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No matter what camp you are in, tax the rich or cut taxes to small business, the sad reality is that with a national debt of over 13 Trillion and an unfunded liability of over 70 Trillion, we are all going to see tax increases at some point, liberal, conservative and libertarian alike.

I would like to take the housing conversation past the money and focus more on where you stand on the moral and ethical questions. Granted, when we talk about hosing, we can never get rid of the money issue however, just follow me on this.

I have heard some people say that Americans are going to have to sacrifice, pay for their mistakes, get out of the homes, sell them off, write off the losses and get on with your lives.

I have heard some people say that we can’t throw these people out on the street, it’s cruel. People are humans and deserve a home and since most of these people have legitimate hardships or were victims of predatory lending, we should help them.

So, what argument is the correct argument? Which one is right and which one is wrong? Better yet, do we have to have a right and wrong answer? Can we just say we should take each situation on a case by case scenario?

Personally, I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to have to pay for another’s mistakes. I feel this way because as a kid, whenever my siblings did something wrong, guess who got in trouble……….me! Why, because I was the eldest. For whatever reason, my mother saw it as my responsibility to ensure my sister and brother were doing things correctly. In fact, I remember a specific time when my sister went into my room, took out my Star Wars actions figures, played with them, didn’t put them back and my mom walked into my room, stepped on Darth Vador, screamed out an explicit word and yanked me off the bed and ordered me to clean my damn room. No matter how many times I told her that my sister made the mess and should be responsible for cleaning it up, she insisted I do it. In fact, the more I mentioned this wasn’t fair, the more in trouble I got. The whole time, my sisters is outside my window in the back yard playing, never once aware that I got in trouble and had to pay the price for her bliss.

I once heard a man say something to the effect that we as Americans should all be willing to step up, pay our fair share of taxes and help these people out who are struggling to keep their homes. Ok, great, so why don’t we all step up, pay our “fair” share of taxes and help people keep their automobiles, furniture the paid for on credit from Rooms to Go, the 42 inch plasma flat screen, the high end Create & Barrel cook wear. In fact, I have a better plan…..why don’t I go out, get a credit card in my name, head down to the projects, hand it over to any Joe Blow I see and say…….go get what you need because I think it’s the right thing for every American to give their funds over to the less fortunate.

My point is, if I am going to be forced to hand over my hard earned cash to the less fortunate, I would much rather do it directly than handing my money over to the Government and letting them making the decision on what is best for Joe Blow.

People who don’t want to pay taxes aren’t because they are cruel, mean, wealthy, conservatives who don’t want to help the less fortunate. Most of us are people who grew up with nothing, were on food stamps, AFDC, Medicaid and knew what it was like to go to a local Church’s clothing closet, had free lunches at school and love Government grill cheese, who can’t now imagine simply giving our money over to a corrupt government who has moved away from our GOD giving liberties outline in our divinely inspired constitution because they want more power over those who don’t have the means to make decisions for themselves.

Government is not the source of charity, our neighbors, churches, friends and family are.

A tax hike to help out Joe Blow through a government program isn’t utopia, it’s communism.

If you want the people to give more and help more, take the shackles of government regulation off the community church and let the God fearing, God loving, Gospel preaching, Bible toting, Spirit filled, WWJD masses step up to the plate…………………because they will!

Raising taxes to pay for the mistakes of others through a corrupt government is theft by any other definition.

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Comment by Cindy Billman, CDPE, SFR, HAFA on July 2, 2010 at 9:05am
Jesse is right - the govt needs to get out of the way! I grew up very poor - in fact, we lived in the housing projects in West Dallas, but my parents worked very hard and we were finally able to "escape" this situaton. I was 13 before we "owned" our first home. And my parents did this without any govt assistance. I put myself through college without govt aid, it took 10 years but I did it! My Dad was a union man and guess what, when he retired, the union was broke and he received only $90 per month, after his death, my mother got zero! So don't tell me a person cannot succeed without govt aid - that is a lie - I and my siblings are proof that you can succeed without govt assistance! FAITH makes us strong HOPE keeps us going CHARITY begins at home!
Comment by Denise Stovall on June 29, 2010 at 12:36am
Absolutely. It is difficult to make sense of the senseless...well said. Point taken too. Thanx Jesse
Comment by Michael Howard on June 28, 2010 at 12:19pm
Pure propaganda!

FACT, This administration has CUT taxes for 98.6% of working tax payers. (Don’t take my word for it, look it up) Amazing what you can learn if you watch something other than Fox Noise. Sorry Jesse, don't want to live in any theocracy no matter what religion is in charge. Let's keep the separation as it was intended.
Comment by Mark Allen on June 27, 2010 at 8:48pm
Well said, well said.

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