May 4, 2009

Oh Joy, Another Levy…

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 7:02 pm

Intro Note: “West Clermont” is a school district in the western part of Clermont County, Ohio, a largely suburban county east of Cincinnati.

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“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?

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4 Comments

  1. And in our public schools we have some of the best-paid socialists around. You’d be amazed how many of them make 6 figures in the central office of a place like WC. If you really want to have fun, drive through the parking lot of the central administration building and see how many pricey cars are there. Tomorrow, the parking lot at WC, Sycamore, Little Miami, and a few others will probably be emptyish as they scramble around to campaign.

    Comment by Rob — May 4, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

  2. Tom,

    I had one of the “supporters” for the issue stop by my house to request that I vote for the levy. I asked her two questions, neither of which she could answer.

    Question 1: If the levy fails, is it not a tax REDUCTION? Their slogan is that it will not raise my taxes as the amount with be a couple dollars under the amount they take from the last levy. She said she did not know the outcome if that occurred other than they would cut services…which led to question 2.

    Question 2: The schools still have to cut 1.8 million from the budget even if the levy passes. Do you know what they are cutting? She said there would be no cuts, to which I asked her why she is doing this if she can’t talk to the issue.

    I found out later what is to be cut after some research, but for any voter not to be informed should not vote–period. My child starts school this fall, so we are on different ground. But I agree with your point. It’s no different than vouchers or private schools. The money should be portable to whatever is available to the child, which would indeed help drive down costs and improve schools…so it will never happen. Those who do not have a child in school, shouldn’t be subjected to pay for it, but that goes with how the gov’t structures itself these days. See Entitlement programs.

    Jeff

    Comment by Jeff — May 5, 2009 @ 8:06 am

  3. “For the poor little children” is code language which usually really means “for the teacher’s union” or “for the government workers.” People need to vote against every levy.

    Comment by Largebill — May 5, 2009 @ 11:42 am

  4. Thank you for calling them what they are…GOVERNMENT schools. And the “rich” districts are the worst because they put all of their money & resources into help passing the levies which take money from the low-middle class residents who may linger in said districts. Shame on them.

    Comment by Jack — May 8, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

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