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Abandoned HomeWe are the generation that gets to witness the end of the American Dream.  The numbers that you are about to see tell a story.  They tell a story of a once mighty economy that is dying.  For decades, the rest of the planet has regarded the United States as “the land of opportunity” where almost anyone can be successful if they are willing to work hard.  And when I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was living the American Dream.  I lived on a “middle class” street and I went to a school where it seemed like almost everyone was middle class.  When I was in high school, it was very rare to ever hear of a parent that was unemployed, and virtually every family that I knew had a comfortable home and more than one nice vehicle.  But now that has all changed.  The “American Dream” has been transformed into a very twisted game of musical chairs.  With each passing year, more people are falling out of the middle class, and most of the rest of us are scrambling really hard to keep our own places.  Something has gone horribly wrong, and yet Americans are very deeply divided when it comes to finding answers to our problems.  We love to point fingers and argue with one another, and meanwhile things just continue to get even worse.  The following are 22 numbers that are very strong evidence of the death of the American Dream…

#1 The Obama administration tells us that 8.69 million Americans are “officially unemployed” and that 92.90 million Americans are considered to be “not in the labor force”.  That means that more than 101 million U.S. adults do not have a job right now.

#2 One recent survey discovered that 55 percent of Americans believe that the American Dream either never existed or that it no longer exists.

#3 Considering the fact that Obama is in the White House, it is somewhat surprising that 55 percent of all Republicans still believe in the American Dream, but only 33 percent of all Democrats do.

#4 After adjusting for inflation, median household income has fallen by nearly $5,000 since 2007.

#5 After adjusting for inflation, “the median wealth figure for middle-income families” fell from $78,000 in 1983 to $63,800 in 2013.

#6 At this point, 59 percent of Americans believe that “the American dream has become impossible for most people to achieve”.

#7 In 1967, 53 percent of Americans were considered to be “middle income”.  But today, only 43 percent of Americans are.

#8 For each of the past six years, more businesses have closed in the United States than have opened.  Prior to 2008, this had never happened before in all of U.S. history.

#9 According to the New York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.

#10 According to one recent report, 43 million Americans currently have unpaid medical debt on their credit reports.

#11 Traditionally, owning a home has been one of the key indicators that you belong to the middle class.  Unfortunately, the rate of homeownership in the U.S. has now been falling for seven years in a row.

#12 According to a survey that was conducted last year, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now.

#13 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 46 million.

#14 The number of Americans on food stamps has now exceeded the 46 million mark for 38 months in a row.

#15 Right now, more than one out of every five children in the United States is on food stamps.

#16 According to a Washington Post article published just recently, more than 50 percent of the children in U.S. public schools now come from low income homes.  This is the first time that this has happened in at least 50 years.

#17 According to the Census Bureau, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.

#18 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”.  But by 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans still considered themselves to be “middle class”.

#19 In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”.  But in 2014, an astounding 49 percent of all Americans in that age range considered themselves to be “lower class”.

#20 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#21 According to one recent survey, 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck.

#22 According to CNN, the typical American family can only “replace 21 days of income with readily accessible funds”.

The key to the recovery of the middle class is jobs.

The truth is that without middle class jobs, it is impossible to have a middle class.

Unfortunately, more middle class jobs are being offshored, are being replaced by technology, or are being lost to a slowing economy every single day.  The competition for the jobs that remain is incredibly intense.  Just consider the following example

In 2012, Eric Auld, an unemployed 26-year-old with a master’s degree in English, decided to find out what was on the other side of the black hole. He created a fake job ad as an experiment:

Administrative Assistant needed for busy Midtown office. Hours are Monday through Friday, nine to five. Job duties include: filing, copying, answering phones, sending e-mails, greeting clients, scheduling appointments. Previous experience in an office setting preferred, but will train the right candidate. This is a full-time position with health benefits. Please e-mail résumé if interested. Compensation: $12-$13 per hour.

If you have ever applied for a job like that, I offer my condolences. You have better odds at the casino. Auld received 653 responses in 24 hours. 10% of the applicants had more than 10 years of experience, and 3% of them had master’s degrees. Presumably, one of them would get the job. But what does that mean? It means that all the other experienced applicants and master’s degree holders would remain unemployed. That is about 64 experienced workers and about 19 workers with master’s degrees.

