Stingy millennials to blame for sluggish economy

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    You're a poster child for all the things the (I-work-3-jobs-and-can't-afford-my-rent) crowd doesn't seem to understand about economics, education, and capitalism. Thanks for that!
     
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    Agreed in full. Also a member of that cyclical hydrocarbon business, the past year and upcoming projections show a contraction in the US Shale business since demand and commodity prices have stayed relatively flat. Keeping spending in check and saving what you can is a good mantra no matter the economic outlook, but is especially important in industries that are subject to so much swing. Luckily, the US shale market has been relatively stable, even though it is down from industry highs earlier in the decade.
     
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    I should have been clear that I consider “modern” history to be something longer than the colonies have existed. 30 years is a speck of fly poop, historically, when it comes to countries. :)

    The U.S. is still just a kid and has a very real chance of morphing into something it wasn’t intended to be in the next couple hundred years.
     
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    Sorry, the proper term is "Tiny Houses"
     
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    I love on those shows where they spend as much for a tiny house and no land as they could have for a much larger old single wide with a proper lot/land that you could build from. yeah, not cool, but a place to live and you own the land
     
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    We're building a tiny house community.... You mean a mobile home park? No, it's a tiny house community!
     
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    Nah, they're not the same. Mobile homes are bigger and more comfortable.
     
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    Seriously, I'd rather live in a camper in a large shop like 50 by 100 than buy a house. The tax bills alone on housing is insane IMHO.
     
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    same here except SWMBO
     
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    Isn't the difference between a mobile home park and a tiny home community that tornados don't have GPS coordinates for the latter?
     
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    The taxes on my house are more than twice as much, per month, than I ever paid for rent prior to owning a house. They're also more than the mortgage payments were on any of my three previous houses. I don't live in a mansion. It's on a little over 2 acres, and I paid just under $140K for it 20 years ago. I pay the government almost $8k a year to permit me to live in the house I own on the land I own. I have a septic system and a well, wood heat w/ propane backup, no natural gas available, and pay for my own garbage pickup. Good deal.

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    I *only* pay $2k for around the same. (129k was appraisal 19 years ago) I do have NG though.
     
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    That article is terrible. People should be encouraged to save their money as recent history shows when people spend over their means disaster can and will strike!

    Relating to the economy, the United States continues to be in an unbelievable situation because of negative yielding interest rates on government debt around the world. It’s absurd that countries like Germany are actually making money off selling debt because you( the lender) actually have to pay the government for them to borrow your money. My fear is all this artificial banking and “let’s make the economy strong by making money free to borrow”— essentially the entire worlds policy right now— is going to end extrodinarily badly. Companies continue to borrow money on epic scales and some are just buying their own stock back. All well and good and stock holders continue to benefit but these highly leveraged companies need to be careful! It does seem like Wall St is becoming wise to this trend based on the failures of most of the IPO’s recently that are companies that are unprofitable with piles and piles of debt. Last time I checked, companies are worth assets plus profits. Debt in this day and age seems to be a spark for increasing assets and I wonder if the extrodinary ease of borrowing money has led to an entirely problematic situation because without profits these companies don’t really own anything— the lender does.
     
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    More Millenial issues...

     
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    Most of Europe is at the brink of recession. It's not a bad idea.
     
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    I have been reading for 3 years now that we are on the brink of an imminent recession here to. I have been fully invested the whole time and even if we do have a recession now, I can't see me going any further down than where I was 3 years ago. At the moment, there is only one situation that I can see that might bring on a recession, but I'm keeping my mouth shut about it.
     
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    Someday those “experts” will be correct, then they will all be introduced as “joe expert, who predicted the recession...”

    Recession is almost always predicted a year before presidential elections, mainly by the opposition party, and the stock sometimes reflects this. Look at years 2007, 2011 and 2015...all down or flat years for the market. 2019 looks like it will break that trend.

    Your one situation doesn’t involve the names Sanders or Warren doesn’t it? ;-)


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    Most of the prognostications I have seen state the 2017 Tax Cut for Wall Street ( could not resist) kicked the can down the road around two years. So many of the estimations that we were one to two years away from a recession; really need a restart on the clock.

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    You should have resisted. I got a nice tax cut last year, and appreciated it very much. I make less than $100k. AND, for the first time in 30 years, I didn't have to itemize. Awesome.
     
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    I'm not going there, but . . .
     
