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Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores
The American Dream ^ | 1-1-2012

Posted on 01/01/2012 9:45:00 PM PST by blam

Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores

January 1, 2012

Once upon a time, the people of the United States constructed beautiful, shiny cities from coast to coast that were the envy of the entire globe. We had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen and life was quite good in America. But now all of our prosperity is coming crashing down and many of our formerly great cities are turning into open, festering sores. Unfortunately, we are drowning in so much debt that we can barely even slow down the shocking decline of our cities.
Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities and millions of good jobs have been shipped out of the United States. As our economic infrastructure has been ripped out right in front of our eyes, an atmosphere of unemployment, poverty and despair has descended on many of our major cities like a soaking wet blanket. Today, many of our cities that once were considered to be some of the greatest in the world have been transformed into rotting, post-apocalyptic hellholes. When you visit many of these cities and look into the sunken eyes of the residents, you almost get the feeling that something has sucked all of the hope and all of the life right out of them.
For a while, large numbers of Americans still believed that the right politician would bring them "hope" and "change", but now crushing despair is giving way to absolute desperation for millions of people. Desperate people do desperate things, and as our major cities continue to decay they are going to become very dangerous places to be.

Even in some of our most "prosperous cities" there are areas that closely resemble third world conditions. For example, in San Francisco there is an area known as "Hunter's Point" that is a complete and utter nightmare. In Hunter's Point, more than half of the population lives in poverty and more than half of all children live in a home where there is no father present. The following is what one reporter found on a visit to Hunter's Point....

Abernathy and I cut through the complex, tromping over an expanse of dirt and concrete toward the northeast end of the development, where a row of apartments looked down from a grassy hill. We paused next to a vacant, boarded-over unit to take in the scene: A stream of ****, piss, tampons, and toilet paper spewed from a dark hole in the sidewalk, poured down the hill, and formed a sort of **** lagoon next to the street. Weeds, about six inches tall, were growing in the little lagoon.

Raw ****, obviously, is not cool. Beyond the fact that it smells and looks nasty, fecal matter provides a haven for dangerous bacteria, most notably E. coli, a virulent pathogen that can sicken and even kill humans, especially infants. In the so-called developing world, according to the World Health Organization, water tainted by feces is a major killer, a prime cause of severe diarrhea, which takes the lives of an estimated 1.8 million people annually.

But in general, San Francisco is doing better than the rest of California is. Down the coast, Los Angeles continues to come apart at the seams. Approximately 40 arson fires were started in Los Angeles in just the last three days alone. That is the highest number of arson fires that Los Angeles has seen since the 1992 riots.

Unfortunately, as economic conditions worsen, we are going to see a lot more arson all over the nation.

Once upon a time, people all over the country wanted to move to California. But today, millions of people have been pouring out of the state as it continues its shocking decline. If you can believe it, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California increased by a whopping 30 percent between 2007 and 2010.

That isn't just a decline, that is a free fall.

But it isn't like there are too many areas of the country that are doing that much better. All over the country, our major cities are becoming open, festering sores and child poverty is absolutely exploding.

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.

Speaking of Detroit, it is almost unbelievable what has happened to "the motor city"....

*An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

*If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

*Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit graduate from high school at this point.

Today, Detroit has become a very frightening place to live. 100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear for their own personal safety. The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were "scared for their lives"....

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

Right now, Detroit is a city that is being torn apart by thieves and vandals. Buildings are being literally dismantled as people scramble to find things to sell to keep themselves afloat. The following is from a recent article in the Detroit News about this crisis....

The war to keep the lights on in Detroit is a serious one. Thieves, antiquated equipment and a lack of funding have made it impossible for city officials to catch up to the problem.

City officials estimate 15-20 percent of the 88,000 lights in the Motor City are not working, and they acknowledge that figure could be as high as 50 percent in some neighborhoods.

But it is not just Detroit that is having a major problem keeping the lights on. Over in Highland Park, Michigan the majority of the street lights have been repossessed because the city was not keeping up with the electricity bill.

