If Everything Is So Great, Then Why Do Two-Thirds Of Americans Say The Country Is On The Wrong Track?

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

Americans appear to be increasingly pessimistic about the future of America.  According to a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, 68.9 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and only 23.1 percent of Americans believe that we are headed in the right direction.  But if you have been listening to the endless parade of political speeches at the Democratic and Republican National conventions, you would be tempted to think that the greatest days for the United States are right around the corner.  The politicians keep promising us that better times are coming if we will just make the “correct” choices on election day, but no matter who we send to Washington D.C. things just seem to keep getting worse and worse.  Let’s take a look at just a few of the signs that indicate that our country is going in the wrong direction…

-The rise in violent crime: We haven’t seen crime rise this rapidly in our major cities in a very long time, and according to a report that was just released this week many forms of violent crime are way ahead of where they were at this time last year

A new report published by the Major Cities Chiefs Association said that violent crime – homicides, rapes, robberies, assaults and shootings – is on the rise nationwide.


The troubling results, though just one survey, could provide vindication to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. President Barack Obama has contested Trump’s assertionmade prominently in his nomination acceptance speech last week – that crime is a national epidemic and major problem.


The mid-year violent crime survey, released Monday, shows 307 more homicides so far in 2016, according to data compiled from 51 law enforcement agencies from some of America’s largest cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. There have also been 1,000 more robberies, approximately 2,000 more aggravated assaults, and 600 more nonfatal shootings in 2016 compared to this time in 2015.

-Police officers are being shot at a staggering rate: The number of police officers shot in the United States during the first half of 2016 was up 78 percent compared to the exact same time period last year.

-Mass shootings: In just the past few weeks we have seen the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Orlando, and there were mass shootings of police in Dallas and in Baton Rouge.

-The U.S. economy continues to crumble: We just learned that orders for durable goods fell again in June, Gallup’s U.S. economic confidence index just hit the lowest level so far this year, and at this moment 43 million Americans are on food stamps.

-The U.S. consumer appears to be increasingly tapped out as the middle class shrinks: Most of the country is living paycheck to paycheck these days.  One recent survey found that 62 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, and U.S. News & World Report is reporting that some analysts are projecting that we are heading for a “restaurant recession”…

Analysts are forecasting a “restaurant recession” in the U.S., which is bad news for America’s food and drink establishments and potentially even worse news for the economy at large.


Paul Westra, a senior research analyst at Stifel Financial Corp., said in a research note Tuesday that he’d turned “decidedly bearish” on the restaurant industry, downgrading Stifel’s stance on 11 different restaurant stocks, including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread and Cheesecake Factory.


He and his colleagues now “confidently believe” that the weak restaurant consumer spending seen in the second quarter of the year “reflects the start of a U.S. restaurant recession.”

-Business is not booming: The total amount of stuff our businesses have been selling has been declining since mid-2014, and it is being projected that corporate earnings will be down for a fifth consecutive quarter.  Earlier today, we learned that our biggest aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, has reported its first quarterly loss in nearly seven years.

-Government debt continues to explode: The U.S. national debt has hit a staggering 19.4 trillion dollars, and we have added an average of more than 1.1 trillion dollars to the debt since Barack Obama has been in the White House.

-Our politicians just continue to go from bad to worse: If you thought that the Obama years were bad, just wait until you see what Hillary Clinton can do.  The woman that the Democratic Party just nominated for president of the United States is one of the most evil, wicked and corrupt politicians the nation has ever seen.

-Everywhere you look, evil is exploding: The social fabric of our nation is coming apart all around us, and most of our men are hooked on pornography

A 2014 national survey commissioned by the organization found one-third of men ages 18-30 admitted they are either addicted to porn (23 percent) or are unsure if they are addicted (10 percent).

“According to our survey, over one-half (52 percent) of men age 18-30 admit to risking their careers and livelihood by viewing porn at work within the past 3 months,” Hesch told WND. “The numbers are even higher for men ages 31-49, with nearly three-fourths (74 percent) watching porn at work.”

-Sadly, most Americans are way too addicted to entertainment to bother noticing that our nation is rapidly going down the toilet: In America today, millions of people would rather spend endless hours playing video games such as Pokemon Go on their phones rather than getting involved in their communities.  And it is difficult to say that we even have “communities” anymore when most people spend far more time online than in face to face interaction with others.  If you can believe it, one recent survey found that half the population of the United States and Canada uses Facebook at least once a day.

