Skip to comments.Katie Porter (D-CA) doesn’t seem to think that children need a father...
Posted on 04/15/2019 12:23:37 AM PDT by grundle
U.S. Congressional representative Katie Porter (D-California) recently talked about “Patricia,” one of her “constituents” who lives in Irvine, California.
Here’s a video of part of Porter’s statement, from the Washington Post channel at YouTube:
Since Porter said she looked up the salary of Patricia’s job at monster.com, I am guessing that “Patricia” is fictional. Nevertheless, I will go along with this, and offer my comments and analysis.
Patricia works as a bank teller at JPMorgan Chase, and earns $16.50 per hour, which works out to $35,070 per year. Patricia has a six-year old daughter, and the two of them live together in a one-bedroom apartment in Irvine, California. After taxes, Patricia takes home $29,100 per year, which is $2,425 per month.
Porter provided this image of Patricia’s monthly expenses:
These are Patricia’s monthly expenses:
$250 on a 2008 car
$402 USDA “low cost” food for one adult and one child
$450 after school childcare
This leaves Patricia with a monthly budget deficit of $567.
Porter blames this budget deficit on JPMorgan Chase.
Now I’d like to offer my own commentary and opinion on this, in three different categories.
First of all, Porter makes no mention whatsoever of Patricia’s child’s father.
If Patricia was actually married, then her husband could work from home and take care of their child after school, and there would be no need to spend $450 per month on after school child care. Also, her husband’s income from working at home would make it easier to pay for their other expenses.
This refusal by Porter to even so much as mention Patricia’s child’s father is typical of liberals when they talk about single mothers who are struggling to raise their children. I have previously written about liberals’ refusal to mention the fathers of these children here, here, here, here, and here.
Secondly, Porter never mentions how density restrictions and other anti-development laws cause the price of housing in California to be substantially higher than it would otherwise be.
But I will mention it.
Here is a link to an article that was published by the Atlantic in 2007.
When a developer builds housing, there are three separate and distinct costs: the cost of land, the cost of construction, and the cost of getting a building permit (which the article refers to as the “right to build”).
Irvine is in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. According to the Atlantic article, using data from 1999, getting permission for the “right to build” added $303,000 to the cost of a house in Los Angeles in 1999.
Here’s part of the relevant text from the article:
In a 2003 article, Glaeser and Gyourko calculated the two different land values for 26 cities (using data from 1999). They found wide disparities. In Los Angeles, an extra quarter acre cost about $28,000 – the pure price of land. But the cost of empty land isnt the whole story, or even most of it. A quarter- acre lot minus the cost of the house came out to about $331,000nearly 12 times as much as the extra quarter acre. The difference between the first and second prices, around $303,000, was what L.A. home buyers paid for local land-use controls in bureaucratic delays, density restrictions, fees, political contributions. Thats the cost of the right to build.
And that right costs much less in Dallas. There, adding an extra quarter acre ran about $2,300raw land really is much cheaperand a quarter acre minus the cost of construction was about $59,000. The right to build was nearly a quarter million dollars less than in L.A. Hence the huge difference in housing prices. Land is indeed more expensive in superstar cities. But getting permission to build is way, way more expensive. These cities, says Gyourko, just control the heck out of land use.
The same article also includes this chart:
And please remember, this cost for the “right to build” is completely separate from the cost of the land, and the cost of construction.
The cost for the “right to build” is determined entirely, 100% by zoning laws, density restrictions, and other local government policies.
Here’s another example of how hard it is to get a building permit in California:
January 23, 2015
… there were more permits for single-family homes issued last year through November in just one Texas city Houston (34,566) than in the entire state of California (34,035) over the same period.
Let’s put this into perspective.
Houston is 628 square miles.
California is 163,696 square miles.
So even though California is 260 times as big as Houston, Houston actually issued more new building permits for single family homes in 2014 than did the entire state of California.
Just think about that for a minute.
