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How long before the US collapses?

  1. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    What we forget so quickly is our past. Our past leads us to the present and the present is not good.

    This article isn't posted by me but gives a very good look back through the United States struggle with debt. I'd like you to notice the quotes given by many of our founding fathers:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/The-United-Stat … the-making

    We have entered a perpetual motion machine and the destination isn't good. Are we really going to be able to turn this country around? I'm loosing hope everyday, but I'd like to hear your sincere opinions. Thanks!

    1. leeberttea profile image53
      leebertteaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If Obama and the democrats are returned to power, that will be the end of the USA as we have known it. The poll in politico today tells the story, the Washington elites, those employed by the government and make much more than the average American don't see the problems we Average Americans have. They think the economy is fine, that their policies are working, they are out of touch with reality!

      1. katiem2 profile image61
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Amen leeberttea, Amen indeed!

    2. Misha profile image76
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Nobody knows for sure. But can happen any moment. smile

    3. Stevennix2001 profile image92
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      well you have to remember, NOTHING happens over night.  It takes time, but we are seeing the signs of our country getting weaker everyday as a superpower if you look at a few of the facts.  One, our military is getting gradually weaker, as even the us army is offering to train soldiers with less disciplinary authority, than they've been accustomed to doing things in the past.  As one army drill seargent was quoted as saying on yahoo, "in a video game playing generation, we have to adapt our training methods."  which to me translates to having a weaker military.  Not that I would ever bad mouth our soldiers, as I have the utmost respect for all of them, but I'm just going over a few facts here.

      Plus, I never agreed with the media sticking their noses in military affairs, as all it does paint our troops in a bad light, and keeps them from doing their job accordingly.  Add in the fact, that since the Vietnam era, politics continue to run the wars, instead of allowing generals and military officers to do their jobs, then it's safe to say that it'll be an awfully long time before you'll ever hear about us winning a war again.  As many people forget, the reason why the US was undefeated before the Vietnam War was because politicians and the media KNEW when to keep their freaking traps shut and stay out of the way.  Unfortunately, that's not the case today, and that's why we still can't seem to get iraq under control despite our OBVIOUS advantage technologically.

      Then we look at the dismantling of NASA, courtesy of Barrack O'Bama.  Which now makes our country a lot more primitive technologically then we ever were before.  Does he not realize that space exploration IS IMPORTANT as there are meteors like apophis coming our way in 2025 that could kill us.  now before some of you get your panties up in a bunch saying how blah blah..our gravity will repel it anyway..blah blah and what not.  Seriously, are you willing to take that chance?  what if your wrong?  what if our gravity DOESN'T repel that freaking thing?  then what smart guy?  i know one thing, ANYONE HERE THAT DARES TO DEFEND NASA'S DISMANTLING, THEN BE WARNED THAT I WILL BLAME YOU PERSONALLY IF I HAVE TO DIE BECAUSE OF THAT THING.  IT'LL BE ALL YOUR FAULT!!!!  Now, live with that on your conscience.

      Then we look at the economy, lets face it, it's not going to get any better anytime soon.  anyone that thinks obama is going to fix it, is seriously smoking some good weed.  as i don't even think he knows how he's going to fix it.  in fact, with the amount of money we owe china and how they're converting to be a more capitalist country, then i think it's safe to say they might take our place as the world's number one super power. 

      china or england, as england just unvieled the first unmanned jet that's capable of traveling faster than the speed of sound undetected by radar, that can be controlled by via remote.  now that completely exceeds our tech as far as i know, so it's safe to say other countries are surpassing us technologically too.

      oh and look at our education system too.  it seems year after year, our educational system continues to drop, as some of the world's brightest scholars are no longer from the united states anymore.

      1. Paraglider profile image94
        Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I hate to tell you, but gravity has never been known to repel anything. It's an attractive force, between masses. What you're relying on is that the thing will miss us wink

        1. Stevennix2001 profile image92
          Stevennix2001posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          are you joking with me or insulting me?  seriously, as i was so literally going to take what you just said as an insult, until i realized you must obviously be joking with me.  thats the only logic i can deduce behind your statement. 

          i guess someone should tell you that sarcasm doesn't come across in forums as well as it does in real life.  trust me, i've tried to use it various times here.  lol.

          1. Paraglider profile image94
            Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            No offence intended. I just thought I'd put in a word for gravity wink

            1. Stevennix2001 profile image92
              Stevennix2001posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              thats cool.  im sure gravity appreciates you sticking up for her.  wink  lollol:Lol:  oh by the way, since we're all talking about the economy here for the united states.  check out this video i found on youtube for captain america, symbolizing all the crap we value here in the usa.  I hope you all find it as funny as i did.  lol


              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CbbtIoUceI

    4. maven101 profile image79
      maven101posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Now I know how the patriots at Bunker Hill felt. They saw the British Army coming up that hill, the most powerful army in the world. They were well equipped, well trained, and ruthless. The Americans standing at the top of the hill were a bunch of farmers and tradesmen, hardly a trained army. But they knew right from wrong, they were men of principle, and they were not about to back down from this fight, not when their honor and their freedom was at stake. Time to stand tall again, America. We can do it. All we have to do today is face the ballot box and not an oncoming army trying to destroy us (although some may disagree with that). If they did it for future generations, so can we. Never back down, never give up, and never, ever, give in. Let Todd Beamer's " Lets Roll !! " be the rallying call to roll back both houses of congress...Remember In Novemeber !!!

  2. Teresa McGurk profile image59
    Teresa McGurkposted 7 years ago

    How long before the. . huh?

    I thought it already had?

    1. Fluffymetal profile image76
      Fluffymetalposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol

      1. katiem2 profile image61
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        That was my first thought as well, its been an ongoing process and I don't feel it's a political party issue just a political problem period aren't they all the same.. No really don't answer that

  3. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    Well there is an obvious increase in tension between the citizens and their 'leaders'. I'm just curious what people believe will lead to the potential demise of the current USA. Trust me, I'm not advocating it, but it seems an impending event...

    1. tony0724 profile image61
      tony0724posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wouldn't call them leaders.

      1. Rafini profile image88
        Rafiniposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        They may be poor leaders but they're still the leaders whether we like it or not. hmm

        And they will remain the leaders until we do something about it.



        To answer the question:  Isn't the US collapsing at this very moment?

    2. Ralph Deeds profile image66
      Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Here are a few negative factors:

      1. Increasing income disparity which is undermining faith in our democratic, free market system.

      2. Failure to conserve non-renewable resources and develop new sources of energy and other resources.

      3. Uncontrolled world population growth.

      4. Increasing gulf in income between the developed countries and third world countries.

      5. Increasing percentage in the elderly, retired segment of the population and a corresponding decrease in the percentage of the working population which supports the retired segment of the population.

      1. Dolores Monet profile image99
        Dolores Monetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Ralph, your #5 won't be a problem. The older folks will no longer be able to retire as they will  have no pensions and Social Security is in trouble. We'll all be selling apples on the street corner.

  4. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    That was the meaning of the single quote marks haha.

  5. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    Yes, essentially.

    But I suppose your guys' idea of a collapse is a bit different than mine. I still believe there are things that can be done (or should be done) in order to save this country from a complete and irreversible decent into non-existence.

    We might be leading towards a collapse, but we're not there yet... We will be soon if we don't start making some radical changes.

  6. Tusitala Tom profile image63
    Tusitala Tomposted 7 years ago

    I've never been to the United States so what I say here is mere speculation. 

    Every nation seems to have it time of glory, its time of domination.  Empires come and go.  Quite recent was Great Britain's.  When I was a boy at school, a good twenty percent of the world was coloured red in my atlas.  That red represented the British Empire.   That was sixty-five years ago.  Look at the UK now.   Not much of an empire. 

    The united states had a slightly different type of empire: world domination of business and, yes, entertainment.  That has slipped away.  China is the up and coming nation today, whether Americans like it or not.   

    My guess is that America's standard of wasteful living will be cut back drastically.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  But America won't collapse.   It will just step back a little.  Maybe it'll stop spending all of it resources on useless war materials, armaments etc..   Maybe it will start making its people 'clever' like some other much poorer resourced countries are doing.   Who knows.  But, to reiterate, I doubt very much if it will 'collapse.'

    1. bgamall profile image81
      bgamallposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If the US collapses, as the US consumer is the buyer of last resort for the world's resources, then the world will collapse financially.

      I see a major slowdown. I don't know if it will be a full blown collapse. I hope not because we have leaders, neocons leaders in both parties, who are desperate  for world domination. If pushed to the wall watch out for these.

      1. alternate poet profile image68
        alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        If the US collapses the world does not collapse - set free from the unfair trade restrictions and domination of the financial structures it will have a renaissance - and not likely to want the US back to play so easy.

        But if there was a financial collapse your rich would not care; much of their money is outside America anyway, you are ruled by people who do not care about you except as a commodity or working unit - much the same as most of the western world that has been forced along parallel paths with the US.  In fact this would probably be the final trigger of a collapse as the ship tilts with all the fleeing money rats.

  7. profile image0
    Michael E. Hortonposted 7 years ago

    It's doing it every day. The Great Depression 2010. Over one million people will lose there homes this year. Really sad.

  8. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    When you have an economy buying things with money that they don't have, you're going to get these kind of problems. I hope people start looking elsewhere, outside of the government, for the solutions!

  9. earnestshub profile image86
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    I sincerely hope you are wrong. America's days of being the big consumer of world goods is gone for the most part though.

    China can sell into it's own domestic markets now as never before though, and others are not as reliant on the consumption of America either.
    How much would each American have to spend at home to rescue it's economy I wonder? smile

    1. Sab Oh profile image53
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "China can sell into it's own domestic markets now as never before though"

      Don't jump the gun on that one. China is a loooooong way from sustainability on domestic demand alone (if ever).

  10. profile image0
    pisgahnfposted 7 years ago

    I believe the economy has collapsed. The current administration continues to inflate the dollar by printing more money. Our currency was once backed by silver and gold but now it is backed by absolutely nothing.
    The continual practice of flooding the market with more paper gives the initial impression that the we are hanging on by a thread but thats going to snap quickly.
    Congress is scrambling to cut deals to everyone in hopes that they get enough of the pie to ride out the impending recession comfortably. Its coming, make no mistake about that.
    Once it does collapse who will take care of you and your family, most folks will have to submit to the government as they will have no other option. Others will refuse and try to ride it out but will eventually submit. Still others will form militias and protectionist society's and resist what some have called forced socialism. 
    China will call in the notes, some experts claim they already own 70 percent of the country and its wealth. I suppose we all get free medical, free food, free utility's....its going to be wonderful, right?

