Friday, January 11, 2013

Via Anti-Republican Crusaders / FB:


85% of the children killed by guns (in the world), are killed in the United States.  ~ Capt. Mark Kelly

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Via JMG: Oscar Nominations

BEST PICTURE
Amour 
Argo 
Beasts of the Southern Wild 
Django Unchained  
Les Misérables  
Life of Pi
Lincoln 
Silver Linings Playbook 
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
Amour - Michael Haneke
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi - Ang Lee
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook 
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour 
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild 
Naomi Watts - The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master 
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln 
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams - The Master 
Sally Field - Lincoln 
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions 
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

The full list is here.


posted by Joe

ViaThe Peoples Boycott / FB:

‎"How much do the newly enacted tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans actually affect them? Hardly at all. Almost all of the debate that convulsed Capitol Hill in December concerned the reinstatement of the highest marginal tax rate on earned income — that is, on wages and salaries. But as Fitzgerald said, the rich are different from you and me, and one of the primary ways they’re different is that they don’t get their income from wages and salaries."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

AMERICAblog Weekly Update - January 9, 2013


By John Aravosis

It's been a while, I'm back to emailing. So here are a few of our top "do not miss them" posts of the week:

1. Walmart refuses to meet with VP Biden to talk guns post-Sandy-Hook because they're vewy vewy busy people, then change their mind when people get ticked.
Walmart is having a bad PR day. The nation's #1 gunseller refused an invite from Vice President Biden to come to the White House and join other interested in parties in a discussion about how we can all come together and help stop more six and seven year olds from being shot to death, multiple times, while in English class.  Walmart initially said it was just too busy to meet with the second most powerful man in the country. Then people got really ticked, and suddenly Walmart's schedule opened up like Moses parting the Red Sea (if Moses had a semi-automatic rifle instead of a snake-cane, and the Jews were actually a bunch of rednecks who think the framers of the Constitution intended them to be able to kill 45 Redcoats a minute without reloading).

See how much we can get done when American companies stop acting like an appendage of the Republican party, Fox News, and the NRA? (That would be you, Taco Bell and Wendy's.)

2. The Pentagon, through neglect or intent, has been banning gay and progressive Web sites while giving similar Republican sites a pass.

This story got a rise out of folks.  It seems that some Defense Department computers, but not others, have for years now been banning gay and progressive Web sites like AMERICAblog, Towleroad, Pam's House Blend, Daily Kos, the Human Rights Campaign and the Advocate, but not conservative sites like Red State, Breitbart, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, or the Family Research Council. First the Pentagon claimed they weren't banning sites because they were gay or progressive, but rather because those sites risked "operational security" of Pentagon operations - in other words, AMERICAblog and DailyKos were threats to national security. You can imagine how well that excuse went over.  Within a few hours the Pentagon changed its mind, and its tune, and admitted that maybe something was awry, and that they would look into it.

Isn't it more fun when we all just get along?

3. House Republicans kill Hurricane Sandy Relief bill in spite for passing the fiscal cliff deal.

It seems the House Republicans were in a sour mood after the GOP-controlled House passed the Boehner-Obama fiscal cliff deal (which basically screwed the Republicans by forcing them to raise taxes and establish a parity between Defense and domestic spending cuts).  So, they all went home and refused to even vote on legislation to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  That didn't go over too well with the congressional delegations from NY and NJ - including a prominent GOP congressman who told his constituents to stop donating to Republicans - or with NJ Governor Christie. Boehner quickly reversed himself and let half the bill be voted on two days later, with the rest of the legislation to come up in mid-January.

It seems someone doesn't realize that they lost the election, by a lot. 

4. Have you ever asked yourself which dwarf in "The Hobbit" is the hottest?

It's apparently Kili, by a landslide.  (I'm partial to Fili, myself.)

