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    Quote Originally Posted by MickAK View Post
    If I remember correctly, the last Great Depression is what started the panoply of government benefits and social services, instead of cutting them to the bone. Something about a Deal, or something.

    If you do the math, if all the consumers in the country were scrimping and saving and driving 22 year old shitboxes to save for retirement, the economy would completely collapse. It's fun to bitch at the improvident, but at a certain point you have to look at the underlying bones of the system and realize they're growing rotten.

    People like to fantasize about watching the grasshopper starve in the winter because they're the ant, but I don't think very many people actually have the stomach to watch people starve or freeze to death anymore. I don't think people ever really did, hence why slums exist and banishment was a thing. Humans are pretty empathetic creatures on the whole.
    A lot of the times the grass hopper doesn’t just starve; it flies over to the next field and either takes what it wants leaving the owners with nothing, or Timmie’s dad has to go to the surplus store and buy a flame thrower to burn them all alive.

    ETA:flame thrower action starts at 13:30 in.


    Also, Iirc it was Dan Carlin I heard make the argument that maybe Roosevelt caved on some socialism then, to avoid a full blown socialist/communist revolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caballoflaco View Post
    or Timmie’s dad has to go to the surplus store and buy a flame thrower to burn them all alive.
    If we get flamethrowers I retract my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichiban View Post
    This is boggles my mind. Where are they getting the money? These car payments look like my mortgage. And friends are telling me their apartment rent is just as bad. And we wont even ponder what they are paying on insurance on these vehicles.

    Talk about being one paycheck away from bankruptcy.
    None of those car payments comes close to what I pay in monthly rent right now and we don't live in a hot market out there.

    Rent is INSANE in cost in many places now.

    I haven't paid <$2000/mo in rent since about 2015. A mortgage would be less than my rent would be in most places.

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    And not beefing up our electricity infrastructure should make everything just perfect.
    I doubt any of us here have a clue as to just how pertinent your generator thread is soon to become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevolverRob View Post
    None of those car payments comes close to what I pay in monthly rent right now and we don't live in a hot market out there.

    Rent is INSANE in cost in many places now.

    I haven't paid <$2000/mo in rent since about 2015. A mortgage would be less than my rent would be in most places.


    I’m paying out the nose for rent as well. A hair over 2k. Central OH.


    Very safe neighborhood sure but nothing fancy. Everything else was about the same so I went with it. Never thought I’d say “can’t wait to buy so my housing cost goes down”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercworx View Post
    I’m paying out the nose for rent as well. A hair over 2k. Central OH.


    Very safe neighborhood sure but nothing fancy. Everything else was about the same so I went with it. Never thought I’d say “can’t wait to buy so my housing cost goes down”.
    Jesus. And here I was feeling bad about $175 weekly grocery bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickAK View Post
    People like to fantasize about watching the grasshopper starve in the winter because they're the ant, but I don't think very many people actually have the stomach to watch people starve or freeze to death anymore. I don't think people ever really did, hence why slums exist and banishment was a thing. Humans are pretty empathetic creatures on the whole.
    That depends on how hard things become. People may not like to watch others starve or freeze to death, but if the choice is between their own families and someone else, too bad, so sad, and tough luck.

    Or even worse- ever note how often 'resorted to cannibalism' occurs in various historical accounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caballoflaco View Post
    Also, Iirc it was Dan Carlin I heard make the argument that maybe Roosevelt caved on some socialism then, to avoid a full blown socialist/communist revolution.
    It was DC. I remember it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch View Post
    Jesus. And here I was feeling bad about $175 weekly grocery bill.

    It’s been a little tougher than I thought. I move out here for a huge career boost and I am grateful. We are still getting out ahead vs our last place (Asheville NC) but man like I said, safe area but nothing crazy. I’d describe it as solidly middle class, house is about 1800sqft. They were just all around this price so I opted for the safest of the bunch and tossed in another $100 or so.


    Can’t wait to buy, he have been so patient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercworx View Post
    It’s been a little tougher than I thought. I move out here for a huge career boost and I am grateful. We are still getting out ahead vs our last place (Asheville NC) but man like I said, safe area but nothing crazy. I’d describe it as solidly middle class, house is about 1800sqft. They were just all around this price so I opted for the safest of the bunch and tossed in another $100 or so.


    Can’t wait to buy, he have been so patient.
    Same price around here for the same type of area. My sister's neighborhood is solid middle class, mixed blue/white collar. Mostly younger families. Lots of little kids running around. Great area, clean, quite, no crime. Her neighbors sold their 1500sqft house almost 2 years ago and now it's being rented out for $2500/month!! [emoji15][emoji33]

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