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We Are Witnessing The Slow, Tortuous Death Of The American Worker

We Are Witnessing The Slow, Tortuous Death Of The American WorkerOnce upon a time, the U.S. economy produced a seemingly unending supply of good paying jobs that enabled American workers to buy homes, raise families and live the American Dream.  But now all of that has changed.  Over the past several decades, there have been some fundamental shifts in our economy that have steadily eroded the value of the American worker.  Thanks to incredible advances in robotics, computers and other fields of technology, many economic activities that once required a tremendous amount of manpower now require very little.  Nothing is going to reverse those technological advances, so the jobs that have been lost as a result are now gone forever.  But there are millions of other good jobs that we have lost that we could have done something about.  Over the past couple of decades, millions upon millions of American jobs have been shipped overseas.  Thanks to a whole host of “free trade” agreements that our politicians promised would be very good for our economy, U.S. workers have now been merged into a global labor pool with hundreds of millions of workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.  In such a situation, it is only natural for big corporations to shift production from high wage areas to low wage areas.  Unemployment in America has skyrocketed and so have corporate profits.  Today, corporate profits as a percentage of U.S. GDP are at an all-time high, but wages as a percentage of U.S. GDP are near an all-time low.  The lack of decent jobs in the United States is one of the primary reasons why we are in an economic crisis that never seems to end, and things are not going to turn around any time soon.  We truly are witnessing the slow, tortuous death of the American worker, and politicians from both political parties are just standing aside and letting it happen.

Back in the old days, just about everyone that was willing to work hard in America could easily go out and get a decent job.  But today there is savage competition even for jobs that pay close to minimum wage.  For example, thousands upon thousands of people recently applied for just 200 jobs at a new Target in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thousands of people applied for 200 new jobs at Target over the last three days in Northeast Albuquerque.

KOAT Action 7 News went to Target’s job fair at the Marriott Uptown every day and continued to find lines snaking around the building.

Candidates only have a one in 35 chance in getting a job, but many have said they’re confident they can stand out from the pack.

Those candidates have less than a 3 percent chance of getting one of those jobs at Target.  The odds of getting into Harvard are actually far better than that.

But at least there is some economic activity going on in Albuquerque.  All over the country there are other cities that were once bustling with economic activity that are now dying a depressingly slow death.  For example, just check out the following excerpt from an article by Don Terry about Gary, Indiana entitled “Where Work Disappears and Dreams Die“…

Like Flint, Detroit, Cleveland, and Akron, like hundreds of cities and towns across the once-industrial Midwest, Gary is emblematic of the new American poverty, the poverty that descended when the factories closed down. The city is half the size it was in 1970, its population reduced from 170,000 then to 80,000 today. Its poverty rate is 28 percent. A fifth of its houses, churches, school buildings, and other structures are vacant and boarded-up. The hulking steel mills still line the Lake Michigan shore in northwest Indiana, but they’ve been hemorrhaging workers for decades.

You can see some stunning photos of the ruins of Gary, Indiana right here.  It is hard to imagine that Gary was once a truly great manufacturing city.

But of course Gary is far from alone.  The following is from a recent article posted on Economy In Crisis that detailed the shocking decline of Ypsilanti, Michigan…

In the late 1970s, some 20,000 people worked for Ford and General Motors in Ypsilanti. Today, only a few hundred work in the auto industry here. It’s the same story in cities throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

To say the least, Ypsilanti has seen better days. Tax revenues have plummeted over the past 20 years. The mayor says he’s considering combining fire and police into one department. The parks and recreation department has a budget of $0. It’s just a web page that rarely gets updated.

Meanwhile, U.S. car companies are busy putting up shiny new factories on the other side of the globe.  For instance, Chrysler recently announced plans to build new manufacturing facilities in China and Russia.

You don’t hear much about the decline of manufacturing in the United States on the mainstream news, but it is certainly one of the biggest economic stories of this century so far.  Back in the year 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

So what are American workers supposed to do?

Are they supposed to learn new skills for the “jobs of tomorrow”?

One of the few areas of the U.S. economy that has been steadily growing has been the healthcare industry.  There are hordes of Baby Boomers that are getting older, and they are going to need a whole lot of medical care.  I used to tell friends that nursing is a good field to go into because there will always be jobs available.  In fact, at one point we were told that there was supposedly a “shortage” of nurses in America.

Well, CNN recently ran a piece about recent nursing graduates that cannot seem to find work no matter how hard they try.  The following is a short excerpt from one of those horror stories…

I graduated from San Jose State University in May and got my registered nurse license in July. I have been searching and applying for an RN position for seven months now and still have not found a nursing job.

I have applied for jobs all over California and also other states such as Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

So if you can’t find a job in healthcare, what field are you supposed to go into?

Please don’t say law.  There are hordes of new law school graduates competing for very few entry-level jobs each year.  In fact, one law firm has come up with the bright idea of making young lawyers pay a fee for the “privilege” of getting legal experience by working there.  Just check out their Craigslist ad.

The cold, hard truth is that there are not nearly enough jobs in America today.  As a result, our incomes are declining.  Median household income in the United States has fallen for four years in a row.  Overall, it has fallen by more than $4000 during that time period.

Things have been particularly rough on younger Americans.  If you can believe it, U.S. families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

And, as a recent RT article explained, life expectancy for younger Americans is depressingly low…

Also, new evidence revealed that younger generation of US citizens (those under 50) die earlier and have poorer health than their counterparts in other developed nations, according to a new study of health and longevity in US.

US men ranked last in life expectancy among the 17 countries in the study, and American women as second to last.

The 378-page report by a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council was based on a broad review of mortality and health studies and statistics and included other countries such as, Canada, Japan, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.

The future simply does not look too bright for American workers.  Thanks to advances in technology and the rampant offshoring of jobs, big corporations simply do not need U.S. workers as much as they used to.  In fact, many of them try to minimize the number of expensive American workers that they have on the payroll as much as they can.

So what are we all supposed to do?

What are we supposed to tell the millions of American workers that cannot find jobs?

Well, I guess the good news is that you can find “We Accept EBT” signs just about everywhere these days.  As the number of good jobs has declined, the number of Americans on food stamps has absolutely soared.

If you can believe it, the number of Americans on food stamps rose from about 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

That is staggering, and it is truly unprecedented.

Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.

Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

The American worker is dying a slow, tortuous death, and unless dramatic action is taken immediately, things are going to get a whole lot worse.

For much more on all of this, please see another article that I wrote recently entitled “The Middle Class In America Is Being Wiped Out – Here Are 60 Facts That Prove It“.

So what do you think the future looks like for the average American worker?  Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…

The American Worker Is An Endangered Species

  • WM

    I am feeling this happening, having changed careere several times in the past 10 years. I started life out as a woodcarver, furniture maker and did a lot of antiques restoration, had my own business as a single guy….then 9-11-2001 happened and I lost my momentum. Moved to another state to start a new life with my new wife, and worked in real estate for 5 years…we all know how that ended. Ran out of money, so ended up searching for any type of woodworking job, landed a cabinet making job in a high end shop, 1-1/2 years later, owner tells me there is no more work, and I am unemployed again. I sent resumes out all over and no one was hiring, and I was concerned because I have 20+ years experience as high end craftsman, can carve, turn, build furniture, architectural, veneering, finishing, Autocad, teaching experience, etc. I was surprised that no one was hiring… I was not even being called for interviews…needless to say I was perplexed and very dissapointed, but also very curious. This experience led me to start researching economics and what was really going on. It was at this time, I was blessed to find This website and Michaels other site, the economic collapse. I have since gone back to community college and landed a good job as a CNC machinist, the company took a chance on me, as I did not have any real experience, only tech school training. I loved the job…..well about 3 months ago they announced that they were “reorganizing” and shutting down the facility…100+ people got the pink slip December 31, 2012.

    I am now employed once more as a CNC machinist, for a smaller aerospace company, but now I am very skeptical as to how long things will last. I try to give 150% each day, no talking just working very focused and hard…. many people smirk at how much I try to give each day, but they probably don’t know what I know. I know I’ve said it before, but thank you Michael, and mya God Bless you for all your hard work on your sites reporting data that the mainstream media wouldn/t touch. I am much more aware of what is going on now. Throw a little Biblical prophecy in there and you begin to see that things are not happening by mistake, but starting to align with end times Biblical prophecies of a one world governmental and economic system, and the eventual rise of the antichrist.

    • WM

      Forgive my bad spelling, not the best typist in the world and my ancient laptop has keys that don’t always work well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Martin/100000259634691 Dave Martin

        Best of luck.

    • Mark

      If more workers truly gave the amount of work and had the attitude you have this country would have more jobs. Americans have become a lazy bunch that expect high wages in return for less production. Many will not work for the going rate since they can collect more from the government. Tell me why do farmers have a hard time getting good farm labor. Americans will not pick crops for a lower wage, but at the same time people complain that there are no jobs. Like I said, americans have become a lazy bunch.

      • WarriorClass3

        You are wrong Mark. Americans are hard workers, but the government/corporate policy is to hire foreigners, regardless of their work ethic, to destroy the American middle class. They have successfully replaced half of the American population with Eurotrash and third world bottom feeders with the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 and the H2B work visa. This is all part of the planned destruction of America, and assholes like you buy right into their meme of the “lazy American.”

        • Mark

          You are living in the past. The people you refer to as bottom feeders are doing the work americans will not do these days. We have gone from an economy that produced real wealth to an economy that became service jobs that produce nothing. If our children did not spend so much time playing video games and spent time learning math and science, those H2B work visas would not be necessary.You know, that learning is called work and I would call sitting in a chair playing video games as being lazy. We do not reward greatness in the USA any longer. The progressives have turned a once great country into a nation of people that want more entitlements paid for with printed or borrowed money. That does not show me that americans want to work hard. We just elected a santa back into office. Give me more, give me more is the motto of many today. We can agree that there is a planned destruction of America, but that is by the progressives and their useful idiots. When a collaspe comes, we shall see what americans are made of. Will they just fold up and cry for the progressive government to feed me or will they grow a victory garden for their freedom.

          • WarriorClass3

            It is the foreigners that voted in Obama and the welfare state. This would not have happend but for the Immigration Reform Act of 1965. Further the American “education” system has failed with all their leftist propaganda, and there is no effort made to teach math and science, mainly because the teachers themselves don’t know these subjects. This was by design. Also, there are plently of homeschooled and private schooled kids with engineering degrees that are not hired in favor of foreigners. This too is by design. Not all parents let their kids sit around playing video games. In fact, most do not; nevertheless this propaganda is widespread and people like you believe it. The jobs they could send overseas, have been. For the rest, they import foreigners. Pull your head out and look at what’s really going on here in America and the west in general.

          • Mark

            Look. I do understand that some parents do not let their children play video games and there are many bright home school kids that the system does not want. One fact that you have to look at are the huge amounts of money spent on video games in our country. These kids do not buy them and throw the games into the garbage where they belong. They use them. I do not blame foreigners for all of our problems. We have had the progressive movement in the USA in power for the last 100 years or longer. You could boot out all of the foreigners and you would still have the progressives and their usefull idiots..The progressives are all pawns of the super wealthy elite. These elite do not care about America, they can live in other places in the world just fine. George Sorros would be an example He might be a foreigner, but there are plenty of Americans like him.. He puts his wealth towards the progressive movement because the movement is a way to control the masses. For America to heal, we need to kick out the progressive movement and return to the principals of our Founding Fathers. That is small federal government. So Great Warrior, to use your style, you need to pull your head out of where the sun does not shine and understand that some mexican crossing the border looking for greener pastures is not the enemy. The powerful elite using the progressive movement is what you need to focus on.

          • WarriorClass3

            I specifically refered to Legal aliens, not illegal mexicans who don’t vote and only take the worst jobs. Yes, Americans tried socialism in the past and found that it only prolonged the depression. It’s the statist Eurotrash that come here to take our jobs and vote for socialism. You must realize of course foreigners are taking their jobs in their country as well. Problem is, I don’t want their socialism that comes with them, and the other third worlders. You need to look at the big picture, this is being implemented all through the west. If you want limited government go with the Constitution Party (I have). Nevertheless, the international banking cartel has the Federal Reserve and until we take that away, nothing is going to be accomplished towards that end, and that will take more than just voting.

          • Mark

            The country is more than trying socialism. The elites are using it to control the masses in this country. The progressives using socialism and croney capitalism are laying the bill for all of this at the feet of those that still pay taxes. This socialism of the progressives along with the crony capitalism is creating a bunch of lazy people that what more socialism to take care of them.I do see the big picture. It is the same picture that has always been in play. The elites do not want the common man to have enough freedom and wealth that they are no longer the elites serfs.

          • Anon

            You can’t just kick people out of the country at leisure, people live here, with families. If they believe in progressivism then there’s nothing you can do about that. The future is in machines, and you have to search harder for jobs. And by no means I am saying the jobs are going away, because they are not. The jobs are realigning. The jobs you are missing are going into fields such as programming. We are seeing the creation of a new age, the age of electronics. And the question you Christians should be asking is this:

            In a world of machines and science, will there still be a spot in the world for religions?

          • Mark

            We can stop teaching that the progressive ideas are for the little guy in schools. I do not profess to kick people out of this country for their ideas. If we discuss on how evil progressive policy is we can change things for the better. It took 100 years to get here and will take some time to return to the ideas that promote freedom. As the progressive ploicies fail, which they always do as they run out of spending other peoples money, maybe a larger group of the population will say never again.

            There will always be a place for God. Have you ever read a discussion by Albert Einstein concerning God? It is long for a post but I will see if it will post under this one if you want to read it.

          • Mark

            ‘Let me explain the problem science has with
            religion. The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then
            asks one of his new students to stand.

            ‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’

            ‘Yes sir, ‘the student says.

            ‘So you believe in God?’

            ‘Absolutely.

            Is God good?’

            ‘Sure! God’s good.’

            ‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’

            ‘Yes’

            ‘Are you good or evil?

            ‘The Bible says I’m evil.’

            The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible! He
            considers for a moment. Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person
            over here and you can cure him. You can do it.
            Would you help him? Would you try?

            ‘Yes sir, I would.

            ‘So you’re good…!’

            ‘I wouldn’t say that.’

            ‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and
            maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’

            The student does not answer, so the professor
            continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer,
            even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him.. How is this Jesus good? Can
            you answer that one?

            The student remains silent.. ‘No, you can’t, can
            you?’ the professor says.

            He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk
            to give the student time to relax. ‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God
            good?’

            ‘Er..yes,’ the student says

            ‘Is Satan good?’

            The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’

            ‘Then where does Satan come from?’

            The student falters. ‘From God’

            ‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me,
            son. Is there evil in this world?

            ‘Yes, sir..’

            ‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make
            everything, correct?’

            ‘Yes’

            ‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued,
            ‘If God created everything,

            then God created evil, since evil exists,
            and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is
            evil.’

            Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there
            sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they
            exist in this world?’

            The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’

            ‘So who created them?’

            The student does not answer again, so the
            professor repeats his question. ‘

            Who created them?’ There is still no answer.
            Suddenly the lecturer breaks a

            way to pace in front of the classroom. The class
            is mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’

            he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe
            in Jesus Christ, son?’

            The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes,
            professor, I do.’

            The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have
            five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever
            seen Jesus?’

            ‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’

            ‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’

            ‘No, sir, I have not..’

            ‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus
            or smelt your Jesus? Have

            you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus
            Christ, or God for that matter?’

            ‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’

            ‘Yet you still believe in him?’

            ‘Yes’

            ‘According to the rules of empirical, testable,
            demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist… What do you say
            to that, son?’

            ‘Nothing,’ the student replies.. ‘I only have my
            faith.’

            ‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is
            the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’

            Another student asks a question of His own: ‘Professor,
            is there such thing as heat?’

            ‘Yes

            ‘And is there such a thing as cold?’

            ‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’

            ‘No sir, there isn’t.’

            The professor turns to face the student, obviously
            interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to
            explain. ‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat,
            mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t
            have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which
            is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing
            as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.
            Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy,
            and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute
            zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word
            we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we
            can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite
            of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’

            Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in
            the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

            ‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a
            thing as darkness?’

            ‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation..
            ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’

            ‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not
            something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal
            light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you
            have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to
            define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to
            make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’

            The professor begins to smile at the student in
            front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making,
            young man?

            ‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical
            premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be
            flawed.

            The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this
            time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’

            ‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the
            student explains… ‘You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a
            good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite,
            something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.’ ‘It uses
            electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood
            either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact
            that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of
            life, just the absence of it.’ ‘Now tell me, professor.. Do you teach your
            students that they evolved from a monkey?’

            ‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary
            process, young man, yes, of course I do.’

            ‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own
            eyes, sir?’

            The professor begins to shake his head, still
            smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

            ‘Since no one has ever observed the process of
            evolution at work and cannot

            even prove that this process is an on-going
            endeavor, are you not teaching

            your opinion, sir? Are you now not a
            scientist, but a preacher?’

            The class is in uproar. The student remains silent
            until the commotion has subsided. ‘To continue the point you were making
            earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean..’ The
            student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen
            the professor’s brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter. ‘Is there anyone
            here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain,
            touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so.
            So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable
            protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.’ ‘So
            if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’

            Now the room is silent. The professor just stares
            at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the
            old man answers. ‘I Guess you’ll have to take them on faith.

            ‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in
            fact, faith exists with life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such
            a thing as evil?’ Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is.
            We see it Every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It
            is in The multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These
            manifestations are nothing else but evil.’

            To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist
            sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of
            God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe
            the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens
            when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that
            comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.

            The professor sat down.

            ‘God vs. Science’

            PS: the student was Albert Einstein

            Albert Einstein wrote a book titled God vs.
            Science in 1921..

            Sorry about the length, but there is always room for God as we are his children.

          • Anon

            Excellent, I love it, I still am not religios, but I believe religion and science and religion can coexist. The reason I asked, is that many people today who don’t believe in religion are saying that it is false, and we should not believe in it. My opinion is that a principle or belief is true if you believe in it.

          • Anon

            I believe that you are still flawed on the ideas of what to do with progressiveness. Progressing is part of America. So teaching it is no harm. However, the corruption is rampant. It does not need to be stopped, it needs to be reformed and refined. We need to stop cutting corners.

          • Mark

            Progressing is a different animal than being a progressive. Their history has led to millions of deaths either through Hitler,Stalin, Mao and others. Abortation comes from the progressives and that policy has killed millions. As Albert stated evil is the lack of not having God in your heart. The progressives have tried to remove God out of America’s heart for 100 years and is still working on it.

          • Anon

            Hitler, Stalin, Mao are very extreme examples, they were trying to progress, yes, but are not really related to us now.

          • Anon

            Also, it was their personal defects (namely paranoia, sociopathy, and power-hunger) that threw them off course. If you look at their morals, they were relatively good.

            Germany:
            Wanted to expand and to recover from WW1. (To escape poverty)
            USSR:
            Wanted to make the average worker have mor equality and fairness in the work place
            (To find utopia)
            CHINA:
            Same as the USSR, but more Asian.

          • Mark

            They are not all extreme monsters. President Wilson professed many of these ideas. Utopian systems have never worked with men in power. Wilson brought us the FED, income taxes, WW1, and the start of a depression in 1920. He locked up people for nothing. It took a non progressive with Harding and Coolidge that stayed with his policies to bring us out of that mess Maybe they did have at the start good intentions, but somehow power always corupts those that seek it with out freedom.That might be through the theft of an election. Freedom always works in the end.

