I have long running disputes with April Charney and others about why I started charging for books, forms, services and seminars. She says I have become commercialized and that the travesty of justice visited upon homeowners should not be aggravated by forcing them to pay more money to get the help they need. Our many friends respond with how much our assistance has meant to them and their families, but that isn’t the reason. And I didn’t start a law firm at age 65 because I’m looking to build an empire.
The simple reason for charging is that I am not a rich man. There are more than 20 million households being directly affected by Wall Street crimes. I have reached 7 million visits from perhaps 1 million different visitors. That means I reached at most, 5% of the demographics that are directly affected.
There are 80 million households who are indirectly and yet more profoundly affected by a weak economy that can’t get stronger without fixing the housing problem. That means I have reached at best 1% of the total demographics after 5 years of working night and day.
I can’t help all those people directly even if I worked tirelessly at it for 30 years, which is about as long as it is going to take to work this thing out unless we reverse the trend of Bank dominance and re-assert the command of the common citizen where his or her vote matters and their opinion counts.
I’m a businessman and lawyer and I have had my successes and failures like everyone else. April is right. You shouldn’t have to pay to get help. But the truth is that most people don’t even realize that help is available, that they don’t have to take this lying down, and most people don’t even realize how much they need to do to protect their families, their country and our grandchildren of this huge robbery of our economy and our society.
So in order to reach these people I need other people who feel the same way I do. They might not know as much as I do but I have a pretty unique resume. It’s not the MBA and JD that give me the insight. It is the direct, hands on Wall Street experience and contacts together with my trial practice as a lawyer, my acumen as a businessman, and the direct experience of putting real estate deals together that are not too different than the claims Wall Street makes about securitization today.
Education is a slow process. And to reach all the people who need to hear the message and decide on their options before it is too late to exercise those options, we need publicists, lawyers, paralegals, analysts, appraisers, title experts, private investigators, and dozens of other people with special training to perform tasks that I can’t do — especially since I am recovering from open heart surgery. Like me, these people need to eat and put a roof over their own heads. Many of them have already lost their homes to these thieves and want to get their homes back and help others do the same.
But while we are doing all that, and subscribing to services that only the banks could afford to do, it costs money to fight back, it costs money to get the message out and it costs money to get information that neither the perpetrators nor the government can or will give us. April has reached thousands of people with her message of hope. Because of her efforts hundreds of people are still in their homes with the hope of retaining their homes and their lives.
I have reached about a million now, with tens of thousands of people still living in their homes with real hope of retaining their homes and recapturing the American dream. The difference is money. I reached more people because I was able to hire people, fly them to where they were needed and to train them in strategies and tactics that only a few highly skilled trial lawyers know and understand.
We don’t like charging you for money and asking you for donations. But without that money, we would not be able to carry on the fight against this horrible injustice and make a difference, not just noise.
Bring on the fight!