While most of us will be snuggled up next to a cozy fire, eating ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and opening up gift after gift, 2.5 million children will be on the out in the cold sleeping in the streets these holidays. Child poverty in America has reached an all time high. The Washington Post reports that the United States ranks 36th out of the 41 wealthiest nations in the world. We have 49 million Americans dealing with food insecurity right now. The Census Bureau released a study regarding children in America and the numbers are staggering. We have 65 percent of children living in households that participate in one or more government-paid programs. More than half a million homeless children reside in California. What is happening to the United States?
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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 crisis, where it came from and how to stop it. While we persist in our superpower mentality, we have quietly become a second-class country in many respects.
We have been hearing from mainstream news that the economy is sluggishly improving, but is it really? How could it be improving when foreclosures are at an all time high in New Jersey? How could it be getting better when American company Radio Shack is on the verge of selling out and desperately looking for capital? How could it be improving when American companies like Burger King strategically buy Canadian based Tim Horton’s in order to move its headquarters to Canada to avoid paying our high corporate tax rate? How can it possibly be getting better when the vast majority of the jobs in our country are now service industry jobs like flipping burgers. These jobs are acceptable for teenagers looking to make extra money, or seniors who are retired and looking for a little extra cash. However, they are inadequate for head of households looking to feed their families, pay for a mortgage, bills and gas. These jobs are not enough to pay back student loans for college graduates.
The rich in America continue getting richer and the poor continue getting poorer. A study done at the Harvard Business School showed that the widening gap between the wealthiest and the lower classes is unlikely to improve any time soon. In fact, 47 percent of the respondents to the study said that over the next three years, they expect U.S. companies to be less competitive and less able to pay higher wages and benefits. “Thriving citizens become more productive employees, more willing consumers, and stronger supporters of pro-business policies,” the study said. “Struggling citizens are disgruntled at work, frugal at the cash register, and anti-business at the ballot box.”
Free trade sounds nice, but it is an extremely misleading policy. In actuality the practice has wrought havoc on the American economy. It appears as though our leaders are either apathetic or clueless when it comes to the United States’ involvement with free trade agreements (FTAs). In fact, “free trade” lines the pockets and ambitions of CEOs and politicians while shipping American jobs overseas.