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Pocketbook Pain: The Rapidly Rising Cost Of Living Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class In America

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Pain In The WalletAll over America, the middle class is dying and poverty is on the rise.  One of the primary reasons for this is the rapidly rising cost of living in the United States.  The cost of just about everything that average families shell out money for on a regular basis – food, rent, health insurance, etc. – is rising much faster than wages are.  In a previous article I noted that the federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, but 51 percent of all American workers are making less than $30,000 a year at this point.  We have seen an explosion in the number of people in this country that are considered to be “the working poor” and it gets worse with each passing year.

One of the most frustrating things for me personally is the rising cost of health insurance.  Barack Obama promised that his program would result in a decline in health insurance premiums by as much as $2,500 per family, but in reality average family premiums have increased by a total of $4,865 since 2008.

Just recently, I got a letter informing me that my health insurance premiums would be going up by close to 20 percent in 2016.  That is on top of an increase of more than 30 percent in 2015.  Sadly, the exact same thing is happening to millions of other families all over the nation.  The following comes from TruNews

The Obamacare increases for 2016 have been released. Premiums will increase 3 times faster than officials claim.

Every state is different. Every insurer is different. New Mexico residents, for instance, can expect increases of 8 to 40 percent for the second-lowest cost silver plan. But for people in other states, including Arkansas the cost will increase less than 4 percent. Overall the average increase is 20.3 percent, according to analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation, instead of the 7.5 percent originally asserted.

And of course it isn’t just health insurance.  Every time I go to the grocery store I am stunned by the prices.

They often try to hide the price increases so that we will not notice them.  Sometimes when I go food shopping I notice that some of my favorite things are “on sale”, but the sale prices are what the old “regular prices” used to be.  And food companies just keep shrinking package sizes, but the amount we have to pay stays the same or goes up.

Unfortunately, our food dollars are never going to stretch any farther than they do right now.  Thanks to erratic global weather, food prices are quickly moving higher.  In fact, according to the Crux global food prices just rose by the most that we have seen in three years…

The effects of El Niño are starting to reach the dinner table, with global food prices rising the most in three years on supply concerns for everything from New Zealand milk to sugar in Brazil and Southeast Asian palm oil.

An index of 73 food prices increased 3.9%, the biggest jump since July 2012, to 162 in October, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization wrote in a report Thursday.

The return of the El Niño weather phenomenon is changing weather conditions around the world, damaging crops with too much rain in some areas and not enough in others. The price of sugar increased more than that of any other commodity in the FAO report, soaring 17 percent, the most since September 2010. Excessive downpours in Brazil, the world’s largest producer, have slowed harvesting and reduced the amount of sweetener that can be extracted from cane.

As a result of this relentless squeeze on our pocketbooks, tens of millions of families are struggling to pay the bills from month to month, and the middle class is continually getting smaller.  As the middle class shrinks, poverty is growing and more Americans are becoming dependent on the government than ever before.  The following numbers come out of one of my previous articles entitled “21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind“…

#1 The U.S. Census Bureau says that nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#2 Other numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau are also very disturbing.  For example, in 2007 about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps.  Today, that number is one out of every five.

#3 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day.  That number has doubled since 1996.

#4 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

#5 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

#6 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.

It has become exceedingly clear that “the American Dream” is dying and that the future is not very bright for “ordinary hard-working Americans”.  I like how Rupert Cornwell described this in one of his recent articles

The politicians still prattle on about “helping hard-working Americans” and “restoring the American dream”. But even as instinctively optimistic a breed as the Americans now believe they are being sold a bill of goods. What dream? The reality is that no longer is it a hard-working blue-collar American’s birthright to live better than his parents. Most probably, he or she will be worse off.

You might be one of those Americans that has fallen out of the middle class and into poverty.

Even in the midst of this so-called “economic recovery”, large numbers of formerly middle class Americans are losing their jobs and losing their homes.  And a surprising number of them end up either living in their vehicles or living in the streets.  The following comes from a recent article by Joshua Krause

On any given night in America, there are over a half a million people living on the streets or in their vehicles. As you can imagine, that’s not a good place to be in your life, but it happens. If you think that this is something that might happen to you one day in the near future (and who are kidding, it could happen to anyone these days) here’s a word of advice: Don’t wait until the last-minute, hoping for that next job interview to come through as you burn through your savings. If homelessness is a real possibility in your life, it’s something that you should be preparing for, not waiting for.

