Don’t be fooled

The Drumheller Mail - - FALL/WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE - - O.R.S.

When politi­cians as­sume that vot­ers are stupid, it is up­set­ting to say the least. The Al­berta NDP’s have made mo­tions to can­cel school fees for kids in our schools, and now we hear that Brian Jean, the leader of the Wild Rose Op­po­si­tion, and hope­ful can­di­date in the up­com­ing United Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship vote, has agreed to the con­cept as well.

Guess we have to make our own as­sump­tion that both are try­ing to curry favour from vot­ers by, once again be­ing rather gen­er­ous with yours and our money. The best way to win elec­tions any­more is to give away stuff that gov­ern­ments buy with money they don’t have. School fees are an “ex­tra tax” on par­ents of school age chil­dren to pay for ex­tras, or a short­fall in fund­ing. When the prov­ince down­loads the col­lec­tion of school taxes onto lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, it is a per­fect tax­a­tion sys­tem. Your lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity, or where ever you pay your prop­erty taxes, col­lects and sends a huge amount of money to Ed­mon­ton to pay for school­ing for our chil­dren. You have no say in the amount of the as­sess­ment, and no say in how it is spent. The only thing in the power of prop­erty own­ers, is whether the money goes to the public or the sep­a­rate school sys­tem.

When some track star bu­reau­crat fig­ures out that there was a short­fall in school fund­ing, school fees were in­tro­duced. Back in the day, it was to pay for ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, su­per­vi­sion, and the like. Not sure what school fee money goes for any­more, but it is col­lected by the lo­cal school board and spent in your child’s school.

Along comes the politi­cian that wants to be elected again, and he/she says, “We love you so much Al­ber­tans, we are can­celling the col­lec­tion of school fees, so you will marvel at how well we are spend­ing your money, be amazed at what good money man­agers we are, you will hope­fully and most cer­tainly vote for us in the next elec­tion!” And here’s where the stupid part comes in. Lo and be­hold, the costs cov­ered by the “school fees”, are still there. It’s just that now, those school as­sess­ments dol­lars, col­lected by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and paid for by ALL prop­erty own­ers, (you know, the taxes you have no say in how they are spent), con­tain school fee monies blended into the ev­er­widen­ing abyss of flawed think­ing. So, ev­ery­one pay school fees now.

Next elec­tion, we will be mark­ing our “X”, be­side the party that prom­ises not to think vot­ers are stupid. Trou­ble is, there doesn’t seem to be any of those par­ties left.

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