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Posts tagged ‘housing’

Housing in Minnesota and Elsewhere

Interesting to learn that there are those who consider the prices of houses in a neighborhood decrease when black folks move into those in Minnesota. For me, I have lived in integrated neighborhoods in Florida and found them to be wonderful places to live alongside some wonderful people of all races. The timing for living in one neighborhood was what hurt and caused the prices to decrease because it was during the time of an extensive increase of 125% over two to three years, with house flipping galore and corrupt deals between banks and developers. It had nothing to do with the makeup of the people moving in when the overall housing bubble collapsed and prices fell.  I repeat. the decrease in prices had nothing to do with black people moving in because it was integrated and those who were black suffered just as much as those who were white.
One step further. In the last couple of years, looking for a home in upstate New York, the prices of homes were so very expensive in areas which are more integrated than here in Tioga County, NY. In this county Republicans are in the majority and there is a very large white majority. To hear someone here complain about “housing prices will go down should black people move in” is absolutely a bunch of drivel. 

Once again, there are too many Americans who don’t even recognize what it means for capitalism.  If you have more people of any color move into areas and are able to create new developments for all, you have more people purchasing the homes. The demand is up. If the supply is low, the prices go up. If the housing inventory is too large, the prices go down. It’s called capitalism, stupid and that means supply and demand considerations.

Right now, there is an opportunity for Tioga County, NY, to bring in new residents of nay color, due to the opportunities to move into the “country” and work remotely from home. The idea is that we need to create jobs first in order to develop the area. But in this case, there is a potential market with those who are seeking lower prices and living in a more open area, rather than in urban areas where it is sometimes easier to contract viruses and bacteria.

In the end, If you develop an area with lower-priced housing, you can then attract the business, opportunities for more people, and jobs for more people.  It is ludicrous for those in Minnesota to consider that blacks ruin a neighborhood.  And too many Republicans claim “there is no systemic racism?” I don’t want to hear such BS anymore.  If you build it, they will come, including all people and all races.  That is a good thing which I saw the positives of such actions in Florida.There are simply too many Republicans who don’t like this idea because they wish to destsroy the ability of registering voters of all colors. 

Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)

Newark Valley, NY

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———————————“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “The problems of the world are not that some people love in a different way. The problems are that so many people don’t know how to love at all (CGA, 1970).” A Puritan is someone in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. “Liberty and justice for all [not priorities on individual and selfish rights].” “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union [and overall wealth of American society]…” 
Benjamin Franklin: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are affected.” Stacey Abrams: “Compromise about actions, but not about values.”  Oscar Wilde: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”  Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Whoopi Goldberg: “To handle this COVID-19 pandemic effectively, we all need to get on the same page.”  Note: To be clear, I do not like being patronized. I do not express my disdain over what happens to my fellow humans just for my own sake and to pursue favors and handouts. I do it in order to gain R – E – S – P – E – C – T for me and for millions of other Americans of any race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sex and sexual identity who try to walk in integrity as they attempt to achieve, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  PERIOD.  One nation under God [our Creator] with liberty and justice for all.

31 July 2011

Often on this post, I have commented about my Dutch family relationships to the Roosevelt family.  By marriage, my Dutch family, the Schoonmakers, are related to the Roosevelts.  This is well documented in the Schoonmaker genealogy which is available from the Huguenot Historical Society in New Paltz, NY.

Had it not been for my ancestor, Capt. Frederick J. Schoonmaker, financing the American Revolution to the brink of his own bankruptcy, this nation may have had a Schoonmaker with a huge mansion running for president.  But Capt. Frederick “lost his shirt” by financing the building of the chain across the Hudson River (one end of the chain was on the present-day location of West Point).   He is an example, unlike the Bush family, which derives from the same geographic area as the Roosevelts and Schoonmakers, of commitment to community and one who takes a dim view regarding the love of money.  This is the same contrast of a wealthy Schoonmaker with the Koch brothers and others today.

