I read the Register's readers' comments about the school levy failure, and it seems people vote no not because they live to pay taxes. A reader cited Cedar Fair CEO Kinzel's pay raise - as though he's paid by taxpayers or exempt from paying taxes. Another mentioned high gas prices -- as though gas station owners decide the price of gasoline and not OPEC. I read no mention of the fact that many public school children are failing, while children in private schools or home-schooled are mostly successful. Why is that? For one, private school teachers know they'll be fired if they don't perform -- not so with public school teachers. This is a fact of life in the private sector -- you know, in "The Real World"? Private businesses don't simply throw money at a problem; they have to fix it or fail. Public schools and universities and government employees in general have access to unlimited funds; they are not a part of the real world. Private sector employees don't get tenure; they don't raise their own salaries; their employers are not restricted from firing them. Private land owners cannot take private land with the excuse it's for the good of the community.
According to the U.S. Constitution, government should serve us, not the other way around. Yet, we have been conditioned to live to serve and support a system that was never meant to be. But this is America, where people like Dick Kinzel should be admired, not criticized. And Americans can right wrongs! For instance: voting levies down breaks the cycle of government growth. Government's largesse derives from unaccountability and the belief it should be our provider. If we don't change the course of things we'll cease to be that "shining city upon a hill," where most in the world would choose to live.