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They Denied That We Were In A Depression In 1933 And They Are Doing It Again In 2013
TEC ^ | 09/13/2013 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 09/14/2013 8:03:39 PM PDT by Joe Jitsu

Great Depression HeadlinesThe more things change, the more things stay the same. The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression. And of course we are experiencing a very similar thing today. The United States is in the worst financial shape that it has ever been in, our economic infrastructure is being systematically gutted, and poverty is absolutely exploding. Since the stock market crash of 2008, the Federal Reserve has been wildly printing money and the federal government has been running trillion dollar deficits in a desperate attempt to stabilize things, but in the process they have made our long-term economic problems far worse. It would be hard to overstate how dire our situation is, and yet the mainstream media continues to assure us that everything is just fine and that happy days are here again.

As I have already noted, the mainstream media was doing the exact same thing back during the days of the Great Depression. The following are actual Associated Press headlines from 1933...

"Decisive Break from Panic Shown in Business Figures"

"Markets Spurt To New Highs"

"New Farm Bill to End Depression"

And the following is a headline discovery from 1933 that was made by Linda Goin...

I was browsing through old newspapers the other day and discovered a page filled with news about the stock market and banks in the Daily Capital News from Jefferson City, Missouri. The date was March 15, 1933, well into the Great Depression, and the news was cautiously celebratory as a headline read, “Era of Fear is Declared at End Now.

The Depression-era classic song entitled "Happy Days Are Here Again" was played at the Democratic National Convention in 1932 and it went on to be featured by the Democrats for many years after that. The following is an excerpt from a Wikipedia article about that song...

Today, the song is probably best remembered as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's successful 1932 presidential campaign. According to TIME magazine, it gained prominence after a spontaneous decision by Roosevelt's advisers to play it at the 1932 Democratic National Convention, and went on to become the Democratic Party's "unofficial theme song for years to come".

There is only one huge problem.

The election of Roosevelt didn't end the depression. Years of bitter economic suffering and dust bowl conditions were still ahead. The Great Depression continued all the way up to the start of World War II, and the war years were certainly no picnic for average folks either.

But at least cheery headlines can make people feel better, right?

That is what some believe.

Others believe that giving people false hope is very cruel and that it sets up people for failure.

The following are some actual headlines that were found on mainstream news sites today...

CNBC: "Recession risk gone in all US states but 1: Moody's Analytics"

CNN: "Foreclosure crisis is drawing to a close"

NBC News: "Stocks close near highs; S&P logs 7-day rally"

Wow, those headlines sound great!

So are happy days here again?

Not quite.

In fact, things continue to get even worse in a whole host of ways. Just consider the following statistics...

-According to a brand new Gallup poll that was just released, 20.0% of all Americans did not have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed at some point over the past year. That is just under the record of 20.4% that was set back in November 2008.

-Gallup also found that the ability of American families to meet some of their other most basic needs is near an all-time low...

The Basic Access Index, which includes 13 questions about topics including Americans' ability to afford food, housing, and healthcare, was 81.4 in August, on par with the all-time low of 81.2 recorded in October 2011.

-More than 90 million working age Americans are considered to be "not in the labor force".

-The labor force participation rate is the lowest that it has been in 35 years.

-516,000 Americans "left the labor force" last month. That was a brand new all-time record high.

-The number of private sector jobs dropped by 278,000 last month.

-77 percent of the jobs that have been "created" so far this year have been part-time jobs.

-Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

-Right now, 40 percent of all U.S. workers are making less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

-The U.S. trade deficit with China has hit a brand new record high.

-The U.S. trade deficit with the EU has hit a brand new record high.

-The number of U.S. households on food stamps is at a brand new record high.

-One of the largest furniture manufacturers in America was just forced into bankruptcy...

The maker of furniture brands such as Thomasville, Broyhill, Lane and Drexel Heritage said Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

-Total mortgage activity has dropped to the lowest level that we have seen since October 2008.

Yes, those in the top 1 percent are doing very well for the moment thanks to the reckless money printing that the Federal Reserve has been doing.

But for most Americans, the last several years have been a continual struggle. The following is a list that comes from one of my previous articles entitled "44 Facts About The Death Of The Middle Class That Every American Should Know"...

1. According to one recent survey, "four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives".

2. The growth rate of real disposable personal income is the lowest that it has been in decades.

3. Median household income (adjusted for inflation) has fallen by 7.8 percent since the year 2000.

4. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

5. The home ownership rate in the United States is the lowest that it has been in 18 years.

6. It is more expensive to rent a home in America than ever before. In fact, median asking rent for vacant rental units just hit a brand new all-time record high.

7. According to one recent survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

8. The U.S. economy actually lost 240,000 full-time jobs last month, and the number of full-time workers in the United States is now about 6 million below the old record that was set back in 2007.

9. The largest employer in the United States right now is Wal-Mart. The second largest employer in the United States right now is a temp agency (Kelly Services).

