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I don't think property taxes are going away any time soon, but you could cut them in half by having more regional school districts with less state and federal mandates and more state funding as a percentage of their budgets.
If I were ever elected governor, I would apply the sales tax at 3% to everything except for food, clothing, and medicine and eliminate all other taxes except for the gas tax. Then you combine state agencies and close down the ones that are useless.
Sure you can teach kids about STDs, HIV, birth control, fisting, anal sex, intercourse, gay sex, et al in school. But what is the point of that? It's great information and all, BUT the ONLY 100% effective way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy is to not have sex. Period.
Any of you erudite, effete, elite snobs out there want to argue with me over this one? Go for it. I can't wait to hear all of your refined, idealistic arguments.
Thanks for clearing up my remarks. You summarized my point much better than I did.
Also, based on what I am reading, the bill is DOA in the Senate as many moderate Ds will not vote for cloture. Liberman, Landreau, Lincoln, and Nelson are among those who are not in favor of a public option.
If the bill does not get to conference by February 2010, then there will be no bill at all since those up Ds for reelection in the House and Senate do not want to give the voting public another reason to vote them out.
I am with you on this one. In the Southeast part of Delco there are tons of tiny municipalities that could be merger together and be run much more effectively.
I think the greater picture we have to look at it what is the purpose of a municipality. To me my local government should provide police and fire protection along with making sure the local roadways are clear and in good shape. Beyond that, they do not need to do much more. If you look at simple economies of scale, larger is better, but it moderation.