There were a lot of stupid people in Ohio on election day, May 7th 2019, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody. The school districts, which are ran by radical labor unions, count on stupid people to pass their tax increases to support their runaway labor costs, and May ballots always have a lower turnout than fall elections. The stupid people are too stupid to do anything else and they show up while the smart people are off doing other things. So its no surprise that 76% of all school levies in Ohio passed during Tuesday’s election. It’s a known formula that works. But I was happy to see that local schools near me, Lebanon and Milford both rejected their tax increase attempts and it is the why and the margin of victory for the “No” voters that are intriguing and worth analysis.
For those new to school levies and these pages I write upon, Darryl Parks from WLW radio and I have a long-standing term for people who work to pass school levies, that they’re stupid. The reason is that school levies are driven by escalating labor costs that consume most of the budget. Collective bargaining agreements jack up the costs because all employees get paid equally no matter how good they are—their jobs are not merit driven. So, the costs for labor are excessively high and the labor unions essentially take away the school board management of the resources making all public schools messes to manage. The parents with kids in the school don’t care because most of the time they just want the free baby-sitting service. Often, they are too busy with life to care what goes on in the schools so long as someone is watching their kids, so the mess continues into escalating out of control costs. To make matters worse, because children are involved, real estate agents have chained themselves to sales of homes based on the grade of a school district, which is completely a made-up statistic which then shields all the radical labor union activity. These are the same type of elements that have sunk companies like General Motors and the only way that the government schools get away with the whole scam is by throwing constantly more money at the situation with tax increases on property owners. That is why anybody who votes for a school levy is stupid.
But people often settle down once their kids grow up and move out of the house becoming much more reasonable at the voting booth. Once they don’t need that free babysitting service, they tend to vote away from government school support. After all, the product the government schools provide is terrible. I would argue that kids would be better raised in the jungles of South America by monkeys than to attend any public school with a highly liberalized agenda. The monkeys would destroy the mind of young people far less. Once people raise their kids, they tend to become much more conservative with their money and they vote that way. I am proud to say however that I have never supported school levies because for me the education they offered was always a bad product that I couldn’t support.
In Lebanon and Milford, you can see the trend clearly. Both districts are about 10 years into their prime real estate markets for new housing. There are other places in Ohio that have the new growth and likely that is one of the biggest contributors to the school levies that did pass. Many of those homes are in situations where the kids have grown up and away from their community leaving behind the parents who suddenly don’t feel shackled to their local public school, so they care less and less what goes on there. In Milford the tax increase proposal was defeated 57-43, which wasn’t even close even for a May election. And in Lebanon the vote was 56-44 which was ironically almost precisely the same. I would attribute that to the fact that both communities saw their boom surges in the housing market at nearly the same time, so their demographic makeup is nearly the same.
Mason, Lakota, and even Fairfield which are near those school districts have nearly the same demographic situation, there isn’t a lot of new home building going on. There are new students who move into the districts and enter the school system, but not nearly as much as when entire neighborhood sprung up out of corn fields and sent thousands of new students, and panicky parents to the voting booth each year. In essence, the student populations of each of those districts is declining while the home ownership is stabilizing with older and more mature property owners not so invested in their local schools. That means that the reliability of the public-school funding model depends completely on the explosive growth of a community and the amount of children a family typically produces in its life cycle. If parents are only having 1.5 children per family these days as opposed to two or three as it has been in the past, then there is no way that government school districts can continue to even think about getting enough votes to continue throwing money at the dumpster fire that is the present school funding system. And the unions won’t be able to do anything about it. They have already burnt their bridges with many supporters and people are tired of hearing them cry for money that most people don’t get in their own jobs. They have lost the support of a sympathetic public.
I am one who have thought for years that teachers make too much money under their union contracts. I’ve seen the job they do up close and I’m not impressed. And speaking to the kids graduating I’m even less impressed. Teachers for the job they are doing shouldn’t be making more than $40,000 per year for a good one. Because what they are teaching kids is actually bad for them in overly liberalized curriculums and the actuality of the job is just a glorified baby sitter anyway. I’ve never been against people who want to use schools for the baby-sitting service so they can go fulfill their career objectives. But don’t ask me to pay for it. And that is the attitude of an increasing number of voters year by year. The situation is even clearer today than it was back when Darryl Parks and I were talking about how stupid voters were who passed school levies on WLW radio. The reason for the clarity is because of the maturation of the school districts, which older neighborhoods now housing more voters who don’t have young kids in the district are a dominating factor.
The unionized funding model of continued pay increases paid for on the backs of property owners is exactly the same model that assumed General Motors would always be the top of the food chain in the car making market, but of course that proved not to be the case. Once there was a break in the supply side of those funds, everything fell apart and that is where the public-school funding path is headed. I would say the signs are already there, especially in how Lebanon and Milford voted. But there are still a lot of stupid people out there voting. But not enough to carry this mess far into the future. And that is great news for a change.
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