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The American Dream Is Dead, And Now Even The Mainstream Media Is Starting To Admit It

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Cemetary Graveyard - Public DomainAre you living “the American Dream”?  If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate, because most Americans are not.  In fact, as you will see below, a new survey has found that there is nowhere on the entire planet where the average wage earner is making enough money to live “the American Dream”.  Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class makes up a minority of the population, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year, and poverty is growing rapidly.  The American Dream is essentially dead, and even the mainstream media is starting to figure this out.

Just today, someone sent me a U.S. News & World Report article entitled “Even Americans Can’t Afford the American Dream”. The following is an excerpt from that article

The study goes country by country, factoring in average local wages and prices to calculate the regional costs of luxuries such as midsize homes (by U.S. standards, 1,480 square feet); electricity and high-speed Internet; cars and enough money for gasoline; food for a family of four; and enough disposable income to periodically dine out and attend movies or other events.

Researchers ultimately found there isn’t a country on the map whose average wage earner could afford all of these expenses together. What’s more, average consumers in Saudi Arabia and Oman are actually closer to financing these socioeconomic goals than the average American. The average Saudi household would only need to see monthly salaries climb by about $74 to realize the American dream in their own country, while U.S. workers would need hundreds of dollars in additional income.

Isn’t that alarming?

The American Dream is out of the grasp of most people living in America, and there isn’t anywhere else on the globe where a majority of the workers are experiencing it either.

That same article also contained a few other facts that are truly sobering…

“After more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic majority, the American middle class is now matched in number by those in the economic tiers above and below it,” the Pew report said. “Since 1971, each decade has ended with a smaller share of adults living in middle-income households than at the beginning of the decade, and no single decade stands out as having triggered or hastened the decline in the middle.”

Another recent study from the Brookings Institution found that median wages fell in 80 percent of America’s largest metros between 2009 and 2014.

The middle class has been shrinking for a very long time, and now that collapse is accelerating.

So what is the solution?

Well, CNN is reporting that a new survey has discovered that middle class Americans feel that the federal government should do more to help them out…

Hey federal government! The middle class would like some help, too.

A majority of Americans say the feds don’t do enough to help the middle class, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. The middle class is more neglected than the poor or children, survey respondents said.

More socialism for everyone!

That will solve all of our problems, right?

Of course not.  Actually, if we had a much smaller government that would probably go a long way toward fixing things.  This is hard to believe, but in 2015 Americans spent more on taxes than on food, clothing and housing combined.

If the federal government would just stop taxing us into oblivion, a lot more of us would do okay all on our own.

These days, so many families are just scraping by from month to month.  As the cost of living continues to move steadily upward, many Americans find themselves forced to go into debt just to cover basic expenses.

And our society actually encourages all of us to go into debt, and so we think that it is okay.  But many of us end up digging financial holes that we never get out of.  This is especially true for a lot of young people today.  One recent survey found that 68 percent of all Americans had destroyed their credit before the age of 30.

Of course then we hear on the news that the economy is “not growing fast enough” because consumers are not spending enough money.

The experts that are telling people this don’t seem to understand that most consumers are tapped out at this point.

You can’t get blood from a rock, and as a result a lot of retailers are really hurting right now.  The following list of store closures comes from my recent article about the ongoing retail apocalypse

-Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, including 154 inside the United States.

-K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.

-J.C. Penney will be permanently shutting down 47 more stores after closing a total of 40 stores in 2015.

-Macy’s has decided that it needs to shutter 36 stores and lay off approximately 2,500 employees.

-The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.

-Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.

-Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.

-Sears has shut down about 600 stores over the past year or so, but sales at the stores that remain open continue to fall precipitously.

When I was a young boy, I think that you could have said that the American Dream was still alive and well in the United States.

But after decades of exceedingly foolish decisions, things have completely changed and the middle class is dying right in front of our eyes.

If you doubt this, please see the list of statistics that I have shared below that comes from one of my previous articles

#1 This week we learned that for the first time ever recorded, middle class Americans make up a minority of the population. But back in 1971, 61 percent of all Americans lived in middle class households.

