Detroit was once a manufacturing giant—the 4th largest city in the United States, with a high employment rate and brimming with blue collar jobs. Now its unemployment rate hovers above 16 percent, and its population has shrunk so now it is only the 18th largest city. This quick erosion of the tax base has left Detroit with $18 billion in debt and no hope of recovery in sight. This caused the city of Detroit to declare bankruptcy.
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President Obama promised 5 million green jobs during his presidential campaign in 2008. Not only did he fall short by a long way, but in fact we’ve lost hundreds of manufacturing companies, with thousands of employees laid off. During his 2012 re-election campaign, President Obama promised jobs again, this time promising 1 million manufacturing jobs which he has yet to come close to fulfilling. He has only added a little over 189,000 manufacturing jobs. With so little being made in the United States compared to decades ago, we must now, more than ever, join together and buy American made products.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration , in 2014, energy produced in the United States provided about 89 percent of the nation’s energy needs. The remaining energy was supplied mainly by imports of petroleum. However, only 10 percent of that was renewable energy. The U.S. is one of the largest energy importers in the world. We used to be energy independent until the late 1950s when energy consumption began to outpace domestic production. During this time, the U.S. began to import more energy to fill the gap. It wasn’t until 2005 when imports finally began to decline and exports increased. However, much of our enormous trade deficit has energy to blame.
The United States is facing economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced. Most people are unaware of the easily observable signs of this emerging crisis. While we persist in our superpower mentality, we have quietly become a second-class country.
A recent study done by Bankrate.com shows how millennials are putting their future on hold because of the burdening student loan debt. In fact, 56 percent of young adults interviewed stated that they are holding off on buying their first home until they fully pay of their student loan debt. If something isn’t done about the $1.2 trillion owed in student loans across America, our economy could completely collapse.