Sunday, January 28, 2007

Taxing By Other Means?

Does the new state law prohibiting growing counties from raising development fees and forcing borrowing or property tax increases keep them more honest when marketing their lifestyles? If fees are taxation by other means, it seems so. The line of the day (naturally, from a builder):
There's no such thing as a good tax .... However, a bad tax is a large tax on a small group of people. A better tax is something broad-based.
And there's no such thing as a good builder's cut or a good realtor's reumuneration or a good sub-contractor's percentage or a good owner's profit-margin, but those have to be paid, too.

UPDATE: Actually, a line from a commenter to the online edition of this story trumps the line of the day above:
Think outside the box. Send 1500 children a year to private schools and pay for it. Then you will not have to build any additional schools .... Churches already have buildings and they teach Sunday School. They can teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday School also. The Children will be safer ... and taxes would not have to be raised.
This person apparently missed the memo about how unsafe churches actually are. What makes them doubly dangerous is the whole attitude that they were safer in the first place. We let down our guards.


  1. "This person apparently missed the memo about how unsafe churches actually are."

    According to a draft report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, in compliance with the 2002 "No Child Left Behind" act signed into law by President Bush, between 6 percent and 10 percent of public school children across the country have been sexually abused or harassed by school employees and teachers.

    I will take my chances in church and still feel safer than in the public schools.

  2. You should thank your stars that there is a government agency vested with the responsibility to monitor abuse of children in public schools. Because there is no monitoring of church-related schools, there is also no way to determine from their internal information how many of their children are abused.

    As I said before, we keep our guards up when we send our kids to public schools. We relax them when the kids are at church, which makes abuse more likely.