You don’t seem to have followed the gist of the argument. So, let me break it down for you. These people screaming “collapse” and “disaster" and “the sky is falling” are all cherry-picking some statistics to show how bad things are, but they’ve picked possibly the worst time to make their “end is near” argument. Why? Because so many more statistics show things are getting better. More people have jobs than ever before. Wages are rising. Unemployment is a lot lower than it was. People are buying electronics and holiday presents at a record pace. Who knows whether these numbers depict reality, but the improvement in so many stats does signify things are getting better for a large portion of the population. Further, there are no real signs of collapse. Collapse will not be a subtle change in statistics: it will be the power going off, chaos in the streets, trains not running, airports closed. We are seeing none of that in the US- except in a few Progressive Left mini-states where they seem to relish mobs and love garbage in the streets. Other than in those isolated pockets, it’s mostly all humming along just fine and many sectors are booming. We are transitioning to new products and a higher standard of living. There are millions on work visas, millions in line to get in legally, and millions trying to jump the fence illegally. It’s not Nirvana. It’s just better than it was a few years ago, better than most other places, and certainly nowhere near collapse.