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American Truth

Updated on January 8, 2012

The United States

The GREAT Seal of the US
The GREAT Seal of the US | Source

Economy

Now we all know that the United States has a huge deficit and that the Government is having trouble decreasing it. In fact the Government continues to increase the debt.

Successive Governments have blamed China or Europe, this war or that war or this or that, anything except accepting any of the responsibility.

They now tell us that it will get better when Europe picks itself up or China complies with the US’s wishes. What they don’t tell us is that Europe are struggling to pick up because the US is not helping by taking austerity measures of their own, or that for China to comply with the US wishes would be like agreeing to commit economic suicide.

Yet still, with the deficit growing, the politicians will try to convince Americans that they have nothing to worry about and that Americans are still better off than they were in the past and that things will continue to improve in the future.

10 Year Old

Fewer New Cars
Fewer New Cars | Source

Some Truths

Figures that the Government uses to convince people that their lives are getting better are Gross Domestic Product or GDP. The GDP is the value of what a country makes, divided by the population. Now GDP may be good for measuring the wealth of a country compared to another country but is no good at measuring a countries progress in one year compared to another. I say this because although each person may seem to get more, it does not take into account inflation as it is measured in US Dollars and makes no allowance for the value or buying power of that dollar.

Here then are some facts that the Government, although they have access to them, choose not to tell the American people.

Auto sales in the United States peaked in 1985 at 11 million, then since 1999 have steadily declined and in 2009 sales were just 5.4 million.

This has resulted in the average age of registered cars in the US now being 10 years. In the late 1960’s the average age was 5.1 years and in 1990 it was 6.5 years.

If the American people are now better off, why is it harder to find good work, a good house or a new car?

Young people have it much different today than their parents had it 40 years ago. Today by the time a college student graduates, on average they will have $24,000 of debt.

Can the older generation help? Unlikely considering that debt levels for households headed by people over 62 have been rising for the last two decades. The average mortgage size for this group, even allowing for inflation, has tripled since 1985 and is now on average $71,000. According to USA, Today the average American over 65 has a credit card debt of $10,000, which is up 26% from 2005.

Politics as Usual

Nothing Changes
Nothing Changes | Source

Politics

In the last 40 years the United States has gone from being the biggest lender, to the biggest borrower in the world.

Still though: its politics as usual.

It is not the politicians that need to wake up and smell the coffee, it is the American people. The politicians, on seeking office, all say that they recognize that changes are needed and promise to be the one to bring them. Yet they all, on being elected, revert to political business as usual. After all, they and their wealthy backers still have new cars and houses. Their credit cards are convenient, especially when the bills are sent to a company’s offices to be paid.

It is time that the politicians admitted to the American people that the system is broken. The United States is on the decline and it is the fault of the politicians.

The political parties may take different routes but currently their destinations are the same: more wealth for the wealthy.

They will fly the flag, sing the anthem, and speak of security and wars, building on patriotism to distract from the political mugging that is taking place.

It is time for the politicians to come together, cut the strings of their puppeteers, and work together to stop the decline and steadily bring back the United States to its greatness.

A country’s greatness should be measured by the quality of life of all its citizens, not the size of the wallets of its elite. Otherwise it is just a dictatorship in disguise.

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    • Etherealenigma profile image

      Sandra M. Urquhart 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Wow! Go boy! I am hoping that was the right gender...lol. An excellent article. It's too bad that so many of middle and lower class American too focused on the little box of their personal world, and can't see much beyond it; otherwise, your message to America to wake up might actually have an impact. Peace and blessings.

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      poetvix 

      6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      They just keep wanting more and more money and we get less and less for it. Now the so called leader wants to drastically slash the budget for the military but up the budget for his "cupcake" police at airports, thank you to The Frog Prince for the term. This makes no sense. None of what is being done makes sense if you look at it from the perspective of what is best for America. Medicare/Medicaid benefits are going down. The age most people retire at is going up. There's another contradiction in the mathematical process especially when one considers that the new mandatory health care will not be catering to the elderly or disabled. The list just goes on and on.

      You know I hit the up on this one! Please check your email; I have a question for you. God bless!

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      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Nice Hub. Money wins elections. Get it out.

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      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      The trouble with life today is that mass communication has showed us that mankind, especially politicians, is basically selfish and worthless. We complain about governments doing this and that and corporations robbing people blind and not paying their taxes, but in small ways, we all do the same. We borrow too much when we can, we abuse drugs (cigs and booze), Many of us prefer welfare to working. We are still prejudiced against people who are not like us, and we wage war against nations we know can not stand against us. Governments are all out for themselves because they are made up of people, the killer apes and the worst experiment evolution has attempted. Success should be measured against a creature's ability to live in peace and not how much it can proliferate.

      The planet would be better off without man as it will be soon I am sure...Bob

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      We have a sound foundation in our Constitution and associated documents. Our system of governance is broken down with greed and selfish promotion. In a banana republic, our elected ones would be the obvious types who are living in the lap of luxury while people suffer in the streets. I live in Texas which has not been touched by the depths of the 2008 financial plunge. Unemployment is more than a full point under the national average and even more in some regions. Given that, I see businesses daily that are struggling to stay afloat. Their cash flow is poor and their overhead is high. When I sort it out, it comes back to two big factors in the market...consumer confidence and the price of gasoline. Even in an economy where jobs are available, people are running scared and stretched too thin financially by their out of control gasoline costs for getting to and from that job. Solving our dependence on foreign oil is a significant factor in the daily economics of America yet we have a sitting president willing to let that condition worsen in the name of "green energy reform" and in the name of buying himself some votes from those who want to see everyone walking or riding a bicycle. The media has failed miserably in its perceived role of fact-finder and factually reporting. Since the glory days of "sensational media" the focus on reporting the facts and asking the hard questions has slid to a contest of delivering sensationalism and selling advertising. The media has become the propaganda arm of the government. America needs lots of reform and a return to Constitution law in our daily process of governing. Thanks for sharing...well done! WB

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