Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Destroying the Middle Class in America!

The 2000 Recount Changed Democrats Forever
Rush Limbaugh
July 26, 2016
RUSH: I got an email. During the break I check 'em, I just don't read them verbatim to you.  I summarize them.  "Rush, come on, tell us the truth.  You love watching these Democrat conventions."  I don't, folks.  Maybe in the past.  But I imagine I'm no different than you.  It's torture.
You care about the country, you care about the future, and you watch this, you turn these people on and you listen to the world that they project, you listen to the country they reflect.  You listen to the dystopian, negative, cataclysmic set of circumstances they want everybody to think they're living in.  I mean, it would be different if they got 20, 30% of the vote, but they win sometimes.  It's tortuous watching this stuff when you realize that it has a good chance of winning, that there are enough people out there moved by this.  That's scary to me.  It's tortuous watching this.
As I said at the beginning of the program, I watch these things now entirely differently.  I remember back, this program actually began August 1st, 1988, and it was right in the middle of the George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis campaign.  And you talk about fun.  I mean, there was Dukakis running around in a tank looking like Beetle Bailey wearing his army helmet.  It was obviously lunacy. It was insane.  Remember, this was the Reagan third term, this was 1988 and Bush was campaigning that way. And even though when this program started Dukakis was way up in the polls, nobody thought it was gonna hold up and it didn't.
But back in 1988, there was a confidence, there was a decent expectation that the left, as embodied by Dukakis, was gonna be vanquished.  And then 1992 came, well, before we got to '92, we had some serious policy malfunctions before that, like the "Read my lips:  No new taxes" backtrack and the Clinton campaign came along and even then we had all kinds of opportunity for jocularity and mimicking and mocking and so forth that we did, all the way through '96 and 2000.  In 2000 and the Florida recount aftermath is when I track the seminal change, and that's now 16 years ago, and it just seems like yesterday.
The Democrats have never been the same since that recount.  They've always been liberal, but the radicals have taken over that party.  The protestor generation of the sixties has come of age, taken over that party, 100 percent.  There aren't any mainstream, moderate Democrats left.  You might have some of them try to act that way.  And that Florida recount, that aftermath, when they lost the Electoral College, legitimately, but they think the whole thing was stolen from 'em at the Supreme Court.  There was no way, based on what had happened and the vote outcome that they were going to win.  But yet they won the popular vote.  And that created a sense of rage and anger that has not abated.  It has only intensified.
It came to its ugliest fruition during the George W. Bush administration.  And they have been nothing but hate-filled and angry and pessimistic.  They've always ripped America.  They've never thought America was the solution.  Michelle Obama last night, I have to tell you, listening to her praise the founders, I'm sorry, but I wasn't buying that.  I don't think Michelle and Barack Obama really think much of the founders.
There's a popular statement that they're using now, which I think betrays something, actually, or portrays something, whichever it is.  Obama has begun saying it a lot, and last night she said it.  No matter, no matter when or what the occasion, they can't stop talking about slavery.  And largely, in a context of, "Hey, you know what?  It isn't settled yet.  Hey, you know what?  We haven't fixed it yet."  I mean, that's their starting point.  And I think that's a no-win situation for us.  Because we've made great strides.
This country has made phenomenal strides since then, undeniable.  And we're one of the only countries on earth that has, Great Britain being the other.  This country has done more for and was organized for minorities more than any other nation on earth.  I gave a guy an analogy here on the program.  We had a guy call and wanted to know what I thought was so bad about grievance politics.  And I made an analogy for him.  I said, "Sir, are you married?"  He said, "Yeah."
I said imagine that your wife has an affair, and it causes all kinds of acrimony. You almost lose your marriage, it's really a rocky period of time.  But you and your wife get together, and you decide that you're gonna forgive her, you're gonna look past it for the sake of the marriage and your kids, and you move forward.  He said, "Okay."
Now, imagine, sir, every argument you have, you continue to remind her that she's to blame for everything because she's the one that had the affair.  I said your relationship doesn't have a prayer if you can't let it go.  If all you can do is continue to remind her what you've already forgiven her for, then the days of your relationship are over.  And the grievance industry does that. They don't want solutions.  They want to be able to do just that.  No matter what progress, no matter what agreements, no matter what, they don't want to acknowledge that anything has been done.  And that's how I hear the Obamas.
