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 Author Thread: Atlas Shrugged - The Movie (Part 1)
 sd_matt
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Atlas Shrugged - The Movie (Part 1)
Posted: 5/17/2011 2:33:41 AM
I'm skipping to the end so if I repeat something then let me know.

For those that have not read the book it indeed is not without its flaws. Nonetheless what it does it does very very well.

It reminds us that the parasites are both rich and poor. It exposes a form of slavery that hides behind guilt amongst other things.

We all know how capitalism can go to far. Its old news. But how does socialism/communism go too far or go wrong? This is the meat and potatoes of the book in my opinion. Rand examines the thinking/rationales/crony ism, psudo-intellectualism ect. associated with socialism gone awry in greater depth than anyone that I know. If Im wrong the prove it by reading the book. If you read the cliff notes then those of who have read the entire book will most likely know.

And FYI it does address crony capitalism too.

I get it that pure capitalism is not good. As a matter of fact can anyone here name a society with an average standard of living that is decent and is either pure capitalist or pure socialist/communist? I cant.

This book is something to read, amongst others, to complete your thinking. It is not, by any means, the only book to complete it but it is an essential one if you truly have an open mind.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Going out or cooking dinner for her
Posted: 4/26/2011 11:53:41 PM
Just wanna get an opinion from the ladies.

What do you feel is more romantic; a man taking you to dinner or cooking dinner for you? When would you feel more comfortable at his house; after a second or third date? I figure the offer to cook on the first date raises some safety issues.

I like the idea of taking a woman out to dinner but that can add up quickly if I happen to be lucky to score more than one date in a small frame of time. Don't get me wrong. By default I will pay unless she is insistent that I don't.

But at a given $ amount I feel that cooking dinner is a bit more romantic. Perhaps this would be a good screener question.

Thoughts?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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First time traveler. Going to Europe
Posted: 3/22/2011 10:33:22 PM
Hi all

I'll be going to Europe ( probably Spain and U.K.) this year. I'm looking for suggestions concerning doing it solo or using a travel agency, how to find a good hotel for the price, or do I go to a hostel, how to avoid the tourist spots. I'll be going for about a week and a half. I allotted a two week vacation so I figure that gives me about a week and a half of actual time on foreign soil.

Thanks for your input
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 1/6/2011 12:21:24 AM
http://piggington.com/home_prices_dropped_sharply_in_october?page=1
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Section 8...anyone with experience?
Posted: 12/23/2010 10:14:55 PM
Thanks guys......................................................................................................................................
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Section 8...anyone with experience?
Posted: 12/21/2010 12:32:30 AM
Sounds like it might work then.
I don't feel that all deserve it but this one yes. Sometimes there are individuals that the system does indeed owe something to.

So are you saying that approval is getting on the waiting list or that that is something else?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Section 8...anyone with experience?
Posted: 12/17/2010 10:15:49 PM
I would want to do it but with one particular tenant. I know this one person would qualify for Section 8 but I also know that the waiting list is years. I was hoping that there was some way to choose that particular person.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Section 8...anyone with experience?
Posted: 12/17/2010 11:26:48 AM
I want to help a friend who is a single parent and is going to college. I am also looking to buy a duplex. I would be a bit skeptical of Section 8 renters but I trust this person. I would like to get this person on the list and if I buy a multi family property, have her as a tenant.

Does one have to wait for years on the list or is there some loophole to get that particular person in?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Wireless home theater
Posted: 12/13/2010 12:46:46 AM
I'm looking to add sound to the new tv. I figure a 5.1 system. I figure I only need to have two of the speakers wireless since the bass can go anywhere and the other three will be near the tv.

Suggestions?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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What has gotten you concerned with Politics?
Posted: 12/2/2010 11:08:25 AM
Even before reading fz's post Afghansistan has been sounding more and more like Vietnam :(
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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National Do Not Pay Your Mortgage Month
Posted: 12/2/2010 11:05:11 AM
Credit union...check. Actually I park most of my savings there and use wells for day to day. It's a start
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 12/1/2010 9:57:36 PM
Ok maybe I'm just dreaming...but what the hell.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 12/1/2010 9:56:48 PM
Now that there are just enough Repubs in Congress to cause gridlock I am starting to wonder....

