It has been our contention the the First American Republic began to collapse about the time of the Reagan administration. Since then, fundamental assaults on the Constitution, economic equity and other factors have made the US a different place than it once was. For the moment we’re calling it an adhocracy but some readers may have stronger terms. (This is a work in progresss)
Federal judge okays NSA collecting your phone data
From the Economic Collapse Blog (2014)
Today, approximately 20 percent of all children in the United States are living in poverty. Incredibly, a higher percentage of children is living in poverty in America today than was the case back in 1975.
Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, close to one out of every six Americans is on food stamps. More than one out of every four children in the United States is enrolled in the food stamp program.
This chart, from the Center for American Progress, shows how recoveries from recessions have changed since the 1980s. The three top recoveries are from 1961 to 1982 and the bottom three are more recent, with the current one the worst.