Although the statisticians cannot explain the causes, the realities of the economic collapse have begun to be reflected in their research. A new study published in the August issue of Health Affairs notes that, after years of diminishing increases, life expectancies for the least educated Americans have fallen by a whopping four years between 1990 and 2008. According to the New York Times article which reviewed the data, "the steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma," who lost an average of five years of life (and are now below black women of similar education level), while white men without diplomas lost an average three years of life. Worldwide, the U.S. has fallen from 14th to 41st place since 1985. Among "developed nations, the U.S., which ranked 'in the middle of the pack'" in 1970, is now dead last.
Suicides have now overtaken auto fatalities as the number one cause of "accidental" deaths in the U.S., according to a study published Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health, and reported in today's Daily Mail. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, between 2000 and 2009, the number of people who committed suicide in the U.S. has jumped a startling 71%, while deaths from auto accidents have dropped 25%. Even this number may be understated, researchers say, since "suicides are notoriously under-reported," and the study only accounted for suicides from "falls and poisonings" and did not include drug overdoses.
Filling out the picture of depressionary collapse in the U.S., is an article on "Obama's Hidden Bread Lines" on conservative website Noisy Room. "We are in a Depression," states author Theresa Monroe-Hamilton, but Obama has managed to avoid those incriminating visuals of 1930s "bread lines" by using technology. Today, food stamps (or SNAP, Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program) uses plastic cards, similar to credit cards, to dispense payments, allowing both the user and Obama to avoid the shame that would otherwise accompany the now 47 million recipients on the program.
She concludes correctly, that "if we don't remove Obama from office, it will be fatal. Period."