"I Fear For What’s Coming" – 68% Of Americans Believe The Country Is On The Wrong Track

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Are you deeply concerned about the future of America?  Is something in your gut telling you that our system is fundamentally broken and that the mainstream media is not telling you the truth about what is happening?  If so, you are definitely not alone.  Right now, there are millions upon millions of Americans that are absolutely horrified as they watch this nation deteriorate.  In fact, according to an analysis of recent polling data conducted by Real Clear Politics, approximately 68 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track and only 23.5 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the right track.

And of course our problems did not appear just recently.  In fact, many of them are the result of decades of very foolish decisions and they are not going to be fixed easily.  Unfortunately, there is very little consensus among Americans about how to fix any of our problems.  There is more anger, frustration, hatred and division in the United States today than there has been in decades, and there is very little hope that the great storms that are looming on the horizon will be averted.  Those that are wise are preparing for what is coming.  Those that are not are going to be absolutely blindsided by what is rapidly approaching.

Once upon a time, America was the wealthiest nation on the entire globe by a huge margin and it had the largest and most thriving middle class the world had ever seen.  But now America is drowning in the biggest ocean of red ink in the history of the planet and the middle class is being systematically destroyed.

If you read my articles on a regular basis, you already know all of this.  But now there are certain factors that are going to cause the problems of the middle class to greatly accelerate.

For instance, just consider what Obamacare is going to do to millions of American families.

The Foundry recently posted a story that detailed the extreme hardship that Obamacare is going to impose on one middle class family in Sonora, California.  This particular family is very healthy and does not have a history of health problems.  Up until now, they have had a health insurance policy with Anthem Blue Cross Insurance that they have been very happy with.

Back in 2011, this family was paying $389 a month for health insurance.

In 2012, due to changes in California law that figure went up to $499 a month.

Now, this family has just received a letter informing them that their current plan is being canceled and that if they want a new plan it is going to cost them $1,252 a month.

Needless to say, that news did not go over very well with that family.

Just think about it.

Can you come up with an extra $753 a month for health insurance?

Most American families certainly cannot.

Well, Kate Joy and her husband sat down and started trying to figure out how they could squeeze the new health insurance policy into their budget.  It turned out that they would have to cut out a lot of things.  The following is a list of the proposed cuts that they have come up with so far...

  • Stop paying the extra payment on my mortgage: $100/month
  • Stop eating out: $150/month
  • Don’t go to the movies: $36/month
  • Switch to getting a haircut every other month: $15/month
  • Stop getting manicures: $40/month
  • Stop monthly charitable donations to Wounded Warrior and Habitat for Humanity: $70/month
  • Stop saving for an annual anniversary getaway: $60/month
  • No Christmas gifts to extended family: $40/month
  • Quit buying beef at the grocery store: $100/month
  • Teeth cleaning only once per year: $30/month
  • Cancel all magazine/newspaper subscriptions: at least $30/month
  • Cut DISH service to cheaper plan: $50/month
  • Cancel land line phone service: $70/month

If they make all of those cuts, it will save the family $791 a month.

Understandably, that family is having a very hard time feeling optimistic about the future right now.  In fact, at the end of the article Kate Joy is quoted as saying the following...

"I fear for what’s coming."

And of course her family is not the only one that is being absolutely hammered by Obamacare.

In a previous article, I discussed the results of one study which showed that health insurance premiums for men are going to go up by an average of 99 percent under Obamacare and health insurance premiums for women are going to go up by an average of 62 percent under Obamacare.


And a different study found that health insurance premiums for healthy 30-year-old men are going to go up by an average of 260 percent under Obamacare.

All of this is going to suck a tremendous amount of "discretionary income" out of the economy.

In addition, millions upon millions of Americans are going to make the choice to go without health insurance altogether.  And considering the level of care that we get in many of these hospitals that is understandable.  For example, the body of 57-year-old Lynne Spalding was recently discovered in a stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital 17 days after she had disappeared from her hospital room.