They love to wax eloquent about the early days of the country and how they were three-fifths of a person, even though they never have been three-fifths of a person.  He doesn't even have any slave blood.  She does, but he doesn't.  But they will admit they're never gonna let it go.  They're never gonna let it go.  So whenever we as a nation have an argument, they're always gonna be circling back to that or the way women were treated, things that have been dealt with, things that have been addressed, maybe not fixed forever, but addressed very significantly.  But they won't let it go.
So we're not making any progress here, by design.  So when a speech is heralded and contains all of these references to America's reprobate, dishonest, putrid, racist-pig past, and then the rest of the speech makes it look like there has been some progress like "Now I wake up in a house built by slaves."  I mean, what is what is the point of that?  I get it on one level.  If it were really uttered as an acknowledgment of the profound progress, then it would be great, but I don't sense it, 'cause I don't see it any other time.
So when Michelle starts praising the Founding Fathers -- where has that been the last seven and a half years?  Have you ever heard her talk in those terms?  It's like they think there are certain things they have to say. In fact, liberals know they have to campaign as conservatives to win, but then to hell with it.  Republicans think the same thing.  Have to campaign as conservatives. You certainly can't campaign as your radical leftist, you know, moon walk fruitcake and get elected to anything.  Even after a convention like this, they're gonna come out and say it's all about trying to portray Hillary as moderate.
And that's the real reason Bernie was allowed to keep going 'cause he's wacko leftist, he's there for two purposes: Make it look like she can overcome a fight. Make sure we can win a battle when it was a coronation to begin with, and he was also there to position her as a centrist, when she is as radical as Bill Clinton or Barack Obama or Saul Alinsky or any other leftist you want to name.  So it's torture watching this stuff.  I mean, all kinds of opportunity for great jokes and bits and funny lines present, but at the end of the day half the country, or close to it, this is gospel to 'em.  And that is depressing.  That is scary to me.
And that's why they've gotta be defeated.  And in the process of defeating them, these people that are voting for 'em are gonna have to be educated and informed.  Their lives could be so much better if they would let go of the notion that they are powerless.  But when these guys start talking last night about how there's no future in individualism, rugged or otherwise, that the only thing that matters is standing together, it's so cliched.  Of course people stand together.  People come from families.
I saw a story about some Democrat describing how they are going to really ultimately ban guns, and they're going to do it with language.  Some delegate at the convention admitted to a member of the media.  "Oh, yeah, it's the way we talk about it.  We can't ever go out as a party and say, 'We want to get rid of the Second Amendment. We want you to have to give up of your gun.'  We're instead gonna talk about common sense gun law.  And then after we use the phrase 'common sense gun law,' then we're gonna bring out parents of people who've been killed by gun violence. We're gonna portray the gun and having a gun as the opposite of common sense."

Clinton Delegate Explains How Democrats Will Ban All Guns  
Published on Jul 25, 2016
And that's the way they do it.  Everything is common sense.  Health care reform, common sense. Tax reform, common sense.  Whenever you hear common sense (fill in the blank) you know they're lying to you.  When you hear liberal Democrats talk about common sense anything, you know they are gaming you.  They have admitted it.  I knew it before she admitted it, this delegate.  (interruption) No, no, no, no.  I'm not complaining about anything here.  I'm just telling you that I can sit here and watch this stuff and not be affected by, but I am.
I think we're all affected by this.  This is our country these people are ruining.  This is our country these people don't like.  This is our country these people are trying to transform and make it something it was never intended to be.  I find it difficult to forget that when I'm watching these people go through the motions here at their convention.
It bugs me to sit through their lies and their prevarications and their misrepresentations and their slander and their libel and their all-out allegations against decent people in their effort to destroy people that don't agree with them.  It's like this leak of what was on their servers.  They don't deny any of it's authentic; they can't.  Like they cannot debate us about ideas -- and their convention is not about ideas.  Their convention is about destroying opposing people who have different ideas, and then a bunch of Santa Claus-type mush.
So I'm just... It's a long way of telling you that, yeah, I watch this stuff, but from a far different perspective, 'cause 28 years ago... Honestly, folks, 28 years ago I'd watch one of these conventions like the conventions of 1988, even the conventions of 1992, and the liberal Democrats would be doing what they're doing and I would think, "I don't have a thing to worry about because the majority of people are not buying this."
