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    Re: Business, Economics, and Tax Policy 8: Bezos Takes Over the World

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    ...which probably wouldn't happen without light trucks benefiting from a, you guessed it, 25% tariff.
    Best thing that could happen to this country in the long run would be $6/gallon gas.

    Course, in the short run it would be devastating. But sometimes, you have to rip the bandaid off, even if it hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    '99 NB 5-speed. Power equipment package, Nardi 3-spoke wheel. Only 89K miles.

    Bought it off Craigslist because I was getting sick of my Wrangler turning like a tank and draining fuel like same, and I had been begging for decades to learn how to drive a farking stick.
    I've got a '94 that I have to get a new top on, do the belts and fluids, and get cleaned up to sell. Also around 89,000 miles.

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    Re: Business, Economics, and Tax Policy 8: Bezos Takes Over the World

    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    I think the American companies just don't care about building good cars. They don't sell enough, as fat Americans want big trucks and SUVs. So they say, why bother, no one wants to buy them.

    And as was pointed out, every time they do actually manage to cobble something decent together, as Ford did a few different times with the Focus, they pull the plug, cause they make more money selling trucks

    So anyone who wants a small, nicely turned out, small car, has to go Asian or European by default.
    The funny thing is, it's just not that simple. The top 25 sellers in the US last year were:
    37% Crossover SUV
    32% full or mid-size trucks
    28% Cars

    How do you classify a crossover? It's built on a car frame with SUV stylings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Yeah, I kinda veered off and missed my own point. WHat I was trying to get at was the Corolla standard interior vs. the Fusion Platinum. The Toyota's was just better.
    yeah I understood what you were getting at, although my reply didn't convey that

    Toyota's designs and build quality seems lightyears ahead. The Tacoma was my first Toyota and I'm sold on them as a company. It's been super reliable, seems well built, and just feels higher quality than an equivalent American vehicle.

    where I live in Maine is like the standard "practical" vehicle, but I'm not all that impressed with the interior of ours (but it was pretty cheap).
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    Re: Business, Economics, and Tax Policy 8: Bezos Takes Over the World

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    I'm not impressed with the center console stack on Toyota's. I sat in a few of the 2018 redesigned Camry's, test drove one, and the center console feels straight out of 1989. Giant buttons and wasted space around it with large text to describe what the button is. Also, the steering wheel/dash does not accommodate my height and size well.

    A shame really, because I loved the aggressive look of the Camry and the standard features (360 surround cameras) that GM had only begun to make standard in *Cadillac*.

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    Re: Business, Economics, and Tax Policy 8: Bezos Takes Over the World

    Its a clean sweep. Consumer Reports top 20 reliable cars of the decade - none are American made.

    https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-car...-reports.html/
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    Eastern bias.

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    Re: Business, Economics, and Tax Policy 8: Bezos Takes Over the World

    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    Trying to fight off the "you have no car payment right now you nincompoop" angel on my shoulder
    I have the same problem. Plus, my 2012 Fusion is starting to show its share of wear and tear in some spots...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    Best thing that could happen to this country in the long run would be $6/gallon gas.

    Course, in the short run it would be devastating. But sometimes, you have to rip the bandaid off, even if it hurts.
    Nobody stopping you from paying the station $6/gal.... dope

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    Re: Business, Economics, and Tax Policy 8: Bezos Takes Over the World

    Bezos? Amazon? Whole Foods? Minimum wages? Economy?

    Figured this article belongs in this thread.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-hours-changes
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    Its a clean sweep. Consumer Reports top 20 reliable cars of the decade - none are American made.

    https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-car...-reports.html/
    But a couple are assembled in America, aren't they?
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    But a couple are assembled in America, aren't they?
    When they say assembled in America don't they assemble them complete overseas, then take a couple parts off, ship them here, and then "assemble" them by putting those couple pieces back together like a child's model, just to be able to splat "America made" on the ads for the dopes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    When they say assembled in America don't they assemble them complete overseas, then take a couple parts off, ship them here, and then "assemble" them by putting those couple pieces back together like a child's model, just to be able to splat "America made" on the ads for the dopes?
    No, that's just the Ford Transit Connect, a delivery van with no back windows that is made overseas, shipped with seats installed in the back to make it a "passenger car" and the seats are promptly removed practically on customs property and destroyed, all so Ford can bypass the Chicken Tax.

    Most those cars on the list actually are assembled in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, or South Carolina, with non-union labor.

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    Also, it makes it fun to watch the forehead veins throb on stars-and-bars rednecks who support Trump 120% watch their shifts get cut when Trump imposes tariffs on these "imported" cars made in the US and their manufacturing jobs are slowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    When they say assembled in America don't they assemble them complete overseas, then take a couple parts off, ship them here, and then "assemble" them by putting those couple pieces back together like a child's model, just to be able to splat "America made" on the ads for the dopes?
    No, not quite like that. For some manufacturers, the engine will come into the American plant as a single item, rather than having the American worker attach all the various parts that make up the engine. There are some pieces that have to be assembled in a specific sequence, so there's only so much "bulking" the foreign plants can do in order to both avoid the tariff fees and make it cost efficient to assemble in the American plant.
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    https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/a...mpression=true

    Why in he blue hell would condos and apartments not be taxed in the first place?

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-po...fed-data-show/
    Total household net worth in the fourth quarter of 2018 dropped by the largest amount since the fourth quarter of 2008 when the country was amid a steep recession, according to data released Thursday by the Federal Reserve.
    The typical American household, however, may not feel much of a financial pinch as a result of the drop. For starters, stocks have since recovered much of their late 2018 losses, although they remain below the record highs set earlier in the year.

    More important, most of the household wealth in the United States is owned by the country’s richest families. In 2016, for instance, the top 1 percent of families owned 40 percent of all household wealth, with the next 9 percent of families holding an additional 39 percent. That leaves 21 percent of the country’s net worth for the remaining 90 percent of American families.

    Furthermore, about half of American families don’t own any stocks, while the top 10 percent of families control about 84 percent of the stock market.

    Taken together, the numbers are a reminder that the stock market is not the economy, and that big national-level data sets may not necessarily reflect financial reality for typical American families, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to meet even small unexpected expenses.
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