Recapping the 2012 U.S. Presidential election where President Obama defeats Mitt Romney – ABC News
Everything is great when someone else is paying for it: No one can argue that Michelle Obama is right, America has made some incredible strides and has created some unparalleled opportunities for some – but not for the vast majority. Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. –Daily Caller
America is great for those with money, opportunities, and great jobs. However, here are the cold hard facts for the vast majority of Americans who can’t afford $900 hairdos and can’t afford to wear Christian Siriano dresses to political party conventions like her. According to a 2013 survey, “Roughly three-quarters of Americans (about 76%) are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, according to a survey released by Bankrate.com. Meanwhile, 50% of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27% had no savings at all.” –Money
Millions of Americans are trapped in low-wage job hell: “At the end of the 2013 fiscal year, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) employed nearly 2.2 million employees around the globe. Of these, more than 1.3 million worked in the United States, meaning the retail giant’s U.S. workforce is larger than the global workforce of any other American business. Walmart de México y Centroamérica, which is the largest private employer in Mexico, had nearly a quarter of a million employees in Central America as of April. Recently, the Washington, D.C., city council passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay their workers at least $12.50 an hour (well above the city’s minimum wage). This has reignited the debate over whether Walmart provides an adequate wage for its workers.” –24/7 Wall Street
83% of Americans say they can’t afford college according to a 2015 Edward Jones poll. The survey results, released early Wednesday, show that only 17% of Americans overall believe they can cover the expense of college for themselves or a family member. Male respondents are nearly twice as likely to indicate “yes” than their female counterparts, 21% vs. 11%. Among those with higher incomes, $100,000 a year or more per household, only 37% say they can afford the cost. –Think Advisor
Taking America back from the Globalists: (Breitbart) Coulter lambasted Paul Ryan on trade, immigration, and national security. While the Janesville Wisconsin residents booed Ryan’s support for President Barack Obama’s globalist trade deal, Coulter said:
The quality of life for most Americans continues to degenerate, the cost of living continues to rise, and good jobs are becoming harder and harder to find and to hold on to. Corporate America continues to automate factories or close them down altogether and move their business overseas where labor costs is cheap to virtually non-existent. More and more international trade deals are being signed by these politicians that favor corporate America and cost American jobs – and the U.S. trade deficit continues to rise from this import over export disparity. Needlessly to say, corporations rejoice from the fact that they can now dump cheap products basically paid for with slave labor on U.S. markets and reap huge profits. And the politicians keep lying to you and telling you exactly what you want to hear to get your vote.
All of these things are bad, but what’s even worse is Americans continue to believe the lies and keep electing them to office. We embolden them to engage in even more bad behavior by our seeming indifference and they know that. In many parts of the world, politicians are impeached are voted out of office if they do half of the things American politicians publicly do and get away with. The American indifference is almost as astonishing as politicians’ lies and incorrigible behavior. Admittedly, the choices for presidential candidates this year aren’t particularly stellar, even among independent hopefuls. That may account for some of the indifference. However, American society appears to be more generally concerned about updating their Facebook page, keeping up with the Kardashians, watching sporting events, or chasing imaginary Pokémon figures around than they are about steering the plight of their country into the future.
Anything goes and it generally goes on anywhere. America isn’t great because it’s not a great country anymore. On the contrary, it’s becoming lousier since life in this country appears to be going to hell in a designer hand-basket and no one seems to care. –Alvin Conway