In case you wondered, Americans actually pay more taxes than any other country on earth.

Some of the Taxes Americans Pay Each Year

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. So, what the hell happened? Democrats and greedy power mad politicians for one thing!

 

TAXED INTO THE STREET

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THE ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO TAX THE CITIZEN. A GREAT IDEA ONE UPON A TIME WHEN WE WERE ALL MORE OR LESS EQUAL. NOW, WITH GERRYMANDERED  DISTRICTS AND NO REPRESENTATION, THOSE WHO CAN PAY PAY AND THOSE WHO CAN'T BENEFIT.

ďYou pay or we will lien your home and eventually force it to auction to pay us and we donít give a damm where you go. You will pay!Ē

 Such is the threat from your friendly property tax office wherever you may live. In South Florida property taxes have been increasing steadily with no sign of leveling off. I have seen older citizens in Fort Lauderdale selling off their furniture to pay the tax bill and actually being forced to sell their homes and move in with their children. Such horror stories occur in every neighborhood.

 The burgeoning state and local governments are overstaffed with thousands of incompetents who have been hired into these malignant bureaucracies as a huge public works program on the backs of the homeowners.

 Letís look at the figures; In Broward county the commissioners plow through a $2.6 billion budget like starving hogs in an bottomless trough. The school budget is on the order of $985 million which, with 277,000 or so inmates, ( sorry students)  works out to $3,635 per student. The 453,000 single family homes in Broward pay $934,000,000 in property taxes and account for less than 20% of the 270,000 students.

 In America, the idea of homeowners paying for the education of their children was workable when all the students came from the surrounding homes. Everyone contributed and everyone shared in the expense. That was a great idea 100 years ago- it isnít anymore.

 Want to really hear a holly terror of an idea? Make the parents of children in the public schools pay tuition!

 If every parent had to pay $3600 a year to send their kids to school, guess what? 1) There would be a lot fewer children. 2) The kids would do a lot more homework. 3) The parents would be very much involved in their childís education. 4) Grades would improve and 5) They might even learn something. I donít think anyone can doubt that all this would be true.

 Property owners would be big winners as well. Their tax burden would be substantially reduced. School populations would drop due to parents realizing that children actually cost money to educate. ( imagine that? )  The need for large numbers of police would be reduced along with juvenile crime. Most of the kids would be doing their homework and not on the streets. With the reduced numbers of kids, the need for so many schools and teachers would be reduced as well.

 I know what youíre going to say. Many of the 270,000 children in Broward come from disadvantaged homes where the parents canít pay the cost to educate their kids. OK, a valid argument but, there is an answer- student loans, funded by county education bonds. The parents would sign the loan docs and the kids would pay them after graduation or when they entered the work force much as the federal government now provides loans for college or university education.  For kids to understand that education costs, they might even begin to value it. Text books would be purchased so they would take better care of them and most importantly, children would learn a sense of responsibility and understand that we all have obligations. 

As I pointed out, the benefits from such a plan are many and obvious. School budgets would shrink, homeowners would see substantial reductions in their property taxes, community police budgets would be reduced, Generations of children would grow up to be far better educated and certainly be more responsible citizens. The horrendous 50% drop out rates would shrink. 

This is not a new idea- there are articles all over the internet discussing this and many other ideas. Private and charter schools are a beginning. Public school administrators certainly understand the challenge they are facing.  Student test performance in public schools is abysmal compared to private facilities. We send a kid through 12 years of education, spending on that single kid $43,200.00 and he still canít read. Many of the teachers in the public school system likely canít read either, so, no surprise. 

Nationally, something like 50% of the Afro-American and Latino students fail to graduate from High school and wind up on the streets working minimum wage jobs, unemployed or engaging in crime. If they got through even 8 years in our schools they cost us $28,800 each. Over the last 10 years, figuring that these students represented even 20% of the student population in Broward County, this would mean something like 540,000 kids went through the public school system completely wasting a staggering $1,555,200.000- thatís right, $1.5 billion of the taxpayers money.  If all 270,000 of the Broward county school kids actually did manage to graduate, the cost to keep them these daytime prisons for 12 years would be a staggering $11.6 billion.  

These figures suggest clearly that something has to be done and now! Perhaps it will take a tax payer revolt to drive the point home to the County and school officials.

 Robert Firth