.

  • “So what are our leaders doing to fix this?

    Well, unfortunately there is not a whole lot they can do.”

    Coming soon to a government program you might be depending on: The Great Disruption

  • Cinderella Man

    I checked out that link of the 700,000 homeless population. It led to that tent city in New Jersey story. It said that after that story aired, that the goon squads tore the place down. There is a serious problem of local governments criminalizing homelessness. What are you supposed to do? Do you take over a foreclosed home, pitch a tent, or sleep in your car? If its illegal to be homeless are you just suposed to go off somewhere and quietly die? This is sick and wrong and quite frankly im outraged! I know what its like to be homeless, and its no picnic. This country’s values are ass backward when it comes to compassion. Steve Jobs dies, and there is a national outpouring of grief over one man, yet one million children die of starvation on the Horn of Africa and nobody gives a crap! Id like to believe there is a such thing as commpassionate conservtive, but when people like Rush Fatbaugh and Herman Cain tell you if that you are poor, blame it on yourself! This is utter BS! Theyre not going to raise taxes on the rich, the rich have too many lawyers and hidden offshore accounts. No, its going to be the working class heroes and middle class folks that will be footing the bill for the sins of Goldman. If there are any readers in Iowa please dont be discouraged, get out there and vote for Dr. Paul! Break thru the fog of lies the fakestream media and the Republican party apparatus are telling you! Dr. Paul sincerely wants the best for this nation! Nobody’s perfect and he’s not going to be able to move moutains and fix our broken cities and families but he will restore the freedom that was stolen from us by our beloved leader yesterday! With freedom we can turn this sinking ship of fools around and head back to the safe harbor of sanity! RON PAUL 2012 FOR THE FUTURE, FOR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kevin

      People will start to go to jail for petty crimes intentionally for the “three hots and a cot”.

      Regarding the posts equating blacks to decay it goes like this. When industry closed (NY ship, Campbells soup and RCA) in Camden NJ the white people moved out. Black people inherited the decay not having the income to live anywhere else and then became trapped by it.

    • Groener

      Unfortunately, the homeless are supposed to go away quietly and die.

      The “Die” process will be accelerated by the local governments, and even by those who come here to read the writings of Michael.

      It’s easy to be sympathetic to them when they are far away, but if they are near your back yard, you will suddenly find yourself trigger-happy.

  • JasonD

    That first one sounds like a real sh**hole!

  • I took a 350 miles bike ride in the summer of 2010 through WA and OR. It was shocking to go through a bunch of small towns that were like 50-80% shutdown.

    • Michael

      I wish I could have seen what you saw on that bike ride.

      Yes – a lot of small towns in America are rapidly become ghost towns.


  • Vladimir

    Amerika… we will crush you!

    Vladimir Putin

  • Melissa

    “the corruption of America” by Porter Stansberry.

    These article tells it like it is. Main example is Detroit.

    Porter Stansberry writes in the lower part of his article: “How corruption came to America and destroyed Detroit” with a timeline starting in 1961.

    Where interessting and knowledgeable.

  • Dr.Detroit

    I like how you guys always pick on Detroit laugh. You always focus on the bad stuff but there is still some good stuff going on in the city. The 6 major hotels they have opened up in the past 2 years.The 3 major casinos that draw people from out of state. The riverwalk renvoations that tore down eyesore tire factories and build bike path and walk ways for the masses. They have actually built new housing in segments of the city. Yes new housing!

    The problem with the Detroit area is what it has been since the 67 riots. The Black/white divide
    as soon as the riots hit there was white flight.
    Now its happening again as the blacks move out to the inner ring suburbs such as Redford, Allen Park and Farmington Hills.

    Now theres white flight again and they are all moving out to Livingston county. Detroit is in Wayne County and Livingston County is 2 counties over and about 40 miles west of Detroit roughly.

    The only thing that will repair this area in any specific spirit is repairing the race relations in this area. But, I dont really ever seeing that happen till the rest of the Vietnam era people die off.

    I’m done ranting long time reader and faithful Michigan resident. Not Demcad laugh….

    Call me Dr.Detroit

  • DaytoDay

    “The 6 major hotels they have opened up in the past 2 years.The 3 major casinos that draw people from out of state.”

    Exactly, but what does it do for the locals? I’ve worked in hotels, The Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, and the pay is roughly the same as McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

    No, what Detroit needs is their manufacturing base back. The jobs that paid 15-25/hr and full benefits, without a college education.

    It’s hard to buy a home and raise a family on 10K a year… 30-40k makes a huge difference.

    • Kevin

      Day to Day

      Well said. Jobs are coupled together in an attempt to confuse people into believing things are not as bad as they are.

