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June 8th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

What are the chances the U.S. economy could eventually trigger violence in our country?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For the first time maybe since the Vietnam War or certainly since the civil rights movement, there are some darkening storm clouds on the civility horizon. A growing number of voices are continuing to suggest that if this economy doesn't turn around, and people can't start feeling optimistic about their futures again, we could be headed for some ugly scenarios. A new CNN poll says 48 percent of Americans think the country is headed for another Great Depression in the next twelve months. That is a stunning number.

James Carville, who in 1992 told Bill Clinton, "It's the economy stupid," says the current economy is so bad, there is a heightened risk of civil unrest. And unless things start changing for the better, it's a distinct possibility.

Our country is bankrupt and our government refuses to do anything about it. Unemployment is stuck above 9 percent. Millions of Americans are out of work, some for a number of years now. The value of peoples' homes is sinking below the break-even line. In the most recent jobs report, more than half of the private sector jobs that were added were at McDonald's.

For young people coming out of the nation's colleges and universities, their families having invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their education, the outlook is grim.

Add in the early record breaking heat in the cities in the East and we might not even have to wait until 2012. It could become a long, hot, ugly summer.

Here’s my question to you: What are the chances the U.S. economy could eventually trigger violence in our country?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


John:
The chances are getting better everyday. Deficit spending, uncontrolled illegal immigration, sky high unemployment, billions being sent to countries that hate us, out of touch government and the list goes on. It won't be long, Jack, and We the People will revolt.

Obama better forget about that money pit called Iraq-Afghanistan and start focusing on getting those public works jobs that Mark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
he promised, or he will need those troops over here to maintain order in the streets. People are only going to put up with his economic incompetence for just so long.

Wilhelm:
Did the concentration of wealth among the aristocracy trigger violence during the French Revolution, Jack? How about the Russian Revolution or Germany in the 1930's? So yes, if it gets to the point where average working Americans feel totally hopeless and can't feed their families, it could lead to violence. It happened more than people know during the "Great Depression".

Michelle in Dover, Delaware:
If prices of gas, groceries and necessary items don't come down soon and if people can't get jobs to support their families then violence is definitely a possibility. We are a crumbling nation. Our politicians need to spend a month living on our wages and have to pay for groceries and gas and pay bills on OUR salaries and not theirs. They have NO idea what we working class citizens have to go through on a daily basis. I am surprised that American's haven't converged on Capitol Hill in protest already. It’s coming.

Ralph in Corpus Christi, Texas:
It already has triggered violence. I curse out loud and pound the dashboard every time I see gas prices go up.

Bull:
Jack, I'm 70 yrs. old and I fully believe that I will see violence in this country before I'm gone and it will not only be the economy that causes it. Just look what is going on along our borders. The American people have had enough. Mark my words.


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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Eddie

    Very slim Jack. A troubled US economy triggers violence, yes, but against the rest of the world, Never domestically.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  2. Andrea Westmoreland

    Mix record breaking temperatures with state of the US economy, looks like a perfect storm for violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  3. Kathie

    teh repubs have already loaded the guns by passing open carry laws with/without training. we are reverting to the old west. we are supposed to be a civilized society. guns have no place on anyone's person. lots of blood on republicans hands when the next murders occur.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  4. Terrence Cain

    Honestly Jack, I am quite surprised that there has not been riots in the last three years since this recession went into full swing. I am also shocked no one has formed a group to march onto the white house lawn to protest the financial crisis we're in. I don't know if things are truly stewing but I wouldn't be surprised if something bad was about to happen.

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Carl

    Jack,
    Great question today. The chances of violence is very possible. We the people are sick to death of seeing our corrupt worthless political leaders robbing us blind, giving aid to every country, when we need it here first. Allowing an illegal alien invasion, and not doing a thing to stop it. Watching our worthless elects getting richer with every passing day, so yes, it's very possible and about time. If nothing is done, and soon, these corrupt idiots will sell us and our once great country down the road. By the way, I live in the corrupt state of Illinois, where all of our govenors serve 2 terms, the first in office, the second in prison.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    We've been spoonfed tax breaks for the rich and bailouts for the bankers for so long now, I'm not sure we have it in us to fight for ourselves anymore.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  7. pat, Idaho

    Another promise by Obama broken, how long does he expect this country to hold on? Another recession, and he doesn't care–civil war!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  8. Ed from Texas

    There's a good chance they may start eating the rich.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  9. bonnie from NJ

    Although I grew up in the "make love not war" 70s, I am pretty angry about what is going on. I myself would probably not ever use violence, but I think the powers that be need to understand that there is a great deal of anger out here. It is very difficult to read the news, such as today that although we gave Afghanistan billions in aid it helped nothing. Why are we doing that, my friends are losing houses, jobs, taking $8 – $10 hour jobs out of desperation and we are throwing money at a lost cause that is only making some corrupt officials very rich on my tax dollars. I really want to know when someone is going to pay attention.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  10. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I've heard it said, "Revolution is only two missed meals away." So if climate change turns the wheat belt back into a dust bowl and social programs get cut, Jack, watch out! We should take a lesson from the Romans. "Bread and circuses" kept the population pacified until the money ran out.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Cathy

    Let's see, gangs of 10 or more are beating up innocent people in Chicago for no reason other than money, gardens in the suburbs are being pillfered for vegtable plants , and flowers, ...... I think it's the tip of the ice berg that we are encountering- can you imagine what's going to happen when this gets into full swing?

    June 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  12. Chris

    The possibility of that is so far off that it's almost nonexistent. Thanks to government hand-out programs, the poor and unemployable have it better off in this country than the middle classes of pretty much every other country on the planet.
    What are they going to fight for? More food foodstamps?

    June 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  13. Russ in PA

    Darn good, don't you think? Americans are no different from those in Greece, Spain, and everywhere feeling the affects of massive government spending and debt. Wait for another buble or two to pop...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    June 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  14. Dylan From Olympia, WA

    My hope is that people have enough decency to be kind and not hurt each other. However, money is a prime motivator for crime and as more people become poor crime is almost guaranteed to rise.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  15. Paul From Austin Texas

    If we continue down the road we are on and if Medicare is scraped along with other programs that help the old and the poor it just could. Violence in our country would start in suttle ways like vandilism and trespassing that would require inforcement thus turning violent. My hope is we are able to have change without violence of any kind.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  16. Jayne

    Just in case a fat cat CEO who is outsourcing our jobs reads this, I'm going to say the chances are high. You won't be safe in your gated community or on your yacht or at your third, fourth or fifth vacation home.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  17. Mark in Oklahoma City

    Obama better forget about that money pit called Iraq-Afghanistan and start focusing on getting those Public works jobs that he promised, or he will need those troops over here to maintain order in the streets. People are only going to put up with his economic incompetence for just so long.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  18. Bull

    JACK I'm 70 yrs. old and I fully believe that I will see violence in this country before I'm gone and it will not only be the the economy that causes it. Just look what is going on along our borders. The american people have had enough mark my words.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  19. Stephen Paul

    Jack I'm expecting violence in the near future. There is a heavy simmering fear that our government has won and is running amok out there. Our government is no longer of the people, by the people or for the people and we're going to see the lid blow off soon. No one in Washington cares a damn what Americans need, want or expect, it's all about their getting ahead and getting their sexting out there. Fed up in Nashville, In.

    Steve

    June 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  20. Tina Tx

    We are too fat & lazy to go this far just yet. But if thing progress to another Depression where people cannot afford their internet & cell phone service Katie bar the door cause this is when they will come alive.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  21. David in Tampa

    It already has Jack, but it could get much worse in the near future.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  22. Phyllis G Williams

    What are the chances the U.S. economy could eventually trigger violence in our country?

    Proverbs 18: 21 “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue”.
    Let us believe that Americans are too wise for that. They know
    Revelation 21: 7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things”.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  23. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, I would like to think that our citizens are too civilized for mass violence, but I am afraid that the direction our economy is heading is going to test my assumption.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  24. Sylvia from California

    Extremely high.... Let's face it, we are not a homogenous society like Japan. In the US, we have racial and social economic divisions which need very little reason to riot.....

    June 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  25. Gary H. Boyd

    Actually pretty good Jack. So many are now living "on the edge" that when the piggy bank's finally empty, it's Katey bar the door. People will do whatever it takes to survive and if that happens to
    include violence, then that's what can be expected.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  26. Jane (Minnesota)

    As polarized as the country is and all the extreme views TV and radio hosts and the Sarah Palin types in the political arena to fan the flames to the wingnuts and loose cannons out there; it's not a stretch that the combination of the economy and the mouthpieces with the megaphones could tip an extremist to violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  27. John

    The chances are getting better everyday.Deficet spending, uncontrolled illegal immergration,Sky high unemployment, Billions being sent to countries that hate us, out of touch government and the list goes on. It won't be long Jack and We the People will revolt.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  28. Ron

    I would say about 90%

    June 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  29. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: There are llimtations to everything--even people--and though it is possible-–it is improbable--however, individuals who are in constant fear; have nothing more to losse; they have lost hope; and when you loose hope--anything is possible. If you consider that 50% if the population does not read the paper--–and 50% of the population does not vote---we are half-way there-hoping that it is the same 50%!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  30. Ralph in Taxes, I mean Texas

    It already has triggered violence- I curse out loud and pound the dashboard every time I see gas prices go up.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    June 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  31. Joe CE

    Seems remote now but with the middle class disappearing, home ownership decling, and stards of living falling, it ius possible. Americans are accustomed to an economy where they can improve finacially thru hard work. The changes taking place do not auger well for social stability.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  32. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    It's not the lousy economy that will lead to violence.
    Instead, it's the growing disparity between rich and poor.
    The poor and many in the middle class will rebel if the government disembowels medicare, welfare and unemployment benefits.
    I assume that's why the American government is afraid to cut its gross overspending. It knows that social unrest will unravel the whole financial system.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  33. Loren

    What kind of violence are you talking about Jack? The kind that already infests our inner city neighborhoods due to the lack of job opportunities and few prospects of a change? Or is your concern that violence spreading to middle class areas where that middle class is shrinking due to policies that focus on entitlement programs and political patronage and not on job creation? Only if the Democrats continue to encourage a class war by painting the rich and the middle class as the enemy.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  34. Chicago Jim

    Give me some heat. Some humidity. A crowded city landscape. Impovrished youth, and you got all the fixings for mob violence. You don't even need a good reason. Economic or otherwise.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  35. Rose

    I think it's overdue. The corporations are trying to get us to legalized slavery. I would love to see the people fighting for the people, and not the greedy corporations. Wisconsin is setting an excellent example. Koch brothers, beware!

