There IS a New Real Estate Transfer Tax in the ObamaCare Law

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One of the forums in which I participate has had stories on both sides of this issue for a couple of months… with the more conservative members saying that there is a 3.8% sales tax on the sale of homes, and those that are more supportive of the President and his policies saying that there isn’t.

Neither side was real specific about their information source… talk radio for some, blogs for others… nobody seemed to be going to the source… the 20,000+ page law signed by the President.  In all fairness, there is a LOT of room in 20,000 pages to hide a lot of little Easter Eggs like this.  And being fair to the other side, if there isn’t a tax, the bill isn’t going to say “there is not a tax” anywhere…

I have an answer…

There is indeed a tax on the sale of real estate.  It doesn’t apply to many people, but it WILL apply to some people that have profit from the sale of their homes. Starting in 2013, those with incomes over $200,000 will have to pay a 3.8% tax on profit from the sale of their primary residence or investment properties.  The exact amount will be based on a formula that includes the profit from the property and the income above $200,000.  The tax is not an income tax, but rather it is a “payroll tax”… officially it is a Medicare Tax.

It does not just apply to real estate, but also applies to investment income and dividends.

The bottom line is that both groups are right… and both are wrong.

But…

It will drive another nail into the luxury real estate market.  It has been in the doldrums for a while.  Adding new taxes will not get it going again.  And if you are thinking that this only affects ‘the wealthy’, think again.  Those homes are not built by ‘the wealthy’.  Those homes are not renovated by ‘the wealthy’.  Those consumers are more likely to hire contractors to do improvements.  And they are more likely to update more often…  They are a driver in the housing sector.  This added tax is NOT putting gas in the tank…

 

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Lane Bailey
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Jay - Aside from being completely off the original post, you dropped a few insults... and i'm pretty tired of the 'tolerant' liberals being insulting, hurling names and assuming everyone that disagrees with them must just not be bright.  So, on to your little story...  Did you make that up yourself, or do you have permission from the creator to post it?

  • My utility company is a private company.  They are massively regulated and as close to a monopoly that a company can be...  If they really had to compete for customers, would prices drop?  I think so.  And I think we would likely see less centralization.  But you might notice that these companies have banded together and loan crews to each other duign storms and recovery... without being forced by the government. 
  • Yep.. got me on the water utility...  Their crumbling infrastructure is largely government owned and operated.  Hey, aren't those the guys that we see at the broken water mains where one guy operates a shovel and 4 guys supervise?
  • Sorry, watching satellite... and those channels don't actually have to be regulated by the FCC... And don't get me started on "the public airwaves"... that is just a lie so that the government can restrict freedom of speech by non-printed media companies. 
  • Generally you will find that the best meteorological equipement belongs to the TV stations.  The Weather Channel may be in a better position to predict the weather than the National Weather Service...  NOAA does some good stuff with hurricanes, but I think that a private company could do at least as much... film at 11. 
  • Do you think that a private consortium could grade food as well as the USDA and FDA?  You could choose to buy food that is 'approved' or not... your choice.  BTW, a child I know had to have Congressional intervention in order to get FDA approval for a procedure that the FDA has classed as 'experimental' for over 20 years.  The FDA stood in the way of his doctors (the best in the WORLD for the treatment he needed) because they didn't think the paperwork was in order...  We can do away with them. 
  • A regulated time is an interstate commerce concern... therefore there is Constitutional basis for it.  But the Royal Observatory in Greenwich would actually be as good of a source... 
  • Again, the roads would be a pretty valid ICC issue, with a little Defense Department thrown in.  As far as cars... I'd take my chances.  Pretty easy to find private concerns that grade the safety of cars... like the IIHS. 
  • The state Departments of Agriculture just insure that the fuel is up to standards...  But, did you know that the EPA has dozens of specific formulas for fuel by locality... if there is a shortage in Atlanta, fuel from Macon isn't allowed to make the trip.  There is really only a need for a couple... which would lover prices by not forcing refineries to have dozens of mixes and to have to change over constantly to make sure the right amount of product is in line. 
  • Postal Service is INCREDIBLY innefficient.  And the ONLY reason that they have no competition is that they won't allow it.  But, if you compare package service to UPS or FedEx, and narrow it down to the same service (time frame), you might notice that the USPS can't keep up... even while losing MASSIVE amounts of money. 
  • OSHA isn't too bad... but if unions are going to continue to exist, there is no reason that they couldn't provide that service to their membership... negotiate safety equipment in their contracts.  And of course, companies face giant lawsuits if there are preventable accidents, so there is another reason for them to be safe aside from OSHA rules.
  • You can build to code... or build better than code.  But I have a newsflash for you... it isn't the federal government that makes building codes.  It is state and local governments.  Besides, bulding codes, fire safety and police departments are all proper roles of government.  As it the military. 
  • We are SO far past the version of the internet that was developed by the Defense Department.  In fact, there is VERY little of that infrastructure left. 

