Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Housing Food Chain
Banks loan. Housing developers sell houses. Realtors get commissions. Home improvement stores, furniture manufacturers, major appliance dealers, utilities, cities-counties-states get their taxes, insurance companies get premiums, everyone gets a cut. Everyone knew this was a ponzie scheme but. hey, get while the gett'in is good. The food chain is indeed long, and distinguished. And it was all in the name of "fairness."
Good God! Even nature has slow downs that help the environment acclimate to the growth and change it has just undergone. But for some reason, man thinks himself the master architect. Cycles, well we just can't have any of that. There's money to be made. And now when catastrophe hits, we can't have the natural consequences affect our growth. There's too much at stake. I for one think that there is plenty of evidence for the economy, society having to deal with slowdowns, adjustments to bust situations. People need to learn that life is cyclical. If you make mistakes, well, there are consequences and sometimes they can be very painful. But if people don't realize that when they make their decisions, well, why is my job to bail them out when everything goes south? It isn't my job. It isn't anyone's job to save anyone or anything from failure. People think nature is peaceful, and beautiful. It is. But that is only one side of nature. The other is not forgiving, there are real predators and a cycle of life that is designed to have a food chain where everyone has a natural predator and life is very difficult. Nature can be brutal and survival is anything but guaranteed.
Maybe it is a function of our Bill of Rights where it says that every person has the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." People can pursue happiness in many different ways but who declared the federal government the provider of "happiness", much less fairness. Who bought this crap of life being fair. Or that it is someone's job to make sure life is fair. Everytime I hear that logic, I want to B*slap them! You want fairness, go to Disneyland, but even there you won't get it unless you can afford an entry ticket and parking.