#2 According to the Pew Research Center, the median income of middle class households declined by 4 percent from 2000 to 2014.

#3 The Pew Research Center has also found that median wealth for middle class households dropped by an astounding 28 percent between 2001 and 2013.

#4 In 1970, the middle class took home approximately 62 percent of all income. Today, that number has plummeted to just 43 percent.

#5 There are still 900,000 fewer middle class jobs in America than there were when the last recession began, but our population has gotten significantly larger since that time.

#6 According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#7 For the poorest 20 percent of all Americans, median household wealth declined from negative 905 dollars in 2000 to negative 6,029 dollars in 2011.

#8 A recent nationwide survey discovered that 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

#9 At this point, the U.S. only ranks 19th in the world when it comes to median wealth per adult.

#10 Traditionally, entrepreneurship has been one of the engines that has fueled the growth of the middle class in the United States, but today the level of entrepreneurship in this country is sitting at an all-time low.

#11 If you can believe it, the 20 wealthiest people in this country now have more money than the poorest 152 million Americans combined.

#12 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.

#13 If you have no debt and you also have ten dollars in your pocket, that gives you a greater net worth than about 25 percent of all Americans.

#14 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.

#15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

#16 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month, and nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#17 In 2007, about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps. Today, that number is one out of every five.

#18 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.

#19 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.

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

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

#22 The median net worth of families in the United States was $137, 955 in 2007. Today, it is just $82,756.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    This has a whole lot to do with the plethora of stupid people that believe the egregious lies told to them by beurocrats. Yea, sorry, it take a whole bunch of stupid to believe anything government tells you.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    I am living it and loving it. I work hard, live modestly but well and don’t waste my money on gold, prepping supplies and tv evangelists.
    If you are not, it’s your own dang fault.

    • RTL89

      Spoken like a true fascist

      • Jim Davis

        I don’t think you know what the word fascist means. He expressed no fascist ideas.

        • RTL89

          Fascism: a governmental system led by one dictator WITH ABSOLUTE POWER
          Now, he didn’t say it in those words, but when you blame the average person for their failings due almost exclusively in part to the foolish, selfish, and greedy choices made by the VERY select few in power, you’re basically condoning what they do. Fascism.

          • Sherluck

            RTL89 is correct. Jim is confused.

          • RTL89

            Thank you!

          • Mike

            You’re both off on the fascist thing. I’d say arrogant.

          • RTL89

            It’s more than just arrogance. At the root of it, it’s a fascist mentality. When you condescend others for matters outside of their control – falling behind in the little game that a VERY select few in power have rigged – you’re essentially giving a free pass to those who are perpetrating it. Since we’re currently “owned” by fascists and oligarchs, then that means he agrees with that way of life

          • algol2000

            You can blame no one for your problems but you. If you start taking responsibility, you will have a better life in no time.

            Make your decisions to stop digging and stop blaming the crane owner.

          • RTL89

            What world do you live in? Most people, myself included, take every precaution and step necessary to be responsible and lead a better life, but it’s futile. What YOU need to understand is that we need people to dig, just like we need people to flip burgers. But you can’t take away all the jobs that DO pay good wages and then blame people for desperately trying to cling to a general labour/fast food job just to survive. Blame the system for burdening itself with grossly overstated debt by printing dollars into existence. Your post represents a fascist mentality, whether you want to believe it or not.

          • algol2000

            “But you can’t take away all the jobs that DO pay good wages and then
            blame people for desperately trying to cling to a general labour/fast
            food job just to survive”

            Stop blaming others for your lack of competitiveness. Learn a new skill or ship out of the country to places where your skills are in demand.

          • RTL89

            Capitalism is competitiveness. Siphoning the wealth from 95% of the population up to the richest and most powerful 5% is fascism. End of story. I’m not arguing anymore. It makes me grit my teeth in anger to know that people with your mindset are out there

          • algol2000

            I agree with you, but there is always a way out. Give up US citizenship and move to a place with more opportunities.

