"Critics argue that giving amnesty to 12 to 30 million illegal aliens in the U.S. would have an immediate negative impact on America’s working and middle class — specifically black Americans and the white working class — who would be in direct competition for blue-collar jobs with the largely low-skilled illegal alien population." JOHN BINDER
Friday, March 24, 2017
AMERICA DIES OF DESPAIR - SOARING MORTALITY RATES AS AMERICANS GIVE UP
“Whites had the highest
rate of overdose deaths of any ethnicity, more than double the combined death
rate for blacks and Latinos.”
Rising death rate for
middle-aged US workers
driven by “deaths of despair”
By Niles Niemuth
24 March 2017
The latest research on rising mortality rates by
Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, presented this week
at the Brookings Institution, shines new light on the depth of the social
crisis which has devastated the American working class since the year 2000.
Building off their initial 2015 study which
documented a sharp rise in the mortality rate for white, middle-aged
working-class Americans, Case and Deaton conclude that the rising death rate is
being driven by what they define as “deaths of despair,” those due to drug
overdoses, complications from alcohol and suicide. The mortality rate for these
causes grew by half a percent annually between 1999 and 2013.
During the course of the 20th century, the
annual mortality rate for all middle-aged whites fell from 1,400 per 100,000 to
400 per 100,000. The US experienced a 100-year period of almost uninterrupted
improvements in death rates and life expectancy. In this context Case and
Deaton identify the recent rise in middle-aged mortality as “extraordinary and
The epidemic of deaths from drugs, alcohol and
suicide was initially seen in the American Southwest in the year 2000 but soon
spread to the Appalachian region and Florida and is now nationwide, affecting
rural and urban areas alike.
While every region of the US has seen an
increase in the rate of “deaths of despair” among middle-aged whites over the
last 15 years, the hardest-hit states are in the South (Alabama, Kentucky,
Tennessee and Mississippi). Large urban and suburban areas have been the least
affected, rural areas the most.
The mortality rate for working-class whites was
also pushed up by a slowing and then stagnation of the decline in deaths from
heart disease for white Americans between 2009 and 2015. On top of this the
decline in mortality from lung cancer, caused by smoking and occupational
hazards, slowed for white men 45-54 between 2000 and 2014, while mortality
actually increased for white women 45-49 between 2000 and 2010.
Case and Deaton found that midlife mortality for
middle-aged, working-class, white Americans surpassed the midlife mortality for
all African Americans for the first time in 2008, and by 2015 mortality for
working-class whites was 30 percent higher than for blacks. More significantly,
their data shows that the gap in mortality between whites and blacks in the
working class has all but disappeared. This is the outcome of a general decline
in mortality for blacks and a rapid increase for whites over the last
decade-and-a-half, though in recent years the mortality rate for working-class
blacks has begun rising along with that of whites.
Case and Deaton’s report is supported by the
most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data concerning suicides and
The CDC found that after declining between 1986
and 1999 the US suicide rate rose gradually between 2000 and 2015, with the
rate growing most rapidly in smaller cities and rural areas after the 2007-2008
economic collapse. Whites and Native Americans had the highest suicide rates,
with both groups seeing noticeable increases. All told there were 600,000
suicides in the US between 1999 and 2015—the equivalent of the loss of a major
city, more than the total estimated deaths in the Syrian civil war.
Another recent CDC report found that overdoses
from all drugs has more than doubled since 1999, with middle-aged Americans
having the highest rate of overdoses. The overdose rate for whites has more
than tripled since 1999 and is now more than double the rate for blacks and
Hispanics combined. Nearly 13,000 people died from heroin overdoses alone in
2015, more than four times the number of deaths recorded in 2010.
The data collected and analyzed by Case and
Deaton reflects a deeply sick society, the outcome of a social
counterrevolution which has accelerated since the 2008 crash.
Their research makes clear that the American
working class, regardless of race, is being made to pay the price for the
failure of capitalism, exposing the lie repeated by pseudo-left groups and the
practitioners of identity politics about the “privileged white working class.”
In the period reviewed by Case and Deaton, the
Democratic Party completed its repudiation of a political program which in any
way addressed the needs or interests of the working class, in favor of middle-class
identity politics. This found its culmination in the election of Barack Obama,
the first black president, who funneled trillions of dollars into Wall Street
and expanded the wars in the Middle East. In the last year of his presidency,
which had seen such catastrophes as the lead poisoning of Flint and the BP oil
spill, and seven years of wage stagnation, Obama asserted that things were
“pretty darn great” in America.
