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Old 11-19-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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Is an America that looks like a giant Bangladesh in our future? If so, how long till we get there? What % of 300 million here will be roaming the streets scavenging trash cans before things start to pick up? Will they EVER pick up? Will the descent be rapid or slow-motion? Opinions please.

Ever been to Detroit?
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Is an America that looks like a giant Bangladesh in our future? If so, how long till we get there? What % of 300 million here will be roaming the streets scavenging trash cans before things start to pick up? Will they EVER pick up? Will the descent be rapid or slow-motion? Opinions please.
Don't think it will get as bad as you say. Not in this lifetime, but the middle class will have a lower standard of living and there maybe a few big financial crashes coming our way. Crime will increase as there will be more social and economic problems for families and people who fall thru the cracks.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Also have you ever benn to Bangladesh?
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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Not very bad eh!!!!! These pics are of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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While I think the OP might have been using Bangladesh more as a metaphor for extreme poverty, in the intervening four years since I think what we've witnessed in this country is greater polarization of the haves and the have-nots, and I'm not talking about the 1% vs the 99%. Rather it's like 50% vs 50% with one half doing reasonably well, at least keeping their heads above water and the other half gradually sinking under an ocean of debt and lost or absent opportunity. Is it a coincidence that roughly 49% (about half) have no health insurance and 49% (about half) collect food stamps? Isn't it odd that the two numbers are nearly identical?

Eventually I think we'll see half of the country fall off the cliff ala Detroit and do the garbage rummaging and dying in the alleyways on drug overdoses and hunger and malnutrition, while the other 50% manage by hook or crook to stay alive and thrive at various degrees. More succinctly, write off 150 million people in this country as lost and reestablish the effective population of this country at 150 million people.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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Is an America that looks like a giant Bangladesh in our future? If so, how long till we get there? What % of 300 million here will be roaming the streets scavenging trash cans before things start to pick up? Will they EVER pick up? Will the descent be rapid or slow-motion? Opinions please.
Will the Republican Party wear tin foil hats in our future?
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:46 AM
 
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This pic is from Camden NJ. Bangladesh in above pics look better.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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All those empty rowhouses, and homelessness is still a problem.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Google Futurestreet View shows what America will be like in a few more decades. You can access it by typing the secret password: SOUTHAFRICA.

There are still plenty of places that look like this:




but the typical suburb looks more like this:



(these two locations are only a dozen miles apart in Capetown, BTW)
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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Victorian Terraced Housing built in England in late 1800s is still surviving. Their cities still look the same even though their economy is in much worse condition then us for last 30 years. Our Suburbs and Cars lifestyle will easily survive this 21st Century.


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