15 Examples of How 'The Little Guy' Is Getting Absolutely Killed
in America Today
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a lot of wealth or a lot of power are getting absolutely killed
in America today. The big corporations, the major financial institutions,
the ultra-wealthy and those connected to the top levels of government
are absolutely thriving even though the economy overall is in shambles.
Meanwhile, "the little guy" is being abused, harassed, regulated,
taxed and mistreated like never before. In general, the big corporations
and the government don't spend a lot of time tangling with each
other. Instead, mostly they seem content with attacking the weak
members of the herd (the rest of us). In the United States today,
wealth and power have become more concentrated than ever, and the
big corporations and the government have figured out thousands of
different ways to drain even more wealth and power away from the
rest of us. Most of the time, "the little guy" is not even able
to fight back. Most Americans have very limited resources and a
very limited knowledge of the law. Meanwhile, the "big guys" have
almost unlimited resources and can hire huge numbers of lawyers.
So what does that mean for the rest of us? Well, it means that until
society becomes a lot more just, you better do your best to keep
from becoming a target of the "big guys".
are 15 examples of how "the little guy" is getting absolutely killed
in America today....
The "Little Guy" Is Finding It Increasingly Difficult To Run A Small
of "self-employed" Americans continues to rapidly shrink. According
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.6 million Americans were self-employed
back in December 2006. Today, that number has shrunk to
14.5 million. Even though we have 14 million unemployed people
in this country and jobs are incredibly difficult to come by, the
number of people trying to work for themselves continues to decrease
because the environment for small businesses in this country has
become so incredibly toxic.
The "Little Guy" Is Being Hounded By Federal Bureaucrats
Did you know
that hay is now considered a "pollutant" by the federal government?
Kansas cattle feeder Mike Callicrate recently told
an audience that the EPA is now cracking down on his feedlot....
the Environmental Protection Agency declared hay a pollutant?”
an audience member asked. Callicrate responded affirmatively and
explained that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently
initiated a formal enforcement action against his Kansas feedlot
for, among other things, failure to store his hay in a pollution
containment zone. “Now that EPA has declared hay a pollutant,
every farmer and rancher that stores hay, or that leaves a broken
hay bale in the field is potentially violating EPA rules and subject
to an EPA enforcement action,” Callicrate said. “How far are we
going to let this agency go before we stand up and do something
The "Little Guy" Is Losing Health Coverage Because Of Obamacare
a recent report from the National Federation of Independent Business,
out of every eight small businesses in the United States have
either already had or expect to have the health insurance plans
for their employees terminated by the health insurance companies
because of Obamacare. Another
recent survey of mid-size and large businesses found that nearly
ten percent of them plan to stop offering health insurance coverage
to workers once Obamacare insurance exchanges begin in 2014, and
another 20 percent are not sure if they will continue to offer coverage
or not. Our health care system is
deeply broken and the ones that keep getting the short end of
the stick are average Americans.
The "Little Guy" Is Being Forced Into Desperate Living Conditions
By This Economy
As I wrote
about recently, millions of Americans are now living
out of "budget motels" because that is the only option they
have left. Large numbers of Americans that have lost their jobs
or their homes are now living in decaying hotel rooms because at
least it beats living on the street. One of my readers named JD
a comment describing his own experience with living in these
living in budget hotels I know firsthand of this. I spent last
fall in several of them in my old town. They are shoddy, sometimes
you have to share bathrooms with several other people, they are
infested with bedbugs and despair clings to the very air itself.
Its funny, In Helena MT they have the budget hotel in the general
area of the homeless shelter. I call the Budget Inn Hotel Gods
Love part 2. Gods Love is the name of the shelter. People go from
the hotel to the soupline across the street. Its stunning the
people you see in the shoddy hotels and souplines. I saw beautiful
women staying in those places. I wondered what happened to them
to have to stoop to that level of poverty. I eventually ran out
of money so I stayed in my car instead of staying in that terrible
shelter. The people are always sick and I was afraid of catching
TB or staph infection. Im not better than those people so I hope
I dont sound snobby. Im so grateful to God for giving me a second
chance to salvage my life. I truly feel like a modern day Cinderella
The "Little Guy" Is Getting Taxed Into Oblivion While The "Big Guy"
Has It Relatively Easy
wealthiest 400 Americans pay approximately
18% of their income in taxes. Many middle class Americans find
themselves paying a much, much higher percentage of their incomes
to the government than many of the wealthiest Americans do. Our
income tax system is fundamentally unjust and needs to be completely
The "Little Guy" Is Being Abused By Local Government
in the United States love to sink their teeth into small businesses.
Since they don't have the same flexibility to just pick up and move
like large corporations do, local governments often see small businesses
as "captive" sources of income. In
a recent article, Charles Hugh Smith commented on this phenomenon....
government sees small business as one thing and one thing only:
a captive source of extra revenue via higher licensing fees, junk
fees, permits, surcharges, etc. Local government thinks small
business is captive, but the local politicos and fiefdoms are
forgetting every small business owner has an option: it's called
closing down, and opting out of the rat-race of higher taxes and
The "Little Guy" Is Being Absolutely Hammered With Ridiculous Regulations
of nightmarish regulations that "the little guy" has to deal with
today just continues to increase. For example, a reader named Mark
recently left the following comment on
one of my recent articles....
of the rules created and enforced by the government are over the
top. For example: as a farmer (farming my own land) the government
wants to require me to have a CDL to operate my own tractor. This
is not needed. These type of regulations just bring more money
to the government and then we get more bureaucrats. The family
farms will go away and you end up with big corporate farms in
their place that can afford to pay the fees. In my state the government
claims ownership of all the underground water. They do not think
it is fair that we in the country do not pay for the use of it.
The folks in the city pay for water, so we should too. When the
people in the city pay their bill it covers the water, treatment
costs, installation of pipes, power costs,etc. They fail to consider
that we pay for our own costs such as drilling the well, buying
and installing the pump, the pressure tanks, the piping, no water
treatment, the cost of power to run the pump, the cost to repair
the system, etc. This is just another way for government too take
more money without providing a service. Let’s see, under the new
food safty regulations, the government will have the power to
come and inspect my garden. What comes next? Will I need to buy
a permit to have my garden in order to cover the cost of the government
inspector? Another one is the government wants to erect a fence
60 feet from the center of each side our creek. These would be
for wildlife corridors to bring on more of UN agenda 21.
The "Little Guy" Has To Pay The Bill For The Mistakes Of The "Big
financial crisis, the big banks got hundreds of billions in bailouts
and trillions in secret
loans from the Federal Reserve. Most average Americans that
found themselves deeply suffering got next to no help from the federal
government. Instead, all we got was a big debt bill that our descendants
are going to be expected to pay off for generations to come.
The "Big Guy" Will Mercilessly Come After The "Little Guy" If Payments
don't think that you have any power, the big financial institutions
will treat you like garbage if you don't pay them on time. For example,
Bank of America recently called one grieving widow up to 48 times
a day to remind her that her husband's debts needed to be paid.
The following is an excerpt from a
recent article in the Daily Mail....
told the widow that it was unable to stop the calls until the
debt was paid as they were computer generated.
claimed that the calls began the day after her husband died of
the bank that she only had $5,000 cash to hand, which was needed
for food and to bury her husband, but debt collectors told her
that she must use it to pay them.
said she and her family spent her husband's wake repeatedly hanging
up the phone on calls from the bank.
The "Little Guy" Is Struggling To Stay Out Of Poverty
class in America continues to rapidly shrink. According to a new
report produced by
Pew Charitable Trusts, approximately one out of every three
Americans that grew up in a middle class household has slipped down
the income ladder.
The "Little Guy" Has A Smaller Share Of The Pie Than Ever
If the United
States is still "the land of opportunity", a whole lot of people
are being left out. At this point, the poorest 50% of all Americans
now control just
2.5% of all of the wealth in this country.
The "Little Guy" Is Watching The Federal Government Destroy Our
We are experiencing
the worst stretch of unemployment since the Great Depression and
yet Barack Obama keeps pushing for more "free trade" agreements
which will allow even more of our jobs to be shipped
overseas and he keeps making
it easier for illegal immigrants to come in to the U.S. and
steal our jobs.
The "Little Guy" Is Expected To Pay Through The Nose For Education
That Has Little Value
They keep telling
us that we need "an education" if we are to better ourselves. Well,
the cost of college tuition in the United States has gone up by
over 900 percent since 1978, and most college graduates are
not able to find decent jobs in this economy. So we are all expected
to go into debt for the next 30 years to pay for college, but then
the system fails us by not providing nearly enough good jobs. Is
there any wonder why more people than ever are asking if college
is really worth
it? In the United States today, there are more
than 100,000 janitors and more
than 317,000 waiters and waitresses that have college degrees.
The "Little Guy" Is Now Treated Like "Human Cattle" In The Name
Of "National Security"
It just isn't
just at airports where Americans are being searched
like prisoners and treated like dehumanized cattle. Now, TSA
"VIPR teams" are conducting about 8000 "unannounced
security screenings" a year at subway stations, bus terminals,
seaports and highway rest stops.
The "Little Guy" Is Seen As A Major Threat While The "Big Guy" Seems
To Get A Free Pass Almost Every Single Time
government has no problem with brutally going after the little guy,
but extends every courtesy to the big banks and to the big corporations.
For example, the FDA conducted an armed raid on an Amish farm that
was selling raw milk at
5 AM in the morning, but not a single Wall Street executive
has gone to jail for the mass financial fraud that helped precipitate
the horrific financial crisis of 2008.
What in the
world has happened to this country?
a prayer for America we definitely need it.
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