Almost from the day I started my current job three years ago I had co-workers eagerly trying to convince me to buy a house. Among the many benefits they laid out were the tax benefits that came through being able to write off mortgage interest and local property taxes. Well, I didn't live in my house long enough last year to get the benefit of those things and now it looks like Dubya wants to take them away. Or at least reduce them, if he takes the advice of a tax-reform panel that was recently made public. What timing.