All over the country, cities are going dark and fixtures are being torn out of homes and businesses as thieves search for something to sell. As one of my readers shared recently, there are some parts of California that are literally being transformed into hellholes by hordes of desperate people....

Here, in the California desert, many vacant houses are being taken over. Fixtures are being ripped out and sold as scrap. Trench latrines are being dug in backyards and water is being pilfered from neighboring pools and hoses. While most of these folks are simply trying to keep a roof over their heads (while they keep their heads down), many are also setting up meth labs and in-door marijuana grows.

I can see the eventual day when the total breakdown of the economy and our society will drive thousands from the cities. A lot of those will be looking for ‘opportunities’.

As sad as it is, if you’re not one of the most unfortunate, it’s time to prepare a defense for your goods, family and self. You are going to be viewed as wealthy, no matter how poor you feel, by someone with nothing left to lose.

Do not rely on police or government authorities. We all saw how that went in New Orleans. Be ready as an individual family unit.

In Fresno, California the theft of copper wire from street lights has become a major crisis. At this point, the loss of copper wire and the cost of repairing street lights is costing Fresno about $50,000 a month. So far, approximately 2,500 street lights have been stripped of their wiring.

Over on the east coast, there are some cities that have lost so much industry that many young people feel as though there are not many viable options left other than selling drugs or selling their bodies.

In an extraordinary article entitled "City of Ruins", Chris Hedges did an amazing job of documenting the nightmarish decline of Camden, New Jersey. Today, it is estimated that the actual rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 or 40 percent. For most young people in Camden, there are very few legitimate opportunities for a better life at this point. The following is a brief excerpt from "City of Ruins"....

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.

If the area where you live has not gotten that bad yet, you should be thankful. But the reality is that these economic conditions are spreading and they will get to where you live soon enough.

Disease is also becoming a huge problem in many of our major cities. The combination of poverty and moral decay has created some very frightening conditions in many areas of the country.

This is even happening in some of our most prosperous cities. For example, the rate of HIV infection in Washington D.C. is actually higher than it is in West Africa according to the director of the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration....

"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon Hader, the administration's director, who used to spearhead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."

Up in Canada, they have come up with some very "unusual" methods for preventing the spread of health problems. For example, in Vancouver, British Columbia authorities are actually handing out free crack pipes to addicts in an attempt to slow down the spread of diseases. But there is a limit - only one free crack pipe per day is allowed.

Crazy stuff.

What is happening to this world?

But perhaps we should all be thankful to at least have some place to lay our heads at night. Today, there are more than 700,000 homeless people in America, and that number has grown by about 20 percent since 2007.

After the next major financial crisis, that number is going to go even higher.

The truth is that the economy is in much worse shape than most people think, and the poor in America are rapidly getting poorer.

As Gerald Celente has said many times, when the poor lose everything that they have they tend to lose it.

Desperate people do desperate things, and we are already starting to see signs of this all over the nation. For example, you can watch one homeowner defend his home against four armed invaders right here.

So what are our leaders doing to fix this?

Well, unfortunately there is not a whole lot they can do.

Our federal government is absolutely drowning in debt.
During the first three years of Barack Obama, the U.S. government accumulated more debt than it did from the inauguration of George Washington to the inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country.

For example, did you know that the Obama administration gave a $529 million loan to a U.S. electric car company so that they could manufacture electric cars in Finland?

Talk about stupid.

Is it any wonder that there is such a lack of confidence in the government at this point?

According to one recent survey, 77% of all Americans now believe that there is a leadership crisis in America.

Our economy is dying and formerly great cities all over America are being turned into open, festering sores. This country is in so much trouble that it is hard to find words that can adequately describe it.

2012 is going to represent a huge turning point for this country. If we do not get enough Americans to wake up now, we might not get another chance.

If you love America, please make this a year when you take more action than ever before.

Working together, we can make a huge difference.


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KEYWORDS: bluezones; decay; economy; feminism; freetrade; globalism; greatsociety; jobs; lbj; markets; poverty; urban; violence; waronpoverty
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The FBI reports that a record number of Americans (1.5 Million) applied to buy guns in December.
1 posted on 01/01/2012 9:45:09 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

“I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.”
Thomas Jefferson

(also God’s view in the OT)


2 posted on 01/01/2012 9:51:21 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: blam
From this article:

"-The net worth of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi increased by 62 percent from 2009 to 2010. In 2009 it was reported that she had a net worth of 21.7 million dollars, and in 2010 it was reported that she had a net worth of 35.2 million dollars."

3 posted on 01/01/2012 9:57:32 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

ping


4 posted on 01/01/2012 9:57:46 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: blam

City government used to be about management: keeping it safe, maintained and prosperous.

Now it’s all about graft and pensions for public employees. No money left to fix potholes.


5 posted on 01/01/2012 9:58:07 PM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: blam

***Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country. ****

Perhaps during his second term (gag)he could start another “Urban Renewal” program like LBJ did! After the money is appropriated and spent we will see no change but the money will disappear.


6 posted on 01/01/2012 9:58:20 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: blam
When you visit many of these cities and look into the sunken eyes of the residents, you almost get the feeling that something has sucked all of the hope and all of the life right out of them.

Yup...socialism 'll do that to ya.
7 posted on 01/01/2012 10:00:56 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: blam
"But the reality is that these economic conditions are spreading and they will get to where you live soon enough."

Yes, and mentioning that in conversation with local government income recipients can elicit hysterical, angry responses. ...fun experiment. Mentioning property values falling for the next couple of decades can instigate even more fun. ;-)


8 posted on 01/01/2012 10:02:06 PM PST by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: jtal

Got that right.


9 posted on 01/01/2012 10:08:18 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: blam
Speaking of Detroit, it is almost unbelievable what has happened to "the motor city"....

The FBI reports that a record number of Americans (1.5 Million) applied to buy guns in December.

Holder's People/Democrat Voters: The Thug Report

10 posted on 01/01/2012 10:11:39 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: blam

all enclaves of white people ....


11 posted on 01/01/2012 10:14:58 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: blam
The photo accompanying the article is heartbreaking.

I do work in historic preservation, and seeing something like that is stab to my soul -- and to all of America's soul.

Btw, Chris Hedges, a writer who is mentioned in the article, is on C-Span2 BookTV now.

12 posted on 01/01/2012 10:24:30 PM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: blam

Would be interesting to see where the most guns are being acquired. I would have thought flyover country, not places like Detroit, largely because the big city regulations are still so bothersome and the 2nd amendment cases haven’t all cranked through court yet.


13 posted on 01/01/2012 10:26:38 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: shhrubbery!

Loss of prosperity, and also loss of people — abortion-on-demand has done its dirty underhanded work for how many decades now?


14 posted on 01/01/2012 10:29:54 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: blam

Weeds often have the last laugh, the pride and ambitions of man, our beautiful buildings collapse or are destroyed, what stands in their place are weeds. There is something in our national character that like those weeds that will let us survive. In America there are those who by blood are survivors and opportunists, who can take any situation and turn it into profit. It is that spirit that will save this country, not socialism, not government. The people of this country move around and seek opportunity, some cities might fall into waste but another city will spring up. Sure there are those inner city populations that shall inhabit the shells of those places no longer viable but given time they will fade away especially if their government subsidies dry up. Being dysfunctional is not a long term survival strategy.


15 posted on 01/01/2012 10:33:54 PM PST by dog breath
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To: blam
[ Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country. ]

Even now most REFUSE TO ADMIT Zerodamus is doing this all ON PURPOSE..
Even Presidential candidates refuse to state the situation correctly..

Newt comes very close sometimes though..
BUT he refuses to come right out say it..

16 posted on 01/01/2012 10:43:16 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: blam

This is what happens when a great nation sends two centuries of savings, jobs and development to a communist nation, for cheap crap at Walmart.


17 posted on 01/01/2012 10:45:27 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: blam

“Speaking of Detroit, it is almost unbelievable what has happened to “the motor city.”

