Just watched Headline Saturday and I'm sorry to say that it had one of the more in-depth segments on the real estate transfer tax debate. Sorry because it was horribly shallow.
The real estate transfer tax debate is an example of inside baseball in Raleigh having a detrimental effect on the rest of us.
Nothing but a bunch of hyperbole and scare tactics and talking points and a truly flaccid press standing on the sidelines playing on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand.
The big money people are trying to make it seem like they're standing for the little folks -- that they're the only ones keeping big government from your wallet.
Here's a couple of alleged facts I heard unchallenged:
• 81 percent of the public is opposed to a real estate transfer tax.
• The pay for cops in the Triangle is $17 an hour. (Well, yes, if you're a rookie in Raleigh coming in around the minimum of the range.)
• The seller pays the tax. Well, that's true, but are most sellers such idiots that they aren't going to add the tax to the price of the house?
And why is it that Angie still has no last name. When is the N&O's truth in advertising squad going to tell us a little about this strong-willed southern gal. Has she really 'heard an earfull?" Is she really driving around in that gas guzzler pickup at $3.30 a gallon?
C'mon y'all. Stop letting them play games with people like this.
Here's Greg's take.