Lying In The Bed You Made
Well, Nashville voted down the proposed tax increase "for the children".
I'm in a foul mood. I'll state that right upfront.
Abortion has been legal in this country for more than 30 years. Birth control is being given out at every possible opportunity. In some school systems a condom is more easy to come by (hah!) than a can of Coca-Cola. Yet people who persist in having babies seem to also persist in wanting others to pay for the education of those babies.
Yes, I do realize that an educated and productive populace is good for the country and good for the economy. I firmly believe in education as a necessity. I also believe that a highway infrastructure is good for the country and good for the economy. I support it with my taxes. Yet when I wish to drive on the roads I must also pay a wheel tax. If I choose to drive a car, it costs me $80 a year. If you choose to have a baby and educate it in the public school system, why shouldn't you at least pay as much for tuition as you pay to register your car? Consistently demanding that everyone fully underwrite your child's education seems to fly in the face of the pro-choice movement.
Sure, I realize there are people who are too poor to afford such a tuition. Well, we give food stamps in those cases, and provide free lunch. I'll gladly voucher someone's tuition if they are too poor to come up with $80 a year. However, I'm betting that the majority of parents in the Metro school system can skip a few Domino's Pizzas to pay for their own kids' schooling.
If I ever have children, you can ask me if I've changed my mind. But seeing as how my husband and I both went to private schools (he worked 3 jobs to pay his own tuition) I doubt I will.