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The Future For Most Americans: Pathetic Jobs, Bad Debts And A Crappy Economy

Sorry to break this to you, but the future for most Americans is going to be pretty crappy.  Unless you are independently wealthy, the chances are good that you will have a low paying job, that you will be drowning in a sea of bad debts and that you will have to go on government assistance at some point.  Most American families are completely dependent on their jobs for income, and right now good jobs are disappearing at a frightening pace.  Over the last couple of decades, millions of high paying manufacturing jobs have been shipped out of the country and they are being replaced by low paying service jobs.  Small business creation is being absolutely crushed by the federal government, and millions of illegal immigrants have been allowed in to the country and they are now competing for the limited number of jobs that are still available.  The vast majority of the money and the vast majority of the power in this country are now in the hands of either the big corporations or the government.  Together, the big corporations and the government are absolutely crushing everyone else.  If you are not part of the “privileged class”, there is a good chance that your job is serving them.  Perhaps you are bringing them lunch or cutting their hair or stocking shelves for them. Once upon a time, America was “the land of opportunity”, but now that has all changed.  Tomorrow morning, millions of Americans will get up and go to pathetic, low paying jobs and millions of others will wonder why they can’t find anyone to hire them.  Sadly, if nothing is done to reverse the long-term trends that are destroying our economy, the number of “working poor” is going to continue to increase.

Our founding fathers never intended for this to happen.  Our founding fathers intended to set up a capitalist system in which the power of the central government and the power of corporations was greatly limited.  The idea was that individuals and small businesses should be given the chance to grow and thrive in a free market system.

But that is not what we have today.  Instead of capitalism, what we have today is much more aptly described as “corporatism”.  There are very few areas of the economy where the corporations and the government do not totally dominate.

For a while things worked fairly well because the big corporations were providing millions and millions of good jobs for American workers.  But now the big corporations have figured out that they don’t really need expensive American workers and they are shipping millions of our jobs out of the country.

But the mainstream media keeps insisting that everything is going to be okay if we all just have a positive attitude.

I had to laugh when I read the following line in an article posted on USA Today recently….

Chances are your negative state of mind has a lot to do with the double-dip crowd’s Weather Channel-like warnings of another catastrophic economic storm bearing down on the USA.

Look, chanting positive affirmations over and over is not going to zap good jobs into existence out of thin air.

Right now there is intense competition for any good jobs that happen to become available.  For example, last month approximately 17,000 people applied for 600 jobs that came open at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant.  So those that applied were facing 27 to 1 odds.

The sad thing is that those jobs only paid 15 dollars an hour.  Back in the old days, a job at a Ford plant could easily support an entire family.  One of my grandfathers worked at a Ford plant for years.  Now, such a job will barely get you out of poverty.

But those Ford jobs are far better alternatives than working at Wal-Mart or flipping burgers down at the local Dairy Queen.

When I was growing up, they told us in school that we were becoming a “service economy”.  At the time I had only a vague idea what that meant.

Now I know that it means lots of crappy, low paying jobs for everyone.

The following chart shows the growth of service jobs since 1940.  As you can see, we now have almost 6 times as many service jobs in our economy as we did back in 1940….

Now let us take a look at a chart that shows the growth of manufacturing jobs.  As you can see, we now have less people employed in manufacturing than we did 60 years ago even though our population has absolutely exploded since then.  The decline in manufacturing jobs has become especially pronounced over the past decade….

In general, true wealth is created when something comes out of the ground or when something is made.

So if we are importing far more natural resources than we are exporting and if we are not making much of anything in this country anymore, what does that mean for the future of America?

Every single month, we send far, far more money to the rest of the world than they send to us.

That means that we are getting poorer.

Meanwhile, we are also getting into much more debt as a nation every single month.

That is also a huge drain on our national wealth.

The size of the “American pie” is continually getting smaller, and the people that are suffering the most from it are those on the bottom of the food chain.

Right now, unemployment in the United States is at epidemic levels and the number of “working poor” is absolutely exploding.  Last year, 19.7% of all U.S. working adults had jobs that would not have been enough to push a family of four over the poverty line even if they had worked full-time hours for the entire year.

How would you feel if you worked as hard as you could all year and your family was still living in poverty?

Sadly, unless something dramatic is done, the number of working poor is going to continue to increase.

Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

Perhaps you are reading this and you have a low income job.

Do you want to know where your good job went?

It was likely shipped out of the country.  The corporations have figured out that they can make much larger piles of money if they make stuff on the other side of the globe where they can legally pay slave labor wages to the workers.  The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000, and over 42,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been closed down since 2001.

But that is only part of the story.  The Obama administration recently announced that it will not be deporting most illegal aliens any longer.  Only convicted criminals and “security risks” will be targeted from now on.

So now blue collar American workers will have even more competition for the few remaining jobs.

Once upon a time in this country, you could support an entire family very well with the income from one construction job.

Today, that is no longer true.  Competition from illegal aliens has massively driven down construction wages in many areas of the country.

But you know what?  Large numbers of blue collar workers will run out and vote for Obama once again in 2012.

He may be shipping our jobs out of the country, but he sure does deliver a good speech.  The following is from a speech that Obama gave at a union rally in Detroit on Monday….

“That’s why we chose Detroit as one of the cities that we’re helping revitalize in our “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative. We’re teaming up with everybody — mayors, local officials, you name it — boosting economic development, rebuilding your communities the best way, which is a way that involves you.  Because despite all that’s changed here, and all the work that lies ahead, this is still a city where men clocked into factories. This is the city that built the greatest middle class the world has ever known. This is the city where women rolled up their sleeves and helped build an arsenal for democracy to free the world. This is a city where the great American industry has come back to life and the industries of tomorrow are taking root. This is a city where people, brave and bold, courageous and clever, are dreaming up ways to prove the skeptics wrong and write the next proud chapter in our history.”

Doesn’t that sound nice?

I know that I was a little bit inspired when I read that.

But where are the jobs?

I have written extensively about the lack of jobs in this country.  It is not a great mystery what is happening to them, and it is not a great mystery about what is needed to start getting them back.

But sadly, very few of our major politicians are even addressing the real issues.

On Thursday, Barack Obama is going to unveil his latest “jobs plan”.  It will almost certainly be some rehashed nonsense that involves even more government spending.

Look, if you gathered together all of the unemployed people in the United States, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the world.

We have a national crisis on our hands.  We need very real solutions to our very real problems.

According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, when you factor in all of the short-term discouraged workers, all of the long-term discouraged workers and all of those working part-time because they cannot find full-time employment, the real unemployment rate is now approximately 23 percent.

Things appear even more frightening when you look at the number of Americans that actually do have jobs.  Right now, only 47 percent of the U.S. workforce is “fully employed” at this point.

Things wouldn’t be so bad if millions of unemployed people could run out and start their own businesses.  But in America today, it is incredibly difficult to start a small business.  The federal government, our state governments and our local governments have piled mountains of ridiculous regulations on to our businesses.

Big corporations that have teams of attorneys on staff can handle all of the regulations.

Most individuals and small businesses can’t.

But even if you are able to successfully navigate all of the red tape, you will still likely find yourself struggling to survive as you compete against the big corporate machines.

The big corporations have spent decades stacking things in their favor, and competing against them is not easy.

Millions of Americans are sitting at home today wondering why their businesses failed or why their careers went up in smoke.  Meanwhile, their bank accounts continue to go down and their bad debts continue to pile up.

As bad as things have been, you would think that the big banks would show just a little bit of compassion on all of us.

But sadly, that is just not the case.  In fact, they are becoming more insensitive than ever.

It turns out that the big financial institutions will come after your relatives even after you are dead.  An article on CNN recently described the letter that Denise Towley received just two weeks after her mother passed away….

“We have recently learned that [your mother], a valued Discover Card customer, has passed away. Please accept our sincere apologies,” stated the letter from Discover, which Townley sent to CNNMoney.

It then offered her or another family member the “opportunity” to assume the balance on her mother’s credit card and offered a special introductory APR of 0% for the first six months (the APR would increase to 13.24% after that). If Townley wasn’t interested in taking over the account, then the bank wished to discuss how the estate planned to pay off her mother’s credit card balance.

But that example is nothing compared to the next one that you are about to read.

Bank of America recently called one grieving widow up to 48 times a day to remind her that her husband’s debts needed to be paid.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Daily Mail….

The bank told the widow that it was unable to stop the calls until the debt was paid as they were computer generated.

Mrs Crabtree claimed that the calls began the day after her husband died of cancer.

She told the bank that she only had $5,000 cash to hand, which was needed for food and to bury her husband, but debt collectors told her that she must use it to pay them.

Mrs Crabtree said she and her family spent her husband’s wake repeatedly hanging up the phone on calls from the bank.

Can you believe that?

These are yet more examples of why I encourage everyone to get out of debt as fast as they can.  The banks are not nice and they are not going to show you any mercy.