5. Biden swears in one year old boy to be Senator. (Probably can't hurt.)

Well, okay, it's not entirely clear if the kid is really going to be our next Senator from Connecticut as there's some legal uncertaintly around whether spitting-up counts as the equivalent of an "I do."  But incoming CT Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has the most adorable son, who got utterly confused as to why daddy, who was holding him in one arm, kept lifting his hand in front of the funny man with the white hair.  So, the son lifted his hand too.  Beyond adorable.

6. If that chair giving me a vaginal search or are you just happy to see me?

Yes, they now have chairs that search your anus and vagina, and they're using them at the British embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (Nobody knows how to say "howdy" like those Brits.) How long until the rape chairs become popular in American airports?  Counting down 3, 2, 1...

7. Tell Blue Coat to stop helping its customers ban gay and trans Web sites.

GLAAD and AMERICAblog are teaming up on a campaign to pressure the Blue Coat Web filtering company to do the right thing and stop permitting its customers, like the Pentagon, to censor non-sexually explicit gay content.


As I’d reported last week, Blue Coat includes in its filtering package a category of sites that you can either block or permit. One such category is “LGBT.” It's a rather innocuous category of sites to be blocking - it includes “anti-bullying” and “suicide prevention" Web sites, and does NOT include explicit sexual sites.  Not to mention, Blue Coat adds that the sites “are generally suitable for viewing by all age groups”, then why provide a means in which to ban them? Blue Coat doesn’t have categories set up for other minority/civil rights communities. No category for African-Americans, or Latinos, or Jews. But there is a category for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender focused Web sites. 

It needs to stop. Please sign our joint petition to Blue Coat telling them to stop giving their customers a way to censor gay and trans Web sites.

8. And finally, thank you for a successful donor drive.

I had written a rather honest post about our financial situation, and the financial situation of really all the progressive blogs.  And it ain't great. Advertising revenue died when Lehman Brothers collapsed, and while you might see a lot of ads on all of our sites, the revenue is stll a pittance of what it was once.  It's not coming back ever.  Advertising, sadly, seems to be a dying model for financing online media.  That's why DailyKos is moving towards seeking donations and building their email list, and it's why TPM and Andrew Sullivan are moving towards a subscription-based service.  We too are considering our options, and the ad revenue problem is one of the main, if not the main, reason we finally moved the blog to WordPress and changed the format so dramatically.  It's going to be another difficult year for everyone.

But I just want to thank those of you who donated during our Christmas donor drive.  Your donations will mean that I can finally buy a new computer (mine is a 4.5 year old laptop that I've upgraded as much as I can to prolong its life), so thank you, sincerely, for thinking of us and for helping us out.
That's it for this week.  I'm going to try to get back to writing these emails again on a more regular basis.  Hope folks are enjoying the absurdly warm winter, at least here in Chicago and over in DC it's absurdly warm (we're looking towards 66F weather in DC this weekend, and in Chicago today it's almost 50F).

Till next week, JOHN


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Monday, January 7, 2013

Via Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off // FB:

 

Via JMG: ARIZONA: Sheriff Joe Apaio Sends "Armed Posses" To Public Schools


What could possibly go wrong?
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed volunteer posses are set to begin patrolling areas around Phoenix, Ariz. schools on Monday, more than a week after the plan drew national attention in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Arizona's 3TV reports that Arpaio's volunteer force is comprised of around 3,000 members, some of which have criminal pasts.
According to CBS5, Arpaio's office has provided a list of more than 50 schools in unincorporated Maricopa County that will be patrolled by the posses, which are in charge of providing all of their own weapons and equipment. The volunteers will not actually be posted on school campuses, but will instead monitor the areas around the facilities. Posse member Jerry Johnson told 3TV that they'd be ready to fight crime if they felt they were needed.
Arpaio was sworn in for a sixth term this morning.
 
