ICYMI: Purple states, razing homes and the UAW heads south
Response to this feature last week was pretty good, so I’m trying it again today: a rundown of articles, essays, graphs, etc. from this week that are interesting but haven’t made it to my blog until now.
- Polls from so-called battleground states suggest President Obama’s re-election chances are worse than the national surveys would indicate.
- All the talk about spending cuts in the debt-ceiling debate ignores the fact that neither side is talking about anything more than slowing the growth rate of spending. And here’s a useful graph comparing the two plans by Speaker John Boehner and the one by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
- An astonishing chart showing the price of the average U.S. house in ounces of gold. It’s enough to make one consider selling gold and buying real estate — so long as you do it before banks reduce a lot of the housing stock by tearing down unwanted, foreclosed homes.
- Someone else argues the higher tax rates of yesteryear won’t solve Washington’s budget deficits unless we also return to ye olde spending levels. This example uses figures from the 1950s, versus my earlier suggestion about taking the example of the Clinton-Gingrich-Lott era.
- Talk about the UAW organizing workers at Volkswagen’s new factory in Chattanooga may mean that a potential Audi plant, for which Georgia might have competed, will end up in Mexico instead.
- Georgia’s newest Public Service Commissioner is making the rounds — Savannah, Albany, France — on the dime of taxpayers and campaign contributors, with the latter group contributing not only to his election but his personal business.
- Finally, a thought-provoking piece from the always-worth-reading Walter Russell Mead about the dark side of human progress, as revealed in Norway. (It’s fairly long by online standards, and I don’t agree with every word, but it’s worth your time.)
– By Kyle Wingfield
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