I am publishing a rebuttal to the VA, OBAMA, and The US Government I read on MSNBC:
I would like to see the following plan implemented that would revitalize the economy, stick it to the bankers who caused the mess and help those in the most unfortunate of circumstances because they were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan:
1) Congress should pass and the president should sign a law seizing all foreclosed "bank-owned" homes (after all, aren't they technically owned by the US taxpayer since we paid for them when the banks got their bailout?)
2) Hold a lottery of all certified 50%+ wounded/disabled Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and GIVE them these homes.
3) Provide that all municipalities will exempt for 5-10 years any and all assessments and property taxes on these properties (as a token of appreciation for all they have lost: Friends in combat, limbs on the battlefield, years in the workforce or college, etc.)
According to a New York Times article from May 22, 2011 (I believe) the banks held almost 1 million foreclosed properties with an additional nearly 3 million being in the pipeline.
*Allow these wonded veterans the opportunity to focus on recovery and education instead of mortgage and property tax payments
*Clear the backlog of homes that are keeping the market from recovering and keeping prices depressed due to a flood of below-market value homes in neighborhoods across the US
*Push up the price of existing homes on the market (supply v. demand)
*Help push more housing construction, which, historically, has been seen as the bellweather of economic turnarounds
*Increased housing construction = increased hiring = lower unemployment
Will the Republicans vote against this on the grounds of "socialism"?? Why oh why do they hate America's wounded veterans?
And, should the veteran decide to sell the home, he/she would pay the capital gains tax on the home (after all, they got it for free). This would still provide them with financial stability during their long road to recovery.