Intro Note: “West Clermont” is a school district in the western part of Clermont County, Ohio, a largely suburban county east of Cincinnati.
“When the people find they can vote themselves money
that will herald the end of the republic.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
I’m a bit tired of the government forcing my family to pay for things that we don’t use. The National Endowment for the Arts, tattoo removal & global warming research just to name a few and all under the guise of “it’s for the good of the nation.”
As such, it is becoming increasingly annoying that every year or two, government school districts use taxpayer-funded time & materials to lobby in favor of extorting more or continued funding via levies. It’s West Clermont this time [the vote is May 5] and you won’t hear a single, negative thing about it because hey, as always, “it’s for the children.” Of course, if that were true, then why is such a large amount of taxpayer money directed towards adults/bureaucrats in education vs. ending up in the classroom?
So let’s be honest here, they’re not REALLY “for the children,” and certainly not for EVERY child. If government schools were “for the children,” then they would not immediately and spitefully cut things that hurt parents and children most after a failed levy (bus service and extra curricular activities). Nope, “for the children” is simply code for “we are going to extort more of your money or make your lives a living hell.”
Each year, $3,000 of our property taxes go to government schools. Let me ask you something, in this day and age, would you pay $3,000 a year for ANYTHING you did not use? That is a good portion of anyone’s monthly grocery or gas bill. The coercion is outrageous and un-American. But of course ”A government who robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul.” (George Bernard Shaw).
If you want to procure more money than is already taken to fund government schools, then God bless you. I respectfully request that you put your money where your mouth is and write the government a check. Don’t vote to extort it from the rest of us who are going through just as many financial difficulties as everyone else and as such cannot afford the “community blank checks” you want to hand out. In addition, give us your address and you can send out checks to everyone’s non-government school, seeing as you are “for the children” and all…
Which begs the obvious question, what do the pro-levy, government-school customers think the options are for parents who “shop” somewhere else (use non-government schools)? Well, they don’t have any. Non-government school customers must pay twice…once to the [non-government] school in which their children thrive and then again to the government school via property taxes to pay for someone else’s education (talk about taxation without representation).
Still, parents whose children require a non-government path of education – for whatever reason – continue to pay their own way instead of sponging off everyone else. Yes, EVEN in economic downturns and EVEN when doing so means making drastic, baseline cuts in their family budget to accommodate that line item. So why in the world don’t the pro-levy, government-school customers care about THOSE kids?
In a nutshell, they don’t. If they did, then they would not be opposed to allowing the property tax dollars to follow the child to whichever school best serves that child. In addition, they would look forward to the challenge of competing for those tax dollars. But – and regardless of the bogus rating system – government schools don’t want to meet that kind of challenge (which would immediately raise ALL levels of education btw). Rather, they would prefer a monopoly. And why not, government monopolies work so well…eyeroll.
Make no mistake, government education was the most egregious example of the redistribution of taxpayer dollars in the history of this country (up until of course the porkulus bill).
So next time a pro-levy, government-school customer lobbies me to pay their bills, I will politely suggest that they take out their checkbook and pay the variance between property tax dollars and the [ostensible] cost to educate their children, THEMSELVES. Additionally, I would like them to help me lobby the state legislature to allow property tax dollars (which are in essence, our own “Educational Savings Accounts”) to follow each child. Only then will I believe that pro-levy, government-school customers REALLY care for EVERY child because only then will ALL schools become edified and more reflective of the communities they [presumably] serve.
Whether or not this [and other] levies pass, it is good to remember the sage advice of the Iron Lady: “The problem with socialism is that eventually, you run out of other people’s money.”
Yep, what happens then?