Ruins of Detroit, if you haven’t seen them. Amazing.

http://www.marchofthetitans.com/detroit10.htm


18 posted on 01/01/2012 10:47:26 PM PST by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: blam

Good...get a gun!This is what socialism has bread.


19 posted on 01/01/2012 10:47:48 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

***Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country. ****

Perhaps during his second term (gag)he could start another “Urban Renewal” program like LBJ did! After the money is appropriated and spent we will see no change but the money will disappear.

— Obama isn’t helping anything, but the shipping of our industrial base overseas has been going on since the 90s. Ross Perot was right when he warned of the “sucking sound” of our jobs leaving the country.


20 posted on 01/01/2012 10:49:36 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: fabian

This is what socialism has bread.

Also, capitalism in the form of outsourcing by our industrial companies.


21 posted on 01/01/2012 10:50:47 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: rottndog

Do you know that the Republican Party for most of its existence was a PROTECTIONIST party? From the time of Lincoln forward? Now our Republican leaders don’t seem worried about the outsourcing of our jobs to China, because it’s (wrongly) considered part of “free trade”.

Bring back Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. They wouldn’t put up with our jobs being shipped to slave-wage countries.


22 posted on 01/01/2012 10:53:17 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

This is what happens when a great nation sends two centuries of savings, jobs and development to a communist nation, for cheap crap at Walmart.

And it didn’t start under Obama. Ross Perot warned us about it 20 years ago.


23 posted on 01/01/2012 10:55:02 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: blam
Detroit has been ruled by liberal Democrats since 1960. Detroit is a one party Democrat city. Just like the in the former Soviet Union the ruling party routinely gets almost 100% of the vote.

Almost all the experts on totalitarianism have concluded that a sense of despair and helplessness is necessary before a totalitarian government can gain control. The existing moral tenets of society must be undermined and weakened. The economic structure and productive members of society must be destroyed or forced out.

This is what has happened in Detroit.

24 posted on 01/01/2012 10:55:23 PM PST by detective
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To: blam
Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country.

The author is an idiot child.

The theory that the Obama regime, or any other administration, can solve such problems by spending money is the root of the problem.

25 posted on 01/01/2012 11:08:14 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: blam

It struck me just today how we are losing these beautiful buildings in America. They literally don’t build them like that anymore and they just get wasted and squandered.


26 posted on 01/01/2012 11:09:37 PM PST by Crucial
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To: shhrubbery!
The photo accompanying the article is heartbreaking.

That dump was demolished in 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Livingstone_House

27 posted on 01/01/2012 11:14:48 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: WilliamIII
Do you know that the Republican Party for most of its existence was a PROTECTIONIST party? From the time of Lincoln forward? Now our Republican leaders don’t seem worried about the outsourcing of our jobs to China, because it’s (wrongly) considered part of “free trade”.

A country should not dump rocks in its harbors simply because others have rocks in theirs.

28 posted on 01/01/2012 11:19:37 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: fabian

>”This is what socialism has bread”<

If the Socialist works in a Bakery, you are correct. #;^)


29 posted on 01/01/2012 11:22:55 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: cynwoody

Perot was right.


30 posted on 01/01/2012 11:23:28 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: blam
What is happening to this world?

In a nutshell, the last days, as prophesied in the Bible.

31 posted on 01/01/2012 11:24:41 PM PST by Ackackadack
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To: blam
For a while, large numbers of Americans still believed that the right politician would bring them "hope" and "change", but now crushing despair is giving way to absolute desperation for millions of people.

Jesus doesn't extinguish hope. He keeps His promises. He says, "If My People Who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and change their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive them and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

32 posted on 01/01/2012 11:25:45 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: blam
There's nothing in this article that wasn't foreshadowed in Atlas Shrugged. O'Dumbo and his thugs may be using AS as an instruction manual for destroying our country.
33 posted on 01/01/2012 11:27:25 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: blam
Even in some of our most "prosperous cities" there are areas that closely resemble third world conditions. For example, in San Francisco there is an area known as "Hunter's Point" that is a complete and utter nightmare.

