I'm not going to get into the SS mess, mostly because I think it is an utter mess. Like many others, I've written off any monies that go toward SS. They're not part of my retirement plans, and I have gotten to the point of ignoring the amount on my paycheck. The only concern I have about it is the concept that I might have to pay MORE in the future. Bah.Of course, the standard argument is that I derive an indirect benefit by having better educated children, who will grow into better educated adults. My question is, where are the better educated children? Has anyone looked at Georgia's ranking on the last test scores? We are 49thAh, Gwinnett has excellent schools. As do most of the other metro Atlanta counties, excepting the city of Atlanta itself. If you rank the averages for the 5 metro counties then it will be much higher than the Georgia average, which is lower due to the rural counties. Drive well outside of Atlanta and you're back in the deep South.And I would contend that you derive benefit from the school tax. Better schools give you a direct improvement in property values. Higher levels of education in an area generally mean higher paying jobs, meaning more money, meaning higher priced houses. Of course, we could just ditch the school money, let kids get even less of an education, and just pay for them on welfare in a few years. (No, I'm generally not as liberal-ish as this, but I just find people griping about paying school taxes ridiculous).the author(s) make mention of the coming of a Federal tax on wealthCertainly we need to watch out for this kind of idiocy and ensure it doesn't happen, either on a federal or state level. People should be encouraged to save, not to spend willy nilly on credit cards. <sigh>Zathrus
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