39 Things That Are Driving Ordinary Americans Absolutely Crazy


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Have you noticed that almost everyone seems really angry these days? Frustration with the government and with most of the other major institutions in our society seems to grow by the day. 

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According to a brand new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 80 per cent of Americans say that they are either dissatisfied or angry with the government. 

Americans are deeply divided about what the solutions to our problems are, but what almost everyone can agree on is that our problems are getting worse.  Watching all of the madness that is going on in Washington D.C. and in our state capitals is almost enough to drive anyone absolutely crazy. 

Our nation is drowning in an ocean of debt, jobs are being shipped overseas at an alarming rate, thousands of stores are closing, poverty is exploding, greed has become a national pastime and corruption is seemingly everywhere.  The American people are incredibly frustrated because the vast majority of our “leaders” appear to be too incompetent or too corrupt to deal with our problems.

If you visit just about any website on the Internet that deals with politics or the economy and spend some time reading the comments that people leave you will quickly see how angry people are becoming.  A lot of times people have no other outlets for the intense frustration that they are feeling and so they just let it all come out online.  Yes, Americans have always complained about the government, but the madness that we are seeing today is really unprecedented in modern U.S. history.  Something has fundamentally changed.

The U.S. government and most of our other major societal institutions are rapidly losing the faith of the American people.  But society cannot function without trust.

So what is going to happen once all of the trust is gone?

No wonder the American people are losing faith.  It is hard to keep believing when you see rampant corruption and decay everywhere you look.

But mostly, the American people want to be able to take care of their families.

The American people are not going to start feeling better about things until there are plenty of good jobs to go around.  If people cannot pay their mortgages and provide for their families then they are not going to be content no matter what our politicians tell them.

Unfortunately, the “new normal” is going to be a lot different from what the “old normal” was.  The United States is a declining power.  Every month our nation is bleeding more jobs, more factories and more wealth.  Every month our debt problems on the federal, state and local levels get even worse.  We have been living far beyond our means for decades, and we are rapidly getting to the point where that simply will not be possible anymore.

The long-term trends that have gotten us to this point have taken decades to develop.  There is no “quick fix” that some politician is going to bring in that is going to create some kind of miracle.

We are now starting to pay the price for decades of bad decisions.  As the consequences of our decisions become more apparent, the American people are going to get angrier and angrier.

Unless something very dramatic happens, we are heading for a very ugly chapter in American history.

Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

Close to one out of every five American men between the ages of 25 and 54 does not have a job at the moment

Source: Newsweek

Last year, over a million homes were repossessed by financial institutions

This year a similar number of repossessions is expected.

Source: Newsweek

Companies like Netflix and Chipotle are significantly raising prices

Meanwhile, Ben Bernanke claims that there is hardly any inflation. He must not go grocery shopping much.

The government keeps telling us that the economy is improving, and yet more stores keep closing

The Gap has announced that up to 200 stores will be closed over the next two years. Perkins has announced that they will be closing 58 restaurants. Borders has announced that they will be shutting down their remaining 399 stores and that 10,700 employees will lose their jobs. Yes, the economy is really buzzing right now.

Government services all over the nation are being cut back. An atmosphere of austerity has descended on the entire country

For example, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says that we may soon have to say goodbye to Saturday mail delivery.

Many broke public school systems are now charging parents lots of money for things that used to be free

The Wall Street Journal says that one family in Ohio has to shell out over $4,000 a year for basic school activities.

'Budget shortfalls have prompted Medina Senior High to impose fees on students who enroll in many academic classes and extracurricular activities. The Dombis had to pay to register their children for basic courses such as Spanish I and Earth Sciences, to get them into graded electives such as band, and to allow them to run cross-country and track. The family's total tab for a year of public education: $4,446.50.'

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Federal Reserve gets to give out tens of billions of dollars of nearly interest-free loans to their bankster friends

While tens of millions of American families desperately try to survive an economic downturn that was caused by those same people.

Source: Bloomberg

We have gotten ourselves into a position where we are in so much debt to China that we have to constantly be concerned about how they feel about our financial status

Earlier this week, one top Chinese official urged the U.S. government to do something to boost confidence in the U.S. dollar and in U.S. government debt. The official said, 'We hope the U.S. government will take responsible policies and measures to boost global financial market confidence and respect and protect the interests of investors.'

Source: Reuters

The national debt continues to spiral out of control and our politicians seem unwilling to do anything serious about it

If you combine all sources of income, it is estimated that LeBron James makes about 42 million dollars a year. If he continued to make money at that rate, it would take him 23,809 years to make a trillion dollars. Yet our politicians see no problem with running trillion dollar deficits year after year.

Unless our politicians do something dramatic, the federal government is headed straight toward financial hell

It is being projected that the U.S. national debt will hit 344% of GDP by the year 2050 if we continue on our current course.

Source Tycoon Report

It is not just the federal government that is broke. Right now, there are a lot of state and local governments that are teetering on the brink of financial disaster

Moody's has announced that it will be reviewing, and possibly downgrading, the credit ratings of Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is such a financial mess that nobody really has any idea how to fix their problems.

All over the United States, highways, water treatment plants, libraries, parking meters, airports and power plants are being sold off

Desperate state and local governments are selling off these assets (much of the time to foreigners) in order to plug short-term holes in state and local budgets.

Source: Rolling Stone, Telegraph

The combination of federal government spending, state government spending and local government spending now accounts for a larger share of U.S. GDP than at any other time in our history

Source: Kitco

Police all over America have been shutting down lemonade stands run by little children

At least one police chief in Wisconsin was good enough to apologise when it happened in his area. It is too bad that there aren't more police out there that have a little common sense.

The U.S. housing crash shows no signs of abating. Real estate construction is absolutely dead

In fact, right now we are on track for the lowest number of total housing completions that the U.S. government has ever recorded in a single year.

In June, sales of previously-owned homes in the United States declined to a seven month low.

In June, sales of previously-owned homes in the United States declined to a seven month low. Without good jobs, the American people cannot afford to buy homes. Many of those that do have good incomes are being turned down by mortgage lenders.

The supply of existing homes for sale continues to go up.

That means that it is going to get even harder for average Americans to sell their homes.

Source: Calculated Risk

The value of U.S. homes has fallen by a total of approximately 6.6 trillion dollars since the peak of the housing market

Source: Calculated Risk

It isn't just banks that are kicking people out of their homes

All over the country, homeowners' associations are aggressively using their powers to boot American families out on to the streets.

Instead of being used by families, all over the country, thousands of foreclosed homes are rapidly filling up with mould

Source: NPR

Really bizarre thefts are being reported all over the United States right now

For example, it was just reported that some crooks in Pennsylvania ripped up and hauled away about 100,000 pounds of train track.

Crime rates are rising in some cities

Authorities continue to insist that violent crime is going down, and yet the number of police officers killed by gunfire is on pace to easily set another all-time record for the second year in a row

Source: USA Today

Food quality is going down

One recent study found that approximately 47 per cent of all meat and poultry in the United States 'is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Staph'.

The health insurance companies keep jacking up rates on all of us, and yet they also continue to report record breaking profits.

Source: NY Times

Corruption appears to be rampant on every level of American society today

For example, one NYU professor recently discovered that 20 per cent of his students were blatantly cheating on assignments.

Hedge funders pay a pittance in taxes

Thanks to insane tax loopholes, a substantial percentage of the billions of dollars of income that hedge fund managers make is only taxed at a maximum rate of 15 per cent. Meanwhile, middle class American families are being absolutely hammered with taxes.

Source: Bloomberg

In 2010, the United States had the worst current account balance in the world. The U.S. had a current account balance of negative 561 billion dollars for 2010

No other nation had a negative current account balance that even exceeded 70 billion dollars. The amount of wealth leaving our country and being transferred to the rest of the world is absolutely mind blowing.

One recent poll found that 72 per cent of Americans believe that we are involved in too many wars.

The US is arming Mexican drug cartels

Apparently, ATF agents were ordered to get thousands of guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels and they were also apparently ordered not to follow those guns to see where they ended up.

Inequality is out of control

The top 5 per cent of all income earners in America account for almost as much consumer spending as the bottom 80 per cent of all income earners.

Source: USA Today

Despite the promises of our politicians, globalism is absolutely shredding the American economy

According to Forbes, the United States has been losing an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade organisation in 2001.

There are no signs that our rampant unemployment problem is going to end any time soon

In fact, right now it takes the average unemployed worker about 40 weeks to find a new job.

The vast majority of U.S. consumers are tapped out at this point

The New York Times writes, 'The auto industry is on pace to sell 28 per cent fewer new vehicles this year than it did 10 years ago -- and 10 years ago was 2001, when the country was in recession. Sales of ovens and stoves are on pace to be at their lowest level since 1992. Home sales over the past year have fallen back to their lowest point since the crisis began.'

Right now in Congress there is a proposal to change the way that inflation is calculated

According to The Senior Citizens League, this change would cause the average retiree to lose out on $18,000 in Social Security benefits over a 25 year period.

Our tax system is fundamentally unjust

Just look at the example of General Electric. G.E. is a favourite of the Obama administration and somehow they get away with not paying taxes year after year. The New York Times writes,

'The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.'

The TSA continues to abuse U.S. travellers in some of the most bizarre ways imaginable

For example, one 95-year-old grandmother in a wheelchair that is dying from cancer was asked to remove her adult diaper so that TSA 'officials' could feel her up properly. In what kind of a society does this type of thing go on?

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