So, would you rather buy a car developed by the government or one that was developed by a private company? 

Who is more efficient at helping the homeless, the government or a religious charity?  Which one can do more with $1,000,000? 

Is the government better at creating wealth than private companies?  What about jobs?  Even taking the administration's word for it, the "laser-focus" on jobs means that the government is spending a quarter of a million dollars to create 1 jobs... and this while one of the President's mouthpieces is touting that each dollar of stimulus is drawing $3 of private investment... so, they are saying that a job costs $1M...  We won't even mention the fact that the numbers they are claiming are absolutely fictional.  ("saved or created" would be a joke if it wasn't for idiots that believe the White House). 

The bottom line is that the government can do some things right... the closer that government is to home, the more things they can do.  BUT, there is a LOT that they can't do even adequately. 

Now, if you'd like to talk about the actual subject, which I think was beaten into the ground quite a while ago, then feel free...  Otherwise, don't assume it is staying.  Better yet, join Active Rain and post up your own opinion.  I'll be happy to shred it if you are wrong.  ;^ )

Jul 24, 2010 02:03 PM #209
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Watts Carr
EXIT Homeplace Realty - Wallace, NC

Lane-

I don't think we're as far apart as some of the other commenters.... I'd like to see our whole tax code reworked.  The tax code currently has 4X as many words as the Bible, and simplification itself would reap untold rewards.  But let's face it, that is not going to happen. 

In reality, we are stuck with the tax code we have, and the most we can hope to do is tinker with it.  Conservatives ALWAYS want lower taxes, but there has to be some level where the taxes ARE fair.  Americans have voted again and again for candidates that support Medicare and Social Security (and the military). These services come at a cost that we all pay for with taxes. 

You may not want Medicare or Social Security, but most Americans do.  If conservatives truly want a balanced budget, it will take a combination of reforms in spending and additional revenue from taxes.  I encourage conservatives running for office to show us exactly where they will cut spending.  Since they are so fearful of socialism, maybe they should run on eliminating Medicare and Social Security altogether.  That would be honest, but I have a feeling they are running on the same agenda that George W. Bush had.... cut taxes, but keep spending.  It wasn't that long ago, I'm sure we can all remember.

I've long heard the argument that cutting taxes for the rich actually brings in more tax dollars to the government, and while this may be true in times of economic expansion, we aren't in one of those times.  And at some point, if you keep lowering the taxes, you will reach a point of diminishing returns.  As complicated as our tax code is, I don't know if we will ever be able to tell what is "just right", but a tax rate that makes a balanced budget is a good place to start.  Or we can start with spending cuts, but remember that Social Security, Medicare and the Defense Department make up over 60% of our budget, with interest counting for another 6%.

 

And I believe your stats as much as I believe mine, let's face it, the tax code is complicated... it's hard to draw conclusions (and accurate graphs!) because the tax code is so enormous. 

Like Reagan, Obama came into office with a table-full of economic problems.  Reagan's job approval was at 43% in 1982... a recent FOX poll put Obama's approval rating at, you guessed it 43%.  Like during Reagan's time, our deficit is ballooning (but that was OK then as it is OK now, as long as we make up for it in good times, like Clinton and the Republican Congress did somewhat successfully in the 90's).  Immigration was also an issue for Reagan, and he gave millions of illegal aliens amnesty....