    • DAVE

      what you call money is currency (debt), not money.
      Money is gold and silver.

    • Paul Patriot

      Very arrogant comment. Gold is real money, and if you have not prepped when things go bad, well, good luck!

      I agree with you regarding some of these tv evangelists, they only want your money, but, the fact that you would include that in your comment, seems to indicate you have a dislike for Biblical preaching, and Bible thumpers.

      I pray you open your heart and mind and take a look at what the Bible says about what is coming, and hopefully you will repent and turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, before it is too late and the door of this dispensation is closed forever.

      • Ignatz

        “If you have not prepped when things go bad, well, good luck!”

        “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Notice
        the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor
        barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds! Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life-span? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? Notice
        how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not
        even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them. If
        God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown
        into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of
        little faith? As for you, do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry anymore. All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides. Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell
        your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that
        do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can
        reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

  • K

    Getting rid of the middle class, has been the long term plan. Having people so dependent on the government, has been the plan. Dependent people do not bite the hand, that feeds them. People working two or more jobs to make ends meet. Are too exhausted to care. And then you have the overwhelming number, of people who just do not care. An Ideal, that has died of neglect.

    • Sherluck

      Absolutely.

    • amongoose

      Royalty doesn’t need or want a middle class.
      .
      They need serfs.

      • iris

        but only serfs who are useful. That means anyone who owns land, intellectual property, a company which produces things they consider useful, etc. The rest of us will be…well, the legal wordage in the original AFA included periodic suggestion to the elderly, mentally ill peoples’ caregivers with power of attorney, parents of severely disabled children, that euthanasia be considered. It caused such an uproar, that the portions were deleted, but talks to revive that are going on under the table now.

    • iris

      Good comment! Is “died” the key word, there?

    • VigilanteCaregiver

      True, but it doesn’t always work out that way. When government did that to our family, made us dependent, all it did was piss me off to the point of being politically dangerous to every side. They started backing off and I’m still emboldened to press further.

      Could that happen with the majority?

      • K

        No, I wish it could happen to the majority. But something has happened to the last couple of generations. The majority just seem to have no fight in them. They vent their anger on play station, and have nothing left in real life. I truly believe, it is why things are getting worse, so much faster. My generation is dying out, in more ways than one. If the generations that follow,mostly have no fight. Well you are already seeing the results. A government who no longer fears or respects, its’ own citizens. No my friend, you are one of the exceptions. Be proud of that.

        • VigilanteCaregiver

          You’re right – many have no fight in ’em. They’d rather get along and not ‘rock the boat’. Thanks K!

    • Holger Jahndel

      Also read about SILVIO GESELL and BIOREGIONALISM and alternative currencies and money without usury and interest!

      Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy

      was an architect, an ecologist, a financial expert and a critic of the prevailing economic system. As a Professor she headed the department of “Technological Advancement and Resource Efficient Construction” at the University of Hannover’s architecture school. As early as 1982 she recognized that the broader application of ecological principles were inhibited by fundamental flaws in the monetary system, especially the consistent need for economic growth resulting from interest and compound interest. Through her continuous research and scrutiny she became an expert on the subject, working on practical solutions for essential Problems:

      How can we create a sustainable monetary system?

      What characterizes monetary systems which do not collapse repeatedly and which serve us rather than control us?

      Where can we find examples of well-working monetary systems in the past and present?

      http://www.margritkennedy.de/index.php?lang=EN

  • Robert

    These numbers boost Bernie Sanders stock.

    • Sherluck

      Absolutely correct.

  • DJohn1

    The real problem is that government is a parasite. That parasite is now killing the host(the middle class).
    I can date this situation all the way back to the middle years of the 70s. That is when we saw the decline and fall of American Labor in the form of government ruling against the labor unions most of the time. By the time Reagan took office the decline was almost complete. Reagan finished the job.
    Wages depended on negotiation. The other parasites were the workers that never paid dues but took advantage of everyone paying dues that negotiated wages.
    From about 1985 to the present time wage increases were kept to a minimum. In my case that was about 2.5 percent per year. Inflation however was about 4.5 percent per year according to the Real Estate Board in our local town. They should know. They are directly seeing the sale of property and what it will bring. Finance and Appraisel is a course agents have to take after 5 years of practicing Real Estate Sales in our state.
    So instead of about 40% of the population of laborers having organized labor negotiations it went all the way to less than 10% having any representation whatsoever.
    All of which means lower wages for everyone.
    Government in the form of Obamacare has taken what little income people have left in the last year or two. It has gotten worse as deductables and health insurance have gone through the ceiling in the form of increases.
    Basically the government has taken people’s wages away from them. And now we all reap the harvest of this change.
    The gap between those that are broke and those that actually earn their way has increased a lot. So it is no longer possible or probable for the majority of people to leave the government dependence and welfare.
    Realistically a single mom on care source and welfare would have to make 35,000 a year to just break even. The cutoff is about $21,000 a year if that.
    The system in place put there by the Congress is communism basically because it penalizes people if they wish to be independent of government. People either show no income and are on the government dole or not.
    Those on the dole far outnumber the ones that are not.
    Retail is basically dependent as well. They depend on discretionary income of the people(not just the middle class) to survive. When Obamacare took that discretionary income it was the beginning of the greatest depression in the history of the planet. Because it effects everyone, not just one class of people.
    Ideally, we should dispose of all health insurance companies.
    Then put in place a system of health insurance that everyone can use and make it break even. Easier said than done.
    It will take geniuses to turn this all around and the parasites are not interested in doing so.

    • BraveNewWhirled

      Wow. That’s a lot there. Even if you *could* fix the “health insurance”, it would still insure only allopathic solutions. Modern medicine is great with emergent care but stinks bad when it comes to chronic illness or prevention.

      I can date that problem all the way back to Abraham Flexner, who was financed by Rockefeller and Carnegie so those robber barons could get control of medicine then your health and now, your life.

      • RedSky

        “Stinks bad.” I never smelled any malodorous medical care. Any better adjectives to describe modern medicine besides stinks. That is so lame.

      • iris

        Thanks.

    • iris

      Good points. I really like your analogy of the parasite killing its host. Now, the super rich will have to turn on the less rich, rather than the middle class, and I’ll bet those with plenty of money but who don’t fall into the super rich class, know that. Read a recent article which said that the IMF is now proposing global wealth confiscation. I think Cyprus was a wake up call. When all available pockets left to pick are empty, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s when the world goes cashless and the mark of the beast comes in. This could happen very quickly.

  • rejco

    The US Governments have given so many people lifetime, life-limiting, and life-destroying criminal records that they can never get a living-wage job…so why bother!

    • DJohn1

      That is a good point.
      In the past, they created jobs in the jails by teaching people to make a better living in the trades.
      Whether it be a linotype operator, an automobile mechanic, and electrician, a plumber, etc. These people in jails actually had a better chance of making a living than someone coming out of high school.

      Back in the 1950s, a typical tradesman could find work anywhere. It didn’t really matter where you came from.
      All of that has changed for the worst.

      • rejco

        It has indeed!

    • Mike

      What a joke! You blame law enforcement for people that choose to commit crimes and get caught?

