Median Household Income Is Falling In Almost Every Single Major American City

Median household income is falling in the vast majority of U.S. states and in virtually every single major U.S. city.  According to the Census Bureau’s annual survey of income and poverty in the United States, of the 52 largest metro areas in the nation, only the city of San Antonio did not see a decline in median household income in 2009.  Needless to say, that is not good news.  If incomes are falling from coast to coast, then how in the world can anyone claim that we are experiencing a “recovery”?  The truth is that we are not in the middle of an economic recovery.  What we are in the middle of is a long-term economic decline.  Incomes are going down and middle class American families find themselves squeezed like never before.  Meanwhile, unemployment has skyrocketed in recent years and it has become much harder to get a good job.  Less Americans than ever are able to achieve anything even close to resembling the American Dream.  Things are getting really tough out there, and as more jobs and factories leave the United States, as the U.S. government goes into even more debt and as the economy continues to implode things are going to get even worse. (Read More...)

Banks Are Failing At A Record Pace, The FDIC Bank Problem List Continues To Grow And Most Americans Don’t Even Realize The U.S. Banking System Is Dying

In the mainstream media, all the talk is about how the “recession” is over.  But the truth is that our economic problems are far from over.  In fact, the U.S. banking system is dying.  U.S. banks continue to fail at a record pace.  The FDIC list of problem banks continues to grow at an alarming pace.  Loans and mortgages continue to go bad at an accelerating rate at banks across the United States.  The truth is that we are in deep, deep trouble, and the vast majority of the American people do not even realize it.  But the American people better wake up soon, because if the U.S. banking system dies, the American Dream is going to die along with it for tens of millions of Americans. (Read More...)

15 Bone Chilling Signs That Part Two Of The Double Dip Housing Crash Has Begun

These are harrowing times for anyone trying to sell a home or for anyone who is trying to make a living in the housing industry.  But unfortunately, there are a whole lot of signs that things are about to get quite a bit worse.  U.S. home sales have hit record lows in recent months.  An increasing number of sellers have started to reduce their asking prices, and there are signs that home prices are already starting to slip substantially in many areas of the country.  Meanwhile, the inventory of unsold homes in the United States continues to rapidly increase. Home foreclosures and bank repossessions of homes continue to set all-time records.  What this all means is that the U.S. housing market is being absolutely flooded with homes for sale at a time when there are very few buyers.  There is way too much supply and not nearly enough demand and as a result home prices are being pressured downward.  The home buyer tax credits that the U.S. government was bribing home buyers with helped stabilize the U.S. housing market for a while, but now the tax credits have expired and things are getting scary out there. (Read More...)

Turn Out The Lights – The Party Is Over: 20 Signs That American Consumers Are Completely And Totally Tapped Out

Many economists have been mystified that even though the recession is “over”, American consumers have not opened their wallets and started spending again like they normally do at the end of a recession.  News report after news report has encouraged Americans to grab their credit cards and to head out to the stores and start spending again, but it just is not happening.  So why are things different this time?  Well, for one thing there is a lot of fear in the air.  Poll after poll after poll shows that faith in the economy has collapsed and that large numbers of Americans fear that things are going to get even worse for the economy soon.  But for millions of other Americans there is another problem – they couldn’t spend more money if they wanted to.  The truth is that living on credit for decades has caught up with us as a nation.  Americans are absolutely drowning in mortgage debt, car loans, credit card debt and student loan debt.  As wages have stagnated, credit has enabled many of us to pursue the American Dream and to live far beyond our means, but that doesn’t last forever.  Now tens of millions of Americans are completely and totally tapped out.  But without the return of the voracious American “consumer” there is not going to be a full economic “recovery”. (Read More...)

10 Reasons Why Barack Obama’s “It’s Not A Stimulus” Package Is A Cruel Joke On The American People

As election season 2010 draws near, the Obama administration has finally realized that the Democrats could actually lose both the House and the Senate in November.  Suddenly all Obama wants to talk about is his wonderful new plan for the U.S. economy.  Unfortunately, what he is suggesting is far too little and far too late.  Anything Obama is proposing now will not be passed by Congress before the upcoming elections, and that is bad news for the Democrats.  The American people tend to vote based on their wallets, and right now the American people are not happy.  They desperately want someone to “fix” what is wrong with the economy.  Obama is running around the country trying to convince people that he is the man to restore the American Dream, but at this point the American people have less faith in his economic policies than ever.  The White House is insisting that Obama’s new economic plan is not a new “stimulus package”, and that is actually true.  Obama’s new plan will not stimulate much of anything.  The truth is that Obama’s new economic plan is really just a cruel joke on those who are willing to have faith in Obama’s ability to somehow turn the dying U.S. economy around.  Unfortunately, throwing several hundred billion more dollars at the problem is not going to do anything to fix the foundational problems that are destroying our economic system.  (Read More...)

15 Reasons Why Young Americans Should Do Whatever They Can To Avoid Getting Sucked Into The Student Loan Debt Trap

America has created a student loan debt bubble that is inflating at a staggering pace and that is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives.  For the first time in U.S. history, Americans owe more on their student loans than they do on their credit cards.  Millions more young people are getting sucked in to the student loan debt trap each year.  They are told that “an education” is the key to achieving the American Dream and that they won’t be able to get a good job without going to college.  They are told that they should get into the best school that they can and that they will surely get a good enough job to easily pay off their student loans.  In fact, most American high school students don’t have anyone warning them about the dangers of the student loans that they are about to commit to paying off.  But they should, because the system of higher education in the United States has become a money making scam.  Those who get sucked into the student loan debt trap often end up regretting it for the rest of their lives. (Read More...)

Just One Really Bad Year Away From A Horrific World Famine

The shocking announcement by the Russian government of a 12 month extension of its wheat export ban and the outbreak of food riots in Mozambique are stark reminders that the world is just one really bad year away from a horrific world famine.  As you read this, the world is already really, really struggling to feed itself.  Approximately 1 billion people throughout the world go to bed hungry each night.  Somewhere in the world someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds, and 75 percent of those are children under the age of five.  And those are the statistics that we have seen while North America has been producing record harvests.  So what is going to happen when the United States and Canada have really bad harvests for a year or two as world demand for food continues to skyrocket?  That is a very sobering question. (Read More...)

If Everything Is Going To Be Okay, Then Why Is The Number Of Preppers In The United States Absolutely Exploding?

A rapidly growing number of Americans believe that the United States has veered very far off the right track in recent years and they have begun preparing for “the end of the world as we know it”.  For many of these “preppers”, the complete and total collapse of the U.S. economy is now such a certainty that it would be foolish not to get prepared.  For others, the prospect of another major natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina is motivation enough to stock up on food and supplies.  Still other Americans are deeply concerned about potential terror attacks, the outbreak of deadly pandemics or even the start of the next world war. The truth is that there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the state of the world, and as Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrated, the U.S. government is not often very good at picking up the pieces once disaster strikes.  Millions of Americans are starting to wake up and are realizing that when the chips are down nobody else is going to take care of them.  Instead of moving to Montana and building a nuclear fallout shelter like the hardcore survivalists of old did, many modern preppers are converting extra bedrooms into food storage pantries, they are learning how to grow survival gardens and they are stocking up on everything from gas masks to auxiliary generators. (Read More...)

Living In Fear

Can you feel the rising fear in America today?  It has gotten to the point where it is almost palpable.  Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and fear what is going to happen when their unemployment benefits run out.  Millions of others fear what would happen if they lose the job that they still have.  A rapidly growing number of Americans are getting behind on their mortgage payments and fear that they might lose their homes to foreclosure.  Still others are looking retirement directly in the eye and are realizing that they aren’t going to have enough money to make it.  So why all the fear?  Well, over the past several decades an increasing number of Americans have come to define their lives by the amount of stuff that they have accumulated and the amount of money in their bank accounts.  For these Americans, living the American Dream is dependent on these material possessions.  So what happens when these material possessions are threatened?  What you get is millions upon millions of Americans living in fear. (Read More...)