All I am getting at is that Obama is not some radical socialist set on bankrupting us all and ruining our country.  He loves America like Reagan did.  He's made a small tweak in the tax code, and agree with it or not, this 3.8% tax argument is making a mountain out of a mole hill.  But it is fun (and a benefit to society?) for us to argue the bigger issues that this tax represents, so thank you for the opportunity.

(Jason #232) As long as we're talking Bible...One could put any single scripture one wants up here, but there is no doubt that Jesus wanted us to help the poor.  You argue that he wanted each of us to do it on our own, but I don't think He'd slap the gov't cheese out of the hungry child's hand.  He also said "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). (There's my single line of Scripture!)  Jesus is literally telling us to pay our taxes! 

Jason says: "It is always our choice. That's called FREEDOM. And that's what the entire Bible is about."

the word - free - appears 59 times
the word - freed - appears twice
the word - freedom - appears twice
the word - freely - appears 17 times
the word - freeman - appears once
the word - freewill - appears 17 times
the word - freewoman - appears 3 times

the word - poor - appears 205 times
the word - poorer - appears once
the word - poorest - appears once
and
the word - poverty - appears 15 times

Whoops!  Looks like the Bible is more about the Poor than Freedom.  I don't think Jesus would mind help for the poor coming from the government through taxes, but that's up to interpretation.

Thanks for the lively debate!

 

Jul 24, 2010 04:16 PM #210
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Lane Bailey
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Watts - In times of strife, like now, cutting taxes for the rich increases employment... and that turns the economy.  Raising taxes now will NOT help the country recover.  Increasing taxes when the economy is steam-rolling might be needed...  This isn't the time. 

I would disagree though about Obama's love for the USA.  I think that he might love what he wants this country to be, but I don't think his vision for this country is really shared by that many people... and I also don't think he wants people to know his true agenda.  That would be the reason for all of the deception and trickery he has used to push his agenda... 

As for the Bible, I don't see it as an instruction manual for government as much as for person action.  And Jesus wasn't a governor...  I think that he would rather see a person give out the cheese than the government...  What I think he might like even more is a government NOT making it more difficult for families to feed themselves... 

;^)

Jul 24, 2010 04:30 PM #211
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Watts Carr
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I knew we weren't that far apart.  Hey, I'm willing to keep the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250k, but in the long run we will need to match spending and revenue somehow.  With either of our approaches, we will be running a big deficit for the forseeable future.  I'm not going to suggest closing the mortgage interest deduction here on ActiveRain! ;-)

You don't think our president loves his country?  Oh, man.  True agenda?  You mean he's not going to end the war in Iraq?  He's not gonna close Guantanamo?  I thought that's what conservatives wanted!  I jest, but really... he ran on health care (passed!), finance reform (passed!), sending more troops to Afghanistan (done), ending our policy of torture (done, well, Bush eventually stopped it).  What's the hidden agenda? I hope it's "Beer Summits for All"! (Ah, levity!)

I'd also hope that the folks making over $250k, who sell their house at a profit, wouldn't mind too much if the 3.8% went to feed poor people, or even better, to teach them how to fish.  We have a very successful Community College system here in North Carolina that trains workers, and it has been a great benefit for recruiting new industries and preparing working folks for the real world.  Tax dollars at work, teaching folks how to fish.  (Ironically, one of the courses at the Community College near me is all about "Fish Farms"). 

 

Jul 24, 2010 05:28 PM #212
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Manny Gonzalez
Negotiable Realty LLC - Chicago, IL

Obama

Jul 24, 2010 06:39 PM #213
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Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
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Lane,  You are most gracious and patient.  Thank you for all of the work you've put in to getting the facts for this post and you're follow up comments.  

Jul 24, 2010 08:09 PM #214
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Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
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Watts,  Suggest you try to read the Bible instead of tearing it apart.  

Jason,  Thank you for your input.  

Jul 24, 2010 08:11 PM #215
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Jason

> but I don't think He'd slap the gov't cheese out of the hungry child's hand.

Again, this is super-imposing your personal thoughts and opinions on The Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible Clearly reveals the Mind of Christ and tells you what He would do. Don't mistake our Lord's "Permissive Will" with his "Desired Will"--they aren't the same. Not even close. But this isn't the time or place for a detailed categorical study of that subject either...

> He also said "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). (There's my single line of Scripture!)  Jesus is literally telling us to pay our taxes!

