Zillow Advice: Housing Market - america's future is futile http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Since you have been able ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>Since you have been able to buy an antibiotic ointment for under a dollar for years, I suspect a bottle of generic antibiotic pills for less than 1 month supply only costs about 25 cents to produce.&nbsp; That means the price should be $1 retail.&nbsp; Thus Debts was still overcharged.&nbsp; Due to the government sanctioned monopoly, the pharmasutical industry has been in a bubble for years.&nbsp; It needs to pop.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But it won't since the government refuses to break the monopoly.&nbsp; Now whether you could buy the same antibyotic 2 years ago for $6, I have no idea.&nbsp; In general, the pills were the wrong solution to begin with.&nbsp; What was needed was an diet change, exercise and massage.&nbsp; The pills have only weakened the immune system and killed off the good heathy bacteria.&nbsp; Blame AMA, their goal has always been to weaken the health of the American population.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T17:11:00Z So true. The govt numbers ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>So true. The govt numbers are so misleading it's rediculous.</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T17:08:00Z By the way, 7% annual inflation ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>By the way, 7% annual inflation from the 1965 gasolline price of 23 cents per gallon would be $4.53 in 2008, not the $5 we saw this past summer.&nbsp; Of course we expect the bubble deflation to overshoot, and for speculators to back out temporarily.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The government has claimed less than 3% annual inflation for decades, often claiming less than 1.5% inflation.&nbsp; Even at the present price of $2.40 per gallon now, that is still 5.6% annual inflation from the 1965 price.&nbsp; (All prices given for my local area, not some other part of the country).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Too bad the people that claim no inflation don't even know how to calculate it.&nbsp; Too bad they also don't understand market fluxuations and the "shock &amp; relax" method of price manipulation.&nbsp; (Wish I could find that article again that I stumbled across once).</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T16:53:00Z Good point Pasa. Probably ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>Good point Pasa. Probably a bit of all? The health insurance companies are being ripped off... NOT. They require so much paperwork that it costs the places money. A natl program would further increase the costs, proof being the military problems with benefits. The last thing our country needs is more of this type of service. The regular cash price is higher, so I'm not sure if it's subsidized. I didn't need to show proof of income, so I doubt the govt was doing anything. I personally think that the company had their own program to promote business.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I think it's an indicator that prices for cash is going down, since it costs less manpower.</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T16:44:00Z Debts -&nbsp;Does that count ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>Debts -</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Does that count as prices going "down" (what was the previous price?)&nbsp; Or does it mean it is "subsidized"?&nbsp; Or is it just an indication that the FDA allws the public to be ripped off?</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T16:34:00Z Gold is a very poor indicator ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>Gold is a very poor indicator of inflation; it is highly speculativ, and very few "need" it.</p><p><br/>But compare the dollar to something people will buy regardless, such as food, or telephone service, or electricity, or water, or natural gas.&nbsp; Those items give a much clearer picture of actual dollar value.&nbsp; Even gasoline is too speculative and driven by obscure market factors and manipulation.&nbsp; Gasoline was only $2 per gallon just 4 years ago.&nbsp; Sure, it may go down some more due to the worldwide economic termoil, but it will not go to the 1965 price of 23 cents per gallon.&nbsp; We also need to recognize that the U.S. Government has always subsidized the oil industry and will continue to do so, in order to keep the competition out.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>You can believe all the propagada about getting more for your money all you want...&nbsp; In that case I'm sure you won't mind that your income will be cut in half this year.&nbsp; Good thing there are non-profit groups still willing to give you something to eat.</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T16:30:00Z Pasa, my last prescription ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>Pasa, my last prescription for an antibiotic was $8.99 at RiteAid. When I went in to have it filled and told them I had no insurance so I was paying cash, they signed me up for a program to get it cheaper. Honestly, it was less than a co-pay! lol</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-18T16:11:00Z I think you guys see stuff ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>I think you guys see stuff 'go up' when the stupid business owner thinks he can get away with it. We just saw that with $4 gas. Look what it produced.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>$4 gas produced mass deflation. 70% of the US economy is consumer spending. When there is shrinking credit, and a hysteria to hoard what little we got, you are going to get a shrinking economy and different mindset.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Check out the price of Gold. The key indicator of inflation. Its at $730 an ounce. How much is that in 1979 dollars?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Gold was $1000 bucks an ounce in 1979. Its not the right environment for 'inflation' . Why? People CANT AFFORD to pay it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-17T22:46:00Z When whas the last time you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p>When whas the last time you saw hospital bills and fees drop, or for that matter, any medical expense?&nbsp; Ok, I know you can get 200 asprin for $1 when you get a generic, but other than for thinning blood for stroke risk people, asprin is preety useless.&nbsp; Co-pays go up, insurance preminums go up, everything goes up but wages and things that were "over-inflated" (housing).</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 21:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-17T21:41:00Z Link&nbsp;Now, the question ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ <p><a href="http://www.vivant.org/site/fileadmin/DocNL/Publiek/seignorage_and_inflation_tax.doc" rel="nofollow">Link</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Now, the question is will Americans outspend on the govts printing of money? Or can the govt print tons of money and the Americans can still manage to increase savings?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I don't know about you, but I do know of lots and lots of families that are NOT saving a dime and have significantly increased their budgets to stay afloat.</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 21:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/america%27s-future-is-futile/47343/ 2008-11-17T21:38:00Z