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    Today, 10:36 AM
    I thought everything was awesome again? We should blame the entire group for "being financially irresponsible" during the Great Recession that STILL has not ended, while simultaneously saying that it has.
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    Today, 10:31 AM
    The whole point of the article is to say that "saving money is hard". For 40% of Americans, saving money is impossible because the cost of everything continues to go up and low wages do not. Next, look at where the blame is pointed. A lot of people will blame people like Angela for not saving "enough" and try to say she is fully responsible for her own predicament. Not you or me, but there are a LOT of people out there who will blame victims of circumstance. Angela's predicament, even if she did save, is caused by drug companies charging $40,000 for a single drug, which that same drug in Canada costs $40 bucks and NONE of that money went to research. Link to that article here. We should prepare as best as we can, but there are limits to how much we can prepare. Insurance is supposed to help for situations like this, but look at the cost of both insurance and health care. You pay insurance but insurance has a bad habit of trying to not pay ANY bills at all. For Angela's situation, how much ability would her husband have to try to fight insurance companies in court after a stroke? The way insurance companies operate is predatory on those who are not able to defend themselves. If Angela's husband had not been married to Angela, he would be up shit creek without a paddle. Medical Care costs are also thru the roof. The cost of education is through the roof. The cost of living in general is through the roof. Really what is happening is not that the costs are rising, but the value of money is decreasing. The costs increasing are symptomatic of the value of the dollar, and represents exactly why Fiat Currency is a clear and present danger to society. The way that many companies handle the situations is to twist problems to blame victims and get victims to blame themselves in a way that benefits the companies, not individuals. For Angela's situation, again, she would be shown to the world as being responsible for her own problems because "she didn't buy enough insurance", when really its the insurance companies and the cost of health care that profit from Angela's situation. They put her in Checkmate, and no matter what she did or does, her situation falters through no fault of her own. I have a few disagreements with Angela, but overall, I understand that her situation is terrible through no fault of her own. I know for a fact she is the type of person to prepare for herself as best as she can and to the absolute best of her ability. Strokes happen. Her situation should be limited to coping with the situation only from a medical care perspective, but is exacerbated by the financial, time, and stress costs of that medical care to the point where surviving medically could ruin her financially, which leads us right back to square one, the title of this thread. So lets be clear here. Prepare. How does one "prepare"? Do they spend ALL their money on Health Insurance? Maybe the average person is blamed for "living beyond their means" when a single bedroom apartment now costs (here) $1500 a month and the average pay is $10 an hour? Lets blame the victim again for "not getting an education", an education that costs $50,000 and makes $30,000 a year. Can you say Teacher? I knew you could. Can you say that situation is quite normal? To be expected to be in financial dire straights and crushed by overwhelming debt to afford that education that qualifies a person only for low paying jobs? This is a new class of poverty known as "The Educated Poor". Now, take that average person who is $50,000 in debt, earning $30,000 a year, and trying to pay $1500 for a one bedroom apartment? 30k a year only provides 2500 a month BEFORE taxes, and if rent is $1500, that is well above the recommended 25% of income should be spent on housing. Now lets add in the rest of the bills. $1000 a month for health insurance. That number is also pretty average when insurance is not offered by employers. Ooops, that person...
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    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    The percentage of rich people in any country represent the past economic opportunities. The percentage of Middle Class people in any country represent the future economic opportunities. What that means is that the rich got rich because opportunity had existed. Those people climbed ladders, up to a middle class, and continuing on to rich status. The Middle Class represents the future. If there is no Middle Class, then in the future, there will be fewer rich people. It also represents a lack of opportunity. Our Middle Class is gone. The cost of our educational and medical systems are so high that they have become barriers to even staying where you are. That debt is holding back the Millennials from buying houses, cars, and starting families. People are still dropping out of the Middle Class because of skyhigh costs of everything that no one can afford. Drugs that cost $40 in Canada cost $40,000 here, and none of that money went to drug research. We are experiencing another Housing Boom that no one seems to notice. The good paying non disposable jobs that pay enough to enable a person to stay in the Middle Class are almost non existent. Our education has become Job Training instead of a form of affordable learning. We have a legal system that authorizes plunder, and a moral system that glorifies it. If we continue our current course, we wont just experience an economic crash, we will become the laughing stock of the world until the end of eternity, just as Rome at its end spiraled out of control. Our Money System has been replaced several times, off of the Gold Standard, allowing fractional reserve lending, and other lesser mentioned events, such as repealing Glass Steagall Act, and blurring the lines between Investment Banking and Investment Banking. Wall Street is Gambling for the rich. Hell, even the definition of a Corporation is Personal Profit without Personal Responsibility.