I could go on and on, but hopefully you are getting the point.

The average American spends more than five hours a day watching television, and the television is telling them that everything is going to be just wonderful and that they should go out and vote for Hillary Clinton because she would be the first woman president and that would make history.

Meanwhile, our society is falling apart in literally thousands of different ways, and most Americans know deep inside that our country is deeply, deeply broken.  That is why more than two-thirds of us tell the pollsters that America is on the wrong track.  Virtually all of us know that something is seriously wrong with the United States, even if we can’t always agree on what the solutions should be.

Let us work very hard to wake our fellow Americans up while we still can, because time for turning this country in the right direction is rapidly running out.

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As regular readers know, one of our favorite chartpacks to show "Obama's recovery" is the one below, presented most recently just two months ago during Obama's now almost weekly televised sermon of how the economy is great and anyone who disagrees is "peddling fiction", which using simple Bloomerg data, summarize recent changes in key economic indicators including soaring federal debt and government dependency via food stamp use, surging healthcare costs and social inequality, plunging homeownership, income, and labor force participation, and - of course - driving it all, none of the president's or Congress' actions, but the Fed's balance sheet, something even major banks admit is better known as "printing money" - money that ends up blowing one after another asset bubble unable to finds its way into the broader economy - a stigma that is now gone in a world in which helicopter money is seriously considered by lunatics in power.


To be sure, the charts do not in any way imply that Obama started any of these disastrous trends (with a few exceptions); they do however make it very clear that more than 7 years under president Obama, these same trends have not changed.

This means that while Obama may have inherited a bad economy, contrary to the endless propaganda, the economy has only gotten worse. One needs only to go on a very short drive through any of the neighborhoods of Obama's native Chicago to get a clear realization of this sad fact (while wearing a bulletproof vest).

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NoDebt's picture

"If Everything Is So Great, Then Why Do Two-Thirds Of Americans Say The Country Is On The Wrong Track?"

Because 2/3 of people always say that.  Also see: congressional approval numbers.  Same deal.

Everything is fine, so quit your bitching and get back to work.  Millions on welfare are depending on you.

InsaneBane's picture

The convulsions of a lost hegemon.

pods's picture

I'm sorry, who the hell has said "everything is so great" outside the 4th branch of government?

From where I sit, the name of the game the last 8 years has been "less is more" and still many places are barely getting by.

Nevermind households. Everything looks fine until the moving van shows up and the keys are left in the mailbox.

The economy is in the shitter, and anyone with half a brain or not at the trough knows it.


CheapBastard's picture
U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High


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"Awesome" results of "Hope & Change"

Katos's picture

The eugenics elites love it when you self euthanize!

Antifaschistische's picture

The other 1/3 must still be smoking that hope crack.....

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Antifaschistische Jul 28, 2016 10:20 AM

Because it is.

Bob's picture

The other third are living pretty comfortably, fuck you very much to everybody else who just can't cut it. 

Hey, the people doing well aren't worried about falling from the middle class, that's for the undeserving to worry about.  They're still eating out, driving their $35,000+ mobile cacoons around (while steering clear of any areas that would put a bad taste in their mouths) while studiously ignoring the few unsavory people driving "beaters" who have apparently and inexplicably strayed into nicer areas where they obviously don't fit. 

The 401k's look great, the kids are doing great long as they have the newest gadgets, a bounty of tradespeople are but a phone call away to take care of anything needing it in the beautiful home, you've got your man cave properly pimped, the lawn service is still tending the yard weekly and the sun still rising every morning just as it always has--what's changed?  What's to worry about. 

The wife is still going to the gym, the inevitable fantasies of other people during intercourse with what has become the "same old, same old" (in spite of the gym) have only gotten better with the richness of porn . . . and those lame masturbatory fantasies you used to have in the shower that featured people you had actually seen in the course of your day--amateurs!--have only been upgraded by the porn you've been lusting to! 

Fuck, life IS better.  Better every day in every way.

USA, Bitchez!

Croesus's picture

Wrong. Americans hate the Deep State traitors, who have been selling them out for decades. They will NOT be voting for Phony Shillary this November. 

It won't matter if she wins fairly (haha) or has to payoff Diebold to rig their shitty machines. 

