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Lonoke, AR

#25076 May 29, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
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As long as this keep happening we will keep on supporting him!
The AP reported Tuesday that “consumer confidence jumped in May to a reading of 76.2, up from 69 in April. That’s the highest level since February 2008, two months after the Great Recession officially began,” according to a report from the Conference Board, a private research group.
The hits keep coming for Republicans — home prices are surging, job growth is strengthening and stocks are soaring to record highs.“Americans are more hopeful about the economy than at any other point in five years.”
Here is a piece of an article contrary to yours.
In 2012, we had a trade deficit of more than 500 billion dollars with the rest of the world.

That means that more than 500 billion dollars that could have gone to U.S. workers and U.S. businesses went out of the country instead.

So how does our country survive if hundreds of billions of dollars more is flowing out of the country than is flowing into it?

Well, to make up the shortfall we go to the countries that we sent our money to and we beg them to lend it back to us. If that doesn't work, we just print and borrow even more money.

Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.

That is 8 trillion dollars that could have saved U.S. businesses, paid the salaries of U.S. workers and that would have helped fund government.

But instead, our foolish policies have greatly enriched China and the oil barons of the Middle East.

Sadly, politicians from both political parties continue to boldly support the one world economic agenda of the global elite.

Just consider how destructive many of these "free trade" deals have been to our economy...

When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.

By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 million dollars (million with a little "m") for the entire year.

In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars. That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.

In particular, our trade with China is extremely unbalanced. Today, U.S. consumers spend approximately 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that Chinese consumers spend on goods and services from the United States.

But isn't getting cheap stuff from China good?

No, because it costs us good paying jobs.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the United States is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

Overall, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001. During 2010, manufacturing facilities in the United States were shutting down at a rate of 23 per day. How can anyone say that "things are getting better" when our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted?

The truth is that there are never going to be enough jobs in America ever again, because millions of our jobs are being sent overseas and millions of our jobs are being lost to technology.

You won't hear this on the news, but the percentage of the civilian labor force in the United States that is employed has been steadily declining every single year since 2006.
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Lonoke, AR

#25077 May 29, 2013
Younger workers have been hit particularly hard. In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent. Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

If you are under the age of 30 and you aren't living with your parents, there is a really good chance that you are living in poverty. 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.

Our economy has been steadily bleeding huge numbers of middle class jobs, and many of those jobs have been replaced by low paying jobs in recent years.

According to one study, 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

And at this point, an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

Oh, but "things are getting better", right?

Maybe if you live on Wall Street or if you are an employee of the federal government.

But for most families this economic decline has been a total nightmare. Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

Sometimes people forget how good things were about a decade ago. About three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as were sold in 2012.

But we like to live in denial.

In fact, a lot of families are trying to keep up their standards of living by going into tremendous amounts of debt.

Back in 1983, the bottom 95 percent of all income earners in the United States had 62 cents of debt for every dollar that they earned. By 2007, that figure had soared to $1.48.

Fake it until you make it, right?

But how much debt can our system possibly handle?

Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

Total credit card debt in the United States is now more than 8 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

We are a nation that is completely addicted to debt, but as the financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated, all of that debt can have horrific consequences.

As the economy has slowed in recent years, the Federal Reserve has decided that "the solution" is to recklessly print money in an attempt to get the debt spiral cranked up again.
Reality Check

Lonoke, AR

#25078 May 29, 2013
Overall, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.

As the cost of living continues to go up and wages continue to go down, millions of American families have fallen out of the middle class and into poverty.

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

But "things are getting better", right?

Incredibly, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history.

But "things are getting better", right?

There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

But "things are getting better", right?

In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

But "things are getting better", right?

Today, more Americans than ever have found themselves forced to turn to the federal government for help.

Overall, the federal government runs nearly 80 different "means-tested welfare programs", and at this point more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one of them.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government. Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

So is it a good sign or a bad sign that the percentage of Americans that are financially dependent on the federal government is at an all-time high?

And in future years the number of Americans that are receiving benefits from the federal government is projected to absolutely skyrocket.

Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse. It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

If you take a look at Medicare, things are very more sobering.

