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    Filed at 8:04 pm under by dcobranchi

    we could be in serious trouble.

    In a letter to the conservative Illinois Leader extolling the virtues of school choice we have this:

    [A]llow homeschoolers and day care centers to have tax exemptions and other “building blocks”. Those would include tuition tax credits and educational savings accounts. Anything to empower local control would bring in the fresh air of freedom to students struggling in dysfunctional systems.

    Thanks but no thanks. Tax exemptions lead to governmental control. That’s bad- even if it’s “local.”

    It’s funny. The left are statists, and the right are statists. The vast middle are statists. No wonder we’re such a tiny minority; we don’t fit anywhere on the spectrum.

    4 Responses to “WITH FRIENDS LIKE THIS”

    Comment by
    November 30th, 2004
    at 8:26 pm

    In this case, I guess, tax credits would be bad because in order to qualify you’d have prove that you are actually homeschooling? More hoops to jump through, more regulations.

    What I’d rather see is a personal tax credit – an expansion of the already existing child tax benefit. They could tie it to income, if they like. I think that would give parents a lot of flexibility.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    November 30th, 2004
    at 9:21 pm

    That’s essentially SC’s Gov. Matk Sanford’s proposal.

    Comment by
    November 30th, 2004
    at 9:36 pm

    A better solution would be to take public education back to what it was originally proposed as, a three year basic education gratis, and then additional education for those with aptitude through university. Then reduce the taxes for everyone. This works much better than tax everyone and then give ‘credit’ to those with special qualifications.

    Comment by
    December 1st, 2004
    at 6:38 am

    Oooh, I guess we could start the first homeschooling ‘underground’ culture. I wonder how soon the atf would add e to their list of things to police? 😉