Roger Schlesinger

The premise is wonderful, the execution is easy, but understanding the problem is not so easy. Waste in America defies imagination. The waste I am referring to isn't the by-product of some manufactured or naturally grown item, it is the by-product of the incompetence of government, businesses and everyday citizens of this great country. Stop the waste and we will save trillions of dollars each year, which would probably be more than any politician can spend, including the current administration and their fascination with playing "break the bank".

I feel that understanding is the key to stopping the waste. This is best illustrated by the singing group ABBA. ABBA sings in English but, rumor has it, their Swedish members don’t know the meaning of the words. How many times have you talked to a politician, bureaucrat, business person or a consumer who speaks the language but doesn't appear to have the necessary ability to understand the words? Examples could fill several rather large sized books, however, I will give you some of the better ones I have participated in or witnessed.

Recently I received a call from my satellite tv provider's company, calling to tell me that because I hadn't paid the early termination fee, they were going to shut off my satellite service. I simply told them that if the charge was a real one (of course it wasn't), the call and the threat made no sense. The irony was lost on the caller because this went on once a month for three months. The waste of manpower on both sides was notable, and certainly falls into the realm of the waste I cited above.

If time is money and this exercise is repeated on a daily basis across the nation, can you imagine how many dollars are flying out the window each day, week, month and year?

Now imagine, if you will, trying to call the government, local, state or federal, and getting someone to "understand" your question for starters. Then if you have the time and the patience, see how long a simple problem takes to get resolved.

A few minutes, an hour, a day, a month or in some cases a lifetime? A former accountant accidentally change my social security number years ago and I went through a number of years with two tax accounts: the one they billed and the one where my taxes were credited. I tried to explain to the IRS but nobody would listen. After two years it took a personal audit by an IRS agent to straighten it out. Yes, truth can be much stranger than fiction.

Roger Schlesinger

Roger Schlesinger's Mortgage Minute is heard on hundreds of radio stations and daily on the Hugh Hewitt radio show and Michael Medved shows. Roger interacts with his hosts and explores the complicated financial markets in order to enlighten his listeners and direct them along their own unique road to financial freedom.