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Monday, May 2, 2011

Trump Strategy and the Destruction of America

By Joseph Foster
Email Joseph Foster at jfoste3@aol.com  for a free book summary. My book, ‘’Destruction of America", subtitled "Stand up for America" will be available May 2012 at all major bookstores. Visit my blog Stand Up for America! for more articles.

TRUMP STRATEGY- AND THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERCIA

Bob:  my article has two parts one as to Trump and the other relates to the Destruction of America which is the title of my book. Trump has me perplexed here is what I believe this guy is doing, first he is not a dummy like some of the Bozos we now have in Washington. The guy in my opinion has more sense than most of the politicians that the American people have elected thus far, here is what he said in one of his informal gathering at the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas on Thursday night; in one of his many curse-bombs, Trump lamented the nation's focus on building schools in war-torn Afghanistan, while neglecting education in the United States.  

He said he would not help struggling nations such as South Korea or Libya without payment and promised to use swear words while negotiating with China. "I'm not interested in protecting none of them unless they pay," he said. According to the Las Vegas Sun, he asserted, “When people are screwing you, you don’t give them state dinners.” Rather, he said, McDonald’s should be served up instead.

I believe Trump has the main stream political parties in Washington shocked, for many that are in Washington are afraid to speak freely and open up,  because their agenda is tied to special interest group. Trump is not tied to getting support from the mega buck boys that their principal interest is to get cheap labor regardless if such quest De Industrialize America and reduce the American worker standard of living.

Trump is beginning to reach the masses of voters core of discontent and frustration, now when he runs for President, and  the mega buck boys sense that he may up set China,  and other countries,  that the mega buck boys has their factories,  that they moved from America to feed their bottom line by employing low paid workers, they will spring to action and  attempt to destroy him, but my hunch it will be difficult since he will be getting the frustrated Americans support  that have lost their jobs and home to cheap labor abroad.

His support will be from Democrats, Republicans, Independent and all other Americans that are as mad as hell to see their country being self-destroyed. Here is a true story. I met a Montana cattle rancher in Las Vegas in the year 2007; He told me that Washington has allowed the importation of beef from Argentina to America free of any tariff. The Argentina rancher employs Argentinean workers for 50% below American wages, and Washington is about to put this American rancher out of business. To compete, he would have to reduce the level of wages paid to his American worker to that of the Argentinean rancher. When I asked him if he complained to his congress man he said yes, he was told that there is nothing that could be done since we are now in a global economy.

My fear for Trump he may be assassinated. An attempt was made to assisaniate Reagan, the other outstanding President that was assassinated was John Kennedy. Trump first line of attack on Obama is to destroy Obama image amongst many of the voters, many are now asking why did Obama not immediately present his full birth certificate,  and wait two years to do so, Obama response to Oprah was he is busy with more important issues,  that response does not make sense, with all of the staff serving him all it will take is to instruct one of them to perform the work which he now  did, the next issue Trump is trying to prove is  the guy is a poor student. This Birthier issue has now ignited an outrage amongst African American and the issue is now transforming itself to a racist agenda which unfortunately is not good for the country.

Destruction of America.
I believe after the birthier issue runs its course Trump next attack may will be focused on how the U.S. has been made a sucker brought about by Bush senior and junior and Clinton in adopting the concept of free trade without barriers in the name of Globialaztion. The concept was not attacked by Obama although he used the word change and some may have thought Obama upon being elected may change our trade policy that did not occur.

The other thought in the American voters was they thought Obama will get out of the war business, he did not. We now must ask our self what is the meaning of outsourcing; in the contest of globalization, most Americans do not understand the meaning of outsourcing; it essentially means sending work somewhere else, my further interpretation is Do not hire Americans.

Thousands of U.S. manufacturing facilities and millions of jobs have been sent to China, India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Jordan, Mexico, Canada, Philippines and some other countries to escape high American wages, and expensive fringe benefits such as medical for employees and their families. Over several decades, the U.S. economy has been merged into one world economy. The U.S. embraced many ‘’free trade agreement’’ under the auspices of WTO, and NAFTA.

