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The United States Tea Party

Posted on: March 12, 2009 4:42 pm
 

 

 

 

Let me preface by declaring that my knowledge with politics is minimal at best. I am aware, however, that our government is far too big and far too powerful. It is a necessary component of our great nation, but I question the weapon it wields and the way it wields it. Has our government become too involved in that which they govern? It’s getting to a point where our decisions are being made for us. I am sure the majority of Americans wanted no part in bailing out the banks and the automakers. I am quite sure my children didn’t, but they had no choice. You can’t apply a Band-Aid to a deep laceration. The bleeding will never stop. The same can be said for the size and power of our government.

It is the right of every American to own a home. The government really hit a homerun with this philosophy. A philosophy that is a major reason we’re in this economic mess. It is not a right to own a home. It is a privilege. Everyone cannot own a home. It’s more than just a financial responsibility. It’s a commitment for thirty years of your life. People that approach it otherwise are fooling themselves. I am a perfect example of a person that made a commitment to purchase a home. I bought my home at the pinnacle of the real estate market in California. My lender, basically, said we could qualify you for any amount you want. I thought they were crazy and I decided to stay within my means. Now almost four years later, my house is worth about half of what I paid for it. I can still afford my mortgage, but I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, hence the thirty-year commitment. I do not need my government to bail me out of a loan that I had no business being in from the start. I have no sympathy for those who over-stepped their bounds, but it seems our government has got their backs. It’s a privilege to own a home and the government stuck it to taxpayers by making it a right.

When is enough, enough? Has the time come for the American citizen to take matters into their own hands? I am under the impression that if our government doesn’t change the way it goes about its "good old boy" business, the taxpayer is, eventually, going to revolt. We pay their salaries; we vote them into office with good intentions and get stabbed in the back. It’s not a Republican thing. It’s not a Democrat thing. It’s a philosophy thing that is deteriorating right before our very eyes. The answer simply lies with our history as a nation. How did we get to be the greatest nation on the planet? We got there by being conservative and hard working, not by being lazy and, certainly, not by bigger government. Is a revolution feasible? I don’t know, but business as usual, definitely, is not.

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Since: May 16, 2009
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Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2009 4:45 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

mlmeng16, great point.  Two thumbs up. Wink  You bring up something that went overlooked with my rant.  It's understandable that our government isn't going to please all the people.  I would just like to have some confidence in them.




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2009 2:49 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

first_to_six,

You make a lot of sense.  Unfortunately, there are politicians and private citizens that feel they have the right to anything they can take.  I haven't seen anything yet to change that core belief in either Big Business or Big Government. 

In the 2008 Elections it was clear both Barack Obama and John McCain as well as the Congress were going to do bailouts and voter turn-out was at a high. When Presidents and Congress get elected with very good numbers, they claim a mandate and do as they wish - even though a mandate may not really exist.  It is the Congress that appropriates money.  The President proposes a budget and has veto power.  The Congress still can pass a budget with an override of the veto.  While the President has term limits, Congress does not.  Until there is substantial turn-over of members of Congress, there will be "business as usual" - regardless of whether party control of Congress changes or not. 
 




Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 6:27 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

I just ran across your blog by accident and found your blog article fantastic! So many people are feeling the same way

And are fed up with what is going on in our country. I thank you for putting my thoughts into words.

God Bless you for having this blog!

 




Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:07 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

There wasn't one bank in trouble. There wasn't 50 banks in trouble. It was much more serious than that. The entire banking system was at risk. It was serious.

You're right and they got that way because of greed, risky investments with our money.  Why did it happen?  Go back to my original post.  The government thought it was a right for everyone to own a home.

LoL - do you know how much money that would take?

 Exactly my point.  It is ridiculous.  Just like the kind of money our government is throwing around with these bailouts.

No it's not but it's also more likely that Social Security will be made solvent. We have 30+ years to get it corrected and the baby boomer generation will be mostly behind us at that point.

 

I really hope you're right, beach, but I think it's a pipe dream.  I wish I had your optimism, but our government gives me no reason to believe it will happen.

It looks as if we are going to agree to disagree.  I respect your thoughts and wished I could have the same optimism as you do.




Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2009 7:42 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

If I had that kind of money, you can bet I'd never put more than $100,000.00 in any one bank.  It doesn't make sense.

There wasn't one bank in trouble. There wasn't 50 banks in trouble. It was much more serious than that. The entire banking system was at risk. It was serious.

If that is the case, then the government needs to bail-out that portion of the company and not the company itself. 

LOL - do you know how much money that would take? Pay every GM retiree their pension and provide them with healthcare for the rest of their life? You're talking 100s of billions over the next 30-40 years. The LOAN (and that's what it was) was 17 billion. If we let the auto industry go broke the lost tax revenue would be in the 100s of billions.

Is it reasonable that when I do retire, if I am fortunate to live that long, that I won't be able to collect the SS that I've paid into for over 20 years because the government has pissed it away on something else?

No it's not but it's also more likely that Social Security will be made solvent. We have 30+ years to get it corrected and the baby boomer generation will be mostly behind us at that point.

 




Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 1:38 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

The FDIC only insures individuals up to $100,000. Every dollar above that is gone and you'll never see it again. If you're a recent retiree you could lose 60-70% of your life savings.

 If I had that kind of money, you can bet I'd never put more than $100,000.00 in any one bank.  It doesn't make sense.

If GM goes broke they lose their entire income. If GM goes broke they lose their health coverage.

If that is the case, then the government needs to bail-out that portion of the company and not the company itself. 

Does that sound reasonable to you?

 Of course not, but neither does retiring in my late 50's.  Is it reasonable that when I do retire, if I am fortunate to live that long, that I won't be able to collect the SS that I've paid into for over 20 years because the government has pissed it away on something else?




Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:38 pm
 

The United States Tea Party

Politicians doing what is in the best interest for the people is a concept that I would love to see happen but it just will not happen. They forget once they are elected that they serve ALL THE PEOPLE not just their party's agenda. That is what both sides seem to forget. Come election time that is why so many people say forget it and do not vote. People are just fed up with the system. They do not trust any party. Those people who do cast their vote feel like they are voting for the lesser of two evils. If politicians would just stand up once elected to office and tell their party to stuff it when a proposal is a bad one then we might see some progress in the way our government worked. A good example would be our president's brilliant idea to make veterans who served our country pay for VA Health Care services. I have not heard one Elected Democrat stand up to him and say that his idea is a rotten one. Send it Mr.President but we will bury it in committee ought to be the right thing said to our president by a fellow democrat elected to office. It would have taken just one prominent Republican to stand up and really lead the fight against the Patriot act by President Bush to restore some faith in the political system. Our country is being led around a three ring circus by two parties that do not care about doing what is right for everyone in the U.S.A. It is a shame and saddens me more every day. 

 




Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:59 am
 

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I never assumed that all foreclosures were do to the fact that people were being reckless.  I am sure there are many that follow your scenario, and if that is where my tax money is going to go then I am fine with that. 

Well we can end this debate now because it is. Yes, others who aren't as worthy are benifiting too but that comes with the territory.

You're assuming I am not concerned with my community.  You know nothing about me to make such an assumption.  I am very concerned with my neighborhood for I have to live there, especially now that I am going to be there for longer than I expected.

What other assumption can I make. Your entire post was about how bailing out other people effects YOU. I didn't read anything about anyone else.

You are so right about politicians acting in the best interest of everyone.  Don't you think it is about time they start doing their jobs? 

Again, you are only looking at things from your point of view. You've suggested that we shouldn't have bailed out the banks and auto companies because obviously you don't have a personal stake in either one. When a bank fails people go broke. The FDIC only insures individuals up to $100,000. Every dollar above that is gone and you'll never see it again. If you're a recent retiree you could lose 60-70% of your life savings.

Do you know how many people are working or retired in the auto industry? My neighbors are both recently retired GM employees. They are husband and wife and they worked a combined 70 years for GM. They live a very modest life style and have never lived beyond their means. They've retired and live off the GM pensions they've paid into their entire lives. They are in their late 50's so it's too early for social security.

If GM goes broke they lose their entire income. If GM goes broke they lose their health coverage. They won't get a job in this area that pays anything near what they get each month. They will have to sell their home (for 75% of what they paid for it) and live off social security the rest of their lives.

Does that sound reasonable to you?

 

 




Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:42 am
 

The United States Tea Party

beach,

I never assumed that all foreclosures were do to the fact that people were being reckless.  I am sure there are many that follow your scenario, and if that is where my tax money is going to go then I am fine with that.  The problem is my tax money is going to bail out the reckless individuals as well.  You're assuming I am not concerned with my community.  You know nothing about me to make such an assumption.  I am very concerned with my neighborhood for I have to live there, especially now that I am going to be there for longer than I expected.

You are so right about politicians acting in the best interest of everyone.  Don't you think it is about time they start doing their jobs? 



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