Either Trump wins, or Civil War 2.0 will be happening soon, in a 'Murica near you! 

It will start off small, but continue to grow in size & scope, until "players" like the Clintons are tarred & feathered. 

Mark my words. 

I talk to a lot of people...this year, I have yet to hear anyone who says "things are great in America". 

I have yet to speak with anyone who isn't highly pissed-off, and ready to vote with bullets instead of ballots. 

Old ladies, minorities, single moms, EVERYONE, EXCEPT for useless freeloaders. According to them, everything is great! You may have seen some of them speaking at this week's "Free Shit Meetup", in Philly.

Just the other day, a young lady friend asked me if I would teach her how to shoot. It's worth mentioning that she used to be 'anti-gun'. 

InsaneBane's picture

it's too late..democracy died with JFK and Big Money, the military industrial complex and the zionists have taken over definitely.

national emergency coming soon± 1033

The 1033 Program (formerly the 1208 Program) permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personal property (supplies and equipment) to state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

The 1033 Program has allowed law enforcement agencies to acquire vehicles (land, air and sea), weapons, computer equipment, fingerprint equipment, night vision equipment, radios and televisions, first aid equipment, tents and sleeping bags, photographic equipment and more.


War on drugs+War on terror = war on we the people


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Croesus Jul 28, 2016 10:25 AM

If Trump loses the next guy will be the real Hitler.

InsaneBane's picture

It doens't matter who loses or win, they have a script to follow.

Croesus's picture

@ Insane Bane: 

The "script" is going off the rails, or are you just like the Deep State, and simply too disconnected to see that? 

It's not a personal jab, just a rhetorical statement. 

"People" are not buying the narrative that "dear leaders", "faithful public servants", and the "impartial media" are feeding them. 

Anyone who's watched the DNC can see brainwashing and thousands of victims first-hand. The music, and oft-repeated phrases are no accident. It's Orwellian for sure.   

If you pay attention to the eyes of the speakers, you can read their emotions. They can control the crowds, but they can't control the crowd's response.  

The Deep State players are confused. 

For example, Panetta, (last night), didn't expect to hear chants of "No More Wars" from the Sanders crowd, when he was busy talking about Shillary's record on WAR. Watch the replay, and get back to me. If you watch Panetta's face, you can see him stumbling, as if he isn't sure of what to do. He continues with the speech, but you can tell he's struggling internally, to make sense of what is happening. 

On Day 1, Slick Willy looked like he was ready to shit his pants at one point, totally lost confidence, when the camera panned over him when Sanders was talking. 

These idiots do not have a clue about how pissed-off people are. 

Here's what these assholes don't realize (and is simultaneously a source of hope for normal people):  

 People are sick of the Establishment. When the Deep State players realize this, they will try to adapt, but they won't be able to. We all know who the career players are. When they try to bring in an outsider, they won't be able to...because we'll all be looking at WHO is throwing their support behind that outsider. 

Slowly, but surely, the Deep State is being moved into Checkmate.  







InsaneBane's picture

I understand you, the deep state isn't in control either. They are also prostitutes for the cabal and the powers that shouldn't be. Or do you really think they are making their hands dirty on every kind of black projects. And if their agenda can't be implemented with soft hands than they use different kind of instruments for example the U.N. to enforce their objectives.

Croesus's picture

@ Insane Bane: 

The Deep State is the lapdog to the "Top". The Deep State knows the plan, and figures that "As long as I get mine, who gives a shit?" 

WHO is going to do the enforcing? 

WHO is going to march door to door, demanding that "The man of the house" turns in his weapons? (Talk about a job that comes with hazard-pay). 

They're fooling themselves. They lost control over the flow of information with the internet, and the majority of people are not supportive of their goals. These people, correctly realize that they have nothing to gain by it, despite the whiney-globalist-protesting of "saving the environment", or "doing it for the children". People realize that it's nothing but another form of tyranny. 

I do not fear incompetent government bureaucrats; they are more fallible than most people are, precisely because they have low standards for accountability. It's okay if they fuck-up, the taxpayer will pay for it. We see this over and over again, whether it's ordinary people getting shot by cops, women getting fingered by the TSA ($475K ring a bell?), millions of wasted dollars on needless programs, or other. 

They are completely clueless. 

The UN will also be ineffective.


