STARVE THE BEAST [John Derbyshire] I urge all my fellow Long Islanders who read The Corner to go out and vote down the school budgets being presented to us today. In my town, the budget proposal asks for an increase of 5.52 percent over last year. Did your family's income increase 5.52 percent last year? If not, you can't afford this budget. The only way to kill socialism is to starve the beast--cut off its food supply. Vote down the budget and keep voting it down, till the school boards get the message that in tough times, the public sector has to tighten its belt with the rest of us. Similarly, when you vote for school board members, vote for the ones who are NOT shills for the public-sector unions. It's not hard to figure out who they are from their mission statements.
I was actually going to rant about this today. Instead I'll just reprint the email I sent to John.
I used to be one of those people who urged everyone to vote for the school budget, no matter what. I believed that if you wanted to get the best possible education and school activities for your child, you needed the give up the extra dollars and make the budget pass.
No more. Ever since I had some inside dealings with my school district (East Meadow) and saw how things were really run, how board members got to be where they were, and how we are all being taken for a ride, I became determined to vote down the budget this year.
Just like lefties, the rallying cry of the school board and district is Do It For The Children! They send out mass mailings basically threatening that your kids will go without library books, sports and purple crayons if you do not vote the budget in.
I'll live with austerity. I'll go to work late so I can drive my kids to school if they cut the buses. I'll give them music lessons at home if band is cut from the curriculum. I'll do whatever it takes to make sure that my money is not going to bloated administration salaries, Aeron chairs for the district staff and junkets to Albany to protest the teacher's union cause of the day.
They want to put the blame on the taxpayers if teachers have to be cut because the budget fails when, in reality, it is there fault for not spending their money wisely in the first place. Do we really need all these touchy-feely self-esteem programs in our schools when kids don't even have updated text books? Half of our "cutural arts" program involves multicultural teachings and some of our kids are getting out of junior high without being able to structure a sentence.
I'm voting no this year.
So, there's my rant.