What's the end game? Foreclosure, instant info & dogma, oh my!
by Garland Robinette,posted Sep 1 2011 11:32AM
With the advent of our new instant information world, how do we ever believe that government wants to help us? I hear radio, television, newspaper, and social media political ads saying join my party…believe in my cause…we’ll make things better, but my array of instant messaging devices often give me proof that the ads lie.
I am currently writing this blog, after doing a live radio show, emailing my art agent, texting my wife, planning tomorrow’s show, writing teases, sending visuals of my latest art, listening to voice mail messages, skimming over a hundred emails, recording audio, talking with sales and then…I halfway glance at the research I did last night...it stops me in my tracks. “WHAT!?!”
The research says: our government/politicians are about to begin the largest transfer of wealth ever from the public to private sector. Countless foreclosed homes are going to be offered to what is called “vulture funds.” Those homes, which are now the property of the U.S. government, the U.S. taxpayer and U.S. citizens collectively, are going to be sold to private-equity, hedge-funds and financial corporations of the world (i.e. Goldman Sachs). I forgot, this also includes foreign wealth funds.
The government issued a request for information (RFI). In reality, the information requested is for members of Congress to find out if they can get away with bulk-selling foreclosed homes to private companies without incurring the wrath of their constituents, taxpayers and former owners of the properties.
U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, who had their homes foreclosed while fighting for us, will not be allowed to participate, nor will you or I. The investors will instantaneously become the largest real estate moguls and landlords in the world.
My point? None…except…I’m just confused. Yes, I’m ticked off that we, the American people, could be duped, deceived, swindled again. But, more than anything…I’m puzzled, bewildered, perplexed. If I can be yanked from my personal whirlwind of information to read an obscure email from a financial institute and immediately be angered, what chance do I have to ever believe in what I’m hearing from politicians and government? My ever present question is “what’s the end game?” Where do we go from here? I’m treading water on the communication ocean and every answer I think I have, as to which way is land…is immediately countermanded by a new piece of information. How scary or dangerous a combination is dysfunctional government and the information age? How do we trust when bad news about government abuse, neglect and bad behavior reaches us instantaneously? Is the combination of very complicated problems and instant messaging GOOD or BAD? Is this what’s leading to the popularity of simple dogma? Should protests fueled by new technologies worry or excite us?
I can now find out almost anything, anytime, anywhere immediately through the click of a mouse, the touch of a phone or tap on an iPad. When it comes to belief in our government the benefit of all this technology is…..?