Reposted from Joe

Via Facebook:


Are you smarter than a Tea Bagger?
Here is a simple 10 question test..
All questions are True or False..
Question 1: The majority of the National Debt was created by Republicans?
Question 2: The Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care) actually cuts the deficit?
Question 3: Social Security has absolutely nothing to do with the deficit?
Question 4: President Obama has cut spending & shrink the size of the government?
Question 5: The true “Job Creators” are consumers, who drive the market, creating demand, thus creating jobs?
Question 6: A lie told by George W Bush killed more Americans & Iraqis than Saddam Hussein ever did?
Question 7: The cost of living constantly goes up, CEO’s salaries go up, corporate profits are through the roof.. Yet Republicans fight against raising the Minimum Wage?
Question 8: Fox is no more than a wing of the Republican party, which profits from keeping it’s viewers angry & misinformed?
Question 9: Many in the GOP idolize Ayn Rand, who was an atheist & believed that the teachings of JESUS Christ were evil.. They also follow her philosophy, of selfishness, & greed.. Thus many of their policies are based on those beliefs?
Question 10: Republicans ruined the economy, obstructed the recovery, & are using wedge issues like race, religion, & guns to keep their supporters from focusing on the fact that they are playing them for fools?  
   
Answer Key: True

Are you smarter than a Tea Bagger?

Here is a simple 10 question test..
All questions are True or False..

Question 1: The majority of the National Debt was created by Republicans?
 

Question 2: The Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care) actually cuts the deficit?
 

Question 3: Social Security has absolutely nothing to do with the deficit?
 

Question 4: President Obama has cut spending & shrink the size of the government?
 

Question 5: The true “Job Creators” are consumers, who drive the market, creating demand, thus creating jobs?
 

Question 6: A lie told by George W Bush killed more Americans & Iraqis than Saddam Hussein ever did?
 

Question 7: The cost of living constantly goes up, CEO’s salaries go up, corporate profits are through the roof.. Yet Republicans fight against raising the Minimum Wage?
 

Question 8: Fox is no more than a wing of the Republican party, which profits from keeping it’s viewers angry & misinformed?
 

Question 9: Many in the GOP idolize Ayn Rand, who was an atheist & believed that the teachings of JESUS Christ were evil.. They also follow her philosophy, of selfishness, & greed.. Thus many of their policies are based on those beliefs?
 

Question 10: Republicans ruined the economy, obstructed the recovery, & are using wedge issues like race, religion, & guns to keep their supporters from focusing on the fact that they are playing them for fools?

Answer Key: True

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Via US Uncut / FB:

We have a spending problem? Why yes... yes we do.

* We have military spending over double the rest of world combined.
* We give billions to big oil as they bring in record profits
* We give subsidies to already successful companies like Goldman Sachs, Disney, etc.
* We help fund NASCAR.
* We allow billions in offshore financing for banks.
* We allow for-profit "universities" to take federal money, and then when their degrees don't convert to an accredited education, or good a job and the loans can't be paid back... that payment falls on the taxpayers. Not to mention the profit-grabbing they take from veterans and their added benefits. --Opinionated Democrat

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Via Death Before Disinformation / FB:


60 Facts That Prove The American Middle Class is Being Wiped Out

Michael Snyder
Activist Post

#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

#2 As the middle class shrinks, more Americans than ever have been forced to become dependent on the federal government.  Federal spending on welfare programs has reached nearly a trillion dollars a year, and that does not even count Social Security or Medicare.  Welfare spending is now 16 times larger than when the "war on poverty" began.

#3 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4,000 during that time span.

#4 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

#5 The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by more than 15 million since the turn of the century.

#6 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

#7 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

#8 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all American households were "middle class" back in 1971.  Today, that figure has fallen to 51 percent.

#9 In the United States today, 35 percent of all households live on $35,000 or less each year.

#10 One recent survey discovered that 85 percent of all middle class Americans believe that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.

#11 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.

#12 According to one survey, 77 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.

#13 In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about 58 percent.  Today it is up to 154 percent.

#14 Total U.S. household debt grew from just 1.4 trillion dollars in 1980 to a whopping 13.7 trillion dollars in 2007.  This played a huge role in the financial crisis of 2008, and the problem has still not been solved.

#15 While debt loads for middle class families are going up, the net worth of those same families is going down.  According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of families in the United States declined "from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010".

#16 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percent for 40 months in a row.