That's exactly what He is telling us to do...I don't recall anyone saying, "I won't be paying them!"

The Christian way of life isn't about changing the Government or trying to hold it hostage--it's about renovating your mind by learning and applying God's word to your daily life. The Christian way of Life is a super-natural way of life and can be executed in times of great prosperity and tyrannical governments/regimes.

It's very simple (notice I didn't say "easy"): Get your eyes off people and get them on God.

Authority orientation (like the verse you pointed out) is very much a part of the Christian way of life. However, that doesn't mean that Christians can't openly discuss politics and even debate them--We should never be consumed by them or put our faith in man (party) to solve our problems. Nor should we ever think that our security comes from who is in office, or what laws they do or don't pass.

> Jason says: "It is always our choice. That's called FREEDOM. And that's what the entire Bible is about."

the word - free - appears 59 times
the word - freed - appears twice
the word - freedom - appears twice
the word - freely - appears 17 times
the word - freeman - appears once
the word - freewill - appears 17 times
the word - freewoman - appears 3 times

the word - poor - appears 205 times
the word - poorer - appears once
the word - poorest - appears once
and
the word - poverty - appears 15 times

Whoops!  Looks like the Bible is more about the Poor than Freedom.  I don't think Jesus would mind help for the poor coming from the government through taxes, but that's up to interpretation.

I can't believe that you'd actually use word density in the Bible to try and prove a point. Let me make this really easy for you: How many times does the word "knowledge" appear in the dictionary? Yet, a dictionary is a source of what? What is it used to gain?

Some things are just implied. Some things are just there on the page, even if they aren't written on it. Some things are revealed by the Holy Spirit when a qualified pastor digs them out from the Hebrew and Greek. Man's FREEDOM can be found in the opening books of Genesis and found all the way to the last word of John's Revelation. It's there...seek and you will find.

You're really missing out on the most beautiful thing in the world: GRACE, if you only use God's word to prove points and promote political agendas. I pray you experience grace and how truly amazing it is.

We will always have the poor (in this dispensation), but we won't always have the time to exercise our FREEDOM to decide. Decide what? Faith alone in Christ alone. After that it is: Do I grow in knowledge of my Lord and Savior? That's the issue. And you are always free to decide. God won't ever force you. He's always a perfect gentleman.

Jul 25, 2010 01:07 AM #216
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Chris Richter
Wintrust Mortgage - Chicago, IL

Lane, you and your friends are a third of the population.  Those others from the left are a third of the population.

I guess that technically makes me a moderate and part of that group that makes elections go 51-49 since neither of you has enough votes on your own. 

You're both acting like middle schoolers at a dance.  You get into this 'mixed' environment and immediately the parties separate out like boys and girls finding opposite sides of the gym. Right and left both run to their extreme. 

Hey, it's me...I'm a moderate, I'm over here and I've never missed a vote in my life.  I guess I'm just feeling left out.  I was hoping someone would pander to the middle.  It not only makes us feel important, but moderate trumps either extreme when you're running a country.

Jul 25, 2010 02:57 AM #217
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Chris - I love finding common ground, and obviously as a real estate agent I look for win/win situations all of the time... but they aren't always possible.  There is no compromise with people that only desire our death... there is no compromise with people that feel it is their mission from God to enslave or kill anyone that isn't of their religion.  Frankly, there isn't much compromise with someone that think that everything earned by another person should be theirs to disburse... 

That may seem extreme, but listen to language out of Washington, DC... not just Democtrats of Republicans... ALL of them.  They call a tax cut an "expenditure".  If they let you keep a dollar in your pocket, it is a federal expenditure.  Can you imagine a theif robbing you, and then flipping back a $20 bill from your own wallet... and then calling it a gift.  "What do you want, I just gave you $20?"

So, while compromise is found in the middle... there isn't always a middle.  And other times, the middle is just a death of 1000 small cuts.

Jul 25, 2010 02:46 PM #218
Anonymous
Tricia

Lane, no one asked you to "straighten me out".  You should have ignored my comments way before you got "tired".   You have said nothing to refute (or as Sarah would say, refudiate) my points.  Actually, you have resorted to name-calling, insults or ignored what you can't answer with your questionable stats or opinions or otherwise spin away.  We're all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts.  Facts are just that - reality, not the fantasy of someone's mind, opinion or interpretation of events.  Or determined by whether you like someone as a person.

