As a society we condemn Mr. Snipes because what he is doing is not fair. He is in effect, sticking the rest of us with a bigger tax bill. We condemn him even though many of us don’t agree with all of the things our Federal Government spends money on--but we all know that we benefit from living in a civilized society where things are decided by popular vote. We know that all of us are saddled with the national debt (for instance) and simply disagreeing with the existence of that debt does not excuse you from paying your fair share.
We have a very similar situation playing out here in our community.
Our local school district—LASD—is a democratically-controlled institution which along with State and Federal governments has saddled us with certain obligations that our District must pay for.
Many agree with these obligations, such as a strong degree of help to special needs kids (LASD spends almost 20% of its budget [pdf] on this) and many benefited from another very large expense that our District must pay: teacher retirements (about 9% of LASD’s budget [ibid]). Those teachers taught many of our citizens who went on to become very successful and wealthy grown-ups.
But like Wesley Snipes, you don’t get to decide whether you agree or don’t agree with these expenses. The fact is that we are saddled with them, and somebody has to pay for it.
As such, the more kids there are at
Like Wesley Snipes,
Unlike Wesley Snipes, however,
Add it all up, and
So just who are “the rest of us”?
Anybody who has ever attended a
As such, while we don’t have the exact numbers (
For comparison, only about 40 parents out of 4500 in our District (about one percent) donate $5,000 or more to LAEF.
So in short, “the rest of us” is, for the most part, “the 99%”.
Fortunately there is some good news here: our District benefits from a parcel tax, which partially makes up for
Another way to look at it is that a “typical” LASD student will effectively receive about $6,120 ($9,520 total, minus $3,400 in these obligations) to spend on their own education. Per county records [pdf], on the other hand,
But there is no magic: