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Archive for December 12th, 2011

As affordable housing lags, cities try to set right troubled construction deals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 12th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

As affordable housing lags, cities try to set right troubled construction deals

CHARLOTTE — Here in the South’s second-largest city, homeless shelters are packed and housing experts say that thousands of affordable rental units are needed just to meet current demand.

To help build homes for the poor, the city turned to the federal government, drawing $3.5 million for four projects that promised 202 units. Years later, all the money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME fund has been spent, but 83 houses have not been delivered. One project failed to produce a single home.

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Congress edges toward a compromise on spending

Put this in the “small accomplishments” category for an especially gridlocked Congress: It appears increasingly likely that, with little fuss, lawmakers will approve a bipartisan compromise in coming days that will keep government running past Friday, when a short-term funding measure that has kept the lights on expires.

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What Bill Clinton Would Do

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 12th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

What Bill Clinton Would Do
Jeff Madrick, New York Times
Bill Clinton’s new book, “Back to Work,” is less a bold plan to create jobs than it is a passionate rebuttal of “our 30-year antigovernment obsession.” That obsession, he insists, is public enemy No. 1. He also seems to be sending a barely disguised message to Barack Obama to join him in confronting the anti­government chorus.But coming from a former president who contributed to that very antigovernment narrative in the 1990s, it is unsurprising that the substance of the case he makes is weaker than it should be. 

Don’t Pretend We Know Climate Change Cause
John Robson, Toronto Sun
Not only is the Kyoto Protocol technically flawed, the so-called science behind it is utter twaddle. Never mind complicated things like non-linear mathematics or, indeed, mathematics of any sort. The alarmists can't possibly know how to predict the future of Earth's climate because they can't explain its past.At one point the UN's famous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tried to tell us the climate story was pretty simple. Their infamous “hockey stick” graph showed temperature constant for 1,000 years, then shooting up sharply in the 20th century as…

If GOP Wins, Social Darwinism Is Back
Robert Reich, San Fran Chronicle
Listen carefully to the Republican debates, and you get a view of the type of society many Republicans seek. The last time we had it was in the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.It was an era when the nation was mesmerized by the doctrine of free enterprise. It was also a time when the ideas of William Graham Sumner, a professor of political and social science at Yale, dominated American social thought. Sumner brought Charles Darwin to America and twisted him into a theory to fit the times. 

Could a Dark Horse Win?
Brian Bolduc, National Review
Must Republicans choose either Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney for their presidential nominee?A wildly imaginative political junkie might say, “Maybe not.”In an essay for Sabato’s Crystal Ball, senior columnist Rhodes Cook observes that the first four contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida — will bind only 115 delegates, out of 2,282 total. In fact, “heading into Super Tuesday [March 6], only 15 percent of the GOP delegates will have been chosen,” he notes.

Tebow Authors Another Miracle
Mike Kils, Denver Post
See there, Chicago? Now you know what they already knew in Miami and New York. The people there learned their lesson just like those in Oakland, San Diego and Minnesota.And now the people of Chicago know.It's never too late for Tebow Time.There is no antidote, no potion for Tebow Magic. The Broncos' defense will force a fumble. The kicker will be true from beyond 50 yards. Receivers who were struggling all game with the drops will suddenly make superb catches.