10. One out of every ten jobs in the United States is now filled through a temp agency.

11. According to the Social Security Administration, 40 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $20,000 a year.

12. The ratio of wages and salaries to GDP is near an all-time record low.

13. The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

14. Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

15. At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.

16. According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 declined by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

17. In the year 2000, about 17 million Americans were employed in manufacturing. Today, only about 12 million Americans are employed in manufacturing.

18. The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

19. The average number of hours worked per employed person per year has fallen by about 100 since the year 2000.

20. Back in the year 2000, more than 64 percent of all working age Americans had a job. Today, only 58.7 percent of all working age Americans have a job.

21. When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job, it comes to more than 100 million.

22. The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.

23. The percentage of Americans that are self-employed has steadily declined over the past decade and is now at an all-time low.

24. Right now there are 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

25. In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about 58 percent. Today it is up to 154 percent.

26. Total U.S. household debt grew from just 1.4 trillion dollars in 1980 to a whopping 13.7 trillion dollars in 2007. This played a huge role in the financial crisis of 2008, and the problem still has not been solved.

27. The total amount of student loan debt in the United States recently surpassed the one trillion dollar mark.

28. Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

29. Back in the year 2000, the mortgage delinquency rate was about 2 percent. Today, it is nearly 10 percent.

30. Consumer debt in the United States has risen by a whopping 1700% since 1971, and 46% of all Americans carry a credit card balance from month to month.

31. In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

32. One study discovered that approximately 41 percent of all working age Americans either have medical bill problems or are currently paying off medical debt, and according to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine medical bills are a major factor in more than 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the United States.

33. Each year, the average American must work 107 days just to make enough money to pay local, state and federal taxes.

34. Today, approximately 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty.

35. The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by more than 15 million since the year 2000.

36. Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

37. At this point, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

38. In the year 2000, there were only 17 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are more than 47 million Americans on food stamps.

39. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

40. Right now, the number of Americans on food stamps exceeds the entire population of the nation of Spain.

41. According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

42. At this point, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

43. According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be "poor" or "low income".

44. In the year 2000, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 21 percent. Today, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages is approximately 35 percent.

But there is no way that we are actually in another economic depression, right?

If that was the case, the mainstream media certainly would have told us, right?

According to John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics, if the U.S. government actually used honest numbers, they would show that the U.S. economy has actually been contracting continually since 2005.

In other words, if the numbers were not being manipulated they would show that we have had negative GDP growth every single year since 2005.

I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a depression to me.

What do you think?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Society
KEYWORDS: depression

1 posted on 09/14/2013 8:03:39 PM PDT by Joe Jitsu
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To: Joe Jitsu

Just 80 years have passed. They should have waited.


2 posted on 09/14/2013 8:06:07 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Joe Jitsu

Very good. Joe Jitsu.....No one knew the depths of the depression until much later.....That’s interesting


3 posted on 09/14/2013 8:08:24 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Joe Jitsu

Bump for later...


4 posted on 09/14/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT by Wasichu
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To: Joe Jitsu

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

5 posted on 09/14/2013 8:19:31 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Who will take us back 5 years by getting rid of Obamacare? AFTER THAT WHO WILL DISMANTLE THE WAR ON POVERTY? There will be riots. Last who will go back to the Great Depression and kill the New Deal? Good luck.


6 posted on 09/14/2013 8:24:27 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Dismantle the war on drugs as well.


7 posted on 09/14/2013 8:26:18 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Joe Jitsu

8 posted on 09/14/2013 8:28:27 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: Joe Jitsu
Yes. We are in a depression.

And the Democrats are doing the same thing they did during the Great Depression; devaluing our currency, interfering with business and private affairs, and deepening plus prolonging the depression.

This was and is by design. It's purpose is to gain and retain real power by seizing real wealth from and denying opportunity to WE The People.

Two things broke us out of the Great Depression; FDR's death and winning WWII. Well, Obama is doing his damnedest to start WWIII. And he wants us to lose to Islam.

So look for this depression to continue. Until strong-willed Conservatives are in power we will stay in financial depression and be at great risk of another world war.

9 posted on 09/14/2013 8:40:09 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: DakotaGator

Well stated, Gator. Unfortunately, we are going to eventually lose to Islam..


10 posted on 09/14/2013 8:50:03 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: kingpins10

Until we understand it is a mechanism for conquest disguised as religion, western civilization is in serious trouble!


11 posted on 09/14/2013 8:55:56 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Joe Jitsu

The inflationary depression has caused a couple of new restaurant trends:

1. At some fast food restaurants, all burgers on the menu now come with cheese, at higher prices, of course. Including the cheese supposedly justifies the prices, but you pay for it even if you don’t want cheese.

