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Old 04-09-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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Examples:

* Alimony payments
* Court fees, bail bonds, etc.
* Taxes
* Tow truck companies charging you $500+ to get your car back after accidentally parking in a non-parking zone
* Regulations of small businesses, penalties, etc.

The list goes on.

Then there's the huge number of random "fees" like Ticketmaster (a monopoly) charging you $30 in "service fees" on a $100 ticket. I guess we're all figuring out that this new internet economy isn't as cheap as we thought.

Another problem is the amount of price-fixing agreements I've seen. As an example, the nursing home industry basically has put an expensive floor on prices. I know of someone who was paying $2500/month for 24-hour care in a home run by Filipina nurses. When this was found out about, the Romanians who run the nursing home industry basically took over the home and doubled the price, to $5000/month. Because "that's what it's supposed to cost."
Don't get married, don't have babies, don't break laws and vote Republican. All these problems would go away.
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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actually the biggest reason is lack of self control and proper financial budget/planning and living way beyond means.

10 dollar starbucks everyday
15 dollar lunches at work and 20 dollar take away dinner after work
100 dollar gym membership
500 dollar a month fancy suv
500 dollar a month just to cover minimum payment on credit card
200 dollar a month cable/tv bill

and on and on and on
bingo
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Actually the biggest reason is lack of self control and proper financial budget/planning and living way beyond means.

10 dollar starbucks everyday
15 dollar lunches at work and 20 dollar take away dinner after work
100 dollar gym membership
500 dollar a month fancy SUV
500 dollar a month just to cover minimum payment on credit card
200 dollar a month cable/tv bill

and on and on and on

I agree, most people make or receive enough to live on, but don't budget well.
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Don't get married, don't have babies, don't break laws and vote Republican. All these problems would go away.
How is voting Republican going to make the stuff go away?
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Originally Posted by KonaldDuth View Post
Examples:

* Alimony payments
* Court fees, bail bonds, etc.
* Taxes
* Tow truck companies charging you $500+ to get your car back after accidentally parking in a non-parking zone
* Regulations of small businesses, penalties, etc.

The list goes on.

Then there's the huge number of random "fees" like Ticketmaster (a monopoly) charging you $30 in "service fees" on a $100 ticket. I guess we're all figuring out that this new internet economy isn't as cheap as we thought.

Another problem is the amount of price-fixing agreements I've seen. As an example, the nursing home industry basically has put an expensive floor on prices. I know of someone who was paying $2500/month for 24-hour care in a home run by Filipina nurses. When this was found out about, the Romanians who run the nursing home industry basically took over the home and doubled the price, to $5000/month. Because "that's what it's supposed to cost."
And then there is consumption. Next time you watch TV notice how many in Hollywood are making big bucks in advertising for big companies who in turn make big bucks.
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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How is voting Republican going to make the stuff go away?
For me, it wasn't until I started understanding how money works that I became conservative. It's just their policies made more sense afterward.
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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That's what I was thinking! Funny enough, of that list, the only one I pay is taxes, and I don't find them particularly onerous.
Can't say I like paying taxes, but I acknowledge their necessity, so... Towing fees, court fees and bail bonds are for the most part avoidable. As is alimony, not sure what is meant by "penalties"...
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:03 AM
 
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And then there is consumption. Next time you watch TV notice how many in Hollywood are making big bucks in advertising for big companies who in turn make big bucks.
Or people given things for free to basically promote a brand which costs the brand little, but brings in a lot.
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:05 AM
 
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Or people given things for free to basically promote a brand which costs the brand little, but brings in a lot.
An example Hollywood and big business promotes consumption (capitalism) through image.
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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Can't say I like paying taxes, but I acknowledge their necessity, so... Towing fees, court fees and bail bonds are for the most part avoidable. As is alimony, not sure what is meant by "penalties"...
Not many like paying taxes but some people who pay little or no taxes, they like you paying taxes in fact insist you pay more. There's a difference between paying taxes and robbing. Didn't you notice that every time you turn around politicians are coming up with new ways to tax. My favorite is to make their budget balance as if the people don't have any such worries.
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