But isn’t the government doing something about the banks?  After all, the federal agency that watches over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has filed lawsuits against 17 major financial institutions, right?

Well, yes, some of those financial institutions are going to get slap on the wrist.

But nobody is going to go to jail.

Rather, this is all about the federal government getting a cut of the action.

That is how this kind of thing works.  Everyone gets a cut.

The federal government is not going to give the homes back to the victims of mortgage fraud.

The federal government is not going to take the money and give it to the people that lost everything.

No, any money from the future settlement will go right into the pockets of the government.

This is not going to fix anything for the large numbers of Americans that were defrauded.

Tonight, there are countless numbers of families all across America that are one step from living on the street.  According to the Daily Mail, “millions of Americans” are now living in budget motels because they are out of other options….

They are known as the last resort. Millions of Americans are staying in budget long-stay motels as the country’s economic problems get worse.

The grisly rooms are seen as the lowest of the U.S. housing ladder, only just above a cardboard box.

In tiny rooms with paper-thin walls and nylon sheets, vulnerable Americans are making their homes for a few hundred bucks a month.

I write a lot about how the middle class is being destroyed in this country, but it cannot be stressed enough.

We are literally watching the slow destruction of the greatest middle class that ever existed.

The poverty that we are now witnessing in some areas of the nation is absolutely jaw-dropping.  For example, approximately one-third of the entire population of Alabama is now on food stamps.

Faith in the government is rapidly diminishing.  A recent Washington Post poll found that only 26 percent of Americans believe that the federal government can solve the economic problems that we are now facing.

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans seem to have any real answers these days.

A lot of Americans have given up hope and have become deeply pessimistic.  According to one recent poll, 39 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. economy has now entered a “permanent decline”.

Sadly, they are right.  The U.S. economy has entered a permanent decline.

If our politicians were trying to do the right things, we might have half a chance.

But with the way things are going, the vast majority of Americans are going to be facing a very bleak future.

Ignoring the truth is not going to change it.  The U.S. economy is slowly dying and nothing is being done to fix it.

The frightening thing is that this is about as good as things are going to get.  From here on out, the economy is generally going to get progressively worse.

An economic storm is coming.

You better get ready.

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  • mark

    This is a great article. We are screwed. You could see what was heppening to our economy when you just look at many of the buildings in a city. Skyscrapers, they are offices for government workers, insurance companies, law firms, accounting firms, stock brokers, bankers, etc. All of these people do not produce any real wealth. These people just suck the blood from the real wealth producers. About the only profession in those buildings that produce wealth might be designers of technology or useful things. We need to mine and turn what we mine into items that people want to buy. Oh thats right, The EPA and other government departments will not let us mine or drill or farm or anything. We are so screwed!

  • Colin

    President Obama’s job plan is dead on arrival. Several Republicans have already declared that they won’t be attending the speech, or are dismissing his ideas already. They advocate a tax increase on the middle class and working class families(as if they don’t pay enough in taxes), they advocate less regulations, and they advocate for increased oil and coal production.

    Personally, Micheal, I feel you would side with them on this matter. Though you often try to hide your political and social persuasion, your words do betray you. I have come to the point where I can identify someone of your persuasion by what they say or write. The language you speak is a coded language crafted for the masses by the overclass and distributed through the media. I don’t claim to understand all of it; yet, I am able to recognize it when I hear it or when I read it.

    If your blogs didn’t provide relevant information based in facts, I wouldn’t be visiting here. There are very few venues for discussing the economic situation that we all face.

    • Michael

      Colin:

      None of us are going to agree on everything 100%, and that is okay. I am glad that you visit the site. I am very hard on the Democrats. I think you will find that I have been very hard of the Republicans as well. That does not mean that I am “in the middle”.

      I think that today neither political party is providing any real answers for our economic problems. When either party does something I disagree with, I am going to call them out on it.

      Michael

      • Tim

        Michael – A very good summary of what is going wrong with America. But it is easier to disagree with either political party or both. Can you provide a thumbnail of what your solution would be, assuming you were in a position to provide such input to the government?

        • Michael

          I think that it would take me more than a few minutes to even get started on the solutions.

          In each article I give a little bit of what I think we should do.

          As far as jobs go, we need to fundamentally rethink all of our trade relationships. We cannot allow the offshoring of our jobs to continue.

          Michael

          • Subway

            When you have the 2nd highest corporate taxes, what can you expect? You know who is number one (unless they changed it recently) Japan. They peaked in 1989. Lower taxes and less red tape. This countries economy could skyrocket if the government would just get out of our way.

          • Dr. Chicago

            One major consideration is our trade relationship with China. For the last 20 years, China has been a “favored nation” for trade although the currency manipulation puts the US at a disadvantage. The US will never rebound as long as this situation exists. Once it is corrected, it will be an indicator that we are on a better path.

        • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

          Any job creation plan should make manufacturing in the USA most profitable and manufacturing offshore least profitable.

      • gary2

        Michael-you are way too conservative. Other than this huge character defect you are ok. No one is perfect…

    • mark

      Colin, You seem to dislike the congressmen that want to reduce regulations. How in the world can this country compete in the world economy with our hands tied behind our backs. The cost of producing products here is not justified. Look, Ford is going to produce a plant in India instead of here. Did they learn somthing from Boeing about trying to cut the costs of labor in the USA under Obama. The progresives are rapidly turning the middle class towards poverty. You will end up with the super rich and the rest of us. I understand that the progresives think that they are just making the playing field level. The progresive way does not work. Man needs to create without the government sticking it’s nose in everything. The cream need to be allowed to rise to the top on it’s own.

    • A Dodgy Bloke

      Colin I’m curious what is the President going to propose that he hasn’t already done? Throwing more money at the problem? Didn’t we spend a trillion or two on “stimulus” in Feb or Jan of 2009? Remember, “Shovel ready jobs?” Where did the money go? We know the Trillions shoveled down the rat hole called TARP, and the banks aren’t making loans. Lets face it most people won’t be watching I wont. Our leaders have no answers just the same old tired dog and pony show. We will never get out of this hole until people get beyond this media inspired Red Blue thing.

      • Colin

        The reason that I dislike this talk of reducing regulations is that I don’t want to live like my great-grandparents lived. These regulations were put in place to protect the consumer and the worker for abuses were rampant. These regulations were put in place to promote a healthier work environment and to protect our country’s natural resources.

        The people who advocate for lower regulations aren’t interested in reform. They want to eliminate all regulations. They want to return us to the past – a past I don’t want to live in. Thank you very much.

        • Guido

          How many regulations do you really need? I believe we could roll the law books back a couple decades and make a lot of these problems start to disappear.

          Imagine if we rolled the banks and Wall Street back to the regs of, say, 1964. Just before all the radical s#$t really started to boil. Roll back the regs and statutes.

          Sure, insure the playing field is fair, but call off special consideration and gov’t preferential treatment for certain institutions and tax payers. And get rid of the army of inspectors, code-enforcers, statute-watchers, and other fine and ticket-writing bureaucrats who are paid to stop our creativity.

          Demand basic environmental standards, i.e. standards for emissions, and fine violators, but no more regulatory nonsense.

          Dump boondoggles like Americans with Disabilities, smoking restrictions, affirmative action, demands for certain models of cars no one wants to buy, etc. Let the market decide.

          If the racist, in-accessible, backwards business fails, then so be it.

          Why should the feds get to demand car makers produce more efficient cars? I’m genuinely curious, since cars are legal, driving is legal, and I don’t see how they have the power to regulate air quality in the individual states-who have their own air quality regulations.

          California’s CARB law, which was more strict than the EPA, pretty much forced the end of the jerrycan. Texas’ decisions on public education drive the contents of school books. Let the states decide…

          I believe the customers would vote with their feet, much as they did when SUVs suddenly became an overnight success. Liberals wanted people to buy tiny efficient cars, but they still flocked to big, oversize trucks with comfortable family seating. Now that times have changed and fuel prices are up, folks are finding new priorities.

          End regulatory interference and watch America soar.

          • DB200

            “Why should the feds get to demand car makers produce more efficient cars?”

            Guido, the reason is that almost all oil is imported and that this oil addiction is becoming a problem. You guys are giving your wealth (dollars) to the Arabs and in exchange for that you are burning this wealth happily away in big trucks. And to keep access to this oil, Americans are dying in not-so-nice places like Irak.

            Also, introducing efficiency measures means that the car industry has to innovate. And innovation is the way for wealth creation. I only hope that the US car industry is able to catch up with the European and Asian companies. I have my doubts because innovation means sacrificing profits in the short term, and this can’t be done if you have investors interested in maximizing the quarterly results only.

