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45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor

irish 2012/04/03 15:26:37
45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very
Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor




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45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny
Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor



The American Dream

April 3, 2012

The middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence
in the United States today. America is a nation with a very tiny
elite that is rapidly becoming increasingly wealthy while
everyone else is becoming poorer. So why is this happening?
Well, it is actually very simple. Our institutions are designed
to concentrate wealth in the hands of a very limited number of
people. Throughout human history, almost all societies that have
had a big centralized government have also had a very high
concentration of wealth in the hands of the elite. Throughout
human history, almost all societies that have allowed big
business or big corporations to dominate the economy have also
had a very high concentration of wealth in the hands of the
elite. Well, the United States has allowed both big government
and big corporations to grow wildly out of control. Those were
huge mistakes. Our founding fathers attempted to establish a
nation where the federal government would be greatly limited and
where corporations would be greatly restricted. Unfortunately,
we have turned our backs on those principles and now we are
paying the price.

When you have great concentrations of wealth and power, the
economic rewards of a society tend to go to just a few.



In the United States today, big businesses and wealthy
individuals fund the campaigns of our politicians, and in turn
our politicians pass laws which rig the game in their favor. It
is a symbiotic relationship which is very bad for America.



Sadly, most conservatives tend to cheer on the big corporations,
but this is not how our founding fathers envisioned our
capitalist system working. Our founding fathers envisioned large
numbers of similar companies competing against one another for
customers. They did not envision a very small number of giant
corporations buying up all of their competitors or smashing them
into oblivion with their giant piles of money.



True conservatives should want to see more competition instead
of less competition. Competition helped make America great, and
we need to get back to that.



Instead of an economic landscape dominated by monolithic
predator corporations, we need an economic environment where
millions of small businesses can thrive and compete directly
with one another.



Our founding fathers never intended for us to have the kind of
system that we have today. As I have discussed in previous
articles, our founding fathers greatly restricted the size and
scope of corporations in early America. The following is how
author Stephen D. Foster Jr. described the attitude toward
corporations in the early years of the United States….



The East India Company was the largest corporation of its day
and its dominance of trade angered the colonists so much, that
they dumped the tea products it had on a ship into Boston Harbor
which today is universally known as the Boston Tea Party. At the
time, in Britain, large corporations funded elections generously
and its stock was owned by nearly everyone in parliament. The
founding fathers did not think much of these corporations that
had great wealth and great influence in government. And that is
precisely why they put restrictions upon them after the
government was organized under the Constitution.



After the nation’s founding, corporations were granted charters
by the state as they are today. Unlike today, however,
corporations were only permitted to exist 20 or 30 years and
could only deal in one commodity, could not hold stock in other
companies, and their property holdings were limited to what they
needed to accomplish their business goals. And perhaps the most
important facet of all this is that most states in the early
days of the nation had laws on the books that made any political
contribution by corporations a criminal offense.



A giant central government that spends more than 20 percent of
our GDP is a collectivist institution.



Enormous predator corporations that are constantly sucking up
even more money and power are collectivist institutions.





Our founding fathers did not intend for our society to be
dominated by collectivist institutions.



Very large institutions tend to reward the people that own and
run them at the expense of everyone else.



And you know what?



A lot of these giant corporations have figured out that they
don’t even need American workers anymore.



Instead, many of them are shipping our jobs to the other side of
the world where it it legal to pay slave labor wages. That means
bigger profits for them but less jobs for the rest of us.



In America today, the rich are getting richer and the poor are
getting poorer, and big government and big corporations are the
mechanisms by which this is happening.



Posted below are 45 signs that America will soon be a nation
with a very tiny elite and the rest of us will be poor….



#1 Increasingly, gains in income are becoming very highly
concentrated at the top of the food chain in America. The
following is how income gains in the United States were
distributed during 2010….

-37 percent of all income gains went to the top 0.01 percent of
all income earners

-56 percent of all income gains went to the rest of the top 1
percent

-7 percent of all income gains went to the bottom 99 percent

#2 Back in the 70s, the top 1 percent earned about 8 percent of
all income. Today, they earn about 21 percent of all income.

#3 The wealthiest 1 percent of all Americans own more wealth
than the bottom 95 percent combined.

#4 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more
wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

#5 The poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just
2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#6 Median household income in the United States is down 7.8
percent since December 2007 after adjusting for inflation.