As I wrote recently, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

At this point, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years. That comes to approximately $328,404 for every single household in the United States.

Are you ready to contribute your share?

Social Security is a complete and total nightmare as well.

Right now, there are approximately 56 million Americans collecting Social Security benefits.

By 2035, that number is projected to soar to an astounding 91 million.

Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.

Oh, but don't worry because "things are getting better", right?

I honestly do not know how anyone can look at the numbers above and come to the conclusion that the economy is in good shape.

We have accumulated the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, our economic infrastructure is being gutted, we are bleeding good jobs, government dependence is at an all-time high and we are getting poorer as a nation with each passing day.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25079 May 29, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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Please explain what aspect of the Constitution is or was outdated and needs to evolve or has evolved
The subject in this discourse is the Republican party. Care to explain how your question pertains to the subject?

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#25080 May 29, 2013
“You know why a banana is like a politician?”“He comes in and first he is green, then he turns yellow and then he’s rotten.”

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25081 May 29, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text>
Here is a piece of an article contrary to yours.
In 2012, we had a trade deficit of more than 500 billion dollars with the rest of the world.
That means that more than 500 billion dollars that could have gone to U.S. workers and U.S. businesses went out of the country instead.
So how does our country survive if hundreds of billions of dollars more is flowing out of the country than is flowing into it?
Well, to make up the shortfall we go to the countries that we sent our money to and we beg them to lend it back to us. If that doesn't work, we just print and borrow even more money.
Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.
That is 8 trillion dollars that could have saved U.S. businesses, paid the salaries of U.S. workers and that would have helped fund government.
But instead, our foolish policies have greatly enriched China and the oil barons of the Middle East.
Sadly, politicians from both political parties continue to boldly support the one world economic agenda of the global elite.
Just consider how destructive many of these "free trade" deals have been to our economy...
When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.
By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.
Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 million dollars (million with a little "m") for the entire year.
In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars. That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.
In particular, our trade with China is extremely unbalanced. Today, U.S. consumers spend approximately 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that Chinese consumers spend on goods and services from the United States.
But isn't getting cheap stuff from China good?
No, because it costs us good paying jobs.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, the United States is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
Overall, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001. During 2010, manufacturing facilities in the United States were shutting down at a rate of 23 per day. How can anyone say that "things are getting better" when our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted?
The truth is that there are never going to be enough jobs in America ever again, because millions of our jobs are being sent overseas and millions of our jobs are being lost to technology.
You won't hear this on the news, but the percentage of the civilian labor force in the United States that is employed has been steadily declining every single year since 2006.
Wrong again ole boy, for that post to be contrary to mine, it would have to be discussing what is happening today, not statistics quoted from a year ago.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25082 May 29, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
Overall, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.
As the cost of living continues to go up and wages continue to go down, millions of American families have fallen out of the middle class and into poverty.
If you can believe it, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.
But "things are getting better", right?
Incredibly, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history
But "things are getting better", right?
There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.
But "things are getting better", right?
In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.
But "things are getting better", right?
Today, more Americans than ever have found themselves forced to turn to the federal government for help.
Overall, the federal government runs nearly 80 different "means-tested welfare programs", and at this point more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one of them.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government. Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.
So is it a good sign or a bad sign that the percentage of Americans that are financially dependent on the federal government is at an all-time high?
And in future years the number of Americans that are receiving benefits from the federal government is projected to absolutely skyrocket.
Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse. It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
If you take a look at Medicare, things are very more sobering.
As I wrote recently, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.
At this point, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years. That comes to approximately $328,404 for every single household in the United States.
Are you ready to contribute your share?
Social Security is a complete and total nightmare as well.
Right now, there are approximately 56 million Americans collecting Social Security benefits.
By 2035, that number is projected to soar to an astounding 91 million.
Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.
Oh, but don't worry because "things are getting better", right?
I honestly do not know how anyone can look at the numbers above and come to the conclusion that the economy is in good shape.
We have accumulated the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, our economic infrastructure is being gutted, we are bleeding good jobs, government dependence is at an all-time high and we are getting poorer as a nation with each passing day.
Sir when you reach the point you have reached at this time reposting the blogs of Michael T. Snyder, you have hit rock bottom.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25083 May 29, 2013
The Economic Collapse Blog plays to the heart strings of every survivalist, tax protester, extreme libertarian, and rapture ready nut that can access the internet.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Michael_T._Snyde...

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25084 May 29, 2013
BTW, read this today also Reality Check.

Dassault Falcon Jet announces $60M expansion in Little Rock.

http://www.thv11.com/news/article/267054/2/Da...

“Conserve Wildlife Habitat”

Since: Dec 10

SE Michigan

#25085 May 29, 2013
Redd wrote:
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When in doubt...skip...skip...skip that's always a good 45 rpm oldie to play.
Also, why not the Justinian and Hammurabi's Codes, the 613 Commandments, the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the English Bill of Rights....with the understanding that mankind's law is a living, evolving entity.
I'm quite content with the way I am and the way mankind is in the eyes of our creator.(With the exception of some of the stupid things people do.) I feel no need, nor do I have the desire, to "evolve." What is wrong with you to think you (and mankind) need to do more "evolving?" How can the Constitution and the Bill of Rights "evolve" into something better than what it is and what it was meant to be and do for our fellow citizens?
Nah

United States

#25086 May 29, 2013
Didn't bother
Why

United States

#25087 May 29, 2013
For who
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Lonoke, AR

#25088 May 29, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong again ole boy, for that post to be contrary to mine, it would have to be discussing what is happening today, not statistics quoted from a year ago.
You know I don't put much stock in articles/blogs. I was simply pointing out that you can find an even amount of articles from either side. As for now or in the past goes, I bet you don't want to compare the past to what your leader has done in the present. Nice side-step there Barn.
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Lonoke, AR

#25089 May 29, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
<quoted text>
Sir when you reach the point you have reached at this time reposting the blogs of Michael T. Snyder, you have hit rock bottom.
See my previous reply. I don't even know who Michael T. Snyder is.
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Lonoke, AR

#25090 May 29, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
BTW, read this today also Reality Check.
Dassault Falcon Jet announces $60M expansion in Little Rock.
http://www.thv11.com/news/article/267054/2/Da...
Nobody said there were NO companies doing well under this administration. It's the average American that is suffering under this administration. So much, in fact, that personal wealth for average Americans is down 39% since 2007 despite claims that Obama has cut taxes some 44 times since he took office. I'll take the old taxes and 39% more money in my pocket any day.
good times

Conway, AR

#25091 May 30, 2013
Barney must be living the good life and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous
Redd

Little Rock, AR

#25092 May 30, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text>
Here is a piece of an article contrary to yours.
Not really, two different bananas. It's been almost impossible to buy strictly American for many years.
Redd

Little Rock, AR

#25093 May 30, 2013
Raptor in Michigan wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm quite content with the way I am and the way mankind is in the eyes of our creator.(With the exception of some of the stupid things people do.) I feel no need, nor do I have the desire, to "evolve." What is wrong with you to think you (and mankind) need to do more "evolving?" How can the Constitution and the Bill of Rights "evolve" into something better than what it is and what it was meant to be and do for our fellow citizens?
All you have to do is look around you, our creator gave us the ability to think, to expand our knowledge, to make our lives better, therefor evolve.

Unless of course you have some special insight into the creators mind, not to mention the Founders thoughts given modern day challenges.

If so, Edgar Cayce wants to contact you at your earliest convenience.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25094 May 30, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text>
See my previous reply. I don't even know who Michael T. Snyder is.
Keep on trying to convince yourself. You say one thing and then say the meaning was something different from what you actually wrpte.

Your behavior in this post indicates you have a guilty conscience for lying.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#25095 May 30, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text>
You know I don't put much stock in articles/blogs. I was simply pointing out that you can find an even amount of articles from either side. As for now or in the past goes, I bet you don't want to compare the past to what your leader has done in the present. Nice side-step there Barn.
No one really cares about how many blogs you can find or how many lies you can tell about them, from either side, nor did your response have a damn thing to do with the post you responded to.

You got your argument shot down with current statistics..



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