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    Yesterday, 03:09 PM
    Cloward–Piven strategy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy ... and end of poverty, for whom?
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    05-22-2018, 03:37 PM
    How about instead of listing just one, we categorize ALL of the Triggers? The 7 Walls of Your Mental Prison. Mike Adams. Counterthink video Full thread on that video here: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?521973-The-7-Walls-of-Your-Mental-Prison-Video
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    05-22-2018, 03:31 PM
    Less, hmmm. No company can compete with "Free". Unrelated to this topic but this is also why AID provided to other countries can cause negative consequences on entire regions. Imagine for a second a person in another country tries to sell shoes they make themselves. Then, the US comes in and offers everyone free shoes. That person trying to make shoes just went out of business because he cant afford to compete with FREE. They all might get one pair of shoes, but the long term effect is their own local businesses were disrupted and destroyed because of interference. If we do provide any sort of aid, it needs to be temporary and limited in its scope and scale. California is a prime example of how a serpent eats its own tail. No insurance company can compete with Free. Again, the solution is to get govt out of the situation as it is causing more consequences than it is fixing. Population Replacement.
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    05-22-2018, 03:16 PM
    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/05/22/1439233/amazon-pushes-facial-recognition-to-police-prompting-outcry-over-surveillance And no one even raised an eyebrow as they were lulled into complacency by the low prices offered by the company, and no one thought about those low prices being offset by selling your Shopping and Alexa History to everyone in order to be further manipulated. No one thought about the consequences that the low prices had on the employees. No one thought that this singular solution was going to cause some severe problems down the road.
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    05-22-2018, 01:14 AM
    As Ron Paul said, Inflation is a Hidden and Cumulative Tax. THAT is the tax that needs to be reduced because it is that very tax that enables the rich to get rich. Gold by itself will not make the difference as long as our current money system with fractional reserve lending and loopholes and tax breaks only for the rich stay in place. Gold was intended to prevent govt from causing Inflation. Dont worry, Zippy will say that printing money out of nothing and lending it to someone has RISK if that person doesnt pay the money back. There never was any risk if the money was created out of nothing but a borrowers promise to pay.
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    05-21-2018, 03:27 PM
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-21/our-economy-failing-our-society Full article at link.
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    05-20-2018, 05:17 PM
    Since you insist on keeping the topic derailed, how about you answer how Govt continues to print money, Banks print money, and how that all relates to Welfare? Does not printing money steal value from the existing money supply which causes the people to become more poor and thus dependent and controllable on those who print the money? Is that not a form of Enslavement? Work for nothing to pay your debts to lenders who have taken no actual risk, and put the consequences of money printing and fractional reserve lending on those who are not afforded the same ability?
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    05-20-2018, 04:05 PM
    Way to derail the thread.
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    05-20-2018, 03:02 PM
    What you are saying is that Lending is impossible without either the Federal Reserve or Fractional Reserve Lending. People can borrow just fine from other people, loaning what they have, not what they create out of thin air and backed by nothing but the borrowers promise to pay. Your response, as usual, is what Hitler would have called a Loaded Question, and very -REP worthy. --- Seriously, why are you still here? A normal human being would have left a very long time ago, or at least stopped trying to post anything related to Economics, which is exactly where most of the -REPs I have given you come from, as well as MANY others.
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    05-20-2018, 02:38 PM
    Why do you advocate FOR people borrowing money from other groups of people under specific titles who are loaning what they do NOT have to begin with? Then to add insult to injury, claim there is Risk in loaning what they did not have to begin with as an excuse to charge interest on top of what they created out of thin air? Who is the real Counterfeiter here?
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    05-20-2018, 01:04 AM
    Not just gold, but Fractional Reserve Lending practices have to go also. Reserve requirements are now something like 1%. Other than that, ALL Free Market and get govt the fuck out of everything.
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    05-19-2018, 05:23 PM
    Fed Apologist. Of course you'll make claims that say one has nothing to do with the other when you watch the overall trend of price of everything going UP UP UP and say "oh no, thats perfectly normal". Sure, in a Dishonest Money System. -REP It is time for you to stop defending the source of our problems.
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    05-19-2018, 04:24 PM
    Yup. The very existence of food stamps is an indication that their is a major problem with our money system. Food prices go up, wages stay the same. Food prices go up even more, wages still dont change. Food continues to go up, wages still dont go up. Thats called Stagflation, but according to the Fed and Zippy, food should not be used as an indicator of Inflation. All Roads Lead To Stagflation - This Is How We Got Here... https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-19/all-roads-lead-stagflation-how-we-got-here
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    05-19-2018, 04:21 PM
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-18/which-us-states-was-middle-class-crushed-most
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    05-18-2018, 02:53 PM
    All I was trying to say is that the areas the Medical Industry is advancing is in places where major profits can be made. The more expensive the treatment, the more likely that the industry will advance in those fields.
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    05-18-2018, 01:58 AM
    That gets skewed as soon as Zippy steps in and tells us the value of money is exactly constant, which we know is not. Also contributing to that is men not even having enough time off from work to see a doctor for major issues, even if they have insurance. For those without, its a whole new world of hurt for the educated poor.
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    05-17-2018, 03:54 PM
    Agreed. Its always biased to make someone else money.
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    05-17-2018, 02:51 PM
    https://science.slashdot.org/story/18/05/16/2224222/scientists-find-physically-demanding-jobs-are-linked-to-greater-risk-of-early-death This week its bad for you. Next week it will be good for you, according to the employers who demand physically stressful jobs. Then you have to look at other numbers, why the life expectancy of people in the US continues to decline...
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    05-16-2018, 04:00 PM
    Half training, half genetics. Both play a major influence in the behavior of the dog. What I have seen consistently from most Pit Bull dogs is a complete and total lack of Impulse Control. Russian Genetics Experiment - Silver Fox Domesticated In Six Generations If the Silver Fox can be selectively bred, it only takes six generations before characteristics of domesticated dogs begin to appear, including a passive response towards humans. If it is possible to start genetically domesticating silver foxes in just six generations, could the opposite also be true? Could Pit Bulls be bred to be more aggressive and less intelligent, have less impulse control, and become the exact opposite of what we want? NATURE VS NURTURE
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    05-15-2018, 06:24 PM
    That is no longer an option here. Like I said, that is AVERAGE price for a 1 Bedroom unit. I understand that you are getting at people living beyond their means, but what happens when its no longer a choice? I dont live in California, New York, or Boston, I live in Reno, and its a shithole with skyhigh rents. Its become a trap, rents go up, pay does not, eventually, people dont have enough money to move to a more cost effective city, or even eat.
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    05-15-2018, 04:17 PM
    I think the incentives to work need to come from both sides, reduction in welfare, and jobs that pay more than benefits offered by welfare. Many of the jobs "created" since 2008 have been very low pay, minimum wage (depending on state) and people can not afford to live working at these low pay jobs. Thus, govt subsidizes businesses that continually exploit their employees by not offering reasonable wages. Im not talking about being competitive, but just reasonable. People arent gonna apply for those jobs if they end up worse off than being on welfare and collecting more in benefits than one would have at a job. For example, our average price for rent for a one bedroom one bath apartment here is $1500 / month. That is not affordable on part time minimum wage. I can fault employers, but only so much. Yes, they are greedy and keep money for themselves. They raise prices once a year and dont give raises. But the employees they do have (Walmarx) tend to be subsidized by govt welfare, so its a feedback loop. They pay low, employees get some sort of govt assistance, and the employees stay at those jobs instead of walking off because they cant afford to live. Govt creates more problems than it solves. I think the real solution is to get Govt the fuck out of employment and welfare as it only rewards big businesses and allows a slow transfer of wealth from those at the bottom to those at the top. The issue is quite complex and there are a lot of factors involved, and no, I didnt include everything that goes into it.
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    05-15-2018, 03:26 PM
    The left will try to make "Right to Sex" an actual right, despite it infringing on the right of the person required to give the sex. Lets say for a second they get what they want. It will end up just like money. We promise more sex for everyone and oh look at that, even fewer people have sex now! So, anyone remember the Trigglypuff video? Would anyone want sex with that? Three words for ya, FUCK NO.
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    05-15-2018, 03:04 PM
    timosman - very last word in that quote is "Public Relations", which quite literally means Propaganda.
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    05-15-2018, 02:01 AM
    http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-war-on-cash-crucial-step-toward-totalitarianism_05142018 Full article on link.
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    05-15-2018, 01:45 AM
    https://politics.slashdot.org/story/18/05/14/1544217/google-employees-resign-in-protest-against-pentagon-contract
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    05-14-2018, 10:30 PM
    http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/may/14/trump-s-plan-for-iran-put-terrorists-in-charge/
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