a couple comments on that list. Note, I'm not saying things aren't bad, just that some of these stats don't mean anything other than shock-value
#2 Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be "low income" or impoverished.
low income families tend to have more kids, so that stat by itself isn't really indicative of anything
#4 The average amount of time that a worker stays unemployed in the United States is now over 40 weeks.
is that because of them milking the system, or a real lack of something to do? I'm just questioning the stat here
#5 One recent survey found that 77 percent of all U.S. small businesses do not plan to hire any more workers.
once again, a fairly meaningless stat. There are plenty of businesses that wouldn't need additional people even if times were good
#9 A Gallup poll from earlier this year found that approximately one out of every five Americans that do have a job consider themselves to be underemployed.
"consider themselves" is not a meaningful metric. I'd like to have 40 hours a week of overtime, do I count in that?
#12 Back in 1969, 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job. In July, only 81.2 percent of men in that age group had a job.
I'm sure the numbers are inverse for women. More women working, less work for men.
#16 As the economy has slowed down, so has the number of marriages. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.
this is a social trend a lot more than an economic one
#18 In Stockton, California home prices have declined 64 percent from where they were at when the housing market peaked.
and in Centralia, Pennsylvania they staid the exact same. What is the point of THIS stat?
#21 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18 percent of all homes in the state of Florida are sitting vacant. That figure is 63 percent larger than it was just ten years ago.
context/definition for vacant? like "owners live in Maine and come down every few months" or just totaly empty vacant? (did not read the article)
#27 If you can believe it, one out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.
Whoopdy doo? what are the balances/limits on them? I have 7 all with 0 balances on them. 3 are business-related.
#30 The retirement crisis in the United States just continues to get worse. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 46 percent of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 29 percent of all American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.
do 18 y/o workers count in this? What about 15 y/o? Because kid-jobs aren't used for retirement savings like ever
#35 According to an analysis of Census Bureau data done by the Pew Research Center, the median net worth for households led by someone 65 years of age or older is 47 times greater than the median net worth for households led by someone under the age of 35.
people back in the day knew how to manage their money?
#36 If you can believe it, 37 percent of all U.S. households that are led by someone under the age of 35 have a net worth of zero or less than zero.
how many have 60" tvs? This is possibly indicative of spending habits not just income.
#39 Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.
how many were kids added to families that were living in poverty in 2007?
#40 Sadly, child poverty is absolutely exploding all over America. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.
once again, OMG TEH CHILDRENZ stats. How many moved down from above poverty and how many were "born due to poor planning by their (poverty-stricken) parents"?
#41 Today, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
#48 If the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to pay off the national debt.
great. how about not measuring things in football fields per fortnight, but instead saying what it would take at realistic spending levels and/or timespans?