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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Opus 2013-28: Tax Dollars at Work: It’s for the Children

We had a staff development day at school yesterday.  From 8:00 to 3:00 we listened to canned nonsense about where education is going in the 21st century.  At the beginning of the day the principal was sharing some of the news from our district.  She seemed very upset over the news that next year we would not be getting a 1.8 million dollar federal grant to pay for our Nutrition Network program.   The thing they were upset about is that we would no longer have special cooks and nutritionists that were preparing special meals for our students.  The only contact I had was the month I got a bag of radishes to have the students taste.  They were then supposed to vote if they liked it or not and I was to record the tally on a special poster I had been given.  For this they received a million dollars of your tax money from the federal government.

Hidden in the grant they had been paying for our school nurses.  That was only $700,000 of the total so someone was getting a lot of radishes.  The threat now is that we will have no school nurses next year.  The office staff will be responsible to deal with sick children. 

This is a good example of how pubic education uses the system to suck up your tax dollars.  When I went to school in this city, we had school nurses.  They were paid for out of regular district funds.  There were no federal funds available in those days.  Somewhere along the road a grant writer discovered that they could get federal money to pay for the nurses.  The money that had been allocated for health care was then redirected to the favorite causes of the administrators.  Then when the federal money is gone it is a crisis.  We don’t go back, stop the special program and put the money where it belonged.  We cry for an increase in taxes.  We demand that the government take care of the children.

And the dance goes on.

Take this and multiply it by thousands of programs and you can begin to realize how much of your tax money is being used for things that you would have never approved if it came directly out of your pocket.

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