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Americans are getting ripped off EVERYWHERE by dishonest, reckless and arrogant builders. Builders who cheat their customers with their shoddy construction. They don't check what they build; they don't inspect what they build. They cheat every chance that they get.
And many of the government building inspectors, who people think are "looking out for them", aren't. Many aren't qualified. Many "look the other way". Many are simply "asleep at the switch". Who gets ripped off by their incompetence, dishonesty, or just plain laziness? You do.
Then you've got the salesmen, the realtors, the bankers, the home inspectors, and a long line of others who stand in line to rip you off. The salesmen and the realtors know what's going on. Do they speak out? No. The bankers want your money. That's it--nothing more, nothing less. Many will do ANYTHING to get yours. They lie; they cheat; there is no limit. And, the home inspectors. Do you think that getting a home inspection will protect you? Did you read the small print on the back of the home inspection contract that you signed? A home inspector is responsible for NOTHING. Even the good home inspectors, who give you a one, two, or three hour home inspection, can't find ALL of the shoddy construction; much of it is hidden. Face it; you have NO protection against shoddy construction.
Where is protector government? You tell me. Face it, folks. We're getting ripped off. And so will our children and grandchildren, and their children and grandchildren, unless WE get off our duffs and DEMAND that something be done to clean up this mess.