So how can we get this turned around?

How can we start to increase the number of middle class jobs in America once again?

Please feel free to share your solution by posting a comment below…

  • DesertPaine

    Well, here’s how NOT to increase middle class jobs in America: a metric measured by a house, a car, job, two weeks’ vacation, pension, benefits, security.

    The measure of ‘middle class’ — or any class of good life –is productivity, wealth production, infrastructure. But, all secondary to values, ethics, and ideas to believe before things to accumulate. When this is life, the goodies become the result of satisfying life and not the measure of it.

  • kfilly

    Do the exact opposite of what our government is doing. The government is crushing the economy with regulations, taxation, and inflation. That never helps any economy.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Very good points. :)

      • jsmith

        Yes indeed Michael, what happened? But better yet, how about giving us the names of the termites that killed the American dream, and by that I mean the jobs. Was it the banksters and Wall Street that own the companies? Is it our leaders that bankrupt the nation by starting wars all over the world? Who are these people? Who are these criminals and traitors? Care to name names?

        • frederick muhlbauer

          Rothshilds

      • frederick muhlbauer

        they are not good points at all is is not the govt thats robbing us blind it is the privately owned banks that own the federal reserve

        • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

          more of my money is being sucked up by our obscenely expensive public school system in New Jersey.

          • frederick muhlbauer

            And Jodie you havent figured out yet that all of this larceny is related
            open your eyes alittle wider

      • nakedhiker

        Since you follow the Bible remember it says, “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand.” Craft is manufacturing. After Rome bails out the countries that fall in the collapse, the economy will prosper again under their rule. Christians who are not a member of the World Council of Churches can expect something like out of the Foxe’s Book of Martyr’s to happen to them. Hint: FEMA camps & bullets. Also if you don’t join you can’t buy & sell (even the non-religious I think).

        To avoid having your church closed & used for storage (like Russia & others have done) you need over 10,000 members in your network & follow the mainstream doctrines to apply for world membership (requirements could be made easier later). The parable of the farmer binding the tares together for the fire comes to mind. Notice it says the wheat goes with the farmer before the tares are burned in WW3.

        If enough h-bombs go off in a direction that pushes toward the Sun’s pull we’re all doomed like i’ve detailed on here before.

    • krinks

      Nothing props up the Democratic party than to regulate and tax industry out of existence. This creates an army of parasites in need of a hand out.

      Republicans being the party of the rich and nothing makes rich people richer than to close down American factories and ship the jobs to the third world.

      Democrats get their parasites and rich Republicans get richer. They both win but Americans over all lose.

      • Holger Jahndel

        @krinks: There is a solution – the Scandinavian modell!

        The Scandinavian system works!
        Free trade does not! Proven by deindustrialized and financially ruined USA!
        Free Trade USA gets deindustrialized by hidden protectionistic China and open protectionistic Brazil, and other open or hidden protectionistic countries (like Japan or the countries of Latin America)!
        They get all the jobs and industries of the USA!
        And the same it is with other free trade countries – also the open European Union marktes does not work really!
        So my solution for the future is the Scandinavian system, maybe with the rational Immigration politics of Canada or Australia!
        And with the direct and decentral Democracy of Switzerland!
        I want direct votes and plebiscites and a strong Federalism!
        The Scandinavian system works against any free trade countrie and even in the open marktes of the European Union!
        Social Security system and state there is financed by added value tax/value added tax or the so called sales tax.
        It is about 25 %.
        The business tax is quite low. Compared to other European countries – and even worldwide!
        Indeed, the value tax makes Scandinavian products in Scandinavia in the country cheaper, compared to foreign import goods.
        Because for every percent the business tax is lowered, the value tax is raised! And the other way round – if the value tax is increased, buisness taxes are lowered. So the work gets cheaper. And foreign imports get more expensive, compared to products produced in Scandinavia!
        The system works, they already tried it in Germany, and it worked! See the German author Manfred Julius Müller and his books and Websites! This is the solution for the problem of globalisation and free trade!

  • America is the most dangerous country for Americans.

  • Richard

    Leave. The.. Country.

    • Hetero Veteran

      where to?

  • K

    I can tell you, the American dream did exist. In the 50s’ and early 60s’, I saw it. Fathers working on a job, that supported their families. Even simple auto mechanics, and back then milkmen, could support a family. When did the decline start? It started when they killed President Kennedy. But even then, it seemed like it might only be temporary. Then just as things seemed to start to improve. They killed Dr.King, and Bobby Kennedy. The American dream, has been slowly dying, ever since. And now we have reached the point of no return. Why? Because now you have a large number of people, who do not believe the dream ever existed. So now the nightmare begins.

    • frederick muhlbauer

      and who was it that killed all of those Americans the same ones that were behind 911 perhaps

    • shots = autism

      The central bankers tried to kill Andrew Jackson also. They’ve been trying to take over America since it’s beginning. Jackson said his greatest accomplishment in life was “I KILLED THE BANK.”

      EVERYONE needs to watch “The American Dream” on Youtube. It explains exactly how the bankers took over. My economics professor wouldn’t show it. The schools obviously don’t want people to see videos like that.

    • IT guru

      That was back when corporate executives where paid slightly more than the average employee. Wages and salaries for those average, middle class employees since the 60’s has barely kept up with inflation. Meanwhile, the C-level executives have realized an exponential increase in salaries, bonuses, retention bonuses, performance bonuses, and stock options. I could understand it if they had skin in the game and sharing in the risk of the company by having significant ownership and using their own money. However, most C-level executives are simply collecting and not re-investing in the very companies they manage.

    • It´s happening.

      No.

      You collectively believing this dream resulted in you giving in to what eventually destroyed it. You didn´t care when your votes actually mattered, when disaster could have been bloodlessly avoided.
      So don´t call it a nightmare, call it for what it is, the future you chose…

  • DJohn1

    You want a plan to bring the Middle Class back?
    Fire the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and start over.
    Fire the EPA and IRS.
    Rewrite all the tax laws and do away with the current administration of said laws. Go with an output tax rather than an income tax.
    When I say Fire the agencies I mean close the agencies down.
    Fire the national security agencies.
    Give a really big tax break to anyone that is married with children.
    Keep the taxes below 10%.
    Do not spend what you do not have to spend.
    Free the country from most of the bureaucracy currently in government.
    Make this a place where it is simple to do business without a whole lot of laws and taxes on said businesses.
    Overhaul the entire legal system and make it unbiased and fair to everyone. Do away with bias that makes it impossible to get a fair ruling in a court of law without a lawyer.
    Do away with the great agencies such as the FDA.
    Replace it with a professional organization not beholden to the drug companies and medical profession.
    Put Prayer back in the schools.
    Put ministers back in the schools teaching morality.
    Do away with the aetheistic humanism currently being taught.
    Go back to old fashioned teaching of math, reading, and writing.
    Keep the school system financed by a state-wide tax and do away with real estate millage as a way of supporting the schools.
    Keep the classroom size to 15-20 per class.
    Emphasize individual tuition where-ever a student needs extra help.
    Put our business on a competitive basis so the jobs stay here instead of going overseas.
    DO away with all laws that take an enormous amount of money out of the average person’s pocket.
    Go over every military spenditure. Quit spending money on billion dollar machines.
    Put the army, navy, and air force onto weapons that do not cost a fortune and spend the money on wages.
    Encourage a union/company partnership and pay people what they are worth. But get the money back with people who have a stake in the companies they work for.
    We need to trim the budget so that this country becomes a profitable place to do business.
    I am talking about overhauling everything and making it worth while again.

    • RageHard84

      Dang sounds good. Some taxes and regulations are necessary, but we’ve gotten to the point where it’s gotten too expensive to do business here. I want a strong military, but I’ve heard stories about overpriced weapons and veterans not getting good benefits.

