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  •  this issue really raises my hackles (6+ / 0-)

    Remember how one of the strategies of the ardent right-wingers was to get into politics by first being elected to school boards? So that they can teach Jesus rode a dinosaur or what not.

    Destroying the public school system is the goal of the more "sophisticated" (And by that I mean Sophist) politicians on both the right and the so-called left.

    The public school system was instrumental in creating a common culture, much like the old network (free) television did, despite its imperfections.

    A lesson from my Republican parents, back in the day:

    My siblings and I were sent to Catholic schools. When I heard that my parents paid taxes that supported public schools, I complained of the unfairness of that, as we had to pay tuition for the Catholic school. My parents explained to me that they were glad to live in a country where they had a choice. Bottom line: they believed that everyone should be educated.

    •  In Ohio, we have a legislator (3+ / 0-)
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      Kris "Wife Abuser" Jordan (R-of course) who wants to smash that compact via a bill that would absolve home schoolers from paying their education property taxes. They would get a fat tax refund every year — thousands of dollars, depending on the community they lived in. He says they save the schools money by not using them (never mind a new ruling that they are allowed to participate in public school sports and extracurriculars in Ohio now) so they should get that money back to pay for "more books and museum admissions."

      There aren't enough home schoolers in Ohio for this to make a substantial impact on school systems. But what it does is open the door to the idea that you shouldn't have to pay taxes for services you don't use? Don't go to the library? You should get a refund on the taxes that pay for libraries. Etc. Obviously, families who send their kids to private or parochial schools will be lining up for this refund, but I will be elbowing them out of the way as someone who has REALLY saved the schools money — by not having any children.

      It's all about destroying the idea that we pay taxes for the collective good — a massive extension of that constant harping we hear from the right about how they should get to keep "their" money.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:14:36 PM PDT

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