Via Instapundit, and shamelessly to borrow one of my favorite expressions of the Blogfather: Another rube self-identifies.
You really have to appreciate the tone of shock — shock!! — that oozes from this woman’s plea: “‘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.’”
Wait. You mean all this stuff has to be paid for? By me?? And I’m going to have to come up with money for it? O! the humanity of it all! But light rail is . . . is . . . I know a half-dozen or more people who ride it. Sometimes. But . . . but . . . green! And sustainable!! No one told me there was a trade-off. It’s so unfair. Social justice. Halliburton. Koch Brothers. Open sesame!
At the risk of pointing out to this ol’ gal the obvious: Things which make your city too damned expensive for ordinary people to live there do not “make this city better.” They make it more stratified, more homogenous, more boring. And eventually they just kill it off.
The sad part is that one has a niggling suspicion that, even if you sat down with her and went over all of it, she still wouldn’t get the nexus between what she’s been voting for and the hit to her wallet.
[Update (05 Jun 14): A nice, succinct wrap-up on the phenomenon, from Ed Driscoll.]