Those that provide our "health care" don't care about us as much as they did in the old days.  Instead, the health care industry just wants to get as much money out of us as rapidly as they can and then move on to the next victim.

And of course health care is not the only thing that middle class families have to be concerned about these days.  Our national employment crisis is getting even worse, incomes are shrinking, and Obama is pushing Congress to approve a secret treaty that will ship millions more of our jobs out of the country.

And there are certainly a lot of troubling economic signs as we head toward 2014.  Just consider the following examples...

-Pending home sales in the United States have fallen for five months in a row.


-Machinery giant Caterpillar is reporting negative retail sales growth in every region on the globe.  Historically, the sales growth of Caterpillar has been one of the most important indications of where the economy is headed next.


-Major banks are warning the Federal Reserve that they may have to start charging depositors a fee.  In other words, you may soon have to pay for the "privilege" of putting your money in the bank.

Of course this is just the beginning.  Things are going to get much, much worse in the years ahead as our economy continues to deteriorate.

And as things continue to fall apart, people are going to become a lot more desperate.  To get an idea of what is coming to America, just look at what is happening in Greece.  Some poor people in Greece have become so desperate that they are literally infecting themselves with HIV just so that they can get monthly government payments...

Suicides rose by 17% between 2007 and 2009 and to 25% in 2010, according to unofficial 2010 data (398). The Minister of Health reported a further 40% rise in the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. Suicide attempts have also increased, particularly among people reporting economic distress (610). Homicide and theft rates have doubled. HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug-substitution programmes. Prostitution has also risen, probably as a response to economic hardship. Health care access has declined as hospital budgets have been cut by about 40% (398) and it is estimated that 26 000 public health workers (9100 doctors) will lose their jobs (611). Further cuts are expected as a result of recent negotiations with the IMF and European Central Bank.

If you doubt this, you can find the original report with these findings right here.

A lot of people accuse me of being a "doom and gloomer" for writing articles like this.

A lot of people accuse me of trying to spread worry and fear.

But I do not see it that way at all.

I was recently asked what the number one issue is that has me so worried that it keeps me up at night.

Do you know what my answer was?


Nothing that I write about keeps me up at night.

I am not worried about what is coming and I do not believe in giving in to fear.

Rather, I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening, and I believe that there is hope in getting prepared.

Do you want to know who is going to be totally giving in to worry, fear and despair in the years ahead?

The people that are not getting prepared right now.

Do you want to know who is going to be jumping off the top of tall buildings in the years ahead?

The people that are laughing at articles like this one.

For most adults in America, they primarily define their lives by their jobs, their material possessions and by all of the toys that they have accumulated.  When those things get taken away, we are going to see a national hissy fit that is absolutely unprecedented.

The Republicans are not going to save us from the storm that is coming and neither are the Democrats.

It is coming.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
LawsofPhysics's picture

< meh > at least half are dumbasses.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Yes.  Thank you Obama voters, just hastening our decline.




nope-1004's picture

The other 32% are single parent, black, unemployed, choomers too.  F'n idiot leading us.

Junk away, cuz I'm rayciss.  Yet, prisons are full of them.  Foodstamp recipients are the majority of them.  Call it for what it is for Pete's sake, instead of hiding like he's some great leader.

He's a doped up loser.  And when you have a loser as your leader, you're headed nowhere.

And no this isn't a Red vs Blue debate.  I hate both of them.  They're both run by the banking cabal.


hedgeless_horseman's picture



Things are going to get much, much worse in the years ahead as our economy continues to deteriorate.

Stay fit.

Stay calm.

Stay quiet.

Stay proficient.

Stay liquid.

James_Cole's picture

A lot of people accuse me of being a "doom and gloomer" for writing articles like this.

Sounds about right but more specifically making a career out of writing sensationalistic doom and gloom.

CH1's picture

But what are they going to DO about it?

"Sit around and bitch" won't cut it.