      I’m in my mid 50s and can remember a conversation we had in 1974 regarding our future. Our “fallback” plan was to work at DuPont, Mobil, Texaco, Sunoco, Hercules, Monsanto, Chrysler or GM. We were reasonably intelligent and had no criminal record so sooner then later; most likely before we we’re 23 we would land a “job for life” at one of the above. If laid off one of the others would pick you up pretty soon. For most of us reality set in before we hit 30 and although we landed one of those jobs we pretty much bobbed and weaved to maintain it as the layoffs became more common and plant closures took place.

      “Were Living Here In Allentown” described many many towns across the US.

  • Sunshine

    “So what are our leaders doing to fix this?”

    (First of all we need real leaders that have the backbone to address real problems, career politicians and puppet mouthpieces need not apply.)

    What we have now are giving tax dollars away to understand why chimps throw feces. Really.

    The full report is worth the read. I liked the snow cone machines for the Dept. of Homeland Security. Very cute. Bet some homeless families and their children would appreciate that.
    Shame they don’t use some of that $ to put people to work to revitalize Detroit and other places like that.

  • One thing that people don’t understand about the present state of our cities: The People have wanted this for a long time.

    The American People cheered the building of the expressways and the development of suburbia. Many who didn’t move out in the early sixties moved out of the cities with a vengeance in the late sixties and seventies, and cheered when the industries started moving to the South.

    When Target, Sears, K-Mart, Wal-Mart and the other companies started buying their products from China (Thank You Bill Clinton), Rural America cheered because they no longer had to go to the city (think regional center) for major purchases. And as Amazon wreaks havoc with the American Retail system, people cheered again because prices keep dropping and one gets their stuff without worrying about going outside their houses.

    I see the results of this sixty-year abandonment of the city (NY, San Fran, Chicago and your average State capitol exempted) every time I drive through Gary, Indiana. Brick Facades now fall off the fronts and sides of buildings. Abandoned houses, once left alone in hopes of rehabilitation, now have their fronts kicked open and insides stripped…and if they have aluminum siding, that stuff is stripped off. Fires quickly lead to a teardown of the building, but houses are left to stand even longer.

    I’ll admit that the pace of decay seems to have picked up under Obama, but the state of affairs that has led to this decay has been long hoped for and desired for by many Americans.

  • AZ kingkong

    Homosexuality is only hastening our demise. It will be all over pretty soon.

  • Rex

    This is still partly about AGENDA 21, ICLEI and the U.N. and an upcoming Global Government that will only have 2 classes, the GLOBAL ELITE Super-rich and the remaining survivors (of a massive Depopulation scheme caused by the Elites) who will be reduced down a microchipped slave status.

    The HUNGER GAMES movie seems to be based on AGENDA 21.

    To learn to fight AGENDA 21, ICLEI (including RAND Corp’s DELPHI Technique), please check out ROSA KOIRE.

    Other informers of AGENDA 21 are: Michael Shaw and Tom DeWeese.

    Furthermore, be aware of sneaky Business groups like CARL GUARDINO and the SILICON VALLEY LEADERSHIP GROUP (including SHILOH BALLARD) who are working on AGENDA 21-ICLEI.

    AGENDA 21 Buzzwords to look out for: SUSTAINABILITY, Going Green, Climate Change-Global Warming (of course they don’t mention Blatant WEATHER MANUPULATION via CHEM TRAILS and then H.A.A.R.P.), SMART Meters-Grids-Cities-Growth (to Control-Ration), the heavy emphasis on Rail-Bikes (to RESTRICT Travel), NO private property AND….to REWILD the land (destruction of dams-drive most people off most of the land) and Drive them into cities.

    EXAMPLES of REWILDING in CALIFORNIA: In the far northern area of CA, the “environmentalists” wants the destruction of dams. The CA BUDGET is a disaster…So, the “DRUNKEN SAILOR, Environmental, ILLEGAL ALIEN-loving Fools will close 70 parks and yet…they recently passed the DREAM ACT (in-state college intuition for ILLEGAL ALIENS which also includes (FINANCIAL AIDE). GOV. Gerry Brown is also huge into “GOING GREEN.”

    MEDIA: Of course, the MAIN SCREAM MEDIA is more than happy to push this agenda on us without informing us what is really behind all this.

    In San Jose, CA alone, KLIV RADIO and the San Jose Mercury News are major mouthpieces for AGENDA 21-ICLEI, CARL GUARDINO of the SILICON VALLEY LEADERSHIP GROUP (almost always declaring that for (“INNOVATION, WE MUST ACQUIRE AS MANY VISA WORKERS-GREEN CARD HOLDERS AS POSSIBLE”) and of course, the Media NEVER calls ILLEGAL ALIENS what they truly are either and they never talk about the ILLEGAL ALIEN Goal of RECONQUISTA-AZTLAN. The ILLEGALS are labeled either the: Undocumented, Immigrants or Migrants.