Because they're nothing more than a 2nd coming of the 'same old Cavalry'. 

Custer was in the Cavalry, and like the rest of the 7th, his final resting place is on a field in the boonies. 

Do NOT live in fear of these morons. 


vote_libertarian_party's picture

uhhh....buy buy buy???

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Jul 28, 2016 9:13 AM

Quick Poll:  What's in Obama's future?

<--- Billion dollar Speech Tour

<--- Never to be seen again like George W Bush

NoDebt's picture

I'm going to ruin your day.............. The Obama Family Foundation.  

Oh yeah, this motherfucker's going to be around fucking shit up for DECADES to come.

onewayticket2's picture

he will be the OPPOSITE of bush.....he'll be in the middle of everything.

bobsmith5's picture

Two Thirds say America is on the wrong track but regardless Obama is always two to three points  job approval on almost every poll.  Either these polls are complete frauds or the people of this country are schizophrenic.  Congress always has an extremely low approval rating too, but Hillary and Obama have always trended most of the time many points plus approval ratings.  How can this be?

e_goldstein's picture

Either these polls are complete frauds or the people of this country are schizophrenic.

or both

CheapBastard's picture

Obama's failure is matched by international Elite failures:


UK wages drop more than in any advanced economy since financial crisis ... level with Greece


ParkAveFlasher's picture

First is a few months in the choomwagon, to decompress.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

The effect of the false narrative is ending.  The sooner the better.

wisehiney's picture

Robert Prechter has done the best work on the effects of "Social Mood" on the markets, politics, war, everything.

He has some interesting things to say about current events including the collapsing Olympic Games.

Social mood precedes events.

Hold on tight.

spanish inquisition's picture

97% of the top 1% believe the country is on the right track.

Vlad the Inhaler's picture

What a coincidence, more than 2/3 of Americans have lost upward mobility, could that be it?

JamesBond's picture

Because that is the middle class group that has been pushed down into the bottom 98% and they see the 2% sucking their futures and their children's future away.

Antifaschistische's picture

nothing to fear....the current popular trend is "tiny houses" with 400 square feet.  It's all most 20 something'ers can, or will ever be able to afford.

have a nice life...lol

moneybots's picture

The DNC is peddling fiction.

SirBarksAlot's picture

It used to be the weather, now its Putin.

Kobe Beef's picture

Pretty soon Putin will be reponsible for "climate change" too.

dimwitted economist's picture


Why does the Main stream press keep Insisting


When We KNOW (working people) That it Fucking SUCKS??!!?


Ask Hillary Why?

ASK president obama Why?

BS and LIES and Politics..

vote for Hillary for MORE of the same.

rejected's picture

uhhh, Because 2/3 of the population think they're not getting enough free shit?

Only 1/3 are working and many of those are foreigners.

CHoward's picture

I also believe (in my very being) that America is on the wrong track.  I just guess I'm ill informed and probably just stupid.  There - you feel better now Barrack and Hillary - does it make you feel better? 


PIECES OF SHIT.  Thanks to you two for being the prime drivers in turning the U.S. into a third world country.

headhunt's picture

What happened to the 'printer-friendly' view?

roadhazard's picture

I can understand Americans bad outlook on the future. All you have to do is look at what we have for candidates running for POTUS.

NoWayJose's picture

I just don't know why Americans are complaining. Everyone who doesn't want to work or pay taxes can just sit out and collect loads of freebies, while we import foreigners to do all the work, and just use more debt to pay both us and the foreigners! What could go wrong?

dizzyfingers's picture

Let's see... warmongers and those who get rich from war have been in charge, spending the national income,  since way before the murder of JFK? Hmmmm?????

That's my take on things.


SirBarksAlot's picture

If Hillary wins, the exodus from the US begins, starting with Texas.

g3h's picture

Indefensible even if you are a Hillary supporter.

moonmac's picture

We’re on track to Armageddon with Americans who can barely make rent earning $9/hr working on machines producing industrial goods in our 90 degree factory as we desperately try to compete against China, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea and the rest of the world. Meanwhile the Federal Reserve says inflation is way too low so as our costs continue to increase we raise prices and lose more business to foreign manufacturers.