    Get the popcorn ready!

    Rose
    Nashville, TN

    June 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  36. Bill in New Mexico

    The US is too close to violence for comfort.

    I hope the country is better prepared for this continguency than it was for Katrina.

    Why?

    1.) Food and fuel costs are rising while wages are flat.

    2.) In the last two decades, how many times has the minimum wage been increased? There are a substantial percentage of workers earning only a couple of dollars above minimum wage.

    3.) Businesses have found ways to let employees go when the employee reaches the 50 to 55 years of age range.

    4.) Too many people have lost their savings and retirements in the Wall Street problems.

    5.) Too many people never plan, or cannot save for retirement.

    6.) The U S's debt and annual budget deficit guarantees significant cuts in social security and medicare.

    7.) Increasingly more doctors will not accept medicare patients.

    8.) Most hospitals do not go broke, they manage to transfer the costs of those who do not pay onto the bills of those who do pay.

    9,) Home invasions are on the increase. People are keeping their guns close and loaded.

    10.) Will there be enough military willing and able left for Marshall Law that is on its way?

    To us who are not yet on the streets, "Do not go gentle into that cold, dark street.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  37. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think there will be violence when the middle class becomes extinct and we are left with only a two class nation of rich and poor. We're losing more middle class every day. People who once own homes and had jobs with the American dream in their hearts are left without nothing. They watched Wall Street helped to their feet and back to handing out bonuses while their dreams have now turned to anger. If this isn't a formula for violence I don't know what is.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  38. Peg in NY

    I think the chances are pretty darn good for violence to erupt in our country, sooner than we may think. Workers are being ground down hard. The unemployeed face a bleak future. Inflation speeds forth at an alarming rate and gas prices continue to climb. Healthcare costs rise. Real estate and banking are a mess. People are losing homes
    far too fast Education and infrastructure need alot of help, now. . All of this and more will no doubt bring violence if politicians do not put the economy first. For real.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  39. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    did the concentration of weath among the aristocracy trigger violence during the French Revolution, Jack? how about the Russian Revoluton or Germany in the 1930's?

    so YES if it gets to the point where average working Americans feel totally hopeless and can't feed their families, it could lead to violence.

    happened more than people know during the "Great Depression".

    June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  40. Michelle

    If prices of gas, groceries and necessary items don't come down soon and if people can't get jobs to support their families then violence is definitely probability. We are a crumbling nation. Our politicians need to spend a month living on our wages and have to pay for groceries and gas and pay bills on OUR salaries and not theirs. They have NO idea what we working class citizens have to go through on a daily basis. I am surprised that American's haven't converged on Capitol Hill in protest already. Its coming. The unrest in the middle east is only a drop in the bucket to what could happen here. WAKE UP AMERICA and stand up for your rights.

    Michelle – Dover, DE

    June 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  41. Ed from California

    A real good chance, Jack!! And we are to blame. Look...if you punch a "Time-clock"(you don't own the business) you better be voting... Democrat!!! If you, own the "Time-clock" (The owner of the company), you need to vote...Democrat also!!

    Why??? Because your going to sell more of your products to the masses than trying to sell your merchandise to a select few!! It's really simple math.

    We all got the shaft. It started w?Reagan and it crashed w/Bush II. Deregulation, Trickle-down, N.A.F.T.A!!, Tax breaks, Outsourcing, Ownership Society, Two unpaid-for wars, unpaid for prescription drug plan, run-away insurance companies, oil companies, heath care, food, gas, housing, and wages that didn't even keep up w/the cost of living.

    Some of us are all guilty of drinking the," Kool-Aid". We need to think before we vote!! Mr. Boehner, Where are the job's????

    June 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  42. Dennis north carolina

    50/50 percent chance for this to happen.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  43. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Look at Greece. But here it is not so much the economy per se, but the unfairness in the economy such as a tax scheme where the wealth has been continuously redistributed upwards since the days of Saint Ronald. The constant beat down of the middle class will cause a revolt and they know it. Why do you think the so-called Patriot act was made law? Because they need to spy on Americans so they know when it’s coming and how to squelch it in the bud.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  44. Sandstone.

    "It's already happend, Jack. An explosion is a different thing. You will have to wait until Syria finally falls! It will happen, but nobody knows just yet what kind of fall out that will be. Syria is a satalite!!!".

    June 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  45. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Too often white collar criminals like Enron's Ken Lay die of living large while on appeal. They go to hearings, trials, and appeals, but not to jail.

    When fraudsters are successfully prosecuted, they go to country club jails for non-violent offenders. The type of violence that they trigger, suicides, and domestic violence, are not laid at their doorstep.

    No one responsible for the Wall Street hoax has gone to jail, and America still can't get Elizabeth Warren appointed to safeguard consumer rights. We're a long way from pitch forks and torches.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  46. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    Jack, I think that there's a very good chance that either the lack of jobs or the wars are going to eventually spill over into the streets around this country. People know that we are broke and cannot afford these wars any longer and it seems that the politicians are ignoring the people on this issue. As for jobs, people also know that the Bush tax cuts have produced no jobs either as they were alleged to accomplish and people are tired of hearing that more tax breaks for the wealthy are needed. Sooner or later, people are going to get so tired of being ignored in Washington that they will take to the streets. Hey, it worked in Vietnam and it's apparently the only language the politicians in Washington understand.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  47. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    There is already violence in this country over the economy, it just happens to brown people and foreclosed properties so that you don't see it. It will grow more widespread if the GOP blocks action on the debt limit increase and bad things start to happen.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  48. Dave in Phoenix

    I don't see it for a few years, but here is where the Republicans messed up if it does happen. They should have made firearms legal only for the rich. That is who is going to take the brunt of it if something does happen.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  49. Joe R - Houston

    At the irresponsible rate it's going now and the almost universally recognized certainty that continuing borrowing and counterfeiting will collapse the currency, I'd say the chances are approaching 100 percent.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  50. David from Herndon, VA

    Once desperation reaches a certain point, why not make the protests violent? At least in jail you get food and health care.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  51. Ken from Pinon Hills. California

    We are slaves working for the seemingly bottomless profit pit of the market. Mom, Dad and the kids work to support the needs of that marketplace, with stagnant and diminishing income. The market system has economically drained the middle class to the point of eventual extinction. That means we may become a nation of rich and poor.
    The point is the middle class has been the buffer between the poor and the rich.
    The loss of our middle class bodes ill for the tranquility of our nation, and its demise is happening before our eyes.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  52. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    It's already happening Jack, maybe not in an organized fashion but it's happening. People are stealing gas, robbing banks, robbing homes, scams, you name it, people are getting desperate.
    People can't afford to eat and our fearless leaders are trying to create a beverage tax to boot.
    We had a civil war once when we, as Americans were a little less civilized. The same can happen when people become desperate. They become less civilized and more violent. It's just human nature.
    Do you think there is a chance that our Gov't will shoot people on the streets if they protest? Thats happened before!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  53. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack some people do not need an excuse to commit violence. Others are just waiting for an excuse to commit violence. The economy is what it is and becoming upset about it will solve nothing and only increase the size of our jail population. People should use that energy for good not to destroy things like their life or someone else's. Bonnie and Clyde were the classic example of people who blamed the banks and financial institutions and took out their anger on them leaving dead people behind. They eventually were caught and shot to death. It was not a happy ending for them.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  54. Thom Richer

    It is inevitable. But keep in mind, it has already started. Crimes of robbery, breaking and entering, car theft, drug theft, embezzling, tax evasion, murder, drive offs, etc, are on the rise. Why? Because people are financially strapped and economically desperate. Violence is already "triggered." It only lacks more ammunition and that seems likely to be supplied if we continue to steal from the poor to fatten the rich and that is unlikely to stop anytime soon...if ever.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  55. E.J.Mohammed

    Jack,
    It could possibly trigger violent outbreaks if the people keep losing jobs and their homes they will feel they don't have any options left.
    E.J. in Tacoma

    June 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  56. Adem, Oakland

    Needless to say it depends. If the Media continues to feed us with endless promises from overly naive politicians and senseless realty shows, then chance is very slim.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  57. David

    I would say there pretty good Jack, as long as the government keeps making it harder and harder for the middle class to survive, what choice is there. Lets see, our government makes it almost impossible to resist, for company's to move off shore and make their products anywhere but here. And then the cozy relationship between the government and the banks. Tell me Jack what is the benefit to foreclosing on a home rather than working out a reasonable payment plan that would keep families in there homes. when evicting them and leaving the house vacant will do nothing but lower the value of the house. You can only destroy a persons dignity so much without getting a pushback.
    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  58. John from Alabama

    Jack: The idea that the US economy might trigger violence in other countries has already happened. Anytime our economy goes into recession it causes violence to erupt, because we start buying less from other countries or we give less in foreign aid. This causes food rationing in developing nations, such as, US corn to make fuel for automobiles at home. Less foreign aid means less medicine for needy individuals in developing nations. All these examples have happened in the past resulting in violence and riots in developing nations.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  59. Tom Carroll

    Jack, we haven’t seen the worst of economic problems yet. Consumer debt is greater than GNP, the total of state government debt is greater than the federal debt, the fed is out of options, and our political leaders won’t level with us because they fear not getting re-elected. In my opinion, it is this last issue that will eventually lead to violence in our country, aimed at the politicans.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  60. NC Jeff

    I'd say the chances are pretty good. Want to fight about it?

