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Are You Better Off? 40 Statistics That Will Absolutely Shock You
TEC ^ | 9-7-2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 09/07/2012 6:57:27 AM PDT by blam

Are You Better Off? 40 Statistics That Will Absolutely Shock You

Michael Snyder
September 7, 2012

Are you better off today than you were four years ago? This is a question that comes up nearly every election. This year the Romney campaign has even created a Twitter hashtag for it: #AreYouBetterOff. The Democrats are making lots of speeches claiming that we are better off, and the Republicans are making lots of speeches claiming that we are not. So are most Americans actually better off than they were four years ago? Of course not. One recent poll found that only 20 percent of Americans believe that they are better off financially than they were four years ago.
But the same thing was true four years ago as well. Our economy has been in decline and the middle class has been shrinking for a very long time. The Democrats want to put all of the blame on the Republicans for this, and the Republicans want to put all of the blame on the Democrats for this. A recent CNN headline defiantly declared the following: "Decline of middle class not Obama's fault", and this is the kind of thing we are going to hear day after day until the election in November. But obviously something has gone fundamentally wrong with our economy. So who should we blame?

Sadly, you hear very little on the mainstream news networks or the talk radio shows about the institution that has the most power over our economy. The Federal Reserve has far more power over our financial system than anyone else does, but the media and both political parties tell us that the Federal Reserve is "above politics" and that their "independence" must never be questioned.

Unfortunately, most Americans have gone along with that.

But the truth is that the debt-based financial system that the Federal Reserve is at the core of is absolutely central to our economic problems. If you do not understand this, please see this article: "10 Things That Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve".

The Federal Reserve has done more to mess up our economy than anyone else has.

So shouldn't they be held accountable?

That is a very good question.

Have you ever wondered why financial markets move so dramatically whenever Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gives a speech?

The same thing does not happen when Barack Obama gives a speech.

That is because the financial markets know who holds the real power in our financial system.

But during this election season the American people are told to put all of their attention on the "red team" and the "blue team". We are told that the two major political parties are philosophical opposites and that they want to take the United States is two completely different directions.

The "true believers" on the blue team are completely and totally convinced that Barack Obama will be able to rescue the economy and save America.

The "true believers" on the red team are completely and totally convinced that Mitt Romney will be able to rescue the economy and save America.

Once upon a time I was one of those political activists. I was fully convinced that America could be turned around if we could just get enough Republicans into office.

But then I noticed that nothing really seemed to change no matter who was in power. I became disillusioned as I realized that Republicans were doing things pretty much the exact same way that Democrats were doing them when they got into power.

Yes, there are some minor differences between the two parties on taxes and regulations.

If we elect one guy over the other our economy might decline at a slightly different pace.

But in the end both political parties are taking us to the exact same place.

Down the toilet.

I wish that wasn't true.

But we need to be honest with ourselves....

-Both parties fully support the Federal Reserve.

-Both parties supported the nomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term as the head of the Federal Reserve.

-Both parties endlessly push the job-killing "free trade" agenda of the global elite.

-Both parties see nothing wrong with running absolutely enormous trade deficits with the rest of the world.

-Both parties supported TARP.

-Both parties supported the "economic stimulus" packages.

-Both parties supported the auto industry bailouts.

-Both parties have run up massive amounts of federal debt when in power.

-Both parties have greatly expanded the size of the federal government when in power.

-Both parties are full of control freaks and both parties have added more layers of ridiculous regulations to our already overburdened society when in power.

-Neither party supports getting rid of the income tax or the IRS.

-Neither party has any intention of doing anything to prevent the coming derivatives crisis that could bring down the entire global financial system.

-Both parties are absolutely showered with cash from the big Wall Street banks.

-Both parties think that the TSA is doing a great job.

-Both parties supported the NDAA and the renewal of the Patriot Act.

-Both parties have greatly expanded the unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens by government agencies.

-Both parties are extremely soft on illegal immigration.

-Both parties have treated military veterans horribly.

-Both parties are absolutely packed with corrupt politicians that are living the high life at your expense.

-Neither party plans to balance the federal budget in 2013 if their candidate wins the election.

-Neither party has a plan that will fix our deeply broken health care system.

-Neither party has any plans to shut down the Federal Reserve. In fact, both parties see absolutely nothing wrong with our current system.

Of course this list could go on indefinitely, but hopefully you get the point.

But I can understand those that are deeply frustrated with Barack Obama and that desperately want to avoid another four years of his policies.

I also believe that Barack Obama has been the worst president in U.S. history and that he and his entire cabinet should immediately resign in disgrace.

However, the Republican party foolishly chose to nominate the Republican candidate that was most like Barack Obama to run against him.

That was an enormous mistake.

No matter what the talk radio shows are telling you, the truth is that this country will continue on pretty much the same path no matter who wins the election.

