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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    In his usual direct style, Sowell hammers it home.

    Should taxpayer dollars be used to prevent mortgage foreclosures?
    Obama does not have empathy or a connection with the common taxpayer. He does not know any. Look who he appoints to office. Tax dodgers and more tax dodgers.
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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    It diverts funds from actual important things like roads, etc.

    This the reverse of positive behaviorist therapy and it is very bad to encourage stupid.
    The point is that the "Average American" is having maybe $5 of their tax dollars go to something like this. The vast majority of tax comes from "Not-Average American," which is why I get a kick out of populist screeds like the one in the OP.

    OH NOES jim bob is gonna have 40 cents of the $200 he paid in taxes last year go towards mortgages instead of to road building in montana!!!
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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    The point is that the "Average American" is having maybe $5 of their tax dollars go to something like this. The vast majority of tax comes from "Not-Average American," which is why I get a kick out of populist screeds like the one in the OP.

    OH NOES jim bob is gonna have 40 cents of the $200 he paid in taxes last year go towards mortgages instead of to road building in montana!!!
    Wouldn't you agree though that at least on principal its better for the .40 to go toward a road in Montana than a dill holes mortgage.
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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Wouldn't you agree though that at least on principal its better for the .40 to go toward a road in Montana than a dill holes mortgage.
    In terms of principal, we should be thinking about mortgages.

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    In principle, I don't think it really matters that much. There's a pretty good argument that it will benefit the economy more to deal with mortgages than with roadbuilding, questions of moral blame aside.
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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    In terms of principal, we should be thinking about mortgages.

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    In principle, I don't think it really matters that much. There's a pretty good argument that it will benefit the economy more to deal with mortgages than with roadbuilding, questions of moral blame aside.
    In the short term you are right.

    In the long term though it is negative behavior support.
    People develop a heightened sense of government dependence if they know that every time they collectively fail the government will bail them out.

    It adds more interest to the national debt and the short term benefits are wiped out.
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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    If the government's going to steal my money, I'd rather them use it to pay off mortgages than just hand it to the bankers and buy out failed institutions. At least then it'd be helping real people.

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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    In the short term you are right.

    In the long term though it is negative behavior support.
    People develop a heightened sense of government dependence if they know that every time they collectively fail the government will bail them out.

    It adds more interest to the national debt and the short term benefits are wiped out.
    I'm not sure that individual reliance on government is the biggest problem we're facing now.
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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Absolutely not.

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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    THis whole poll is nothing but Ad hom.

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    Re: Should The Government Steal Your Money to Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    The point is that the "Average American" is having maybe $5 of their tax dollars go to something like this. The vast majority of tax comes from "Not-Average American," which is why I get a kick out of populist screeds like the one in the OP.

    OH NOES jim bob is gonna have 40 cents of the $200 he paid in taxes last year go towards mortgages instead of to road building in montana!!!
    So, you think it's okay to shove a gun in someon's face and rob them, if they take only five dollars and tell them it's for a "good cause"?

    Strange, I don't think that way.

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