Liberals Are Stupid: Want Proof?

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

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.

If only it was just the liberals who were forced out of Texas after voting for higher and higher taxes.  Unfortunately, everybody gets hurt.

I wish there were some way to arrange for the burdens of high taxation to fall only on those who vote for high taxation.  That would be my idea of a “Fair Tax.”  Spend your own damned money, not mine.

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Liberals Are Stupid: Want Proof? — 9 Comments

  1. I have a friend who’s just like this. He’s always going on about all the services the government should provide. One day he whined to me about how high the taxes in New York are, and I told him, why, they’re high because you’re getting exactly what you asked for. It costs money to provide all these services, and that money comes from paying taxes.

    He was not happy to hear that. And of course it didn’t sink in, either, because he’s pretty ideologically committed–if he had been born a couple decades earlier he’d be a red diaper baby..

    • At least the Red Diaper babies could articulate what appeared to be a coherent ideology. Your friend’s ideology probably boils down to: “It’s like totally unfair that this free lunch isn’t as big as I want, and that I have to pay a cover charge to get in to eat it.”

      • Not quite that bad, but close.

        He’s not stupid, but he has a remarkable resistance to anything that doesn’t support the ideology that government isn’t your family and shouldn’t do everything. It’s really not unlike watching some kind of science fiction show–you can explain something to him and he seems to undertand, but later he’s forgotten about it and is still spouting the same platitudes.

        In late 2012 I got tired of him filling up my Facebook feed with stupid image macros extolling Big Government and fellating Obama and started correcting them, and he unfriended me.

  2. The schadenfreude, it burns.

    This kind of mentality gives credibility to the ‘secret stash’ theory. Some people have internalized the idea that there’s a secret stash of goodies out there somewhere, and that all rich people have done is somehow gain access to it while refusing to share its contents with the rest of the tribe. Government is supposed to fix that, giving them everything they want and paying for it from the secret stash.

    People like that are just baffled when it turns out that the secret stash is their own economic future, but they never draw the connection. Pointing and laughing is the only appropriate response. Either that or a two-by-four to the head.

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