I know that statement is going to make a lot of people angry. But it is the sad reality of what we are facing.

Even if you focus on just the economy, the truth is that Mitt Romney's "five point plan" is almost exactly the same thing that Barack Obama has been saying.

Many Americans believe that since Mitt Romney made lots of money on Wall Street conducting leveraged buyouts of vulnerable corporations that he understands how to fix our economy.

Sadly, that is not the truth.

I have listened to many Romney speeches about the economy and I keep waiting for some pearls of wisdom, but I have found that he is just as clueless about the economy as our other recent presidents have been.

Look, I know that there are a lot of people out there that have good hearts that want to have someone that they can believe in.

They want to believe that things can get better.

They want to have hope.

And I don't blame them for that.

I just think that it is time to pull our heads out of the sand and realize that things are not going to be getting any better.

A political savior on a white horse is not going to come riding in to save the day.

So by this point in the article a whole lot of Democrats and a whole lot of Republicans are very upset with me.

But I am not against you. There is way too much hate in our society today. Even if we disagree with someone else we can still love them.

I just think that it is very important that we understand that there is not going to be a solution to our problems on the national level and that our economy is headed for collapse no matter who gets elected.

The total amount of debt in the United States has risen from less than 2 trillion dollars to nearly 55 trillion dollars over the past 40 years, and there is nothing that Barack Obama or Mitt Romney can do to prevent the "correction" that is coming.

So are Americans better off than they were four years ago?

Of course not.

But things will soon get a whole lot worse no matter how the election turns out.

The following are 40 statistics that will absolutely shock you....

#1 During the time Barack Obama has been in the White House, median household income has fallen by 7.3 percent.

#2 Back in 2007, 19.2 percent of all American families had a net worth of zero or less than zero. By 2010, that figure had soared to 32.5 percent.

#3 According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of American families dropped "from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010".

#4 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were "middle income" back in 1971. Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are "middle income".

#5 Back in 1970, middle income Americans brought home 62 percent of all income in the United States. In 2010, middle income Americans only brought home 45 percent of all income.

#6 The unemployment rate in the United States has been above 8 percent for 42 straight months.

#7 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percent for 35 months in a row.

#8 In June, the number of Americans added to the food stamp rolls was nearly three times larger than the number of jobs added to the U.S. economy.

#9 Approximately 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.

#10 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of long-term unemployed Americans has risen from 2.7 million to 5.2 million.

#11 Today, the average duration of unemployment in the United States is about three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.

#12 According to a report that has just been released by the National Employment Law Project, 58 percent of the jobs that have been created since the end of the recession have been low paying jobs.

#13 According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all of the jobs in the United States are "good jobs".

#14 In 2010, the number of jobs created at new businesses in the United States was less than half of what it was back in the year 2000.

#15 The average pay for self-employed Americans fell by $3,721 between 2006 and 2010.

#16 According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years. During 2010 it got even worse. That year, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.

#17 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.

#18 While Barack Obama has been president the velocity of money has plunged to a post-World War II low.

#19 According to one recent survey, 85 percent of middle class Americans say that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today compared with 10 years ago.

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

#21 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

#22 Over the past decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages have in the United States.

#23 Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president.

#24 As I wrote about yesterday, back in 1980 less than 10 percent of U.S. GDP was spent on health care but now about 18 percent of U.S. GDP goes toward health care.

#25 In a previous article, I noted that 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.

#26 Family budgets in America are being stretched to the breaking point. Today, 77 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.

#27 While Barack Obama has been president, U.S. home values have fallen by another 11 percent.

#28 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.

#29 The United States was once ranked #1 in the world in GDP per capita. Today we have slipped to #11.

#30 Since Barack Obama became president, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by 6.4 million.

#31 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in the year 2000 to 31.9 million when Barack Obama entered the White House to 46.7 million today.

#32 Approximately one-fourth of all U.S. children are enrolled in the food stamp program at this point.

#33 It is being projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.

#34 It is estimated that child homelessness in the United States has risen by 33 percent since 2007.

#35 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#36 As I wrote about the other day, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#37 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

#38 The number of Americans receiving federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

#39 At this point, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

#40 Amazingly, more than half of all Americans are now at least partially financially dependent on the government.

So are you better off than you used to be or worse off?

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; politics; recession; recovery

1 posted on 09/07/2012 6:57:33 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
One party, two faces.


2 posted on 09/07/2012 7:01:20 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: blam

Our income has been halved since I lost my job last year. Thank you obama.

3 posted on 09/07/2012 7:02:25 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: blam

“But in the end both political parties are taking us to the exact same place.

Down the toilet.”

