Category: Schools

Where the money goes, the people will follow: Part 2, Breathing freely is a basic requirement

22 September, 2014 (09:00) | Capital, China, Emigration, Exports, Global news, Housing, Imports, Markets, Schools, Speculation | No comments

[Continued from Friday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Capital, whether economic of human, is a continuous referendum on government’s effectiveness – a referendum that government does not schedule but nevertheless must observe – and as we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Wall Street Journal (August 15, 2014), China’s entrepreneurial classes are […]

Where the money goes, the people will follow: Part 1, 64% of China’s rich

19 September, 2014 (09:00) | Capital, China, Emigration, Exports, Global news, Housing, Imports, Markets, Schools, Speculation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Up until now, my posts puzzling out China’s affordable housing have focused on its urban challenges, and whether the Chinese can make new cities that people want to live in without destroying the formerly-rural middle class by culturally and economically impoverishing them in totalitarian-style housing blocks.  Foolish me, I overlooked the […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 5, The solution to fairness

30 June, 2014 (18:09) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income. — Robert Half  As by now become apparent from deconstructing a recent article in […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 4, Or do they?

27 June, 2014 (09:29) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 2 and Part 1.] By:David A. Smith In theory, taxes should be like shopping. What I buy is government services. What I pay are my taxes. – P. J. O’Rourke And I don’t pay taxes for haircuts Yesterday, after dispelling the illogical arguments, overblown rhetoric, and […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 3, The critics may have a point

26 June, 2014 (09:30) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. –Will Rogers. “I am not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” So far, working slowly through the complaints of Austin homeowners, reported […]