16 Things About 2013 That Are Really Going To Stink

Tyler Durden's picture

Originally posted at The Coming Depression blog,

The beginning of the year has traditionally been a time of optimism when we all look forward to the exciting things that are going to happen over the next 12 months. Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of things about 2013 that we already know are going to stink. Taxes are going to go up, good paying jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be destroyed, the number of Americans living in poverty will continue to soar, our infrastructure will continue to decay, global food supplies will likely continue to dwindle and the U.S. national debt will continue to explode.

Our politicians continue to pursue the same policies that got us into this mess, and yet they continue to expect things to magically turn around. But that is not the way that things work in the real world. Bad decisions lead to bad outcomes. Instead of realizing that what we are doing is not working, our “leaders” continue to give us more of the same. As a result, there are going to be a lot of things about 2013 that will not be great. Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything will be “okay” somehow is not going to help anyone. We’ve got to make people understand exactly what is happening and why it is happening if we ever hope to see real changes.

The following are 16 things about 2013 that are really going to stink...

#1 Taxes Are Going To Go Up

Even if a fiscal cliff deal is reached, some taxes will still go up next year. And if no deal is reached, there will be a whole bunch of different tax increases in 2013.

According to CBS News, these tax increases would be very painful for the middle class…

If lawmakers fail to work out any sort of deal, there will be severe long-term consequences for the economy: According to the Tax Policy Center, going off the “cliff” would affect 88 percent of U.S. taxpayers, with their taxes rising by an average of $3,500 a year; taxes would jump $2,400 on average for families with incomes of $50,000 to $75,000. Because consumers would get less of their paychecks to spend, businesses and jobs would suffer.

#2 The Middle Class Is About To Be Scorched By The Alternative Minimum Tax

Of more immediate concern for the middle class is the Alternative Minimum Tax. Many Americans have never heard of the AMT, but it is truly one of the worst things about our tax code.
If Congress does not act, and right now it does not look promising, millions of middle class households will see a massive increase in their tax bills for 2012.

According to one analysis, households that are forced to pay the AMT will end up paying an extra $3,700 in taxes…

Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, more than 26 million households will for the first time face the AMT, which threatens to tack $3,700, on average, onto taxpayers’ bills for the current tax year. Because those people have never paid the AMT, they have no idea they are in its crosshairs — put there by a broader stalemate over tax policy that has kept Congress from limiting the AMT’s reach.
Do you have an extra $3,700 sitting around to send to Uncle Sam?
If not, you had better contact your representatives in Congress and scream like crazy about passing a fix for the AMT. They have always gotten it done before, but this year there is so much animosity between the Republicans and the Democrats that nothing may end up getting done.

#3 The Economy Will Continue To Get Worse

Despite all of the talk in the mainstream media and from our politicians that our economy is getting better, the truth is that the U.S. economy continued to decline in 2012. If you doubt this, just read the 75 statisticsin this article.

And there are a whole host of signs that the economy is starting to slow down even more as we enter 2013. For example, consumer confidence in the United States has experienced its largest two-month drop in over a year, and retail sales during the holiday season turned out to bequite disappointing.

#4 Good Paying Jobs Will Continue To Be Shipped Out Of The United States

Thanks to decades of “free trade agreements”, workers in the United States must directly compete for jobs with hundreds of millions of workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.

We continue to see millions of jobs being shipped out of the country and our politicians stand by and do nothing.
Most Americans have no idea how this emerging one world economic system works. The beautiful product that you buy at the big retail store may have been made by someone working in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.

A 42-year-old woman named Julie Keith recently found this letterinside a box of Halloween decorations that had been made in China…

“If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.

People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).

People who work here, suffer punishment 1-3 years averagely, but without Court Sentence (unlaw punishment). Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners, who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often suffer more punishment than others.”

But both political parties continue to tell us how wonderful it is that we are trading with communist China. They see no problem with the fact that good paying jobs that used to be performed in America are now being performed by slave laborers on the other side of the planet. And most Americans continue to support this system by filling their shopping carts with lots of stuff that has “made in China” stamped on it.

