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During the period since the housing crash, there have been a lot of folks who were waiting for prices to finish their plummet.  They waited and waited.  Eventually many got tired of sitting on the fence and made a commitment to upgrading their lifestyles.  Few regretted their decisions, and many ...
01/17/2013
If one could attempt to find a silver lining in the antics of our elected do-nothings, perhaps we could say that they are in total agreement that the other side is to blame.  Unfortunately, that will not make the lives of 300 million people better. A month ago, I wrote that it was not realistic t...
12/30/2012
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It may be more exciting than watching paint dry or even the NHL cancel another few games.   The it is of course the latest spectacle in Washington.  The folks in charge of the national do-nothing alliance are now exerting maximum effort to claim that the other side is not working hard enough to a...
11/30/2012
In case you haven't noticed, there is a presidential contest taking place with the results to be decided in less than a couple weeks.  We have a pretty good idea what the current guy in the white house will do, assuming that he would have made any changes to his tactics and strategy already.  Tha...
10/27/2012
Last night's TV fare allowed us to witness a contest between two opponents who were not particularly well-matched.  The spectacle was somewhat boring, and there were often times when I was unable to resist doing a little channel surfing.  Unfortunately, when looking for something to watch besides...
10/23/2012
The Donothing Alliance, AKA Minnesota State Legislature, has been in a state of not-so-dynamic tension for generations.  The folks on either side of the aisle take turns preventing the other side from proceeding.  I'm sure that's the situation in many other states too. Now there may be something ...
10/20/2012
Investing in real estate income property has been one way people have accumulated wealth over the decades.  You can make money in several ways if the winds of fortune blow your way.  There are a number of ways to postpone paying income tax on a portion of rental income, which means that there wil...
09/09/2012
In terms of politics, we hear the "four years ago" question a lot these days.  I'm not sure if trading the 2008 brink of economic collapse for a 2012 modestly high unemployment rate is better or worse.  That's something for you and the hate commercials coming soon to a TV channel near you to eval...
09/04/2012
Some folks feel that the worst is behind us in the housing depression, and it may be true.  But, just as in war waged for the usual poor excuses, the carnage left behind is and will be ignored.  I have offered many times that there is at least a half generation that has been left to face a life o...
08/09/2012
CNBC has published the results of its sixth annual report on The Best States For Business.  For the first time, Minnesota has dropped out of the top ten, from seventh place in 2011 to eleventh this year.  Although number eleven isn't bad, there are obviously some things that need attention.  To g...
07/11/2012
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