Bad enough being forced to pay for government “services” you didn’t ask for and don’t use. But how about “services” the government forces you to not use?
Like government schools, for instance. They are closed – fully or partially – across the country and yet the payment – in the form of ownership taxes on people’s homes – is still demanded, in full.
Even more obnoxious, the same government that forces people who aren’t allowed to avail themselves of these “services” also forces them to stay home – and do the work the government is charging them for. Because who else is going to school the kids when the government isn’t doing it?
A reader writes:
“I am the primary caregiver for my child. My wife is the breadwinner so I get kid duty. But I do online work and want to also contribute to our family finances in any way I can. Our idiotic school district has decided no in-school contact until October. After that, it’s two days a week in school and the rest is remote learning . . . I can’t work a normal job while my kid is in school. I’ve spoken to everyone from teachers to principals to the district superintendent and nobody seems concerned that parents are stuck home unable to work and doing the job of the school without compensation. I should be paid if the school is going to half-close this school year as well as the last one. Where is my money?”
The question therefore should be rephrased: Why does the government have it?
The simple answer, of course, is – because the government can take it. Because your home (among other things, including yourself) doesn’t actually belong to you. It belongs to the government.
Which forces you to pay the ownership tax in order to be permitted to occupy it.
Many people – this writer among them – object in principle to being forced to pay for government schools by being forced to pay endless and exorbitant ownership taxes (styled with the usual disingenuousness as “property” taxes) on our homes – rendering ownership a pathetic fiction since anything you make never-ending payments on isn’t yours by definition. You may possess it – but only so long as you continue to make the payments.
This is objectionable for many reasons but the main reason is the reduction of the entire populace to tenanthood.
Tenanthood – which actually means state ownership of property, since the government is the landlord – as per the Communist Manifesto. People ought to read the thing; it helps in understanding what Communism is.
The object of Communism being to reduce the population to a state of perpetual financial/economic insecurity for the sake of the government’s power over them – achieved by making them pay the government perpetually to be allowed to temporarily (and very conditionally) possess things at the pleasure of the government.
Americans – all too many – bought into tenanthood for themselves and their neighbors in exchange for “services” such as government schools for their kids. Which they get billed for, of course. Which bills they can generally pay only if they work.
But now, they can’t.
The government forced them not to, overtly, by cancelling their work in the name of “stopping the spread” (which morphed into the cases! the cases! and will soon morph into just because, never ending). For tens of millions – as opposed to the fraction of that number we’re told have been Corona’d – this cancellation has become permanent. Their employment isn’t coming back.
But the bills keep coming – including the bill for the government schooling of their kids, via the ownership tax.
The same government has now offloaded the work of that schooling onto the backs of those who are forced to pay it, who are now forced not to work to pay the bills that keep coming, including the ownership tax on their home.
One hears lots of talk about reparations to people who cannot establish they’ve personally been done any harm vis-a-vis slavery but because their skin color happens to be the same as someone unrelated to them who lived and died generations before they were born.
Why not more talk about the actually-living-right-now people being actually victimized by some of the most vicious government policies since slavery? Why not any talk about the fact that it is slavery to compel a man to work for the benefit of another?
Why not any talk about the refunds these people are due?
Better yet, how about defunding government schools, since they’re not schooling the kids? Why should parents – why should anyone – be forced to pay for empty buildings and silent schoolbuses and darkened cafeterias . . . and the salaries of “teachers” who aren’t?
If people weren’t forced to pay twice – once for the schools their kids aren’t using and then again by being forced to not work in order to pay for the work the government isn’t doing – they’d be able to afford to send their kids to a non-government school. Or be able to school them at home, since they wouldn’t have to leave home to work in order to earn the money the government takes from them in the name of providing the “service” it no longer does.
But then, Americans have become used to being tenants – which is to say, serfs. And serfs know better than to raise their voice to the lord of the manor.
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