Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Quite the dichotomy

USA Today has an article out which highlights the unfortunate effects of the current housing bust in Merced County, California.  That state, of course, is the poster child for the deleterious effects caused by high taxes, bad government decisions, a stranglehold on the local economy by thuggish public sector unions and greed by homeowners who leveraged themselves into untenable situations.

We found it quite enlightening that of the four families interviewed for the piece, the one person who waited to buy something he could afford, willingly commutes a long distance to work and is basically making lemonade out of his situation isn't a government worker but rather a maintenance supervisor for a private garbage company:

"'I feel like I won the lottery,' [Ray Ortiz] says."

Well done, sir.

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