    June 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  61. Bud Rupert

    It won't be the first time. Peoples frame of reference is narrow. Looking at things without knowing the nations history. Jack I recommend reading a book called The Great depression by Robert McElvaine. 1929-1941. It's a great history lesson. The economic panic of 1893 had violence in the streets.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  62. Ed from MD

    The government has a lot of guns that is for sure. But it's hard to say when or if they'll start beating or shooting people here en masse. The poor economy doesn't slow them up, but perhaps the violence would be in response to protests over the economy or unpaid parking tickets.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  63. Karl in Flint

    I’d say the chances are excellent as the middle class evaporates into one big poverty class. We are awakening to the fact that it’s the greedy Republicans in particular that are the cause of our rapidly approaching third-world two-class system. Wars will end and our troops and will be bought home to protect the wealthy, corporations, Wall Street and yes our politicians from the rest of us. Like the Indians occupying Alcatraz in the 70’s, only it will be nationwide and in the finer neighborhoods and business districts. Can you say Marshall Law? I can and soon.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  64. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    With guns more plentiful than jobs and tempers and temperatures hotter than the economy, I would not be surprised if we see violence related to the economy.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  65. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, it wouldn't happen unless the entire middle class incomes are drastically reduced by excessive taxation. That situation might spark some to incite rebellion but no citizens' group is going to risk their lives if the president called out the military to subdue potential riots.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  66. Kim Smith

    Oh, if it were only true. The trouble is, we no longer have the ability to organize and present a unified front. We are a very divided and selfish nation, which is exactly what our government wants. God help us, because our elected officials certainly won't.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  67. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I think we're going to see more and more people protesting because the decision makers continue to ignore the Middle Class. Or they promise to do something, and then the next day go back on that promise. I would hope the protests don't become violet, but if the Middle Class continues to be ignored by our elected officials, then chances are good that the frustation people feel will lead to violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  68. Judy

    I agree there is disparity between rich and poor, but the hatred that has invaded our politics should really be at issue. The democratic congress did not address the jobs issue and neither has this one. Instead our focus has been turned toward the underwear of a congressman. Divisive politics will be our downfall, and I fear it's already started.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  69. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, 30 years ago, the evangelical right, the extremely rich and corporate America joined forces to take back the gains the middle and working classes made in the years since WWII. We are seeing the results of that battle now in a collapsing economy. Futhermore, the right is winning the PR battle and the very people being driven into poverty are being blamed for ending up there and the government isn't supposed to stand up for us. When desperation sets it, violence could follow.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  70. Linda in Charleston, SC

    A very high chance and getting higher by the day. We should have dumped 19 billion into our own economy instead of Afghanistan. Let alone all the other billions into Pakistan and Iraq. We allow our own citizens to go homeless and hungry. How much are we spending in Libya, when it should be going into our own economy.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  71. lou

    I don't think it will trigger violence in the masses against each other. But if I hear of one more CEO that just got a bonus worth more than I make in a lifetime, I may be leading the charge in torching the Hamptons.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  72. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl why do you think security and protection has been enhanced for our politicians? if any group of people should be worried about their health, it should be those that have shown so little attention to those that put them in office. they vote themselves raises, perks, break the law with impunity, have no morals and refuse to police themselves (which they demand). we can't seem to get them out of office any other way.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  73. Joe

    Jack,
    As long as you and the MEDIA continue to present topics for the narcissists in this world, then we might have violence. When will the media stop trying to legislate?
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    June 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  74. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    When people are hungry, when they are cold or hot and cannot find relief, when their hearts break as they watch those they love suffer, when hope is turned into despair, many people will become combative as they struggle to be human.

    This is not one persons fault as we will hear in the coming Presidential election, this is everyone's fault, if we must blame. But rather than worry who to blame, I would rather see us begin to respect one another, in other words accept each other for who we are, and begin to resolve the issues, not further create discontent. This can be done, if both parties put aside their greed and lust for power.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  75. George

    Slim chances. We are diverse, civilized, and humane. We adhere to better judgment and gain more thru peaceful means as those who did before us. We are and always will be the greatest nation. The small percentages that choose violence are being brought to the light and wrath of justice.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  76. Ryan G, Tempe, Arizona

    It won't do any good. The kings of this country; the executives of pharmaceuticals, oil, banks, wall street, and their US Senator underlings will either buy their own army, fence up their mansions, fly in their private jets to where they currently put their money - or all three, before the revolution can catch them.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  77. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, until that happens, lets just be grateful we live in a violence free society today.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  78. JENNA

    What are the chances the U.S. economy could eventually trigger violence in our country?

    No chance Jack.

    If we don't like our lawmakers we vote them out.

    Violence accomplishes NADA.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  79. John Blythe

    I think it will happen Jack and as a 25 year old college student, I'm terrified. This is a time when I should be looking forward to my future and what is there to look forward to. Absolutely nothing! Our debt and long term liabilities in this country are so enormous, that even taxing 100% of the people in this country, rich or middle class, will not solve our problems. Civil unrest will happen, as we have seen in other countries compounded by economic issues recently: Greece, United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland...Middle East still in unrest... anyone remember Yugoslavia during the Bosnian War? Their economy was so crippled, they printed money and suffered from inflation. When they spent all of their savings, the Yugoslav government stole money from its own people and the country still collapsed. I think it will happen in America.

    John
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  80. Dennis in Florida

    Thomas Jefferson said the citizens should revolt every 20 years or so and replace the old government with a new one.

    It seems that we are a few years and ten governments behind schedule today.

    **********************************************************************

    June 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  81. Erla Williams

    Shortly After, Obama took, office, things started to frighten me.. And I VOTED for him, & now this disaster, moving over our country, seems to worsen daily. I agree with MANY, & I mean..MANY, people, who, also, don't approve of almost everything, He's done, let alone doing things NOW, in a manner, that makes NO sense, to us. This is going to be, ONE HOT SUMMER, coming up, & I also, feel, there's going to be, some Big Uprising, on our mis-lead government. The " hole" He dug for us, is getting deeper, each day..& pretty soon...NONE of us, will be able to get out of it.He spends BIG, for himself, FAR too many trips, at our expense. He didn't balk one I-Ota, over congress, NOT granting the senior's their little increase, due to the Increase, of living with our Soc. Sec. , sense 2010... He spends...but WE can't, going into 2 years, now.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  82. Marvin in Polo, MO

    Jack, I think that we should take it to the streets if the filthy rich, big business, and big oil are not made to start paying their fair share. It is immoral in my view to destroy the middle class by heaping the burden on our shoulders until we are forced to fight for survival.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  83. dave in nashville

    It already started, I beat myself up every day looking for a decent job.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  84. Kevo in New Mexico

    Slim to none and slim just left. I believe we are above that. And we are so close to election time people will use their right to vote to speak their mind.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  85. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    No jobs, sweltering heat and increased liquor sales add to the possibility of civil unrest. Child abuse will most likely increase because many pools and programs for the kids have been cut. They'll have to be hanging around more and be a perfect target for a drunk,unemployed,miserable parent. Crime will increase and so will illegal drug trafficking. All of these grouped together makes a man who can't feed his family and shortly will have no where to live make desperate decisions. The newly poor people will get more resentful of the "haves" and take Justice into their own hands. Most of these factors are compliments of the US Congress and President. Yes the US is ripe with strife and ready for rebellion.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  86. Naomi Siemens

    We're there, been there, and it will get a lot worse.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  87. Thomas Blumenthal

    Jack, I owe 130,000 plus in student loans. Just graduated. No work where I am. Just hotel front desk stuff for me. I'm sure there are those who would turn violent in my situation. For my part, I persevere and I pray.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  88. Jim

    Can't you just see our Government Officials trying to explain why we can send in riot squads that attack protesters after we spent so much time criticizing other nations. But I guess we will do what Israel does and push the blame on the protesters and claim they caused the deaths.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  89. marc

    probably very high

    June 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  90. mark in arkansas

    Very slim, Jack. Everything's fine... just drink your kool-aid. Everything's fine, just drink your kool-aid. Everything's fine...