The more money you have at your disposal when you decide to leave your home, the easier your life is going to be without a house. If you have no money, you’ll be living on the streets with little more than the clothes on your back. It’s better to put your savings towards a van or a truck that you can live in. Unlike living on the streets, you can actually maintain a fairly decent standard of living with very little money.

When I was growing up, it seemed like just about everyone in my entire high school was part of the middle class.  But things have changed dramatically in America since that time.  Today, the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated and our “leaders” don’t seem to care.

So is there a way out of this mess?  Tell us what you think by posting a comment below…

  • John Noyb

    The poorer people become – the more they will have to rely on the government for handouts. The more people that are relying on government handouts – the more CONTROL the government will have over the people. That’s just one end result of hope and change.

  • James

    Thanks to erratic global weather, food prices are quickly moving higher.

    Oh! What happened to climate change?

    Oh right, conveniently avoid anything you don’t like to push an agenda

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    This is what happens when we don’t trust our God and the wisdom He gave us.

    Instead we allow a corrupt minority to rule us: the pseudoscience/communist claims of climate change, the religion of debunked Darwinian and Neo-Darwinian evolution, the crazy control junkies in small activists groups that like to yell and falsely accuse us.

    That’s why I wrote my awesome program that blocks them on social media. Why I don’t hesitate to call police and press charges on them. Why I say in public “No” as often as possible to them.

    This collapse is about power: the tiny elites get the money and flee to the old world, while the free world of America that held promise is left to ruins and riots.

    It won’t happen that way. The Constitution shall be restored. The land will be productive again.

    • shots = autism

      Greed of the Rothschilds and other elites is what’s bringing the economy down. They’ve been trying to take over since around the War of 1812. In 1913 they finally succeeded and have been slowly sucking us dry ever since. Too slow to notice but now its starting to become more apparent.

      • jsmith

        Yes, those international vipers did it to Russia in 1917, to Germany in 1923, to the United States in 1929, and now they are going in for the kill: Us!

      • Dirty Dave

        Actually, they’ve been trying to take us down from the very beginning. It all started with the Rothschild agent Alexander Hamilton (who manipulated George Washington) and gave a charter to the First Bank of the United States. What do you think the war of 1812 was about? We were trying to stop them from getting another 20 year charter (The Second Bank of the United States).

        Every war we fought on American soil was a banking war.

        Not a single Republican candidate that I know of has brought up the fact that the Federal Reserve is totally responsible for destroying our nation. If the next president really cared about the U.S. and the people, the first thing he would do would be to issue real money from the treasury, debt free, and then totally destroy the Federal Reserve and lock up every member of the eight families that run that private bank most American think is part of the Federal government.

        It would mean war of course but its got to happen sooner or later, better that we fight at a time of our choosing for a righteous cause.

        • shots = autism

          Interesting. I sure never heard anything like that in high school or college. Even the history videos won’t say anything because they’re all part of a corporate like History Channel or National Geographic.

          • Dirty Dave

            Of course you wouldn’t have been taught these things in the education system they created. Mainstream history is a lie. As Napoleon said, “History are lies agreed upon.” and “The victors write history”.

            They have the entire corporate mainstream media propaganda machine firmly in their grasp. They have had control of the media in the United States and Europe for a very long time, pre WWII.

            The powers that be plan things very far in advance.

        • Crisrose

          Excellent except for one point – we already have interest free money: US coins.

          • Dirty Dave

            Not sure if you’re being serious or just funny?

    • Gay Veteran

      “…That’s why I wrote my awesome program that blocks them on social media….”

      jesus, now you’re a computer expert

      • Dirty Dave


  • Revelation 5:5

  • jsmith

    What do you expect? I just saw a video where people were offered a choice of a candy bar or a 10 ounce bar of silver, and most people went for the candy bar. It’s not stupidity, it’s ignorance peddled by an educational system and a government that doesn’t work for us, but works for a tiny elite of banksters and Wall Street that have sent our jobs overseas with the help of greedy corporations. The question is can it get any worse with a Trump presidency? Right now none of the other demopublican candidates is even talking about immigration or the economy like the Donald.

    • Crisrose

      No, it’s stupidity. Average IQ in the US is 98. Couple that with the sheer laziness of the average whining fat a$$ American. Nothing stopping them from educating themselves. Most poor people deserve to be poor.