The immiseration of the American working class
has also been made possible by betrayals of the trade unions which over the
last four decades have collaborated with and integrated themselves ever more
closely with the corporations in order to shutter factories, eliminate jobs and
enforce wage and benefit cuts.
The period in which the American working class
has been subjected to unrelenting attacks has seen the growth of historically
unprecedented levels of social inequality. The resources of society and the
wealth created by the working class have been plundered and funneled into the
hands of an ever wealthier financial aristocracy. This process will only
accelerate under Trump.
While it is claimed there is “no money” to pay
for decent wages or social services in the US, the country claims eight of the
world’s 10 wealthiest billionaires and spends more than the next seven
countries combined on its military. The health care overhaul and budget cuts
being proposed by the Trump administration are guaranteed to accelerate the
In this regard it is striking to note the overlap
between the areas of the country particularly devastated by “deaths of despair”
in the period examined by Case and Deaton and those with a large vote for
Donald Trump in the 2016 election. The anti-working class policies pursued in
the Obama years paved the way for Trump.
The residents of these areas, either rural or
devastated by years of factory closures, voted for Trump not out of racial
animus—an assertion often made by the mainstream media and pseudo-left—but as a
cry of desperation, incipient anger and complete disgust with the political
These people have been at the frontlines of the
onslaught against the working class, facilitated by Democrats and Republicans
alike. As far as Trump identified himself as an outsider, opposed to the
political establishment which facilitated the plunder of the working class, he
drew significant support. These same working people are quickly being disabused
of any illusions they may have held in the billionaire businessman.
The fundamental question raised by Case and
Deaton’s research is the struggle of the working class against the capitalist
system and for socialism. Social inequality has never been higher and the rich
have never been richer. The working class is the only force which can reverse this
counterrevolution. Workers must turn to socialism and fight to build a mass
independent movement which will fight for political power and take control of
the wealth plundered from them, putting it to use for the common good.
'Deaths of despair' on the rise among blue-collar whites
A decades-long trend of economic stagnation and social immobility may be to blame for a shocking increase in death rates among middle-aged white Americans, a new study finds, as the number of deaths caused by drugs, alcohol abuse and suicide reaches levels not seen in generations.
For nearly a century, advances in medical technology and healthy living have sent mortality rates of all Americans plummeting. But in recent years, a stark divide has emerged along educational and racial lines: as death rates plunge for minorities and well-educated whites, the number of whites without a college education dying in middle age is skyrocketing.
In a new study, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton point to a sharp rise in what they call “deaths of despair,” deaths caused by drugs, alcohol poisoning and suicide.
At the same time, the medical progress that had sharply cut the number of deaths due to heart disease and cancer has plateaued, contributing to the overall increase in mortality rates.
Middle-aged whites who have not attained a college degree are most susceptible, which the authors say may come from limited economic prospects not faced by their parents and grandparents. While older generations were able to build stable lives with the help of good factory jobs, those jobs are increasingly moving overseas, or disappearing thanks to automation.
“Traditional structures of social and economic support slowly weakened; no longer was it possible for a man to follow his father and grandfather into a manufacturing job, or to join the union,” the authors write.
That generational shift contrasts with the experience of African Americans and Hispanic Americans, many of whom are living better lives than their parents or grandparents, even as they continue to lag whites in educational or economic attainment. Polls today show minorities believe their children will have better lives than they do, while whites tend to worry their children will not have lives as good as their own.
The numbers are stark: Between 1998 and 2015, the mortality rate for men between the ages of 50 and 54 who had attained a bachelor’s degree fell from 349 per 100,000 to 243. The mortality rate for the same age cohort among whites who had not attained a college degree rose from 762 per 100,000 to 867.
Blacks and Hispanic Americans, both those who had attained a college degree and those who hadn’t, continued to live longer lives as mortality rates fell.
Among blacks, mortality rates fell across all ages between 1999 and 2015. Among whites without a degree, mortality rates rose among all age groups. At the turn of the century, whites without a college degree were 30 percent less likely to die in middle age than were African Americans; today, they are 30 percent more likely to die than are African Americans of the same age.
