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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

Matthias Julius wrote:
> "Roberto C. Sanchez" <roberto@familiasanchez.net> writes:
>>Doesn't that make you feel cheap, though?  I mean, I can understand if
>>you are unemployed or if you have fallen on hard times financially.
>>However, I don't particularly like the fact that I and my neighbors
>>(very few of whom have school age children, must are grown up) are
>>*forced* by the government to subsidize education for *everyone else's*
> You can understand from the point of view of somebody in need for
> support to get his children educated.  But, where should the money
> come from?  I think a community should provide its members with the
> basic necessities to have a human-like live and to have chance to
> improve it.  This requires education, housing, social and physical
> security.
How about food and clothing?  Should the community "provide" those?  How
about transportation?  Where do you draw the line.  As far as I am
concerned, the government should make sure that we have a military to
defend us and go after the bad guys before they come after us and to
build roads (which, IMO, can't be effectively done as a private
endeavour).  If the local community wants to more, more power to them.
My beef is with the federal and state-level involement in education.

> Those members who can afford it will have to pay for it.  It falls
> back on the community if these members who can not support themselfes
> are left out.  I currently live in the US and I pay taxes here.  And I
> am OK with it although my kids will probably never go to school here
> and I certainly could use the money for something else.
If people are concerned about their ability to pay for education
individually, they can form co-ops.  Basically, you are subsidizing
other people's kids going to school.  Even if it doesn't bother you, it
bothers me.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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