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  91. Frank

    I belive it can happen, Why not it is just a matter of time with this president.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  92. Jeff

    I would like to think there would be no violence, however sometimes violence is the only way to get change. Our government could not care less about we the people. This is painfully obvious.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  93. Darthmalius

    Truth is for all of our posturing I think we have seen of late with Homeland security and the Patriot Act that the truth is we are fiercest protectors against ourselves.

    Our government will quickly turn into Libia and shoot it's own people rather then let us tell them that we aren't happy with their policies.

    The country isn't run by the people anymore it's run by the Corporations and they don't care if we are happy or not.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  94. Kristy

    I'm surprised that we as Americans' haven't already had civil unrest like those in Greece, Spain, Egypt, etc., etc. We are broke, not only economically, but as a nation. It is time that the people of this country take back the Government, stop frivolous spending, and stop propping up all these other countries. It is time for THIS country to roll up its' sleeves, and get back to good old fashion hard work.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  95. Brian (From Chicago)

    It already has Jack. Flash Mobs of 15-20 kids are attacking and robbing people in Chicago's most prestigious neighborhoods. Sometimes in broad daylight. It's not that violence will happen, but where it will spread if we don't do something.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  96. rick in california

    It already has Jack. Robberies are up, people are stealing food and gas. You make people desperate enough and we revert back to what we really are inside. Animals. At some point people break and go into survival mode. It is inevitable. Not to mention that we have the right in this country to remove the government if they start hurting us. It is in the constitution that the Republicans love to waive around so much.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  97. Pete

    The question should be: will it be a revolution war or civil war ?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  98. frank dileo

    in the near term not very likely but in the long term it could be a problem. we are humans just like the people in other countries so when resources dry up to the point that there is no hope, all that it cant happen here stuff is out the window...it can happen here.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  99. Jack

    Jack - Aren't you concerned about inciting the violence by sensationalizing a poll's results? Yes, half of the respondents said they expect a Great Depression in the next year...Half did not. As for your question, I believe we are a great people who will overcome all of this negativity and once again prosper...as never before.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  100. mike sey

    You mean more violent don't you, Jack?

    mike, Ottawa

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  101. Gregg Niemi

    It is, unfortunately, quite likely. However you neglected to mention the economic factors that are most likely to ultimately trigger that violence - the inequitable distribution of wealth and of income. If the people who used to comprise the middle class ever wake up to where their share of this country actually went there could well be blood in the streets.
    On the other hand, as long as the media and the politicians can continue to scapegoat the poor and the ethnic at least the 2% who now own everything will be spared - good for them.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  102. Walt Barrett

    Hi Jack,
    There is a very good chance of more crime and violence in this country because our government has made a lot of stupid and costly decisions since the end of WWII. All foreign aid should be stopped with no exceptions – none! There is going to be a huge backlash one of these days!
    Walt

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  103. Robert

    There is obviously a lot of uncertainty.It is only a matter of time before folks start to take to the streets. I have been out of work for about 3 months and I am filling out a lot of applications with few call backs. We are on a downhill slide. I have tightened my belt considerably just to slow the burn in my own savings...I think our Government needs to get with the program and fast.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  104. Ken Kalaf

    All I can say is this:
    Economics have played a role in civil unrest for centuries.
    This is not new. The only thing new are the ways to control it...

    Ken
    Tuffsteel Mfg, LLC

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  105. Bob Fielder

    The man on the street does not care about the deficit. The man in the street is worried about having a job...or keeping his job. He is worried about the high cost of gas and does not know what to do because of the unknown impacts from Congress. Yes, Civil unrest is a very real possiblity.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  106. Bonnie in NY

    I am surprised there has not been one yet! As I see it, our fore fathers left England because they were being taxed to death. Well...... look at us now. All government (including presidents past) are making way to much! We give money to other countries, then borrow from them. Most of which are Anti Americans. It does not make sense to me. If we quit lending or giving money to other countries and the employes (yes this includes Obama) tax a 20% cut in pay, I think things would look a lot better for the American citizen. I'd like to know why it is the services we need that they threaten to cut, rather then their pays?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  107. Rick McDaniel

    Based on the current direction, at least 50-50.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  108. Frank

    I belive it can happen, we are going backwards not forward , is this the change the president was talking about?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  109. Alex Wysh

    Jack, thats the beauty of our system. In the middle east, people knew their leaders will be the same for the next ten or twenty years and the ONLY option to change the country is violence. In a democracy, no matter how incompetent our current leadership may be, an election offers a 'pressure relief valve' that prevents all but the most violent people for hoping for civil unrest.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  110. Joshua

    I'm surprised it hasn't happened already. This government is a joke/hopeless. As long as politicians are in charge, nothing will change. Good thing we have honest men like Weiner (and MANY Others) in congress. Gives us hope (insert EXTREME sarcasm).

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  111. Kansley

    There will definitely be civil unrest this summer. There already is in Chicago.

    The real question is what will the governments response to the unrest be? Will they turn their guns on U.S. citizens? Will they gun people down in the streets?

    It's going to be a long, hot, interesting summer without a doubt.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  112. Debra in Tennessee

    Good grief Jack – what a question??!!? If you people in the media keep talking about a depression and asking questions like this, I am sure you can have a self fulfilling prophecy....let's talk about some positive things, or might you be a Republican in reporter's clothing?? And don't tell me you can't find anything positive to discuss...

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  113. Claude

    Very likely, Just look at the arab countries. It could happen here if the economy continues not to improve for the midddle class and lower income people. I can't think of an empire that has not fallen. It happened to the romans and british just to mention two.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  114. Robert H

    With Palin, Bachmann, and the wacko Tea Partiers out there spouting revolution, anythings possible.

    What I can't figure out is why the Republicans don't grow up and start working for us like they were voted in for and stop acting like the spoiled little rich kids they are. If they'd start working with the Democrats instead of trying to protect the rich who pad their wallets, maybe the economy would get better.

    But, sad to say, a revolution is coming and it won't be pretty.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  115. Jim

    Had this downturn been the result of some natural economic fluctuation of capitalism, probably not. However, given the fact the average American knows that he or she has been blatantly and obviously ripped off twice: once on the AIG mortgage insurance scam and again with taxpayer "bailout" funds, yes violence could happen here. It did in the 1960s.

    Jim

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  116. David

    Jack during the civil war the lack of resources and resulting inflation drove the price of bacon from $.30/lb to $7.70/lb. We could see the same thing here because China, Germany,France and Saudia Arabia want to replace the dollar as the world's monetary standard. When that happens...and it will happen, all hell will break out. When I can't get food to feed my family, those millionaires who have enjoyed the politician's gift of no equitable tax support, better watch out. That includes the majority of do nothing Congress representatives

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  117. mark

    Hey jack it's already begun here in chicago in the gold coast twenty people robbed one guy because of the economy!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  118. eric allbritton

    I've lost every asset I ever had trying to save our family's house. The bank eventually took it anyway. I should have given up sooner. Violence? Sure, tell me where and when! If I can find gas money I'll be there! Eric Salisbury Maryland

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  119. Jim

    If those union thugs in Wisconsin that Scott Walker had to deal with, duh, I think that's the tip of the iceberg! It isn't your non-union persons acting like animals.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  120. Mark

    Jack
    Some would say violence already began, look at Represenative Gifford. It is in times like today that leadership is most crucial, which we are desperately in need. The Tea Party base believes their leadership will provide it and the left wing of the Democratic party believed Obama would provide it. Instead, both Tea Party and Left Wing have realized the truth. Corproations run this country and until we take the money out of campaings nothing will change.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  121. Michael Bergeron

    Jack,
    Millions unemployed, inflation, crumbling infrastructure and politicians who can't agree on the color of the sky are all warning signs that people will eventually revolt. This country is in the worst shape I have ever experienced and it is going to get worse before it gets better.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  122. GJ

    FEAR!!!! FEAR!! FEAR!!

    CNN News Alert!!!

    Remember Foot Hood?
    Remember Tuscon and the shootings?
    How many shooting per year now?
    Oakland,Ca.is really bad, babies r being shot..

    How short your memory is Cafferty..you might have Altzhiemer's like Mom..its a bad thing.

    S/Fi
    GJ

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  123. John Goodman from Lake Charles, La.

    Jack, there are already peaceful protests, but if the american people go to the streets with guns, rocks, and grenades, we'd no better than the countries we denounce. You can bet Syria, Hammas, Fatah, and Al Kaida would love to see violent gatherings in the United States-it would actually strengthen their cause.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  124. Dan Thalmann

    I guess I'm an optimistic person, because I don't think civil unrest will happen on any grand scale. But if it did, I think it would be centered the big cities of the east and west coasts, Chicago and the south. That sort of activity would be unheard of in small, rural communities of the midwest and Great Plains. It's just not our style. Look at the societal response in New Orleans due to the hurricane vs. flooding or tornadoes in the midwest. The urban centers demand government help while citizens of small towns pull up their boot straps and help themselves.
    –Dan in Greenleaf, Kansas

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  125. Dan Geho

    If the government does not take some very unusual step – such as changing the SEC laws retroactively to recoup the BILLIONS of dollars the Wall Street elite and the Junk Bond kings stole from retirement and investment accounts; Raise the margin for investing in the Futures Market; etc. – I am afraid James Carville might be correct about the possibility of civil unrest. In any Fuedal system, peasants can put up with only so much.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  126. Leo from West Virginia

    Here in the Panhandle of West Virginia only 90 some miles from Washington Obama's recovery just isn't happening and if all hell breaks loose just remember, only shoot at the suits as they caused this economic meltdown !!!!
    If the idiots in Washington ever gave Us a better reason for term limits I can't remember it.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  127. Mark Jones

    I sure hope so. We need CHANGE, and need it soon before it's too late.
    Even if it means us peasants have to wrestle it away from the hands of tyrants again.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  128. PATRICK HARRISON

    Too good! Revolution may once again define our nation which is coming apart at the seams and won't improve with our elected officials spending our taxes on earmarks and other perks for their constituents. We need
    Representatives and Senators to see their constituents as Americans, not Californians, Texans, or any other state.

