Why So Many Americans Are Broke: Government

Posted by freedomforall 4 weeks ago to Government
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Don't you wish you could buy a car with only the features you want? Iknow I do, and I have since I was old enough to drive.
Back then it was mostly because of the car business deciding what I wanted. Today it's often because government insists that I must have what I do not need or want.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 4 weeks ago
    Appliances are getting just as bad. I wanted to replace my '82 Frigidaire side-by-side with a new stainless steel model, but to find a new fridge without ice/water dispenser and all the other useless crap that will fit in the same spot where this one is is impossible! I hope the '82 holds out for another 20 years at least!
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    • Posted by 3 weeks, 6 days ago
      The new ones are much more likely to break down when relatively young, if experience of friends and relatives are any indicator.
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      • Posted by mccannon01 3 weeks, 6 days ago
        I read that 80% of repairs on newer models have to do with ice maker and water delivery systems, not to mention ruined floors and other stuff from leaks. Now add on all the wi-fi and Internet connectivity crap and you have more points of failure.

        All I want is a device to keep the frozen stuff frozen and the cold stuff cold. The only desired extra would be a light that turns on when I open the door.
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    • Posted by $ BobCat 3 weeks, 6 days ago
      Agree. I don’t want an ice maker. So I don’t hook it up. It still occupies space in the freezer and it’s just another luxury that I was forced to buy that I have zero need for.
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  • Posted by $ BobCat 4 weeks ago
    Would be great to get a vehicle without all the “frills and requirements. ... would lower the car cost substantially. Things I do NOT need in an auto or truck is: electric windows, computerized info center, screen displays, automatic lights, climate controlled ( simple heater and or a/c will suffice), power locks on doors, automatic sensors for stability control, excessive emission controls, heated seats and mirrors, eardrum shattering sound systems, fancy colors schemes, plastic bumpers that protect nothing, automatic changing rear view mirror, digital instrument panel, and of course vehicle gps monitoring systems and on star... With all the crap that is on the vehicles today, no wonder the cost of a vehicle has increased faster than inflation. I, too, want simplicity, not extravagances.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    As a truck guy I can relate to this. I've always driven a truck of one sort or another. My last purchase was a 2013 Tundra which is still in like-new condition. I've decided I'm going to keep it the rest of my life and just rebuilt the drivetrain as needed. Why? Because this truck cost too much to replace anymore in America. My first truck was a small Toyota that cost about $6k. My current truck would run about 10X that now.

    Part of the problem is the American paradigm of taking on debt for what you drive. That has driven the cost way up as math-stupid American's are willing to buy whatever they can afford the monthly payment for.
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    • Posted by 3 weeks, 6 days ago
      Same as in the 'real estate' market.
      Inflation , and big interest payments are good for only two groups: banking cartel (including WallSt) and government.
      They steal from everyone else while producing nothing. When their schemes fail, they are bailed out.
      When their illegal schemes are discovered they pay minor fines, not to those damaged, but to government looters who do nothing to prevent further crimes.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    ...another reason I kept my 07 ford ranger, the only thing it has is intermittent windshield wipers, which I like...everything else is bone simple but does have electronic fuel injection...still looking for an 86 ranger, standard shift, 4cyl like my first one.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 4 weeks ago
    My son cost $7 (Army hospital). My first child cost $250 for the doctor and $200 for the hospiital. My grandson just spent $10K for my great child's birth. Takes your breath away.
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