Even when the Democrats were winning elections, I was saying, "They're not buying this. They're succumbing to something else, like Santa Claus or class envy."  But now we have to deal with the fact that they have succeeded in creating -- among way too many people -- a genuine dislike and disrespect for this country.  So when I hear Michelle talk about how it's a great country and don't let anybody tell you different, keep in mind the perspective and the context.

Michelle Obama: First Time proud of USA  
Uploaded on Feb 18, 2008
Yeah, in 2008 she said for the first time in her life she was proud, and that was only because her husband was running.  Okay, so it's eight years later. She can't run around and keep trashing the country, not after this guy has been transforming it for eight years.  She has to go out and talk about its greatness now.  And who knows? They may actually think that what Obama's doing to this country in this so-called transformation is making it great.
But then you listen to Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders or any of the other 61 speakers last night, and I don't hear anybody happy about anything. The wealth gap is bigger than ever, the poor are getting bigger, the middle class is being wiped out, climate change is destroying the planet, college loans are crippling. So who's running all these things?  When I hear 'em complain about student loans, yeah, I laugh. But I get really ticked off:  Who's running that program?  Who is it that refuses to reduce college tuition costs because that's where their buddies work?
The left!
I hear these people whine and moan about how difficult it is, and it's unfair for graduates to have such punishing student debt. Who the hell is doing it to them?  Who the hell has made the college education an albatross around their necks?  These people have!  So, yeah.  And I try to laugh at it.  But it still makes me mad as I can be, 'cause these people are destroying things. They're destructive, and they're succeeding at it, and they're doing it with the high hope it's unwitting assistance of low-information voters who have a stupefying idea of what's going on.
Obama says it’s a ‘difficult time’ for Muslims in U.S.
By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times
Thursday, July 21, 2016
President Obama praised Muslim Americans Thursday as patriots and heroes, and decried an increase of violence against Muslims in the U.S.
“This is a difficult time for Muslim Americans,” Mr. Obama said at a White House reception marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. “Let’s be clear, Muslim Americans are as patriotic, as integrated, as American as any other members of the American family.”
In an apparent reference to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has proposed a ban on Muslim immigrants, Mr. Obama told young Muslims in the audience, “In spite of what you sometimes hear, you’ve got to know you’re a valued part of the American family and there’s nothing you cannot do.”
When Mr. Obama told the crowd in the East Room that they are living in “challenging times,” many audience members responded by chanting “four more years!”
“No, no,” Mr. Obama said. “Michelle’s going to come down and scold you.”
He said attacks against Muslims in the U.S. are on the rise.
We’ve seen a spike in Muslim Americans, including children, being attacked, Muslim mosques being targeted,” Mr. Obama said.
“That shouldn’t be happening in the United States of America.”
He added, “Singling out Muslim Americans, moreover, feeds the lie of terrorists like ISIL that the West is somehow at war with a religion that includes over 1 billion adherents. That’s not smart national security.”
Mentioning terrorist attacks in Orlando, Florida; Nice, France; and other locations around the world, Mr. Obama said it was “a difficult Ramadan.”
“In the face of terrorism, we will prevail,” the president said. “But we will prevail by working together, not driving each other apart.”
Listen This Time or HUD Will Destroy Your City
Tom DeWeese
July 19, 2016
America’s homeowners should be shaking in their shoes. The federal government has decided that people who have worked, saved and planned so they can buy homes in nice, safe neighborhoods of their own choosing, are racists. They charge that it is a “social injustice.” The government now claims that it’s unfair unless everyone can have the same, whether they earn it or not. And it doesn’t matter whether they can afford such a home. We’re told that it’s racist to deny someone an equal home, just because they don’t have the money for it. White privilege, don’t you know.
You may be watching the “Black Lives Matter” protests taking place on city streets around the country. You may be alarmed that such violence can happen in your downtown. And you may wonder what is behind such activity. Well, get ready for the same kind of threats and violence to possibly come directly into your own neighborhood simply because you have a nice house.
Does that sound far fetched? Well you need the details on how the federal Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) is working to enforce its new rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).
