In order to be economically independent, you have got to be able to take care of yourself without any assistance from anyone else. Sadly, the truth is that our independence is systematically being taken away from us and we are steadily being made serfs of the state. And once you become a serf of the state, it is very hard to resist anything the government is doing in a meaningful way.
The trend right now is the destruction of the middle class. Regardless of your political beliefs, the evidence is obvious, the new Obamacare law is hurting people economically. 74% of small business will fire or cut hours under Obamacare according to the Chamber of Commerce.
Creating an income stream from a home based business might be the answer for you.