I noticed you have had no comment to Jason, who has made inappropriate, judgmental remarks of a "religious" nature.  Not spiritual, just his religion, which doesn't sound very inclusive for him to claim to be a Christian. 

>>>  @Jason - you can tell "I'm hurting"?   I can tell you're a fanatic.  And, no, I'm not "speaking for God".  Maybe that's your opinion of my comments, but your opinion would be wrong.  You're just using this page to preach.  There's nothing more arrogant than a "Christian" who thinks his way is the only way.  Like my presidents, I also like my preachers to be well-educated and intelligent.  You haven't said anything that shows you're qualified to preach or to judge.  <<<

Back @Lane: You opened this can of toxic soup with an inaccurate, inflammatory, misleading title to your blog which was an entirely political statement.  You invited political controversy, so for you to say commenters are way off subject is just wrong.  Your comments to those who disagree show that you haven't followed your own instruction to "Play nice."   Denver Johnson (#233) is correct - AR is a real estate forum.  Getting it off your chest in a real estate blog is not helpful to the industry.  Keeping your storm cloud to yourself - that would be helpful!

If you ever do watch MSNBC, you'll see that more than half the anchors are right-leaning.  If you're really paying attention, you'll notice that most "news" or opinion commentary is negative.  The president and his administration take plenty of bashing from the mainstream media - NBC, ABC, CBS.  Negative is what people tune in to hear.  The occasional positive story about the President nearly always carries a negative twist at the end.  (Have you ever heard a positive report about the President on FOX?)  CNN is the most fair and balanced news broadcaster.  That's why they're last in the ratings and Fox is first - people love to hate, but more than that, they love to talk about it.  Nice or accurate doesn't sell so well.  Your statement, comments and the responses validate that.

And, BTW, FDR was elected 4 times by the people.  I think the voters of his era have more credibility than psuedo historians.  Also, economists are all over the place with their opinions.  They, the experts, disagree with each other more often than not. They're full of 20/20 hindsight.   Or, sometimes they just have a book to sell.

No one likes taxes, but we all like our services, utilities, highways, parks, etc.  Many like to go to war - very expensive habit.  HOW DO YOU PROPOSE TO PAY FOR THE COST TO RUN THIS COUNTRY?  I think you would oppose any tax, no matter how fair or reasonable.  So, HOW?  Subscribe citizenship - have people pay monthly to be an American citizen? Lock 'em up or ship 'em out if they can't? Charge/itemize ala carte for any services that benefit the people?  Freedom isn't free.  And stuff costs money.  You and your friends have no solutions, just objections to everything. 

Jul 26, 2010 10:47 AM #219
Anonymous
Tricia

@Georgia:  Oh, my goodness, you outed me.  Feel better?  Must be slow where you are, too.  You have made a number of back-at-ya comments to various people who disagree with you.  If you and the others can't take it, don't dish it out.  This is not a nice subject.

I'm not ranting, just commenting, and not directed at anyone but those who have made derogatory remarks to me.  I don't have to justify myself to you but I was pulled into this "discussion" because of the misleading title of the blog.  Don't know about where you are but here "Transfer Tax" is $1 per thousand on the purchase price at closing.  Lane knew exactly the reaction he would get.  I think he's a big boy who can defend himself.  Why are you still visiting the site?

Spending?  The Repubs have spent plenty on tax cuts for the wealthiest people but didn't pay for them with cuts elsewhere; also wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A lot could have been done with that money but it's gone and continues to go. Under Reagan and GWB government grew and spending grew far beyond even some of the other Republican presidents and much greater than under Democrats.  Sweep around your own doorstep first.  Waste is rampant, but every state wants their pork.  Unfortunately, it takes a lot of taxes to pay for all of it.  Solutions, not obstruction, would help us dig out.  What services and conveniences do you want to give up?

Jul 26, 2010 11:59 PM #220
Anonymous
Tricia

More toxic soup.  Now I know how all the ridiculous email forwards are generated.   You know, the ones people forward over and over 'cause they think anything they see on the 'net is real and true, and they want to save the world and be a hero.