        • mark

          Colin, Most people do not want to eliminate all regulations. That is really a stupid statement. You progresives seem to make extreme statements about others ideas when you do not have an answer to a problem. There are many regulations that are needed. Many of the rules created and enforced by the government are over the top. For example: as a farmer (farming my own land) the government wants to require me to have a CDL to operate my own tractor. This is not needed. These type of regulations just bring more money to the government and then we get more bureaucrats. The family farms will go away and you end up with big corporate farms in their place that can afford to pay the fees. In my state the government claims ownership of all the underground water. They do not think it is fair that we in the country do not pay for the use of it. The folks in the city pay for water, so we should too. When the people in the city pay their bill it covers the water, treatment costs, installation of pipes, power costs,etc. They fail to consider that we pay for our own costs such as drilling the well, buying and installing the pump, the pressure tanks, the piping, no water treatment, the cost of power to run the pump, the cost to repair the system, etc. This is just another way for government too take more money without providing a service. Let’s see, under the new food safty regulations, the government will have the power to come and incpect my garden. What comes next? Will I need to buy a permit to have my garden in order to cover the cost of the government inspector? Another one is the government wants to erect a fence 60 feet from the center of each side our creek. These would be for wildlife corridors to bring on more of UN agenda 21. Michael, you should write a story on that topic (Agenda 21). But back to the fence, since I own over a mile of this creek that would make 2 miles of fence line. The government would want me to maintain the fence and still pay property taxes on the land. Oh of course this would ruin the rest of my long narrow fields for cutting hay. Gee that would be around 14 acres (minus the small area of the creek itself) of bottom ground that I could no longer use. It would become a mess of weeds and blackberries. It would create a lot of silting problems during the winter runoff times ,but what would some government bureaucrat sitting in an office in the city know about that. Like I have said before, you progresives think you mean well, but you do not know much.

        • Subway

          @Colin, it is almost 2012, not 1812. ************************ you are part of the problem. Scared of everything. Grow a pair.

          • Colin

            Why do I bother? Your devotion to the Republican ideology blinds you to the destructive path you are sowing. The people who are in government are not rational; they are irrational. Irrational people don’t operate in moderation – they operate in extremes.

        • Rob

          Colin, you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Apparently you have never tried starting a small business. Try selling Lemonade on the sidewalk. They want to shut down famer’s markets in the guise of food safety. Most of the stuff purchased in grocery stores is not good to eat. People would rebell if they knew the crap that gets passed off as nutritious food. Don’t even let me get started on raw milk. I GREW up on the stuff, and was NEVER sick..America could never have gotten it’s start, if all of these regulations were in place at the time. Stop drinking progressive cool aid, and get your frickin head out of your butt…Nobody wants to poison the air or water, aside from Corporate America…pollute, then make the taxpayers pay to clean up…It amazes me that you are so totally unaware of what’s going on….I’d ask for a refund on your education…you got screwed. Become informed bro…and become as self sufficient as you can, and help as many neighbors as you can, but I bet you don’t even know your neighbors. Wake up fool…

  • William

    There will be NO change for the better for the average American until the fools in the US Congress are voted OUT of office. Only Paul and his son are worthy to be in the Congress. The rest are raving lunatics who have created the current economic disaster with BAD trade and economic policies for the past 30 years. So, if you want MORE of this nightmare, be SURE to reelect your Representative and Senator.

  • Owen

    Tariffs now before it is too late!

    • Granite Prepper

      Tariffs lead to the “Great Depression”. Sure let’s repeat history some more…..

      • Formerly Industrialized

        Tariffs were the basis of America’s entire industrial development. Google “American System.”

        The necessity for tariffs in an advanced economy should not be difficult to grasp. Without tariffs, domestic enterprises employing native labor will be undercut by foreign exporters employing low-cost labor.

      • Guido

        Negative, Sir. Tariffs were how this nation raised its revenue prior to the Federal Reserve Act. I think they would do us good now. Dumping the fallacy of free trade would only help us, in my opinion.

      • Owen

        I am convinced that is just revisionist economics. Implement tariffs and we will survive as a nation, do it not and our nation will perish.

      • Guido

        Since we’re already in a depression, how much worse can we make it if we bring back tariffs? Let’s give it a try. In fact, based on the cheerleader media’s track record, I would back any idea they are 100% against and refuse to support any idea they are 100% for.

      • Ricky

        The think so. I would tell you to take another look it was the low tax rates that did not stop the elites from from ever thing they want, and the same thing is happening today if you would just look. If you stop greed it will continue to get worst.

      • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

        If a nation’s standard of living or industrial regulations are too great, it is impossible for domestic industries to survive unprotected trade with inferior nations without a global race to the bottom. Protective tariffs have historically been used as a measure against this possibility.

  • The Sojourner

    I am extremely pessimistic about about any kind of recovery.

    The reason is because Christ said to expect the worse time of suffering that the world has ever experienced to precede His Second Coming, and that time has just begun.

    You mentioned paying off debts as soon as possible.

    How can that be accomplished in an economical environment where you are heavily indebted and struggling to make ends meet while you are employed, then all of a sudden the rug gets pulled from out from your feet when you are unexpectedly given a pink slip. Millions have found themselves in that position.

    This time around the creditors might as well prepare to suffer because Americans CANT repay those debts. And neither can the federal, state or local governments repay their debts. The country is in big trouble!

    (By the way, to keep them from driving you insane with the phone calls, simply buy an answering machine and let it answer all your calls. Soon afterwards, the calls will begin to slow down when they realize they can’t contact you that way).

    The ONLY remedy is for Christ to return to this earth and set up God’s kingdom giving this world a fresh new start following His form of government and His way of life.

    • Tim

      Give us a break and post your apocalyptic meanderings elsewhere, where someone might listen to such pablum. What about the Hindus in India? The Moslems world-wide? The agnostic Chinese? Are they supposed to eat this religious nonsense too? Give us a break, I say.

      • Owen

        Be glad that he cares enough to post his warning. To do otherwise would be akin to not warning people that the bridge ahead is out.

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    Or, you can take matters into your own hands and live your life in the way you choose (without hurting anyone else). You may have to give up some of your “creature comforts”, but it’s worth it to be independent. placeofrefuge2012.com

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Michael T. Snyder writes: “Instead of capitalism, what we have today is much more aptly described as ‘corporatism.’” That’s exactly right. What is transpiring in The Banana Republic of America (the Third World hellhole that used to be the United States) is not “capitalism” or “free enterprise” any more than it is “socialism.” It is corporatism. It is, as Gerald Celente has often pointed out, fascism, which Benito Mussolini, a.k.a. Il Duce, defined as the merger of state and corporate power.

    “People rail on Obama and say, ‘Oh, he’s a socialist. He’s a Marxist.’ No, he’s not. Socialism is egalitarianism. He’s a fascist. This is a fascist country. Fascism has come to America. The merger of state and corporate power, by definition, is called fascism.” —Gerald Celente

    “The gap between the rich and the poor is wider in the United States than it is in any of the other industrialized nations.” —Gerald Celente

    When I was growing up in the USA (before it became the BRA), there were blue-collar and white-collar paths to financial success. Plumbers, bricklayers, construction workers and factory workers could support a family; so could everyone from paralegals to anesthesiologists. But now, we are a pathetic Third World country where unemployed construction workers and unemployed college graduates are competing for crappy, dead-end minimum wage jobs at the dollar store. And good luck starting your own business because as Michael T. Snyder, Gerald Celente and Alex Jones have all pointed out, the deck is stacked against small businesses in this country. The White Shoe Boys (Celente’s term) and the corporatist ruling class want small businesses to fail because they want a population that is desperate.

    Ah, but the corporatist bastards had better be careful what they wish for because in Third World economic conditions, desperate people do desperate things. They sell heroin, they kidnap people for ransom, they rob people at gunpoint, they become professional carjackers.

    “When the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood starts flowing in the streets.”—Gerald Celente

    “When people get hungry and desperate, things get ugly. And I’ll tell you where it’s really going to get ugly: crime is going to go to levels we’ve never seen before.” —Gerald Celente

    “You’re going to see crime levels in America that are going to rival that of a Third World country.”—Gerald Celente

    Ciudad Juárez, Caracas, San Salvador and Guatemala City are very violent and dangerous places because inevitably, people who realize that the game is rigged say “screw the game” and turn to crime. Kidnapping is pandemic in much of Latin America; there are plenty of full-time kidnapper gangs in Latin America that do nothing but kidnap people for ransom—and there are going to be some really nasty kidnappings in the BRA as our Third World nightmare goes from bad to worse.

    As the desperation intensifies, rivers of blood will flow through the streets of cities in The Banana Republic of America. It’s going to get very ugly. God help the BRA.

