I was thinking about the logic of tax breaks for businesses. I’m for them. Educators don’t traditionally encourage tax breaks, but I think that being an educator has helped me see the beauty of them.
As a math teacher, I take exception to the student mantra “I’m not going to need that.” The follow up statement is significant. “I’m going to hire someone to do it for me.” They intend to create a symbiotic relationship. We would all like to create these symbiotic relationships. I would hire a lawn service in the summers when the grass needs to be cut twice a week. I merely do not have the resources to do so.
It is in everyone’s best interest to keep the “fat cats” fat. People with resources spend their money giving it to other people. In fact, when my husband and I were in the Tampa area last week, we saw an ad for a company that cleans pet fecal matter out of yards. The seven digits of their phone number spelled “DOG-POOP.” After a short discussion about how one could be meticulous enough to accomplish a task and then how one could have the gall to explain such a career choice to his or her family, I concluded, “and who pays for that?” Obviously, people with more money than desire to clean their own yards. Anyone who is not wealthy can capitalize on those who are. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he can pay his mortgage by selling fish to people who don’t want to touch worms.
Keep the wealthy people wealthy. Then we all stay employed (and according to my students, they will be hiring a lot of people who pay attention in math class).