    The state of the nation is what must be healed.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  129. Gray in NC

    Most empires eventually turn on themselves, Jack. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. It's only a matter of time.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  130. Alan Milner

    Are you kidding, Jack? The war on drugs is a political war based on economic conflicts. The battles between the parties are all about economic issues. Most importantly, the bloodshed taking place in American families is all about economic pressure. There has been an ongoing class war in the US ever since the closing of the Western frontier. Ask any labor union historian. Remember the Bonus Marchers, World War I veterans who marched on Washington to demand the bonuses they were promised for fighting in Europe.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Dave Manix

    Jack : Its only a matter of time untill civil unrest erupts in the US . The government is in such a state of dis-connect . We watch the world taking to the streets and its amasing how we can relate to their situation of repression . I`ve always told my friends that here in America – "Your Only as Free as You Can Afford To Be" .

    Dave Manix

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  132. george smith canada

    It will only get worse ,have you ever gone into any store clothing or food and looked for anything made in the U.S.A. ,Dont try it aint there.
    Everything is made in the far east ,and you know what ,it is the same up here in canada,so if you go into a depression,we wont be too far behind you.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  133. John Martin in Shoreline, WA

    There is an undercurrent of anger in Americans today that has little to do with the economy. We are tired of seeing unemployment skyrocket while politicians pass legislation sending our entire manufacturing base overseas. We are tired of hearing our soldiers are dying for freedom, when every Amendment in our Bill of Rights is violated on a routine basis. In general, we are tired of being lied to by Weiners. If the economy tanks, the revolution will come much sooner. But regardless, the days of the Repocrats are numbered.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  134. Gary

    It's not the Economy Stupid. It's the election of our first Black President. Republicans can't get over it. " How could this happen?"
    They haven't stopped lying, crying, whining and obstructing since Obama was elected. With idiots like Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, Coulter and others, spewing their hate, they are inciting trouble.
    They are shameful.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  135. Chuck Kolasinski

    Plenty high, we have an administration that knows nothing about creating jobs, only about redistributing wealth. Fifty percent of the people are happy with that arrangement, but the fifty percent that have to support them are not. Just keep pushing and something is bound to erupt.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  136. Rich

    rioting type related violence won't happen here, we are the most civilized country on the earth. however dont get me wrong we will have violence as a result of unemployment, depression, and thefts will occur. If it gets any worse (economy wise) the police will have their hands full. They are operating at lower levels due to economy and we are already seeing higher suicide frequency, depression related calls, etc.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  137. Craig in Seattle

    You've finally tipped over the edge, joining the ranks of right-wing fanatics that relish fanning the flames at every opportunity with exaggeration reflecting your own emotion more than fact. What's worse is that your position in the supposedly neutral media makes your talk of violence irresponsible – what you've said amounts to a call for violence, not a question of whether there will be violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  138. Michael McCormack The Southern Star

    I'm amazed at the people that believe there will never be a domestic uprising, but then this country if overflowing with fools and apathetic complainers who do nothing else.Read your history – if things keep going this way it will happen! The rich are in control and will feed off of the middle class and poor until there is no other option but violence!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  139. Danny Q Talbot

    Well, if violence does rise, I think the question would then be: Is it because of unemployment and a disgruntled population, or is it because funding for law enforcement will be lower? Don't be surprised if organized crime rises significantly. If law enforcement funding is lower, organized crime is the best way to make a living, and it won't be sufficiently combatted. Take Mexico as an example. The US could be a more moderate version of present day Mexico.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  140. Jeremy from Michigan

    The odds are high Jack. We saw the early signs during President Obama's attempt to radicalize American healthcare, via the tea party and town hall meetings. It is in our nature, and in many ways is apart of who we are as American's to get angry when we think our government isn't listening to us. Hopefully, it won't become violent, but if our government continues on the path it's currently on, it probably will.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  141. bobhubbardsr

    Of course there is a possiblity of violence. Taxation without representation was tyranny in 1776 and is still so today. Those 535 idiots in DC have lost sight of what they were elected to do, and refuse to leave. Lexington bridge all over agian? Perhaps.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  142. Joe Ochoa

    9% unemployment, throw in a couple of more 3-5 % underemployed, millions lacking health insurance, no one has a pension anymore, two wars that go on forever and a congress that is fixated on pictures of their crotch. If all that does not cause civil unrest, what will?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  143. Thomas

    People will do as a last resort what ever it takes to feed and take care of their family and to protect what is theirs, even if crime is involved.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  144. mark koenig, Ohio

    This country, as well as almost every large scale historical political change, was born in violence, and that invariably happens when things get bad enough for long enough.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  145. David Sabbagh, North Carolina

    Just look at history. When were some of the greatest periods of internal strife in the United States outside of the Civil War? First there was Shays' Rebellion, led by poor farmers right after the Revolutionary War. Coxey's Army in 1894, which was at that time called the 'Great Depression,' which was driven out of Washington by the military. And then the 'Bonus Army' during Hoover's administration, which Hoover fought using General Patton himself, leading to over a thousand injuries.

    What do these 3 have in common? They were violent upheavals triggered by difficult economic circumstance. And as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. And history tells us that if our economy continues to tank, there will be violence as a result.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Julie

    Why are the media so reluctant to detail how we got into this mess? I heard a blip two days ago but no one seems to want to pick up on it.There are reasons.......They're not secret.......What are they?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Conor in Chicago

    I have been predicting for years the following events: American Corporations, no longer needing a vibrant US middle class to maintain their lifestyles with the collapse of the Soviet Union, will openly and consciously not invest in the US economy and will ignore the American work force instead opting to employ emerging third world economies due to the profitability of that endeavor. From there, the masses of unemployed, uneducated, and disinformed people will turn on each other and the government, destroy everything, and corporate rule will eventually replace our democratic structure in the name of security. The majority of the population will be grateful for the restoration of order, will ignore the corporate fascist state that will emerge, and American Democracy will receive its final death nail.

    Other countries who will correctly record the key series of events will cite Regan’s election, the deregulation of our economy from 1981-whenever it finally collapses, NAFTA, The Neo-Conservative Coup D’ Etat of 2000, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, the 2008 financial panic, and the Obama Administrations resistance to this movement set in place in 1980. Violence is inevitable. It’s only the specifics that we can speculate about.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Carla - expat, Ottawa

    I have always predicted water wars in California. The trend in Europe and Asia is for larger countries to break up. Perhaps an independent Texas isn't out of the picture. Unhappy people cannot remain peaceful people, thus history repeats itself.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Albert

    Chances are very high, just look at what happened in Wisconsin. By 2020 we will have OVER $20 trillion in debt and the interest payments on the debt will take over 25%-35% of our annual income and NO one or NO country can survive that. Once we start cutting SS benefits, Pension benefits, Medicare benefits, than you will see the violence. These numbers are real numbers NOT fantasy numbers, our debt is the biggest threat for the World.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  150. Kathy

    I've been saying things are going to erupt for several years now, that it's just a matter of time. Looks like that time is moving closer. I think people are becoming frustrated in other parts of the world and finally it's catching here.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  151. Mark - Albany NY

    Being in a tough situation myself, I personally understand the frustration that comes along with the current state of the economy. I am fortunate enough (or unfortunate I suppose) to not have a family to support during this extremely hard time. I can certainly see tensions rise and empathize with the people that are supporting a family, or trying to, with the economy as poor as it is. Well off has turned into barely making it, and barely making it into dirt poor. Desperation alone, I definitely believe that violence is a major concern. Couple desperation with days like today (currently 94 and humid) and we are bound to see violent crimes rise. It is not a question of IF, it is a question of when. The people that are so adamant about violence not being an issue are either far too optimistic or far too ignorant for their own good.

    Mark
    Albany, New York

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  152. Brandon from decorah iowa

    I think the chances of civil unrest are quite high. If you look throughout history the biggest social changes have come while a country is in crisis countrys like russia in 1917 or cuba in 1959 or even in egypt or libya this year. I think what we are looking at today isn't just civil unrest, if the economy doesn't shape up and the wars in afghanistan and libya and iraq drag on or if congress keeps playing the partisan politics we've all come to hate so much, we are looking at a possible revolution or a coup de ta or...even worse.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  153. Wayne

    Jack, don't you think it's already happening? Desperate people do desperate things. This country is in desperate times and it will surely get worse. Those predictions are spot on. We have lost our super power status, financially we are broke. When our dollar is no longer the worlds currency, inflation will paralyze every segment of our economy. People are going to do what it takes to survive when desperation sets in, including violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  154. andyz Lynn, MA

    Thank God for the National Rifle Association. You want to riot; not on my street.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  155. Stephen Charchuk

    There's a very good chance that it will trigger violence, Jack. The USA has always been a violent nation from the Revolution, and terrorist acts against the loyalist colonists, to the Civil War, and more. You have used violence as a solution to many things, this will be no different. It doesn't help either with your obsessive love affair with firearms and your mistaken belief that they make you "safer". America is turning out to be a failure because of greed.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  156. eric

    I believe we've been at the tipping point for a while now. The American people are angry... nobody on Wall Street that caused this mess has gone to prison, illegal immigration is killing our way of life, politicians are more corrupt than ever and no longer represent the American people, joblessness is at epidemic levels with no recovery in sight, after 10 years we're still fighting two wars costing billions every month with no end in sight, and the national debt is almost at the point of no recovery. It really won't take a much more for the American people to revolt and force the change our politicians have refused to do for several decades now. I fear it could be a bloody mess if it comes to that. The sleeping giant is waking up again!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  157. Sharon Dunten

    Violence because of our economy? Check the crime stats on domestic violence for families without jobs and try walking down small town American without fear of being mugged or burglarized while away from your home. Violence? Right now it is underground in communities and no one wants to talk about it.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  158. joe geshel

    As a retired State Trooper I well remember riots in the 60s and early 70s. It can happen because it did in the past when we were better off as a country economically. Just one spark and away it will go. Self immolation did it in tunisia and the whole Middle East. We may be next.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  159. Mark Jones

    "we are reverting to the old west."

