It is interesting that the “Buyers Agents” have such a conflict of interest in getting their buyers to buy the most expensive house as possible as soon as possible.  They serve little purpose if you can’t trust them to be in your best interest so I support this law suit or similar ones.  You might as well not use one and if you do don’t pay them on commission.  I’m not sure what payment model would work better but definitely not commission.

Feeling Misled on Home Price, Buyers Sue Agent – New York Times

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Boy I remember that last one I got in 2002 or whenever it was.  It was $100 whoopie I have lost that much in services in the last 8 years and then some!

Bush Calls for $145 Billion in Tax Relief to Boost Economy – New York Times

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Return of the tax families – Paul Krugman – Op-Ed Columnist – New York Times Blog

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We surprisingly need a economic stimulus when the tax cuts are set to expire.  I imagine that they were carefully set to expire when we could well expect the next recession to come along.

They can pretty well calculate when we will have recession (every 8-10 years).  Why didn’t they set it to expire after just 2 or 3 years.  No they set it to expire when a new recession would be coming and Bush conveniently is leaving office.

Will the stimulate the economy by giving more money to the poor no they will say that tax cuts favoring the wealthy are needed.

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Morality rundown

January 14, 2008

A good look at morality…

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The Democratic party will support the 1st amendments Establishment Clause by:
 1.  Stop the funding of grants to religious organizations also known as the Faith-based initiatives started under the Bush administration.
 2.  Dissolve funding for the FBCI (Faith-based and Community initiatives)
 3.  Require religious organizations to maintain the same level of documentation and
and regulatory compliance as other tax-exempt non-profit organizations.

I might add more as I think of it.

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Recession of 2008

January 13, 2008

The 2008 recession will probably be a doozy.

I wonder if we will make it to the 70th anniversary of the official start of The Great Depression (October 2009).  It should be pointed out that many say the depression started quite a while before the collapse of the stock market and the banking industry.  Maybe this one has already started and we are awaiting a Wiley Coyote moment.

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This article talks about Huckabee not appealing to the big wigs in the evangelical movement.  Probably because they are in it for the real purposes of the Republican party.  To make money.

Huckabee Splits Young Evangelicals and Old Guard – New York Times

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They made the assertion that it was Obama that tried to take Hilary down a notch by pumping up stories about her crying.

My assumption when I heard those crying stories was that she was trying to soften her image.  I guess it is a bonus that people think the stories were pumped up by the Obama campaign.

Open Left:: Clinton–The Unlikely Economic Populist

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I have a problem with voluntary Carbon-Offsets.  Any environmental initiative worth doing will be a competitive disadvantage unless the consumers are savvy enough and altruistic enough to pay a premium.  A market sustainable number of people are not capable of this level of moral sophistication.

It is also in the favor of the companies to push the envelope and do the minimal possible to get a nice green sticker and with their power they can easily brand a new sticker with a lower bar.

I will repeat.  Any environmental initiative worth it will be painful and no entity would willingly subject themselves to it.  That of course leads to a big problem with our representative democracy since our representitives won’t do it because they represent business and secondly the people AND the people won’t demand it because they are complacent and wouldn’t like the ramification as well.

Unfortunately the environment won’t bow to human demands forever and there will be a day of reckoning and the longer we ignore the problems the worse and civilization threatening the reckoning will be.

F.T.C. Asks if Carbon-Offset Money Is Well Spent – New York Times

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