Harry Gross: Unfair to reward marriage (Harry Gross, Philadelphia Inquirer)

A short and simple story by Harry Gross at Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dear Harry: Something has concerned me for a long time as a single taxpayer. I realized that the government encourages marriage for whatever reasons, even though the divorce rate is in the 50 percent area. It’s clearly unfair for the government to tax me more than a married individual considering that my responsibilities as a single person are actually more than a married man. For example, the …

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Harry Gross: Unfair to reward marriage (Harry Gross)

Harry Gross of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes:

Dear Harry: Something has concerned me for a long time as a single taxpayer. I realized that the government encourages marriage for whatever reasons, even though the divorce rate is in the 50 percent area. It’s clearly unfair for the government to tax me more than a married individual considering that my responsibilities as a single person are actually more than a married man. For example, the …

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Interesting Housing News Links (May 04, 2009)

* Pools become nasty mosquito havens in foreclosure (Janet Mc Connaughey, The Pantagraph)

Mosquito control workers can measure the recession by the number of green, cloudy swimming pools they see – algae-covered havens for mosquitoes dotting neighborhoods hit by the foreclosure crisis.

* Construction jobs disappearing (Alexander Coolidge, Crain’s Cleveland Business)

In the two years since the real estate bubble burst and sent the broader economy into recession, local construction jobs are disappearing at a faster rate than any other local job sector – surpassing manufacturing as the region’s most rapid job loser.

* Shots fired at Phoenix after-prom party (Megan Boehnke, Arizona Republic)

Police broke up an after-prom party in South Phoenix Sunday morning after receiving reports of gunshots being fired at the home.

* Monica Yant Kinney: Housing quest a hint of what’s to come (Monica Yant Kinney, Philadelphia Inquirer)

This is a story about Georgia Barnes, a 76-year-old blind woman of meager means with weeks to find a new home. It’s also about baby boomers whose housing problems may be yours before you know it.

* CRA Building Needs Redevelopment (Anna Scott, Downtown News)

It is a situation that smacks of irony: the Community Redevelopment Agency, the city entity charged with helping turn around Los Angeles blighted neighborhoods, finds itself headquartered in a building that it says is tumbling into disrepair. That puts the agency in a direct dispute with one of the citys largest landowners.

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What to Do If Your Bank Bombs The Stress Test (Dave Kansas, Wall Street Journal)

A good piece of writing by Dave Kansas of the Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Reserve stress test results are due out May 7, and early reports indicate that as many as six of the 19 large financial institutions surveyed may need to raise more capital to satisfy regulators that they can deal with the current economic challenges.

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Interesting Housing News Links (May 03, 2009)

* Plenty of incentives for home shoppers ready to buy (Josh Brown, Virginian-Pilot)

Pat and Amanda Wagley peered through the car window Tuesday evening as their real estate agent pulled into the driveway of a small home.

Ted Rall: Every Dogi has its Day | Americans lose their savings and their minds

A great story by Ted Rall of the Urban Tulsa Weekly.

When the revolution comes, the tribunal will turn to two sources to determine who should be arrested: a list of the 500 highest-paid CEOs and the Styles section of The New York Times.

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