Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

The Unending Allure of the Free Lunch


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-10-2008, 11:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,289
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here is just a section from a great article written by Ben Stein.

It's my view that what has gone on with the real estate industry has been an absolute disaster. I have no interest in big government but this is a great example to highlight what happens when you don't have the government setting up rules so that the consumer isn't taken advantage of.

On the one side there is the argument that consumers should just be responsible for themselves? Well it seems if we let that happen, they will be preyed upon by those better in the know. Such as these mortgage brokers who know the consumer will have no way of paying the mortgage once the interest rate increases. On top of that the mortgage broker could care less if it is paid back because once the mortgage is sold, they get their commission and wipe their hands clean of the entire process.

On the other side we seem to have to look out for consumers. We have laws to protect consumers from being taken advantage of by used car dealers, called lemon laws. Should their be laws that say you can't sell a mortgage to a home buyer if there is no way they will be able to pay back that mortgage?

What's your take on this? Is this just a mess we all have caused and we are going to have to pay the price for now? Will we ever learn from such situations or are we forever going to repeat this over and over again?

The Unending Allure of the Free Lunch - Humans are seemingly wired to believe that they really can get something for nothing, and they pay the price, over and over again. They will especially do so if they are lending and investing with Other Peopleís Money and if there are short-term incentives for them to hop onto the gravy train. In the long run, they can move on to the next scam.

BUT something else was missing here. Since the era of Ronald Reagan, we have been told by powerful groups that regulation is bad and that our economy will grow like magic if we take it away. So regulation was removed from savings and loans, and they were looted mercilessly.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
Yesterday 01:48 AM
Today 06:52 PM
by jrs.landscaping
9 180
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
Today 01:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 3,560
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
Today 01:21 AM
Today 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 73
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
Yesterday 08:57 AM
Today 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 132
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
Yesterday 04:09 PM
Today 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 43
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
Today 10:18 AM
Today 10:18 AM
by BLC7
0 44
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
Today 01:30 AM
Today 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 42
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
Yesterday 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 86
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
Yesterday 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 282
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 574
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
Yesterday 01:43 PM
by Steve
9 275
Hello
M2Dave
Yesterday 12:32 AM
Yesterday 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 49
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 328
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-20-2014 04:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
100 6,025
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 326
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 111
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 182
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 114
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 892
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 409
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,388
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 586
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,754
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 165
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 212
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 312
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 167
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 424
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 294
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 409
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 422
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 698
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 241
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 323
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 208
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 213
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 548
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,168
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,384
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 593
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 1,996
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 797
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 514
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,585
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 456
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 461
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 975
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 762
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,815
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 287
» Popular Tags
4wd 34'' advertisement apartment complex auger bid blades butterfly gardens charge credit card customers exmark ferris financing first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday holiday decorating how much to charge john deere quik trac kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf lighting marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business patio install payment podcast property management company pto savannah scag schedule scripts seo snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business stihl toro toro grand stand trailer tree care trimmer rack walker winter winter services
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:19 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:19 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy