obama: Obama & Econ 101
- 06/02/12 03:45 PM
Obama & Econ 101
I just heard our illustrious President on the radio putting his spin on the recent dismal economic numbers. I'm sure you've heard them - unemployment up, gas prices up, job creation down, consumer confidence tanking again - yeah, that economic news. So the President's take...-
"The Legislature needs to make it easier for companies to hire people."
And that, Folks, is the heart of the problem right there. His first reaction to anything involves more government. The Legislature needs to make it easier. Really? I mean, don't get me wrong, over-regulation and interference by the government is
obama: Obama's Expanded Mortgage Relief. A Shell Game?
- 10/26/11 12:09 PM
Even the headlines is a lie - 'Obama offers homeowners mortgage relief'. The revamped Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) announced by President Obama on Monday, was actually the work of the FHFA, but lets not quibble about who takes the credit during this election cycle. It's not like the program will do enough good to matter anyway, in all likelihood.
But one can always hope. At least the 11+ million of us with underwater mortgages can hope. Well, maybe some subset of those can hope. After all, the original HARP was supposed to provide relief for 5 million homeowners but in
obama: Realtors. Are Your Rich? Joe Biden Thinks So.
- 09/03/10 04:21 PM
Are you rich? I suspect the answer from most of us, especially given the events of the past couple years, would be a resounding "NO". Most of us might even take that up a notch to "HELL NO".
But if this administration allows some or all of the current tax cuts to expire at the end of this year, you might be surprised. For example, according to the most recent NAR statistics, the median income for a licensed broker/broker associate in 2010 was $49,100. Does making just under $50k a year qualify you as rich? Well if the tax cuts
obama: FHA's Dave Stevens Talks. WE created the mess. THEY'll fix it. Oboy.
- 04/19/10 06:47 PM
This morning we were treated to an hour long conference call with FHA Commissioner Dave Stevens, courtesy of NAR. Long-time readers know I'm a fan of Stevens, even got a nice comment from him on a blog I wrote last fall following his address at NAR. I think it's a good thing to have somebody in his position who actually knows real estate, knows what it takes to sell a house, get a mortgage, work a short sale, etc. As introduced this morning, they said it's 'refreshing to have someone who knows our industry.' I concur.
Stevens started his talk saying
obama: Making Home Affordable - Another, Day Another Lie
- 03/22/10 03:13 PM
You all remember the great fanfare wherein President B H Obama introduced the fabulous Making Home Affordable Program (Help for the hardest hit - according to the website)? He said - and I quote, "this program will enable as many as 3 to 4 million home owners to modify the terms of their mortgage" preserving the dream of home ownership. Last May in Washington DC, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan trumpeted the program before a packed audience of Realtors® during our Legislative Summit Day - the plan 'does a number of things to make sure that 3 to 4 million families can
obama: Obama to Receive Gold Medal
- 02/23/10 07:55 PM
NBC announced that Pres. B.H. Obama will be awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Ceremonies this evening in Vancouver. After careful examination by the judges, it seems he's gone downhill even faster than Bode Miller.
obama: Wednesday Chuckle - Watching The Super Bowl @ The White House
- 02/17/10 04:09 PM
obama: Obama Screws the Pooch Again
- 08/08/09 03:38 PM
it just me or does it seem like every time Obama turns around he's
shooting himself in the foot these days. Fast on the heels of his
untimely comment on 'stupid' police, comes his offer to have his
sycophants tattle on their neighbors for disagreeing with his health
care carbuncle. I guess if his SEIU cronies can't intimidate or beat
them into submission, maybe the PC police will pay them a little visit.
Here's the article from Fox
"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because
of this privacy
statute that prohibits the
obama: Obamanomics to the rescue? Ski areas say NYET!
