"Things have gone just a bit too far"
- “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Barack Obama President, U.S.A."To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside."
John F. Kennedy January 20, 1961
- I arrived home in Ireland in January of 2003. The Celtic Tiger was in full roar at that time. I had just spent six years travelling worldwide on a motorcycle, throughout many 'developing' countries. Within months I was seriously questioning what was going on. I was located on Dorset Street in Dublin's Northside. Across the street was a small row of cottages. They were selling at nearly 430,000 Euro's. I had seen much more beautiful new homes fully furnished with new furniture selling for as little as 40,000 Euros on my travels.
I felt sick to my stomach about the whole thing, and people's frenzy to buy.
I spoke about it this way: "This is a false economy, it's all based on nothing. Its floating on 'Magic Money'. You see those houses across the street? All they are is old bricks and plaster and glass. They are not WORTH more than 30,000 Euros (at which point people would laugh at my foolishness and ignorance). but are VALUED at almost 430,000 Euros. So basically, you have about 400,000 Euros of 'Magic Money' created from nothing except speculation. You can't make money out of thin air. This whole thing can't last. It's too far imbalanced and something's got to give. This is all going to collapse."
The response was usually the same, first the laughter, and then: "Ahh, sure you're a miserable bastard."
The more I learned, the more I was outraged at a ''seemingly'' (DECEPTION) incompetent government that created a situation where I could never hope to have a home, and commercial and residential rents were FAR in excess of reality.
- In 2004 the Irish Government, against EU advice, enacted a very irrational 'total open door policy' to the new EU accession states. A situation that caused imbalance to my livelihood and that of many other people in the country.
- The most recent 'Straw to break the camel's back' was a personal situation which brought to light alarming imbalances towards Irish Citizens with non-EU partners within our own countries Policies.
- There is far too much wrong in Ireland, far too much incompetence, far too much corruption. Nothing being done to correct the situation. No alternatives offered.
I SIMPLY DECIDED THE COUNTRY CANNOT TOLERATE THIS ANYMORE.