Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Opus 2012-111, Tax Dollars at Work: It Starts with Us

We are voting today.  We start the process of selecting state and federal representatives.  In California we also are voting on Superior Court judges.  On my ballot there are also two attempts to increase taxes, one state wide and the other in our school district.

The state of California continues to live in a fantasy world.  They refuse to cut spending and see the only answer is to raise taxes.  They refuse to notice the sound of individuals and businesses leaving the state and shrinking the tax base. 

Locally the school district wants to get more money.  They claim it will not raise taxes.  No.  What it does is keep a tax going that would have died out.  It increases the amount of money I will be paying out in the future.  Lets see, it quacks.  It waddles.  It eats bugs.  Yep, it sounds like a tax increase to me.

The state does not need more money, it needs more discipline.  Schools do not need more money, they need more discipline.  I say that as a teacher.  I watch the waste and fraud.  At our school we received a $3,000,000.00 federal grant (that is tax money for those of you from Oz).  We shared it with five other schools.  What was it for?  To implement an anti-bullying curriculum and pay some social workers to come on campus two days a week to counsel students who were habitually tardy.  At the same time we claim to have no money for books, are cutting back on custodians and shortening the school year because we don’t have any money.

I don’t know what is on your ballot but if it involves more money for those of us lined up at the public trough, vote “no.”

homo unius libri


  1. Many of the generation that put us in space started their education in one-room schools. The generation NOW running the country was mostly educated in centralized, propagandized "modern" schools. Somehow, I don't think we took education the right direction.

    1. It is headed in the wrong direction and accelerating. I find I trust the opinions of the custodian who cleans my room more than the administrators who run my school.

      Grace and peace.


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