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5 Mistakes That Will Lead To The Fall of America


By John Hawkins | Posted: Jun 27, 2015

Thousands of years after the Roman Empire fell, people are still speculating about how such a powerful empire became too feeble to defend itself. Did it become corrupt? Was its taxes too high? Was it widespread lead poisoning? The refusal to break up tribes it assimilated? Was it the loss of traditional values? Did it over-expand?

There are all sorts of theories, but nobody really knows.

However, if American falls, historians won’t have to speculate because the problems that are destroying our country are right there for anyone to see. You want to know how to break the greatest nation the world has ever seen over the course of a few short decades? Just look at what we’re actually doing because future generations will point to it when they’re trying to figure out where we went wrong.

1) Unsustainable Debt

By 2020, projections indicate that we’d need 20% of the GDP of the ENTIRE PLANET just to finance our debt, which will continue to increase at a rapid pace. Despite the fact that it would require a miracle bigger than what Joan of Arc accomplished in order for Social Security and Medicare to function for another 20 years without enormous tax increases, we just added another costly entitlement program (Obamacare) and politicians are incessantly clamoring for new spending. Simply put, that is unsustainable over the long haul and without almost revolutionary changes that are currently politically unimaginable, our country will either go bankrupt or our money will be inflated so much that we’ll need wheelbarrows full of greenbacks to buy a loaf of bread.

2) Enormous Centralized Government

The bigger the tick, the less blood there is for the dog and there is no larger collection of blood suckers on Planet Earth than our own federal government. Our government has become so massive that lawmakers don’t even read the bills they pass any more, trivial changes to regulations made by unelected bureaucrats can drive productive businesses into bankruptcy and perhaps worst of all, 49% of the public gets benefits. That has not only bled the private sector and made our economy less dynamic, it has led to massive corruption. As P.J. O’Rourke said, “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”

3) An Overly-Progressive Income Tax Code

There are a lot of ramifications to almost half of all Americans paying no income taxes and few of them are good. There are few brakes on high income taxes because half the country isn’t impacted at all. Moreover, the progressive nature of the tax code stifles movement between economic classes. It’s a lot harder to go from “rags to riches” when the government starts looting you like a Somali pirate the moment you make any real income. Additionally, if half of Americans aren’t paying “their fair share,” then the other half has to overpay to make up for it. That reduces investment and production from the people in the best position to create jobs, thus slowing economic output even further. What happens when the tax code gets so skewed that the “takers” outnumber the “makers” in the United States? We’re getting very close to that tipping point and it’s doubtful that we’ll like the answer when we find out.

4) Moral Decay

It’s highly ironic that Americans have pushed Christianity to the side and embraced an, “If it feels good, not only is it okay to do it, but other people should celebrate you for it,” mentality at the very moment America is being decimated by a profound moral crisis. It’s no coincidence that America has the largest prison population in the world, drug use is rampant, 41% of births are out-of-wedlock and mass murders have become all too common in a Christian nation that has turned its back on God. As our nation becomes increasingly decadent, we’re learning what John Adams meant when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

5) Backward Immigration Policies

When America is still considered the most desirable place to live on the planet, immigration should be a huge boon to the country. At times in our nation’s past it certainly was, but today this potential source of strength is a wash at best and a drag on the country at worst.

For example, did you know that, “in 2010, 36 percent of immigrant headed households receive benefits from at least one welfare program, compared to just 23 percent of households headed by U.S. natives. Among households with children, immigrant welfare households outnumbered non-immigrants by a similarly wide margin: 57 percent to 40 percent.”

The percentage of immigrants on welfare should be zero. After all, why would we want to bring someone into our country who’s going to end up on the dole?

Instead of selecting the cream of the crop, the rich, the geniuses, the skilled, and people who can add to our tax base, we take pretty much anybody who has a relative here or who claims that he’d be in danger in his home country (and let’s face it, the vast majority of them are lying). Do we get SOME great Americans this way? Sure, but why not spend all our time searching out those people instead of getting a few of them, lots of welfare cases and a handful of Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs in the process?

This is even truer for illegal immigrants who are overwhelmingly poor, uneducated, minimally skilled and by definition, are not law-abiding people. In a world where an education and a high level of skill are becoming ever more necessary to get most jobs worth having, why import massive numbers of people who will never fit that definition to undercut poor American workers who are already struggling to climb the ladder?

