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Left With Nothing
Washington Post, by Michael Sallah & Debbie Cenziper*

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Posted By:MissMolly, 9/8/2013 4:55:55 PM

On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb. Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television. Next came the things that were closest to his heart: his Marine Corps medals and photographs of his dead wife, Martha. The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere to go. All because he

*[w/Steven Rich]


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 9/8/2013 5:06:46 PM     (No. 9511784)

This is a scary story. There really are getting to be two Americas.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: cartcart, 9/8/2013 5:18:34 PM     (No. 9511798)

He should have paid the taxes. He could not h e been ignorant of his obligation.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pros7767, 9/8/2013 5:19:46 PM     (No. 9511800)

This is absolutely outrageous! How many of the foreclosure companies are Obama donors?

My bet is all of them.

We squander money left and right on Solyndra et al, yet we can´t help elderly home owners? What is wrong with this country?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jlmaca, 9/8/2013 5:22:17 PM     (No. 9511803)

This progression of police obedience to all laws blindly is very disturbing. Does law enforcement take a moral or principled stand on anything or just blindly follow this road to evil conformity?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: belwhatter, 9/8/2013 5:27:20 PM     (No. 9511807)

This makes my blood boil - we are so screwed by the practitioners of corruption - respect for the elderly, the infirm and those with poor mental functions has gone out of the window - this is a sick, sick society, that is desperately in need of upholding Christian principles of neighborliness and charity. To see bloodsuckers putting these good folk out on the street and stealing their life long asset, their home, from under their feet is deplorable. If we had a justice department worth it´s salt things might be different - but IF is such a big word.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MindMadeUp, 9/8/2013 5:31:23 PM     (No. 9511813)

Welcome to Obamaland. Leftists clamor for more power to government officials in the name of helping the poor, but once they have the power those officials screw the poor (and everyone else), because their´s nothing to stop them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nycvoter, 9/8/2013 5:33:18 PM     (No. 9511814)

In Florida this is happening with homeowners associations. You get one month behind then they take it to lawyers then all of a sudden it´s thousands of dollars. So you can steal a home/apartment for a couple of hundred dollars. These people should be forced to return the rest of the money on the foreclosure sale after the bills, plus interest have been settled. They are gaming the system. This is crony capitalism, it´s fascism.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Texan1stCavDad, 9/8/2013 5:34:02 PM     (No. 9511816)

Who will pick up John Steinbeck´s pen?

One of the (few, legitimate)roles of government is to protect and defend the helpless; rather we see the politicians in collusion with private business to crush the hopeless.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/8/2013 5:34:17 PM     (No. 9511817)

I pay my taxes. I know I have to pay them. As wife and I get older, we take care to see that our propety is protected through legal entities (our is a family trust) so that when the inevitable comes, we are protected. I know the DC event is harsh. I am so sorry for this vet. But, we do have to pay our taxes or this kind of tragedy happens. I feel very sorry for these unfortunate people. I wish there was some agency devised to come to their aid. But, the bottom line is; Pay your taxes!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 9/8/2013 5:45:55 PM     (No. 9511827)

What would the unpaid taxes have funded? Property taxes are generally for social services, like our more and more corrupt police forces and our local crooked political apparatus. I guess it´s true, you never , ever own your home, you just rent it from the government, as they can never have enough to spend!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Japanorama, 9/8/2013 5:46:02 PM     (No. 9511828)

Sad stories. Wanna bet that the "solution" to the problem will be to raise our taxes>

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Reply 12 - Posted by: KTWO, 9/8/2013 5:47:17 PM     (No. 9511831)

Not paying the taxes if you can indicates foolish stubbornness or incompetence.

Before a tax sale an independent hearing, even if brief, should be held to determine why the taxes were not paid and how to proceed.

It is hard to suggest a perfect remedy. I suggest a reform might go like this:

(1) The city takes the property for 80% of market value then subtracts the unpaid property tax.
(2) The ousted home owner receives the net from (1).
(3) The city then sells the property on the real estate market at market value.

Pro: The home owner gets part of his equity if he has any. Investor profit is removed from the activity; private profit should not be a byproduct of taxation. And the city would actually have a profit from the eventual resale.

Con: More bureaucracy?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rakasha, 9/8/2013 5:48:46 PM     (No. 9511834)

#9, I think the bottom line is ´it´s time to take back from the Government what we should never have allowed them to take in the first place´.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: fleetusa, 9/8/2013 5:53:41 PM     (No. 9511840)

Dems running city governments can be vicious.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 9/8/2013 5:56:56 PM     (No. 9511844)

I don´t know a lot about how DC is governed. Once upon a time it was governed by the federal government. Now there seems to be a certain amount of local government. One or both should arrange to provide a mechanism whereby an attorney is provided to anyone who is mentally incompetent, in the hospital being operated on, or in a nursing home. No foreclosures should be permitted to be filed in such cases.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: noparallel, 9/8/2013 6:00:55 PM     (No. 9511848)

State v. churches. This is what you get.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: curious1, 9/8/2013 6:25:43 PM     (No. 9511869)

Still think the ´taxes´ stolen from you at gunpoint are worth it?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snakeoil, 9/8/2013 6:39:34 PM     (No. 9511875)

I pity the man. But why couldn´t he pay $ 134 bill? If I were to miss paying my property tax bill (which I never have) I get a second bill with a late fee added. And you know what happens if you don´t pay taxes.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: deepthinker, 9/8/2013 6:42:26 PM     (No. 9511878)

There is little doubt that these sweetheart deals are steered to sharks who pay off our "public servants".

