Glenn has been sounding the warning bell for years that --- similar to other countries like Greece, Japan and Austria --- economic disaster will hit the shores of the U.S. unless dramatic changes are made. And the evidence is certainly there.
Tuesday on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn read from an article at Zero Hedge which lists 19 signs the American family is being economically destroyed.
"The number one sign," Glenn read, "The poorest 40 percent of Americans now spend more than 50 percent of their incomes just on food and housing. For those Americans that don't own a home, 50 percent of them spend a third of their incomes just on rent."
More startling facts on the list include more than 50 percent of all American workers bring home less than $30,000 a year. Additionally, adjusted for inflation, median household income has fallen nearly $5,000 since 2007. The typical American household is now worth 36 percent less than it was ten years ago.
The full list of 19 from Zero Hedge is noted below:
#1 The poorest 40 percent of all Americans now spend more than 50 percent of their incomes just on food and housing.
#2 For those Americans that don’t own a home, 50 percent of them spend more than a third of their incomes just on rent.
#3 The price of school lunches has risen to the 3 dollar mark at many public schools across the nation.
#4 McDonald’s “Dollar Menu & More” now includes items that cost as much as 5 dollars.
#5 The price of ground beef has doubled since 2009.
#6 In 1986, child care expenses for families with employed mothers used up 6.3 percent of all income. Today, that figure is up to 7.2 percent.
#7 Incomes fell for the bottom 80 percent of all income earners in the United States during the 12 months leading up to June 2014.
#8 At this point, more than 50 percent of all American workers bring home less than $30,000 a year in wages.
#9 After adjusting for inflation, median household income has fallen by nearly $5,000 since 2007.
#10 According to the New York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.
#11 47 percent of all Americans do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.
#12 One survey found that 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck.
#13 According to the U.S. Department of Education, 33 percent of all Americans with student loans are currently behind on their student loan debt repayments.
#14 According to one recent report, 43 million Americans currently have unpaid medical debt on their credit reports.
#15 The rate of homeownership in the U.S. has been declining for seven years in a row, and it is now the lowest that it has been in 20 years.
#16 For each of the past six years, more businesses have closed in the United States than have opened. Prior to 2008, this had never happened before in all of U.S. history.
#17 According to the Census Bureau, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.
#18 If you have no debt at all, and you also have 10 dollars in your wallet, that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans.
#19 On top of everything else, the average American must work from January 1st to April 24th just to pay all federal, state and local taxes.
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Featured Image: Customers eat at a McDonald's restaurant October 19, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, reported today a 27 percent jump in its third-quarter earnings. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)