      • rejco

        “CRIME” is a very subjective word……

  • DJohn1

    One of the foundations of American Labor has always been a barrier between us and the poorest people on the planet in foreign lands.
    Whether it was a protective tariff or some other protection our wage base was being protected so Americans could compete locally for business.
    In 1970, Nixon changed all that.
    He had little choice as the nation was 400 billion dollars in debt due mostly to the losses in the Vietnamese conflict.
    So he made a deal with the devil.
    That devil being the Chinese and their massive population of laborers who at the time were preparing to go to war with us in the far east. The people there were starving. Literally dying of hunger.
    It solved two problems temporarily. It was genius in one way. It provided cheap retail goods at 1/10th of the cost they could be produced here. It fed the Chinese.
    The back slap of this was 10-12% inflation for about 10 years. The currency was basically devalued that much. The change over from a dollar worth $35 an ounce to one worth over $600 an ounce tells the tale.
    About 1991 the Russians went broke. They threw an enormous amount of gold back onto the market place. The result was a reversal of the dollar’s value to about $350-$360 an ounce.
    Meaning the dollar was again worth about 10% of what it was worth in 1970.
    The dollar value is based not on gold alone but also anything that produces energy. Meaning the huge increase in the price of a barrel of oil. So when the price of gasoline went up the value of the dollar went down.
    We are now experiencing the revaluation of the dollar based on what it will buy in a barrel of oil.
    Even that is not stable.
    With the increase in value, a whole lot of industry goes under.
    The entire system is based on the devaluing of the American Dollar over time and the raising of the price of goods.
    With the revalue of the dollar an entire retail base goes to hell.
    They can no longer increase prices and get a return because the wage base will not support it.
    Why the devaluation of a dollar supports that I do not really understand. But the result is a huge crash on the stockmarket.
    The average person over a lifetime now saves little money for retirement. But the entire thing is dependent on medicare and medicaid picking up the tab for increasing health concerns.
    Government will happily let you get buy on 800 a month in social security. They will also happily store you in a nursing home for $6,000 a month. It makes little if any sense financially.

  • Creepy Pedro

    The american dream was soooo 1950’s till mid 90’s….post 9/11 has been a nightmare. Sexxx, drugs and rock and roll era was the peak ;)

    • Mike

      Not the peak, the acceleration toward the end.

  • Dio Jones

    Been dead since 1990

    Be a light that is shininginthedark.

  • Mistanick

    Wow, another inspiring essay. Well researched with cherry picked stat’s to support your premise. What a buzz kill. You must be a real charmer at a dinner party.

    Don’t get me wrong. The economy is not good for most, taxes are too high, some elected officials are clueless, and some bureaucrats are just hanging on to get their pensions. Others are bright, work hard and get little thanks because people are too busy with self pity.

    Funny though. When I go to town, I see commerce doing what they do, businesses hiring, help wanted signs in windows, folks buzzing around town making it work as best they can. Did people have it any better in the 40’s or the 80’s or anytime in between? Did God tell us it would be easy? No, He said man would need to support themselves by the sweat of their brow.

    Socialists tout utopia. We don’t live in one and none ever existed. Stop trying to find a utopia, roll up your sleeves, work smart, and make it happen. We might work two jobs or if you own a business, you already know how to work 80 hours per week as the norm. It is not easy, but then, when was it ever easy and is it supposed to be?

    • rmc9

      just because you didn’t get shot at today, doesn’t mean crime is down…idiot.

      • Mike

        Where did he mention crime being down in his comment? He didn’t.

    • Preacher62

      Truth right there

    • Eddishun

      Funny how so many worry about the ‘unborn’, but seem to not give a rat about the millions of kids ALREADY HERE who are in poverty, abuse, and other horrid situations. That’s okay, cuz the answer there is always more WORK. Never more money, just more WORK( and never mind not enough jobs anyways. The answer there is ‘start a business’. Cuz that’s easy to do, and everyone can run a biz. Everyone. It’s in our DNA or something, right?)

      You got over half the country working crap jobs, how that working out? I think maybe PAYING people for their WORK might be a factor? Just being BUSY doesn’t seem to be fixing anything. Work work work dudn’t mean much without pay pay pay, idiots)

      When I hear ppl crying for the kids HERE, then I’ll cry over the ones not. Last thing we need is millions more poor kids so ppl can just say screw you to em. This the plan? Cuz nobody seems to wanna do much for the ones who **didn’t abort** and now cannot feed these kids. Reads to me like some just want more cheap labor and cannon fodder. Cuz were that not the case they’d fix the problems here NOW instead of whining over kids not here to deal with this crap. You shrug off the crappy world you made, then whinge that ppl won’t bring more ppl into it. Really? Be consistent about one thing ONE time, plz.