#5 Small Businesses Will Continue To Be Destroyed

At the same time, small businesses all over America are being strangled to death by taxes and regulations. Just consider the following numbers from a previous article…

We are told that the economy is supposed to be “recovering”, but the number of “startup jobs” at new businesses has fallen for five years in a row. According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data performed by economist Tim Kane, there were almost 12 startup jobs per 1000 Americans back in the year 2006. By 2011, that figure had fallen to less than 8 startup jobs per 1000 Americans.
How is our economy ever going to thrive if we keep killing off our small businesses?

#6 Hunger And Poverty Will Continue To Explode To Unprecedented Levels

As the U.S. economy bleeds jobs and loses small businesses, the number of Americans living in poverty continues to explode.
Here are some numbers to show to people who still don’t understand how desperate the situation is…
-Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

-According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be “poor” or “low income”.

-For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. That number has risen by 57 percentsince the 2006-2007 school year.

#7 The Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Will Continue To Increase

If the economy is recovering, then why does the number of Americans on food stamps continue to soar?

As I wrote about yesterday, about 17 million Americans were on food stamps back in the year 2000.

Today, more than 47 million Americans are on food stamps.
Does anyone want to explain to me how that is a sign that things are getting better?

Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

How much worse do things have to get before people realize that what we are doing is not working?

#8 Millions Of Americans Are About To Lose Their Unemployment Benefits

During this economic crisis, an unprecedented number of American families have been relying on unemployment benefits in order to stay afloat.

Well, if no agreement is reached in Washington D.C., millions of Americans will shortly lose those benefits…
Three million Americans may become unwitting casualties of the political war in Washington over the fiscal cliff.
Since 2008, the federal government has funded extensions of the unemployment insurance offered by states, more than tripling the amount of aid available to the unemployed in some areas. But the program is expensive, with the Congressional Budget Office estimating it would cost $30 billion to extend it through 2013. President Barack Obama wants to extend the benefits for another year, but Congress has already pared back the program, and Republicans insist it represents the kind of largesse Washington can no longer afford.

#9 Our Infrastructure Will Continue To Rot And Decay

The United States once had the most beautiful infrastructure in the entire world. Our highways, bridges, airports, railroads, sewer systems and electrical grids were the envy of the entire planet.
Well, now we don’t even have enough money to repair what we already have, so our infrastructure will continue to rot and decay in 2013…
Highways and bridges will need $2.5 trillion in upgrades if they are to survive for another 50 years — a must-do to keep commerce thriving. And that figure doesn’t even take into account the airports, railroads, subways, sewage-treatment plants, waterworks, levees, electric grids, pipelines, and all of those other expensive systems that people ignore until they break down.

#10 Many Of Our Major Cities Will Continue To Be Transformed Into Festering Hellholes

A lot of our major cities are also rapidly degenerating. Detroit is one of my favorite examples, but the same kinds of things could be said about dozens of other major cities all over the country. The following is a brief excerpt from one of my recent articles…
If you can believe it, more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults living in the city are functionally illiterate. The high school graduation rate in Detroit is down to about 25 percent, and the city has become a breeding ground for gangs and violence. The number of murders in Detroit is already higher than last year, and recently groups of young men toting AK-47s have been running around robbing gas stations. How much worse can things possibly get for Detroit?

#11 State And Local Governments Will Find Ways To Squeeze Even More Money Out Of Us

In case you haven’t noticed, state and local governments all over the country are bleeding cash and are desperate for money. In 2013 you can expect them to continue to find more ways to squeeze even more money out of all of us. Here is one example…
Over the course of 2013, the District government will add 134 traffic cameras to its network, more than doubling the size of a system that generated $85 million in revenues for the city in its last fiscal year.

Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner that the city will intensify its camera-based efforts to cite motorists for speeding and stoplight violations while also adding cameras to detect other moving violations.

#12 Drug Cartels Will Continue To Easily Cross Our Borders And Terrorize Our Citizens

The federal government continues to refuse to protect our borders, and that means that drug runners and gang members will continue to pour into the United States.

Down in the Southwest, many ranchers are being absolutely terrorized by these criminals. The following is from a recent NBC News article…
Just before nightfall, 73-year-old rancher Jim Chilton hikes quickly up and down the hills on his rugged cattle-grazing land south of Tucson, escorting two U.S. Border Patrol agents.

