Real estate fees; members of Congress complicit; Rep. Ken Buck – Boulder Daily Camera
Stanley Hrincevich: Time to reform a quasi-monopoly?
Sell a home for $250,000 and a Realtor charges 5% or $12,500. Sell a home for $500,000, fee is $25,000. Services are the same for each sale, each home in hot sales markets, with little difference in marketing costs, and no difference in cost to obtain financing, documentation and closing costs, but 5% remains constant?
Realtor licenses/requirements to sell either home are same. Nearly all homes are sold by Realtors who belong to the Colorado Association of Realtors or other trade groups that directly or secondarily control access to home sales listings, Internet marketing tools, and other sales channels.
These organizations place constraints on Realtors on applying and splitting sales commissions. Is it time to reform this quasi-monopoly in the real estate industry and create a marketplace to save consumers billions in fees?
David Simons: Members of Congress complicit
The vote to give military and financial assistance to Ukraine to fight Russian aggression in their country received bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. While it is legal for the president to stop the flow of these funds to Ukraine, what is not legal is to do so for partisan reasons. What is clear is that this was the intent of the president and all of those who assisted him in this endeavor. The fact is, that everyone assisting him should be indicted as well.
Were it not for the whistle-blower, this scheme was likely to go unnoticed for a longer period of time. This scheme was clearly benefiting Russia more than Ukraine and was therefore threatening to our national security. The FBI is a bipartisan professional law-enforcement division of our government. To support the president in this matter requires that individuals ignore the FBI warning that Russia would be spreading the disinformation that Ukraine, and not Russia, was the source of interference in the 2016 election.
To the degree that Republican senators and representatives continue to support and defend a president who almost single-handedly (except for Rudy Giuliani) conceived of this scheme and initiated it, those representatives and senators are complicit as well.
Bipartisan becomes partisan, thank you Mr. President.
Susan Berman: Impeachment about the future of country
Regardless of political affiliation, the evidence from the impeachment inquiry indicates the need for an unbiased, fair and thorough trial. Each Congress person took an oath to uphold the Constitution. It is imperative that they do so, without bias.
The impeachment process is the greatest test of our democracy.
If a Congress person doesn’t think they can judge an article of impeachment impartially, they owe it to our country, their constituency, their oath to uphold the law, to recuse themselves.
So much of the media and polls would make this impeachment issue about the 2020 election. In fact, this is about the future of our democracy and upholding the Constitution as much as addressing the misuse of power in the executive branch of our government.
Alan Saville: A new acronym for Ken Buck
I have new acronym for the chairman of Colorado’s GOP, Ken Buck: WIOHDT — “What if Obama had done that?”
I’m referencing the Daily Camera’s headline on Dec. 5: “Buck: Impeachment bar is low.” Buck claims that every U.S. president could’ve been impeached using the Democrats’ “low bar.” I don’t know if Buck was in office when the GOP impeached Bill Clinton for lying about a sexual liaison. How low was that bar?
Is that in the same category as collusion with foreign powers for personal gain, one of whom is a hostile foreign power? Russians in the Oval Office the day after the inauguration? Meeting with Putin behind closed doors and to this day no one knows what was said. Lying about releasing tax returns. Obstruction of justice (the Mueller report did not exonerate him, Attorney General William Barr did with a memo). And now this latest impeachment inquiry over his dealings with the Ukraine.
Complete and total abuse of power and obstruction of justice once again.
Buck, are you listening? WIOHDT!