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THE MODERATE VOICE OF A TIME THAT HAS YET TO COME

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NOTE: The items below are ones that show signficant change over time.
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PS: All the economics and labor indicators have been moved to
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GETTING WORSE

College

Student loan debt is the only category of consumer debt still rising in post-recession America. It's grown 275% in the last decade to $905 billion, more than total general consumer credit card debt.

Cost of college tuition up 900% since 1978 2010

Culture

Percent of adults attending cultural events worse since 1980s

Number of friends reported by Americans worst since 1980s

Ecology

Average temperature at record high

Immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained a record high of 429,247 noncitizens in the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 18 percent over 2010

Politics

Approval of Congress at al time low

Seniors

US Census - In 1990, 12.1 percent of the population 65 years and older was in the labor force. By 2010, the labor force participation rate of those 65 years and older had increased to 16.1 percent, a 4.0 percentage point change. Within the 65 and over population, 65- to 69-year-olds saw the largest change, increasing from 21.8 percent in 1990 to 30.8 percent in 2010, a 9.0 percentage point increase.

Taxation

In the 1950s, corporations paid nearly a third of the federal government’s bills. In 2012 it was a tenth.

Young

70% more college grads are working for the minimum wage than there were 10 years ago

Summer employment for teens worse since 1990s

Student debt has tripled in three years

2012 AND EARLIER

Ecology

Drought in US wost since 1956

Global

The U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.

Government

America has lost over 200,000 teachers, 56,000 cops, and 30,000 emergency responders since 2009

Health

In 1999, 64 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 55 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

Men

Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

Prisons

The US has its highest per-capita prison population and has more per capita prisoners than any country in history

Seniors

People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire.

Senior hunger getting worse

Small Business

The US is second to last out of 22 rich nations in the percentage of workers who run their own businesses. Only Luxembourg ranked lower. Self-employment in non-farm businesses has fallen by nearly half over the past 50 years.

Youth

Young adult employment is now at the lowest level that we have seen since World War II.

The labor force participation rate has fallen by an unprecedented 2.5 percentage points since December 2007, slumping to a 31-year low of 63.5 percent.

GETTING BETTER

Record Good

Blacks

2010

Percent of blacks in college best since 1990s.

Food

2012

Number of farmers' markets more than quadruple since 1994

Mix

Gays elected to office

Approval of black-white marriages

Divorce rate best since 1980s

Latinos elected to office

Getting better

Transportation

Americans have been driving less than 2005

Young

Teenage car fatalities best since 1990s

Women

2010

Women owned businesses up 20% since the 1990s

Women as a percent of all doctors: 12% in the 1980s; 27% now

2011

GETTING WORSE

Government services

Speed of first class mail delivery down 22% since 1969

Environment

Global emissions of carbon dioxide increased 5.9 percent in 2010, the largest increase on record, according to Global Carbon Project

Seniors

Over half have lost their pensions since the 1980s (2010)

Getting worse

Black

Black unemployment worst since 1984

Health

The share of Americans without health insurance rose to 16.3 percent in 2010, from 13 percent ten years earlier.

Percent on Medicaid 1 in 50 in 1965, 1 in 5 now

Percent of Americans without health insurance up 24%

GETTING BETTER

Record Good

Lung cancer rates among women declining for first time. Men's rate continues to fall.

Teenage birth rate at record low

Getting better

Black

Growth in black businesses 60% since 2002

Health

Cancer death rates for men and women in the U.S. kept dropping through 2008, continuing a nearly 20 year long trend

Lung cancer rates among women declining for first time

The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says.

Transportation

Highway deaths lowest since 1949RD