4 posted on 09/07/2012 7:04:18 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: blam


5 posted on 09/07/2012 7:06:37 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: blam

God Save the Republic

6 posted on 09/07/2012 7:09:48 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: blam

“The same thing does not happen when Barack Obama gives a speech. “

I disagree with this statement. The market usually drops triple digits when he speaks.

7 posted on 09/07/2012 7:12:11 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: blam

“...he and his entire cabinet should immediately resign in disgrace.”

IMHO, the Romanians (1988-89) had the real solution to the problem.

Politicians, of any party, have a fiduciary responsiblity with the taxpayers money. When they use that money to increase their own wealth (or that of familiy/friends), prestige, re-election, or other illegitimate purposes should be severely punished. Think Rostenkowski and Randy Cunningham (one demo, one repub)

8 posted on 09/07/2012 7:58:10 AM PDT by Tahoe3002
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To: blam
To get a fuller (much fuller!) overview of this excellent article, everyone out there should read “Web of Debt” by the estimable Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D., or any of the excellent books on the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins.

This article, however, is a very good and useful primer for anyone not familiar with the perils facing today's society, and should therefore get maximum exposure.

By all means, pass it along!


9 posted on 09/07/2012 7:58:35 AM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: blam
This list is bogus. It is all over the place. I don't have time to check and see why they used the years that they did, but since they are all over the place, I assume they are cherry picking them for maximum effect.

Several use 2007 as a starting point. Obama wasn't president until 2009. Why would they include 2 years of the Bush administration.

I don't like it when the Dems “spin” the numbers. I don't like it when we do either.

Let's just use THE TRUTH, it's sufficient.

10 posted on 09/07/2012 8:25:25 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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I think 2007 is used as a starting point for some aspects of this list because the dems took control of both the House and the Senate in 2007 (as a result of the November, 2006 election).

11 posted on 09/07/2012 8:43:58 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (If people don't have to show an ID to vote, why do they have to show one to purchase a firearm?.)
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To: blam
The entire problem can be traced back to Bill Clinton signing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
That was the end of the USA as a manufacturing super power, and the beginning of the New World Order.


1.Ship out un-nationalized parasites and secure the boarders, by bringing back our troops which will boost all business on the boarders.

2.Replace all manufacturing jobs shipped over seas where the employing company pays the American laborer the same amount as a Chinese laborer, with unemployment (rename it UNDERemployment), and EBTs making up for the difference.

3.Refuse any goods produced by another country that does not abide by identical regulations and restrictions that are placed on American Companies.

All fixed.
Enough of this new world order bull crap.
NAFTA must be undone.

12 posted on 09/07/2012 9:30:40 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
One party, two faces.

The democrats have been taking us to hell at a high gallop, the republicans have been taking us to hell at a somewhat more leisurely pace.

The collapse will come during a republican administration, ergo the republicans will bear the blame for it, just as the Great Depression (see, I can use capitols when they are called for) and events surrounding it are still know as the "Hoover Panic."

13 posted on 09/07/2012 10:01:59 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Tahoe3002
IMHO, the Romanians (1988-89) had the real solution to the problem.

True. I have been urging my friends and acquaintances to learn how to properly spell "chow-chess-que".


14 posted on 09/07/2012 10:05:26 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: blam
Causes of economic decline:

1) rent and price controls cause decline of quality of housing and goods
2) minimum wage and pro labor and pro union legislation causes unemployment
3) chronic budget deficits that are unfinanced cause deflation and increasing national debt
4) lack of gold standard and fractional reserve banking causes and the ability of the Fed to create money out of thin air causes inflation
5) inflation to finance budget deficits causes less savings
6) confiscatory taxation to finance budget deficits causes less savings
7) government borrowing to finance budget deficits causes less savings
8) less savings causes less investment which causes less capital accumulation
9) government redistributionism causes less capital accumulation
10) less capital accumulation causes economic decline
11) environmentalism's fear of and hostility to science, technological progress, and economic progress cause more regulations
12) liberalism's fear and hostility to the rich, businessmen, and capitalists cause more regulations
13) health and safety concerns causes more government regulations
14) excessive government regulations causes economic decline
15) antitrust legislation cause continued survival of inefficient producers, high cost producers, dull producers, and incompetent producers
16) government interventionism which leads to an assault on freedom of entry and competition causes the barring of capable sellers from the market and restrict the range of choice of suppliers to buyers
17) egalitarianism and the libtard assault on economic inequality causes the abolition of causality. Which means the abolition of the connection between and individual's efforts and his income and the abolition of cost in the spending of income. This leads to the incentive to do as little as possible and to spend as much as possible.
18) the decline of rationality and the increased acceptance of the libtard delusion that the government can provide benefits for which the citizens do not have to pay causes the destruction of traditional American values and loss of freedom which leads to all of the above.

15 posted on 09/07/2012 10:13:15 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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16 posted on 09/07/2012 10:27:21 AM PDT by phockthis ( ...)
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