    • Golden Child

      But as I’ve said in other posts on other articles, huge sectors of American society have been selling heroin, kidnapping, murdering and carjacking for decades. There were over 400 murders in DC in 1991. Extreme violence in American cities is nothing new. Really, America has been in decline since at least the 70’s. The decline has just accelerated with the credit crunch and massive lay-offs. All of this bad stuff might be new to the “middle class”, but people in secluded rural poverty and the violent American inner city ghettos have been already pushed to the limit for nearly half a century or more. Just as the author previously said, much more of America is set to resemble Detroit if it doesn’t already. Hell, most big American cities are more dangerous than most cities worldwide. In many places in Europe and Asia they warn people of street violence reaching “American proportions” in tight times. Americans have just been falsely led to believe we are somehow better than everyone else for far too long.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Golden Child: It’s true that there has always been a poor underclass that was on the outside of the American Dream looking in. That’s absolutely correct. I’m from Philadelphia, and there were always poor, dangerous, violent ghetto areas of the city even in the best of times. But I think the difference between now and the past is that the poor are becoming the majority in The Banana Republic of America, and the American middle class is dying. So instead of the rich minority/poor minority/middle class majority scenario, we’re looking at a rich minority/dirt-poor majority scenario like you find in Third World countries. The violence and poverty in the BRA will become much more widespread. I still feel safer in Philadelphia than I would in, say, Caracas or Ciudad Juárez or Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), but that will change as more and more Americans who used to make 40, 50, 60K find themselves struggling to make 15K. The BRA’s tent cities will become as huge as the favela slums of Rio de Janeiro.

        And you’re right about European crime rates. I’ve traveled in Europe a lot, and in many large European cities, nonviolent crimes (pickpockets) are much more common than violent crimes. A cop in Madrid once told me that while Madrid was really bad for pickpockets, it was WAY behind American cities when it came to violent muggings, armed robberies, carjackings, etc.

        • Golden Child

          El Pollo: You’re right. The middle class has definitely been hollowed out in America. Look at any big city in America for proof. “World class” American cities like NYC, DC and SF have the widest income inequality gaps. I am originally from San Francisco which probably has the widest income inequality gap of any big city in America. SF has one of the highest concentrations of millionaires and billionaires on the planet. SF is the fourth richest city in America with a population over 250K; not even NY or LA are in the top ten for this category. However, what the media does not tell you is that SF has some of the worst most sub-standard public housing complexes in America and has the highest per capita murder rate for Blacks of almost any big city in the nation. The residents of the infamous Sunnydale projects in secluded southeast SF make an average per capita income of a whopping $6,000-7,000 a year. SF is one of the top five most expensive places to live in America. How the hell do you live off 6K a year in a city like SF?!

          http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Sunnydale-San-Francisco-CA.html

          http://www.sanfranciscohomicide.com/Stories/SanFranciscoMoreDeadly.htm

          http://dcjobsource.com/richest.html

          http://www.sfbg.com/40/03/news_despair.html

          DC is no different. DC is currently the most educated big city in the nation with the highest median incomes of any big city in the country. However, DC also has the fourth highest concentration of poverty in the country with one out of five DC residents living below the poverty line.

          http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/28/pf/household_income_report/index.htm

          http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/poverty-rising-dc-region

          The state I live in now, Maryland, as a whole has the same imbalance of extremely rich and poor. Maryland is the richest state in America, yet Baltimore City is the eighth poorest county in America with a population over 250K. Paradoxically, the nearby Baltimore suburbs of Howard County top the richest counties in America list at number 3. There is no middle ground here in terms of income.

          It is obvious that the middle class is all but dead in this country. A median household income of 30K a year won’t get you as half as far as it did in 1970. You have to be straight up RICH to have a reliable car and maintain it, put food on the table, pay for bills and clothes, have no debt, be able to afford healthcare, retire at 55 and live comfortably today without being worked to death. R.I.P. Middle Class America, we barely knew yee.

    • Guido

      I wanted to bring up that Corporatism point, too. I am reminded of a quote widely attributed to Mussolini, right or wrong, that states, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
      Whether he said it or not, it is an excellent point, especially today.

  • Guido

    I just wrote the same thing on the California post. Robert Kaplan wrote the shape of the future is a limousine with some of us in it pulling away from a hungry crowd of the rest of us. The future, according to him, will be one of resource wars, poverty, chaos, and failed states.

    I’m thinking we need to start reading and asking the remaining Depression survivors for tips on how they did it. I’ve read about how folks pulled together during the Depression to support each other. That’s one thing we don’t have now-community. If the banks and the cops came to evict a family, their neighbors turned out to stop them. Once their stuff was pitched on the sidewalk, the neighbors brought it right back and placed them back in their home. Folks found ways to eat and shelter and survive even tough times. I read things were so bad, some folks paid money to sit on a bench to sleep leaning against a strap because they couldn’t afford to pay for a bed. I figure we’re going back to that. By one author’s account, in Afershock, this condition may last 20 years, or more.

  • Guido

    I think you could out-wait BofA-they’re screwed. They’ve been selling off everything they could to remain afloat recently, at least according to Zero Hedge.

  • db

    our kids are busy with playing video games and keep watching tv for hours. while in china and india kids are spending 10-12 hours of time on home work and other educational activities.

  • Humberto Brigantes

    HEMP!

  • http://ElevationGroupVideo.com The Elevation Group

    Small businesses create the majority of jobs, and as large corporations move their manufacturing to other countries, it’s more important than ever to support small businesses.

    So if you want the economy to grow, then choose to support your local small businesses when you can, to help them survive and grow, so that they hire more people.

    And get financial education to protect your money and your family, because Dollars, IRA’s and 401k’s will soon become worthless.

    http://ElevationGroupVideo.com

    • Highspeedloafer

      Yeah, small business is great, but, most small businesses can’t do what they did years ago, that is grow to become big businesses. Regulations are killing business in america and until you change that climate there is no hope of turning things around. Big businesses create the demand for small mom and pop shops.
      Hamburgerjoints and pizza shops never create any other jobs. In every area I have ever lived in most small business only brought in crime and more poverty.
      Years ago my home county was the largest textile manufacturing spot in the world. When the trade agreements were passed, the mills and textile plants closed up and were replaced with drugstores and burger joints. Now all you see is unemployed youth hanging out and there are robberies every day. This once glorious hard working county that was vibrant and alive is now decaying and empty, Thanks to our politicians.
      Oh, by the way we now have more illegal taco stands than east LA. Go figure.

      • Guido

        You must be from North Carolina. …say Cumberland County? Maybe Robeson?
        Just a guess. They used to make a lot of that stuff there years ago and they sure are a sanctuary state now.

      • http://elevationgroupvideo.com The Elevation Group

        Thanks for the feedback Highspeedloafer.

        The transition to large manufacturing companies was great for awhile, but now we compete with many more countries that have cheaper labor.

        So we need to transition back to supporting small businesses, which have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.

        Choose them over Walmart, aka China Factory Outlet.

        Buying American made products when you can. It all adds up.

        And learn how to leverage the economic crisis to generate wealth, instead of falling being because of inflation.

        David http://ElevationGroupVideo.com

      • Kevin

        What many people forget is that the textile industry was traditionally at the very low end of manufacturing jobs compensating their employees maybe a third of what the Steel and Auto manufacturing did. Even at that low pay scale it was too much for the manufactures so off to the developing world they went.

        Once again don’t blame Unions. US jobs were leaving regardless.

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    There seems to be so much that is ‘out of our control’, that it can be overwhelming.

    But we can control supporting small businesses, which can cause economic growth and job creation.

    We can take action to become prepared for when the economy collapses, by having adequate food, water, etc..

    We can take control by having a home business, which isn’t subject to all the regulations that you would face in starting a brick and mortal small business.

    We can choose to take control of our finances, so that we’re not so dependent on the government to survive. And learn how to leverage the economic crisis to generate wealth, so that we can provide for our family.

    http://moneycrisisgameplan.com

  • REED RICHARDS

    I think the Asylum States of Amerika should collapse. For far too long, people in this asylum state have cheered on a government that has waged war all over the planet. And since the majority of these people did not have the presence of mind or the force of intellect to understand that Uncle Sam would not stop there (overseas) with the mass murder campaign. As hte pain increases and the misery index rises, the Amerikan people, as they look at the signpost up ahead, move toward the
    Twilight Zone…………

  • Whimps & Whine

    Quit the endless whine, get off your butts and ACT to save your country.

    • REED RICHARDS

      Uh, you don’t understand, which is not surprising. There is no country to save. The
      “country” has collapsed and the Asylum has now arisen, and the sooner you accept that cold, harsh, fact of reality, the better you off you will be when “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” hits. The only logical course of action is to pack up whatever one can carry and hit the bricks making any attempt to escape the Asylum.

  • pauly

    The Bankers, CEO’s and the politicians are doing just fine. Screw the little guy.

  • Jeremy Pace

    It’s not just that the current workers have bad jobs; the current graduates, from high school to college, have nothing but bad jobs. So for the next generation or two, no one will have any job above minimum wage unless it fills a union slot or an affirmative action slot. No upward mobility. Think about that.

