Off to open houses but first …


The making of a conservative

The making of a conservative

Liberal Austinite shocked to discover that she is “other people’s money”. 

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen 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 $8,500 this year.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “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. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”


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16 responses to “Off to open houses but first …

  1. CatoRenasci

    Schadenfreude in the morning….

    It was self-muggings like that in California that got Prop. 13 passed in the ’70s.

  2. A modest reform: can we move tax day from April 15 to the week before election day, in November?

    This would make people actually connect some dots that deserve to be connected ……

    • Libertarian Advocate

      Maybe you’ve just stumbled on why it’s April 15th?

    • bunnytee

      I think ‘zac is onto something, here. The low info crowd might stand a chance at getting this. Connect the dots might just speak to them on some level. If it turns on a few light bulbs, it’s worth it.

  3. Al Dente

    I am always amazed at how much food my little shih tzu can put away. When I have some steak left over, and I give him some, I am convinced that he would eat until he exploded if he could. That is government. There is no reason, no thinking, no planning, just gorging. Until there is a problem and it’s too late.

  4. TheBox

    “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”
    -Margaret Thatcher

  5. Anonymous

    She can join her fellow liberal brethren in Seattle who just passed a $15 minimum wage. As businesses flee, employees lose their jobs and the city implodes, they can scratch their heads in wonderment. Nothing seems to dissuade them from the path of destruction. Just another city that will be seeking a bailout in short order.

  6. Anonymous

    ps. It’s always amusing when the libs finally fall into the shitpile they’ve created. It’s akin to watching someone set themselves on fire and then scream that they didn’t know they would get burned. Simply brilliant.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      MOST of them STILL can’t connect the dots on how they got there.

      If only they had tweaked their approach If only, as Herr Paul KRUUUUGMAN keeps spewing, they had borrowed and spent even MORE money to get out of the doldrums, everything would be hunky dory. Quite literally, they do not grasp that it is their very ideology and its consequent policies that are the root of the problem.

      • Fred2

        “I have voted for …. for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. ”
        “Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”

        Someone did this, who could it be?

        This is the kind of chick who, I’m sure, is always going on about “unintended consequences”, you know the ones that all the meanies were laying out chapter and verse about long before it happened as a natural consequence of current decisions.

  7. ajnock

    Just more proof that liberalism is indeed a mental disorder.

  8. Peg

    If ONLY the government had planted more of those money trees! Isn’t that where they get all the cash for the schools, parks and ridiculously-expensive-generally-no-better-than-bus & train-light rail?

  9. “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that man behind the tree.”

  10. Greenwich Taxpayer

    Can Greenwich be far behind with its ridiculous “small but predictable tax increases”? We spend money on a Carnegie Hall and toxic cleanup but the GHS band, where supposedly we can’t accommodate more students because of substandard music classrooms (to be corrected with our $40 million and growing tax dollars), but they can’t march in the Old Greenwich Memorial Day parade? Sounds like we need our money back! No big picture in Greenwich. Just spend, spend, spend. (But hey, we’re better than Westchester so that makes it ok!)

    • Greenwich schools are better than some in Westchester and worse than others. Rye, Briarcliff, Chappaqua and Pleasantville, just to list the first four that come to mind.