2. Items are smaller at higher prices.

We visited a Chili’s last night for the first time in several years. An hour before closing time we were the only customers, which suited us fine, but made us wonder about the viability of the restaurant. The Chili’s Old Timer, which used to be a man-sized burger, was barely bigger than a slider, and my wife had to pay for the cheese even though she didn’t want it. The order of fries was also about half the size I remember. The chicken dish I had was also substantially smaller than a few years ago.

This matches the grocery store trend of massive package-size reductions. If that trend continues, you’ll soon be paying $4 for a single-serving box.

Brother, can you spare a dime-sized burger?


12 posted on 09/14/2013 8:58:51 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: kingpins10

Suggesting defeat erodes the morale of the men virtually ensuring the loss. Move off the line to the rear with the women and children.


13 posted on 09/14/2013 9:08:18 PM PDT by chulaivn66 (Semper Fidelis)
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To: chulaivn66

Why us? “Because we’re here lad. Because we’re here.” Color Sergeant Bourne - ZULU - 1964


14 posted on 09/14/2013 9:12:03 PM PDT by chulaivn66 (Semper Fidelis)
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To: Joe Jitsu
Happy Days are Here Again didn't start out as a Democrat Party anthem. It came from the movie "Chasing Rainbows," in which it was featured in a production number celebrating Armistice Day. Unfortunately, this scene has been lost.

The first recordings of the tune were released in the final weeks of 1929, and it became an international hit in 1930. One of my favorite international versions is Wochenend und Sonnenschein (Weekend and Sunshine).

The tune was also a favorite of Richard Nixon's. after he was elected to the US Senate in 1950, he played it on every piano he could find.

15 posted on 09/14/2013 9:31:20 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Joe Jitsu
A lot of people knew we were in a depression, as reflected by some of the popular songs of the time:
16 posted on 09/14/2013 9:52:22 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: AZLiberty
1. At some fast food restaurants, all burgers on the menu now come with cheese, at higher prices, of course. Including the cheese supposedly justifies the prices, but you pay for it even if you don’t want cheese.

I started noticing this at least 5 years ago and it irritates me. Apparently I'm one of the rare people out there who likes a burger with no cheese. What's with the assumption that everyone wants it, and why should I subsidize those who do?

17 posted on 09/14/2013 11:22:52 PM PDT by Ackackadack
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To: Fiji Hill

awesome music. Thanks!


18 posted on 09/15/2013 12:48:01 AM PDT by gawatchman (see you in the soup line!)
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To: DakotaGator

I would agree with the one statement...we are in the midst of a depression (probably not of the same quality or character as the 1930s version). Banks in this case....were saved...only by massive infusion of imaginary cash from the government. Some banks failed, but the bulk survived.

Had we done the same thing in 1929...we would have been slightly better (as we are today), but the general effects are the same. No company is building onto their structure...jobs are scarce...and folks are worried about their future.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 2:11:32 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Indeed. What our governments are doing is erecting barriers to the creation of wealth.

Governments cannot create wealth, only consume it. Ours are not only doing so at the expense of We The People, but they are actively stifling the wealth creators.

Folks should be worried about their future. Because government is only worried about its future.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 2:44:50 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: kingpins10

“Unfortunately, we are going to eventually lose to Islam..”

Like hell we will.


21 posted on 09/15/2013 3:00:09 AM PDT by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Joe Jitsu
The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression. And of course we are experiencing a very similar thing today.

In their hubris and arrogance they think they're actually helping... that their stories control the events of the day, and they can feel good that they are preventing worse. Corrupt incompetence second only to our Dear Leader.

22 posted on 09/15/2013 3:25:51 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Obama is failing faster than I can lower my expectations.)
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To: Teacher317

The media got started under Former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, appalled at the abuses undertaken the name of progressivism, warned newspaper reporters not to accept the New Deal pretext of a permanent crisis. The Great Depression, Mellon said was just a “bad quarter-hour” in the glorious history of American growth. The Great Depression was the most catastrophic economic event in our nation’s history, Americans certainly understood the true hardship and suffering of the times just as they don’t need constant media coverage to get the calamity we are in now.


23 posted on 09/15/2013 3:46:48 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: Joe Jitsu

Obama’s plan to destroy the economy is right on track. Try to imagine 3.5 years from now.


24 posted on 09/15/2013 8:24:06 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Joe Jitsu.
The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression.
The stock market crash happened in 1929, thanks to a Hoover idea about (if memory serves) reserve requirements; that led to a economic cascade failure including stampedes on the banks, no money in circulation (35% drop due to the idiotic Smoot-Hawley tariffs alone), retail spending collapse, massive unemployment, and just for fun, unrelated but simultaneous regional natural disasters like the Dust Bowl. Meanwhile the constant violence by so-called labor organizers didn't abate; US armed forces were used against the "Bonus Army", and other tone-deaf foolishness.


25 posted on 09/15/2013 9:40:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Sawdring

... and the “Great Society”.


26 posted on 09/15/2013 11:02:03 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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