      • “…and just think, half the population is dumber than that!” – Geo. Carlin.

      • You are a JERK.

      • puckles

        I disagree, at least in part. My husband has a second cousin who has apparently been homeless for years, although we were not aware of it. The man is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown Law School. His big mistakes in life consisted of quitting his very good day jobs to pursue a fantasy of launching a major corporation with $50 million in origination capital, when he had never run a single company before. This cost him his marriage, his family, and all of his money, and he’s still at it, 20 years later, with the same paradigm, expecting a rainbow tomorrow. He’s 78 now. He is also a bridge master. He refuses to work, except on his “project”.
        This man is far from stupid, but he is a supreme narcissist and con man; he conned us into giving him free room and board for four months, kicked me out of my own home office (to my great consternation, because I own the house), and then extorted money from us to get him to leave, to the tune of around $2500. He lives on $1000/month, and refused to go to social services (beneath him) or apply for food stamps (ditto), even when we gave him a month’s notice that we were kicking him out…I told my husband that the guy needed a conservator, but of course that would have been contested tooth and nail as well. He’s living in his car now, and sends threatening emails every so often, which we ignore.
        He is not the only person we know of in similar straits, unfortunately. There is an entitlement personality disease that has run rampant in this country. This man felt entitled to our home and our money, simply by virtue of being vaguely related to my husband (their grandmothers were sisters). But yes, unfortunately, people who exhibit these behaviors do indeed deserve to be poor. They refuse to work, and have honed their skills at being parasites to a great degree.

        • Dirty Dave

          Well, his situation is a lot different then the average, homeless poor person. It seems like he does deserve to be poor. The other side of the coin though, is that there are tens of thousands of families living on the streets or in very bad conditions who didn’t do anything wrong to wind up living such a horrible life. Again, the problem is our government. They created an environment in which succeeding, hell, just surviving from day to day is almost impossible for the average family.

        • Scottar

          Yes welfare and entitlements has become an art of profession of sorts.

      • Dirty Dave

        WTF does the weight of a person have to do with any of this? I know plenty of overweight people who work harder then most, maybe you’re just a bigot? The average IQ is 100 so you’re not really shining a light on anything in that area.

        You make things out like they are American problems when they are the problems of most human beings, whether in America, Europe, Africa, etc.

        No one deserves to be poor. The problem are the criminals who call themselves our leaders. They’ve been stealing from the people from the very beginning, wasting our money and mismanaging our resources. Most of the problems in this world are manufactured. Take away the power from the elite assholes and put it into the hands of someone responsible an benevolent and things will change for the better.

        • cursed

          Dave this is the most accurate statement ever made in the comment section of this blog: “They’ve been stealing from the people from the very beginning.”

          That is right folks from the beginning. Your founding fathers were the start. What you learned in history is a bunch of lies and bulls–t.

          Unless you learn the truth about our past you will NEVER be free from your masters.

          • Crisrose

            The willfully ignorant deserve to be scammed.

        • Crisrose

          Leaders voted into office by idiot Americans. The same mentality that leads lazy, out of control, gluttonous obese whales to blame fast food/big pharma/genes for their grotesque physiques leads the stupid, lazy, talentless, drug addicted, alcoholic, slutty, filthy, poor to blame government/capitalism/lack of freebies for their poverty.

          • Bill the eighth

            Are you delusional? What is the percentage of Americas addicted to drugs and alcohol? Sounds like a personal problem to me.

          • Scottar

            I read where 68% of Americans are on antidepressants. SSRIs are also a big problem in fomenting irrational behavior, yet doctors and psychiatrists hand them out like candy.

        • puckles

          Clearly, you do not know why the average IQ is 100. It is reset regularly to equal 100, to correspond with changes in the reported IQ of a nation. In most Western/Western type countries, it has been edging up for decades, until very recently. The IQ in the West is now trending down, and there are numerous hypotheses as to why this is occurring.

  • Stephen Robinson

    America you did this to yourself, this is the end result of all the offshoring of manufactuuring to China, that was driven by corp. greed.

    • Crisrose

      And greedy Americans demanding lower prices and shopping at Walmart. #YouGetWhatYouDeserve

      • Bill the eighth

        Greedy Americans demanding lower prices? Wow, I don;t think you could be farther from the truth. You have a real attitude, and just love to blame your fellow Americans instead of the guilt y parties.

