Ronald Reagan is back, and he is you
Friends, conservatives often complain that no one has ever risen to take the place of Ronald Reagan in our government.
But Ronald Reagan is back, and he is you! His spirit has never once left us.
His spirit was alive and well when you stood up last year and opposed the bipartisan amnesty bill that you knew the Gipper wouldn’t approve.
He was here again today in our Congress during the vote that failed to pass a bill that would have made slaves of every one of us and ended free market capitalism forever in the USA.
Fox News said legislators received 999 calls out of 1,000 opposing the bailout. Fox commentators didn’t look too happy about that and the results of today’s vote. I imagine many of them, like Neil Cavuto, are heavily invested in stocks. (Isn’t it interesting that, although almost 100% of us oppose the bailout, Fox News continues to drone on about how important it is for the taxpayer to foot the bills for the crooks in government. Looks like conservatives have broken with their task master).
I realize that the stock market does not like this, but look, I have stock too, and I know that if we show these lazy pandering politicians we won’t let them enslave us, our children will grow up in a better, safer world.
And it won’t happen again!
Letter to Congressman Platts and Sen. Arlen Specter
As you know, the current financial crisis originated with the Democratic Party in 1977 when Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act passed. Then Clinton strengthened these provisions by making it mandatory for banks to lend at least $1 trillion in subprime loans. At that point, this ideologically driven effort to provide “affordable” loans began driving up housing prices drastically. But corrupt community organizing agencies like ACORN and La Raza didn’t seem to mind that their constituents now had to pay more for homes they couldn’t afford in the first place. The present administration more than doubled Clinton’s quota, and the HUD web site currently carries a paragraph on Bush’s “zero downpayment initiative.” Conservative sources are lamenting that Bush had repeatedly asked for more oversight during his 2 terms and called for tighter regulations. Yet it looks like the President, in complete agreement with his friends across the aisle, actually was OVER-regulating on the side of wealth sharing (is that the new Republican way?). It might be wise for you to keep away from this malodorous situation by voting against ANY bailout. I checked around Wrightsville and have yet to come across anyone who has an extra $10,000 to fork over to a government that mismanages our money or who believes it is government’s job to own and run businesses Soviet style.
(I followed this up with phone calls)
Letter to the National Association of Realtors
NAR email address (attn. Mary Trupo): email@example.com
I saw this at the NAR web site:
“The National Association of Realtors® supports the ongoing bipartisan efforts to address the current crisis in the financial and secondary markets. While we await further details and will continue to be active in helping to shape the legislation, NAR believes these efforts are imperative to restore market liquidity.”
Unfortunately, I infer from this that your organization is in favor of the current bipartisan efforts to make tax payers responsible for what you know the government caused in the most callous and cynical possible manner.
I say that because I saw an entry at the NAR web site some years back that asked the government for more fiscal responsibility in the management of subprime loans and in regulations requiring banks to issue them.
That tells me that you saw this financial crash coming.
Now that it is here, your response seems chillingly impersonal, almost surreal.
Where is the anger? You saw it coming. Now you are coolly requesting a bipartisan effort to bail out the mortgage banks as if the blame lay with irresponsible borrowers, when it was government-backed lenders and the very politicians you now ask to control the financial market who caused this debacle. There was genuine concern reflected in your letter to the administration, asking for a relaxation of the risky experimental government requirements under the Carter administration’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and the Clinton and Bush administrations’ insistence on forcing banks to issue ever higher-risk loans. It was like a destructive test of a boiler.
You knew that the lending institutions eventually would fail under these policies and you took the initiative to ask them to stop. But now that the disaster is here, you are expecting them to pass the loss on to those of us who pay our bills on time. I understand your fear, but I don’t understand why we the taxpayers, most of whom pay our bills on time, can be held responsible.
I am asking your organization for a stronger condemnation of the failed bipartisan policies that foisted dangerous subprime lending practices on banks and Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. Tell the media that you, as business people, knew this policy was doomed to failure, had warned the government about this, that the blame goes to both parties, and that you are leery about leaving the fox in charge of the hen house, particularly since the proposed plan threatens the free market like nothing ever has before in American history.
If you are silent now and fail to condemn these failed lending policies and put the blame where it belongs, on both sides of the aisle, then there is no way to avoid a repeat of this bitter experience for you, your clients and every American taxpayer.
Please issue a press release condemning the reckless policies that you watched destroy your industry! And please do not pass this one off on the taxpayer. It will surely come back to haunt you.
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