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What To Do If You Think America Is Going Down the Tubes

by Shawanda Greene

Let’s give the media a round of applause for scaring the crap out of Americans.

Bravo, Fox News!

Well done, CNN.

I appreciate all you do. *finger guns* ;)

Perhaps the colorful, hyperbolic adjectives used to describe the American economy are fitting.

However, I ain’t worried about it. Financially speaking, I’m better off than I’ve ever been.

Believe me. We’ll be fine. No need to load up on bullets, beans, and Vienna sausages.Grunge American Flag

But just in case, why not see if we can brainstorm a few solutions for our country that’d save us from a future of indentured servitude to Communist China.

Change It

Of all the options, this one is, by far, the most difficult.

Inspiring change is a lot of work, man. I’d do it, but after working, blogging, sleeping and watching Community, The Office, Modern Family, The Real Housewives, and Jersey Shore, there simply isn’t enough time left.

You could start a revolution like that Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire.

Oh, yeah. And you could vote too. That might work.

Accept It

The complete opposite of my first idea, this option is the easiest. Although, those who choose it give the illusion they’re working really hard.

Want to execute this strategy? All you need to do is nothing.

Well, I guess that’s not totally true. Acceptance does require some effort.

  1. Sit on your porch.
  2. Feel sorry for yourself.
  3. Smoke menthol cigarettes.
  4. Eat sunflower seeds while drinking canned beer.
  5. Complain to anyone within earshot about how Mexicans are destroying America.

That’s all it takes.

Leave It

Since Scandinavia has all the answers, go there.

I’m not kidding. They’re trouncing us in quality of life, health care, income equality, etc.

Don’t get me wrong. We’re great and all, but there are soooo many ways we are NOT #1.

The natural response to this news is to desperately search for reasons why certain countries are more #1 than us. Save it. Excuses will get you no where.

Put that patriotic pride aside, and start looking for ways to make a better life for you and your family. If you have to leave your homeland to make it happen, so be it.

Adapt

And finally, my favorite.

You don’t have to change, accept or leave the greatest nation that’s ever existed.

You can change.

If what you were doing doesn’t work anymore, do something different.

I don’t mean to sound callous, but if your job moved to India, China, the Phillipines or the like, you gotta move on.

Instead of being part of the solution, be part of the problem. Maybe you can benefit from outsourcing too. Use cheap labor to help start or expand a business, and become more competitive in the global marketplace. Why not? As a small-time entrepreneur, you probably can’t afford to hire an American full-time anyway.

Stay on the lookout for new technologies and industries. When you find a new opportunity that interests you, get the necessary training and get ahead of the game.

I’m not clueless. I know my fellow countrywomen and countrymen are suffering during these times. Regardless, sitting on your rump while the rest of the world surpasses us is unacceptable, and dadgummit, it’s un-American.

For the good of your country, ADAPT.

What other choices do you have?

Hint: We went over ‘em like two seconds ago.

What have you done lately to make yourself more competitive in the global marketplace?

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Independence October 9, 2011 at 3:57 AM

Well we have no choice but to diversify. As matter of fact people in Western Europe are already dumping US dollars. And we are talking about Germany and the rest.
It is all over the news. It might sound as unpatriotic but it does make sense.

I do no think China, communists with red flags will take over the USA. Just looked at the ex-USSR, as the example – complete change of mind ;-)
What might disadvantage is the military budget. This is not getting any smaller…

I do agree with you, there is only one way we can fight the battle – move on with the flow and do as the rest. Take our jobs and skills overseas
it tried there.

What me personally did – diversified :-) Honestly, I described it all fairly openly.

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Shawanda October 11, 2011 at 6:00 AM

You have a point. Diversification in investments and income does help reduce your risk of loss.

Since it looks like there's no way to turn back now, we might as well get ready to compete on a global scale.

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1step October 9, 2011 at 6:36 AM

Too much fear mongering by the news media. It's unfortunate how powerful they've become, so much so that causing despair is quite easy. I've cut down my intake of such channels, with the exception of my morning weather channel :)

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Shawanda October 11, 2011 at 6:03 AM

Yeah. The news is hard to listen to. I wish I'd started documenting the headlines related to Greece's monetary problems months ago. When the stock market is down, it's because Greece is about to collapse. When the stock market is up, it's because Greece is going to get bailed out. I don't get it.

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Andreas May 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

My sis-in-law described US educational system to me and I got petrified. I would never want my kids to grow up in USA. No wonder your presidents are fools and your have a failing economy, because your educational system is a miss and your politicians are criminals killing their own people during the 9/11 and spraying chemtrails un the sky with harmful substances such as barium and aluminium (no! it is not misspelled).

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