Originally Posted by phutyle
Some people expect the government to solve every problem. When someone from the government suggests that maybe sometimes people can solve their own problems, they get pretty bent out of shape.
Of course some of them pretty bent out of shape when the government does try to solve problems too. Or when they realise that solving such problems usually involves spending money raised by tax payers.
The housing market has been pretty bent out of shape through 20 years of mis-management from successive governments. It's dysfunctional.
Just as the health service is. And An Garda Siochana. And the insurance sector.
There is a limit to what people can do as individuals to defend themselves \ react to the problems created.
People take out health insurance- they shouldn't have to.
They get monitored house alarms - they shouldn't have to.
They pay over the odds for car insurance relative to other EU countries - they shouldn't have to.
They ask parents for help with deposits - they shouldn't have to.
Asking parents for help with deposits isn't a solution, it's a symptom of a deeper problem. And if everyone asks their parents for help with deposits, nothing would change, because all house prices would have to go up as more money chases not enough houses.
So that's why people respond as they do.