The 2010/2011 West Hartford, Conn. school budget for grades K through 12 was about $126.7 million. With fewer than 10,000 students enrolled, that comes out to $12,670 per student. I propose every family who would rather place their children in a Catholic school be handed a check for $9,000 per kid.
Hey, I didn’t ask for all $12,670, I let the town keep more than $3,500 to help fund programs, and keep in mind the school budget does not include any town capital projects for the school system. (Less than 2 percent of the budget is set aside for maintenance expenses.)
Can you hear the ACLU and liberals screaming about the separation of church and state? How dare my tax dollars be used to promote a Catholic education!
I have good friends who will soon have four kids in West Hartford’s school system. They would like to send their kids to Catholic school, but would be unable to fund the tuition themselves. The $36,000 check from the West Hartford school board would go a long way. Tuition at Northwest Catholic (my alma mater) starts at almost $13,000, curiously right about what the West Hartford system pays per student.
Now, let me introduce you to Julie, who was mentioned during the last half hour of Jim’s show today. Julie is a Catholic who owns a small business who will soon be mandated by President Obama’s health care legislation to provide coverage that includes abortion and contraceptives if she chooses to contribute to a health insurance plan for employees. My emphasis is in bold.
Here I was taking on the fight for the Church and then I realized that … duh … we are the Church. So I’ve got to go to my insurance agent and talk about this problem. We’re a tiny business and although we don’t have to provide insurance for our employees we do anyway. It’s the whole “treat them like you’d want to be treated” way to live the faith.
Except now maybe we can’t without violating our consciences.
Think of the irony. One of our employees is a steadfast Democrat and, I think, an atheist. And he’s our best guy and has worked for us for quite a while. If I have to do a work around on his insurance … it will be the first time that the government has forced us to raise religion in our workplace. Nice going, Mr. O.
Where are the liberal crowds with their signs proclaiming a separation of church and state? How dare the federal government mandate portions of my insurance premiums be used for abortions!
See what I did there?
You can’t have it both ways, but let me make it clear I do not suggest Catholics trade their beliefs for $9,000 in transferable tuition per child. The right way to do this is to get the government completely out of the education business and eliminate most federal mandates on individuals and businesses forcing owners to violate their ethics.
Ahh … the I-don’t-support-this-war-so-I-should-not-have-to-pay-for-it argument. Well, your theory does not apply here. First of all, we have the United States Constitution which is an agreement – a contract if you will – between the people and federal government. In that contract, the federal government is charged to preserve, protect and defend the United States.
Now, if you are a total pacifist who is not only against all war, but also against the right to self defense, you may have a case. But that’s not the case is it? You’ll defend yourself and your family, and you’ll also expect the federal government to protect you from enemies both foreign and domestic.
It’s all or nothing folks. Certainly you may have opinions about the justification of military activities or how tax dollars are used to fund weapon systems. You are certainly free to voice your opinion in various ways. That said, you can’t pick and choose which military engagements you will and will not pay for or pick and choose weapon systems … doesn’t work that way kids.