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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Government is the source of our decay-Tips to stay more independent




Poor Man Survival

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources      

"A republic is not an easy form of government to live under,
and when the responsibility of citizenship is evaded,
democracy decays and authoritarianism takes over."

-- Earl Warren
(1891-1974) Chief Justice, U. S. Supreme Court




Since the depths of the last recession, the price of ground beef in the United States has doubled


There is so much government interference in our lives today that our country is being run into the ground and no one expects their children to live a better life.


 Has your paycheck doubled since then?  Even though the Federal Reserve insists that we are in a “low inflation” environment, the government’s own numbers show that the price of ground beef has been on an unprecedented run over the past six years.  In early 2009, the average price of a pound of ground beef was hovering near 2 dollars.  In February, it hit a brand new all-time record high of $4.238 per pound.  Even just 12 months ago, the price of ground beef was sitting at $3.555 per pound.  So we are talking about a huge increase.  And this hits American families where they really live.  Each year, the average American consumes approximately 270 pounds of meat.  The only nation in the world that eats more meat than we do is Luxembourg


If the paychecks of American workers were going up fast enough to deal with this increase, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  But of course that is not happening.  In an article just last week, I showed that real median household income is a couple thousand dollars lower now than it was during the depths of the last recession.  The middle class is being squeezed, and we are rapidly getting to the point where burgers are going to be considered a “luxury” item.


Did you know that about one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States?  Did you know that Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury?  Did you know that if you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans?  Did you know that by the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television?  There are some things that are great about the United States, and there are definitely some things that are not so great.  Once upon a time we were the most loved and most respected nation on the entire planet, but those days are long gone…



48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies in their homes whatsoever.



Adjusting to Sudden
Economic Changes

After surviving a catastrophic accident, and watching friends and family members go through divorces, layoffs and major illnesses, I have concluded that the one thing we all do that destroys our finances is failing to immediately accept the new normal of our lives. Quickly adjusting to sudden economic changes is important to your monetary well-being. Read more.



How to Be Charitable on a Budget
I count myself among those frugal types who are that way, in part, so that they may give to others. Frugal people are some of the most generous people I know and usually give without fanfare and are very creative in doing so. Here are ten ways to be generous to those less fortunate without breaking the bank.


House bill aims to repeal the Patriot Act »
A House bill that would fundamentally disassemble the Patriot Act has begun its course through the House, thanks to a bipartisan duo calling for an end to "dragnet surveillance" in the United States. 
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Resources you can use and share…


·         Did you know that for $1,000-$5,000 you could have a nice, small home that would outlast most conventional wood-framed houses, and be quieter, non-toxic and more comfortable? Here's one way to do it:


Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA).

 Their agencies have recently started helping people who are wondering what to do with their student loans. It's an important question, because you probably only get one chance to get it right. So you don't want to get advice from someone who can only offer you one solution. You want to talk to someone who has a full range of options available for you. A good place to start is with Student Loan Counselors, who can put you in touch with a non-profit counselor. Visit their site. It's no cost to you and could put you on a quicker path to repaying student loans.


Make a budget in 3 minutes
April is Financial Literacy Month! Are you making the most of your money? Use the free budgeting tool on EconomicCheckUp® to quickly see where your money goes, how you can spend smarter, and how to best live within your means.
Create your budget











Yours for a life fulfilled


Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



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