Several supporting posts from taxpayers.
—Reader A: “I have worked as a supplier to government institutions for
years. Let’s say the maintenance department has a budget of $100,000 a year,
but they only spend $30,000. Next year’s budget will be $30,000. That’s a
great system, for me as someone who supplies the schools with heating
equipment because at the end of the year they will just buy to maintain the
budget. My question is always, ‘What is the incentive for being fiscally
responsible?’ Answer – less of a budget. The wonderful leviathan at work.”
—Reader B: “When taxpayers [in my district] demanded more AP high school
courses to justify bigger budgets (we were sick of funding new fields, gyms,
sports programs), the number quickly jumped from 6 to 20. Well, guess what.
Only 30% of the students who take the AP courses are passing them! Don’t
know if the problem is stupid kids, stupid teachers, or a little of both.
But there is no accountability whatsoever. The school website brags about
the 20 courses, but does not reveal the success rate. When I publicly asked
for the data at an 8th grade parents’ informational meeting, I got quizzical
looks, shrugs, and this answer: ‘Most pass.’ A few minutes of Internet
searching and I had caught them in a lie.”
I’m going to continue voting down any and all local spending proposals every
chance I get. You’ll cut school buses? I have a car. You’ll cut police?
I have guns.
The only way to kill municipal socialism is to starve it to death.