On the Brink of Rebellion: National Priorities and the Housing Crisis


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).

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  1. The primary problem is that people (the voters) don’t care. We could elect better representatives, but we don’t. The vast majority of voters seem to have one or two “check boxes”, and if the Congress critter meets those he gets the vote. All other actions, no matter how slimy, get a pass.

    As for the website you link to, I think the most misleading thing about “spending” sites (how $10 was wasted on A, rather than worthy project B), is that government spending is a smaller burden on the public than wasteful regulations. Minimum lot sizes, zoning, building codes, government monopolies on education and transit – all of these effect us far more every day, by either destroying wealth or squelching growth, than how tax dollars are spent.

    But I do look forward to your thoughts tomorrow.

  2. You can never agree on spending habits. However you can cut them back. If McCain can cut back wasteful spending he will be on the $100 bill. If you bring in $2k a month then you start bringing in $2.5k a month you will buy more. Most likely you won’t reinvest that money or put towards the maintenance of your house.The housing issue came from uneducated people trying to make an educated decision, and congress sitting on their hands.

    Don’t ask me why someone would want to be in politics if they went by the book. A plant manager can make more than a congressman. They need to cut back on spending, raise pay for our leaders so we can get some decent leaders to run.

  3. I find it so disgusting that most voters only turn out during Pesidential election years. The media as well as the “average” voter, act as if the President and his administration have all the power in our government. We are so concerned about ousting the Prez if and when he does something we don’t like and simply re-elect all of the bozos in congress year after year. When are we all going to wake up and realize the real power lies in Congress and THEY need term limits?? Sometimes I believe the Congress should be limited to a single term. If there were no more “bridges to nowhere”, or Dennis Hastert “Parkways” that nobody in his district wanted but certainly helped him cash in on nearby property that he bought while pushing the project thru then maybe, just maybe we would have the ability to become the country we could be. You know, history has shown us that Democracies generally last no more than 200+/- years because eventually the people learn how to get the government to simply open up the treasury and give the people money for what ever ails them. Like bad mortage decisions maybe. The ever expansion of individual “rights”without corresponding “responsibilities” will eventually be our downfall. Sorry, I am officially off the soapbox now.

  4. I agree almost totally with the Foreclosure Doctor Online with one exception. The make smart financial decisions phrase is a phrase that sounds and looks good on the surface.

    However, when one scratches the surface, one sees the incapacities and incapabilities of the average Joe and Sara to make smart financial decisions. I make this remark based on experience.

    When I was a stockbroker, I interviewed, eyeball to eyeball, approximately 2000 people. the lack of financial comprehension astounded me. Most expected me to be their personal guru.

    Only 1% could articulate their risk tolerance and actually mean what they were saying. Most did not know a mutual fund from an annuity.

    I could go on but I think you get the idea. Now, imagine that the education system has deteriorated from what it was in the 1980’s and ask yourself how capable are today’s graduates of making “smart financial” decisions.

    Here’s the smartest financial decision anyone can make: DO NOT re-elect any incumbent.

  5. Interesting post! I would definitely say that the government played a key role in putting our economy where it is today. We can continue pointing the fingers at all the different people to blame, but the bottom line is this: Live responsibly, and make smart financial decisions, and you will not be affected .

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