Letters: Mickey learned, will we?
January 24, 2013 9:18PM
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:07AM
Regarding Roderick Padilla’s “Benevolence Gone Awry” (Jan. 9), I really like the phrase — hit the nail on the head, but not as he intended.
Could he have unearthed the common denominator in all this lament? Padilla points to “government programs” which “intend to provide” or “give” certain things to certain individuals. In doing so, he demonstrates just how disruptive and counterproductive the good intentions of the state have been in our lives.
Where did the “error chain” begin? Was it with the reaction or the initial action?
Had there been no Affordable Housing Act and no push to redefine homeownership as a right, there would have been no government financed subprime lending market, no residual mortgage market, no toxic loans, and hence, no housing bubble — at least not in magnitudes far beyond historical business cycle/market correction levels.
“Greed” is not the culprit, foolish meddling is. Since when has our government had the constitutional authority to determine and provide that which it deems necessary for our happiness?
Home ownership is a goal, a reward not a right. The American Dream is the pursuit of happiness, as each individual defines it for themselves — not as politicians, academics, “experts” or even society-at-large label it.
Reminiscent of Disney’s sorcerer’s apprentice in the animated film “Fantasia,” government sees a “problem,” intervenes by tinkering, creates another problem, blames something or someone else, intervenes, creates yet another problem — bigger than the first — and wants us to pat them on the back.
With a scornful look and a swat on the rear, Mickey Mouse learned his lesson. Will we?
Standing Padilla’s closing question on its head: What fraction of society thinks only government intervention is our salvation, and more important, what is the norm as perceived by our youth?
Randall F. Barron, Jr.
Paying for commercials
Our cable bill went up again. They sure know how to nickel and dime us. The pay-for-TV companies should be like our gas and electric companies, and ask the Illinois Commerce Commission if it’s OK to raise prices.
Our cable bill is higher than our gas and electric bills. Already, we are paying good money to watch commercials. Yes, too many commercials. With this, the greedy pay-for-TV people are making big bucks from the commercials and they still stick it to us.
People are out of work. Seniors are on a fixed income. This is not the time to get greedy. We need someone to come up with a good TV antenna that picks up some good channels. We can buy a lot of up-to-date movies with no commercials. Then we can tell this greedy companies to take a hike.
If anyone out in “TV land” knows of a good TV antenna, let us know. We are sick of the high cable prices and the commercials.
Felix A. Orasco