Many citizens will tell you they would defend their freedoms to the death-and many have gone to their demise thinking they have. There had to be a sizable number who have believed they’re doing the right thing for the right reasons. Many citizens will tell you they live in the greatest country in the world because they too can become wealthy and live a rich and famous lifestyle. In fact, about 2-5% have. This gives the rest of us a dream for the opportunities which supposedly are at our finger tips. People, especially those of the wealthy “Conservative” or Repugnikan ilk have, through the media paid them off to perpetuate the delusion of the “American Dream”.
“Before 2007, Americans generally opposed higher taxes on the wealthy because they thought they would be wealthy too someday.
Not anymore. One reason President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” (applied to those making $1 million or more a year) may be politically popular is that most voters no longer see themselves reaching the $1 million mark – let alone $1 million a year.
According to a new poll from the Associated Press and CNBC, 79% of Americans say it’s unlikely they’ll have $1 million or more in assets over the next 10 years. Fully 61% said it is “extremely” or “very difficult” to become a millionaire in the U.S. today…”
“Do you hope to be rich some day? The United States had 2,886,200 millionaires in 2009, meaning that about 0.9% of Americans, or about one in 106 people, were millionaires as of last year. In the same year, 391 Americans were billionaires – that’s about one in 785,166 people or around 0.0001% of the population. Given these numbers, how good do you think your odds are that you could join the ranks of the wealthy? …
Earning a Six-Figure Income
According to the Current Population Survey’s 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 13,269,000 men and women earned a six-figure income in 2009. With the U.S. population estimated at around 307 million for 2009, the data means that one in 23 Americans, or about 4%, earned six figures in 2009. Almost three times as many men as women earned six figures. 1,460,000 men and women, about one in 210 people or 0.5% of the population, earned $250,000 or more in 2009.
As these figures come from 2010, I wonder what the odds are today? (at the end of this article, the author attempts to sell you a stock investment program…go figure huh?)
Yes, we do have a lot of freedoms here, especially for having a population of over 330M. Yes, we can write or say whatever we want and most of it will never reach the mainstream.
People join the military thinking they are protecting all these freedoms by engaging in the Imperialism which begets terrorism and fosters belief in religions composed of almost total nonsense albeit with some “Universal” humane values plugged in for control purposes. All they’re doing is protecting the interests of USA centered, multinational corporations and virulent private corporate interests. Very little of this trickles down to us. The industries which prop up the perpetual war machine don’t employ as many as they did in the Cold War or Vietnam. Let’s make America great again, indeed
““As the prospects for growth have decreased in the defense industry, the way that defense companies can attract investors is by showing that they can increase profit margins,” said Philip Finnegan, director of corporate analysis at the Teal Group, an aerospace and defense market research firm. “There’s been a drive in the defense industry to increase profit margins and return more to shareholders.”
It seems the realities we used to think helped our chances for opportunity have become worn out delusions.
Manufacturing employs about 8.8% of our work force, but these numbers have declined from previous decades:
“Manufacturing industries generated $2.1 trillion in GDP (12.5 percent of total U.S. gross domestic product) in 2013. But even these figures do not fully capture manufacturing’s role in the economy. Manufacturing provides a significant source of demand for goods and services in other sectors of the economy, and these sales to other industries are not captured in measures of manufacturing sector GDP but are counted in the broader measure of its gross output. U.S. manufacturing had gross output of $5.9 trillion in 2013, more than one-third (35.4 percent) of U.S. GDP in 2013. Manufacturing is by far the most important sector of the U.S. economy in terms of total output and employment. The manufacturing sector supported approximately 17.1 million indirect jobs in the United States, in addition to the 12.0 million persons directly employed in manufacturing, for a total of 29.1 million jobs directly and indirectly supported, more than one-fifth (21.3 percent) of total U.S. employment in 2013.
The manufacturing sector is also a particularly important provider of jobs with good wages for workers without a college degree. This can be seen in the manufacturing wage premium—the dollar amount by which the average manufacturing worker wage exceeds the wage of an otherwise comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector. The average wage premium for all U.S. manufacturing workers without a college degree was $1.78 per hour (or 10.9 percent) in 2012–2013.
The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and 2013. The principal causes of manufacturing job losses were growing trade deficits, especially with China, Mexico, and other low wage nations, and the weak recovery from the Great Recession since 2009.”
