Forty Facts

If you’re someone who thinks that things were better in America before, you would be right.

The following are 40 facts that show that America is in decline….

#1 Back in 1985, 11 million vehicles were sold in America.  In 2009, only 5.4 million vehicles were sold in America.

#2 In 1990, the median age of a vehicle in the United States was just 6.5 years.  Today, the median age of a vehicle in the United States is approximately 10 years.

#3 The average price of a gallon of gasoline in 2011 has been $3.50.  That is a new all-time record.  The previous record was $3.24 in 2008.

#4 The average American household will have spent an astounding $4,155 on gasoline by the time the year is over.

#5 The number of children in the United States without a permanent home has increased by 38 percent since 2007.

#6 A decade ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult.  By 2010, the United States had fallen to seventh.

#7 The U.S. tax code is now more than 50,000 pages longer than it used to be.

#8 American 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all advanced nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#9 The United States once had the highest proportion of young adults with post-secondary degrees in the world.  Today, the U.S. has fallen to 12th.

#10 After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#11 The student loan default rate has nearly doubled since 2005.

#12 Our economy is not producing nearly enough jobs for our college graduates.  The percentage of mail carriers with a college degree is now 4 times higher than it was back in 1970.

#13 Our infrastructure was once the envy of the world.  Today, U.S. infrastructure is ranked 23rd.

#14 Since December 2007, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation.

#15 Since the year 2000, incomes for U.S. households led by someone between the ages of 25 and 34 have fallen by about 12 percent after you adjust for inflation.

#16 According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.  During 2010 it got even worse.  Last year, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.

#17 In all, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

#18 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#19 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry was actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#20 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent.

#21 The television manufacturing industry began in the United States.  So how many televisions are manufactured in the United States today?  According to Princeton University economist Alan S. Blinder, the grand total is zero.

#22 The U.S. trade deficit with China in 2010 was 27 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#23 The Economic Policy Institute says that since 2001 America has lost approximately 2.8 million jobs due to our trade deficit with China alone.

#24 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#25 Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

#26 The size of the economy in India is projected to surpass the size of the U.S. economy by the year 2050.

#27 One prominent economist believes that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#28 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#29 Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty.  Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#30 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans dropped into poverty.  That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#31 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.7% of all Americans are living in “extreme poverty”, and that is the highest level that has ever been recorded before.

#32 The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010.  In the UK and in France the child poverty rate is well under 10 percent.

#33 As I wrote about the other day, since 2007 the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.

#34 A staggering 48.5% of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits.  Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.

#35 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#36 Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by a staggering 178 percent.

#37 Today, the “too big to fail” banks are larger than ever.  The total assets of the six largest U.S. banks increased by 39 percent between September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2011.

#38 Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the U.S. dollar has lostover 95 percent of its purchasing power.

#39 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

#40 The U.S. national debt is now nearly 15 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

It doesn’t have to be this way!  Not a left right issue, as both have failed to protect our people, and it is the people who can turn this around by demanding that our leaders do exactly that!  Will we stand as worthy stewards over our inheritance, or will we give our children and our grandchildren the pain of poverty and defeat?

12 thoughts on “Forty Facts

  1. I grew up in the 50’s, I am sure you have seen all those emails going around about the difference between then and now, Well they are true and I sure miss them. In those days we had family value, Not a lot of money, but we didn’t need a lot. We knew how to entertain ourselves without TV, cell phones and all the fancy electronic stuff kids have today, We had imagination

    Sure, we had corrupt politicians then, but we also could give them a quick kick in the but and straighten them out. I grew up in the small town of Bishop, CA. My favorite thing to do was fish and hunt, We didn’t have all the laws that limited everything, No Green person telling us we can’t fish because of a protected snail in the water or can’t hunt because we might disturb a protected beetle .
    If we had a problem with another person, we didn’t sue, We would just meet face to face and work it out however we could. If our kids got into trouble, We didn’t call the police, we called the Parents, and believe me, Sometimes I would rather had the police.
    Respect has all but gone away, I remember one time I had a chance to get in real trouble, but I Respected and loved my parents and no way would I have them be ashamed of me. So I backed out.

    • I hear you! I was born in ’66 and grew up in a small town called Pedley. Very rural back then, and sure different. I miss it. I can see no reason why we can’t be a better nation today than what we were then. There is no reason why America’s best days should be behind her unless we allow that to happen. We are a nation vast in resources and talent, but on so many levels we have been sold out. That’s a whole blog right there. Change is only good if it is in the right direction. I don’t see that we have changed for the better.

      • Sold out is an understatement, I remember when the sole of America was the small farmer, you could buy directly from them and get fresh. Then the government stepped in and thought the farms should be a Conglomerate, so they pushed out the small guy to have the gov run them.

      • The more the government steps in to fix things the more they mess it up. We would be better off if we were still more like that imho. The family farm builds community and self sufficiency, but when the government wants to run the show those things won’t do.

  2. I was born in 65 in a small town in central Cali. My pop owned his own business till he died in 97. I remember him telling me to go to college, and that being a small business owner was becoming tougher every year due to regulations at every level of government. He paid for my college fees, in cash, because on paper he had too many assets. Now, illegal aliens have access to financial aid for college.
    If my pop was around today he would have plenty to say about the situation we find ourselves in. Thing is, he would have found away to keep the business successful.
    As for vehicles? I still drive the Ford F-100 my pop bought new in 1974 Ranger for $3,200.450,00 plus miles. Third engine; 460ci and 10 miles to the gallon. Yup, we need to get the gubmint out of the way, and let small, American owned companies create an industry that produces $1.50 a gallon fuel. No matter what the hte filled liberals say, it can be done!

  3. Reblogged this on theconservativehillbilly and commented:
    I was born in 65 in a small town in central Cali. My pop owned his own business till he died in 97. I remember him telling me to go to college, and that being a small business owner was becoming tougher every year due to regulations at every level of government. He paid for my college fees, in cash, because on paper he had too many assets. Now, illegal aliens have access to financial aid for college.
    If my pop was around today he would have plenty to say about the situation we find ourselves in. Thing is, he would have found away to keep the business successful.
    As for vehicles? I still drive the Ford F-100 my pop bought new in 1974 Ranger for $3,200.450,00 plus miles. Third engine; 460ci and 10 miles to the gallon. Yup, we need to get the gubmint out of the way, and let small, American owned companies create an industry that produces $1.50 a gallon fuel. No matter what the hte filled liberals say, it can be done!

  4. Much as I have gotten a divorce from the insanity of politics to maintain my own sanity, I see only 2 things at the political forefront, both responsible in equal proportion. Democrats & Republicans. One no better than, the other.

  5. Helluva post, facts speak inarguably.
    Sad because it’s just a replay of histoiry; we never learn. And we won’t, until our DNA changes, I suspect…
    An opinion re trade deficits: They bother political mercantilists but all they mean to me is, I bought something cheaper than I could have otherwise or something I couldn’t have bought at all. Aw, shucks!

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