Are we going to see any more programs designed to prop up RE prices or are these programs going to get stuck?

If so then it will be interesting to see what the RE market does if forced to stand on it's own two feet.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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What has gotten you concerned with Politics?
Posted: 12/1/2010 9:42:02 PM
I just watched this on youtube about the Quigley Formula.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_LYk1nD...
Part 7 is funny in how he relates the Dems and Reps to a WWE wrestling match. On a similar note you will hear Jerry Doyle (am 760) call it the "Country Club"
The parties tend to be moderate towards the middle in their actions....but how much of that is conspiracy and how much of that is getting reelected?
The video is definitely an interesting watch...I don't agree with all of it but I definitely don't disagree with all of it either.
If you have a partisan mentality you had best not watch this video with an open mind....well as if you ever would...he he. Ignorance is bliss.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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National Do Not Pay Your Mortgage Month
Posted: 12/1/2010 9:39:32 PM
I know I know
Just fanciful thinking....but for fun let's pretend that the rest of the JSP's whose taxes are bailing out the irresponsible decided to recover what Uncle Sam gave to the banks.
How many months would the taxpayers have to skip on their mortgages to recoup the bailout money that was taken from them?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Mopar stuff, Car value
Posted: 10/22/2010 10:08:39 AM
dont know how to post pics here. I found a site that knows mopars. He sent me an email saying the street wedge is a blue block and the max is a red.... or was it orange block. Anyhoo....said car is a red block but with after market manifold.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Mopar stuff, Car value
Posted: 10/21/2010 12:08:33 AM
2 door. all the "mods" are out of the factory. The car was ordered in it's present trim out of the factory.

I think my mind's made up...just wanna be sure. A car like this is difficult to research.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Mopar stuff, Car value
Posted: 10/20/2010 11:41:40 AM
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/dodge/polara/1095605.html

This one is pretty close but not the max wedge.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Mopar stuff, Car value
Posted: 10/20/2010 11:30:51 AM
Ok it doesn't have the ram manifold. Regular 4bbl.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Mopar stuff, Car value
Posted: 10/20/2010 11:29:51 AM
I found these two. Same pkg/setup but they are fully restored. Dons is not restored but excellent condition. The restored ones go for $40-50K. Don wants $10k for his. I'm trying to find a comp that is not restored.

http://www.lemonfree.com/73685005.html

http://www.remarkablecars.com/for-sale/1964-dodge-polara/p30139-1964-dodge-polara-modified-426-max-wedge.html
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Mopar stuff, Car value
Posted: 10/19/2010 11:48:45 PM
I have a step dad who wants to sell his 64 Dodge to me. He's the original owner.The car is a Polara 500. Motor is a 426 Max Wedge. It's original block but over-bored to 500ci. It is the 60s setup with the headers, crossover pipe and removable plates to bypass the mufflers. 4 speed with Hurst shifter. 60k ish miles. All matching numbers. Original interior is like new. Original paint is somewhat faded and chrome is a bit faded also.

Does anyone know what a car like this is worth?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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13 Storey Mosque due to open on 9/11/2011 at Ground Zero
Posted: 8/4/2010 11:46:02 AM
Cordoba Initiative is the org. behind the mosque.

Some history of Cordoba, Spain.

It was captured in 711[3] by a Muslim army: in 716 it became a provincial capital, depending from the Caliphate of Damascus; in Arabic it was known as قرطبة (Qurṭuba). In May 766, it was elected as capital of the independent Muslim emirate of al-Andalus, later a Caliphate itself.

In the best possible light there are better ways to show unity between the religions. If some American group named "The Enola Gay Institute" wanted to build a bronze rendition of the Tall Boy in the center of Hiroshima as a protest ( and lets assume a sincere protest ) to the use of atom bombs how do you think the Japanese would feel about it?