        • Crisrose

          Walmart didn’t spring out of nowhere and drive mom and pop out of business without a lot of help – that help came from greedy shortsighted Americans voting with their dollars. But never mind me. I forgot in your world the ‘little’ people are always victims and never to blame for their own stupidity.

          • Lib

            Crisrose, you just mad you keep ending up on the People of Wal-Mart site?

            Pull up your pants next time and you should pass through without anyone noticing.

  • Debra

    I am 52 yrs old and have been homeless since the illegal ‘election’ of the dictator-in-chief that people want to call ‘president’! The vast majority of people in this country have NO CLUE how many homeless people there are in this country and there are MULTITUDES of homeless CHILDREN all over America!! Children, babies too!! Do you know what i see everyday?? Millions of “people” walking by and not even in this world…..they are in their electronic world with their focus on the I-phone and not on humanity! That’s why they don’t see their own destruction coming…..too focused on I, me, my!! We homeless see the destruction is already here! People are too consumed with self to even see the skies being laced with their death and that they are breathing it in right NOW!
    You are already dead.

    • Chris Gerber

      Yep.. and tragically so. I have had the notion that if there were to be an emergency, either natural disaster or manmade, most people would not know how to survive. Evidence Katrina at New Orleans, and other such events. Heaven help us if there were a nuclear explosion either on the ground or in the atmosphere. That would take away all the electronics, “what to do, what to do?”.. and there isn’t an app. available for it. I have been a prepper for many years. Prepping gets mocked all the time. We will have our day I am willing to bet because there are just too many chances of disasters happening in this country. But, physical prepping doesn’t even touch any economic preparedness. That is another facet of prepping that needs to be addressed. There are some organizations of preppers that are addressing that facet of the interest.

    • desert nudist

      That talk show host Michael Savage is always saying derogatory things about the homeless like the vermin in the streets, or too lazy to get a job. Anything he can to make it look like it’s their fault.

      At least there’s a lot of edible plants. I think my area has over 400 species. Of course there’s also poisonous plants. My town has oleanders everywhere. It’s one of the world’s most poisonous plants but yet they’ll plant a whole bunch right by the elementary schools!

      • Debra

        Lots of people feel that way about the homeless, not even realizing that they themselves are less than three paychecks away from homelessness and despair! Being homeless has nothing to do with being lazy and as a matter of fact being homeless makes one more busy than usual just to keep yourself alive!! One must work even harder to stay alive and three times harder than ‘normal people’ to just stay clean! It’s pretty hard to always borrow a bathroom!! Everyone always thinks the homeless are all on drugs…..but how does a homeless person with no income buy all these drugs?? Nobody even stops to think about all the homeless children out here……….families with kids!! Homelessness is looked at from a position of having….in other words people who have homes and lives looking out and thinking they know what they see when in reality they do not have a clue! If some one is without a job people will help with that but no one is going to offer a homeless person a home! without a home people don’t just not have a place too sleep, they have no place to eat, bathe, or feel safe! Those who have so much, like Michael Savage, have no clue about real life or the struggles thereof!!

      • Debra

        Michael Savage thinks he knows something…..but he’s wrong.

        • Scottar

          Well come on darling, would you like to tell us how wrong he is with your driveby?

  • Undecider

    Wasn’t that the plan all along?

  • Lorungee

    A good example of this package shrinking is your typical bag of potato chips. I am old enough to remember when the size of a “family bag” was 16 oz. for 79 cents. Now a “family bag” is 8 oz. for 4.16. Question….would 4.16 in “junk silver” face value pre ’65 US coins buy 16 oz. of chips ? Answer….yes…with 1.79 left over.

    • merrileerj

      Everything in food has shrunk, as if we don’t notice. Also “funny” that some such as Lay’s have added “family size” to the package front. When I saw that I thought it was a larger package than the recently shrunk package, but no it’s still 10.5 oz. family size.

      • Lorungee

        In my original statement, I forgot to mention all of the air in the top of the bag, making it not a genuine full bag, but really a half filled bag.

        • Dirty Dave

          Contents will settle during shipment, pay no mind to the man behind the curtain. :)

  • merrileerj

    Well it sure fits for my family personally…we’re sinking fast. But last night’s PBS news said that people were going to be spending big big money on Christmas presents during Black Friday etc t his year!!! How could this be…I know some are doing fine, I know some are doing more than fine, but it sure seems the majority of us are just hanging on….how could we possibly afford an X-box…and they warned to not wait, a lot of stuff on junior’s list is selling out fast!