The hateful people of the 21st century tea party quote the original Tea Party, but abandon all sense of community which existed among those who funded and supported the American Revolution.  They all do this out of love for money and reckless abandonment of love for the human community.  The tea party’s actions are being performed in the name of a 20th-century atheist bitch (so-called Jew – a traitor to her Jewish roots) who was pissed at the Soviet government when she came to America acting like she was some kind of expert about what life in America should be about.  These things are being done in the name of a wealthy family which once owned a chain of salons in a Caribbean nation and also in the name of a former legislative leader of the government on that island nation.  None of these people understand the American way of life and our heritage for love of community, so there actions are those of hatred – in support of the fascist Bush family.  There is no toleration of an opinion regarding hatred.  It is not an opinion.

Last night, I viewed the DVD, Eleanor and Franklin.  It was quite revealing.  Many people, both Republicans and Democrats, could learn from Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Having read a great deal about FDR and Eleanor, the film appeared to be quite close to reality.

A scene the ideological Republican tea party members need to consider.  A belligerent reporter approached President Roosevelt (standing on crutches, by the way, due to his polio – need I remind pigs today who don’t know what it feels like to be helpless), he asked four questions and the president addressed each one.  The reporter asked FDR:  “Are you a communist?”  The president answered, “no!”  The reporter continued:  “Are you a capitalist?”  FDR:  “No!”  The reporter:  “Are you a socialist?” FDR:  “No!”  The reporter:  “What are you?”  FDR:  “A Christian and a Democrat!”

Today, FDR’s answer to the last question probably should have been:  “An Episcopalian and a Democrat” – because so many so-called Christians have lost sight of the focus of Jesus Christ and mis-represent Him.   But then, a Nigerian Anglican archbishop, the Episcopal bishops in Pittsburgh and central Florida also mis-represent Jesus Christ, too.

A lesson for President Obama and the Democrats.  FDR made a comment about “putting Americans back to work,” but I never heard him talk about “jobs creation.”  To me, jobs are just one part of “putting Americans back to work.”  But Democrats today focus ONLY on that one little aspect, forgetting the opportunities (as do the tea party folks) which give Americans the ability to invest in their future.  On the opposite extreme, the tea party folks think ONLY about entrepreneurship (greedy selfish entrepreneurship which abandons any sense of community) and these tea party people toss out every aspect about creating jobs.  Thus, we have a polarization in America today – stimulated by the vengeful attitudes of fascists like the Bush family.

FDR created opportunities in the form of “bonds.”  Victory Bonds and the like.  Democrats never propose strings attached to the tax cuts of the wealthy.  For instance, Democrats never propose the following to the wealthy of America:  if you want the tax cuts, then here is where you need to invest the money from your tax cuts:  Bonds… in Housing, Education, Food, or Health bonds.  Government bonds underwritten by the private sector.  An alliance of public and private in order to make this nation healthy and “put Americans back to work.”

FDR believed in “unemployment compensation,” but I believe he would have been appalled at what he would see in the system today.  Corruption.  People who have become lazy and LOOK for the “shortest distance between two points.”  Construction workers located in the cold snowy areas of the nation who collect during times when weather prohibits them from working.  Teacher unions don’t get this type of unemployment during the summer, but are under attack today.  I knew a union member (now deceased) in the trades who was appalled at the existence of such horse s*** unemployment “handouts.”  Yet union members are the ones taking it on the chin today?  During World War II, this now-deceased CWA member fought valiantly against fascist Mussolini, losing a thumb in the conflicts in Italy.  This union member also admired FDR and Nelson Rockefeller of New York.

Solution:  if weather prohibits people from working, then the government provides funding to help such people bring home income, rather than handing out unemployment checks.  For instance, Vermont imports students from Australia to run the ski lifts during the winter – while unemployed construction workers in the northeast sit on their asses with no work.  The government could be the catalyst to help bring employers and potential employees together, rather than providing handouts which ultimately create lazy people.

I believe, if the Bush family and others would drop their goddamn vindictiveness against FDR – which clouds their decision-making capabilities – then we could, as a community of Americans solve our problems more effectively.

Drop the goddamn ideology and solve our problems  – NOW!  Stop the horse s*** and develop a better cup of ice cream!

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