      Obviously the old “everybody work til they die and don’t pay em” plan doesn’t seem to be working out. But any new plan just gets blown off. So you don’t wanna make changes, then don’t bitch that nothing changes. People aren’t gonna have kids they can’t afford. Period. Don’t like it, pay em enough to raise em, so they can BE THERE for them, not at work every minute..

      We love to say ‘simple economics’ well, there it is. Our God is work, No one else will say it. That is what we truly worship. Your false god is failing you, as false gods do.

      • Mistanick

        Eddieshun, what has money got to do with child abuse, parents who don’t work, and other “horrid” situations? Has welfare and food stamps solved any of the conditions you describe? If more money is thrown at people who can’t find work that they want to do, will that solve anything, even though those jobs they “want” are gone forever? Looks to me like welfare has caused folks to be complacent and not want to work. it has been a bust.

        Easier to sit and complain. “Crap jobs”. Ok, so many factory jobs are gone, but were they so great? Dull assembly line work – dead end leading to no where. What is left? Service work? Ok, so working in food preparation is not exciting, but was filling soup cans in a Campbells factory? Yes, washing machine manufacturing has moved to Mexico. So what and good riddance.

        No body made your crappy world but you. If you live in one, get out of it.

        God is real whether you accept Him or not. Work is not God. Work is work and a means to feed and clothe yourself. No one else owes that to you, but you owe that to yourself both God and work. God wants to be a part of your life.

        • Eddishun

          I see you missed the point entirely, which I expected. What does money have to do with it? It has EVERYTHING to do with it. Most of the issues mentioned can be solved, or least mitigated, if ppl could earn a darn living wage without spending every waking hour at work. That was NOT ‘God’s plan’. If you read Ecclesiastes, nowhere does it say “work your life away”. It DOES say enjoy your portion as a gift of God. Look it up. Least three refs.

          You’ve turned work into a god and think no one caught it. Are you srsly gonna blame everything on ppl who fell thru the cracks? ppl with no power to even fix their own lives, but they are the ones messing everything up, right? Got it. Meantime not a word about rampant wage theft, among other things? That’s okay? Pretty warped sense of morality.

          Do NOT invoke God to defend that. That’s not my God, it’s yours. Mine gives freely of His bounty(Lk 12:32). He gave us the earth without charge, didn’t He? He gives freely to anyone who asks of Him, even ppl you do not like. Sorry.

          You come up with every solution but the one that might work. You don’t wanna pay ppl but the bitching doesn’t stop when they won’t worship their jobs. No. this is NOT from God. It’s straight from men who have NO idea who He is. Keep listening to these fake preachers.

          Money has everything to do with it, and it’s funny the ppl saying otherwise aint giving up theirs, are they? So it DOES matter, for them, right? So why you being so hypocritical saying ppl can’t be fairly paid? Not everyone can work in tech and finance, and not everyone can go to school for thousands a year. Were that an option don’t you think they’d have done that by now? And maybe those jobs you mention weren’t great, but they PAID. That’s why ppl work, dude, to be PAID. Not to “get out of the house”, or “stay busy”.

          And you say we owe God work? If so, we also owe ppl FAIR WAGES. **James 5:4.** Look that up, too. You want one but not the other? NO. God Himself doesn’t even agree with that. You owe Him FAITH and gratitude. Leave it to MEN to make it about works, yet AGAIN.

          PAY PEOPLE. Even God tells us to do that. If He’s wrong, you need to tell Him that, not me. Cuz the cheap labor all for some not for others economic model is crashing around you….

          • Mistanick

            We don’t owe God work, but hard work is our plight due to the fall of man. This is our epitaph until Christ returns.

            I don’t understand you. I will simply leave the topic with this:

            KJV Genesis 3:17-19

            “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

            18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

            19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

          • Eddishun

            Yup, THAT one you know. But not a word about the verses I gave you, cuz might just nuke your weak argument. I stand by what I said. It’s a false god, period. ppl work to get paid, period. What I say that was so darned off the wall and untrue?

            Nobody ever quotes this one, either:

            Matthew 11:30
            For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

            Only verses that put em square in charge. Never verses that call out their hypocrisy. Same crap different forum.

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    American Dream dead? Let’s look at the definitions…

    Merriam-Webster: “an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity; also the prosperity or life that is the realization of this ideal”

    Investopedia: “The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking and hard work, not by chance.”

    Oxford Dictionary: “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative”

    Mine: We’d always been free, and we are determined to remain free always.

    So… which definition is dead? Are only parts of this philosophy dead?

    Is it egalitarianism? Yeah, that one was manipulated into mush by leftists, and rightists allowed it. Equal rights no longer means equal – it’s a buzzword used by crybullies to get gain and satisfy lusts.

    Capitalism? That was halted decades ago – ended with adoption of the Keyesian model.

    Self-determination? Still lives. That’s a core human attribute. Just like freedom and consent: it can’t be legislated or pressured away. It can’t be bred out. Even with the severely disabled or the drug induced: it always remains – no matter what.

    Some examples. Let’s say it’s 2017: the current multilateral cold civil war is about to erupt into a full-blown hot war. To stave this off, the powers-that-pretend decide it’s in their best interests to abolish the second amendment and confiscate all firearms and ammo. Even archery supplies and wrist-rockets are confiscated. Well, that does put a damper on firearms… to a point. The physics still remain. That can’t be legislated nor banned. Folks can refuse to teach it; doesn’t mean someone can’t figure it out again. Firearms can be still be fabricated. Metal can still be forged and machined. Basic machines can always be built and operated. Gunpowder based on urine, sugar, and charcoal – very basic material. Smugglers will still find buyers. There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

    How about this: this year, the economy finally collapses. Then what? Is that the end of planet? Nope. We have a very interesting system. What will happen is the states regain all requisitioned authority and responsibility again. The Constitution can still be restored as a new document: all amendments written into the original body without the slavery, prohibition, income tax language. A new dollar backed by energy production and precious metals can be formed. And life goes on. The only reason this doesn’t happen now only comes down to a few folks don’t want it to – that’s it. That’s the only reason we’re going through all this collapse nonsense is because a minority of #$%&’s want it to happen.

    Let’s also say we allowed the lunatic deviant fringe to have everything they want: feminist supremacy, gay marriage, feminist polygamy, pedophilia, incest, necrophilia, socialism into communism, abolish normal family life, unproductive pseudoscience, concentration camps, animal rights and bestiality, etc… every twisted ideal. How long would it last? Best guess: 2 years. Death tolls from disease, famines, riots, abuses, murders would be insurmountable. Production halted: no one can make a profit much less start a business or trade publicly. And there would be no “shared prosperity”; the dirty lie of all branches of socialism. The only reason every nation that went socialist and it’s other branches lasted so long was US dollars from the DOD – paying tribute for peace. No nation or governing body is going to prop up US socialism and sodomy – it will collapse quickly. All these pervert socialist usurpers, these deviants to nature and nature’s God, will be extinct in at least 2 years.

    We are always free – and are determined to remain free always. That part of the American Dream always remains.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…Let’s also say we allowed the lunatic deviant fringe to have everything they want: feminist supremacy, gay marriage, feminist polygamy, pedophilia, incest, necrophilia, socialism into communism, abolish normal family life, unproductive pseudoscience, concentration camps, animal rights and bestiality, etc… every twisted ideal…..”

      MOST of what you wrote is LIES, but you’re a COWARD who has a computer program which blocks you from seeing this message.
      Why?
      because you are INCAPABLE of defending your own positions

      • awb22

        right, and you’re the arbiter of truth, WRONG

  • Lazarovic

    It’s not the federal gov’t, or taxes, that’s refusing to pay 51% of Americans more than $30k a year, it’s the greed of corporate thieves and big business. They steal the labor and productivity of the American worker, and leave him/her with just enough to keep from starving, but with no pension and no hope of ever doing any better.