#7 The top 0.01% of all Americans make an average of
$27,342,212. The bottom 90% make an average of $31,244.

#8 According to the Economic Policy Institute, between 1979 and
2007 income growth for the top 1 percent of all U.S. income
earners was an astounding 390 percent. For the bottom 90
percent, income growth was only 5 percent over that same time
period.

#9 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median
wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50
dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#10 In 2010, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty.
That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S.
government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#11 According to the New York Times, approximately 100 million
Americans are either living in poverty or in “the fretful zone
just above it”.

#12 According to Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic
Policy Institute, about 53 percent of all income went to the
middle class back in the 1970s, but today only about 46 percent
of all income does.

#13 When you look at the ratio of employee compensation to GDP,
it is now the lowest that is has been in about 50 years.

#14 In 1970, 65 percent of all Americans lived in “middle class
neighborhoods”. By 2007, only 44 percent of all Americans lived
in “middle class neighborhoods”.

#15 Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in
poverty. Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#16 The poverty rate for children living in the United States
increased to 22% in 2010.

#17 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.7% of all Americans
are living in “extreme poverty”, and that is the highest level
that has ever been recorded before.

#18 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of “very
poor” rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas
during 2010.

#19 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.

#20 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is
nearly three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.

#21 In the United States today, there are 240 million working
age people. Only about 140 million of them are actually working.

#22 Back in 2001, the ratio of wages to GDP was sitting at
approximately 49 percent. Today, it has fallen all the way down
to about 44 percent.

#23 Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

#24 Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States
were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the
United States are low income jobs.

#25 In 2010, 19.7% of all U.S. working adults had jobs that
would not have been enough to push a family of four over the
poverty line even if they had worked full-time hours for the
entire year.

#26 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster
than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#27 The average American household spent a staggering $4,155 on
gasoline during 2011.

#28 If inflation was measured the exact same way that it was
measured back in 1980, the rate of inflation in the United
States would be well over 10 percent.

#29 According to a recent report produced by Pew Charitable
Trusts, approximately one out of every three Americans that grew
up in a middle class household has slipped down the income
ladder.

#30 Total student loan debt in America has now passed the 1
trillion dollar mark, and about 270 billion dollars of those
loans are at least 30 days delinquent. These debts are
absolutely crushing young middle class families.

#31 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living
with their parents.

#32 According to the Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans
live in a home that gets 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.

#33 Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the
ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by a staggering
178 percent.

#34 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the
federal poverty line.

#35 The number of children living in poverty in the state of
California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.

#36 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty,
36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in
poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living
in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are
living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit
are living in poverty.

#37 In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food
stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food
stamps.

#38 Right now, one out of every four American children is on
food stamps.

#39 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all
U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their
lives before they reach the age of 18.

#40 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United
States were on food stamps.

#41 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.

#42 Medicare spending increased by 138 percent between 1999 and
2010.

#43 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least
one government anti-poverty program.

#44 Federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42
percent between 2006 and 2010.

#45 The amount of money that the federal government gives
directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack
Obama entered the White House.

As the middle class is systematically destroyed, families are
looking for ways to survive any way that they can.

Why do you think that dollar stores are absolutely thriving
these days?

It is because that is the only place many families can afford to
shop.

So what is the solution?

Well, many liberals claim that the solution is to tax the
wealthy and redistribute their money to the poor.

But that is definitely not the answer.

That would give the wealthy more of an incentive to take their
wealth and their businesses out of the United States, and it
would give the poor more of an incentive to sit around and not
work.

When I was younger, if I could have gotten the government to pay
my bills I probably never would have worked at all. I was quite
lazy and I probably would have been more than happy to sit at
home and collect government checks.

It is only human nature not to work hard when you have someone
else willing to take care of you. For example, Vice-President
Joe Biden recently revealed that he stayed in the U.S. Senate
for so long because he didn’t want “a real job“. There is a part
of all of us that would like to avoid hard work.

So redistributing wealth is not going to be good for society as
a whole. It penalizes being productive and it rewards being
lazy.

And our tax system is already way too oppressive for those that
honestly pay their taxes.

Did you know that the average American must work 107 days just
to make enough money to pay their taxes?

That is before a single penny is earned for anything else.

That is absolutely obscene!

This year, the average American will spend approximately 29
percent of what they make on federal, state and local taxes.

No, the truth is that our current tax system is horrific and it
needs to be thrown out.