I will never forget on a trip to Mexicali in the year 2006 I saw hundreds of American companies that have relocated their manufacturing plants from the U.S. to Mexicali. American business embraced the concept since beside the low labor cost,  they now can achieve outside the U.S. they were also happy to escape U.S. vast array of complex laws, some involves environmental standard not required in foreign countries, other cost, high Real Estate and property Tax, etc. moreover high corporate tax.

The good news for corporate America and their CEO the concept sends their profits zooming up wards that some CEO has doubled their income by the millions. For the American workers globialaztion is bad news and a disaster for the American workers. Labor has now become a global commodity. American workers must now compete for jobs with over three billion people that live on $62.00 per month, this ocean of the poor are willing to work for less some are employed by western companies for as low as $35.00 per month.

Now the question is how an American worker competes with a worker abroad that makes $1.50 per hour without fringe benefit. If you were a global corporation you would not want to hire American workers which would cost you twenty times more. It does not take a genius to figure out why millions of jobs have been lost in the United States due to outsourcing.

Corporate America  love to make money and will not hesitate to hire labor if attainable at perhaps slave wages, According to the U.S. commerce multi-national companies added 2.4 million jobs in emerging market countries such as China, India and other countries, at the same time they fired millions of American workers that they deem are too expensive to employ. The U.S. has lost millions of manufacturing jobs since China joined the World Trade organization.

Moreover, over 40,000 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. have been closed permanently during the past decade. Today, there are 10% fewer "middle class jobs" in the United States than there were a decade ago.  Tens of millions of Americans have been forced to take "whatever they can get".  A lot of very hard working people are basically working for peanuts at this point.  In fact, half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

With jobs hard to come by thousands of people showed up for national hiring day that McDonald’s just held. With the economy in such a mess a job at McDonalds’s or Wal-Mart that pays minimum wage begin to look good. Now you may ask where is Obama, before he was elected to be the President of the U.S. he promised the American people change and many got excited and voted for him. But when he got to Washington the mega Buck boys agents, ‘’ brain washed his mind.’’ Now you may ask, what is the solution, we need to elect a President that is immune from brain washing technique. Right now some of the voters are excited about Trump, they hope perhaps he may go to Washington and tell the mega buck boys that the party is all over, we shall no longer be interested in creating jobs in China.  If professional politician is hired by the voters then in time America will become Agriculture based economy with some limited manufacturing, and will in time join the ranks of the third world countries. Now you may ask are there any cities in America that resemble third world country cities, the answer is yes, there are many and their numbers will keep increasing, I shall at the bottom of this article give you a list of these cities, in case you want to visit for your safety avoid going there at night.

If millions of jobs are shipped outside the U.S. it is inevitable that we are going to experience a housing disaster. Without good paying jobs Americans can no longer afford to live in homes that were once occupied by their parents. The American people have been led by many politicians that no longer are interested in the American worker; they are swayed by big money. The 2008 recession has allowed the politicians to use that recession to camouflage the millions of American jobs lost to outsourcing. Some Bankers that resorted to Las Vegas type gambling by selling Assets which later on was discovered to be toxic contributed to the recession, but lurking in the background was the gradual destruction of America Industrial base,  that process has been going on for decades unnoticed until it reached a crisis level when Americans begin to pay attention to their factories that by the thousands are left vacant, perhaps these vacant factories should have a sign posted at the gates which will read; ‘’Moved to China’’ or some ‘’Moved to India’’ If you need a job call upon our plant in China we are offering $1.50 work per hour with no fringe benefits.

Having painted a dismal report on the plight of the American worker, the valid question will be what is the solution. Priority number one out law Lobbyism in Washington. The lobbyist process is the influence game; they influence our politician to do what is right for the few and ignore the many, other hard choices, such as the introduction of some trade barrier to protect American manufacturers that want to remain in America, perhaps Industrial allocation agreed upon by our trading partners. The quest for low labor is not the answer for the long term, let’s assume that one day China is no longer a low labor cost country, Capitalism will seek another country where labor cost is cheaper than China, and with over three billion poor people around the world,  the supply of cheap labor is endless. Unless a major change is made in America trade policy in time the American people may create a revolution and when that occurs democracy in America will fail.