    The other problem is that the American public was forced to migrate with the mega-corporations as they moved from state to state looking for kickbacks or the best tax deal. A typical housing mortgage is 30 years, but a typical job doesn’t last 20 years anymore. It sometimes doesn’t last 3 years. Yet we are told “move and go to where the jobs are”. And live in what, a rented cardboard shack for those 3 years? Nobody can build any equity or own property like that. Housing costs 6 to 10 times your annual earnings now, and the realtors and city councilmen are not going to allow housing prices to fall back to reasonable levels until they give up on the entire neighborhood as it turns into Crime Alley.

  • chiller

    Ah quit yer whining…you ain’t seen nothing yet. The elitists won’t stop taking ALL your freedoms and money till you are all begging for mercy…yet…you’ll keep on taking it and taking it. People don’t even know when they being made slaves and probably don’t care. So unless you are willing to fight for the things our parents and grandparents built for us, just to be taken away without a fight, shut yer gob and take it like the women you really are. It’s going to get one hell of a lot worse.

    • Highspeedloafer

      Please tell us your plan chiller. We are looking for a qualified leader. Lay it out all proper for us, and if it sounds good we may join you.

      • jmac

        Why do Americans keep overlooking the solution. The political elites have alloweed 25 million illegals to take up residency. Eisenhower’s “Operation Weyback” sent 13 million illegals back to their original contry so we can surely remove the current 25 million. Say one half are working so their remobval would open up 13 million jobs.The remaining illegals not employed are using resources that should be for Americans – education, prison, Medicaid, housing, welfare.
        When Eisenhower sent them packing the bill was less than 20 million dollars. Not a bad investment for a modern day savings of 500 billion dollars, plus jobs for all the 12 million Americans that can’t find a job.

  • Granite Prepper

    Corporatism is just another name for fascism…..just ask Benito Mussolini how that worked out from the end of the piano wire???

  • Granite Prepper

    I still think another reason for the decline of the middle class is the constant drum-beat comments that debt is good(leverage) and that if you get in trouble that the banks and others are obligated to “help” you out. What happened to personal responsibility?? I appreciate the calls to the widow…that is certainly over the top, but no one seems to appreciate that banks are in the business of loaning money and collecting payments…..we focus on the loaning part but seem to think the collecting part is tantamount to a firing squad. Since I started with the widow and the phone calls, I’ll end that way as well…..what about the husband who left the widow with the heinous credit card debt??? Maybe if he had been more fiscally prudent, he wouldn’t have left her with the bills after his death…..that’s called planning. I’ll sit back and watch the hate mail roll in…..

  • Georgiaboy61

    Nicely-done article, however you might have used the word “fascism” instead of corporatism, given that they are synonymous terms. benito Mussolini, one of the founders of fascism, once expressed regret that he had not named it corporatism, for it is the fusion of the state and the corporation. If the relationship between GE and Jeff Immelt and Obama is not neo-fascism, I’d certainly like to know what is!

  • JD

    Wow, this article has so many things to comment on. First things first. Ok we notice the price of commodites are exploding. So as my family knows raising food is a good choice for a business. I no longer think of this ranch as some pet project. Im staking my entire future on it. Prices on cattle and sheep have skyrocketed in the past 2 yrs. So were in the fourtunate position to make good money in the yrs ahead. I tried to get a low paying job for the past 2 yrs filling out application after application with no luck. I even tried McDonalds. No luck there. So I had to create my own work using my vast array of construction skills. I could only work for a few weeks at a time but it was better than nothing. I realize now that construction is a dead industry that will never be the same. So ranching is the only way to go. As for living in budget hotels I know firsthand of this. I spent last fall in several of them in my old town. They are shoddy, sometimes you have to share bathrooms with several other people, they are infested with bedbugs and despair clings to the very air itself. Its funny, In Helena MT they have the budget hotel in the general area of the homeless shelter. I call the Budget Inn Hotel Gods Love part 2. Gods Love is the name of the shelter. People go from the hotel to the soupline across the street. Its stunning the people you see in the shoddy hotels and souplines. I saw beautiful women staying in those places. I wondered what happened to them to have to stoop to that level of poverty. I eventually ran out of money so I stayed in my car instead of staying in that terrible shelter. The people are always sick and I was afraid of catching TB or staph infection. Im not better than those people so I hope I dont sound snobby. Im so grateful to God for giving me a second chance to salvage my life. I truly feel like a modern day Cinderella Man. My prayers go out to those struggling out there. Ive been through absoulte hell in the past year. I hope whatever bad things ive done in life have been paid for beacause I deserve to be happy. God Bless.

    • Michael

      Wow what a comment JD. It is really something to hear from someone that has actually been in those motels and that has been in those souplines.

      Michael

    • Tim Spinotter

      JD – We don’t always go through bad times because of something bad we’ve done. Look at all the children who have starved throughout human history. Don’t beat yourself up. We all deserve to be happy.

    • Guido

      I believe Above Top Secret once ran an incredible thread on living homeless in America. The tales people told of their solutions to destitution were amazing and very informative for a person concerned with not having 4 hots and a cot. Some folks are ingenious in their solutions. It sounds like you’re making your own way. My hat is off to you and I wish you the best in your venture, Sir!

    • mark

      JD, I hope you are raising your own feed. You will not make any money on the cows if you have to buy it. Thank the high price of corn, since we burn most of it up in government regulated fuel laws.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Most people are not even aware there is a problem. Most people still have nice homes nice cars but very tight budgets. As long as they can make the Car, Mortgage, and credit card payments there’s no problem. By the time that becomes a problem for most people it will pretty much be to late. What should really scare you is how the Lemmings will react. I don’t expect a calm, rational response. I expect panic, fear, and more then a little violence. I expect somebody or multiple somebody’s say elect me give me your rights and I will make things better, and the majority will believe them. I expect the whole thing to end in tears.

  • Gay Veteran

    Democrats and Republicans are OWNED by the Wall Street banksters, multi-national corporations, and billionaires.

    The final nail in the coffin of our republic was when the reactionary U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend UNlimited money on political campaigns.

    I agree with El Pollo de Oro: “…Ah, but the corporatist bastards had better be careful what they wish for because in Third World economic conditions, desperate people do desperate things….”

    The financial neo-aristocrats had better hope there is not a second French Revolution here.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Gay Veteran: The neo-aristocrats, as you described them, are going to get a very rude awakening when Latin America-style kidnapper gangs come to The Banana Republic of America. In Venezuela, México, El Salvador, and other countries, kidnapping is so vicious and so pandemic that the rich and their loved ones can’t even go outside in broad daylight without their armed bodyguards—otherwise, they will be kidnapped. Just ask Felix Batista.

      Batista was an expert security consultant who specialized in preventing kidnappings in México. So what happened to him? Ironically, he got kidnapped in México and hasn’t been heard from since. That guy was trained along military lines, but that didn’t prevent him from being kidnapped.

      If The White Shoe Boys think that turning the former USA into a Third World banana republic is a good idea, I have two words for them: Ciudad Juárez. And since you mentioned the French Revolution, here’s another word The White Shoe Boys should remember: ***************.

      • Guido

        We’re a lot better at security up here. And it’s a lot easier to insulate yourself from the hoi polloi. I’m sure by the time it gets real bad, the worst of the worst will be sunning themselves in the Bahamas and elsewhere.

    • REED RICHARDS

      The final nail in the coffin was long before that point. THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN WAS WHEN PEOPLE LOCKED THEMSELVES INTO VOTING FOR THE TWO WINGS OF THE WAR PARTY…………….

  • BillybonesIII

    When I read articles like this and then read what you wise guys have to say, I am convinced that there is no hope for mankind when we rely on our own strength and ingenuity.
    We have been manipulated for, God only knows, how long!
    The American/Canadian dream never existed! Evrything we have is from over-exploitation and greed on both manufacturer and consumer. Just look at the credit level of consumers alone! For years people have been living on money they (might) earn over the next 5 years. Add to that debt roll over and debt consolidation and it’s no bloody wonder that we are at the level we’re at.
    If I were a gambler(which I’m not) I would put money on a bet that each person who has put their wisdom to paper today is carrying 1,2 or 3 credit cards at or near limit plus a car-not paid for and maybe some toys also not paid for!
    So! Why does this rotten crumbling economy surprise anyone? We all have a piece of it and we’ll all have to pay!

    • Tim Spinotter

      I have zero credit cards, zero debt, and zero vehicles to my name other than my two bicycles. And I am 64 years old. So don’t stereotype me, please.

      • REED RICHARDS

        And your status affects the power elite, how? All nice and dandy that you have no debts, but trust me, you being one of the few with no debts is not stopping this corrupt banking steamroller that is going to wipe out all working class people and the poor.

  • BillybonesIII

    For JD,
    My heart cries for my friend. You sound like a Christian brother and I hear you. God hasn’t given up on you so don’t give up on Him. We are in the last days and we need encourage one another as God works out His plan for us here.

  • JD

    Thank you Michael. It was the most humbling experience I have gone through in my life. I used to be so proud and arrogant and to be brought down to that level really changed my life. My Dad says we all (Americans) have to learn how to get the squeal out of every pig. I come from a long line of survivors.