  11. lovemychris profile image56
    lovemychrisposted 7 years ago

    "Polls: Wide Support for an Attack on Iran

    Yonat Friling – Fox News.com July 16, 2010


    Like most U.S. elections now, I suspect that the above polls were rigged: the questions were posed and the answers framed in such a way as to fit preordained results."

    Polls are another form of brain-washing.

    You can pick and choose and find a poll to support or deny anything.

    Think for yourself....who got us into this mess? Who is feeling no pain? It's more than "Washington elites" my friend.....so much more.

    1. leeberttea profile image53
      leebertteaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Washington elites are both democrats and republicans... although they are probably skewed more to the democrat side since Obama has expanded government by 25%, which would explain why so many of the elites support the current sitution and view the economy as positive and headed in the right direction.

  12. TMMason profile image69
    TMMasonposted 7 years ago

    It is so funny to watch all the foriegners drool and quiver in excitement... thinking America might fall.

    Don't you all worry about us... you better start worrying about what your gonna do when America wants nothing to do with you all anymore.

    Who will feed and defend you all when America returns to isolationism.

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Us foreigners are not drooling and quvering - we are trying to warn you all that you are in deep doo doo and doing nothing about it except argue. Your view of how you feed and protect the world is not the same as outside your mirror world - you have been a net importer for over ten years now and your protection is just aggression for profit. 

      No - what we are worried about is the scale of the final diversion when the cr@p hits the fan and you righteously attack someone else to divert attention, before you calm down and get on with rebuilding your economy and society on more realistic lines.

      1. TMMason profile image69
        TMMasonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Umhum... yes china men your all just so helpful and full of good will toward us.

        Keep quivering and drooling in anticipation.

        We see you all for what you are...

        1. alternate poet profile image68
          alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          No - the problem is that you don't see anything except your own prejudices.

          Most of the world would benefit from US decline as it would stop the aggressive overseas actions that de-stabilise everything and directly cause terrorism.

          Much if the world would suffer to some degree from the changes in trade that would result, but others are more than ready to step in. 

          It is time the US saw itself as it is not as it thinks it is.

          1. Sab Oh profile image53
            Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            "Most of the world would benefit "

            but

            "Much of the world would suffer "


            It seems that emotional anti-Americanism does not lend itself to reasonable consistency.

            1. alternate poet profile image68
              alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Yeah - two ideas at the same time are hard to figure for you. Things are not absolute and black and white , some people benefit and others suffer for different reasons and sometimes they acan be the same people - maybe you should sit in a quiet place and try to get your head around it.

              1. Sab Oh profile image53
                Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, getting angry with me will make your contradiction go away roll

                1. alternate poet profile image68
                  alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Angry - no, I am never angry with kids. It was clearly advice for you, an attempt to help you with what you clearly find difficult concepts.

                  1. Sab Oh profile image53
                    Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Oh great, more insults. How very productive.

    2. earnestshub profile image86
      earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      America is not arrogant or stupid enough to try going it alone.

  13. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    I think we're in better shape than you think.  Once the democrats are voted out of the house it will be a turning point.

    1. TMMason profile image69
      TMMasonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I hope so Flight...

      We must remove all Progressive influence from our politics, though. And there are many progressive republicans that must go also.

      1. Paraglider profile image94
        Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Even if I thought that was a good idea, I'd still think it's wholly impractical. When a party in opposition starts subdividing, which is what you are talking about, it always results in several terms in the wilderness. This has happened to both of the major UK parties and can happen to you guys too. Wouldn't you be better as a 'broad church' appealing to more of your people?

  14. TMMason profile image69
    TMMasonposted 7 years ago

    Yes, that would be it.

    And to think.

    I thought it was your complete disdain for our country.

  15. John T. profile image58
    John T.posted 7 years ago

    The United States will collapse when the dollar collapses. That, I don't think is not to far into the future.  The CBO predicts that the US will run a debt to GDP ratio of 100% by 2015-2020. To give you some perspective that is the debt level that Greece was running (108%) when it collapsed this last summer. But if America collapses who is going to bail us out?
    In addition, China could devastate us by calling in our debt to them, they own almost a trillion dollars in US debt. Just think of the inflation they could cause in the markets if the money was released into the markets.
    We definitely need to exercise financial restraint, but that is not happening...

    1. alternate poet profile image68
      alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely - real figures about real things - well done.

      A UK economist, commenting on the US attempt to get China to revalue the Yuan, claimed that the over-inflated dollar was the longest running scam in the money markets.  Over inflation leads to rapid collapse in the long run, it doesn't need China to call in its debt to collapse the US economy just for China to prefer imports from any other country, the rest of Asia would follow in turn out of necessity.

      1. Sab Oh profile image53
        Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "Over inflation leads to rapid collapse in the long run"

        How do you have something "rapid" "in the long run"???

        "it doesn't need China to call in its debt to collapse the US economy just for China to prefer imports from any other country, the rest of Asia would follow in turn out of necessity."

        That really makes no sense. China's economy is dependent upon exports. Guess who imports a huge amount of that? China isn't "calling in" anything because they are not foolish enough to cut their own throat, and if they did nobody would rush to follow them.

        1. alternate poet profile image68
          alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Go get yourself up to date, you not only spout out of date devalued doctrines you really don't seem to know what is happening in the world either.