C'mon get real people. This is nothing more than a load in the face. Yes most Muslims are moderate but use some freaken common sense.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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The real reasons behind Arizona's Immigration Law?
Posted: 6/11/2010 2:57:02 PM
It's quite simple.

For the majority of Arizona, and the rest of the U.S.....were sick of twenty years or more of bullsh**.

Yet why amnesty after amnesty?

The Repubs are looking out for their big business cronies that want cheap labor. The Dems want some new voters. The Catholic Church wants some more bodies at Sunday Mass. Mexico likes all the money that Miguel sends to his teo Leo. Mexico is unwilling/unable to clean up her corruption and has a hard time feeding her poor. Hell, I'll bet if ole Calderon himself even mentions the cartels and asks for help then the very next day his limbs go to the four corners of Mexico.

The Arizona law itself is, almost to a tee, a repeat of federal law. So whoever started this thread you are either a Troll or it hasn't occurred to you to read something other than the Huffington Post, get a clue, ALL the media is biased. You need to start reading between the lines.

You should ask yourself "Who is getting what out of this?"

When you do that then you figure out that the majority of legal America is taking it in the rear to the benefit of all the aforementioned. Since the majority of American citizenry is here legally, and Barry want's to get reelected you should be able to deduce why he made the gesture of sending 1200 National Guardsmen to the border.

So here's a start...let's legalize, tax and regulate pot. It would take away billions from the Cartels. After hiring all the new police need to deal with the inevitable surge of reefer madness ( for you conservatives I'm being sarcastic ) we take what's left over and beef up the border even more. It's a double whammy. Mexico has a smaller Cartel to deal with and a border that forces them do deal with their own problems.

For you leftists who believe so strongly in equality....Do you really think Mexico, if she were rich,would do for our poor what we have done for them?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Making 3d model Autocad to lightwave or vice versa
Posted: 5/7/2010 9:55:30 PM
So I would want to build it in autocad and then export to one of the modeling programs? Or vice versa?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Making 3d model Autocad to lightwave or vice versa
Posted: 5/7/2010 5:07:09 PM
Is it possible to apply skins to autocad files like the modeling software?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Making 3d model Autocad to lightwave or vice versa
Posted: 5/7/2010 9:03:29 AM
Is it possible to make a model in lightwave or softimage and convert it to autocad?

I want to make a model where I can try different skins to see what looks best. I want it in autocad format to I can have pieces made via c&c.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Real Estate Investing - I need some guidance!
Posted: 4/13/2010 7:59:53 PM
Oh and did I mention that news of the shadow inventory is slowly oozing to the surface of the lamestream media?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Real Estate Investing - I need some guidance!
Posted: 4/13/2010 7:58:40 PM
I'm holding out 'til after election day. This seems to be the coin toss as to when or whether or not gubment will stop propping up the zombie market.

Waiting like a vulture. Yellow eyes stare patiently waiting for the thirsty desert goer to gasp his last breath.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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H20 cooling question
Posted: 3/18/2010 10:26:47 PM
I have a H20 cooled computer that doesn't require its fans. What are those plugs/connectors/whatever that you plug into the mobo that allow you to not use a fan? They must be some kind of circuit bypass.

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 sd_matt
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CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 1/9/2010 9:54:35 PM
Yup DHB's latest is about the "Moral Hazard". Will the buyers have the last laugh or did the bailout account for both waves (the past and the upcoming) of loan recasts?

Anyway, 57 percent of the second wave will be in CA alone. If the first bailout didn't cover the upcoming wave of loan recasts then the politicians will be between a rock and a hard place. How willing will the other 49 states be to sit while left-wing-looneyville is bailed out on their backs?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Cap and Trade and Global Warming
Posted: 1/6/2010 3:49:14 PM
The solutions themselves tell me it is a scam.

All one has to do is offer prize money for the green energy that is cheaper than the competition without any subsidies.

For example; six prizes of two billion each. The first six companies that make green oil at $2/gallon at the pump in California will each be given cash to start up a factory, pay off investors, ect....

