The Progressive Review

The Box Score
Major trends in politics, ecology & culture

GOOD TRENDS

Black

2018

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

Devolution

175 mayors support Paris accords 2017

Economy

2018

The unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent, as expected and is around its lowest level in nearly 50 years [Aug].

Jobless claims hit 48 year low

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 ag

Minimum wage rises in 18 states 2018

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

Cancer death rate dropping 2018

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

Jobless claims near 45 year low 2018

13 states reach record low unemployment rates 2017

Latino

Latino unemployment rate at historic low 2017

Marijuana

Nearly two thirds of Americans want marijuana to be legal 2017

Media

Breitbart loses its advertisers 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

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

Cities

42% of major cities have more renters than homeowners
2018

Climate

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

Economy

2018

Top incomes rising twice the rate of those near the bottom

Top fifth have received most benefits of tax cuts since 2000

CEO-average worker pay gap 339 to 1

Six months after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act became law, there's still little evidence that the average job holder is feeling the benefit. Worker pay in the second quarter dropped nearly one percent below its first-quarter level, according to the PayScale Index, one measure of worker pay. When accounting for inflation, the drop is even steeper. Year-over-year, rising prices have eaten up still-modest pay gains for many workers, with the result that real wages fell 1.4 percent from the prior year, according to PayScale. The drop was broad, with 80 percent of industries and two-thirds of metro areas affected.

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

Nearly 41 million Americans live below the federal poverty line. In absolute terms, White people made up 42.5 percent of this population (17.3 million), and the next two largest groups are Latinx (11.1 million) at 27.4 percent, and Black Americans (9.2 million) at 22.7 percent.

Nearly 140 million people (43.5 percent) are either poor or low - income under the alternative Supplemental Poverty Measure. “Low income” in this context means a household making less than twice the poverty line.

Almost four in ten children spend at least one year of their lives in poverty, meaning that there has been a rise, also, in the number of poor families.

Over the past 30 years, rents have gone up faster than income in nearly every urban area in the country. In 10 2016, there was no state or county in the nation where an individual earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour could afford a two - bedroom apartment at market rent. As of 2017, for every 100 extremely low - income renters, a mere 35 will find affordable housing. Cuts in federal housing assistance and affordable, subsidized housing since the 1970s have contributed to rising structural homelessness.

America has become a debtor nation. Excluding the value of the family car, 19 percent of all U.S. households, 30 percent of Black households, 27 percent of Latinx households, and 14 percent of White households have zero wealth or their debts exceeded the value of their assets. 2018

Trade deficit his 10 year high

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

Radio Shack closes 1000 stores 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

For profit charter schools do worse 2017

Environment

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

US healthcare again ranked worst in developed world 2018

Depression found up 33% in recent years 2018

US life expectancy falls for second year in a row 2018

US healthcare expenditures per capita are double the OECD average and much higher than in all other countries. But there are many fewer doctors and hospital beds per person than the OECD average.

• 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

Out of pocket health spending greatest in decade 2017

Housing

2018

U.S. home sales unexpectedly fell in June, posting their third straight monthly decline as a persistent shortage of properties on the market drove house prices to a record high.

First increase in homelessness in seven years

42% of major cities have more renters than homeowners

2017

The tough state of renters

Immigration

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

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

US drops again in international press freedom standing 2018

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

Transit
Transit ridership dropping
2018

Trump

How Trump plans to hurt the food stamp program 2017

How Trump is sabotaging the American healthcare system 2017

Trump's public works scam 2017

Trump wants to kill train service for 140 million Americans 2017

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

Youth

Many states supporting public colleges less than tuition paid by students. 2018