#1 60 Facts that Prove the Middle Class is being wiped out
01-12-2013, 05:52 PM
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The Middle Class In America Is Being Wiped Out – Here Are 60 Facts That Prove It
...The following are 60 facts that prove that the middle class in America is being wiped out...
#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.
#2 As the middle class shrinks, more Americans than ever have been forced to become dependent on the federal government. Federal spending on welfare programs has reached nearly a trillion dollars a year, and that does not even count Social Security or Medicare. Welfare spending is now 16 times larger than when the "war on poverty" began.
#3 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.
#4 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 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.
#5 The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by more than 15 million since the turn of the century.
#6 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.
#7 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.
#8 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all American households were "middle class" back in 1971. Today, that figure has fallen to 51 percent.
#9 In the United States today, 35 percent of all households live on $35,000 or less each year.
#10 One recent survey discovered that 85 percent of all middle class Americans believe that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.
#11 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.
#12 According to one survey, 77 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.
#13 In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about 58 percent. Today it is up to 154 percent.
#14 Total U.S. household debt grew from just 1.4 trillion dollars in 1980 to a whopping 13.7 trillion dollars in 2007. This played a huge role in the financial crisis of 2008, and the problem has still not been solved.
#15 While debt loads for middle class families are going up, the net worth of those same families is going down. According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of families in the United States declined "from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010".
#16 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percent for 40 months in a row.
#17 Today there are about 3.25 million Americans that say that they want a job but that have not searched for a job in more than a year because they believe that it is so hopeless.
#18 When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job in America today, it comes to more than 100 million.
#19 The unemployment rate for African-Americans rose dramatically from 13.2 percent in November to 14.0 percent in December.
#20 The unemployment rate for Americans in the 18 to 29 year-old age bracket is 11.5 percent overall. For African-Americans in that age group, the unemployment rate is now up to 22.1 percent. Millions of young people believe that the system has totally failed them.
#21 Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#22 Last year, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.
#23 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.
#24 According to the Tax Policy Center, the recent fiscal cliff deal will raise taxes more for those making between $30,000 and $200,000 a year than it will for those making between $200,000 and $500,000 a year.
#25 According to a Gallup survey, only 60 percent of all Americans say that they have enough money to live comfortably.
#26 One recent survey found that 63 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. economic model is broken.
#27 Each year, the average American must work 107 days just to make enough money to pay local, state and federal taxes.
#28 Consumer debt in America has risen by a whopping 1700 percent since 1971.
#29 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.
#30 The average American household spent approximately $4,155 on gasoline during 2011, and electricity bills in the U.S. have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.
#31 According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.
#32 Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980. Today they account for approximately 16.3%.
#33 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.
#34 According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 46 percent of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 29 percent of all American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.
#35 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
#36 The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.
#37 According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
#38 In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.
#39 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.
#40 Since 2000, U.S. multinational corporations have eliminated 2.9 million jobs in the United States and have added 2.4 million jobs overseas.
#41 According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.
#42 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 declined by 27 percent after you account for inflation.
#43 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less. If that sounds like a high figure, that is because it is. Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.
#44 According to the Pew Research Center, only 23 percent of all American workers believe that they have enough money to get them through retirement.
#45 According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans households on average have 288 times the amount of wealth that the average middle class American family does.
#46 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.
#47 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.
#48 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have a net worth that is roughly equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans combined.
#49 At this point, the poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.
#50 The United States now ranks 93rd in the world in income inequality.
#51 The average CEO now makes approximately 350 times as much as the average American worker makes.
#52 Corporate profits as a percentage of GDP are at an all-time high. Meanwhile, wages as a percentage of GDP are near an all-time low.
#53 Today, 40 percent of all Americans have $500 or less in savings.
#54 One recent survey found that 28 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny saved for emergencies.
#55 Shockingly, at this point 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.
#56 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of "Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming."
#57 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government. Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.
#58 According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be "poor" or "low income".
#59 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.
#60 According to a stunning new Gallup survey, 65 percent of all Americans believe that 2013 will be a year of "economic difficulty".