  • JD

    My grandpa ate chicken feet during the first depression. They also ate whatever wild critters they could find too. Where I live now they almost hunted all the wild animals to extinction. It took years for the deer and elk to recover.

  • Kevin

    China Free Trade was THE catalyst of US de industrialization. Nothing hurt the middle class more. 83% of US Senate Republicans voted for it as did 80% of US Senate Democrats. Someone explain to me the difference in the two parties? Anyone coming to the defense of either is hiding from facts. Both horses are bought in the two horse race.

    The Preamble of the US Constitution is for practical purposes the “Mission Statement” for the US Government. It states, “For ourselves and our posterity”. The “Global Economy” accomplished through “Free Trade” is not a given; it’s a creation. Free Trade with slave labor nations helped the slave labor nations at our expense. Certainly not “Promoting the general welfare” for ourselves and neither for our children; hence our posterity.

    If it makes anyone feel any better the power elite control the entire developed world as they all went along with their plans regardless of the true wishes of their respective citizens. Does anyone think the body politic wanted to de industrialize in Europe? When it comes to major economic issues the US body politic have no more say than the citizens of the old USSR did. The difference is the Russians knew they had no control while many believe mistakenly that they really do in the US and they just got it wrong in various elections. The reality is every political combination has been tried to no avail. The party’s and players change but not the oh so important policies.

    The hard core Democrat and Republican supporters are funny to watch.

  • mile

    enslaved to a house you can not afford, health insurance bill sent to that address, and other vulture leeches attached to everything you might have or do, or be, and the only solution is to elect another group of people politicians who will have their hands in your pockets from now to doomsday , just like the last bunch and the bunch before them and before them and before them..ad nauseum………………….

  • Gary2

    The vast majority of the money and the vast majority of the power in this country are now in the hands of either the big corporations or the government.

    Michael-the rich have most of the money. This is why we need to tax them hard and spread the wealth.

  • Gary2

    Tomorrow morning, millions of Americans will get up and go to pathetic, low paying job.

    Thanks Michael-you are right on with this. If Fing SUCKS to only make 1/2 of my former pay.

  • Gary2

    chanting positive affirmations over and over is not going to zap good jobs into existence out of thin air.—–and this is different than praying how???

  • gary2

    We need to unionize these shitty low pay jobs. Most of them can not be outsourced. Manufacturing jobs used to be low pay shit jobs until unions made them become better family supporting. Wal-mart waltons can afford to double wages and still make a ton of money.

    I can almost guarantee that a few days of walmart/mcdonalds being closed due to worker strikes and the scum bag companies will see the light and increase pay.

    This can be done and it will work. it has worked in the past.

    • Highspeedloafer

      You have nasty fingers. They type words that are better left unsaid. Didn’t your mama teach you better?

  • Guido

    What good would unionizing jobs do? If I ran a McDonalds and you tried to unionize on me, I would replace you. As if it’s hard to run a fry station. For every agitator there must be thousands willing to replace him.

    Unions did serve a purpose once, but all they seem to be good at these days is channeling members’ contributions to the leadership so they can live high on the hog, donate to democrat politicians, who then steer taxpayer money back to the union so they can get more donations.

    If you did manage to force an employer to accept your union and your increased wages, what’s to say he wouldn’t be forced to either fire more of you to keep ahead and/or put off planned expansions, including hiring new people to do more work? It would be another reason NOT to do business in the US.

    • Gary2

      NLRB-Just ask Boeing. NLRB can FORCE these shit low pay scum companies to comply.

      • Guido

        ?!?!
        Boeing used to employ a relative of mine and currently employs a friend’s dad and they are not a shit low pay scum company. Boeing is a great company.

        And who is the fedgov to tell anyone where they can set up a factory?! Where do you find the power in the Constitution for them to decide where businesses can move and set up? If they do have that power, can they stop Boeing from relocating to Mexico where Ford, GM, Levi Strauss, Blackberry, Philips, Hershey’s, Colgate, Whirlpool, Emerson, Honeywell, Motorola, Bose, Lear, Mattell, etc already went? That move would help American labor, too.

        We are NOT a centralized command economy. THAT was the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany and you know how they turned out.

        You apparently don’t have an adequate understanding of freedom. Perhaps you ought to move to Cuba where you can enjoy social services and government planning without all that pesky free speech and innovation.

        • Gary2

          I did not mean Boeing was shit jobs but merely the fact that the NLRB will kick their ass just like the NLRB can kick the ass of walmart etc.

        • Kevin

          Actually the Federal Government has the power to tell companies where they cannot set up. See if you are allowed to travel to Cuba. try to get some Cuban cigars while your at it.

          The Federal Government is allowed to set up tariffs. If you want to manufacture in a 50 cent / hr country be my guest but the tariff levels the playing field to protect both indigenous industry and the American standard of living. The system worked fine for 200+ years as that was how the majority of Federal Revenue was supplied in the pre income tax days.

          The Federal Government has the power to regulate trade.

  • tuco22

    The trade agreements were the death knell for the US, courtesy of presidents Clinton with NAFTA and GATT, and then Bush with CAFTA. Your elected representatives went right along with all of it. The idea is to bring everyone into ultimate dependence on the government, because you’re right when you say they want people to be desperate. Desperate people will vote for anyone who says they have the answers. Governments must fail in all they try to do, and they are. All over the world governments are failing, did you notice that? We’re being set up for the “answer man,” the man of perdition, the man who will have all the answers to the world’s problems.

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    ***** BREAKING NEWS *****

    Obama to create jobs by debt based spending.

    Fool me once and shame on you.
    Fool me twice and shame on me.

    Republicans to create jobs by spending cuts and replacing taxes with debt.

    Fool me once and shame on you.
    Fool me twice and shame on me.

  • http://here the nationalist

    The next step is for the currencies of the world to all default at once. The United Nations steps in to save the day and re-issues currencies under aegis of the world bank. Everyone will have to be taxed directly by the UN in order to buy or sell anything or to receive SS. If you do not personally give your allegiance to the UN you will be outside of economics and hounded by the police for use as slave labor. This is real, not a fantasy, not fiction. As real as a grand mal heart attack.

  • Justa Guy

    Just remember the 2012 campaign slogan:

    Thanks for the change Obama. You’re a bum!

  • mondobeyondo

    It’s not the end of the world. Just the end of the world as we know it. And I DON’T feel fine. (Google “songs by REM” if you don’t get it…)

    The old familiar world many of us grew up in is rapidly going by the wayside. Many of us are struggling to adjust. Some of us will never adjust.

    (with a wink to the late George Carlin…)

    In the future…
    You will NOT get a reasonably inexpensive college education.
    You will NOT have a 40-year long career at a manufacturing plant, with a comfortable living wage.
    You will NOT have a house with a white picket fence.
    You will NOT have 2 cars for your 2 car garage.
    You will NOT be able to retire at 65.
    You will NOT be able to send a letter to your Congressperson. The Postal Service is bankrupt.
    You will NOT have a 52 inch HDTV with Internet access.

    You WILL, however…
    – be eternally enslaved to debt
    – live in a rat and roach infested apartment if you’re unlucky
    – live in a heavily armed gated community if you’re lucky
    – live in a tent down by the river if you’re extremely unlucky
    – work a day shift at Wal-Mart and night shifts at McDonald’s
    – own a 20 year old car that barely runs
    – spend Sunday afternoons at the park because you can’t afford to go to Red Lobster
    – start up a potentially lucrative business making “Will Work for Food” signs

    Not exactly the future I was dreaming about, but it’s heaven on earth for someone from, say, Botswana or India. Your politicians told you globalization would improve everyone’s standard of living all over the world. They forgot to tell you, YOUR standard of living would plunge.

    • Michael

      Good comment :)

      Michael

      • mondobeyondo

        Thanks! -MB

    • Guido

      Excellent point.
      I met an old blacksmith in MD recently who stated we are going back to about 70 years ago and we need to get ready for a world with expensive fuel and energy where we don’t travel as much. He was also offering free lessons in dumpster diving to those interested. In his world, we will be back to the old model where most folks never went more than 50 miles from home in their lifetime.

  • mondobeyondo

    Some of us will also begin exploring different ways of cooking ramen noodle soup. Might as well try, huh? (Potatoes? Are you serious? Potatoes are soooo 1933.)

    Let’s see, there’s the old classics, like oriental flavor, shrimp flavor, beef flavor, chicken flavor. Enjoy the flavors, because chances are you won’t be able to afford the actual meat.

    But there are so many possibilities! Ramen with carrots. Ramen and sour cream. Ramen and tomato sauce. Ramen and bananas. Ramen and eggs. The list goes on and on.

    Whoa, I have a feeling someone might actually take this seriously! It’s meant to be sarcastic.

    Or maybe not.