Those numbers show just how incredibly, ridiculously hard California makes it to build new housing.
Anyone who has ever bought or sold anything at eBay understands that, all else being equal, the bigger the supply of something, the lower price, and the lower the supply, the higher the price.
By making it so difficult to get a building permit in California, the government is causing housing to be far, far more expensive than it would otherwise be.
Here is a great article by Thomas Sowell about how the politicians in California have waged war against the construction of new housing.
This video also explains California’s war against the construction of new housing. And please note that it is progressives, social justice warriors, and other left wing activists who are the ones that are most opposed to building this new housing:
California is waging a very strong, major war against the constriction of new housing.
But Porter never mentions any of this.
Third, being a bank teller is an entry level job. It doesn’t require any education beyond high school.
If Patricia wanted to earn more money, she could have gone to college or trade school before having a child.
But Porter never mentions this, either.
I wonder what she is spending the child support on? In California, the child support does not end until the child is 26 years old
Im sure letting tons of illegals in will make housing cheaper/easier to find./S
Apparently, "Patricia" wanted a toy to play with, and so, she went out one night, and got herself knocked up, with some surfer dude screenplay writer stud that caught her Grasshopper breeding goggled eye.
9 months later, she has a brand new tax deduction...
I seem to remember that over 90% of people in prison were raised in a house without a father.
No mention of public assistance that this single mother already qualifies for; section 8, utility assistance, SNAP, medicaid, Child Income Tax Credit, free school breakfast and lunch... The list is endless but somehow lets ambush a Bank CEO and play stupid games...
why not ####ing retirement!!
and she looks like a dyke
and BTW, b.tch, my old man died when I was 14 and I ran wild until my 20s before I landed, thank God.
And that was with a GREAT family.
EVERY prison show I watch, whether it’s a country guy, a black guy or a hispanic dude, they ALL say or sing the same thing...no POP...anywhere..
So STFU about stuff you know nothing about.
Just did a quick tax calculation. she will get all of her federal taxes back in addition to a Child and Dependent Care Credit of $750, a Child Tax Credit of $1000, and an Earned Income Tax Credit of $680. So yes, very misleading... No surprise there.
But these liberals have identified the real problem—greedy developers. So they require any developer to have a plan to build a proportion of their development as affordable housing. There, problem solved!
As I approach closer to retirement, I have greatly disappointed my mother by telling her that I will not be returning to California, but am looking to retire to Texas. I told her that housing is way too expensive in CA. I did not tell her that I also do not want to return to CA because the lunatics have taken over and are busy destroying everything that made CA such a wonderful state. I can’t tell her that because she is a devoted Koolaid drinker. Sigh.
And this idiot constituent will still vote Democrat knowing full well that the Democrats are giving the illegals full benefits that she can only dream of. The Democrat voters need to start knowing their place on the new model economic and social ladder.
Yet another leftist who demands government steal from you to fund her own bad decisions.
That budget leaves the woman plenty of cash for getting the car repaired at the garage, for when the washer and dryer break down, the coffee pot goes on the fritz... etc. She didnt’ factor any of that into the equation either.
The city of Irvine is in Orange County and is an hours drive away from LA.
Just did a quick tax calculation. she will get all of her federal taxes back in addition to a Child and Dependent Care Credit of $750, a Child Tax Credit of $1000, and an Earned Income Tax Credit of $680. So yes, very misleading... No surprise there.”””
ALL of which backs up what I have been saying....
Democrats don’t know a thing about taxes & how they are structured.
I challenge every single Democrat in Congress & elsewhere to list for me the different kinds of Depreciation & what is required in that structure.
I will bet an ice cream bar none can detail those differences.
Just went through the depreciation exercise last week on assets deployed up to 20 years ago. What a headache and a hugh waste of time and energy.
Here’s hoping that Greg Raths (a retired fighter pilot and family man) kicks her ass in 2020.
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