He wants to show them the disturbing discovery he made earlier in the day: a drug-smugglers’ camp on his private property. Stacked together under a stand of trees are blankets, jackets, food, water, binoculars and bales of marijuana from Mexico wrapped in burlap. The smugglers, themselves, are nowhere in sight and are believed to have fled the area, which is about 10 miles north of the Mexican border.
Chilton has had his house burglarized a couple of times and his family regularly encounters groups of armed drug smugglers coming across from Mexico…

Their cattle fences are frequently cut and paths heading north from Mexico cross their property. Beckham says a smuggler even fired shots at him while he walked his land with a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Several illegal border crossers have also approached his house at night–one even reaching his hand into their bathroom window.
“Several years ago, one of my children was taking a shower and had a gentleman reach into the shower while he was in there, and he came out screaming, absolutely refusing to take a shower for the next couple months.”

But even if you don’t live along the border, all of this still affects you. According to government figures, Mexican drug cartels are actively operating in more than 1,200 U.S. cities right now. They are probably hard at work in the community where you live.
So what is the Obama administration doing to fix the problem?
Not much.

In fact, the Obama administration is actually encouraging people to come to the U.S. and become dependent on the system. If you can believe it, there is actually a website run by the Department of Homeland Security that teaches immigrants how to apply for welfare benefits once they get into the United States.

#13 Social Decay Will Continue To Accelerate

All over America we are seeing signs of social breakdown. Here is yetanother example…
A woman sleeping on a street bench outside a drug store was doused with an accelerant and set on fire early Thursday morning in Van Nuys.

Witnesses told police that a man poured liquid — possibly a beverage containing alcohol — on the sleeping woman at about 1 a.m. outside a Walgreens store near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. He lit a match and ran from the location, witnesses told police.
Who would just run up and set a woman on fire?

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. For many more examples like this, please see this article: “20 Shocking Examples Of How Sadistic And Cruel People Have Become“.

We need to admit that we have a major problem on our hands. Violent crime in the United States increased by 18 percent in 2011, and another huge increase is expected when the numbers for 2012 come out.
America is changing, and not for the better.

#14 Global Food Supplies Will Continue To Dwindle

Did you know that for six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced?
As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years.

So what is going to happen if the world continues to eat more food than it makes?

Let us hope that there is not another major drought in 2013. If there is, we could be looking at a very serious food crunch.

#15 Wall Street Will Continue To Resemble A Giant Casino

Our financial system seems to have not learned any lessons from the financial crash of 2008.

Instead of admitting their mistakes, they just continue to engage in even more reckless behavior.

Today, there are four major U.S. banks that each have more than 40 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.
At some point that house of cards is going to collapse and we will be facing a derivatives crisis of unprecedented magnitude.
Will it be in 2013?

#16 The U.S. National Debt Will Cross The 17 Trillion Dollar Mark

In 2013, our national debt will blow past the 17 trillion dollar mark and start heading toward 18 trillion dollars.

How stupid can we possibly be?

During the first four years of the Obama administration, the U.S. national debt has grown by about as much as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office.

It really takes something to match more than 200 years of debt accumulation in less than four years.

But our politicians don’t seem to care about all of this debt. They will continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day. That is beyond criminal, and yet the American people don’t seem to care.

What in the world has happened to this country?


Of course not everything about 2013 will be bad. Personally, I am looking forward to an exciting year. I have a new book that will be coming out, and my family is blessed and healthy. I would like to wish all of you a very blessed 2013. Things may be falling apart all around us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a great year even in the midst of all the chaos.

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otto skorzeny's picture

#17. feinstein will get her massive gun control bill passed

slaughterer's picture

2013 => Empire of USA reaches utter end-point, US preppers only people to survive, ES 600, unemployment 14%, civil war, impeachment, gold confiscated, AAPL $200, 80% of Hedge Funds go belly up.  Happy NEw YEar.  

Jena's picture

Real unemployment is surely past 14% now. In your scenario it will be far higher.

Urban Roman's picture

I'mma get me a good job making halloween decorations!