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    Something I've noticed is that the difference between certain things in the rural midwestern areas like where I live and coastal urban areas is huge. Just as an example I saw a house listed for rent at $500/mo in a nearby town recently. A house, like 2-3br... the whole house to yourself $500/mo. Some of you can't even get a t-hangar for that where you live. I can find homes- nicer homes out here for $100-150k. Of course making even close to six figures here also qualifies you as upper middle class-rich. I've known families that count on a successful deer hunt every fall to fill their freezer and feed their families. That's just an entirely different world and mindset than someone in a coastal urban area where you seem to need a six figures job just to afford a modest home. I don't know how you build a single unified national policy on things like wages, taxes, jobs, etc that's going to be good for both at the same time.
     
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    It is impossible, and the more controlling the feds get the worse the quality of life will be. The presidency and SCOTU became the legislature a while ago, and its only going to get worse.
     
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    Easy. Fair tax. Get rid of income taxes altogether, make all federal taxes a sales tax. Regional differences won’t matter much then, and everyone pays based off of their level of consumption. Poor and can’t afford to buy Mercedes vehicles and flat screens? Great, effective tax burden is lower. The wealthy will pay more in taxes by the nature of their consumption levels and luxury prices.

    I’m sure property taxes will still be needed at the local level due to maintaining consistent state services, but that’s fine.
     
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    only issue with that is it becomes a bigger burden on the low income earners. An extra 20% on food and clothing is not going to work for some people.
     
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    That would work well for me but you have to realize that people making a fairly low income pay little to no taxes now by the time you factor in the standard deduction and all the other stuff. That actually does make for an effective tax increase on the poor. Maybe if you exempted food, clothes, and necessities but then you’d need a ridiculous sales tax.

    That’s the pickle we’re in though- fair is very much a relative and subjective term. You can’t really make any big change at this point without some people getting hosed and others coming out great. At the risk of getting political I think you’ll find who benefits and loses to be pretty predictable along partisan lines when the usual yahoos roll out their new tax plans.
     
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    Tougher than most think. Article 1 and 16th Amendment become quite cumbersome with respect to taxes levied by Congress.
     
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    The Fair Tax program, as currently defined, includes a “prebate” for those at the lower end, and had proposals for goods like basic groceries and such. It is designed to combat the regressive portion at the bottom of the income earners.
     
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    My girlfriend is a Millenial, she is a hard worker, fiscally responsible, intelligent, and very reasonable in her thinking.
    I am gen X, and not as good with money as she is.
     
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    Problem to replace the current income taxes is the required effective rate. I forget which news magazine/econ white paper I was reading where they broke it down. Something along the lines of 25%. If you exclude food and rent (the most regressive items) the required interest rate goes to something crazy like 35%.

    Note: this was only income tax. It did not include, Social Security, Medicare, FUTA, SUTA, State Taxes....

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    I think we can all agree here and say congrats and well done ;)
     
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    Well, maybe maybe not. Gen Xers last birth year is 1980 and Millennials were born starting in 1981 there might not be that much congrats to be given. Now 1965 to 1990s...
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    I've always thought that the theory of highly leveraged companies is flawed because it doesn't consider the situation of future debt burden, which is a significant risk to long term valuation. Leveraging makes the company brittle and more likely to break rather than survive a future crisis.
     
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    Yeah exactly. What’s even more scary is the “growth at all costs” mindset many of these companies have. Look at UBER— hugely influential company but can’t make money and might never be able to. These executives are actually just being paid by venture capitalists and even richer people than them but can’t actually support themselves or the company off of the profitability of the company. It’s kind of bizzaro world right now.
     
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    Understood, but the rate is what it is. It's not that it would be set at some artificially-low percentage, but that it would be equal for everyone. The rate should be set at "parity" to current revenues, then worked up/down depending on gov't budget needs. The difficulty in the US tax code regarding income taxes, is that people have different ways of classifying "income". Then you get tax credits, and tax deductions, etc. The Fair-Tax eliminates the loopholes and such, and the majority of the IRS. There are no annual reports to file per say, since the tax is collected when purchases are made. If that tax is 30% on a new car, so be it, you didn't get taxed on your income so the money to pay for it was still received. It makes revenue planning pretty simple for the government, since it would follow consumption. It's a lot easier for people to rally against raising taxes when everyone's at the same tax rate . . . which means it's easier to tell the gov't to shove it and cut expenses, too. The US tax code is just unnecessarily complicated (purposefully so).
     
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    I was married, my wife passed away, which is why I have a girlfriend at my age. We are actually getting married in July 2020.
     
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    My first wife also passed away. It really is kinda amazing the dating scene at our ages. I reached out to someone for advice; and she stated something very interesting. We are all damaged goods. But the damage from losing a spouse can leave you vulnerable to manipulation. So she was emphatic, do not post you are a widow in your online profiles....

    I have remarried since, but went with another Gen X (from France no less).

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