          • Anon

            But too much freedom is bad as well, you need to find a balance. We can’t have anarchy, and the bigger our country gets (population, technology and the rest), the more we will need a big government to ensure the safety of the new frontiers. And your right, power, for those who SEEK it, corrupts. But power thrust upon those who don’t seek it, never corrupts.

          • Mark

            The need for just the right amount of government should rest with the states instead of the federal government. That is the system that our Founding Fathers had in mind. That way you had local control compared to the national government and you had a choice as to how much government control you would want to live with. If you were not happy in one state, you could choose from the rest. That wonderful system is now lost with the progressives having been in control for the last 100 years. Tell me a politican that does not seek office. LOL

          • Anon

            But if the individual states had that kind of self control, we would have a hard time controlling and enforcing laws and mandates. For example:
            If dumping garbage in a river in one state was lega, but downstream it was illegal, the lower state will suffer because dumpers will have the ability to just do it upstream instead of in the state that it is illegal in.

            Also, if they don’t try seek office, would we have any polotitions at all? The answer for that is term limits for congress.

          • Mark

            That can be addressed by using watersheds for the boundries for states. For long rivers agreements can be addressed. Term limits for the House in DC should be one two year term in your life and go home. The senate should be one six year term and go home. The 17th amendment should be repealed and the state governments should pick and pay for the wages of their states senators. That way they would truly look out for the state instead of expanding the federal government.

          • Anon

            A good point, but we can’t just change our states boundaries, that’s inefficient. And the federal gov. Is as important as the state. No single state can declare war. Also, the states could not make war effectively, “united we stand, divided we fall”.

          • Mark

            The constitution addresses the subject of war.The states reps in congress are supposed to vote a declaration of war instead of a President going alone. 2 years only as then they would not have enough time to become profesional politicans. Send them home without pensions or benefits. If they want a life in politics, then do it at the state level where it would be more local.

          • Anon

            Also, I think a single term should be 2 years, with a maximum serving time of 8 years

          • KentPerry

            and you don’t think tort law would cover that. First, you assume too much. Both states will suffer. I imagine if people are going to be so god damned unreasonable as to float all there refuse to the lower state, thinking that if they don’t like it too damn bad,, then I doubt any model other than communism would get them to comply. I don’t see people being that damn belligerent and there would have to be some type of treaty else, we would have to go to war with the upper state. Socialism wouldn’t work with that situation because the upper state obviously has some very different cultural ideas and wouldn’t want to have anything to do with them

          • KentPerry

            Too much freedom? ha ha you socialists, always looking at everything from a position of scarcity

          • Anon

            Don’t call me a socialist, I’m not one.

          • Birger_Skruddusvingen

            “Wilson brought us the FED, income taxes, WW1, and the start of a depression in 1920. He locked up people for nothing. It took a non progressive with Harding and Coolidge that stayed with his policies to bring us out of that mess”

            Rather, it took the WW2 to end the depression.

          • KentPerry

            Those are all marketing strategy but were far from representative for their true agenda, Socialism can not work because it is a game for minimalists that will inevitably do as little work as they can get away with

          • Gay Veteran

            sorry junior, but Hitler came to power in a CONSERVATIVE coalition

          • Mark

            What does being a lib or a fake conservative have to do with being a progressive. Bush was a progressive just like Obama .A true conservative in this country wants a smaller government, Hitler brought in big government and fascism and that system is real big government.

          • Gay Veteran

            ah yes, like communism, conservatism cannot fail it can only be failed

          • Anon

            Question, are you actually gay, or is that just a account name?

          • Birger_Skruddusvingen

            “Question, are you actually gay, or is that just a account name?”

            Let’s at least hope it means “happy”. The newer meaning of the world… well, quite frankly I don’t even want to think about it.

          • Anon

            Actually, I just want to kick Kim Jong un in the the balls, then shoot his children

          • KentPerry

            The Nazi Party was socialist and there allies were Muslims and Marxist Fascist regimes like Mussolini

          • Gay Veteran

            Didn’t know the Nazi Party in Germany depended on Muslims, LOL. clueless, Marxists and Fascists are not the same thing

          • WarriorClass3

            Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

          • Gay Veteran

            why does god hate amputees? god NEVER answers their prayers

          • KentPerry

            How do you figure he hates amputees? If you are saying they never get healed, that’s baloney. Replacing body parts like a severed arm would then require he replace a heart for heart attack victims or a lung when one is removed from cancer. Yet all these types of infirmity has living survivors of same. So your statement about amputee’s is flawed

          • jade

            i believe it is in isaiah, maybe like isa.45, not for certain, and im going to paraphrase from my own memory, so again, do not quote me, tho im using quotation marks to make it clear what im paraphrasing, wait ill just use these brackets [ // ]

            [i create darkness and i create light… i create good and i create EVIL… i the lord do all these things]

            sorry, if i had my Bible with me, and its an old school one, one of those kinda like the early gideons… before things got glossed over.

            just saying, perhaps he does create evil simply by creating man whom he granted free will and naturally the desires of the flesh {man} are often evil… i guess thats what it meeans when god says he created good and EVIL… i found it surprising to read myself.

          • KentPerry

            I am still wondering whether we will survive another decade of “science”

          • Birger_Skruddusvingen

            “And the question you Christians should be asking is this:

            In a world of machines and science, will there still be a spot in the world for religions?”

            Well, we’ve had at least some kinds of “machines and science” for hundreds if not thousands of years. If I’m not mistaking I think a majority of the world’s population still faith one religion or another. I don’t foresee religions disappearing in the not-so-distant future.

          • Birger_Skruddusvingen

            “I do not blame foreigners for all of our problems.”

            Good. I don’t know of anybody else who does either, so that looks like a straw man argument (for lack of a better term) to me.

          • jade

            yeah, as appealing as the nature of progressive thinking and the mere meaning of the word progressive alone is in my mind, …. HOWEVER, our contemporary cultural and political climate the progressive movement is not so appealing for those who take a second look at the direction we are heading, and just how fast do we really want to progress that way,,,, come on folks, cant we just be a bit more satisfied being humans and not having to progress to something unnatural so everyone [that is, anyone who has the means…] can have all these superficial national and personal secured lifestyles… full of techno-luxury?

          • jade

            btw, i am using a wacky keyboard or something idk why all the uncalled for punctuation is coming up, i wasnt intending to use it, maybe im just not as progressive as some, cuz i dont know how to fix it! yikes. for instance, i did not type like at the bottom, last word, on my post, what the heck? keyboard on crack, sorry guys.. not my regular computer… just saying.

