It seems that the “‘Just Say No’ to Everything” party just can’t seem to get their story straight.
First, everything the President was proposing regarding health care reform, addressing climate change or financial reform, was turning toward Socialism and the only way the “‘Just Say No’ to Everything” party could stop it was by threatening a filibuster which, in the Senate, could only be stopped by 60 votes — a super majority. Now the Tea Partiers have Scott (#41) Brown in the Senate so it will be impossible for to get a super majority.
Now, the Dems want to go ahead and use procedures that would allow some type of reform to pass with a simple majority — 51 votes. You know, the type of All-American, fundamentally democratic procedure which says if I get one more vote that the other guy, I win. This seems to work well in elections even though the Republicans don’t seem to take to that concept very well either (remember Coleman and Franken in Minnesota).
What Does The Tea Party Want?
I think it’s about time that the folks over in the Republican Party wake up to the dangers that pandering to extreme right wing nut cases are presenting to the political process in America. Extremists are extremists whether they espouse libertarian, zero-government solutions or Islamist jihad. It can really have no good result and it would be nice to see some semblance of rationality re-enter the political system before all this gets out of control.
So What Does This Have To Do With Real Estate?
Before everyone gets their knickers in a knot about how AgentGenius is a real estate blog and “I get my politics on other sites.”, let me try to put a real estate spin on this.
Without some sort of Government intervention, whether it is direct subsidies like the tax credit or pressure on financial institutions to provide access to credit, the housing market will be in the dumper for a long, long time. Access to credit is essential not only for potential home buyers. It is essential to small business owners who will employ people and create income so people can, potentially, buy houses. At the very least, there will be a resurgence of confidence in the economic system which will lead to a more robust housing market. This will all lead, I think everyone agrees, to a ripple effect through the economy as a whole.
Tea Partiers and Republicans are doing no one any good by constantly tearing down the positive effects of Good Government. Therein lies the rub. Good Government cannot exist as long as rational public servants (i.e., the politicians in Congress) are blinded by threats and screaming and truckloads of cash about to come thier way from corporations courtesy of the Supreme Court.
We need to start over, alright. Congress would be a good place to begin.