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Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 16 min ago by SagaciousSighFiGurl - Reply

"Property taxes in Texas are ridiculous. Even California is much cheaper than here.

Lol."




What's funny? Their property faxes ARE cheaper. LOL. That was my point. I think you missed it. Citing CA property taxes since they're one of the most expensive places to live. And they are cheaper than we are. I didn't say it's cheaper overall to live there. Property taxes greatly effect our monthly pay checks.

Do you see now?

Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 43 min ago by Emperor of Kingwood - Reply

The same people seem to frequently make choices that are not ultimately in their own best interests.

That's exactly right. Either you manage money or you will get managed by money. Going into debt to pay for what should be paid for out off cash flow is an example of being managed by money.

Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 1 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

Property taxes in Texas are ridiculous. Even California is much cheaper than here.

Lol.

There?s no state income tax in Texas. Houses are a dime a dozen in Texas. A high property tax on a cheap property is cheap. The net cost is MUCH a lower in Texas.

At the end of the day, you still get what you pay for.

Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 1 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

debt rises and wages stagnate

I?m pretty sure the imp just started a thread about wage growth recently.

Which one is it?

Bad News for Beto? - 1 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

Other than Regan, republicans repeatedly sink the economy

Bad News for Beto? - 1 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

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Bad News for Beto? - 2 hours ago by sdanielmcev - Reply

Robust economies are historically created by democrats. Republicans are just hellbent on pushing theocratic ideology
Not even close. You really should learn history before spouting off your
lack of book learning.

Bad News for Beto? - 2 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

Robust economies are historically created by democrats. Republicans are just hellbent on pushing theocratic ideology under the guise of ?fiscal responsibility? and their other lies at any and all cost.

Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 2 hours ago by I_won't_tell - Reply

The same people seem to frequently make choices that are not ultimately in their own best interests.

Anyone wonder why that is?

Bad choices
Bad decisions.
You reap what you sow.
You eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions.
A willingness to sacrifice short term pleasure helps to ensure long term success.

People should be willing to make sacrifices in their life for their aspirations because if they don?t they will be sacrificing greatness for a mediocre life.

Great success requires greater sacrifice. Sachin Prabhu

Success takes sacrifice. Anonymous

Success is a simple measurement of the commitment. sacrifice and pain one endures to achieve a dream.

The most important decision about your goals is not what you're willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up. Dave Ramsey

Your success is determined by what you are willing to sacrifice for it. Anonymous

The speed of your success is limited only by your dedication and what you're willing to sacrifice. Nathan W. Morris

The only question to ask yourself is how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve success? Larry Flint

Sacrifice: If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done. Anonymous

There is no progress or accomplishment without sacrifice. Idowu Koyenikan

I've got a dream worth more than my sleep. Anonymous

There is no success without sacrifice. Tonic Motihala

Let the rest do whatever, while you do whatever it takes. Grant Cardone

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't. Anonymous

Nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices. Anonymous

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine

You can't sleep. Broke people sleep. You have to be willing to sacrifice sleep, if you sleep you may miss the opportunity to be successful. Eric Thomas

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Pele

Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing. Fight Club

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. Anonymous

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. Napoleon Hill

Most of you don't want success as much as you want to sleep. Eric Thomas

Don't be afraid to give yourself everything you've ever wanted in life. Anonymous

The good life is to be earned with hard work and sacrifice. Anonymous

Are you ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become. Eric Thomas






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Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 2 hours ago by Prolix Raconteur - Reply

California also has up to a 16% state income tax. They'll get you one way or another.

Bad News for Beto? - 2 hours ago by Prolix Raconteur - Reply

Uh Oh. A San Antonio Tx senate district that's been democrat for 140 years just got flipped republican. A district that HRC carried by 12 points in 2016. Seems Hispanics like a robust economy and low unemployment. Who would have guessed? LOL ....Blue Wave...Pffft.....

https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Polls-close-at-7-p-m-in-Senate-District-19-13239398.php

Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 2 hours ago by SagaciousSighFiGurl - Reply

It's hard to stay out of debt when the prices of everything is escalating and you aren't making more. Property taxes in Texas are ridiculous. Even California is much cheaper than here.

That being said, staying out of debt is a lifestyle. You have to be prudent about it. People who have to always be buying to be happy will always be behind the 8 ball. Peace of mind is more important than money.

Humble TX Concert Oct 6 - 3 hours ago by stevemdx - Reply

http://www.ourtribune.com/headlines/20983-the-bender-to-shake-rattle-roll-2.html

Cash-Strapped Americans Are Leveraging Their Homes to Pay the Bills - 3 hours ago by Emperor of Kingwood - Reply

(Bloomberg) -- As U.S. household debt rises and wages stagnate, millions of Americans are tapping into home equity to keep up with day-to-day expenses.

Twenty-four million homeowners believe borrowing against home equity is an acceptable way to cover regular bills, according to a Bankrate.com report released on Wednesday. Cash-strapped millennials, low earners and the less educated were most likely to think home equity offered an appropriate solution to ordinary bills.

Cash Strapped

Dredging Starts Sunday - 13 hours ago by SoupIsGoodFood - Reply

I thought that was just Porter.

Bad News for Beto? - 13 hours ago by SoupIsGoodFood - Reply

Beet-toe's list of requested topics at the debate:

1. Whataburger
2. Skateboarding
3. Fender or Gibson?
4. What's my dress size?

Bad News for Beto? - 13 hours ago by sdanielmcev - Reply

The debate on Friday will be interesting
Yep. Style vs substance.

