worlds smallest violin

 (Hattip to Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air.)


“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.”

Translation:  Liberals love taxes so long as someone else is paying them.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Let’s tax the hell out of our neighbors so we can build monuments that depict our greatness and kindhearted spirit. I know. A cultural center embracing the spirit of Satan and call it good.
    God doesn’t know how to create.
    I will have the taxpayers pay for Gods mistake of making Tom a boy, when indeed she is a woman. Taxpayers to the rescue of gender confused Tom’s….meanwhile the Gretchen’s of the nation see their dreams vaporize.

  2. Austin’s liberal tradition has also caught up to them with ongoing traffic nightmares. Back in the early eighties, the city mayor was a former flower cart salesman (I kid you not). The city council along with the Whole Foods hippies refused to allow the necessary growth of the city’s infrastructure, and now they are paying the price big time. They still have plenty of hippies though, they’re just cleaner versions called hipsters.

  3. This reminds me of the protest sign I saw at an “occupy Wall St.” protest. It said something to the effect: “I spent $120,000 getting a masters in gay, lesbian and transgender identity issues, and now I can’t find a job!”
    Seems like “life 001” (that’s a remedial course) might have taught either of them the rudiments of cost/benefit analysis.

  4. One needn’t worry too much about Ms. Gardner going homeless. If she
    purchased her Bouldin neighborhood bungalow back in ’91, then with
    our real estate market here being what it is, she’ll likely be selling it for
    about 10x to 12x her purchase price. I live in Austin and I’m not exaggerating.
    I do think that Ms. Gardner’s closing remark, “someone needs to step in
    and address the big picture”, is very telling. Who is this mysterious ‘someone’
    that’s going to show up and put things the way Ms. Gardner would like?
    Ms. Gardner spent the last 20+ years congratulating herself for her generosity
    with taxpayer dollars, voting for every bond package that was proposed.
    She was that ‘someone’, and she refused to address the big picture. It’s
    childish for her to dodge her own responsibility for her predicament, and
    childish to wish for someone else to appear who’ll suspend the laws of economics
    and clean up her mess.
    I’d say that her sort of childish hankering for a magical authority figure to
    spring up out of nowhere and make one’s consequences disappear is the sort of
    cluelessness that destroys republics.

  5. This really points out the importance of local involvement of conservative people. Leadership is needed in our own towns and counties.

  6. Clinton: “I’d say that her sort of childish hankering for a magical authority figure to spring up out of nowhere and make one’s consequences disappear is the sort of cluelessness that destroys republics.”
    Yes, Gretchen would probably like a strong central, magical authority to take care of her and make it all right. Like Napoleon. Or Napoleon III. Or “Papa Joe” Stalin. Or Mao. Or Fidel. Trade freedom for “security”, if you can call it that under those Big Daddies..

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