Daily Dopeslap


Via AofSHQ:

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchin Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8500 this year.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings [of “irate homeowners”]. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore.”

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42 Responses to Daily Dopeslap

  1. angienc says:

    First of all, anyone who claims to *like* paying taxes (even in the negative: “It’s not that I don’t like paying taxes”) should be shot on sight just on principle, IMO.


    This moron wanted all the “free stuff” (like parks) as long as someone else was paying for it. Now, she’s not only made it unaffordable for herself to live there, she’s made it unaffordable for all those who voted *against* those things as well.

    Causation; Correlation. Concepts completely unfathomable to the average prog.

    • Constance says:

      Sadly many people who rent don’t understand they pay for all these property tax add-ons too. Rent consists of the landlords loan payment on the property, the landlords insurance on the property and the landlords property tax payment for the property you are renting. Of course add in a profit for the landlord, most of them don’t deal with renters for entertainment alone, and a management and repairs fund. When any of these go up, rent goes up.

      • Constance says:

        In fact if landlords think any of these costs might go up rent goes up.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Many years ago in NYC there was rent control where you could get a nice EIGHT room apt in a lovely doorman building for 2k/month. Then politics and corruption, voila, landlords could raise that apt’s rent to 10k/month. It’s probably 20k/month by now. Who can afford that??? Certainly not the McDonald’s worker even at $50/hr min wage đŸ˜‰

        Unfortunately, supply and demand drives most of the rental pricing.

        • John Denney says:

          Supply and demand is the primary law of economics.
          Rent control has the unintended consequence of making housing more expensive while destroying the rent controlled properties.

        • Propertius says:

          But Mayor Bloomberg said that anybody making less than a million a year shouldn’t be allowed to live in Manhattan. I don’t know what his minimum income was for the other boroughs, but you can certainly afford 20k/month on that. đŸ˜‰

    • 49erDweet says:

      I’m sure the new owners of her home will appreciate all the good stuff she voted for to improve their lives…..

    • The Klown says:

      Limousine liberals can afford high taxes, and it buys them dispensation for the fact that they live in exclusive lily-white (crime free) neighborhoods and their kids go to elite private schools.

      • 49erDweet says:

        In late 2006 we were ready to sell out and move to the Austin area, but not the city itself. Taxes were too high even then. We settled on Round Rock. Then housing prices here began tumbling. There went that dream.

      • votermom says:

        High property taxes keep out the riff-raff.

  2. 1539days says:

    The bigger issue is that people don’t like paying taxes when they have a real sense they are too high. This woman didn’t reach that point until she realized she’s going to have to move. Frankly. part of that may be because she’s an artist and can just charge rich liberals more.

    My biggest tax bill is property taxes going to the school district. Most of that goes to teachers who are being paid twice the median income and getting an almost equal amount in benefits. I may be greedy, but I want value for the government services I’m paying for. We could drastically reduce that bill by getting rid of the unions and paying salaries based on the fact there are 5 qualified applicants for every open position in a school. We’d also have more teachers, since the newest ones are laid off every time there’s a budget cut.

  3. votermom says:

    Do NOT get me started on the damn property taxes.

  4. Lulu says:

    “Cause and effect are like hard.” Yes indeedy. For the “creative” class things are not working like they were told they would work. Just being morally superior, feeling instead of thinking for themselves and then expecting someone else to pay for it does not turns out well. Just look at “Saving Private Bergdahl” which was supposed to be a Spielberg moment to make everyone forget the VA and empty out Gitmo and it turned to shit in less than 36 hours. We have reached the point where even the PR and distractions are failures. The grand delusion is wearing thin.

    I was in Austin this weekend. My daughter and I ate at one of the hot, kind of expensive trendy restaurants. She asked me why everyone was ordering hamburgers (for dinner with lots of alcohol) and I told her “Everyone is either busted or afraid they are going to be soon”. A guy sitting next to me gave me a dirty look. They know and they don’t want to hear it.

    • leslie says:

      And now that the *prince is out of the country, he is “speaking out” to defend his recent trade. And instead of using the word “Period” as in we bring all our men home “period”. He is using “Full Stop”. So now we will not leave any man behind – “full stop”. (Except of course in Benghazi or at the VA hospitals.)

      • Lulu says:

        Full stop? Did they come up with that in a PR bullshit session? They think the media is going to use that? It sounds like something a middle school coach would tell his undersized scrawny football players right before they get ass kicked. The tough talk is aimed at their base.

  5. Lulu says:

    “Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/us-soldier-srgt-bowe-bergdahl-of-idaho-pow-vanished-angered-his-unit.html
    Now even the NYT are reporting that the dumbass deserted. What horror is the WH now going to commit to spin and divert from this one?

    • lyn says:

      Obama owns this one. He can’t blame anyone, and Hillary is supporting the terrorist trade.

      • leslie says:

        How can she not support it? She’s got the obama machine and Elizabeth Warren breathing down her neck. And if history means anything, the obama machine won’t support her despite all the promises and all the kowtowing.

      • piper says:

        Boooooosh made him do this – it could never be the fault of the great exalted smartest p-resident ever!

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Yep, here’s someone I’d like to *dopeslap*, Obama really thinks we’re stupid, but wait, I think these soundbytes are for HIS supporters…..they believe his every velvet-y word……


    • Lulu says:

      The Pentagon didn’t WANT him back. He deserted. They would not risk anyone else on him. If he was handed over, sure take him and try him for desertion. Trade FIVE very, very fanatical murderers for him. Hell no. They looked for him initially because he would give up sensitive information either willingly or because he would be tortured and that was a given. The WH did this on their own and now there is hell to pay. They also assumed his unit mates would keep quiet because of the non-disclosures they were forced to sign which is a special tactic this WH uses. Wrong on that one too.

      • 49erDweet says:

        If His Specialness can’t find a political success out there soon he’s gonna be forced, forced, I say, to take us to war. I’m worried.

  7. votermom says:

    Hijacking NPR’s #EPARules tag

  8. votermom says:

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Interesting tidbit …. Bergdahl was under investigation before he disappeared?


  10. votermom says:

    Saw speculation that maybe the Afg CIA station chief was opposed to the Bergdahl trade and the outing was payback.

  11. votermom says:

    OT – I love that Hercules is one of the few conservatives in Hollywood

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Boom !

  13. driguana says:

    As an urban and regional planner for most of my adult life, I have to say that I am distressed by the lack of any kind of urban policy directive from this administration….nothing. Well, except huge unemployment numbers and disintegrating cities. But wait, we’ll soon have a big push for shovel ready, infrastructure projects done by teens!!!

  14. The Klown says:

    New post up – “The Curious Case of PFC Robert Garwood, America’s Last Vietnam POW”

  15. driguana says:

    when you want a bold faced liar up front with a straight faced delivery just send in Susan Rice…

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