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Sunday, October 09, 2016


You May Know Us As the Gods of the Copybook Headings – And We Have a Piper Here That Wants to Be Paid

“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.

Truly excellent.

“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.”

Suicidally stupid bint thought she was voting to spend other peoples’ money. Which didn’t bother her at all. Until she discovered, to her horror, that good intentions were not enough, and that, mirabile dictu, she was the other people.

You can’t imagine how much I hope she does lose her home, and a lot more besides. The only problem is, since she can no longer afford to live in the nest she filled with her own shit, she’ll just move somewhere else and start filling that nest with her shit.

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Tennessee is one of the leading states for refugees, corporate and individual, from California. Generally the people are good folks, but there are two lessons they need to learn. The first is legal action is the last, not the first step, in resolving issues. We expect people to behave like adults. The second is all these little services which they miss cost money, and create a larger, more intrusive government. Once they make that connection, all is well.
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