Karen Levine, award winning realtor with RE/MAX Alliance and sponsor of The Kim Monson Show, and frequent guest Allen Thomas, author of Op-Ed The Right to Luxury Won’t Lead to a Life of Luxury, join Kim for a focused conversation on the Housing Industrial Complex and the difference on the right to luxury vs. the life of luxury. First, Kim invites listeners to tune in to America’s Veterans Stories Sunday 3pm and 10pm on KLZ 560 AM and KLZ 100.7 FM. This week Kim will be interviewing Jimmy Nishimura who grew up in Japan and ended up serving during the Vietnam War and John Sagers who served in WWII, stationed at a lighthouse on the coast of Oregon.
We are in a battle of ideas. Our natural rights from God are slowly being taken away by the government only to be filled by the government giving us government sanctioned rights. The American Idea is that government is to protect our rights under the principle that we are all created equal. Homeownership is one way in which to create wealth. Through public policy, that right is being attacked on many fronts, including Biden’s infrastructure plans to deny road funding if his policies are not accepted. The government is implementing the “15 minute neighborhood,” a key tenet of the World Economic Forum. The rights of rental owners’ units are experiencing the heavy hand of government in Denver as inspections will become mandatory. The end user always pays for the increased costs. Government coercion is forcing home builders to build “affordable housing” if they want their single family housing projects approved. Lorne Levy, mortgage specialist with Polygon Financial Group, joins in on the conversation. He agrees that home ownership is one way to build wealth. With interest rates still low, Lorne encourages listeners to call him at 303-880-8881 in order to take advantage of these artificial low interest rates. They will go up, just like everything else that we see today.
Kim refers to the Colorado Air Quality Commission’s Employee Trip Reduction Plan as an example of regulations that should never be implemented. We need to reduce rules, regulations and taxes, especially today, as inflation is rearing its ugly head. This hurts those who are working hard every day to make ends meet. Many do not want the government to help them. However, there are those who think that they have a right to what Allen refers to as “luxuries.” The assault on families is clearly shown in the specific data Allen cites. The government is too big to be compassionate; compassion must come from our neighbors and ourselves. Allen also addresses the rhetoric of masculine toxicity. If you cannot own your property, like a house, is that not slavery as you are dependent on others? The lower income levels are hurt the most, which the government proclaims they are helping. Karen interjects that it was in the 1920’s that redlining came from the government. Unity involves us being treated as one people, not through classifications. Allen concludes by asking us to check our life privilege, and commit to ideas and principles that stand on capitalism and natural rights.