Who Are You Going To Believe?

Talk about cognitive dissonance…  Take these two examples:

Recession Ended in June 2009

20 Signs That The Economic Collapse Has Already Begun For One Out Of Every Seven Americans

Hehehe, somebody is lying… but that’s nothing new, they are doing this in a constant stream of endless babble these days.

From the latter link (the former not being worthy of any more attention):

#1 The Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in 51 years of record-keeping.

#2 In the year 2000, 11.3 percent of Americans were living in poverty.  In 2008, 13.2 percent of Americans were living in poverty.  In 2009, 14.3 percent of Americans were living in poverty.  Needless to say the trend is moving in the wrong direction.

#3 In 2009 alone, approximately 4 million more Americans joined the ranks of the poor.

#4 According to the Associated Press, experts believe that 2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.

#5 The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

#6 Today the United States has approximately 4 million fewer wage earners than it did in 2007.

#7 Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as were receiving it in 2007.

#8 U.S. banks repossessed 25 percent more homes in August 2010 than they did in August 2009.

#9 One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.

#10 There are now 50.7 million Americans who do not have health insurance.  One trip to the emergency room would be all it would take to bankrupt a significant percentage of them.

#11 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor.

#12 There are now over 41 million Americans on food stamps.

#13 The number of Americans enrolled in the food stamp program increased a whopping 55 percent from December 2007 to June 2010.

#14 One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.

#15 California’s poverty rate soared to 15.3 percent in 2009, which was the highest in 11 years.

#16 According to an analysis by Isabel Sawhill and Emily Monea of the Brookings Institution, 10 million more Americans (including 6 million more children) will slip into poverty over the next decade.

#17 According to a recently released Federal Reserve report, Americans experienced a $1.5 trillion loss in combined household net worth in the second quarter of 2010.

#18 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#19 Median U.S. household income is down 5 percent from its peak of more than $52,000 in 1999.

#20 A study recently released by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College University found that Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need for retirement.

How anyone can look at those numbers and think that things are about to “get better” absolutely boggles the mind.

It is time to wake up.

Things are not going to get better.

Things are only going to get worse.

The United States is rapidly becoming a nation where poverty is absolutely rampant.

As poverty continues to spread, crime will not be far behind.

Ya think?

People are capable of seeing with their own two eyes what is happening, especially when they’re paycheck dries up, or the benefits run out, or their ink cartridge is dry from printing too many resumes.

We can certainly “see” what is happening, but the government continues to spew forth absolute bullshit in a desperate attempt to prop up an illusionary belief, and this is why: All in the hopes that you will go out and buy something.

That’s their answer.  Cash for Clunkers was a perfect example.  Cash for all those failing companies was the same thing.  They believed that this would all trickle through the economy and the rest of the herd would receive the fallout benefits of American’s purchasing more things.

But like vapor trail from a jetliner, it fast disappeared into the ether — with no accountability and with no effect.

So it’s not hard to see through all these smoke and mirrors, most of you are experiencing the truth here.

Something else worth mentioning, everybody seen this?

The designers (it’s on many products now) failed to realize that making money invariably leads to war… it’s just a matter of time before the resources that they want (to make money) are found in an “uncooperative country” and war is the result.

Besides, even war is all about making money.  It’s not about human rights, or justice or even retribution.  No wars are fought, funded or engaged in by superpowers unless it’s about money, and money is about resources (not people).

So the “Make Money Not War” slogan I’m seeing used is really a way of pulling the wool over your eyes and promoting the business-as-usual concepts we’ve always had.

Better would be “Make Love Not War” but that didn’t work either…

Or how about “Make Nothing But Peace”?

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