The author is exaggerating somewhat. Hunters Point (a part of the Bayview District) may be the worst neighborhood in SF, but neighborhoods in Philadelphia and elsewhere back east make Hunters Point look like Disneyland in comparison. It's not that bad here. I've ridden patrol cars with SFPD, and watched punks brazenly deal drugs and smile at us while we sat parked nearby. But the homes are not that messed up. I didn't know what bad was until I got lost in the wrong neighborhood in Philadelphia, mile after mile of rotted burned blocks. Scared to death until I found my way out of there.

34 posted on 01/01/2012 11:29:17 PM PST by roadcat
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To: roadcat

Democrat (Liberal) Party or Socialist or Communist-run places all end up the same. Hell on Earth.


35 posted on 01/01/2012 11:38:41 PM PST by OldArmy52 (Obama, the most corrupt and incompetent President since Carter.)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

An equally valid observation is that “Atlas Shrugged” has been used as an EXCUSE to destroy American manufacturing.

I hold that view.

I do not believe Ayn Rand would have supported demolishing America’s industrial base, and shipping it to the largest communist nation in world history.


36 posted on 01/01/2012 11:39:35 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: rottndog

And just a little bit more... done by the ‘right’ people, no less... will fix the problem.

Yet who believes that? The one’s most devastated by it, of course.

I’ve said that we Americans are ripe for a demogogue, and this is just more evidence of it. All a politician has to do to win is say that they’ll fix all your problems, but only if you give him the power to do so.

Bush... with the TSA, Prescription Drug coverage, and the the Patriot act (”Save us from terrorists and raising health costs!” we cried. Give me the power to do it, he said. And we gratefully handed over our rights and freedoms and money to have the *GOVERMENT*, for Pete’s sake, take care of us.)

Obama... with the Obamacare; draconian control over the auto, power, oil, coal, banking, credit, medical, internet,, and other sectors of our economy; civil defense corp of brownshirts, legal assassination and indefinite detention of American citizens; bailouts and exemptions to the law for political contributions; expanded control but the TSA, et al.
(”Save us from terrorists, fiscal crisis, health care costs, uncertain economic conditions, etc, etc!” we cried. And gladly we Americans handed over our control over these things to the *government*!)

And now we complain of the chains we Americans *GLADLY* put on.


The founding fathers were right, suffrage should *NEVER* be a universal right. Those who would gladly wear chains should not have the ability to force others to do so as well.


My tagline has been accurate since I joined...


37 posted on 01/01/2012 11:45:18 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: WilliamIII
Bring back Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. They wouldn’t put up with our jobs being shipped to slave-wage countries.

I think you're on the wrong forum.

Lincoln and Roosevelt are prominent big government presidents who had little regard for the constitution. Lincoln destroyed the Constitutional sovereignty of the states and Roosevelt destroyed the constitutional objective of limited government.

The jobs outsourced from the US were not "Our Jobs", just as the large number of jobs, especially in the auto industry, that were insourced to the US are not "Our Jobs".

More government control is not, nor ever has been, the answer

38 posted on 01/01/2012 11:47:57 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: WilliamIII
This is what happens when a great nation sends two centuries of savings, jobs and development to a communist nation, for cheap crap at Walmart.

A great nation is not so great if it refuses to adapt to changing economic conditions.

39 posted on 01/01/2012 11:49:39 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Prokopton

The poster is in the right forum.

I for one welcome the thoughts of a FReeper who has not drank the “free trade” kool-aid.


40 posted on 01/01/2012 11:51:05 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: blam
bus... one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks

Ironic.

41 posted on 01/01/2012 11:53:08 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

It’s more than that. Americans no longer want to be free to live their own lives as they see fit. All too often, when given a chance, Americans will immediately turn to the centralized, federal government... and literally beg for the ability to give up their freedoms in return for government chains.

Chains of regulations... chains of unneccessary, overreaching, overcomplicated laws... chains from the willing disregard of our constitutional rights.