The so-called 'Economy' is a 1%er Economy that was designed to support the 1%er, and their parasitic progeny at a cost to the 99%er. All the 99%ers know this implicitly, and the statistics support the notion that the 1%ers have taken all the disposable income gains from the 99%ers for the last half century. The problem with disposable income gains has been made abundantly clear to all in the World, and we all know why this situation has not been rectified. Furthermore, all the Quantitative Easing Infinity money was given to the Too-BIG-to-Fail Banks & Banksters for the last 8 years which destroyed economic productivity throughout the Western World. Clearly, we know what the problem is, and we know who to hang from lamp posts in the streets around Washington DC. In brief, the so-called Economists & politicians know exactly why main street is bankrupt en masse, but disclosing the truth will have no positive effect for Too-BIG-to-Fail, Nail, or Jail.


Up yours, America.



Dg4884's picture

Why?  Because we live below the ivory towers in a place called reality.

tarabel's picture



If everything in America is so great already, why is it so important that Hillary be the best "change agent" Bill has even known?

Their own narrative is filled with contradictions and frankly makes the point that they are out to wreck things if they are currently in such wonderful shape.

If they are not in such wonderful shape, then they are lying about it in order to evade responsibility for being in charge while shit went downhill.

But y'all knew that already, didn't you? Just venting my frustration at the obvious 101-level propaganda they are forced to rely upon.

sharonsj's picture

You need to bash Trump just as much as you bash Shillery.  He just applied for permits to hire 78 non-Americans to work at his Palm Beach hotel claiming he can't find any Americans to do the jobs.  What a crock.  How is this liar going to create jobs when he keeps bringing in the same foreigners he claims are rapists and druggies?

Both candidates are the worst.  Both of them could start several kinds of civil wars (and that could be an improvement over what we have now).

Bay Area Guy's picture

I think people are waking up, albeit very gradually.  They realize that there's something just generally not right with the country (and, no, it's not Jimmy Carter's malaise comment from many years before).  They don't necessarily know what's wrong, just that something is wrong.  For people that are actually working, they are seeing that their share of the economic pie is, at best, staying stagnant and, at worst, is shrinking.  They kind of associate that shrining pie with the ultra-rich getting richer, but even as much as politicians and the media have tried to exploit that, the earners are looking at the lower economic classes as the reason their share of the pie is smaller.  They see things like Obamacare, categorical aid increases and increased support for the homeless as coming directly out of their pockets (which, of course, it is).  In a growing, vibrant economy, people don't care as much about the increases in social programs because their share of the pie is increasing just as much, if not more, than the free shit army gets.  But now, people look at their own pocketbooks and see that they're no better off and, in fact many are much worse off, than before, so the social programs get even more scrutiny.

It seems to be part of the whole program in which TPTB are trying to do everything they can to divide people.  Their economic "plan" is to divide people along class welfare lines.  They've pretty much succeeded in making people think that economic success and becoming wealthy is some kind of a stigma and that the only way to become even comfortable much less wealthy is on the backs of the poor.  They are trying to stigmatize hard work.  And you can see the hand of TPTB in other areas where they seek to divide people.  Abortion, LGBTQ rights, gun rights and a host of other things are being used to divide people into an us against them mentality.  They also fan the flames by making sure that civil discourse on any matter of any importance is impossible.  Just hit the message boards at any news organization and the vast majority of posts are some kind of ad hominem attack on people on the other side of an issue.  No real statistics or anything else is posted supporting a particular position, just attacks like libtard and right wingnut.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I got tired of arguments that devolved into name calling in about the fourth grade, yet TBTP are encouraging people to argue in just that manner today.

I think a lot of it is due to the fact that the US no longer any kind of national identity.  Yeah, the vast majority of legal citizens here will self-identify as American, but it's always with a modifier.  "I'm Asian-American", "I'm African-American", "I'm a gay Latino pygmy American".   The country has become balkanized on many, many levels and that has led to that lack of a national identity.  People feel that.  People need to feel that they belong to something larger, and they're simply not feeling that anymore.  Another reason that people feel the country is on the wrong track.

Personally, I think this leads to some kind of official break-up of the country.  I'm 60 years old, so I think I'll outlive that break-up.  But I do see it coming by the end of this century.  There's simply no way that the country can survive the way it's going right now.  Given the vast amount of animosity directed at the two of them, the election of Trump or Clinton will only fan the flames of the divisiveness.

I've never been more despondent about the future of the country than I am right now.