As the middle class disintegrates and poverty grows, more Americans than ever are becoming dependent on the government just to survive. Today, we live in a country where most workers don't earn enough to support a middle class family and we're seeing the homelessness crisis spiral out of control in major cities on both coasts. During this election cycle, many conservatives have been freaking out that an increasing number of Democrats are openly embracing socialism, but the truth's that we're already most of the way to becoming a socialist country. In fact, as you'll see below, over half of all Americans currently get more money from the government than they pay in taxes. We've become absolutely addicted to government money and this is one of the major trends that's eating away at our nation like cancer.
The government isn't supposed to take care of us from the cradle to the grave. Rather, our founders understood that the proper role of government's to create and protect an environment of liberty and freedom where we'd be empowered to take care of ourselves.
Today, most Americans can't independently take care of themselves and that makes them dependents. And when you're a dependent, you aren’t really free.
One of the reasons why I write so much about the decline of the middle class is because it's an existential threat to our way of life. If you look around the world or if you go back through history, you'll see that tyrannical regimes tend to thrive when populations are poor and can't stand up for themselves. If we want our Republic to survive, we need a strong, independent population that's not economically dependent on the government. That's what we had throughout most of our history and that's now what we're rapidly losing.
Just because you're working doesn't mean that you're independent. At this point, most jobs don't pay enough to support a middle class family and the ranks of the "working poor" continue to explode. In reality, Americans are working harder than ever in 2018 and yet things continue to deteriorate.
The following are a few numbers that prove that we're rapidly becoming a nation of government dependents…
–Over half the country now get more in government transfer payments than they pay in taxes.
-According to one recent survey, the cost of living's higher than the median income in 42 US states.
-Today, 50% of all American workers make less than $30,533 a year.
–62% of Americans say that their financial situations haven't improved since the last presidential election.
And here's 6 more from my friend Alan Yerushalmi…
- According to a FED report, about 40% of adults in the US said that if faced with a $400 unexpected expense, they'd either not be able to pay it or would do so by selling something or borrowing money
- Almost 1 in 3 US households have challenges paying energy bills
- About 40% of the American middle class face poverty in retirement
- 1 in 3 Americans have hardly any retirement savings
- Those over 65 have been filing for bankruptcy in droves
- Health spending per capita in the US increased nearly 29 fold in the past 40 years, outpacing the growth of the economy
History has shown that once national governments begin to expand in size, they usually keep expanding until they ultimately collapse.
Sadly, a large portion of the population has become convinced that the government should be in the business of handing out as much "free stuff" as possible. Housing, healthcare and college education are now being called "human rights" and 10s of millions of our fellow citizens feel that they're entitled to be given these things by the government. Needless to say, this has chilling implications for the future of our country and I really like how Ryan McMaken made this point in his most recent article…
The political implications of this are considerable. As Ludwig von Mises once noted, once we get to the point that a majority of the voting population receives more in benefits than it pays in taxes, then voters will demand more and more wealth be transferred to them through government programs. It'll then become politically necessary to extract larger and larger amounts of wealth from a minority in order to subsidize the majority.
Market economics will become less and less popular because the voters will have realized they can — in the words of James Bovard — "vote for a living" instead of work for a living.
Every additional dollar that the federal government spends is an additional dollar that's being stolen from our kids and our grandkids and we're already over 21 trillion dollars in debt.
We've been on the greatest debt binge in human history and that debt binge delayed our day of reckoning, but it didn't cancel it.
In fact, one of my contacts just emailed me with some deeply troubling information. He has a customer that's a Bank of America board member and that board member told him that they expect things to really start falling apart by late March "at the latest". This is word for word what my contact told me…
"I had a customer this past Saturday who was a very high ranking Bank of America board member and she said in the meetings, they expect late March, at the latest, that things will really start to disintegrate fairly quickly or very quickly. That was AT THE LATEST she said."
When I say that "dark days are ahead", I'm not using hyperbole. We really have reached a turning point and things will never be the same again.
The relentless march of time's inexorable and eventually the clock runs out for everyone. America's been living on borrowed time for quite a while and a perfect storm's looming on the horizon.