#17 Today there are about 3.25 million Americans that say that they want a job but that have not searched for a job in more than a year because they believe that it is so hopeless.

#18 When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job in America today, it comes to more than 100 million.

#19 The unemployment rate for African-Americans rose dramatically from 13.2 percent in November to 14.0 percent in December.

#20 The unemployment rate for Americans in the 18 to 29 year-old age bracket is 11.5 percent overall.  For African-Americans in that age group, the unemployment rate is now up to 22.1 percent.  Millions of young people believe that the system has totally failed them.

#21 Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#22 Last year, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.

#23 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

#24 According to the Tax Policy Center, the recent fiscal cliff deal will raise taxes more for those making between $30,000 and $200,000 a year than it will for those making between $200,000 and $500,000 a year.

#25 According to a Gallup survey, only 60 percent of all Americans say that they have enough money to live comfortably.

#26 One recent survey found that 63 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. economic model is broken.

#27 Each year, the average American must work 107 days just to make enough money to pay local, state and federal taxes.

#28 Consumer debt in America has risen by a whopping 1700 percent since 1971.

#29 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.

#30 The average American household spent approximately $4,155 on gasoline during 2011, and electricity bills in the U.S. have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#31 According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.

#32 Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980.  Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

#33 In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#34 According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 46 percent of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 29 percent of all American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.

#35 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

#36 The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

#37 According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

#38 In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

#39 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#40 Since 2000, U.S. multinational corporations have eliminated 2.9 million jobs in the United States and have added 2.4 million jobs overseas.

#41 According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

#42 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 declined by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#43 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.  If that sounds like a high figure, that is because it is.  Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.

#44 According to the Pew Research Center, only 23 percent of all American workers believe that they have enough money to get them through retirement.

#45 According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans households on average have 288 times the amount of wealth that the average middle class American family does.

#46 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

#47 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

#48 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have a net worth that is roughly equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans combined.

#49 At this point, the poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#50 The United States now ranks 93rd in the world in income inequality.

#51 The average CEO now makes approximately 350 times as much as the average American worker makes.

#52 Corporate profits as a percentage of GDP are at an all-time high.  Meanwhile, wages as a percentage of GDP are near an all-time low.

#53 Today, 40 percent of all Americans have $500 or less in savings.

#54 One recent survey found that 28 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny saved for emergencies.

#55 Shockingly, at this point 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.

#56 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of "Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming."

#57 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government.  Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.

#58 According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be "poor" or "low income".

#59 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.

#60 According to a stunning new Gallup survey, 65 percent of all Americans believe that 2013 will be a year of "economic difficulty".

Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/2013/01/60-facts-that-prove-american-middle.html 
 



60 Facts That Prove The American Middle Class is Being Wiped Out

Michael Snyder
Activist Post

#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

#2 As the middle class shrinks, more Americans than ever have been forced to become dependent on the federal government. Federal spending on welfare programs has reached nearly a trillion dollars a year, and that does not even count Social Security or Medicare. Welfare spending is now 16 times larger than when the "war on poverty" began.

#3 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4,000 during that time span.

#4 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

#5 The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by more than 15 million since the turn of the century.

#6 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

#7 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

#8 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all American households were "middle class" back in 1971. Today, that figure has fallen to 51 percent.

#9 In the United States today, 35 percent of all households live on $35,000 or less each year.

#10 One recent survey discovered that 85 percent of all middle class Americans believe that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.

#11 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.

#12 According to one survey, 77 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.

#13 In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about 58 percent. Today it is up to 154 percent.

#14 Total U.S. household debt grew from just 1.4 trillion dollars in 1980 to a whopping 13.7 trillion dollars in 2007. This played a huge role in the financial crisis of 2008, and the problem has still not been solved.

#15 While debt loads for middle class families are going up, the net worth of those same families is going down. According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of families in the United States declined "from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010".

#16 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percent for 40 months in a row.

#17 Today there are about 3.25 million Americans that say that they want a job but that have not searched for a job in more than a year because they believe that it is so hopeless.

