Archives for: November 2005

Real estate price risk from tax reform

My friend Mike asked me what I thought about the possibility of his buying a house. I said that not only was I not optimistic about real estate prices simply because of the current price levels, but I am also concerned that there is risk to the deductibi… more »

New home sales post surprising big gain in October

See "U.S. October New Home Sales Rise 13% to a Record 1.424 Mln Rate" (Bloomberg, 11/29/05) http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=anzSYSHqEFfI&refer=home There were big increases in numbers of homes sold in the West and Northe… more »

The Orwellian Language of Government (from NTU)

MUST READ: "The Orwellian Language of Big Government" (NTU policy paper, June, 2004) http://www.ntu.org/main/press_papers.php?PressID=604&org_name=NTUF I highly recommend this article by the National Taxpayers Union (www.ntu.org) regarding the wa… more »

Now, the Republican debate about immigration

See "Border Security an Issue for GOP" http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-immig27nov27,0,130284.story? Here's a (surprisingly) insightful article by the LA Times on the debate with the Republican Party about how to deal with the iss… more »

Existing home sales fall in October

See "U.S. Oct. Existing Home Sales Fall to 7.09 Mln Rate (Update1)" (Bloomberg, 11/28/05) http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=a.MBgkNuyhvQ&refer=home Let me start with Brian Wesbury's take, then add my own commentary. Cla… more »

Blogger thoughts on Iraq timetable

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds at instapundit.com for pointing out this interesting article on an interesting blog: http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/2005/11/are-we-going-to-see-timetable.html more »

The most important news in a long time

I get a daily e-mail from the Washington Times with their selected important headlines of the day. (If you want to sign up, go to http://insider.washingtontimes.com/login/login.php). Sunday's headlines included the following stories from the Middle Ea… more »

A brief history of political thought

I don't know who wrote this, but it's pretty good HISTORY OF THE WORLD History began some 12,000 years ago. (Actually, it was 40,000 years ago.) Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mount… more »

Democrats begin internal debate about illegal immigration

Democrats are rightly realizing the potential power of the illegal immigration issue, an area where Republicans have a major advantage at this time. Dick Lamm, former Governor of Colorado, has (apparently) written the following interesting take on the is… more »

The public is still smarter than academics or the media

re: "Public ignores Iraq war naysayers" (Washington Times, 11/24/05) http://insider.washingtontimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20051124-121037-1013r See Pew Research Center study "America's Place in the World 2005" at http://people-press.org/re… more »
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