Dustin (8/17/10)

The father in this strip seems like the type of guy who has the cold, cruel world all figured out and who isn’t shy about bursting the bubbles of idealistic whippersnappers. But if this fellow thinks paying off his mortgage would allow him to stay in his home “for free,” then he’s the one living in a fantasy world. Even if he went without heat, electricity, and homeowner’s insurance, he’d still have to pay property taxes. And those bills stand to rise significantly in the coming years as (a) home values inch up, and (b) states start scrambling for revenue to counter their record deficits.

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