01-12-2013, 06:09 PM
Wow. 0bamaville is here. Whether you wanna believe the alphabet news ministry of propaganda or your lying eyes ...
Liberalism is just communism sold by the drink.
01-12-2013, 06:22 PM
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01-12-2013, 06:38 PM
I suppose that anything is possible if you believe that the greatest nation that has ever been on the planet is so bad that it must be "fundamentally transformed". And you and your party, your ilk, happen to be "running" said country. Who needs enemies, when YOU are your own worst enemy?
I wonder at what point the drones wake up to discover they are no longer citizens but subjects?
Liberalism is just communism sold by the drink.
01-12-2013, 06:49 PM
01-12-2013, 07:01 PM
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Look on the bright side: at least you guys aren't in California:
The Democrats have a Super Majority in Sacramento.
When California’s Legislature convenes with newly elected members next week, Democrats will hold a two-thirds majority, giving them the power to raise taxes, boost spending and ask voters to change the constitution.
Not since 1933 has one party held a so-called supermajority in both chambers. That power, immune to both Republican opposition and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s veto, may last only until April, as certain lawmakers seek other offices.
The historic opportunity has Democrats dusting off their most ambitious ideas, previously impossible to pursue because of firm Republican barriers, such as altering Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that capped property levies and spurred a national anti-tax revolt.
“Prop. 13 is not the untouchable third-rail anymore,” said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat from San Francisco. “It’s more like the bad guy with the mustache who has tied California to the rails with the fiscal train wreck coming.”
Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, named for the author of Proposition 13, declined to comment on the potential for changes.
The November election gave Democrats 29 of 40 seats in the Senate and 55 of 80 in the Assembly. Even with two Democratic senators giving up their seats to join Congress, that still leaves their party with enough votes to reach two-thirds. ...
01-12-2013, 07:41 PM
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Call this Obama effect if it amuses you. I was predicting that this would be a nation of cashiers back in the 1980's.
You people complain about this, but you channel your ire at the wrong people. For some inexplicable reason you keep coming to the defense of these treasonous corporations which claim to be American, who hide behind American arms and walls, but who hide their money and ship the jobs overseas. Like idiots, you blame unions when the jobs being lost haven't been good union jobs in a long time. We're losing minwage jobs to China and have been since the 1980's. Republicans keep up the same bullshit in response, "Let's give free land and no taxes to corporations so they'll move to Georgia." which they do, until the freebees run out, or until they learn how much they can save by not even making their own garlic powder, simply buying Chinese garlic powder with their name stuck on it.
We're buying food from China, people. I went to Winn Dixie the other night, and you can no longer buy frozen fish from anywhere but China. The garlic comes from China. A lot of the spices come from China. The canned pineapple comes from Indonesia or Thailand. God only knows what we're setting ourselves up for. I remember when we wouldn't eat imported Asian food because we were told they use human sewage in the fields. Rice, from China? How in god's name can China be exporting food? Years ago we were told that there were children starving in China.
By the way, read that frozen fish package for ingredients. They use carbon monoxide to kill something in the fish. What are they killing? Is the carbon monoxide bad for us? How come the Chilean fish never said anything about carbon monoxide? Unions aren't doing this.
01-12-2013, 07:52 PM
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The problem is that the "treasonous corporations" did not do this alone. The unholy alliance between government and corporations, the "public/private partnership", is what is bringing this about. Obama is just more open, brazen, and in-your-face about it than other presidents. Obamacare, for example, is the worst possible solution that could have ever been imagined for health care, probably because it wasn't a solution for people's medical care but a cash grab by insurance companies and a power grab by the Federal government. That government now, thanks to Obama, will dictate not only the healthcare of US citizens from cradle to grave, but their very right to exist (NDAA). Thanks to NDAA, Obama and any future President can put a US citizen living on US soil onto a kill list and send a drone, just like he is doing in Pakistan right now. It's a done deal.
01-12-2013, 09:57 PM
and dis-honest abe laid the ground work.It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
Originally Posted by Carol
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