Episode 103

George Santos, The Homeownership Society, Snow Days

It’s one thing to embellish your resume, it’s another to lie about key parts of your life story. Ravi and Rikki kick off the new year by addressing Rep.-elect George Santos’ list of lies, deceptions, and fabrications. They then switch gears to address a provocative piece in The Atlantic, which argues that real estate should be treated as consumption, not an investment. That’s topped off with a discussion over snow days – should schools still have them? Or does remote learning render them obsolete? Ravi delves into the revelations of George Santos’ past and if Congress can hold him accountable for his dishonesty. Rikki questions whether homeownership should still be synonymous with the American dream. Ravi gives us a rundown on how schools are handling traditional snow days and what he’d like to see implemented.


George Santos [4:30]

Who Is Rep.-Elect George Santos? His Résumé May Be Largely Fiction. (The New York Times, 12/19/22)
N.Y. Rep.-elect George Santos is being investigated for lying about his past (AP, 12/29/22)
Democrats call for probe into GOP congressman-elect’s biography (The Washington Post, 12/19/22)
Opinion: What Kevin McCarthy’s silence about George Santos reveals (CNN, 1/1/23)
How a Perfectly Normal New York Suburb Elected a Con Man (The Atlantic, 12/28/22)
Santos campaign finances show dozens of expenses just below FEC’s threshold to keep receipts (CNN, 12/21/22)
Here’s a list of NY Rep.-elect George Santos’ lies, deceptions and fabrications (The Gothamist, 12/29/22)
Scrutiny turns to George Santos’s campaign funding (The Hill, 12/31/22)
Trump’s false or misleading claims total 30,573 over 4 years (The Washington Post, 1/24/21)
The false and misleading claims President Biden made during his first 100 days in office (The Washington Post, 4/26/21)
What Happens to George Santos Now? (Slate, 12/27/22)
House Democrats calling on Santos to resign over resume lies silent on Biden’s long history of fabrications (Fox News, 12/29/22)
What Can the House Do to Address George Santos’s Falsehoods? (The New York Times, 12/29/22)
Inside McCarthy’s struggle to lock down the House speakership (CNN, 1/2/23)
We’ve Never Seen Congressional Resignations Like This Before (FiveThirtyEight, 1/29/18)

The Homeownership Society [25:15]

The Homeownership Society Was a Mistake (The Atlantic, 12/20)
Homeownership for All Is a Dying Dream (Wall Street Journal, 9/16)
Home Not-So-Sweet Home (New York Times, 6/23/2008)
Housebound: Why homeownership may be bad for America (The Atlantic, 12/2007)
A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America (NPR, 5/3/2017)

Snow Days [44:15]

Is Remote Learning Burying Snow Days? It Depends on Where You Live (The 74, 12/31/22)
I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Ramit Sethi)
The Psychology of Money (Morgan Housel)