    • Boing Boing

      credit cards

      • merrileerj

        oh yeah. What we’re using to pay bills. Never thought we’d have to resort to paying bills with credit cards, just delaying the finish.

  • merrileerj

    My purchases this year have been stocking up on tuna & catfood & cat litter….about done as far as money goes to do this.

  • Peter Janisch

    Our forefathers armed us with the solution because they knew this time would come. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary
    for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with
    another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal
    station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent
    respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes
    which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident,
    that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
    certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
    of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among
    Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That
    whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
    Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
    laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such
    form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be
    changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath
    shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable,
    than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
    abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to
    reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to
    throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such
    has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which
    constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

  • Arizona

    I worked 45 years in this country,Paid into SSA the whole time,NOW I get 750 a month,OBOOZO just said he’s going to give the imgrants 1000,a month,out of SSA,whats with you morons supporting this slime ball,hes breaking this country and NO ONE CARES….WELL heres news for you,WHEN the russians and chinese showup,you’ll care then…………

    • Scottar

      And the GOP is full of RINOs on the same team.

  • The real issue is when, out of whatever necessity, the roving millions who live their lives in a four inch square screen are forced to look up and find a world that they do not recognize, cannot comprehend and will be totally unable to negotiate.

    I don’t know what form that will take. Maybe the electric grid fails or the Internet crashes for whatever reason. Maybe those millions will become so hungry that they won’t be texting, sexting or twerking anyone or anything anymore. It is coming and soon.

    These people will seek out those who have more and are better prepared – you and me. They will either approach plaintively or violently. You may have to kill many people. Be prepared for that.

    • Scottar

      Your right, it will be Ferguson on steroids.

  • winnie the pooh

    When there ceases to be a middle class, the masses will revolt.

    • Dirty Dave

      Yeah, and who knows the outcome of a spontaneous mob of morons would have on this country?

      • Bill the eighth

        That is the real question isn’t it?

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    We didn’t know it at the time, but the American Dream ended during a news blackout of events at Konan, Korea in Aug-Sept 1945.

    I will post a link below that documents those events.

  • Alleged Comment

    We have CURSED this nation by being an obamanation to the Lord.

    We have CURSED this nation by allowing gay obamanation on this land.

    We have CURSED this nation by putting in a heathen sodomite not of your tribe.

    You have OFFENDED both your land and your Lord, America!

    • cursed

      This nation has been cursed from the beginning. Until you actually study the truth about how this nation was founded and the truth about every single war, political event you were taught in school, you will remain ignorant and spout meaningless and false rhetoric.

      Even your bible states: study to show yourself approved.

  • Mike Molyneaux

    the New World Order will give you a job.

  • justin stark

    Yet, no COLA increase for Social Security Retirees.

  • Badger Badgerism


  • Bill the eighth

    Well, there is a problem with that. Many people are homeless by choice or due to mental / physical illness. However, the vast majority suffered through a life changing event; divorce, medical problems / bills, lost job. I was laid off in 2011 and tried for over two years to find a job, any job. I was “over qualified” for most menial labor jobs, home depot, Walmart etc. I finally was able to land a good job back in my career field, just as my entire life savings ran out and I had racked up $16,000.00 in debt trying to stay afloat.. If I had not got this job, I, too, would be homeless and destitute. So, get off your high horse and smell the tuna fish.

    • Crisrose

      Instead of begging others for a job you should have started your own business. Vast majority of the homeless are in that position due to their own fault. Too many children, failure to educate themselves, failure to work two jobs while the getting was good, blowing their money, failure to save, drug/alcohol abuse, such lousy personalities that their own ‘friends’ and family leave them on the streets.

      • Bill the eighth

        I agree I should have started my own business, but, like life, there are no guarantees there either
        Other than that, you lack an iota of empathy or understanding for people who have fallen on bad times. No matter what you “think”, bad things happen to good people through no fault of their own. Everything you state is completely untrue in my situation and my friend’s and family’s situations. I have a college degree, I have worked two jobs, I did not “blow” my money, I did not fail to save, I am not a drug addict nor an alcoholic, my friends and family did not leave me on the street. So, get off your high horse, you are not superior to anyone and you are completely wrong about most things.