Social Justice is the name of the game under AFFH. That means the rule of law is dismissed in favor of “fairness.” Social Justice is enforced on us using pure emotion, basically operating on the level of a twelve year old girl in a pet shop who doesn’t like seeing the puppies with their sad eyes looking out from a cage. “Let the poor little doggies out,” she cries. Social Justice is purely based on redistribution of wealth. Your wealth. That’s money you worked for, saved, invested, and protected for YOUR needs; YOUR dreams; YOUR future.
“SELFISH,” cries the social justice mongers. Why should you have so much when others have so little? Never mind that you had to save your money while forced to pay 50% of it in taxes that theoretically went to those less fortunate. The fact is, there is no “justice” in such a policy. Envy, desire, jealousy and theft are much closer to the truth.
Do you think that sounds harsh. Well, Mr. and Mrs. Property Owner, tell me how harsh this sounds! As reported by John Anthony of Sustainable Freedom Lab:
•First HUD is forcing every community which is applying for its grants to complete an “Assessment of Fair Housing” to identify all “contributing factors” to discrimination. These include a complete break down of race, income levels, religion and national origin of every single person living there. They use this information to determine if the neighborhood meets a preset “balance,” determined by HUD.
•Second, HUD demands a detailed plan showing how the community intends to eliminate the “contributing factors” to this “imbalance.”
•To produce the community’s plan for compliance, HUD rules demand that a wide array of “interested parties” participate in its creation, just to assure community input and to keep things fair, of course. These include civil rights groups, affordable housing developers and civic activist organizations. They call this “civil society.” All have a specific, left-of center agenda and a definite interest in the outcome.
•Once the plan is prepared, then the community is required to sign an agreement to take no actions that are “materially inconsistent with its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.”
•Once the community provides answers as to how they will implement the grant under these guidelines to HUD’s satisfaction, then they will receive the grant.
These are the rules your locally elected representatives are forced to agree to in order to get that “free” grant money. And nearly every city council and county commission in the nation has already taken such grants.
Now ask yourselves, just why HUD would be so insistent in demanding that the community tie itself to the so-called civil rights groups in order to get the grant. The answer to that question is diabolical.
You see, if the community hesitates to comply in any way; perhaps local voters decide to turn down a program, or there aren’t enough local funds to fully comply, then HUD has a secret weapon waiting for them. Lack of compliance, in HUD’s eyes, results in law suits over civil rights violations.
The civil rights groups them become a useful tool. They start protests and demand “fairness.” They get on television. They pressure city hall. And to the rescue comes HUD with its own law suits.
Baltimore, Maryland became one of the first cities to feel such pressure and threats as the NAACP sued Baltimore over alleged housing segregation. The NAACP argument was that Section 8 subsidized housing programs “bunch people together, and that only fuels more crime and other problems.”
The solution, says the NAACP is to “integrate the poor among wealthier families.” Outrageous as it sounds, such social justice mongers actually accuse those living in affluent neighborhoods of “self segregation for white privilege.”
The pressure from these groups, along with the massive force of HUD backing them, has resulted in Baltimore being forced to agree to spending $30 million of tax-payer dollars over the next ten years to build 1,000 low income homes in affluent neighborhoods. The result will be a destruction of property values and the loss of equity for the homeowners. In short, destruction of earned wealth, leading to destruction of the middle class. That’s what socialism does. It creates more poor.
On top of that, Baltimore has moved to destroy the property rights of landlords by denying them the ability to not rent to people who can’t afford their properties. Of course the government doesn’t say it that way, preferring to pretend that denying people who can’t pay for your property as “discrimination.” And who will pay the landlord when he is stuck with the bill? The only result will be fewer landlords and fewer choices for housing.
In Portland, Oregon, the infamous “poster child” of federal Smart Growth development policies, the city council has now unanimously approved a new tax to raise $12 million per year to pay for “affordable housing.” “The lack of affordable housing is the greatest crisis facing our city right now,” says Commissioner Dan Saltsman. Perhaps he should take a long look at the twenty year Smart Growth history of Portland in which massive amounts of land were locked away to limit the “sprawl” of the city. This lead to land shortages, which led to bans on single family homes, which led to the need for massive high rise apartment buildings, all of which led to higher costs and shortages of homes. Now, they have a “crisis “of low income housings. Their solution now is another tax on construction, driving up housing costs even more.