          1. Sab Oh profile image53
            Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I'm up to date, thanks.

  16. Arthur Fontes profile image83
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    The US will not collapse,  will we stop funding other Countries?  We are going to have to.


    Should we pull all our forces out of Europe and let them defend themselves (from each other)?   Absolutely.

    Should we reward US manufacturing?  There is no choice.


    Should we stop buying cheap worthless foreign crap?  Soon we will have no choice.

    1. TMMason profile image69
      TMMasonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly Arthur.

      it is all going to come down to kickin the tics iff the titties, closing our doors, and rebuilding our own house and the house of the few non-european allies we should help to sustain.

  17. profile image0
    jerrylposted 7 years ago

    Collapse will definitely happen, unless we change from a monetary system that creates money as an evidence of debt to
    the people, to a system that is  an evidence of wealth to the people.

    Instead of borrowing every dollar that goes into existence, we must start earning our dollars and then spending them into circulation.

    Under the federal reserve fractional banking system. we do not
    create any M1 money unless we borrow it from a private commercial bank first, then spend it in.  All money is debt,
    with no money created to pay the interest on the loans!

    We are forced to borrow in order to have a medium of exchange, and have borrowed ourselves into an unmanageable debt hole.

    If we continue on this same path, we go further into the crapper.

    If we stop borrowing under this system, we begin an immediate
    collapse.

    We have to stop monetizing man's future productivity through indebtedness!

    Currently we can only service the interest on our national and most state's indebtedness.  How long before we will not be able
    to service the interest on debt?

    How long before people realize that it doesn't make any difference which political party is in power?  The world bank, the IMF, the federal reserve, and wall street are in power, and wield that power through bought and paid for politicians throughout the world! They do not care which party is in office, as long as they follow orders.

    If you don't wake up to those facts, you may as well be content with arguing amongst yourselves while everything you have worked to achieve in your lifetime is slowly being taken away from you and your children.

  18. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    Here is some more debt we might be adding onto the budget!

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/19/ … index.html

    The politicians clearly don't know that we're suffocating on our own shit... How can government be so irresponsible? Oh yeah, it's been happening since the days of Andrew Jackson. I'm afraid there is no turning back unless we get some intelligent people into office, and it might even be too late for that.

  19. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    How long before the US collapses?

    Depends on many factors. Unfortunately, the one factor, for which, government refuses to address or change, is the manner in which it deals with the Economy, as a whole.

    Therefore, the US will collapse and sink below any depression ERA ever seen. The growth of America will come to a screeching halt and it's currency will be forced back to the gold standard yet again.

    When it falls? Shortly in the near future. hmm

  20. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    Also, can we please not discredit the foreigners' advice? I'm sick of living in a country that produces such arrogant people. We're not the most amazing country in the world, get over it. We need to admit and address these problems before they're utterly impossible to fix (and that time is near).

    We need whatever advice we can get.

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Your broad-based statement is untrue to some extent.

      It is not arrogance of the people. It's foolishness of politicians.

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        jerrylposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Cagsil,  We cannot go back to a gold standard that we were never on!!!

        When people swallowed the BS about being on a gold standard,  we had a monetary system that was not entirely reliant upon debt. 

        Gold was a small part of our money at one time, in the form of gold coins.

        When men panned gold or mined it, they could take that ore in to have it assayed, weighed, and melted down and stamped into coin free of charge.  They could then spend that coin into circulation.  This was monetizing man's productivity. 

        Therefore, it was man's productivity that was backing our dollars, and gold
        and silver were just symbols of that productivity.

        Today, man's productivity is still what backs our dollars, however, it is his future productivity, because we have had to borrow every cent that is in circulation.

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Interesting you say that. However, I'll simply leave you to what you think you know. Not a problem.

          It's unfortunate, that you find it necessary to make claims you cannot back up, considering history is not on your side.

          Besides, it doesn't dismiss my point to begin with. The politicians are foolish.

          It also doesn't help the fact that (a) government continues to be foolish and (b) citizens really do not understand the way of life in America.

          Both statements are fact. So, please.

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            jerrylposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Cagsil,  Explain to me, just one way that gold or silver in any form,  ever came about, without man's productivity being involved.

            Whether man found a nugget lying on the ground, panned it, or mined it, man's productivity was involved.

            I  was addressing your statement on a gold backed system, not the fact that politicians are foolish.

            As to citizens not understanding the way of life in America, I believe that they understand exactly what they have been brainwashed to understand.

            What is most important, is their not understanding the monetary system.

            The sinister nature of this system is not taught in our schools.  i wonder who wrote the text books? 

            I think you and I agree on the inevitable collapse.

            1. Cagsil profile image59
              Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Which is related to the topic at hand, and not the statement based on gold backed system. So, you admit to deflecting?
              I'll agree. smile
              You're missing a basic underlying issue, which is constantly dismissed. Before one can understand the monetary system, one first needs to learn about "money". Too many people simply do not understand.
              The sinister nature of all things is taught in school. It is no longer pointed out as being sinister, just mistakes of the past.
              Beyond any comprehension of the word. Collapse isn't really a word I would call it, but close enough. smile

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                jerrylposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Cagsil,  You seem to be misreading what I have written.  No where did I agree with you, except when it comes to believing that this system will collapse.

                your statement about the people not understanding the American way of life covers a lot of areas in everyday life. I found that statement to be vague at best.  It did not address the economy or the monetary system directly.

