This article will give examples of the Layer 3 Tax from our housing affordability article.

Note: GAR (General Appreciation Rate) = Inflation (~1.0 points) + 1.5 points = 2.5%

Example 1:

Johnny Flipper purchased a house 1 year ago for $100,000 and he wishes to sell it this year (2019) after he…


UPDATE: I gave a talk about this (and some of the other blueprints) in Dallas and it is now up on YouTube

In nature, people and animals are all born with powerful internal immune systems that protect them from disease. When sources of corruption and disease are introduced into the…


I am not going to delineate all of the problems with our campaign finance system. Anyone who has been paying a sliver of attention can see there is a problem there. Instead, I will outline a simple solution that will help the voice of the candidate rise above the nonsense…


The minimum wage has been around for nearly 80 years. It has been a boon to the vast majority of people and, in it’s early days, gave a single worker family enough money to take care of their family with dignity. Unfortunately, there are a couple of lingering problems with…


This is going to be a very quick outline of why Chuy should not run for CD-4 in IL. He should take down the Emanuel machine in Chicago by running for Mayor and bring in true progressives to the Chicago City Council.

Chuy already has a grassroots infrastructure for Chicago from his last run.

This time he will have the OurRevolution machine…


The Problem: Rising Real Estate Costs

UPDATE: I gave a talk about this (and some of the other blueprints) in Dallas and it is now up on YouTube

It is hardly news that cities and towns across America are in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. In New York and San Francisco, for example, housing…


HR676 is out!

Let’s take a look and see how it stacks up to our ideal system.

TL;DR: Is HR676 good? Yes, quite. A few tweaks and it would cover everything we talked about in the last post.

1. Negotiate Prescription Costs

HR676 fully authorizes MMS to get the best price it can for…


UPDATE: HR676 is out. We have some comparative analysis based on this blueprint over here.

UPDATE #2: I gave a talk about this (and some of the other blueprints) in Dallas and it is now up on YouTube

As an engineer, watching the debates around the ACA, it became quite…

Jake Varghese

An Engineer’s Perspective on Policy

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