mauiman wrote:"I mean...it's [Netflix Streaming] $8/month. I know people who spend more than that for coffee and a pastry at Starbucks every morning. Let's stop acting as if these price hikes are going to be sending us all to the poor house, shall we?"
But MY cost for streaming and ONE DVD almost doubled. It's like the frog in the boiling water. Double the cost of Netflix isn't going to drive anyone to the poorhouse, but tax increases, the De-valuation of your dollar, increased cost of gasoline, heating oil, garbage pick up, utilities, BANKING FEES, higher airline prices, etc probably will. And they are designed to do just that.
Recession is another word you could have used since it does send people to the poor house along with the other situations that you mentioned. (Reads: Pay cut, forced days off, etc) Then Netflix is a service that you can throttle unlike other living costs that you need to keep living/working.
But there is a systemic issue where people thinks they are entitled to all services for the same price through their up-bringing but it is similar to rural USA areas where they cannot "afford" dental services as they buy their daily, double dose of soda (will pay for the dental work). Well, you need to figure out what services you need instead of being hand-held throughout life and being entitled to everything.
I will keep politics/blame game out of this since it will get one-sided fast but I do work every day to bring Federal money into medical underserved areas.