    • jjsmith

      I might add this to your list, dissolve the Federal Reserve System (central banking). Nothing destroys the middle class faster than debasing the currency

      • DJohn1

        The federal reserve system is private industry running our currency. In other words we put the foxes in charge of the hen house.
        The US Congress delegated its authority over the currency in 1913.
        Now the population grows each year. Less than 1% of the country is so filthy rich that they are a class onto themselves. Basically they run everything. They determine how much free currency is circulating. If there is too little you have everyone in the poor house. If there is too much, you have run away inflation. Basically commodities must be worth certain numbers for it to work.
        The problem is who determines how much currency is in circulation to make the system work? And if they error in either direction who suffers?
        IF I were a billionaire then I would have to be very careful about how much currency I actually spent to keep things in balance.
        Not that individual rich people do this.
        The currency represents commodities.
        At the end of the Vietnam War the debts far outweighed the existing commodies and we had massive amounts of inflation for almost 10 years,.
        It was at that point we went off the gold standard that balanced the value of the currency against commodities. At that point the cheap retail goods from India and China flooded the country. This brought stability of the currency through cheap commodities.
        But that was supposed to stop. It never did. The people who might have changed it were fired.

        And that is why we are faced with massive unemployment (suggest 1/3 of the population is unemployed) and industry is floating to countries oher than our own.
        Until someone is put in charge that understands all this, it will continue to go down the toilet.

        • Jane

          AMEN!!!

        • nekksys

          No fiat currency has a backing commoditiy, precious metal to give it real value, nor anything to prop it up and make it worth something. It has value only so far as a government decrees it has value. Our government abdicated it’s role in our economy when it created the Federal Reserve and then handed it over to a bunch of thieves and shysters.

    • nekksys

      So…. Roll it all back to about 1790 but leave out the atrocities of the past?

      Yeah, I’m good with that…

    • reagangs

      Also, divorcing the US of A from the UN, IMF and other loser orgs. that support socialistic agendas. Defund NASAs work on the Agenda 21 program that supports climate change. Get rid of fed programs that smooch up to coexistence programs with those that hate us and want to dominate the world.

    • w.calame

      Are you running for president? I would vote for you. This is one of the most concise and intelligent statements I have read on the internet.

      • DJohn1

        Even though I am U.S. Air Force Veteran, have lived here most of my life, I earned my citizenship in wartime, I am ineligible because I was born in a little town North of London in World War II to English Parents.
        I am not smart enough to do that job.
        My oldest son is a natural born U.S. Citizen, has Navy training as a nuclear engineer, and runs his own small business with a partner in Computer networking. He has done consulting all the way to New York City. He is definitely smart enough. Convincing him to run would be the biggest problem.

    • Scott Beeker

      Cut government employment back 1/3 and quit paying bonuses. Make government employee salaries in line with private sector when figuring in the pension as income. Six week vacations for government employees down to 2 like everyone else. No more spending on government team building exercises other than simple trinkets and lunch. That is no more vegas holiday and cancun lunches.

    • Scott Beeker

      Will add pull out of UN and quit funding them. Be onl y a country like others.
      Stop all aid to countries not our friends

    • schless

      getting rid of the EPA is a terrible idea. It was started under Nixon. We actually need to do a much better job of protecting our environment. Polluters continue to pollute with little consequences. We also live in the most corporate civilization on the planet and in world history- and this is why our economy is so terrible. I’m pretty sure you’re just a Fox News tea parties and these economic policies will just lead us to third world status

      • DJohn1

        The EPA as it stands right now will not save the environment.
        It is strangled by regulation and counter-regulation to the tune of at least 10 semi-truck load full of laws and regulation.
        NO ONE PERSON even understands what the law actually says.
        What we really need is what this country does best. That is capitalism. We need bounties and rewards set up in such a way that we reward industry to come up with proper solutions to the environmental problems.
        For instance every car on this planet exhausts Carbon Monoxide. With the possible exception of a pure electric car.
        I suggest we engineer a car that exhausts oxygen and eats carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide. Sounds impossible. So was the electric starter engine before it was invented.
        We currently hamstring our car industry with Antitrust regulation. They are not even allowed to have dinner together. While our foreign competitors meet all the time, share expense on new designs, and have government sponsorship to develop better competing cars than we do.
        The Toyota Camry is the most popular car in the US for a reason.
        Put our people on an even footing with foreign competition and see what happens.
        The only thing that leads us to third world status is the US Congress and President Obama and crazy laws.