  • Ken w

    Gary:
    unions aren’t the answer. They only artificially pay higher wages and protect lazy people from getting fired. They are a big part of the problem. WE need right-to-work states and less unions. Many of them are thugs. The market won’t and shouldn’t pay a sacker at a grocery store $25 an hour and a pension. higher level jobs that require more education and fewer people that can do them demand higher salaries. Maybe you should consider getting more education or training to advance your career instead to harping on taking someone else’s hard earned money

    • Gary2

      Oh you mean the right to work for less states???

      • Guido

        You also have the right to change your job and look for more money elsewhere.

  • Kevin

    Gary2

    Unfortunately the service industry profit margins are relatively low. The wages can increase but the prices will just follow suit. The balance of trade is bleeding the wealth out of the US. Our government in cahoots with the power elite created the slave labor fueled competitors.

    I have no problem taxing “The Rich” to their 1940s, 1950s or 1960s levels. Off the cuff it worked then so why not now? It however is not a cure all. At best it’s a stop gap. A nation cannot long be great that cannot manufactures sufficiently for it’s own needs and wants. The concept of “Comparative Advantage” is flawed when your facing slave labor devoid of the most basic safety and environmental protections. How do you compete with someone making 50 cents / hr; make 49 cents / hr. It’s a race to the bottom.

    • Guido

      I dunno, I was reading Broke and Beck provides statistics showing that even when we had 79% taxation, there was no appreciable increase in revenue. In fact, they had a decrease as millionaires and billionaires seemed to vanish from the rolls.
      I think Britain has shown us what happens when unions rise up. The nation that once built everything has been on the wane for nearly a century.
      It is a race to the bottom, but I think we could change the race with tariffs. Our nation once raised the bulk of its revenue with tariffs and they allow you to remove the advantages China and India currently enjoy. Perot was right when he said globalism would create a vast sucking sound as the jobs left the US.

  • Kevin

    Guido

    “What good would unionizing jobs do? If I ran a McDonalds and you tried to unionize on me, I would replace you.”

    look up Taft Hartley specifically Section 8. It lists unfair labor practices. Believe it or not there are still labor laws on the books.

    • Guido

      That I did not know. Now prove it was for unionizing and not for absenteeism, bad attitude, etc. I’ve seen supervisors who created paper trails to insure when they get rid of people, they have something to back it up.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Great article! Keep up the good work! May God bless and protect you in all things and may God have mercy on America!

    • Michael

      Thank you – I definitely appreciate all the prayers that the readers say for me and my family. :)

      Michael

  • Kevin

    Guido

    A slick employer used to dance a tightrope on “promise of benefit” having given up “threat of force” as a tactic decades ago. For better or worse Labor Law will will reappear as labor says, “No More”. I suspect strikes to become common as inflation far surpasses wages. These strikes will be more like the 1930s as opposed to the gentlemanly strikes in later decades. The chips on the line will be virtual economic survival.

    “SEC. 7. Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor or- l eanization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 8 (a) (3). “SEC. 8. (a) It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer— “(1) to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in section 7;

    • Guido

      I must confess my ignorance of that reg, still, were I a business owner, I would resist tooth and nail. Just look at the friendly longshoremen up in Seattle who assaulted the docks, took hostages, and destroyed grain they weren’t getting a contract to unload. Why would anyone want to do business with folks who behave like terrorists? I think they deserve nothing less than treatment as terrorists when these are their tactics.

      • Kevin

        Walter Reuther one of the founders of the UAW was damn near beaten to death in 1937 by Ford goons when he attempted to organize the workers leaving after their shift was done outside of the factory gates. This is not a good guy company bad guy union issue. Violence took place on both sides.

        The “I would resist tooth and nail” sums up an attitude of being “above the law”.

        • Guido

          Yes, but these days, the violence is still occurring on one side. Did you see the goons who seized the docks in Washington state and took security guards hostage so they could destroy another person’s property?

    • Guido

      My grandfather was a Wobbly, but having read, watched, and heard from others’ about the tactics of the unions, I have no sympathy.

      While I value grassroots movement and people coming together to peaceably redress their grievances, I have no sympathy with violent gangs of thugs who need to use fear and intimidation to get what they want.

      I grew up when the WV coalminers would strike and conduct sniper attacks on truck drivers.

      My father faced coercion in the 50s from union thugs on construction sites. In one factory, he was hated because he worked harder than other employees, producing more than anyone else ever had in one shift. He was hated for breaking the curve.

      One of my relatives was treated like garbage by lazy union thugs at the post office before he quit and went on to a better job.

      I also watched UNITE come to Kmart years ago, ostensibly protesting racism, but mainly just manipulating gullible college students to do their protesting for them so they could get the public behind a raise.

      And there’s the thugs at the SEIU who assault citizens who disagree with them. And the thugs who brought ammunition to the statehouse in WI several months ago in an effort to intimidate and scare the Republicans. Let’s not forget Hoffa Jr. threatening violence in his recent speech introducing Obama.

      I don’t care how valid your complaint is-once you resort to threats, violence, coercion, vandalism, and TERROR, your cause is null and void.

      This is Republic with laws, not a 3rd world dictatorship. When I see these groups getting away with this kind of thuggery, it makes the hard-handed tactics of the 1930s seem acceptable in response.

      When a union is threatening violence, murder, arson, and vandalism, why wouldn’t M1 Garand and BAR-wielding guards seem necessary?

      Also, you can’t overlook the excesses of the unions. The only force in this nation that has done more to strangle business would have to be the government. Look at what their sweetheart deals did to GM. Did you see the article a few months ago about the stage hands in NYC getting over $100K a year starting at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere? And how about all the golden retirement and benefits programs in various government employee unions across the nation which are now strangling communities who can no longer afford to support them. Government was meant to serve the people, not strangle them. Government unions can only be worse. When WI made the case they wanted gov’t employees to contribute some of their pay into their own retirement and medical plans, I was astonished by the explosion of outrage and the fact they didn’t already have to contribute in the first place.

      • Kevin

        Those coal mines we’re absolutely terrible places to work before John L Lewis. Thousands died either by black lung and hundreds by cave in.

        Unions may have protected some bad people but companies in dangerous industries prior to unions killed for increased profit. The lazy union guy pales in comparison. Did your Dad have Medical Insurance, Pension, Disability Pay, Vacations and a good standard of living being paid in real money rather then “script”? Well thank a union because none of that came from the kindness of companies. If he had the above and was non union it was done to keep a union out. The industrial union set the bar.

        Unions without a place to work are moot. We’re living off of the misery of Chinese workers making 50 cents / hr. Don’t say our unions drove industry overseas. The textile industry fled the US and they we’re traditionally low paying and non union. $9 per hour verses 50 cents per hour and now verses 20 cents an hour in Vietnam. Thank free trade not organized labor for our decline.

        • Guido

          That may be true-but no one has a right to use violence to get what they want. I don’t care how safe the mines are if you have to use threats, intimidation, and murder to get what you want. When the SEIU goes out these days and assaults innocent people who disagree with them, http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/08/eye_witness_to_st_louis_scuffl.asp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hznSuacEN_I which major safety concern does that address? I can believe they once served a valid purpose, but it seems like they’re serving a different purpose now…

          Direct action, threats, and intimidation are not how you get things done in a free nation.

      • Gary2

        Dude-turn off fox. The ammo was found on the ground and no one ever said it was union people doing this.. (no one of any importance anyway-the hate radio…)

        In fact it was suggested that Walker and his goons may have done this as he was thinking of trying to infiltrate the protesters to make things violent but he was called out on this.

        You are totally wrong about what you said about this-. (and everything else you said) You my friend are the problem.

        • Guido

          http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/03/breaking-live-ammunition-found-outside-wisconsin-capitol-building/

          Which part did I get wrong? Because the numerous articles and reports on the subject quoting the Police seem to indicate someone brought ammo to the Capitol.

          And you’re sure union protesters had nothing to do with it.

          Soooo the ammo wasn’t connected to the contentious debate and protest going on at the same time??? No, it was obviously a conspiracy on the part of the governor, that makes a lot more sense.

          • Gary2

            Gov drop out admitted to the fake koch brother on the phone that he had thought of having people infiltrate the crowd to cause trouble. So yes it makes perfect sense that the gov had the ammo planted.

      • Gary2

        When WI made the case they wanted gov’t employees to contribute some of their pay into their own retirement and medical plans, I was astonished by the explosion of outrage and the fact they didn’t already have to contribute in the first place.

        AGAIN YOU ARE WRONG-THEY OFFERED TO PAY MORE IT WAS WALKER TAKING AWAY BARGAINING RIGHTS THAT CAUSED THE PROTEST.

        PLEASE PLEASE TURN OFF FOX AND THINK. YOU QUOTE FROM THEIR PLAYBOOK.

        I LIVE HERE AND I KNOW FIRST HAND Y0U ARE WRONG. ALSO THE AMMO COMMENT AT THE CAPITAL-SEE PRIOR POST. YOU ARE WRONG AGAIN. NOT BATTING TOO WELL ARE YOU???

