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    Debt is what you already owe on things you've already spent.

    The Mrs. & I traded in our crappy car for a less crappy car. The bank says I should give them $350 a month for that car I am now driving around.

    Now: I use to have a bigger paycheck, but I decided I didn't need the revenue when I bought the new car. So now I work 30 hours a week voluntarily, chanting my new slogan "read my lips: No new income!"

    So, I reduced my income, and piled up debt, simultaneously.

    I have had to regretfully inform the Mrs. that on our weekly shopping trip, we can only buy Ramen noodles, because buying hamburger is the purest profligacy.

    "We don't have a revenue problem," I tell her, "we have a spending problem."

    We can't un-buy the car, but we could default on the loan, and make everything more expensive in the future.

    So I see the only solution as ramen noodles.

    Or is there another variable? Huh.

    PFnV
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    #70 Jersey

    Pay cash for cars. Work two jobs. Have a written budget before the start of each month. Check out Dave Ramsey.
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    There is: don't spend money you don't have and don't make promises you can't keep.
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    Great analogy to the current budget debate in DC.

    Government spending is really taxation -

    If we have 2 farmers paying taxes we have more employemnt and more revenue.
    If farmer A pays taxes and farmer B receives subsidies farmer A pays more taxes and employs less people to pay the subsidy for farmer B.

    Mr. PF could work more to bring in more revenue but if Uncle Sam raises his taxes he pays more to Uncle Sam and less to Joe auto maker or parts seller.

    The variable is 'Z' an economic incentive for Mr. PF to work more but the ability to save on taxes if he spends the money on goods produced in America. If Americans could deduct the cost of durable goods produced in America on their income taxes people would work more - spend more - and employ more. It's a different kind of tax break the government and Mr & Mrs. PF need to think about.
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    The generational aspect of the current situation tends to get lost. So the people who made promises were Boomers and their parents. Were they unaware that their government was doing so? Us Gen-X and Gen-Y folks get the tab for spending others did.

    So in this case, someone else bought the car and is enjoying the car. We just get the privilege of making the payments.
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    Then again, this could just be MrP's way of telling me it's time for me to get a real job again.

    In other words, because we voluntarily gave up my income about 18 months ago, we don't have a spending problem - we have a revenue problem.

    When times get tough, the tough find a way to make more money.

    :)
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    It's the American way ... I hope that car is not an import or a Vanagon.
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    Oh the horror, the horror!!!

    Of course it is not.

    It's a a beautiful shiny American Jeep Patriot made in my childhood home in Illinois complete with gadgets and things I've never had in a car before.

    I loves it.

    Siriusly.
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    Just to clarify: although we did buy a new car, I didn't actually "voluntarily cut my own hours." So you, my darling wife, can continue to lie around and eat bon bons or whatever the hell you do all day.

    Now, let's review, still using the analogy:

    If I bought a car I have to pay the bills on every month, can I go backwards in time and unbuy that car?

    Let's disregard whether I am going to go to dinner out this week (or buy the hamburger instead of the Ramen.) That will make it easier.

    I have bought the car. I have reduced my income.

    Can I stop spending in the past?

    If not, how should I pay for the spending I already did -- you know, my debt?

    I think it would be wise to bring in revenue to pay for things I buy.

    Does paying one's bills qualify as "fiscal responsibility"?

    Nahhhh. Couldn't be.

    PFnV
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    Lets clarify. Someone leases a car (MBenz S class) and signs a contract to get a new car when the new model in introduced (a more expensive car usually) get the car at half the lease price cause his kids are gonna make the payments in the future for the money he is borrowing.


    Not sustainable. He shouldn't whine when his kids no longer want to spend all they money getting daddy and mommy a new benz while they drive used yugo's
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    The OP's analogy isn't comparable to the US gov't budget situation.

    Mr & MrsPFiVA would have had to already had budget problems before they bought their car to be like our gov't. On top of that, other people would have to pay their bills to make the analogy complete.

    If a couple is ALREADY in debt (like the US gov't) and are having trouble financing their lifestyle, do they

    A. Cut expenses to pay down their debt
    B. Get another job to pay down their debt without cutting expenses
    C. Cut expenses and get another job

    I guess PFiVA feels we should increase spending AND raise taxes...

