The hidden cost of rising gas prices

The hidden cost of rising gas prices … Recently, gasoline thefts have been reported in the Rundberg/Parkfield area by Northeast Austin businesses. These types of thefts have been reported in the past and appear to be increasing. Business owners are advised to take precautions to secure company vehicles in such a manner that will not allow potential gas thieves to have access to large company … Continue reading The hidden cost of rising gas prices

Letting the VAT Out of the Bag

Obama and the Democrats have been spending money like there’s no tomorrow, sinking the country deeper into debt than we’ve ever been before. Moreover, we’re getting nothing for our money. At least the New Deal gave us the San Antonio Riverwalk. The U.S. has already been downgraded, and is bound to be downgraded again if Obama is reelected. Can’t Democrats do math? Don’t they realize … Continue reading Letting the VAT Out of the Bag

Cost Of Occupy Austin (and it will continue to grow)

From KLBJ 590AM here in Austin: The Austin Police Department says monitoring the Occupy Austin Movement cost the department over one point one million dollars.  Assistant Chief David Carter says they have used over 26 thousand man hours. Carter says they made 136 arrests during the occupation that lasted from October 6th, 2011 through February 3rd, 2012.  KLBJ’s Carol Nelson reports Occupy Austin has indicated … Continue reading Cost Of Occupy Austin (and it will continue to grow)

Poverty: It Ain’t What It Used to Be (New York/ Washington edition)

Here’s the point I’ve been driving at in this series of posts. The federal definition of poverty, the chattering class’s concern with inequality, the Democrats’ interest in a vastly expanded welfare state, and various other memes are inaccurate and in fact absurd when applied to most of the country. A family at the “poverty” level can in fact afford a rather nice house in most … Continue reading Poverty: It Ain’t What It Used to Be (New York/ Washington edition)

Poverty: It Ain’t What It Used to Be (Detroit edition)

Wow! By popular demand—really, one friend’s request—I looked at real estate in Detroit to see what a family at the federally defined “poverty” level could afford there. I don’t know Detroit, so I can’t judge neighborhoods. But in the $75,000–110,000 range you can find PALACES in Detroit. To wit: And these aren’t fixer-uppers; they’re beautiful inside. Here’s an example: As I said: Wow. What does … Continue reading Poverty: It Ain’t What It Used to Be (Detroit edition)