Austinite who always votes for raising taxes can’t afford to live there anymore

Overtaxed

Will the rest of American left soon come to the same realization when it comes to overtaxing & change their ways? Don’t count on it!

How much do you want to bet this person is a liberal Democrat?

On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes.

Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values.

“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.”

These are the same types of people who, when faced with similar situations, move to other cities or states with lower taxes and then turn around and try to do the same d*mn thing there!   Then, they move again. And again, not understanding that they put themselves into their own over-taxed predicament time and time again. I have zero sympathy for them. Zilch, nada. They made their beds – now they get to lay in them.   And while we’re on the subject, I hope they stay the hell out of my state. Their attitudes and hypocritical stances on taxes and government intrusion into my wallet are not welcomed.

Brutal: NY Daily News on #Bergdahl deal — “Surrender without honor”

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NYDN cover

Mind you, this is from one of the liberal newspapers in New York City:

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

The five sworn enemies of the United States are now in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they are free to come and go as they like, beyond the watch of American agents. In just one year, they will be free to return to Afghanistan to fight there and stage terror attacks far beyond that country’s borders.

These facts were known to Obama when he made the deal, and yet he went ahead in irresponsible disregard for lives he has endangered. As the facts have emerged — and more surely will — it has become ever clearer that he lost his presidential compass in the Taliban swap.

In retrospect, his Rose Garden announcement that he was bringing home an American POW appears to have been a cynical act of theater.

In other words, a dog and pony show to distract from the VA fiasco. I can believe that.

Then, after dismissing Obama’s assurances about “keeping on eye” on these barbarians while they’re in Qatar, the NYDN delivers the killing blow:

Finally, Obama provided insight into the actual reason for the deal by placing it in the context of his drive to pull out of Afghanistan.

“This is what happens at the end of wars,” Obama said. “That was true for George Washington; that was true for Abraham Lincoln; that was true for FDR; that’s been true of every combat situation — that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back.”

In other words, he wants out so badly that he accepted the Taliban’s terms, regardless of the threat to American security.

He is surrendering without honor.

Remember, this is from a major regional paper that’s generally on The One’s side. Can’t dismiss this one as “Faux News.”

What’s going on here, I think, is that even center-left outlets (1) are having trouble coloring this as anything other than a major “dereliction of duty” on the part of the president. They find themselves nodding in agreement with former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy at center-right PJM:

Is that the end of the matter? Not by a long shot. As I’ve also contended, the president’s failure to comply with a dubious statute is a mere footnote to his truly egregious offense: replenishing enemy forces at a time when the enemy is still conducting offensive terrorist operations against our armed forces. It would be difficult to fathom a more outrageous dereliction of duty by the commander-in-chief.

Moreover, if you want to fret over statutory violations, I would spend less time on the 30-day notice law and more on the federal criminal law that makes material support to terrorists a serious felony. The president has knowingly provided personnel—key, experienced, highly effective jihadists—to terrorist organizations that are still very much at war with the United States. That is material support to terrorism.

What Obama did was the equivalent of Eisenhower capturing senior North Korean and Chinese generals and then returning them while the fighting in Korea was still going on. If Ike were an idiot, that is, which he wasn’t.

In New York City, a metropolis that’s been the victim of catastrophic terrorism, even a paper as reliably liberal as the Daily News can’t help but scream “What in God’s name do you think you’re doing??”

If Team Unicorn expected any kudos for this “deal,” they must be gravely disappointed.

PS: Jim Geraghty, from whom I took the graphic, has an interesting article on impressions confirmed and disproved by the Bergdahl deal. Also via Jim, is Obama so sick of being president that he’s dropping hints he may resign if the Republicans win the Senate in November? Check this out:

Obama tells anxious Democrats that there is only so much he can do beyond fundraising and better implementing the health-care law. But he also has told allies that losing the Senate to Republicans would make his last two years in office unbearable . . .

“I don’t really care to be president without the Senate,” Obama said, according to attendees, signaling that he knew the health care debacle created resentment among Democrats and that he wanted to make amends.

As Allahpundit likes to say, “Hmmm….”

via Bryan Preston

Footnote:
(1) Other than MSNBC, which will be the network of Obama lickspittles until the End of Days.

UPDATE: At The Federalist, Robert Tracinski asks a darned fine question — “Why Are We Releasing Terrorists Who Kill Girls Because They Go To School?”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Bad news for #NCSEN’s Hagan: #Obamacare hurting small biz in Charlotte

Obamacare

Local news station WCNC files this report on one small local business the monstrosity known as “Obamacare” is hurting:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The doors open early at Fresh Salon off Providence Road in south Charlotte and when they do, the place starts buzzing.

Owner Julia Vittorio dreamed of having her own salon, and for five years she’s lived the dream.  She’s on the floor with clients, and in the back keeping the books.  With 25 employees, she feels she has done well.

“I think you want the best for your employees. We are a small business, very much like a family, so I care very much about our staff,” she said.

Vittorio cared so much she offered her employees health insurance, even though she didn’t have to as a small business with less than 50 employees.  She paid part of her employees’ premiums, but now will have to rethink that move, she fears.

“We’ve been proud to even carry it for this long, but it’s a concern for the future if we can keep doing it.”

There are many problems she and her staff are worried about.  A new study says employees are not ready for the higher premiums and deductibles they may be faced with.  In fact, the study says more than half of  employees have less than one thousand dollars to pay for unexpected medical costs.

Paging Senator Hagan, paging Senator Hagan

White House: Bowe #Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers are “swiftboating” him

Bowe Bergdahl

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Well, I guess I can’t really say I’m surprised with how the White House has reacted to the *unconflicting* reports about how Bowe Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers have classified him as a “deserter”, but it doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed all the same — and disgusted.


Todd confirmed in a later tweet that they did indeed use the term “swiftboating” to describe the troops who served alongside Bergdahl until he deserted them in June of 2009.

To breakdown what they’re doing here, the White House – in a nutshell – is saying that the guys who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan while stationed with Bergdahl who are making the claims about his military actions and status are playing politics over his release and the US release of the five high-level Taliban terrorists from Gitmo. In the same breath, the White House made the preposterous assertion yesterday that Bergdahl served “with honor and distinction.” If that’s the case, the words simply do not have any real meaning anymore whatsoever.

Mediaite’s Noah Rothman on the White House noise surrounding the reaction of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers:


By any means necessary, and all that. Just when you think the White House couldn’t stoop any lower …