Poverty, vanishing morality, runaway gov't: Gloomy Americans foresee downhill slide to 2050

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  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Jan. 6, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    I believe the biggest threat to our society will be the destruction of the family by : --A decay of moral values -- Legalization of pot -- Same sex marriage -- Abortion -- and Gambling.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 5, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    UtahBlueDevil--- look at the number of abortions today. Not very healthy is it?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    'A majority — 54 percent — say life in America is worse today than four decades ago.'

    That's what happens when you live in an environment of fear.

    We can do better.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Jan. 5, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Tea Partiers are the most nostalgic? . . . for the way things were before Tea Party policies ruined those times?

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 10:36 p.m.

    For those who want America to be a majority White Republican country with lots of money for some, I suspect the future will be unhappy for them. There are many ways to keep the USA in one piece -- whether we will have the political will to do them remains to be seen.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 4, 2014 8:53 p.m.

    Worf.... you know me.... lets look at it by the numbers.

    in 1900, almost 1/3 of children born didn't make it to their first birthday. The child birth mortality rate at that day was 7 out of 1,000 died at birth. Today that number is 7 in 100,000. Significantly better.

    In 1900, 19 out of 1,000 died of Tuberculosis annually. Today, .002 per 1,000 die of Tuberculosis.

    In 1900, 20 out of 1,000 died of Influenza and pneumonia. Today, that number is .2 die per 1,000.

    1959, the first year numbers were gathered for this, 35% of seniors and 27% of minors lived in poverty. Today the number of seniors living in poverty is 8.7% and 21.9% of minors live in poverty.

    Is today perfect... I don't think anyone thinks so. Is there risk. Absolutely. Are things better... by just about any measure, the answer is us. The only number significantly higher is the murder rate which that was 1 per 100,000 in 1900 and is now about 5 in 100,000. Compare that to the UK which in the UK was 1.17/100,000 last year up from .97/100,000 in 1900.

  • Archie1954 Vancouver, BC
    Jan. 4, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    None of these potential problems need occur. It is within the ability of he American people to see that they don't. If need be, organize, petition, write to your Congressman and your Senator. Let them know that you will be expecting them to do everything necessary to make sure these things do not happen. Most of all be flexible, do not adhere to a discredited or excluding ideology. Remember that all Americans are in this together. You will all sink or swim as a people so make sure you take swimming lessons!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 4, 2014 9:25 a.m.


    We have it better is debatable.

    * We've giving military weapons, and nuclear technology to the world. It may someday lead to millions of deaths. Peace?
    * Over half our people are government fed. If each food stamp feeds three, -it makes half our people, plus our children being fed in school.
    * Our people are obese with a lack of exercise, and an abundance of junk food.
    * With high poverty, and unemployment, we're not prosperous. We're a dependent society.

    The state of our country is decaying.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 4, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    The only constant is change and fifty thousand years from now man will have changed with the changing times but he will still be around with his silly problems and selfish people.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    Up till now, the past is determined, the future is uncertain, the present is what you've got. Live your life for life to have a life to live for.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 4, 2014 6:21 a.m.

    The vast majority of all this gloom and doom is coming from the environmentalist left! Global warming is going to kill us all and its all your fault for driving a car!

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 4, 2014 1:42 a.m.

    Reading the rest of the article, things are not so bad, but we get the usual DN "play to the oldest and most conservative readers" headline.

    I am several years younger than the lady in half the photographs, but I certainly do not have a crystal ball to predict what the world will be like when she is 111, in 2050.

    I do recall the era when she was 20 or so, and I just a bit younger, when we were all worried that nuclear war would kill us at any moment. Notice it has not happened.

    There is a recession now, scarce money to pull out of it (the money went to Iraq), and a republican party dragging its feet on anything that would allow this President to succeed.

    I will say that 50 years ago, bomb threat or not, both parties seemed interested in America doing great things.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    The "End is Near" has been rumored since the beginning of recorded time.
    That may be why we have all been instructed throughout our lives to dismiss those false and anxiety causing rumors.
    It's the New Year, folks...
    Try to do and say something productive.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 3, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    Why not - they have 24 hour news and radio trying to sell doom and gloom as a product to spur on ratings. Good news encouragement, even patriotism don't sell. We have the media to remind us every day what humans are doing wrong, and only one day week is set aside to tell us what we might become. Why wouldn't people become scared as discouraged.

    And the funny thing is, never in the history of mankind have we had it better. We have greater peace, health, opportunity and prosperity than any group of people have ever had, in the history of mankind.

    But that doesn't sell now does it..

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 3, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    We still have a ways to go. History will bare that out.

    Though the pieces are coming together for a near total destruction.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    We will soon see what happens. Keep this article with the comments made and review at the indicated date.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    Maybe we should all just move to Colorado and elevate our outlook. Find it hard to believe one would choose the Viet Nam war, civil unrest, legalized racial prejudice and bigotry, polluted waterways and the Black Panthers over what we have now. I've been around a few years and it seems the younger generation has more on the ball now than ever before.

    Jan. 3, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    Society today is following the same path that the Romans and the Greeks followed: rampant selfishness, ease and entertainment as the ultimate goal of existence, and removal of the moral standards that shaped their societies all led to their destruction. We are headed in the same direction.

    Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are bound to repeat them....

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Whoa! I agree with "george of the jungle" for once!

    What I foresee:

    Fire and Brimstone, raining down from heaven
    People being transformed into salt

    And you can blame it all on "the gays" (as so many preachers are wont to do).

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    What is the most important thing in Life? It's self preservation. every living creature knows this except humans, they are too selfish to care about the future.

  • atrulson cohoes, NY
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I don't see any evidence here that suggests gloom is more the overall attitude now that it has ever been. It all depends on what people value at any given time. The way I see it, low points in history can become great opportunities.