what i learned this week

what-i-learned-this-week1Sometimes, it’s NOT just the thought that counts.

After a long, tiring, emotionally draining search, Husband and I think we’ve found THE house. This is not the end – it’s the beginning of the end. Hopefully. Maybe.

But y’see, wherever there is a moment of peace, there’s a moment of turmoil ready to steal the peace away.

Not surprisingly, Obama is at the forefront of the issue.

I’ll start from the beginning.

We were seeing lots of lovely houses on some teeny-tiny lots. Seriously, I have figured out America’s obesity issue – kids don’t have yards to play in; they have houses to sit in. Which is breeding laziness. But that’s a completely different post for another day.

So we were loving the houses, and then walking outside to see the back yard, and there was a whole lot of “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” going on.

And I was getting frustrated, convinced that maybe I was being too picky, and that I should just suck it up and buy this GINORMOUS house on this little tiny (not even a quarter of an acre) lot, and that our children would also sit inside and rot their minds by play video games all day. I mean, everyone else is doing it, I guess.

And then my realtor remembered this neighborhood, where the lots are a decent size (and, um, flat) and he thinks there might be some houses for sale in there.

“Well, then, let’s go look!” I said.

And we looked, and I found IT.

Internets, if we were at the end of the end of this whole process, I would tell you all about this house. But I’m trying to spare your feelings here – I don’t want to get your hopes up or anything. All you need to know right now is that I love it, and it’s virtually perfect.

So, the current owners are asking more for it than what we can afford. (they bought it in 2006, at the top of the Real Estate “bubble” so they still owe a good chunk on their mortgage) But, we’ve got this lovely recession, and the fact that the average sale price in that neighborhood this year is about $50,000 less than what they’re asking, on our side.

Also, they’ve already moved out. The husband is in the military, and they’ve transferred him to California.

And this, my friends is where our fearless leader comes in.

Apparently, he introduced a program for military families, who are transferred, that would make up the cost difference of what they owe on their home vs. what it’s being purchased for.

Isn’t that a grand idea?

I thought so, because #1 – it would benefit me in this particular scenario, and #2 – I’m all for making the lives of servicemen (and women) and their families a little easier, what with my husband being in the army, and all.

Then, just this morning, I received an email from my realtor, with this tidbit of information included:

“Further research into the government “pay off your loan” program has uncovered that the government has not yet fully funded the new program.”

Um, question for the class – Who unveils a new program – one that benefits people with real, and sometimes dangerous jobs – without any real plan for funding it?

Ooh! I know, I know!

The same person who wants to use my hard-earned money to bail people out of mortgages that they had no business getting in the first place. Because they were on welfare. Or were receiving some other type of governmental assistance. And shouldn’t have been, because they were perfectly capable of finding a job, but were just too lazy to go get one.

The same person who would rather spend an obnoxious amount of money on a weather satellite.

Or how about the person who thinks that empathy is a good characteristic for a Supreme Court Justice to have. (Note to the President: it’s not – empathy is not required, and is actually frowned upon regarding interpreting the Law. You would know that, if you ever like, read anything about, or understood the way our government was designed.)

In conclusion:

When it comes to governmental policies or programs – it’s not the thought that counts. You have to have a plan for following through with your promises.

Ah yes, and therein lies the issue.

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7 Responses to “what i learned this week”

  1. 1 lifelemons July 23, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I so hope you get this house! I need a text as soon as you get any word on what is going on!

  2. 2 Em July 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    You so crazzy! XOXO

  3. 3 megevil July 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Just read a few of your posts, and I mean no disrespect but I have to point out a few things:

    (1) Obama HAS, like, read something about how our government works. Quite a bit, in fact. He used to teach constitutional law at The University of Chicago, which is kind of a big deal. Come to think of it, he probably read a little when he was a top student at Harvard, too.

    (2) When you buy your perfect house, you will probably enjoy the $8000.00 tax refund you get as part of Obama’s plan to get the economy back on its feet? Or will you refuse to collect the refund on principle? Your pal Sarah did something along those lines…

    (3) While I agree that many (most, possibly) of the people getting “bailed out” of bad mortgages should never have had those mortgages in the first place, not everyone in that situation was on welfare. And if they were, wouldn’t it make more sense to be upset with the idiot who allowed such stupidity to occur on his watch in the first place?

    (4) The president does not approve funding. It is the responsibility of Congress to do so. Another perfect example of this is how No Child Left Behind was never funded; again, that was George W. Bush and the Republican-dominated Congress who dropped the ball on that one (and, in doing so, every public school student for the past several years). The difference here is that Obama is still working out how to fund his plans, so it’s not a lost cause.

    Again, I’m not attacking you… just challenging you to open your mind a tiny crack on this subject.

    • 4 fancythis July 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      thanks for your comment!
      1. reading something and comprehending it are 2 different things….anyone who’s ever studied any kind of law knows that empathy is not a consideration. at all. the law is the law, period. (even my meager 2 semesters in paralegal studies taught me that)
      2. i WILL enjoy the tax return, particularly because of the fact that since I started working at the ripe old age of 15, the government has been robbing me of my hard earned money to pay for frivolous programs and other such nonsense. Pottery Barn will also be enjoying my tax return ;)
      3. i am plenty upset with the idiots who are at fault for allowing those on government assistance to obtain mortgages. (Jimmy Carter and his administration for starting the program, and Bill Clinton for actually enforcing it in order to take America’s attention away from his scandal in the Oval office. And every other president in between – and yes, that includes the republican ones – for not overturning such bad policy)
      4.you’ll notice that I said that he didn’t have a plan for funding said program – I’m aware that he’s not actually responsible for doing so. But let’s be honest with ourselves for a second here – if he was REALLY concerned about getting funding for it, he would have pushed for it to happen, just like he has with the other bills/policies/whatnot that have gone through so far in his administration. Just like Pres. Bush could have for no child left behind. But, while we’re being honest, public school education, as a whole (I’m aware that there are some GREAT public schools out there) sucked BEFORE no child left behind. And that’s because schools moved away from using more traditional curriculum, and I’m not so sure that that is something a president can fix. it needs to be handled more personally, from a district level.

      btw – i didn’t feel attacked, i appreciate hearing the view from the other side, as it were. i ‘m just wondering something though, I noticed at the end you said:
      “just challenging you to open your mind a tiny crack on this subject”

      Are you so sure that it’s me with the “closed mind”? Why can’t it be you? Or, why can’t it be, that we just have a difference of opinion? why is it that those who don’t agree with the opinion on the left are the ones with the closed minds? Why isn’t it the other way around? It seems a little arrogant to me that someone would think that anyone whose opinion differs from there’s ends up in the closed mind category.

      Just saying.

    • 5 Mary August 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm

      Exactly. Well stated.

  4. 6 Mary August 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Congress appropriates money, not the President. Do you realize how many things Congress votes in and NEVER funds but makes the states fund them instead?
    If you want a program funded (or not funded) both WRITE and CALL ALL of your Congressional Representatives and Senators. Complaining on a blog won’t change things, but contacting your elected representatives just might. Hope you get the house.

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