Dave Hodges

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Meet the New Animal House: Arizona’s Republican Legislators (Part 3)


   Having announced my retirement, I no longer have an issue in the legislature’s education funding and teacher protection practices, except that I still care for the children and those that attempt to better their lives.


To all those who are advocating for the complete abandonment of our children through the abolition of public education funding, I would remind you that being a Libertarian does not call for the complete abandonment of all publicly funded services. 

Who constructs and administers our present sewer system which is used by individual families?

Who constructs and administers the delivery of your water to your home?

Who do cities contract with in order to remove the trash from your home?

 Who manages and oversees the system of energy delivery to your home?

Who handles fire and police protection?

Who handles our nation’s defense?

Who constructs and maintains the roads?

Who delivers your mail?

I see mismanagement, waste and fraud in all of the abovementioned endeavors. However, persistent problems do not call for the complete abandonment of the continued delivery of these services which are supported by user fees and taxes, at least not for anyone in their right mind. These are the necessary costs of living in a post industrial society. Individuals and most local communities do not have the resources to pay for any/all of these services.
Amazingly, I have found some individuals that suggest that individual families entirely fund their children’s education. Most families have neither the comprehensive ability nor the resources to adequately educate their children. Then why should the delivery of our children’s education be any different from any of the abovementioned services? If these “New” ideas related to 100% private subsidization of education ever come to fruition, individuals would organize themselves into collectives in order to compensate for a lack of expertise and resources and we would end up in the exact same place with a call for a return public education because of the disaster that it would create.

Here is the bottom line: Arizona is 51st in educational attainment, educational funding and teacher protections. Ray Charles could see the correlations between these three factors and we have the dropout rate of 30% to further cement the point.

Do we really think that abandoning our children’s educational funding should be the first option to balance the state’s budget deficit when Arizona leads the nation in corporate welfare?

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FROM ERIC NEW: Whether you have "retired" from sucking at the public teat is not really the issue because "retired" teachers suck on the public teat forever through their pension scams. Government worker retirement plans are far more generous than anything those of us in the productive class can hope to achieve, even though we save and invest 25% (more than most can afford) of our income after working for 40-50 years (not 15-30 years like the government slugs who then double-dip into a second government job while collecting their pension). When inflation ravages our retirement accounts, the government workers' unions scream bloody murder down at the legislature for tax increases to protect their cost-of-living increases. And spare me the lame arguments about roads, trash collection, police, fire, mail, etc. There are countless examples of these functions being provided privately and successfully throughout history (and currently) if you look into it a little more closely. And "education" wasn't provided by government through forced taxation until the past 100-150 years or so. Civilization advanced quite nicely without government schools for over 10,000 years. Civilization has been in decline since the advent of mandatory government schooling. Perhaps that should tell you something. Even thought you have completely ignored any principled arguments I have made regarding the inherent nature of taxation as theft, the personal responsibility of parents to care for their children, and the goal of the government "educational" system to create dumb, compliant slaves for the corporate state, I will answer your question: "Why should the delivery of our children’s education be any different from any of the abovementioned services?"--Just substitute words like food, clothing, shelter, health care, transportation, etc. for "education" and you can see will find your answer. Based on your premise, why shouldn't government just meet all our needs from cradle to grave? Dave--Like most of my Republican/Demoplican friends, you are a collectivist who worships the cult of the omnipotent state. You guys complain about government not doing what YOU want it to, but just can't see that the State is the enemy of liberty so please call yourselves what you are--socialists, communists, collectivists, whatever. Just don't try to cloak yourselves in the mantle of freedom, because it is an ill-fitting suit indeed. Eric New P. S. I strongly recommend you read John Taylor Gatto's book "The Underground History of American Education." And think about the following..."There are now more moochers than producers in the U.S. All other political commentary is irrelevant."--Craig Cantoni

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