    If you ask most people, Kathie, CHICAGO, CALIFORNIA, and NEW YORK **ARE** the old west where you'll get robbed and killed at the drop of a hat.

    But wait, those places are all where your gun control is! Go figure.

    Give me the "old west" anyday. At least then one could defend ones life against the criminals.

    Kennesaw GA, every household MUST own a gun.
    Violent crime rate = literally zero.
    Theft crimes= zero
    Rape= zero

    A crime rate so low the FBI doesn't even include it in their national crime database.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  160. Fred In LA

    When the entitlements that are spoon fed by the Democrats runs out, all hell could break loose. These people have no idea how to fend for themselves in the real world. They'd rather by TV's and Iphones than do what it takes to work and support their families. Real climate change in the making.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  161. Gigi Oregon

    Until the people take to the street there will be no change in government. Our politicians have no fear of God or the people. Behind closed doors they are playing games, They are rude and obnoxious. And the media feeds them and us. Until we take to the street nothing will be done. We do not need weapons we need numbers. Corporate America has bought our government. One of two things must happen either we take to the streets or we get hungry enough to fight . I think the latter could lead to violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  162. Sandra Attig- Alabama

    Jack, you should visit rural AL and hear the conversations about arming for the revolt. The basics of life are out of control; gas prices, food prices, lack of money lending, etc. The way of life has changed and all we hear is the bickering between parties, all complaining about the other. All these wealthy running for office, promises and nothing changes because of all the quarreling. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP and get to WORK. We all know the road to recovery but no one has the guts to get us there.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  163. Jim Schnur

    Sadly, Americans are too fat and lazy to revolt. We the people care more about the next American Idol than our children's future.We've become mindless sheep walking happily to the slaughter house.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  164. Sammy G

    It won't americans won't fight their way outta of a wet bag . Where always looking for someone else to fight the good .By the way Jack aren't we already fighting a economic war aren't prisons full of people who committed economic crimes against society ?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  165. Bob

    I believe the chance is better than 66%. We don't elect many economists so our government doesn't have a clue how to fix it. The dollar is already on its way out as the world's reserve currency, and inevitable inflation will make us all poorer. Violence may not occur nationwide, but it will happen in too many locations.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  166. jim

    not likely at this point. but i could imagine people will have a breaking point. no money, no home, no job, nothing positive to look forward to. poor leadership. the rich getting richer and the poor, poorer. once the middle class is decimated, you just never know what people will do when they become desperate.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  167. Mike Therrien

    excuse me. But didn't we see a round of that during the last election cycle? Its going to get worse. While, Washington is tweeting Weiner's weiner we have a very big problem. They are talking about Jobs and economy but the issue at the heart of all that is the Debt. And I don't see them doing anything constructive about that. Frankly my crystal ball sees something worse than the depression. I can easily see how the U.S. could be broken down into smaller Nation States. That would make the debt go away. You can tell me that won't ever happen. All I ask is that you tell me that from Moscow.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  168. Nancy O'Connor

    Coming to your neighborhood soon, The American Revolution part II....we've had enough!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  169. Bob Guion

    Chances are frightening, and for other reasons, too. Listen to your own news reports and pundits talking about North Africa and the Middle East. In country after country, disparity of wealth has been cited as a root cause of the violence. In our own country, is there a more apt word than disparity to describe an economic system where our college grads seek work at McDonalds while CEOs and sports stars have incomes in the many millions of dollars? Who gets consoled when working at minimum wage while others who already have enough money to buy Congress make still more?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  170. timothy o nichols jr

    Where has everyone been; it all ready has. The levels of crime are sky-rocketing. Human-Trafficing;Gangs and drugs, are just an few of these crimes that are going to get worst. People are trying to hold onto hope, and the little bit of income they have to be able to pay bills. The wealthy in this country needs to get serious, and pay those tax. No tax brakes are needed, and should not be a pre-condition for things that need to be done. GOP need to get off their high horse, and do the right thing; stop blocking legislation. Nothing wrong with Obama's job; just GOP standing in the way, for the Rich.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  171. J.W. in Petersburg, VA

    I think people are trying their hardest to weather this storm, but if there is some triggering factor mixed with intense summer heat, then it could push us all over the edge.

    If the government is no longer of the people, by the people and for the people, it may find itself replaced or destroyed by the people.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  172. david

    Maybe it`s time for a Revolution. The government keeps ignoring issues like the gap between the rich and the poor, all the illegal immigrants flooding across taking poor people`s jobs, all the money pumped into other countries instead of our own, and electing president`s from the good ole boy network in Washington. We need to throw them all out of office, balance the budget and start paying off the national debt. We should also make China trade fairly, or stop trading with them. Send the military to the southern border to stop illegalls from entering the country. If they never accomplish any of this, then maybe it is time for an armed uprising followed by a new constitution.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  173. Kathy

    Jack:
    If the Republicans continue to not do zip about jobs due to their focus being about winning the White House and placating the fringe of their party and the Dem's don't start leading and listening, I guess anything is possible. It is such a sad state of affairs: we are so divided that I am not clear what path can unite us. It is not the politics of mean; refusing to compromise is not it; threatening/holding hostage appointments, bills, and the debt is not going to get us there. And, that is the atmosphere I see day in and day out on my tv.

    I am sure that as individuals those serving in Congress are hardworking, good individuals by and large. Unfortunately, because of the $$ it takes to run for office, the whole process is totally corrupt and broken. They get to Washington and it all becomes about power, power, and more power. It is not about doing what is best for this country. Can not tell you how disappointed I am in those sent to office this past November. They have let this country down big time. NOTHING on jobs. Nothing. What is wrong with these people?

    So, is violence possible? Yeah, you guys in the media keep showing us how a freshman Tea Party Congressman is spending $1000/month of taxpayer money on a car lease, and yeah, Jack-people might just go over the bend.

    Kathy

    Kathy

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  174. George

    If all goes Hussein's way --about 95%

    June 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  175. Guy Crump

    The stimulous cash went to the banksters who caused the crash of our economy. Instead of getting the cash onto mainstreet the banks bought T-bill with the free money. Now those same banks are rolling over their T-bills and with that cash and the interest they earned buying more T-bills. American tax payers are now getting the rare opportunity to pay compound interest on their own money to the same people who stole their 401ks..If the people figure this out you could have your revolution.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  176. Al Lee

    No jack, not on a national scale. Violence will go up in cities, more robberies, home invasions and short tempers will no doubt have an effect on murder rates around the country. Lack of income does cause all these things to escalate. As the rich get richer and the poor get behind the 8 ball, things will get very tense.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  177. Rick

    Its not the economy that cause civil unrest .It is the partianship of our politicians that will.
    I thought or my understanding of why there is a multi party govt is to have many ideas that they can share amongst,brainstorm,compromise amongst parties and put into action!
    But now because of big money either from big business or special interest groups or unions it is whoever pays our politicians the most money and perks will get there way!Do You call that a Democratic society?
    This is what will ruin our Great country and will bring it to civil war again!!Its been brewing for some 25 years or so now!!!Its just a matter of time!!!!
    Rick
    Corona CA

    June 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  178. Joseph Peil

    Dear Mr Cafferty,
    Lets see/ I'm loosing my house to forclosure /I've been out of work for close to 2 years /I'm 59yrs old no one wants to hire me. I have 3 college degrees and have paid all my student loans then lost my job. Where do I sign up for the inserection? This capitalist system is in collaspe criminallity has taken over and the fat cats are in charge of the hen house. I am a vet and took an oath to protect and defend the constition. But I will not protect these worthless criminals that are like vimpires attached to the economy and businesses.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  179. John Schwerer

    Reinstitute the organizations that built our infrastructure during the Great Depression; lord knows we need the jobs and our national infrastructure needs the work.. look to the floods and the levys' failures and the shape of the roads. Bring the troops home, stop paying out to support countries that ride both sides of the rail with the Taliban and Al-Qaida. These wars have destroyed the economy. (Vermont)

    June 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  180. Roy

    I can't wait. It seems like the only real changes ever made in this country came from the efforts of people who stood up against unjusts!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  181. Tom Luby