          • Kendra

            You clearly spend too much time watching Fox News…. if you want to know the truth – turn of the TV and read, read, read….

          • Mark

            The writing was on the wall in the US when we quit building factories and started building skyscrapers in cities that manage factories in other parts pf the world. Service jobs do not produce wealth but only manage the wealth and that management is being shipped out to lower cost nations. This has been going on well before Fox News was even Rupperts dream.

    • ProudInfidel

      Today’s headlines are right out of the Bible talking about the end times. I really wish a lot more people would realize that and take it seriously before it’s too late for them…..

    • Devils’sAdvocate

      It was good, except the biblical crap at the end. The world won’t end, people have been predicting that for millennia. Also, what I don’t like the Christian faith for is the fact if you don’t believe in it, you suffer for all eternity.

      • KentPerry

        You don’t like the Christian faith because those who follow it, believe in eternal damnation will be the consequence for those that do not. I get that right?

        Now you stated you didn’t like the biblical crap at the end and I suppose that would be the part where again, there is a consequence resulting from our failure to live up to the moral Standards prescribed in the Bible, yes?

        Now here, is where I get confused is why ANY of that troubles you when none of that is true. I mean it’s not gonna happen, using your own words, its a;; just a lot of biblical crap, right?

        So what do you care? Ironically you agreed with everything the above poster said as to the direction we are headed and that it all seems to scripted. Yet, you find the end of the post objectionable by reason of its source, the Bible.

        Even MORE ironic is the fact that his reference using the last days and the signs we would see materialize, along with various modern scientific data, and trends predicting the calamitous outcomes, serve to corroborate what the Bible says also regarding our current rate of decline.

        Yet you still find disagreement merely because he mentions some ancient texts that had predicted what are described in the context of a similar state of mans existence, referred to as “the days of Noah” . So even when the Bible supports your reason to add praise of the above posters opinions, you just HAD to make a disparaging remark to criticize his choice of the Bible as an additional reference. I find that very curious indeed. It’s as if you have some sort of “biblio-bigotry” going on here along with what I might add is a scandalous hint of christophobia.

        It’s either that,

        OR,,

        If the Bible is correct about its prophesy and all these events seem to corroborate and affirm the what it says about the current state being like the days of noah,, then perhaps that is the reason you have such a pet peeve against it and that it may actually have something to do with your criticism, even when it agrees with you.

        After all,, you may not agree with this on a conscious level but on a sub conscious level, one can’t help but to wonder,, if the Bible is right about these things happening, it may also be telling the truth about that place of eternal suffering, whether you think it is fair or not, or believe in the solution given us in the man Christ Jesus, to completely avoid said eternal suffering, if in fact it is true and what happens when your time expires here.

        In a Country where the lions share of the population and Christians, One would think, should EXPECT to see many of that same belief, talk about it or reference their stable datum for truth, the Christian Bible.

        I would EXPECT to see that happening quite a bit, and if it annoyed me, that much, that I just HAD to say something even though no scripture was quoted, no one tried to convert you or asked a dimes worth of your money.

        In fact, you seem to have survived the experience like a trooper. Just seems rather petty some of the reasons people have for going on this mission to erase all of Christendom from our midst given the rich history our Country has with it. I would argue attitudes like yours only exacerbates the situation like a spiritual cancer infecting our public schools with secular perversions, protected class distinction’s identified not by any immutable trait but by ones sexual bent. We hear self loathing children speaking as if humans are some vile parasite killing mother earth, making suicide and euthanasia, a viable substitute when you are too old to produce more than it costs to sustain your carbon footprint.

        Social Darwinism under the banner “trans Humanism” one of the great aggregation of many pagan ideas sold as progressive to the public educated and over fluoridated brains of several generations of sociopaths destined to be the future of our Nation, the atheist convinced they are among the science community I have heard are tantamount to being the Philosopher KINGS of infallible science they have exchanged the truth for the lie while they label their opposing interlocutors, as haters and bigots.

        We know, however, that truth, is always hate, to those that hate the truth, in a once Great and Powerful Christian Nation who has rejected the God that so blessed us. The Holy Restrainer has heard your comments and has put more distance between us making us sick as a people

        and as a Nation, already

        dying from it.

        • Gay Veteran

          religion exists for two main reasons: (1) man fears death, (2) as a means of social control (obey the law or you’ll go to hell)

        • Benjamin Collier

          HAHAHAHAHA….really?!

          How did you put that?

          “….live up to the moral Standards prescribed in the Bible…”?

          I see. So by that logic, you’re cool with…

          “Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces” Malachi 2:3

          or

          “Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones” – Psalm 137:9

          or -my favorite-

          “If a man rapes a virgin and gets caught, he must pay 50 pieces of silver to her father, and then marry her” Deuteronomy 22:28-29

          Yeah…gimme dat ol’ time religion….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

      You have the PERFECT attitude for this current economic situation. Your #1 job is to stay employed and provide for your family. That’s it! And you’ve got your head on straight and taking care of business! KEEP IT UP BUDDY!!!

  • Colin

    I was watching the film “Dredd”. In that episode, one building block, Peach Trees, was home to 75,000 inhabitants with an unemployment rate of 96%. I see this as extreme of what could happen in this country.

    • 2Gary2

      that movie was so predictable

  • 2Gary2

    all of the things you mention also happened to other more socialist countries such as Germany, Norway etc and their folks are doing just fine. It is the capitalist crap about profits before people that is the problem. Clearly capitalism is no longer working out too well for the vast majority of people. Please do not say crony capitalism is the problem as capitalism will always turn into crony capitalism. Yes capitalism is good at generating profits but it is terrible about distributing profits. This is why this country needs a good dose of socialism so we can be more like the Scandinavian countries-a social democracy.

    Tax the rich. They have the money – that’s why they are called the rich. Tax Wall St transactions – big time.

    • quercus454

      That is easy to say, tax the rich! The truth is regardless of which party is running things, the rich get a pass. They own congress, both sides of the aisle. The politicians know who has deep pockets and they are not going to piss off their benefactors. And even if congress was to grow a spine and to fairly tax corporate America, the corporations would likely just move.

      The only way your going to bring jobs back to this country and be able to implement a fair corporate tax structure is by imposing limits on access to American consumers.

      The US still has one of the largest consumer bases in the world. Americans buy a lot of stuff. Cut off the corporate worlds ability to sell stuff in this country for free. If they want to sell their products here, they have to make them here and pay the tax.

      • 2Gary2

        you are right on about access to the American consumer and making corporations pay their fair share.. If you look at the % of gov funded by corporate taxes it is at an all time low. These are facts and not just my opinion. I am sick of these scum bag corp externalizing their costs and internalizing their profits.

        • 2Celia2

          The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at 35.6% and it’s driving corporations to incorporate in countries with much lower tax rates. China has a corporate tax rate of 25%. Russia has a corporate tax rate of 20% and 0% for education and healthcare industries. Singapore has a corporate tax rate of 17%. Mexico has a corporate tax rate of 28%. Canada just dropped their corporate tax rate to 15%.

          • 2Gary2

            when all the loop holes are figured in the corporate tax rate in the usa is 18%. You are falling for the old right wing crap about our corporate rate being too high. Besides Canada the countries you name are hardly anything we would want to emulate.

          • Mark

            Do you know how many hours are wasted hiring rich lawyers to figure out ways to get around our high corporate tax rates. that money could go towards finding new products to produce.It is a rich lawyer welfare program. I would have thought that you would love Canada. Don;t you like their single payer health plan that those from Canada with money come to the US to see a doctor instead.

          • Gay Veteran

            and the korporations do NOT actually pay 35.6%

      • 2Celica2

        Congress is filled with super rich people and it’s the super rich who put them into power. Do you really think they will ever pass legislation that will cause the super rich to pay more in taxes? If the tax rates are increased for the super rich, no doubt there will be new deductions created so that the super rich will not have to pay any more than they do now.

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “all of the things you mention also happened to other more socialist countries such as Germany, Norway etc and their folks are doing just fine.”

      Oh? “doing just fine” – since when?

  • The Viking

    And this -boys & girls- is why I took a job in Saudi Arabia for obscene amounts of coinage….

  • Jodi

    The job I had for many years, I made around $1200 every couple of weeks. Now, with my new job I finally found after 14 mos. of unemployment I make around $600 every two weeks. And my latest job is part time work. So why is the WH & the media still telling us that the economy & jobs are getting better?

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “So why is the WH & the media still telling us that the economy & jobs are getting better?”

      Perhaps because it’s getting better for them. In that case they’re probably telling the truth.

  • Guess Again

    Harvard educated. Commercial pilot with 6000+ hours. Experience managing multiple businesses. In my 40’s. Now unemployed. Can’t get an interview at McDonald’s. If not for the church, our family would be homeless and starving. Welcome to Amerika, comrade.

    • Mark

      You know why they will not interview you. The first time a good paying job opens up, your gone and the investment to train you is gone with you.

      • Sarah Conner

        The investment to train a McDonald’s worker or some such, who quit in a few months anyway?

        No, this is just crazy.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      That is incredible. Thank you for sharing that story.

      Let us all pray that you will be able to find some good work soon.

      Michael

    • NoToTyranny

      McDonalds only hires illegal aliens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWt74Lysgj4 and you must speak spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrTWUZWRUho

    • JasonD

      Don’t tell them you’re a Harvard Grad…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

      You are in my prayers buddy! I’m in a similar situation, but I’m a 27 year old disabled veteran, just recently starting college after my Air Force discharge…it’s looking pretty bleak for me (and my generation) as well. Let us all pray for each other, because it’s about to get EXTREMELY rough I’m afraid…

  • Cinderella Man

    Yes these are extremely hard times. I recently moved back to a larger city from a more rural area went from no competition for jobs to massive competition. I recently applied for a cooking job and im sure that place got inudated with over 200 appilcations. I even had a friend inside who is the kitchen manager but i still never got a call back. As for the old addage the squeaky wheel gets the grease didnt happen. I called went in there in person and the owner just blew me off saying he will go through the apps and get back to me which is just a polite way to tell me to f off. Ive learned to just let it go. It used to bother me a few years ago when jobs rejected me even though i was well quailfied for the work. Now ive learned that this is the new normal when it comes to job hunting. If you are a man you already have one strike against you. If you have college education and you want a menial job thats another strike. I just accept that i will find some work eventually. Im just grateful for the kindness and understanding of my significant other that she knows that these are hard fuckin times and im trying the best i can. I know this is the woman im gonna marry. Good luck all who are looking for work. Like Michael says finding a job these days is like winning the lottery!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatiana-Covington/100002159242044 Tatiana Covington

    Can’t you face it? People are becoming obsolete!

    • WM

      You said it. I try to read the Engineering/manufacturing books at linch and you should see the high tech manufacturing technology that exists now that can allow companies to have less people working. Very expensive for sure, but the option is there.

      • Colin

        People will never be obsolete. When this civilization does collapse. in a fifty or a hundred or two year hundred years, people will become valuable again.

  • NoToTyranny

    The economy has never been better for today’s employer! In Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1000 “candidates” show up for 200 minimum-wage jobs. Out of that pool, the gleeful hiring managers can expect to find those with Doctorate degrees who can walk on water. HOW COOL IS THAT?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “We have got to stop sending jobs overseas.”—Ross Perot in 1992

    “If you don’t care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south.”—Ross Perot in 1992

    Fast forward to January 2013. I live in Philadelphia, BRA, and if I need a vivid demonstration of what post-industrial hell is like, I can get there with my own two feet. Let’s say that I need a good, sobering demonstration of the contrasts between have and have-not scenarios in The Banana Republic of America (the Third World slop bucket that used to be Los Estados Unidos). I’ll start out my journey in Rittenhouse Square, land of high-rise luxury condos and pricy salons, and walk about a mile east until I get to the Ben Franklin Bridge. Then, I’ll walk across that bridge, cross state lines and end up in a post-industrial horror movie known as Camden, NJ (which is easily the most dangerous, crime infested place in Jersey). And if I really want to feel depressed, I’ll remind myself that as horrible as Camden is, there are places that are even more dangerous and lawless—for example, Ciudad Juarez, Tepito in Mexico City, the slums of South Bogotá or bloody Caracas, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Globalism, as Alex Jones points out, is such a race to the bottom that no matter how terrible a place is, the globalists will make it even worse. If a globalist thinks that minimum-wage workers in Mexico are overpaid, he’ll move operations to Guatemala or Honduras. And if he decides that minimum wage in Guatemala or Honduras is too costly, how about Haiti or Sub-Saharan Africa?

    “Los Estados Unidos has turned into a banana republic, a fascist banana republic.”—Gerald Celente

    “The globalists take the money they suck and move it to a Third World hellpit to sell us junk back to dig the hole deeper. They’re waging economic war against us.”—Alex Jones

    Darn right, Señor Jones (no wonder I enjoy your show so much—especially when you have Gerald Celente on as a guest). But karma’s a bitch, and the globalist scum that Señor Jones and Señor Celente warn us about get a very rude awakening when they find out that desperate people do desperate things. I have no sympathy whatsoever for some CEO who finds himself bound and gagged in the trunk of a car in the slums of Guatemala City. F*** him. That’s what he gets for being a greedy bastard who was so cheap that he couldn’t even pay minimum wage in México. He gets kidnapped for ransom, and he gets a dose of karma with brass knuckles—also known as The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax (DPDDTT). And did the arrogant son of a bitch really think the very underpaid Guatemalan cops would save his miserable ass from the DPDDTT collectors? Please! Thanks to the generosity of the DPDDTT collectors, Señor Policía just quintupled his pay and said, “Les agradezco mucho para todo lo que ustedes han hecho para mi familia. Necesitan mas armas? Si necesiten mas armas, sería un gran placer vender armas a ustedes. Or as they say in the BRA, mis armas son sus armas.”

    So imagine a future in which Camden, North Killadelphia and West Baltimorgue (or West Bodymore) are even worse than they are now. That’s the grim future of The Banana Republic of America. The desperation will greatly intensify in this Third World hellhole, and the blood will flow like rivers. Don’t say that Ross Perot didn’t try to warn us.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Corporatist/globalist CEO when he closes down operations in the BRA and announces plans to move operations to Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras: “Life is rough. Get over it.”

    Corporatist/globalist CEO when he is kidnapped for ransom by DPDDTT thugs and finds himself bound and gagged
    and covered with bruises in a wretched shantytown slum in Guatemala City or San Salvador: “Dear God, please help me.”

    DPDDTT thug who beat the CEO bloody on camera, cut off a finger and filmed the beating in order to encourage his wife to pay the ransom sooner rather than later: “Life is rough. Get over it.”

  • WM

    I have been there in the valley and hearing story after story of how my fellow Americans are trying there best, breaks my heart. This global economy is killing us. Please keep your head up, and I pray God Bless you and yours with peace, health, and employemtn.

  • WarriorClass3

    You left out the biggest reason Americans can’t find jobs; The Immigration Reform Act of 1965 and the fraudulent H2B work visa. Almost half of the US population is here due to the replacement of the American population with foreigners, statist Eurotrash, third world bottom feeders and anyone else the government wants to let into the country. It’s the LEGAL immigrants that take the good jobs, this is corporate/government policy.

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “You left out the biggest reason Americans can’t find jobs; The Immigration Reform Act of 1965″

      Correction, if I may:

      The Civil Rights and Voting act of 1964 and the Immigration and Naturalization act of 1965.

      And If I’m wtond, feel free to correct me.

      • Gay Veteran

        and what does the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have to do with jobs?

        • Birger_Skruddusvingen

          “and what does the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have to do with jobs?”

          Well, that’s not excactly what I wrote.

          Affermative action.

  • Foreigner

    Many people can answer the question “what is going on?”. A little people can find out answer “what are the causes?”.

    And absolutely nobody (including me) know what to do next.

  • Anon

    We need to levy taxes on business that outsource jobs, and on companies that are based in foreign countries. The fact is that companies like google put their headquarters in countries like Switzerland, to get huge tax breaks and make easy tax less money. If we taxed foreign businesses then it would encourage companies to move BACK to America, and hire American workers. But those republicans would hate that.

  • Anon

    Test

  • Cronos17

    Collapsing Job market is a very real and pressing concern. Like the college student told the politician, the question is not the loan, but whether or not there will be a job at the end.

    Causes:

    1. Technology- it is foolhardy to separate outsourcing from technology. Outsourcing is caused by technology becoming sufficiently advanced to move the job. Which is a precursor to technology being able to do the job.

    2. Short term thinking- We have both a shortage of entry level jobs and high level workers. At issue is that corporations do not believe that it is cost effective to train new employees, even if they are working for next to nothing. You can see the same thing going on in product development, only very quick and easy development is really put into practice, no basic research. And of course government has its own brand of short term thinking.

    3. Dominance of Selection Effects- selection effects redistribute the pie rather than growing it. The sad truth here is that college education is actually a selection effect, not a value adding proposition. We have more educated people than ever before, but we don’t have a net increase high level work, more educated simply push out the less educated. Another disturbing trend is with business spending more on advertising and controlling the market, rather than investment in actual equipment or personnel.

  • Anon

    I’d like the poster to do better at sourcing his data, I don’t find it easy to figure out where he got his information.

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “I don’t find it easy to figure out where he got his information.”

      As the Americans reportedly says:
      “Nothing worth anything has ever been easy.”
      Perhaps a search on the WWW would do the trick.

  • covington

    I live here in Mexico. I moved here in 2004 because I sensed tatamont changes were in store for the US economy. I work for a Navistar International truck dealer here. One of more than 70. I have visited Navistar’s truck plant in Escobedo Nuevo Leon on the the US border several times. On a recent visit I noted an increase in the use of robots. What is the point of locating to country and not using the labor pool? Navistar has shut down various US facilities and will soon be shutting down its Garland, Texas plant and relocating its production to Mexico as they have done so with the other plants. America is bleeding jobs to cheap foreign labor and robots.

    What will happen when all labor is replaced by robots?

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “What will happen when all labor is replaced by robots?”

      Then maybe they (the robots) will replace us (humans).

      Technological singularity. Perhaps 37 years from now.

      Buckle up, boys and girls. Terribly rough times ahead.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

      http://www.singularity2050.com

  • http://profiles.google.com/mcgauley2010 Tim McGauley

    We keep allowing it, they’ll get doing it! It’s that simple!

  • Colin

    For the past several months, several publicized events of Boeing 787s malfunctioning have been reported on the news outlets. Luckily, none of the events have resulted in fatalities. The FAA issued an order requiring that all 787s in service be grounded until the planes are proven safe again. Some believe that the outsourcing of parts is a contributing factor to the 787 failure rate.

    * http://qz.com/45381/boeings-787-dreamliner-uses-the-most-flammable-battery-on-the-market/
    * http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/18/is-outsourcing-to-blame-for-boeings-787-woes/

  • MagicEye

    First of all I have to beg for leniency for my poor englisch. I am writing these lines in Berlin (Germany). I am sorry to say, that only prays won’t work. In my experience the most companies with good conditions of employment are searching for controllers (i.e. activity accounting), IT-professionals, SAP-Consultants (i.e. FI/CO), developers, programmers, reseachers, natural scientists, mathematicians and so on. Conclusion: Learn as much as possible “hard skills” relevant for these areas, i.e. powerful commercial software (not only SAP), database administration (at least SQL), a further foreign language (they do really need), financial accounting and suchlike. I do know very well: This is the hard way, but it works for me. Another possible “solution”: Produce so many videos (with a good camcorder) for youtube (or for your homepage) containing comedy, news, action, suspense, sex, new age, physical health, sex or money. If only one of them (or several) gets enough clicks, you can achieve a residual income. There are already many good sources regarding e-learning (many subjects), producing videos with free tools, but the most people are too lazy or close-minded an grieve about old jobs.

