Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. 4my10851cs

    4my10851cs said, about 1 year ago

    if 13 goes a lot of people will loose their homes old and young

  2. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, about 1 year ago

    That law has proven not to be what was sold to the voters when it passed. It has never shielded homeowners but has instead worked out very well for large corporate interests and badly distorted development within cities. All while financially crippling the State of California.

  3. ivison.bedard

    ivison.bedard said, about 1 year ago

    @AlnicoV

    Continually spending money on entitlement programs is what is crippling California. Not limiting the Sates power to tax it’s Citizens. Fancy this, the smart money says that half of what they take from the working class goes right into their pockets and no where else. The rest goes to entitlement programs so that the shallow minded can buy some guilt relief when they really have nothing to feel guilty about.

  4. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, about 1 year ago

    @ivison.bedard

    Cutting taxes for large corporate interests at the expense of everyone else is a very good example of corporate welfare. Screaming a blue streak about people receiving education, health care or in times of need food assistance, which is of relatively low cost, while the extreme expense of said corporate welfare continues reveals a profound lack of values.

  5. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 1 year ago

    The problem with using taxes to try to help anyone is that most of the money never reaches those it was intended to help. Most of the money is eaten up by the administrative costs. Remember, when you send your money to the government, it is no longer real money. It is government money and that is endless.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    @Tax Man

    “Most of the money is eaten up by the administrative costs.”

    You are too kind. I would say it was absorbed/embezzled/removed by whoever occupies the pipeline between the providers and the recipients.

    And this is the reason foreign aid is almost valueless. The money goes to corrupt government officials and people who are falsely identified as aid providers, and does not reach the people it is intended to help.

  7. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    California Democrats have been trying to overturn Prop. 13 since its passage in 1978. They would love nothing more than to raise property taxes dramatically on middle class homeowners.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Prop 13 was the worst thing to happen to California.
    Half the things Lisa complains about have their roots in Prop 13.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Prop 13 was a poorly crafted measure intended to solve some real problems. Most of us would agree that people should not be forced out of their house because their neighborhood gentrified, causing their property taxes to go up.

    But, Prop 13 created an umbrella that covered all property owners, regardless of their ability to pay taxes. It’s prevented property taxes from keeping pace with inflation. It’s been much more of a boon for people who own expensive properties.

    It’s been a pure gift to those who use corporate entities to hold land. Changes in the ownership of a company that owns land, don’t necessarily trigger reassessment. Predictably, a lot of work goes into figuring out how to transfer commercial property without triggering a costly reassessment.

    http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-01-04/news/prop-13-one-market-plaza-assessor-real-estate-money-taxes-california/full/

    Maybe I’m a confused, Socialist loser, but it seems obvious that Prop 13 is a well intentioned, but flawed law. I’m not sure why conservatives are defending a system that is effectively subsidizing one group at the expense of another. I thought they were against that kind of thing…

  10. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @AlnicoV

    You are wrong about it not shielding homeowners. It allowed my mother to remain in her home until she needed assisted living. And it is now protecting me and giving me much improved budgeting ability. I grant that it does not provide as much protection to people who move every few years but still gives them the ability to know and budget for exactly what that enormous cost will be.

  11. wiatr

    wiatr GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I once heard from a veteran who participated that in Calif. the companies who had inventory sitting on the floor would pack it up in trucks and send it out for a trip to Nevada and back to avoid a tax assessment. Sounds wasteful (of fuel) and dishonest, but that’s IMHO.

  12. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, about 1 year ago

    i would think they should check with nancy, diane, and barbara first. a lot of their millions are tied up in real estate.

  13. foofinho

    foofinho said, about 1 year ago

    Prop 13 was great for my Dad living on a fixed income after retiring.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Interesting that Lisa constantly harps on California’s money problems, but doesn’t recognize that 13 caused 98% of them.

  15. wbr

    wbr said, about 1 year ago

    correction to dtroutma post 13 caused 0.98% of them

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