Whites without a college degree have experienced both real and perceived decreases in their economic and physical well-being. Real wages for those without a college degree have fallen in the decades since the 1970s, while those people are far less likely to say they are in excellent or good health as those who have a college education.
“We see our story as about the collapse of the white, high school educated, working class after its heyday in the early 1970s, and the pathologies that accompany that decline,” Case and Deaton write.
As economic prospects have waned, the number of non-college educated Americans in the workforce has shrunk, with the epidemic of opioid addiction taking its toll.
Men without a college degree are less likely to participate in the labor force at any given age than those born before 1940, the authors found. The economist Alan Krueger wrote in 2016 that half of men who are not in the labor force are taking pain medications, and two-thirds of those men are taking a prescription painkiller.
Though they say increased opioid use is not a fundamental factor in the rise of deaths of despair, the growing supply of the painkiller has “added fuel to the flames, making the epidemic much worse than otherwise would have been,” the authors write.
The phenomenon of rising deaths among whites appears to be solely American. A comparison across 10 European nations, plus Australia, Canada and Japan, finds mortality rates declining by a significant margin on an annual basis. Only American non-Hispanic whites have experienced an increase in mortality rates.
….. the American Middle-Class at death’s door and knocking
“Whites had the highest rate of overdose deaths of any ethnicity, more than double the combined death rate for blacks and Latinos.”
THE LEGACY of BARACK OBAMA: MUSLIM
PSYCHOPATH AND BANKSTER RENT BOY WHO CAME NEAR TO CREATING A MUSLIM-STYLE
DICTATORSHIP BY SABOTAGING AMERICA’S HOMELAND SECURITY AND FUNDING THE MEXICAN
FASCIST RACIST PARTY of LA RAZA.
The WSWS has reported several
times that during Obama’s administration the wealth of the richest 400
Americans grew from $1.57 trillion to $2.4 trillion and the stock market
enjoyed one of its most successful runs in history.
AMERICA: No Damned Legal Need Apply!
While the declining job market in the United States may be
discouraging some would-be border crossers, a flow of illegal aliens continues
unabated, with many entering the United States as drug-smuggling “mules.”
New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid.
Arkansas ranked second with 67%; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid.
New Hampshire earned the distinction of having the smallest percentage of babies born on Medicaid. In that state, Medicaid paid for the births of only 27 percent of the babies born in 2015.
Virginia and Utah tied for the next to last position, with 31 percent of the babies born on Medicaid.
However, according to KFF, some of the nation’s most populous states shared the distinction of having 50 percent or more of the babies born there born on Medicaid.
In California, Florida and Illinois, for example, 50 percent of all babies were born on Medicaid in the latest year on record.
In New York, 51 percent of the babies were born on Medicaid.
In Ohio, 52 percent of babies were born on Medicaid.
The Kaiser Family Foundation gathered its data on the number of babies born on Medicaid in each state by surveying the state Medicaid directors.
“Medicaid directors were asked to provide the most recent available data on the share of all births in their states that were financed by Medicaid,” said a KFF report.
“About half of the states were able to provide data for calendar 2015 or fiscal year 2015,” said KFF. “Other states generally provided data from 2013 or 2014. On average, states reported that Medicaid pays for just over 47 percent of all births.”
“Eight states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia) reported that Medicaid pays for 60 percent or more of all births in their state,” reported KFF.
The KFF survey said data from Hawaii was not available.
A study published by the journal “Women’s Health Issues” in 2013 looked at births covered by Medicaid in the years 2008, 2009, 2010. The report said it was trying to establish a “baseline” for Medicaid-covered birth before the Affordable Care Act’s—AKA Obamacare’s—expansion of Medicaid kicked in.
“Starting in 2014,” said this report, “some states will extend Medicaid to thousands of previously uninsured, low-income women. Given this changing landscape, it is important to have a baseline of current levels of Medicaid financing for births in each state.”
That study, done by researchers at George Washington University and the March of Dimes, determined that in 2008, 40.08 percent of the births in the United States were covered by Medicaid; and that, in 2009, 43.89 percent were covered by Medicaid.
By 2010, according this report, the percentage of births in the United States covered by Medicaid had risen to 47.75 percent—or 1,805,151 out of 3,780,519 total births.
