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originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: burdman30ott6
I disagree with you. If we got rid of federal taxes tomorrow completely, then the corporations would simply raise prices to suck up any slack in the system.
I think our economy no longer has free-markets. And corporations are gouging the American people by using analytics to price fix wages, products, and services based on what people are capable of paying. The reason we have no growth in this country is food and energy prices are artificially inflated because the cartels and monopolies have a stranglehold on the free-market.
I live in suburb in NYC. I can't just go out a hunt deer. I have to buy gasoline and shop at grocery stores. Now you could argue I could move. But everywhere I've ever been in this country it seems prices match what people are capable of paying.
Getting back to the OP, it would be nice to participate in a economy that actually served the people participating in it. You have to admit 2% is pretty awful. I think there are macro factors in play that have nothing to do with the individual's buying habits because everyone I know and talk to seems to be in the same boat. Money is tight on purpose.