then the big big cars all pay a lot more
let's see, will always have gst rebates and all that what, your poor qq owner definitely going to get more than $57 no?
you take the ceteris paribus argument to your advantage, putting sunken costs as "out of the loop of calculation" - do you think that is fair?
i am wondering - why no one wishes to acknowledge that the income gap will widen as the economy progresses. that is a fact. you can't just all go from a range of $200 to $900 for example, to $5200 to $5900. there will be more differentiation, it will only be more like $900 to $7200. and it is ONLY the natural course of things that the rich can get richer, and the poor can get poorer. a compression of incomes will only spell bad, not good. if you're wondering why i'm dragging this in, it's because i think that's what all this complaining is about. the best part is, most of the people complaining are probably the sort who move from $300 to $4000 or so, but they all want to be $7200, so they are always complaining.
like it or not, most people don't get rich because money dropped down from the sky for them. most people don't stay poor because the sky sucks money from them. there are reasons, there are always, always reasons, and because of that, to be honest there is no onus on any government to make sure that there is a compression of incomes - because it's absolutely silly unless you are thinking emotionally. all they have an obligation to do is to make sure that the lower tiers get enough to get by. whoever said life would be easy? this all comes out of people wanting a smooth sailing, spoon in your mouth life.
i can appreciate the need to vent your frustrations some what. you experience a rise of prices of perhaps 2% and you're jumping. but there is nothing that can't be solved - merely an adjustment in attitudes and lifestyle. has life in singapore improved? there are only 2 situations where a lot of people are unhappy - when they have time and a full belly to think about things to amuse themselves, or when they have an empty belly and all they can think about is the empty belly. in between, normally people will try to fill their bellies. now - i see a rise of forum letters in the st forums saying that oh, we should all migrate, blah.. good! come, come to europe and get a straight-off 100% price increase, or 200% price increase, depending on your country you choose. it is the land of the brave, it is the rewarding land of liberation and freedom. you can come. as i always say, it is easy to see that the glass is half-empty. it is also easy to see that the glass is half-full. but seeing BOTH is what's more important, and we should think about the things that matter, like finding a niche area so that the economy remains viable, instead of sitting around on the ground picking at things to be unhappy about in life. least of all - things that are a bloody given, look at the below and you'll see what i mean.
you know, if you look at the kopitiam section ar, got one thread ar, titled "is singapore losing its competitiveness". it is an interesting topic that is honestly, in some way, possibly more fruitful than all these "xxx go up" threads, or "clubsnap under maintenance" threads. but then, it has less views than all of these, and less replies. truly, truly sad. it speaks VOLUMES about our mentality today - i.e. one determined to be unhappy and negative and unrealistically pessimistic.