Originally posted by BR
Seriously, I've had enough of this bullshit line. Yes, blah blah blah foreigners don't pay taxes in zambia blah blah blah shut up. When you boil it down you are simply telling me to get the hell out of the country if I don't like your welfare state and I'm fvcking sick of it.
Your taxes pay for the highway system also, but you'll probably not use most of the roads paid for. More importantly, advancements in technology are more of a driving force on an economy than taxes, defecits, or direct government spending. To produce an innovating technologically advanced society we need a good public school system because even with vouchers not all people can pay for private schools. I guarantee YOU benefit from the public school system even if you don't use it. Why should you be allowed to benefit from the public school system if your not going to pay? Did you go to college, or do you plan to send your kids to college? Well killer, the cost of tuition at state universities is mostly subsidized by taxes. Tuition only covers a small portion of the overall cost. So, when your kids go to college, thank your tax dollars hard at work. Even if they go to a private college there are many programs in place that allow tax dollars to be used by students at prive schools.
This idea that "My kid goes to private school why should I pay for public school?" is silly and short sighted. Imagine what economy we'd have if the public school system didn't exist. Countries throughout the world are putting out better students than here in the US and doing so with good public education. Like it or not, you tax dollars are being put to good use and improving your life.
If we didn't have to pay for every little program we didn't like then the government would run out of money faster than it already is. I'm fully against pork barrel polotics except when it benefits me. Vouchers are pork barrel politics that don't benefit me because I don't have kids, and vouchers take money from the public school system that WE ALL benefit from. Complain all you want but realize your car was designed by people publically educated. Your house was built by people who were publically educated. Your internet was developed by people publically educated. The use of vouchers takes money from the public education system just so you
can use the private education system.
In most instances I believe the use of public funds for programs outside of national defense are a waste of $$$. The noted exceptions are the infrastructure funds, and the public education funds. We NEED educated people to improve our society. We NEED good roadways, and infrastructure to live the way we are accostomed. Public education is NOT a welfare state because YOU benefit from it like it or not!!!