Archive for January, 2010

STATE OF THE UNION FALLS SHORT ON “OUTSIDE THE BOX” SOLUTIONS

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

President Obama’s State of the Union speech proposed ways to help the middle class recover and also to create some jobs.   Naturally — and despite a proposed spending freeze – these initiatives will cost money.   He overlooked four initiatives that can also help the middle class, and  create jobs either directly or indirectly, but without costing anybody anything.
First, why [...]

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Guest Post that I wish I’d thought of: “Free” way to reduce energy use

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

The myth of the landlord as a Mr. Potter-type figure still persists, even though many of them today are as cash-strapped as the tenants.   That is the only rational explanation for why many building owners fail to make obvious energy-saving improvements in their buildings, improvements that have paybacks of 4 years or less and add to [...]

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THE EASIEST WAY TO REDUCE FORECLOSURES…IF ONLY SOMEONE OTHER THAN ME WOULD THINK OF IT

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

President Obama has often said that it would be a shame to waste this economic crisis.  Nowhere is that more true than in real estate, where federal homebuyer tax credits up to $8,000 are barely denting the mortgage foreclosure rate.   Instead, let’s use this crisis to try a new approach:   slashing the 6 percent real [...]

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Guest Post–Some Clip-n-Save Health care Stats

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Dear OOBonomics nation,
 
There is a lot of debate about the implications of health care policy.  It’s a pleasure to join you today and hopefully to provide you with a brief overview of certain aspects of healthcare spending – this is not intended to be an in-depth analysis but it should  cover some of the major [...]

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News Flash: Nelson Amendment a Major Coup for Choice Advocates

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Dear Oobonomics Nation:
 
Whether you are pro-choice and disagree with the above headline, or pro-life and disagree with Roe v. Wade, please hold off on the hate-mail, okay?  Direct that towards people with bombs in their underwear instead.   (While you can’t send me hate-mail, you can still send me disagree-mail or even dislike-mail. )  What you are [...]

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Guest Post: Raising Money to Pay for US Children’s College Education

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 by Middle Blue

Let’s simply tax non-US student tuition at a rate of 400-500% and use the money to fund loan and grant programs for US citizens.

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