The U.S. is ‘’ transitioning’’ from manufacturing economy to a service economy. Sadly to say there are ghost towns spreading across the heartland of America. There are a few counties across America that now has home vacancy rates over 50% unless a major change take place Americans in time will no longer remain silent, they may begin to plant the seed for a major revolution led perhaps by a tyrant that will force a change, it has occurred in the past in many countries. Our election system is no longer working; it is now controlled by big money and Madison Avenue advertising to lure the voters for the most part by deception to elect some candidates that serve special interest group.

My good guess Trump will run and no other Republican candidate could out stage this guy. If things get bad and no improvement in the job market and the economy occurs, Trump will defeat Obama, and Obama will join Carter as one time President. I am disappointed that another business man such as Ross Perrot has not come forward, time will tell. I shall withhold my endorsement for Donald Trump until I get a clear picture as to how he is going to turn the country around, prior to writing my book two years ago Trump got my attention when I read his book where he showed concern about the destruction of  American middle class.

When one woman at the event held for Trump in La Vegas by two republican politicians shouted "run for president," the billionaire reportedly responded, "I think I am going to make you very happy on that." I believe Trump is going through a phase of testing to see if he has a strong support before he throws his hat in the ring, thus far it appears he is getting quite a bit of support from the disappointed Americans of all political parties, for they have seen both the Democrats and the Republicans have abounded the American workers and are turning America into a third world country. Here below is the evidence of the ‘’Destruction of America’’ an article written by a concerned American that is mad as hell to see his country being self-destroyed.
American Hellholes
The next Great Depression.  The talking heads in the mainstream media love to spin the economic numbers around and around and they love to make it sound like the economy is improving, but the truth is that it doesn't take a genius to see what is happening to the U.S. economic system.  All over the nation many of our greatest cities are being slowly but surely transformed into post-apocalyptic wastelands.  All over the mid-Atlantic, all along the Gulf coast, all throughout the "rust belt" and all over the entire state of California cities that once had incredibly vibrant economies are being turned into rotting, post-industrial hellholes. In many U.S. cities, the "real" rate of unemployment is over 30 percent. There are some communities that will start depressing you almost the moment that you drive into them. It is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of those communities.  If you live in one of those American hellholes you know what I am talking about.  Sadly, it is not just a few cities that are becoming hellholes.  This is happening in the east, in the west, in the north and in the south.  America is literally being transformed right in front of our eyes.

If you still live in an area of the United States that is prosperous, do not mock the cities that you are about to read about.  The cold, hard reality of the matter is that economic decline and economic despair are spreading rapidly and they will come to your area soon enough.  Right now we are still talking about "American hellholes", but if the long-term economic trends that are destroying this nation are not turned around eventually we will just be talking about one gigantic "American hellhole".  In the end, no area of the country will completely escape the economic hell that is coming.

Let's take a closer look at what is currently happening in some of the worst areas of the country....

Detroit, Michigan
In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 70 schools are being permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas. During the boom days of the 1950s, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of approximately 2 million people, but today the current population is less than half that.  The city of Detroit, once a shining example of middle class America, is now a rotting cesspool of economic decline and it actually saw its population decline by 25 percent during the decade that recently ended.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit lost a resident every 22 minutes between the years of 2000 and 2010.

So why are people leaving Detroit so rapidly? There simply are no jobs… At the height of the economic downturn, the mayor of Detroit admitted that while the "official" unemployment rate in Detroit was about 27 percent, the "real" unemployment rate in his city was actually somewhere around 50 percent. Since there are not enough jobs, that also means that not enough tax money is coming in.  Detroit is essentially insolvent at this point. Detroit officials are trying to implement some austerity measures in a desperate attempt to get city finances under control.

For example, the state of Michigan recently granted approval to a plan that would shut down nearly half of the public schools in Detroit.  Under the plan, 70 schools will be closed and 72 will continue operating. It has been estimated that the remaining public schools will have class sizes of up to 60 students. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing also wants to cut off 20 percent of the entire city from police and trash services in order to save money. Essentially that would mean abandoning 20 percent of the city of Detroit to the gangs and to the homeless. The mayor of Detroit has also discussed a plan in which authorities would bulldoze one-fourth of the city in order to save money on services.

