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Eupatorium serotinum

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On October 2nd in far northeast Austin I couldn’t help noticing how a few Eupatorium serotinum plants, known as late boneset or late thoroughwort, rose tall in a field of flowering goldenrod, Solidago sp. I also got down low for a more isolated view against the sky and above a layer of soft clouds.



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The post two days ago included this commentary:


I think you’ll all agree that food is a human necessity: if we don’t eat, we die. According to one website, “the average cost of food per month for one person [in the United States] ranges from $150 to $300, depending on age. However, these national averages vary based on where you live and the quality of your food purchases.” For simplicity, let’s take the average of those two monthly figures, $225, which amounts to $2700 per person per year buying groceries.

Now imagine the federal government required each of you to give it $225 a month, in return for which you’d get a $225 monthly credit at any government-run grocery store. What foods those grocery stores carried would be determined by the government. If you didn’t like the selection available in government grocery stores, you could still shop at private grocery stores if you wanted to, but none of the $225 you’re required to give to the government each month could be used in the private grocery stores. You’d forfeit the obligatory $225 a month and would have to use additional money of your own to buy groceries in a private grocery store.

Would you be happy with that arrangement? Why or why not?


I assume most of you would not be happy with that arrangement and would want to spend your own money buying groceries in any stores you choose. Then why is education any different? You should have the freedom to use the money you’re required to pay in school taxes—typically thousands of dollars a year—to send your children to the school of your choice. If you’re satisfied with a government-run school, fine. If you find fault with the government-run school(s) available to your children, then use your school tax money to send your children to a better school run by someone other than the government. Or if no such school exists in your area, get together with like-minded folks to create one. It’s your money, after all.

© 2022 Steven Schwartzman




Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 18, 2022 at 4:26 AM

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