(when those trade barriers go into effect)

ConfederateH's picture

17.  Fatca implementation in 2013 finally leads to the last foreign banks on the planet denying service to US persons

18.  Capital Controls are implemented to prevent any of the remaining US wealth from leaking overseas

19.  Fatca will be used as the template for making all Americans report all their personal wealth including property, financial assets and gold holdings.  Shortly afterwards, probably in 2014 the implementation of the wealth tax will occur.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

20. Vodka is made for new taxes.

21. Boris is full switch to Ethylene Glycol.

22. Ethylene Glycol is made for new taxes.

23. Boris finally is to make sober.

flattrader's picture

Job making Halloween decorations?

Read this--


Love the last line in the article--

>>>"But if I saw 'made in China,' this year I asked myself, 'do I really need this?'"<<<

Fuck no.  None of us need that shit.

Westcoastliberal's picture

You've got that right Jena, more like 22% now; in this scenario, more like 40%. That's when the wheels really fall off the wagon.

Coast Watcher's picture

The tires are already shredded and running on the rims. There's only one lug nut left holding the wheel to the axle. And it's more than just one wagon.

Element's picture

Check it out Jena, if this is even close to correct, and I can't really see why it's not, then it explains the scale of food stamps and urban decay:


Unemployed with discouraged and >99-weekers included:



~23% ... i.e. fast catching up to Spain etal.


Tylers, how about a more detailed post on the topic and the real levels? The door needs to be kicked-down on all those Washington lies and warped 'stats'.

Jena's picture

Thanks wcl & Element. My computer is w/a pro trying to resuscitate it or I would have looked it up.  Don't have patience for doing much w/a ceIl phone but I can't give up reading ZH.

Element's picture

Good luck with the PC Jena, they're a lot tougher than people realize. Don't know how many times I've resurrected PCs that I thought were surely fried, then got another year or two out of them. And yeah, zh is the only reason I have a 'smart' phone.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



Tylers, how about a more detailed post on the topic and the real levels? The door needs to be kicked-down on all those Washington lies and warped 'stats'.

Tylers appear restricted to reporting "official" govt numbers and making sarcastic jabs at 'em, like they're on some sort of leash.

No, it's not fight club anymore when Tylers arent allowed to say what real unemployment is, arent allowed to say real GDP is negative, aren't allowed to speak the truth.

Quoting the "official" govt line and bashing it is NOT speaking the truth.

The only truth we're seeing here comes from other contributors who aren't on some sort of journalistic leash like Tylers appear to be.

flattrader's picture

It came from another blog.  The Coming Depression Blog. See link to original source above.

It's not clear who wrote it...

...but yeah, they could do their homework better.

willwork4food's picture

They could also take a few more happy pills.

I tend to resist the utter Doom & Gloom blog scenarios for the simple reason that the one thing we have going for us is us-the human spirit and the natural need to survive.

It will be rough, but there will be a new world.

rayduh4life's picture

Check out U6, the real rate of unemployment.

BraveSirRobin's picture


When is the last time a dictator was impeached?

Dr. Sandi's picture

Last time I looked, impeachment was part of the rules.

THERE ARE NO RULES ANYMORE. Except for us peasants, of course.

j0nx's picture

Puhleeze. 53% of your fellow Americans think this guy is doing a great job and it's the fault of the other 47% as to why nothing gets done. Impeachment is NOT going to happen here. EVER. The big problem is with a citizenry who is this fucking stupid that they allow sociopaths like this to ever get in power in the first place. Blame the mirror.

Christophe2's picture

They lie about everything else, yet you believe them when they come out with richly paid survey results giving 'positive' results for their pet politicians?


At the very least, there is a thing called "leading a question".  In the survey, they will first have a bunch of questions like "what do you think of <obscure bill promoted by Obama that sounds good>", followed later by a question asking if Obama is doing a good job...

roadhazard's picture

I'd rather impeach Congress. Doing it to Obama just makes wingers feel better and lets Congress off the hook.

jballz's picture


I have two lists each containing the names and locations of several dozen preppers in my area (they had meetings, and an email list, dumbasses).

One list is for bargaining in case I need such. These are douche bag types who bragged about how smart they were to be preparing. 

The other list is for me to hunt if and when I need to.

Some preppers will survive, but only the hunters will thrive.


