America’s Hardship Map


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Patchwork Nation is a fascinating, ongoing monitor of 11 different community types in the United States. As I understand it from one of the blog proprietors, Dante Chinni, Patchwork Nation which is based at the Christian Science Monitor has established a broad set of criteria sensitive to all sorts of economic and life shifts.
But this past week, their charts began to basically scream red — all sorts of major shifts in the country. Read more on “Gloomy Economic Picture Worsens.”
— Steve Clemons


7 comments on “America’s Hardship Map

  1. TonyForesta says:

    bush only prolonged the agony, protected his predator class minions, allowed his predator class minions to funnel more “phantom wealth” into their offshore accounts, and cowardly heaped the CERTAIN collapse of the socalled banking system on the Obama administration Fred P. Where were you Fred P when days before the socalled banking system was certain to collapse and that empty suit, andovercheerleader and pathological liar bush was pimping and bruting the patent LIE that the financial system was “sound” and that America was NOT in a recession?
    What you label “republicrats” are pathological liars. They say things on TV and their sundry message-force multipliers pimp and brute this or that noble cause, and this or that lie, – but the bushgov and the gop are exclusively concerned about the wanton profits of the predator class, and the Ameican people are irrelevant ‘constituency groups” and the Constitution is “just a goddamn piece of paper”, and hollow meaningless words, propaganda, disinformation, and patent lies aside, – the “republicrats” and the bush government advance, promote, defend, shield, immunize and proselyitize the interests of the predator class alone, – the superrich, – and rob, pillage, and heap all the burdens, hazards, costs, and imponderable debts on the shoulders of America’s children.
    You’re joking right, Fred P?


  2. Fred P says:

    To his credit Pres Bush saved the country by saving the banking system. This country would have crashed a month ago. Now, Pres Obama has to get people back to work. Don’t you get it America, people are losing their jobs. It is all about JOBS now. Get behind America and the people and support Pres Obamma in his efforts. He is putting the country first as the republicrats like to say.


  3. pauline says:

    U.N. crime chief says drug money flowed into banks
    Sunday, January 25, 2009
    VIENNA: The United Nations’ crime and drug watchdog has indications that money made in illicit drug trade has been used to keep banks afloat in the global financial crisis, its head was quoted as saying on Sunday.
    Vienna-based UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in an interview released by Austrian weekly Profil that drug money often became the only available capital when the crisis spiralled out of control last year.
    “In many instances, drug money is currently the only liquid investment capital,” Costa was quoted as saying by Profil. “In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor.”
    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime had found evidence that “interbank loans were funded by money that originated from drug trade and other illegal activities,” Costa was quoted as saying. There were “signs that some banks were rescued in that way.”
    Profil said Costa declined to identify countries or banks which may have received drug money and gave no indication how much cash might be involved. He only said Austria was not on top of his list, Profil said.


  4. TonyForesta says:

    The hardship is everywhere and fierce for poor and middle class Americans. The superrich and the predator class are far removed from, and obdurate to the pain and suffering of the American people. Imagine a CEO getting tax payer bailouts for a failed company promoting ponzi scheme’s, in a failed economic model, – and then having the utter callousness to spend 1.4 million dollars upgrading his office. How many American’s own a home worth half that much, and this criminal, this thief, the heartless predator class hooligan spends a million, four on an office upgrade in this economy. This is a savage example of the astronomical distance between thehaves and thehavenots. Thehave want nothing but more tax cuts to funnel into their offshore accounts which thier predator class patrons in the gop are only to happy to accomodate, – thehavenots want jobs. A job. Without a job, – what are you in this world. What do you amount to as a human being? How do you care for your children? Without a job – people grow hopeless and soon desperate. Desperate people do desperate things. The American people should storm this predator John Thains office and home en masse and demand our money back!!!!!


  5. Don Bacon says:

    This is good, Steve. Usually what we get on the MSM for economic news is the stock market averages, but what we need are better indices of economic activity as it relates to ordinary people.


  6. MNPundit says:

    It’s very interesting that the areas with low hardship generally conform to McCain’s states in the west. Now why is it that these republican-ish areas (many of which are rural) are so much lower in relative hardship?


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