On top of all this, instead of encouraging immigrants to adapt to this most successful culture in recorded human history, they’re encouraged to nurse grievances, despise their own adopted home country and cling to the cultures of the failed nations from which they’ve come. Instead of a source of strength, immigration is handled so poorly that we’d be better off stopping it entirely until our laws can be rewritten from top to bottom rather than continuing on with a system that’s completely broken.




Behold the Fall of the American Empire

Published on Nov 2, 2013

The Social Welfare System of the United States will over burden America's ability to borrow / pay for it and collapse of the Financial system will follow. One half of America receives some form of Federal Welfare. Promises made for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare are beyond the government's ability to pay for them. Collapse is inevitable.





01/23/2018


如果美国失去超级大国地位,会沦落成什么样?


By furtherland


美国在一战前就是地区强国,美洲霸主。在一战前美国只专注于经营美洲,积聚实力。在二战后,欧洲列强集体被打残,美国和苏联登上世界权利的顶峰,冷战时期美苏成为超级大国。在上个世纪90年代苏联解体,美国登上世界巅峰,成为唯一超级大国,控制着世界上的主要贸易通道,金融机构,国际规则体系,贸易规则,美国霸权主义出现。自此美国登顶世界之巅满打满算不过七八十年而已。

不过美国作为当今唯一的超级大国,也正是如日中天的时候,很难想象它会因为什么而衰落,至于衰落后到底是什么样子,但如果以史为鉴,我们不难发现:历史上的超级大国在衰落后都混得很惨,而美国也可能就是下一个。

1.像英国一样沦为地区强国

英国曾经称霸世界长达二三百年,鼎盛时期大约有4到5亿人口,占当时世界人口的四分之一;领土约3367万平方千米,是世界陆地总面积的四分之一;这个“日不落帝国”还主宰了当时世界的科技、文化和经济贸易。但是到了今天,英国不但丢掉了这些海外殖民地,自身实力也大为削弱,只能算是一个地区强国了。前不久,英国政府已正式承认该国掉出全球五大经济体行列(2016年GDP为1.87万亿英镑);更讽刺的是曾经的殖民地——印度,其经济规模预计将在2019年超过英国。美国如果步了英国的后尘,那它将把势力范围收缩回美洲,并撤回海外的全部驻军,因为美国左邻右舍没有强国,只有美国欺负他们的份,美洲其他国家大多数和美国实力差了好多数量级,加上美国左右都有两大洋护体,地理位置特殊,美国因为军事战争而导致失去超级大国地位可能性很小,更何况美国也是有核大棒的,威慑力还是有的,美国失去超级大国地位很可能是自己退出来的。但即使美国势力龟缩在老家美洲,依然是美洲地区最强的国家。最近特朗普经常抱怨自己海外的这些军事基地白花了几万亿美元。那也意味着,当美国失去超级大的地位时,亚洲很可能将被中国接管,而欧洲将变得更加独立,非洲则会进一步纳入中国的势力范围。

2.像俄罗斯一样靠卖资源度日

如果美国的情况更糟一些,比如美国经济彻底崩溃、美元大幅贬值、失业人数飙升、通胀飞涨......那美国很可能向当初的俄罗斯一样,从超级大国沦为成为一个“资源出口型”国家。在苏联经济崩溃最严重的时候,一根香肠的价格由于通货膨胀已经涨到了100卢布,但一个退休工人每月的养老金才200多卢布。如今,俄罗斯的石油和天然气出口占其外汇收入的一半,也是俄联邦财政预算的主要来源,彻底沦为一个靠买资源度日的国家。

相比之下,美国的自然资源也非常丰富:煤炭储量达35996亿吨、石油储量约240亿吨、天然气储量约56334亿立方米,铜、铅、锌、钼、镁、钨、硫磺、钾盐、磷酸盐等的储量也居世界前列。可以说,如果美国真的衰落,美国人靠资源出口也能维持不错的生活水平。

3.彻底陷入分裂、一蹶不振

早在去年11月特朗普赢得美国大选时,美国经济实力最强、人口最多的加利福尼亚州就一度传出了要闹独立的消息;而最近的一项民意调查显示,如今在美国加州有32%的人支持加州独立。如果独立成功,那这个拥有硅谷和好莱坞的美国加州,可能直接成为世界上第六大经济体!美国一旦失去超级大国地位,意味着世界人民将不要再给美国人输血,美国通过霸权建立起来的红利体系解体,习惯于大手大脚美国民众将过上自力更生的苦日子,而且大多数人都是负债累累,社会矛盾会极大激化,冲突将不可避免,一旦冲突扩大,国家面临分裂的风险就非常大,特别是经济发达地区会率先提出独立,因为他们知道世界各国不再给美国人输血了,美国政府就会抽发达地区的血输入到落后贫穷的地区,干脆分家算了,省的被拖累。