(nah I'm just fuckin with you, preppers are so cute. Silly prepper they are going to come for you first! You will be gone before the first Fema camp opens. You must know that, don't you?)



roadhazard's picture

It's obvious I have a better chance than you. Plus I'm old enough I can go out in a blaze of glory and still have had a good life. Never fuck with an old man, they have nothing to lose.

Christophe2's picture

Oh, you mean like they have no idea who you are, even though you post on ZH, even though you purchased all sorts of survival gear and weapons, even though you live in the most 'secured' nation on earth?  Hahahaha, you are funny.


In any case, I like the other responder's attitude: we've got very little to lose (the system sure ain't got nothin' to offer us), so let's keep having fun and not be afraid of the end :)

ball-and-chain's picture


2013 will be just like 2012.

Slow growth in America.  Contraction in Europe. Money printing.  The occasional spree-killing.

Your guns are safe.




Snakeeyes's picture

Slow growth, declining income, staggering taxes, centrally planned economy by Soviet worshippers. What could go wrong?


Pareto's picture

Except interest rates will spike, as the market's last true ditch effort to restore value to fiat and limit government spending - will fail - and then a rush to PM's and lead follows.

j0nx's picture

The rush to lead already happened. Anyone that missed it is already shit outa luck.

cranky-old-geezer's picture



Your guns are safe.

17.  In 2013 you'll turn in your guns or you'll go to prison ...maybe both.  2013 is the year it will happen.  Bet on it. 

They see the massive gun purchases this year, they know it's now or never, and they'll choose now.  They know who you are, what you have, or can easily find out. 

It will be coupled with a monetary & economic (staged) collapse.  Bet on that too.  Gun grabs are always done during a (staged) economic martial law type crisis.

Like I said earlier, there won't be any sort of "revolution".   You waited too long.

Don't ask for details.  This is all I have to say about it.

roadhazard's picture

They can't get what they don't know I have. Those inherited and flea market guns are going to come in handy.

Coast Watcher's picture

Didn't I mention the tragic boat accident?

knightowl77's picture

If it passes the House the revolution will be on

seek's picture

More likely something gets passed, but it won't be Feinstein's making all semi-auto's NFA items and fingerprinting a third of the country (unless they want the fight to begin.)

I'm guessing the "gun show loophole" that isn't gets closed for sure, and 50/50 on mag ban or fresh AWB.

A Lunatic's picture

I am much looking forward to finding out the politically correct number of bullets I may carry in order to defend my life and (what remains of) liberty..........

nmewn's picture

Actually, no she won't...it will never pass the Peoples House even if it survives the Senate.

drunkenlout's picture

That is correct, Senator Feinstein, and also the horse you rode in on.

10mm's picture

I gave you a green hit Otto.Id like to hit the red,but nahhh,ill pass on the koolaid.

AU5K's picture

All of this may happen but its exactly what progressive communists in power want.  Bankrupt the system and rebuild it in their image.  Unlimited power, complete control of the people.

economics9698's picture

When they cross that line then I start assassinating the mother fuckers.  Better dead than red.

falak pema's picture

lol, Jamie Dimon, Blankfein and the Squid mob, Potus and the millionaire COngress, Rockafella's gang and Rothschild's spams; all Commies! 

what has the written word become? 

It's exact opposite! What sort of thought process/mindset does that reflect and what knee jerk will it beget? 

No wonder they kill horses and toddlers with their 2nd amendment rifles. 

When you open the barn yard door just aim at the horse! 

Oldballplayer's picture

Those FEMA camps are gonna suck.....for most of you.  I intend on being a capo....ratting all of you bastards out to the man.

A Lunatic's picture

I saved the taxpayers a few bucks by pre-ordering the 'hello kitty' body bag family package from Amazon............

Westcoastliberal's picture

I did too but chose the Kardashian's style, oh so chic!

Lin S's picture

I bought the KISS set after seeing an infomercial by Gene Simmons...

Debt-Penitent's picture

Hey, Amazon has family Body Bag Gift sets with the Obama Rainbow on them.  Woop-wwop!

Free postage to your local FEMA camp if selected as the shipping option. 

Just select "Your Local FEMA camp" when ordering, and punch in your ZIP.