by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
2017 went by way too quickly. Donald Trump’s first year in the White House shook up the entire planet, and nobody is quite sure what is going to happen next. Personally, as 2017 began I was still having a hard time actually believing that Trump was going to be our president. Once he was finally inaugurated on January 20th I was able to relax a little bit, but at that point I had no idea that I would soon be running for Congress here in Idaho as a pro-Trump candidate. As 2018 begins, I think that it would be good to look back and remember some of the most important things that happened over the past 12 months. The following are 44 numbers from 2017 that are almost too crazy to believe…
#1 During Donald Trump’s first year, ISIS lost 98 percent of the territory that it gained while Barack Obama was in the White House.
#2 The price of Bitcoin rose more than 1,300% during 2017.
#3 According to the Washington Post, one out of every ten young adults in the United States has been homeless at some point over the past year.
#4 The United States has lost more than 70,000 manufacturing facilities since China joined the WTO in 2001.
#5 On Donald Trump’s first full day in office he was 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old, and it happened in year 5777 on the Hebrew calendar.
#6 The all-time record for the number of retail store closings in the U.S. was absolutely shattered in 2017. According to the latest figures, a total of 6,985 store locations were shut down last year, and we are expected to break the record again in 2018.
#7 Incredibly, the number of retail store closings in 2017 was up 229 percentcompared with 2016.
#8 When Ronald Reagan entered the White House, the federal government was about one trillion dollars in debt. Now we are 20 trillion dollars in debt with no end in sight.
#10 According to the most recent numbers that we have, 41 million Americans are currently living in poverty.
#11 A recent CNN poll found that only 37 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic Party.
#12 Ever since the beginning of April, Congress has had an average approval rating of less than 20 percent.
#13 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 5,000 points in 2017, and that absolutely shattered the previous record of 3,472 points in 2013.
#14 At one point in 2017, the total market cap for all cryptocurrencies combined (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, etc.) surpassed the half a trillion dollar mark.
#15 Wildfires burned an astounding 9,791,062 acres over the past year.
#16 It is being reported that less than 50 percent of all third, fourth and fifth grade students in the state of California meet minimum standards for literacy.
#17 At one very poorly performing elementary school in California, 96 percent of the students are not proficient in either English or math.
#18 Back in 1960, an average of $146 was spent on healthcare per person for the entire year, but today that number has skyrocketed to $9,990.
#19 Thanks to Obamacare, an appendectomy is ten times more expensive in the United States than it is in Mexico.
#20 Thanks to Obamacare, a family of four in Virginia is now facing the prospect of paying $3,000 a month for health insurance.
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