        We have the best industrial people in the world. If they want us to compete with the poverty stricken world then they will set it up. Namely with robotics and automation.
        They need to change our laws so we can compete with the world on an equal basis. Don’t see that happening any time soon.

  • Harquebus

    Only population reduction can alleviate the constraints on resources, services and the environment.
    Peak oil mates, peak oil.

  • boogoo

    Frank Zappa worked out how to run the American ‘government’ with just one office like any normal business..The size of Gov in the US is the problem in the way of the economy growing.

  • Kent Harris

    Fire the IRS. A tariff based system like we had before would do immense good for individuals and businesses that want to produce goods in this country. The Executive Branch could no longer be allowed to implement executive orders. Most of the regulatory power would be returned to the states.

  • Holger Jahndel

    The Scandinavian system works!
    Free trade does not! Proven by deindustrialized and financially ruined USA!
    Free Trade USA gets deindustrialized by hidden protectionistic China and open protectionistic Brazil, and other open or hidden protectionistic countries (like Japan or the countries of Latin America)!
    They get all the jobs and industries of the USA!
    And the same it is with other free trade countries – also the open European Union marktes does not work really!
    So my solution for the future is the Scandinavian system, maybe with the rational Immigration politics of Canada or Australia!
    And with the direct and decentral Democracy of Switzerland!
    I want direct votes and plebiscites and a strong Federalism!
    The Scandinavian system works against any free trade countrie and even in the open marktes of the European Union!
    Social Security system and state there is financed by added value tax/value added tax
    or the so called sales tax. It is about 25 %.
    The Income tax and business tax is quite low. Compared to other European countries – and even worldwide!
    Indeed, the value tax makes Scandinavian products in Scandinavia in the country cheaper, compared to foreign import goods.
    Because for every percent the Income and business tax is lowered, the value tax is raised! And the other way round – if the value tax is increased, Income and buisness taxes are lowered. So the work gets cheaper. And foreign imports get more expensive, compared to products produced in Scandinavia!
    The system works, they already tried it in Germany, and it worked! See the German author Manfred Julius Müller and his books and Websites! This is the solution for the problem of globalisation and free trade!

    • jabber1

      Actually the income tax is quite high but the people get a lot of value from the tax. Their quality of life is superior to ours and there is a much smaller gap in income inequality. They have lower poverty levels but the still have rich people. The whole scare mongering the Republicans do about paying good wages and high income tax is unfair to the very rich is a lie.

    • thuy635

      Worked.

      It has been abandonned now.

      • Holger Jahndel

        WHY???
        I do not think so!
        Their tax system was successful and effective!
        25% Sales tax and a quite low business text, the lower the business text went the higher the Sales tax was risen in opposite… so Scandinavian Inland products became cheaper…while Import goods to Scandinavia from foreign countries got more expensione in comparision…compared to Scandinavian Inland products, because the Sales tax was added to the price of the foreign products, while the lowered business tax in Scandinavia made Scandinavian products become cheaper so their costs were lower and the companys had NOT to demand higher prices for their products…so in Inland markets of the Scandinavian countries there was some kind of protectionist effect….Business became cheaper by lower business taxes….while the Inland markets of Scandinavia were protected against foreign concurrence and import goods this way! Very Clever and very effective!
        A functioning system for National Economics and the world market!

      • Holger Jahndel

        Why? What? In what kind of way? How?

      • Holger Jahndel

        In what kind of way is has beend abandoned?

  • offshoreguy

    The article says middle class jobs are being offshored… what it doesn’t say, is that those jobs in average, are paid one third for what is paid in the USA.

    • nakedhiker

      Unless you’re one of the zillions of slaves in a U.S. prison toiling away for a dollar a day. Companies that use prison labor must be BOYCOTTED: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, Starbucks, McDonalds

  • krinks

    In 2008 Germany produced twice as many cars as the US while at the same time paying twice the total compensation. They did this by not allowing cheap crap made with slave labour into their markets. Problem solved. The only ones that would object to such a system are the CEOs and the Boards that are used to making hundreds of times the amount of the average worker. In Germany everyone wins to the point that Germany has been the one in recent years bailing out the EU.