    Jack, excellent question, it's a possibility as the feds say there is no inflation, just go buy groceries or gasoline. Crude has been coming down except for today and the price continues to rise, We have HUGE deposits of crude, The current administration wont allow many permits, so we have to import. Everything is based on oil, so prices are sky rocketing. Home prices are in the tank, and our current administration says this is only a blip. Believe me common people of all races and creeds see thru this, hence I see grim things happening in the future.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  182. Julius Lariviere, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    You mean the economy hasn't been the trigger for violence for the last 30 to 40 yrs? As corporations and banks suck all the money out the American(and Canadian) economies, those desperate enough will resort to violence- its seems the rich doesn't care about the rest of us... its a recipe for anarchy and revolution.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  183. Craig in Seattle

    When someone starts shooting or rioting, possibly as a result of your words that amount to a call to arms, I wonder if you will be defending your alarmist comments the way Sarah Palin tried to defend her cross-hair targets that included Rep. Gabby Giffords.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  184. Beek

    The economy is the key, fuel prices are dictating in which direction thi scountry is headed. For the amount of money spent on the wars in the middle east we should have taken control of the oil supplies to repay this country. The seniors in this country have lost thier wealth and unemployment has only begun as a national indicator. Wow, who would have known the greatest country on earth will no longer be an economic power nor a respected country... so sad!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  185. James R. Braithwaite

    People with enough time on their hands and little money will eventually take to the streets, Just look at history for the last 300 years.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  186. Daymon J. Hartley

    ‎Jack:
    I think what is being missed in a lot of reportage is that we are experiencing a general crisis of the whole economic system. It may be the end of an era just as the industrial revolution was the beginning of one system and the end of another. Feudalism to Capitalism. The problems are not going to be solved by Obama, Bush, Democrats or Republicans, bailouts or divine intervention. The best analysis I have seen so far puts forth the position that our present capitalist economic, social and political system is a victim of its own success. With the robotic and electronic revolution well under way we are replacing manual labor as we know it. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. If we can get machines to do the back breaking work in the factories, mines etc. etc. then that should be a plus for humanity. But unfortunately they haven't figured out how to get the robots to buy back what they produce. And with a system still based on the premise that you have to have a job to earn a wage to buy the necessaries of life and there are no jobs....you have an irreconcilable contradiction. The profits and market system can no longer function to meet the needs of the majority of society. With Globalization there is an evening up process with the spread of the technology.... and rather then bringing the rest of the worlds workers up to the living standard we have enjoyed...our standard of living is being driven down to theirs.
    The corporate class have no control over what is happening either. It is always better to be able to rule with the consent of the ruled. The system is based on competition to increase their profits. So they can't not compete. The American have a history of tolerating lots of abuse but eventually will reach a tipping point. I think we will see food riots etc. etc. before there is a rebound.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  187. Dwight

    Our politician don't have a clue! The things that are breaking america like giving billions to ungrateful third world countrys and not helping americans keep from going broke when they get sick are the things they are against.Till they start listening to the majority of america and not the special interest we are headed toward revolution! I've always said revolution is only one letter from evolution!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  188. Captain

    The Obama regime has spent the last 2 1/2 years assaulting the private sector, and pitting one American against another. Any resulting violence will rest squarely on the shoulders of the regime and its media cronies who are fully vested in this presidency.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  189. JimGreenm Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack–We could end our unemployment crisis tomorrow if we would simply enforce the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act– which authorizes the president ot create a “reservoir of public employees” the minute we reach “3%” unemployment—and we are 3 times over the % to trigger this law—and we can fund without adding a dime to our deficit. The problem is that “conventional wisdom” is obsessed with fixing our unemployment crisis with “private sector jobs”—and it is never going to happen–

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  190. Sharon

    In the US, fires, floods, tornadoes, drought.... this all affects our food. This also impacts our water supply what isn’t already contaminated. People out of jobs with no end in sight and losing their homes with other people who are working losing their homes. The GOVERNMENT lying, being unmoral, BLOWING money that We The People Need, only helping the companies and the rich. The government also worring about other countries over this one. Trying to push GOD out of country. Yes I can see it coming!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  191. Selene in TX

    What other consequences are there for the seemingly-untouchable upper tax brackets and "American" international corporations? As an out of work teacher, I an say that consequences are the only way to reach those who are otherwise out of control. While I do not wish for injury or damage to occur, I hope the unrest begins as soon as possible. The vast majority of American working people need to come out of their comas and reclaim this country.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  192. Donald in New Mexico

    The violence has been going on for a long time already. Aren't a lot of kids getting killed in record numbers in Chicago? The violence along the border has been spilling deeper into the US. Until there are jobs for the economically challenged, we run the risk of more violence.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  193. Karen

    Yes, Jack I am hearing more people talking and using the word like
    revolution. This scare me. Big business needs to invest in this country not their pockets.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  194. Chris in SINY

    there is a good chance,,,although i hope it doesnt happen,,sad to say
    nothing is gonna change,,,way to many people make way to much money with things just the way they are

    June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  195. Todd Smith

    It is almost certain to happen. The middle class is growing tired with those who have made welfare a lifetime career for themselves. When the standard of living for the middle class drops below that of those living the hight life of welfare, that will be the spark that sets the nation ablaze.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  196. Geno

    theres is good chance it could. bad economy equal higher crime rate but theres much optimism that we can turn around the economy.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  197. J.N. Virgin Islands

    I feel there is a distinct possibilty of civil unrest in the USA. The reason being is that our government is fighting each other for individual political gain and ego. When we have leaders of one party stating that my purpose is to see to it that President Obama only serve one term how is that working for the people?
    How can not raising taxes on the rich who are only getting richer and taking money from education, and certain entitlement programs basically serving the underemployed help?
    How can running a government like a business assist anyone? Isnt government a service to the people.
    Finally whatever happen to hard journalism? In depth questioning?

    for instance Wolf blitzer " game of chicken" what kind of response is that to answer a question about raising taxes on business instead of cutting medicare. This is people lives and the media and government are concerned about sensationalism and ratings. These people (govt and media) need to spend time and get to know the average american it seems You all forgot!!!

    Politicians need to have a term limit and a mandatory wait before lobbying. No more status Quo

    June 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  198. VIOLENCE WILL HAPPEN

    We are heading RAPIDLY toward another CIVIL WAR!! Our government is NOT LISTENING to the poor, the eldery, and the Middle Class! We can NO LONGER carry this Nations debt!! Not with ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION draining our Nations' coffers, not with Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Nation, we are HURTING!! Let the rich and corporations start paying a FAIR SHARE OF TAXES!!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  199. Stephen Holmes

    When people can't feed and house their families because there are no jobs available for them, and when they see corporate CEO's making more than a thousand times more than they did when they had a job....you bet there is going to be violence. Why not? Congress has sold the citizens of the US out.....they have allowed the OUTSOURCING of all manufacturing and higher paying jobs to third world workers who will work for a dollar per day......Also, when I see that we gave Afganistan $19 BILLION and there are starving US citizens I am ready to revolt, aren't you?.......

    June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  200. Brennan

    Greetings Jack, from a Canadian CNN fan! My parents immigrated to Canada from the USA in the late sixties. My father was an educator, and has become a well known writer and environmentalist.
    From a Canadian perspective, what has happened, and is still happening to our fellow North Americans in the US is absolutely terrible. We have long known that the US educational system has supplied a very limited, and one sided view to American youth for decades. The American citizen has been kept largely in the dark with respect to his/her conditioning to be "a good consumer". Corporate North American has drained the monetary stability, and the very equity held by previous generations of Americans without mercy, without thought to American economic stability or even the most basic form of morality.
    There is one answer...remove the corporate charter, eliminate all business structures above 500 million in annual gross revenue, and return the business of America to the people. The incredible deception on the part of Corporate America has ledt this once great country in tatters..and if the same people are left at the wheel, the situation will not change.
    Violence is a possibility..sadly that is what the 600 plus American concentration camps hav been built for, and NATO forces have already been briefed on containment measures in the USA...the times ahead must be navigated carefully, and ALL corporate interest must be looked at as suspect.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  201. Mr. D

    As we become more and more like a third world country, the probability of civil unrest rises. The threat of violence, however, would be more likely if we had an expanding younger population.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  202. Jim Sempek

    We are already experiencing violence in many different ways. Certainly if people run out of money and most of all food there will be violence mainly for survival. If our government does not stop the foreign give aways we will all have to watch our backsides and our government will have to watch theirs. Too bad Washington has not woke up yet!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  203. J.W. in Petersburg, VA

    America Needs Some Self Help. We need to close ourselves off for a while, FIX the problems at home, before we even worry about abroad.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  204. Terry

    Today the reality of the question of violence walked into my community. Six urban white twenty something backpacking walking looking dejected bored lost. You could see the"grapes of wrath" in their stature and eyes, all six have nothing to lose. At some point when frustration and hunger overrule respect for the law they will act out. Who is to blame? Wall Street, Corporate America are both on a race to the bottom, cutting jobs, offering nothing, expecting larger market share based on Global positioning of their company. Wall St & Corporate America has abandoned the domestic US market, are ignoring their responsibility to create jobs in the US. The focus needs to be on Main Street, creating new businesses, new jobs, new hope...so the next time six homeless wandering lost souls pass through this community, they can find a job, feed themselves, and have hope in their future. As no one is building Main Street, with all the cash being sucked into Wall St daily, it is only a matter of time before there will be violence in the streets. It is sad as then our Military will be used to protect the rich, and the rich will continue to state that the jobless, hopeless, forgotten Americans...well..."let them eat cake!"

