ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Could 2012 be the End?

Updated on November 13, 2012

By now most people have heard of the "end of the world" prophecy from the Mayans concerning December 21st, 2012. Discounted by any lack of proof, and based on the ending of the Mayan calendar, people still have theories about what could happen on this date. Theories range from mass destruction, asteroid impact, Niburu, war, return of Christ, alien invasion/disclosure and a variety of other weird scenarios.

I wish to put forth one scenario, based on potential fact, based on one interpretation of the Mayan calendar. Because of the way the Mayans created their calendars, and measured time, the ending of the calendar is also referred to as the ending of an age. Potentially, that is what is coming. America is facing an internal crisis the likes of which have not been seen before. Perhaps the end of an age is indeed the end of the Age of America. Facing a fiscal cliff, economic disaster, a divided population, and trouble overseas, America is no longer in the position to be the power it was.

The recent election which re-elected President Obama was not only close, but divisive. With less then 1% difference in the popular vote(I do not include the electoral because it is a sham in my opinion) it shows America is clearly divided. This time, it doesn't matter who was elected, because the situation is so extreme neither candidate can adequately solve the problem. The problem is years of overspending, over borrowing, war, lack of job creation, a faulty tax system, overseas jobs, low education standards, poor insurance, and multiple failed bailouts. Add to this the rapidly increasing national debt, China's rise as an economic power and the recipe for disaster is in the oven and waiting to bake.

Since the election, wealthy Americans have been selling stock and real estate in preparations for tax increases. Depending on how many stocks and for which companies, and how fast they are liquidated this could cause an extreme crash in the stock market. Small companies could go under or face layoffs/cutbacks due to their loss of investments.

Small companies and the coal industry have either already began layoffs, or are planning to halt expansions with a view to layoffs if needed. Adding more people to the unemployment line, drawing more federal benefits.

The coming healthcare law which is set to take place in 2013 has more companies calling for layoffs and reducing hours for some employees to part-time status to reduce what they have to pay out in benefits. Some are doing it for greed, others to simply stay in business.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. No matter what decision are made in Washington to address the fiscal cliff, it would be a best a stop gap measure, at worst a complete and utter disaster. Combine all these problems together, and America looks to be coming to an end of an era. The only things that will help is a pulling together of every American, every politician to do what is best for the country, even if they put their political careers on the line.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)