So with all of this going on, is Detroit a pleasant place to live at this point? No way. Today, Detroit is considered to be the third most violent city in the United States. In fact, crime has gotten so bad and the citizens are so frustrated by the lack of police assistance that they have resorted to forming their own organizations to fight back.  One group, known as "Detroit 300", was formed after a 90-year-old woman on Detroit's northwest side was brutally raped in August. If you want to see what the future of America looks like, just take a few hours and go driving through Detroit some time.  But please only do this during the day.  Do not do this at night.  Detroit is not a safe place anymore, and you cannot count on the police to help you in a timely manner. Detroit was once one of the greatest cities in the world.
But today it is an absolute hellhole!

Camden, New Jersey
So is there any place in America that is worse than Detroit? Well, many would nominate Camden, New Jersey. Many years ago, Camden was actually thriving and prosperous.  But today the city of Camden is known as "the second most dangerous city in America".

In a recent article entitled "City of Ruins", Chris Hedges did an amazing job of documenting the horrific decline of Camden.  Hedges estimates that the real rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 to 40 percent, and he makes it sound like nobody in their right mind would want to live there now....

Camden is where those discarded as human refuse are dumped, along with the physical refuse of postindustrial America. A sprawling sewage treatment plant on forty acres of riverfront land processes 58 million gallons of wastewater a day for Camden County. The stench of sewage lingers in the streets. There is a huge trash-burning plant that releases noxious clouds, a prison, a massive cement plant and mountains of scrap metal feeding into a giant shredder. The city is scarred with several thousand decaying abandoned row houses; the skeletal remains of windowless brick factories and gutted gas stations; overgrown vacant lots filled with garbage and old tires; neglected, weed-filled cemeteries; and boarded-up store fronts.

Gangs have stepped into the gaping void left by industry.  In Camden today, drugs and prostitution are two of the only viable businesses left - especially for those who cannot find employment anywhere else.  The following is how Hedges describes the current state of affairs....

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The drug trade is one of the city's few thriving businesses. A weapon, police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

But before we all start judging Camden for being such a horrible place to live, it is important to realize that this is happening in communities from coast to coast.  All over the United States industries are leaving and deep social decay is setting in. Even the criminals in Camden are struggling.  Things have gotten so bad in Camden, New Jersey that not even the drug dealers are spending their money anymore. So where are the police? Unfortunately, there is very little money for police.  Authorities in Camden recently decided to lay off half of the city police force. So now the gangs and the drug dealers have more room to operate. Sadly, this is not just happening in Camden.  It is happening all over New Jersey. Of 315 municipalities the New Jersey State Police union recently surveyed, more than half indicated that they were planning to lay off police officers.

So why doesn't the state government step in and help out?
Well, the state of New Jersey is in such bad shape that they still are facing a $10 billion budget deficit for this year even after cutting a billion dollars from the education budget and laying off thousands of teachers. New Jersey also has $46 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $65 billion in unfunded health care liabilities.  Nobody is quite sure how New Jersey is even going to come close to meeting those obligations. Meanwhile, cities like Camden are rotting a little bit more every single day.

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans had a struggling economy even before Hurricane Katrina struck back in 2005.  But that event changed everything.  It is now almost 6 years later and virtually the entire region is still a disaster zone. New Orleans permanently lost 29% of its population after Hurricane Katrina.  There are many areas of New Orleans that still look as if they have just been bombed. 21.5 percent of all houses in New Orleans, Louisiana are currently standing vacant.  Many of those homes will never be inhabited again.

What made things even worse for New Orleans (and for residents all along the Gulf coast) was the horrific BP oil spill last year.  The mainstream news does not talk about the oil spill much anymore, but those living in the area have to deal with the effects every single day. Some of the industries in the Gulf region were really starting to recover from Hurricane Katrina but the BP oil spill put a stop to that. Before the oil spill, Louisiana produced more fish and seafood than anywhere in the United States except for Alaska.  But now the seafood industry has been absolutely devastated.  It has been estimated that the cost of the BP oil spill to the fishing industry in Louisiana alone could top 3 billion dollars. Some local shrimpers in the region are projecting that it will be about seven years before they can set to sea again.

