A friend of mine sent me to this website: National Priorities Project
The headline on the page reads:
National Priorities Project analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent.
There is a link titled Affordable Housing Units on the page that tells you how many affordable housing units your city, county or state could have built had the money not been diverted to the war.
Since I live in a state where the foreclosure rate has been, and is still hovering around, 1 in 43 households, I wondered to myself if those dollars could have been used towards helping people keep their homes never mind building more. Or perhaps, those dollars could have been better used to maintain the infrastructure (bridges, roads, etc.) or better used in the education arena or better used well, just about anywhere else.< !–more–>
I am not endorsing the above website nor am I saying they are 100% on the mark. What I am saying is if this website is even 50% correct, do you suppose a percentage of our problem lies in the way our politicians throw away our dollars.
As it turns out, my eye wandered around on their home page and once again landed on their title line. Right there in plain view I saw a most glaring error. The website owners actually believe the PEOPLE not only can understand but influence how their tax dollars are spent. Obviously the website creators aren’t from Nevada…
The first and last time the people thought they could influence the way the government spent tax dollars, George Washington was president and he had to use soldiers to quell the rebellion. That’s right, the father of our country used armed force to crush the people’s spending wishes.
It appears the politicos have only changed modus operandi between then and now. Instead of using soldiers, they use foreclosure, bankruptcy, outsourcing, bailouts and other financial tools and ploys to quell the rebellion.
What rebellion you may be asking.
The rebellion symbolized by our children being displaced in the work force by people who have to sneak into the country under the cover of darkness rather than walk in during the day. The rebellion symbolized by gutless weasels like Mike Nifong and Jeremiah Wright.
I could go on with examples but I will spare both of us. All we have to do is open our eyes and there they are right in front of us.
I believe we instinctively know the only thing that keeps us from becoming a Zimbabwe or Beirut is trust. We trusted our representatives to do the right thing and they didn’t. Rather than keep the scoundrels from recreating another Savings & Loan crisis, they actively participated in giving birth to S&L revisited.
Unless you are completely devoid of feelings or thought, you know I’m correct. Trust is really all we have. We have to trust those we put in charge of the national treasury. We have to trust those we let make important, life changing decisions. And, we have to trust in each other.
Otherwise we will have 1 in 43 households not only in Nevada but in Texas, Florida, New York and every other state that starts with a letter of the alphabet.
P.S. Next week I will present a solution to the mess we are in that I think is absolutely on the money (no pun intended).