What’s disturbing about this picture?
Posted on Prison Planet-By The Economic Collapse-On February 16, 2012:
“You might not want to read this article if you have a weak stomach. Most Americans have absolutely no idea what is going on in the dark corners of America, and when people find out the truth it can come as quite a shock. Many of you will not believe some of the things Americans are doing just to survive. Some families are living in sewers and drain tunnels, some families are living in tents, some families are living in their cars, some families will make ketchup soup for dinner tonight and some families are even eating rats. Some homeless shelters in America are so overloaded that they are actually sending people out to live in the woods. As you read this, there are close to 50 million Americans that are living below the poverty line, and that number rises a little bit more every single day. America was once known as the greatest nation on earth, but now there is decay and economic despair almost everywhere you look. Yes, money certainly cannot buy happiness, but the lack of it sure can bring a lot of pain. As the economy continues to decline, the suffering that we see all around us is going to get a lot worse, and that is a very frightening thing to think about.
The following is a half hour documentary produced by the BBC entitled “Poor America”. Trust me, this is a must watch. Your heart will break as you hear some American children talk about what they have to do for food….
Wasn’t that video absolutely mind blowing?
Those of us that still live comfortably are often completely unaware of what life is like out on the streets of America at this point.
There are millions upon millions of Americans that have lost all hope and that are living on the very edge of life and death.
And more join the ranks of the hopeless with each passing day. This upcoming weekend approximately 80,000 people in the state of Michigan will lose their unemployment benefits.
So what are those people going to do after that?
They have already been unable to find work month after month. Their savings are most certainly gone. Now the only money they had coming in is going to be eliminated.
Yes, I have written many times about how the U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt and cannot afford to be giving out so much money. My point here is to show the other side of the equation. There are millions upon millions of Americans that are barely hanging on and there are no jobs for them. The suffering that those families are going through is very real.
Millions of other families are trying to get by on the incomes they pull in from part-time jobs. According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans that are working part-time jobs but that would like full-time jobs is now higher than it has been at any other time in the last two years. The number of the “working poor” just continues to increase, but most Americans don’t have much sympathy for them because they “have jobs”.
Well, when you are making 8 bucks an hour it can be incredibly tough to make it from month to month.
Just look at how much it costs to buy the basic things that we need.
Without gasoline, most of us would not even be able to get to our jobs. The price of gasoline has increased 83 percent since Barack Obama first took office, and it is poised to soar even higher. Right now, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is $3.51. Never before has the average price of gas gone above $3.50 so early in the year. Many believe that we could set a new all-time record this summer.
But last year was bad enough. In 2011, the average American family spent over $4,000 on gasoline.
So when you are making just a few hundred dollars per week, it can be a massive struggle just to put gas in your car and food on the table.
The article that I wrote the other day about the decline of Detroit really struck a nerve. All over America, people can see similar things happening to their own neighborhoods. People are scared and they want some answers.
Well, the truth is that we should have never allowed tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of our national wealth to be shipped out of the country.
Just check out this stunning photo which compares the decline of Detroit to the rise of Shanghai, China.
Do you think that it is just a coincidence that Detroit is falling apart and that cities in China look sparkly and new?
No, the truth is that it is a natural consequence of our foolish economic policies.
There are hundreds of communities all over the country where third world conditions are setting in. For example, the following is how one bloggerdescribes what life is like in a decaying suburb of Phoenix called Maryville….
Crime and gangs are widespread. Most houses have either fallen into disrepair, or been remade with outside walls sporting spikes and ironwork. Many of the front lawns are now just dirt (or worse, gravel), the pools green and lethal.
Now we stand on the precipice of another major global financial crisis. Economic conditions in America are going to become significantly worse. The politicians in Washington D.C. may make sure that the boys and girls on Wall Street are always taken care of, but there will be no bailouts for the large numbers of Americans that are about to lose their jobs and their homes.
If you want an idea of what is coming, just look at what is happening in Greece. 25 percent of the businesses have shut down, one-third of all money has been pulled out of Greek bank accounts and unemployment and poverty are absolutely rampant.
For years, a lot of prominent voices out there were screaming and yelling about the dangers posed by our soaring trade deficits and our soaring budget deficits.
