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The Facts: Why this feels like a depression for most US citizens…

Depression then and now...

Everyone has seen the pictures of the unemployed waiting in soup lines during the Great Depression. When you try to tell a propaganda believing, willfully ignorant, mainstream media watching, math challenged consumer we are in the midst of a Greater Depression, they act as if you’ve lost your mind. They will immediately bluster about the 5.1% unemployment rate, record corporate profits, and stock market near all-time highs. The cognitive dissonance of these people is only exceeded by their inability to understand basic mathematical concepts.

The reason you don’t see huge lines of people waiting in soup lines during this Greater Depression is because the government has figured out how to disguise suffering through modern technology. During the height of the Great Depression in 1933, there were 12.8 million Americans unemployed. These were the men pictured in the soup lines. Today, there are 46 million Americans in an electronic soup kitchen line, as their food is distributed through EBT cards (with that angel of mercy JP Morgan reaping billions in profits by processing the transactions).

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These 46 million people represent 14% of the U.S. population. There are 23 million households on food stamps in a nation of 123 million households. Therefore, 19% of all households in the U.S. are so poor, they require food assistance to survive. In 1933 there were approximately 126 million Americans living in 30 million households. The government didn’t keep official unemployment records until 1940, but the Department of Labor estimated 12.8 million people were unemployed during the worst year of the Great Depression or 24.9% of the labor force. By 1937 it had fallen to 14.3% or approximately 8 million people.

The number of people unemployed during the 1930’s is an excellent representation of the number of households on government assistance during the Great Depression because 79% of all households were occupied by married couples with 4 people per household versus 48% married couple households today with 2.5 people per household. The unemployment rate averaged 19% during the heart of the Great Depression. Therefore, approximately 19% of all the households in the U.S. needed government assistance to feed themselves. That happens to be the exact percentage of households currently needing food stamps to feed themselves.

We are now supposedly five years into an economic recovery. The unemployment rate, according to the government, has fallen from 10% to 5.1%. Maybe a comparison to the the Great Depression in 1937, five years after the worst of it, would reveal some truth. It is not easy to do an apples to apples comparison because very few women worked outside the home in 1937 and the average life expectancy in the 1930s was 60 years old. Today, the majority of women are theoretically in the work force and the average life expectancy is 78 years old. In 1937 only 5% of the population was over 65 years old versus 13% today.

There were approximately 55 million Americans in the labor force in 1937, according to the DOL, and approximately 47 million of them were employed. So 85% of the eligible work force was working. There was no BLS to massage, manipulate, seasonally adjust, or fake the data to make things appear better than they were in 1937. Edward Bernay’s Propaganda techniques and methodologies weren’t perfected for a few more years. According to Census information there were 52 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 44, along with another 21 million between the ages of 45 and 64 in 1937. So even considering that very few women worked and many people died by the age of 60, we had a workforce of 55 million out of an age eligible population of 73 million at a maximum. That yields a participation rate of 75%.

These facts reveal the utter falsity of the propaganda drenched duplicitous data dumped by the BLS on behalf of vested interests who have captured our government and have an agenda requiring the public to be kept in the dark regarding their own dire financial situation. No matter how you slice the data, it reveals an absolute parallel to the situation during the Great Depression. There are 251 million Americans of working age and only 149 million are employed, of which 20 million are part-time and 8 million are self employed. Only 59% of working age Americans actually work. The BLS has the cajones to declare that only 157 million of the 251 million working age Americans are actually in the labor force.

This outrageous assumption flies in the face of all reasonableness, facts, and truth. In 1937, even with women not working outside the home and very few people living past 65 years old, the participation rate was 75%. Today, with the majority of women capable and willing to work and older Americans working well into their 60s, the BLS actually expects a critical thinking person to believe the participation rate is only 62.4%, the lowest since 1977. It’s a pure and simple despicable lie. The true participation rate should exceed the rate in 1937, based on the facts. Using the 75% participation rate today, yields a true unemployment rate of 21%, not the preposterous 5.1% shoveled by the BS artists at the BLS. The 21% rate ties very closely to the figure arrived at by John Williams at Shadowstats. An unbiased assessment of the facts reveals unemployment numbers and people on government assistance numbers that match or exceed those of the Great Depression.

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I also wonder whether the corporate mainstream media purposely chooses not to show pictures of the poor waiting in long lines to be fed because their function is not to report facts and truth, but to perpetuate the lie that all is well in America.  I pass the Grace Lutheran church at 36th and Haverford Avenue in West Philly everyday on my way to work. Every Thursday is when the church, in partnership with the Philabundance food bank, distributes free food to the people of West Philly. The line stretches around the block at 7:30 am awaiting the Philabundance truck to arrive. There are old, young, black, white, Latino, and Asian in the line. It looks exactly like the line pictured in the Great Depression above. I’m sure there are similar scenes across every city in America on a daily basis. People dependent on food banks and living in homeless shelters are at record levels. Where are the mainstream media pictures? How does that jive with Ben Bernanke’s self congratulatory book tour about how he saved America by secretly handing Wall Street and foreign bankers $16 trillion?