If we want to avoid this state-made disaster, we have to ACT WITHOUT PERMISION

markovchainey's picture

Shut down Washington D.C., it's the only option.  I'm not waiting for it to happen through the "legitimate" political process, just waiting to see it happen naturally due to a defunct currency and the natural result of human stupidity/arrogance/hubris/etc. 

CH1's picture

Think what would happen if a couple of million people just stopped obeying their rules.

DaddyO's picture

It's called nullification and the Founding Fathers wrote it into the Constitution!

Look up Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 to see how nullification has worked in the past.


We've become a bunch of sissies who are afraid to step out of line because the gestapo will thump the miscreants.

The headlines play it out everyday!

Now we're in a position that we have to wait until the flag goes up before acting.

When the unwind happens it will be fierce.


TeamDepends's picture

It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.

-Thomas Jefferson

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Banks already charge people money for the privilege of keeping money in the bank.  ZIRP + service charges.

And the charges are increasing, as of Jan 1, 2014. 

Shocker's picture

So that means only 68% of Americans are actually paying attention.

Layoff List - http://www.dailyjobcuts.com




Anusocracy's picture

It means 32% of Americans are on some bad crack.

Harry Dong's picture

Ahhh, an authentic quote. Refreshing.

nmewn's picture

Is it wrong of me, to make a pistol sign with my hand when I pass some arrogant, smiling motorcycle cop, giving some working stiff with a ladder on his truck a ticket? He's just trying to make a living.

Everyone knows they've done it or thought about it.

Is that against the law, yet? ;-)

The Alarmist's picture

My driver in Indonesia argued wth a machine-gun armed cop about whether or not an important person like me should be allowed to speed ahead of the traffic jam in the empty lane.  I wondered if I would end up with a bullet in my backside.  Perhaps the only time in my life when I was included in the criminal elite, and I must admit it felt good, but I doubt most of the core membership of the criminal elite ever spend much time worrying about their entitlement to the empty lane.

nmewn's picture

The "criminals" are going to have to decide on which side of "law" they wish to stand pretty soon.

They had better choose wisely ;-)

Imminent Crucible's picture

Among the fine upstanding Americans that I consort with on a daily basis, I really can't find much concern for what is legal any more.

"Non-compliance"---it's the new bell-bottomed jeans and long hair.  Because, "If the government doesn't care what the law says, why should we?"

Clark Bent's picture

That's the DUI industry, another form of saving us from ourselves imposed upon us by the nanny (local) State. If a cop sees a truck with ladders on it at eigth pm on a friday night, the assumption is that this guy has been to happy hour and is easy pickings. Who cares that his meager earnings will be wiped out feeding the fines, alcohol intervention programs, probation departments, etc., etc. Who cares that his blood alcohol was a mere 0.08% and he was not endangering anyone. And who the fuck cares that the suspensions will further disable his career prospects for the balance of his life probably, leading to demoralization and quite possibly a serious alcohol problem or suicide. Fuck the strivers, they don't have a lobby. They are not in the "victim" category and hence are open game for the predatory State. 

Just in case you're wondering, this is not a personal problem. But one I have seen destroying the whie male working class trying to earn a life in America today. 

The Alarmist's picture

You have to ask yourself, at what point will the Big O regime have faced its Leipzig moment? The one where the leaders of the state security apparatus realise it is not prudent to "fire" on the populace.  The more interesting question is, will they be sensitive to the fact that that is the question with which they are posed.  These are some pretty ham-handed folks we are dealing with here.

Race Car Driver's picture

> We've become a bunch of sissies who are afraid to step out of line because the gestapo will thump the miscreants.


“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Ask me about the number of rallies I've been to that include Anniversaries for the Iraq and Afghan occupation(s) and 9/11... Where are they?

Keeping quiet certainly won't fix it.

I believe MLK said it best when he quoted Dante in the speech that most probably ended his life thanks to the MIC -

"the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a time of moral crisis do nothing by maintaining their neutrality"..

