Unexpectedly Intriguing!
November 1, 2006

We've finally gotten around to actually creating a real index to track the tools we've created here at Political Calculations! That means that you will finally be able to click one link on this blog and be able to find all the tools you're looking for to do the math that matters to you!

We've grouped our tools into several obvious categories below and we've also cross-linked several of our tools and groupings to follow common sense. For example, we have a unique category for our Stock Market-related tools, which is also accessible from our Investing category. Please drop us a line if you find other logical linkages that would make the user's guide more useful!

The Guide to Political Calculations
Category Guide Post Description
Personal Finance Refinancing Have you borrowed money? Do you have more than one loan? Does refinancing your loans make sense? Our refinancing suite of tools can help you answer these questions!
Investing The Stock Market Want to find out what the best, worst and average rates of returns recorded in the stock market have been since 1871? Our analysis and tools for stock market performance were tailor-made for you!
Economics Do-It-Yourself Economics! Want to find out how likely the next recession is right now? A better forecast of economic growth? Our toolbox for economics is here for you!
Politics Elections Can you predict who will will the upcoming elections? With Political Calculations' election-related tools, you just might! Plus, you can even get a pretty good sense of whether or not the vote counters are playing favorites....
Personal Finance Real Estate Our tools can help you find what property will give you a better investment return, figure out where the median U.S. housing price will be in 20 years, and answer if you can make enough money to justify becoming a landlord!
Personal Finance Playing the Lottery How big does the grand prize need to be to be worth playing the lottery? And if you do win, should you take the money as a lump sum or paid out over time?
Investing Investors' Paradise If you like the idea of using money to make money, these tools are for you!
Travel Road Trip! Our tools can help you answer if the new hybrids make more financial sense than standard cars, whether it's worth the drive to go farther to buy cheaper gas and other questions of interest to the modern road warrior.
Education Getting Schooled How much will your child's college cost? What will it take to pay off your student loan? How much do teacher's really make? Which major's students are the smartest? We answer all these questions and more!
Personal Finance Debt Management The first step to getting your debt into control is to start managing it. Our tools are designed to help you with this tough task!
Taxes Taxing Matters How much will the tax man be taking away from you? Our tools get straight to the bottom line to help you find out!
Government National Debt We started off by simply looking at the history of the U.S. national debt. Then we worked out how to manage it. Not much in the way of tools here, but we did show off our mathematical chops....
Politics Government How fast is pork barrel spending growing in the U.S.? Does Social Security reform make sense for you? The answers to these questions and more are found through our policy analysis tools!
Miscellaneous Stuff Everything for which we couldn't find a clearly defined category! See if you can find the hidden gems mixed among the items in our blog's junk drawer....

We'll be placing a prominent link for the User's Guide to Political Calculations at the bottom of each of our posts to provide an easy way to find all our tools. We'll update the guide and our index posts as time goes by so that you'll never be more than a few clicks away from where you can find the tool to solve the problems you're seeking to answer.

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Welcome to the blogosphere's toolchest! Here, unlike other blogs dedicated to analyzing current events, we create easy-to-use, simple tools to do the math related to them so you can get in on the action too! If you would like to learn more about these tools, or if you would like to contribute ideas to develop for this blog, please e-mail us at:

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