Another report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later in December 2013, looked at the form of payment for births in the 33 states and the District of Columbia that as of 2010 had adopted the 2003 version of “U.S. Standard Certificate for Live Birth.” This certificate specifically asks the mother to say which of four categories the payment for her child’s birth falls into: private insurance, Medicaid, self-pay, or other.
This data, according to the CDC, covered all 2010 births in the 33 states and the District of Columbia, which accounted for 76 percent of all births in the nation in that year. According to the CDC, this data revealed that 44.9 percent of the babies born in these jurisdictions in 2010 were born on Medicaid.
In this 2010 CDC data for 33 states, New Mexico also led with the highest percentage of births on Medicaid—with 57.5 percent of all babies born there that year having their births covered by Medicaid.
In California, Florida and Illinois, for example, 50 percent of all babies were born on Medicaid in the latest year on record.
March 26, 2017
Stunning Evidence that the Left Has Won its War on White Males
There is a sickness in American society, fanned by the propaganda campaigns of the left, and it is killing people. White males, in large numbers, are simply losing their will to live, and as a result, they are dying so prematurely and in such large numbers that a startling demographic gap has emerged. It is not just the “opioid epidemic” that is killing off white working class males, it is a spiritual crisis, and Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have the numbers to sustain this conclusion.
Jeff Guo of the Washington Post reveals the new findings of the two economists who first noticed the declining white male mortality.
The problem of dying whites can’t only be blamed on rising rates of drug overdoses, suicides and chronic alcoholism, they say. More and more, middle-aged white Americans are dying for all kinds of reasons — and the underlying issue may have less to do with opioids and more to do with how society has left behind the working class.
“Ultimately, we see our story as about the collapse of the white, high school educated, working class after its heyday in the 1970s, and the pathologies that accompany that decline,” they write.
This is slightly different than what they said in their first paper, where they emphasized that the trend of rising white mortality was “largely accounted for by increasing death rates from drug and alcohol poisonings, suicide, and chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis.” That's technically correct — but by focusing only on the increase in death rates, Case and Deaton distracted from the larger picture.
The alarming fact isn't just that middle-aged whites are dying faster, but also that mortality rates have been dramatically declining in nearly every other rich country. The United States is getting left behind.
That last point, that American white males are the exception, is the real proof that something particularly dangerous and harmful has been underway in American society. The two economists have summed up the relative change in mortality with this startling chart:
As Case and Deaton show, the gap in mortality between white middle-aged Americans and middle-aged Germans is about 125 deaths per 100,000 people now. Every year, of 100,000 Germans between the ages of 45 and 54, about 285 die. In the United States, it's more than 410.
Out of those 125 additional American deaths, only about 40 might be explained by the spike in deadly drug use, drinking and suicides. And the rest? It’s hard to say. In their latest paper, Case and Deaton say that heart disease is part of the problem. While other countries have cut down heart disease deaths by over 40 percent in the past 15 years, heart disease remains a significant killer for white middle-aged Americans.
For at least four decades, white males have been under continuous assault as bearers of “white privilege” and beneficiaries of sexism. Special preferences and privileges have been granted to other groups, but that is the least of it. More importantly, the very basis of the psychological self-worth of white males have been under attack. White males are frequently instructed by authority figures in education and the media that they are responsible for most of the evils of the modern world, that the achievements of Euro-American civilization are a net loss for humanity, stained by exploitation, racism, unfairness, and every other collective evil the progressive mind can manufacture.
Some white males are relatively unscathed by the psychological warfare, but others are more vulnerable. Those who have educational, financial, or employment achievements that have rewarded their efforts may be able to keep going as productive members of society, their self-esteem resting on tangible fruits of their work and social position. But other white males, especially those who work with their hands and have been seeing job opportunities contract or disappear, have been losing the basis for a robust sense of self-worth as their job opportunities disappear.
We now have statistical evidence that political correctness kills.
A friend comments:
This is terribly troubling. How all this has fallen outside the focus of our political debate is astonishing. This would seem to be at least as important as the issues of the day including which bathroom you can use, police abuse and who can be legally married to whom. It's easy to understand why these people would resent the attention being paid to these issues and to the rights of the illegal immigrants.
Hat tip: David Kahn
The Mexican Invasion & Occupation