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    PLEASE SHARE THIS IDEA!

    What would be a better protest than if we all send a symbolic key to our representatives in Congress en masse?  Homeowners are scattered throughout the entire United States of America making it hard to organize a proper protest.  This is a way everyone can have their voice heard costing them no more than an old key and a stamp.  Send a letter, bombard our representatives with keys!   

                Remember the court scene in the Christmas story, “Miracle on 34th Street” where the old man believed he was Santa Claus and in order to prove he was Santa Claus the Post Office delivered his mail and dumped it on the floor of the Court? 

    I envision dumping sacks of keys on the floors of each Senator representing every state of this Country.  I would encourage everyone who could come in person to bring a bag of keys and make a statement.  One person representing each state would be fantastic.  Everyone who can’t come in person can mail in a key. Send a picture with it and a personal story. Trust me, our representatives have moved on to other issues and barely think about this anymore. Let’s shake them up a bit, and remind them we are still suffering out here in the real world.  They have been desensitized to the number of foreclosures and even say it would be better if it would just go faster and get it over with. 

    We need an agenda. What do we want? I will give you my ideas, but please share yours.

    1.      Bring back the bankruptcy cram down bill, pass it now.

    2.      Force Fannie and Freddie to do principal cram downs.

    3.      Force banks to offer property owners cram downs to pennies on the dollar if the owners intend to sell the same property to a distressed debt buyer for pennies.

    4.      Do not allow bulk sales of real estate to vulture investors. Allow the average American who is in a position to buy the properties a chance at them first.  The same way HomePath offers a first look program before investors can bid.

    5.      Tighten up the language of consumer laws that allow banks to use loopholes to avoid liability.  I have some specific ideas on that issue.

    6.      Increase the fines on all consumer laws to a level where the fines fit the crimes and banks will think twice before violating the laws.

    7.      Enforce the laws on the books, prosecute the crimes, and shut down offenders. No more slaps on the wrist, enough is enough.

    THIS WILL ALL SOUND TOO FAMILIAR

    I think all of us need a little history lesson.  I found this while researching the history of false advertising.  In the 1920s, manipulative advertising and a maldistribution of income was prevalent.  Those concerns gave rise to a consumer movement which began with the publication of Stuart Chase and F. J. Schlink’s Your Money’s Worth (1927), a best-selling book that exposed false advertising.

    The Depression led to the creation of new governmental agencies dedicated to protecting consumers. Though the economy experienced massive deflation, not all prices declined as fast as wages, especially as large corporations sought to maintain prices and cut production as an attempt to stabilize profits.

    Congress created new bodies to look out for the interests of consumers and to contain and diffuse consumer protest.

    The growth of fifty consumer groups signaled a growing unrest, as did the hundreds of thousands of letters that citizens sent to Washington with details of economic difficulty. Especially telling were the thousands of bread wrappers that consumers sent to demonstrate what they believed to be, and what Secretary Wallace had told them were, unjustified prices.

    LET’S PLAN A SYMBOLIC KEY EVENT – SEND YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION TO lobby@paularush.org IF YOU WANT TO HELP ORGANIZE, BE A BOOTS ON THE GROUND KEY DUMPER IN WASHINGTON, OR A MEDIA SPONSOR FOR THE EVENT.

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