Progress not happening fast enough? Up the prizes to $4 billion each.

Compare this to Cap and Trade.



Here's a link that talks about the bad science behind GW.

http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1593&highlight=climate+change

It involves some reading and some stuff that is way over my head but stuff like one piece of data involving only four sensors to measure an entire continent is within my mental grasp. There's more. This link answered it for me. Whether or not Global Warming is really a threat, I don't know, but the science behind it is a total sham.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Global warming?......... Yes please!
Posted: 1/6/2010 3:47:26 PM
The solutions themselves tell me it is a scam.

All one has to do is offer prize money for the green energy that is cheaper than the competition without any subsidies.

For example; six prizes of two billion each. The first six companies that make green oil at $2/gallon at the pump in California will each be given cash to start up a factory, pay off investors, ect....

Progress not happening fast enough? Up the prizes to $4 billion each.

Compare this to Cap and Trade.



Here's a link that talks about the bad science behind GW.

http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1593&highlight=climate+change

It involves some reading and some stuff that is way over my head but stuff like one piece of data involving only four sensors to measure an entire continent is within my mental grasp. There's more. This link answered it for me. Whether or not Global Warming is really a threat, I don't know, but the science behind it is anything but.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Global warming + CO2. explain this then
Posted: 1/6/2010 3:44:13 PM
The solutions themselves tell me it is a scam.

All one has to do is offer prize money for the green energy that is cheaper than the competition without any subsidies.

For example; six prizes of two billion each. The first six companies that make green oil at $2/gallon at the pump in California will each be given cash to start up a factory, pay off investors, ect....

Progress not happening fast enough? Up the prizes to $4 billion each.

Compare this to Cap and Trade.



Here's a link that talks about the bad science behind GW.

http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1593&highlight=climate+change

It involves some reading and some stuff that is way over my head but stuff like one piece of data involving only four sensors to measure an entire continent is within my mental grasp. There's more. This link answered it for me. Whether or not Global Warming is really a threat, I don't know, but the science behind it is a total sham.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 53 (view)
 
CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 1/6/2010 3:00:50 PM
If interest rates creep up what will the banks have to do to keep their shadow inventory looking good on paper? Or is that already covered with shady appraisal methods?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Avatar. The movie
Posted: 12/21/2009 11:25:17 PM
Just saw the movie tonight and thought it was good all in all. It got a little green and earthy for me but I liked it.

It got me to thinking about Manifest Destiny and China and the Tibeten Monks.

Thoughts?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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New Eharmony Post, Wait til you read this!!!
Posted: 11/19/2009 10:18:26 PM
I receive much more responses from eHarmony than from POF. Unfortunately that number from eHarmony is a very small. About 5 percent respond. No dates after about five months of paid service. I had one date but messed up the schedule. Ok so I had one date.

I think the net is best left for masturbation, not dating.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 206 (view)
 
Health care
Posted: 11/14/2009 7:24:49 PM
Yeah, we should socialize only where there is consensus or close to it. Personal opinion.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 29 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/14/2009 7:08:59 PM
I think the sheeple will get slightly smarter for a generation or two then go back to the status quo.

I have nothing to back this except my gut.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 27 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/10/2009 9:40:49 PM
Keynes has as many critics as he does supporters.
I am more inclined to listen to those who were predicting this collapse 2003 and earlier. Dean Baker, Nouriel Roubini, Peter Schiff ect... and seeing what they say in common. That is a more common sense approach.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 25 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/10/2009 6:50:08 PM
LOL. We shall see.

Where does your model come from? The NAR?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 23 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/10/2009 6:13:23 PM
Either way it is bad policy. It only delays the unavoidable.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 21 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/10/2009 5:53:21 PM
Yeah I read what you copied and I see what you are saying about where he got the estimates. The only links I see are what Husker put up.

So what would be the best guestimate of future sales? Case Schiller?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/10/2009 5:06:06 PM
Yeah post the link please. I'll read it.