Do they ever learn? Government control over every aspect of our lives, as demanded by socialism never works. High costs, shortages and sacrifice are the only result. It has never been different wherever it has been enforced.
Now HUD is rushing to enforce AFFH with a vengeance. HUD has raced to make Westchester County, New York the example for more suits. Right out of the new HUD playbook, a private civil rights group called the Anti-Discrimination Center sued the county under the Federal False Claims Act, claiming Westchester County lied when they filled out the HUD compliance form for their grant. Since there is no official definition of “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” the definition is whatever HUD declares it to be. There is no way for the local government to win such a suit. The result of the suit against Westchester County was $62.5 million – a sum greater than all of the community development and related funding received by the county from HUD.
More suits are being filed against communities across the nation as HUD steps up its enforcement and local officials are scared, wondering what they can do to fight back, if anything. Some have tried to stand up to HUD, refusing to comply. But once the law suits are filed, and the “community organizers” start their pressure, most have quickly backed down.
Let’s make one thing clear. The civil rights legislation of the 1960s made it illegal to bar people from neighborhoods based on their color or ethnic background. It guaranteed them the opportunity. But it said nothing about forcing people into neighborhoods to live beyond their means. No one, no matter their color or ethnic background, has a right to force their way in to a neighborhood they can’t afford. Instead, they must do the same thing those who already live there did; work, save, invest and prepare. Then no one can stop them. It has nothing to do with race or some perceived special “privilege.”
 For twenty years we opponents of Agenda 21 and Smart Growth have warned of the dangers of taking these HUD grants. We were ignored and called conspiracy nuts. The result now is that HUD has taken the gloves off. There is no longer a pretense that any kind of local control over spending the grant money exists. HUD now controls your community. Property rights are dead, property values are dying, and the local officials you elected to guide your community have been rendered irrelevant by HUD mobsters who have come back to collect.
So what do local community representatives do? First and foremost STOP TAKING THE GRANTS!!!!! Second, stand up to these thugs who intend to rule our communities. Stand up to the law suits and stand up to the pressure of the special interest groups. In short, represent your community as you were elected to do. And finally, you might try listening to those of us who have studied these policies for decades instead of the slithering snakes of the American Planning Association and their ilk who fill their own pockets with those grants.
Our American liberties are counting on local and state officials to start standing on your own two feet and represent US, instead of cowering in a corner because you sold us down the river.
The American Policy Center is now working with officials who want to understand and fight back to save their communities. Recently we held a conference call for such officials. Here is a link to it so you can hear first hand of the dangers you are facing and some solutions for you to fight back. Perhaps this time you’ll listen.
Bernie Sanders Shows How Reagan Helped Destroy The Middle Class
Michael McAuliff, Senior Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post
Updated Jan 30, 2015

Ronald Reagan trickle down economics devastated the American middle class  
Published on Jan 30, 2015
WASHINGTON — President Ronald Reagan remains a venerated figure in American politics, even as folks on the left have been taking a more critical look at his economic legacy in recent years.
So perhaps it’s not a surprise that Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders would not think well of the Gipper. But when Sanders took to the Senate floor Thursday evening to offer a broad vision for how to do something to help the declining middle class, he offered a stunning chart that showed just how poorly most Americans have fared during economic recoveries since the advent of Reaganomics.
The chart starts by showing that in the decades after World War II, the bottom 90 percent of the country captured most of the growth in income during rebounds from tough times. But then came the Reagan era, and what George H. W. Bush once dubbed “voodoo economics.” After Reagan implemented his policies, the top 10 percent grabbed nearly 80 percent of the growth in incomes coming out of the oil crises of the late ‘70s.
“Whoa! What happens in 1982?” Sanders said, noting the dramatic reversal in his diagram. “Well, Ronald Reagan is president, and the good news is we are into trickle-down economics.”
The socialist Democrat is certainly aware that other factors such as technology, the waning of the union movement and globalization all played their roles, but his data makes for an awfully stark portrait.
“Frankly, this is a metaphor,” Sanders said. “This is an example of exactly what trickle-down economics is all about.”
Michael McAuliff covers Congress and politics for The Huffington Post. Talk to him on Facebook.
