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3 lies about deficits

I don’t agree with the characterization of home ownership subsidies as “cruel.”  It comes across as an odd, emotive label in what the author otherwise attempts to rationally discuss.  I also don’t agree that private capital necessarily helps the impoverished shoemaker.  It will only do so if it benefits the same capital.


  1. In his defense, on home ownership, I have seen those subsidies become a cruelty. I saw it anchor a person who wouldn’t have normally been able to afford the house he lived in, because he couldn’t sell it for enough to pay the real estate agent and clear the mortgage. And where he lived was just far enough from good jobs that he wound up being one of my coworkers.

    That said, it was HIS decision to buy, subsidy or not. The subsidy simply made the wrong choice look more appealing.

    Posted on 15-Jan-12 at 00:02 | Permalink
  2. CombatRob

    I am very sympathetic on housing, as you no doubt know. The subsidy factored in a small way in our decision to buy a house in Las Vegas, a decision with nuclear consequences to our credit and financial standing. Did your friend consider a short sale?

    Posted on 15-Jan-12 at 15:19 | Permalink

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