The handwriting is on the wall. “From the Saudi and Israeli perspective, any agreement that does not require  Iran to cease the enrichment of uranium and dismantle its facilities, including  its heavy-water reactor at Arak — which will be capable of producing plutonium, an alternative source for nuclear weapons — will allow the patient and wily Iranian leadership to take the final steps necessary to secure the capacity to  make nuclear weapons. Alas, the conduct of Obama administration foreign policy gives substance to  fears in Riyadh and Jerusalem that Iran will win the negotiations.”

A U.S. flag decorates a for-sale sign at a home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) A U.S. flag decorates a for-sale sign at a home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

You didn’t need to be a soothsayer to see the housing collapse coming. “From 1975 to 2011, over 3 million FHA borrowers would lose their homes to foreclosure. Over time, powerful lobbies, politicians, and HUD pushed to replicate FHA’s abandonment of commonsense underwriting at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other parts of the mortgage market. For 8 million families experiencing foreclosure from 2007 to the present, “mortgage” once again became just another word for trouble. The only way to bring stability to our housing market is to once again assure that the preponderance of mortgages are safe—ones that have a low risk of turning into trouble under economic stress.”

A harbinger? “Cheney’s defeat in a GOP primary in deep red Wyoming would say a lot about her candidacy, her appeal, and the nature of that state’s unique Republican primary electorate. It would also indicate something else that could surprise the nation’s political observers. By losing what increasingly appears to the country to be a referendum on gay marriage, Cheney’s candidacy may signal to the rest of the Republican Party that anachronistic anti-gay antagonism is not a campaign strategy in decline.” However, there is no sign gay marriage is the decisive issue for voters there.

This may be a sign of things to come, unless Obamacare turns around.”If the Iowa race seems closer than conventional wisdom dictates, this poll contains hints that the latest round of Obamacare implementation, which began October 1, could be playing a role. The poll finds that likely Iowa voters disapprove of Obamacare, 54 to 34 percent, and that 52 percent say they are more likely to vote for an Obamacare opponent, versus 39 percent who say they are more likely to vote for an Obamacare supporter. President Obama himself suffers a 21-point approval deficit in Iowa, with 55 percent disapproving of his performance and only 34 percent approving.”

You don’t need a crystal ball on this one, just critical thinking. “Former Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams blasted the Obama administration’s recent deal with Iran over their nuclear program. ‘That’s the real problem here,’ Abrams claimed, saying Iran’s enrichment of plutonium is ‘not a peaceful energy program. “They want a nuclear weapon. And this deal really does not turn them away from that. The lesson [Iran] will learn from this is that a decade of lying and cheating paid off for them,’ Abrams concluded.”

And this is plainly an omen for a final deal. “There’s a reason Iran’s foreign minister has been smiling—he finally got the world’s great powers to sign a deal that lets Iran enrich uranium.”

Many conservatives have predicted this for several years. “The president has now entered into a deal that has made Iran’s life much easier and Israel’s life much more difficult and dangerous. We’re witnessing an astonishing moral inversion. That there are people who do such things is nothing new; but that such a person would become president of the United States is.”