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.