Really, I can't find the time to post, and there is so much I want to, but I don't have time to accompany the news items with what I want to say, and do it eloquently. So I decided to just rush this post and leave it up to you to discuss, because really, this stuff needs to get out....
If you are living in the USA and own a home, you may not be able to sell it after next year. It seems that the new Act. H.R. 2454 "Cap & Trade" bill is going to require homeowners to get a licence on their house, not unlike having to get a license on your car, your business, and even your pet. In order to receive this license, you have to have your home meet EPA standards, kind of like your car has to have a smog device put into it and have it meet state regulations before you can re-new your car's license. If the cap & trade bill passes, and it already has in the the House of Representatives, and is now going to the Senate then American homeowners are looking at having to retrofit their homes to meet the federal �green� guidelines. And each year, these 'guidelines' may increase. What does this mean? It means if you want to sell your house to make aliyah and then be able to come with a little money, you will first have to have your home inspected. Probably you will need to upgrade your home's efficiency in how it uses energy and what carbon footprints it leaves behind. After spending money on things such as your water heater, sewage lines, wall and roof insulation, necessary re-wiring and plumbing, you invite the inspector back. If it passes the EPA requirements, your home will be given a 'rating'. You then need to put a sign on your lawn or somewhere that can be seen, on how well your house is rated - 3 stars? 4 stars? 5 stars? And this spending does not include the cost of renovating to get your house looking decent enough to sell.
According to a piece posted on the NACHI (National Association of Home Inspectors) site about this new cap and trade bill, you will NOT be able to sell your home;
- ...Without the permission of the EPA administrator.
- To get this permission, you will have to have the energy efficiency of your home measured.
- Then the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be forced to make modifications to your home under the retrofit provisions of this Act to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements.
- Then you will have to get your home measured again and get a license (called a "label" in the Act) that must be posted on your property to show what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the Energy Star efficiency rating label on your refrigerator or air conditioner.
- If you don't get a high enough rating, you can't sell. And, the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the standards every year, even above the automatic energy efficiency increases built into the Act."
To read more, click HERE. http://www.nachi.org/forum/f14/cap-and-trade-license-required-your-home-44750/
In the end, you may have spent more money on license and renovation requirements than you can make up for it after selling. And if you want to sell now because the mortgage is just too much, what will you do? Just 'walk away' from the house? Then you are left with nothing.
My Jewish brothers and sisters still residing in the Exile, come home NOW. G-d doesn't wait until you 'feel' like making aliyah. It's a mitzvah, and G-d tells us over and over again that THIS is the land we belong to, not the pit stops along the way of history like Egypt, Babylonia, Persia, Rome, Spain, Germany and now America. Odds are, that your grandparents or great-grandparents spoke Russian or Polish or German, and identified themselves as loyal Poles, Russians, Germans. And today, you mistakenly do the same thing thinking you are WESTERNERS, when you are really not. And the World has told you that through history, through all the anti-semitism abound today despite the fact that you look and talk and want to be like them. They will not let you. You are really JEWS forced into a 2,000 year Exile, but that Exile is over. Israel is your home, Hebrew is your language. G-d ended the Exile for us in 1948, and started fulfilling the prophesies of the in-gathering of the exiles. How many 'warnings' and 'wake up' signs do you need? Do you need a clop on the head? Are you expecting a telegram or urgent email from Hashem saying, "Get Out Fast, It's All About to Blow!"? Well, you are not going to ever get that telegram or email from G-d. G-d is showing you in other ways that it is time to come home, to get out, to save yourselves and your children - your future.
If you are saying to yourselves, "But I don't have a job waiting for me there in Israel", then just remember, that MOST new immigrants don't have jobs waiting for them. In fact, when your grandparents came to the shores of America, they didn't have jobs waiting for them either!!!! But they made it. You are alive, and educated, and come from a once wealthy country. You have more going for you than any of your past ancestors did.
I am not promising you an easy, carefree aliyah. You will meet your challenges here, it is part of growing, but you will not starve. We don't have people dying of starvation here. We don't have a 'street people' problem like you do in the West. The government helps you as well with free language courses and financial and job seeking help. Are you more a wuss than your grandparents? If they could leave their whole families behind, their language, their culture, to come to the shores of the Americas where they did not receive this help, then you can certainly do it and come home where you belong and will receive aid. And I do believe that you will have G-d's help in doing so.
Remember, in these times before the redemption, your plans for return are not on your time schedule, history will not wait for you. We learned that the hard way in Europe. G-d is sending you hints, signals, news headlines, .... it is only for you to open up your eyes and see, and to go forward with complete faith that this is THE RIGHT THING TO DO. If G-d has blessed you with a home, the biggest purchase you probably ever made in your life, then sell NOW and come with whatever you can get, and bring the blessings that you have now, however big or little they may be. Soon, you may NOT be able to leave America. Soon, a new law can be passed that anyone who makes money in America cannot take it out of America. That's the way it was in South Africa, and where people had such a hard time trying to get out with their money. It can certainly happen again in a country which is facing an imminent empirical fall. Sell Now & Get Out, before it get's worse for the Jews, because whenever a country suffers financially, the Jews are always the ones to get blamed. History won't wait for you.