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Even though the label may say MADE IN CHINA, that doesn't mean all the money goes there.

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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 09:09 PM
reply to post by ANOK

And they only have themselves to blame. Why, they can't drive a 15 year old car and they've got to have a new one? (I still own a 96 Civic, FYI). They can't live on an RV instead of loaning for a 300K house made of wood coz they''d be embarrassed? They don't have enough local friends they can hang out with so they need to go into expensive vacations from time to time? I have no sympathies for such people.

posted on Aug, 14 2011 @ 06:42 AM

Originally posted by eldard
More like the American public borrowed their way into oblivion for the last 70 years.

70 years? Really? You think the entire post-WWII economy was a sham based on excessive borrowing?

In the mid-90s, our trade deficit with China was ~10 million dollars. TEN MEEEEEEELION DOLLARS. In other words, next to nothing compared to now, and people were already sounding the alarm bell (Ross Perot).

If your grandparents lived in the same house their whole adult life they bought it for like ~$10K-$20K and sold if for ~10x or 20x that. If you had to move semi-frequently because of job changes, you most likely still came out great until the most recent bust which has no end in sight.

SUVs...because of demand, they were actually the smart choice. High demand kept their resale value very high. You could buy one and pay it off or partially pay it down, then sell it for an awesome price and/or trade it in. You'd win even when you included gas etc in your calculations because of the high resale value, and it was like that up until the mid 2000s, when people started to notice gas prices were not going to get back down to pre-Katrina, pre-9/11 levels any time soon. So for like a decade and a half, they were widely derided as a dumb, excessively luxurious choice but they were actually the most affordable choice because of their superior resale value.

As far as government debt goes, the US decided to run permanent deficits around LBJ. Coincidentally, just when the post WWII super boom was basically ending, LBJ starts a bunch of programs projecting it out into the future indefinitely.

It's also a huge problem for the US economy that right around this time, a worker's real money share of the economy gradually begins to shrink rather than to continue growing as it had been during the post WWII era. That is a huge problem for the consumer economy.

In the past it was normal to borrow your way through rough patches if you had to. That was a significant part of why you ran a tight ship during the good times, after all. People in the US are getting caught by a 'structural change' that TPTB are trying to pull off by design. Similarly, the whole 'stimulus' package was basically just money that was only supposed to keep the US doing the same stuff it has been doing until the trouble spot passes and things go back to normal. That is how it was sold to the people. But TPTB knew it was no ordinary trouble spot.

The whole thing was a trap. If you listened to outcasts, outsiders, and any other sort of black sheep, you might have realized it was coming. If you trusted the so-called good guys, the respected people in both the mass media and your community, you walked right into it.

posted on Aug, 14 2011 @ 09:32 AM
reply to post by 11andrew34

Amerikans didn't buy SUVs for that. Everybody knows Hondas have the best resale value. They bought them for image. Appearances matter the most to an American. They're the most superficial people in the world. Sad but true.

If you buy an iPhone, only about a fifth of the total price goes to China. The rest goes to Steve Jobs, et. al. It wasn't lack of manufacturing that destroyed America, it's unabashed borrowing. There is nothing wrong with a service economy. At least you can't just automatize that like factory jobs. Norway, a very wealthy Nordic state, has 66% of its economy in services.

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