New Orleans keeps trying to bounce back from all of these disasters, but times are tough down there. Today, New Orleans is the 13th most violent city in America.  That is actually an improvement.  Before Katrina New Orleans had even more violent crime. The truth is that other areas along the Gulf coast are doing a lot worse than New Orleans is doing.  A ton of big corporate money has flowed into New Orleans.  Officials are trying to clean up the city and make it a huge tourist destination once again. But in the surrounding areas things are not looking so bright.  There are areas along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle of Florida that are some of the most depressing places in the nation.

It is almost as if there are hundreds of thousands of people that time forgot.  In some rural areas along the Gulf coast the poverty is absolutely mind blowing.  There are very few jobs and there is very little hope.  Meanwhile, large numbers of people in the region continue to get sick from the toxic dispersants used to clean up the oil spill. Let us hope that we don't see another major disaster in the Gulf of Mexico any time soon.  As it is, it is going to take decades for that region to fully recover.  There are a lot of really good people that live down there, and they deserve our prayers.

Vallejo, California (And Virtually The Rest Of The State Of California)
Almost the entire state of California is an economic disaster zone. Austerity measures are being implemented in city after city as tax revenues have nosedived. The following is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article that describes the brutal austerity that has been implemented in Vallejo, California....

Vallejo is still in bankruptcy. The police force has shrunk from 153 officers to 92. Calls for any but the most serious crimes go unanswered. Residents who complain about prostitutes or vandals are told to fill out a form. Three of the city’s firehouses were closed. Last summer, a fire ravaged a house in one of the city’s better neighborhoods; one of the fire trucks came from another town, 15 miles away. Is this America’s future?

Sadly, that is what the future of America is going to look like.  Public services are being slashed all over the nation due to budget crunches. Unless there is a major jobs recovery, the situation in California is going to continue to degenerate.  The truth is that the state of California needs millions and millions of new jobs just to get back to "normal".  For example, near the end of last year it was reported that 24.3 percent of the residents of El Centro, California were unemployed.  Not only that, as of the end of last year the number of people unemployed in the state of California was approximately equivalent to the entire populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Businesses are closing in California at an astounding pace.  At one point last year it was reported that in the area around Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open. As a result of all of this, home prices in many areas of California have completely fallen off a cliff.  For example, the average home in Merced, California has declined in value by 63 percent over the past four years.

California also had more foreclosure filings that any other U.S. state in 2010.  The 546,669 total foreclosure filings during the year means that over 4 percent of all the housing units in the state of California received a foreclosure filing at some point during 2010. Sadly, things don't look like they are going to turn around in California any time soon.  Forbes recently compiled a list entitled "Cities Where The Economy May Get Worse". Six of the top seven spots were held by cities in California. California is becoming a very frightening place.  When you combine high unemployment with unchecked illegal immigration what you get is rampant poverty. 20 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid of one form or another.

In particular, the number of children that are considered to be in need of public assistance is truly scary. Incredibly, 60 percent of all the students attending California public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. Poverty and illegal immigration have also caused a tremendous health care crisis in the state.  The hordes of illegal aliens taking advantage of "free" medical care at hospital emergency rooms have caused dozens of hospitals across the state of California to completely shut down.  As a result, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

The bozos in Sacramento keep passing hundreds of new laws in an attempt to "fix" the state, but the truth is that for the poorest residents of the state all of those new laws don't make a shred of difference. The following is how Victor Davis Hansen describes what he saw during his recent tour of the "forgotten areas of central California"....

Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World . There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business - rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections - but apparently none of that applies out here.

Hansen also says that he observed that people in these areas are doing whatever they can to get by.... At crossroads, peddlers in a counter-California economy sell almost anything. Here is what I noticed at an intersection on the west side last week: shovels, rakes, hoes, gas pumps, lawnmowers, edgers, blowers, jackets, gloves, and caps. The merchandise was all new. I doubt whether in high-tax California sales taxes or income taxes were paid on any of these stop-and-go transactions. In two supermarkets 50 miles apart, I was the only one in line who did not pay with a social-service plastic card (gone are the days when "food stamps" were embarrassing bulky coupons).