The NAR's estimate (no doubt an optimistic one) doesn't exactly indicate an efficient use of taxpayer money.

So for now I stick to my original premise.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 11/10/2009 4:20:43 PM
Truebloo

I read DHB also. He makes a strong case for an outright crash. Check out Piggington.com. The Piggs seem to go back and fourth between a big crash in 10 and a slow, government-induced, decline.

Golfcoast

From what the Paul Reveres are/were saying the blood in on the hands of both parties for this financial mess. And if it were just the Dems doing the raping then the Reps (except for a small handfull) seemed to be doing the equivalent of standing on the side and watching while playing with themselves.

Another fun side note. Maybe we can make similar bet on how many more bubbles can be blown up before the sheeple get it. Infinity is not allowed as an answer.

And here's something more to cheer you all up!! Ron Paul's HR1207 was gutted. The linky; http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/27238682/hr-1207-gutted.htm

Oh well.

Who is John Galt?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 48 (view)
 
CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 11/10/2009 3:41:01 PM
I think Dudness speaks wisely in his earlier post.

He echoes the ones I call the Paul Reveres. Peter Schiff, Nouriel Roubini, Dean Baker, Robert Schiller....there are more. The blogs Piggington.com and Doctorhousingbubble talk about this in depth. And they too were calling this bubble for what it was.

I am going to wait until '10 at least to see if a new round of crony programs will turn this upcoming Alt-A tsunami into a long downward decent.

On a related note for fun we can place bets on whether or not the media will be paid to stay silent about the supposed "shadow inventory" or will they go for the story. Personally I think it is a fun wild card to think about. Imagine the general public getting wind of this. Would they wait out the banks ( and cause them to fall) or will government knock them off the fence with with a $30k tax credit?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Ron Pauls HR 1207. Will your rep sign it?
Posted: 11/10/2009 2:27:09 PM
Elmenreich

You won't like this. I hope he can successfully reintroduce the bill in it's original incarnation. I will back him.

http://www.americanbankingnews.com/2009/11/01/ron-paul-bank-connected-democrat-mel-watt-strips-h-r-1207-of-almost-everything/
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 17 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 11/10/2009 2:12:38 PM
Mermaid

I think we should teach them by voting out all those that voted for the bailout.

Elmenreich

Doctorhousingbubble and Piggington have used the article I posted and it was rarely debated in those blogs. Theses two blogs have been very accurate on the mechanics of the bubble. So I am inclined to trust their assessment more than yours. Also I see Brookings being used across the left and right.

But

If you can point out what is specifically wrong with the methodology of the article I am all all ears. And no I'm not trying to pick a fight.

 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 5 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 10/27/2009 5:53:37 PM
All joking aside. What's to ignore from the original link? Have you read the link?
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 95 (view)
 
Obama's latest approval ratings.
Posted: 10/27/2009 3:22:57 PM
If I were politically calculating, oh wait, I am. OK OK but wait....

If I were a Repub I would start shouting loud against the fiscal irresponsibility. Not whispering the warnings like GW did during his eight years. It would position myself as the good guy and as someone who looks to the future.

Oh wait. Did I say the word "future" ?

Never mind.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 4 (view)
 
Housing tax credit costing more than it help.
Posted: 10/27/2009 3:16:17 PM
I wonder how long before the sheeple pick up on this. You can imagine that this kind of "help" will go on for the foreseeable future.

I guess they are either trying slow this down and make it not so spectacular. We gotta prepare for the 2010 election, ya know. Or they truly think they can turn this around.

Hmmm.....the '10 election is in November. We might need to bump that tax credit up to $30k. By November the Alt-A loans will be defaulting in full force. Jobs will probably not be recovering by then. Better bump it up to a $45k tax credit. Of course we have to account for the fact that there will be those fence sitters waiting for ever higher tax credits. Better make it $60k. Hmmmm....how bout cash back on 0% financing?

This could be fun. How bout we start making a betting pool on what kind nutty, long-term-future-killing incentives the powers that be will come up with next?
 
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