The Housing Chronicles Blog: November column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

Monday, November 7, 2011

November column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

My column for the November 2011 issue of Builder & Developer magazine is now posted online.

For this issue, entitled "Beware the Politics of Economics" I wanted to discuss how the politicization of economics can end up shielding voters from the important issues they should be considering. Since we'll be seeing a lot of politically charged rhetoric over the next year regarding the economy, it's more crucial than ever to recognize what got us to the situation we're in -- and the best ways we can escape it. Hint: neither major party has yet addressed these solutions.

An excerpt:

...What we should demand from our elected government is the truth about our strengths and weaknesses in a global world. Our strengths remain solid, including a younger, less-taxed population versus other developed countries, a more innovative economy and the dollar as the global reserve currency.

But our weaknesses remain formidable, including a two-party system which discourages compromise, self-absorbed seniors who have no problem forcing younger generations to pay for now-outdated retirement plans, income inequality which hinders growth, an education system which can’t seem to churn out globally competitive students and a crumbling infrastructure whose price tag is apparently too high to seriously debate, much less repair...

To read the entire column, click here.

To read the entire November 2011 issue in digital format, click here.

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