- 11/21/08 06:02 PM
11-20 obamanomics & ski areas
Obamanomics to the
The Associated Press November
20, 2008, 1:08PM ET
Colorado ski resorts bracing for layoffs
workers at three Colorado mountains are bracing for layoffs as a
Canadian resort operator says the poor economy will force job cuts.
this week did not say exactly how many jobs will go at its three owned
or operated Colorado resorts -- Copper Mountain, Steamboat Ski
& Resort and Winter Park. But the Vancouver-based resort
operator says the drop in business
obama: NAR - Election Results w/ Joe Scarborough & Mike Barnicle
- 11/09/08 08:47 PM
11-9 scarborough & barnicle
In an effort to bring
you more from the governance side of the NAR
Conference & Expo,
I attended a very entertaining session featuring the host of Morning
Joe on MSNBC Joe Scarborough and columnist &
Barnicle titled 'Election
Results and the 111th Congress: Legislative & Political Forum.'
view my other NAR Updates here:
NAR - Land Use, Property Rights
& Environment Committee
NAR - Regulatory Issues Forum
stated before, this will not be an exhaustive reporting of the forum
obama: NAR - Regulatory Issues Forum
- 11/08/08 04:47 PM
11-8 regulatory issues
After a couple rough days in Miami at the MortgageFraudBlog Conference -
can read all about it here) - I'm up to Orlando for the NAR Conference & Expo.
I hope I can make it to the AR party tonight but it's been a helluva a
few days with morning to night meetings and I'm fading.
appears that most of the posts I read here about the NAR Expo
focus on the social media seminars and the tech sided of things - and
there is plenty
obama: Redistribution of wealth - easier in concept than practice.
- 11/01/08 08:20 PM
on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with
a sign that read "Vote Obama, I
need the money." I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server
on a "Obama 08"
pin, again I laughed as she had given away her political
preference--just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to her
that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. She
stood there in disbelief while
I told her that I was going to redistribute her
obama: Looking Ahead to the 2012 Election
- 10/30/08 11:30 AM
10-30 2012 obama
This was forwarded to me this
morning. Looks like a pretty accurate read of the situation.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
3, 2012, WASHINGTON
-- Tomorrow, Americans return to the polls, four years after electing
Senator Barack Hussein Obama their commander in chief. Though the
incumbent president trails in the polls, his aides still hold out hope
that he will be able to engineer an improbable victory.
with the depressed economy, America's
tenuous situation abroad, and a spate of unpopular Supreme Court
obama: Biased Media? Who says? These Guys Do.
- 10/23/08 08:25 PM
10-23 negative news
The Project for Excellence in
Journalism, a Washington D.C. based think-tank with no
political affiliation, has issued a report comparing the news coverage
of Sen. John McCain and
Sen. Barack Obama.
The findings of the report are simple: while candidate coverage since
their conventions has been pretty equal in quantity, there has been a
noticeable difference in quality. Coverage of John McCain during the
campaign "has been overwhelmingly negative since the conventions ended."
The Project for Excellence in
Journalism studied some 2,412 stories from 48 news outlets
for its study, including newspapers, Web
obama: A Model for Dysfunctional Politics - Give Our Founding Fathers Some Credit.
- 09/20/08 12:55 PM
9-22 balance of power
couple days ago I wrote an article about the budget mess in California
EE 4 Kneeya - It's All About the Balls'. If you didn't read
it, you probably should because it's a ready-made primer on what happens when
you combine tax
& spend leadership with a tax & spend
- what some of you are proposing to do in November. It's not a pretty
picture and if you think the nations current economic problems are
tough, just give it a few years under a tax & spend
obama: Obama at the Blowhole. Too funny.
- 08/15/08 10:13 PM
Just had to pass this along for those of you who might need a chuckle. You probably noticed I haven't done any political posts the past couple weeks. That's because I've been on Kauai and Maui and so I've made a few posts to Traveling Rainers. For those of you unlucky enough to actually have real estate business to attend to - you can experience a virtual vacation through me. In fact if you want to take up a collection and send it over, I'll gladly stay another week or two and let you know how it is. Thanks.
Anyway, as you're
obama: Obama Blows Smoke Up Your... Tires
- 08/01/08 02:05 PM
8-1 Obama Blows Smoke Up Your...Tires
Well, Nancy Pelosi and
her henchmen (& women) pulled up stakes in our nation's capitol
and headed of for parties unknown (whoops, that should read - parts
them out of town for awhile is always a good thing as our remaining freedoms will
remain untrammeled until their return and our incomes will not be taxed any
more. Of course they hit the road without a vote on the
minor issue of re-instituting off-shore drilling or other ways to
increase our independence on foreign oil. Pelosi couldn't risk having