    June 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  205. John from Los Angeles

    That's strange, now that you bring it up. I'm a 24 year old college graduate without work. And I'm feeling mighty violent these days. However, i haven't acted upon these feelings of violence, because I'm too discouraged and broke to do ANYTHING. When people are like that, they're willing to believe any promises made, even though it can't be fulfilled so easily, or they'll always be skeptical and be sure of the ineffectualness of any promises made. Those two extremes beat being unsure of what the future brings.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  206. Richard

    Jack...
    You can bet on it...with all the "cute tricks" and other misdeeds going on within our supposed "public servants" in the Congress, etc., etc. it is only a matter of time. Our Government is "Out to Lunch". Our economy is on its knees. I'm supprised it hasn't happened already.

    When such does..........

    June 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  207. Betty from Iowa

    This has been brewing every since Obama was elected.
    I have never heard such negativity toward a president before, and I am 82 years old.
    Yes-I am old enough to know about the great depression.
    I also worked in a County Govt office, where I saw on the "old" books where the bankers and multi millionaires--foreclosed on farms and houses.
    It is happening again. And unless these same kinds start paying their share of taxes, and stop sitting on their money and give jobs to people, we will go down the tube again.
    They really don't care about America--it is all about me, me and me!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  208. DonnieH.Bay St. Louis Ms.

    In this economy more and more Americans depend on or knows someone who depends on some type of public assistance. What the Gop demonize as "entitlements". How well is that going to go over in 2012? The Gop ran in 2010 on jobs, jobs, jobs. Since they were elected unemployment has actually risen. This is the party that ran on jobs and the ones who actually would write the legislation that would do something about it. Yet they blame the President. The President only signs legislation into law. He doesn't write them. The party that preaches about capitalism are the same ones that have turned it into Fascism. The wealthy do not create jobs. A strong middle class buying and consuming dictates job growth. The Gop keeps telling us to keep giving everything to the wealthy and they will become so full they pop and it will rain down on the rest of us. It's been 30yrs and most Americans have yet to see a trickle.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  209. Joe

    I am waiting for the next revolution. At the rate the Politicians (all of them) are wasting our tax dollars and not listening to the people it is just a matter of time, it is inevitable and my family is ready.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  210. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    Well we are finally going to discuss the undiscussable. America was begun by middle and lower class peoples from Europe who wanted a chance. Here we are again in the same shape but now there is no place to go. The class warfare (another undiscussable) is about to erupt. The discussion with Bernie Saunders had all of the ingredients needed. The childish discussions about the Debt Limit are what we are constantly presented with. Corporate America maintains silence with advertising revenues. Even the Wall Street greed has not moved the Rich to get serious. We still think these problems exist in Africa and the Middle East. Just wait! Not too long now.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  211. Jamie Springfield Mo

    The people of this country will not go quietly into despair and widespread poverty. Eventually things will become so bad that people will unite to try to undo the corruption which has overtaken our government for so long. Illegal immigration, welfare, inflated salaries for government workers, taxation, foreign aid when our own people are hungry are all ticking time bombs waiting to explode. Everyone has a different trigger so God help us if everyone finds their trigger at once. The next round of civil unrest may well make the 60's and 70's look like a Sunday afternoon picnic by the lake.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  212. Denny Johnston

    You're answer Jack can be found in Gun and ammo Sales. Both are sky rocketing. Why simply because any body with any common sense can see which direction this is all headed. It ain't a pretty picture.

    You've got a 98% corrupt Congress, a wothless leader who still has no experience, Corpution thoughout most states. A dollar falling off a cliff, Gas prices getting higher and higher. People aree now having to choose...food for my kids or pay a bill. and eveyone is standing around playing pocket pool with Congressman Weiner.

    Yes if they don't stand up and do something major I fear we are seeing the last Glory days of this country. Even Rome couldn't get it right.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  213. Andiamo

    Fortunately, greatness is at the foundation of our nation. Despite all the fears and rumors that generate more fears, overall, the American people know God. As we “HUMBLE” ourselves and call on Him, our land will be restored. However, I predict this message is too simplistic for an iPod toting, techno me-centered society that spends more time worshiping social networks than they do calling on the true Source of sustenance and prosperity.

    Greed is the side effect of Conservatism and Dependency is the side effect of Liberalism. Moderates are comprised of both greed and dependency. Choose wisely, it may be your real last chance to vote.
    Please forgive us Lord, for we know exactly what we do.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  214. Geoffrey Miller

    Jack, Neither the Republicans nor Democrates get it. There is only so much money in the US bucket. Every dollar that goes overseas as aid, or into a banks bottom line, or off shore investments is a dollar out of an American workers paycheck. It is gone, period.Until it becomes more profitable for the greedy to steal their profits here, that US dollar will never see the light of an American household. Yes there will be civil unrest unless the dollar comes back to US soil.where it belongs.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  215. Linda in Arizona

    People are being ruined and losing everything while the uber-rich rake it in, and you expect civility? I wish there was a chance of real protest, but as long as the populace can sit on their fat sofas and watch Dancing With the Stars I don't expect it to happen.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  216. DonnieH.Bay St. Louis Ms.

    Just as Paul Revere rode through town warning the British that "You're coming! You're coming!" This article serves as our warning I guess...

    June 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  217. rick steffe sr

    The chances are 100%. I have spoken to many people here in Florida and in Maryland and the responses I received are very disturbing. Nearly everyone said we will be facing social unrest on a scale unprecented in our history. Many believe that history is about to repeat itself and that the causes of the French Revoultion are very much in play here.The Banks and Wall Street were made whole by Federal bailouts while the middle class has lost virtually everything. Many people that I have spoken with do not believe that we will make it to the next election because our country and our economy are on the verge of collapse. The Washington crowd doesn't get it and they actually think that the people are going to stand still for a new wave of taxes that are designed to bail us out of the debt that our nation has accumulated. Nobody would would listen when the people objected to NAFTA. Now our manufacturing base is gone. Greenspan killed technology, Bernanke, Frank, Dodd, Fannie and Freddie killed housing, Clinton and NAFTA killed Manufacturing and what is left is the Service Industry. Problen is that you cannot support America's infrastructure and our way of life on $8 and hour jobs.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  218. Gary

    Violence has already started...No respect for children (violence), more deaths of law enforcement and even our representatives are out of line. I lived through the violence of the 60's but this won't be about race but those who have, and those who have not. Government has never nor, will they ever produce anything. We need visionaries in government who will allow the private sector (including the have nots) to achieve their goals. In the meantime, be prepared to protect you and your family until we get visionaries who are willing to make hard decisions. Vietnam was a long war but this one may be even be longer....... and more costly in lives.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  219. eric

    I believe we've been at the tipping point for a while now. The American people are angry... nobody on Wall Street that caused this mess has gone to prison, illegal immigration is killing our way of life, politicians are more corrupt than ever and no longer represent the American people, joblessness is at epidemic levels with no recovery in sight, after 10 years we're still fighting two wars costing billions every month with no end in sight, and the national debt is almost at the point of no return. It really won't take much more for the American people to revolt and force the change our politicians have refused to do for several decades now. I fear it could be a bloody mess if it comes to that. The sleeping giant is waking up again!!!

    Eric in Florida

    June 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  220. Don

    Good question, Jack. And were not cowardice, trepidation and dread the new American voter ideals, we’d have reason to be worried about it. The good news is that country which strands its best and brightest in places like Afghanistan under the pretext of “making us safer” is in no danger of doing more than to spew trivial talk about the inevitable economic disaster looming.

    Discussion of such issues as Anthony Weiner will keep us safely hiding our eyes from the real world issues that confront the Republic. Not exactly what Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and the others envisioned, but it’s who we've become.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  221. Alex

    Jack if violence is to start it will begin in the ghettos it will be disruptive for a few days I expect media coverage full five minutes and than some politician will take his close off media will be all over it......We need a peaceful revolution if possible.
    I am out of work two years this summer.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  222. Cee, La

    Of coarse we are going to have some civil unrest, Have you forgotten the riots during the civil rights movement?.... America is a violent society......

    June 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  223. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    It has a very good chance if Obama is re-elected because he will stick us with even worse unemployment because he refuses to kick 8 million illegal workers out of our jobs so our unemployed can get back to work! And another reason will be if any of amnesty is given because we are already struggling and adding 11-20 illegals is treasonous to say the least!! He admitted "illegals go to the ER and we pay for it", with and massive unemployment, there will be riots!

    York VA

    June 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  224. Jay

    !00%. Given the history of the country, Americans don’t need reasons on top of the economic mess to assault or murder each other everyday. Please don’t blame any spike in violent behavior on the economy…Americans are violent enough as it is.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  225. Brian in IL

    Outside of those who are already maladjusted it probably would have to get a lot worse than it is now. But, contrary to what we are fed by the majority of the media, we could be in Great Depression II already, or at least soon will be. But the media tends to get us to look on the bright side in the hopes that we won't cause trouble, and that a little luck could go a long way, and that broadening your knowledge can assist you to achieve a long-term goal, and that this in turn can help you to reach a brighter financial future. But yet even folks who do this have no guarantee of reaching these goals, even if they never develop classic addictions such as illegal drugs or alcoholism. For this I believe we can rewrite an old spiritual song as the circle is no longer unbroken if it ever was, and a new version can just as well read "now the circle has been broken." My biggest surprise is that we haven't yet seen substantial revolt agains the entrenched corporatocracy. Most have been far too complacent in accepting the status quo.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |