Sure we saw a lot of it at the Tea Parties nationwide, last week, but that was nothing. Now don't get the idea that I am pointing a finger, I am not, I was there with you, got a thorough drenching at Lafayette Park with OP, Teri and friends.
On reflection however, I have come to the realization that we have been smoked and mirrored again! Oh yeah, we pushed back against socialism, irresponsible spending, the FED, taxes, Obama demeaning and embarrassing the nation, Freedom and a host of others. While the politicians and media have swept under the carpet those circumstances that got us to the brink of national default. We may well have been misplacing much of our rage!
Where was the outrage over the lack of responsibility of Congress to fix the things that got us in our dire straits to begin with?
Where was the outrage over the Community Reinvestment Act remaining in place to continue to establish mortgages for people who can't afford them?
Where is the outrage for the quotas established to require Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to buy these toxic assets, which are still in place.
Where is the outrage over the debt instruments that were devised to spread the risk from these toxic loans around the entire market, until the shear quantity of them collapsed the financial markets?
Where is the outrage that the result of these force fed mortgages, was a runaway housing market, where prices reached wholly unsustainable levels?
Where is the outrage of the honest hard working Americans that are stuck paying mortgages on homes that are far higher than the homes value?
Where is the outrage of the honest hard working Americans who lost their homes because they couldn't refinance a home that was worth less than the note on it?
Where is the outrage against the politicians that trumpeted the CRA and the GSE quotas and are doing nothing to fix the problem?
Where is the outrage over spending more taxpayer dollars before fixing the problem, if they even intend to? (This is like continually buying more horses instead of fixing the barn door)
Where is the outrage from Americans who bought homes at artificially high prices due to government meddling and have now sustained big losses? Where were they? They should have been there!
If we are to make a difference, and change the direction our country is headed, then we need to all wake up and smell the roses.
We need to include all of those homeowners who were victims of our government's meddling in the free markets, in our movement and any future Tea Parties or similar protests.
We need to focus on the problems that carried us over the precipice as much as how much is being spent in the name of stimulating the economy and the impending taxes..
There is still time to repeal the bad provisions of the stimulus. We can no longer, however, go without fixing what caused the problem, or whatever is spent, is flushed down the toilet.
Where is the well placed outrage, the outrage that can stop the bleeding? If we can come to grips with how we got to this state of affairs and deal with it, then we can properly assess what is truly needed to go forward.
Let's stop patching potholes, because they keep coming back and they get bigger each time. Let's focus the outrage toward repairing the road bed and then repave the way for our children and their children.