                It has been my experience through debates with economics professors, that they, for the most part, are just as ignorant on the sinister nature of this monetary system, as their students.  This also goes for most of the politicians that we have confronted in our attempts to pass legislation.
                Most haven't a clue, but will not make a decision without completely trusting the word of a banker or his lobby.

                I have not deflected on anything, nor do I feel I have to.  I am not in a pissing contest with you, but just trying to shed some light on a lot of fallacies. The gold backed dollar being one of them.

    2. TMMason profile image69
      TMMasonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We are also not the dumbest.

      But many a foriegner on here seems to feel free to sling that around  and infer it repeatedly. So too bad for them when they are told they are no better, and in some cases not even as good as, us.

      We have the solution for the problems, capitolism and the constitution.

      And what?... You think America is the only one in trouble. have you looked at Europe? Asia?...

      No.

      The rest of the world doesn't hold the answers, man.

    3. Sab Oh profile image53
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "We're not the most amazing country in the world"

      Yes we are.

      1. maplethorpej profile image74
        maplethorpejposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        We may have the most amazing citizens in the world (and honestly that's just an unverifiable opinion) but we have so much to fix before our country is up to the "amazing" standard.

        Yes people, I love the American PEOPLE. I'm frightened by the government and it's ability to manipulate its citizens by whatever means necessary... 9/11 ? Yeah, I'm not going there.

        1. Sab Oh profile image53
          Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Who do you think comprises "the government"?

  21. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    Yes, but most Americans don't know anything about foreign countries. Most people are just look at what the media is showing them. This isn't my opinion:

    http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/011387.html

    There are too many people saying too much crap without actually solving the BIG problems at hand. I'm just going to sit back and watch the world slowly some to a halt (maybe I'll write a few good hubs to try and help). Now, I'm not much of a 2012 theorist, but I think it might be an instigator to something 'new'. We'll see....

    1. Sab Oh profile image53
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "most Americans don't know anything about foreign countries."

      Have you asked "most Americans"?

    2. TMMason profile image69
      TMMasonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I do not base my opinion of the world on the media.

      And that is wrong to just assume most Americans do.

      We are not a stupid people man.

      America has advanced this world exponientailly in the life of our country.

      I think we can handle contemplating a real world view of other countries and things going on in the world.

  22. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    I desperately hope you don't think it's 'we the people'. I'd be embarrassed for you...

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      In previous conversations in the forums, it has been proven "we the people" is no longer and has not been for a great many years.

      However, the appearance is still seen because of untruth/lies from politicians/political officials in power continue to insinuate it's existence.

      The "majority" and "minority" are both misconceptions brought on by those in power. It's a separation tactic constantly used.

      1. Sab Oh profile image53
        Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        No such thing has been "proven." Just because some people find it easier to gripe on the internet than to actually get involved does not change the fact.

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          And, just be you don't seem to be looking at the facts of the situation is your downfall. hmm

          And, yes it was proven. Beyond argument, that "we the people" does not exist, because "we the people" have no power in voting the elected officials.

          If you are unable to understand that, then I would suggest you look deeper into politics. wink

          1. Sab Oh profile image53
            Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            "And, just be you don't seem to be looking at the facts of the situation is your downfall."

            What "downfall" would you be referring to?

            "And, yes it was proven. Beyond argument, that "we the people" does not exist, because "we the people" have no power in voting the elected officials."

            Nonsense. Hyperbole and apathy only enable this kind of "oh well, nothing to do but gripe on the internet" mentality.

            "If you are unable to understand that, then I would suggest you look deeper into politics."

            I'm guessing that I'm more equipped to "look deeper into politics" than yourself, but in any case I reject your transparent attempt to cut off the topic.

            1. Cagsil profile image59
              Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, Ignorance is truly blissful for those who lack too much. Glad you are blind to the truth and your actions point directly to it. Thank you so much for showing others. lol lol

              1. Sab Oh profile image53
                Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                There it is again. "You're blind" = "you must agree with me!!!" = "I've run out of things to say but still demand you agree!!!"

                1. Mark Knowles profile image61
                  Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  roll

    2. Sab Oh profile image53
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "Desperately" and "embarrassed" - how dramatic!

  23. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    I guess it depends on your definition of collapse. we've already suffered through a recession and are still recovering. recovery doesn't happen overnight when it took many years to reach the danger zone.

    can we turn this country around? again, turn around to what? we can learn from history in many ways, also by not trying to compare it to current times. conditions are not the same regardless if they look similar. progress is made with decisive plans and implementation. will it look the same as before? not likely.

    why do you say 'most Americans don't know anything about foreign countries'? I would say that many Americans don't know a lot about their own country. to say 'most' is a broad assumption. many Americans I know stay informed about the world. everything is affected. a country can't isolate itself and succeed.
    to sit back and watch? why would that be an option? we are responsible for our lives.

    1. Sab Oh profile image53
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "progress is made with decisive plans and implementation. "

      Disaster all too often follows that attitude when it gets into the hands of an overly active government.

  24. MikeNV profile image82
    MikeNVposted 7 years ago

    $13 Trillion Debt + $26 Trillion Personal Debt + Interest = Collapse.

    When?

    Whenever the public finally wakes up and realizes their monopoly money has no real value.

    And the more unemployed the faster this occurs.

  25. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 7 years ago

    It's called 'living beyond your means' using what amounts to credit cards, essentially, to supplement actual income.

    We will be the fastest rise and fall of a superpower in history.

    1. Sab Oh profile image53
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Some people seem positively giddy to declare the end of the world (or of whatever the topic may be). It's so darn exciting to run around shouting "It's all over!" instead of doing the day-to-day required to improve things.

      1. Mr. Blobby profile image54
        Mr. Blobbyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I agree.  Why are people so blind.  You are so smart.

      2. Pcunix profile image93
        Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        And I'm sure you know exactly what we should be doing.

        No great power has been able  to survive entanglement in foreign wars.  We also suffer from a wide difference in culture - civil war is always possible.  We are terribly stressed by pollution, over population and unfortunate natural disasters.  We COULD go down.

        But I'd like to think we can disentangle ourselves and find a way to compromise enough to avoid tearing ourselves apart.  I'd like to think we can clean up our mess and survive whatever chance deals  us. 

        So I'll agree with you, at least in principle.

        1. Sab Oh profile image53
          Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I know that just moaning "Game over man!" on the internet sure as heck isn't going to help.

          1. Pcunix profile image93
            Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Again, I have to agree with you on that.

            I'm sure we are at complete odds as to what would help and what would make this worse, but hey, you never know - maybe we could find one thing we would agree on.

            Wouldn't THAT just knock the stuffing right out of the turkey?

            1. Sab Oh profile image53
              Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Wouldn't surprise me at all.

      3. maplethorpej profile image74
        maplethorpejposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        If you've read any of my articles, you'll realize that I'm very concentrated on getting people to think of real, plausible solutions to the imminent problems that we're faced with. The real problem is getting people to use their brains and stop praying that the government is going to solve anything for us.

        I started this topic so that more and more people are exposed to the situation that could cripple this once prosperous, proud nation. We are an innovative society, but we're being chocked by government intervention and a dependency to global corporations. We need to revitalize our society.

        This is my attempt: http://progressthroughthought.tumblr.com/

        What is yours?

        1. Paraglider profile image94
          Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It's good. I had a quick look but will come back.

          Ours is here http://dropoutnation.blogspot.com/

          1. maplethorpej profile image74
            maplethorpejposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, I'll check it out tonight when I get back from work!

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have no quarrel with what either of you have said:  in fact, I agree completely.  My statement was merely an observation about the current status-quo, and the fact that the MAJORITY of people seem disinclined to get involved or work for change. 

      The minority can start a grass-roots movement, but unless they can 'convert'  or convince enough members of the majority, they end up getting squashed like so many bugs and nothing changes.

      I do what I can, phone calls, letters, etc., but don't get around well anymore, so can't participate in marches and other headline-grabbing events.

  26. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
    PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years ago

    Not long. GW put us in a hole and we have to dig our way out. Give it 2 years.

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      GW? roll

      Did you have your eyes open before GW was President or were they close? hmm

      1. John T. profile image58
        John T.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        True Bush did put us into debt, but BO put us into a huge amount of debt You need to read this from the CBO itself

        CBO projects, that if current laws and policies remained unchanged, the federal budget would show a deficit of $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2010. At 9.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), that deficit would be slightly smaller than the shortfall of 9.9 percent of GDP ($1.4 trillion) posted in 2009. Last year’s deficit was the largest as a share of GDP since the end of World War II, and the deficit expected for 2010 would be the second largest. Moreover, if legislation is enacted in the next several months that either boosts spending or reduces revenues, the 2010 deficit could equal or exceed last year’s shortfall.

        The large 2009 and 2010 deficits reflect a combination of factors that are discussed in CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal years 2010-2020. Those factors include: an imbalance between revenues and spending that predates the recession and turmoil in financial markets, sharply lower revenues and elevated spending associated with those economic conditions, and the costs of various federal policies implemented in response to those conditions.

        CBO projects, that if current laws and policies remained unchanged, the federal budget would show a deficit of $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2010. At 9.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), that deficit would be slightly smaller than the shortfall of 9.9 percent of GDP ($1.4 trillion) posted in 2009. Last year’s deficit was the largest as a share of GDP since the end of World War II, and the deficit expected for 2010 would be the second largest. Moreover, if legislation is enacted in the next several months that either boosts spending or reduces revenues, the 2010 deficit could equal or exceed last year’s shortfall.

        The large 2009 and 2010 deficits reflect a combination of factors that are discussed in CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal years 2010-2020. Those factors include: an imbalance between revenues and spending that predates the recession and turmoil in financial markets, sharply lower revenues and elevated spending associated with those economic conditions, and the costs of various federal policies implemented in response to those conditions.

        BO has tripled our yearly deficit in just one year and looks to spend even more next year.  What good has all this money done for us? The US just posted it's biggest debt to GDP ratio of 62% How are we gonna pull out of this in two years if we keep spending like drunken sailors?

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          All that wasted space, simply because you are placing blame on ONE President for the entire history of debt.

          And, in that aspect you would be wrong. What part did you not understand about having EYES open before GW was President.

          Previous Presidents have been just irresponsible. That's the point. wink

      2. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
        PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        No, I my eyes were wide open. They were wide open to my much more filled purse.

  27. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
    PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years ago

    We have to invest in the economy in order for it to grow.

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Do you even know what that means? hmm And, I do not mean the garbage spun by Washington. hmm

      1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
        PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Let me ask my economics degree. "Economics degree, do you know what that mean?"
             "It  means that if you don't spend any money on the economy the banks will go bankcrupt, healthcare will increase the deficit, and jobs will not be created."

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          There was no reason to be a smart A$$ about it. I simply asked if you knew what it meant.

          And, even with your reply, it is clear that you do not. But, thank you.

          1. luvpassion profile image60
            luvpassionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            We have to invest?

            I'd like to hear the answer myself PP cagsil asked.

            How exactly?

            Where should the money come from?

            1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
              PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              It should come from some place if people want to have jobs. If there's no job creations, there's no jobs.

              1. Cagsil profile image59
                Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                You do realize that government can only create government job and cannot actually force businesses to hire people? hmm

                1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
                  PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I realize that the government can invest money in businesses so that they can hire people.

                  1. Cagsil profile image59
                    Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    And, it would be foolish to invest in the BANKS because it's already an established business. It operates on it's own profits.

                    Invest...sure, in small business expansion or up start, that creates jobs.

                    That is my point. Your first statement said invest in banks. It makes no sense to give money to a bank, when it already makes a decent profit from the people(customers).

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We, the people, cannot 'invest' in the economy with money we do not have.  The domino effect is BS.  Wealth flows sideways, not down to the masses. 

      It is the RICH who must 'invest.'  If they stop spending, as a news article today indicated: 

      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Wealthy-R … 0&.v=1

      We are still in trouble.

  28. Tom Cornett profile image79
    Tom Cornettposted 7 years ago

    Sadly....I believe that our extremely incompetent leaderships will lead us into global war within the next few years.  Look at the world just before WWI and WWII. War creates massive employment and opportunity for many in power.....along with certain positions to become extremely wealthy. I do hope I am wrong.

  29. Joy56 profile image61
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    you mean it has not happened already....

  30. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago

    All sounds so scary from up here yikes

  31. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 7 years ago

    Just to ask a question so as I can get a grasp on the focus of this thread. The OP's title is How Long Before The US Collapses.

    So I ask, what is the measuring stick for this? Are you asking a single question, or several? Such as;

    How long before the US collapses
    - financially into another Great Depression
    - politically, therefore potential for mass civil disobedience
    - politically, thence a massive backlash world wide against all US police actions (war in Iraq & Afghanistan for instance)

    or The Democrats have done nothing, therefore lets vote the Republicans in or vice versa ( I'm Australian, so I am not up on US politics)

    Or there may be other related question/s used as the measure stick

    1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
      PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It may collapse, or it may not. I suspect Obama has a firm grip on the economy. However, if he doesn't and it collapses, take comfort that you'll have your family and friends even more.

    2. maplethorpej profile image74
      maplethorpejposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      When I used the word "collapse" I could have been more specific, but I wanted to hear what other people deemed as a collapse and how they believed it would happen.

      Voting the republicans into office isn't going to do any good. We need to stop affiliating ourselves with political parties. They are schemes used by the wealthy businesses to fund the candidates' campaigns in order to get their (the businesses) issues addressed. It's sick, but that's how it works.

      Will we ever have an honest, uncorrupted president? BAHAHAHAHAHA

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
        Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Historically, the U.S. political system dominated by two moderate parties has served the country well. It has produced superior results to those achieved in multi-party countries like Italy and countries with two polarized parties as in the case of UK's conservative and labor parties which, until recently, tended to cause the country's political economy to lurch back and forth from left to right, from socialism to liberalism in the European sense.

        Unfortunately, our current polarized parties plus the Tea Party as a wild card may result in a combination of the worst features of a multi-party system and a polarized two-party system.

        1. profile image0
          china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          This is about right - the old system that may or may not have worked ok has a new problem. Whoever is 'in' is a puppet of corporations and their few owners, and the puppet master is the media that the same people own and use to divide and confuse the public.

          1. maplethorpej profile image74
            maplethorpejposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Very nice way to sum it up.

          2. Ralph Deeds profile image66
            Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I'm reminded that I failed to mention that the U.S. system is superior to one party systems like those in the USSR, China, Cuba, Mexico (previously).

            1. maplethorpej profile image74
              maplethorpejposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Everything so far has been debatable... What isn't debatable is what the job of a politician is: to represent a portion of the country's citizens. Who do politicians represent now? Special interest groups and corporations.

              Until we develop the technology to ensure that every American's representation is completely their own, we won't be able to get away from corruption in government. I wrote an article about how we should be working on a system where we could use the internet to vote on government issues. There are obvious problems, but they shouldn't be stopping us from making progress towards individual representation.

              1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
                Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Election campaign reform is badly needed. Government financed election campaigns at the federal, state and local levels would be the best solution, in my opinion.

            2. profile image0
              china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              That is a subjective view with no proof that the system itself is 'better'.  I am hugely in favour of a democratic process but the ridiculous two horse races that pass for it in the US and the UK are not it. The jockeys may wear different coulours but both horses have the same owner.  Here - in this oneparty government - I see the local party ELECTING officials upward, villages and town areas ELECTING their leaders, 'mayor' and council, and in among the processes I see about the same amount of corruption and politicking as in our supposedly democratic system - just different.  We bleat on about 'our' freedom and their totalitarian dictatorships - from where I sit we don't look free and 'they' don't look oppressed; the freedoms are different and the oppressions applied in different ways is all.

