reply to post by Merigold
I agree with your sentiment. Why should those who didn't do this get punished by having to pay taxes for such a bail out package as was signed last
week? It's not about that now.
I believe that a much quicker fix for this struggling economy isn't to reward the financial system that acted like preditors and talked many into the
situation you have smartly avoided.
You see, you said it yourself, it was 'glamorous' to own a home and a new car. It was part of the American dream. Well, we can't fix that. The
problem with this current situation is already here. No getting around it.
Why should the taxpayer's be forced to bail out these financial institutions that did this on purpose out of greed?
Are the people to blame for their actions? Of course. However, if the lending institutions were to take this approach to help rescue these people
and help to 'educate' them on their finances and how to budget (must be part of the stipulation), then WE the people wouldn't have to bail them
out. They wouldn't have to foreclose on all of the mortgages in threat right now. They would still accrue interest on these loans so they would
actually end up making more on the loan than they would have originally.
And, it would keep the taxpayer out of it completely. People would learn the errors of their ways without destroying their families and the economy
would be better off in the long run with stronger home owners.
I hope you understand what I am saying here. I'm not saying that it is right what these people did by putting themselves in this credit crunch
situation. But, would it be better to 'punish' them because you did it the right way? Do you really think you will benefit from that more than
having to pay all of these massive bail outs? I mean, another 40 Billion was just released to AIG on top of the 85 Billion they got last month.
It's a joke right now and we're paying for it. Mostly people who CAN'T afford to pay.
This plan will not save all. There are those that are simply in too deep. It's unfortunate but the idea is to save as many as possible. To teach
them how to avoid it in the future. Thus teaching their kids thus creating a credit smart generation.
You see, I didn't have that with my mom. I was in a family of 4. Three kids and a single mom. She was on welfare. She didn't understand money
and never educated us. Thus when I lost my job I was not prepared with a back up plan. I was told to go to school, get an education, that's the
only way, and now, unlike you, I have 80k in loans that must get paid back. Sure, I'm smarter today than I was back then but times are hard for
everyone. I just feel that now is not the time to stand up on a pedestal and say, "Hey, I was smart enough to avoid this. You deserve what you
get!" Instead, we should come up with a fix that will make EVERYONE the better for it.
Just my thoughts.