@Georgia:  Where are you and what company are you with?  Not that I really care, just curious.

 

Jul 27, 2010 07:45 AM #221
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Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

It's getting to the point that every time I hear something like this I just throw my hands up. What can we do now? These ppl are in office and they're making the laws. "We" collectively elected them. While those of us in the RE industry are all too aware of the repercussions of these ridiculous new taxes/laws, it is up to us to educate our clientele on how it DIRECTLY affects them. Perhaps in future years they will think about these things when it's time to vote again.

Jul 27, 2010 12:34 PM #222
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

It seems there are endless ways to make our job more difficult!

Jul 30, 2010 05:06 PM #223
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Tricia, I would gladly accept the actual Constitutional mandates of the federal government...  That would allow people to actually be responsible for their own lives.  Maybe it would do some people some good to be responsible for their own choices rather than leaving them to some government they hope is benevolent. 

BTW, the didn't have an income tax for most of the years between 1789 and 1913, except for a couple of years around the Civil War.  After that, it was quite small... 

The question is, what will happen if my kids don't want to take care of all of the kids that don't want to take care of themselves?

Aug 07, 2010 05:29 PM #224
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Until we rid ourselves of spend and tax representation in government we will continue to see the redistribution of wealth. We cannot buy our way out of the mess we're in. We must lower taxes and shrink government. What a shame to tax those that acheive more $$. Seems lopsided to me.

Aug 15, 2010 08:11 AM #225
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Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Thanks for sharing this info! There has been a lot of talk about this, but I haven't heard the details.

Aug 19, 2010 05:20 PM #226
Anonymous
Helen the broker

I never understand why people enter a lively informative discussion and bash someone else's opinion AND sign their name to it.  I understand the need to defending.  I think giving to the local RPACs is important, that money helps our voices be heard by our representatives ... and helped stop legislation that would have taken away the mortgage interest deductions away.   In other words if you have a strong opinion put your money where your mouth is! 

Ad hominem arguments always make me chuckle...when a person cannot refute statement, argument with a logical factual commentary they personal attack.  The personal attacks do not anger me, matter of fact they make me feel good...I know I have made my point and they have no factual or logical retort---when in a corner the only way out is to go for the throat.   An Administrative Law Judge who is a client once said "be flattered by Ad Hominem arguments...let them amuse you!"

It would be far more productive to direct our energy and words towards helping each other find solutions to prosper in a difficult market.  How much business we write has more to do with our attitude than market conditions.  In our industry what ever the market condition or interest rates there are constants that have lasted almost 130 years in this country:  An organized Real Estate Industry AND there will always be people who sell and buy.  Instead of bashing why not share productive strategies to survive and prosper in our ever changing industry?  We are in competition for business yet members of one of the most powerful organizations in the USA...National Association of Realtors. 

I don't like the current political environment, our leader, with rhetoric, consistent slams, jabs and caustic remarks is still in the campaign mode.   Instead of building bridges he has widened the gaps.  Instead of becoming the leader of all the people, he continually berates those who disagree instead of finding ways to compromise.  I don't recall another administration in history that didn't treat the previous with respect.  I voted for Clinton, he was a class act, bridged gaps and united the country.    I had hoped for a similar transition, a President for all the people not a party. 

I despise the health care bill...the pork buried in it and not for the reasons you may think:  That those who voted for never read it, those who changed their vote, strong armed or bought...they voted for but didn't believe in it, compromised their principles and sold the American people out in the process.  If it had been passed honestly with transparency, no back room deals, hidden agendas or pork...I'd support it, even if I didn't necessarily like it.  We should be cognizant that there is no such thing as a local Congressional representative anymore...to be elected costs in the millions..special interests funnel monies to influence the outcome.  Who is represented?  Follow the money....

Those are my opinions...you may not agree...and it is just fine with me...I might learn something during an exchange of ideas...a light could go on and I might be pursuaded.   This country was founded upon the exchange of ideas, lively debate and compromise.

Sep 07, 2010 05:02 AM #227
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Reading this blog and comments above made me very sad. What is going on with this country is so wrong. Why increasing taxes is these days the only solution to gov. issues?..

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