[internetworkers] Erection (morality and law)
biglee at haslups.com
Sun Nov 7 18:53:33 EST 2004
Help me out here, Sil, I'm struggling. You said...
>... Michael's trying to argue that the existence of public
>education, and the fact that he pays taxes that fund public
>education, restricts him to using public education. I call BULLSHIT.
>Michael, Alan, and I all pay into the same public education funds with our
>taxes. I don't know about the other two, but I don't have kids. So
>there's no economic disincentive to keeping your kids out of the public
>system; EVERYONE pays those taxes.
Let's say, hypothetically, that "everyone" pays $4,000.00 a year to
support the public schools. (All numbers are made up here; I don't know
the actual figures but they wouldn't change the point -- just the
arithmatic.) Let's also say that the tuition at Mother Imelda's School
for Fidgetty Children is $7,500 a year per student. If Michael had two
children then it would cost him $19,000 to send his children to Mother
Imelda but only $4,000 to sernd them to the public schools. So, in
terms of cash outlay -- ignoring the value of the education -- the
difference is $15,000. Now, I may be overly sensitive to money but, for
me, $15k starts to get into incentive range. In fact, I'd be willing to
bet that if Donald Trump dropped $15,000 on the sidewalk, he's bend over
to pick it up.
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