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Comment by James F. Burgos on October 28, 2010 at 9:11am
Well Troopers, next week is election day. Please get out and Vote. We served our Country as did our forefathers before us, protecting the Republic. THAT is why I am really ticked off and have been for two days. Arizona had a State Law that required people to provide PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP when registering to VOTE. That law has been struck down by ( who else? ) the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, Arizona must allow ANYONE ( including ILLEGAL ALIENS ) to register WITHOUT proving they are a CITIZEN ! IS THIS WHY WE SERVED ? Other States may still enforce their Voting Laws, but NOT ARIZONA. How much more of this are we expected to take ??? The mood here is foul and many of us are looking back to the birth of the Confederacy. When will this TREASON happen to YOUR State ?
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on October 8, 2010 at 2:15pm
There are 1100 lobbyists for every Congressperson, it stank when they explained it to me in the 7th grade and still does. Both parties have been taken over by the need to raise millions to get elected and INTERNATIONAL Corporations and banks are calling the shots. My dad worked for Ford Aircraft Engine Division and knew Henry II we got hand written letters and telegrams at X-mas plus a big bonus check, every one of them mentions how great America and citizens are and how we have keep at it to provide the best for the military, the engines were for the Super Saber and the B-52 and my dad ran the plant. The rich of today are all about themselves and personal gain, totally without a shred of patriotism. They've exported our jobs and imported poverty and cram it down our throats by buying our politicians. They will destroy the Country for personal gain and not bat an eye. The Fascist Republicans and the Socialist Democrats BOTH have to GO one way or another.
Comment by James F. Burgos on October 8, 2010 at 10:13am
Chuck, you must know who the biggest financial backers of our Dear Leader were. Wall Street and the Banksters. They say that " the road to hell is paved with good intentions " but I see no good in anything that is going on. To me, it appears that our Country is INTENTIONALLY being DESTROYED and it really ticks me off !
Comment by James F. Burgos on October 8, 2010 at 10:07am
Steve-O, yep. Things stalled in Arizona too. At the end of '07 property sales dropped to just about zero. Two miles north of me, several builders had streets, lighting, fire hydrants, etc. in and then just stopped. My builder gave up on an entire planned community like ours. Just fenced it off and there it sits. There is an entire strip mall that never had an open business , sitting there for three years. Our home lost $40 K in value but our property taxes did go down accordingly. I really don't care about that. This is my LAST house and I will leave FEET FIRST. I hate the Arizona Summers but I LOVE the fact that we can be armed at all times, open carry or concealed without a permit. Makes a man feel FREE.
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on October 7, 2010 at 9:50pm
In 2005 my sister, a Realtor, told me there were 138 houses on the MLS in all of San Diego County. I'm a general contractor/developer and I and two of my neighbors were trying to lot split and build 9 houses but were totally screwed by the County. When you have high demand and stupidly low interest rates (Greenspan) and you can't build houses prices will rise out of control...I saw it coming. Goldman-Sacks says they didn't...course they bought 10 billion in insurance from AIG. The Financial services industry has put 443 million dollars into lobbyists and the election. These guys are running the country for their personal off-shore accounts. I'll never trust the Banksters. Of course this all happened before with the savings and loan. The difference is that those guys went to jail not Wall St for more bonuses.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on October 7, 2010 at 11:54am
James, that's what happened here. people found out it was sooo much less expensive with taxes and property values than up North,the thi9ng is when they went nuts with building,they didn't think of the infrastructure. They also had all this extra Tax money rolling in,so they spent like crack whores with a stolen credit card. When the Economy tanked- revenues go down,what do they do-RAISE TAXES!They still haven't re-assessed the properties and in fact the last assessment, the company that did the assessment included Churches and Schools(which are exempt) so the overall value for the county was even more overinflated.They based their budget on the higher figure and had to raise property and sales taxes to cover the shortfall. That living within your means thing seems to mean as little at the Local level as at the National.
Comment by James F. Burgos on October 7, 2010 at 9:28am
We used the inflated property prices to our advantage. On Nov.1, '98 we bought a brand new two story, 3bd, 2 1/2 bath home for 133K. ( Riverside,Ca ) We put down 33K and spent 5 K in landscaping. Eight years later we sold for 405 K and cleared 276 K, took OUR money and ran off to Arizona. Bought a brand new home for 180 K, new car, house full of new furniture. All cash. I guess we did it right. Right now California is going nuts trying to grab everyone's money because the State is BROKE ! HA HA HA Adios, amigos ! By the way, three of my new neighbors DID EXACTLY THE SAME THING !
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 7, 2010 at 6:42am
Until I got my taxes lowered a couple years ago for being disabled I was paying $2500 a year taxes on a house that originally cost $10,000. I was paying for the house again every four years, and it has been paid off since the 1960's. Now I pay just over $300 in property taxes.

I got on the internet and was checking out what my neighbors pay. They had the house next door as being built in 1963, 1700 sq ft, 3 bdrms, 2 fire places, attached garage.....

The place was built in 1929 and brought in on a trailer in 1963 from another location. It is a small 1+ bdrm, not even 800 sq ft, with wood stove and detached garage and shop. I told the owner who didn't have a clue. The place is up for sale now.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on October 7, 2010 at 1:39am
Dad's last Tax bill on the house he bought in '73 was more per month than the house payments. Property values down here has gone nuts with the Yankees finding out how much cheaper it was here than Florida about 20 years ago. Now, it's more expensive here than the Raleigh area with over a Million people. The bad thing, everyone bought these overvalued homes,many of them on spec to sell at a profit and nobody can afford to sell them at that big a loss. In '85 I rented a 2-bedroom cottage on Wrightsville Beach 1/2 block from the Ocean for $300/mo. Bulldozed all the old cottages, put up condos,for $350 grand each. Now half the Island is for sale,but the property taxes are Prohibitive- same old thinking-people aren't buying ,we need more $$,"Let's Raise TAXES!"
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 6, 2010 at 7:14pm
My folks paid $10,750 in 1953, brand new with dad's GI Bill, for the house I'm living in now.

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