Box Score

GOOD TRENDS
Black

2018
The unemployment rate for black workers hit new record lows in May

Culture
Divorce Rate Is at a 40-Year Low, Unless You’re 55 or Older  

Devolution

175 mayors support Paris accords 2017

Economy

2019
  •  Nation's poverty are at historic lows.
  • Jobless rate at 50 year low 
  • Employment at record high

2018
October retail sales up 4.6% from a year earlier
Economic security programs have worked
Median income increases in 2017
Wage growth highest since 2008
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the share of jobless African Americans in the labor force fell to 7.1%, the lowest level since April 2000. It was 1.5 percentage points down from a year ago

2017
The typical household’s income rose more from 2014 to 2016 than in any other two-year period on record, poverty declined significantly, and the share of Americans without health insurance fell to a record low. This marks the first time on record, with data back to 1988, that all three measures of well-being improved for two years in a row.

Environment


Solar energy booming 2017
Wind and solar hits record ten percent of American power 2017

Health


2018
Cancer death rate dropping 2018

2017
Breast cancer death rates drop almot 40% 2017

Housing

Number of housing sales highest in ten years 2017

Justice

NYC's success in cutting crime 2018

Labor

US unemployment rate falls to lowest point since 1969

Latino
Unemployment for Latinos is at 4.2% — the lowest in recorded history.2019

Marijuana

Nearly two thirds of Americans want marijuana to be legal 2017


Money
In Kansas, even Republicans revolted against tax breaks for the rich 2017

Politics

12 states now have automatic voter registration 2018
Millennials turn left 2017
Angry young upset British election 2017
How a far left candidate won in a red state 2017
Americans hold liberal views on most moral issues 2017

Religion

Religious progressives are back in the game 2017

Sex

Sexual diversity growing

Transportation

Americans are driving more, and dying less while we drive.

Women

Prior to the fall 2018 elections women made up at least 40% of the members in only two state assemblies. Afterward, five state legislatures had that many women. In 2019, 2,131, or 28.9% of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women.
Record number of women run for U.S. House seats 2018

BAD TRENDS

Afghanistan
According to the United Nations , almost one - third more civilians died in Afghanistan during the first nine months of 2017 than during that same period in 2009 when the counting began. Compared to the same period in 2016, there was a 52 percent increase of civilian deaths from airstrikes in 2017, with women and children comprising 68 percent of these deaths. -2018

Defense secretary admits we're not winning in 16 year old Afghan war 2017

The endless war in Afghanstan 2017

Black


Suicide deaths among black females aged 13 to 19 rose 182% between 2001 and 2017, while the rate among black teen males rose 60% during that same period. The study also found that the methods black teens used most often in suicide attempts -- firearms and strangulation -- are among the most lethal.  2019

Whie the median household income for white, non-Hispanic households rose 2.6 percent to $68,145 in 2017 and rose 3.7 percent to $50,486 for Hispanic households, it fell 0.2 percent to $40,258 for African-American households.

Budget
Budget deficit worse since 2012

Cities
42% of major cities have more renters than homeowners
2018

Climate
  • In its fifth assessment report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted between 52 and 98 centimeters (approximately 1.7 to 3.2 feet) of sea level rise by 2100. But the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday, put the range at 62 to 238 centimeters (approximately two to 7.8 feet). - 2019
  • Slashdot - Major hurricanes and wildfires fueled a record year for costs related to natural disasters in the United States, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That report also said 2017 was the third-warmest year in 123 years of record keeping, behind only 2014 and 2012. Natural disasters in the United States cost more than $300 million last year, far surpassing the previous record of $214.8 billion set in 2005,
  • The year climate change spun out of control
  • Sea level already becoming an urban factor 2018
  • The Antarctic's melting threat to the rest of the world 2017
  • Climate change becoming serious public health problem 2017
Culture
Americans less happy with more pain 2017

Drugs

Marijuana arrests mount

Economy


2019

Common Dreams -An analysis found that the top one percent of Americans gained $21 trillion in wealth since 1989 while the bottom 50 percent lost $900 billion

U.S. manufacturing dives to 10-year low as trade tensions weigh

Washington Post -Income inequality in the United States has hit its highest level since the Census Bureau started tracking it more than five decades ago

A record ten years since last federal minimum wage increase

Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone That's 43% of households in the United States. 