#18 When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job in America today, it comes to more than 100 million.

#19 The unemployment rate for African-Americans rose dramatically from 13.2 percent in November to 14.0 percent in December.

#20 The unemployment rate for Americans in the 18 to 29 year-old age bracket is 11.5 percent overall. For African-Americans in that age group, the unemployment rate is now up to 22.1 percent. Millions of young people believe that the system has totally failed them.

#21 Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#22 Last year, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.

#23 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

#24 According to the Tax Policy Center, the recent fiscal cliff deal will raise taxes more for those making between $30,000 and $200,000 a year than it will for those making between $200,000 and $500,000 a year.

#25 According to a Gallup survey, only 60 percent of all Americans say that they have enough money to live comfortably.

#26 One recent survey found that 63 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. economic model is broken.

#27 Each year, the average American must work 107 days just to make enough money to pay local, state and federal taxes.

#28 Consumer debt in America has risen by a whopping 1700 percent since 1971.

#29 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.

#30 The average American household spent approximately $4,155 on gasoline during 2011, and electricity bills in the U.S. have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#31 According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.

#32 Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980. Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

#33 In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#34 According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 46 percent of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 29 percent of all American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.

#35 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

#36 The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

#37 According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

#38 In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

#39 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#40 Since 2000, U.S. multinational corporations have eliminated 2.9 million jobs in the United States and have added 2.4 million jobs overseas.

#41 According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

#42 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 declined by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#43 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less. If that sounds like a high figure, that is because it is. Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.

#44 According to the Pew Research Center, only 23 percent of all American workers believe that they have enough money to get them through retirement.

#45 According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans households on average have 288 times the amount of wealth that the average middle class American family does.

#46 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

#47 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

#48 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have a net worth that is roughly equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans combined.

#49 At this point, the poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#50 The United States now ranks 93rd in the world in income inequality.

#51 The average CEO now makes approximately 350 times as much as the average American worker makes.

#52 Corporate profits as a percentage of GDP are at an all-time high. Meanwhile, wages as a percentage of GDP are near an all-time low.

#53 Today, 40 percent of all Americans have $500 or less in savings.

#54 One recent survey found that 28 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny saved for emergencies.

#55 Shockingly, at this point 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.

#56 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of "Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming."

#57 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government. Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.

#58 According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be "poor" or "low income".

#59 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.

#60 According to a stunning new Gallup survey, 65 percent of all Americans believe that 2013 will be a year of "economic difficulty".

Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/2013/01/60-facts-that-prove-american-middle.html

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Via God Bless the President of the United States / FB:

"To all the misinformed & uneducated who get all their propaganda from Fox Entertainment who are whining and complaining that "Obama made my paycheck less" let me just give you a little primmer on the payroll tax cut. So in reality President Obama, in order to stimulate the economy a bit, fought for a temporary (that big word means that it is only for a short while) reduction of your payroll taxes so that the average American would receive an extra $40 per paycheck. President Obama made sure you had that for about 2 years so you had about an extra $1000 from that little bill he fought for. Well, it expired. You are now receiving the SAME as you did before he gave you that little gift of help. If you are now doing the Boehner crying jag, then point your finger at the black guy and blame game, you are pitifully ungrateful and ignorant to blame the very person who fought for you to have a little extra during hard times."
To all the misinformed & uneducated who get all their propaganda from Fox Entertainment who are whining and complaining that "Obama made my paycheck less" let me just give you a little primmer on the payroll tax cut.  So in reality President Obama, in order to stimulate the economy a bit, fought for a temporary (that big word means that it is only for a short while) reduction of your payroll taxes so that the average American would receive an extra $40 per paycheck.  President Obama made sure you had that for about 2 years so you had about an extra $1000 from that little bill he fought for.  Well, it expired.  You are now receiving the SAME as you did before he gave you that little gift of help.  If you are now doing the Boehner crying jag, the point your finger at the black guy and blame game, you are pitifully ungrateful and ignorant to blame the very person who fought for you to have a little extra during hard times.  

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