Reading the latterly, what is going to save our economic asses? NOT Donald Trump, readers.
The Bern’s ideas are part of what will help us. We need to retrain, we need free higher education, we need a complete infrastructure overhaul. We need to purge the Repugnikans and their lobbyists out of all of our branches of government, along with payola Democrats. We need to shrink the military and give the maimed the treatment and care they deserve. We need massive STEM efforts to bolster the services industries. We need to kick oil and toxic hydrocarbons to the curb, permanently. Energy should be sustainable, renewable and available to all and we need to take a leading role in helping the rest of the planet do the same…YES, I know this is tired rhetoric spewed by us on the LEFT for a long time. Most of us know this now. We know we need to act. However, so long as the financial power base controls our destiny, we are fucked by their short to medium range disastrous efforts. How are we going to stop the madness? I am not so sure it can occur peaceably…oh I wish we could change it all from the ballot box. Many are feeling a depressing desperation about the state of things and meanwhile remain in the nutless dysfunction which keeps us under the boot of corporatism. Too many are looking for the ONE LEADER who can pull us out of the quagmire. It won’t be a businessman, people and probably not a career politician, it will have to be a massive effort with many of the right kind of objectives (err left, maybe?) It’s going to take change on the local levels, city, county, state, region, national, and international levels. It will take all of us doing our parts-we already know this and most of it is a simple attitude change.
The extremism of the right wing appeals to people who think a strongman can save us by kicking ass. This is why the Dump(Trump)has a lot of popularity. A great deal of people want someone running the show who has assertiveness and guts…WTF, too many are ignoring the positive things Obama has done. Don’t get me wrong here, he was a sellout from day one and to the contrary he attempts to do things now we’d love to have seen earlier on if he’d had a progressive House and Senate working with him to get us up the road to a much better place than we are now. We have a SCOTUS with some fuckers like Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas who need to be run out of the high court to teach others the ways we don’t want things to go…The right wing, since Reagan have caused many to hate government. And yes, there are many wasteful practices and inefficiencies there which reducing govt. will not fix. The popularity of Libertarian ideas is indicative of the laziness we have when it comes to the personal responsibilities that citizens, businesses, and government have toward the fostering of the republic.
I have grown tired of the overuse of the word “democracy”. We don’t have a pure democracy, we never did. It has always been a historic struggle between the people and the oligarchy in most of the country. The Bundy’s of the world are not these people. They’re squatters and wasteful pricks when it comes to range management. I would love to see how these creeps have improved the BLM land’s carrying capacity since they’ve been running their herds on it. If I could see this data, I might be sympathetic to their cause. Right now, the Tea Party slime and their Repugnikan sympathizers want to privatize all public lands to generate profits for the few and strip the many of their free access to the aesthetic enjoyment of parks and public lands…Oh, but we’ll improve the land by charging for access and having the funds to do it…wrong. They will exploit and destroy.
What do the candidates in all elected government offices do to better things for the common welfare of their constituents? This is the perennial question we must all ask them.
Just because Trump seemingly has big balls doesn’t mean he has the plight of the common man in mind. His rhetoric shows he doesn’t as does most of the rhetoric on either side of the political fence, Repugnikans acting consistently as the major offenders. The Bern will only be a cool deterrent to these useless shitheads unless he has a progressive Congress working with him and covering his back. In the end, we need to take all the money out of political elections. All media, as a service to the Republic, needs to donate equal time to all the candidates, devoid of profit with equal time for all those running. We need to run the for profit motivated lobbyists like the insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospital industries, defense industries, banking industries, and the like out of Washington and state and local governments for good. Most of this shit needs to be nonprofit, serving the needs of citizenry. We need to install a sense of personal responsibility in our citizenry so this shit rarely gets out of hand again.
This is how we’re going to make America great. It won’t work through war and toxic industries and the perpetual cycle of haves and have nots.
The supporters and members of the oligarchy are lucky that the majority of the over 300M firearms are not in the hands of those who would turn them on them to take their country back and participate in making it a great place for all to live. We must work hard to make a socially conscious environment so that the oligarchs are disempowered and serve the interests of those they are allowed to exploit. It is a must that all religions become deconstructed so they have only positive influences on the hearts and minds of people. These might be some of the ways we make America truly great. If we can spread this throughout the world as we do it, we won’t have to worry as much about illegal immigration, the drug war, and terrorism.