Housing vs Neighborhoods

When I was asked some years ago to write a piece about “housing,” I declined. I have a problem with the word itself. Or more precisely, I’m troubled by discussing housing outside the context of the other elements that comprise a complete neighborhood.

Words are powerful things; they can both define the present and predict the future. The world might be a very different place today if the term “housing” had never been invented. In the old days we had houses and we had neighborhoods, but housing as a concept barely existed until quite recently. (My dictionary shows the first recorded use of the term “housing project” in 1951.)

Fat Cats

We’re hearing lots these days about “Fat Cat” bankers bringing down the U.S. financial system. No doubt some of them did contribute to the failure---but many others are in line for blame as well: government regulations and regulators, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and bond credit-rating firms to name a few.

What we don’t hear much about is “Fat Cat” union leaders, who long have caused a huge drag on the economy.

Welcome Bloggers!

BLOG THE NEWS

Welcome bloggers to NN247’s BLOG THE NEWS. These days everyone has lots to say! Why? Because there’s so much to talk about! What’s your Hot Button issue of the day? Iran? Afghanistan? The Health Care Bill? Honduras? Jobs? CIA Probe? Economy? Home Foreclosures? Tort Reform? Cap & Trade? Bailouts? Stimulus Bill? Unemployment? Finance Reform? Budget? Climate Change? Governors’ Races in Virginia, New Jersey; and how about California? Water for farmers in the San Joaquin Valley? The proposed tax overhaul?

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Is President Obama of the Opinion That Presidents Are Above the Law?

SHAMEFUL is the only way to describe the heavy-handed, premature support of the Obama administration for ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

By publicly and aggressively coming to Zelaya’s defense, the administration encouraged other governments and institutions to follow its lead.

A.B. Stoddard

A.B. Stoddard

A.B. Stoddard (The Hill)

A.B. StoddardA.B. Stoddard is the associate editor of The Hill newspaper. After graduating from Connecticut College in 1991, A. B. became a reporter for the Potomac News in Northern Virginia. From 1995 to 1999 she first wrote for The Hill covering Congress. Stoddard’s next stop was ABC News until 2002 when she rejoined The Hill staff. She also serves as a Fox News contributor. A.B. is married to Peter Robertson.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is a commentator on the American scene, blogger, author, and a frequent TV and radio guest. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and Web sites. The latest of her four books is Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies. In the ’90s Malkin began her journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and The Seattle Times. Born of Filipino parents in Philadelphia, Malkin is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. She lives Colorado Springs.

Ben Smith

Ben

Ben Smith (Politico)

Ben Smith joined Politico just in time to cover the 2008 presidential campaign, in particular the Democratic primary. He is a senior political writer. Before joining Politico, Smith was a political columnist for the New York Daily News. In 2005 and 2006 Smith started three of New York City’s leading political blogs: The Politicker, The Daily Politics, and Room Eight, for which he still writes occasionally about the New York scene. He lives in Arlington, VA.

Greta Van Susteren

Greta

Greta Van Susteren (Fox)

Greta Van Susteren joined Fox News Channel in 2002 as the host of the primetime news and interview program, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Before joining Fox, Greta hosted “The Point with Greta Van Susteren” for CNN and co-hosted the network’s daily legal program, “Burden of Proof.” A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law in 1979 and a Master of Law in 1982. Subsequently she served as adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center from 1984 through 1999. Van Susteren is co-author of My Turn at the Bullypulpit: Straight Talk About The Things That Drive Me Nuts. Recently named one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes Magazine, Van Susteren is the recipient of both the 2000-2001 Sandra Day O’Connor Medal of Honor from Seton Hall University and the American Bar Association Presidential Award for “Excellence in Journalism.” She lives in Washington.