But that is a topic for another article.

Getting back to the dying middle class, the real answer is to
break up big government and to break up the big corporations and
promote competition in our economy once again.

We need wealth and power to be spread out into millions and
millions of hands.

We need a system that tremendously encourages small businesses
instead of absolutely crushing them.

We need dozens of competitors in most industries instead of just
a handful.

We need to empower average Americans to be their own bosses
instead of being dependent on big government and big
corporations.

We need a system that gives “the little guy” a fighting chance.

It could be done if the American people were willing to reign in
big government and the big corporations.

If you believe in the U.S. Constitution, you should believe in
limiting the power of the federal government and limiting the
power of the big corporations.

Those are principles that our founding fathers believed in, and
those are principles that we need to return to.



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  • Dave0626 2012/04/03 16:07:57
    Dave0626
    +5
    Just don't have the time or luxury to read all of this.
    What is really needed is an 'uprising'...a 2nd revolution if necessary.
    To abolish the U.N. and crush the CFR and eliminate the Federal Reserve Bank. And until this is accomplished...nothing will improve on any level.
    Because these powers that are in play, have the final word on every aspect of ALL Governments !!
    Because as it stands now...not one single politician will utter a negative word against these powers. Why? ...Many of them are 'elite' members! And many are to ignorant to know what the 'master plans' are.

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  • Candy 2012/04/06 16:05:30
    Candy
    +2
    Sign #1: Obama is president

    1/3 of our population isn't working:

    http://www.sodahead.com/unite...
  • Rick Armin 2012/04/04 13:53:58
    Rick Armin
    +4
    As a teenager back in the late fifities, I was talking to my brother (8 years older) about socialism and liberalism. I asked why, if socialists and liberals were for the poor, were men like Nelson Rockefeller "liberals." My brother said then that socialism would produce a two class society with the weathy at the top and all the rest of us at the bottom. The middle class would be wiped out.

    I carried that thought with me for many years. I now know that it isn't entirely accurate. There will still be a middle class, but it will not be the independent of the free society. It will be a middle class dependent on the upper. It will be their corporate managers, their police forces, their military, their politicians and bureaucrats. In other words, it will be a middle class totally owned and operated by the upper.