  • jabber1

    We need a constitutional amendment that says money is not speech and corporations (or other artificial entities) are not persons and do not have the benefit of the right to speech. We need publicly funded elections/campaigns. This is the only way we can reclaim our democracy. Today politicians have to court those with big money and those big money interests want a return on their investments when their guy wins. If our legislators were beholden to us we could pressure them to pass laws and policies that benefit ordinary Americans.

    • Hetero Veteran

      It wont happen because US legislation is dictated by lobbyists and special interest groups.

  • jabber1

    You are absolutely spot on! This neo-liberal, voodoo economics was popularized by Reagan here in the U.S. and Thatcher in the U.K. It was the beginning of the end of the middle class.

  • Anthony

    Globalization is the biggest cause of wage stagnation and unemployment. As we get poorer, developing nations are getting richer. Some would argue – is it fair that a worker in the USA gets paid $15/hr to assemble GM vehicles while another GM employee in Asia earns less than $1/hr?

  • Jobe

    When the wealthiest citizens of a country would rather profit at the expense of their fellow citizens instead of re-investing in their country, it will eventually die. It’s the “snake eating it’s own tail” scenario.

    We are in the throes of economic decline as well as moral decline. Symptoms of an empire ready to fall. Who or what is to blame? Answer: GREED.

  • Charles Carter

    This site is a joke. You want to blame Obama when it is the obstruction of the Republican Party that has caused all the problems we are facing!

    • Ed Garland

      Only homos and Muslims still support Ovomit.

  • Its sad about how our country is being destroyed right now.
    What are the sheeple doing? Just watching reality tv and being
    in front of there cell phones, all day long.

  • HumbleAmerican

    Somebody may have possibly said it earlier, but there is one word for your 22 reasons.

    DIVERSITY

    Equal amounts of White, Black, Women, and other minorities in the workplace. The large companies keep the wages low by bringing in the minorities.
    “In the United States, despite the efforts of equality proponents, income inequality persists among races.[1] Asian Americans have the highest average income, followed by Whites, typically followed thereafter by Blacks, Native Americans, and finally Hispanics.”
    I’m guessing when you said you lived in a middle class neighborhood, you actually lived in a predominately white neighborhood.
    The other problem, LEAN budgets for all companies. Lean budget equals billions of dollars, just ask any frontline supervisor or manager how their life is. They will probably say it’s not worth it, and most people who make $40,000 – $55,000, are probably on blood pressure medication, and anti depressants.
    AND, to top that off, the EPA. The EPA has provided companies with the excuse to operate on these LEAN budgets. When the unions first started, it was a good thing for the worker. Now, the unions are in the politicians pocket and no longer need the workers dues. The unions are now paid off by the companies to stay away, and who takes the blame, the EPA.
    Think outside the box people, the elite are not that hard to figure out. FEAR is the greatest selling tool on the planet.
    As for the oil prices, you can thank, and I know it’s scary, but you can thank ISIS. They are selling the oil super cheap for funding, do you think the US is buying it? I bet we are.

  • Bring manufacturing back to America – drastically lower corporate tax rates; drastically ease regulatory burdens (while ensuring retention of those that make sense).

    Ease the overall tax burden while making the system more equitable and taking the tax tool away from the politicians by instituting the Fair Tax; get rid of the IRS.

    Decrease our national debt load by reducing the size of government.

    Eliminate the Department of Education. Turn portion of savings back to the states who are historically responsible for this task. Use funds at state level to decreease costs of higher education, and institute partnership programs between local business and education to give young persons an entry into productive work.

    Decrease dependence on government welfare.

    Bottom up review of black/covert programs to determine legality, need, and funding excesses. Restore public trust in government. Defund dragnet surveillance programs.

    Open up more areas for energy exploration and let market forces pick the winners and loosers. Close, cheap, and plentiful energy access domestically is good for business.

    Prioritize American jobs over international free market globalization. Shed light on TTIP and TTP. Are they really good for America and American workers, or do they primarily benefit a handful of international corporations?

    Drasticcally ease the burdens on small businesses which employ the majority of Americans.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    Time to abandon the cities and suburbs to become American Indians. Live in teepees. Hunt beaver and buffalo. Wear mocassins and animal skins. Dance rain dances, drink firewater and dream of happy hunting ground. Smoke peace pipe with great father in washington. Make baskets out of brushes.