I believe that if he could speak to that anti-war speech on Vietnam that he gave he would have said now that I'm gone who is willing to pick it up where I left it? 

The same with JFK, and this is why we have the situation we are in today.


John_Coltrane's picture

Such as ignoring obamacare and its phony unenforceable mandate?  Its already happening and its much more than a couple of million.

On the other hand NRA has been increasing voluntary membership by hundreds of thousands since Sandy Hook.

harleyjohn45's picture

If our government fails, it will be replaced with a military government.  I don't think anyone wants that.

willwork4food's picture

If the government fails & some dick replaces it with a military gov, then that gov better have a LOT of bullets.

Socratic Dog's picture

It has.  1.5 billion, I believe.  About 5 for every person in the US.  Which, come to think of it. means we are pretty safe, because these clowns have about 1 hit for every 100 bullets fired.

Pizza man's picture

and we are assumming all the military will have the desire to fire upon the citizenry? Call me naive, but I have to think a very meaningful portion will not.

harleyjohn45's picture

Forget changing the direction the country is headed, get debt free, hoard some metals, food, medicine, firearms and ammo.  All you can do is sit tight and keep your mouth shut.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Not deceiving myself at all where this is all headed.


What an absolute tragic waste that the individuals that inherited it will do nothing to save it.  If you haven't seen this yet it's worth the 20 minutes. What Turley quotes at the end will certainly make you think and ask "why"?


Anusocracy's picture

The crux of the problem is that the US imported 200+ years worth of socialists and fascists and the individualists are never ever going to set the tone and direction of the country again.

Only a couple percent of all the humans on earth are libertarian or anarchist and one of the biggest clusters of them ever occurred in 18th century America - never to be repeated again (until space colonization).

Confused's picture

Forgive my ignorance, but exactly who are these "200+ years worth of socialists and fascists?" 

Anusocracy's picture

The very unlibertarian immigrants from the Old World.

Drifter's picture

"Sit around and bitch" is the only thing that will happen.   Ok, that and making empty threats about "revolt" and "guillotines" and similar bullshit.

No type of grass roots revolt will happen.  Stop dreaming about it, stop making your empty threats, you sound like raving lunatics. (and you are)

Military coup and state secession are the only possibilities, and neither of those will happen.  The military is too compromised and no state government has the balls, state politicians are just as gutless as the general population.

America will collapse like the Roman republic did, and from the very same causes.

The Roman republic never was rebuilt, nor will the American republic be rebuilt.  No nation in history has ever gone back to their founding principles, nor will America.  The Constitution is gone and won't come back.  The Bill of Rights is gone and won't come back.

What America will become is some sort of 2nd or 3rd world banana republic with a despotic dictator or communist ruling class.  I think communist ruling class with a dictator figurehead "president", what we're close to now, closer than most people realize.

Clark Bent's picture

The Roman Republic did not collapse. It was overthrown by a very conservative heroic leader names Julius Caesar. After shitting up the Republic into a mere mockery of its former self, the elites in Rome acted as our vermin do, and indeed as all elitist vermin usually do, turning the system of representative governmnt into their own little money machine where the mobs are manipulated by slick lies to their own enslavement. Caesar was looked upon by many as a moral man who would by force correct the ills of the Republic and restore morality and law. So of course he was murdered by the elite. 

Nevertheless, after a civil war Octavian became the first true Emperor and managed the state autocatiocally for his lifetime. The "collapse" of Rome was piecemeal, over centuries. Perhaps the greatest destructive force was, and is, human nature. There are always elitits thieves with dreams of making themselves feel significant, and there are always fools to be manipulated by their lies. Currently not one in a hundred can actually define the word "demagogue" or understand that the entire Democrat party is based upon this necromancy of lies and psychopathology pandering to human weakness. Why the "bruthas" think they are strong because they can get away with punching an old white lady or an adjunct professor in the fac randomly. they haven't the slightest idea that they are far more degraded slaves than their forbears of 200 years ago ever were.  

We are heading for violence no doubt. The only thing that can prevent this most common human denouement is a surprising burst of understanding or the intervention of the Almighty, or both. I am praying for both in large measure. 

Cloud9.5's picture

Drifter, I disagree.  We have spent generations teaching the ideal.  The ideal of a constitutional republic restrained by the Bill of Rights has been instilled in the hearts and minds of millions of children in the small towns and hinterlands of this country.  People know what is happening is immoral, illegal and unconstitutional.  They understand it.  They just don’t know what to do about it just yet.


Nobody outside the circle is going to embrace a dictatorship.   The Sugar Daddy has no sugar.  He never did.   All he ever had was a scheme to debase the currency.  That hundred year old scheme is coming to fruition.  Forget the puff pieces.  Get up from in front of your flat screen and look around.   Look at the vacant houses, the failing businesses.  For the ninety percent the dream is collapsing.  As energy drains out of the system, the promises are being rescinded.   Services are being cut back.  Infrastructure is rotting. 


If we can’t sustain Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, how in God’s Name are we going to put the Affordable Health Care act in place?


We have maybe three years before the general public realizes that shale oil was just a surge not a solution.  The price of gasoline is collapsing the car culture.  Bitumen and kerogen are our new energy sources.  They cannot sustain our previous levels of economic activity.  Contraction is the order of the day. 


The cities are in mortal danger.  They cannot sustain themselves without the just in time delivery from supply lines that reach around the world.  These supply lines were built and maintained by cheap lite sweet crude oil.   Cheap oil is now in the dustbin of history.  Teaming millions depend on  a system that is collapsing all around us.  In that sense, Washington is no different than New York.   Detroit is their business model.


As the federal government becomes more shrill and hysterical in its efforts to maintain control over a collapsing system, more and more people will simply walk away.  The legions that the oligarchs depend on for security are not loyal apparatchiks.   They are mercenaries.  Their business model is the New Orleans Police Department.  Various fiefdoms will scramble for remaining resources.   Those agencies not politically connected to the current regime will suffer fate of the night of the long knives.


Hitler never imagined at Nuremburg when he presided over his hundreds of thousands of worshipers that within a few short years he would be hiding in a cellar from the Russian Army.  He never imagined that he would end his own life and that his image would become illegal in his own country.  But, it happened.


The centralization of power that we have witnessed over the last 150 years was made possible by cheap abundant fossil fuels.   As energy drains out of the system, that concentration can no longer be maintained.   The depopulation of Detroit is a harbinger of things to come.  Centralization is reversing course.  As that course reverses, the organs of tyranny are becoming more impotent.


The Constitution and the Bill of Rights never were about what we are.  They are about what we ought to be.  As such they are unrealized goals.  Even now there is a resurgence of the call for individual freedom.  Out of necessity, we will return once again to a much less intrusive federal government that minds our nukes and secures our borders.  States will once again assert their power.  County government will become the dominant force in our lives. Unemployed code enforcement officers and police officers will meddle much less in the private affairs of our citizens.   This will not be brought about by some great revolution.  It will be brought about by entropy, the natural consequence of history reversing itself.


Drifter's picture

"The ideal of a constitutional republic restrained by the Bill of Rights has been instilled in the hearts and minds of millions of children in the small towns and hinterlands of this country.  People know what is happening is immoral, illegal and unconstitutional.  They understand it."

"Even now there is a resurgence of the call for individual freedom."

"States will once again assert their power."

You really do live in a fantasy world.

Cloud9.5's picture

Lot of kids supported
Ron Paul.

TruthInSunshine's picture

So long as Panem et Circenses are provided in adequate quantity to satiate the FSA, nothing will happen.

And both the Red Team & Blue Team who work for the same exact Money Masters will try to ensure that the Panem et Circenses rations are adequate, while their bosses continue to steal anything & everything from the former, rapidly dwindling middle class.

Upcoming distractions:







Rusty Shorts's picture


His world is under observation
We monitor his station
Under faces and the places
Where he traces points of view

He picks up scraps of conversation
Radio and radiation
From the dancers and romancers
With the answers but no clue

He'd love to spend the night in Zion
He's been a long while in Babylon
He'd like a lover's wings to fly on
To a tropic isle of Avalon

His world is under anesthetic
Subdivided and synthetic
His reliance on the giants
In the science of the day

He picks up scraps of information
He's adept at adaptation
Because for strangers and arrangers
Constant change is here to stay

He's got a force field and a flexible plan
He's got a date with fate in a black sedan
He plays fast forward for as long as he can
But he won't need a bed
He's a digital man - RUSH
Drifter's picture

"So long as Panem et Circenses are provided in adequate quantity to satiate the FSA, nothing will happen."

And when the FSA gets cut off (as they always do when a communist govt takes over) they won't turn on the govt, they'll turn on you. 

Homeland Security with their new heavily armed 4 - 5 milllion strong "domestic security force" (former federal, state, county, and city LE with a few hundred thousand foreign mercenaries brought in for good measure) will stand by and watch the bankrupt middle class and FSA fight each other in the streets, not really caring who wins, hoping you wipe each other out actually.  And yes the FSA is fairly well armed.  Govt isn't taking guns away from the FSA, just the middle class.

Every new communist govt starts out with a massive purge to wipe out the educated middle class, and it'll happen here.  Your "college degree", nice home, nice car, will become a target on your back, and they'll let the FSA do the first round of purging.

RSloane's picture

....and stay healthy by growing your own food. I showed my husband the pic you posted yesterday of Mrs. H's dinner she served. You, Mrs H., and people like you can survive almost anything because you have taught yourselves how to do so without reliance on anyone else. There is no government, no political party, and certainly no politician that can do that for you nor anyone else. If anyone is going to have the 'teaching moment' it will be them.

This year's Christmas presents to friends and family will be homemade jams, relishes, and sauces grown on our land and canned by us. I do not hesitate to tell you that you have been inspirational. Thank you.

Praetorian Guard's picture

Thats all fine and dandy, until you have a bad grow season, or fertilizers become hard to get... same goes with animal feed, etc. As s supplement, thats probably not an issue, as a sole means... might have issues...

SubjectivObject's picture

"... until you have a bad grow season, or fertilizers ..."

While exhibiting no evident competancy with home gardening (done all over the world, by the way), .... why comment about it?

"... might have issues ..."  You're talking about yourself and ~95+% of the population, ar'nt you? 

Praetorian Guard's picture

Absolutely not, grew up in a rural farming community. Have hunted my entire life... however, I am a realist. Something apparently you are not. I said nothing wrong with growing a garden, however, there are limitations...

NidStyles's picture

People have done it for centuries now, I am pretty sure they will survive just the same as before.

Being scared of dying is a foolish notion, as it's inevitable. That is why we raise families, and even through hardship families will continue.

DaddyO's picture

I raise a lot of my own food without much in the way of off-farm inputs.

Self Reliance is a mind set as much as a method of living.

All the vegetables we ate for dinner tonight were grown on the farm.

All the eggs I eat are from my chickens who eat most of the table scraps we clean up.

My horses supply all the fertilizer I use in my garden.

I do not subscribe to the modern farming techniques where everything comes from off the farm.

We harvest our own seeds, fertilizer and produce unlike modern agribusiness that gets everything from someone else.



Paveway IV's picture

Plenty of self-reliant buried during the Holodomor. I'm not suggesting that you should do anything different - sounds like a pretty rational existence. Then the world sneaks up out of nowhere and kicks the best of plans square in the ass. 

It's done with tunnels. I think the Chinese are involved.

DaddyO's picture

You places your bets, you rolls the dice...

You wouldn't want to come to my house uninvited!!

I live a long way down a dirt road, plenty of opportunity if you know what I mean.

Don't even see the local gendarmes but every so often.