Are you frightened yet?
You know what they say - "as goes California, so goes the nation". What is happening in California now is eventually going to come to your area. Right now California is also having a huge problem with gangs.  Gang violence in America is getting totally out of control. According to authorities, there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the country, and those gangs increase in the U.S. each year. But instead of ramping up to fight crime and fight illegal immigration, police forces all over California are being cut back. For example, because of extreme budget cuts and police layoffs, Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts has announced that there are a number of crimes that his department simply will no longer respond to due to a lack of resources.  The following is a partial list of the crimes that police officers in Oakland will no longer be responding to....

Burglary, theft, embezzlement, grand theft: dog identity theft, false information to peace officer required to register as sex or arson offender, dump waste or offensive matter, loud music, possess forged notes, pass fictitious check, obtain money by false voucher, fraudulent use of access cards, stolen license plate, embezzlement by an employee, extortion attempted extortion, false personification of others, injure telephone/power line interfere with power line unauthorized cable tv connection and vandalism.  Not that Oakland wasn't already a mess before all this, but now how long do you think it will be before total chaos and anarchy reigns on the streets of Oakland? Today, Oakland is considered the 5th most violent city in the United States. Will it soon become the most violent? But Oakland is not the only major California city that is facing these kinds of issues.

Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: "Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops." Already the police force in Stockton has been stripped down to almost nothing. A while back, the Stockton Police Department dropped this bombshell...."We absolutely do not have any narcotics officers, narcotics sergeants working any kind of investigative narcotics type cases at this point in time. "Do you think drug dealers will be flocking to Stockton after they hear that? California was once the envy of the world. Now it is becoming one gigantic hellhole. During one recent 23 year period, the state of California built 23 prisons but just one university. So is there any hope for California? No, unfortunately there is not. In another article, I wrote about some of the reasons why millions of people have been leaving California for good....

Meanwhile, the standard of living in California is going right into the toilet.  Housing values are plummeting.  Unemployment has risen above 20 percent in many areas of the state.  Crime and gang activity is on the rise even as police budgets are being hacked to the bone.  The health care system is an absolute disaster.  At this point California has the fewest emergency rooms per million people out of all 50 states.   While all of this has been going on, the state legislature in Sacramento has been very busy passing hundreds of new laws that are mostly about promoting one radical agenda or another.  The state government has become so radically anti-business that it is a wonder that any businesses have remained in the state.  It seems like the moving vans never stop as an endless parade of businesses and families leave California as quickly as they can. But this is not just a "California thing".  The truth is that what is happening in California, in Detroit, in Camden and in hundreds of other communities.

The U.S. economy is slowly dying. Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year.  That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in U.S. history. People are getting desperate.  There are ten percent fewer middle class jobs than there were a decade ago and the competition for good jobs has become insane.  More than 44 million Americans are now on food stamps and that number grows every single month.  Millions more American fall into poverty every single year.

It is time to face the truth about what is happening to America.  Our economy is not growing and becoming stronger.  Rather, the cold, hard reality of the matter is that our economy is very sick and it is dying.  The seemingly boundless prosperity that we have enjoyed for decade after decade is coming to an end.  Our communities are being transformed into absolute hellholes. Those that are telling you that the U.S. economy will soon be better than ever are lying to you.  The U.S. economy is going to go down and it is going to go down.

Comment by an American in Texas  – hurting
I live in Houston and even though they say the economy in Texas is great, that is not the case. I traditionally worked as an accountant in the industrial area and got laid off a year and a half ago. Since then I apply for any position I think I have a chance of getting (20+ per week) but as the article above says, competition is insane and employers look for younger supermen/women. My home, my dreams, my hopes, and my work efforts of near fifty years are drawing to a close, foreclosure sale is on 5/3. Being on unemployment with my son here and also unemployed, puts us in poverty. Not getting food stamps yet, but know I qualify. It's totally sad and unfair, all one worked for a lifetime up in smoke.

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