Escape is actually a business principle or, at least a skill based upon a set of economic fundamentals. The ability of an organization to slip out of economic handcuffs in the nick-of-time is not too far removed from the notion of agility; the latter having to do with fluidity of operation.
Escapism (I don’t even know if that is a word but if it isn’t it should be) ought to be a subset of study for those seeking a degree in Economics. Escapism should be a part of the syllabus with collateral reading required. It should be taught as a business discipline and be a demonstrated skill prior to graduation.
The real estate industry knows a lot about the subject of escapism without knowing much about sound economic business models. After all, the economy has always pulled Broker/Owners out of the tight corners of economic calamity into which they have been painted. Ours is a long history riddled with escapes from one economic threat to another.
Today’s shackles may be worse than the past as we find ourselves fettered with the chains and locks of slivered and temporal profitability, almost non-existent R&D, a disjointed, minimally trained, bloated and uncontrollable labor force, no product, service or brand differentiation and finally, last but not least, a less than stellar reputation with consumers, our primary source of survival.
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President Obama flew into Arizona to announce his blueprint for a $75,000,000,000 mortgage bailout known as the “Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan.”
REALonomics has digested the preliminary outline of this program which claims to “…offer assistance to as many as to 9 million homeowners…” through a combination of loan modifications and propping up of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, support for state housing authorities and financial incentives for lenders to re-tool existing loans for a predefined set of homeowners whose mortgages fall into specific qualifying categories.
How does it Work and who are the Beneficiaries?
Will the President’s plan make a difference and if so, to whom and when? And, is the plan a sound economic model that will actually help homeowners facing foreclosure, as claimed by the administration? Is this another step in the direction of creating a dependency upon the federal government for and on the part of some Americans and lending institutions?
Let’s take a look at the plan and ask some hard questions.