It's the last day of summer. Actually, it doesn't even feel like summer here anymore. The nights have gone chilly, and the shadows are substantial, even at noon. I noticed several trees have gone red the last few days, and this strikes me as a bit early, perhaps a week ahead of last year.
This was interesting. Our house that we sold in California in 2001 for 215k and was then sold two years later for 335k and then 3 years later for 635k was foreclosed on. The bank was seeking over 650k but it just recently went for 354k. Almost half off its peak. The second to last owner made the most. And everyone made more than we did yet we owned the property for 6 years. Has bottom been hit? Only time will tell.
Here's what I want to know. Who in their right mind would vote republican for the presidency this time around? As much as the media and the pundits would like to spin it otherwise, there really is very little difference between the two parties. They sit very close to either side of center. (Really, it's true! Which makes all the mudslinging so childish.) In fact, I'm totally on board with the more conservative philosophy of lower taxes and less government interference. (I do understand that people can't be trusted though, and therefore some government oversight is necessary in order to avoid negative consequences for the public. We're seeing the downside of deregulation at the moment. ) I would have to disagree with some elements of their social platform, such as the denying of rights to certain segments of the population (homosexuals, pregnant women). But the bottom line is this. After eight years of the Republican party holding the White House, we are worse off as a nation, as a people. Our global reputation is shot, we are WAY more indebted, mired in global conflicts which we started, and now saddled with the burden of "saving" the nation's financial system. If we vote Republican, we are voting against our own best interest. No amount of spin should convince you otherwise.