        • Guido

          Actually, I am right. The bill DID intend to kill collective bargaining, and a major part of the reason why was because the state gov’t had been paying state employees’ portion of their health and pension payments. Starting in 1995 or 1996, the state started picking up the tab for state employees’ payments, approximately 6.2%. Cutting out the collective bargaining ended that, among other things. Walker stated the savings from this change would prevent layoffs and help seal the projected budget gap.

          • Gary2

            No you are wrong. I live here do you?

      • Gary2

        Wall street thuggery is the problem.

  • Golden Child

    In a few years, you will see classified ads asking for 20 roommates for a one bedroom apartment. Don’t laugh. This is how companies are allowed to keep the minimum wage so low because illegal Central American immigrants working for $8 an hour sleep on the floor of one bedroom apartments with 20 other single men. Greedy American corporation heads and rich business owners on their regular country club golf course outings and Paris visits will not stop lowering wages, outsourcing and hiring illegals until us “lazy Americans” are working 80 hour weeks for pennies. For shame.

    • Justa Guy

      You are correct 100%. You just described the exact scenario that was occuring in a rental just prior to when someone I know rented it. When they saw it just before they moved in, there were mattresses on the floors in the bedrooms, and also in the living room. All young, single illegal men (at least a dozen), except for one that may have been a legal green card holder in order to secure the lease.

  • mark

    Michael, thank you for refering me to your article on Agenda 21. It brought to my attention how nuts these people that support the eugenics agenda are. I have looked at the rewilding aspect of their plan since I live in the country. Some of the comments were kind of spooky. It seems that a lot of folks are control freaks. It almost makes you wonder if they would stoop so low to use an EMP weapon to cut down on the population. You would loose alot of people in a year without food and meds.

    • Guido

      That’s a scary thought. It isn’t hard to make an EMP, either. I saw a mocked up kit presented by an aerospace contractor recently. The components all fit into something the size of a suitcase and were expected to be able to take out at least a couple city blocks. I don’t think our own government would use something like that against its own people, however. There is no reason to. The re-wilding thing is already happening on its own, naturally. I read Detroit is demolishing homes and leaving the land to go wild. You can see a video on Google of what was once called Poletown, a Polish community that was all vacant lots and trees. I heard they even have coyotes, deer, and beaver making a comeback in the city center. Strangely, coyotes are doing so well, people spotted one in Central Park, NYC a few years ago. If you saw that Life After Us program, they showed just how quickly abandoned buildings can become overgrown and wild again.

  • Sher…

    It’s the end of the world as we know it,

    It’s the end of the world as we know it,

    It’s the end of the world as we know it,

    And I feel fine…

    (Thanks to R.E.M.)

  • Katie

    Personally warned people for years, and continue to do so. I know people will say Im evil, but damn it is going to feel good to watch some folks die that i know. I cant wait!

    I TOLD YOU SO!!!

  • Monkey Love

    Here’s what makes the situation more difficult: in many parts of the world, pay is much lower than 15 dollars an hour (usually, 15 dollars a day or lower), and factory work will not be able to support a family (probably only oneself).

    • http://www.restoretherepublic.org Nick

      Here is one of the problems in America. The dollar amount is inconsequential. It is the inflation caused by printing dollars, and taxation that are the problem. If you make $30 a month and your bills are $5, who fairs better? A guy who makes $100,000 a year, is taxed to death, and has $50,000 in expenses or the guy who makes $30?
      We have been indoctrinated to be totally ignorant of reality.

      • Joe billy

        Well lets see if you make $30 and you need $500 to survive you have a disposable income of -$470 because you can’t survive spending $5 a month. Then if you make $100,000 like I will as an engineer I’ll have a month disposable income of over $5,000. I could take the time to point out your textbook logical fallacies but I won’t for the sake of people’s sanity.

  • M. mouse

    Just found this site from a link at FreeRepublic. So far good stuff but I would like to add to this topic-Any of the millions of little “guys” out there divorced and lose their job, their drivers licence, and now on a felony probation for not paying child support? Little Guys no longer able to pass background checks.Good luck getting a job with that. Now working at Wal Mart for $8.25 per hour (minus 50% for child support)and just living the good life in the USA. Does anyone really wonder anymore if this is all planned by someone to destroy this nation?

    • Gary2

      Dude-your just not praying hard enough. Maybe if you get down on your knees and pray harder. Perry tried it for rain in Texas. Didn’t work out too well for him.

  • Glenda the Good Witch

    Wow! Tell it like it is! I’ve got so many thoughts in my mind, but in actuality, what more can be said? Not much. Yes, the Middle Class has disappeared along with the manufacturing jobs and, with it, the United States is disappearing, and much too quickly. How did all this happen? Were we all asleep at the wheel? How could we, the nation with the highest literacy rate in the World, at one time and, a nation of Free, hard working people, allow this to happen?

    Once, this was a nation where anybody could succeed. There existed no “Caste” system. Hard work and a will to succeed is what was needed. Now, we have the ‘Political Elite’ who feel only they are capable of making even your decisions concerning your money and family. Does anybody see any resemblance to Communism here? The Free Will of the People, has been taken away.

    My only question is, how did we allow this to happen in the Freest Society on Earth? Are we that dumb? I’ve always heard of the “Dumbing Down of America.” How could we let them succeed?

    • Kevin

      We got politically lazy while living the good life. This reminds me of a line from the movie Animal House when Otter tells Flounder, “Face it, you fuc#@d up, you trusted us”.

  • deegee

    Glenda good witch.It was a combination of ‘Fat cat” and all is well with the world.In short complacency.My parents lived through the “dirty thirties”I was told stores and shown family photos of those oppressive years.If you do not teach history you are bound to repeat it(quote from somebody?)If things appear to be too good..then they probably are!(another quote from somebody?)I learned it’s great to have fun and spend as long as you can afford it.Credit and IPO’s have ruined our country and it’s not coming back soon…if ever!

  • DB200

    Michael, again a good article. How do you find time to spot all these articles you are referring to?

    The USA Today article makes interesting reading and supports Michael’s story, namely that there is a sharp division between Wall Street and Main Street.

    USA Today: Says Paulsen , “When I started out in the business almost 30 years ago, most of the economic reports counted widgets and reported those counts. Today, most of the economic reports are not counting widgets. They are asking, ‘How do you feel about the widgets?'”

    This person with economic background doesn’t seem to understand that the USA moved from a manufacturing society to a service economy where conspicuous consumption is king. When consumption makes up 70% of the GDP, feelings of the consumer suddenly become facts.

    Also interesting is “William Simmons, an administrative pastor at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in St. Louis.” Basically, he is paying off his debts and buying big ticket items only when he has the cash. Suppose he is not alone among the people who have jobs and don’t entirely live paycheck to paycheck. For the banks this means that:
    1. well-off citizens have stopped lending and are paying off debts meaning less income for the banks.

    2. well-off citizens have started saving, meaning more costs for the banks.

    3. all the other ones either just pay interests or are defaulting on either interests or principal or both, meaning more costs for the banks.

    Add to this that “businesses are hoarding cash.” and banks are losing money on that side as well.

    To keep earning money, there is only way out for the banks and that is lending to governmental institutions. If these institutions would repay their loans and have a positive budget balance, then it may be over with the (large) profits of big banks.

    The failing of the political parties to come to a balanced budget may be more rational then you would think.

    • Michael

      It does take a LOT of time to put all of these articles together. But I know they are appreciated so that makes it worth all of the effort. :)

      Michael

  • http://napoleonlive.info Jerry Frey

    People are more important than market share. Families are more important than profits.

    http://napoleonlive.info/economics/middle-class-facts/

  • Jean B

    Actually, the term conservatives should be using, to describe the existence of good jobs for the majority of people, is “proprietorship” (see Hilaire Belloc’s “Restoration of Property”). This means that there is a vast middle class, OWNING property – not wage slaving to a bank until death. Capitalism, by its strictest definition, is just like communism, except that the banks / corporations own wealth, instead of the government. Thus, we need to get rid of usury, and the federal reserve, to return to a society with a middle class.

  • R J of Hopatcong

    I would like to place the blame where it belongs: the holy 3: Lifestyles of the rich and famous, Dallas and Dynasty TV shows. Back then they set the groundwork for our unrepentant desire to live the good life surrounded by every luxury ever touted on TV. Rich Corinthian leather, 100mm cigarettes, designer clothes, imported wines and cars..the list goes on. We spoiled ourselves thinking this is what we as the chosen people deserve and we had better have it now whatever the interest rate!!

  • the great cornholio

    oil

  • G-Purp

    I have spent a long time looking for articles like this and they are VERY tough to find…. You have really put this together well…. Have you anything on the connection between the jobs/ economy – viloence/ shootings – drugs/ depression and the way gov/media dilutes and side-step the true causes??