              When 'we' have any semblance of a working democracy I will be the first to cheer - when we get it.

              1. AdsenseStrategies profile image76
                AdsenseStrategiesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                The UK is hardly a good example (of a two-horse race) given the events of earlier this year there in any case.

                1. profile image0
                  china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I beg to differ completely, if you can tell me any real differences between Blair and Co - and Cameron and Co I would be interested to hear them.  Changing government in the UK is about as effective as changing the tea boy in the office.

                  1. AdsenseStrategies profile image76
                    AdsenseStrategiesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    I am not saying that the British have true representative democracy any more than the Americans do. In fact, I am pretty pessimistic that those who want power will ever have it wrenched from their grips. Having said that, when a country only has two parties, and both parties evidently ultimately represent more-or-less the same power bases (I mean, I didn't notice Obama grab back any of that bailout money after he was elected...), you basically have a one-party state with two bickering factions; and a population lined up behind either one or the other faction. At least in Canada, Britain, etc., there is more wrangling going on at the top - either way, I concede your basic point. The systems of democracy that we have in the West leave a lot to be desired (though, personally, for me a country's universal healthcare, or its absence, is my general yardstick of how good a system is...)

      2. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Hey maple, thanks for the clarification. It has been interesting the views expressed here so far, obviously the commentary would have been much different if you had narrowed down your choices in what would be deemed a collapse.

        We have what is known as 'tall poppy syndrome' in Australia. If our politicians become deemed by the public for being 'too big for their shoes' and start doing or allowing other things than their initial election promises, they get voted out of office quick smart.

        Our former Prime Minister is a recent example, started to try and do stuff the public had no interest in or was considered not good for the country, hence as of a couple of weeks back, he was replaced by our then Deputy Leader.

        Ayyyeeiiiiii politics........messy schtuff that

  32. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 7 years ago

    Let me be empress for a day:  I'll fix everything with a few strokes of a pen!  LOL

    1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
      PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wish you could too.

  33. maplethorpej profile image74
    maplethorpejposted 7 years ago

    It's our political philosophies that need to change before we can accomplish anything...

    I'm doing the best I can to motivate people to change how they think. It's the key.

    <promotional link snipped>

    1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
      PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      And a reason for the collapse in the first place. Yes, business did that, but I feel that it's a normal cycle of life to help perpetuate that change as well. Our philosophies need to change but we won't recognize it until we are fast with some sort of disaster...systematic collapse in this case. Suddenly, people care for one another, and it will seep up into politics.

      1. PeppermintPaddy profile image63
        PeppermintPaddyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oops, little typo. Until we are "faced" with some sort of disaster I meant to say.

  34. Greek One profile image74
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    It already happened... Sunday, Feb 28th, 2010....

    http://media.masslive.com/sports_impact/photo/aptopix-vancouver-olympics-ice-hockey-50ea71fc95b1cf32_large.jpg

  35. Reality Bytes profile image83
    Reality Bytesposted 7 years ago

    Your one-party system has the same controllers as the western puppets.  it is a simple truth.  International bankers.

    1. profile image0
      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It is not my one-party system, I am just an observer here. 

      However I would say they are not controlled by International Bankers, and this is why their growth rate in every index has slowed to around one-third (my guesstimate) of what it was - and it is still higher than the US or the UK could achieve in their wildest dreams.

      Is this partly due to the 'discipline' that is the other side of the 'oppression' coin - yes it is.

      Is this because the government is still in control of the financial system - yes it is.

      1. Reality Bytes profile image83
        Reality Bytesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        International Financiers is that better.  Those that control the liquidity of credit as well as the currency control the world.

        With the right amount of money any country can rise in prominence.

        http://www.pbc.gov.cn/english/  China's central bank.  Please do not be naive it is so easy to see the web of global control interlinked by financial institutions globally.

        1. profile image0
          china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          AS far as I am aware China Central Bank is still controlled by the government, they obey the central commitee dictates and reduce and increase lending to government orders - this is why the government still has control of its economy.  Just because the China bank plays with the others does not make it the same thing, it clearly must be a conduit for global finance, tht does not mean that the global finaciers control it.

    2. AdsenseStrategies profile image76
      AdsenseStrategiesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This international bankers thing is dumbfounding to me. Yes, there is a sort of conspiracy going on behind the scenes, but it is not one made up exclusively of bankers: lots of other types of Big Business are involved. Frankly, the "international bankers" thing just narrows down a much broader group of high-powered interests who indeed are controlling us all (depressing wages, making sure benefits are not accrued to workers wherever possible, shipping jobs offshore, abusing irreplaceable natural resources then moving on to some ther regio) and who have ALREADY made virtual slaves of the two out of three people on earth living on less than the equivalent of ten dollars a day.

      1. Reality Bytes profile image83
        Reality Bytesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        England funded both sides of the Civil War.

        Bankers funded both the French and Russian revolutions.

        Bankers (financers) can make anything happen, give enough money to a Castro and soon he will lead the country.

        Once a Nation accepts the Financers Central Bank scam that country has been co-opted.

        1. profile image0
          china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          You would be wrong about Castro, he has shedloads already - most left wing leaders are there for the good of their people as they see it, and the right wing dictators make so much off their own people that you can't buy them off, Marcos et al.

 
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