Today, the debt-ridden city state of Dubai opened its “Superscraper,” the tallest building in the world. Laugh if you want at Dubai – they’ve been spending recklessly for many years.
But then you have to laugh at your own state’s K-12 government-run school system, which has been doing exactly the same for a lot longer. Today, the debt-ridden American state of Illinois can’t pay its school bills.
Suburban Chicago News reports that the state of Illinois is behind in payments to local schools in the amount of over $45 million dollars. On cue and in character, those schools shriek and threaten to take it out on the kids. If you don’t give us the money, they say, we’re going to punish the customers by cutting popular programs.
Forget scaling back pay increases that weren’t affordable in the first place, or requiring employees to pay more for health care that’s closer to the norm in the private sector. Nope, no belt tightening where it’s logical – the pain must come so the students suffer. Those cheap taxpayers must get the message loud and clear.
This financial problem was inevitable, and I’m not surprised in the least. Bill Zettler‘s research into the state pension scam explains a lot – especially the mentality of those who spend taxpayers’ money.
The way to save money AND improve the schools is through school choice. If you doubt that, here are a few articles for your review:
Before you go to the polls on February 2nd, you should inquire as to where the candidates stand on the matter of pouring ever more money into a failing school system. Do they support school choice? If not, they should not be supported with your vote. If they do, and they’re an incumbent, ask them what they’re doing to advance the cause. If they’re not an incumbent, ask them what they will do to finally bring about genuine school reform.
A few answers to a few key questions can save you a lot of money down the road in higher taxes.
©2010 John Francis Biver