        • Crisrose

          You said above had you not gotten this job you too would be homeless. Which is it? Do you know what ‘vast majority’ means? I’m not speaking of those in poverty through no fault of their own but of the multitudes who deserve their fate.

      • Debra

        Spoken like a person that’s never been homeless!! Did you know that there are mothers with kids out there on the streets because of a divorce and/or a deadbeat dad? I’m 52 and homeless, not from lack of trying, sometimes the jobs don’t pay enough to even begin to help. It takes quite a bit of money to put a deposit on the housing and the utilities, etc…. How much have you donated to help the homeless? Whose deposit did you pay? How many homeless kids did you feed today?? I don’t know about you but my job didn’t pay enough to keep an apartment and not everyone is eligible for these ‘programs’ that ‘help’! Even with my job i did not qualify for ‘habitat for humanity’ nor do i qualify for healthcare so, How is it that we can afford to PAY all these immigrants thousands of dollars but we can’t get American families off the street?? People don’t Choose to be homeless…is happens and you try to pull yourself out but usually there are many pushing you down just because of the lack of understanding of how one becomes homeless and the assumption that they are somehow bad because of it. No wonder it is an insurmountable problem! You know it ain’t so easy to have hope when you ain’t got a home….and there are more and more kids out there loosing hope and being homeless. Why do we have all these people giving to ‘charities’ for cancer but not to kids who need homes??

        Let me know when you’ve helped to get just one person off the streets.

    • Scottar

      Yep, It’s a screwy world out there.

  • Crisrose

    You can’t fix stupid.

  • Bill the eighth

    And what exactly are you doing?

    • Dirty Dave

      What are you doing?

  • pan nat

    Osatan’s plan is successfully coming to past.

  • puckles

    I happen to have known George Carlin, and his kids. He certainly did a great deal to try to change everything, at a time when very few accepted his views at all; they were, after all, very controversial at the time. His access to public media, via his performances, was all he had available in the beginning, when he was considered most radical. I find it amusing now, and I’m sure he would as well, that he is now considered a reactionary/conservative.

    Because of the “Seven dirty words” element, his performances could not be transmitted on major networks at that time. BTW, all original performers are spectators, as are their own fans. His was a spectator’s comment on life as he saw it.

    • Scottar

      He did some great skits, some I didn’t quite get till later.

  • A Sperger

    The prices are staying the same, it’s just that your money is becoming worth less. It’s called inflation. Pallets of $100 bills will do that.

    • Crisrose

      It’s not yours and it’s not money. It’s the private debt note (Federal Reserve Note) of a private corporation (The Federal Reserve).

  • Crisrose

    No such thing as a free lunch. Now that they’re paying for their (or their parents) failure to heed Perot they’re whining like babies. He told the imbeciles EXACTLY what would happen but did they listen? ‘Why look Martha! NAFTA has bipartisan support! We done good votin’ for Clinton, listenin’ to Rush and ignoring that clown Perot. Let’s get down to Walmart and get us some hot doggies for the BBQ. Yeeeeee Hawwwwww’

  • Artonique

    Debra, do you have a go fund me account? I would like to help you out financially. God Bless

  • Scottar

    I wonder how many of the so called poor and homeless are illegals or refugees?

  • Scottar

    Go for it POS, lets see you create wealth out of nothing! And lets see you anchor a talk show chump!

    • Dirty Dave

      Who are you supposed to be, Apollo Creed or something?

      • Scottar

        No, just showing you your rat hole, now go back to it.

  • Scottar

    It mostly the Big Bankers, they have and got all the money. They run Wall Street, K street, and Corp. street.

  • Scottar

    You can keep your doctor, you just won’t be able to afford them anymore.

  • Debra

    Democrat or Republican………..two wings of the same bird!!

    • Publius40

      Debra — That is almost the quote from Pat Buchanan who originally said, “The Democrats and the Republicans are just 2 wings on the same bird of prey.” So-o-o-o true!

    • Scottar

      Not exactly, you mean Demorats and RINOs. The elite control both and block the rest.

  • Lib

    Crisrose, YOU had to work two jobs? Why, are you stupid? Shouldn’t every employer want to hire you? Quite wineing will ya.

  • Lib

    I think the tuna was for the cat.

  • Scottar

    You should recheck you link, it no longer connects. but I agree with you very much.