30.11.07

Government, get out of the culture and our pockets!

Ok, so I was reading the following page, and it was the straw that broke the camel's back (so to speak):

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/gahr030700.asp

This isn't the first time stuff like this has happened. People also question as to whether pornography and foul language should be censored by the government. And the public schools are a mess of litigation concerning whether or not students can speak out about religion. Everyone quotes the separation of church and state (although I'd like to point out that that is NOT in the constitution, but was rather first mentioned in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a Baptist church).

Here's my solution:

Government, don't fund museums. Stop funding science. Drop public schools.

Ok. That sounds way out there. No schools? No museums?

That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that we the people need to stand up and not let the government mess with our culture. We the people will pay for what we want.
Take schools for example. First, I have a friend who did a study that determined that if the government dropped public schools and instead offered a $5,000 scholarship to every school-age child, they'd actually save money.
At that rate, it'd cost my parents $1,400 to send me full time to a fairly expensive private school that I attend part-time.
As well, if the government dropped public schools, they'd increase competency in schools (as parents wouldn't send their kids to low-quality schools), help grow communities, encourage the economy, and lessen the lawsuits and bellyaching about free speech violations. And if government totally dropped funding to schools period, you'd pay about 60%-70% less in taxes!

Museums could find sponsors and thus you'd not have so many problems with bad art or nonart being put up in museums.

And so on. You may disagree, and that's fine. No, I haven't fully researched this, but if everyone who reads this could send me an hour of time, I'll gladly research.

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