Unhinged - 14 hours ago by Butterbean - Reply

Over 1500 views and counting. Including yours.

Not interested in the book? Avoid the thread.

Bad News for Beto? - 14 hours ago by SoupIsGoodFood - Reply

Will Beet-toe dodge another debate challenge? Or will he actually show up for this one?

Wow......... 9 points.

You still got your money on O'Rourke, fuzzball?

Unhinged - 14 hours ago by sdanielmcev - Reply

I'd say unhinged would be a Ku' er that starts a thread no one else cares about. Quit trying to make this your sandbox, buggerboy.

We're no. 1! - 15 hours ago by sdanielmcev - Reply

That?s not something to be proud of in 2018.?

It may not rank up there with Notre Dame winning the national championship. But yeah, I always am proud when the US of A is on top.
Neener, neener, neener.

Local artist? - 15 hours ago by sdanielmcev - Reply

Is this a public rude personal attack

Nothing rude about b-slapping someone that deserves it. Mark is a schmuck keyboard warrior.

We're no. 1! - 16 hours ago by Emperor of Kingwood - Reply

Just wait until the drilling starts in ANWR. That's a whole lot of U.S. oil on the market.

We're no. 1! - 16 hours ago by Emperor of Kingwood - Reply

According to the EIA, the US is again the world's leading producer of oil.

It is a good thing. When you understand the relationship between cheap energy (oil) and global politics,U.S. national security and global influence you realize its a great thing.

THANK YOU GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP!! - 17 hours ago by I_won't_tell - Reply

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Unhinged - 17 hours ago by Butterbean - Reply

The decision to join the Trump train:

After much thought and prayer, I decided to proceed. No one-no one-thought he had a remote chance of winning the primaries. The field was full of veteran politicians like Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. I thought it might be an interesting experience to work on a campaign at a high level. I'd been planning on doing just that, albeit for another candidate across the aisle. And, since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be "no harm, no foul" for me to have worked with the campaign for however long it lasted.

The day after I signed on, a Dallas rally outside the American Airlines Center drew a crowd of fifteen thousand people inside, and one thousand protesters outside. In his speech, he said, "If I'm elected president, you are going to be so proud of your country again. . . . You're going to remember this evening . . . and you're going to say we were part of a movement to take back our country. And we will make America great again."

From my unique perspective, having gotten to know his marketing tactics for appealing to mass audiences on a TV show, I recognized this performance for what it was: a branding opportunity. The previous month, in an article titled "What Omarosa Gets Right about Trump and Why That's Horrifying," the Washington Post printed parts of my interview from MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki. I said, "Reality television has now taken over television. People want to see real moments and see life unfold in front of them. Not scripted, but real moments.

When you have a big reality TV star as the front-runner for the Republican nomination, there is no way to separate it. This is the new reality. Donald Trump is the front-runner, and you have to deal with everything that comes with it . . . He's going to have to give his position on serious issues, and he may also call people pigs, but that's part of the Trump thing that comes with the package."

Unhinged - 17 hours ago by Butterbean - Reply

After a couple of national TV interviews:

My next media hit was on CNN on August 10, an interview with Don Lemon, who also asked me about Trump's woman problem. I said, "We've squandered a whole weekend speculating whether or not he's talking about hormones or not instead of trying to figure out about the gender wage gap, talking about reproductive health for women, talking about funding or defunding Planned Parenthood. Shame on the press, shame on the media, shame on people wasting women's time. We need to know where the candidates are on these serious issues."

Trump and his bare-bones campaign must have liked what they heard. A few days later, on August 15, I received a phone call from Michael Cohen, vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel. He was on the case to fix the woman problem.

Michael Cohen is a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy. He comes off profane and blunt, with bravado, and that's exactly who he is. He's also very funny and very street-smart. He'd have to be: he graduated from an average law school and managed to hustle up clients and a career.

From the bottom of the food chain, he rose to become the personal lawyer to the president of the United States.

That took a lot of imagination, maneuvering, common sense, and creative problem solving, not to mention a flexible ethical code, that most people don't have.

Unhinged - 18 hours ago by Butterbean - Reply

Back into the political fray:

In early 2013, the Democratic Party's presumptive front-runner was Hillary Clinton. She'd waited for Obama's two terms to wind down, and now it was her turn.

The idea of Hillary shattering the glass ceiling to become the first woman president was almost as thrilling as Barack Obama's becoming the first black president. Although I'd been disappointed by her handling of her husband's infidelities in the nineties, I knew her to be a strong, smart woman of conviction, and an inspirational figure.

Then First Lady Hillary Clinton actually gave the commencement address when I graduated with my master's degree from Howard in 1998, and parts of her speech had stayed with me all these years. The speech spoke to me more than ever in 2013, given the surprising turns my life had taken.

"I think you can be a good citizen by defying conventional wisdom," she'd said in that address. "And helping to track down the stereotypes that keep us locked in our little worlds. I'm sure that all of you have had moments when your expectations of who someone was-because of what they looked like, or where they were from-were shattered-because you took the time to sit down and talk, or grab a meal together, or share a book. You've had the opportunity to spend the last four years in one of the most diverse settings imaginable-yet I would bet it still takes courage to take that first step, and to put yourself beyond a place of comfort."

We're no. 1! - 18 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

That?s not something to be proud of in 2018.

Bad News for Beto? - 18 hours ago by fuzz81 - Reply

The debate on Friday will be interesting

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