"We will file the tax lien on this date. You pay off the city with $200 when we promptly foreclose, and the place is yours. Oh! What´s this? A little gift for ME?? How thoughtful...."

As a Realtor I can state from personal knowledge that tax notices go AWOL (I suspect not entirely by accident). They are often mailed out to the previous owner "because we are a bit behind in updating our records" and forwarded by the Post Office to their new address. The bureaucrats take great pains to establish that notification is a "courtesy notice" so non-receipt does not allow any excusing of large late payment penalties and interest. It is about maximizing the take from the homeowner.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Axeman, 9/8/2013 6:47:44 PM     (No. 9511886)

Who would pay for the tyrannical bureaucracy were it not for the jack-boot on their neck?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Manbearpig, 9/8/2013 7:00:13 PM     (No. 9511896)

#2, unless and until the horrors of dementia have visited themselves upon you or a loved one, you cannot judge. This is all so sad. Damn, times are hard, does no one EVER get a break? BTW, that´s a pretty hard-arsed way to feel. But for the grace of God go I.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 9/8/2013 7:15:35 PM     (No. 9511914)

Yo..yo...DC is run by and for crooks!!! Is anyone REALLY surprised???

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jofel, 9/8/2013 8:19:57 PM     (No. 9511961)

It appears that many of the posters did not read the article. The article states that the man was struggling with dementia.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/8/2013 8:38:33 PM     (No. 9511978)

The process wasn´t invented by the Obamistas ~ it´s ancient. When you don´t pay your taxes on real estate it may be sold.

Of course the process gets abused. This is precisely how the US government bankrupt the Japanese Americans in WWII. They sent them off to camps where they couldn´t pay their property taxes. Then the state of California seized the property for nonpayment of taxes. Then celebrities bought up all of it at bargain basement prices.

The people dispossessed and sent to camps were never reimbursed for that.

The Supreme Court said it was OK too! That was Earl Warren´s mind numbed knee jerk robot like court!

Leftists have always liked this sytem ~ it teaches people to pay their taxes doncha know. Others like the idea as well ~ after all, you should stay on your toes and pay your debts.

Sometime sombody gets robbed. Democrat city. Black politicians. Stereotypes at work GUARANTEED.

Happens in North Dakota too ~ the biggest wheat farms up there were built that same way in the 1930s. Guys didn´t marry their children´s mothers either ~ every penny went to buying out their neighbors for nonpayment of taxes! Republican state. White politicians. Stereotypes at work GUARANTEED.

Hamurabbi said something about this in his famous code.

Nobody listened!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: wsdiego, 9/8/2013 8:59:22 PM     (No. 9511996)

When it comes to taxes, this is what liberals do! Calif passed prop 13 because the elderly were being taxed out of their homes!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: plex, 9/8/2013 9:16:38 PM     (No. 9512013)

Note: None of you own your house, mortgage or no, you do not own your house or your car. The state allows you to use these items as long as you pay "rent" to the state.

Delinquent taxes should probably result in a new mortgage that pays the taxes and puts a lien on the house. Allowing the state to seize and sell the property means that there is no such thing as Private Property.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 9/8/2013 9:21:40 PM     (No. 9512021)

FTA - "But in recent years, Coleman began showing signs of dementia — he would forget to pay bills or buy food. His next-door neighbor would often bring him plates of chicken and carrots. In 2006, he forgot to pay a $134 tax bill, prompting the city to place a lien on the home and add $183 in interest and penalties."

The lien was auctioned off to a predatory tax lien company. This poor man owned his home but lost it all because of his illness and a $134.00 tax bill. This is theft by any name.

A number of counties in some states have begun to eliminate these lien sales and attempt to collect the taxes directly from the home owner themselves. Some counties no longer allow liens on homes to be sold if the owners are at risk due to certain impairments.

I am beginning to believe that property taxes are not fair, and we should only be subject to income tax or sales tax.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/8/2013 11:28:40 PM     (No. 9512119)

One of my elderly friends lost his home, not to taxes, but an over aggressive HOA.

Sometimes the lender doesn´t pay the taxes out of the escrow accounts. If you are not on your toes today, you lose.

Now that lenders think the housing market is turning around, expect to see more foreclosures. Many of the home sales are to investors and foreign buyers paying cash.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 9/9/2013 2:50:46 AM     (No. 9512209)

Many times the tax bills don´t reach the homeowner, or, like this man, the property owner is not well. You shouldn´t lose your home for $200. Or they paid, but it wasn´t credited correctly to their account/property.

Judging from my own property tax bills, it´s hard to even understand what you owe. They´re a mish-mash of undecipherable gobbledegook.

There has been a rash of this sort of thing, and it´s wrong.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mathman, 9/9/2013 12:46:07 PM     (No. 9512846)

The District should take great pride in its system. The old, the infirm, those with mental problems are being fed to the dogs.
Such a system is deplorable (even worse than Sarin gas) but will get no attention. You see, the victims are troubled. And welfare is for the young, who will give birth to more voters.
The rot in Germany started out in this way. Those with no voice were the first to be under the boot.
Pretty soon everybody was under the boot.
Heil Barry!
Watch for the Post to be under investigation soon by Holder for some imagined mis-step. Liberals always stand together.

By the way, where are Sharpton and Jackson?

cheep. cheep. cheep.

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To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

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