Old Hippie Posted January 31, 2011 Report Share Posted January 31, 2011 Winston Churchill said just that, until you consider the alternatives to democracy. I just hate to listen to people whine about U.S. government, until you point out in what instances they are benefiting from that government. And make no mistake about it; the passage of prop 13 (under California laws) gives a big benefit to millions of California house owners. But, according to them, everyone else is stealing from the government. Certainly, there needs to be fundamental changes to the way federal, state and local governments operate. But there also has to be a change to the mentality of the "me" generation, which says I've got mine and screw everyone else. What's wrong with Prop 13? It's the greatest benefit ever bestowed on homeowners. It took "the people" and not politicians to get it enacted. Without it, millions would have lost their homes to Demoncrap politicians who never saw a tax they don't like to raise or initiate. Just so as not to confuse others, it has been several decades of Demoncrat legislative bodies, illegal immigration, and a stupid voting populace that are responsible for the financial mess the State of CA is in. The Demoncrat legislature votes for more spending than it has in income, the wetbacks bring far LESS to the table than they consume, and the voting populace is overwhelmingly Demoncrap. You can't blame Prop 13 for the problems. Other states which do not have it also have severe financial problems...and most of those states are "blue states". HH What's wrong with Prop13? It rapes the people. It allows one group to pay far less taxes, while forcing another group to pay 10 times more tax on an asset of the same value. Prop 13 was originally intended to keep family farmers/ranchers from losing homes to taxes. It was also supposed to keep old people from being taxed out of their homes. Sad part is, it got bastardized to where you can hand your kids a house and they pay the taxes you paid...and they hand it to their kids and so on and on...so eventually, the state loses revenue, forcing higher sales taxes and other taxes to make up the short fall. Again, I believe in flat taxes, I make $50K I pay the same as everyone else making $50K My house is worth $300K I pay the same property tax as anyone else with a house worth $300K. Only exception I maight make is for retired people, who would be exempt from paying property tax until they sell their existing home or die. Their heirs get the house and either pay the market tax rate or sell it if they can't. Prop 13 is all fucked up and it needs to be fixed or dumped... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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