Et Tu Economist?

I’m an avid reader of the Economist.  I feel like it makes me smarter and I find their arguments persuasive.  So it is with a sad heart that I recently read Lexington’s analysis of Ron Paul’s campaign:

 Even if he wins in quirky Iowa, Ron Paul will never be America’s president.

I should have included this in an email I sent to a friend trying to express my frustration at how the media treats Ron Paul.  It was simply a list of references to articles where the author makes sure to note that regardless of what happens, Ron Paul will not be the next president.  At the end I suggested that Ron Paul should possibly change his name to “Ron Paul, who will not win the presidential race” since that is how I see his name spelled every time I see it.

As you probably know by now, Ron Paul did not win Iowa, thus making the Iowa caucus relevant again.  Rick Santorum is now significant because he tied in the caucus that wouldn’t have mattered if Ron Paul had won.  So we need to talk about him.  If Paul had won we’d be spending our time talking about why Iowa doesn’t matter, but when it anoints a new “not Romney” other than Paul it’s big news.

Is it really so hard to believe that the entrenched status quo is using their megaphone (the press) to make sure one of their preferred candidates wins?   When did the press, who is notoriously terrible at predicting anything, get into the business of telling me who will and won’t be the next president?  How many voters in Iowa voted for someone else, because they were told that Ron Paul was “un-electable.”

The bigger question I always have to ask is — Why does a populace so disenchanted with the current power brokers allow those same power brokers to tell them who is and isn’t a real candidate?  Do you expect your current rulers to do anything besides tell you that a revolution is impossible?

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at WDW

I already mentioned that I love to visit Walt Disney World. I don’t know why. Can’t place my finger on it. But it’s there. Disney World is fun; life is good.

Recently, Jess and I took the kids to Walt Disney World (to those in the know, that’s WDW to you!). We had the best time. I think five and seven are the perfect ages to have the absolute most fun at WDW. Although there are some great spots for grown up fun, too.

One of the favorite family spots was the resort. All I can really say is: amazing! Jess and I could even visit the resort all by ourselves some weekend, but with the kids in tow, it was really fun for the whole family to get away.

Oh and Jess said to mention her random thoughts about Disney Strollers. She’s a pure believer in seeing Disney with an option for carting the kids around for a little R&R (and a tiny bit less whining). So check it out!

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Cake Insanity

So Jess has gone off the deep end again and is raving about orchid cakes.   What’s so crazy about that you ask?  Well consider this — Jess has no desire to get married as far as I can tell.  So why does she spend so much time looking at wedding cakes?  It is one of the great mysteries of the universe.

It’s like someone who’s avoided all the hassles of having to shave still taking an interest in razors.  It makes no sense to me.  I guess Jess is mysterious and she likes orchids and cakes.

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Mutual Fund Analysis

So on the recent news that mutual fund assets have reached 2.75 trillion dollars in the United States I thought I’d take a bit of a look at some mutual fund analysis.  Are mutual funds truly any better than taking your risks in the stock market?  Sure, index funds are an obvious way to try to match the markets, but are managed funds any better than just going on your own? Continue reading

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Favorite Travel Destinations

I realized I hadn’t talked at all about one of my greatest passions:  Travel.  My two current favorite destinations are Disney World and Hawaii and I love them for the same reason — They are two of the most relaxing places around.  I love visiting other countries and they’re very awe-inspiring and mind-opening, but when it comes to just feeling relaxed while still doing stuff Disney and Hawaii are hard to beat.

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Kraft Store?

I was reading this post about holiday gifts and I saw a bunch of links to the Kraft Store.  I may be unobservant but I didn’t know there was a Kraft Store.  Looks like a great selection of cookware, although I’ll probably still go with Amazon.  I hate comparison shopping, but if I ever bother to register there I might do some shopping there.  What do you think?

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A Shocking Revelation

Well it’s the new year and I have a shocking revelation:  I didn’t sell any @#$@% losers from my portfolio to end the year. Why is this important?  It means that once again I will have a tremendous tax burden as compared to my actual returns.  Why am I still holding those losers?  I have no idea.  Maybe things will become more clear in the future.

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