    Am I wrong PFiVA?
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    "The OP" thinks we should raise revenues, which are at an historic low, and identify and eliminate wasteful spending.

    The present 2011 spending deal (a CR standing in for the 2011 budget) funds the government at $3.7 trillion in outlays. The 2012 Obama budget request was for -- surprise -- $3.7 trillion.

    The spending remaining constant while the revenue increases would be fine by me, but the president's already moved the spending number south by hundreds of billions of dollars.

    I don't "feel" anything about the budget, PR. I recognize realities. One reality is that the level of spending needed on the Jobs front is not happening and is not going to happen. We are substituting a phony debt debate predicated on canards to the effect of government bankrupting us by doing things like providing a social safety net. It makes the right wing "feel" good, and there are plenty of rubes out there that buy it. The difficulty is that it's not a pressing crisis, whereas stimulating the demand side is. By the way, we're not Greece, just as we weren't Zimbabwe the last time a tanked foreign nation was in the news. But we're on the verge of making ourselves Greece, to make some idiotic purist point about never raising taxes.

    As to debt, that money is effectively spent. You can't cut that spending.

    You can make payments against your debt faster by not buying the next new car, getting another job, and otherwise changing your behavior.

    "The OP" thinks we need to do that. We need to align our spending to the actual task at hand. That means foregoing "feel good" wars and occupations against "enemies" that don't pose threats. That means dumping ag and oil subsidies. That means all sorts of cuttable areas. That means aligning fiscal policy with economic need, as we have done the last 3 years, and that means not spending just to get reelected, as our last regime so famously pursued for 8 years.

    To observe and report reality: The original Obama budget was for flat spending in 2012. The present Obama position is hundreds of billions below that in spending. I agree with that move, based on political realities.

    Would I spend beyond 2011 levels, were that even one of the options on the table, with the unemployment rate still around 9? Don't think so. But I sure as hell wouldn't do it with the unemployment rate at 4 or 5.

    To extend our analogy: We bought the car. We can afford the car. You buy stuff on time in this world.

    We also bought a house. We make our payments on that too.

    We can't un-buy either, so we can be phrased as being in unsustainable debt, so long as I insist on working 30 hours a week, or come up with a reason that I should only work 20.

    Now let's say that it becomes attractive and a good financial move in the long run to buy a house better for our needs. Let's say I can swing that easily if I but trouble myself to work 40 hours a week.

    Is it "tough times" and an "unsustainable" spending problem... or am I making rational choices based on needs and revenue?

    Of course, the Republican option is to buy the bigger house then make this big stand on principal about not making payments when someone else has the checkbook.

    I'm so tired of the something-for-nothing crowd. We already bought stuff. So that means we have to pay the bills.

    PFnV
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    Government revenues are down due to current economic problems. The revenue as a % of GDP is down even though the tax rates are the same as during the Bush Presidency. So the rates aren't the issue the economy is the issue. That and government spending and regulation, we don't want to forget the defensive measures being taken due to fears of the impact of Obamacare. Another issue, in the attempt to pander to voters 47% pay no Federal taxes, the pool of taxpayers is too small and of course those who pay no taxes have no incentive to worry about government spending.
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    Or you could just sell the car.
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    Relative to what?

    You could also not make the payments and have the car repo'd.
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    The Obvious solution is to ask your government to pass a new social program which will give 425.00 a month to people who bought a car which they can no longer afford, no matter how much they owe they will get 425.00 a month. There is also 140 rules for application to the law, which sadly prohibits you from actually receiving this benefit.

    Really, only car dealerships qualify in which they receive 425.00 a month for every used car on their lot which has lost value. Also, the entire Car Manufacturing sector also qualifies for this via some lobby added fine print which also makes cars which are unsold from last years new models which now can not be sold for what they were once worth.

    In order to ensure people who are in need such as yourself get the assistance from government for their debt, they add another tax, which further reduces your income, or, they will print more money and reduce your purchasing power, so 1.00 now only buys 4 packs of Ramen instead of 5.

    That's how we solve issues in this country.
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    Why do you need a car? Get a bike.
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    You two are MARRIED? Why wasn't I told?
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    My God!! What gave us away?

    Could it have been the Mr and Mrs in front of the same name?????

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