Driving Mrs Jen

Today is my turn to chauffeur my daughter on some errands. She can no longer drive due to a neurological condition that affects her right side. After a year of doctors, tests, consultations, she still hasn’t a clear diagnosis. At least it isn’t getting worse.

I’ll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a liberal wakeup call when the tax bills come due.

Liberal Austin homeowners surprised to find they have to pay all the taxes they voted for

posted at 9:31 pm on June 2, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

NIMBY, literally.

“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.”

I’m really just bringing this to your attention for this quote alone. Voting and paying are different endeavors entirely. Often, when one has to pay for the things one has voted to fund, that decision becomes less flippant. This is a comment, less on the specifics of Texas’ or Austin’s tax system than the blaring disconnect between liberals in Austin who are voting for higher taxes and the actual paying of the taxes. Which, as it turns out, is painful, discouraging, and can be a detriment to the fabric of the city.

The article continues on Hot Air. Go there and read. It’s a hoot! Liberals actually paying the consequences of all their tax increases and the whining when the bills come due.