    • rentslave

      I notice that you didn’t say great WHITE father in Washington.

  • tovlogos

    There is nothing about the american dream; nor anything extolling nationalism, in the Word of God. Instead, what I see is — “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20)

    “And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.” (Mark 13:27) This gathering includes a remanent of true believers in the Messiah Jesus from every continent on the planet.
    So, while we are back-biting and doing the usual political finger pointing; the anti-Christ will be at the door to solve all the political problems; and say exactly what party affiliates want to hear.
    Obama?? Yes, Obama is a Christian’s nightmare; but the spiritual depravity and the curse of sin had been thoroughly in place centuries/millennia before he arrived; an it will continue with or without him. It “seems” to be becoming more obvious, more brazen; but if we take an honest look at history it has been this way for a long time, spiritually speaking.
    An article like this one is trying to articulate what seems to be obvious; however, “Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the sighs of the times?” (Matthew 16:3)
    The world at large is far off the Path, which is exactly why prophecy will be fulfilled exactly as written.

  • Lilliana

    Repent and stop thinking you deserve so much…I think Jesus is trying to get you to wake up and come back to Him

  • nanker phelge

    unleash the Gse’s so private money will once again have faith in the USA

  • Behning Brad

    I came from a typical Minnesota family like Ms Bachman. Growing up in the 60’s, my dad was the sole worker as a small hardware store owner, and mom stayed at home and took care of 3 kids. They still took a tropical vacation every year and bought brand new cars every 3 years or so. Dad paid off our 3 bedroom house in 5 years. Other than that, they paid cash for everything. Even the cars. Our schools were wonderful. All white students so no fighting that I can recall. I never even met a black until I was in high school.
    That was the 60’s…

  • toomuchguvmint

    Dump all democrats and rinos.

  • Helen

    Why don’t you quote President Reagan correctly. He said that worst thing an American wants to hear is I’m from the govt and I’m here to help. Point being from that speech was “we had to much government” and he would change that with smaller government and lower taxes for middle class. I hate it when people take a few words like you did and try to change the words. Another person copyed your worng quote to. That’s how the lies spread.

  • Donna Dickerson

    Our government is Killing it’s country and people look at what they make Plus all they can Steal No one is worth the money they make they don’t do anything but put the US deeper in debt They also need to stop taking care of all the other countries and take care of our own first. I feel sorry for my grandchildren and great grandchildren stop sending jobs over seas

  • Rachel

    Create tax incentives for hiring people. Remove the requirements for paying for contraception and abortion from ObamaCare that drives up the costs of the insurance exchanges unncessarily. Put regulatory laws in place regarding banks and other institutions issuing unsecured loans (meaning credit cards) to anyone. We need to establish a savings oriented society, not a spending, perpetually in debt oriented society, so the credit cards have to stop. Some of our old jobs have simply gone away thanks to technology. Us older folks (I’m 51) who weren’t the cream of the crop to begin with, are part of that huge decline in income, net worth, and “what’s an American Dream anyway.” We must set minimum wage standards that are realistic.

  • Rachel

    Please don’t create tax penalties for not having health insurance. It’s asking too much from people

    • Scott Beeker

      You think it is just the penalties? Miss a payment and they will grab the money on your next taxes or your checking account. If you die owing a medical bill they will collect from your checking account
      Read the law!

  • BIGMOFO

    …This failed economy brought to you buy the Democrat party.

  • Momcat2010

    One can never be “debt-free” anymore. Your house is paid for, yet you have several hundred dollars to pay each month in property taxes. Save to provide for your old age & the govt figures a way to tax it away & put you in poverty.

  • debby

    made in USA.

  • A Green Road

    Don’t fight the river. Flow with it.

    Explosive Jobs Growth In Green, Solar And Other Renewable Energy Industries, Carbon And Nuclear Industry Jobs Declining
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/solar-industry-jobs-grew-68-in-2011.html

  • A Green Road

    Stop offshoring jobs. Stop breaking unions.

    Communist China Winning War Against USA, Without A Shot Being Fired; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/11/communist-china-winning-war-against-usa.html

  • Timmy!

    “There’s a reason they call it the American Dream – you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin