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Old 03-02-2015, 03:40 AM
 
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How do you explain this phenomenon? I've studied it extensively. And I can promise you that the lack of affordable housing is NOT because carpenters, masons and electricians just DON'T feel like building smaller houses that cost less. Rather, builders are induced to build larger, more expensive houses to make bigger profits because of ARTIFICIAL forces created in the economy by social policies and false consumer incentives created partially by easy consumer lending. The lending industry is DRIVING builders toward the largest profit margins.

I think government is the primary obstacle, e.g. minimum lot size requirements zone out the tiny houses that would be built if tiny lots were allowed.

A tiny house on a full-size lot looks really weird and totally out of place, plus it usually puts the tiny house out of reach financially. It makes no sense for a builder to pay a bundle for a standard lot and build a tiny house on it - a standard-sized house is the appropriate structure to build on a standard-sized lot.

Historically, the cliché family of four was the prevailing household structure and houses were built for that market. It's about time houses were built for today's huge number of singles and empty nesters.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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There are many countries in the world that do not have a capitalist economic system.

Goodbye.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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but if capitalism has failed, what do you replaced it with, socialism?
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:47 AM
 
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but if capitalism has failed, what do you replaced it with, socialism?
We don't have capitalism. We have corporate socialism.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:06 PM
 
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We don't have capitalism. We have corporate socialism.
could you explain that please, of course without making stuff up too.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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could you explain that please, of course without making stuff up too.
In laymen's terms - "welfare for corporations."

Everything the government does these days is to protect the interests of big business; our trade agreements, low minimum wage, welfare system. We protect big business first and foremost.

Who do you think is getting the welfare when the largest company (WalMart) has so many of its workers on public assistance?
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I just saw a chart that showed that Capitalism works. Why else would all those people be getting richer?

Why are not others richer? The reason is that maybe they have not wanted to become wealthy. I just read a cool article by Steve Sielbold entitled Its Easier Than Ever To Become A Millionaire - Here's How. The article brings up several key points.

1. The Wealthy are spending. It is the perfect time to start a business that caters to the wealthy.

2. Large corporations need your solutions. Corporate America is sitting on trillions of dollars and searching for a way to put that money into play. Come up with a solution and you can get rich as well.

3. Stop blaming others and start acting. Why hate the wealthy for being successful. The rich are standing with open arms and they want us to join the party.

4. Expect more. Why are people settling for $50,000. The next time someone ask's you how much you plan on making next year tell them $500,000. Maybe you won't make that much but you will put yourself in a frame of mind on how to make more than $50,000.

Solve problems to make money and you will have more money than you know what to do with.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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It is the perfect time to start a business that caters to the wealthy.
You are hilarious!
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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You are hilarious!
My thoughts are from the story that I read. Just wondering? Do you read stories from those that have made it in life? You realize that one of the fastest growing segments of the middle class is the Millionaire segment. Those that have a net worth between $1million and $10million make up the segment. Anything over $10million and you leave the segment and are considered upper class.

Lets look at my comments though on working for the wealthy. I have been known to do a lot of side work. My charge is $50 an hour for what I do. I have never had a complaint from someone that has a high net worth when I charge them for my work. Many times I am thinking I am not charging enough. One person infact paid me more than I had asked. I was there at a rental home for an hour and 10 minutes and made $100.

In contrast I have heard plenty of complaints from those that have less money. I don't care because I set my prices. I had so many requests for work that my prices went from $25 an hour to $30 an hour and are now at $50 an hour. The complainers walk, I have a limited number of people that I still do work for and few complaints.

Realize I live in an area with plenty of people that have large net worths.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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My thoughts are from the story that I read. Just wondering? Do you read stories from those that have made it in life?
I guess I could read my own story. I was getting $80/hr 25 years ago.

The thing that blows me away is your tunnel vision and lack of reasoning capacity and empathy. I don't expect everyone to be like me. Last time I took an IQ test (admittedly a long time ago) I scored in the 99.9%ile. I'm also good looking, athletic, and male. I figure that gives me at least a small advantage over the average person.

It isn't that your statement about "starting a business that caters to rich people" is incorrect. I've advised people to do that very same thing myself. At the same time however, I recognize that the only reason this is true is because our economy has been declining for 40 years for the middle class, and only the rich are prospering!

Do you understand that the prescription for an individual may be completely different than the prescription for a country?
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