30 Facts That Prove The American Middle-Class Is Being Destroyed
by Tyler Durden
Aug 21, 2014
Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,
The 30 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.  Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a staggering pace.  Yes, the stock market has soared to unprecedented heights this year and there are a few isolated areas of the country that are doing rather well for the moment.  But overall, the long-term trends that are eviscerating the middle class just continue to accelerate. 
Over the past decade or so, the percentage of Americans that are working has gone way down, the quality of our jobs has plummeted dramatically and the wealth of the typical American household has fallen precipitously.  Meanwhile, we have watched median household income decline for five years in a row, we have watched the rate of homeownership in this country decline for eight years in a row and dependence on the government is at an all-time high.  Being a part of the middle class in the United States at this point can be compared to playing a game of musical chairs.  We can all see chairs being removed from the game, and we are all desperate to continue to have a chair every time the music stops playing.  The next time the music stops, will it be your chair that gets removed?
And in this economy, you don't even have to lose your job to fall out of the middle class.  Our paychecks are remaining very stable while the cost of almost everything that we spend money on consistently (food, gas, health insurance, etc.) is going up rapidly.  Bloomberg calls this "the no-raises recovery"...
Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion have done almost nothing to boost paychecks for typical American workers while the rich have gotten richer.
Meager improvements since 2009 have barely kept up with a similarly tepid pace of inflation, raising the real value of compensation per hour by only 0.5 percent. That marks the weakest growth since World War II, with increases averaging 9.2 percent at a similar point in past expansions, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by Bloomberg.
There are so many families out there that are struggling right now.  So many husbands and wives find themselves constantly fighting with one another about money, and they don't even understand that what is happening to them is the result of long-term economic trends that are the result of decades of incredibly foolish decisions.  Without middle class jobs, we cannot have a middle class.  And those are precisely the jobs that have been destroyed during the Clinton, Bush and Obama years.  Without enough good jobs to go around, we have seen the middle class steadily shrink and the ranks of the poor grow rapidly.
The following are 30 stats to show to anyone that does not believe the middle class is being destroyed...
1. In 2007, the average household in the top 5 percent had 16.5 times as much wealth as the average household overall.  But now the average household in the top 5 percent has 24 times as much wealth as the average household overall.
2. According to a study recently discussed in the New York Times, the "typical American household" is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.
3. One out of every seven Americans rely on food banks at this point.
4. One out of every four military families needs help putting enough food on the table.
5. 79 percent of the people that use food banks purchase "inexpensive, unhealthy food just to have enough to feed their families".
6. One out of every three adults in the United States has an unpaid debt that is "in collections".
7. Only 48 percent of all Americans can immediately come up with $400 in emergency cash without borrowing it or selling something.
8. The price of food continues to rise much faster than the paychecks of most middle class families.  For example, the average price of ground beef has just hit a brand new all-time record high of $3.884 a pound.
9. According to one recent study, 40 percent of all households in the United States are experiencing financial stress right now.
10. The overall homeownership rate has fallen to the lowest level since 1995.
11. The homeownership rate for Americans under the age of 35 is at an all-time low.
12. According to one recent survey, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now.
13. The average age of vehicles on America’s roads has hit an all-time high of 11.4 years.
14. Last year, one out of every four auto loans in the United States was made to someone with subprime credit.
15. Amazingly, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.
16. One recent study found that 47 percent of unemployed Americans have “completely given up” looking for a job.
17. 36 percent of Americans do not have a single penny saved for retirement.
18. According to one survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
19. More than half of all working Americans make less than $30,000 a year in wages.
20. Only four of the twenty fastest growing occupations in America require a Bachelor’s degree or better.
21.  In America today, one out of every ten jobs is filled by a temp agency.
22. Due to a lack of decent jobs, half of all college graduates are still relying on their parents financially when they are two years out of school.
23. Median household income in the United States is about 7 percent lower than it was in the year 2000 after adjusting for inflation.
24. Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.
25. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.
26. According to one study, there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.
27. Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.
28. If the middle class was actually thriving, we wouldn’t have more than a million public school children that are homeless.
29. If you can believe it, Americans received more than 2 trillion dollars in benefits from the federal government last year alone.
30. In terms of median wealth per adult, the United States is now in just 19th place in the world.