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What is Charity?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism* by Arthur Brooks. The book came out several years ago but I’m just now taking the time to listen/read it. The purpose of the book was to look at charity (who gives and doesn’t give) in America based entirely […]

More Talk of Mortgage Principal Reductions

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

In today’s WSJ: The Obama administration is trying to push through a settlement over mortgage-servicing breakdowns that could force America’s largest banks to pay for reductions in loan principal worth billions of dollars. Terms of the administration’s proposal include a commitment from mortgage servicers to reduce the loan balances of troubled borrowers who owe more […]

Links to the CPI Tables Going Back to 2000

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I have been spending some time the last couple of days, looking at the CPI reports. If you’ve never looked at one of these reports, I urge you to do so. They’re pretty interesting. I still can’t for the life of me figure out why the BLS groups Education and Communications together. Why not give […]

An Interesting Inflation Graphic

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

I found this link on facebook the other day. Check it out: CPI Categories Since 2000. From what I can tell, they got their numbers for college tuition from the BLS like I did. I’m not sure why their numbers are so much higher than mine are.

Why Does the CPI Put Education and Communication in the Same Category?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I was looking at the CPI numbers this morning and noticed something interesting. For some reason, the CPI puts education and communications together in the same category: I can think of one good reason to group the two together: to hide the inflation rate of education. To see what I mean, take a look at […]

Political “Math”

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Last week I was part of a rather heated discussion on facebook about Texas’ budget woes and proposed cuts to its education budget. One of the people involved in the discussion was a school adminstrator. I asked him how he would solve the supposed education cuts. He wrote this: “A .01% increase in taxes would […]

My Favorites of John Wooden’s Favorite Maxims

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

John Wooden was one of my favorite leadership examples. I have several books by him and like them all. I was reading Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court* last night and came across a list of Coach Wooden’s favorite maxims in the back of the book. I chose some […]

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