That's right--those same people who caused our economy to collapse three years ago are strong advocates for jacking up our taxes. Why? So our neighborhood can be perceived as better than surrounding ones. Differences mean dollars to real estate agents. They want to convince people that one neighborhood is bad and one neighborhood is good. It's good for them if one neighborhood thrives at another's expense.
But they're doing so by gambling with our children's futures. Is it really fair that in one neighborhood parents pony up the dough to have cushy benefits and comfy chairs for the teachers while, in other neighborhoods, there aren't even basic supplies for the kids?
|"the meek shall inherit the earth"|
Today, Easter, think about what Jesus would do. He'd vote NO on Cupertino Measure C. Donate the money you saved to a poorer school district in your area, or spend it directly on your kids. You can buy 5 hours of personal tutoring for the $250 you're paying in Cupertino Union School District parcel taxes. You may be saving more than money.
Don't let the perverted message of real estate agents deflect your moral compass. You know what's right. Manufacturing artificial differences between neighborhoods and people is not the correct way to make America strong. And it's not the morally correct thing to do.
The fact is, Cupertino Union School District has plenty of money. We just gave them a parcel tax two years ago. We're feeding a dangerous beast if we give them more. Our kids won't benefit, but the teachers and administrators will get more gold-plated benefits, while we do with less and less. They play fast and loose with statistics, and they mislead and tell an incomplete story about our financial situation.
These are tough times for everyone. It's presumptuous of the Cupertino Union School District to think that they don't have to tighten their belts while everyone else has to. If you have to forfeit an additional $250 a year for them, that's $250 less you have to improve your own life, donate to Church, feed the hungry, or save for your future. I'm sure most of us have tightened our belts over the past few years. Can't our schoolteachers and administrators do the same?
Don't forget, their entire budget is paid by you. Each of us already pays thousands of dollars a year to feed their needs in property, sales, and income taxes. California has the highest income and sales tax in the nation. No wonder California hasn't created any new jobs in the past ten years.
Jesus teaches us that greed can never be satisfied, no matter how much material goods are accumulated by a person. The Bible says we are but “greedy dogs” who are obsessed with material things. Greed has no purpose because it can never be satisfied.
The definition of greed includes that it is deceptive. Greedy people are scammers that accumulate material things under false pretenses. Instead of trying to add true value in the workplace, marketplace, or everyday life, greedy people will do anything to obtain material goods. Greedy people are full of promise on the outside, but inside they are “full of ravening and wickedness.” (See Luke 11:39.) Sadly, there's evidence that the Cupertino Union School District is being deceptive. For example, they omitted that Measure C will double an existing tax.
Let's help the people of the Cupertino Union School District be a bit more holy by helping them resist their greed: Vote NO On Cupertino Measure C.