Time to get away from the fossils of politics.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crossroads Real Estate LLC

I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of politicians acting more like 3 year olds playing in a sand box.  It's time we get rid of the GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB and elected people who know how to serve the public.

Okay, I know I should be giving explicate examples.  But I am in the process of collecting data to see how this Congressman voted on a number of key issues. 

This past Sunday I took the time to meet with a congressman from Wisconsin at a town hall meeting. Additional details to follow.  I wanted to present some positive ideas on creating jobs.  Basically the idea centered around tax breaks and incentives for rehabbers to come in, buy properties, rehab and resell them.  A simple plan I have been trying to get our elected officials to listen to since November 2008. 

We all know how one foreclosure can effect property values in a neighborhood.  We all know there are already a number of investors who know what they are doing how to make a living at improving neighborhoods.  My main point is, it will create far more jobs investing with the little guys than it would investing in a few LARGE BANKS. 

It is a simple process requiring only a few steps and best of all it works within the already established framework. 

Offer tax breaks for hiring new workers.
Allow rehabbers to apply for existing energy saving tax breaks.
Offer low interest loans to rehabbers.
Use Real Estate Agents to direct first time home buyers to legitimate credit repair programs.
Identify target areas for special incentives.

I know the city of Milwaukee has already identified troubled areas and has offered lower property taxes in these areas.  This is a program already in place.  But where are these areas?  This would be a good selling point Real Estate Agents can take advantage of when working with rehabbers to locate properties and to sell the property.  We only lack the leadership to coordinate this effort. 

I have no problem finding new buyers.  Finding qualified buyers is another story.  Many of the people I talked to have given up on buying the first home for one reason.  They have attempted to go through the process of establishing good credit only to be bled to death and assume additional debt at the hands of a less than qualified credit repair specialist.  Look at the Internet, it is full of these scam artists.  Freedom of speech keeps these people in business.

As I attempted to present my ideas to this congressman I was cut off 45 seconds into my 4 minute presentation.  The congressman was rude and abusive.  His face turned red, his fists clinched and he asked me, "where are you going to get this money?"  That was it, it was over.  He wanted nothing to do with any ideas on creating jobs.  In my opinion the only job he is concerned about is his own.  As long as there are problems, he can go around complaining about how ineffective everyone else is.

I asked him one simple question.  "Congressman, can you name one idea you have introduced to help create jobs?"  He had no answer.  He told me to sit down and called on the next person.

To offer one suggestion I would like to ask a simple question all Americans should be asking.  Why can we take an 18 year old, give them 6 months of training and send them off to defend another country when they had 6 YEARS to train their own army?

Who was there when our forefathers fought and won their freedom?  After the revolutionary war the first government in this country faced problems, among them, overwhelming debt.  Our founding fathers found a way to make this country prosperous.  Where has American ingenuity gone? 

The same solutions exist today.  We only lack the leadership to initiate them.

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