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Comment Re:Pull the plug on TSA (Score 2) 128

Anything that "creates jobs" makes no sense to get rid of, no matter how pointless or financially bloated.

However, government never seems to get smaller nor can it realize a mistake. It only perpetuates (in this case) an unnecessary bureaucracy.

I hate it when facts get in the way of a "Gub'ment is bad!" rant, but at least since 2008: "Private payrolls have added 7 million jobs over Obama’s presidency, while government payrolls (federal, state and local) have contracted by a combined 634,000 jobs."

Comment Re: Heck yes, (Score 2) 351

So you're betting that he's one of those people that's more informed than you?

Seems like a good bet, even if you're just strictly playing the odds of a random person being more informed than yourself, given your post history of highly right-leaning rhetoric. I don't trust the opinions of anyone that believes so fervently in any single ideology, be it conservative or liberal. You've lost all perspective.

Comment Re:You're not saving nearly as much (Score 1) 622

Yeah from the dealership - of course, then you're paying full price. But if you pay cash, or bring the money from your own bank (where you're paying interest) you can get a huge discount off the sticker price. If you finance at 0% from the dealer, you're not going to get as good a price. What do you think, they're in the habit of giving money away?

It amazes me how many so-called "nerds" have only the most basic understanding of how car pricing and financing works.

Comment Re:You're not saving nearly as much (Score 1) 622

I do run my own business. The day I need to drive a new BMW or Mercedes in order to get clients is the day I know I suck at my job.

As for your faulty math - $60/month over 6 years is $4320 - but that's if you got a loan for ZERO PERCENT. Even with excellent credit you're looking at 4.5%.

For my finale, here's my numbers - the car I bought in 2012 retailed for about $21K in 2010. I got it for $14,500 - when it had 18K miles on it. There's no way you're going to convince me I would've been better off buying the new version. It's a ridiculous concept.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

That's ridiculous. If you do your research, you can get a used car that's much more reliable than many new cars. Consumer Reports puts out tons of information to help used car buyers, and I've been extremely satisfied with the track record of my last three cars. I put over 100k miles on each of them, except for my current one which is still at 84k miles and going strong.

And while I know how to, I don't even change my own oil. You're just looking at the wrong cars.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 4, Insightful) 622

Why does everyone have to find a new car? I could easily afford a new car, but my last 3 purchases have all been for cars that are 2-4 years old. You save thousands of dollars that way, and you still have a very good car that will last you for years (provided you've done your research).

As soon as I saw the headline I thought "since when does the typical family buy a new car?" Upper middle class families can do that, but smarter upper middle class people aren't obsessed with being the first owner of a car, since you have to pay a huge premium for that privilege.

Comment Re:Nature of People (Score 1) 249

Human nature is one thing. Politics, which is what we're talking about here, differs wildly from country to country. And yes, the political mindset, as a whole, is very different in Norway (and all over Europe) than in the US. We've been trained here to think that money is the most important thing there is, and more importantly, that SHORT-TERM monetary gain is even more important than the long view. After all, why worry about the long-term costs of burning fossil fuels? We'll be dead, and we won't have to care, because people being born now will have to pay for it, and fuck 'em, right?

You may feel that way, but not everyone does.

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