All for a morsel of ‘government cheese’ (welfare) and a pat on the head (attention to interest groups).


42 posted on 01/01/2012 11:53:52 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Perhaps it's the late hour, but I do not understand your comment - can you name anyone who is using anything in AS as an "excuse" to destroy America? What would be the basis or rationale of such an "excuse?" AS has been written, therefore we must destroy America? Sorry, but that doesn't seem to make sense from any perspective.

Of course Ayn would not have approved...but that in no way vitiates her predictive powers of the devastation caused by socialism and crony capitalism. No-one ever thought that AS was in any way a prescription for actions that should be taken...but if one wanted to wreak economic and social havoc, her works would provide a blueprint for things to do to cause maximum damage.

43 posted on 01/02/2012 12:02:00 AM PST by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: blam

How many of the worst cities are characterized by being run by corrupt Democrat machines?


44 posted on 01/02/2012 12:02:59 AM PST by monocle
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

Not in Atlas Shrugged.

It’s one of my favorite books. But I am deeply concerned at how Rand’s vision of an innovative, self-reliant American locale (the Gulch) has been twisted around and used to somehow be the Peoples Republic of China.

I see “free traders” use of Galts Gulch to justify offshoring and firing Americans - and giving those jobs to communists, as a corruption of that wonderful book.

Nothing could be further from Galts Gulch, than a massive communist nation.


45 posted on 01/02/2012 12:08:28 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: LeoWindhorse
Yep...its about a lot more than just liberalism

Plenty of white lib cities that like it or not survive well enough

Lagos, Detroit, Port au Prince, Kingston, Jackson MS do not have democrats in common

46 posted on 01/02/2012 12:18:39 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: WilliamIII

“Bring back Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. They wouldn’t put up with our jobs being shipped to slave-wage countries.”

When we dismantle our labor unions, then we might have some standing to complain about China. But, for now, if China doesn’t provide our goods, no one will - simply because the unions will NOT permit us to make them here, at a reasonable price.

It also wouldn’t hurt to dial back the government a bit when it comes to environmental laws.


47 posted on 01/02/2012 12:40:39 AM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: Bon of Babble
Detroit has been unsafe for at least 30 years. Once I walked late at night between a Corporations World Headquarters and another building owned by that corporation just about 2 blocks away. It was a little scary, under a long overpass that was dark. Could sense someone was down there in the dark corners. Made it across and back okay, but when I returned to the WHQ, the night guards flipped out. Told me to never ever do that again. They said people were routinely killed under that overpass at night.

And speaking of Camden New Jersey, it looked very bad even 20-30 years ago.

Our country had been slowly robbed blind by corruption and cronyism. Obama is just pushing down on the accelerator.

48 posted on 01/02/2012 12:56:31 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: blam

The destruction of America’s cities is the legacy of President LBJ and all of the democrats and RINO appeasers who have followed in his footsteps.


49 posted on 01/02/2012 1:07:02 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: WilliamIII

Walmart stocks goods from everywhere, including America.

Today, people can barely afford their goods and, instead, turn to Dollar Store and the like. even though most items are just pennies cheaper in price.

Meanwhile, a German chain, Aldi’s, can sell canned and packaged food and produce, paper goods, soaps, etc. at considerable savings over Walmart, which is at least American-owned.

This past year, the good thrift and consignment shops have been busier than ever. My town has a flea market which is actually a huge building, full of second-hand goods. The owners buy up entire estate and rummage sales and it is a good place for pots and pans and small kitchen appliances.

The truth is Americans are being taxed to death. Health insurance has gone up, again. Energy costs are high, except for natural gas. So, folks look for low prices when something breaks or wears out. Non-union or second-hand is more affordable.

There used to be room in this economy for a lot of middle-of-the-road retailers. You could make a living producing the items or selling them. Walmart was just a choice for the things that are needed that don’t have to be quality. Now, there are high-end merchants and the Walmart-to-flea-market continuum.

In Britain, even the low-end shops are closing. This is a global situation.


50 posted on 01/02/2012 1:14:46 AM PST by reformedliberal
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