For the average American family, the US economy has been in recession since 2000, with the Greater Depression arriving in 2008. The working age population has grown by 40 million since 2000, with only 12 million jobs added over that time frame. Of those, 10 million were in the government controlled health, education, social services (HES) sectors, with millions of good paying manufacturing jobs destroyed, replaced by a couple million low paying services jobs. As David Stockman points out, Bernanke and the vested interests he serves continue to spew disingenuous propaganda  to cover up the fact average American households continue to experience depression-like conditions. When your real household income is lower than it was in 1989, while your basic living costs for food, energy, transportation, rent, housing, healthcare, taxes, and education have skyrocketed, you just might be experiencing a depression.

 

[The above article appeared recently at SHTFplan.com]

 

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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
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The truth about Benghazi…and why Democrats are determined to hide it

Liars lineup...If you’re an American, YOU DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH about everything your government does (unless knowing that truth compromises national security). Mr. O came into office promising “the most transparent administration in history” but soon gave us the most inept, unprepared, and dishonest administration in history…and the most NON-transparent. Mr. O thinks you deserve to know NOTHING unless he is forced to disclose it to you.

Unless it threatens national security, Americans deserve to know the truth. So it is with Benghazi. Therefore, the rapidly approaching testimony by Secretary Clinton has the potential of finally providing some of the answers we ought to have had years ago. Why was security was so lax, why was no military help sent in a timely manner, and why did the Obama Administration attempt to blame an internet video for the attack even though they knew this wasn’t true?

The answers to all three questions are actually pretty obvious, but without definitive proof, getting the major media motivated enough to report the facts won’t happen. This is why the Democrats are so determined, even desperate, to hide what really happened and why. Consider how the Democrats are seizing on the recent statement by Rep. McCarthy to bolster their claim that the Benghazi hearings are nothing but a political witch hunt by Republicans. That, along with the claims that the matter has already been investigated and that we shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer’s money, are all pretty pathetic if you stop to examine each assertion.

For starters, the McCarthy comment, while ill-advised, is like a homeowner chortling about finding a stash of gold coins while remodeling his house. The Benghazi committee wasn’t looking to find that Sec. Clinton had a private email server any more than the homeowner was looking for the gold when tearing down a wall. However, by claiming that motive, the Democrats hope to discredit the Benghazi committee’s potential findings. It also keeps the narrative away from the truth. As for the claim that all this has already been investigated and no misconduct was proven, that goes against common sense. We now know that many emails and other evidence and testimony were deliberately withheld by the Obama Administration before those earlier hearings. Finally, the contention that the Democrats don’t want to “waste” taxpayer money is ludicrous considering how much taxpayer money Democrats routinely squander on things like the Cowboy Poetry Festival, Star Trek training videos, and studies of shrimp on treadmills.

The reality that the Democrats want concealed is that this is an incompetent administration. Ignoring the facts on the ground regarding security in Libya was just one of many examples of ineptitude by the Obama Administration. From little things like misspelling the Russian reset button to major problems like the pathetic Obamacare website rollout, too many people President Obama has put in important positions of authority have performed poorly. Responsibility rolls downhill like snowballs and other stuff. Admitting that the State Department dropped the ball on Libyan security wouldn’t just have made Hillary look bad, it would have reflected poorly on the president who put her in charge. That would hurt the Democrat Party and so they wanted to hide the truth.

The same thing accounts for the lack of a quick response to an attack that went on for hours. That Hillary Clinton was right about Obama not being up to responding to a 3:00 a.m. phone call was ironic since she wasn’t ready either. Neither Obama nor Clinton was able to make a quick and decisive response. Their excuse was that help wouldn’t have gotten there in time. That couldn’t have possibly been known in advance, and at the very least should have tried. Whether there was a “stand down” order given, or whether a “go” order was withhold while they dithered, either would have made them look bad. So, again, Democrats wanted to hide the facts.

Finally, remember at the time this happened the election was in doubt. The Obama narrative was that Bin Laden was dead and that Al Qaeda was no longer a threat. Further, they claimed that the “Arab Spring” was going to bring peace and democracy to the area. Admitting that organized terrorists were able to attack and kill an American ambassador would have made that assertion look as foolish as it has turned out to be. Therefore, blaming a video, which the Administration absolutely tried to do, would prevent embarrassing facts from affecting the election.

The problem is that only definitive confirmation of these truths will motivate the major media to cover this. I have high hopes, but low expectations, that Sec. Clinton’s testimony will finally provide enough evidence to force the mainstream media to report the truth. However, we have no idea how much evidence is still hidden or destroyed, so this may not happen.
Whether Clinton or Biden is the ultimate nominee, the Democrat Party and their media allies will continue to deny, delay, and hope the public never becomes aware of the truth.

[by Nicholas Wishek, writing for EAGLE RISING]
NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The Democrats want to “conceal that this is an incompetent administration”? Of course they do…but it’s MUCH TOO LATE for that. Americans have realized for years now that they voted into office the most incompetent president ever to occupy the Oval Office. We can only hope the lesson has been well learned that the office demands a man of principles and experience. Mr. O had neither…and still does not have the first of those two qualities.
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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

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