Wow, that’s a comforting declaration if I ever heard one. It’s like your toddler & preschool age kids promising to “help.” At least with the kids, the kids gain something positive from the experience…and you gain good parent points for letting them “help.” Ronald Reagan said it best:
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
From the AP: The Obama administration “launched [another] plan Friday” to help stem the foreclosure crisis. Here’s the really great part: “Officials said their [new] goal is to meet their original (emphasis added) target, announced last year, of helping 3 million to 4 million borrowers avoid foreclosure.” Of course, “the administration’s existing program to prevent foreclosure has FAILED TO MAKE A DENT IN THE PROBLEM (emphasis added)…[due to] a lack of planning and shifting rules on qualifications for it [which] produced a huge backlog in the program.” “Only 170, 000 homeowners have completed loan modifications out of 1.1 million who began the program over the past year,” says the Special Inspector General for the Federal Financial Bailout Fund (wow, that’s quite the title).
“We remain dubious about government mortgage modification efforts. So far none have lived up to expectations, and we see little reason to believe the latest effort will turn out any different.” Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with Concept Capital’s Washington Research Group
Hmmm, Jaret Seiberg must have some common sense to have formed that opinion. It’s sad that common sense is such a rare commodity these days.
I just read on a friend’s blog that our tax dollars are being used for the noble cause of providing “free” soil sampling for anyone who fills out a form and sends it in with box of dirt from their garden. Of course, it “may” take up to three weeks to get the report. Or, she points out, you can simply go to Lowe’s and pick up a soil test kit and do it yourself the same day. Just a microcosm of all that is wrong with our government. Why, now, do our hard earned…ripped from our paychecks…tax dollars go to unnecessary programs when the same thing can be accomplished by us, if we feel so inclined, in much less time and with much more efficiency? Oh, yeah, because the government thinks it can do everything bigger and better, even though it has yet to prove itself with a single success story. Ummm, Medicare…Medicaid, Social Security, the U.S. Postal Service, anyone? Oh yeah, these programs are all going bankrupt! The above mentioned original foreclosure rescue plan that “has failed to make a dent in the problem?”
Well, if government fails, it only makes sense to try, try again the same FAILED policies, only on a grander scale. I mean, what’s better than failure? How about GRAND FAILURE!
And there are really, actually, people out there who are excited about the federal government just granting itself (against the vocal will of a majority of Americans) an unprecedented amount of power to control and manipulate our nation’s health care system? REALLY?
This country’s problem can be summed up in this: too many hard-headed politicians in Washington, and too many “skulls full of mush” (as Boortz would say) voting for them.
Just got to let off some steam to keep my sanity these days….