After our massive financial outlays for the backpacking trip and the kitchen remodel, I hoped to see an uptick in the global economy. Happily, evidence is starting to show up in this week’s not-as-terrible-as-we-were-anticipating financial reports. A word of caution to those looking ahead; we are about to commence on a crushingly stringent austerity program, […]Read more "doing our bit"
The mellowcat is wading into the debate about extending the first-time homebuyer tax credit, which is now set to expire on December 1. Lots of people are now taking advantage of this $8000 giveaway, and there are some who say the tax credit should be extended, and the credit amount should be increased. Realtors and […]Read more "want to help? don’t help."
Strongly Worded Letter has decided to get all up in my grillwork about the Cash for Clunkers program; SWL is a fan, Mellowcat is not. He counters my fact-free opinion with some statistics showing that the program is resulting in real environmental benefits. Left out of the equation are the environmental costs in manufacturing and […]Read more "my point is this"
It’s becoming less frightening to take a glance at ye olde 401k statements these days. I know there’s a long way to go yet, and more than likely there will be some more dips before things stabilize. But it’s nice to see some slow and steady forward progress for a change. Fewer people are demanding […]Read more "movin’ on up"
Although we don’t always find ourselves in agreement, Mellowcat fully endorses Paul Krugman‘s choice of furry friends. In a recent post, Mr. Krugman said: So far, there’s nothing pointing to a fundamental turnaround this year, or next, or for that matter as far as the eye can see. The cats are decidedly more optimistic.Read more "nationalize the pets"