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Hampton, VA

"Mo' Money" taxes

Has everyone been following the stories about "Mo Money" taxes? When you see the TV reports or listen to the radio, see if you can figure out the common denominator between the ones running the 'business' and the clients...  (Feb 8, 2012 | post #1)

Hampton, VA

VA Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Question 2

People whine and complain that the "housing market" is busting, because a house that was $125K just 3 years ago has "droppped in value" to around $200K! WAAAAH! I hope the damn bottom falls out, and these $250K houses have to go for $25K.  (Jan 23, 2011 | post #635)

Hampton, VA

VA Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Question 2

They SHOULD be able to afford it, if they are making the average salary. My parents afforded a house when only my dad was working. Think that can happen now??? By the time that they can "afford" it, prices will jump up againWHAT?? "Low", compared to what?? Just a few years ago, a standard 3BR 2BA house was around $125K. It LITERALLY DOUBLED to $255K in that short period of time. No one's salary doubled in that short time periodYeah, THAT makes sense. Who can afford to save, and the prices keep going up to outrun the savingEh, wrong. Speculators are raising the price of oil right now. City tax assessors decided that they needed more tax revenue, so they immediately inflate the land value to get more tax revenue. A guy I was talking to said that he bought his house for $48K 30 years ago, and now if he wanted to sell it, it would have a $290K asking price. And, to quote him, "I haven't done a damn thing but live in it." That means that the electrical, plumbing, flooring, etc. are a well-worn 30 years old. HOW can that go UP in value? Cars depreciate from wear and tear, so houses should, too.  (Jan 18, 2011 | post #624)

Hampton, VA

VA Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Question 2

It's getting to the point that NO ONE can afford to buy. It was a lot easier for our parents to buy a house that it is for us. I understand that someone working part-time at McDonald's cannot afford a McMansion. However, a two-income family making an average salary should be able to buy an average home in a safe neighborhood. Speculators have artificially inflated prices to the point that that is not impossible. If they roll the taxes into the rent, hopefully everybody will tell him to "shove it", he won't be able to rent it at all, and he'll have to eat it...  (Jan 10, 2011 | post #609)

Hampton, VA

VA Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Question 2

Sonnyboy and Slurpee, My point is that too many peeople see housing as a busimess in which to rape other people as opposed to a basic need. These people that try to buy a house for next to nothing, make a few cheap improvements, and then advertise it for twice what it's actually worth really piss me off. The median house price in my are is FIVE TIMES what the median family income is. The average working middle class, the majotity of this country, cannot afford decent housing because of this. That is why there are so many foreclosures. I am all for free market competition in most areas, but not for basic necessities. HOusing prices were artificially doubled a few years ago, and even though some claim that "prices are dropping", they are not dropping to affordable levels and "free market" is doing nothing to help it. In order to keep people from getting ripped off, I think a heavy tax for "house flippers" should be imposed to discourage the practice.  (Jan 9, 2011 | post #589)

Hampton, VA

VA Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Question 2

I feel that all should get property tax breaks on their primary residence, but should be taxed at least 50% on other properties that are held "for profit".  (Jan 7, 2011 | post #584)

Gay/Lesbian

America opposes gay marriage

The Federal judge got it right. In America, which is a Constitutional Republic and NOT a Democracy, where the Rule of Law should triumph over "Mob Rule". I am glad to see that our system still works for equality for all Americans. I would like to congratulate all of those that are in same-sex relationships. This is a victory for all Americans. There will be those that will be vocal in their opposition to SSM, and I can't wait to hear their arguments - especially if it goes to the Supreme Court. I have found that those that oppose SSM do so for one of two reasons: 1) "Religious Beliefs", which, in my observation, is beginning to evolve. I think that one of the three "types" of Judiasm now recognizes SSM. And 2) They personally just don't like it. I know that in the past, I have been outspoken AGAINST Same-Sex Marriage. I am a changed person. I now know that same-sex couples getting married does not affect my marriage - or marriage in general - in any way. I think that SSM opponents somehow think that if someone is gay that they are some sort of sexual predator or deviant. I have run into quite a few open and outspoken gays, but there are outspoken heteros too. In my opinion, the greatest danger to marriage are these "Marriages of Convenience", the trend of "Starter Marriages" and the like. How many people marry for money, or some other reason other than love and committment, and end up either divorced or trapped in a bad marriage? Sexual orientation is not a choice. Sexual behaivior is, but that goes for everyone. We should all keep our private lives private.  (Aug 6, 2010 | post #2140)

Hampton, VA

Illegal ailens not illegal?

Yep. Arizona's law does nothing more than re-iterate the Federal immigration laws, which are not being enforced. What's the problem??  (Apr 29, 2010 | post #2)

Gay/Lesbian

America opposes gay marriage

Point taken. However, I have no problem with the Patriot Act. Anyone that is behaving themselves should not fear it, eitherI think that's what I said... Anyhow - Is Prop 8 unconstitutional? I think so. Should same-sex couples be denied the right to marriage simply based on their gender? Honestly, I don't think so. Personally, I do not see a need for SSM since there are Civil Unions, and I do not see any credibility in the comparison to inter-racial marriage, but allowing same-sex couples to marry doesn not affect my rights or my marriage one iota.  (Apr 24, 2010 | post #1986)

Gay/Lesbian

America opposes gay marriage

Did you go to Government Schools (some call them "Public Schools")? If so, then someone else's taxes paid for your education. See how that works? To get back on track, whether you *personally* approve or disapprove of gay marriage is your prerogative. There are things about traditional marriage that I am not happy with. However, we are talking Constitutionality here. I think that legally, same-sex couples have a case against the 14th Amendment and Prop 8. The current Acorn Administration and the "Community Organizer" are taking away out liberties on a daily basis. The Constitution is all we have, and if we don't do something to protect it, then we all suffer.  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #1957)

Hampton, VA

Health Care - Hampton, VA

Things that they need to TAKE OUT of the bill: 1) Requiring people to purchase insurance or pay a fine 2) Allowing "children " to stay on until age 27 3) Cuts to Medicare 4) Higher taxes Things that NEED TO STAY IN the bill; 1) Insurance companies cannot raise rates due to age, health, claims, etc. 2) People cannot be denied coverage for any reason, especially pre-existing conditions 3) Insurance companies cannot cap benefits 4) Insurance companies cannot drop coverage because of illness  (Mar 24, 2010 | post #52)

Gay/Lesbian

America opposes gay marriage

I mean "shouldn't "....  (Mar 24, 2010 | post #1904)

Gay/Lesbian

America opposes gay marriage

Ah, let 'em get married. You're right. It should affect me one bit.  (Mar 24, 2010 | post #1903)

Gay/Lesbian

America opposes gay marriage

Driving 55 is driving like I'm 90?? If you want to drive 75mph, go to Talledega. If you do 10+ the speed limit and have an accident, I hope you only kill yourself, and don't take any innocent bystanders with you.  (Mar 4, 2010 | post #1892)

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