    PS: Learn from the “preppers”, i.e. buy silver coins, non-perishable food and so on.

    PPS: Throw the idiot box away!

  • 2Gary2

    “Our skyrocketing inequality — so contrary to our meritocratic ideal of
    America as a place where anyone with hard work and talent can “make it” —
    means that those who are born to parents of limited means are likely
    never to live up to their potential. Children in other rich countries
    like Canada, France, Germany and Sweden have a better chance of doing
    better than their parents did than American kids have. More than a fifth
    of our children live in poverty — the second worst of all the advanced
    economies, putting us behind countries like Bulgaria, Latvia and
    Greece.”

    by Joseph Stiglitz

  • SNJ116

    the stat about Harvard is correct 6% of applicants get into Harvard according to admission rates

  • HecatesMoon

    Ummm… I know some of you on here are in Missouri. At least a few anyway.

    A Missouri farm, Morningland Dairy, was shut down for possible contamination. A recall on ALL cheese from their operation was put out– an entire year’s worth of cheese. No one reported any illness and no contamination was found at their facility.

    Because of ridiculous red tape designed to keep the weak, weak this business was not able to re-open. They went out of business by force.

    A group of farm type friends and I discussed it and started a petition. We want Morningland Dairy re-opened without anymore harassment and without the red tape.

    I’m also pledging to search for a local farmer to purchase milk from instead of giving my money to mega dairy.

    Will you folks in Missouri please sign this petition?http://www.thepetitionsite.com/909/639/356/savemorningland-dairy/

    And here’s the story…

    http://uncheeseparty.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/morningland-dairy-the-final-solution/

  • HecatesMoon

    I posted with a link to petition for re-opening of a farm here in Missouri. Please, Michael? Will you let it through? It was auto screened, basically. It’s important, and I know that there are a few Missouri folks on here.

  • KentPerry

    The only man that has a reason to fear death, is an atheist. As for the law,, the law was given to man to prove he wasn’t as great as they thought they would be (The Jews) and that they couldn’t follow it. That they needed a savior.

    • Gay Veteran

      sorry kp, but even you religious types truly fear death

      • KentPerry

        I wouldn’t say I am “religious” by any standard of Christianity. But since I seem to be arguing with a mind reader, even IF religious types feared death, then why say it is the reason religion exists when by your own testimony you state, man fears death regardless. So what reason would it still exist if it fails as the intended reason for its existence is of no benefit to alleviate that fear.

        • Gay Veteran

          “The only man that has a reason to fear death, is an atheist.”
          your statement is objectively false.
          and maybe you can explain why religion exists if you don’t like my reasons?

          • KentPerry

            Quote:”your statement is objectively false”

            The hell it is,,

            To paraphrase your own argument:

            “sorry Gay Veteran but even you Godless types truly fear death”

  • Anon

    Lets burn some bibles to piss millions of Christians off!!

  • Benjamin Collier

    This isn’t much different than evolution.

    Adapt or die, people….

    Despite the rhetoric, Capitol Hill & the vermin that dwell there, can’t do a thing about “creating” manufacturing jobs when it’s cheaper to do business overseas, or undo the log-jam of simply too many piggies at the job trough….

  • Gay Veteran

    knew you couldn’t answer the question

  • Birger_Skruddusvingen

    “If you are a man you already have one strike against you. If you have college education and you want a menial job thats another strike.”

    And if you’re so called “white”… And able-bodied… And straight… And perhaps even a legal citizen… Then your prospects to get and hold a decent job are truely bleak.

  • Birger_Skruddusvingen

    “The desperation will greatly intensify in this Third World hellhole, and the blood will flow like rivers. Don’t say that Ross Perot didn’t try to warn us.”

    Speaking of “rivers of blood”, I seem to recall that it was Enoch Powell who called the warning shots.

  • Pam Dirac

    Karma is likely to come to them in a much different form. What are they gonna do when there is no one left to pay them for what they make? They’ll find themselves (or their descendants will) in the same cesspit with the rest of us.

  • Col.

    Two Masters, 26 yrs working national & international levels. TSC. Billions in past contracts. Fighting for a job ($12.50 ph) at a retail place with other 50ish white collar guys who are unemployed. Dead end job and dragging down my social security payout in the future. Worried my sons will be pulled into a war.

  • Scott

    I think it’s a common misconception to blame the advances in technology on the decline of the American work force. Henry Hazlitt shows why this theory proves to be false.

  • Just another observer…

    “…U.S.
    workers have now been merged into a global labor pool with hundreds of millions of workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages…”

    Truer words were never spoken…

    Another amazing fact… we lead the world in consuming. We
    consume everything.. cars, electronics, food, natural resources etc… and we consume things that we even don’t need… cable service, mobile phone plans, video games, hair care products, etc… that’s where our strength is, yet the
    things we consume are not made from here… tariffs need to return!!! And these free trade agreements need to END. That is the only way jobs will return… everything else is just distraction from these two key points…

    Sadly we have also have been pitted against each other… Left vs Right. Union vs Private sector. Religious vs non believers. Truth vs lies. Freedom vs Security. Tolerance vs Myopic viewpoints. Self empowered vs total dependency.
    Empathy vs Psychopathic. Honor vs the disingenuous. People vs Profit! We now live in a time of mass distraction and misinformation that will keep us twisted in this paradigm of fear and personal sacrifice so the few can continue to
    profit at the misfortune of those who need it the most… Honestly, I’m very disappointed
    at humanity…

    Face is folks, we live in a Culture in Decline…

  • AlamoIlliniCPA

    AlamoIlliniCPA

    I invite the rest of USA who are not finding opportunity to MOVE!….NOW!!…move to Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota and other states that are hiring workers of all types that are benefiting from States which believe in the US Constitution, especially the 10th amendment which provides States the ability to protect their citizens from the tyranny of U.S. Federal Goverment and a US Federal Reserve which protect the 1% while destroying the lives of the other 99%

    AlamoIlliniCPA
    San Antonio, Texas

  • Chris

    Home based businesses are the way to go! You can even start one part-time! It’s changed my life and it has the potential to change anyone’s life as well! If you want more info, email me!! mct2fly@yahoo.com