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My Recent Comments
I don’t agree that the real estate crash was entirely our fault. There are many factors that affect real estate. A good book about these factors is All Real Estate is Local by David Lereah.
I wrote a summary of a book by David Faber regarding the financial collapse. You can read it at http://ryanhartwig.org/book-review-and-then-the-roof-caved-in
As for looking to Washington, I would say that the federal government affects us in many ways. When you say “looking east”, maybe you’re referring to our required interaction due to their increased control of programs previously left to the states’ jurisdiction.
One issue is federal funding. If we don’t continue with pre-recession funding levels, or meet their specific guidelines, then our federal funding gets cut. This puts us in a pickle, because we need to cut our own funds, but do we really want to lose out on federal funding? If our solutions come from Arizona and Arizonans, then perhaps we should be financially independent.
Jun 15, 2011
“These dollars come from the federal government, from a pot of money that Arizona workers have paid into for years.” -David Schapira
The founders of our country hoped to have the federal government strike a balance between fixing society’s problems and conserving our liberties. If I can’t put food on the table, should my employer be responsible? If I can’t work, how much responsibility should the government assume?
(See http://ryanhartwig.org/book-review-and-then-the-roof-caved-in for some discussion about the government’s involvement in the mortgage industry)
If I’ve paid into a system whose ideologies don’t coincide with the founders of America, then should I continue to demand the existence of this system?
“Bottom Line: Keeping Arizonans on Unemployment prolongs the ill effects and adversity of our sick market. It aggravates job recovery by spiraling down a deepening debt which makes recovery even more uncertain.”- Wendy Rogers
Let’s be wise enough to realize the source of the system, the beliefs it represents, and treat the source of the problem, not the symptoms.Jun 15, 2011