事实上,无论是曾经的大英帝国还是前苏联,甚至包括此前的蒙古帝国和罗马帝国,衰落后都不可避免地陷入四分五裂的境地。美国作为一个移民国家,贫富分化和社会矛盾现在就已经很严重了,未来很可能步它们的后尘。毕竟在100多年的南北战争中,美国就差点分裂成两个国家! 






The 7 Signs Of An Empire In Decline

Published on Sep 26, 2015


The common signs of all empires collapse from the Moores to the Romans to now the United States?





January 22, 2018

The 3 Richest Americans Have as Much Money as the Bottom 50%

By TARA JOHN

The richest 1% of the global population received 82% of wealth created in 2017, while nothing went to the poorest half (3.7 billion) of humanity, according to a new study by the global charity Oxfam.

The report was published on Monday to coincide with the Jan. 23 start of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the snow-covered town of Davos, Switzerland. “(The report) reveals how our economies are rewarding wealth rather than the hard work of millions of people,” Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam’s executive director, told Reuters. “The few at the top get richer and richer and the millions at the bottom are trapped in poverty wages.”

The report also found that the three richest people in the U.S. own the same amount as the bottom half of America’s population. And while billionaire wealth rose by 13% a year from 2006-2015, ordinary workers saw their incomes rise by an average of 2% a year.

The number of people living in extreme poverty has halved between 1990 and 2010, but according to the charity, “had inequality within countries not grown during that period, an extra 200 million people would have escaped poverty.”

Oxfam says its figures, which have been criticized by some commentators for being ideologically motivated, show that economic rewards were “increasingly” concentrated at the top of society. It blamed the erosion of worker’s rights, tax evasion and cost-cutting for the widening inequality gap.






01/23/2018

美国最有钱的这3人财富 等于穷人财富总和




微软总裁比尔盖兹。(Getty Images)



“股神”巴菲特。(美联社)



亚马逊执行长贝佐斯。(美联社)


全球贫富差距状况有多严重呢?慈善组织乐施会(Oxfam)22日指出,全球去年增加的财富中,有82%落入最富有百分之一的人口袋;而全球最穷困的一半人口、约37亿人,其财富则毫无增加。

乐施会22日发表最新年度报告指出,2010年至今,亿万富翁财富成长的速度是一般劳工的六倍,2016年3月到2017年3月期间,平均每两天就有一名亿万富翁诞生;而美国前三大富翁─微软总裁比尔盖兹、“股神”巴菲特、亚马逊执行长贝佐斯拥有的财富,等于全美最贫穷的一半人口财富总和。

这一研究根据瑞士信贷集团、世界银行、“富比世”杂志的亿万富翁排行榜及国际货币基金(IMF)等机构的数据完成。

乐施会执行董事白安易玛(Winnie Byanyima)发表声明指出,“这波亿万富翁热潮不是经济畅旺的迹象,而是经济体系失效的征兆。”报告指出,在全球经济中,少数的富豪拥有比以往更多的财富,但仍有数亿人因为领取微薄薪资而难以生存;包括避税天堂、企业影响政治、劳工权益受损等,都是造成贫富差距的主要原因。

白安易玛也点名批评预计出席今年世界经济论坛(WEF)的川普总统,她认为川普组了一个“亿万富翁内阁”,还推动一个图利超级富豪、而非一般美国老百姓的减税方案。

乐施会也强调女性劳工面临处境,她们“长期来赚得比男性少”,且通常薪资最低,工作最不稳定。据推估,女性要赚取和男性一样多的钱,大概得耗时217年。

报告指出,目前世界上有2043名亿万富翁,每十个亿万富翁有九个是男性。而根据“富比世”杂志2017年公布的富豪榜,全球最有钱的五个人都是男性,包括微软总裁比尔盖兹、“股神”巴菲特、亚马逊执行长贝佐斯、ZARA母公司INDITEX创办人奥蒂嘉以及脸书创办人查克柏格。

此外,乐施会报告也发现,全球前五大时尚品牌执行长短短四天累积的财富,相当于孟加拉成衣厂劳工一生所赚的酬劳。


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