But the American people did not listen. They just kept sending the same politicians back to Washington D.C. over and over.
As a result, soon millions of those same Americans will find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that they would do just to survive.”
Video: Poor America!-Posted on YouTube.com-By leenicklen-On February 13, 2012:
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I. CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression!
Posted on US News and World Report-By ALEX M. PARKER-On February 16, 2012:
“After three years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. has seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression, the Congressional Budget Office noted in a report issued today.
[Dems Tout GOP Payroll Tax Plan as Political Victory.]
And, despite some recent good news on the economic front, the CBO is still predicting that unemployment will remain above 8 percent until 2014. The report also notes that, including those who haven’t sought work in the past four weeks and those who are working part-time but seeking full-time employment, the unemployment rate would be 15 percent.
The CBO made its comments in a report examining the long-term effects of joblessness, and possible policy options to boost employment, including unemployment insurance reforms and job training programs. The report came at the request of Democratic Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, but Republicans quickly jumped on the chance to bash President Obama’s stimulus program, which is also reaching its three-year anniversary today.
[Virginia is for Lovers—and Politicos.]
“The stimulus is a stark reminder of how the president got the policies he wanted, and how those policies have failed the American people and are making things worse,” said Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling.
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II. Unemployment Tricks: Jobs Claim Made by 'Shrinking' Workforce!
Posted on NewsMax.com-By Andrew Henry-On February 6, 2012:
“Last week, the White House claimed that unemployment dropped for the fifth consecutive month to 8.3 percent — the lowest it has been in nearly three years — after adding 243,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But financial experts are saying the figures may have been manipulated — and that the significant drop in employment was because of the fact that the federal agency charged with computing key economic data has significantly decreased the number of Americans in the workforce.
“If you hold the workforce participation rate constant over the past year, unemployment would be about 8.9 percent instead of 8.3 percent,” GOP economist Matt McDonald of Hamilton Place Strategies said Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “So it is a weird number that is out there, and I think people have to be looking at that carefully.”
The same Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report that showed unemployment dropping to 8.3 percent showed total workforce participation — the number of people either working or looking for work — declining by 1.2 million people in one month.
The unemployment rate is determined by dividing the number of unemployed job-seekers by the total labor force. By reducing the number of workers in the overall workforce, the Obama administration can show actual unemployment dropping, when, in fact, improvement has been marginal at best.
Many economists feel the official statistics seriously underestimate how bad the unemployment situation really is. They maintain that the key measure is the number of people who would like to have a job, but can’t find one.
When people retire from the workforce because of the aging of the nation’s population or give up looking for work because of prolonged unemployment, the BLS declares the unemployed person a “discouraged worker.”
At that point, the BLS lists them as “marginally attached to the workforce,” and they no longer are considered to be part of the nation’s working population.
Dropping them off the employment calculations keeps the unemployment rate substantially lower than it would be otherwise and has been key to the improvements in the unemployment numbers during the past year.
Tyler Durden of Zerohedge.com writes: “It appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million.”
In fact, Zerohedge notes that BLS is breaking records in claims about the shrinking workforce. The most recent unemployment number was based on the assertion that the entire U.S. workforce has shrunk to a 30-year low.
An analysis by Joseph Curl of the Washington Times shows the labor force as a percentage of the available population hit 66 percent in October 1988, and remained there throughout the presidency of George H.W. Bush. It then reached 67 percent or better for 40 straight months during President Bill Clinton’s presidency, and was above 66 percent for virtually all of President George W. Bush’s presidency.
But by the end of President Obama’s first year in office, it had dipped to 64.6 percent, before dipping to just 63.7 percent last month — its lowest point in almost three decades.
One analyst who is stridently critical of the BLS numbers is TrimTabs.com CEO Charles Biderman. His firm uses what he considers a more modern and timely measurement, actual tax receipts to the IRS, to calculate employment.
By his firm’s calculations, the economy added only 44,000 jobs in January, not even enough to keep the unemployment rate from growing.
The BLS numbers “are just guesses,” Biderman tells Newsmax. “I don’t know whether they’re politically motivated or not.”
The White House is doing “cartwheels” over the positive jobs numbers being promulgated from the BLS, the Christian Science Monitor says.
“These numbers will go up and down in the coming months, and there’s still far too many Americans who need a job or need a job that pays better than the one they have now,” President Obama said. “But the economy is growing stronger.”
BLS spokesman Gary Steinberg tells Newsmax that the bureau publishes its methodologies for calculating the unemployment rate online. While its tweaks its various formulas to keep them up to date, he states there has been no major change in how the rate is calculated in over a decade.
“The definitions have not changed . . . if someone is not actively looking for work for the four weeks preceding the reference week, they’re not in the labor force,” he says. “That was true years ago, and it’s true today.”
III. Obamanomics Has Failed!-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mike Brownfield-On February 17, 2012:
IV. Obama’s Budget Blather!-Posted on The Patriot Post-By Mark Alexander-On February 16, 2012:
V. See, I Told You So: Obama Approval Up, Jobless Rate Down, “Culture War” Revived—All Manipulated by Lib Media to Dispirit You!-Posted on RushLimbaugh.com-By Rush Limbaugh-On February 16, 2012:
VI. Italian police seize $6 trillion of fake U.S. bonds!-Posted on Yahoo! News-By Elisa Forte and Gavin Jones, Reuters–On February 17, 2012:
VII. Video: Italian police seize $6 trillion of fake U.S. bonds!-Posted on Yahoo! News-On February 17, 2012:
VIII. Obama proposes $800 million in aid for “Arab Spring!”-Posted on Reuters-By Susan Cornwell, WASHINGTON-On February 13, 2012:
IX. Heritage Responds to Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal!-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mike Brownfield-On February 13, 2012:
X. Romney, Ryan, Rubio Rip Obama's New Budget!-Posted on NewsMax.com-By Martin Gould-On February 13, 2012:
XI. White House Spin Machine Hits Brick Wall!-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mike Brownfield-On February 13, 2012:
XII. Budget? Why Follow A Budget?-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mike Brownfield-On February 10, 2012:
XIII. S AMERICA SPIRALING TOWARD FASCISM? (Part 1)-Posted on News With Views-By Dr. Carl Parnell, Ed,D –On February 7, 2012:
XIV. IS AMERICA SPIRALING TOWARD FASCISM? (Part 2)-Posted on News With Views-By Dr. Carl Parnell, Ed,D –On February 15, 2012:
XV. Steny Hoyer: ‘What Does A Budget Do?‘ The ’Fact Is, You Don‘t Need’ One!-Posted on The Blaze-By Becket Adams-On February 8, 2012:
XVI. Job Growth Should Be Stronger!-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mike Brownfield-On February 3, 2012:
XVII. Harvard Prof: Megaupload-Style Cases Will Kill Tech Companies!-Posted on Western Journalism-By FLOYD BROWN-On January 31, 2012:
XVIII. Marco Rubio: Obama‘s ’Made Everything Worse!’-Posted on The Blaze-By Madeleine Morgenstern-On January 28, 2012:
XIX. Socialism’s Fundamental Flaw that Liberals Simply Ignore!-Posted on The Patriot Update-By David L. Goetsch-On January 28, 2012:
XX. Video: Allen West to Democrats: Get your leftism the hell out of America!-Posted on The Right Scoop-By The Right Scoop-On January 28, 2012:
Note: What follows is an extremely disturbing letter from Attorney A. Clifton Hodges from Hodges and Associates, a Professional Law Corporation in Pasadena California that was written, on or about June 17, 2011, to Mr. Zhung Yesui, Ambassador of The Peoples Republic of China at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. alleging that President Obama committed treason for not following through with his commitment regarding the World Global Settlement/U.S. Dollar Refunding Project. Also included are two videos that relate to this issue-You Decide:
TREASON FROM A U.S. PRESIDENT (OBAMA):
Video: TREASON FROM A U.S. PRESIDENT (OBAMA)!-Posted on YouTube.com-By BoKnowsEntertainment-On February 17, 2012:
Video: The World Global Settlement Funds!-Posted on YouTube.com-By BoKnowsEntertainment-On February 17, 2012:
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