Friday, March 19, 2010

A Reader Shares His Story:Words From His 16 Year Old Daughter

“She had just finished reading an article online at The New Yorker about Tim Geithner. Her comment was a summary that suggested Mr. Geithner’s, and, therefore, President Obama's, policies are working, but they (critics?) aren't giving the administration credit.
“I made the analogy that if we, her parents, took a million-dollar loan on a $350,000 house and she brought her fiends over, it would give the impression that our family is financially doing great. I asked her if she would like the idea that she had to start help making payments on the loan in two years when she was 18, just so that we could keep up appearances that we were doing well to her friends and neighbors. Somehow, she seemed to then grasp a whole different perspective.
“I also told her that Mr. Obama made us feel dirty just because we worked long hours for a good living and don't want to pay higher taxes. We would like to think that we are willing to look after our own finances, instead of the government thinking it can do it better. Also, we would like to let you know that we have been living in our SAME house since 1989.
“I apologize for being long-winded, but I was made to feel stupid by all of the individuals who ‘flipped’ real estate during the boom while we didn't participate.”

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