  • James

    These days, so many families are just scraping by from month to month. As the cost of living continues to move steadily upward, many Americans find themselves forced to go into debt just to cover basic expenses.

    Maybe if basic America could stop being anti-intellectual, blue collar, education cutting scum, they would be better off.

  • James

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month, and nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

    Yep, that 49% includes a crap load of people on SS and Medicare. Lets cut those. (SARC)
    As for poverty, SS benefits are small and the population is aging. Go figure

  • James

    An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

    That does not mean that they are unemployed. Some people don’t fall for corporate marketing schemes and would rather save on rent/mortgage payments by living with their parents.

  • James

    This week we learned that for the first time ever recorded, middle class Americans make up a minority of the population. But back in 1971, 61 percent of all Americans lived in middle class households.

    Thats interesting. There was never an official definition of Middle Class and the LA Article never definied it with an income range.

  • James

    In 1970, the middle class took home approximately 62 percent of all income. Today, that number has plummeted to just 43 percent.

    Why can’t Middle class america just stop wasting their time hating on college, get a degree in biochem or EE and start investing in stocks?

    Because they are anti-intellectual, emotional, selfish, blue collar scum!

    Just look at what Gen X and Baby Boomers did to education and defense

  • lilbear68

    the American dream is dead because in order to believe it you have to be asleep-George Carlin RIP

  • tacoma

    After the collapse of the USSR, the American elite – politicians, bankers, CEOs, think tank pundits – all declared that America have won the Cold War. American ideology, money, military, morality, anything you care to name, confirmed as the best in the world. The ‘end of history’ have arrived. The future therefore is to be guided and controlled by the people who won the Cold War – political and market fundamentalists, big bankers, evangelicals, techno hero, corporate CEOs.

    And so it did. And it worked. Well, it worked for those who ran it. It is today called the 1%.

    What about the rest of the people? Well, as the 1% would say, they got the good life, the ability to borrow infinitely, all the latest gadgets, big fast cars, cheap airlines, beautiful houses – and they don’t even have to work for them. So why complain?

    The great American Dream is alive and well. But one have to borrow it. Just that when it’s time to pay up, get ready for war. WW3 that is. The future generations will not thank you. But then you are already dead.

  • Charles Reece

    Don’t be surprised if the Lord decides to NEVER EVER allow America to escape the JUDGMENT OF POVERTY upon this grossly wicked debaucherous nation of ours – and thereby cause it to sink to the very depths of Hell itself!!! Even thousands of years ago; as the Lord had already warned the Children of Israel, in Deuteronomy 8:18-20, as to where their “prosperity” truly comes from; that likewise, the Lord has also already applied to the United States this same warning, whereby this same scripture admonishes the people:

    “But thou shalt REMEMBER the LORD thy God: for it is He that giveth thee POWER to get wealth, that He may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all FORGET the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would NOT be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God” [KJV].

  • JoeThePimpernel

    We can’t allow prosperity because it harms Mother Earth.

    That’s what Lefties claim, anyway.

  • Ignatz

    So when are they going to admit that Supply-Side economics doesn’t work? We’ve been doing it for 35 years.

    Keep cutting the top tax rate and paying for it by cutting things that benefit the middle class. It will trickle down. Any day now.

  • Holger Jahndel

    Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy

    was an architect, an ecologist, a financial expert and a critic of the prevailing economic system. As a Professor she headed the department of “Technological Advancement and Resource Efficient Construction” at the University of Hannover’s architecture school. As early as 1982 she recognized that the broader application of ecological principles were inhibited by fundamental flaws in the monetary system, especially the consistent need for economic growth resulting from interest and compound interest. Through her continuous research and scrutiny she became an expert on the subject, working on practical solutions for essential Problems:

    How can we create a sustainable monetary system?

    What characterizes monetary systems which do not collapse repeatedly and which serve us rather than control us?

    Where can we find examples of well-working monetary systems in the past and present?

    http://www.margritkennedy.de/index.php?lang=EN