Well, actually, Bea Frum attained the age of bat mitzva (a daughter of the commandments), which means she is a woman in the eyes of Jewish Law. And, Bea gave a wonderful drash (commentary on the scriptures), as part of her assuming the mantle at our Orthodox synagogue. (The National Synagogue, under the expert leadership of Rav Shmuel Herzfeld and Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman.)
Most of you know that I routinely interface with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). That effort is taxing my clients double or triple- because the IRS is keeping me on hold for 20, 30, 40, and 60 minutes routinely. Thankfully, there is a purported dedicated line for tax professionals, but even that outlet is being decimated. So, those waits ensue- and my clients are billed unnecessarily. Moreover, the IRS was never responsible for the advice they gave taxpayers over the phone- but now the quality of this advice is worse than ever.
On April 17th, Gallup published the results of its most recent poll. The results of that poll indicated that Americans consider owning a home among the best investments for their cash. This was about the same result Fannie Mae (National Housing Survey) declaimed.
So, before my children (and grandchild) woke up on the first day of Passover (the seder ends pretty late), I was reading my Washington Post and drinking my coffee. (I had already finished the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal.) And, then I read the piece by Catherine Rampell. I could not let it sit unanswered- but since it was the first days of Passover, I had to wait until the intermediate days to respond.