    I've also learned that "liberal" and "conservative" are the pens constructed to hold the sheep before shearing and slaughter.
  • DeeB Rick Armin 2012/04/04 14:32:27
  • irish Rick Armin 2012/04/05 12:28:37
  • Dave0626 2012/04/03 16:07:57
    Dave0626
    +5
    Just don't have the time or luxury to read all of this.
    What is really needed is an 'uprising'...a 2nd revolution if necessary.
    To abolish the U.N. and crush the CFR and eliminate the Federal Reserve Bank. And until this is accomplished...nothing will improve on any level.
    Because these powers that are in play, have the final word on every aspect of ALL Governments !!
    Because as it stands now...not one single politician will utter a negative word against these powers. Why? ...Many of them are 'elite' members! And many are to ignorant to know what the 'master plans' are.
  • irish Dave0626 2012/04/03 16:15:05
  • Dave0626 irish 2012/04/03 16:37:39
    Dave0626
    +3
    Thanks Irish, I predict within this or the coming generation. The New World Order will be in full swing, and everyone 'chipped' and its slaves.
  • irish Dave0626 2012/04/03 16:40:56
    irish
    +2
    i hope not but with so many sheeple,things are not looking good for us are they?
  • Dave0626 irish 2012/04/03 17:03:13
    Dave0626
    +3
    Nope..And it doesn't matter that we may know and speak of the 'New World Order' plans. Because that is of no consequence to them. Their plans will go through, regardless.
    The only real answer is an all out revolt/war against them. But they know sheep have no thumbs or trigger fingers.
    I can only hope our military wakes up and does the right thing!
  • irish Dave0626 2012/04/03 17:13:41
    irish
    +2
    i agree with everything you said!
  • DeeB Dave0626 2012/04/03 17:14:21
    DeeB
    +4
    Don't know for sure if it's true but they are saying that people in high places are now going after the gangster banksters and the corporate big wigs. They say it has started and 200 have been arrested in Europe and 400 more have put in their resignations, and or fled. The military is going to be used against them.
  • Dave0626 DeeB 2012/04/04 13:52:09
    Dave0626
    First I've heard of such a thing. But i doubt there is any truth to it.
  • DeeB Dave0626 2012/04/04 14:27:31
    DeeB
    +3
    So you have not heard of Benjamin Fulford? I watched another man that was interviewd by David Wilcock the other night that was a Viet Nam vet that has helped to get the sovereignty of a bunch of states and he is saying the same thing. So I tend to believe it is happening. That is why the NWO is working so hard and fast right now, they are scared. I just watched another one last night with Fulford and a guy from Russia and one from Japan. They are all in it to bring down what they call the Old World Order.
  • Dave0626 DeeB 2012/04/04 14:58:30
    Dave0626
    +2
    hmmm, thanks for the info, Deeb...will have to keep a closer watch on this.....David Wilcock is a professional lecturer, filmmaker and researcher of ancient civilizations, consciousness science, and new paradigms of...
    https://www.google.com/search...
  • DeeB Dave0626 2012/04/04 15:50:37
    DeeB
    +3
    You're welcome Dave. Here's the one I saw last night. I know very well who Wilcock is! Your link brings you to the google page where you put in what you're looking for.
  • Rick Armin Dave0626 2012/04/04 04:42:50
    Rick Armin
    +3
    A "revolution" won't do it. It will just get the knowledgeable people killed. The military knows what side its bread is buttered on. Don't count on them to "do the right thing." Furthermore, if the American people rise up, we will be labelled extremists and terrorist and the government will ask for U.N. "peacekeepers" to come in and murder Americans just as we and they have been murdering people all over the world who don't go along with the globalists. What's more, we can't count on collectivism to defeat collectivism. We have to be prepared to fight and die as individuals taking out one enemy or his servants at a time.
  • irish Rick Armin 2012/04/04 11:52:46
    irish
    +1
    perhaps you underestimate the power of pissed off people. you may be right though ,there are too many sheeple grazing in america.
  • DeeB 2012/04/03 16:03:49
  • irish DeeB 2012/04/03 16:16:32
  • DeeB irish 2012/04/03 17:19:28
    DeeB
    +2
    Cute! I love Lee Camp.
  • irish DeeB 2012/04/03 17:28:51
  • Someone Else 2012/04/03 16:00:17
    Someone Else
    +3
    Probably not for long remember we have all the guns and the military is sworn to back it's citizens not it government when it's government can no longer function under the Constitution that it was sworn to protect.How will these elite's get anything done they won't unless they leave America at that point we start over. Viva La' revolution
  • irish Someone... 2012/04/03 16:17:33
  • Someone... irish 2012/04/03 17:03:29
    Someone Else
    +2
    Chuck along with Ted Nuggent and Joe Arpaio are true American hero's and mine too
  • irish Someone... 2012/04/03 17:13:57
  • DeeB Someone... 2012/04/03 17:39:19
    DeeB
    +2
    Ya? Who's he voting for. It ain't Ron Paul.
  • DeeB irish 2012/04/03 17:32:47
    DeeB
    +2
    I don't like him anymore!
  • irish DeeB 2012/04/03 17:34:45
    irish
    +1
    why not?
  • DeeB irish 2012/04/03 17:38:32
    DeeB
    +2
    Because he is for one of the 3 bad candidates. Can't remember which one though, but I wasn't happy when I heard it.
  • irish DeeB 2012/04/03 17:39:34
    irish
    +1
    i thought as much.
  • Someone... DeeB 2012/04/04 01:52:39
    Someone Else
    +2
    Ya but he's still all about the first and second amendments so he's OK in my book . We can't possibly make everyone see the light. Some people are just dumb that way and Chuck's pretty much an ultra Conservative from way back that's why the NRA like's him so much
  • DeeB Someone... 2012/04/04 11:13:40
    DeeB
    +3
    He used to be for Ron Paul. I'd like to know why he changed his mind.
  • Someone... DeeB 2012/04/04 12:49:24
    Someone Else
    +2
    He too has handlers he's a Hollywood actor remember
  • DeeB Someone... 2012/04/04 14:30:03
    DeeB
    +3
    Yup, you're right.
  • Arjuna 2012/04/03 15:58:16
    Arjuna
    +2
    I am glad that someone has put down the numbers finally. I am not too sure that Americans either known them or even want to see them. There aren't too many taking this poll are there? Unfortunate.
  • irish Arjuna 2012/04/03 16:18:37
    irish
    +3
    its always unfortunate when the americans refuse to think outside the matrix. the matrix cypher

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