On Friday, Jan. 6, the planets aligned.
A story about Realtor fraud started with "A Lee County Realtor accused of conspiring to commit mortgage fraud with a Naples title company owner has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges involving kickbacks and $1.19 million in loans to unqualified and nonexistent buyers."
Do you think he ever said that the mortgage crisis was caused by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank instead of by him and thousands of other Realtors, mortgage companies and banks that encouraged shady deals?
I also received an invitation to a seminar that said: "If you are retired with a net worth of $5 million or more and deeply concerned about inevitable taxes on your retirement accounts and entire estate, you won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!"
I'll skip the free seminar. I'm more concerned that the wealthy keep taking money out of the economy and put the burden on the middle class and the poor. As the pressure on the economy builds, it will blow up in their faces.
And then there was a letter to the editor extolling the importance of big banks and how we should be nice to them. It was their greed that caused the mortgage crisis and they now must suffer the backlash.
And to top it off, the "On this date'' feature said Congress appropriated $30,000 for a telegraph line between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
Thank God Samuel F.B. Morse didn't have to go to the present tea party Congress.