THE SECOND STORY | April 15th, 2010

No tea at your party? May I offer you a soda pop? Government is broke and broken..

Post Photo: My friend Royce emailed the photo making a point of what we miss if we are not up before dawn at the the Alameda links. I need to share my golf course sunset photos with him. Early? Me? Not so much, and not very often.

Post title: On this annual tax day I received an email from another dear friend who seems to have similar frustrations with government ineffectiveness on all levels. Taking the liberties afforded by the Internet, I massaged that anonymous insert and herewith share my more tempered version, which appears after my initial remarks. If I knew who originated the insert I’d give him or her the credit and acknowledge much of it remains intact.

Hi all, You know I am not a fan of forwarding emails. But this touched me, especially on the day taxes are due. I believe in paying my share. In fact, in The Christian Science Monitor Magazine April 12, a story compared the US tax bite to other nations. Check it out. It showed the ‘average-wage worker’ in the US pays 24.75% towards state, federal, and social security, well behind Germany at 42.7% and not quite as low as Japan at 20.3%. But that will change dramatically to get us out of the mess we are in. That being said, the POP Party (Pissed Off People Party) seems kinder than the premise Carl and I espoused for decades….VTBO (Vote The Bastards Out). Oh – I actually did check the facts in this now highly modified email I’ve reworked. It was a bit much, even for me.

Not being willing to leave well-enough alone, I’ve added an acronym in front of POP: SODA POP Party. “Spend-Our-Dollars-Advisedly per the Pissed-Off-People Party.”

We need to send a message to all politicians, that we’re tired of their party-interests and self-interests. If the country votes out all the incumbents, the new incoming politicians will get the message. Term limits become unnecessary if we utilize our votes to say NO as well as YES and demand more of these people.

It’s pretty simple. You don’t need to change your party. A few good politicians will lose their jobs but they probably have better retirement and insurance than 95% of the American public. Any of the elected officials will not suffer if they are voted out of office. If politics is their full time work now, they may even return to or become productive members of society. Of course lobbying is another option for them and we need to get that gig under control, too.

Millions of citizens have had to struggle for the last 5 years. We need to own up that many of us have made bad decisions. It’s too easy to just blame government. We are a nation of responsibility. Nonetheless, millions have lost jobs, houses, life savings, retirement funds; many innocently as a result of unintended consequences of the insanity that has taken place.

To all 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 members of the Senate:

You have proven yourselves to be incapable of doing the best possible for America. Not the best for you, not the best for your district, not the best for corporations, but the best for the well-being of the country as a whole – ALL of America, including your district. Maybe you weren’t personally responsible for all the failures, but what have you done to reverse the course we are on, especially you lifers-and-jumpers either hanging on to the same office or jumping from one office to another ,under the guise of public ‘service.’ What have you done to support re-redistricting, being willing to take the risk of losing your job? Now that might be considered ‘service.’

Here are examples of federal programs that elected officials are to supervise….who has been running the show?

-The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 (Benjamin Franklin). You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

-Social Security was established in 1935 . You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

-Fannie Mae was established in 1938 (Franklin Delano Roosevelt – part of New Deal). You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

– The War on Poverty started in 1964 (Lyndon Johnson – Presidential Inaugural Address). You have had 45 years to get it right. Where are the results seen in better education and housing, that can lead to better skill sets and better jobs? It’s a broken war.

-Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 (Pres. Lyndon Johnson – part of the Social Security Act). You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

-Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

-The Department of Energy was created in 1977 (Pres. Jimmy Carter) to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You have had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure – broken.

Every GSE (Goverment Sponsored Enterprise), or service, or department supposedly existing for the good of the people has failed to fulfill its purpose! That’s because it’s all tied to politics, not to the people.

And now we get to add a government run health care system to the list. We DO need a good health care system….but is the government capable? Surely there is a wealth of knowledge and talent (not corporations, insurance companies, nor other special interest groups) in our country that can come up with ideas that can make some sense. But that wealth and talent is NOT in Congress.

Raise a can of SODA POP to change!

Topics of the moment:
-CA won’t be charging tax on forgiven debt who gets this benefit…
-Free credit reports….not so much watch the fine print – this happened to me last week
-The businesses behind loan servicing and loan modifications wonderful insight to the mess behind the mass of messes

Alameda real estate this week….
Lots of pending sales….look at the prices of the closed sales. Multiple offers have been received this week on several properties that I’m aware of. Could it be a combo of some nifty and unique single family homes out there, some good buys for multiple units, bank REOs, along with those still amazing interest rates?
Active listings 162, 154 last report Pending listings 91, 92 last report

Tuesday Tour 12, with 3 repeats

Highest and lowest priced new listings

New 17

Price changes 10

BOM (back on market) 1


Solds 12

Expired 1

Withdrawn/canceled 3

Alameda real estate awards this week….remember this is only my perspective!
I saw most of the properties via bike and then after my office meeting but only one is worthy!


So thanks for tolerating my rant….and have a good weekend! That’s a wrap! Carry on! best, marilyn

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!


  1. I heartily agree, though I have a different acronym (and pardon my sailor’s mouth)…

    VTFO: “Vote the f***ers out!”

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