40% pf Americans  couldn't handle an unexpected $400 expense

The real reason for the drop in unemployment 

Between 1979 and 2016, the US national income grew by nearly 60%, but after accounting for taxes and transfers, the bottom half of the income distribution experienced incomes rising by 22%, while those in the top 10% had income gains that were almost five times as much – 100%.

Record trade deficit
 
Farm debt at 1980s level 

Record number of Americans 90 days behind car payments

2018

December: The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits tumbled to near a 49-year low

Household debt at record high

More than one-quarter of U.S. renters in a survey are not confident they could cover a $400 emergency. Around 18 percent of homeowners report low emergency savings... More than 30 percent of renters feel insecurity about food, as do 19 percent of homeowners in the Urban Institute study.

Billionaires made more money in 2017 than ever

CEO-average worker pay gap 339 to 1

Most new jobs are low paying

Since the Great Recession, which saw unemployment explode and millions of Americans lose their homes to foreclosure, the net worth of the top 10 percent is up 26.6 percent and down for American families, just over 30 percent.

In 2017 the average CEO of the 350 largest firms in the U.S. received $18.9 million in compensation, a 17.6 percent increase over 2016. The typical worker’s compensation remained flat, rising a mere 0.3 percent. The 2017 CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of 312-to-1 was far greater than the 20-to-1 ratio in 1965 and more than five times greater than the 58-to-1 ratio in 1989 (although it was lower than the peak ratio of 344-to-1, reached in 2000).

Top incomes rising twice the rate of those near the bottom

Top fifth have received most benefits of tax cuts since 2000

Millennials making much less than Boomers at the same age 2018

Between 1973 and 2016, hourly compensation increased just 12.3 percent, while productivity increased 73.7 percent. This has been accompanied by anti - union policies like “right to work” laws that have undermined workers’ power to bargain collectively.

Between 1968 and 2017, the share of U.S. workers in unions fell from 24.9 percent to 10.7 percent.

Since 1968, the top 1 percent's share of national income has nearly doubled while the official poverty rate for all U.S. families has merely inched up and down. The 400 wealthiest Americans now own more than the bottom 64 percent of the U.S. population


37% of Gen Xers say they can't afford to retire

More than 8,000 store closures were announced in 2017


2017


Black families makng less than in 2000
2017

Big drop off in new businesses
2017

In a recent GoBankingRates study,
69% of adults admitted to having less than $1,000 in the bank, while 34% said they actually don't have any savings at all. 2017

Nearly two thirds of Americans plan to work past retirement age
2017

Education
2018
High school math scores plummet
US now ranks 27th in healthcare and education
Teacher wages are lower than ever

2017
For profit charter schools do worse 2017

Environment
North America has lost more than one in four birds in last fifty years 2019

Transportation replaces power as top source of CO2 emissions
The Arctic as we know it is no more 2018
Number of flying insects have collapsed by three quarters 2017
Tenth of global wilderness lost in past 20 years 2017

Ethnic
Blacks three times as likely to be killed by cops than whites 2017
Ethnic wealth gap growing 2017

Freedom
A quarter of Americans oppose a free press 2017
Young losing interest in freedom 2017
The civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protests might be illegal today 2017

Health

2019


2018
• US infant mortality rates are the highest in the developed world.
• Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives, compared to people living in any other rich democracy, and the “health gap” between the US and its peer countries continues to grow.
• The US has the highest prevalence of obesity in the developed world.
• In terms of access to water and sanitation the US ranks 36th in the world. 2018
2017
Out of pocket health spending greatest in decade

Housing

2019
Average Americans can't afford a home in 70 percent of the country 

2018
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes tumbled to a more than 2-1/2-year low in October amid sharp declines in all four regions, further evidence that higher mortgage rates were hurting the housing market.
First increase in homelessness in seven years
42% of major cities have more renters than homeowners

2017
The tough state of renters

Immigration
  • The immigration court backlog continues to climb - up 65 percent since President Trump assumed office. A total of only 424 judges face a backlog of 892,517 cases on the courts' active dockets as of the end of April 2019, not counting the hundreds of thousands of pending cases that have not yet been re-calendared. - 2019
  • The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on 2016 government dat.
  • Federal spending on immigration, deportation, and border policies increased from $2 billion to $17 billion and deportations increased tenfold between 1976 and 2015.

Income
The youth poverty rate in the United States is the highest across the OECD with one quarter of youth living in poverty compared to less than 14% across the OECD. 2018
Estimated portion of Americans born in 1980 who will go on to earn more than their parents did : 1/2 Of those born in 1940 who did : 9/10 2017

Justice
America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Its rate is nearly five times the OECD average. 2018
The number of sentenced inmates of all races in U.S. state and federal prison grew from 187,914 in 1968 to 1,458,000 in 2016. People of color account for 66 percent of people in prison, while they make up only about 39 percent of the total population. 2018

Labor
Layoffs increase
25 states have preempted cities from passing minimum wage laws (many in response to successful grassroots living wage campaigns). 2018
The Labor Force Participation Rate shows the percentage of the working-age population currently working, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data…
In Jan. 2000, the LFP Rate was 67.3%
In Jan. 2018, the LFP Rate was 62.7%

It gets much worse when you consider that roughly 12 million well-paying full-time jobs have been eliminated and replaced with either part-time or below “living wage” full-time jobs that do not provide healthcare benefits.
Also consider this…
- In 2000, there were 168 million more people than full-time jobs (282 million population, 114 million full-time jobs).
- In 2018, there are 201 million more people than full-time jobs (327 million population, 126 million full-time jobs).
...Also consider that the “poverty” rate is another outrageously fraudulent government statistic, with constantly “tweaked” methodology, which is built off the ultimate fraudulent statistic, aka the “inflation” rate.
The shrinking job market 2017
Young Americans earn less than in 1975 2017

Media
Newspapers in more than 1,400 cities and towns across the US have closed over the past 15 years - 2019

US drops again in international press freedom standing 2018

Religion
Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100-200 churches will close this week.

Seniors
The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991, [a] study found, and the same group accounts for a far greater share of all filers.

Social progress
US ranked 18th in social progress 2017

Trade
The Commerce Department announcedthat the country’s trade deficit last year was the biggest in US history. It’s $891 billion for merchandise, $621 billion when the service sector is added in, and $419 billion with China alone. Each is a record. The Post reports that the overall number tops the previous record of $838 billion in 2006, 2019

Transportation

2019
Bridges across the United States are deteriorating, and a new report estimates it will take more than 80 years to fix all of them. More than 47,000 bridges in the United States are in crucial need of repairs, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
 
2018
Transit ridership dropping 

Voting
States purged 16 million from their voter rolls
23 states have adopted some form of voter suppression law since 2010 2018
Thre number of citizens disenfranchised due to felony convictions has tripled, from 2 million in 1968 to 6.1 million in 2016 , including one in thirteen black adults. 2018

War
Since Vietnam, the United States has waged an ongoing war against diffuse enemies, The current annual military budget, at $668 billion, dwarfs the $190 billion allocated for education, jobs, housing, and other basic services and infrastructure.
Out of every dollar in federal discretionary spending, 53 cents goes towards the military, with just 15 cents on anti-poverty programs.
With private contractors now performing many traditional military roles, there have been almost 10 times as many military contractors per soldier in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as there were during the Vietnam War, many of them making far more money than underpaid U.S. soldiers. Army privates in combat earned less than $30,000 in 2016. In 2016, the CEOs of the top five military contractors earned on average $19.2 million — more than 90 times the $214,000 earned by a U.S. military general with 20 years of experience, including housing allowances and extra combat pay and approximately 640 times the amount earned by Army privates in combat .
According to the United Nations , almost one - third more civilians died in Afghanistan during the first nine months of 2017 than during that same period in 2009 when the counting began. Compared to the same period in 2016, there was a 52 percent increase of civilian deaths from airstrikes in 2017, with women and children comprising 68 percent of these deaths. -2018
The war on terror has cost $250 million a day for 16 years 2018

Wealth
When you compare the actual cost of living to income, 50% of the U.S. population is presently living in poverty.
Roughly 1/3 of the population has a negative net worth.
Only about 25% generate enough income to cover living expenses without taking on more debt. 2018

Women
Study: Women earn half as much as men

Youth
The net worth of the average 18- to 35-year-old has plummeted 34 percent since 1996 (2019)

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